Sunday, May 25, 2008

No Way!!!

This week was pretty smooth with Mom while Dad was back in Maryland for a few days. We did have to deal with some minor automotive issues, but I liked the big van that we had for a rental! I said that "one day" it will be my car, though I missed my white car. We got to spend some nice quality time with T-bug and his folks Cat and Chris this week! Thursday, we enjoyed a great Indian dinner with them. I wasn't too adventurous, and stuck mostly with beans, but Mom enjoyed her saag paneer, and T-bug is a great eater!
On Friday, we met Cat and T at OMSI. It was my first time there and I had a blast! There is a special dinosaur exhibit on tour and I thought it was sooo cool, except I was pretty hesitant to get very close to the animatronic dinos... they were a little too real. T and I ended up spending some time in the riparian lab where we built some streams and played with lots of sand and water... how could you go wrong? There is also a huge room just full of kids and stuff for kids to do including: huge sandbox (Geez, I just love any sandbox!), a water play section, lots of places to climb and play, and this really cool air powered ball gizmo that shoots balls through tubes and into the air and I also discovered this (in my own words...) hole... air blow!... ball fly!! It's FLYING!!! (with increasing excitement!). I could get two flying in the air. It was amazing!Saturday we started out with a trip (surprise) to the farmer's market. Strawberries are out and soooo good! I just can't stop eating them, in spite of covering my face, shirt and the kitchen with strawberry juice! There were also some pretty peonies that we just couldn't resist bringing one home.
That afternoon we celebrated T's first birthday in style with a great afternoon on their new deck and in their yard. I had fun playing in their yard, and I think T enjoyed his cake. Today was relatively low-key. Dad and I went swimming again! I am getting better about bobbing at the wall, floating on my back... oh and lunging into the water with no fear at all and still not sure how to get my feet underneath me every time. Just like to keep Dad on his toes. Although yesterday was lovely, we had a thunderstorm last night and drizzly weather all day today, so we just took it easy the rest of the day. Mom and Dad aren't sure where I picked this up but my once polite "No thank you" has turned into "No Way!" Charming, they are working hard to turn it around.
I hope you have a good memorial day! I also want to wish Grandpa Tom and Uncle Ry happy travels on their European tour!

Monday, May 19, 2008

One Day......

Well, the weather turned hot this week! Seriously, it was 98 on Friday and Saturday! Mom finished my new quilts just in time for the hot hot weather. I love them so much that I have insisted on being tucked in with … my big blue blankie, my little blue blankie, my big orange blankie (the quilt… with a warm old quilt for the stuffing and flannel) AND the little orange blankie (mom made a little portable version as well)… which results in a big puddle of sweaty baby when Mommy goes in to check on me later. This week was the first birthday of my good friend T-bug (Benjamin). I thought he was smiling in this picture, but really he was having a great evening and eating everything! Joaquin was also there… he looks cute in his hat, but didn’t really like having it on his head! Friday I went to Creston park and played with Sophia all morning, I had a super long nap, and Dad came home early enough for us to head to the feed store to get ready for Saturday! If you hadn’t figured it out (or been told as much) Dad, Jim and I made a Chicken Tractor for our new Chickens that Mom picked up on Saturday. We have three new gals in the backyard… Barbara (the Barred Rock), Goldie (the Golden sex-link) and an Arucuna (any name suggestions? We don’t feel settled on one yet). Barbara is definitely the most bold, Goldie comes in second and is a bit more curious the Arucuna is very shy even though she is the biggest of the bunch. They sure are silly. I love feeding them their scratch and chasing them around the yard looking for eggs (though they won’t start laying for a few more months) and yelling “Chicken!!” (though they probably know they are chickens). At least I stopped saying chicken.. yum! Dad’s first major building event turned out pretty well. The chickens seem to like it, well all except for the actual coop part, which they haven’t figured out yet (you can see it behind them). They’ve just been hunkering down on the ground or sitting on the outside roost. After an exciting Saturday morning filled with chickens… came the really, extra special, super neat surprise! Mom and Dad took me to DOZER DAYS! If paradise is really hot and desert like, filled with backhoes, dumptrucks, dozers, firetrucks, excavators, and more trucks than I can even list (which is a lot these days), then we had a heck of an afternoon there! I woke up from a very brief nap in a dusty parking lot. I knew we were in for a good afternoon when we walked underneath an arch of two backhoes and strait up to a line where we got to ride an articulated loader (really large dump truck). Need I say more? Well, when we got to the top of the hill (which is really an old rock excavation site), there were dozens of construction trucks all lined up for us to try out! I have been talking about backhoes for months now… I also have been ending my declaration of “Owen Drive Backhoe!” with “One day” while shaking my index finger with determination. Well Saturday was my one day! In addition to climbing in the cabs of all sorts of unmanned equipment and pretending to drive the dumptrucks, fire trucks, and little backhoes (well, and some big ones too), I actually got to drive a backhoe!! Seriously folks… I got to sit with a construction worker and help him work the controls… we dug holes and made piles over and over and over again!
I even got a few waves out to Mom and Dad who were practically over the top with giddiness, they were so proud of me! Oh my gosh… dozer day is the coolest thing ever. They gave me presents… a little red shovel and a plastic builder hat that I have made essential items in my wardrobe, in spite of the fact that the plastic hat makes my head sweat (and grosses Dad and Mom out… they keep trying to take it off to dry my head). The helmet and the shovel prove that I am now an official digger guy! Sunday was a little more low-key. Dad had to get ready for a trip to Maryland for work and we just enjoyed the heat and got some chores done… including getting a new outdoor dining set. I love eating outside! It’s nice to watch the chickens and enjoy dinner.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Day Mommy!

Happy Mother's Day Mommy. Today for Mother's Day we went to Saint Cupcake a bakery that only makes, you guessed it, cupcakes. I tried to explain to Mommy and Daddy that the proper method for eating a cupcake was to lick off the frosting first, but they just ate them the boring way.

Oh, I got a new puppet from Grandma Steves this week in the mail. A really toothy shark. I introduced him to Giraffe and Frog right away.



What else was going on, well, my buddy Jim was in town this week to attend a science conference here in Portland. He helped Daddy and me build some sort of cool fort. Daddy said it was Mommy's Mother's Day present, but it still isn't quite finished so I'm starting to wonder if isn't really a play fort for me. I guess we'll see.




Well, I was once again a little sick this week but Daddy seems have gotten the worst of it. His cough is ten times louder than mine. I hope he feels better soon.

Oh and I almost forgot, our friends Matt and Linda had their baby this week. Happy birthday Andrew Nicolas Boyd. I was still sick when he was born to see him, but Mommy did and she said he was very cute. I can't wait to meet him.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Duck... Duck... Goose!!!

This week has again been full of fun and friends! On Thursday we got to give our BBQ a work out and had Linda and Matt over for dinner! I was so good, ate well and then actually played relatively quietly with my leggos while the grown-ups took their time finishing their food. It took them forever but they seemed to be having a nice evening. Friday Mom and I went for art at Sophia and Harmony's house. We painted the beads we made a few weeks ago and made necklaces! We accidentally erased the cute pictures of us, but I love my necklace and Sophia, Adrian and Linna all did really nice jobs. Saturday was kinda drizzly and grey. We spent the morning exploring north-east portland but after my nap, we just did errands... not too exciting. Jim Hobbs came back for another visit during a meeting he has in Portland. But today... the sun was out and it was definitely a day to be OUTSIDE! We spent the morning feeding ducks and geese at the Rhododendron Garden, and had fun playing in the grass and enjoying all of the pretty flowers. Daddy and I ran all around... definitely wore dad out! I took the feeding very seriously and tried to get them as much food as possible. This afternoon... Jim came back from his meeting and he and Daddy started building something strange in the garage... it looks like fun! They let me help and watch after my nap... what could it be?? When they finally took a break, I showed off my kayak fishin' skills to Jim! We went to see Val, Ray and Joaquin's new home and to enjoy a great evening and dinner in their back yard! Actually there was too much for me to do to really stop and eat much except for the great rhubarb crisp dessert. I played with Joaquin and his friends Kai and Aiden and all of the cool truck toys he has. I love hanging out with all of those little guys! We had such a nice evening, ate too much and came home just in time for my bath and to go to bed! G'night! I hope the sunshine found all of you as well today!