Thursday, May 28, 2009

Dairy Queen 2

Here is another photo of Aurora enjoying her ice cream cone the other night.

Due to trying to hide my hoggish nature, I didn't mention that Aurora needed a little help with her cone.

Forgetting to model How to Eat an Ice Cream Cone, I stuck it up to her face and she gamely stuck her tongue out and planted her mouth on the ice cream. She didn't really get much, so I started spooning the ice cream into her mouth. She promptly spit out each bite, unused to the cold.

Even after showing her how to lick it with several licks, she didn't want to lick it (or maybe I just got going too fast and ate a bit too much. Ahem.) so I gave her the cone which was really only eaten down to the top of the cone. There was still plenty of ice cream, people!

She chewed on the cone and stuck her fingers into the ice cream, dribbling it all over her leg and down her wrists. She seemed to enjoy it until she decided she was done and dropped it on the floor, then cried when I threw it away.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Smacky, the New Dairy Queen

Aurora had a hard evening. She screamed unless Gary was holding her, and she didn't want him to sit down while he was holding her, either. She didn't want to eat, she didn't feel like talking, and she certainly didn't want to sit on the floor and play quietly while people were cooking dinner.

After dinner, which for her was two bites of carrots and 4 peas and a few squirms that almost landed her on the floor, she and I took a long walk to a surprise destination.

And voila! Here is Smack's first ice cream cone from the Dairy Queen on 60th and Duke. I got a three mile walk, Smacky got some exciting sights to look at and we both got some tasty ice cream.

I need to go wash the stickiness off myself now. . .

String Cheese Smack

Aurora tried some string cheese yesterday as I was packing her food for today.

She did take some chomps but I think she was more interested in the texture of it.

Strange- when she gets non-food items, she just wants to chew on them, but when she gets food, she'll examine it.

Maybe I just didn't let her chew on that rock long enough on Saturday to let her get to examining it...

Sunday, May 24, 2009

A Fair Day

Here are Aurora and Arlo, waiting for the little train at Oaks Park, where the Multnomah County Fair was held.

Aurora got to see baby piggies, a mini donkey, bunnies, and everyone else consume delicious treats. She had some bbq beans and plenty of formula but we didn't get ice cream or elephant ears this time, and the cotton candy was just too sugary for her, in my opinion.

But she had fun being held by cousin Jen, and pointed her finger in greeting at cousins Elly and Lily, and saw Mommy riding the roller coaster.

Oh, and she wore Auntie Laurie's hat that she first wore to the state fair last year. Except for when she kept ripping it off.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Fair Affair

Everyone's going to the Multnomah County Fair today. It's at Oaks Park and it's free.

Here is Aurora at breakfast, so excited that she's already practicing her hands for the roller coaster.

She already has her scream down pat.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


One of the unofficial perks of my job is the parking lot next to my building. Nearly every day, generally on my walk in and walk out, I check the trash for treasures.

Look at this little beauty! No cracks, the music player works, and it's very clean.

I think it's stuck in reverse, though; Smacky can't seem to get going forward unless we give her a push. But she's amazing at going backward!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Happy Baby Morning Fun

Finally I have some photos of us DOING something. What are you doing that's so exciting, you ask?

Running through the park? Chasing goats around a barnyard? Climbing the stairs and then tumbling back down?

We did all this (and more!) this weekend, but, well, I didn't have the camera handy for any of them (especially the last one).

Ok, we're not doing anything ACTIVE, but here we are, awake and smiling. Hooray for mornings.

Friday, May 15, 2009


Just a quick post to inform everyone to be careful if they wake Aurora up from sleep.

The other morning she not only hit me in the face but she felt around for my nose and gave it a thorough pinch before letting go to flail some more. All with her eyes squeezed shut and whines emanating, too.

Monday, May 11, 2009

More Zoo Train

Here is Aurora on the zoo train a couple of weekends ago, checking out the bamboo.

I wish I had more time to do fun things with her. I love that she has amazing caregivers that I trust, but every time I hear that she's done something new with someone else, I feel sad that I missed it.

Well, maybe she'll have her first elephant ear with me when we go to the zoo next. That's something you can't shake a stick at.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Green Baby

Who loves broccoli?

At least, who loves broccoli when there's nothing else to eat?


Don't Mess with Us

I think the cracker crumbs on her lips diminish the tough look on Aurora's face as she prepares to kick butt on the subway yesterday.

Maybe she was just remembering riding the BART in October because surely there are no ruffians on the zoo train, which is where we REALLY were, unless you count that cheeky squirrel.