Happy Hollow!

There's a kiddie amusement park/zoo about 6 miles from our house. We've never been for a variety of reasons. Until yesterday. Some friends were going, so I tagged along with SchondyTot and left Schondy home with BabyTuesday. We had soooo much fun. And it was so good to spend some Mommy time with SchondyTot. I know he's missed me.


He was absolutely in love with the goats. He kept grabbing their tails and then would shriek and dance when they flicked him away.


Then he went on the frog jumper ride ALONE! I swear that kid has no fear. I could have ridden on it with him if we'd waited, but he promised me he'd be fine, so I went with it. And he was great! Scared, maybe, but he totally didn't show it (much).

Frog Hopper

The rest of the rides were pretty tame.

Fire Trucks

Ridin' the "Broccoli"

He really wanted to go on the roller coaster, but the line was long and it was HOT, so when we were about 10 people from the front of the line, he melted and just wanted me to hold him. We'd been out in the sun a long time. I threw him in the Boba and went to get ice cream instead.

It was so nice to be reminded how much I adore him.

And making his blog debut because I've been really awful about updating: BabyTuesday!!

This is why I call my boys "Tank" and "Dozer". This is Tank. He'll be 5 months on Thursday.

Crushing the baby seat

Yesterday while I was gone, he rolled from his front to his back. It begins!

For reference, here's Dozer at almost exactly the same age.

Bouncin' at 5 months

If SchondyTot is our mover, BabyTuesday will be our talker.

4th of July and Hawaii, Toddler Style

So Schondy Tot is 21 months old, loves green beans (beaneans) and pineapple (mylapple), squeals every time he sees a bus, train or a helicopter (hehpocter) and loves to point out birds (ah-ahs) and dogs (dog-dog ooooooooooh) when we walk down the street. He constantly sings Happy Birthday, especially if someone mentions cake.


We went to Hawaii. Just me, Schondy and Schondy Tot with my parents. Schondy Tot hasn't gotten to spend nearly enough time with his grandparents to the point that we were worried he'd never know any of them. So when an opportunity arose to go with them on a little mini family vacation, we jumped at the chance. And it was a wonderful, lovely trip with lots of amazing adventures (and some less so, but that which doesn't kill us...). We turned off our phones, left laptops at home and just enjoyed watching Schondy Tot truly meet his grandparents (both of whom are now called "Ganommy", btw).

It was a beautiful trip, though travel with an almost 2-year-old is definitely not for the faint-hearted. He got to point at the fish (pish) and turtles (teetuhls) in the tanks at the Maui Ocean Center and the Rainforest Zoo.



He chased the peacocks (biiiiig ah-ahs) at the Rainforest Zoo.

Smart bird.

He swam in the ocean and zoomed around a coffee plantation near Hilo.

Mo wata, mama.

Pause for breath before our next adventure

He chatted with Ganommy Hat on the steps at the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory.


And after soaking in every moment of Lu'au Kalamaku in Kauai, he passed out.

Passed out.

Incredibly glad to be home, but we had an amazing trip.


I keep trying to come up with something cute or snappy or witty to say, but apparently my wit is broken. Or perhaps it's hibernating. Either way, I think I've run out of ways to say, "Oops, meant to post, got too busy, here's some pictures of the baby to make up for it." So, yeah. That.

July 28, 2011: Sporting the awesome handmade!! clothes he received from one of the Ravelry October Moms.

August 15, 2011: One of our new favorite games is eating the camera.

August 18, 2011: Grandmama came to visit and she bought Schondy Tot's first shoes!

August 21, 2011: This is Schondy Tot's first balloon. He spent hours with it, until the dog popped it. He had so much fun, I'm wondering if I need to invest in a helium tank.

August 28, 2011: Carlton is the source of much fascination.

August 28, 2011: Bathtime, always an adventure.

August 29, 2011: When Irish eyes are smilin'... they're usually up to something. See also: when babies suddenly get really quiet...

August 29, 2011: Baby's got blue eyes

September 1, 2011: Our newest trick, first begun on his 10-month birthday (8/31), is standing unsupported. Yes, I'm helping in this picture, but only so we could get a picture where his tongue isn't sticking out in concentration.

Where, oh where am I tonight?

Why did I leave you here all alone? Well, you see, life happened. We've had a lot of life happening lately. You've heard the saying, "I try to take things one day at a time, but lately several of them have attacked me at once," right? Well, We had a whole mess of them. For better or worse, we have a whole herd of them bearing down on us as I type, but the baby is sleeping and Schondy is playing video games, so I felt like I could take a few minutes to bombard you with baby photos.

So what's been happening? Well...

June 9, 2011: Schondy Tot and I played outside for a little while in the glorious weather we're having.

June 13, 2011: Schondy Tot had a playdate with one of the other babies from the October group. These two are 3 days apart in age if you can believe it.

June 18, 2011: We went to a wedding in Napa. He was a real trooper and looked like such a big boy in his button-down shirt and kakhis.

June 22, 2011: He's a big fan of food. In case you couldn't tell.

June 2011: We bought a house. (Yes, really.)

June 24, 2011: Schondy Tot started packing up toys to put in his new room.

June 2011: I finished off a new quilt.

June 26, 2011: Schondy Tot approves. That's good, since it's his.

June 27, 2011: Lulu and Schondy Tot shared some yogurt.

June 28, 2011: Bound and determined to crawl.

We also celebrated our first Father's Day and yesterday, my beautiful baby boy turned 8 months old. In the last month, he graduated out of his infant car seat, and he's started saying both "mama" and "dada" (though not really with any meaning behind them), clapping his hands and pulling up on everything in sight. He's not crawling, but he doesn't let that slow him down - he can wiggle/roll/army-crawl faster than you'd believe. In the last week, he's cut his first two teeth, mostly mastered eating yogurt from a spoon, and started laughing when we laugh. I wish you could all be here to enjoy it.

6 Months Old!

So........ hi.


I have no excuse other than...

Ooh, look! Pictures!

For Mother's Day, Schondy and the Schondy Tot did a photo shoot. I was there, but I was just the costume and props lady. Anyway. Pictures.

With the Easter Bunny Grandma Judy sent

Easter outfit 1

Easter outfit 2

Easter outfit 3


Yo, ho, ho and your little dog, too!


Surrounded by Lubies

Lulu's never been very good at keeping her tongue to herself.

Hiding under the blanket Mama knit.


Ooh! Blanket!

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