July 2018 Recap

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Well it has certainly taken me long enough but the July recap is finally here.  I received numerous emails, calls, texts, faxes, you name it, and the constant nagging finally got me to sit down and upload these shots.  Part of the problem is that July had so much going on. We already posted about Jack’s 3rd birthday party, our Cambria trip, and Jack and Elodie’s burgeoning love affair.

July had us in Santa Barbara getting to take advantage of Grandpa lullabies, drinks in the funkzone, night time stories from Mimi, pant-less biscuits and so much more. After that it was pack to the ‘dena to celebrate Brycie’s birthday and lots of pool time at JoJo and Papa’s house.  The biggest take away from summer being over has to be how much fun we all had just popping into the pool nearly daily for even just 30 minutes or a few hours.

We sadly had one last cousin hangout before my cousin Gavin and his girls shipped off to Portland to focus on craft brewing, pour over coffees, and facial hair growth. It’s been sad with them gone but we’re looking forward to the time together over the coming holidays. The girls were especially interested and sweet with little Coop.

Hopefully this post provides some momentum and I’ll get the August recap up soon, but who knows I might pull a George R.R. Martin and take my sweet time on the next installment.

Pumpkin Carving

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Jack, and technically Cooper too, got to experience pumpkin carving for the first time.  Jack’s been eager ever since we bought a carving kit from Big Lots weeks ago when I took him out of pre-school for 2 hours to avoid a nap in hopes of him sleeping at a regular hour, but I digress. We headed up to my parents for the BYOP event and were surprised when there was sushi and cupcakes (eaten separately don’t worry) for a mini double birthday celebration for Sarah and Nick who share a birthday week.  Carving was a ton of fun with Bryce obviously showing off her art skills while the rest of us just tried not to cut a finger off while carving. Jack dictated exactly what he wanted his to look like then set himself to helping scoop out all the goop and seeds with JoJo and Nick, but we all really leaned on Nick as our super scooper.  Cooper had a lot of fun bouncing from person to person and especially enjoyed Papa’s high vantage point on his shoulders and riding his first tricycle.  Cooper and Nick even secretly decided to do some twinning and coordinated their outfits for the day, so cute. When Jack was 3 months old we took photos of him in the pumpkins at my parents front door so we tried to re-create something similar this year with Coop.  Jack’s been loving the fall/Halloween season and has a lot more fun Halloween activities still to come at his PCC school and his pre-school on top of boring old trick or treating.  If the excitement for Halloween is any indicator this Christmas season should be epic for Jack.

Courting Elodie

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Jack and Elodie have had a thing going ever since Elodie hosted Jack for vacation   in Charlottesville, VA last July. While there they hit the local pool, took their parents wine tasting, ate at fine dining establishments, and enjoyed the plethora of flavors of ice cream and fro-yo in town.

Sadly living on separate coasts meant they had to work extra hard on maintaining their relationship once the vacation was over.  I think they both knew the long-distance thing was going to be tough but what 2 or 3 year old is truly prepared enough.  Elodie has really put in her effort in by mailing cards, letters, and drawings for Jack.  Jack on the other hand has been methodically planning on how to further woo her on their next in person visit.

They finally got their much needed re-connection this July when the two of them both went to Santa Barbara to see their grandparents.  The meet-up was scheduled for Chase Palm Park and it was clear from the start the two needed some warming up.  Jack thought it best to start with some snacks and he came out strong by trying to show Elodie he could eat 2 protein bars packed with 21 grams of protein each, Elodie however was not impressed at first.

Once they were adequately satiated it was time to get a group photo with the mommies and for Jack to show off his little brother Coop.  Jack thought that this gesture of sharing his little brother and showing off how the polaroid from that day would impress, but it was clear Elodie was going to make Jack earn it.

Jack’s next tactic was to share his “treasures” which included having Elodie close her eyes while he “s’prised” her with a feather.  After bribery failed Jack knew he needed to take advantage of the spike of protein he was metabolizing and did so by showing off his rolling skills on both concrete and grass hills. Yet again, Jack was left hanging.

Being spurned got Jack thinking and he knew he needed to be a gentleman and pull out his last trick, the ever classic flower.  Sure enough Jack’s hard work, commitment, and chivalry paid off and he got that glimmer of interest out of Elodie that had been eluding him all morning.

With the special bond back together the two went off to meet their latest little buddy Chance, and see Sarah’s other good friend Laura who was also in town. It was clear from the group photos that Jack and Elodie were smitten with each other and they had a wonderful time showing off for the new babies.

Sadly the trip had to end and Elodie and Jack had to say their goodbyes yet again. Luckily Elodie and her family have moved closer and are now just a stone’s throw away in Salt Lake City, UT.  Jack is especially excited though, as Kristy and Elodie will be making a special visit down to Jack’s house this week and I’m sure these two will have a blast being back together again.

Coop’s First Dodgers Game

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Thanks to some kind friends we were offered 4 free loge level tickets to the Dodgers game last week.  It was a night game but paternity leave was close to ending and we figured why not be some cool parents and keep our boys up late.  For Dodgers fans this was fun because we got to see Brian Dozier’s first game in Dodgers Blue and they ultimately won, although we were long gone before the win was in sight.  Two kids at a game is incredibly hard but it was still a ton of fun and I’d do it again in a heart beat.  It also helped that it was $1 Dodger Dogs night so I didn’t mind that Jack and Coop didn’t touch theirs and it wasn’t so bad that Sarah tried to eat one an inning.  Jack remembered that last year he got a frozen yogurt so he demanded one of those until he finally got his way.  He also was super into taking photos with the DSLR and actually used the view finder.  Surprisingly some of them actually looked artistic, I was tempted to do another set of photos he just took but I decided to just save that for another day.  Looking forward to many more games with the family like this in the future.

 

Jack the Photographer

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You may recall that we had to upgrade our old t2i to the latest t7i, which didn’t bring us anything revolutionary or that exciting in terms of camera technology but given our t2i was so old we do now have the luxury of having touch features on the screen of  the camera.  Thanks to these new bells and whistles Jack has actually taken some interest in taking photos.  He’ll often say “i take a photo?” and immediately ask “i see it” after he’s taken one.  I’m sure part of this is due to his skills with an iPhone but it was also spurred by a staged family photo we did for Easter.

It’s pretty fun to have him show the interest in taking shots but it’s also challenging to keep him from button mashing or getting frustrated when the camera can’t keep up with his crazy ideas.  Rather than delete all his shots i thought it would be fun to post the shots he took in April in May which sadly include a lot of yours truly’s ugly mug.