Saturday, June 25, 2011

Saturday Adventures

Today we drove north to the Lake Tahoe area.  We started the day off at one of our favorite breakfast places in Placerville, Sweetie Pies.  Matt and Orson were excited by the nice car out front and I was excited for some bacon and eggs :)  

Then we drove up to Horsetail falls and hiked up to see them.  We couldn't actually get all that close, but the hike in was about 1/2 a mile with a gain in about 500+ elevation (according to our hiking book) and it included climbing over lots of boulders.  Orson made it the entire way up!  Most of the way down he did on Matt's shoulders.  The water was running high and fast and we saw lots of smaller falls on the way up and had a great hike.  

 Orson was in heaven with all of the stream crossing he got to splash through.

 One of the minor falls we passed!

 The down trees had great patterns to them.

 Daddy had it hard on the hike back.

After the hike we drove into South Lake Tahoe for ice cream and then stopped in Lake Tahoe State Park, near Sand Harbor, and hiked down to a small beach to have cheese and crackers on the water.  Again, Orson hiked most of the way down and he also did most of the hike up (aided by "power pills" aka Annie's Gummy Bunnies).  My mom always brought some kind of power pill on hikes when we were kids and boy do they work!  The lake was beautiful but Matt and I both felt like we picked the wrong spot, as it was populated by young adults that wanted to be on the Jersey Shore show (overheard conversations included, "oh I know him, we have the same parole officer" and "I couldn't understand why she was in a relationship for two weeks and hadn't had sex yet")!  Needless to say, we didn't stay long :)  

 We started at a parking lot at the top with great views.
 And made it all the way down to the lake via a bunch of switch backs.

 and then got back up to the top somehow :)  I think pregnant momma struggled the most on the way back.

All in all, Matt figured that Orson hiked about 2 miles today! Needless to say, we had a quiet drive home, little bear was so tired.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Father's Day weekend

We had a great weekend for Father's Day and surprised Matt with a couple of gifts he didn't see coming :) On Friday, Orson and I sat down and made a super cute photo frame out of rocks for Matt to take to work.  Orson picked out all of the rocks (from my craft supplies) and told me where he wanted them put...all I did was write the words and handle the hot glue.  He also "signed" (aka I hold his hand while he writes) the inside of it.  I think it turned out well.  

We also had one of Matt's favorite pictures:

made into a canvas picture at Costco.  It turned out great and now is proudly hanging in our family room.

Saturday we went to Heart's Desire Beach and Indian Beach at Tomales Bay State Park (it shares property with Point Reyes).  The beach is on the bay side and protected from waves (almost warm), so Matt and Orson spent a lot of time in the water while I stayed out of the wind and enjoyed the sunshine.  We also went on a little hike to Indian Beach, one cove was very natural and not over used, so much fun.  

 Hiking (good picture of my 21 week belly)

 Indian Beach:

Matt tripped over Orson on the hike back, Orson melted down, talked mommy into carrying him (something I'm not supose to do anymore), and then laughed at this dad the rest of the way back who was trying to get Orson to let him carry him.

On Sunday we had Cars Pancakes and went out to lunch with our good friends Annie and David that flew in a day early from DC.  David and I worked together on multiple disasters and he met Annie during Katrina just like I met Matt.  We haven't seen them in 4 years and it was great to catch up.  Otherwise we had a lazy Sunday afternoon and lots of quality Dad and Orson time.

In other news the weather has warmed up!  Here are my favorite water babies in the back yard:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Some Orson stuff

Orson's favorite book:
Winnie the Pooh's Word Adventure (he loves to have his Daddy read it to him over and over)

Some favorite phrases:
"I not"
"What's that noise" (sometimes he puts the word sound after noise as well)
"What you doing"
"What is Orson doing"
"Comin Mommy/Daddy"
"Lucy, Maddox, Gus, Ava, Grandpa be there/Comin?"

Favorite foods:
Fruit of all kinds especially melons (which he calls lemons)

Playing cars/trains/planes
Visiting friends or having them over
Reading in his bed to himself
Watching Mickey Mouse anything and you tube animal videos with his Daddy
Talking on SKYPE with Grandpa
Laying around in Mommy and Daddy's bed and jumping on Daddy
Giving the baby (in my belly) hugs and kisses and asking it "What you doing baby"
Going on Adventures/walks/hikes on the weekend with us