Courting Elodie

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Jack and Elodie have had a thing going ever since Elodie hosted Jack for vacation   in Charlottesville, VA last July. While there they hit the local pool, took their parents wine tasting, ate at fine dining establishments, and enjoyed the plethora of flavors of ice cream and fro-yo in town.

Sadly living on separate coasts meant they had to work extra hard on maintaining their relationship once the vacation was over.  I think they both knew the long-distance thing was going to be tough but what 2 or 3 year old is truly prepared enough.  Elodie has really put in her effort in by mailing cards, letters, and drawings for Jack.  Jack on the other hand has been methodically planning on how to further woo her on their next in person visit.

They finally got their much needed re-connection this July when the two of them both went to Santa Barbara to see their grandparents.  The meet-up was scheduled for Chase Palm Park and it was clear from the start the two needed some warming up.  Jack thought it best to start with some snacks and he came out strong by trying to show Elodie he could eat 2 protein bars packed with 21 grams of protein each, Elodie however was not impressed at first.

Once they were adequately satiated it was time to get a group photo with the mommies and for Jack to show off his little brother Coop.  Jack thought that this gesture of sharing his little brother and showing off how the polaroid from that day would impress, but it was clear Elodie was going to make Jack earn it.

Jack’s next tactic was to share his “treasures” which included having Elodie close her eyes while he “s’prised” her with a feather.  After bribery failed Jack knew he needed to take advantage of the spike of protein he was metabolizing and did so by showing off his rolling skills on both concrete and grass hills. Yet again, Jack was left hanging.

Being spurned got Jack thinking and he knew he needed to be a gentleman and pull out his last trick, the ever classic flower.  Sure enough Jack’s hard work, commitment, and chivalry paid off and he got that glimmer of interest out of Elodie that had been eluding him all morning.

With the special bond back together the two went off to meet their latest little buddy Chance, and see Sarah’s other good friend Laura who was also in town. It was clear from the group photos that Jack and Elodie were smitten with each other and they had a wonderful time showing off for the new babies.

Sadly the trip had to end and Elodie and Jack had to say their goodbyes yet again. Luckily Elodie and her family have moved closer and are now just a stone’s throw away in Salt Lake City, UT.  Jack is especially excited though, as Kristy and Elodie will be making a special visit down to Jack’s house this week and I’m sure these two will have a blast being back together again.

Coop’s First Dodgers Game

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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.

 

Jack the Photographer

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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.

April Recap

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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.

Cooper Taylor Moe Butcher

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.