Photo Friday

It looks like I’ve been hit full on with pregnancy brain/mom brain today since I completely forgot it was Friday and I needed to do a photo post. Luckily we have a system in place for Chris to text me a reminder, which usually happens just as I’m finishing up the post for the week. Lewis also seems to be cooperating by having a nice long nap so I (hopefully) have time to finish this before he wakes. It’s not surprising since we had a busy morning and he also took a while to fall asleep today. I could hear him being very busy in his bed pretending to be a fork lift, and an excavator, and a dump truck, and I’m sure all sorts of other things too. He is on a construction kick right now because they have been paving in front of our apartments this week and we also took the book Diggers Go out from the library today. (All the books in this series are a lot of fun for toddlers with great pictures and full of fun sound effects. There is a trains one, diggers, planes, and trucks. Lewis enjoys them all.)

We went to the library this morning despite the fact that all I’ve wanted to do all week is sit on the couch. Baby is due Monday, and as I mentioned last week (I think) I am definitely feeling very pregnant now! I get tired if I’m on my feet for much longer than ten minutes, though it actually seems worse when I am just standing in one place (dish washing, prepping dinner, playing outside with Lewis, etc.) than when I’m actually walking and moving. So, I decided we would go to the library since we had a book due next Tues. and also it just seemed like a good idea to get both Lewis and myself out of the house. We had fun and came home with a pile of new books as usual. (Most of which we will read once or twice and then Lewis will declare he doesn’t like them anymore.) After the library we went to Starbucks for a treat despite the fact that it was almost lunch time. Lewis picked his favorite, a cake pop, and I got my decaf coffee frappuccino and we were both happy to sit and relax outside for a little while. Then we came home and had our real lunch which consisted of leftovers for me and a whole heap of peanut butter licked off apple slices for Lewis. I think he may have eaten a few bites of apple too, but mostly he would just live on peanut butter if he could.

Anyway, I know you are all here for the pictures and not my babbling, so here is the cuteness for the week:

Classic tongue-stuck-out in concentration.

Classic tongue-stuck-out in concentration.

My amazing little guy is loving the pool this year and has discovered that he can paddle around on his own with the help of a pool noodle!

My amazing little guy is loving the pool this year and has discovered that he can paddle around on his own with the help of a pool noodle!

I got my big belly into the pool last weekend for a little swimming and it actually wasn't freezing cold, but now the temperatures have dropped down all this week and will be a bit lower next week too, so I will probably be avoiding the cold water again for now!

I got my big belly into the pool last weekend for a little swimming and it actually wasn’t freezing cold, but now the temperatures have dropped down all this week and will be a bit lower next week too, so I will probably be avoiding the cold water again for now!

Gathering pill bugs.

Gathering pill bugs.

This is a boy who doesn't like onions and will pick the tiniest speck out of food, yet when I went to chop up this green onion he insisted that he needed to have it and spent quite a while chomping away on it.

This is a boy who doesn’t like onions and will pick the tiniest speck out of food, yet when I went to chop up this green onion he insisted that he needed to have it and spent quite a while chomping away on it.

Lewis created a sculpture with the wheels for our new stroller.

Lewis created a sculpture with the wheels for our new stroller.

Watching the paving work getting started. They had pick axes and sledge hammers! And a mini excavator! And dump truck! And steam roller! It was a wonderful day of entertainment for Lewis to watch.

Watching the paving work getting started. They had pick axes and sledge hammers! And a mini excavator! And dump truck! And steam roller! It was a wonderful day of entertainment for Lewis to watch.

A Lewis-eye-view of the newly paved road.

A Lewis-eye-view of the newly paved road.

Also by Lewis. A bit of loose pavement, and some cat footprints preserved in our front walkway.

Also by Lewis. A bit of loose pavement, and some cat footprints preserved in our front walkway.

Lewis' view of Mama sitting outside watching him play.

Lewis’ view of Mama sitting outside watching him play.

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Photo Friday

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for more cute Lewis photos! This week has been all about things that Lewis can keep busy with while I sit on my butt near by, which has looked like a lot of playing out in front of our apartment with me observing from my lawn chair. Last weekend also included a lot of outside time, but Chris was home so Lewis got a bit more interaction.

The pool opened last weekend and even though we knew the water would be frigid Chris and Lewis decided to give it a try (while I sat in a comfy chair watching the action.) Lewis was rather cautious at first, but eventually decided he loved the water. He also found it rather fascinating that there were bugs in the water. He wanted to rescue all the live ones, and wanted daddy to swish away the dead ones. I joined them to watch (and take pictures) the first day they went, but when they decided to go again the next day I didn’t tag along. It sounds like they had even more fun that day though since they found some pool noodles to play with and Lewis even attempted some solo swimming while hanging on a noodle! I’ll probably send the two of them out again this weekend if the weather is warm enough, although the idea of a freezing cold swim isn’t quite appealing to me at the moment.

Checking for bugs. Not quite ready to get in that cold water!

Checking for bugs. Not quite ready to get in that cold water!

This is about as deep as they got on the first day. Lewis just wanted to go up and down the steps, and thought it was hilarious how his shorts kept filling with air that would then bubble out when he got back in.

This is about as deep as they got on the first day. Lewis just wanted to go up and down the steps, and thought it was hilarious how his shorts kept filling with air that would then bubble out when he got back in.

Showing off his new octopus towel, and some silly faces.

Showing off his new octopus towel, and some silly faces.

Time to wash the car! (Or just get soaked playing with the water.)

Time to wash the car! (Or just get soaked playing with the water.)

Helping Daddy.

Helping Daddy.

Antennae!

Antennae!

I've been rather overheated this pregnancy and enjoying a lot of popsicles, which Lewis thinks is great. he eats them quite slowly though so ends up with melty drippy popsicle juice all over himself and the ground!

I’ve been rather overheated this pregnancy and enjoying a lot of popsicles, which Lewis thinks is great. he eats them quite slowly though so ends up with melty drippy popsicle juice all over himself and the ground!

Awesome dance moves? I'm not really sure what he was doing!

Awesome dance moves? I’m not really sure what he was doing!

We had a rain storm and Lewis thought it was the greatest thing ever that I let him go out and get soaked.

We had a rain storm and Lewis thought it was the greatest thing ever that I let him go out and get soaked.

Playing in the rain is awesome!

Playing in the rain is awesome!

Happy Family Day!

Today is Mother’s Day. It also happens to be Chris’ birthday. I’m not overly sentimental about Mother’s Day, and tend to focus more on wanting Chris to have a nice birthday. He isn’t too excited about his birthday, and thinks Mother’s Day is the more important thing to celebrate. It evens out to turn our day into more of a nice “family day.” We do a lot of our normal weekend things, eat a few treats or special foods, and do something nice to enjoy each other’s company as a family.

Lewis has been very excited all week to give Daddy his birthday presents and kept asking if it was Sunday yet, so we gave Chris one early present last night and the rest first thing this morning. A little while later Chris asked me how it feels to shop for a giant kid. I hadn’t even noticed the trend, but all the presents we got him fall into the category of either “toys” or “books geared towards kids.” 🙂 In my world there’s nothing wrong with grownups enjoying toys and games or books of any sort, so it didn’t occur to me that I was buying “kid” things, just things that he would like! Lewis was fascinated by one of the books Daddy got, and demanded he read it to him right away.

Love seeing my two cuties enjoying a book together!

Love seeing my two cuties enjoying a book together!

We haven’t really started getting into chapter books with Lewis yet, but he listened happily through the first chapter and seemed to enjoy it. They tried reading chapter two later on, which was a bit longer, and Lewis started getting very wiggly and distracted about half way through. I guess we’ll keep sticking to the picture books for now and maybe try some easier “chapter” books before diving into this one with him!

We enjoyed a tasty breakfast of waffles with strawberries and whipped cream and then headed off for a hike at Lisha Kill Nature Preserve. 

Lewis was very curious about the sign at the entrance.

Lewis was very curious about the sign at the entrance.

Even though Chris and I first connected through hiking and used to enjoy a lot of hikes together, we haven’t done very many since Lewis joined our family. We’ve done a few here and there, but overall this was a new-ish experience for him and one he was very excited about!

One of his favorite things right from the start of the hike was all the sticks he could pick up.

His first favorite stick was this nice tall one which he told me was a staff which helped him walk on tricky places. He quickly abandoned it though when he found a more interesting one.

His first favorite stick was this nice tall one which he told me was a staff which helped him walk on tricky places. He quickly abandoned it though when he found a more interesting one.

He started saying he was hungry as we left the house, and continued saying it as we got started on our hike. I had granola bars in the car but not along in the woods with us, so when we found a bench just a little way into the hike Lewis and I sat down and sent Daddy back to the car to get a snack for us. It seemed like a good opportunity to get a selfie with my little guy while we waited.

He's got his favorite bent stick which he carried for most of the hike.

He’s got his favorite bent stick which he carried for most of the hike.

When Daddy came back we tried to get a selfie with him in it too. It was a little tricky fitting us all in the frame!

When Daddy came back we tried to get a selfie with him in it too. It was a little tricky fitting us all in the frame! (And somehow was even worse when I turned the camera the other way.)

Chris and I have hiked this trail a few times before so we knew there was a nice little stream we would find, but it was very exciting and new for Lewis! We found a frog, tiny fishes, lots of rocks to toss in, and a little bridge to cross. There were also other families with kids playing and tossing rocks both on the way in and out of the woods. I enjoyed seeing so many other families out also enjoying nature today, rather than getting into the busyness and commercialization of Mother’s Day.

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Overall we didn’t really go very “far” on the hike, just a ways into the woods and then turned around and came back out, not all the way around the loop. But we had a lovely time and were in the woods for a little longer than an hour, maybe an hour and a half. Lewis did all his own walking even with many steep up and down hills. He had a few slight slips and needed to hold someone’s hand to keep steady on some parts, but he wasn’t deterred by any of it.

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I loved seeing Lewis enjoying the hike so much and definitely look forward to taking him on more hikes in the future. He seemed to really love all the sticks, bugs, logs, water, and everything else. As we were leaving he said he wanted to live in the forest! 🙂

We had a very nice day as a family, and I hope everyone else has enjoyed a nice day today regardless of whether or not you are a mother, or it is your birthday, or whatever else is going on in your life!

Photo Friday

Happy Friday again everyone! Our lovely spring weather has taken a bit of a turn this week with rain off and on for a few days and chilly temperatures yesterday and today. We’ve even had a few snow flurries! We’ve still managed to get outside a bit each day but it is less enticing with this weather. Lewis’ focus when playing outside has shifted from digging in the mud to looking under rocks and clumps of dirt/grass that the plows dug up in a hunt for worms. We also conducted a worm rescue mission one day when we went out to puddle splash and Lewis noticed all the worms in puddles and on the pavement. He was very focused on collecting any worm that was still wiggling and bringing it safely back to the grass/dirt. Today while we were out he was telling the robins not to eat any worms because the worms are his friends.

Since we’ve been a bit more cooped up inside this week we’ve been keeping busy with some art and sensory play. We’ve played with rice in the sensory bin, blew bubbles, painted, colored, and tried out a new playdoh recipe. It looks like the weather will be warming up a bit again this weekend, so we are looking forward to the chance to get back outside and burn off a little more of the endless toddler energy! (Bonus: I can send Lewis outside with daddy while I find somewhere comfortable to sit and put my feet up. I’m in week 33 of this pregnancy and starting to feel rather whale-like.)

We played at the elementary school playground last weekend and Lewis discovered a new love of the giant twisty slide!

We played at the elementary school playground last weekend and Lewis discovered a new love of the giant twisty slide!

He's also getting really good at climbing, but starts to get a bit nervous once he feels like he's high up and hasn't fully mastered the confidence of climbing back down again.

He’s also getting really good at climbing, but starts to get a bit nervous once he feels like he’s high up and hasn’t fully mastered the confidence of climbing back down again.

We blew up a few balloons and Lewis had a blast running and chasing with them and seeing Daddy try to juggle them.

We blew up a few balloons and Lewis had a blast running and chasing with them and seeing Daddy try to juggle them.

Tired out after so much playing! Time for a brief quiet break on the couch.

Tired out after so much playing! Time for a brief quiet break on the couch.

Did I mention we have a "big boy" now?! Last weekend we moved his bed out of our bedroom and into a room of his own. He has been doing absolutely fantastic sleeping in his own room all week!

Did I mention we have a “big boy” now?! Last weekend we moved his bed out of our bedroom and into a room of his own. He has been doing absolutely fantastic sleeping in his own room all week!

"There's blood all over my hand. I'm a zombie!"

“There’s blood all over my hand. I’m a zombie!”

Dry cornstarch has a really interesting texture. He liked that it made a squeaking sort of sound when he squeezed it in his hand.

Dry cornstarch has a really interesting texture. He liked that it made a squeaking sort of sound when he squeezed it in his hand.

Dinos and playdoh: entertainment for hours!

Dinos and playdoh: entertainment for hours!

Blowing a big mound of frothy bubbles in a little dish of bubble solution.

Blowing a big mound of frothy bubbles in a little dish of bubble solution.

 

Michigan Trip – Part 4, Binder Park Zoo

Hello! It is time for another flash-back to July and our trip to Michigan to visit Chris’ family. The Sunday after the 4th of July we enjoyed a fun trip to the lovely Binder Park Zoo.  This was Lewis’ first zoo experience, and I think he enjoyed it. He did have a rather short attention span though and once he saw an animal was more interested in moving on and seeing what was next than in sticking around and observing the current animal or learning about it. Oh well! We had a good time and got to see some neat animals. Obviously this is a bit off a photo heavy post since I have to show off both cute Lewis and cool animals.

Lewis was pretty willing to pose on this big ant statue, but once we got to the llama statue, the triceratops statue, the giraffe sculpture, etc. etc. he got pretty sick of sitting on things and posing next to things!

Lewis was pretty willing to pose on this big ant statue, but once we got to the llama statue, the triceratops statue, the giraffe sculpture, etc. etc. he got pretty sick of sitting on things and posing next to things!

Lewis wasn't a fan of getting up close and personal with the goats, so he hopped the fence to hang out with Grandpa and Grandma while Mommy and Daddy where petting the goats.

Lewis wasn’t a fan of getting up close and personal with the goats, so he hopped the fence to hang out with Grandpa and Grandma while Mommy and Daddy where petting the goats.

Mr. Peacock was showing off for the ladies.

Mr. Peacock was showing off for the ladies.

The zoo even had real live dinosaurs! Oh wait, maybe that's just a big statue.

The zoo even had real live dinosaurs! Oh wait, maybe that’s just a big statue.

Hello llama!

Hello llama!

One of Lewis' favorite parts - the Trolley ride over the the Wild Africa section.

One of Lewis’ favorite parts – the Trolley ride over the the Wild Africa section.

This zebra decided to stop and pose for me to take a picture.

This zebra decided to stop and pose for me to take a picture.

Daddy's favorite part - feeding lettuce to the giraffes. (Too bad the photo turned out so dark.)

Daddy’s favorite part – feeding lettuce to the giraffes. (Too bad the photo turned out so dark.)

Huge tortoise keeping cool in the mud.

Huge tortoise keeping cool in the mud.

Another of Lewis' favorites - the "mine shaft" tunnel we got to walk through.

Another of Lewis’ favorites – the “mine shaft” tunnel we got to walk through.

Sleepyhead wolf.

Sleepyhead wolf.

Another of Lewis’ favorite parts was the gift shop at the end, where we found some realistic toy bugs to buy for him. I guess it was a good purchase because he is still playing with them regularly now two months later!

Chris has still been quite busy with work, but I am going to try to make an effort to make some time to catch up with my posting here. There will be at least one more post about our time in Michigan, as well as several other posts catching up on all that we’ve been doing between then and now.

Photo Friday

I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful Friday! Our week has continued to be busy with preparing for our trip to Michigan. Most of the cleaning and organizing is done now, but most of the packing still is not. We leave tomorrow morning and will be gone for two weeks. It will be wonderful for Lewis to get to see his grandparents and everyone else on Chris’ side of the family, and he is quite excited about the trip! (Although I think he will be a little less excited once he realizes we are spending two days in the car before actually getting there!) We’ll have limited internet access and I’m not bringing my laptop along, so I won’t be updating here at  all in the next two weeks. But I promise lots of photos and stories when we return!

Wandering through the greenhouse at Altamont Orchards. He was unimpressed and just wanted to know where all the strawberries were.

Wandering through the greenhouse at Altamont Orchards. He was unimpressed and just wanted to know where all the strawberries were.

Brrr. Fun in the chilly pool last weekend.

Brrr. Fun in the chilly pool last weekend.

I asked Lewis if he would like a snack and he told me that it was summer and we should eat popsicles outside.

I asked Lewis if he would like a snack and he told me that it was summer and we should eat popsicles outside.

Fun new skill: climbing onto a chair. He doesn't trust himself to climb back off though, so he just shouts at us until we come help.

Fun new skill: climbing onto a chair. He doesn’t trust himself to climb back off though, so he just shouts at us until we come help.

"There's a spider on the ceiling! Bugs are amazing!"

“There’s a spider on the ceiling! Bugs are amazing!”

A little jelly for lunch.

A little jelly for lunch.