Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Another Cyclist

Have I ever told you about how we like bikes? Yes? Well, then you probably won't be surprised when I tell you that little Wesley enjoyed his first bike ride in the baby seat. He's been in the trailer before, but this time he was actually up on the bike all the way to the farmer's market.

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Sweetwater Sunset

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A really cool little wetland oasis not very far from our house. More aptly called stinky water sometimes, because it's sort of near the treatment plant. But for desert dwellers, it's really so special to see water and cattails and big tall trees and greenery that it's just really worth it.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fall Garden Starts

Noah has been really interested in plants and gardening, so in the interest of letting him learn where food comes from, and harvesting a little of our own, we've started a little fall garden project. we've been reading Mercer Mayer's "A Green Green Garden," and we headed over to Native Seeds Search for seeds that would (hopefully) do well in our desert climate. So here we are putting our little seeds in the soil.

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And here are our little starts last week.

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And just for fun, a little snippet of after breakfast, just for the process art. Red paint on tiny fingers. The pure exploration. So much fun.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Creek Day

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A creek day, or any natural source of water for that matter, is a special special treat for desert kids who've been cooped up inside all summer. To those who live in places with actual rivers, this creek might not look like much, but for us it was just wonderful to stick our toes into cool clear spring water. The kids loved building dams, watching the train go by on a bridge above us, and just splashing and playing in the mud.

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The photo above is not a great one of me, but it shows little Wes' exploration of the creek, which I thought was awesome.

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Noah walked down the creek barefoot for a ways and invented a great new word. As we got into a rocky spot he said, "You have to carry me at this part mama, the rocks here are really thorn-ly." Isn't language development cool?

Monday, September 10, 2012

11 Months!

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More than my usual few days late on this, but still, I can't just let it go by. Wes is now 11 months old. I can't believe it's already time to plan a birthday party for him. A birthday! A whole year. How can that be? Can't I keep him as my little baby for just one more year?

As I mentioned last week, he is a rambunctious little boy. He loves to laugh and gives kisses and cuddles to his big brother. He loves his daddy, sometimes even prefers him over mama (that took much longer for Noah).

- He says Dada, Mama, No, and I think maybe Ball and he makes monkey sounds like, "ah ah" when he sees the monkeys hanging above the changing table.
- He is fast. So fast. I thought I should have entered him into a baby race or something.
- He's getting very steady on his feet. Standing for long moments before he decides at the last second to sit down rather than take a step.
- He's learning to sign things like more, all done, and milk (which is really great, because it means the ear slipping screams have subsided a bit. Thankfully, there are other ways to communicate).
- He loves to dance. Anytime there is music, even just coming out of a plastic toy, he stops everything and starts to move with the rhythm. I've got to get these guys into dance classes!

Here is a link to Noah's 11 months post (Noah 11 Months), in which I also complain that I'm not ready for my baby to be a one year old. That baby, who is already 3 and a half and suddenly seems like such a big boy. No toddler anymore. A Noah post is coming up soon.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Knows what he likes

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It was around a hundred degrees outside when this was taken. I tried Wesley's sweatshirt on to see if it would fit for flagstaff. He was so excited, holding his arms up and looking at those sleeves. When I took it off, he screamed until I put it back on. I guess he knows what he likes, and fashion is not constrained by the weather.

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He is also a climber. Very different from his big brother, who was always an observer. He climbs up on the dishwasher every day, shaking his head to let me know that he is fully aware of how naughty he is being, and he does not care.

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Eleven months is coming right up and I'll tell you more about this rambunctious little boy soon, but for now, I think you can see for yourself what a little mover this one is.

At the County Fair

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First pony ride. "Ya-Heeerrr!"
Untitled The little train ride is always a favorite. I think we went through the model trains building about five times also. My mom lamented that maybe we won't have a little farmer... Wesley tried out the duck catching game, but didn't catch a duck. He would have stayed and splashed in the water all day though, if we'd let him. Untitled There was also a little tiny kid-sized roller coaster. Noah has been just dying to go on a roller coaster ever since the first time he saw one. He was so excited and had a huge smile on his face the entire time. I left my big camera at home in an effort to be more present in this family outing, and less concerned about getting a great photo. I think the phone photos are great for this blog though. You can see how much fun we were having, right?