Sunday, August 30, 2009

Biking, Cows and Giraffees are GREAT!

This weekend, Ollie had another fun weekend full of firsts! Earlier this summer, I got a sweet lilac bike cruiser. I haven't gotten to take it anywhere much, since Ollie is always with me. Well, I found a decent bike trailer on clearance at Target, so we finally got it all together and we went for a family bike ride. We did the right thing and all got bike helmets. My son's head is the size of a 3 year olds! 48 cm and that is the starting size of bike helmets! Ollie did pretty good with the helmet on the first leg of the trip. The second leg, he was not having it. He was flaying and screaming... We had to pull the party over and take it off him. He magically stopped crying as soon as the helmet was off his head. Weird... :)
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We also went to The Great NY State Fair. I'm not sure if NY sure really use Great to describe their fair. I know for a fact the food at the MN fair is much, much better. Where were the buckets of delicious chocolate chip cookies?? My splurge for the day was a corn dog and it was sub par! So sad... :( But, there were a few fun things to experience. Oliver got to feed a giraffee!! How freakin' cool is that?!? His eye grew exponentially when the giraffee's huge tongue came towards Bill's hand to fetch the carrot. And, the fair didn't have a shortage of things to put his head through. I'm not sure why, but the kid LOVES to stick his head in this things! *Shake my head*










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And, while we got into the dairy products area, we came across this adorable cow ride for little ones. There is nothing like a ridiculously cute purple holstein to make you miss home! Ollie really enjoyed the ride.







Thursday, August 27, 2009

My Kid is a Genius!

Who knew he already knew this!? Ever since Ollie's top teeth have broke through, he has been "talking" a lot more other than his usual screaming.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Stupid Baby Tricks

Yep, I treat my kid like an accessory and a pet in a way. I'm guilty and I admit it. Yes, at times I dress him in a mini version of what I would like Bill to wear. Whatever... But, I also teach him funny charming things. But our last visitors taught him the last trick. Unfortunately, it has turned into the same reaction as his first. Oh well, still cute, still something he is going to kick my a** about when he is entering his angst-ridden teen years. Deal with it Oliver! :)

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In other news, Bill and I swore/signed our names to Ollie's passport book. We swore that Oliver wouldn't try to overthrow the US government. Be good Ollie or it is your parents' a** on the line!!

So, I just got a huge bloody lip... Oliver decided to headbutt me with his giant bowling ball head! OUCH!!! I feel the blood ballooning in my lip like a freak show. Nice...

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Next Justin Timberlake

So, if you have had the pleasure to meet Ollie, you have probably gotten the chance to see him dance. The kid has been blessed with an internal soundtrack! It doesn't really matter where he is at, what we are doing, he is going to bust a move! Before we got the camera, he was dancing while standing at the end of the coffee table. He was bouncing so hard, he knocked his chin on the edge and got a bloody lip! Once it was cleaned up, he went right back and started to break it down. He also enjoys dancing for his gal, Jordy. We hope you enjoy our now constant stream of obnoxious videos! :) And, I hope my recording skills get a little better.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Holy Waterfalls Batman!

Three weekends, three amazing trips. Friday our friends Jeff and Sara Seidling arrived from the Fox Valley. Saturday we went through the Seneca Lake winery tour. That was our third time through there, but we went through the other side of the cake, so we went to new wineries which was nice.
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Sunday, we went on a day trip to Niagara Falls. It is approximately 2 1/2 hours away from Syracuse, so it was feasible. We get there and Bill finds an "information" center. Well, Bill just hears "shuttle to Maid of the Mist" and we are scooped into a van. Little did we know, we just got put on a full-fledge tour van, not just a shuttle to Maid of the Mist. To make it even more interesting, we are on a tour with this guy:












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He also took pictures for us, but there is no guarantee that they were good. Stroller may be included...












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Our tour guide, who refers to himself as The Candyman, was a fast paced guy. Because we just thought we were going to Maid of the Mist and not a crazy town tour, we didn't feed Oliver. He was also on schedule for a nap... The little guy fell asleep on Bill in the van right before we were getting to the whirlpool of the falls.



















We finally got to Maid of the Mist. I packed Ollie's rain coat, but as you can see Maid has baby sized ponchos. The temp was hot that day, so Bill opted out of the poncho. Because you get pretty wet, I became Bill and Olivers' human shield. Ollie enjoyed it and thought it was the best way to drink water. It was amazing to be that close to both the American and Canadian Falls. After the boat ride, it was time to get back into the van. One problem... The Candyman couldn't get it to start. So, he piles all of us on the trolley. No problem... except it is packed and we have our monster stroller. It would have been much quicker if the trolley driver didn't come back and chew out Candyman for putting his tour groups on his trolleys. Akward...
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The last stop was the Cave of the Winds. Oliver had had enough by this time. So, I decided to stay back and not wait in line with Oliver for two hours for 15 minutes of walking on algae ridden slippery stairs.



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All in all, it was a fun day trip. It was a beautiful place. But, I think Bill learned a valuable lesson in asking more questions before we just hop into a van.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Let’s pahk the cah in Hahvahd Yahd

Little Ollie is becoming quite the traveler already. My folks are here and we all took a trip to Boston. We stayed in Cambridge just steps away from the MIT campus. (I asked my parents why that college was never brought up in my higher learning choices!) Boston was an extremely interesting, historic town. The Freedom Trail, the New England Aquarium, and the yummy seafood were highlights of the trip. (If you look at the reflection of the seal picture, you can see little Ollie sound asleep.) I love walking cities, although, Oliver wasn't all about sitting in the stroller all day!




















Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Vermont trip!

This past weekend, my sister flew in from Minnesota to be Oliver's nanny for our trip to Vermont. What an amazing auntie Ollie has! We all had a great time. The reason we went to Vermont was for our college friend, Dave's, wedding. Dave and Colleen had the most spectacular day for a wedding! Stowe, VT is an amazingly beautiful place. Enjoy some pictures from our most recent adventure.