Thursday, December 30, 2010

Little Boys

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We've been having fun in Amarillo this week with Chris' family. I have several posts to catch up on, but for right now, just the little boys. Noah with his cousin Xander. They like each other definitely. Just a few swats and pinches to find out who's the boss. I think it's still in the air. Picking shiny ornaments off the tree and chucking them across the floor was a definite bonding experience though...

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Little firemen in training. Good thing they've got the Cap'n to show them the ropes (and hopefully a real fire truck tomorrow!)

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Eve at the Playground

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My little boy is just the cutest. I don't think I need to say anything else :)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas so far

We're on Christmas tour. Flagstaff first, now Alburquerque, and Amarillo next week. Lots of Christmas'(s..) packed in there too. We had a great time in Flagstaff and built this little kitchen out of cardboard boxes to go with the pots and pans my mom and Ron gave Noah. He cooked some delicious carrot band-aid soup, and some packing peanut stir-fry. Yum.

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We got the idea for the cardboard kitchen from a family magazine article. This one is really sloppy compared to what you could do. I think we'll try another one when we get home, and I'll post the article here for those of you who might also like to have a free play kitchen!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Holiday Season in Tucson

As you might know, the holiday season in Tucson does not include snow. This year it doesn't even include cold weather, and we've been enjoying it! Here's Noah at the playground last week wearing his "pretties."

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We made it back to the toy train museum, which was decked out for the holidays, with our friends Sara and Eva (sorry Sara that this isn't the greatest photo of you :)
 It was so cute how these little guys wanted to sit together. I think just after this was taken, Eva clunked Noah's head into the table. Ah, toddler love.

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Here we are on our way to a Christmas party. "Are you sure it's going to be warm enough to wear flipflops when we're coming home later?" "Oh yeah, this is Tucson."

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

He did it!!

Starting a master's program right around the same time Noah was born made us both question Chris' sanity I think, but here we are! Congratulations Chris!!!

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Day at the Playground

You want a copy of this for your mantle, don't you?

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Although it's not obvious from this photo, Noah LOVES to swing. He very rarely is willing to get out of the swing. In fact, a swing might make a very good Christmas gift for him...

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These photos are from our favorite park where we were relaxing after doing two family photo shoots, which you can see {here} and {here} if you're interested.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Are bikes for riding, or for working on?

I've wondered this a few too many times around here, when all five or so of Chris' bikes are in pieces and he wants to ride my bike to school...
Do you remember this post {here} from last year about the littlest bike mechanic in our family?

Well, here they are at it again. Working on this little tricycle kept Noah completely enthralled for over an hour, two days in a row!! (By the way, this is a $150 german trike that we found at Savers for $6.99! Score!) So far though, Noah just wants to use the tools on the bike, rather than ride it...

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I don't have a picture of the final product. That will have to be it's own post, to show off my husband's awesome bike fixing skills :)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Just one

We've been so busy around here that I've hardly taken any pictures! Here's one from the playground on Tuesday. It was cold! We're back to Tucson temperatures today though, in the low eighties :)

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Can she be real?

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You've probably already seen some photos of this adorable little baby recently if you've been following my blog, but here are a couple more of my friend Juliana's little one. Doesn't she just look like a porcelain doll?!

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We went on a fun hike in Sedona with Juliana's family on Friday. It's been so long since I'd been down there. What a beautiful place to escape from the cold! This photo was of Juliana's nephew surprising his mom with a piece of mistletoe that he found. Such a sweet moment.

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Leftovers

I love thanksgiving leftovers. They're almost better than the original, don't you think? This post is not really about leftover food though. It's called leftovers because it's taken me so long to upload these photos from thanksgiving cooking. My mom and I had fun cooking together for two days, with a little help from Noah.

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I discovered in the last couple of years that I love homemade cranberry sauce, and that it's ridiculously simple to make.

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I also made this recipe that my Grandmother always made, called "curried fruit". This is before I added the brown sugar and curry powder that makes this a special dish.

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Here's one of the Sanfrancisco Peaks on Thanksgiving morning, when we walked down to see the "choo-choos" in the freezing cold wind. Noah walked all the way there, and he didn't want to leave. Who cares about a frozen nose?!

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Fresh Eye

There's been a lot of talk of aspiring photographers around here lately, but here is something from an artist that is completely new to the trade! It turns out that Noah has an eye for some interesting geometric shapes and some fresh perspectives.

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And here he is, the little photographer posing with his "Ooh-ah" (monkey):

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He also spent a good amount of time watching birds out in the snow with Nana teaching him the bird calls. A budding nature photographer maybe?

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Monday, November 22, 2010

We saw snow!

This morning Noah woke us up as the sun rose. Last night when it started snowing I promised that we could make snowballs in the morning. He wanted to make snowballs right away! The sunrise was beautiful (although I can't deny that I might have been just as happy to sleep through it...)

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The view from our window this morning (too cold to go outside!)

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A little later, we headed back out for more snowballs. Just a few though, since he refused to wear the mittens.

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"Hey, what's that on my boots!?"

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"I love snowballs, but my hands are cold!"

We also had some fun inside today.

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P.S. We're in Flagstaff, in case you haven't guessed :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Stuck at Home Fun

This wasn't my idea. He found the paints in a drawer and said "please". It was so much fun to see him look at the colors on his fingers over and over, and point at each little spot where he wanted a squirt of color to spread around.

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We also had a great time riding our bike all the way to the library for story time, and to the childrens' museum for our little friend group. Noah even fell asleep in the bike seat on the ride home. So cute with the little helmet knocking back and forth.