Thursday, September 29, 2011

Big Boy Toys

Hey, these toys look way cooler than those baby toys they give me.
Hmmmmm....maybe Matthew will share some with me.
I'll just scooch my way over there.
Almost...there...wait, what's he doing - is he getting up??!!
No problem, I'll just turn myself around and come this way now.
Oh - this isn't a good view.
ARGHHHHHH - stinky!!!
Sigh...he's moved again. Oh well, guess I'll settle for my baby toys!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Wedding Day

Matt's good friend got married today. Matt was a groomsman, so our day started out pretty early. First stop, grandma's house to pick up Matthew (Matthew and Noah spent the night there since Matt and I were out late at the rehearsal dinner last night).
Both the kids were invited, but we decided to only take Matthew since Noah is so young still. Matthew was quite excited to go to another party.
We sat outside the church for a bit and waited for the others to arrive. I let Matthew sit in my lap and we attempted another self portrait. We still stink.
Matthew promised he would be good in church. But I know better than to trust this face.
So we sat way in the back. Near the doors. In case we needed to make an emergency exit.
Matthew seemed to think I wanted all the missalettes. So he handed the entire row of them to me one by one.
He played with his toys for a bit. Then just sort of hung out until mass was over.
Then the fun began. First stop: bubbles.
Matthew doesn't know the difference between blow and spit yet. So he didn't have much success. And he refused all offers of help. So he basically just spit a lot outside of the church.
Then it was off to the reception where the fun continued. Second stop: bouncy house.
Matthew wasn't interested in anything else.
It really didn't matter to him that there was this pesky thing called a wedding reception going on.
All that mattered was that he could slide.
And slide some more.
We eventually dragged him into the tent for some appetizers. See how happy he was to take a break??!!
I like this picture because it almost looks like Matthew's holding a cigar and telling me to get away in a little gangsta sort of way. His eyes are saying "I know people mommy. I can make things happen"
So in the interest of my personal safety, we allowed Matthew to return to the mayhem (after forcing all of 2 pieces of cheese and some apple juice into his mouth).
Then it was one forced spin on the dance floor and we were on our way.
And all of 2 minutes into the ride home, Matthew fell asleep. Because that's how he rolls.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Farm Hands

Part of the birthday fun we had with the boys last weekend included a trip to one of our favorite local spots - Muscoot Farm.
It was our first taste of fall activities. The farmer's market didn't disappoint.
We checked out the goats.
And stopped by the horse barn to see how many hands we've grown this past year.
Matthew was game to go into the dairy barn this trip.
But he wasn't interested in walking by Bessie. We waved to her and promptly turned around.
We took a little break in the shade.
Matthew enjoyed a little snack.
Then it was time for a quick walk through the old barn before piling into the car and heading home.
Next month we'll return for our pumpkin. And many trips in between I'm sure. :-)

Monday, September 19, 2011

A Bronx Birthday

Matt and I both took the day off today to take the boys to the doc (Matthew for his 3 year appointment, Noah for his 5-month). We decided to make the rest of the day a special one for the birthday boy and took Matthew to his first trip to the zoo.
One of the great things about the Bronx Zoo is their Children's Zoo. Matthew kept asking me "What's this?" as I was trying to take his picture at the entrance. That would be his catch phrase for the day.
"I want to be a bird" - yes, my child said that. All because he got to sit in this little nest at the very first exhibit he saw at his very first trip to the zoo.
Matt played tour guide.
And he was also the official "picker-upper" for the day as well.
Matthew had no interest in being a spider. I have taught him well.
He was intrigued with Franklin's shell.
Matt was too.
Matthew was not as amused by this as Matt and I were.
He was amused by King Julian in the Madagascar exhibit.
I can't remember what this exhibit was about - but it's a cute picture, so I couldn't not put in on the blog.
The sea lions weren't very active, but we hung out and waited for them to swim by.
There were neat Lego exhibits throughout the park. Matthew tried to dismantle this one. Thankfully no guards were on duty today.
After lunch we had a little birthday treat - cookies and cream ice cream with rainbow sprinkles. And two spoons.
I forgot Matthew's hat at home and with the sun beating down and Matthew being the sensitive-skinned kid he is, I had to buy him a new one. And if you can believe it, that's the ONLY thing I bought at the zoo today.
Matthew tried to pull off some pieces of this lion too - I don't know when the Lego obsession started!
We took a few rides on the Bug Carousal.
Yes, that's right, The Bug Carousel. Creeped me out, but Matthew enjoyed it.
Then it was a quick stop at the giraffe exhibit (real and fake).
Afterwards, we hit up the Dora & Diego 4D show. We had to hold the glasses on Matthew's tiny head.
Our last exhibit of the day was the monorail through Asia, where we got to see red pandas, tigers and a whole bunch of other species that I can't even remember.
Then we jumped on the shuttle to the parking lot. Matthew made sure we knew where we were going.
Then it was adios Bronx Zoo - see you next time!
Now, Matthew is tucked up in his bed. His first full day as a three-year-old complete. And a good day it was.

Happy birthday my sweet boy! And many more. :-)