Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Inen Likes Nalgene Bottles

Korie and I each have a BPA-free Nalgene bottle that we use to keep hydrated during the day. Korie's is bright blue and mine is bright red. Inen is infatuated with them both. He loves the color, he loves the weight and the liquid splashing around in there, and he loves the idea of drinking from them. For that reason we try not to let him see us drinking from them, otherwise he just goes nuts and has to have the bottle for himself.
Just now I was sitting with him in the living room. I had my Nalgene hidden behind his book basket, and would only drink from it if he wasn't looking. Inevitably, he looked up just in time to see me mid-swig. His look of excitement as he shot up an nearly jumped over his big stuffed dog, scrambling furiously toward me in an attempt to grab the bottle, was almost enough to make me spray the mouthful of water I had. He got the thing from me just as I closed the lid and busted up laughing. It was hilarious. But maybe you had to be there.

Monday, June 29, 2009

May Recap, Part 8: Inen Clears His Throat

At some point last month Korie cleared her throat, and Inen thought it was hilarious. Of course then we both started to clear our throats just to get a laugh out of him. Some time later he just started clearing his throat to try to get a laugh out of us. It worked. Here's our little throat-clearing boy:

... and again:

Sunday, June 28, 2009

May Recap, Part 7: Inen Brushing His Teeth

During this last month, Inen has also learned to brush his own teeth! Well... not with the best technique and latest hygienic methodology, per se, but he's getting there. Take a look:

Saturday, June 27, 2009

May Recap, Part 6: Inen Sees the Light

Okay, so the title of this post is a bit misleading. Inen was sitting in the living room in the sunlight streaming through the window. He did one of his little raspberries and noticed the spit particles illumined by the sunlight. When he grabbed at them it was nothing short of precious – and a bit amazing. I love that he is noticing little things like that. I tried to get him to notice again, and this is the resulting video:

Friday, June 26, 2009

May Recap, Part 5: Inen Chuckles

Inen loves taking a bath. More than that, he LOVES the naked time and winding down time after a bath. He started doing this funny chuckle thing when we were at Newport (which you can hear a bit in the last video post). I get a kick out of it.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

May Recap, Part 4: Inen Riding Korie

Every child loves riding on the parent's shoulders and playing "horsey." Inen likes doing this with me, but it's more fun with Korie because she has so much more hair to hold on to. This video was taken during our Newport trip:

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

May Recap, Part 3: Nye Beach

As I mentioned earlier, we visited Nye Beach during our Newport trip. Here's a video of me being silly while Korie walked along the beach with Inen strapped into the Ergo Baby Carrier:

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

May Recap, Part 2: Inen Says "More"

When we were at Newport on vacation in May, Inen did the "more" sign! He asked for more O's (in the video below), and later on when he was playing with Korie's foot, she moved her foot away, and he signed for "more" then. We are so proud of our little boy!

Monday, June 22, 2009

May Recap, Part 1: Inen on the Swing

Inen went on a swing for the first time in May. He loves it! The video below is his first time on the swings, with Mommy and Daddy, and all that joy and excitement. I love how he giggled and squealed with delight! He held his arms out to Mommy and just beamed. I love having a child and being able to experience those moments.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Inen Says, "Feed me NOW!"

This post is dedicated to my Dad. Happy Father's Day!

Inen was really REALLY hungry, and I didn't feed him fast enough. Well, this will teach me not to be so slow in the future.



Okay, so actually I was feeding him a mixture of beets, carrots and potatoes, which looked disturbingly like a bloody mash. I had to get some pictures with it all over his mouth, hands, tray... and of course, my "bitten off" finger. He he he... :)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

May Trip to Newport

Last month we took a little vacation. It was our summer vacation, despite it not yet being summer. That's just the kind of family we are. We went out to the family getaway place in Newport for a long weekend, to take a breather before the busy summer season with school and the Newberg Public Library summer reading program started.

It was a great weekend with lots of walking and hanging out. We feel very blessed to have a place we can go to that isn't home, but feels like home when we're there. We save money by bringing our own meals and cooking our own food. There's lots to do within walking distance or a short drive, but it's relaxing enough that we don't feel like we have to go out and do something. It's just nice to look out at the view of the water from the deck sometimes.

While we were there Inen managed to sign "more" for the first time! At night, however, he did not sleep well at all (it being a strange place). The next morning Inen got up early, and I got up with him, got showered and dressed, and we gave Korie a chance to sleep for a while by taking a walk. Our favorite coffee shop in Newport is the Coffee House, just a short walk from the condo. I got an espresso con pana, which I think they make better than anywhere else. On our way back Korie called to say she was up, so we met her part way and walked back to the Coffee House with her. We were reminded that the further one gets from Portland, the harder it is to find food that does not contain dairy or eggs. Unfortunately, we were there on a Saturday morning when it was packed, and after waiting in line for a while, discovered that everything Korie thought she could eat was cooked in butter. However, our original plan was to go Monday morning before we headed back to Newberg. We decided to stick with this plan, and finding no one in the place a little after opening on Monday morning, we were able to order food cooked in oil just for Korie. Yay!

Also, my mom came out for a day to visit with us and see the old town area. We had a good lunch at the Rogue Ales Public House and a good walk around the old bay front.

It was a great trip. Even with the lack of sleep. Sometimes it's just nice to get away.

Here's a little bit of the trip in pictures:

Friday, June 19, 2009

End of the Day Hysteria

When he gets tired enough, Inen will laugh at everything. When he gets really tired, he'll go from laughing to crying and back. We try not to let the latter happen, but the former is fun. Below is a video if Inen at the end of the day, laughing hysterically at... well, whaterver the heck I was doing off camera. Check it out:

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Inen's first May

At long last, here is the recap of Inen's first May. It is, as always, in slide show form for your enjoyment:

Sunday, June 7, 2009

My "To Blog" List

So it's been a while since I've posted a slide show. And aside from the month or two late video updates, I haven't posted much. I'm simply getting behind. Of course my biggest and best excuse is The Boy. But also our camera died the day before Easter, and it took us nearly a month to get a new one. This means that any April slide show would be pitifully small (unless I can get photos from the Grandparents - hint hint). And in worrying about getting April materials up I am getting behind in posting the abundant May materials (now about a week delinquent).

"Why waste my time posting excuses instead of material?" you ask. Well... excuses take less time. But also I wanted to let you know what was coming so that you wouldn't give up on me all together. Here is the "To Blog" list:

  • Inen's first Easter

  • April slide show

  • Trip to Newport

  • May video series (4 parts or more)

  • May updates

  • May slide show

  • June updates so far

This should give you 10 (that's TEN!) new Inen-filled posts to look forward to!

Now let's see what I can cross off my "To Blog" list:
"Stall by giving excuses for not posting."