Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Daddy's had a birthday, shout hooray!

On November 4, Todd turned 28.  Jared was really excited about this event.  A few days before the birthday, we went to the store and got Daddy a bathrobe.  We took it home and hid it in a drawer in Jared's room.  Jared, who has recently discovered the game "hide and seek," wanted to find it again as soon as it was hidden.  I managed to convince him that it wanted to stay hidden until Daddy's birthday.  This should be abundantly obvious, but if you want to keep a secret, don't tell a two year old.  The next night, when Daddy was giving Jared a bath, Jared noticed Eloise's bathrobe hanging on the door. Of course, with bathrobes on his mind, the secret came right out his mouth.  "Baby Eloise have a bathrobe! Mommy have a bathrobe, and Daddy have a bathrobe!"  A comment like that doesn't immediately give it away, coming from a toddler's stream of consciousness, but Todd's suspicions were aroused.  On the morning of Daddy's birthday, I told Jared it was time to go get Daddy's present out of it's hiding place.  Jared went tearing across the house at full speed, yelling, "Get Daddy bathrobe!" at the top of his lungs.  Jared thinks a secret involves blowing air in someone's ear and then tickling them.  There was no denying his excitement, though.

Todd went to work, as usual, and we set to work cooking up a batch of pumpkin cupcakes.  I cooked and Jared taste tested.
 Eloise played happily on the floor.  She is an expert self entertainer.  Jared also provided our baking with musical accompaniment.  He sang, "Daddy's had a birthday, shout hooray! We want to sing to Daddy today.  One year older and wiser, too.  Happy birthday to Daddy!"  When I sing it correctly (insert "you" in place of each "daddy"), he said, "That not how it goes!"
 Later, when the cupcakes had cooled, we frosted.  Or, I frosted intently, and was surprised to hear Jared suddenly announce, "I'm covered in chocolate!"  Sure enough. . .
 When he noticed that I was trying to take a picture, he told himself sternly, "No talk in Mommy's picture."  I had to laugh.
The cupcakes turned out looking and tasting pretty good.
It was a low key birthday.  We were happy to spend the evening playing together, eating cupcakes, cuddling with the plush new bathrobe with the handsome man in it, and singing "Daddy's had a birthday" over and over and over again.
Happy birthday, Todd! Twenty eight looks good on you.

Monday, November 21, 2011


 Halloween started for us on October 26 with Halloween story time.  I didn't go very wild with costumes for the kids this year.  Jared got to be a construction flagger, using his hat party favor from Ezra's birthday party, that we didn't make it to last year.  Jared really liked being something that he recognized.  He loved his stop-slow sign. 
 And here is Eloise "Richard Simmons" Knight, ready to sweat to some oldies.
Halloween story time was really fun.  There were a lot of cute costumes on the preschool kids.  It got Jared really excited for his real Halloween.  

On October 31, we started Halloween off with Google trick or treating.  Jared loves Google so much that he doesn't even need candy, cookie decorating, balloons, popcorn, spider rings, snacks, and lots of other kids to be excited about being at Daddy's office.  Even when he wasn't going from desk to desk saying, "Trick or treat!" He was reminding us that we were walking on "Google floor!" and going through "Google door!"
Black frosting on bat cookies gave Jared this awesome smile.  
After google-ween, we went home for Eloise to take a short nap before going to our church chili cook off.  Of course Jared wasn't very interested in chili when he knew that candy was waiting.  He had about five bites of chili before he was ready for the cupcake he got in the cake walk.  At 7:00 we moved outside into the freezing cold weather for a trunk or treat.    
We got cold pretty fast, and we were all tired from our busy day of Halloweening, so we were glad to head home.  Of course sugar kept a certain little guy up past his bedtime, but it's only once a year, right?  Happy Halloween!

Sunday, November 13, 2011


On October 19, we got an extra special three and a half days of happiness treat when Jordanne came to visit!  Jordanne has been my best friend forever.  We stayed with her family when we were in Utah in July, so she was returning the visit.  We can't get enough of Jordanne.  She cooked and cooked and cooked for us (I'm pretty sure I gained five pounds while she was here), played with the babies, and, of course, accompanied us on some Seattle adventures.

On October 20, we went to the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.  It was a drizzly day, but the park map comes with a guide to seeing the zoo in the rain from indoor exhibit to indoor exhibit.  
Here Jordanne, Eloise, and Jared enjoy the flamingos and ducks.
After we had wandered around looking at animals for over an hour we went to the Zoomazium, an indoor learning and play area, for zoo music time.  Music about animals blasts from speakers while toddlers run around with assorted shakers.  This was the highlight of Jared's day.  When we went back to the zoo last week, all he wanted to do was go to the zoomazium and hear zoo music.  And see bunnies.
When we left the zoomazium, we bundled two tired babies into the car to drive home, and then we spent the afternoon cooking, of course.  Todd is trying to talk Jordanne into opening a restaurant, or becoming our personal chef.  I have to admit, my own cooking has been spoiled for me a little.  Todd's favorite was the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, which we made to doorbell ditch to some of our neighbors.  There is nothing like cookie haunting to get us in the spirit of Halloween!

Friday was another rainy day.  We couldn't decide what to do with our day, so we ended up just taking the kids to the Bellevue Square Mall, which has a whole level devoted to an indoor play area.  Did they like the inside playground?
Yes, they did.  It is truly impossible to get a happy and excited child to sit still.  I have about fourteen pictures in this series, and these are the clearest.
Jordanne and Eloise bonded while I followed Jared around the play area.  It was extremely crowded on a rainy day.
Jordanne was mistaken for Eloise's mom by another mom who had two children almost exactly the same ages as mine.  She got away with it until the other mom asked Eloise's birthday.  Jordanne couldn't remember.  
We didn't play for very long before it was time to go meet Todd at work for lunch.  Lunch at Google meant that all of those delicious Jordanne concocted leftovers had to wait.  

On Saturday, at Jordanne's suggestion, we went to Pike Place Market on the Seattle waterfront.  This is like the ultimate farmer's market with multiple sprawling levels of food stands, handicrafts, fish markets, flower vendors, restaurants, candy stores, produce stands, novelty shops, and much, much more, all complete with ocean views if you can get close to a window.  The market was absolutely teeming with people, which means Jared didn't get to walk as much as he wanted to, but we placated him with samples of fruits, nuts, breads, and Jordanne's favorite pepper jellies.  Here Jared, Jordanne, and I sample some balsamic vinegar near the market exit, while Eloise enjoys a bottle.
This was really fun.  We picked up lunch of fish and chips and hot soup across the street from the main market.  We found this funny head stand near where we ate, which Jared didn't really understand.  This is the only picture we got of him actually looking at the camera without his arm through the head hole.  Jared and Jordanne both look a little bit alarmed.  
We spent the afternoon watching a movie, eating yet another batch of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and enjoying Jordanne's company before she left early Sunday morning.  Thanks for coming, Jordanne! We love you. Please come play with us again soon.