Friday, September 30, 2011

Video Friday: tall grass

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I wish this video were longer.  Nolan loves this decorative tall grass.  He must think it tickles, like hair, but anytime he gets near it he laughs like a hyena.  So enjoy this.  And I promise (I think) this is the last post with photos/videos from the zoo.

Nolan is really into zippers and well, dressing and undressing himself.  Sometimes we find himself half unzipped or pantless in the morning.  Sometimes we find him with both of his legs stuck in one leg of pants he's trying to put on.  I hope we can figure out how to get him ot keep his pjs on as the days get colder- duct tape works for the diapers but not sure how it will work with the pjs...

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Big Jump

Trying to mirror Libby, Nolan attempts to jump off of the curb.  Since he just mastered jumping in the past few weeks, this proved to be a very challenging task.
 He thought about this jump for a while.  Eventually he stepped off the curb and then jumped.
Close, my dear, close.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Nolan's First Game of Tag?

As Dave pointed out, I took not one single photo of a live animal.  And Dave now refers to this zoo as the Cee-Ment zoo since the pictures I took are of the kids with cement animals.  Sorry!
 So I think this was Nolan's first game of tag.  Or at least it is the first documented game of tag.  This was so funny, the globe statue is the first one you see as you enter the zoo.  And the last one you see.  So this was at the very end of our day- I can't believe they still had so much energy! 
 They kept running in circles, giggling and laughing and screeching.  It was so cute!
 Then Libby caught up to Nolan and ...
 Got him!  With lots of tickles and more giggling.
They are so much fun to watch together.  So funny and Nolan just adores her, a mom can tell.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Two Little Monkeys

So yes, more zoo photos.  What was really fun was to watch Nolan and his pal explore.  It seems like mostly Nolan watched her to see how to react. 
 Or waited for cues from us like "Nolan, hold her hand".  They were very cute and very fun to watch.   
 Especially when they discovered this gorilla statue/bust.  They both seemed to explore it the same way, touch it then climb on it.

Two little monkeys, what silly gooses.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

More Zoo Posts

Other big news from the zoo- Nolan sat on a horse on the carousel!
 And while he does look a bit terrified, it's fair to point out he was utterly exhausted too. 
 After a single ride sitting in the chariot, aka loser seat, Nolan showed some interest in sitting on an emu.  I realized I didn't have a ticket to ride again and thought about buying another as we walked off the carousel.
But then it occurred to me that he might not get back on so I sat him down on a horse (a boys first ride should be on a horse anyway, not an emu) that goes up and down and he did a great.  (we paid after)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Video Friday: Bouncing

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Here's Nolan doing what he does best, clowning around.  He's been doing some really silly stuff lately keeping himself busy.  I must admit, it's funny to find him doing something like this. It is moments like this I really really love.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Zoo Take Two

After the peacock cut outs, Nolan and his pal ran around to every statue they could climb on and did just that. 
 While it was really cute to watch him do this, it felt weird that there was a real live tiger roaming just a few yards away from the cement turtle that we could watch.  He was way more interested in this.
 He did get on the turtle with some help.
 And Nolan was thrilled about this giant gator and made the chomping movements when he saw it but was completely stumped as to how to get on it.  So he got a lift.  And he stayed there for a while unsure how to get off of it.  His pal was not stumped and climbed all over the gator.
Two little monkeys

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Toddlers at the Zoo

I think I can probably do a whole week's worth of blogs from photos of Nolan and his pal from the zoo.  It was so fun and exciting for them.  This zoo was great, it was not busy and the cost was marginal, add that to a gorgeous day and it felt nearly perfect.
 But getting toddlers to do anything you want them to do is a challenge.  Especially when the camera is involved.
 But looking at the outtakes in succession makes for a comical story. 
This is just the beginning of our trip to the zoo.  In fact we haven't even seen any animals yet and these monkeys have probably run about 1/4 mile.  We were all tired by the end of this day.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Who Needs Blocks?

I've been thinking about how much fun Nolan had when we went to someone's house and he played and stacked big blocks into tall towers.  You remember those big cardboard blocks that look like parts of a brick wall?
I considered how much space they would take up and how long they would keep his interest and still haven't gotten them.
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And really, after this I'm not sure if we just need to leave our shopping purchases on the floor for longer or if he really needs some big blocks

Monday, September 19, 2011

Catching Up, Weekend update

My birthday was last week. It's funny, this year it just didn't feel as exciting as in the past.  Perhaps because I'm old or perhaps it's because I don't spend every day with/talking to the same people who might remember if I remind them daily for a week leading up to it that it's my birthday.  Or perhaps I'm just learning to be subtle- though not likely.
 Meanwhile Dave had a killer week and he has no idea how much I appreciate and love all of the ways that made me feel special on my birthday.  Despite all of his extra working he still managed to make me a cake (his first ever!) and shower me with gifts and special little things. 
 The plan was for him to take my birthday off and spend it together but unfortunately he couldn't take it off, something came up.  So instead we started the day off right, with coffee and cake.  Yes, even Nolan got cake for breakfast and really, everyone should.  It's an awesome way to start the day.
After cake, Nolan and I headed to the zoo with a friend and her little one.  When we got home Dave was home and I took a NAP.  Yes, I did.  Ahhh, what a treat.  Then we had some champagne and went to dinner without the Prince.  What a great day.  Thanks boys, for making my day special.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Video Friday: Observed- Snack

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Nolan has begun to offer his stuffed friends snacks.  What I love about this video is that Nolan is doing the chewing for Bear.  Also that we FINALLY got him on video saying 'raisin'.  He says 'raisin' by wagging his tongue back and forth in his mouth (same with melon/watermelon).  I have no idea why he started doing this but it's hilarious.  You also hear him say 'brown'.  He's learning his colors but isn't great at identifying which color is which, kinda like his mom.  Nolan has also begun saying 'yes' by nodding his head.  I've been working on this since he has 'no' down perfectly.  Anyway, enjoy this clip and sorry for the lapse~!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Duck Tape

Nolan has taken his diaper off two times now.  I mentioned it to some of my friends with older children and a few suggested using duct tape.  One said she brings her daughter to Target to pick out what color duct tape she gets for her diaper.  Another said it was recommended by their doctor!  So after carefully considering how to use the duct tape (tape the diaper to his skin?  Wrap the tape all the way around the diaper?  Around the diaper and up over his shoulders?) we figured we'd try this approach.
This immobilizes the tabs so he can't remove the diaper.  That's not to say he doesn't try to take it off like shorts but it does prevent an easy removal.  Now he has to work harder. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lawn Maintenance

This weekend Nolan watched studiously while Dave mowed the lawn.  During the entire time of Dave mowing the front yard, Nolan did this.
 What he has in his hand is an Amish lawn mower (I kid you not) given to him by a neighbor.  Nolan seems to be studying his mower while watching his Dad.
 I should have taken this time to do something (or SIT DOWN) but instead I just laughed and took photos.
 Not until Dave got to the back yard did Nolan turn away from the mower.  So adorable
Considering how obsessed with lawn maintenance Nolan's cousins are, I'm not surprised he inherited some of the obsession.  I suppose we'll need a toy weed wacker, hedge trimmers and leave blower now...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sand Box

Recently I've noticed that Nolan doesn't really know what to do in the sand box.  I'm not sure why, he generally walks around watching other kids (sometimes with his hands behind his back like an old man) or pushes trucks around in the sand. 
 It's funny because he plays with his sand box in the yard just fine, filling up containers and dumping them
Maybe he needs to bring his trusty blue shovel with him.  He loves the sandbox at the playground, but doesn't really 'play' in it. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Pretend Play

Nolan has begun to pretend play.  Interestingly his pretending is mostly feeds his stuffed friends (well, and mowing the lawn,carpet, sofa, etc). 
 Here he is feeding Bear. I'm not sure why he has bear up in his high chair but he must have been pointing and grunting to him.
 It is really cute to watch Nolan play like this.  It's really the first delicate/compassionate play we've witnessed.
 (aren't his crossed feet just so cute?)  He continues to pretend feed his pals.
I just love this part of parenting.  This age is really fun, every day it's something new and some new skill he's acquired along the way.  Really amazing.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Intro to What's Cooking, Good Looking?

I am hoping to do this post regularly.  Before we had Nolan, we were eaters.  One might consider us foodies.  I didn't but I would self proclaim myself an excellent eater.  We liked to eat food.  For a while I was obsessed with knowing where my food came from, I devoured (see what I did just there?) books about food, eating, organics, free range, etc.  We got endless food/recipe magazines each month and cooked many recipes in them.  I was really consumed by food.

While many amazing things have happened since Nolan came along, many other things have gotten brushed to the side because of our limited free time.  This week, however, something changed and I'm finding myself thinking about food, cooking and creating recipes in my head.  Cooking, for me, takes a lot of mental energy as well as physical energy.

So for those who do not know how Dave and I work, every week we trade off cooking duties.  Last week was my week to cook.  We have recently added cooking/providing food for Nolan to that task.  And since last week energized my desire to cook and talk about food I have created a 'What's Cooking, Good Looking' feature to the blog.  So... here goes nothing...

Last week our menu was inspired by a new magazine Everyday Food by Martha "I don't eat that kind of food" Stewart. (ten points to the person who knows where that quote comes from).  We made a HUGE portion of Orzo Salad with Zucchini, Corn and Feta.  I also made two fritattas that each included 4 cups of orzo salad.  One fritatta went directly to the freezer and the other went for my lunch.  Unfortunately Nolan didn't like the fritatta, which was a big disappointment.  I loved it.

I also made zucchini and carrot and corn pancakes (recipe from Parenting magazine), also a dud for Nolan.  Dave and I liked them, Dave more than me.  For Garden Club pot luck supper I made Chocolate Bark, a candy.  Also for the pot luck was a summer fruit upside cornmeal cake from Cooking Light and our cookbook and Martha's Plum and Blueberry upside cake.  Both were beautiful but not what I was hoping for- a tad on the dry side.  I made my first (and second) attempt at some Mac N Cheese.  This was Nolan's first taste of homemade mac n cheese- I think he liked it but has been so tired at meals it's hard to tell, definitely didn't devour it.  This morning I made Bacon, onion and cheddar scrambled eggs.  And tonight I'll be attempting homemade gnocchi with pesto, chicken and garden-grown cherry tomatoes.  Then I'll be 'off' for a week.  AHHHH..  Next time there will be photos of the food and recipe links but for now I think this post is long enough.  ENJOY!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Video Friday: Tantrum

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 Here is the remaining part of the tantrum simply because I would not let Nolan look at the camera after I took one photo.  Check back for photos from this tantrum too.  The tantrum ended when he banged his head on the tile and we picked him up.  Ah, we're moving into interesting times.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tantrum

In addition to all the really fun and wonderful things Nolan is experiencing, also are some not so flattering things.  Of course parenting comes with ups and downs as does life.  Some things are wonderful and glowing and other things are those we sweep under the rug.  I'd LOVE to sweep the tantrums under the rug.  Or give into them- that'd be much easier than standing my ground to a 1.5 year old.  But I know in the long run it's better to stand my ground and teach him that he can't always get what he wants.  Take for example these photos.  This was simply because I wouldn't let him look at the camera after I took a single (poor) photo of him.  Stay tuned for the video I shot after these photos were taken.   Yes, when our Love has a tantrum we generally stand and watch, sometimes laughing, sometimes shaking our heads and yes, sometimes recording it.  I mean, come on, I had the camera in my hand anyway!

Clearly these faces do not seem to look authentic.  I mean, come on, some of these look truly pathetic.  But you'll see on Video Friday no matter how absurd he looks he still carries on.  I think he ultimately forgot what he was so upset about after all the carrying on but let's be honest, folks, we as adults do that all the time, don't we?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ut Oh.

Everyday it seems like there is something new with Nolan.  He's really into buckles again and dinosaurs (still).  He is starting to say words that we say.  So this week we worked on colors.  His two favorites seem to be blue and purple.  He thinks everything is blue except for those things that are purple.  He's really into puzzles right now too- shape sorting, board puzzles and stacking/nesting cups which makes for some periods of time where he is playing with one item.  Let me repeat that.  This is making for periods of time where he is playing with one item. 

HALLELUJAH!

He is still into his soft snuggly objects which has resulted in us having to remove the basket where we keep his extra sheets.  He could reach them from inside the crib and would pull them out and snuggle with them.  He has also begun removing his changing pad and dragging it around the house.  He has also upgraded to phase two of his bike where he can climb in and out of the seat if we don't buckle him in and he can also steer.  But we can override his steering- he's not very good yet.
And he's begun to undress himself.  He started this on Sunday and on Monday morning I said to Dave I worried he has taken his diaper off.  I was wrong.  Apparently he needed more practice because most of the day Monday he was either taking his pants off or trying to put them back on.  But THIS morning, what did Dave find when he went to get him?  Yes, that's his diaper in his hands.  Those are his PJs behind him.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Video: Lights Out. BOO!

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Our vacation was great and we had a wonderful trip.  We returned to our house to prepare for Tropical Storm/Hurricane Irene.  Irene was a hurricane in some areas of our state but for us, she was a Tropical Storm.  The storm itself blew and rained.  We got a little water in our basement which really didn't compare to the water from a few weeks ago when we endured yet another random aggressive rain storm.  Irene blew her wind hard but perhaps due to the tornado that hit our neighborhood a few years ago we didn't see very much destruction where we are.  BUT we did lose our power for two days.  And during those days we did some very strange eating and behavior.  And I think Mr. here was all out of sorts.  He was tired and in a nutty mood- a very silly combo.  Enjoy this video.  BOO!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Video: Catch & Release

We discussed Nolan's Frog Catching Technique.  here it is in action! 

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Video Friday: Bubbles!

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Our little guy is not afraid of putting his face in or blowing bubbles.  In fact, often we need to tell him to not drink the water in the pool, tub, pond, etc.  He's getting much better at blowing bubbles and really loves to say the word bubbles.  For some reason I just adore this video.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Playground Fun, Vacation Style

One day we decided to skip the beach and head to the playground.  Nolan had a BLAST on all of the toys.  He especially loved the Zebra, a word he can say, sort of, because it was really loose and rocked back and forth.
 He was also a huge fan of the twisty slide
 And the merry go round, a playground toy that is near impossible to find anymore.  In fact some older kids were at this playground and one asked what it was.  She called it a spiny thing.  I have so many memories of playing on the merry go round when I was a kid... ahh, I digress.  Back to the Prince.
 And how funny is this see-saw?  No, it is not a subaru commercial, but rather the tallest Grampa and the short little fellow.  Surprisingly it wasn't too off balance.  See saws generally balance in the middle and sway up and down.