A Day on the Trail

It’s cloudy here a lot.

Okay, that’s hardly news to anybody who has ever heard of Seattle.

What may be less well known, is that the PNW is famous for having cloudy/rainy Memorial Day weekends. We’re more of a late-summer place.

Well, this year we were informed that Saturday would be a beautiful day (followed by cloudy Sun and Monday). We decided to get out early and enjoy the weather on the Twin Falls trail! Sam had a BLAST! He really liked the camelback we got recently, insisting on wearing it for the first couple hundred yards (until the weight knocked him over once too many). He loved the trail and cruised around everywhere. Ultimately we only ended up hiking maybe two miles, but that’s quite a walk for a 2-year-old! By the drive home, he was truly tuckered out!

How did he earn that nap, you ask? Check out the clip below!

Sleeping boots


Here’s Sam, all ready for bed. What’s that on his feet? Rain boots. Sam has taken to sleeping in his shoes. We put him to bed barefoot, but when we check on him later, he always has shoes on. Amazingly, he always he gets his shoes on the right feet!

Nightime Shenanigans

During Spring Break we took off the front of Sam’s crib and replaced it with a guard rail – thus he had a toddler bed. The transition was mostly smooth, we only had one night of disrupted sleep after which we installed a guard on doorknob so that he couldn’t let himself out in the middle of the night.

That doesn’t mean that Sam has settled into simply falling asleep after we close his door and leave him for the night. Every night before we go to sleep we’ll check in on him and see how he’s doing. Most nights, he’s happily curled up and snoring away. Some nights we’ll find the oddest things in his bed. An aggregate inventory of what he has brought to bed includes: Tigger, Puppy, Frog, James, Thomas, a puzzle, both of his v-tech electronic toys, various books, foam tiles, cardboard building blocks, multiple Cars figurines, clothes from his drawers…and much more…

Tonight we were watching TV and were shocked when we heard a THUD! This isn’t an entirely uncommon occurrence and usually means that Sam has fallen out of bed while rolling over in his sleep. I sprinted upstairs to console our poor somnambulist and found him sitting on the floor, crying. Two things stood out, though. 1: he was sitting at the foot of the rocking chair, not in front of his bed and 2: he had shoes on. Upon inquiring about tonight’s bedtime routine, we determined the following: it appears as though he got up after Emily left him for the night, pulled all of the numbers out of the foam floor tiles and brought them into bed with him, got bored, put on his shoes, and climbed into the rocker whereupon he fell asleep.

The most surprising fact about this progression is that he got his shoes on the correct feet.

The Dentist’s Gift – A Reprise

We’ve had some questions regarding whether Sam liked the train set we bought with the dentist’s money. You be the judge:

Sunny Days

One of the things that we like so much about our new living situation is the  abundance of families of many playgrounds available to us. With the beautiful weather we’ve had this weekend, we spent a lot of time at said park!