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Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving 2010 @ the Oosterbaan household:

The “cool” table.

The “other cool” table.

The “cool-est” table.

The “not cool” table.

The football game.

The Mexican Train domino game.

The crossword puzzle game.

Not surprisingly, Little Lance got passed around quite a bit.

He definitely has grown since I’ve seen him last!

Cute little pumpkin.

We have many things to be thankful for. =)


New nephew: Lance Gavin!

A new nephew was born 10.19.10 at 6:22pm!  He was 8 lbs 8ozs and 21 inches long.

There he is!

…and his precious piggy-toes.

The light is awfully bright.

Big yawn!

There are those eyes!

Chillin’ with Uncle Matt.

Eating my fists.

Lance LOVES Auntie Joy.

AWWWWW how precious.

So tired.

Such little hands.

Fast asleep.

Those are true piano-playing fingers. I can tell already.

Still sleeping.

What does Big Brother think of New Little One?

He likes him alright…except when he has to share Grandma.

Brotherly love.

Just peekin’ out the window.

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The Big Day of 2 Arrives

The Big Day arrives….The Little Guy turns 2!

The bday dinner was tasty.

And opening presents was tons of fun.

Mom and Smoo thought the gifts were quite grand.

And then all these folks sang to the Little Guy…

And then – *foooo* – time to blow out all 2 of the candles!

After dinner was time for some outdoor activities.

…namely, volleyball! ¬†Look at that preggo go!!

This is an intense game of v-ball, I can tell.


If you stick out your tongue, as so properly demonstrated by MattHew here, it really helps with getting that ball over to the¬†other side of the net. ¬†Try it sometime. ¬†You’ll see.

The Little Guy prepares to send a mean spike sailing over the net to the opposing team.  Birthday Boys always win!


The Many Faces of The Boy

The Boy is a busy little fellow, always up to something.

He has a Little Bro coming soon.  He seems happy enough about it.

Did you know The Boy can sleep on the floor just dandy in a pinch?

Or be all cozy tucked neatly into bed.  (Thanks, Daddy.)

He can be wide awake and ready to play.

He also can find all sorts of clever things.

He can look oh-so-handsome in his little striped sweater.

And can even disappear when Uncle Paul gets mean and scary.

The Boy knows how to play Rummicube with Mommy.

He even can ride the big doggy in just a diaper.

He can look suave and charming whenever is needed.

…and even debonaire, when the time so calls…

……or even intelligent, in order to charm the ladies.

Best of all, he can climb all the stairs and then go bumpity-bump.

Oh the marvelous things The Boy can do!

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The Boy Grows Up

Time for an update on The Boy, methinks.

He is growing up.

He likes Matchbox cars.

But he is too scared to ride the tractor with Grandpa.

…and he doesn’t much like car rides at times, no matter how short the distance.

At the neighbor’s tractor show, most of the tractors were too big and scary to sit on – like this blue monster.

Or this old rusty beast.

Oh, but wait Рmaybe this is one he can handle.  If Uncle Paul can do it, anybody can!

Yes indeed, this one is a-okay.

But most things are best when sighted from the safety of the umbrella stroller.

Auntie Joy tries to engage The Boy in a tractor¬†revving sound match. ¬†(It doesn’t much work.)

In the safety of the indoors, The Boy discovers that there are large numbers of trucks and tractors inside the barn.  And they are just the right size.

But why can’t I reach them? ¬†Won’t anybody take one down for me?!

Time to go!

It’s back home again we go.

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A Day At the Beach

After that long wedding day, we needed a day at the beach.

See? Standing in heels on narrow stairs all day makes you a little bit looney and beach-hungry.

And sometimes it can even rub off on your spouse if you aren’t careful.

The beach has a way of making you pretty hungry.

There is lots to explore at the beach. Like cement benches.

And long shorelines.

Gotta love those little swimpants.

Parenting lesson: This is what you do when your kid won’t stop running off while you are waiting for the girls to get out of the bathroom. ¬†Bonus: The Kid may actually likes it.

Now back to the ole’ easy chair.

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Who knew balloons could be so fun?

Remember him?

Of course you do.

Here’s when he meet Kitty.

…and here’s when he entertained himself with a balloon bouquet for an unexpected amount of time.

As you can see here, he is utterly erupting with giggles.

…and batting his arms with glee.

…and chasing the bouquet all across the kitchen.

My poor camera lens couldn’t keep up with The Boy’s crazy movements…

Getting tangled…

Who knew balloons could be this much fun?!