Saturday, August 29, 2009

My Week of Fun!

This was a particularly busy week. On Tuesday, Mama and I went with our friend, Colleen, to feed fish. They were some big suckers! I think they were really happy to see me, because it looked like they hadn't been fed in at least an hour. I fed them these little brown pellets that stunk really bad and tasted even worse (hey, a guy has to try!). Then we went for a walk around a lake and threw rocks into it. I succeeded in not only making big splashes, but making big messes as well. What can I say? It's a gift.

On Thursday, we went with some of my buddies to the Railroad Museum. We even got to climb up into some of the old trains and walk (or should I say, RUN) around them. It was a lot of fun, but honestly, my favorite part was just playing with the wooden train track inside the gift store. I could have saved Mama some money if she'd asked, because I would have been perfectly happy just staying in the store.

Yesterday, we had a playdate at a local play area. We had never been there before so that was fun, but Mama got mad at me. She said I was continually "testing the boundaries of the playground", whatever that means. I just don't like feeling constricted, so I preferred to run off every few minutes and Mama had to find me...she did not find this as entertaining as I did.

Finally, last night we went to the Chili Cook-off and Brewfest at Daddy's work. I didn't try any of the chili (or beer, for that matter), but I did partake in some tasty chicken kabobs and yummy ice cream treats. There were some crazy people there, including these really, really tall people. Mama said they were on something called stilts, but I think they just drink a lot of milk.

I know this is a lot to take in all at once, but here are some pictures that will give you a better idea as to what my week was like. And it looks like next week will be just as exciting. Mama and I are going to visit her friend Dana and my buddy (and future prom date), Natalie. I'm sure I'll have lots to tell you about that trip when I get back. Until then, have a wonderful and messy week--I know I will!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Fishin' with My Daddy

This weekend, I got to go fishing with my Daddy for the first time. I didn't actually get to hold the pole (yet), but I did get to pet the fish that Daddy caught. I liked the catching part, but the releasing part...not so much. I think they would have fit just fine in my aquarium at home. Mama says 5 gallons just wouldn't cut it, but I think there's plenty of room in there with Hoss, Kramer and Lenny. Here are the pix from our big day, but don't worry, there will be many more to come in the future!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

New Header?

Some of you may have had to look twice when you first entered my website today. "Why, was is that...a new header?" you may have asked yourself. Why, yes, it is! Thanks to my Auntie Dana, that old boring header at the top of the screen is a thing of the past. I now have my own fancy, personalized header...I am moving up in the world of blogs. I'm a pretty big deal.

You may also be asking yourself, "Rocky Mountain Big Boy"? What happened to Rocky Mountain Baby? For sentimental reasons, I will be holding onto my old web address, but let's face it, people: I am NOT a baby anymore. I am a big boy, a VERY big boy! I drink out of a big cup, I pick up my own messes (occasionally), and I drive my own car as you saw in my earlier blog. If all that doesn't make me a BIG BOY, then I don't know what will. Thank you, Auntie D, for recognizing that I am offically a toddler now!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Berry Picking

This morning, Mama and twelve of her Mommy friends took all of us kids to a patch to pick strawberries. I didn't really see the point. I mean, don't get me was fun and all, but it seems so much easier to just buy them at the store. My favorite part was riding on top of big hay bales out to the patch. It was real bumpy and Mama almost fell off once or twice--that was funny! My other favorite part was eating the strawberries, and I ate a lot of 'em! I think they would have made more money off of us if they would have weighed me before and after the berry picking and charged us for the difference.

We ended up with a couple containers of juicy red strawberries and a serious case of the fussies, because I was so tired from all the hard work. Overall, it was a fun outing for me and buddies. Here are some pictures of me on the farm.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Photos of the Day

Here are a couple pictures of me when I was throwing rocks into a lake near our house today. This is one of my most favorite things in the whole world to do. No need to go into detail. The expression on my face says it all.

Live action shot--see the rock in mid-air?

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Signing Times

For the first 19 months of my life, I have showed very little (if any) interest in TV. I just couldn't find anything on that rectangular box that was more entertaining than my own strange parents. Recently though, I have started to watch DVDs called Signing Times ( that teach basic sign language to kids like me. They were made by a woman who has a daughter that was born deaf. Sometimes Mama thinks I'm deaf, but I'm just ignoring her.

Anyway, my buddy Mekaya knows lots of sign language, and my Mom's been trying to teach me some signs for a while now. I really didn't see what all the fuss was about until this week. I was eating some yummy treats and I wanted more, so I signed "more" to Mama. She was so excited that I was signing that she gave me more treats. So I signed "more" again, and guess what? She gave me more! I immediately began to realize the power of this signing thing...when I ask for something using my hands, I get it! If I had known it would be this easy, I would have started months ago.

In the past week, I have started using all of the following signs: more, eat, milk, water, full, flower, dog, airplane, elephant, bird, shoes, thank you, and my personal favorite--ice cream! Mama was only a little worried that signing might make me talk less than I already do (what can I say, I'm a man of few words), but actually I've been talking more since I started signing. And the best part is that I don't get frustrated and grunt anymore, because Mommy and Daddy know what I want. Here is a video of me showing my stuff. Prepare to be dazzled...

Sunday Fun!

Today was a super fun day. We went to church and then headed to the aquarium downtown. We ate lunch at the restaurant inside and got to sit right next to a big aquarium! I sipped milk and munched on pasta while sharks, snappers and turtles swam right in front of us. I got so excited about watching the fish that I fell off my chair...literally. Then we headed upstairs and looked at all the amazing underwater creatures. To top is all off, when we went outside to get in our car, we ran into a huge snake in the parking lot. It was a perfect Sunday!

Big Boy Cup

Now that I am a BIG BOY, I like to do things that big boys do. I like to watch baseball and Bonanza with Daddy. I like to mercilessly flirt with the ladies and then completely ignore them when they show interest. I like fast cars, big bikes and man-size sandwiches. And, most recently, I like to drink out of big boy cups. Bye-bye bottles, sayanara sippy cups..I'm ready for the big time. Here are pictures of me demonstrating my savvy sipping skills.

Fasten Your Seatbelt!

I know that, offically, you are supposed to be 16 before you drive, but I have a natural talent for it. I have a need for speed. My Mom picked up this sweet little ride for me at a garage sale. It only goes as fast as my feet will take me, but it's just a matter of time before I talk them into a new car with some horsepower. I have my eyes on a candy apple red jeep that would be the envy of the playground. Dad is I just have to work on Mama.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Waiting Game

Over two weeks ago, I spent the day in the hospital. It was time for me to get an MRI and a heart catheterization so that my surgeon, Dr. H, could see how I was doing with my PA band. It was a LONG day, although I had the pleasure of being asleep for most of it. I'm sure it was an even longer day for my parents. Everyone at the hospital was really nice to me though. My nurse, Elisa, even gave me a stuffed fish, which I promptly named "Fish"--I am very clever like that.

Now the hard part...the wait. We still haven't heard if or when I will need to have another surgery. We are hopeful that no news is good news, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Mama hates to wait. I guess it's a family trait, because I also hate to wait...especially for pictures. So, in honor of our waiting period, here is a little collage of me waiting for the camera. It is sure to put a smile on your face!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

What a Difference a Year Makes

Mama was looking at pictures and remembered that one year ago today, she and I were at the Botanical Gardens looking at all the pretty flowers, trees and ponds. There were pictures of me, and I didn't even recognize myself. For starters, I didn't have hardly any hair and NOW I have an amazing head full of shiny, golden brown hair. I also couldn't walk back then...I don't know, maybe I couldn't even crawl yet. How did I ever get into trouble? Now I am all over the place--just try and stop me. Here is a picture from that day one year ago and another of how I look today. Can you believe the difference a year makes? I can't wait to see how handsome I am in 2010!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

County Fair

Today, Mama and her friend, Colleen, took me to the County Fair. It was so much fun! Even though the rides weren't going yet, I got to see lots of cool stuff. There were bunnies, pigs, cows, goats and sheep--not to mention big tractors! Unfortunately, I couldn't ride on any of them, but I got to stand next to them. Their tires were taller than me...and I'm a BIG boy! I think my favorite animals were the pigs and bunnies, but you can keep the goats. They were loud, stinky, and kept trying to get out of the gates to get me. Mama tried to get me to eat this stuff called "funnel cake". She said it was yummy, but it looked like a big ole mess to me. I did, however, partake of the hand-squeezed lemonade, which tasted pretty darn good in the 95 degree heat.



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Friday, August 7, 2009

Comments please!

I have been writing this blog for a while now, and my favorite thing in the world is to log on and see if anyone has left me comments. No one is writing to me, so I don't know if anyone is reading my blog. That makes me sad (picture a tear running down my big, chubby cheek). Leaving a comment is easy to do! Under each post is a tag that says "0 Comments" or "1 Comment", etc. Click on this and it will provide an open text box for you to type in a message. You will have to type a security word that it gives you and you will have to identify yourself. If you have a google account, type in your email address and password. Or you can sign in with an Open ID. Just try it. Put a big smile on this little boy's face, and I PROMISE...the more comments you leave, the more I will write! Love and miss you all!!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Full House

Last week, my Grandma Donna, Aunt Spring, my cousins (Tory, Avary and Libby) and Tory's friend, Cassie, came for a visit. Talk about a crowded house! It seems especially crowded since Daddy and I are the only men here. I have never seen so much stuff--clothing, makeup, hair accessories, jewelry, shoes and cell phones--yikes! I am having a super time playing with my cousins though, especially since they are sharing all their cool toys with me. We've even gone on some adventures. We went to the zoo, we took a train ride in Georgetown, we visited the Garden of the Gods AND we went shopping on Pearl Street. It has been a jam-packed visit! They are leaving tonight, which makes me kind of sad, but I know I'll see them when we're home for Thanksgiving.

Mama took so many pictures that I can't possibly include them all, so here are three collages--one of all of us kids, one of things we have been doing, and one of the beautiful Garden of the Gods. Enjoy!