Archive for January, 2008

How Far We’ve Come!

Monday, January 21st, 2008

A small group of us who met at Childbirth class have managed to stay in touch.  We may not get together as often as we’d like and we certainly can’t sit around and chat while the kids sit still but once in awhile we make it work.  This weekend we were able to get most of us together and we all had a great time.  The very first time we managed to get a photo of this same group all at once was Halloween of 2006 (we missed Jonah both times!).  We did it again this weekend and I can’t get over the difference!  Note:  There were A LOT of Goldfish crackers harmed in the making of the present day photo.  Does anyone know how hard it is to get five toddlers to sit still??


And now on to the fun of Patch Reef Park -


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Our First Trip to Chuck E. Cheese’s

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Walter and Noah had never been to Chuck E. Cheese’s.  The last time I went was 20 plus years ago for Laura Beth Wuestman’s 7th or so birthday where I delicately played balance beam on a parking stop while waiting to get in.  I still have a scar on my knee from that fall which apparently wasn’t as graceful as I remember.  At any rate we had nothing to do this rainy Sunday and were going to give it a go.  We had a blast!  We got 80 tokens and each game costs 1.  Do you know we spent all morning there until every last one was spent?  One Noah got the hang of putting in tokens, smashing buttons and pulling out the tickets he was so into it.  For Walter and I it was fun to play and for at least a few hours not worry about a thing.  We sampled the infamous pizza which tastes just like the lunch lady in middle school used to make it and bought some great loot with our winnings.  We will definitely be back!



Mom’s favorite – Skeeball!  Noah was a natural but he needs a little more throwing power.


And of course the boys had to play with the air cannons!


Lunch was deelish!  I don’t know what this face is but it is so darn cute!


Tough Little Man

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Noah really knows how to embody his outfit!  I finally got a chance to put him in his skull and cross bones sweater the Chinda’s gave him shortly after he was born since we finally got some cooler weather.  He had it on for 10 minutes and slipped into the refrigerator giving himself a giant bump on his forehead and upper lip.  Not only did he look tough but he was tough – our poor little bruiser!  If only you could see how crazy scarred up his knees are!  Anyway we went to the park to get his mind of the new marks and snapped a few photos.  Thanks again for the uber cool sweater Maria and Raul!

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I know, I know

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Yes, I know it’s been forever since we’ve given you a Noah update.  He’s growing like a weed and keeping us busy.  He’s inching ever so close to that second birthday; can you believe it?  I promise to try to keep you in the loop at least a little more often!

Lions, Tigers, and Bears – Oh My!

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Ok, so we didn’t see lion, tigers or bears but we did go to Lion Country Safari.  Last time we went Noah couldn’t have cared less about driving through the animal areas since we let him in the front seat with us where he enjoyed erraticly changing the volume and temperature and frazzling our nerves.  So this time we went right to the park area where there is so much to do.  We went with Rachel, Robby and Ayla and the kids had a great time!


We fed giraffes which was a pretty unique experience.  They were so tall and their slimy tounges were so long!




Then the kids fed and pet the sheep.  They weren’t quite sure about this…




Lion Country has some great rides!





And then “we” fed the Lorikeets.  I say “we” because first Ayla freaked out and then Robby lost it.  You didn’t have to be there, these photos say it all!  We were laughing hysterically!


Then Ayla wanted to try holding th cup…


But it feels so creepy to have them on you!



Freaking out is such hard work!


Poor baby!  So then we hit the water park!



But boy was it cold!


Either way they had a blast.  I think you can almost feel Noah’s excitement in this next photo…