Sunday, August 9, 2009

Noah's Quirks

Oh my son, you are a silly little man. If I could only read your mind. Sometimes I think you must be the smartest baby in the world...and other times the funniest! I thought we could take a moment and talk about just a couple of your favorite things. There are many things, people, toys, books, noises, shows...that you love! Today I am just going to mention a few that I was able to capture photos of.

You LOVE hats. You wear them all day, any day and any hat. Your daddy loves you in the black Santa Cruz hat, I love you in your Eli's Lids, but you look so sweet, cuddly and chubby in beanies. Here is one that fits your big noggin. A striped Gap beanie that makes me want to kiss your little face for days!

A good friend suggested buying the YoBabby Yogurt in the "on the go" package and then freeze it for a cold Treat/Teether. THANK YOU Kelsey! Noah, you fell in love at first bite. Even though the cold scared you a couple times, you devoured the entire package and made a huge mess. I think you enjoyed slapping and splattering the melted yogurt all over more than eating it frozen.

I like to think this face=thanks mom

Sharing with the camera

Oh! this is a little cold!

Your current favorite toy. Thanks to your Aunt Ashley and Uncle Dave, you already know what a Koozie is...your favorite teether!

Other than the koozie toy/teether that you spend literally hours playing with, you love Duke's toys. I had the hardest time letting go with this one. I was determined to keep Duke's toys and your toys separate. I gave up when you found this ball. It is bumpy and I imagine it feels so great on your gums. Alas, you and Duke share your toys, spit, slobber, dirt and all! I do not, however allow you to share two things, stuffed animals (they are just gross) or toys (one in particular) that Duke takes over, outside and I catch him peeing on!

Noah does Yoga. Ok, I don't know what made you do this, but you crawl all over the house and every few feet you usually find something that grabs your attention. Sometimes it is to lick the wood floors, sometimes to suck on the baseboard, sometimes it is to taste the only grain of rice left over from dinner, it has been a piece of grass from Duke running around, it's been Duke himself, its been a Shadow, even getting stuck under the table, chair legs, the butchers block, the bottom shelf of the console table...oh my LORD things grab your attention! That is not my point though, you strike a specific yoga like pose. You hang out on your side. Yep, you rest on your side while noticing that certain thing that stole your attention and slowly stretch your top leg into the air. You sometimes even keep it there for a few minutes. I wonder what makes you do this son? It is very cute and pictures don't do it justice!

Your buddy Jared lent us this sleeper. It is adorable on you. Recently you have learned to pull up onto the couch. The problem is that you haven't figured out how to get down. It isn't a far fall, but you do it often enough to know you don't like it. So you pull up, walk back and forth along the L and call out for Da da. Daddy isn't even home, but you still call with every last breath to have him come save you from falling to your unwanted fate.

Good Night!
(Woooooaah Belly)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

River Trip

I know it was a couple weeks ago, but I have to write somethings about our most recent river trip. First, we love our friends Cody and Krista Snyder! They are always so nice to invite us out to one of their family's homes so we don't have to (attempt to) camp in the crazy heat. Also, Krista is pregnant and she is so beautiful! She is having a baby boy who will definitely be one of Noah's surf buddies! This last trip was especially fun because Noah was old enough to enjoy the boat, water, food, and fun. We left on a Sunday morning and made the long drive out to Bullhead. As always we left at Noah's nap time with the attempt to have him sleep for a couple of hours on the road. Why is it that in a car he never sleeps more than an hour...if that? Oh well, thankfully he didn't fuss much. I was able to keep him busy by just handing him things. How does that work you might ask? Well, he fusses, I grab an empty water bottle and hand it over, he plays for 5 min, throws it, fusses, and I hand him a plastic bowl, he plays 5 min, throws it down, fusses and I hand him a plastic/rubber spoon, he plays for 15 min (yes he loves this one) and this goes on and on for hours!

We finally arrived! After unpacking and settling into the magazine worthy home we were staying at, we headed out for Eric's Birthday dinner. Eric turned 29 on July 19th! Why oh why did we ever choose Joe's Crab Shack? Yuck! If you are ever in Laughlin...don't go to Joe's Crab Shack! But, never the less, we ate, drank and were happy even with the TV DINNER quality food we ate.

Day one we made a presence at Lake Mohave. It was a perfect day. We floated in the water for hours on end. Noah loves his float. He will stay in it forever while splashing and kicking like a frog. Noah pooped himself out in the water! He was so tired the boat engine put him to sleep in about 10 seconds, literally. When we decided to pack it up for the day, not 5 min later a huge storm rolled in. It was really crazy, the entire lake was tying to exit the water, people couldn't control their watercraft, debris was flying in the air, dark clouds came in with thunder and lightening. It was really wild...and little Noah just slept like a baby the entire time, even during a diaper change, during getting the boat out of the water and all the way into his car seat and back to the house. Man I love how well he sleeps!

Noah passed out during the storm

Eric held Noah, the boat engine has just put him to sleep

Noah, you are a trooper! Noah even was given a special treat for dinner. He had a sweet potato to himself! Oh what a mess!

Thanks for the fun times Cody, Krista and baby Snyder!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Hiking Family

I took Noah on a hike through Crystal Cove state park last week. I know this isn't the best quality picture...but it is the only one we have. Thank you so much to Aunt Stephanie who came along and snapped this photo of us incognito style. Noah likes riding in the back pack, he must have been in there for almost two hours. It was good practice for our hikes we will be doing in Maui next week. He just has to figure out how to nap in there...we will keep practicing laying his head on the frame. While we explored our local state parks, Eric was off in the National Forest doing some hiking of his own.

The John Muir Trail

Robert and Eric begin their adventure in Yosemite

nearly 60lbs of PAIN

Scenery like this slowed them down

Robert enjoying the great outdoors
The Campsite

Mountain Men

Breathtaking!The JM Trail
After 4 days Eric is done hiking

Waiting for the bus to take him to Mammoth...
And the HOTEL!