“I’m working on my roar” (Lion King)

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Max’s first birthday – Oct 20, 2010

Max turned one!   Max’s birthday was fun for everyone. He got a very special birthday present from the kids Mom! Mommy came and celebrated with grandparents, cousins, aunt Lisa, uncle Bob and godmother Kathy.  Mommy brought gifts for the kids – light saber like things that the kids loved = and the fact that they came from Mom made them that much better!  Max got lots of awesome presents including his very own chair!  After a year, Max is still the same very happy baby he has been since day one! He loves to laugh and to crawl after Evan and Sophie. He says “Da” and sometimes “Dada”. His first word other than that was either “nana” (banana) or “hot”.  He was crawling very quickly, but not quite walking at his first birthday.

“Hard to say goodbye” (Dreamgirls)

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Sept 20, 2010

The end of September meant that our awesome au pair, Matthias (Matthew), has been with us for a whole year and would have to go home soon.  A week before he left, Nicolas arrived to take his place. It was very hard to say goodbye to Matthew. He was part of our family for a year, and the kids loved him a whole lot.  Matthew came to dinner the night before he left for good. The kids got to give him a gift and play with him one last time. The kids knew that Matthew had to go back to Switzerland to see him family, but I am sure it was much harder for us to watch them say goodbye than for them, because  they didn’t really understand what that meant. Hard to believe that Matthew arrived to our family before Max was even born! He was here for Max’s entire first year and through so many changes in all of their lives!

“My father says that children keep growing” (Flower Drum Song)

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

August 14th and 15th were a big weekend for Max. We spent the weekend in Fair Play with Nana and Poppy and boy did he change! After 9 1/2 months he still had no teeth, and he still didn’t crawl. He would sit happily for a very long time playing with whatever was in reach.  Well sure enough towards the end of the week we thought we saw two bottom teeth about to pop through and by Saturday, sure enough, they both were there. Almost 10 months old, but also just about when Sophie got her first tooth. If that wasn’t enough, Max pretty much out of nowhere just started to crawl on the same day! On Thursday he took a few “crawl  steps”, and a couple more on Friday, and by Saturday in Fair Play (probably encouraged by the carpet he was crawling all around.  Evan and Sophie are completely delighted by the progress their brother is making and love to watch and “help him” at every new venture!

Evan and Sophie watch as Max takes some of his first crawls.

Evan and Sophie watch as Max takes some of his first crawls.

Max pauses his crawling to get a picture taken

Max pauses his crawling to get a picture taken

Proud big sister poses with Max

Proud big sister poses with Max

Having "mastered" crawling a few minutes earlier, Sophie and Evan decide that Max should learn how to somersault as well!

Having "mastered" crawling a few minutes earlier, Sophie and Evan decide that Max should learn how to somersault as well!

"and yes.. i CAN fly"

"and yes.. i CAN fly"

One last note. Evan and Sophie are doing amazing together. Sharing  toys and food, caring about each other when they cry, and last night, on the way to dinner, we looked in the back seat and there they were, holding hands!!

Evan and Sophie playing a game of 'ring around the rosie'

Evan and Sophie playing a game of 'ring around the rosie'

“When from out of the sky like a bomb comes some little punk in a rocket” (

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Evan turned three on Sunday. We planned a different sort of celebration for him this year. We noticed at Sophie’s 2nd birthday party that Evan didn’t seem entirely thrilled with a large group of kids in the house, and lately when we are in large groups of people he will tell us he would prefer to be somewhere quiet. There were a few things we knew however, that we wanted to incorporate into his day. The first was “Toy  Story” – he is a big fan! The second was “Chuck-E-Cheese” – he has been asking to go there since he saw a commercial on TV. The third was time with his cousins.

So on his birthday morning, we sang him happy birthday with a candle in a muffin, and let him open his presents from Daddies. He was thrilled with his Buzz, his Woody, and his Slinky (as was Sophie). In the afternoon we met just two friends at Chuck-E-Cheese. Evan LOVED it and ran around the entire time, only taking time to sit for a few minutes to have pizza and a cupcake.  On Monday evening, his cousins and grandparents came to our house for Pizza and birthday cake. It turned out to be a perfect 2 days for Evan – he loved every  single minute of it.

Evan 3rd Birthday from David Bowik on Vimeo.

Max’s adoption Day

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

On Monday, May 24th, Max became part of our family forever. His adoption day was very similar to Evan’s and Sophie’s. Early morning at the court house with our attorney (and now friend who we have been in constant contact with for 4 years!) Susan Romer, and our parents and family. It has become tradition to go to lunch and celebrate the day with family. We went back to the same restaurant (Le Mer) that we went to after Sophie’s adoption and had another great lunch!

Baptism Day

Monday, June 7th, 2010

happened in May…

Fair Play weekend Memorial Day

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Pictures from a couple of different weekends in Fair Play.

“Give ’em the old three ring circus” (Chicago)

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Lot’s of things going on every day! Trying to find time to document everything new that happens (a new word, a cute phrase, a haircut) is always a challenge. Even remembering to take pictures sometimes doesn’t happen.  Here is a random sampling pictures from the last few weeks that captures a few of the goings on in our lives.

things of note; Evan's underwear, Sophie's pony tail, calliou on computer

things of note; Evan's underwear, Sophie's pony tail, calliou on computer

Evan on tricycle he got for being potty trained, and sporting haircut thanks to Daddya and Matthew

Evan on tricycle he got for being potty trained, and sporting haircut thanks to Daddya and Matthew

tender moment between brother and sister on train ride in Tilden Park

tender moment between brother and sister on train ride in Tilden Park

Evan, Sophie and friends watch the train at Tilden Park

Evan, Sophie and friends watch the train at Tilden Park

Max in his jumpy seat.

Max in his jumpy seat.

Evan test driving fire engine at Glen Park street fair

Evan test driving fire engine at Glen Park street fair

Sophie actually may be a better driver than Evan..

Sophie actually may be a better driver than Evan..

Sophie moved from her crib about 6 months ago. This month we finally got them matching beds!

Sophie moved from her crib about 6 months ago. This month we finally got them matching beds!

Sophie jumping on her new bed- a whole lot better than a mattress on the floor!

Sophie jumping on her new bed- a whole lot better than a mattress on the floor!

“I’m my Daddy’s girl” (Grey Gardens)

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Sophie turned 2 this last Friday. It was a great weekend filled with surprises, cake, parties and a very special visit from Mom! Angela came in on Saturday night and spent some great time with the kids. Sophie seems especially happy to see her mom and looks at her with big eyes and says “mommy”.  Sophie seemed to enjoy the whole weekend and got a bunch of really great presents.

Birthday breakfast practice candle

Birthday breakfast practice candle

Birthday day breakfast party

Birthday day breakfast party

Sophie blows her candles out on her birthday night cake

Sophie blows her candles out on her birthday night cake

Max enjoying the festivities

Max enjoying the festivities

Evan watching Sophie open a present

Evan watching Sophie open a present

Sophie checks out a new toy

Sophie checks out a new toy

Sophie gets ready to blow out the candles on her cake on her Saturday birthday party

Sophie gets ready to blow out the candles on her cake on her Saturday birthday party

By this time she had practiced at least 10 times

By this time she had practiced at least 10 times

Sophie successfully blew out all the candles on her cake!

Sophie successfully blew out all the candles on her cake!

“Many a new day” (Oklahoma)

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Almost a month since the last blog update. So many things are happening that we want to document, but we forget to take pictures, forget to load photos, or are just too tired to update the blog. The good news is that the kids have all been happy and healthy over the last month. The not so good news is we have had a really tough time at night. All three kids were waking up during most nights and some nights daddy’s were left with only a couple hours of sleep. Lately it has gotten much better. Evan is almost always sleeping through (but likes to wake up at 6), Sophie will wake up once about 50% of the time and just want some daddy time, and Max is still usually wanting to eat at about 1 AM.

Max is now playing in the jumpy seat, sitting in high chair, eating rice cereal and playing with all sorts of toys. He mostly loves to watch Evan and Sophie and will giggle and laugh whenever they are. Sophie continues to develop her speech. She adores Matthew and calls him “Mat-Mew” – it’s adorable. She is finally beginning to call Evan more than “Ehh”and now says “Evan” about 75% of the time. She pooped on the potty last week, but will normally just say “poopie, poopie” then sit on the potty for 5 minutes and say “all done”  without anything happening. Evan is in the middle of potty training. He knows he gets a bike when he is done, so he is working on it diligently. For the last 3 days he has done every pee in the potty during the day. Regular underwear stayed dry all day two days in a row. I think we are off to buy a bike today. Yesterday when I came home from work he told me he peed in the potty. I said “great Evan, I am so proud of you, do you want to go pee with Daddy again  right now?” He said, “Daddy if I go pee again do I get 2 bicycles?”

Sophie and Daddy on the beach

Sophie and Daddy on the beach

Evan eating ice cream (before haircut)

Evan eating ice cream (before haircut)

Max's first meal of rice cereal at 4 months

Max's first meal of rice cereal at 4 months

Max in his high chair

Max in his high chair

Evan (after haircut) and Max in their matching pj's (Sophie has some too -but was still sleeping this morning)

Evan (after haircut) and Max in their matching pj's (Sophie has some too -but was still sleeping this morning)