Charlotte's 2nd Birthday

Charlotte celebrated her second birthday yesterday in style.

After breakfast, she rocked out to the Beatles

And taught her doll to dance too

Then we went to her party at the At Play Cafe where appropriately, Charlotte got to play.

Daddy helping during the art project. The kids painted caterpillars.

Oli just checking everything out.

Flirting with Grandma and Grandpa

And his new girlfriend, Reese.

The amazing cake that Aunt Carri made for Charlotte (sorry about the odd angle...)

Singing Happy Birthday

Eating "Happy Birthday CAKE!"

After the party (and nap time) Charlotte got to open all those new birthday presents with Grandpa and Grandma Findley

Playing with her new kitchen

After dinner she had a second round of birthday cake

Overall, it was an excellent day. Thanks to everyone who joined us and especially the Grandpa John for giving Charlotte the party at At Play and Aunt Carri for making the cake. Charlotte's a lucky little girl to have everyone celebrate with her.

A final slide show with all the photos (some blatantly stolen from Grandpa John)


Charlotte Eats Cheerios

When Charlotte saw us taping Oli this morning, she wanted to be filmed too. Hence the thrilling footage of her eating cheerios, counting, and various other musings.

WDW Videos

We didn't get a whole lot of video on the trip, but here are a few clips:

Oliver Smiles

It's hard to capture them, but here are a few of Oli's smiles.


Chunky Monkey

I'll do Oli's 2 month pictures soon (it happened to be the day Charlotte got sick at WDW, so haven't gotten a chance yet). But I snapped these pictures today which really show how fast he's growing.

Here's the day he came home from the hospital for comparison...

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Checking out his big sis

Just in the last few days he's really started to coo, smile, and even giggle a lot more often. Haven't been able to capture it on film yet, but here's a half smirk.

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Walt Disney World Take 1 (or 3)

We got home from Oli's first and Charlotte's third trip to Walt Disney World last night. Still pretty exhausted, but wanted to get these posted while I was still motivated. The trip probably tied with our infamous family trip to Cancun for being cursed... no medical professionals had to visit our room, but I did sprain my ankle pretty badly the morning we left, Bill broke his glasses right before we left, and Charlotte spent an entire day projectile vomiting.

Even with all that, it really was an excellent trip. Charlotte, Oli, Bill, and I stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village. We had a savannah view and Charlotte thoroughly enjoyed saying "Good Morning" and "Good Night" to the animals each day. Grandpa John stayed near by at Bonnet Creek.

The highlight of the trip was being picked as "Family of the Day" in Toontown. We got a personal tour from the Mouse himself.

Here are a handful of my favorite pictures:

Charlotte meets "Missy" for her private tour

Oli modeling his Pooh outfit

Grandpa teaching Charlotte how to drive

Stickers were a huge hit this trip

And of course Oli got his first set of ears

And for those of you with too much time on your hands, here's a slide show of all the "good" pictures. I'll post more once we get our photo pass pictures back.

And here's a link to the photos online if you want to see larger versions.


Charlotte's used the playmat more since Oli was born than she ever did when she was an only child.

These were the last pictures we took before our WDW trip. Prepare to be inundated with Mickey Mouse House pictures...
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