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September 9, 2008

This and that

Oliver has two, almost three chompers.
Pretty cute, huh?

This is what Oliver wears when he goes to the office.
Lucky for him, his employer allows him to wear nothing but a lime green diaper and a necktie.

Mom left Dad in charge of us for a few hours.
It turns out that beets are not a very good finger food for a 10-month-old.

Oliver really enjoyed those beets.
He came clean after a nice soak in the tub.

Oliver also enjoys playing football.
He is very athletic for a baby. He is also a Gophers fan.

In other news, I started preschool this week.
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I LOVE it! It is tons of fun. I'll have more to report on this subject after I get a few more days under my belt.

Posted by thil0020 at 10:05 PM

September 3, 2008

Vacation Picture Overload

Whew, we survived our whirlwind trip to Michigan. Saw lots of Dad's relatives and 4 out of the 5 Great Lakes. I wowed all of my relatives by telling them exactly which states we drove through on our way to Michigan. Without further ado, here are some highlights from our "carcation" to Michigan:

This is what I looked like after logging about 900 miles in the car.
Despite this crazy moment, both Oliver and I were world-class travelers. Mom and Dad can't wait to hop in the car with us for another week.

First, we drove to Gibraltar, MI to visit the Browns. Here are various pictures of Oliver and myself with our great grandparents:

Oliver enjoyed spending time with Grandma Brown.

I did too.

Oliver spent some time inspecting Grandpa Brown's mouth.

Grandpa and I got a little goofy for the benefit of the camera.

I did some boating.
I also did some fishing. I was in charge of deciding whether the rock bass were girls or boys.

After our visit to the Browns, we headed up north to visit the rest of the family. We stopped at a lighthouse along Lake Superior, where I went for a swim in my clothes.
So what if the average temperature is only 40 degrees. I found it refreshing.

I also enjoyed gathering rocks.
I must take after my dad. He's into rocks, too.

Oliver was there too. He opted not to go for a dip.
He was happy just hanging out with Dad.

And Mom.
Yep, she was there too.

Next up was a visit to the Thills. We spent some time with Uncle Joe.
Steamrolling Uncle Joe was a highlight of the trip for me.

We spent an afternoon at Fayette State Park where my Dad showed me this horse tree.
He used to ride it just like this when he was a kid.

Oliver did some snoozing.
I guess he wasn't very impressed with all of the history this park had to offer.

We visited many city parks while we were on the road.
Outta the way, Mom. I'm going to help Oliver ride this horse.

We did some sliding.

And some swinging.

And then we went home. We had a lovely trip, but I'm happy to be back in Minnesota. I was really happy to see my house after a week on the road.

Posted by thil0020 at 10:13 PM