June was a great month filled with lots of first visits for Cooper as well as a big trip up to Santa Cruz for family camp with Sarah’s family. Jack’s been loving having mom and dad home every day and he’s all loved getting to hold and try to play with his little brother.
Thanks to some kind friends we were offered 4 free loge level tickets to the Dodgers game last week. It was a night game but paternity leave was close to ending and we figured why not be some cool parents and keep our boys up late. For Dodgers fans this was fun because we got to see Brian Dozier’s first game in Dodgers Blue and they ultimately won, although we were long gone before the win was in sight. Two kids at a game is incredibly hard but it was still a ton of fun and I’d do it again in a heart beat. It also helped that it was $1 Dodger Dogs night so I didn’t mind that Jack and Coop didn’t touch theirs and it wasn’t so bad that Sarah tried to eat one an inning. Jack remembered that last year he got a frozen yogurt so he demanded one of those until he finally got his way. He also was super into taking photos with the DSLR and actually used the view finder. Surprisingly some of them actually looked artistic, I was tempted to do another set of photos he just took but I decided to just save that for another day. Looking forward to many more games with the family like this in the future.
May was a great month full of visitors and time with friends and family. Jack has grown accustomed to sharing the house with his little brother and has even taken quite the liking to him, at times that is.
You may recall that we had to upgrade our old t2i to the latest t7i, which didn’t bring us anything revolutionary or that exciting in terms of camera technology but given our t2i was so old we do now have the luxury of having touch features on the screen of the camera. Thanks to these new bells and whistles Jack has actually taken some interest in taking photos. He’ll often say “i take a photo?” and immediately ask “i see it” after he’s taken one. I’m sure part of this is due to his skills with an iPhone but it was also spurred by a staged family photo we did for Easter.
It’s pretty fun to have him show the interest in taking shots but it’s also challenging to keep him from button mashing or getting frustrated when the camera can’t keep up with his crazy ideas. Rather than delete all his shots i thought it would be fun to post the shots he took in April in May which sadly include a lot of yours truly’s ugly mug.
Well I’ve finally done it and got my life together enough to get some April photos uploaded. Two kids has proven to be quite the foe to my efficiency but so has our laziness as we have taken forever to organize our “polaroids”. One thing to note on that front is that our old fujifilm camera broke and we had to buy the latest one and we have found the new one to be much more challenging to get a steady exposure which has proven to be quite frustrating as well as expensive.
Jack has proven to be a big fan of his new little brother Cooper and it’s surprisingly made Jack quite the photo fan as he’s started trying to take photos but especially has made him want to be in each and every photo. I don’t know if it’s technically true that you take less photos of your second child or instead that you just take more photos of them together or the first one just keeps getting in the way of you taking photos of the second child.
Hopefully we’ll have March together shortly.
It’s fitting that I’m finally getting around to posting this video on Mother’s Day. Sarah has proven to be the best mom one can ask for and we are so blessed to now welcome into our family Cooper Taylor Moe Butcher. Sarah carried this tank of a baby to 41 weeks and boy did he make the most of that time to grow as he came in at an impressive 9lbs 6oz and 22″ long. We delivered at UCLA Hospital with the UCLA Midwives who were an incredible group of women to work with. Jack has been a great older brother with the only natural moments of jealousy over the attention he now has to share. There’s a whole lot to share including plenty of pictures but I wanted to try and get this up today because this great addition is only here thanks to the nurturing, love, and hard work Sarah put in over the last 9 months. We’re stoked to have Cooper here and us Butcher boys have so much love for Sarah today and everyday.
It’s incredible to know someone that is 101 let alone that it’s my grandfather, Dara. He’s been living in an assisted living home for almost 1 year now and you could argue that his health has only improved since moving in. He’s a notorious flirt with an incredibly sharp memory who loves to share stories (some taller than others) of his past with any open ear. He loves being around his family and on his birthday we did just that by getting the Willoughby clan together to share in some requested Panda Express and cake.
The evening was a blast with everyone in good spirits and the kids slowly warmed up and began to run the show. Keegan did her part by counting all the way to 101 for everyone and then at the end Jack orchestrated a solo singing show in which he constantly reminded people to sit down, would only allow himself to sing, and then after each song he would yell out triumphantly “another song!” Hits included The Wheels on the Bus, Jesus Loves Me, He’s Got The Whole World in his Arms, Baby Beluga, and more.
We also watched a video where my cousin Blake had her drama students read adages from Dara’s book, which had him in tears by the end, while my Dad sat there wondering where these kids got these sayings from until someone finally explained to him it was Dara’s book. Lastly Dara finished the evening off with a great little toast that included Marxie who passed away one year ago and then he actually gave all the grand kids an extremely generous gift.
Here’s to hopefully doing this all again next year !