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Welcome to our life!

We are a growing family located in Austin, TX.  Not too long ago it was just the two of us.  Then we added our fur-baby, Bella.  And most recently we added our son, Cole.  This blog was created to keep our friends and families updated on the goings on at the Schneider household.  Given the new arrival, many of the posts will be geared towards our struggle to learn how to be good parents.  

We enjoy watching movies, traveling, photography, reading, and hanging out with friends (preferably while doing anything in this list).  You are bound to read some funny stories here as we try to keep it light hearted and you'll definitely see a pile of photos.

So if you like a post, want to share your opinion, or just want to say hi feel free to leave us a comment.  We *love* comments.

Tag Archives: Birthday

C Turns 3

It’s amazing how quickly time flies when you have kids. So much has changed in these 3 short years (C is a big brother and we’re living in a different state now) and C is turning into an amazing little boy. We love him to pieces and I love putting together these collages to show his progression from birth to his current age. I’ll keep doing them every year because it reminds me of all of the fun times we’ve had throughout the years.

Happy Birthday buddy!

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Cole turns 2!

Watch out now… we have a 2 year old! It’s pretty amazing to think back over the past 2 years and realize how quickly they passed by. We’ve loved every second of the journey and get tremendous happiness from seeing how Cole is growing up. By this time next year we’ll be celebrating Cole’s 3rd birthday and he’ll have a 9 month old little brother. Crazy! Until then we’ll just love up on our little man. Happy Birthday Cole! We love you! (that was a lot of exclamation points from me)

Then and now... 2 years of birthdays

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Cole likes to party

It’s true. He only just turned one (well, almost a month ago now… please don’t hate me) and he’s already gotten caught up in the party circuit. For his first year celebrations he chose Lancaster, PA and Austin, TX. Who knows where he’ll chose next year :)

Photos from Lancaster
First a small get together for family and then a larger one with extended family and friends.

Click to continue reading “Cole likes to party”

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Happy Birthday Cole!

Dear Cole–
There are so many things that Mommy and Daddy could say here. Like how we couldn’t wait for you to arrive, how we feel so blessed to have you in our lives, how your smiles and giggles brighten up even the gloomiest day, how complete strangers smile when they see you, how you amaze us with your growth and progress, how your grandparents love you with everything they have, how we love watching you play with your schoolmates, and how we love watching you sleep.

This first year has gone by in a dizzying progression of one achievement after another. Smiling, laughing, rolling over, sitting up, teething, eating solid food, standing up, walking, climbing… each step you took we were right there with you, encouraging you. No matter how many things change over the years one thing will always remain the same: you’ll be our little boy and we love you so much!

Happy Birthday Cole!

Love,
Mommy and Daddy

Over the past year we’ve posted many photos, but here is a chronology from birth to 1 year month-by-month. Enjoy.

Mere minutes old
0 days old

1 day old
1 day old

1 month old
1 month old

2 months old
2 months old

3 months old
3 months old

4 months old
4 months old

5 months old
5 months old

6 months old
6 months old

7 months old
7 months old

8 months old
8 months old

9 months old
9 months old

10 months old
10 months old

11 months old
11 months old

1 year old!

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Birthday on the Way!

Several of you have asked us for ideas for birthday presents for the little man. So, Cole has kindly set up an Amazon.com wish list to give us all a variety of ideas. Just go to www.amazon.com and click on “Gifts & Wish Lists.” Then, enter “Cole Schneider” under “Find Wish Lists and Registries” and click “Go.” Click on the first Cole Schneider listing (the one that uses appropriate upper and lowercase lettering). On the left-hand side, you should see the birthday of August 28 and a “ship to” showing Austin, TX. And, you should also know it’s his list because all of the stuff should seem appropriate for a one-year old (Cole is not currently reading any Stephen King…lol). :-)

Alternatively, use the following link and we think (fingers crossed) it will work:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/359VR3JO5OX27

And, here’s some general info that might help too:

Clothing size: Currently in 12 mths, but if you want him to get more wear out of something, probably better to go with 18mths+

Temperature Guide: In Texas, it will likely be 90s in Sept, 80s in Oct, 70s to 60s in Nov and then will go down to 50s/40s by Dec…maybe to 30s by Jan, then back up to 40s/50s for Feb and up to 60 by March and 70s by April, then 80s – 100s from May through next Aug.

Shoe size: Currently size 3, but again, probably better to think of the future and bigger sizes.

Likes: motion, noise, music, dancing, balls and throwing, reading, baths, time at the pool, Elmo, Cookie Monster, finger foods

Hope this helps — if you have any questions we didn’t cover, just give us a holler and, as Cole’s personal assistants (heh), we’ll be glad to help you. ;-)

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Happy Birthday, Troy!

Today marks 33 years in which the world has had the pleasure of knowing my husband and Cole’s daddy. :-) This is just a simple post to say happy, happy birthday and love ya, Troy! Here’s to another great year of you!

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