Wednesday, July 29, 2015

happy happy 4th birthday EZ Red!!

Four! Such a great age! I feel like he's grown at least 4 inches in the past year and he has these long, slender chicken legs that are so cute and amazing. He plays pretend all day every day and is often a baby dinosaur, or a baby dragon, or a rescue bot transformer, or some other thing that caught his interest that day. He talks non-stop and gets super rough & tumble when he's crazy hyper (and often hurts himself or his brother when he's like that and it drives his parents nuts.) He loves watching shows too much sometimes, but also is invested in the characters and I think sort of thinks of them as real friends. He has a voice that he uses just when he's talking to Sully & it's like 3 octaves higher than his normal voice. "Suwwy, you want to play wiff me?! Oh Suwwy baby you're so cuuuuute! Suwwy! Stop touching me please!"

We're celebrating in the state of Washington on a road trip today with donuts and rescue bots and a trip to the Seattle aquarium and a ride on a ferry boat. It should be a big first day as a four year old! We also had a Super Birthday Party last weekend with 12 of his cousins/friends that was wild & fun. Kid parties are so much work, but hey! He was happy and I guess that's the whole point.

He exhausts us almost every day with questions and neediness and love, but it's good exhaustion. He acts like a text book first child and I hope we're not too hard on him. I know we are, but we're trying. And he's the first to ask if it's time to forgive or he'll be crying and mad and then say something like "MOM! We just need to HUG!" and then I like am so mad that I'm so mad and we all learn those important lessons of what's important. EZ is a socialite and loves having friends or cousins over all day long. He pays attention at library story time and is very invested in books & stories (and treasures them every night before bed - we even take them away when he needs discipline because it actually works because he loves them so much.) Most nights he asks for stories about castles or brave knights, and usually there is a dragon or dinosaur. He has the sweetest freckles all over his face & arms and still has wispy hair that is usually not styled (who has time?)

He is loving and mostly kind to Sully. At a fountain last week he wished for "a jedi costume" and "a little sister" because he often feels sad that he only has a brother when other people have sisters. He loves his grandparents and other family so much and talks about the next time he gets to see them. He is good at sharing and is cautious to try anything that appears too dangerous (like water slides or jumping off of things.) He thinks through situations before jumping blinding into anything, which can sometimes make him seem older than he is (and sometimes it holds him back from learning or accomplishing new skills.) But he'll try anything once we "put on his brave" and help him at least the first time or two, then he'll warm up to an activity and do it himself. He is constantly singing and makes up new songs all the time just because. He's a performer by nature it seems.

Oh EZ. We love you, you little knucklehead. I hope you feel loved & celebrated today!!!
(We're staying with DJ and Ces while we're near Seattle! It's fun to have more people to party with!)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

they're all making the same face (and i love it)

This is my favorite picture at the moment. They're all just caught off guard eating and all with the exact same face. Yes, please.

these are just a few photos from Zion National Park when we visited in May with the Thorup clan. I made that video, and therefore didn't take many photos because it's hard to focus on more than one thing getting done while also trying to make sure no child falls into a river.

Monday, June 8, 2015



so many of the pictures of them together have EZ squeezing Sully almost too hard. EZ lacks physical boundary awareness sometimes that we're working on (really though, he doesn't understand boundaries), and it's just so hard to resist such a squishy subject of your adoration. I mean, I get it.

Now that Sully can walk & hold his own in wrestling matches, these guys are sort of learning how to "play" a few times a day. EZ basically wants to Sully to leave him alone, and Sully just wants to be as close as possible to EZ... and sometimes it works and sometimes it backfires and everyone ends up crying. But they have "silly time" before bed and it's pretty darn silly & full of wrestling (which looks like it hurts to us, but they are both laughing so we just go with it.) I can see similarities popping up between then, but also can already sense some of the different ways in which they function & it's sort of like a hands on science experiment on how two species learn to get along. Fascinating stuff, this brotherhood.  

eight craaaazy nights (i mean, years)

Matt and I celebrated our 8th year anniversary back in April. We're just plowing through the years and it feels long and short all at once, but always really solid. Matt and I having been really working on making our relationship top priority because it's so easy for it to slip into "comfortable." We recently went to a couple's intimacy and pasison workshop and it was super fun. We learned a few new skills and even had some really intimate, sincere moments in a room full of 50 other people, so props to the teachers. We've amped our communication game up tenfold the last few years, and we're constantly working out the kinks (but willing and happy to do so... even when wading through the uncomfortable parts.) It's so nice to feel supported and wholly loved by one single person, and we're just trying not to take that for granted.

We were in Disneyland for our actual anniversary and since we had stellar babysitters with us & a fantastic hook-up from a friend, we dined at Club 33 that evening! It was SO fancy and fun and Matt's dreams were MADE. Mine too, actually! We tried not to geek out about everything and play it cool (I was very bad at this. Very. Like, potty jokes at the table and blushed cheeks at the waiter's attention bad.) The food was delicious (5 courses & it was fancy!), the Club feels very cozy and elite but not overly so, and it really did feel like a once in a lifetime special experience. I am so thankful Matt put it out into the universe and made it happen (like he so often does in life, because he's great. Ugh, so mushy but I just can't help it.)

And now some photos! Starting with the doorbell ;) And the beautiful new entrance (it's in New Orleans square.)
The courtyard, where they gave us cucumber water & hot towels for our face/hands. Matt's beard & stache fit in like a dream.
They even made our desserts extra fancy (notice the tiny chocolate ears! the details!) That one on the right is a chocolate molten cake with coffee ice cream and a burnt marshmallow on time with some chocolate ganache and also some orange marmalade too? It was INCREDIBLE (just like the whole evening.) Happy 8, Matticus!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

zion national park video!

i planned a vacation every month of this year, so it probably looks like a perpetual vacation is happening with us... which i'm not mad about.

i made a video about our family Zion trip last week (since i'm still trying to amp up my video skills!) it was such a great trip and we all love this tradish SO MUCH. thanks david & carole for making it happen!!

Zion 2015 from Carla Thorup on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Disneyland 2K15 dos

the adventure park in california adventure is so great. what a nice escape from the noise and colors of the rest of the park. we spent one full evening in here and the boys were so happy. and it was so fun to have cousin Leo with us during the trip! cousins elevate the magic & the fun.  

and here's uncle Josh. we love this nerd and were lucky to have his presence with us during this trip. even when he poses ridiculously all the time, at least he gives the best shoulder rides to EZ and is a great roller coaster partner ;)
here is the whole group together! David and Carole and Josh came, then our two individual families with the boys (meg's sweet baby maggie rose stayed home.) it was so nice to share the magic with grandparents & uncle as well as have all the extra sets of hands (srsly, so freaking great.) next time we come we're bringing everyone though, because we missed our other people. those mickey light sabers from Bibi were the best things, thanks Carole!!  (also, last time EZ met lightning mcqueen he was so sick cutting molars... and tiny!)

Disneyland 2K15 uno

we spent 4 days at disneyland with some family two weeks ago and i can't stop thinking about it. this trip was everything good and magical and awesome. the boys matched clothes most days and that made it even bettah. and i will forever go to my grave saying how much i love the city select stroller. it's seriously the best. hands down. just like sully's face always, but especially during a parade. i'm sort of going out of order with posts and days and pictures because i need to gather it all up from phones and cameras etc, but i just wanted to start. 

look how my big boy turns into a sweet sweaty baby while sleeping right before the Pixar Parade. the boys took turns sleeping every single day and it was amazing. sullivan clapped all the time when he heard music, was super focused during the parades, and ez just kept waving and waving and hugging (and sometimes groping) all the characters. it was so magical.