king of the sweet suite. oh gosh. oval park. so much to learn. grabby. W. loves "Baby Felix" hey hey, pretty lady farm hand. good eggs. hippie.
We had a great trip down South. As you can see, we spent loads of time outdoors soaking up the warm North Carolina sunshine. We explored Durham and found it to be lovely, really lovely. We eyed several neighborhoods we would like to call home -- we even started daydreaming about the possibility of living in a house with a big front porch and some greenspace in the back! Hopefully we can make that a reality. Living up here in the middle of a big East Coast city has made us long for big shade trees and grassy yards, and especially now that Felix is in the picture, we are even more aware of how much we want those things. Not that I don't love my Philly neighborhood because I certainly do. It's one of the best. And I'm definitely aware of the many perks of playing in a shared greenspace -- running into neighborhood friends on the way to and at the park is one of the things I'm going to miss most. I'm hopeful we can learn to love another neighborhood and its parks while having our own little yard, too. Fingers crossed we find a good one in the coming months. Speaking of the move and all things Durham, now would be a good time to say THANK YOU to all the sweet people who've contacted me to offer up helpful Durham advice. We'll take all the help we can get, so keep it coming. Thanks again, Shari, Jennifer, Laura, Lisa, Maria, Kristen, Rupert, Sarah, Karen, Julie, and Hannah. Looking forward to meeting some of you once we land down there.
Okay, back to the play-by-play...
After poking around Durham for a day, we made our way to catch up with good friends in Winston-Salem. We had a great time hanging out with our peeps, Sherri and Brooks. They are hilarious, and it had been way too long since we sat around a table drinking wine and cracking each other up. We used to do that all the time and it was nice to know that we hadn't lost our skills. I had laughter tears running down my face a couple of times, so you know we had fun. Looking forward to seeing them and their cutie pie boys on the regular once we're in the area.
We also took at drive out to see our buddy Jay, who lives on a little farm outside of town. He made us a delicious brunch and gave us a farm tour. It was exciting to see all the wonderful projects he and his roomie have going out there. One of those projects happens to be...guess what?... CHICKENS(!) so you know I had a busload of questions about chicken keeping. And even better, Jay is okay with being my mentor in the chicken keeping department. Now I only have to get a house...move...get settled...figure things out (all sorts of things) and then maybe, just maybe, get myself a few chicks. Lots to do in the mean time. LOTS to do. But it's nice to know I have a chicken keeping mentor...if I happen to need one.
Okay, that's the trip. Sadly, we didn't get to catch up with everyone we intended to see because traveling with a baby requires lots of downtime. Luckily, we don't have to feel bad because we'll be there again in a few months. We're excited.
Happy Earth Day. Happy Birthday to my Mom. Happy Good Friday. Happy Weekend. Happy.
We're back from a fantastic roadtrip to North Carolina, well, except for the part when we had to park under an overpass during a frightening tornado. That part sucked. But other than that, we had a wonderful time. Once I get unpacked and settled in a little more I will pop in to say hi and share some details.
(I can't for the life of me find the link to give credit for this photo -- if anyone knows, please share)
Instructables ( I love Instructables) gives tips for building one of your own. Of course they do.
We're hitting the road for a little family trip. Going to take a peep at our future home (Durham) and catch up with some long lost friends in the area. Felix gets to meet so many great people over the next few days. He's a lucky kid.
It is hard to believe that we are now at the 10 month mark. We're certainly closing in on his first birthday, aren't we? Geesh. Lately, I've been getting a kick out of thinking about what I was up to last year at this time. One thing that sticks out in my memory is how I was doing my damnest to find a comfortable sleeping position. The great "pillow throne" was in full effect and poor Dustin was doing his best to find a couple of inches of space for himself. Fast forward to now. My pillow usage is back to normal and I'm sleeping comfortably most nights with only a wake up here and there to calm the little guy one room over. Or if not calm him, listen to him having one of his 3am play parties!
This boy of ours continues to impress us with all that he does. He loves to play peek-a-boo and other silly games, like the one that involves me clacking two toys together while making funny faces. So simple, yet sooo hilarious. That giggle of his makes me weak in the knees, so I'll clack toys all day long if I have to. If you can't already tell, we are totally smitten with our 10 month-old baby boy. This is such a great age.
The highlights from the last month include:
He has mastered the crawl! I would be lying if I said he has lots of stamina just yet, but I'm sure he'll turn up the volumn any day now. We've witnessed lots of clapping lately. He gets very excited about a certain Happy Baby product (PUFFS!) and claps enthusiastically each time he hears the word or sees the container. Lots of "Mama" and "Baba" is being said-- Dustin may have to change his name from Daddy to Baba... I'm not completely sure, but I think he may have made the sign for "milk" a couple of times. Still trying to figure that one out. He took his first trip to the Philadelphia Zoo when his grandma was visiting. I didn't get to join in, but according to Dustin he really loved the flamingos and a very ugly bearded pig(!), but had little interest in much else. I plan to take him again to see for myself. I'm also intrigued by something called a bearded pig. ;)
More film shots from the roll I picked up last week. I love how these show Felix belly crawling his way around the playground. But as of the last week, our little boy is now longer a belly crawler! He has mastered crawling and is intent on using his new skill to explore every corner of our living room -- so far he hasn't figured out that he can also explore the dining room and kitchen. It's only a matter of time, though. Baby proofing the house has moved to the top of our to do list. Eeek!
Thanks so much for all the birthday love. Having a birthday land on a Friday is perfect because it easily becomes a Birthday Weekend. It was full to the brim with chocolate cake, vases overflowing with tulips (I received two beautiful bunches as gifts!), a delicious dinner out with the hubs, a long afternoon nap (best gift ever) and lots and lots of sweetness from friends and family. 35 is fantastic so far.
Today's the day I entered the world. Apparently it was a little harrowing for my mom. It took me a couple of days and there were forceps involved! Sorry. There were. Thanks for everything, Mom. I have a newfound appreciation for all you did to get me into the world on this day so long ago. It's hard to believe... I've been chuggin' along for thirty-five years now. It has been a beautiful adventure. I've had the privilege of traveling to faraway places and eating great food and laughing a lot and getting a wonderful education and marrying the sweetest man and birthing an amazing little boy. My thirty-fourth year was a doozy. I can't wait to see what my thirty-fifth has in store.
Being the list-maker that I am, I couldn't resist making one for my birthday. So I present you with thirty-five things I'd like to do during my thirty-fifth year on the planet. Wish me luck.
Learn every lyric to a few of my favorite songs Make a lemon and chard lasagna Watch the sun rise Take Felix to swim lessons Grow some herbs Get a massage Introduce Felix to Oscar Go to a North Carolina beach Knit another cowl Ride a rollercoaster Make crepes Introduce Felix to our sweet friend Jay and his hens Fly a kite Make a fruit crisp Go to the optometrist Go camping with friends I've never met in person before Organize my recipes Throw Felix a birthday party Get some family photos taken Go to the zoo Get a facial Take Felix on a sailboat Finish graduate school Make new friends Make paneer Watch Felix learn to walk Find a yoga class in NC Go to the Nasher Sleep in, like, past 9 o'clock Bake a pie Eat fresh figs with gorgonzola Take the family to the aquarium Watch the sunset Get in touch with old friends Explore a new farmer's market Squeeze my little family into a photo booth