Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Blog Catchup

So we've been a busy since last posting. We finished up our time in Boston, and Noah helped show his Duckie how to eat in the chair.

We then headed west to Tully for a lovely passover with the family. Noah raked in the goods, even though he didn't stay up late enough for the afikomen hunt.

On the way home Noah discovered the best rest stop activity since running around the rest stop, the boating video game.

Quarters not required for total toddler enjoyment.

Time for full throttle!
Not pictured: screaming when we suggested it was time to leave the video game or maybe he didn't need to keep running into the men's bathroom...

And then eventually, finally, we made it home. And mommy took Noah to the Y so he could bounce around in the ball pit and she could sit down.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Greetings from Boston

This morning we finally found a place in Boston to live (a duplex we can rent in Mission Hill). This is a huge relief and exciting news, because it's a great place. It also meant we got to spend the rest of the day outside enjoying the beautiful (but cold!) day.

We took Noah to Boston Common to meet the Make Way For Ducklings ducklings.

He liked visiting the ducks ("duckie!" point point "duckie!") but was dissappointed that he was unable to pick up the statue.

We then headed to the Thoughtbot office for a bit of a warm-up and a snack. Noah is actually very good company at the table.

Also on our walk today, we saw some wierd stuff. For example, this, on the door of a brownstone in the west end.

As best as I can tell, this is a squirrel statue wearing some kind of bizarre sock hat, accompanied by pinecones and cacti.

But that was nothing to what we discovered while walking back across the common - a quidditch practice.

I am not kidding you right now. See the rings they've erected in the back?

Also, they were running around with brooms.

Wikipedia says that over 200 college teams compete in muggle quidditch. This is the second craziest thing I have ever heard. The first craziest thing is the following (from the Wikipedia article):

While the Snitch is a magical object within the canon of the Harry Potter novels, in Muggle Quidditch the Snitch is most often a sort of neutral player, usually dressed in all gold, sometimes adorned with wings. The Snitch, after release, is usually allowed to roam an area beyond the playing field. When played on a college campus the range is often the entire campus.

I am only sorry I left college before I had the opportunity to run into a gold bedazzled Clark student wandering around the WPI campus.

Itsy Bitsy

At long last, I have been able to capture some itsy bitsy spidering. Noah is totally an expert at this song but is easily distracted by the phone or the flip so it is very difficult to post his musical genius to the internet. Luckily for you, I have the skill (ha!) and patience (haha!) of the wildlife photographers who spent days in tiny camouflage huts taping the snow leopards for planet earth. (hahahahah!)

Possibly coming soon, the frog song.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Random cuteness

So we're in Boston, staying at the Thoughtbot apartment and looking for a place of our own. Noah, as usual, is being cute.

(for the record, that outlet was covered and he stopped as soon as I said no)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Rubbing it in

Did I mention how absolutely beautiful it was this weekend? No? Well it was in the 70s and sunny and we spent most of it outside. We had a nice picnic at Ft. Washington state park, where Noah got to watch a DOGGIE!! DOGGIE!! BOW WOW!!! DOGGIE!!

Of course, when he had the opportunity after lunch to actually go up to said doggie and pet her or throw the ball for her, he was too shy to do anything but stare. Oh well. On to the playground!

This park actually has a pretty sweet playground. Most of it is a bit too big for Noah to play by himself,

But there were plenty of nooks and crannies to explore

And then we were back up with the big kids. Somehow the tiny cockapupumushu fluffmuffin doggie is intimidating, but the ladders to get up to the giant playground? No problem.

Or rather, just a tiny problem for mommy's stress level.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Delayed gratification

Noah got some excellent presents for Christmas and Hanukkah, but we couldn't use all of them right away. Luckily, it was absolutely beautiful this weekend so we could give them a try.

We put together Noah's tricycle and took him for a spin.

This way, Daddy!

Next, Chad and Noah went around and around and around the back patio, at top trycicle speed. Noah was just hanging on and saying "wheeeeeeeeeee" breath "wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee" breath "weeeeeeeeeeeeee"

It was pretty cute. :)

Also, our back yard has recently become home to a Noah-sized playground, and Noah has recently become the owner of a new badass hat. This hat fits right in with our strategy of not realizing we are totally unprepared for a new season until we're wheeling him around on his new tricycle wearing a thimble on his head.

Anyway, Noah likes his playground and his hat.

I think pirate captain Noah is a bit confused about how to use the spyglass.

I wonder if he could also tell me why a castle needs a steering wheel and a spyglass. Also why there were all of those extra pieces in the box. Also why they didn't put all of the pieces I was actually supposed to use in there. Perhaps the folks at Little Tykes were having a rough morning. Luckily, they got enough of the correct pieces for the playground to be totally usable, and we had lots of fun with is this weekend. Look! A swing!

"weeeeee" breath "wheeeeee!"

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Playground buddies

Noah had his friends Maytal and Ben over to play this weekend. It is really neat how they actually interact.

Noah and Maytal, March 2010

This means the playdates are not just an excuse for the mommies to chat. Ok, we didn't just chat, we also made funny noises at the babies.

Maytal and Noah, March 2009

Sorry, nostalgia blip.

Anyway Noah and his friends went to the playground.

And took about 30000 trips over the climber and down the slide.

And over the climber, to go down the slide.

Noah and Ben, March 2010

Climbing and sliding are about the pinnacle of baby excitement, now that they are able to do these things by themselves. In fact, I am still a little bit amazed that they are able to move by themselves at all.

Ben and Noah, March 2009

Oops, another nostalgia blip. Back to 2010. When our babies are very mobile and opinionated and hilarious. I had hoped we'd be a bit less drooly by now, but I guess you can't have everything.

Even with the drool (also, why is my child the only one who still seems to be drooling so much?), the cuteness has only increased. If you had asked me last year I might not have realized that was possible, but look at these kids.

Wow. We are in trouble. :)

Friday, March 19, 2010


Well, the videos are easy and thus far we've gotten no complaints.

The following game was totally Noah's idea - Chad just called me into the living room when he realized with Noah was doing.

This child has a deep seeded need for bouncing...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Just a snippit of our evening...

Now it's time for a little heart to heart. Be honest with me. Are you sick of the videos? I think it is fun to watch videos of him all day, but I realize this may be a bit tedious for people who are not me. Or grammy. Would you prefer actual writing on this blog? More pictures of the cats? We aim to please here at 19ssg, so any advice is appreciated.

As a gesture of good faith I leave you with a picture of the cat.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Oh hai!

Lest you think the constant parade of baby posts means the cats are no longer in charge, let me assure you that Entropy is still here, keeping an eye on things.

All is well.

-- posted from the phone

Technology review

Reading MIT Technology Review was Noah's idea.

Chad suggested "who says moo?" but Noah would not be swayed.

Silly kid.

-- posted from the phone

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Saturday breakfast

The most important meal of the day!

-- posted from the phone

Friday, March 12, 2010

Everyday fun

Just a glimpse into afternoons at our house.

Are you bored with all the videos? Sorry. It's just so addicting because he is so cute.

We're working on teaching Noah his body parts. So far it looks like he's getting the lower half...

Wouldn't you also want to videotape everything he does?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Rhythm, part duex

After practicing at level one, Noah has decided to take his ribboning to the next level.

My favorite part is how he steps his little feet. I think he is having a parade.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Cat Hair Duty

We are having a bit of a cat hair problem at our house. Luckily, Noah knows just how to help.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Creature from the deep

Today we went to the zoo and saw a dinosaur.

He seemed to be on the lookout for someone else.

Just kidding. Today was a beautiful day so we went to the park, and Noah is big enough now to wear his dinosaur coat.

Which may or may not be too big still. It's cute. Whatever.

Anyway, we had a great time at the park today.

Look, daddy! Sky!
Noah climbed on the big dinosaur

Man, he is looking more toddler-like every day. Remember this little guy from November?

Same baby, bigger coat. Also, better at walking.

In other news, Saba stopped by on his way home from Georgia. He and Noah had a chat with Auntie D.

With Saba's help babysitting we were able to fix up the peeling paint on the porch. Even though it might not be necessary, since we got (and accepted) an offer on the house this weekend. So that was pretty exciting.

Either way, at least we have a good-looking porch.