Aloha, Maui!

Our big summer adventure this year was a trip to Maui.  Beforehand we were telling Drew that we were going to go on a trip to Maui, and then one day he said something about our vacation and “kitty cats”. So cute that he thought we had been saying “meow-y”.  While we did stay with a kitty at Grampy and Grammy’s house, mostly the trip was about the beach and having adventures.

We all had lots of fun, but it is interesting that somehow traveling with a two year old seems harder than with a one year old. After a truly exhausting travel day (Drew didn’t fall asleep until 11:00pm, and we still had another 1.5 hours until we arrived), the rest of the trip entailed splashing in the waves, enjoying the many beaches and seeing the sights. Thanks to Grammy and Grampy (and kitty Hoku) for letting us stay with them!

Beach Time

Hoo-ray!

Hoo-ray!

Watching the surf

Watching the surf

Tip toe

Tip toe

Posing with Mommy

Posing with Mommy

Drew let us bury him in the sand... he's a mer-boy!

Drew let us bury him in the sand… he’s a mer-boy!

Climbing on Mama at the beach

Climbing on Mama at the beach

Drew giving the "hang loose" sign.

Drew giving the “hang loose” sign.

Hard to tell in the photo, but Drew is extending his arms down to make the rest of his body float. He said he was swimming on his own!

Hard to tell in the photo, but Drew is extending his arms down to make the rest of his body float. He said he was swimming on his own!

Exploring

Exploring

Marching to the beat of the waves

Marching to the beat of the waves

Drew and his "beach hair"

Drew and his “beach hair”

Seeing the Sights

The banyan tree in Lahaina makes a great playground!

The banyan tree in Lahaina makes a great playground!

Posing

Posing

Just trying to blend-in

Just trying to blend-in

Family photo

Family photo

Fun times at the Luau

Fun times at the Luau

Gelato time - thanks, Mommy!

Gelato time – thanks, Mommy!

Drew and Maui's famous chickens

Drew and Maui’s famous chickens

Lavender Farm

Scones and butter!

Scones and butter!

Whaa

Whaa

Posing with Mama

Posing with Mama

Two buddhas

Two buddhas

Climbing on Mommy at the farm

Climbing on Mommy at the farm

In the lavender fields

In the lavender fields

Gazebo at the Lavender farm

Gazebo at the Lavender farm

The Surfing Goat Farm

Surfin' at the Surfing Goat Farm

Surfin’ at the Surfing Goat Farm

Gelato time - thanks, Mama!

Gelato time – thanks, Mama!

Fun With Grampy and Grammy

At the beach with Grampy and Grammy.

At the beach with Grampy and Grammy.

Looking cool while sandy

Looking cool while sandy

Diggin

Diggin

Drew loved running around the golf course every night - biggest backyard ever!

Drew loved running around the golf course every night – biggest backyard ever!

Smelling a hibiscus in Grampy and Grammy's yard.

Smelling a hibiscus in Grampy and Grammy’s yard.

The End

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Beach Bum!

Wah-Hoo Drew’s Two!

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Life with Drew keeps us busy.  An entire month has nearly passed since his birthday and we are just now posting about it online.  “What is taking up your time?” you ask?  Primarily Drew’s constant and vivid imagination…  Fire-breathing dragons chase us daily, cooking then eating pretend food (usually pizza) happens hourly, and “what’s that?” is asked almost every minute. (At least it seems that way!)

In between the dragons, etc, we did find time to celebrate his 2nd birthday.  Here’s what we did…

I'm Officially 2! (Each year we'll take another photo of him holding last year's photo.  We started when he turned one by having him hold his ultrasound.)

I’m Officially 2! (Each year we’ll take another photo of him holding last year’s photo. We started when he turned one by having him hold his ultrasound.)

Getting measured. He's 3 feet tall (and growing!)

Getting measured. He’s 3 feet tall (and growing!)

We went out to dinner on his birthday and Drew even got a candle in his ice cream!

Drew LOVES Richard Scarry books. I mean LOVES, LOVES, LOVES them. He can spend hours looking at “What Do People Do All Day”, “The Best Storybook Ever”, “Busy, Busy Town”, etc… So, we decided to have a Richard Scarry-Themed birthday party.

Richard Scarry birthday party!

Richard Scarry birthday party – Lowly Worm hats, bookplate favors, Huckle Cat birthday cake, “apple” cupcakes… And, of course, everything is labeled à la the “Best Word Book Ever”

Photo Op! Riding in Lowly Worm's Apple Car.

Photo Op! Riding in Lowly Worm’s Apple Car.

Waiting for cake!

Waiting for cake!

Oooh - looks nummy!

Oooh – looks nummy!

Blowing out his candles like a pro!

Richard Scarry birthday party!

Richard Scarry birthday party!

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What else have we been up to since the last blog update? Well, in addition to the pretend cooking, we also did do some real cooking….

Helping has turned into

Helping has turned into “Drew Drew’s turn!” Surprisingly, he’s more capable then you would think.

"Nana, you're hilarious!"

“Nana, you’re hilarious!”

Stir it up!

Stir it up!

Oh, and non-pretend eating too!

Got to go out for a doughnut after our 2 year old check-up (and shot - no tears!)

Got to go out for a doughnut after our 2 year old check-up (and shot – no tears!)

And some other birthday-week fun. You only turn 2 once!

"Wheel Fun" rent-a-bike at the Ruston waterfront.

“Wheel Fun” rent-a-bike at the Ruston waterfront.

LOVED the spray park!!

LOVED the spray park!!

Budgie Buddies at the Zoo

Riding my new Harley!

Riding my new Harley!

OK… that’s probably enough photos for now! Stay tuned for a post about our summer adventures whenever we find the time! As always, thanks for sharing the memories with us :o)

Spring Has Sprung

I love my playhouse - thank you Memere and Papa!

I love my playhouse – thank you Memere and Papa!

Sometimes fake flowers are better then real ones.

Sometimes fake flowers are better then real ones.

Hummmm... what egg to choose?

Hummmm… what egg to choose?

Hooray for the Easter Bunny!

Hooray for the Easter Bunny!

Smooch!

Smooch! Young Love

Posing with Mommy

Egg “hunting” in Gig Harbor

Cousins going for a ride - good luck, Papa!

Cousins going for a ride – good luck, Papa!

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We were proud to see Owen swim at the PNS Sectional Championships. Drew enjoyed the swimming, but loved all the tickles from his cousin, aunt, and uncle even more!

I take my picture books seriously.

I take my picture books seriously.

Just being cute.

Just being cute.

Helping bring in some flowers from the garden.

Helping bring in some flowers from the garden.

Belated Holiday Post

Before it got any later in 2016, we wanted to post some official holiday photos.

Christmas dinner at Memere and Papa's.

Wearing a paper crown for Christmas dinner at Memere and Papa’s.

Wow! This is amazing!

Wow! This is amazing!

Showing Papa how his new tool bench works.

Showing Papa how his new tool bench works.

Tea party with Nana and my Mommies!

Nana gave Drew his first tea party – he loved it!

Trimming the tree with cousin Owen.

Trimming the tree with cousin Owen.

Playing in the snow at Nana's house.

Playing in the snow at Nana’s house in Alaska.

So cute in the snow.

Drew couldn’t get enough time in the snow

Family photo

Baby it’s cold outside

Drew helping out by shoveling the walk. What a guy!

Drew helping out by shoveling the walk. What a guy!

Contemplating the cold snow.

Contemplating the cold snow.

Climbing mountains with Nana.

Climbing mountains with Nana.

Sledding

Drew couldn’t decide which way was more fun to ride.  If this picture could talk, you would hear Drew’s little voice saying “Go!”

Smooching Mommy.

Smooching Mommy.

Kate and Ashley with Owen after an exciting time ice skating.

Kate and Ashley with Owen after an exciting time ice skating.

Drew giving Daniel Tiger an "ugga-mugga". He just loves Daniel!

Drew giving Daniel Tiger an “ugga-mugga”. He just loves Daniel!

Christmas morning with Mama.

Christmas morning with Mama.

Opening gifts.

Opening gifts.

Ringing in the New Year with Gigi - so much fun!

Ringing in the New Year with Gigi – so much fun!

Ho ho ho!

Happy Christmas Eve! We are definitely ready to settle down to a long winter’s nap because our little elf has been keeping us so busy. We have had a month full of holiday activities and wanted to share a few of the pre-xmas pictures.  We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

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Picking out our tree.

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Basking in pine.

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Being soo done with picking out our tree.

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PJ Time!

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Drew posing at Gig Harbor’s lighted boat parade. Moments later there was a downpour (and tears). Luckily hot cocoa wasn’t too far away!

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“Whipped cream! I love the holidays!!!”

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At the St. Lucia festival. (He’s holding a wand with a star on the end, which didn’t make it into the photo).

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Sitting pretty at Zoolights.

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“Yes, Santa, I’ve been a good boy.”

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“How many Santas are there anyway?”

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“I just got a little sugar on my face… I was helping!”

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“Sugar is delicious!”

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“Flour is pretty good too!”

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Cutting out sugar cookies!

Happy Halloween!

This Fall season has been fill with many memories. We took Drew to the same pumpkin patch as we did last year and he was thrilled to run around the fields. It is sweet to see how much he has grown and changed over the last year.

Also, while all the costumes were fun to create last year, we certainly didn’t have the time and Drew didn’t have the stamina to dress up in more than one this time around. We chose Peter Pan because when else is he going to let us put him in green tights? Plus, it seemed like something we could make at home… we think he looks pretty darn cute.

The Great Pumpkin Hunt

"I like this pumpkin!"

“I like this pumpkin!”

Drew is ready to roll.

Drew is ready to roll.

Having fun at the pumpkin patch.

Having fun at the pumpkin patch.

"Awe shucks"

“Awe shucks”

What a difference a year makes!

What a difference a year makes! (2014 vs 2015 – click to enlarge)


Peter Pan!

Never Grow Up

Never Grow Up

Think happy thoughts.

Think happy thoughts.

"I can fly, I can fly, I can fly!"

“I can fly, I can fly, I can fly!”

"Following the Leader"

“Following the Leader”

If you look closely, you may remember that Drew was actually a part of the original Disney film!

If you look closely, you may remember that Drew was actually a part of the original Disney film!

Drew Days of Summer

We haven’t posted any pictures in awhile, so we thought we would add some pictures of what we have been up to since the last post.

Drew enjoying the dahlias at Point Defiance Park.

Drew enjoying the flowers at Point Defiance Park

Drum, drum, drum

Drum, drum, druming at the Seattle Children’s Museum

With Gigi

Drew and his BFF Gigi playing in the teepee we made

With MeMere and Papa

Drew has been enjoying spending a lot of time with his MeMere and Papa

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Getting out in the sunshine before the rain comes

Summer Adventures

Wow – What a Summer! Even though it has been an unpleasantly hot summer, we still managed to squeeze all the fun out of it we could.  People always say you forget how sick you were during pregnancy or how challenging the first few months of infancy are, but it is hard not to think back on last summer and remember how sleep deprived we were and how unsure we felt about every decision.

We made it through that period and are now experiencing toddler-hood; another exhausting but fun stage. Honestly, we would do all of it again if given the choice. Since Drew is now so mobile, we were able to do much more this year. We were lucky enough to have family visit from out of town and also went on a couple small trips.  It is exciting to think about what we will be able to do next year when Drew is two.

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While Zach, Lisa, and Owen where here, Owen went to iFly for indoor skydiving. He must have loved it so much that he thought he’d give Drew a similar experience. Weee!

 

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Drew’s first time at Wild Waves. He decided he likes the real beach better.

 

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Drew’s first Mariners game. And fireworks! He loved the fireworks and was a real champ staying up until 10:30 – and still happy! If only his Mama’s had his energy!

 

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The Rolph men.

 

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Thanks for the boat ride, Grampy and Grammy!

 

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Off to Denver… The children’s museum is amazing! Lucky Denverites- (Here’s looking at you, Eric and Olivia.)

 

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Drew felt extra patriotic on Uncle Eric’s birthday. Oh, I guess it was the 4th of July too!

 

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“Watch out, Olivia, here I come!”

 

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At the Garden of the Gods. Drew felt right at home. (One of his nicknames is Hercules after all).

 

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Just to even out the Hercules comment (see above)…. Drew’s favorite book is Cinderella. He favorite activity? Sweeping (and vacuuming, too!)

 

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On our way to camping, we stopped at the Olympia Children’s Museum. Fun!

 

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2004 / 2015 Wow – life has changed!

 

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Setting up camp at Cape Disappointment.

 

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We had so much fun on our first family camping trip!

 

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What a heartthrob.

 

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Enjoying the beach.

 

Drew’s First Birthday

First Birthday Deserves a First Vacation

For Drew’s first birthday we wanted to celebrate in a big way, so we packed our bags for sunny Southern California and Disneyland. Some of you may think we are crazy to take a trip with a one year old, and you are probably right. However, who wouldn’t want to see your little one light up when meeting Mickey Mouse?

This first year has been amazing and some of the hardest work imaginable. Who knew that such a little bundle required such non-stop attention?  Even with all the late nights, endless rocking, and stress, we wouldn’t change one minute and are so thankful to have Drew in our lives.  He brings us endless joy, laughs and insight.  What follows are many pictures from his first birthday celebration.  Sorry if there are too many, but how can you choose from nearly 2000 pictures? (That’s not an exaggeration.  It’s further evidence that we are indeed crazy about our son).

Born to Explore

Born to Explore

Bye Bye Seattle

“Bye Bye Seattle”

Looking out the window.

Looking out the window

He slept almost the whole flight! (Both ways!)

He slept almost the entire flight! (Both ways!)

The Beach is Aaaamazing!

We spent the first two days of our vacation at the beach. Drew really loved the sand and the water. And loved having his legs get splashed by the waves. In fact, one really big wave came up and totally soaked us – while I was upset that my shorts were now soaked, Drew just squealed with delight.

The Rolph Family Legs

The Rolph Family Legs

"Mama... can we live at the beach?"

“Mama… can we live at the beach?”

A boy and his bucket

A boy and his pail

Drew is ready to dive right in!

Drew is ready to dive right in!

Mommy! What's that!?

The intrigue of seaweed

Look over there, more sand!

“Let’s go back in the waves!”

Waa Hoo!

“Waah Hoo!”

Seconds later there would be only a pile of sand...

Seconds later there would be only a pile of sand…

Disneyland Here we Come!

For all those who think babies wouldn’t enjoy Disneyland, let us tell you, they do. From It’s a Small World to meeting Disney characters, Drew was enchanted.  The two days we spent there were totally exhausting, but also so much fun.  What a memorable way to spend his first birthday.

Entering Disneyland.  (He's our little Simba - cue Lion King opening music now)

Entering Disneyland. (He’s our little Simba – cue Lion King opening music now)

Drew posing with his "It's My Birthday" and "My First Disneyland Visit" buttons.

Drew posing with his “It’s My Birthday” and “My First Disneyland Visit” buttons.

Drew inspecting the entrance to Winnie the Pooh's ride.

Drew inspecting the entrance to his first ride.  He seems intrigued.

It's a Small World was his favorite ride.  Here he is excited to enter, and sad/confused about leaving.  (Why would we leave such a magical place?)

It’s a Small World was his favorite ride. Here he is excited to enter, and sad/confused about leaving. (Why would we leave such a magical place?)

He LOVED meeting the characters - giant stuffed animals!!

He LOVED meeting the characters – giant stuffed animals!!

Mickey Ears!!

Mickey Ears!!

Drew was excited about the cake in the hotel on his birthday - not so excited about the bite we gave him.  What kid doesn't love cake!?!

Drew was excited about the cake in the hotel on his birthday – not so thrilled about the bite we gave him. (What kid doesn’t love cake!?!)

Entering Disneyland the second day.  "I can walk in on my own, Mommy."

Entering Disneyland the second day. “I can walk in on my own, Mommy.”

Drew pretending to be Indiana Jones while waiting for Mommy to return from riding the Indiana Jones ride.

Drew pretending to be Indiana Jones while waiting for Mommy to return from riding the Indiana Jones ride.

The Rolph family with their new dog.

The Rolph family with their new dog.

"Mama, I think I'm going to pull up Excalibur!"

“Mama, I think I’m going to pull up Excalibur!”

Back Home – 1st Birthday Party!

Even though we celebrated on vacation, we still wanted to have a party at home – more celebration is always fun.  His party’s theme was Royal – he is our little prince after all.

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His Royal Cuteness

His Royal Cuteness

The Royal Court of Princesses

The Royal Court of Princesses

Drew and Molly - best of buds.

Drew and Molly – best of buds.

Drew looks excited for cake, but really it's the candle that's getting that smile

Drew looks excited for cake, but really it’s the candle that’s getting that smile

"I'm not so sure about this thing called cake."

“I’m not so sure about this thing called cake.”

"I guess I'll touch it"

“I guess I’ll touch it”

This is the extent of the damage to Drew's "smash" cake.  Oh, and that spot you see?  That's where Mama took a spoonful out for Drew.  He didn't want it.

This is the extent of the damage to Drew’s “smash” cake. Oh, and that spot you see? That’s where Mama took a spoonful out for Drew. (He didn’t want it.)

Drew and his girls.

Drew and his ladies in waiting

The whole entourage.

Drew holds court with his people

Proud Mommies with their Prince Charming.

Proud Mommies with their Prince Charming

Drew is telling Pearl a super boring story - she's being such a sport!

Drew is telling Pearl a super looong story – she’s being such a sport!

Drew and Hope playing tag.

Drew and Hope playing tag

What will the next year bring?

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