Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I brought Thomas to the ceremony with me, which was ok because there were a ton of families there with young children, but it was a little crazy! As soon as we arrived and Thomas saw his cousins he got so excited and started shouting...I was having to beg him to be quiet through the whole ceremony! There was plenty of noise from other kids too, but I swear I had the loudest kid in the room! After the ceremony we moved to a large foyer where they had some cookies & punch, and the kids were running all over the place together. It was a little hard to keep them from getting lost in the crowd, but it was fun watching them too...they are so cute together and don't see each other that often.
Afterwards we all headed down to the Cheesecake Factory in Murray for lunch. I've been to this restaurant several times in other states and I am in looooooove with it, but I had never yet gone to the one here in Utah since they've opened it...I keep hearing how ridiculously-crazy-long the waits are! (My Dad was a good guy and got there ahead of us all to wait). It was good eatin', but by the time we were done, Thomas was exhausted and screaming and ready to go! So goes the days when naps are missed. Ryan had wanted to be there for the ceremony and lunch, but was out of town working for the day. I missed him (especially during Thomas' meltdown!), but I'm glad I was able to be there for both of us and support Josh.
Congrats again, Josh. I hope you have a few more relaxing days ahead of you now!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday before last (Oct. 18th) Ryan and I took Thomas to Cornbelly's, the local corn maze and carnival they have each fall leading up to Halloween. I had been worried we might not have many more warm days in October, but the weather was perfect! We had a jam-packed afternoon chasing Thomas from place to place. He found lots to do and it was fun watching him get so excited about everything. One of his favorite things was the rubber ducky races, where you use old-fashioned water pumps to push duckies down a pipe. He just kept going back to those! (He loved 'em last year too!) He did lots of climbing up ladders and going down slides, tried everything on the playground, played on the wooden tractor and train, dug around in the corn box (sand box with corn kernels instead of sand...I want one! Much less messy!), jumped with Daddy on the giant jumping pillow, and took a ride on the cow-train with me. We tried to take him through the kiddie-sized corn maze, but he lost interest after about 30 seconds. He was too busy to find his way out of a bunch o' corn! We stuffed ourselves too...even though its expensive, I love the food at carnival-type settings. We spoiled ourselves rotten and got a bunch of stuff to share: their big foot-long hot dog, a cheeseburger, chili in a bread bowl (mmm) and a couple giant chocolate chip cookies. After it got dark, we finished the night by taking a hayride. There were a few spooky mechanical creatures that were set up to pop out at you as you went along the hayride route, but thankfully Thomas was facing the other way and didn't really see any of the scary stuff. By the time we left my feet hurt and we were all pooped, but it was a great time spent together as a family and watching our little guy have fun!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I love this tradition we've made for ourselves and I look forward to it every year. Its fun revisiting these special places and thinking of all of our memories there...and making new ones! And I simply love fall. I love the smell and the feeling when I step outside on an autumn day. There's something about this season that is so crisp and clean, refreshing and renewing...simply peaceful!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Blogging has been a fun experience and really motivates me to write frequently. I'm so glad that I'll be able to look back in years to come and read about all the things we did as a young family, and about what Thomas was like as a toddler. My only wish is that I had started much earlier!