Sunday, January 27, 2008

Cabin Fever


See that above the neighbor's roof... it's blue.. as in blue sky.

This past week in Portland has been sunny; a rare thing here during the winter. I've been told that along with the sun came really cold weather. You see, I haven't been outside much this week because I've been sick and Mom and Dad won't let me play in the cold when I'm sick.



So instead I've been inside working on my lego skills. I have to admit, I'm getting quite good at making houses and towers.

Today, however, I'm feeling much better and I was allowed to play outside for the first time since I got sick. I must have taken to long to get better because now the sun is gone and it even rained this morning. At least I got outside for a few minutes.

Tonight I helped Daddy make meat balls. It was yet another inside activity, but mushing up ground meat is still kind of fun.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Snow-fish

This week was nice, fairly low-key but on Monday, Mom and I went to the indoor playground. I was still pretty quiet there, though enjoyed some of the cars and blocks, and was definitely a little more familiar with things there. By the end of the session, I started playing in the kitchen with other kids. On Friday, I joined Sophia and Harmony for their art group with two other kids my age! We made a paper quilt and painted it with some flour paint. I loved the art and playing with some of the neighborhood kids. On the home front, we've almost got a new pantry! Matt the contractor has been building one for us, and I think he's just sooo cool. I like to watch him very carefully while he is here, then test his work when he leaves.
Saturday we headed to what folks refer to as "the mountain" to find some snow! I have awesome snow clothes and some great sleds! For my birthday I got this sweet sled from Kaylee and Clark and was so glad not to have to walk in the fluffy snow... I got to ride! I loved it lots, that is until Daddy dumped me over and I bonked my chin (on my beach toys that I wouldn't relinquish), made me a bit more skeptical, but eventually I got back in.
There were all sorts of great snow parks around this small town called government camp. They even had little hills for me, Mom and Dad to sled down. It was hard to move around too much with all of my snow gear on... but I made snow angles with Daddy, and even caught a few snowballs in my bucket. I was a little warm so kept taking my mittens off, but finally realized how helpful they were on the way back to the car (as my hands finally got cold).
Sunday, Mommy grabbed a nice breakfast at Helsers (cute place, good food... s l o w service) with Linda while Daddy and I polished off some of our bread with some great French Toast. Afterwards we headed over to Robyn, Dan and my new pal Alice's house for a great lunch. I was the old guy with three other little babies to hang out with .. Benjamin, Alice and Tessa. I showed them how to spin, dance, walk sideways and bang on the exercise ball. I also ate a ton of pumpkin bread (yum) pulverized a great scone and showed Benjamin how to take pictures with Daddy's camera. Alice showed me how her musical frog works... I liked that frog! Kind of like a xylophone.
I went down for a late nap and slept for 3 hours!!! I was pooped.

These days my vocabulary is increasing at an alarming rate... I just added "three" to my counting repertoire (one- two -three!), I start the day with lots of "mornin!"s, the last few evenings I have been finishing up my fun by chanting "uncle ry... basketball... uncle ry... basketball" or singing Happy Birthday, if I do something particularly great (like a good leggo tower) These are often accompanied by my "monster voice" that is extra growly and deep... for emphasis. I am becoming increasingly proficient with the leggos and can spend long periods of time making towers, just to see them fall down. As my folks are shortly about to relive... I have also become pretty opinionated about which clothes to wear and which books I want them to read to me ("no... no... no... no... no... YES!" as options are presented).

Sunday, January 13, 2008

A week with Grandma and Exploring Oregon

This week, Daddy headed to Maryland for work, so Grandma Terri extended her visit for five more days to hang out with me and Mommy! Man are we glad she did... she helped us so much and we really appreciate all of her help. Plus I had a great time with her. Monday, Mommy was home with us, so we checked out the indoor playground near us in the morning and found some cool shopping areas in the afternoon. Tuesday was my first day with Grandma on our own, so we really had a great time. I played in my big-boy bed, though was having too much fun to actually sleep there. We went to the store, and drove all over SE Portland. Wednesday was also really great. Grandma and I went to the Zoo! I saw all of the animals (mom usually poops out after one section) and ate a whole hot dog! The monkeys smiled at me and hey... did you know that elephants eat with their noses... it was fascinating! Thursday, Grandma and I watched the garbage trucks go up and down our street in the morning, then we cleaned house, went to the grocery store and played and played. By the time Mom got home, we had made cookies, cleaned the whole house and pooped Grandma Terri out! She could barely get through our game of baby fetch (or as I call it "basketball"). Friday, we all got to hang out again, so we started the day with an excursion to a bakery on Holgate Ave for a delish breakfast and then over to the alphabet district in NE Portland to get some new towels and shower curtain for our bathroom. Grandma Terri took off in the afternoon, but I was asleep in the car when she left. When I woke up, I was worried Mom had forgotten her somewhere and wasn't satisfied that she was okay until I talked with her on the phone. Daddy got home late Friday night and we spent lots of quality Oregon time this weekend. We headed back to the Alphabet district on Saturday to enjoy the fact that it wasn't raining, or misting, or any sort of precipitation whatsoever and that there was even some sky peeking out. We ate at Ken's Artesian Bakery and had some really good pastries and bread, including Mom's favorite... french macaroons and some canelles. Sunday was also pretty great... we went as far north and west as we have so far... yep, a road trip!! We headed out to the coast... finally! I have been missing the coast a lot and ask for the beach or the ocean all the time. We drove through a little bit of snow, some beautiful farm land and some trees, and when I first glimpsed the ocean I just broke out laughing, I was so happy. We stopped at Indian Beach in Ecola State Park and had a great morning on the cobbly beach. The sun was out and there was a bit of mist on the ocean so everything was super bright. It was hard for me to walk on all of those cobbles, but I got the hang of it, and had a great time tossing rocks, writing on them with bits of sand stone, and in the end I picked my favorite one (about the size of my face) and carried it all the way back to the car myself. For lunch, we stopped in at Cannon Beach for a corn dog (I really like these things, even if it makes Mommy wince a bit) and again, ate it all myself. I even shared some lemonade with daddy, though didn't want any of his chowder or crab cakes. We walked around town and down to the beach. Ah... a sandy beach, much more fun to walk on, but not as much to play with, though I was pretty happy drawing in the sand with a stick. It was just nice to be near the water again. After the beach, I was pretty pooped and slept for the drive down to Tillamook. We stopped in at the Tillamook Cheese Factory. I got to see all of the cool gear they use for making cheese... it's a huge operation! We then got to taste cheese (yum) and ate some tillamook ice cream (super yum). I think the ice cream was my favorite part. We just headed home afterwards, and enjoyed finishing up all of our leftovers from when Grandma was here. I had a bubble bath (which I love so much that I started asking for them all throughout the day), and have had so much fun today that it's tough to settle down for bed.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Happy 2008 & Happy Birthday

Best wishes to everyone this new year! We've kicked started 2008 off to a fun start. Well, New Year's eve was pretty mellow, everyone just recovering from colds, so we hunkered down. I resolve to give up diapers and my crib (at least mostly!) this year. I've been trying the potty at least once a day and have been taking about half of my naps in my big boy bed. I'm well on my way! We're feeling better these days... 'cause Grandma Terri and Grandpa Tom came up for a visit! We have had a lovely week with them! I'm on a bit of a hunger strike these days, but Grandma and Grandpa came with all sorts of yummy looking food that Mom and Dad seemed to really enjoy. If anyone can get me to eat... it's Grandma Terri. She knows all of the good food tricks (like adding blueberries to about anything). The rain continues, so we haven't been out nearly as much as we would like, but we've still had lots of time to read books, play with my train and puppets (and train-eating puppets) and to see Portland a little bit. Friday, we headed to the Alberta Street Oyster Bar and Grill, which had great food and nice people who kept me smiling through all of dinner. Looks like a neighborhood with lots of other really good places to eat and arty stores to check out later! Saturday was pretty great... we celebrated my birthday a day early before Grandpa Tom headed back to Fresno (through rain and snow!). In the morning we opened more presents... I got some new dinosaurs to play with and lots of good cold weather gear and springtime clothes, and a cool phlat ball that launches my fingerpuppets from Grandma Terri and Grandpa Tom. Mommy and Daddy made me a stuffed camel (I call him "Two-Bump") and and owl. That afternoon, we got our friends Linda, Matt, Cat, Chris, Benjamin and Barbara all over for a yummy carrot cake celebration! I blew out all two candles myself and joined in singing Happy Birthday! We ate all of my favorite snacks... guacamole, chips, pita, hummus and fruit salad with berries! Barbara brought me an awesome tool set that I have been playing with constantly! Today, Mommy let me open the rest of my presents and I love my heartbreaker pajamas and a new airforce falcons sweatshirt from Uncle Ry! Today we tried a new church in the morning and the whole congregation sang Happy Birthday to me and to another lady in the pews. I played all afternoon, talked with Uncle Ryan, Grandpa Tom, and Caden on the phone. We went for a walk over to Trader Joes, and had a great afternoon. I got to finish more of my cake and actually ate a respectable amount of food for dinner (much to the relief of everyone!). Well, I think this year will be a big'un... lots of growing, lots of fun and getting to know Portland!