No more formula...

Well, we've run out of our last can of formula...and as of now, don't plan to buy any more as Zachary is drinking soy milk very readily. A sad milestone in a way, since it means our little boy is growing up...

But think of all the money we'll save....yahoo! He'll be able to go to college after all!

Sanctuary, sanctuary!

Sorry, I couldn't resist.
I crack myself up.


At the park

After a big meal of nachos, it's nice to go to
the park and play some...helps the digestion.
This is Zach climbing up the equipment.

This is Zach climbing down the equipment...
ignoring all his training to go down backwards.

Crawling thru the tube is fun!

And playing the piano is fun!

But NOTHING is as much fun as sitting in the
tunnel with the BIG kids...

Nachos Bellgrande

Yup, that's Zachary, 14 months old, eating nachos.
Zach and daddy have a wonderful daily ritual where
Z sits on daddy's lap while daddy eats dinner, and
Zach eats second dinner off of daddy's plate.
Well, tonite, daddy's "plate" had nachos bellgrande on it.
And Zach thought they were divine.

Meeting baby Mallory

If she looks TINY, it's because she is...just over 4 pounds!



and no, I don't really have a September picture for this year yet...
it's getting harder and harder to capture him still!

Dogs' best friend

Zachary has discovered how to get into the canister that
holds the dog treats...and not only has he discovered that,
he has discovered that the dogs pay LOTS of attention to
him once he has made a visit to the canister...

...don't you love those jammies??

...grabbing the booty...

...offering the booty to any interested party...

...and Gus is always interested...


What a wonderful weekend we all had! Not only did Zach survive being away from us (in fact, I don't even think he noticed we were gone), but we enjoyed our weekend away as well! In fact, it went so well, I don't know what's to stop us from doing it again....soon! :)

But it is good to be back and hug my little monkey. Now for some pics...


HUGE milestone...

...for mommy and daddy this weekend....

We're spending our first nites away from Zachary this weekend to go to the wedding of our dear friends...and leaving our beloved boy behind.

I know he's in great hands, but who knew it was this hard????


Zachary now says "stick."

Ok, well, he doesn't EXACTLY say STICK...it sounds more like "kik," but there's no doubt that's what he's saying.


Bill Mahr to Bush

This was too good to resist...it's an open statement to Bush from Bill Mahr:

"Mr. President, this job can't be fun for you any more. There's no more money to spend--you used up all of that. You can't start another war because you used up the army. And now, darn the luck, the rest of your term has become the Bush family nightmare: helping poor people. Listen to your Mom. The cupboard's bare, the credit cards maxed out. No one's speaking to you. Mission accomplished.

"Now it's time to do what you've always done best: lose interest and walk away. Like you did with your military service and the oil company and the baseball team. It's time. Time to move on and try the next fantasy job. How about cowboy or space man? Now I know what you're saying: there's so many other things that you as President could involve yourself in. Please don't. I know, I know. There's a lot left to do. There's a war with Venezuela. Eliminating the sales tax on yachts. Turning the space program over to the church. And Social Security to Fannie Mae. Giving embryos the vote.

"But, Sir, none of that is going to happen now. Why? Because you govern like Billy Joel drives. You've performed so poorly I'm surprised that you haven't given yourself a medal. You're a catastrophe that walks like a man. Herbert Hoover was a sh***y president, but even he never conceded an entire city to rising water and snakes.

"On your watch, we've lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two trade centers, a piece of the Pentagon and the City of New Orleans.

"Maybe you're just not lucky.

"I'm not saying you don't love this country. I'm just wondering how much worse it could be if you were on the other side.

"So, yes, God does speak to you. What he is saying is: 'Take a hint.'


...are the latest and greatest find in the Erwin house...

Much to mommy's chagrin. Zachary LOVES to open and close doors, peeking out at me with the most adorable face I've ever seen...but, DANG, do I worry about those fingers getting caught in there! Today he would be sitting one time when he opened the door, only to be standing the next time. It was quite clever, but I couldn't get past my fear of smashed fingers to enjoy it much.

I know it's bound to happen sooner or later...I just don't want to be around when it does. A cloth diaper in the door seems to help for now, but sooner or later, he'll discover that tossing that aside makes the game much more fun.

The dangers of parenthood.

Another milestone!

Zach is beginning to stand for just the shortest moments on his own! Yay!! He did it for the first time Sept. 19 when he was playing on the slide with daddy...and did it several times yesterday at Gram's. So exciting!

Walking can't be too far off....


Silly boy

I've discovered that timing is everything in offering Zachary a drink while he's eating.

If he still has food in his mouth when you ask if he would like a drink, he promptly spits out whatever he is currently eating in order to take a drink.

After his drink, he puts the gummy glob back in his mouth and continues eating as tho he had never been interrupted.


The latest

It would appear that Zachary is working on getting his molars in...he's been somewhat fussy, drooling up a storm (very unusual for him), had a HORRIBLE runny nose, and been practically sucking the skin off of his beloved thumb. On the few occasions that I have dared to reach into his mouth, I thought I have felt some large bumps on his bottom gums. So far, things haven't been too bad (knock on wood), but we still hope this phase passes quickly.

New shirt


Ed Grimley

Ok, so I probably shouldn't post this one, but it's too
cute not to. Zach's sweat pants were a little bit long,
so to help him out with walking, I pulled them waaaaaaay up...
This was the result.

Baby in red...

He looked so dang cute yesterday...and the only
focused pictures I got of him were from the back.
Oh well..it's still a cute shot!

Tubtime Fun

Bubbles are fun!

Excited to see Cleo enter the bathroom


Check out this site...

Dropping Knowledge

Very cool concept...I'll be anxious to see the final project.



Sept 2004

Isn't he beautiful?


And of course, I don't have the camera (Daddy is off enjoying the air races in Reno with it)...

Today, when Z was taking bath, he finally discovered what fun it is to have a bubble beard! He dipped his face into the froth and came up looking as cute as I have ever seen him, and we just giggled and giggled.

It was quite possibly, the best bath ever. Maybe next time, I can get some snaps.





Loading the dishwasher

So Zachary has his first official household chore: loading the dishwasher.

Oh, and he can do it alright.

He demonstrated with daddy tonite. WITHOUT being asked, he took a dirty dish (a pan lid he had been working with on the floor) from it's position across the room over to the already open dishwasher and loaded it in the bottom rack.

Is this kid going to be a dream teenager, or what???? :)


Another trick!

Today, Zach discovered clicking his tongue against the roof of his mouth! Let me tell you how dang cute it is.

He is also learning to raise his arms above his head to signal "touchdown" in honor of college football season kicking off.

Watch for us on David Letterman soon.

Zach loves Cleo

...and Cleo...well, she tolerates Zach


When Daddy and Zach stay home...

THIS is what happens...


...hmm...what's this?

...uh huh...


...oh boy...


Oh brother!
I know most of you come here to see Zachary,
but when I discovered these pictures on the camera,
I couldn't resist. I even told Chris,
"You know, those could end up on the blog..."
He's a goof, but really, that's exactly why I love him!!!