Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Swimming Do



We've been swimming as much as we can this summer. This one is from last week at my friend Susan's pool. Check out that hairdo!

Whirlwind Roadtrip, Part II &1/2: Ruby & Delbert



I forgot to post this photo yesterday, and I think it's a really great one. It's rare to get a photo where Ruby is smiling!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Whirlwind Road Trip, Part II: Amarillo

There are actually a couple of parts to this post. Amarillo, visiting Grandma Patti, visiting Grandpa Dennis and Grandma Lisa, and visiting Great Grandma Ruby and Great Grandpa Delbert. And, Greenbelt Lake (and hour or so outside of Amarillo).



We swam and played all day at Grandma Patti's house. She has a great pool that Noah stayed in for hours. This photo from the car was my favorite though.
Next, over to Dennis and Lisa's for a pizza dinner with everybody. Dennis picked up this little tractor at a yard sale just for the grandsons to drive. Noah dove for the steering wheel as soon as he realized that Grandpa was offering him the driver's seat.



Saturday we headed to Greenbelt Lake for camping (not our usual kind of roughing it tent camping, this was camping with a fancy RV, and I'm certainly not complaining!). Noah and Xander had a great time splashing around in the lake with their matching life jackets. We even had them sit in the boat with me and Dennis and Chris pushed us back and forth through the water until Xander actually fell asleep!







In the evening we all sat in camp chairs around a big outdoor rug while the boys went from chair to chair begging for crackers (that's what Noah did, anyway).



It was great to be out there with all of Noah's Aunts and Uncles from the Eaves family. Aunt Amy, Uncle Scott, Aunt Lexi, Uncle Adam, and Uncle Houston. Between all of them and Dennis and Lisa (aka Cap'n and G), Chris and I got a little bit of a break and paddled out into the lake and around the little island.
Sunday we headed back to Amarillo and made a quick stop at Ruby and Delbert's house, then lunch with Patti, Amy and Scott, a quick visit to the Filipowicz's house, and then we drove about 2/3 of the way home before we stopped for a hotel room with a lightening show outside. We made it back home by noon today, feeling glad that we'd made the trip, although we wish Amarillo was just a little bit closer!

Whirlwind Road Trip, Part I: Albuquerque



Noah and I actually skipped out on the first leg of our last-minute weekend road trip to Amarillo. We flew to Albuquerque on Wednesday afternoon to visit my Aunt Jennifer, Uncle Eric, and cousins, Ellie and Dane. I wish we could have stayed with them longer, Noah was really taken with Ellie and Dane, and kept laying down on Ellie's lap. I didn't get many good pictures. I think I must have just been so jealous of Eric's new 5D MarkII (If you don't know what I'm talking about, you probably wouldn't understand...it's a kind of camera) that I just quick taking pictures for the day.
The goldfish that you see in this picture were part of the key to Noah's heart for Dane and Ellie.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

14 Months

I think I missed the 13 month post... we've been busy! A lot of new things in the last two months. Milestones include:

- Walking! All the time now, he's not really crawling anymore at all (unless it's under the table in hot pursuit of the poor kitty)

- Talking quite a bit, words like: teeth, shoes, kitty (old ones), no no no no no, outside, diaper, and more; even a couple of phrases like: "oh wow"

- Animal sounds. I know I've mentioned these, but he now makes the correct sounds for chicken, coyote, and cow when asked, without us making the sound first. He still says "bak-bak" when he sees most animals

- Tackling animals and other children (I'm not sure this one really qualifies as a milestone...

As always, I'm sure there are many more that I'm not thinking of just now. We've been swimming a lot lately, and Noah is turning out to be a real water lover. He doesn't like to go under, but doesn't really mind being splashed in the face. I'll try to post some photos this afternoon, but we're off on another adventure (Albuquerque and Amarillo) this afternoon so it all depends on how fast I can get everything packed and cleaned up :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Peek-a-boo!




A favorite game lately. Usually followed by shreiking giggles.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Watermelon, or ball?



We've finally been getting some veggies from our garden. Noah loves to pick and eat the tomatoes, and he's been picking up the little watermelons and saying "ball, ball." I'm not sure they'll make it much longer before being plucked off the vine.







We picked up this little adirondack chair at Lowe's a couple of weeks ago and I don't know if a chair has ever been so loved.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

How about...



Some juicy organic cherries to run down your chin. A special treat!



"More? more?"

P.S. Can you tell someone was painting at school today?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Epic Journey

We left Burlington at 11:00am yesterday. The plan was to stop at JFK (New York) and then Allanta, and arrive in Tucson at 8:30 PM. Before our flight boarded they asked for volunteers who could give up there seats until the next day in exchange for $400 dollar vouchers. That sounded good, but Chris had a test he couldn't miss at 8am the next morning.

Well, the flight from JFK was delayed by an hour and a half. We arrived in Atlanta at the very moment our flight closed at another terminal. Uh-oh.

We went to the service desk and were given a hotel voucher and meal voucher ($6 each). That sounded good, but Chris had a test he couldn't miss at 8am the next morning.

How about a flight to Phoenix, and we'll rent a car to drive back? Sure, there's a flight that leaves at 9:40pm, getting into Phoenix at 10:30pm. Not ideal, but okay.

The flight didn't leave until 12:20am. We arrived in Phoenix at 1:30am, very tired. Our bags did not arrive, so we had to wait in line to report them lost, and get a loaner car seat. By 2:30am we finally had our car seat, our rental car, and we headed toward home.

We pulled into our driveway at 4:30am. Poor Chris got to sleep for two and a half hours before his 8am test, followed by another test at 1pm (each lasting over three hours).

But wait, that's not all. Our car is still parked at the Tucson airport and we have to go get it. And, even better, we have to drive back to Phoenix this evening to drop off the rental car. Worst trip home ever?

On the bright side, Noah is an amazing traveler. He slept on all three flights, toddled, giggling through the airports, and slept in the car on the way home. I guess it could have been Worse!



To live near a river...



Sometimes in the dry Tucson summer, I get an overwhelming feeling like I would give almost anything to swim in a cool, clear river. There are places to swim here, but the long hikes and the crowds keep us from frequenting them. We were hoping for some cooler weather in Vermont, but no such luck. 80 percent humidity, temperatures in the mid nineties, and no air conditioner meant lying around doing some whining (on my part, anyway). Every evening when we just couldn't stand the heat anymore, we all piled into the car and drove a couple of miles outside of town to swim in the river. Noah thought we should stay in that cool water forever. Even when his lips started to get a little blue :)

He got some spend a lot of quality time with his granddaddy.







The water was so clear you could spot shiny rocks from the surface, and then you could toss them back in for a satisfying splash!





One of my personal favorite spots was this swimming hole. Deep, clear, cool water is the most relaxing thing.



We need a river like this in Tucson...

Friday, July 9, 2010

Vermont goodies



As I've mentioned, there were a lot of good things about being in Vermont. One more was playing with Bennet, Melissa's grandson who is just 7 weeks younger than Noah. They had a great time together (aside from a few screaming tug-of-war sessions). Bennet also liked Noah's favorite book about farm animals. He's making several animal sounds lately. My favorite is the coyote "ow ow owwooooo" (head tilted back). He also says "moo" like a cow and "bak bak" like a chicken. At the moment, all animals say "bak bak". We walked by a big painted coy sculpture in Burlington and Noah pulled out his pacifier to say "bak bak" as we went by, and then replaced the pacifier.

Church street in Burlington was the first real walking practice. Oh boy have things changed.

Monday, July 5, 2010

We Have a Walker!



A few steps here and there for a couple of weeks, and then all of a sudden yesterday he was walking all over the house. He found his legs. Oh boy!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

A few reasons...



why we really kind of wish we lived here in Bristol, VT.

Patches of flowers and old barns (just on the little pathway right between downtown and the natural foods market):





Big porches that people really sit on in the evenings, complete with adirondack chairs and rocking chairs of all different colors:





These very popular garages (just imagine...):







4th of July parades where the whole town lines their chairs out on the sides of the street to watch fire trucks, tractors, local bands, baton twirlers, hippie farmers, and everything else parade around the block:







Green, green grass:



Just being able to walk to anyplace in town sounds awfully appealing to us. If only it wasn't so darn far away...

Happy 4th of July!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Flying with a toddler



This was our first long air travel experience with a much more mobile Noah. I was really nervous last week, wondering how we could deal with super screaming tantrums about not being able to move around on the plane. But, no such problem. He was a great traveler.



We had crayons, ping pong balls, and plenty of puffs and cheddar bunnies, and we made it through three flights without any trouble. He even fell asleep on the last flight and stayed asleep through the airport, transfer into the car, all the way home and into bed. (By the way, we are in Vermont to visit my dad, who is so nice that he bought us tickets to come out here! I don't think I ever want to leave). This morning we walked to the coffee shop for breakfast, and then down the road to the river. Noah was in love at first sight, and then we starting throwing rocks into the water. "Oh wow"



This last photo is from earlier this week. We had some fun with stickers.