Sunday, June 17, 2007


Kieran's latest artistic effort moves into a more abstract phase...

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Cutest Little Baby Swimgear Shots

It's been hot here lately, so we've been spending a LOT of time at the local pool. Kieran LOVES it! He gets really excited when we tell him we're going to the pool and starts saying "Puh, Puh, Puh!!" (which means pool in KRUF-language). He loves splashing around in the water and playing with the water toys they have in the pool area. Just last summer, they redid the local pool so now it's more like a water park, complete with a lazy river, several water slides and fun water toys for little girls and boys. We went twice (before and after nap) yesterday, and with today topping out somewhere in the mid-90s, we'll surely be going again today. Yesterday afternoon we brought the camera along and took some glamour shots of KRUF in his full bathing glory. He is ADORABLE!! Just check him out for yourselves below: Hope you're all finding ways to stay cool now that summer's here in all its humid glory!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Reason #38 Why We Need A New Bed

I ask you, where is there room for mom in this bed???

So, we've been talking for a LONG time (since I was pregnant with Kieran, and even somewhat before then) about getting a new, bigger bed. Ours is comfortable, but it's old (we've had it 6 years, and it was a hand-me-down from someone I worked with before we got it) and is now becoming too small for its occupants. We love co-sleeping with Kieran. It's the best. It was so easy when he was a newborn, and it's pretty fantastic now that he's a toddler. One example: One morning last week, Kieran woke up and was playing around in bed while I slowly forced myself into some semblance of awakeness. He crawled over towards me, leaned down, and gave me a big kiss (a REAL kiss!!) on my lips. It was so sweet and sincere. And, it was the first time he had actually kissed anyone or anything. It was hard not to gobble him up when that happened. He's such a sweet boy!

Nonetheless, despite wonderful cosleeping attributes like this one, he is a real bed hog. So, after lots of research, deliberation, and numerous hours lying on showroom beds, we decided to buy a new, bigger mattress. We waited until the Memorial Day weekend sales (and all the great financing that accompanies them!), and we're now waiting for our new mattress to arrive. Finally, we'll be able to sleep without feeling like we're a pack of sardines. I can't wait!

Friday, June 08, 2007

Kieran Walking

As promised, here is Mr. KRUF walking like a big boy. Don't you want to just eat him up?

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Catching Up With KRUF

What a bad mommy I've been! It has been a while since I updated Kieran's blog. I guess running after a one-year old limits the amount of time you have to waste on the internet. I think we'll do a journey in pictures of the past couple of months. Plus, who doesn't love some Kruffie pix?

It's amazing how much Kieran has changed over the last couple of months. He has truly transformed from a baby to a little toddler. It has been amazing to watch him (and his p
ersonality!) grow. Of course, growing requires a healthy diet, and we got lucky with this little guy. He loves to eat veggies, especially if they're green, and is coming around to fruits. He also loves to eat starches. While his name may be Irish, his profound love for pasta belies his Italian ancestry. Here he is, chowing down on some yummy spaghetti. As you can see, mealtime can be a full-body experience.

Of course, he doesn't find everything he eats to be delicious. Take, for example, some yummy, homemade birthday cake:

I slaved in the kitchen, making these carrot cakes from scratch(don't laugh at my decorating job--no one ever said it had to look pretty!), but he was totally not interested in cake at all, aside from poking it with his finger. You can see, he looks anything but impressed with mommy's hard work!

Don't let this sign for more fool you. I think he was referring to the empty beer bottle under Dad's foot.

Here he is, letting us know that he's ready to be picked up-- enough of this sitting on the floor stuff.

And this one? Well, it's just too cute to leave out of our photographic journey. My boy is just too adorable!

Moving ever onward, here are a couple of pictures from our whirlwind trip home to VA for my sister's graduation. Here are Kieran and Jay. They truly are some of the most handsomely adorable boys around. Look out ladies--they've got the looks AND a good sense of humor! Oh, and Frank Beamer, if you're reading this, keep your eye out for these two in about 16 years. We're grooming them to be the best QB/WR pair you've ever seen!

Here's Mr. KRUF with me and my peeps at Aunt Becky's graduation from JMU. It is really hard to get a picture of 12 people all looking at the camera and smiling at the same time!

In other news, Kieran LOVES to color. Daddy's computer is fun, as is the Magna Doodle, both of which are nice because they don't make a mess if the writing implement makes its way off the paper. Sometimes, however, he finds a wayward pencil or pen, which is an especially exciting treat for KRUF. Here is an example of his first masterpiece, which he created on the bathroom wall. Thank goodness for Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.

As you saw in the previous post, Kieran is now a walker, and he has really taken off in the past week. It's not uncommon to see him tottering around the corner, arms akimbo, looking like something out of an old-school horror movie. Never fear, I promise to provide video soon (in the next couple of weeks, hopefully!) documenting this feat before he becomes too adept at walking. He's also signing up a storm. His vocabulary has really taken off, and he has about 20 words in his repertoire. He knows how to say 'please' and 'thank you', too, which are absolutely adorable. He is also doing some verbalizing and is overall getting better and better every day at communicating with us. Don't get me wrong, he still whines and fusses at times, but for the most part, he's a pretty contented little guy.

Thus concludes our journey with Kieran today. Keep checking back. I promise I'll post again sometime soon-ish! Of course, no KRUFalufagous journey would be complete without one final look at this adorable little guy. Here he is, enjoying his first ice cream cone. We hope you're enjoying your summer as much as we are so far!