Sunday, November 2, 2008

Chris turns two!

No, not our Chris but Will's good friend from daycare, Chris Z. We were invited to his birthday party yesterday. Quite a few friends from daycare were there and Will had a wonderful time. They had a bat and tee with plastic balls to hit, a small ball pit with more plastic balls, swings and best of all ponys!

Will about had a fit when the pony's came into the yard, he was so excited. There were two pony's one with a saddle for the children to ride and one that pulled a cart. The adults could ride in the cart. So with the excuse of needing to ride along with Will, Chris and I both took a turn in the cart. It is amazing how strong the little ponys are.

Will took a few turns on the saddle pony. He really seemed to enjoy it. The gentleman leading the pony said Will was a natural. More than riding the pony, Will wanted to pet the ponys. He was very gentle.

After the pony rides it was time for cake. There were blue faces everywhere.


Will went as a postman for Halloween this year. Chris looked at a lot of costumes but thought the postman outfit looked appropriate for Florida Halloweens, in other words, not too hot! We also thought it would be very cute for Will to go as a postman since his Uncle Wayne is a real postman.

We went to Boo at the Zoo again this year and had a very nice time. Will was eating candy the whole way through the zoo! Since Chris and I didn't eat candy all evening we were pretty hungry after the zoo. So we met up with Carolyn and Wayne afterwards. We didn't tell C&W what Will was to surprise them. I think they were very pleased with Will's costume.

Bus trip and sno cones

This past weekend we went for a ride on the Gainesville city bus. Yep, the Gainesville city bus. To where... well, nowhere really. So, how did we end up on the bus? For the past few weeks everytime we drove by a bus Will would chant "Will ride the bus. Will ride the bus" so we took a ride.

He was thrilled beyond belief. We took the bus from downtown to the mall, had lunch, played at the mall playground, rode the escalator and took the bus back downtown. On the bus he would just sit there, so still, and watch the world go by. It was remarkable to watch my normally extremely active two year old sit sill. He cried when we had to get off at our bus stop.

Since we ride for free (Shands and UF have a deal with the bus for their employees to ride free of charge) I think we will be going for another ride soon.

After our trip on the bus, we headed home for nap time. We all had a nice snooze and then headed to the Alachua park. Well, it turns out that Alachua was having their fall festival so all the roads to the park were blocked. We decided to take a walk through the festival. Will liked walking all by himself. He looked like such a big boy that I had to take his picture.

Then Chris spotted the sno cone vendor. One cherry sno cone to go please! Will really enjoyed the treat and so did Chris.

Friday, October 24, 2008

2 year photos

Today is UF's homecoming so Chris had the day off. While the hospital doesn't close for homecoming, I went ahead and tood the day off and we were going to go to the parade.

Before the parade we took Will to get his second year pictures taken. It defiantly went better than last year! Mostly because we went on a week day and it was not nearly as crowded. We tried to get Will's photo taken in his Gator gear with a football and everything, but Will kept wanting to throw the football, so that shot never quite worked out. We did get some nice family Gator shots.

Unfortunately the rest of the days plans didn't quite work out. It was a dreary, rainy day so we elected to not go to the parade.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Happy 2nd Birthday Will!

For Will's second birthday we went to Seaworld with Grandma and Grandpa. We had a great time. First things first, we went to see the Shamu show. We had seen it when we came to Sea World but the show was still amazing. There is just something about watching a giant killer whale jump up propelling a person on it's nose. Or in this case three whales! The whales also did some tricks that we didn't see at the previous show. Will was enthralled, you can seen his intense concentration in this picture.

After the show we headed down to the under water viewing area to see more Shamu. There were very few people down in the viewing area so we were able to let Will run around free. Shamu would swim by fairly regularly and Will would just wait for him to come back by. "Oooh look, Shamu!" It was very exciting. It was pretty amazing for me to watch this giant whale swim by my little boy. The size difference is pretty amazing.

We had lunch at the Spice Mill Cafe. Since it was Will's birthday, we got him a Shamu cookie. It was very cute and he seemed to enjoy it. Mom and Dad took a bite and really have to say it was about the worst cookie ever. Ah well, you can't win them all.

I think we may have walked all over the park. We saw polar bears, beluga whales, penguins, puffins, orcas, clydesdale horses (it is a Busch theme park) and a bunch of other critters. In addition to seeing S
hamu, we also went to go see the Sesame Street Halloween show. Will thought that was pretty darn cool as well. It had Elmo and the Count, how can you miss. We also got him a Shamu puppet that makes a squeaking noise. It was his birthday after all.

Shortly after we saw the Sesame Street show we had all about had it. Will was starting to get cranky and to be honest, so was I! So we said goodbye to Grandma and Grandpa and headed home. I'm not sure that we made it out of the Sea World parking lot before he fell asleep! I think he had a great birthday.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

At Play

Just a few pictures of Will at play. I really adore the sprinkler shot. He was playing with the sprinkler in the front yard this past week.

The other pictures are from the Alachua playground. We were there today goofing around. Will is really getting agile and adept at climbing.

Jack Graduates!

Jack graduated this past Friday. Congrats Jack! We are so proud of you. This is where I should have a nice picture of Jack with his diploma but instead I just have a photo of the TV screen with the graduation information as the camera batteries died after taking this photo.

Ah well, such is life. The important thing is that Jack received his Associate of Science degree. Way to go!

Baptism and Birthday

This past weekend we had Will baptized at Holy Trinity Church. The church does baptisms on set Sundays so we scheduled his baptism for September 28th. Since this date was so close to his birthday we decided to combine his baptism celebration with his second birthday celebration. The baptism itself went well. During the service, we were able to distract Will with smiley face stickers. Will walked up and down our pew, which was thankfully all family, and gave us all a smiley face.
He did pretty well during the actual baptism as well. He didn't want to be held by the priest, so I held him. He was pretty shocked when the water splashed his head. The look on his face was quite priceless. After he got over the shock, he was not happy that his head was wet. He kept saying, "head wet, head wet, head wet." You'd think we never bathed him or something. Towards the end of the service, Will was getting very sleepy. You can see him sleeping on Chris' shoulder in the baptism picture.

Chris' parents and brother Billy came up for the occasion. We also had quite a bit of my Florida family. In addition we had some friends of ours and two of Will's buddies from day care, Harrison and Chris. It was quite a full house. I think we had around 30 people in our little house. Fortunately, we have a screen for our car port and are able to turn it into a screen porch when the extra space is needed.

The party went very well. Will most defiantly had a good time. He now really enjoys being the center of attention. I think he liked having his friends over and it seemed to go pretty well. Will did have a hard time when the boys were going through his toy box. He kept telling them "mine". Chris referred before we had an almost two year old melt down and suggested that the boys might like to draw with chalk. This worked out quite well as there is enough chalk for everyone.

We, of course, had cake, ice cream and presents. Well, I actually made cup cakes. Believe it or not, I don't own any cake pans. Neither Chris nor I are big cake fans, we prefer cheesecake and pie, so I've never felt a huge need to own cake pans. However, I do have a cup cake pan, mostly to make muffins, but hey, no reason you can't use the pan for it's original intention.

I made 36 muffins and arranged them on the silver tray from GiGi's (Will's GiGi, not mine :)silver tea service. It was fun to get to use such a lovely piece and it made a lovely presentation. Will could have cared less about the presentation, he just wanted a cup cake. Since he is the birthday boy, what Will wanted, Will got. In retrospect, it became clear that Will really didn't want the whole cup cake, just the icing. Next year, I think I will just serve a giant bowl of icing. Will would love it!

Lastly we opened presents. Will was a very lucky little guy and received some awesome presents. He was really thrilled with everything (and I'm not making this up!). His Nana and Poppa gave him a basket ball hoop, and Grandma and Grandpa gave him an alphabet brief case (sounds strange but is very cool!). He also received lots of books, puzzles, clothes, a soccer goal, base ball and bat, a sit and spin, golf gator game, a gator shape sorter, lots of cars and a ramp for them to run down. He has spent the last week just running back and forth between all of these exciting items.

His loving parents gave him a bike with no pedals. Yes, it is true, a bike with no pedals. The idea is that the little ones push themselves along with their feet. This apparently helps them learn balance to be able to ride a regular bike without training wheels. I'm not sure if this will actually work or not, Chris and I just thought the bike was really neat. I'll keep you posted if this actually speeds his learning to ride a regular bike.
Life is good.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Another trip with Nana, Poppa and Uncle Bobo. This time to the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. In this picture, Will thought the shadow of the banana tree leaves looked like a gator. He would say "Look! Gator! Chomp, chomp. Bite Will! Chomp, chomp." Already he is a very inventive guy with an active imagination. We are in such big trouble!


Will is turning in to quite the jumper. He loves to hop around and jump off curbs. Here he is leaping around St. Augustine.

Ahhh, it is the little things in life :)

Friday, October 3, 2008

St. Augustine

Chris took the crew over to St. Augustine during their visit. I had to work this day but everyone seemed to have a nice time. Will managed to relieve everyone of their change at the fountain. If half his wishes come true he will be one lucky boy. They also visited the fort at St. Augustine, did some shopping and drove by the haunted lighthouse.

Nana and Poppa Visit

This past week Chris' parents, Will's Nana and Poppa and Uncle Bobo came to visit. We really enjoyed their visit. While I had to go to work for some of the trip, Chris and Will took the week off. We all went to the Butterfly Garden and while I was at work, trips to St. Augustine, Kanapaha Botanical Garden and to Apopka.

This entry has the photos from the Butterfly Garden. More photos to follow on the other trips.


Chris' sister, Colleen, came down to Georgia with her crew to visit her in laws the weekend after Fay hit. I think she ended up driving through some of Fay as the tropical storm headed up the coast.

Fortunately it stopped raining in time for her daughter, Sarah's birthday party. Chris, Will and I drove up to help Sarah celebrate. Colleen's in laws live in a rural area of Georgia and have chickens and horses.

As I've mentioned before, Will loves animals so he was in animal heaven. He got to chase the chickens with Sarah (if you look closely at the first picture, you can see the chickens running for their lives!) and pet the horses.

He was really enthralled with the horses and kept running back to see them. I think he would have climbed over the fence and rode off into the sunset on one of the horses if he could have!

Fay had kindly dumped a ton of rain in Georgia so the yard had several large puddles. It took Will no time to run through the puddles with much glee. I think we went through all of the back up clothing changes before the trip was done. We all really enjoyed the trip but I think Will had the best time. Between the chickens, horses and puddles it was toddler heaven.