Thursday, June 24, 2010

Doing a little shopping

The weekend before last (yes, I'm really behind on posting) we went on a trip to the Tucson Children's Museum with Sara and Eva. We LOVE going there in the summer heat (it was 105 degrees here today, by the way). It's like a great big indoor playground with all kinds of neat things to explore.

Noah particularly enjoyed shopping for organic produce at the farmer's market. Eva enjoyed her first taste of cheddar bunnies (Noah's favorite thing in the world).

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Special Project

It's amazing how much more Noah feels like a little boy than a baby lately. He seems much more conscious of what things do and what they are for. He came home from school last week with a special project for his daddy. It was so special to have something that came home with him, and to imagine him doing little projects and things while we're away from him.

Every day from daycare they send home a little sheet that says what they did that day. Last week one of them said:
Today was amazing because: We cooled off during water play and afterward we took a trip around the school to warm back up. After that we came inside and worked on a surprise for our DADs!

(We were wondering why Noah came home with green paint between his toes that day...)

The photos from school are ones that they sent home with the special project. It looks like he's having fun, don't you think?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

13 Months (yesterday)

As you can see, our major 13 month milestone is: First steps!

He still hasn't taken off on his own yet. Noah seems to be a cautious type. He loves to take steps toward me though (sometimes if I'm walking backward he'll walk quite a ways), but his favorite part is falling toward me and laughing and screaming.

Other new things this month:

- Lots of words. In addition to mama, dada, hi, and kitty; new ones include: Ball, ball, ball, cheese, teeth, shoes, and many more (mind you, they are attempts, not always clear words, except for ball, but the main sounds are consistently there so I think it counts :)

- Tantrums! But, my friend Sara said that babies don't usually start having tantrums until around 15 months, so yeah! We're ahead of the curve!

- Interest in putting things together, digging in the sand, stacking blocks, singing and playing musical toys, and playing Ball

We had a good time in flagstaff, aside from everyone having a case of the flu...
Noah loves watering the garden. Nana Glo's garden is amazing, purple flowers all over the yard, ripe strawberries, and it was cool enough to go outside!

The photo below looks a little like Noah has extra legs because I'm sitting right behind him, but it shows the exuberance of his new skill so well.

A sad part of the weekend was seeing the peaks on fire. Schultz pass, a place well known to any outdoor lover in Flagstaff, was burning when we were leaving town on Sunday. It was already so big that we could see flames from Buffalo park.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Playing like a big boy

Last Saturday we went to another 1st birthday party. Noah's friend Lotte (short for Charlotte) had a party in the backyard. This was the best backyard for kids that we've seen, and we're thinking of digging up all the cacti in our backyard to try to do something more like it. Noah had a blast. His usual shyness was nowhere to be found, and he looked just like a little boy playing with a ball and standing beside the pool.

The playhouse was great fun for Noah and Lotte, who are so close to walking. The could go in and out and hold onto all the windows just like the big kids.

Chris, of course, is always working on promoting bike appreciation. What happens when two little ones want to ride at the same time? See for yourself.

Another big deal just today: 4 steps! We think he's a walker!
Noah has been standing alone for a couple of weeks. He can clap his hands, shake maracas, dance, squat down and retrieve something and then stand back up without using his hands, but he just isn't convinced that he can walk yet. He's a cautious type. One of these days I think he'll realize that he can do it and be walking like a pro. Maybe tomorrow...

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Watermelon Montage

A new favorite: Watermelon.

Anytime the fridge is opened and we glimpse the red flesh of the melon inside, Noah shrieks for it, cries and points. It's a frustrating experience to finally be able to convey just what you want, and discover that that doesn't always mean you get it. He's developed a new tantrum cry that we're trying to figure out what to do with. A phase... we hope. Anyway, when we do get to eat the watermelon we have loads of fun.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Fun in the pool?

The best thing to do when it's 101 degrees and you want to play outside is fill up the pool. The cool water sounds so refreshing. You could just sit in there all day. So why are these photos of Noah sitting in the sandbox? Well, I guess hot sand is just so much fun to wiggle those little toes in, so cool to let fall through your fingers, and so deliciously gritty on those little teeth that the swimming pool just isn't the thing.

Isn't it nice when your mom is thoughtful enough to spray you with the hose to keep you nice and cool :)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Heading North

This is the time of year in Tucson when the temperature starts to climb regularly into the triple digits. 101 today... 105 tomorrow... you get the idea. Flagstaff usually sits somewhere in the 80s, so we were excited to head up there for a long weekend. Also, it was my ten (actually eleven) year high school reunion. Sadly I forgot to take any pictures, but it was fun to see some of the friends I hadn't seen in several years. Also, my good friend Juliana's baby shower was the same day, so the weekend was packed with fun and reunions with old friends.

I made an orange pineapple upside down cake for the shower and it turned out beautiful.

Sadly, I just realized that I got so wrapped up in projects that I completely forgot to take pictures of the awesome diaper bag that I made for Juliana, and baby carrier that I made for Magan. Darn it! They turned out really cool and I was super excited to show them off. I guess my showing off will have to wait until next time. Noah is into making things too. Here he is helping Chris put together a little stool that my mom bought him for teeth brushing.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wyatt Earp Days

Over the weekend we had a visit from Chris' sister Amy and her husband Scott. Scott is a Tombstone (the movie) fan, so we decided to make a trip down to Tombstone (the town) for Wyatt Earp days.

We also made the perfect hamburgers, stuffed with cheese.

And on top of all that, we fit in some playtime on the porch with the funnest little boy ever.

Here's a little extra from the 8th grade graduation we attended last week. Noah had some fun climbing around and making faces and the audience.

We love long weekends