Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
And all I could think of was Napoleon Dynamite's liger: "It's pretty much my favorite animal. It's like a lion and a tiger mixed... bred for its skills in magic."
But this not a liger, it is a zedonk - a zebra-donkey hybrid. Pretty in a way.
After a little research, I found that the liger does indeed exist! Although it probably does not have the fabled magical abilities that Napoleon claimed...
(Random funny liger video)
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The glowing prego and friend Chrissy, who came an hour early to help me set up.
Marina, girlfriend to the owner of the home we used, came early to help set up also. She was a huge help because she knew where a lot of the kitchen utensils were.
Jodie (with Mackenzie), Chrissy, Kim and Rachel (taking notes)
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
They ate dinner at their very own little bench. I really need to remember to get one of these for Aiden. He loves stuff his size!
When Alexa brought Blair up to bed, Travis read Aiden a book to help calm him down before we laid him down too. Skylar was sweet enough to share her crib with Aiden since she doesn't need it just yet.
Saturday morning, Travis slept in while I lazed around with Aiden. After he woke up, I got to work on the floors in my house. With three cats and a dog, we really can't afford to go longer than a week without vacuuming, but that is just what I did. Ugh, it was horrible. Travis played with Aiden in the backyard and then took him for a walk so I had free reign of the floors in the house.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Aiden had a blast playing in Micah's Cars tent. We're going to have to find a little tent for at home.
I am utterly impressed that Jenn was able to get so many great shots considering Aiden wasn't the most helpful of all models. He was tired from only taking an hour nap and the heat always eats away at Aiden's patience. We're hoping to make it back up there again once the weather cools down a bit so we can get some more shots outside. Until then, I am thoroughly enjoying this set!
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
This kid is OUT OF CONTROL! I just mentioned to Alexa the other day that there are so many small steps he is making in his mental growth that are not really blogworthy. But! Maybe if I put a few of them together into one post, it will be worth reading.
First, I have really been meaning to get a photo of Aiden with Mr. Lion. This photo was taken during his nap on the ride to Louisiana this weekend. This stuffed animal is a gift from Rachel that is just the perfect size for Aiden to carry around and sleep with. When he gets tired, the first thing he does is search for Mr. Lion. Lately, he's been chewing on his face and mane, which leads me to wonder if those 1-year molars might be working their way out.
Here is a short list of words Aiden uses on a fairly regular basis. Although, they are all his form of the word. No perfect English just yet...
- Light (as in the one on the ceiling)
- No (and the head shake to go with it)
- Yes (sounds like 'nine' though - weird)
When he's hungry, he does the hand sign for hungry. He likes to meow at the cats. And whenever he farts or poops, he waves his hand in front of his face and says pssshhew! Occasionally he'll copy a word I say, but he hasn't picked them all up in his daily usage so far.
Aiden has two books that have sounds and hand movements to follow along with and he is excellent at that. His favorite includes a bunch of animal sounds that he copies to the best of his ability. The other is a 'wiggle your fingers, touch your nose' type of book. He steadily amazes me with his consistent learning.
Pointing has also become a favorite game with our son. He points at everything and usually says "ooo" at the same time. I try to figure out what he's pointing at and relay the proper word to describe it. Although, sometimes I'm pretty sure it's just a distraction method he uses when we're trying to get him to do something he doesn't want. Like when I say, 'let's go change your diaper' and Aiden points behind me at something that must have my attention now. Ha!
This past Saturday, Aiden was ecstatic to find Travis at home when he woke up in the morning. I was holding Aiden and we walked into the bathroom to watch Daddy in his morning ritual (brushing teeth, cologne, hair, etc). Travis and I were crying from laughing so hard when Aiden copied his entire hair routine: splash water in hair, squirt gel in hands, smear gel over hands, run hands through hair. Aiden copied every step along the way.
What to Expect the Toddler Years told me to expect our toddler to start copying us soon. It was right.
There are a zillion more small things, but I won't bore you with hours of reading on my 14-month old. I just wanted to put it out there how much fun it is to raise a kid. Constant amazement.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
- Greek food. What's not to love about hummus, tzatziki sauce, cucumbers and flatbread?
- Being outdoors. Fresh air always makes me feel better; except for maybe at the zenith of a Texas summer.
- The sunroof in my car. Best way to bring in the outdoors without dealing with the annoyance of a convertible top.
- Movies. Romantic comedies, suspense and dramas are my favorites.
- Indie music. Makes me happy.
- My job. It's the first position I've taken since graduating college that didn't result in stress-induced hives.
- French vanilla coffee. Happiness in a cup.
- Watching Aiden learn. It's so refreshing to relive a life through someone else's eyes.
- Dates with Travis. Adult time is key to any parent's sanity.
- Living so close to water. Looking at the sun reflecting off the salt marsh on my drive into work every morning makes me reflect on everything awesome in my life.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
The tide was high enough that it was spilling over into the beach parking lot. I couldn't concentrate on enjoying my time at the beach with water pooling under the car, so Travis moved it to the entrance street. After that, we walked around a little bit. Andrea and Curt collected shells, while Travis let Aiden get pummeled by the waves. Eventually I had to just pull them out of the water so Aiden could go play in the water pools in the "parking lot". That way he could splash without getting taken out to sea. Ha.
We wanted to grab some lunch before heading out of town, so we went to Gatti's Pizza. It's the type of place that can give a person some stomach troubles, but it was worth it. We didn't have to wait for our food to be prepared and there was a TV to keep Aiden content since he was awake during his regular nap time. Aside from a minor breakdown at dinner time on Sunday, Aiden was a trooper the whole trip.
Also amazing - Travis had Saturday off too!!! We had three whole days with him. I think Aiden was confused each morning when Travis was there. He got excited every time he woke up to find his dad. Awesomeness.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Luke and Linsey, enjoying a slice of a giant chocolate chip cookie and mint chocolate moose tracks ice cream
Two are better than one, as demonstrated here by Rachel