It's time once again for a long post with lots of pictures in an attempt to get caught up-to-date. The weather this month has been crazy. We've had beautiful spring-like days in which we play outside without our jackets on, as well as frigid days with snow on the ground. Not only have we had both types of days this month, but within a few days of each other.
Charlie has really become a great baby. He doesn't fuss much anymore, and when he does it is usually because he is tired or hungry. We let him "cry it out" to sleep at night a couple weeks ago, and naps and bed have been much better since. Before, we would rock/bounce him for 15+ minutes sometimes to get him to fall asleep. Now we put him in his crib and walk out. Sometimes he fusses a bit, and sometimes not at all. His last nap of the day (around 5 p.m.) is usually the hardest.
On January 4th, we met Colleen and her family at the mall to celebrate Sean's 3rd birthday. The kids played in the play area, had Subway for lunch, and then got to ride the train!
My cousins Mark and Rachel came back from Brazil (Mark had been there since early July studying abroad, and Rachel went to travel with Mark after her semester was over). We got to spend some time with them (and their parents) before they headed back to college (Mark to D.C. and Rachel to CA).
Jack took some pictures of Charlie with his new camera. "Say 'cheese' Charlie!"
An attempted picture with the camera's timer while Patrick napped:
Uncle Patrick and Aunt Ingrid gave Jack this puzzle for Christmas. He has enjoyed putting it together all by himself several times.