Thursday, October 27, 2011

Happy Dirt-day!

Ever since Oliver's Birthday, this is what we are treated to any time Oliver has dirt-day cake (also known as cupcakes, a piece of cake or muffins!)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Apple picking and other fall fun.

Oliver and I took a trip to an apple orchard recently on a cool and sunny day.

Oliver was immediately drawn to the pumpkins--he loves pumpkins.

Then he got busy collecting rocks.  He filled up the pocket on the hoodie, and both of my coat pockets.  "Look Mama, another rock!"

I just love the colors in this picture.

They had a little mini farm set up--Oliver loved sitting on the tractor (but he wasn't quite strong enough to move it). 
Here he is checking out his shadow--so cute!

Then we took a hay ride behind a real tractor out to the apple orchard!

I don't have many pictures of the actual apple-picking.  I was trying to tote a camera, a diaper bag, a basket for apples while trying to keep up with my toddler which is difficult enough without the gear due to my growing belly!

Here is is my favorite,
Oliver showing me the apple he picked himself ("Ollie do it!)
Doesn't he look proud!

Actually it looks like he is scoping out more apples!

Oliver leading me back to the main trail.

We picked regent apples and we've made apple pancakes, apple muffins, apple pie and apple crisp with our harvest. 
We also took home some honeycrisp for eating.  Yum!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Tiny Dancer

You can be sure that if you play an upbeat tune, Oliver will bust a move.  We were dancing in the kitchen the other day while I was making dinner, and I was teaching Oliver the classic "shake your booty" move.  When I stopped to get back to cooking Oliver said "Peas Mama!  More booty shaking Mama!"
He didn't understand why I thought that was so funny.

Here is Oliver showing off some of his dancing skills this summer.

Look at his hair blow in the wind!

Oliver demonstrates his own version of the robot.

Whew... dancing makes me tired.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Summer re-cap (a little late)

One of Oliver's favorite things is to be outside.  They daycare provider that Oliver goes to has the kids outside almost everyday, and he just loves it. 

Here is a random collection of warm-weather snap shots:


Oliver helping to shuck sweet corn Grandpa Mike (a.k.a. "Grandma Pike") grew.  (Love the look of pure concentration in this photo! Oliver can't get enough corn on the cob.  My dad would come over toting a big blue cooler full of sweet corn and we'd have fun peeling it open.  When Oliver finally got to the yellow corn he would squeal with delight!  Now, when Grandma Pike comes with that blue cooler Oliver asks him if its corn!

Grandpa Mike brings us lots of good stuff from his garden.  Oliver liked the ground cherries almost as much as the corn (ground cherries look like small tomatillas and are sweet).

Here he is hiding in the flowers with his bag of loot.  As you can see, I still can't bring myself to cut his hair... it took him so long to grow it!

After carrying the ground cherries around the yard, he found the perfect spot to stop for a little snack.  Ground cherries are a very fun snack because you get to unwrap each one individually (which means we are working on those fine motor skills that I can't get him to slow down long enough to work on!)

Perfect pout.

A cool drink of water.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

While we were gone...

I can't believe it has been so long... but we've been really busy here at Ollie's House.  Oliver turned two at the end of September and we had a small birthday party with family and close friends.  Oliver had a blast!  His favorite part was when we sang "Happy Birthday" to him.  He kept demanding more... we'd finish singing and he'd say "more happy dirt-day!" and we'd sing again.

And again.

And again.

Oliver requesting an encore. 
And for the record, he is the only person in the world who actually wants to hear me sing more!

For kiddo-entertainment we blew up a bunch of balloons and let them run through them, they loved it!  Best $6.99 I ever spent.

After all the festivities Oliver was tuckered out.  So, he took a nap in his new big boy bed, which he loves!  Sometimes he takes me by the hand and drags me upstairs to "Ollie's bed" and says "Mama sit Ollie's bed" and we do. 

It goes without saying, because moms everywhere say it, but I just can't believe my baby is two.  He changes and grows and learns more every day. 

I just adore him!