zoo day

We received a free zoo ticket during the summer and it expires today. Of course I saved it until the very last minute and of course I had to use it. I mean, heaven forbid we let a free $12 go to "waste". What is it about us that causes anything free to become something we "earned" and if we don't use it, would be a waste? It isn't!

(see also: two free bowling passes I carried in my wallet for OVER A YEAR before giving up going because, surprise, the day they expired, the lanes were packed)

Anyway, yes, we "earned" the ticket by reading to Sam, an activity we would have done anyway. And yet if we didn't use it, I almost was thinking about all the other prizes I could have picked instead. Hmm, how old am I?

(see also: 3/4 prizes we got for completing a reading level were for us. Sam did get a book out of it, but we got frozen yogurt, two philharmonic tickets and a zoo ticket. I guess Sam did get to eat some of the fruit that I topped my frozen yogurt with.  Then again, we were the ones actually doing the reading...so it only makes sense. we are the best parents ever, guys)

Anyway, I'd thought about going last week and we almost went on Saturday but didn't...so this week left me four days. And I was going! Wednesday was the day. We woke up to a nice 39 degrees and I was wondering what I was thinking. But come on, activity!!

I knew it was going to be a good day when Sam actually woke up from his nap not crying. I don't know what it is, but most days he wakes up sad from his naps. He usually cheers right up when you get him out of his crib, but I miss the days when he'd wake up babbling to himself. Anyway, we bundled up and headed out.

I forget that 50 degrees here is actually quite balmy. The sun was shining and it was actually a really nice fall day. I was really glad we made it to the zoo. I have never been, and it was a way to scope it out for next summer, when Sam will probably like it.

This time around, I couldn't tell if he actually noticed any animals. We saw sea lions doing summersaults, monkeys climbing around, lions that stared right into your soul and baby elephants playing/fighting and I just couldn't tell what Sam was really taking in. He liked all the other babies that were there, though.

I felt like a terrible person because I would point at the animal and try to get Sam to look. I didn't mean to actually be pointing and gawking (not really) at the animals, but sheesh, Sam! Look!

So anyway. An hour and a half was almost enough time to see the whole zoo without reading or lingering too much. A perfect adventure for the afternoon, and I look forward to going back with Sam next year when he actually knows what animals are.

Sometimes he looks so tortured in the stroller. I swear he was really smiling before and after this picture. Also, look at that arm propped up behind his head. he is too cute.

totally pulling it off

Sam went to his first birthday party last month. It had a mustache theme and was really fun for the kids and the grownups. He tolerated this for about 3 seconds (see Dave holding his hands down) but we thought it was pretty funny.

the benches take portland, III

My parents and little sister came into town a week and a half ago. It was great to see them again and we always love having them in town! We ate a lot of great food (ice cream, donuts, delicious lunches from new/old favorites), had fun hanging out and my dad was super awesome and helped Dave install our floor (along with Dave's dad and brother). We also celebrated my dad's birthday with my new go-to lemon pie. Man, all we ever do is eat?

Sam loved all the people to play with and I think grandma and grandpa were happy too. :) Based on my lack of blogging last week and the week before...it takes us a while to recover from family in town!


I'm a little late with these pictures this month. I couldn't find his onesie anywhere (downside of wanting to use to same onesie each month!)  and it was stained anyway. You'd think I'd just quit while I was ahead, but no. And at nine months, I think it officially turns into a two person job to get him to lay on his back and smile at you. (And by the time we are done with these pictures we'll have saved up for a camera that may be able to catch a non-blurry photo of him.) Most of the 20 minutes I spent trying to get a decent picture went like this:
 toys helped. 

(see our new floors? more on that later)

nine months! Sam is crawling everywhere and loves to walk around with help. He will spend twenty minutes playing catch/fetch with himself: he'll throw a toy and go get it, growl, and then throw it again. It's so funny. But when he's done, he'll crawl over to you and drop into cobra pose and just whine at you. He can also spend twenty minutes playing with his books while singing/talking to himself. He started clapping too, which is adorable. And since his favorite activity in the entire world is patty-cake, it's appropriate.

We know he is getting older because he is getting more of an attitude. yikes!  These past few weeks we have discovered in a non-scientific but also very scientific study that his sleep sack is the key to sleeping well at night. He may finally be getting to the sleep-all-night part of life which...YAY. AND FINALLY. AND THANK GOODNESS.

If you have food around him and you aren't giving him some or giving him some fast enough, he will growl at you and he means it. He can polish off a banana in 3 minutes or less and has almost perfected his little finger thumb grasp. He thinks water bottles/cups are hilarious and loves to drink out of them, even if he ends up choking 70% of the time.

And that's all I can think of for now. He's just a fun little baby.

happy friday!

baby wars

Last week Dave's brother Bruce, his wife Karren and their cute baby Silas came into town! We had fun hanging out with them for a few days. We ate ice cream, pumpkin pie shakes (sooo good), lemon pie (the best) and had fun playing with babies. And of course, brothers will be brothers and make their babies fight. I guess the only pictures we took were at night, so excuse the lighting, etc. We always love when family and friends come to town.

every day i'm shufflin'

Ok, lame post title. But that song is just catchy. Sam has almost 3 weeks of crawling under his belt and it's been so fun to see him explore and be able to move around more. He loves it! Some afternoons I think about making a time-lapse video of him exploring and playing around our living room. He'll stay in an area for a bit and then move on, leaving books and toys in his wake. Luckily we don't have too many areas that we don't want him to get into so he's pretty good doing whatever he wants. The next thing he's dying to do is walk! He loves being walked around. He doesn't pull himself up yet, but I'm sure it's coming. We are debating whether he'll be walking by one year or not. He has always taken his time doing the next thing, but sometimes we think he's just going to stand up and start walking (see bottom two pictures). 

And seeing him do downward dog is just too cute.