Saturday, October 07, 2006

Apple Orchard

Today was just too nice to stay home and do all the things that need doing. We just don't get many October days in the 70s in Minnesota. So, after doing our usual Saturday trip to the St. Paul farmers market we decided to head off to Afton Apple Orchard. They added a couple things since the last time I was there about four years ago. They now have a large playground and straw bale pile to climb as well as a petting zoo with cows, goats, sheep, a llama and a donkey.

We watched apple juice being made with a press and then were able to sample the juice that had just been made. I have never tasted apple juice that tasted so much like fresh apples before. We rode out to the apples on a tractor pulled hay ride and picked connell red, honeygold and sweet 16 apples. We asked Andrew what he liked best and first he said eating the apple (we ate one of the sweet 16) then he said picking apples. I case you are wondering, Nicholas slept or nursed in the sling the whole time we were out. He does sleep well in the car seat too.

I am so glad we are able to do fun things like this with our kids. I know Andrew remembers many of the places we have gone, and they are the kind of memories that will stay with him.

I want to thank Aunt Neva for the cute baseball outfit for Nicholas and Aunt Barb for the card and gift of money. We appreciate your thoughts and gifts. Tim is going to link the pictures on the past post to our web picassa account so if you want to go back and see the cute baby gifts they should be there tomorrow.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Just Checking In

We have been busy eating, sleeping (some days more than others) and trying to get the basics taken care of. We have decided to have Nicholas's baptism on the 22nd, so I am going to try to get the baptism gown done by then. If it doesn't happen I can just use Andrew's outfit. If I do three pattern repeats a day I should be able to funish the skirt in a week, and that is most of the knitting. Thankfully I can knit and nurse.

Blogger actually cooperated with this picture. I tried to upload pictures for the last post and they weren't showing up. I will keep trying though.

Monday, October 02, 2006

One Week Old

Nicholas is one week old today!

The past week has been spent eating lots, sleeping, and being a very mellow baby hanging out with Tim or me. Our weekend was pretty mellow. Saturday, we did our usual trip to the Roseville bakery and Caribou in the morning, followed by a trip to the park. Tim and Andrew played while I grabbed a camp chair out of the trunk and nursed Nicholas. Unfortunately, as much as Andrew was having fun on the tire swing, his stomach wasn't quite as happy. Tim was spinning him and Andrew kept yelling faster, until he yelled that he needed to stop. He stopped, dropped to his knees, and revisited his breakfast. Rather than get in the car, possibly aggravating the motion sickness, Tim and Andrew walked to the gas station a block away and got some water. By the time they were back at the park Andrew was feeling ok again. We went home for lunch, a nap, and then a drive to Grandma Kathy's. She offered to let Andrew spend the night, and we figured it would give him a chance to sleep all night without being woken up by Nicholas. He is really good about it. He just gets up and turns his CD back on and goes back to sleep, but he really could use more sleep. Going to Grandma's also gave him a chance to run. Tim and I had a nice dinner, which Nicholas slept through. Then we went home and went to bed early. Nicholas surprised us by sleeping one four hour stretch.
Sunday, Nicholas received a warm welcome at church. After church, we came home and did lots of sleeping (yea!). Then we went to pick up Andrew, stopping at KFC on the way, and had a picnic in the park with Andrew, Grandma, and Trevor. Andrew managed to fall asleep in the car on the way home and Nicholas was quiet last night, so Andrew is doing a little better on sleep now. Tim even managed to sleep through a feeding last night. One other big event, Nicholas managed to roll himself from back to tummy twice while Tim was hanging out with him. He really likes to sleep on his side, so I think that is what he was trying for, but then he went a little too far.
I want to thank everyone for the gifts we have received. You can see an album with pictures here or click on the individual links below
From my parents-


A pillow, quilt, blanket, and Burt's Bees baby kit

Pillowcases and M&Ms for Andrew

From Tim's mom-

An outfit for Nicholas

Thomas cards for Andrew

From our Pastor and his wife -

An outfit for Nicholas

A coloring book for Andrew

From Katrina-

A cute crocheted hat

From Andrew -

An elephant toy and zebra rattle

From my Grandparents -

An outfit, a sleeper, and a Great-Grandma made blanket that matches Andrew's

A Veggie Tales DVD for Andrew

From my Grandma, a card and gift of money

Also thanks for cards from Angela and Ryan and Aunt Maxine.

Today was Tim's chance to show Nicholas off at work and everyone thought he was adorable. Naptime for the three of us went a little better too. Hopefully we will soon settle into having two kids.

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