A Half-Dozen Healys

The Adventures of Amy, Jason, Seth, Evan, Nora, and Maya

Blog Masthead: A Half-Dozen Healys

Blog Postings for 2012

Pictures from September

Found a little time while on duty to gather up the pictures from September. Please enjoy the updates from the start of our school year!

A few highlights:

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Pictures from July and August

The start of school has started to die down (well, a little bit), and I've managed to crank out all the pictures from July and August. There are just over one thousand pictures all together, so that should keep people busy for a bit...

A few highlights:

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Seth at Four Years and Four Months Old: Pajamas All the Time!

Seth has had a great start to the year with his second year of Tiger School. His teachers, Ms. Cathi and Ms. Barbara, are amazing, and we are so blessed that Seth gets to have another year of pre-school with them before he heads off to kindergarten next fall. (sniff sniff, can't believe he will be in kindergarten next fall!) He had a great conference at the end of last year, when Ms. Cathi provided us with this amazingly organized binder of Seth's work that she had put together throughout the year. It was so neat to see how he had progressed in terms of being able to write his name and draw a person, among other things, since the year started. They confirmed a lot of things we were seeing at home in terms of Seth always being interested in stories, having a good attention span and auditory memory, and starting to understand some sight words and phonics.

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Last Third of the Summer in Photos: Sleepovers, Swimming, and Sprinklers

Since we are midway through September, we wanted to catch up on the rest of the events of the summer before we start into pictures of apple and pumpkin picking! We had a great summer, and no better way to describe it than through pictures!

Posing with camp counselor (and Paint It Like Picasso teacher) Valerie:

Sitting in Suffield's brand new fire engine:

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Video Highlights From the Summer

Here are a few great videos from our summer. It is fun to be able to show what the boys have been up to.

This video sums up Evan's language development right now. Animal sounds, body parts, a few words, and a whole lot of "Dahhhh!!!" Love it!

This video shows some of Seth's progress at swimming lessons.

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Pictures from June

Summer has flown by as it does every year, and I haven't been keeping up on our photos. Fortunately, I found some time this week to tag all the pictures from June (well over 500). Looking back it was a very busy month! Here are some highlights:

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July (So Far) In Pictures: Outings, Camps, and Blueberries!

Lots going on around the Healy house in July so far. What better way to show you than with pictures!

Concentrating at the sand and water table:

Playing with trains at the library:

Making fairy houses with Geema at a library program:

Snuggling with Geema after a long walk:

Celebrating the 4th of July in Shelburne Falls:

Waiting for the parade:

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June in Pictures: Concerts, Cape Cod, and Cousins!!!

We thought we'd show you what we've been up to this summer in pictures:

Building rocketships:

Playing ball (and playing with shoes):

Enjoying some snuggle time:

Having our annual photoshoot with Alexandra Tremaine, this year in Fairfield, CT:

Sitting in chairs in matching pajamas:

Having the Tiger Den End-Of-Year Show (in home-made tie-dye):

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Evan at 18 Months - Our Little Monkey

It's just a few days shy of Evan's 18 month birthday, and he has changed a lot since I last wrote about all his milestones at 13 months!

Here is a recap of his milestones from the last several months!

13.5 months

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Seth at Four Years - Such a Big Boy!

How did Seth get to be four years old? The time goes by so fast. He had a great time at both of his birthday parties this year. The party for his Tiger School friends at Bounce Town was so much fun! He was so excited to be the "guest of honor" - finally the birthday boy at Bouncetown! And there was a lot of bouncing done! Seth was so cute sitting at the head of the table with his birthday crown on. He was very excited about his rocketship cake! We had chosen that as the theme for his party when we picked out his invitations, and it's been fun to see how interested he has become in rocketships! Some of his favorite gifts were rocketships! He had a great time at his "grandparents"/Mother's Day party, too. It was fun to all be together and celebrate Seth.

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Pictures from March, April, and May

I was on duty at Suffield this weekend, so I had some time to kill while overseeing students in detention. I made the best of it by catching up on picture sifting, and I'm proud to say that I'm all caught up with pictures from March (since our Hawaii trip), April, and May (through the 18th).

There are a ton of pictures; here are just a few of the things we've been up to:

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Seth Turns Four - and Gets a New Bike!

Seth on his new bike

We can hardly believe that Seth turned four years old today! I was just re-reading our blog entries from the day he was born, and it's so hard to believe he is a big boy now and not a little baby. Though I tell him he will always be my baby, he is more interested these days in being called a big boy (remember, after Evan was born, he wanted to be called a "little guy" even though he was still Evan's big brother).

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All the Family Favorites in Hawaii!

We still had a little less than a week of our trip left, so we were ready to visit some of the Healy family favorites with Judy. On Thursday, the first order of business was getting Seth's stitches out!! This all went smoothly, and he was so excited to be rid of those stitches!

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The Sun Comes Out!

The sun did come, and we took full advantage for the last few days of Mom's visit. Since Seth was no worse for the wear on Saturday, we headed out for another fun day of sightseeing. It still wasn't warm enough to go to the beach, but we had a great day driving to different places on the island. My brother's girlfriend joined us for our travels, and we all had a great time. First, we started out with a trip up to the Pali Lookout. It is a beautiful place to get a great view of the windward side of the island, and it sure is windy up there! Little Evan likes when we blow gently on his face, but he wasn't quite sure what to make of this!

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Keeping the Urgent Care Clinic in Business

Many of you already know that we had a couple medical bumps on our trip with the boys, so I'll give a quick summary here. On Friday night, after we had gotten home from our big day of sightseeing, we were getting the boys ready for bed. Seth had just had a bath, and I was getting him ready for bed in our room. He was sitting up on our bed (which he has done many times before), and I was getting his pajamas. He found a book that he wanted to show to Evan, and all of a sudden he was on the floor crying. Somehow, he had fallen off the bed, and as we pieced together later (he told us most of the story), he slammed his face into the side of the wall. It was a freak accident that happened in a split second (I guess that's how they all happen). We could tell right away that he would need stitches - he split the corner of his lip open.

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Hawaiʻi: The First Few Days - Amazing, Even in the Rain

We arrived in Hawaii in the early evening on Tuesday, March 6. We were all exhausted, but so excited to be in Hawaiiʻ! Mom and I waited at the airport with the boys while Jason headed out on the shuttle to pick up our rental car. For this trip, we rocked a sweet (ha!) mini-van! At home, we have our Mazda 5, but we knew we would need more room on our vacation since we'd have more adults with us. It was nice to have the extra space, but it was definitely more challenging having to drive and park a bigger car. All props go to Jason who did all the driving and parallel-parked that van in spaces that didn't even seem big enough for a compact car!

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Hawaiʻi: First We Have to Fly There!

We were lucky enough to be able to schedule a trip back to Honolulu to visit Jason's hometown. We last visited two years ago, when Seth was just shy of two-years-old, and we had a wonderful time. We decided it was time for another visit, one that Seth would remember (he "remembers" our first trip through pictures and video), as well as a chance to introduce Evan to Hawaiʻi.

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Pictures Through February

Suffield Academy has just begun their spring break, and we're getting ready to go to Hawaii! I figured we should catch up on the pictures from 2012 before we take a bunch of new ones on vacation.

This batch includes:

Evan's first birthday party (and his actual birthday)

A warm day outside in January (60 degrees!)

Evan starting to pull up

Sledding with Seth

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Happy Valentine's Day: Evan at 13 months - Dancing, Pointing, and Walking!

It's been a little while since my last blog update on Evan, and what better date to post than on Valentine's Day! Seth and Evan both had a fun Valentine's Day - fun at home, cute cards and gifts, and a fun party for Seth at Tiger School. Evan got to watch Seth make homemade Valentines this weekend, and I'm sure Evan will be right in the mix doing this next Valentine's Day!

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S-S-Seth Starts with S! Seth at Three Years and Nine Months Old

Lately, Seth has been focused on sounding out words, especially trying to figure out the first letter of words. He is pretty accurate at it (although there are those confusing similarities like K/C/S and G/J - why is the English language so confusing!), and it is lots of fun to hear him sounding out his words. "S-s-Seth starts with S...p-p-people starts with p," and so on.

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Evan Turns One!

Last week, on January 18, 2012, we celebrated Evan's first birthday. It is hard for us to believe that a whole year has already gone by since he was born. We looked at pictures and videos of little Evan from his first week of life, and smiled remembering the little, wrinkly baby from January 2011. We remembered how he was born with his little ears folded over (they have found their way to a more regular shape now), and we laughed when we saw the video of Seth meeting Evan for the first time. Through all the kisses and hugs from Seth, Evan just slept and slept, cozy and comfy. In retrospect, we had an amazingly easy transition from a family of three to a family of four, helped greatly by a mellow little baby, an easy-going, loving, brother and a very helpful extended family!

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Pictures From 2011 Done!

Just in time for Evan's first birthday, I've finished uploading the remaining pictures (November and December) from 2011.

This batch includes:

Visiting Papa's house during the 8-day power outage

Seth visiting Bounce Town for Elizabeth's birthday

Bath time for the boys

A visit to Rhode Island

Visiting with Chris, Cathy, and Eleanor in western Mass

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