Saturday, July 15, 2017

And a Walkin Man Walks

Hi Friends,
Sorry it's been so long since the last blog post.  Here are some excuses.  I had a big fundraiser, Sarah had to fight off malicious aliens from planet Quixnon, and Orion started walking, so he was too busy to post.  Of all these excuses, Orion's is easily the worst.  But, he walks!  Check out the evolution!

Hold on to your butts, this is gonna be a long post.  With like hours of video practically. Worth it though.

This first video I took while at the Northfield Teen Center.  Neither the one teen present nor my coworker, Rob, were particularly impressed.  But this video is literally the second step he ever took on his own, the first only being seen by me and, I guess, Santa.  And from there, he was off to the races! This was on May 26.  Has it really been that long since posting? Great criminies.




Little man kept getting better and we inexplicably took no videos for like two weeks.  We're the worst parents ever.  But this here is from June 4th. 


And then we have a couple videos from Toph's Birthday.



He's still walks like a drunken zombie, but he is clearly getting stronger, in this video from June 14


He's so happy that he can walk!

New development here, on June 25.  He can stand up unassisted! The world is now Orion's oyster, and our cat has never been more scared.


Now take a good look for this video - one, Orion's cruising around wherever he wants, though the drunken zombie is still strongly evident.  Also, this is just about the last video we have of our concrete floor.  This video, from June 27, marks the start of two weeks that Sarah and I took off from work in order to work on our house. 




A little less than a week later, on July 3, we have here a fine example of Orion picking things up and walking with them.  This is a natural continuance of one of his favorite hobbies - picking things up and throwing them.  Now he can make an even bigger, more spread out mess.  In this video we also have a fine example of Paul in his undies. 







During these two weeks off from work, with huge amounts of help from Topher and Marie, we have transformed our cold, sloping, concrete floor into a warm, flat plywood floor!  It's like living a new house.  And Orion loves it! It's the biggest uninterrupted stretch of floor in the house and he just goes.  He's pretty much a professional walker now.  This is from July 7 - the plywood now stretches the whole main room with the hardwood floor being delivered any day now. Thanks Marie and Topher!


Notice how smooth he is now! We only see beloved flashes of the drunken zombie when he's tired now. He's pretty excited about the new floor.  So are we! and I'm mostly excited about being in my underwear again...

And since babies learn so much so fast, of course Orion hasn't just been learning to walk.  He's got even more tricks up his sleeve...


And a cute Orion photo, at the Worcester Farmers Market in a hay wagon



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Oh Spring is Just the Best!

It's been a beautiful spring here so far - a tad slow in warming up, but everything is just bursting with color, scent, life!  But first, some family photos.










 



Now Fast Forward a Week....








As I sat down to make this wee post, we had our first big storm of the year.  Wind, sheets of rain, and a beautiful golden sunset.  This pretty planet.  

This morning, Little O and I (Paul) took a sunrise walk to the dam, singing with the birds and each other, and I told him about the first time we saw a sunrise together.  He was about two hours old and I held on to this perfect little nugget and we watched his first dawn.  Each time we see a sun rise, I'll probably grow nostalgic and misty-eyed and tell him again how beautiful that sunrise was and still is.  He'll grow tired of hearing it, I'm sure, especially because I'll include some nugget of wisdom that hadn't been there before. Parent Prerogative.  Later today I played some Ultimate Frisbee and took my first swim afterwards.  We spent a short and lovely evening eating pizza, feeding the Bix much healthier pureed foods, and to have this thunderstorm cool us down after a nearly 90 degree day, and a lovely sunset, has brought this wonderful spring day full circle.  

Also this morning, he pooped on the rug and it was hilarious.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mothers Day!

Hello to all of the Mothers out there, those that are grandmothers (and great grandmothers), those that will be Mothers soon, those that will be Mothers sometime and especially, to our mothers.  Without Nana Cindy and Grandma Ree, well, this cute video wouldn't be possible.  So thanks to you both, for all the hard work that you put into miniaturizing cameras so they could fit in cell phones.  And all the hard work that went into raising up us young uns .  We love you! 


And a couple blurry photos as well.




P.S. - Orion's Mother's Day gift to Sarah is his first tooth!

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Little Slice of Spring

Things We've been up to this Spring so far!




Orion is a true pioneer baby! 
He helped stack wood!


 Orion's first canoe ride where he didn't sleep through the whole thing!
 And we (Sarah) got Orion to wear his pioneer hat.  Cool!





And we built a wall!  This room will become our pantry (left side opening) and utility room (right side opening).  The wall was built with less partisan bickering than Trump's proposed disaster, but only just.  We found that political in-fighting decreased when the youngest member of the caucus was napping.  The remaining three members were at maximum productivity during this time, though the cat, as his is nature, largely abstained. This experience led to some important lessons learned - particularly that during project-time, our small government will need to grow and become a nanny state, or at least a babysitter state. Haha.

Crazy thanks to Topher, who essentially created for us a "Build-by-Numbers" wall kit.  All we had to do was make some cuts and hammer some things, et voila, a big beautiful wall.  



To continue this hilarious line of joking, here's Orion providing an important function of government - that of checks and balances.  He first checks the chair for its suitability as food and decides to instead balance on a different chair.  Ok, that's about enough of this line.



Quick note, while creating this blog post, Orion was playing with two big jars of homemade cider vinegar.  Unfortunately, he didn't break any glass ceilings.  Also unfortunately he did break a glass jar containing one gallon of vinegar.  Way to drain the swamp, kiddo.  On an unrelated note, our kitchen floor has never been cleaner.  After this experience we have decided to stop taking parenting advice from Saturday Night Live.

 Also, Auntie Laura came to visit!  Of this visit I have little evidence save for this cameo appearance.  I assume she has several terrabytes worth of evidence.  She's a great aunt!


And we visited Lake Champlain for the first time.



And we fell asleep.



Love to you all!



Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring and MUD Season


  1. Our electric VOLT (formerly Uncle Nat's) got its undercarriage hit hard enough that the radiator coolant keeping the batteries cool was busted and needed fixing. 
  2. The Prius (mostly driven by Paul these days, but sometimes by Sarah SEE Number 1 above) now can hardly keep its plastic parts together over the deep ruts on Horn of the Moon Rd. 
  3. our first load of new firewood has come, and the delivery guys (friends of ours) got deeply stuck in the lawn and created our very own tilled mud pit. 
 



  1. Orion crawls. It's amazing and unreal. 
  2. Paul cleaned out last year's bees and installed new bees and gave them the leftover honey.
  3. The Eleys visited. Laura visited. It's getting to be summer! 



















Sunday, March 19, 2017

Life in the Fast Lane...


So, some news about Orion...

First, he's eating solid foods. But when we say 'solid' what we mean is either pureed, pre-chewed, soft or otherwise malleable. His saliva has incredible disintegrative properties so even the ends of whole wheat loafs can transform into piles of warm wet mush. 
It's amazing. 
His ability also to reach across the food, get it on the back of his arm, then transfer it to his high chair, and from there to the other side of the chair, to the onsie, to his hair, to his leg...it just doesn't stop. 

Here's a short video of Paul about to put him in the bath after eating some pumpkin carrot puree. 

Second, he's very excited to be walking. NOT crawling, but walking. What this means is that we spend a lot of time holding his little chubby hands and helping him to take steps. the MOST exciting thing in the entire house is the Cat. He will go to great lengths, and make great noises, just to be able to explain how excited he is about the Cat. 

But this level of activity means that all our other normal activities are now harder. He's VERY mobile and within days will probably be crawling for real...

But ultimately, this little guy has just shown us, time and time again, how amazing it is to be alive. Granted, he's not sleeping much in the nighttime, so he's kind of killing us slowly, but boy, ,when he's awake, he's a TOTAL joy to be with. We are SO lucky. 


Sunday, March 5, 2017



A Ph-lock of Ph-otos


No narration this time. Just letting the pics speak for themselves!