Balloon Fiesta

As we enter the holiday season, I want to go back in time to blog about a different Fiesta from our vacation in October. Rob, Simon, Val (Rob’s Mom) and I flew out to Albuquerque to visit with Aunt Mary and Ahad and to attend the Balloon Fiesta.

We had a great week with family and several days of early mornings and no naps. Last time we visited was just after we got married at Christmas in 2008. We spent the first day at the Albuquerque Zoo. Then Saturday morning got up at 3AM to see balloons. Of course Simon chose this as a night to SLEEP, so we had to break a rule and WAKE the BABY. We got to the Fiesta grounds only to find that the wind was to strong and there would be no launch. Instead we spent the afternoon at Explora.

Sunday morning we tried again. And SUCCESS!!! Monday we drove up to Santa Fe and saw even MORE balloons while driving.

I spent Tuesday working on school stuff to prepare for THE EXAM (which was last week, and until I hear otherwise will assume I passed – they are grading December 5) so Rob took Simon and Val up the Tram to the top of the mountain.

This I took from the moving car. Love the effect on the sky from photoshop auto corrects.

Sweet Sixteen

ready for the park

So many things to blog about and just not enough time right now. I still have vacation photos from last month to edit. And Simon is talking all. the. time. But I still haven’t taken THE TEST (it’s on Thursday) and I decided that we needed to reorganize the apartment, so the last two weekends have been consumed with moving furniture. And brunch. There has been lots of brunch and a couple of dates because I’d been putting off everything until after THE TEST and had quite the full start of November. So all of this is coming.

15 month birthday candle

Until then. Baby Simon isn’t really a baby anymore, he turned 16 months on Friday. It’s kind of fun having taken off a few months of the “monthly update” because SO MUCH has changed since his birthday.

15 month birthday

At 12 months he was walking pretty good – now he is running and climbing. He can finally get on the couch by himself. He can walk about 5 blocks before getting tired or to distracted to go on, of course it takes us 30 minutes to walk those 5 blocks.

coloring at the Maker Faire

He loves to play with his cars and the magna doodle. The kid has drawing in his blood, but he’s getting pretty good at putting pen to surface. His crayon works of art from daycare are starting to have full coverage of scribble rather than a mark here or there. His fine motor skills are really improving and he still loves to move small objects from one container to another. He also learned to go down the slide all by himself. He still needs a little coaching to remember to “sit” at the top, but he can do it.

Throwing pumpkins at Outhouse Orchard

Some days he will eat as much as me at a meal and other days it all goes on the floor. But he likes most foods. Eggs, cheese, and bready things are his favorite. And chocolate. We do limit that though. If I ask “Simon do you want some cheese?” and he does, he will go to the refrigerator and want to help get it himself. We are still nursing, but he drinks milk and water throughout the day too.

Outhouse Orchard

At his birthday he had a few words that he would say when he felt like it. Now he spends the whole day jabbering away. He has about 30 words and more that he will repeat. Mostly nouns where he’s labeling things but he will say “all done” which is immensely helpful for no longer throwing his plate on the floor when he’s done. Simon also loves to sing. EIEIO was one of the first things he repeated and new in the song, but now he can sing songs BY HIMSELF. I am working on a whole post about language.

Picking a pumpkin to bring home

Happy Sweet Sixteen Months my boy. You are truly a toddler now.

The TARDIS and his Doctor

The EXAM was called off. Trick-or-Treating was ON. So out we went with some friends from church.

We went early (3:45). Since there was no mass transit and no school most people were home. This way we were out in the daylight to more easily miss the fallen trees and before the freezing wind set in.

Simon was super adorable in his TARDIS costume. Yes, we made it. Seven pieces of blue felt, black and white for accents, one sewing machine and some paint.

Rob was the Doctor in his tenth incarnation. We felt validated when about half the people “got it” the other half though Rob was Elvis or a businessman with his phone booth. And Simon was just “cute.” I think this costume is up there with last years Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

Simon had a great time walking around and looking at things. He really wasn’t much into the kids in costumes. He did however like the leaves.

And getting candy. And then giving it back. And then getting it again.

And getting to climb the stoops.

And was happy to just be outside.

Then he got a bite of kit kat and he was in love.

We walked down 5 long blocks. It took us an hour and a half. When you are one, you are very thorough.

Then is started to get really cold. Like hat and gloves cold and I could barely move my fingers.

So home to a warm dinner we went.

Our neighborhood is such a great place for Trick-or-Treating. The families in the Gardens really get in to decorating.

And I am happy to get to dress up Simon. Because next year I am sure he will have OPINIONS and ideas about what he wants to be. Until then, the TARDIS wins.