Photo Friday

Happy Friday! Life is continuing on pretty much as usual here. Lewis and I are spending as much time as possible out in the warm and sunny weather. We are also missing Daddy as he continues to work long hours for the next few weeks. Lewis tries to make up for lost time by delaying his bedtime in every way possible and continually calling Daddy back in to the bedroom to help with completely imaginary and un-needed tasks.

Our main activities this week have included picking hundreds of dandelions, eating (homemade) popsicles, and using a squeezy bottle of water to squirt chalk drawings (and ants) on the sidewalk.

We went to the mall last weekend and of course Lewis had to try one of the little rides there. We don't go often and to him the mall was like a whole new experience. He was especially excited to ride the elevator and escalators! He also enjoyed that one of the shoe stores had balls he could play with, though he wasn't a fan of trying on new shoes.

We went to the mall last weekend and of course Lewis had to try one of the little rides there. We don’t go often and to him the mall was like a whole new experience. He was especially excited to ride the elevator and escalators! He also enjoyed that one of the shoe stores had balls he could play with, though he wasn’t a fan of trying on new shoes.

We found a lovely big patch of dandelions near the post office (which happens to be right next door to our apartments.)

We found a lovely big patch of dandelions near the post office (which happens to be right next door to our apartments.)

A happy and proud boy with his giant bouquet of dandelions!

A happy and proud boy with his giant bouquet of dandelions!

Lewis-eye view of Mommy holding dandelions.

Lewis-eye view of Mommy holding dandelions.

Once we get home the bouquets get thrown all over the living room then forgotten and left to wilt. (Yes, the house is very messy. This belly makes it difficult to bend down to clean things up, so I mostly just don't.)

Once we get home the bouquets get thrown all over the living room then forgotten and left to wilt. (Yes, the house is very messy. This belly makes it difficult to bend down to clean things up, so I mostly just don’t.)

Lewis taking very seriously the job of building his sister's new bed.

Lewis taking very seriously the job of building his sister’s new bed.

A Lewis-photo of Daddy checking the manual for the next step.

A Lewis-photo of Daddy checking the manual for the next step.

 

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Photo Friday

Hello everyone! We are enjoying some truly lovely warm fall weather this week, and it is supposed to be even nicer this weekend. This will be an extra bonus for us because tomorrow we get to enjoy a visit to Liberty Ridge Farm, thanks to Chris’ work. We love all the family-friendly activities that they plan for us! We went last year and had a blast, and I know Lewis will just enjoy everything even more this year.

We have had a fun day today as well. Lewis had us up a bit earlier than usual this morning, but I decided to take advantage of it. Lewis and I left the house a little before Daddy today (often I’m still in PJs when Chris heads to work) and caught the bus to head downtown. We went and visited the big central library and had a lot of fun seeing the different toys there, eating a snack outside, and also visiting The Open Door Bookstore while killing time before catching our bus back home. The bookstore has a little play corner with toys for kids which Lewis enjoyed, and he also had fun looking at the toys for sale.

I hope this lovely fall weather continues for a while – I am enjoying the sunshine!

Lewis is super excited about all things fall and halloween-y.

Lewis is super excited about all things fall and halloween-y.

"Lewis are decorating. Turned Halloween now." (He doesn't like it when Daddy and I tell him that Halloween is still a month away.)

“Lewis are decorating. Turned Halloween now.” (He doesn’t like it when Daddy and I tell him that Halloween is still a month away.)

After nap one day he insisted that he needed to sit on the couch with a bowl of cereal like Daddy does in the mornings.

After nap one day he insisted that he needed to sit on the couch with a bowl of cereal like Daddy does in the mornings.

Lewis loves wind-up toys. He got some new ones recently as part of a birthday present, and insisted on them sleeping in his crib for nap one day.

Lewis loves wind-up toys. He got some new ones recently as part of a birthday present, and insisted on them sleeping in his crib for nap one day.

Wheee!

Wheee!

Magnetic letter wall at the library today.

Magnetic letter wall at the library today.

More library fun.

More library fun.

Jam-Packed Weekend Fun

Summer is such a wonderful time with so many options of fun things to do, and we have been very busy here trying to do a little bit of everything! We also are leaving this Saturday for a trip out to Michigan to visit Chris’ family, and planning and packing for our trip is adding an extra level of busyness to our days this week.

Lewis is at such a wonderful age right now. Old enough to have fun going out and doing things, and to really participate, but the world is still new enough to him that every little thing is still a fun adventure!

Saturday morning we were busy running errands. First a quick trip to the AT&T store, then we split up and Lewis and Daddy went to Pet Smart and Barnes & Noble while I went to get my hair cut. Lewis loves the pet store and all the different animals that can be seen there. Barnes & Noble has a fun train set and other cool things in their kid’s section, but unfortunately the one near us is closing soon. Once we met back up after my hair cut, we had to head over to Target for a few things (and yes, we came out with three times as much as what we went in for).

We went home, had lunch and a nap, and then on to the next busy thing: Lewis’ first trip to Hoffman’s Playland!  Hoffman’s is a small local amusement park with a lot of rides geared specifically towards young children. This trip was organized as a family day by Chris’ work. We ran into a few other family’s there but mostly wandered around doing our own thing.

First ever carousel ride!

First ever carousel ride!

We started out with Lewis and Daddy riding the carousel, then moved on to the boat ride which someone had recommended to us.

He loved ringing the bell in the boat!

He loved ringing the bell in the boat!

This was Lewis’ first time riding on a ride all by himself, and we were very proud of him for having fun and not freaking out that Mommy and Daddy were standing outside the fence.

After the boats Lewis and I rode a hot-air-balloon ride together, and then we discovered one of his favorite things at the park: A Humpty Dumpty statue!

He's so funny! Look at that big eye!

He’s so funny! Look at that big eye!

We went in the arcade area and Lewis sat on a couple of games there but we didn’t actually play anything. He also rode on a caterpillar train thingy with Daddy.

Lewis' favorite construction vehicle!

Lewis’ favorite construction vehicle!

We wandered around a bit more, then discovered that we had lost Lewis’ wrist band (which he had refused to use so it had been going in and out of Daddy’s and my pockets.) It was getting towards dinner time anyway so we posed with Lewis’ most favorite thing at the park: The Clown trash cans!!! We had just enough tickets for the three of us to ride the carousel one more time together, then we left to go get dinner.

Lewis kept wanting to go back and look at the trashcans over and over while we were at the park.

Lewis kept wanting to go back and look at the trashcans over and over while we were at the park.

Sunday was another busy day for us. We decided to go strawberry picking in the morning because it was pretty much our only chance to go: by the time we get back from Michigan and then go to Vermont for a reunion with my extended family strawberries aren’t going to be in season any more.

We normally go to Bowman’s Orchard for apple and strawberry picking, but they don’t open until noon on Sundays, so we decided to give Altamont Orchards a try instead. It was a bit farther of a drive, but we liked the atmosphere there and will probably go there again for our strawberry needs next summer.

Picking his own strawberry.

Picking his own strawberry.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Lewis, but he did great. He stayed on the paths between bushes, and asked me or Daddy for help when he wanted to hop over to another row. He also (mostly) only picked berries that Daddy or I showed him were good and ripe, and didn’t try to eat anything disgusting. Win!

Goofy strawberry-eating face.

Goofy strawberry-eating face.

After lunch and nap at home again, Sunday afternoon was time for a swim in the pool before heading out for our weekly grocery shop.

It was a very busy weekend, but definitely fun and worth all the busyness!

Farmer’s Market

When I think of Farmer’s Markets, what comes to mind is rows of tents overflowing with vegetables, lined up outside in the hot summer weather. We are a long way off from “hot summer weather” right now (although it is all the way up to 40 today!) but we are very lucky that our local market actually runs year round, and moves to an indoor location for the colder months. It is just as busy as ever through the winter, and there are plenty of apples and pears, squashes, and a great variety of root vegetables to choose from. There are also yummy hot-food vendors to buy lunch from, baked goods, honey, granola, craft items, etc. etc.

We don’t go very often, which really is probably for the best since we tend to blow all our money on lunch and/or treats. Lunch today was empanadas and some chickpeas and spinach, which Lewis enjoyed just as much as Mommy and Daddy did. I resisted buying any of the muffins or scones that I often get tempted into, but I did give in and buy some delicious Buddhapesto and we also got some tasty cheeses.

Of course we also got some various veggies and a little fruit, as well as the main reason we went – honey! I bought some grocery store honey one time and was sadly disappointed, and now only buy local honey. The old vendor who we were always used to seeing has apparently retired, but there was a new beekeeper there to take his place so hopefully their honey is just as yummy.

We brought the small stroller for Lewis and had him in it to start. At first he seemed quite overwhelmed with all the people and things to look at and was just staring around himself, but then he started getting interested in all the things he was seeing. After a bit he of course wanted to get out of the stroller to explore. He stayed out of the stroller the rest of the time, and the stroller then served duty as a place for us to pile our bags of veggies and other yummies.

I didn’t think about taking photos at first, but after we had been there a while I asked Chris to try to get a few shots of Lewis with his phone.

He was a great helper pushing the stroller with Mommy.

He was a great helper pushing the stroller with Mommy.

He pushed the stroller with me for a lot of the way, although at times wanted to be held. This was great for keeping him close and stopping him from wandering off in random directions, although he did get a bit distracted by interesting things a few times.

Found some interesting doors to peek through. There was a Christmas tree on the other side, and it took a while to convince him that we couldn't go in there and that if we kept walking around we would find more fun things to see.

Found some interesting doors to peek through. There was a Christmas tree on the other side, and it took a while to convince him that we couldn’t go in there and that if we kept walking around we would find more fun things to see.

The market is held in Proctor’s Theater  so there were a lot of interesting things to see. When we were on our way out it was much less crowded since we were no longer near all the tables/vendors so Lewis got to wander about a bit more. He enjoyed looking in the windows at the gift shop areas. Once he realized we were headed towards the outside he happily held my hand and we continued on our way.

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Me and my cutie. ❤

We have been practicing hand-holding when we are outside and he is getting quite good about it. He’s becoming so much more mobile, and demanding to be put down to walk more, so it will be important for him to be used to holding hands when we are out and about.

We had a lot of fun at the Farmer’s Market, and got home just in time for Lewis’ nap!

 

Baby’s First Haircut

Today we took Lewis for his first haircut! His hair is quite light and thin so he probably could easily have gone a bit longer without getting it cut, but it was getting long and shaggy enough (especially at the back) that we decided it was time.

We decided to take him to Snip-Its after asking the advice of other local Mommies. Taking him to a kid-centered hair salon seemed like the best option since we weren’t sure how he’d react and we knew that they would be prepared to deal with a wiggly/sad/whatever reaction toddler.

I took a few “before” photos this morning.

A bit long around the back and sides.

A bit long around the back and sides.

The top/front weren't looking too bad but you can see some shagginess around his ears.

The top/front weren’t looking too bad but you can see some shagginess around his ears.

Thickest and messiest at the back of his head.

Thickest and messiest at the back of his head.

We headed over to Snip-Its after lunch. When we got there we found out that it would be a half hour wait. We wandered over to the Stride Rite store to look at winter boot options and get his feet measured. Turned out I’ve been putting him in too-small shoes (He’s had them since the summer, so not surprising.) His old shoes were size 5 XW, they measured him at a 5.5 on one foot and a 6 on the other foot. We got him some new sneakers in a 6.5 W. He was happily running around the store before we even got the second shoe on him! They are cute and blue and he seems comfy in them. Didn’t get any snow boots yet since we’re not sure how much he’ll grow between now and the actual arrival of snow, plus I haven’t bought a snowsuit yet so didn’t know what color to get to match.

After getting his new shoes we headed back over to see if it was time for his haircut. We sat around watching the TV and exploring the waiting area a bit. He was perfectly content and didn’t seem phased by the sound of a little boy crying while getting his hair cut. He stuck close with Daddy and was pretty quiet, which is normal for him around strange people and new places.

This is how he looked almost the whole cut. Zoned out (or in shock/shut down) staring at the TV they had for distraction.

This is how he looked almost the whole cut. Zoned out (or in shock/shut down) staring at the TV they had for distraction.

Once they called us back we showed him how he would get to sit in a special chair and how the lady would use the comb and scissors on his hair. We’d been talking it up to him all morning, and he let us buckle him into the chair without a fuss. He was so calm and quiet for (almost) the whole haircut. The girl doing his hair said it was one of the best/calmest first hair cuts she’s ever seen. Still, enough was enough and when she was almost finished he decided he was ready for Mommy to pick him up again.

Started getting upset just as she finished up the last few snips.

Started getting upset just as she finished up the last few snips.

We checked out and he got to have a little toy car for a prize. Time to head home for a nap!

Mama tried to get a photo of the new cut on the car ride home.

Mama tried to get a photo of the new cut on the car ride home.

Such a big boy! No more shaggy hair on his neck!

Such a big boy! No more shaggy hair on his neck!

His hair doesn’t look super different, but the shagginess is gone. She left it a bit long all around and especially on top since it is still so thin, but it is nicely trimmed up now.

I can’t believe how good he did with it. So proud of my stoic little boy!

Photo Friday

Eleven months old as of last Friday!

Eleven months old as of last Friday!

"I got it mom!"

“I got it mom!”

I had boiled some eggs and he found them in the fridge. He carried one around and thought it was the coolest thing ever. He was not happy when he cracked it and I took it away.

I had boiled some eggs and he found them in the fridge. He carried one around and thought it was the coolest thing ever. He was not happy when he cracked it and I took it away.

Sensory bin: tiny pasta. He had fun running it through his fingers and then got very focused on trying to scoop it with a measuring spoon. He made a few successful scoops but mostly tried to use it backwards.

Sensory bin: tiny pasta. He had fun running it through his fingers and then got very focused on trying to scoop it with a measuring spoon. He made a few successful scoops but mostly tried to use it backwards.

Got a new jacket that I had ordered on Zulily, so of course had to have him try it on. It's a bit big but that just means room to grow and wear it all fall.

Got a new jacket that I had ordered online, so of course had to have him try it on. It’s a bit big but that just means room to grow and wear it all fall.

Old photo I found on the less-often-used camera. Playing with Daddy's shirt!

Old photo I found on the less-often-used camera. Playing with Daddy’s shirt!

Silly selfies. Love my funny boy!

Silly selfies. Love my funny boy!

Family Time

Even though I don’t work a M-F week any more, and I love spending my days with Lewis, I still look forwards to the weekends every week! The weekends are when Chris, Lewis, and I get to hang out as a family, spend the whole day playing together, relaxing, or going on adventures. Some weekends feel busy with traveling places, shopping, or other things. Other weekends are slower paced. They all seem to fly by though.

This past weekend was the best kind of weekend. We spent some time being lazy and relaxing, and also went out to do some things together.

We started off Saturday morning with a big breakfast together. Chris and I both love breakfast foods, but he leans more towards the savory (hash browns, bacon, breakfast burritos, etc.) whereas I lean towards pancakes, waffles, french toast, etc. We ended up with bacon, homemade hash browns, an omelette (for Chris) and whole wheat banana pancakes (for me and Lewis.) Lewis decided that the bacon was the absolute best part of the meal and he didn’t want to eat any of the rest of it.

After breakfast we all walked over to a yard sale I had spotted on Friday, and we ended up getting an awesome Fisher Price block activity table thingy. Lewis loves it!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHe (and Daddy) spent a good part of the day Saturday playing with it and exploring all the different things it can do, looking at the different things inside the blocks, etc. It came with a ton of extra blocks as well as a giraffe thingy that he can put the blocks in or just carry around. He also keeps going back to play with it yesterday and today. It is perfect for his level right now with fiddly bits to work on his fine motor skills, places to put the blocks in and out, etc.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASaturday night we took a ball and a frisbee outside in the lawn between apartments to enjoy the beautiful weather. I wasn’t sure how Lewis would react since he is sometimes a bit hesitant about being on the grass, and also with Daddy and I playing frisbee our attention wasn’t as focused on him as usual. He loved it! He was excited to watch us throwing the frisbee, kicking the ball, and running around. He had fun picking clover flowers in the grass and surprised me with doing a lot of walking on the grass. He is usually very timid about walking on grass since it is more of a challenge, but he seemed to gain more and more confidence with it just in the time we were out there.

A lot of our scheduling of time revolves around Lewis’ nap times still, so often we only half-plan things ahead of time but don’t finalize things until we see when he has woken up in the morning, which sets the tone for when he will need to nap. We came up with two ideas for Sunday: either to go blueberry picking and see the animals (goats) at the orchard or to go to Olive Garden for lunch together. We were leaning towards the berry picking but Lewis apparently had other plans. He fell asleep in his stroller while we were out for our morning walk, an hour earlier than I had expected him to nap. Since Olive Garden opens earlier than the orchard it worked out to be perfect timing to go to lunch after he woke up. He was super well behaved at the restaurant, stayed in the high chair the entire time we were eating, and absolutely loved gnawing on bread sticks and dropping pieces of shrimp and olives onto the floor.

After Olive Garden we decided to check out Toys R Us since it was nearby. We didn’t have any real plan of anything to buy, just decided to wander through the store and see what caught our interest. Of course we had to check out the video games and Skylanders display since that is the line of games that Daddy’s company (Vicarious Visions) is doing a lot of work on. Lewis was super excited over a big plush Eruptor, which seems to be one of his favorite Skylanders to play with in Daddy’s collection. He got to play with it a bit in the store but we didn’t think we needed to bring it home. We ended up buying him another puzzle instead, mostly because he saw it on the shelf and kept saying “boooo, boooo” at the cow in the farm scene. (I don’t know how to type up the way he actually pronounces that… it is somewhere between a “b” and a “v” sound, like in the spanish word “vaca” I guess, but it’s been a long time since I took Spanish. He is working hard on his “b” sounds recently so most of his “words” and sounds end up with a “b” mixed in.)

My favorite picture. I asked him for a smile and he gave me this goofy snarl face instead.

My favorite picture. I asked him for a smile and he gave me this goofy snarl face instead.

Sunday afternoon I was tired out and had a nice long nap while Lewis was napping. Chris was a sweetheart and took the opportunity to do some dishes and tidy up the living room, and of course relax with his video games as well.

Once Lewis was in bed for the night we finished watching The Hobbit together and enjoyed some rootbeer floats. Yum! It was a great weekend, which of course means we are all just wishing for more weekend time. The next couple weekends will be busy with travel since next week we are headed up to the family camp again. This time there will be all kinds of extended family there, which will be a different kind of fun!