Christopher Robin

I have a neighbor, Miss Natalie, and every time she sees Walter in this outfit, she says he looks like Christopher Robin.

While I was outside taking Walter’s picture, we heard some loud pheasant noises and went to investigate.

Tulip Festival

We went to the tulip festival on Walter’s actual birthday.

There was a fish pond where you could feed the fish. Walter loved it, but I was a little freaked out by the sheer number of fish!

The flowers were beautiful.

Becky managed to get a picture of me with Walter.

They had a really cool children’s park, with lots of nature discovery-type activities.

A cool cave where you could see the waterfall from behind.

Walter liked the animal statues and the animal tracks in the concrete.

A cute bird house.

Officially Fall

We made a BIG pile of leaves at the bottom of the slide on Walter’s treehouse. He like the sliding part. The leaves, not so much….

He loves jumping on the trampoline, but is a little obsessed with the springs. He talks about them being “coupled-up” all the time. Total Thomas the Train reference.

Oh! And how totally awesome is the treehouse that Jonathan built for Walter? I imagined something up and Jonathan made it exactly as I saw it in my head. Our neighbor Mike helped as well as our friend Matt. I hope Walter enjoys it for many years!

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(I’ve never done a slide show on here before… I wonder if it will show up on the iphone? If not, I guess I’ll upload the pics one by one. Trying something new.)

Little Painter

When it’s a little too quite, you should always check and see if your kid has decided to “help” you choose the paint colors for your husband’s office. Thankfully, the new carpeting was completely covered with plastic!

S.S.Walter

Walter and I picked out sticks to make a raft, and Jonathan strung them together. He was excited to see if it would float.

Later that night, we made a bird tracing Walter’s hands.

Jonathan’s Family

You can’t tell in this photo, but I managed to sprint from the tripod with he self timer, just as Jonathan scooped up Walter. It turned out ok. (Minus Linds and Scott’s family.) And about 15 minutes later, it downpoured…

Swimming & Strawberry Days Carnival

 

Miss Natalie invited us to her new pool. Walter calls it the big pond. He thought we were going fishing.

Closer.

Closer.

Jump!

 

After all that excitement, we took Walter to his first Carnival. The slide was a big hit.

We tried to put him on a few rides, but the attendants wouldn’t let him stay because he wouldn’t sit still. I think he got kicked off the airplane ride as well as the motorcycle ride, which really bummed him out. He did better on the train and the carousel.

For his last slide-run, he wanted me to take him instead of Jonathan, and I about died. I’m not afraid of heights, just a little apprehensive about how well-built the tall, TALL stairs were… It was quite the rush for me. I’m sure Walter liked it too.

 

Ice Skating

We took Walter ice skating for the first time!

He loved it! He kept signing for more, and cried when we tried to take his rental skates off. He was so fearless, and took to marching on the ice right away. It made me so happy to share something that was such a big part of my life with him. 

His first steps marching by himself!

Any time Jonathan would stop, Walter would ask for more! He loved gliding really fast.

Pumpkins in Georgia

Walter and I went to a pumpkin patch with Christopher, Asimina and Great Aunt Becky. Walter was more interested in picking up the pumpkins and *ahem* throwing them.  Which resulted in me repeatedly saying, “That’s not a ball, honey, it’s a pumpkin.” Walter responded with a grunt (picking up another pumpkin) and a thud (sound of the pumpkin falling to the ground).

More pumpkin throwing  picking.

I promise no pumpkins were harmed during our visit.

Chris and Asimina.

These two were too, too cute together.

Becky found the coolest acorn triplicate.

This one’s for you, Cas. hehe.

Yep, still cute.

And everything started out harmlessly, with a request for a picture of Becky with a pumpkin in a wheelbarrow.

Next thing I knew, she was birthing a pumpkin, and Walter was confused.

Walter wasn’t too keen on sitting still with a pumpkin, but we all made fools of ourselves trying to get him to look at the camera.

Beck, thanks for making me laugh. You’re the best.

Check out Walter’s hair in the breeze!

Controversial Backpack

 OK, so, I’ll confess. I totally used to judge people who had their kids on leashes at the mall. It seemed so wrong to me that people would leash their small children like a dog. 

I had a dog of my own before Walter. I kept her leashed when we went on walks for many reasons.  That was the rule where I lived.  It kept my dog safe. It helped me to train her not to run away, before she knew better. Let me just say, I’m a total dog lover.

But more so than a dog lover, I love my kid. I want him safe. I want him comfortable. I want him happy. I want him not cranky on a 4 hour flight.

These pics are off my iphone from our latest airport travel with Walter. We filled his backpack with a few of his favorite books and his baby Eeyore. It was totally awesome! It gave him enough freedom to get his wiggles out before a looong flight, but he didn’t take off running like a typical crazy toddler does. He loves it so much, that he asks to put it on at home, and fills it with his favorite toys. 

 

And yes, I totally made that backpack. It was brown and white striped canvas with black contrast piping, a black zipper and padded shoulder straps. Perfectly Walter-sized!

Reading Books

Walter loves reading books! Here’s some pics off my iphone… from 9/6

And on 9/10. Walter loves to sit and look through this train book that my Mom sent. It’s retired from the library where I grew up, and it smells just like I remember! (Something about the humidity, plus old books maybe?)

Greats (and Mariah)

We had dinner at my in-laws on Sunday.

Walter’s Great Grandma Linda and Great Grandpa Law (Jonathan’s Father’s Father)

Great Grandma Phyllis (Jonathan’s Mother’s Mother)

Jonathan’s sister: Aunt Mariah. (I still think it’s kind of crazy that Walter has an Auntie who is just barely a teenager.) (And a beautiful teenager.)

And if you ever wondered what my kid would look like as an elf – here you go.

Family Pictures

I took some pics of my family while I was in Georgia for Christmas.

Here’s My Aunt Becky, Uncle Jim, Cassie and Christopher.

My Aunt Becky and Aunt Gail. (It’s A-hhh-nt, People, not ANT.)

Aunt Gail, Uncle Mark and Stephan

Cassie, Me! (taken by Jonathan), Stephan and Chris

And Jim, Jonathan and Chris being goofy for my test shots. Heh.

Walter’s First Christmas

We spent Walter’s first Christmas in Georgia with my Aunt Becky and her family. Here’s Walter in front of the beautiful tree on Christmas morning.

Something’s not right about this picture. Izzy’s  like five times bigger than the donkey she’s practically sitting on. Hilarious. 

Uncle Jim documenting the morning in his fabulous Christmas tree jammies.

Walter and Jonathan. Turns out Bubba had a double ear infection. He was kinda sad about it. Poor guy.

Cas & Walter.

Paige-y was soooo good, and even let Walter pet her a few times.

Chris being, well, Chris. (Love you!)

There seemed to be a theme with Walter’s gifts:

1. open present. 2. taste present. (Yummy loafers!)

Uncle Jimmy made these awesome blocks and pull-toy for Walter. He loves them and eats them all the time!

Izzy in a box.

The best thing of the whole trip (besides being with my family) was the buggy that Becky & Jim got Walter.

Walter REALLY likes it!

Walter’s first fast car, built by Uncle Jim and Jonathan. How appropriate.

I love these pictures. Walter totally does this all the time. He headbutts, and rubs his forehead on your cheek (kind of like a cat) to show affection. I’ll let you know if he starts purring anytime soon. HA.  The best part about these pics, though, is the complete joy on Jonathan’s face.

Merry Christmas!

Thanks, Becky & Jim, for having us! (And spoiling us all rotten!)