Church with a 16 month old is less about spirituality and more about survival. Before having a baby I have been less than empathetic to parents with screaming children in public places. I think I was given a so,e-what difficult baby to teach me to have more apathy and appreciation for parents. Baby Stephen is a good baby, just a wild one. He is strong-willed, energetic, and when he does throw a tantrum he really knows how to throw his weight around. Trying to keep him quiet and confined to the church pew is an impossible feat. We usually go on a stroll around our church during the second hour to give him time to cool down after running circles in the church gym during sacrament meeting. While he is not the easiest baby I sure do love him and enjoy his wild and silly personality.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
A few weeks ago Baby Stephen and I went to UC Berkeley to meet up with Daddy Stephen. It is crazy how fast our time here in Berkeley has passed. This is Stephen's last year at Cal and while I'm happy that he will be graduating, I'm sad that we may be leaving the Bay Area.
We did some shopping for Cal gear. Baby Stephen did well despite not having a nap.
One of our favorite places to enjoy the bay-area's Indian summer is alameda beach! Baby Stephen loves splashing in the water, playing I'm the sand, and watching the birds. Baby Stephen could spend the whole day at the beach. It's a great way to keep him occupied. There aren't really waves at alameda beach and the water is relatively warm so baby Stephen has no problem walking waist-deep in the water. He would probably like to go further if I let him.
Playing with sand toys
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Since dave was busy working during the week, we didn't see him a ton, but we are lucky we got to spend the weekend with him in lake tahoe. we stayed in the marriott timber lodge in south lake tahoe. the hotel has a great location right next to the heavenly gondola, a bunch of restaurants, the lake, and a great state park for hiking. we only stayed one night, but made the most of our time.
we love having family visit. some of our favorite visitors are stephen's parents, dave and jane. they have been to visit us more times than anyone else. this time, they stayed for a week. while stephen's dad was busy working in the city, jane came out with us. we had a ton of fun going to the zoo, beach, monterey bay aquarium, carmel, and of course, going out to eat.
garlic fries from att park! my favorite.
getting outside is a trusted and true way to maintain sanity with a baby. pent up energy and a small apartment can make for a headache for both mom and babe, so we try to leave the house twice a day. usually we stay around our place because we have three parks in walking distance, but we also love to meet up with friends.
baby stephen's favorite activity at parks is swinging in the swing. the swing makes him relaxed, sleepy, and sometimes silly. since he isnt walking, i will hold his hands while he walks around the park. if he spots a swing he will walk over to it and stand there getting really excited. if i don't put him in or if i try to take him away from the swing he gets sad. i dont blame him, i would love to have someone push me in a swing.
the fourth of july is one of my favorite holidays. i love the fireworks, food, and spending time with family and friends. we were really sad that we couldn't make it to stephen's stewart family reunion at their ranch in wyoming, but we definitely had a good time here in berkeley.
We started the day off by going to the fourth of july parade in alameda. Well, just me, the stephens did not join us because daddy stephen didn't think baby stephen would enjoy it. So I tagged along with the Gray's. I love doing small-towny things like going to parades. some of my favorites from the parade include a giant shopping cart with people in it, mexican cowboys on horses, and sikh dancers/sword fighters??. I love that it showcased all the diversity in the bay area.
After the parade we went over to the Reeder's house for a bbq. we had delicious food and then baby stephen dipped into the kiddie pool and then had a great time in the sandbox.
We headed over to the Call's roof after the bbq and watched fireworks go off all across the bay area. we could see them in oakland, san francisco, sausalito, richmond, and berkeley.
Although we didnt get to spend the fourth with family, we are really lucky to have such great friends here in the bay area!