Photo Friday

Hello blog land and happy Friday! Actually, I’m a little amazed that it’s Friday already. This week has flown by due to Chris being off work on Monday and only working a half day Wednesday. (Although Wednesday probably felt like the longest day of the week since Lewis was sick and miserable all day and hardly napped…)

Last week Lewis and I were lucky enough to get to go visit my family in VT for the week, while Daddy unfortunately had to stay here and work as normal. He drove out to meet us on Saturday and spent one night there before we all headed back home on Sunday. Besides seeing his Grandma and Grandpa, Lewis also got to spend time with three of his aunties while we were in VT. And two cats! He had a fun trip and didn’t seem bothered at all to be traveling again or to be away from Daddy, but he was very excited when we got home on Sunday and he realized we were back in our own space! That is probably all the traveling we will be doing for a while now, and our next few visits to anywhere will just be for long weekends, not a week or longer like these past couple trips have been.

Christmas stocking #2! When Grandpa and Auntie Anna came to pick us up the brought along our stockings and a few extra presents from everyone in VT. Lewis zeroed right in on the bags of gifts almost as soon as they got here!

Christmas stocking #2! When Grandpa and Auntie Anna came to pick us up the brought along our stockings and a few extra presents from everyone in VT. Lewis zeroed right in on the bags of gifts almost as soon as they got here!

Making some tasty Buckeye cookies. This is typical of how Lewis and I cook together: I do the work and he helpfully samples all the yummiest ingredients.

Making some tasty Buckeye cookies. This is typical of how Lewis and I cook together: I do the work and he helpfully samples all the yummiest ingredients.

That face? That's him yelling at me not to take his picture. He's becoming less and less tolerant of photo taking recently.

That face? That’s him yelling at me not to take his picture. He’s becoming less and less tolerant of photo taking recently.

My mom and one of my beautiful sisters. <3

My mom and one of my beautiful sisters. ❤

Best present of the year: Play doh! And he was lucky enough to get some from both sides of the family!

Best present of the year: Play doh! And he was lucky enough to get some from both sides of the family!

My poor sick little babe, fast asleep in my arms on Wednesday after struggling to stay asleep for his nap in his bed.

My poor sick little babe, fast asleep in my arms on Wednesday after struggling to stay asleep for his nap in his bed.

Advertisements

Photo Friday

Hello! I hope everyone has enjoyed a lovely Christmas and New Year! We flew to Michigan and spent two weeks with Chris’ family. It’s always nice to reconnect with them since we only see them once or twice a year. Lewis was a bit shy at first, but warmed up quickly. He especially loved getting in on whatever Uncle Ben was doing, whether that meant trying to play his tablet games for him or sneaking over to steal some of his snacks! The weather was chilly but there was no snow while we were there and we went out to play for at least a little while almost every day. We also kept busy visiting with some of the extended family on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, went to the Toledo Zoo to see the lights, and made a trip to the Hands On Museum in Ann Arbor because Lewis had loved it so much when we went this past summer. Our plane flights both ways were pretty uneventful, and Lewis was an excellent traveler.

We have been home for almost a week now and Lewis transitioned seamlessly back into our every day life. He’s had a haircut and a dentist appointment since we’ve been home, and he did awesome with both and got many comments on how patient/polite/cute/etc. he is. He really seems to be growing up more and more each day!

This next week we have another adventure planned. Chris has work, so he will be staying here, and Lewis and I are going to travel to Vermont for a week spent with my family. This will be our first time really spending time away from Daddy and it will feel a bit strange at first but I know Lewis and I will have fun and Chris may even enjoy having a quiet relaxing house all to himself for a little while!

Most of today’s pictures are from our trip to Michigan, with just a couple thrown in from some shaving cream fun today.

Opening presents Christmas morning, in his new moose jammies.

Opening presents Christmas morning, in his new moose jammies.

Testing out Uncle Ben's new shoes.

Testing out Uncle Ben’s new shoes.

Joining Uncle Ben to see what game he was playing.

Joining Uncle Ben to see what game he was playing.

Lewis loved getting to play with some other kids on Christmas.

Lewis loved getting to play with some other kids on Christmas.

Family photo. :)

Family photo. 🙂

We had fun exploring the woodsy area behind Grandma + Grandpa's house, and Lewis was impressed with how tall the trees were.

We had fun exploring the woodsy area behind Grandma + Grandpa’s house, and Lewis was impressed with how tall the trees were.

Watery fun at the Hands On Museum.

Watery fun at the Hands On Museum.

Lewis spotted a can of shaving cream in the bathroom this morning and requested to play with it.

Lewis spotted a can of shaving cream in the bathroom this morning and requested to play with it.

Messy fun! (With a bonus of fairly easy clean-up.)

Messy fun! (With a bonus of fairly easy clean-up.)

Photo Friday

Hello and happy Friday! Not much to report this week. They sprayed pesticides on the lawn Tuesday, so we have been avoiding any grassy fun and the pool as well since I am paranoid that all those chemicals drifting through the air must float their way into the pool water as well. We’ve gone for more walks instead (with and without the stroller) and spent some time at the library and in the library garden/hiking path, so we haven’t been completely locked up indoors. Chris has been working late nights as his team approaches a big deadline at work, so Lewis and I have been spending a lot of time with just the two of us home, including many dinners and bedtimes. 

I don’t seem to have been very photograph-y this week, so I’ve included a couple bonus photos from last weekend’s camping trip.

Sandbox fun with my shaggy-haired boy.

Sandbox fun with my shaggy-haired boy.

This fireplace is fascinating!

This fireplace is fascinating!

Hitching a ride on the wagon we borrowed to pull some firewood over to our site.

Hitching a ride on the wagon we borrowed to pull some firewood over to our site.

Stamping and painting with found objects.

Stamping and painting with found objects.

Granola bar snack on a bench in the library garden. He insisted on wearing his PJs for our walk.

Granola bar snack on a bench in the library garden. He insisted on wearing his PJs for our walk.

This bike rack looks like a great climbing structure!

This bike rack looks like a great climbing structure!

He found some poop in a fern leaf and had to poke it with a stick.

He found some poop in a fern leaf and had to poke it with a stick.

Dried beans in the sensory bin. Lewis of course decided they looked like eggs and had to be sat on.

Dried beans in the sensory bin. Lewis of course decided they looked like eggs and had to be sat on.

Lounging in the beans??

Lounging in the beans??

Photo Friday

Happy Friday everyone! Bonus post and lots of photos today since I had to blog about our trip to the museum but of course also have to do the usual Photo Friday post to show you how cute Lewis is and what we’ve been up to this week! (Mostly spending our time outside.)

Last Saturday - the weather was so warm Daddy was happy without a jacket! Lewis says "That skateboard is cool Dada but I'm going to go over here in the mud and look for poop."

Last Saturday – the weather was so warm Daddy was happy without a jacket! Lewis says “That skateboard is cool Dada but I’m going to go over here in the mud and look for poop.”

Mama's turn to play with the skateboard. How do I ride this thing again??

Mama’s turn to play with the skateboard. How do I ride this thing again??

Lewis trying out Daddy's new RipStik.

Lewis trying out Daddy’s new RipStik.

He first tried to wear five hats piled on his head, but when they fell off he settled for these two (neither is his and both are huge on him.) "Are you sure I can't dig in these pots mom?"

He first tried to wear five hats piled on his head, but when they fell off he settled for these two (neither is his and both are huge on him.) “Are you sure I can’t dig in these pots mom?”

"How do people climb up these things without a hand to hold onto?"

“How do people climb up these things without a hand to hold onto?”

The proper reaction to seeing the wonders of a museum for the first time.

The proper reaction to seeing the wonders of a museum for the first time.

"Why are all the displays up above my head?"

“Why are all the displays up above my head?”

He couldn't stop looking all around the bus. He hardly sat still because he was so busy swiveling around trying to see everything and take it all in!

He couldn’t stop looking all around the bus. He hardly sat still because he was so busy swiveling around trying to see everything and take it all in!

An Adventure To MiSci

A few weeks ago I mentioned to Chris that I had come up with a “crazy idea” to take Lewis on an adventure. Since I don’t drive we generally are limited to going places that are within walking distance, or waiting for the weekends when Daddy can drive us places. We are lucky to live in a wonderful area with many things in walking distance including the library, post office, doctor’s office, co-op, Starbucks, and grocery store, as well as lovely neighborhoods that are perfect for going for walks. However, there are plenty of wonderful places to go that are not walk-able, and it can be hard to find time on the weekends to do all the things we would like to do.

I’ve been thinking for a while that it would be fun to take Lewis to a museum. There are a few in the area that are good for children, although I hadn’t been to any of them myself. I’ve recently heard the miSci museum in Schenectady mentioned by a few different people, and one day it occurred to me that the bus route that comes by our apartment also passes the museum, only a 10 or 15 minute ride away.

"Wow! There are lights inside the ceiling of the bus!"

“Wow! There are lights inside the ceiling of the bus!” (This was his favorite thing about the bus, closely followed by looking out the windows at the houses/buildings we passed.)

I took a quick look at bus times and the museum info, and filed the idea away for slightly warmer weather since I decided it wouldn’t be fun to have to wear our big winter boots, carry heavy coats and hats with us, etc. I also wanted to take our little umbrella stroller which wouldn’t have done so well on icy or snowy sidewalks. I didn’t plan a specific day, but I did think it should be sometime soon since the museum has a butterfly exhibit going on but only until April 19. This morning I announced to Chris that I thought today was the perfect day for our adventure! This was my first time taking Lewis on the bus (although I used to ride it daily myself to get to work) and I think Chris was more nervous about us going off than I was. He kept reminding me to make sure my phone was charged, call him if we “got lost”, etc.

Buttons to push and fans/windmills to watch. Cool!

Buttons to push and fans/windmills to watch. Cool!

Since I had never been to the museum before I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. We were given a map when we paid at the entrance, but ended up pretty much just wandering around and exploring. (Unfortunately this meant that we didn’t discover the little kids play area until we were almost ready to leave, but we still had a lot of fun with what we did explore.

"How do I play with this one?"

“How do I play with this one?”

There was a van full of seniors just arriving when we did, some of them in wheel chairs which Lewis found a bit interesting, and a couple of families there with young kids. The museum seemed to be the perfect level of busy without feeling crowded or overwhelming. We were able to explore pretty much whatever exhibit we wanted without any waiting, but there were also people there using everything very soon before or after us. I’m glad it wasn’t any busier since Lewis was comfortable walking around on his own most of the time, but if there were more people I would have needed to carry him a lot more. (We abandoned the stroller by the coat rack at the entrance.)

"Buttons! I know what to do with these!"

“Buttons! I know what to do with these!”

Since we spent most of our time exploring the area designed for adults/older kids a lot of it was up above Lewis’ head. Most things he was able to reach upwards to get at the buttons/knobs/etc. and many of the things also had stools by them that he could stand on to play and see what was going on.

Rolling things down a slope.

Rolling things down a slope.

Lewis was quite interested by the butterflies, but I didn’t get any good photos since I was holding him the whole time we looked at them. The were in a small room with glass on all sides so you could watch them from outside as well as go in to experience them. The room is full of flowers and Lewis was quite interested to see the plates of fruits that were set out for the butterflies to enjoy. None landed on us, which I think is good since he was very startled when one flew by close to his head. We also saw some teeny tiny little Monarch caterpillars which I think would have been more interesting to him if they were a bit bigger.

Possibly Lewis' favorite part of the museum.

Possibly Lewis’ favorite part of the museum.

After wandering through much of the museum we finally made our way to the children’s play room. There were blocks, trains, books, music toys, a play kitchen, and of course the sand tables! We played with the sand and with the music a little bit, but the sand was his favorite and he kept going back to it. In a way I’m glad we didn’t find this room right away since I think we would have ended up spending our entire time here and missed out on the rest of the museum.

A woman passing by saw me with the camera and offered to take our picture together.

A woman passing by saw me with the camera and offered to take our picture together.

We were at the museum a bit over an hour which I think was just the right amount of time for today. We were up early this morning and I could tell Lewis was getting tired by the end of this, although he would happily have played with the sand a while longer. I don’t think we saw quite everywhere in the museum, but we had fun with what we explored. I had thought about going out to lunch somewhere, but we ended up coming home to eat and he very nearly fell asleep before we even had our lunch. We had a fun trip and will definitely plan on going back sometime, probably with Daddy along, although I think Lewis will be disappointed not to find the butterflies again!