Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Nee-Nah!

Jared and I are winging our way to Arizona tomorrow to spend a week with his grandparents and cousins, so I thought I would catch up with our events from the last week before all of the excitement gets started.

Last Wednesday our playgroup had a tour of the Millbrae fire station.  One of the story books we checked out of the library taught Jared that fire trucks say "nee-nah!" so we heard a lot of that on our tour.  It is hard to get a lot of kids under two to stand still for a picture.  Maddie and Ezra didn't even make it into this picture, and Bowen was much more interested in the bolts on the tire than coming out from behind Cache.  At least Cache, Jake, and Ruth seem to be dutifully standing still.
We learned a lot about how the fire station works, and the babies had a great time running wild under the supervision of the firefighters.
Jared was fascinated by all of the gadgets inside of the fire engine, including Jake's toy (which Jake obviously wanted back). I wasn't sure if the fire station made much of an impression on Jared, since highlights of our time there for him were finding a remote control and talking into it like a phone, trying to open every door we passed, and playing with a lever on a fire hose.  By the time the firemen turned on the siren to awe the kids, Jared was way past nap time and only seemed annoyed by the loud noise. Ever since our field trip to the fire station, though, Jared has tuned his ear to the sound of a fire engine's siren.  He hears them a long time before I do and pipes up with a little, "Nee-nah, nee-nah!"  Sure enough a fire engine will soon come into ear shot. 

I spent most of Saturday binding the quilt I have been working on for almost a year and a half.  By afternoon, though, I needed a break.  And what better way to spend a break than hiking in the San Mateo hills?  We hadn't been hiking in a long time, so we decided get out for a little while and indulge Jared's new found fascination with trees.
The weather was lovely, the scenery was beautiful, and Jared was. . . pretty good about riding in the baby carrier.
If you can't see it, Jared is laughing like crazy.  It doesn't take much to get this happy boy giggling.  Before we turned around, we let Jared get out and hike for about a hundred yards.  I don't know why anyone needs toys when kids can be made so happy by a handful of dirt, water coming from an unexpected source (like mom's backpack), or crunching on dry leaves underfoot.
We took Jared on his first hike about a year ago, so he is a seasoned hiker, but this was his first time venturing out of the carrier.  I would call this short hike a resounding success.  Here is our quick attempt at a picture of ourselves to prove that we were all on the same hike.
It isn't exactly a model for framing, and Jared is looking a little surly, but we'll take it.

Here is a picture of the quilt I finished on Monday.  I'm posting it because I'm a little proud.  Annika, don't look if you want to be surprised at Christmas.
A queen sized quilt was a little ambitious for my first project.  I think I will wait a few months to start on my next quilt, and then do something a little smaller.  A baby blanket, maybe, or a place mat.

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