Oct 27, 2009

Ollie's Party

One of my favorite birthday traditions is the cake. When I was growing up, we told my mom what we wanted and she would decorate really cool cakes, so I'm going to keep that tradition going. This is a spinach can cake to go with Oliver's Popeye themed birthday party. It's chocolate cake with a mousse filling.
Note: I actually don't know how much Oliver weighs - it's just a guess.

The birthday menu: Whimpy burgers, spinach-artichoke dip, veggie tray, chips and dip, cookies, candy, and of course cake and ice cream.

Oliver's first burger - he actually ate a few bites.

Oliver invited some of his closest friends and was happy they could come.

This face describes it all - he did not like his cake! Maybe next year?

Oct 19, 2009

We survived year 1 as a family of 3!

The good news is: Oliver is still alive and so are we!
How can there be any bad news... Oliver turns 1 today!

Oliver didn't start out as a happy baby - some observed that he never seemed content - perhaps bored. All he needed was a little time, oh, and the freedom to move and wiggle. I've watched him become happier as he learned to roll, crawl, and now walk, and I think he's on the verge of trying to run. Now we find ourselves laughing and smiling all the time together, and Oliver has the best giggle.

He loves to be chased and scared. Andy will hide around a corner and say "boo" when Oliver gets close. Oliver just screams with delight and giggles up a storm. It's sooo cute!

Oliver can do two signs - "more" and "all done". He can also say "kitty". He doesn't call me mama yet, but he knows who "dada" is. When I hear Andy unlocking the door, I'll say "dada's home" and Oliver immediately gets excited, smiles and walks over to the door.

He loves to push buttons, whether they are my buttons, or the buttons on the remote, VCR, cell phone, credit card machine at the store, the keyboard or mouse, he just loves it.

Oliver is constantly amazing me with the little things he can do: giving hugs, saying "vrooomm" when he's pushing a car, climbing up onto random objects, sitting still to watch parts of Baby Einstein, and getting excited when it's time to go outside.

I can't wait to see what this next year will bring.

Happy Birthday Oliver!

Oct 4, 2009

Outing in the Park

Oliver enjoys going to the park near our house and has learned to go down the slide by himself and enjoys swinging. Andy was able to go with us one time and brought along the camera – so enjoy some pictures.