Monday, July 28, 2008
check out what I caught:
Friday, July 25, 2008
We have been having a great time. You never can tell how a toddler is going to react to new situations like this and I was definitely concerned that he wouldn't be into it and we'd be spending the class on the pool deck, but I'm so excited to report that he's quite the little fish! (It's probably helped that I've dragged him to about every water park there is in this city, but what else is there to do in the summer?!?) I think it's been a great way to get him acclamated to the water get over any fears he may have of it (i.e. me trying not to project my own childhood swimming fears onto my son).
Our classes consist of a little Humpty Dumpty, some Ring around the Rosie, lots of bubble blowing, way too much kicking practice (which consists of mom doing most of the work as they have to do 6 laps on their backs and fronts!), Simon Says, and Hot Potato. Hopefully we'll be able to pass our level 1 test and move onto level 2 -- we'd better get to practicing that bubble blowing!
ring around the rosie...
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
high-fives with our teacher, "Nemo"
(I'm pretty sure that's not his real name :)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I'm seriously contemplating a half-marathon this fall... hmmm, we'll see!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
We were able to meet up with the Brien's at their country getaway house in Garrison and do some swimming and t-shirt decorating. Noah had a great time with the boys and Jon and Curtis had some quality bonding time (heh-heh). Then on Friday, we had a lovely BBQ with my mom's neighbors and Noah took a nice 3 hour nap so he was all prepped for the fireworks. We went to a little town near where I grew up called, Cornwall, and watched a local firework show. I went to this show every year when I was growing up and this was the first time that I really realized how "small-town" this place actually was. I seriously felt like I was on Dawson's Creek or something like that. It was a nice nostalgic day for me and it was fun to spend time with our family and friends. I wasn't sure how Noah would do with the fireworks... it's always tricky to predict these things, but I really wanted to go, so we did. He really liked them at first, when they were just being tested out and they were only going off one at a time. But as soon as the show actually started and several went off at one time, he completely FREAKED out... we're talking screaming, crying, and kicking his feet to leave. Jon was finally able to get him calmed down by naming the colors of the fireworks as they went off. He still refused to look and spent the whole time with his hood on and under a blanket, but we were able to sit back in our seats until it was over without bailing out early. Surprisingly, he slept fine that night and talked about it the next day like he had the time of his life... whew! hopefully he's not scarred for life! Then on Saturday we went to a local playground and took Noah on his first mini-golf trip. We had the whole place to ourselves, so we just let Noah wander around on the course while we played. For some reason I am seriously competitive when it comes to mini-golf and Jon beat me by one lousy point... grrr! I still say it wasn't fair because we kept taking turns trying to make sure Noah didn't fall into the water features!
Anyway, we had a great weekend and it was especially nice to put a baby pool in gma's backyard and let Noah splash away without having to pack up everything and trek out in the hot city just to cool off. And I must report that Noah's love affair with gma's car continued to the point where he would go straight to the window every morning and check to see if it was okay and then go out to give it a hug. It was kind of traumatizing for Noah to wave good-bye to the car after my dad dropped us off on Tuesday morning, but he finally recovered (later that afternoon, he saw a car that is identical to gma's and that was a little sad... it took him a minute to figure out that it wasn't the same car and his eyes welled up with tears when it finally hit him, so now we try to avoid all green mini-vans that are parked on our street!)
Happy b-day, USA!
hope you enjoyed your weekend too...
cooling off with dad and the Brien boys
he LOVED jumping off the trampoline into the pool
(he kept calling it a "jack-o-lantern" for some reason, though.)
forever playing in mud
awaiting the dreaded fireworks
hole in one!
making a wish
not ready to go
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
But, hopefully this money-attracting side of him will continue through his life so he can support us when we're old!