Sunday, October 31, 2010

One small step for baby. . .

This year I rediscovered Halloween as a mom.  It is SO MUCH more fun than I remember it being since my parents stopped letting me trick or treat at age twelve.  The first challenge was coming up with a costume.  Since I didn't want to pay $20+ for a costume that Jared would wear once, rip to shreds, and/or be afraid of, and my sewing skills are rudimentary at best, I decided to convert one of his playsuits into an astronaut costume.   I thought he looked pretty good.
I even got him a little space shuttle toy with the theory that he could carry it around, but he never stayed interested in it long enough for it to make it into a picture.
We got to dress up twice.  The first time was on Thursday for the family Halloween party Todd's work put on.  It was quite a party.  Hundreds of Google employees and their families milled around in a big courtyard with different booths for cookies, caramel apples, pretzels, trick or treat candy, kettle corn, and even an area where you could touch a live snake.  In the middle of the courtyard there was a magic show for the kids.  Jared was all over the cookies, pretzels, and unlimited juice boxes, but mostly he just liked the pandemonium.
If you are wondering what I am wearing on my head, Todd and I decided to go as astronaut Jared's alien captives. Maybe that scenario is a little too true to life, but at least we had fun with pipe cleaners.
When we were finally done partying, it was almost time for dinner, so we stayed to eat.  Jared tried really hard to fall into the pond in another courtyard, and had a great time being silly with Daddy.
Aren't these two the cutest?  I mean most handsome, of course.

We didn't have any Halloween parties on Friday, but we spent the whole morning with the volume on our phones set on high waiting for news of Todd's sister, Colette's, new baby.  Annalyn Campbell was born healthy and gorgeous around noon on October 29.  Congratulations Jake, Colette, and big sister Rachel!  We can't wait to meet baby Annie.

On Saturday our ward threw the biggest Halloween party in the history of over-sugared children.  Our ward combined with four other wards, including two Tongan wards and one Samoan ward.  My Tongan friends tell me that no one knows how to party like islanders, and now I think they may be right.  Or maybe this party was just wild because 800 church members brought all of their closest friends.  The party started with a chili cookoff and Halloween carnival, followed by trick or treating to the classrooms in the church, and then the party moved outside for a huge trunk or treat in the parking lot.
Jared was too young for most of the games, and we want to maintain his belief that bananas and raisins are candy, but he still had a great time.  I'm sure that he was just loving the pandemonium again.  He spent most of the party sitting on my lap devouring an entire fried chicken breast, and then he broke free to run around in circles enjoying all of the excitement.  We finally rounded him up for a little bit of trick or treating on our way to the exit.  Here is a picture of his first trick or treat, or, as he says, "Teet a tee!"
We walked through the trunk or treat on our way to our car and I couldn't believe some of the things that were being handed out.  One car was giving out slices of pizza, one had nachos, and another was giving out ice cream cones!  We heard today that the party was still going on at midnight.  We had to get the little moon walker home to bed, but we all had a really great time.
You might say our Halloween was out of this world.  Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Up-ah!

Lately Jared has been following us around repeating, "Up-ah! Up-ah!" when he wants to be picked up.  If he doesn't think he has our attention, he will grab onto our knees and get a little louder. "Up-ah!" This is also his refrain when he tips over in the middle of a room and doesn't want to crawl to a piece of furniture to pull himself up.  Since Jared is a lazy baby (I wonder which parent he got that from) we hear this A LOT.
Todd and I decided that it was high time for us to stop indulging this laziness, so at the park on Wednesday, when Jared fell down in the middle of the wood chips and looked around for me to pick him up, I tucked his little feet under him and told him to stand up.  He caught on pretty fast, although he does still have a tendency to push himself up too far and fall over backwards sometimes.
Here's an example of Jared's new skill from this morning. He picked out his book and started walking it over to me.
Oops! Tripped on that pesky wrinkle in the rug!
It's okay, Mom, I've got this.

And then he took off too fast for me to get a picture of him standing.  Here's the best I could do.
We still hear "up-ah!" a lot, especially when our hands are full, but this new skill cut it down a little bit.  I'm hoping that this will eliminate a lot of crawling through dirt and preserve the knees of Jared's pants, but that is probably too much to hope for.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

One cute li'l punkin

This has been a busy, fun filled week of pre-holiday festivities.  On Wednesday I had my monthly doctor's appointment where I got to hear a perfect little heartbeat.
"Sounds like a girl," my doctor said.
"You can't really tell," I replied.
"No," said the doctor, "but I'm right half the time."

Wednesday afternoon Jared and I were the last to arrive at a playgroup with almost perfect attendance.  Our friend Elizabeth was hosting, and she decided that it would be a good idea for a bunch of energetic toddlers to decorate cookies in her kitchen.  She is braver than I am.  Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures, but Jen brought her camera.   Her pictures are posted here.  Here is one she took of Jared, who was content to eat his pumpkin shaped cookie undecorated (thank goodness!).
Thanks for a great playgroup Elizabeth!  There is nothing like sugar cookies and sugar infused babies to bring in the holidays.

Our plan for Saturday was to go to an air and space museum to get ideas for Jared's space themed halloween costume, but Jared woke up with a cold that led to irregular napping, and I was having an extra pregnant feeling day thanks to a bad night's sleep, so we ended up just going to buy our Halloween pumpkins.  Jared thought the pumpkins were big orange balls, so he tried his hardest to get them to roll across the floor while he repeated, "Ball! Ball! Ball!"
They were a little bit too heavy for him, but that didn't stop him from trying.
Later, our friends Thomas and Jessica and their little girl, Maddy, came over to carve pumpkins, eat pizza, and roast pumpkin seeds.  We had so much fun doing this last year with Jordanne that we didn't want to miss out on this opportunity of the season.
 Thomas turned out to be superman at carving.  He gutted three of the four pumpkins, carved the most intricate of all of the jack o'lanterns, and still had time to do most of the work preparing the pumpkin seeds for roasting in the time it took the rest of us to carve our pumpkins.  Here are the finished products.
Todd took the picture because his pumpkin is still a work in progress.  I don't think he's finished it yet this afternoon.  Thanks for coming over to play Jessica, Thomas, and Maddy!

Jared was too tired to be interested in jack o'lanterns yesterday, but today he discovered that his "balls" were a lot lighter, messier, and more interesting.
Happy Halloween week everyone!  Stay tuned for accounts of the rest of our Halloween festivities.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Announcing. . .

Jared wanted to make this announcement, but since he doesn't know how to spell yet, and he only likes one key on the keyboard (Caps Lock, wHICH he IS PUShing as  i WriTE), it is left to me to convey his message.
Jared is going to be a big brother next spring.  We are pretty sure he doesn't really know what is going on, but he did pose proudly in his new shirt. He also has a newfound obsession with babies, but we think that he picked that up on our recent trip to Georgia to meet his baby cousins.
Baby Knight 2.0 is due on April 10 and we couldn't be happier.  We only have one worry.  Is it possible for one family to get two babies this cute?

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A walk in the park

I know this post is pretty late, but on September 17, four days before he turned 13 months old, Jared started walking.  He started with just a couple of steps between mom and dad, but after 45 minutes of training he discovered that he could walk all of the way across a room.  That was all of the confidence he needed to venture greater and greater distances on his own.  Here he is at the park the week he learned to walk.

And at the temple a few days later.
He still isn't very fast, and even the slightest downhill or uphill grade sends him toppling, but he has discovered the usefulness of walking for things like escaping from mom and chasing balls and dogs.

On Monday of this week we had a visit from my Uncle Fred from South Carolina.  This is the third time we have gotten to see Uncle Fred in the past year, but the first time that we remembered to take pictures.
Uncle Fred was working in San Jose for a couple of days, so we met him in Mountain View for dinner.  It was great to see you, Uncle Fred! Let's make these frequent visits a habit.

I know this isn't a very satisfying glimpse into our lives after a long absence from the blog, but we promise more posts are coming soon.  Stay tuned!