Monday, January 30, 2012

Florida - Part 2

So the video in Part 1 is really bad. Sorry about that! Here is a better video that is sure to make you smile - it makes me grin from ear to ear every time I see it. I also threw in a couple of beach pics at sunset. It really was the best time! Coming back to the real world was brutal! Oliver was happy to reunite with his friends at school, though, and settled back into the "routine" pretty easily. If only I could do the same! :)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Florida Vacation - Part 1

Man, did we just get back from a great vacation - a whole week in sunny Florida! There is lots to talk about and tons of pics, so this is going to be a multi-parter I suspect. Sorry in advance for all of the typing!
To start, let's talk about the airplane(s). Oliver did great! We booked as late of a flight as possible both ways in hopes that he would sleep for most of the time, and our theory sort of worked on the way down and worked great on the way back. We had a layover in Atlanta both ways, and on the way there, Oliver was awake for the whole first leg. We brought out the new DVD player and he was definitely interested in watching Elmo - the only problem was that the DVD player was somehow not charged and the batteries died about 20 minutes in. Oops! The rest of the 1.5 hour flight was spent with lots of imaginative entertaining on Mama and Dada's part. Luckily, he got tired and fell asleep soon after the 2nd leg started and all was well until we landed in Ft. Myers. We didn't get in until 11:30 on Friday night, and boy, once we got to Grammy & Grandpa's house, Oliver was wired! He ran around checking everything out and playing with all of the cool toys that G&G had borrowed from other grandparents on their street, and he didn't end up going to bed until 1:30 a.m.!!!! As Matt & I were leaving to drive up to Orlando the next day, I let the late bedtime slide. After all, I wasn't going to be around much for the grumpiness that was sure to come the next day! ;)
(I'm going to sprinkle some trip pictures here & there so I don't totally lose you.)

Saturday, Matt and I left the boy in the company of his much-elated grandparents and headed to Orlando for Matt's veterinary conference. It was massive!!!! 3 huge hotels (all convention centers in their own right) were used to hold everyone. Utter chaos! I felt more than a bit guilty at Matt having to jet off on Sunday and Monday all day long, but I did have a nice time on my own doing things like getting coffee, going to the gym, getting a pedi, and driving around the Disney area remembering my internship I did there in college. I have definitely been brain-washed as a Disney lover and absolutely cannot wait to take Oliver there in a couple of years. My personal opinion from experience is that age 4 is the minimum a child should be to experience Disney World at maximum enjoyment level (just my 2 cents).

Anyways, Matt & I ate some great food in Orlando (not to toot my own horn, but I am a really good restaurant picker-outer), and had some nice, quiet, kid-free time together, but we both missed Oliver terribly by the end of the 2nd solo day, so on Tuesday morning, we were more than ready to head back down to Ft. Myers. I would like to tell you that Oliver also missed us terribly, but that would be a big, fat lie! He was having so much fun with Grammy & Grandpa, eating out on the lanai for every meal, feeding the ducks at the pond behind the condo, meeting all of G&G's many (many) friends, and enjoying the Florida sunshine. He barely noticed our absence and return.

Wednesday came and we decided to take advantage of the absolutely gorgeous day and take Oliver to the beach for the first time. I'm not sure if we have told you before how much Oliver loves water in any form. Well, he loves the "wattee" ALOT, whether he's drinking it, washing his hands, swimming in the pool or taking a bath, and this trip will always hold a special memory of his introduction to the ocean. At first, he wasn't at all sure about the sand, and didn't want to put his feet down, but after a couple of minutes, he decided the sand wasn't so bad, and was rearing to go into the water. The ocean was COLD, but Oliver didn't notice at all. He wanted Dada to dip him in the water over and over and over! Here is a video of O taking a dip. Sorry for the shaky camera work. That water really was COLD!

Okay, so with that lovely beach video, I leave you wanting more, more, more of our fun in the sun. Stay tuned for more beach pics and a video of Oliver getting his groove on to some island tunes. :)

Monday, January 9, 2012

A New Year, A New Word(s)

We have been talking up a storm around our house these days. The words are coming fast and furious! True, Matt and I can only understand 1/4 of them, but still, it is awesome to see how Oliver's little brain is firing away putting together words with meaning. To date, I think his vocabulary has quadrupled within the past two weeks! Some new faves:

Wall - (sounds like wawh)
Elmo - (sounds like Melmo)
Water - an early word with many progressions to date (sounds like wattee right now)
Duck - (hey, we've got a winner - sounds like duck!)
Mine - (sounds like mine)
Nose - (sounds like no)
No - (also sounds like no, and is said ALOT)
Belly - (sounds like beddy)
Fish - (sounds like ish)

Okay, I will stop. I could go on but I realize even the most patient grandma might have limits on the number of almost words that come out of my child's mouth on a daily basis these days! 

We are off to Florida on Friday for a week of fun with Grammy, Grandpa, and some quality time for Matt and I in Orlando during his annual vet conference. Woo woo!  
Peace! (sounds like peash). :)
Here is a pic of Oliver practicing watching his new DVD payer with headphones. We are crossing our fingers it keeps him at least a little bit occupied on the airplane!