Monday, June 29, 2009

Toes for Dinner?


Forrest has officially found his feet! He's practicing his mad flexibility skills lately by grabbing at them and hanging on for dear life. He' seems to be much more interested in his feet than any other toy we have at the moment, and gets pretty pissed off when he can't grab them for some reason. Is funny to watch, as I think it's the first time I've seen him have a goal in mind and constantly work to catch those cute little toes!
No foot eating yet, but I'm sure it's just around the corner!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

29th Birthday, First Father's Day, King's River, Sierra Camping Fun Fest

So in a nutshell we drove down to Central Cali with our first stop being the Kings River. Forrest was a happy baby once he was out of his carseat....and thought the world of his dad on his very first Father's day...

Katie got to have loads of fun on Sunday afternoon and actually kicked her heels up a bit behind a boat to celebrate #29...Then it was off to the beautiful Sierra's for some cold mountain air, high peaks, beautiful lakes, and a bundled baby...

Here is our camp at Huntington Lake, and from there we day tripped to Kaiser Pass, Mono Hot Springs, Edison Lake, and all points in between. Whew!


Forrest was wondering why his parents kept dragging him up mountains...and seemed to enjoy the bundled moments of bliss...The parents even snuck in a Buffalo burger or two in the middle of the wilds...Happy parents, happy baby!

He kept cozy in his parents tent, and was wide awake with these smiles at the crack of dawn in some frigid morning weather!


And got his time to take in the trees, birds, sunshine, and occasional bug or two...

Monday, June 15, 2009

3 Months young....


Picture thanks to my loving and very talented Grandpa!

Yep, already been 3 months. 90 + some odd days. Some very LONG nights. Some of the loveliest mornings, the best smiles, the cuddliest moments, the most interesting babble, and the list goes on!
I felt as if this month was filled with Forrest becoming more like a little person! A very smiley, happy, drooly person. His smiles just seem to keep coming and coming.
This month also came with him discovering his best invention ever...HIS HANDS....
He can now grab, clasp, and of course suck his hands to oblivion. It's the best thing ever. His pacifier is no longer his best friend, (though it still has it's key star moments,)it is his control over his limbs.
We had some trips this past month which led us to learn without a doubt he is somewhat a creature of habit. Visiting friends and family is wonderful, but Forrest also lets us know when he's had enough and would really just rather be in his swing, in his home, on his ranch, looking out his window, drifting off to sleep. And then again, who really wouldn't!
Oh yea, and that sleep bit. Still working on that one. He still regularly wakes up every 3-4 hours at night to eat. I have a feeling he will be doing that until we start introducing solids which we're not even close to at this point. Though, at this point I really don't mind. He usually seems to go right back to sleep after his midnight and 4 am snacks....
And the love affair with the swing continues, though.....
he has been known to take some serious snoozes in his crib, so at least I know it's not all or nothing with the swing!
Also new this month have been facing him forward in his carrier. He wants to see what's going on in this world. None of this newborn stuff anymore. He's a BABY!
Just recently the baby rolls are coming on as well. It'll be interesting to see how much he weighs next month...I'm guessing near 12 lbs now...but I really don't know. He just LOOKS healthy so that to me means a lot.
And the newest skill, just today.
RASBERRIES! blowing them that is. We'll save the eating for the parents.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Busy Days of Summer


All of the sudden, June is here, and with it comes the weekends of weddings, graduations, and camping. We are busy every weekend in June doing just that! This weekend Megan graduates from UCSB (yahooo!!!), and the following weekend we have a huge family camping trip to the Kings River, let the summer fun of floats, ski rides, good eats and drinks begin....
This last weekend we attended a beautiful wedding at a good family friend's ranch, 5 Waters. Bryn and Jen got hitched and it was such a gorgeous day. Forrest, however, decided to put up a baby protest when the ceremony started so instead of inflicting his fussiness on the bride and groom, we stayed away from the ceremony and enjoyed the festivities afterward. Our view of guests walking from the ceremony from afar....
Not a bad setting to have a fussy baby!

Forrest seems to be a homebody lately, and I think the people got him worked up a bit.
He was dressed in his best duds though afterall, looking better than his parents I must say....
(though, the top picture with mama was taken after I had a good ride on my bike, I did clean up a bit for the wedding...)

He seems to be looking more and more like a little boy, despite his young age of nearly 3 months! This is also a preview for the graduation goers this weekend, he may very well be wearing the same duds....got to get some use out of them!

And a fuzzy picture of mom, and the happy newlyweds, Bryn and Jen....


Saturday, June 6, 2009

Movie time!

Forrest's favorite thing to do is to lay on his changing table and kick his little baby legs up a storm. He can literally do this for 30-40 minutes at a time, an eternity in baby time! His favorite is to be diaperless...but for the world wide web I figured I'd leave the guy covered and save the other for future blackmails....;-)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Forrest starts his jabbering






Lately Forrest has really started to use his vocal cords....telling us all about his day, I'm sure, and how silly his parents are. These pictures were taken during a particularly long conversation with him about this and that after I got home from work. I'm sure he was trying to tell on his daddy about all the crazy things they did that day, but I've got a ways to go before I learn his baby speak! I'll work on getting a video up so you can try to decipher it yourselves!!!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Our Garden

In order to live off a garden, you practically have to live in it. ~Frank McKinney Hubbard

Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration. ~Lou Erickson

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. ~Mirabel Osler

Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it. ~Author Unknown





Coffee. Garden. Coffee. Does a good morning need anything else? ~Betsy CaƱas Garmon

Let me start by saying that this man....
is the sole reason we have a garden. My idea of a garden is small beans compared to his. It is his sweat that makes the thing run....he is the GARDEN GURU :-)...and is a bit tuckered out at the moment!

And, our garden....

isn't it amazing? The picture doesn't do it justice. Starting roughly right to left we have
broccoli,


cauliflower,

and swiss chard

Then comes our star strawberries!

Next we have our beans, lettuce (three kinds,)

sweet onions, tomoatoes, peas,

and then our potatoes which have never looked better. We then have our summer and winter squash in the squash boxes, with pumpkins of course. Behind them we have started our first succession of corn.

To the front left is our artichokes and asparagus bed. Behind that is our cover crop which we are letting go to give the ground some rest.
Whew...
His job is basically the planting, of which I have helped with some...but not much. Then I take over trying, desperately trying, (with his mom's help thank goodness,) to eat or preserve all of this.
It is quite overwhelming but so wonderful at the same time....