Sunday, November 29, 2009

OES & ODS...It's On Again

This year we decided that we would do Thanksgiving with just the 5 of us. No plane rides, no dog sitters, no stress of traveling. Plus, with Jess working for Macy*s we scored grandstand tickets for the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Cheesy though it is, we were real excited to take Zack to the parade...and see how long he would sit still. It seemed like a great day for a parade. It wasn't raining and it was warm (...enough to wear flops). However, we would soon come to realize how Macy*s would ruin the day. Long story short, they distributed/sold way too many tickets and mismanaged the admission process like all-stars, so we watched an hour of the parade from half an avenue away. Zack didn't care and was happy to run around and chase dogs (his lack of fear for the rot on the thick chain may not be a good thing).

The plus to all this is that we got on the road to Connecticut sooner. The dogs loved having a yard again and went nuts...and so did Zack. Zack and Sierra chased the ball while Foster staked his claim everywhere. When we made Zack come in he took to his normal roll of entertaining everyone. He's also very jealous of Gannie's wheelchair and seems to keep trying to figure out how he can borrow it. After stuffing his face with sweets all day we had a wild child with an upset stomach. He was bouncing off of walls and slept like crap.

Friday was a rainy day eliminating the temptation to do something healthy like go for a run during OES & ODS. Instead we found the local ice rink and decided to take Zack to open skate to test out his early X-mas present from Dad, size 7 Bauer ice skates (unfortunately CCM doesn't make skates so small). We knew he liked putting the skates on, and could stand on them, we just weren't sure how he would handle the ice. Would he get scurrrred? Would he freak out? Would he be able to stand? Would he prove to be a prodigy and start sprinting around the rink?

So how did it go? It was great. He doesn't seem to be a prodigy (yet), but he loved being on the ice. He was laughing and you could tell he just thought it was cool. And yes, Dad was even more excited about it than Zack. It was my proudest moment since the day he was born. 1st word? OK. Crawling? Ehhh. 1st step? Alright. 1st time kissing a chick? That was cool. 1st time skating? Awesome! After about 20 minutes on the ice, my back was killing me and we decided we should get on the road.

Today we went for a drive out to the country to go to the X-mas tree farm. Zack enjoyed walking around all the trees and of course the hay ride. He was very interested in what I was doing when I was cutting the tree down, but didn't help out. Helpful advice: cut straight so that you don't end up having to saw into the ground and bring up the roots too...or bring a chainsaw. Anyhow, our Charley Brown tree is up and has lights. Let's see how we prevent Zack and Foster from knocking it down again this year.


"Sure Mom, I'll help you make cupcakes. I'll clean this thing 1st."

"No, I haven't been sampling."

Shrek at the parade.

"Hey Lauren pass me some turkey."

If it looks like a sugar high is kicking in and Zack is turning into Baby Satan, it's because it was.


"Dessert time!"
Gannie & Pop Pop

Waiting for the Zamboni to get off the ice.

"I'm skating!"


"Weeeeeeeee!"

Family photo

Riding out to the trees with Dad.

"Whoa, look at all these trees."

"Got me a walkin' stick."
"Ooh, what's this? Candy cane?!?!"

"CANDY CANE!!!! Sugar."
"What are we looking at Dad?"

"What are you doing down there?"
"Hey, give me my hat back."

"We got us a tree."

"That was hard work...I need a drink."

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Slackin' Again

So we're slacking again and it's been a few weeks since we've updated the blog. It's tough to update the blog when we're out of town.

As usual, Zack's been a busy bee. Down to Florida for Halloween weekend, had another allergic reaction to Florida, hung out with Nonni and Grumpy for a week, back to NJ, for a few days, then down to Ole Miss for a weekend. Zack's actually been in town for a whole 7 days now and doesn't even have another plane trip planned this year. Amazing.

For Halloween Zack was supposed to be a duck but refused to wear the costume so he wore some Superman PJs. He also didn't really get the concept of trick or treating and instead of taking candy he proceeded to take everything from his basket and put it in the candy bowl. What can we say, he's good at sharing.

The trip to Ole Miss was a blast and Zack loved being the center of attention for all of the Emory friends. He especially loved the house we rented, because there were toys galore there, basketball hoops, Caterpillar trucks to ride, push toys, etc., etc., etc., and of course Coletrain to torment. We decided that chasing Zack around the Grove all day would be a bad idea and making him sit through another football game wouldn't be his idea of fun. He missed out. Incredible tailgating experience and getting to watch Tennessee get waxed again. Oh and if anyone is looking for advice, don't standby for a flight unless it is a sure thing, because spending 7 hours in the Memphis airport isn't fun. Then again, since Zack seems to be the best kid ever, he didn't care and just ran around the airport looking for people to amuse and play with.

The big news this week is that Zack has a girlfriend at school. After flirting with all of the girls in his class he finally picked one. When Jess picked him up Friday, she got the school gossip. When the kids were out for a ride, the teachers looked over and saw Cayla kissing Zack. For the rest of the day, the two of them walked around class hugging and kissing each other. Oh and for those that have long suspected he only likes Asian girls...guilty as charged. Let's see what happens this week with his little girlfriend.


Playing on the block...please ignore the shoes that Nonni insists upon torturing him with.

"You lookin' at me?"

Pushing Aunt Big around can work up a sweat.

"My chariot at the pumpkin patch."

Strong Baby contest - pumpkin lifting.

Checking out the diseased pumpkins.

Just relaxing and posing for my the paparazzi.

A bunch of shots of Zack on his favorite toy of all time...note the Havaianas too. Kid's got style.



Mom & Dad at the "quaint stadium."