Tuesday, August 31, 2010


We gave EJ cereal for the first time over the weekend. He wasn't too sure about it at first. Most of it that actually went into his mouth came back out again!

After a couple days, he is getting more used to it. I think he will really like baby food, but we will stick with the cereal for a little while longer to get him used to the whole idea of eating off a spoon! He is not one to turn down food, and is always grabbing at everything we are eating, so we're hoping he will be a good eater! It's hard to believe he is already old enough to be at this stage! The biggest issue that we have is getting him to sit still. This kid does NOT stop moving!!

"I'm Swimming!"

Last weekend we visited our friends and spent some time outside, and in their pool. I wasn't sure what Mara would think about it, but she loved it! At first she wanted me to hold onto her tightly, but soon she was floating around by herself and having a blast!

At one point she exclaimed: "I'm swimming!" It was fun to see her so excited about it!

EJ enjoyed himself from the deck. Maybe next year he'll be having fun in the pool too!

After the pool fun, the kids played inside. It was fun to see them play together! We've been getting together since they were babies, and they are interacting a lot more now and having fun together!

There was even a little picnic table just for the kids (and Maggie!)

After dinner, Mara enjoyed playing in the sandbox too. She was in Heaven with all the fun outside activities!

Both kids were pretty wiped out from an exciting afternoon and lots of fresh air. It was a great day in the sunshine with friends!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Elijah - 5 months old

How is my baby already 5 months old?? Time really does fly, and it's amazing how much a baby changes in just 5 months! EJ is so smiley and happy. He adores his big sister and his kitties. He is so close to crawling, which scares me! He gets up on his knees and rocks back and forth - one of these days he is just going to take off!

It's hard to remember life without him around! He is so sweet and can always make me smile!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A Boy and His Cat...

We have two cats, and they couldn't be more different. They look alike and are brothers from the same litter, but otherwise they are completely opposite! Picasso is scared of the kids, and tends to stay away from them if he can help it. I can't say I blame him, really! Oliver on the other hand, seems to adore both Mara and EJ, and is always hanging out by them. Right now EJ loves Oliver too! They bonded together today...

EJ grabs ahold of his fur, but Oliver doesn't seem to mind!

He comes right back for more, head-butting EJ to try to get the little guy to pet him!

EJ decided he would even try a bite to see how Oliver tasted.... the poor baby has probably ingested a lot of cat hair recently, since Oliver is shedding like crazy!!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Como Zoo

We took a little trip up to Como Zoo on Saturday to check it out. I haven't been there since I was a kid, and all I remembered was Sparky the seal! It was a nice, hot day, so the zoo was packed, but we had a pretty good time checking out the animals!

Next time we'll plan to take a picnic lunch...I had been planning on it, but didn't end up happening...and food is ridiculously priced there!! Oh well..it's free to get in (they take donations), so I guess they have to make money somewhere!

Mara really loves giraffes, and had an absolute blast feeding one at the Minnesota Zoo last year. She looked at these and exclaimed "Raffs!" but otherwise wasn't super interested, I guess because we weren't that close to them, so it wasn't as exciting!

She's checking out the giraffes here. They held her interest for longer than any of the other animals at least!
We had to check out the giraffe statues too!

The gorilla was pretty entertaining (for me at least!). I'm pretty sure he was looking right at us because Mara was yelling about something. ;) I kept telling her to look at the 'big monkey' (she loves monkeys), and was corrected by a little boy -- 'that's a gorilla!' with a look that told me he thought I was pretty dumb. :)
EJ was pretty quiet the whole time...just enjoyed the ride! He fell asleep after we were there for awhile. He was a lot easier than Mara, who wanted in and out of her stroller the whole time!! :)
Overall, it was a pretty fun time. I'd like to go back again in the fall when it's a little cooler, and maybe a little less crowded.