Sunday, September 20, 2009

Neighborhood Picnic

Today was our neighborhood's annual picnic. We've gone nearly every year since we moved here six years ago. There is free food, activities for the children, the emergency response team has their trailer set up.... Its a nice time.

Food is provided but dessert is potluck. When we went to check out the offerings Anthony zoned in on "cake". He CAN say cookie but apparently prefers cake.

He only ate about half of his cupcake before he started asking for "lide" and "wing". Food isn't allowed in the playground due to the squirrel problems. I told Anthony that we could slide when he was done with his cupcake. He then happily threw away the other half!

(He is clutching the foam visor he decorated with "marks". You can't see his snake tattoo. Told you it was a good time!)
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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Loving up Victoria

Anthony had a raspberry fest with Victoria as we were getting ready to leave. He was so sweet, first he gave her a nice big hug, then a kiss. Then the raspberries started with giggling in between. That's my boy!
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Birthday Cake

Happy Birthday Tatyanna, Yesenia and Jeremy!

Our attempts at a group shot actually worked out better than they had in some previous visits. However, nothing was dragging Anthony away from his cake!

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Chuck E Cheese

Today was Anthony's sibling's birthday party. (Their birthdays all fall in a two week span.) We went down to Gilroy for their party at Chuck-E-Cheese. Mama thinks that place is kind of loud, but Anthony had a blast. He enjoyed riding the animatronic rides, especially the white horse. The baby area had a slide that was also a lot of fun. When Chuck E. himself came out for his show Anthony ran right up to check him out.

Its amazing how much everyone has changed. Jeremy was TWO when we met him and now he's all grown up at five. Yesenia of course, still looks just like Anthony. They both look like Victoria, its amazing.

Of course, birthday cake was pretty much the highlight of Anthony's evening. He pretty much ate an entire piece. He did a great job handling his fork, I didn't have to help very much.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

A Bubble Bath

We've made a few attempts to give Anthony bubble baths. Our first try was met with absolute terror! In fact, it was a few days before he was even willing to go anywhere near the bathtub.

Lately we've been experimenting with "paint" in the tub. While we were getting the tub ready I asked Anthony if he'd like bubbles, too. The answer was a definite yes. We still went pretty light on the bubbles but he seemed to have a good time.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Holding Hands

Too bad the picture turned out a little grainy, otherwise it would be too cute!

We ran into Robert and his family at the Art and Wine festival and walked home together. It was a slow process as the three kids couldn't quite make up their mind about whether they wanted to be in or out of the wagon at any given second.

They were good about holding hands, though. Well, at least long enough to take the picture!
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Monday, September 14, 2009

Happy Second Birthday Everyone!

Anthony was about a month old when I joined the "New Moms 1" group at El Camino hospital. We'd get together once a week and learn about nutrition, sleep, development, etc. It was a great opportunity to meet other new mothers and we continue to get together pretty regularly, usually without the kids.

Yesterday was our birthday party. Almost everyone was there and it was great seeing all the little kiddos. Anthony had a good time but he was not completely enthusiastic about the water. He was fine in the kiddie pool as long as Daddy was in with him, though. (Some of the other kids were little fish.)

I didn't bother to re-dress him after the pool. I think it was the right call. He may look a little bare-chested in the group photo but he was easy to clean up after his cupcake! Cupcake was a great success. He eats them differently than the other kids, though. Most kids lick off the frosting and discard the cupcake. He prefers the cupcake and throws away the frosting!

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Mama has issues with overkill

Today was my New Mom's Group's second birthday party. I volunteered to bring cupcakes and after a great deal of soul searching I decided on Cookie Monster. (Anthony still thinks he's Elmo.)

The cupcakes were actually ridiculously easy to decorate. I piped blue buttercream stars to cover each cupcake. The eyes are marshamallows cut in half topped with a dab of black gel for the pupils. Clearly the mouths are Oreos cut in half.

They are obviously homemade, but I think they came out very well!

I may do Elmo for his actual birthday, haven't decided yet.
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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Onion rings???

Anthony has very strange taste in food, even for a toddler! We stopped at Clarke's for hamburgers on our way home from Art and Wine festival today. Anthony essentially rejected his hotdog in favor of sweet potato fries and a red onion. First he wore the onion like a bracelet, then he decided to eat it and he ate the whole thing.

Other unusual favorites include beans (pinto, black, garbanzo), spinach and cheese ravioli and pickles.
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Friday, September 11, 2009

Come out Cat!

Tigger is still astonishingly tolerant of Anthony's "affections" but occasionally will try and hide. Anthony, of course, will seek.

Nothing like hearing him shriek "HUG!!" followed by squeaks from my poor cat.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Handy Manny at work

Anthony has become quite fond of his dump truck. He'll fill it up with toys and push it around the house. Its even better when he's wearing his hard hat.**

**There is a warning label inside cautioning that a hard hat is not a protective device.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009


One of Anthony's current favorite exhibits at the Discovery Museum is the painting wall. He only uses a brush, though. Never his fingers. That's okay. This trip he was pretty good and only painted one other kid!
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Monday, September 7, 2009

Ooh, ooh, ooh

Whenever Anthony gets excited he makes his little monkey face and flaps his arms excitedly. Clearly he'd my kid!

This was at the Discovery Museum today. (There was a fair amount of arm-flapping action while playing at the water area at Gilroy Gardens Saturday.)

Papa came to vist

My dad came up from Southern California for the long weekend. He walked in the house, Anthony took one look at him and shrieked "Papa". It pretty much set the tone for the weekend, we had a great time. Saturday the three of us had a great trip to Gilroy Gardens. (Poor Bob had to work.) We enjoyed the gardens and the rides, especially the carousel. Anthony's favorite part by far was the water play area. He had an amazing time splashing around. He was pretty nervous about it to start but was drenched by the end. Unfortunately, I forgot the camera's memory card, so no photos. Bummer.

Sunday we took it pretty easy. We walked downtown to the Farmer's Market and sampled our way through the market. After lunch downtown we came back home for nap and then a late afternoon trip to the park.

Monday was a trip to the Discovery Museum and then we put Papa on the airplane. Anthony woke up from his nap asking for Papa!
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fun and Games

In the last week or two Anthony has discovered a few new games.

This evening before bed we played "knock-knock". Basically, Anthony closes the door and yells "knock-knock". I tell him to come in and he answers the door. Very exciting game. Well, not really but he seems to enjoy it.

His other favorite new game is "Hide and Seek." He'll hid under a blanket, behind my bathrobe, etc. I'll call for him and finally he'll pop out and giggle. We were playing that game in front of Claire last week. (She's four.) I kept trying to draw her in, too. "Anthony, where are you Anthony?? Claire, have you seen Anthony??" Finally she said to me in complete exasperation, "He's under the blanket, he's ALWAYS under the blanket."
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

One little monkey, jumping on the bed

Bob shot this video this morning. Obviously Anthony woke up in an excellent mood!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A Bug, A Bug, A Bug....

Anthony is fascinated with bugs. Daddy is working late tonight fixing bugs. This video is for you Daddy!

Kansas was pretty much full of bugs. Anthony did several rounds of his bug dance. Unfortunately he was sort of losing steam by the time we got the video camera out. At least he didn't try and eat a cicada like his cousin Zach did when he was younger!