December 2010

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Winter Time

With holiday-time birthdays, Christmas, and New Year’s all the normal everyday chaos seems to be multiplied.  I try to stay organized with my checklists and my drive to maintain order in the universe, but sometimes it’s just futile and you have to let go and just go with it.  Of course that doesn’t stop me from reassembling Luca’s play-mat several times a day only to have him tear it apart in seconds as he passes by on his way to chew on a table or something more exciting.  I can’t say that Luca’s not teaching me as much about life as I try to teach him.

Luca took his first steps on Thanksgiving and is now walking all over the house. Pulling open drawers, relocating remotes, and giggling uncontrollably as he chases around his mom and dad seem to be some of his favorite things to do nowadays. He is a very active and physical little kid.  He’s gotten the hang of swim class and is now comfortably doing underwater swims.  Not to rush him but I’ve tried tossing a football, throwing a baseball, and shooting a basketball.  In most all cases instead of throwing, shooting, or tossing, the ball just gets chewed and drooled on.

Ever since Kitty and I left Oregon almost 10 years ago various family members have been storing my 1970 Pontiac.  I bought the car back in High School after saving up over the summers painting for the school district.  I had many adventures and fun times in the Pontiac, but when Kitty and I left Oregon for Hawaii we couldn’t bring it with us.  First Kitty’s family stored it, then one of Barbie’s friends who owned a garage, then Barbie and Justin.  We appreciate everyone who helped out while we were away and took care of my car.  Once we returned to Oregon it was time to pick up the Pontiac.  Through some coordination and help I got it loaded up and drove it back to Portland.  Having been taken care of for so long it’s in great condition and runs as good as always.   I look forward to teaching Luca about cars and working on the Pontiac with him.  Hopefully when he is old enough he can have a few adventures of his own. Well…. we’ll have some long talks first.

Aside from moving cars and trying to keep up with a now upright and mobile Luca we had some time to relax and enjoy Christmas with family.  It was Luca’s first Christmas and he had so much fun ripping open packages and chewing on bows.  Actually regardless of the gift the bow seemed to be Luca’s favorite part.  Luca was of course the star of the show and received many thoughtful and wonderful gifts that he will enjoy.  My gift to Luca was an antique model airplane mobile that now pivots and bobs from his bedroom ceiling.

Time for me to go check on Mr. Luca Lee and see how his nap time is going.

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Monkey On the Move!

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Mmm, Spaghetti

Here’s some recent lunch time cuteness with Auntie Libby at daycare

And here he is watching the video of himself.

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Video time

While we’ve been taking lots of videos of our little Luca in action, we haven’t been as good about putting any of those videos up on the blog. It takes a little more time and effort to put up a video than a photo, and who has extra time and effort these days? In any case, we finally started going through our videos last night and picked out a couple from the past few weeks showing Luca doing some of his favorite things.

Here he is zipping around the house with his little push walker.

And here he is swinging the gate on his play pen back and forth, back and forth… He doesn’t much care for being left inside the play pen, because really, how much fun can that be when everyone else is outside of it?

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