We’ve mentioned a couple of times that we’ve been traveling like mad over the last few weeks. We drove up to Boston to see Krister’s family, flew down to Florida to see Kristin’s mom’s family, and then flew out to Vancouver where Krister gave a poster presentation at a pathology conference.
So, we’re going to catch you up in one (huge) post with lots of pictures!
We spent several days up in Boston. We got to see Kasen’s Uncle Billy, Uncle Kendrick, and Aunt Paula. He hadn’t seen any of them in a while, but made up for lost time.
But, despite spending several days there, we only managed to take one picture:
That’s an action shot of Krister letting his parents’ ducks out in the morning. They come flying out of their house at full force and splash into the water without wasting any time. Kasen found himself obsessed with the ducks (and the chickens). As time goes on, Kasen becomes more and more fascinated by ducks.
Probably one of the reasons we didn’t take too many pictures was that during our trip (in mid-February) is that Kasen decided to start walking while we were there. He took his first steps just after his birthday back in December, but was not really interested in walking. He loved crawling. We got him some new shoes in February and off he went! During this trip he decided that he was done crawling (even though only a couple days before he refused to walk!).
Sanibel Island, Florida
A week later, we set out for Florida.
Kasen had fun playing with Bapcia and his great-grandparents Grammie and Grampa.
He also had a great time in the pool!
Gigi enjoyed some fun in the sun as well.
We were only able to spend the weekend there, but we certainly made the most of it.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Only a week and a half later, we set sail, err, flew out to Vancouver, British Columbia so Krister could present a poster at a pathology conference. His poster was called Sox11 Is A Marker Of Myxoid/Round Cell Liposarcoma. He’s smart.
We spent a lot of time in Stanley Park, which is a big park right in the city – and near our hotel. Krister even made it out with us a time or two.
And the weather behind Krister is an accurate reflection of what the weather was like the whole trip. At first, it was all sunny and then, when you wander a little too far from the hotel and wham! sleet, rain, snow. Like on this trip into the park, where Kristin and Kasen got caught in a major hail storm (don’t worry – Kasen had a rain cover and snow cover on so he was dry and warm):
If you look closely, you can see that it’s hailing so much that the hail is actually accumulating on the ducks’ backs.
Kristin and Kasen celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at Vancouver’s “CelticFest” – a big party downtown with Celtic music and various vendors. Then we set out for famous Granville Island. Granville Island is an artsy little shopping area with some cute parks and lots of good shops. Then we set back to town on a colorful little ferry.
Oh, and did we mention that Kasen is obsessed with ducks? Well, he thinks all birds are called ducks, so that includes geese.
We even were able to take a very quick trip up to Whistler, but Kasen wasn’t too sure about the snow….
The rest of the time we spent at the Vancouver Aquarium. The Aquarium was also close to our hotel and kept our little dude quite entertained.
And now we’re home-sweet-home for the indefinite future. Thank goodness because travelling with a toddler is exhausting!
Now that Kasen is old enough to express himself, he’s also old enough to have an opinion (No!). Although usually he tells us how much he does not like things (I hate this food so I throw it on the floor!), we have found a few things that he really enjoys.
The kid is obsessed with fruit of all kinds – oranges, pears, peaches, strawberries. You name it. And he can eat them in huge amounts. Once he ate a family-sized containers of blueberries. We usually limit him, but it’s so hard to say no to just a little more fruit….
He likes picking up a piece of fruit, putting it on his spoon, and then feeding himself with the spoon. Super cute.
(2) CLIMBING STAIRS
Well, you have to work out all the fruit sugar somehow. Our little guy likes to climb the stairs. He’s been climbing stairs as long as he could crawl, but somehow it never gets old.
(3) “GO TO SLEEP”
He thinks it’s hilarious to pretend to go to sleep everywhere and anywhere. Of course he loves to “go to sleep” on soft, warm surfaces, but he was very surprised when he tried to “go to sleep” in the snow a few weeks ago…
(4) “TALK ON THE TELEPHONE”
He also thinks he’s funny when he pretends to talk on the telephone. And he has decided that anything can be a make-shift telephone (including, but not limited to shoes, the palm of his hand, a plastic toy car….). He prefers to “talk on the telephone” with the toy telephone that his Aunt Cathy gave him though.
(5) GO OUTSIDE
Playing outside is way more fun the playing inside.
(6) PLAY IN THE REFRIGERATOR
It’s apparently a lot of fun to take food out of the refrigerator and put it back in. And take it out again.
(7) PET GIGI
Sometimes this results in pulling Gigi, turning Gigi into a pillow (see # 3, above), whacking her in the face, and/or throwing toys at her. Let’s just say that Gigi is very tolerant.
Now that he has a small working vocabulary, he really wants to talk more. He knows that learning words means that he can communicate and get what he wants. He tries to mimic every word you say and wants books read to him constantly. His vocubulary now includes:
We’ve heard him say “outside” and “Gigi” and “tickle” before, but they were never repeated again. He really wants to be able to say “book” but right now, it just sounds like “ka”.
(9) READING BOOKS
No, our 14-month-old toddler cannot read. He mostly enjoys turning the pages, although books with holes or textures (e.g. “touch and feel” books) are loads of fun too.
We snuck off to Orlando last weekend to see Kristin’s dad and step-mom. We had a great time enjoying beautiful weather on the beach and exploring the neighborhood zoo before we had to head home. Here are a few highlights:
Gigi’s birthday is today! We celebrated it yesterday since neither Krister nor Kristin’s employers recognize January 30th as a holiday (yet).
Gigi prepared for the big celebration with a manicure and a bubble bath (we’re pretty sure we heard Gigi say “why are you doing this to me? On the eve of my birthday?!” but we’ll go with it).
Then on Sunday morning, when she woke up all clean and fluffy, she got an extra-big breakfast and some new toys:
Sorry the picture is so blurry… Gigi wouldn’t sit still for one photo. In fact, she squeaked until she couldn’t squeak any more. Literally. She broke a bunch of the squeakers after spending hours (or at least it felt like hours) squeaking that poor fuzzy cow. Fortunately, the cow has about fifteen squeakers in it, so it should take a while before she breaks them all.
Once she was worn out from squeaking the morning away, she enjoyed a nice, quiet afternoon nap.
…and a stroll around the block…
…and then it was cake time! She was such a lucky dog because this year, we made her a yummy peanut butter birthday cake:
After cake, we finished her big present (more details on the main blog shortly). It’s a toy storage tube!
After all the day’s activities, she was exhausted and happy to head to bed. Happy 8th birthday, Gigi!
The weather has been unseasonably warm, so we spent New Years Eve at Valley Forge National Park. We enjoyed some playtime and a picnic.
This year, we were able to celebrate Christmas just the 3.5 of us. To be clear, the “.5” is Kasen. Gigi understands and LOVES Christmas, but Kasen is not really old enough to understand it yet.
We all had fun opening and playing with our presents!
Hope you enjoyed your holidays too!