Saturday, August 27, 2011


I was having a major case of cabin fever today, as we were stuck in the house, waiting for Hurricane Irene to come our way. That's when Leo decided to put on my shoes and walk around the house saying "Shoe, Shoe, Shoe". He kept me laughing for a good 20 minutes. (but don't worry- the video isn't that long) Hope you enjoy the show! 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ah, Summer.

The weather is cooling off now, and it's made me realize that Summer is drawing to a close. I have been reflecting on some of the fun things Leo and I have done together over the last few months.

We had one visit to California to visit Grandma and Grandpa. We had two visits to Utah to visit Nana and Papa, and cousin Bridger. We've been to playgrounds and water parks, swimming pools and outdoor movies. We've been kayaking on the lake by our house, played at the beach in California, and watched fireworks in front of the Capitol on the 4th of July. We got to experience a 6.0 earthquake here in Virginia. And best of all... we're almost to the end of Jack's deployment!

Here are some of my favorite photos from this fun and crazy summer.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Super G

Nana and Papa have struck again. They sent Leo a GIGANTIC giraffe that's over 4 feet tall!  (Jack has dubbed it "Super G")  Leo is quite smitten with him. He hugs him, tries to climb on his back for a ride, and uses him as a new wrestling partner.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Zoo time

Nana and Papa took us to the zoo in Salt Lake, and Leo had a fabulous time. He was really happy to see the giraffes. (His favorite stuffed animal is a giraffe that he calls "G" so he gets very excited when he sees the real thing) 

We saw lots of animals, rode the little train around the zoo, and even got to ride the carousel... on a giraffe of course!  

Nana's house

We went to Utah to visit Nana and Papa. Leo had a great time rolling in the grass, sitting in the birdbath, and eating raspberries right off the bushes.  He also had fun playing at the park and being silly with grandpa.

Kayaking on the Lake

We've been meaning to take the kayaks out on the lake by our house since we moved here a year ago. Last summer we were busy painting, doing house projects, and getting unpacked. And of course, this summer Jack has been gone, so I decided we should just go, and see how we fared doing it on our own. This was our first time kayaking without Jack, so it was a little more complicated getting the boat in and out of the water, but Leo and I managed.

It was a nice (somewhat cooler) day, and the lake setting could not have more beautiful. We enjoyed looking at all the trees, and the clear blue skies. As we paddled around I taught Leo the names of all the animals we saw: duck, goose, frog, fish, turtle.  (He is really learning new words quickly now)  We had a great time!