Thursday, August 23, 2012

16 Months and Ready for a License

This video is from our trip to Toledo. We stayed at a house with tons of toys that Cole was really in to. They had a huge playground set in their backyard and a basement full of fun toys. This was Cole's favorite though! We were surprised how quickly he just pushed the buttom to make himself go! He threw some tantrums when we would have to leave the 4-wheeler too. One afternoon, we turned around and couldn't find Cole until we went into the garage and found him on the 4-wheeler driving himself into the wall!! We couldn't be mad at him because it was so funny!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Family Fun

Here we are Tuesday morning, still dark outside, waiting for our flight. Cole loves looking out the windows at the "truck trucks" and "airplanes".
Tuesday night, Tony and I got invited to go with Stacy to the tournament sponsors gala. We got all dressed up, met some important people, and had a fun meal. We had a great time hanging out with Stacy and having a little night out.
Wednesday my Aunt Kathy had us over to their house for dinner, corn hole, and of course cookie cake. Cole was not shy about the cookie cake and stuck his little fingers right in the icing and ate a piece of the cookie later on.

Saturday was our night at Aunt Gigi's. We played more corn hole, volleyball, and had another cookie cake. Cole really had fun with this one and ended up with orange and blue frosting all over his face!
For all the times the little man has been on an airplane, he hasn't gotten any "wings". But our flight home from Detroit was his lucky day! He wasn't quite sure what to think about it being pinned to his shirt, but it sure was cute.

Lew Crew 2012

The Lew Crew is now in it's 6th year at the Jamie Farr! We had blue and orange tshirts this year. You could see us all across the golf course! Cole even had a little one and was the star of the show the few hours he was out at a time. He did a good job of staying quiet when the girls were hitting...except for one little peep, but the girl just backed away and started over and didn't make a big deal out of it.

We were in blue the first and third day. There was some rain, but Cole made it home for his nap before the rain started that first day. The weather got really pretty cool and Cole didn't come out the third day because of that and his nap schedule and Stacy's tee time weren't the best match.
Here are some orange days. We had to wear long sleeves a few days it was so chilly! But it warmed up and was nice the last day.

Stacy did an interview with the Lew Crew in the background over on the chipping green. Cole got out there and had the best time. He was picking up the balls, pulling out the flags, he even borrowed a club from a player and was swinging it around! Here's a link to the final video interview.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sewing Projects

The week before we went to Toledo, I finally had some time to do a few sewing projects! I made six "sweaty bands" to wear for running. I gave three of them to a friend for her birthday and one each to my Mom and Janet. I also made two pillow covers for our family room couch to replace the brown ones that blended in with the couch. I think they add some good color. I wish I had more time to do things like this!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Toledo Zoo

We've been home from Toledo for almost a week now, but right when we got back I had to start school the next day. It's been a busy week ever since! So to start my recap of our trip to Toledo...we left Tulsa bright and early at 6 am to catch the direct flight to Detroit. That got us in early enough to pretty much have a full day in Toledo. My Dad and Stacy were already there too. So on Tuesday when we got there, my Dad had organized for a bunch of us to go to the Toledo Zoo. I had gone to the zoo a bunch when I was a kid, but they have added and remodeled a lot. Some areas were still the same though.

Our first stop was the polar bears. They were chilling out right by the glass. One was sleeping on the rocks and one was just resting in the water. Cole loves them about as much as Tony does.
We went to the African animals area next and saw some giraffes, zebras, and some birds.
We saw some tigers, penguins, and a cool bald eagle before we made it to the new elephant area. The zoo has a new baby elephant! A lot of people were there to see him (or her...not sure?). Tony, Sara, and Bryan were making their way across the bridge to the other side of the zoo here.
Cole & Sara
They had these animal masks for kids to put their faces up to. Cole particularly loved the giraffe one. :) This is one of my favorite pictures from the day.
Cole also had a great time in the fish and turtle aquariums building. He would stand right up to the glass and just watch them swimming around. He didn't spend very much time riding in his stroller. He was wanting to walk all over or have someone carry him. One of the times we were walking, he just walked right over to this little corner and wanted to hang out in the shade.
Papa ended up carrying him a lot too
The zoo had some pretty gardens where we got a family picture and Cole took a break with Uncle Gary and Papa.
Cole walking on his own always involves some break away and running off...he got caught by his Mama though!
Cole is really starting to get a little more into the zoo and had a fun time. He was checking out the animals and had his eye on a few of them. It was probably the warmest day we had while we were there, but it wasn't too bad.

We were in Toledo the rest of the week and weekend and went to the golf tournament each of the another post about the rest of our adventures soon!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Cole the Swimmer

The little man had a big day at the pool today! Mama was so proud! He jumped off the side of the pool all by himself! He was jumping in a bunch with me holding his hands, but I threw a toy in right in front of me in the water right when he wanted it. He leaned for me, but I told him to jump on his own. After a few seconds he did it!! What a great way to end one of our last trips to the pool this summer!

Here's the little man having some juice and fruit snacks at the pool today..celebrating his new trick. :)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cayman - Part 4: Out to Eat

For two reasons we mostly just ate out one meal a day: a 16 month old and restaurant prices! Everything in Cayman is more expensive because it's an island, plus they have a different currency, the Cayman dollar, where the exchange rate was not in our favor ($1.20 USD ~ $1 CI) We also tried to go to places that were more family friendly because we just can't justify spending over $100 on a meal when we're worried about Cole behaving. So I'm sure we "missed out" on some of the best restaurants, but we enjoyed the ones that fit our style just as much. My sister has vacationed in Cayman recently with her best friend, Kelly, so she gave us some recommendations too.

The first night we got to Cayman, we had to get our car, check in, etc. So we didn't get to eat until a littler later than we wanted to. So we settled on something close to our condo that Tony had seen on TripAdvisor called Eats. It was one of the places with anything and everything on the menu...not always a good sign. But it was a fine place to eat. It did the job, but we weren't crazy about it.

Our 2nd and last night we went to Macabuca. We must have liked it, huh? Macabua is the outside bar area of the Cracked Conch, which is a nice restaurant, but the bar area was quicker, better priced, and had the best view...see below!
We sat right out on the deck with the back drop of the ocean. It was fantastic! Plus the food was great! We got calamari both times and Cole loved it too!
The first time we went, a thunderstorm rolled in off the ocean where we could see the lightening and rain off in the distance. It was really cool. Sitting outside is always nice with a little one. It's less pressure for them to be quite or calm. Cole did really well every place we went though, so I'm not sure why we're always cautious about it. Macabuca was a recommendation from Janet. She said the dive/snorkel site right by the restaurant is great too, but we never made it there for that during the day.
We also tried a brick oven pizza place called Brick House. It was a pretty good drive from our condo...back past the airport and everything. It took about 20 minutes for us to get there. But again, it was good food at a good price. We ate all of our pizzas! The fifth dinner place we tried was Chicken!Chicken!, a wood roasted chicken place with tons of sides and whole chickens. It's kind of a fast food type of place, but we got it to go and ate at our condo. It was nice to have some beer and wine and just relax without having to go anywhere.

We did go out for breakfast one morning to Tim Buc Tuu. Tony really wanted to go here from his pre-trip research. :) It was a little scary looking on the outside, and I was skeptical, but luckily the inside did not match the outside! We were the only ones there when it opened at 8:00, so the guy who runs the restaurant visited with us for a while when we were waiting for our food. I got a basic breakfast, but Tony got this breakfast wrap with chicken, vegetables, eggs...and I don't even know what else. It sounded weird to me, but he thought it was so good. The seasonings and flavors are kind of different...their website says Moroccan. It's hard to describe, but it was delicious! Cole had a pancake. :) Here are the boys enjoying breakfast:
Here are a few other random pictures of our little cutie on vacation! We had a great time just the 3 of us. It was our first time to take a real vacation like that. We've crossed over into "family vacation" world. :)

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