Tuesday Recap

Just a recap of our day today! It was kinda cloudy and cold outside but I think overall we all had a pretty good day.  Joe went to work this morning and since James actually went to bed at 7:30 last night he was awake and ready to go around 7 or 7:30 this morning so he got to say goodbye to his dad!

Today James, Cora and I took a nice long walk.  It’s hat and mittens weather for me now and James got the full treatment of winter coat, hat, mittens and a blanket in his lap.  He took a small morning nap while we were out walking.


It’s too cold and dark to walk at 7 like we were doing so the past couple of days I’ve been trying a new walk around 10 so he can nap in his stroller for awhile while Cora and I get some exercise and we all get some fresh air.


For breakfast James and I made apple spice muffins with some leftover to save for tomorrow and to freeze for next week.  We had breakfast on the floor in the living room this morning while we watched some Daniel Tiger and read books and played cars. James loves cars.


Before lunch James helped me clean the rabbit and bird cages.  He especially loves sticking his hands in the rabbit food container and if I’m not paying attention he will scoop handfuls of it and let it sift out through his fingers all over the floor.  James and Cora both like to eat the rabbit food too and Cora showed up shortly after James climbed into the bucket.

20141007_122042In an attempt to keep James from spilling too much rabbit food I closed the lid on the rabbit supply bucket.  James took this as an invitation/dare to climb on top and play with his/Cora’s ball. Turns out baby toys and dog toys are pretty similar and mostly interchangeable, although Cora has been getting a bit friskier with the baby toys lately so I may have to start policing better again.  I caught her with a book in her mouth a few days ago, yesterday she thought she might ‘borrow’ a stuffed animal from James’ bedroom and today she thought she might enjoy carrying around his sippy cup until I made her stop. Dog’s got it rough!

Post-nap, post-snack James and I finished up some chores, took Cora outside for a walk and then he and I went back outside for some chilly play time.  He mostly wandered around in the grass and on the driveway, sneakily trying to walk down the driveway towards the road and then getting mad every time I made him go the other way.  He was super pumped to see Cora in the door and made sure to go over and tell her all about it!



Shortly thereafter Joe came home, said hello to us and then pretty quickly went out for his run.  By the time he came home it was just about time for James to go to bed so he joined us in James’ bedroom and read James some books.  James really likes to sit in somebody’s lap while he gets books read to him and he started off next to Joe but then squeezed his little self in between Joe’s arms as if he was sitting on a lap instead!

Earlier today when we were reading books I asked James where the cat was and he pointed to a cat and I asked where the dog was and he pointed to the picture of a dog. I was shocked! Apparently James knows a lot of English! I couldn’t get him to reenact for Joe but I’m going to try again tomorrow and see what else he knows that I don’t know about!

20141007_191150Once Joe was showered and James was in bed (thankfully sleeping a bit better again all of a sudden!) I finished up some supper for us.. not anything fancy or special but it worked! Broccoli, chicken, green onion and ranch pizza. 
20141007_200450Now it’s getting late, Joe took Cora outside and then made us chocolate milk and I’m posting a second blog post in one day! Might be a record! We’re finishing up a show on T.V. and then will probably head to bed.  We’ve been watching a series called Manhattan about the Manhattan Project during World War II and it’s pretty good!


Nature Walks

James has been getting impromptu nature lessons on our walks lately.  Several weeks ago he was getting fussy on one of our walks so I picked a leaf for him to look at and he loved it.  After that anytime I saw something interesting I would pick it up and let him look at it while we enjoyed our walks.  It keeps him busy on the occasions when he is ready to go home but we still have a few blocks to go and even when he isn’t fussing or ready to go home he seems to enjoy touching and exploring new bits of nature!

20140911_114723This is from our walk yesterday.  We headed out onto the trails and passed by a birch tree that had fallen down so I peeled him off a piece of birch bark to explore.

So far James has explored a number of leaves, including his first fall coloured red one yesterday, several sizes and shapes of pine cones, pine needles/branches, a few big rocks, a bunch of different roadside flowers, a few kinds of grass, birch bark, ferns, and even a wild apple one morning which he nibbled on for our entire walk.

County Fair and ‘Fall’ Walks

Last weekend was the fair for us and we were originally going to take James on Sunday but then decided to take him Saturday night instead.  We saw all the animals and had cheese curds and our yearly Greek food. Mmm.  James especially enjoyed his lamb. Actually, James enjoyed lamb twice.  The first time was feeding lambs at the little feeding zoo area, the second was eating lamb for supper…not the same lamb of course, and James didn’t know it was the same species so it was all good!

The feeding area was probably the best part! We spent like $10 on ice cream cones full of goat food and handfuls of carrots.  James thought watching the goats,sheep, cow, lambs etc. (various small barn yard animals) eat was absolutely hilarious.  I could have spent a lot more on just watching him laugh like that but we had to eat our own supper too!  At one point James dumped carrots all over his lap and stroller and there were several animal heads sticking out the bars grabbing carrots from him left and right. He was laughing and I was going something like ‘Oh James they are going to get your feet! Don’t bite his feet! Don’t let them bite him!’ but none of them did or even came close…and it was super cute! I wish we had gotten a good video of that!


Our family selfie style needs some help.  James was busy chomping on a cheese curd that I handed him not thinking it was chock full of dairy (we are supposed to lay off the dairy with him for a few months and then reintroduce), Joe was telling me I was too slow at taking a picture and don’t ask me why my head is at the angle it is. Oh well. Proof we were there anyways!

20140823_182304Not sure if this was still the cheese curd or a piece of shaved lamb but whatever it was, he was enjoying it!

20140823_180550Joe and James in the horse barn. I told them to stand by the horse so I could take a photo and as soon as I clicked the stinkin’ horse turned away and shunned me!

Not too many photos from the night because we were enjoying ourselves but a couple to document the occasion anyways. James’ first fair! That day and the following day (the whole weekend) may have been our last super hot days of the year.  Immediately on Monday it went from highs in the 80’s to highs in the low 60’s and it felt like fall outside.

James, Cora and I have been taking almost daily walks outside lately.  It feels nice to get up in the mornings and get dressed to go outside and then James has a quick snack in his highchair while I feed animals and do a couple chores and then we’re off on an adventure for some fresh air.  This week we have had several long walks, two of them were almost 5 miles and then this afternoon James and I went out alone for a second walk and it was about 3 miles.

20140828_161935Pretty soon the leaves will be turning and falling! The smell of fall in the air and the cooler, perfect, temperatures have been encouraging us to spend a lot of extra time outdoors because pretty soon we’ll be wishing we had if we don’t!

Our usual route takes us just under 2.5 miles, we make a circuit around Dollar Bay where there are less chances of us meeting lots of dogs and people with Cora.  She has been getting much better with the sights and sounds with so many walks in town under her belt this summer.  She hasn’t been in Dollar Bay much, usually just the trails but she has been doing really great with us. Sometimes on nicer days, or when we’re all in good moods, we either add on sections of walk on the trail or we get ambitious and take Cora through the middle roads of Dollar Bay and take our chances! So far we have only had one dog run out at us and she was friendly and her owner ran right out and grabbed her!

20140828_162005James was a little bit grouchy today.  Not sure why…teeth 8 and 9 just cut through in the past few days so I didn’t think those should be bugging him anymore.  I guess he just wasn’t in a mood to go for a second walk.  He wouldn’t even give me a good smile when I was making faces at him! When we got home we played outside with his toys and he walked and walked all over with his push toy.  He has taken a couple steps on his own now… counting down the days until he is a walker!