Archive for June, 2011

When the Cat’s Away…

June 22, 2011

…the pregnant wife will take it upon herself to buy a few things that she’s had her eye on.  First, a water table.





I don’t think he’s supposed to sit in it, and I’m pretty sure that standing up in it, drinking the water that was shared with the dog should be frowned upon, but I was taking those pictures while semi-relaxing on the back porch for about an hour so I’m going to go with money well spent.

Then there’s this.


Now if only I had the time or energy to try it out.  It will probably be saved for vacation next week.


Memorial Day 2011

June 13, 2011

Guess who discovered their nipple this past memorial day weekend!


I’m just glad it wasn’t Gemma’s nipple.  It was an action packed 4 day weekend.  There were bouncehouses, strawberries, fountains, wagon rides, pools, sandboxes, water tables, cupcakes, family and friends.  Basically a normal weekend for the boy, only longer.  He has a pretty rough life you see.


Come Monday, the last day of the weekend, when I asked Aiden what he wanted to do, he could only respond with “watch TV” and whine for his blankie, to which Dan and I responded “Ha!  We beat you.”  Completely wearing out an almost 2 year old is quite the accomplishment in our house.


St. Pete Vacation – Part 2

June 10, 2011

I’m not sure what to say here, other than the rest of our vacation was absolute perfection.  We stayed at a little resort called TradeWinds (highly recommended for those with children) that had everything we needed right there.

Arriving at TradeWinds

The giraffe and shark statues that Aiden loved and couldn’t get enough of were merely icing on the cake.  And there were other little freebies like paddle boating that allowed us to hunt down the toad that wouldn’t stop croaking while we were swimming in the pool.

In the big pool

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Aiden is at a wonderful age for taking him on vacation.  He’s developed a little bit of independence and isn’t too affected by being miles away from a routine meaning naptime and bedtime are flexible to where ever the day takes us.


A small bin of trains and cars was enough to keep him busy in a somewhat cramped hotel room.  And he’s so fun.  Everything is new and interesting and exciting and it was just a joy getting to experience it all through him away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  It was only a bonus that he didn’t seem too interested in putting the sand in his mouth.

What's going on?

This is different.

We played hard at both the beach and the pool the rest of the trip and just enjoyed each other and every moment of these last precious months as a family of three.  We knew that we had picked the perfect vacation length when on the morning of the day we were leaving, Aiden was falling asleep on me in the pool while going “bouncy, bouncy”.

"All done" were I think his exact words.


June 3, 2011

On your mark.


Get set.




Aiden’s not really a big fan of the sprinkler yet.  I can’t imagine why not.  We’ve been working through similar issues with slides.