Easter Egg Hunt

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Saturday was a busy day for us.  We started the day with an Easter Egg hunt and petting zoo at church, and the fun continued until bedtime.

Scoping out the eggs

Scoping out the eggs

He wasn't too sure what he was supposed to do at first

He wasn’t too sure what he was supposed to do at first

He got the hang of it quickly though

He got the hang of it quickly though (Notice the robot bucket?  He picked it out himself.)

Excited about his eggs

Happy about his eggs

He would not sit in the bluebonnets

He would not sit in the bluebonnets

In the bluebonnets with Daddy

In the bluebonnets with Daddy

He was done with pictures and ready to go play

He was done with pictures and ready to go play

This is his new pose

This is his new pose

Baby Boy loved that his cousin was dressed like a lady bug

Baby Boy loved that his cousin was dressed like a lady bug (Sorry, it was sunny, and I couldn’t tell my finger was in the way.)

Unprompted kiss

Unprompted kiss

Baby Boy was excited to pet "Peter Rabbit"

Baby Boy was excited to pet “Peter Rabbit”

So cute!

So cute!

He did great with the bunny

He did great with the bunny

And then he was done

And then he was done

After we left church, we decided to finally tour and join a gym.  We had been discussing joining a gym since we moved here, and we finally did it.  The gym looks fine, and the kid’s area is promising.  They have a small playscape, toys, and a large screen TV.   When we looked at the kid’s area, Baby Boy REALLY wanted us to let him go play.  Hopefully it all works out because the weather is only going to get hotter, and exercising outside is not a great option.

At this point we tried a new restaurant for lunch.  The food was fine, but the best part was the play area we accidentally stumbled on behind the restaurant.

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He had a blast!  He was in tears when it was time to go.

He had a blast! He was in tears when it was time to go.

After a 3.5 hour nap, Baby Boy woke up in time for dinner.  We then played in the backyard until it was too dark.  It was a really fun Saturday!

 

 

Austin Zoo

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This past Saturday we headed to the Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary.  Almost all the animals have been rescued.  One of the lions was found in horrible condition in a junkyard in Arkansas.  Several of the reptiles were found in abandoned apartments and duplexes.  Other animals like the wolf hybrids were purchased as pets, but then the owners realized owning a wolf wasn’t what they thought it would be and surrendered the animals to the zoo.  A set of foxes was seized by immigration when someone ordered them online from Russia.

Anyway, the zoo isn’t too far from our house and is just the right size for a 2.5 year old.  We had quite a lot of fun.

Not looking at the tiger and panther

Not looking at the tiger and panther

He was interested in the turkey though.

He was interested in the turkey though.

You can buy food to feed several of the animals.  We didn't buy any food this time because we weren't sure how Baby Boy would do.  He wasn't a big fan of the petting zoo part the last time we went to this zoo.   The animals are very used to be fed by visitors.  Another visitor kindly gave Baby Boy 3 pellets to feed to the goat.  He did great with the first one, but then the other 2 kept ending up on the ground and Baby Boy lost interest.

You can buy food to feed several of the animals. We didn’t buy any food this time because we weren’t sure how Baby Boy would do. He wasn’t a big fan of the petting zoo part the last time we were there. The animals are very used to be fed by visitors though as you can see above. Another visitor kindly gave Baby Boy 3 pellets to feed to the goat. He did great with the first one, but then the other 2 kept ending up on the ground and Baby Boy lost interest.

Checking each other out.

Checking each other out.

His current favorite exhibit by far.  His interest in snakes probably has something to do with my poor play-doh skills.  I can make a really great snowman and an even better snake.

This is his favorite exhibit by far. His interest in snakes probably has something to do with my poor play-doh skills. I can make a really great snowman and an even better snake.

And no zoo trip is complete without a train ride.

And no zoo trip is complete without a train ride.

We headed to Chipotle for lunch after two goats started getting a bit PG-13.  After nap time, our friend Liz stopped by on her way thru Austin.  We found a new restaurant to try and then had an even better discovery at a bookstore.

Dinner with Liz

Dinner with Liz

John and I are more than a little excited about this children's book

John and I are more than a little excited about this

Spring Break

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For our “Spring Break,” Baby Boy and I headed to my parents’ house.  We had lots of fun things planned to do that week, but Baby Boy ended up getting sick.  One night Uncle Mark saved the day/night by taking a late night trip to the pharmacy for us.  Then I got sick the following week, and then Baby Boy got sick again two weeks after that.  Is it summer yet?  We did get to go to the beach at Stahlman Park for a bit and the Houston Zoo.

Walking down to the sand with Nana

Walking down to the sand with Nana

Looking for the just right spot

Looking for the just right spot

Digging

Digging

He decided he wanted to take a shovel full of sand and throw it in the water

He decided he wanted to take a shovel full of sand and throw it in the water

But once he got closer to the water, he realized it was moving toward him and took off running back to safety.

But once he got closer to the water, he realized it was moving toward him and took off running back to safety.

Waving at a Coast Guard helicopter

Waving at a Coast Guard helicopter

The week before we headed to Lake Jackson, my mom had been telling us all about the baby giraffe, baby elephant, and the zoo train.  Baby Boy was so excited to go, but he didn’t understand that he had to wait a week.

He was so sad that he couldn't go see the zoo right then.

He was so sad that he couldn’t go see the zoo right then.

We found the giraffes!

We found the giraffes!

The baby

The baby

Then we found the elephants.  We made sure we saw the giraffes and elephants first.

Then we found the elephants. We made sure we saw the giraffes and elephants first.

We watched the elephants for a long time.

We watched the elephants for a long time.

A close-up of the baby

A close-up of the baby

He also really enjoyed the piranha tunnel.  He wanted me to go with him the first time, but after that he was fine on his own.  Getting in and going thru the tunnel was the easy part, getting out was a challenge for anyone bigger than a toddler.

He also really enjoyed the piranha tunnel. He wanted me to go with him the first time, but after that he was fine on his own. Getting in and going thru the tunnel was the easy part, getting out was a challenge for anyone bigger than a toddler.

The big boy all on his own.

The big boy all on his own.

Lunch break before the main event.

Lunch break before the main event.

The TRAIN

The TRAIN

He loves trains!

He loves trains!

Selfie

Selfie

Sleepy boy on the drive home

Sleepy boy on the drive home

February – March

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It's hard to get upset with him for not taking a nap when I catch him reading instead.

It’s hard to get upset with him for not taking a nap when I catch him “reading” instead.

"It's a scary wizard!"

“It’s a scary wizard!”

The "scary wizard"

The “scary wizard”

Collecting golf balls

Collecting golf balls

Helping Daddy do yard work.  John had on gloves so Baby Boy needed a pair too, so I found his winter mittens for him to wear.

Helping Daddy do yard work. John had on gloves so Baby Boy needed a pair too.  I found his winter mittens for him to wear.

Looking sweet after being a stinker all afternoon

Looking sweet after being a stinker all afternoon

Chipotle is still his favorite place to eat

Chipotle is still his favorite place to eat

Enjoying the nice spring weather

Enjoying the nice spring weather

Caught someone watching a delivery truck instead of napping

Caught someone watching a delivery truck instead of napping

Stretching with Daddy

Stretching with Daddy

Choo choo! Baby Boy will play with his trains for a good hour or so somedays.

Choo choo! Baby Boy will play with his trains for a good hour or so somedays.

Way Back in January

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Way back in January, we took a weekend trip to my parents’ house.  Well, it was originally supposed to be a long weekend trip, but because of bad weather, we ended up staying a week.  We did get a trip to the park in to feed some ducks on one of the warmer days.  Here are a few pictures from the trip.

Building a spaceship while I got us ready to go

Building a spaceship while I got us ready to go

Looking out at all the ice and snow.

Looking out at all the ice and snow.

Visiting Granddad at work

Visiting Granddad at work

Having breakfast with Uncle Mark

Having breakfast with Uncle Mark

Bored at the grocery store

Bored at the grocery store

At the park

At the park

Wheee!

Wheee!

The ducks here are very well fed.  It took awhile to coax a few ducks over to us.

The ducks here are very well fed. It took awhile to coax a few ducks over to us.

Ducks!

Ducks!

Reading bedtime stories

Reading bedtime stories

Cold weather fun

Cold weather fun

The Things He Says (Part2)

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*When he climbs on top of anything or stands up in the bathtub, he yells, “Ta-DAAAAA!!!!!” before climbing or sitting back down.  He throws his arms up in the air and arches his back when he says it too.

*He looked down at his feet, yelled “Go, go, feet!  Go, go!” then took off running.

*We have a few hills to run up when we run our around our neighborhood.  Baby Boy cheers us on from his stroller with , “Almost, Mommy!  Almost!” or “Up the hill, Mommy!”  When John is the one pushing the stroller he cheers him on too.  Hearing that little voice encourage us definitely helps us get to the top of the hill.

*Baby Boy has a bath toy fishing set he likes to play with.  Unfortunately one evening, he thought it was entertaining to see how far he could stick the fishing pole into his mouth.

Me:  Do not put the stick in your mouth!

Baby Boy took the fishing pole out of his mouth.  He looked at me, slowly stuck out his tongue, and rested the stick on his tongue.  Touché.

Bath time was over.

*A few days after our visit to Santa, my parents drove up to watch Baby Boy so John and  I could go to his company’s Christmas party.  While we were waiting at the window, I was mindlessly chatting to Baby Boy.  I asked him if we should be on the lookout for Santa to come to our house.  He ran away from the window yelling, “No Mommy!  NO NO NO Santa!”  We didn’t mention Santa after that.

*One afternoon, after he refused to take a nap, he was walking out of his bedroom, looked back at his bed, and said, “I sorry bed.  No nap today.”

*He calls motorcycles “monkeysnackers.”  He’s improved to “motorsnickles.”

*The other night, we were sitting looking at his ABC book focusing on the letters A-D.  The “A” page has the letter “A”, a picture of an ant, and says “A is for Ant.”  After going over A-D a few times, I pointed at the letter “A” and asked him what he was.  He replied, “B!”  I told him, “No, what letter is that?”  Again, “B!”  I said, “No, it’s A.  A is for Ant.”  Baby Boy responded, “No Mommy.  It’s a B, B is for Bugs.”  Smartypants…  (The B in his book is for Bears by the way.)

*One evening we were playing outside after dinner.  A bird sat on the fence, and I pointed it out to Baby Boy.  He sat in my lap while watching the bird, and I started talking to him about birds.  Things like they have feathers and feathers keep them warm and dry like his clothes do, etc.  Then the bird started flying down to the ground, pecking at it, and flying back up to it’s spot on the fence.  I started telling him how birds like to eat bugs and worms.  His response to that was, “Mmmmmmm juicy!”

*His most favorite thing to say right now is “To infinity and beyond!”  (That’s what Buzz Lightyear from the movie Toy Story says.)  Whenever the opportunity for jumping presents itself, (ie jumping off his bed, the curb, the sofa, stairs, the ground) he yells, “To infinity and beyond!” and jumps.