Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Backyard Swings

One of the boys' favorite pastimes this summer is swinging in the backyard on the infant swings they received from Oma and Opa W for Christmas.  We weren't sure how they would react the first time we tried it, but as you can see they loved it!  They squeal and laugh everytime!  We try to go outside right after breakfast (which explains the pajamas) before it gets too hot and the mosquitoes wake up!













Monday, May 24, 2010

We Love Smurfs!

As a child of the 80's, I can't resist the adorable-ness of the Smurfs.  So of course we had to introduce these adorable blue creatures to our own adorable little creatures.  Here they are sporting their Smurf t-shirts and fighting over a Smurf figurine that we were so excited to see smiling at us from the shelves of Target!

Look at the excitement on Benjamin's face! :)


Bryce decides he wants a piece of the new toy...


The poor boys couldn't get past the child proof box...


So, they tried a different strategy...


After a while, they gave up and moved on to bigger and better things...


Since he started crawling, this has become one of Bryce's favorite spots...


Benjamin taking a break from crawling...


But, as soon as the music comes on, our little dancer must bust a move!


And so does his brother... (notice the vampire teeth? the center two are finally coming in!)


We're not sure where he got this from, but a few weeks ago, Benjamin started making this goofy face everytime he's excited about something.  It's so funny but a little frightening too!  We call it his "Joker Face"


The boys love this toy station where you drop the ball in the hole and it slides down and around and pops out the other end... we only had to show them a few times before they figured out how to do it on their own.


But now they want to drop everything in the hole!  Such as their toy coins...


Their plastic donuts... I don't think that's going to work, buddy!


And, their stackable cups... all within a 10 minute period!


That one must have really excited Ben because out comes the Joker Face...


Every now and then, the right thing actually gets dropped in the hole...




Friday, May 21, 2010

Independence = Safety Gates

These past few weeks, the boys have started showing their independence in many ways, one of which the desire to feed oneself... at least that's what I'm assuming Bryce is trying to tell us by biting down on his spoon and refusing to let go everytime we feed him!  He thinks it's so funny...


Eventually we gave up trying to pry the spoon out of his mouth after every bite, so we'd just let go.  He would laugh and eventually drop the spoon :)


Benjamin kept laughing at his brother's silliness...


After lunch time, dad prepared for the boys' increasing signs of independence (such as crawling!) by putting up safety gates! The boys and I watched him from a distance...




They got bored and started playing footsie...




Two gates up... two more to go!


Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Bergs in the Big Apple!

About four weeks ago, we went on our second family trip... to New York City!  This time, Evan's parents AND my parents came along.  Uncle Eric and Aunt Alisha along with Audrey also met us there.  How lucky are these boys?  My parents had never been to New York, so they were excited to go for the first time with a group of real New Yorkers that could show them around.  We were in New York for five nights, so this blog post has a ton of pictures. 

To begin with, here I am with the boys all snug in their car seats attached to the oh-so-convenient Go Go Kidz Travelmate.  We had just arrived in New York and were waiting for Evan's dad to pick us up (our parents left on an earlier flight) and take us to our wonderful Aunt Pat and Sue's house on Stanten Island where we stayed during our trip. 


The next day, we took the Stanten Island ferry to the city and began our LONG day of sightseeing.  The next few pictures show just a few of the places we visited that day.


The Bergs with the Statue of Liberty far behind us...


The Bergs infront of the Brooklyn Bridge...


The boys went on their very first carousel ride in beautiful Bryant Park...  I thought they would be a little scared, but they actually loved it!  Such big boys :)


After the ride, we sat down and fed the boys dinner.  Here they are, each sitting on an Oma's lap...


And, here we are infront of the amazing Grand Central station...


The sun was setting by the time we got back to the ferry...


The next day, while Evan and I attended Uncle Rich's wedding, the boys were being spoiled by Aunt Pat, Aunt Sue, and my parents!


It appears, they were taken on a walk around the neighborhood...


The busy stroller came out again the next day as we headed back to the city and straight to Central Park to take the boys to the Central Park Zoo!  Here they are waiting outside of the zoo while dad went to buy tickets...


And here we are inside the zoo...


Here are Bryce and cousin Audrey loving the penguins...


Mommy and Benjamin...


The Berg Bunch + one Wyanta...


Our next stop was F.A.O. Schwarz!  While Audrey was having fun playing with her dad and uncles...


Our boys were sound asleep!


While Oma and Opa were having fun with the pandas, one finally woke up...


The Berg Bunch + two Wyantas + one Uncle Rich infront of F.A.O.


The boys and Audrey each got an F.A.O. bear from their Oma.  Here is Audrey trying to play with her cousins...

 
Radio City Music Hall...


Exhausted and hungry, we all stopped at a small pizza joint for some delicious New York-style pizza...


The next day, we had lunch at an Italian restaurant to celebrate Unc's retirement from the UN.  Here is Bryce trying really hard to steal his cousin's pink paci...


And here's Ben looking so handsome with Opa and Oma...


Congrats on your retirement, Unc!


After lunch, we decided to walk to Central Park to take the kids on the big carousel...


Evan and I carried our sleeping boys 20 blocks!!!  By the time we got to the park, I was dripping with sweat and lost all feelings in my arms!


The Central Park carousel was much bigger and turned alot faster than the kiddie one at Bryant Park.  But, the boys still loved it!  As you can see, I was barely tall enough to hold Bryce...


The second time around, I decided to ride on the horse with Ben... that was scary!


Unbeknownst to us, that afternoon while we were enjoying the city, there was an attempted terrorist bombing on Time Square... OMG!  We were right in the middle of it all!


On our last day before heading to the airport, we stopped at a delicious Jewish deli for lunch.  Here we are posing inside an old subway cart that was actually inside the restaurant...


By the end of the trip, our boys were completely exhausted!  Benjamin barely made it through lunch...


It was a great trip, and we were so glad to be able to take the boys to their dad's hometown.  Next month... we head to dad's "other" hometown of Sunset Beach, NC!  Also the place where we got married just two years ago!