Thursday, March 31, 2011

Little Drummer Boy

Max has started doing this funny thing with his tongue when he is concentrating. You see it here after about 1:05. Too funny.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Fort Yau-der-DALE

Despite the fact that Max thought he was going back to New York City when we boarded the plane to Ft. Lauderdale last week, he adapted pretty well when we arrived in Florida and there was no Times Square or Central Park. Mike wondered what the map in Max's head must look like. I am sure it would be fascinating.

One of our first nights on vacation we treated Max to sushi. He had his own (whole) sushi roll and also split some dumplings with us, generous boy that he is.

We spent quite a bit of time on the beach. This is Max's patented double-dump method of filling a bucket.

And his "cool dude" sunglasses, which he will remind you of if you don't say it when you put them on him.

He loved looking at the water from our balcony.

And swimming with daddy and mama.

But probably his favorite thing was climbing out of the pool, touching the deck and jumping right back in to daddy.

A close second was filling up this dump truck, pushing it to the grass, and dumping it out. Over, and over and over and over and...

More evidence in support of Captain Tornado's nickname:

Apparently the outdoor table also makes a lovely bench.

Squishing ants (or trying to...his motor skills aren't quite fast enough yet):

Best picture ever:

Max was such a good boy on the plane both directions. On the way there we planned the flight for nap time in hopes that he would sleep, and he did for two hours. Unfortunately the flight home (which was just me and Max since Mike stayed for spring training games) was not at nap time, but despite that I got him to sleep and he took another great nap, two hours before his normal nap time. We were super lucky and got to sit in first class on the way home too and even had an empty seat next to us so we could spread out and Max could play with his cars.

All in all another very fun trip.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Max has been becoming more and more conversational over the past weeks and months. A couple weeks ago I had a really funny conversation with him:

Max (looking at my recently-pedicured bare feet): Mama, paint feet!
Me: Yes, do you like it? Doesn't it look pretty?
Max: Good job mama!

Another funny one that sticks with me is:

Max (singing Old MacDonald in the back seat of the car): Moo moo here, moo moo here.
Me: Max, I just love how you are starting to sing all these songs. It is so great!
Max: Tanks mama!

It is so funny to hear things I say to him parroted back in different ways. One of his favorites is "No way!" when he really doesn't like what I want him to do, just like I use it when I really don't want him to do what he is trying to.

Two weekends ago we took Max on his first trip to New York city. He thoroughly enjoyed the amenities (read: cookies) of the Admirals Club at the airport.

One of the many ways I tried to keep him occupied on the plane was with stickers. He would rather put them all over himself than in the sticker book. It is way more fun, of course. He did pretty well on the plane, as well as a 1 1/2 year old can be expected to do. At least there was no screaming or crying. But he was hard to keep contained to his seat. (We were super lucky and there was an empty seat next to mine - key since we had not bought a seat for him.)

Max and his new friend Connor really enjoyed our very cold outing to Central Park.

Max also enjoyed the New York Times. A very cultured boy.

Or something.

We stayed one night at a hotel in Times Square. Every time we left the hotel all weekend Max would point at the tall buildings and yell "New York City!". When we drove through downtown Chicago after getting home that weekend he also yelled "New York City!".

Max and Connor had tons of loud fun once the air mattress was deflated.

And they got some hugs in too. They were too cute together.

But let us compare. Sweet, quiet, calm Connor:

Captain Tornado Max:

It was COLD when we went to Central Park, but the boys didn't care, and didn't want to leave when it was time.

One of Max's recent favorite pastimes is stomping on snow.

We sure had fun!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Blizzard of 2011

Max experienced his first blizzard over the past 24 hours. Last night the wind was whipping around our house (apparently up to 70 mph gusts - making us glad we took care of our tree issues las summer!). This morning we woke up to this:

They say we only got 11 inches here in Lombard, but the drifts were much higher.
Our neighbors are awesome and most everyone was out, shoveling everyone's sidewalks and driveways together.

There was no one out today, so after the snow plow came we took a walk in the road.

Max had a blast playing in the snow, and stayed out close to 2 1/2 hours, even though it was really cold too.

One of his favorite things was sliding down the snow banks.

It's a good thing daddy was home to shovel us out!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Well into 2011

And I haven't even posted any pictures from the holidays. Unfortunately I didn't take too many... I guess we were too busy running from one place to the next. I did take a few videos, and have just now discovered that no sound recorded. Super disappointing! We have video of Max opening presents and his stocking with no sound... I'll have to have someone more adept with technology figure out what the problem is - I couldn't figure it out.

I did have a helper this year with making treats for friends and family. Max (with daddy's help) crushed up the candy canes for our Peppermint Bark.

Santa brought Max this wonderful train table and train set, which he has been using (and by using I mean destroying the tracks that daddy sets up) a lot!

In the cold Chicago winter we've been spending a lot of time at the DuPage Children's Museum. Max loves the wind area and especially loves playing in the wooden boat.

More boating. Hard at work!

Today Grandma Alyse and I took Max to the Arboretum to play in the snow and see some Huskies. We didn't get too close to the dogs, but it was a great day to be outside - not too cold and lots of good packing snow. Max had fun trying to make snowballs and throwing them on himself and trying to make snow angels (face down in the snow).

We had a lot of laughs.

I need to be better at taking more pictures, like I did the first year of Max's life. I have been kind of thwarted by the poor lighting conditions in a lot of our house and the fact that my flash makes pictures look totally horrible. And I need a better system for dealing with the pictures I do take. I need to sit down and deal with them and file them and everything once a month. It is almost the end of January, so I'll make my goal to take more pictures in February and put on my calendar to deal with the pictures at the end of each month. Maybe I can get into better habits... There just are never enough hours in the day.