Toddler lunch, part 2

Today Zach's lunch was:
  • slice of cheese
  • 8 dill pickle spears
  • veggie hotdog
  • cup of applesauce
How's that for diverse??


First avocado - one year ago


This picture made me laugh out loud!


Look at that fuzzy little head!


After bath

See? His hair doesn't ALWAYS stick up...

What a good eater!

Zachary never fails to amaze me in what he will eat...the latest thing is lettuce. He LOVES it. He is constantly swiping pieces out of our salads as we eat...and tho I have worried about choking, his molars seem to be thru enough that he can chew it with very little problem. I haven't been able to find anything online that says he shouldn't eat it, so I guess we'll start fixing him his own salads now and then!

He also tried cole slaw with dinner the other nite and absolutely loved it--what a joy that my son loves vegetables as much as he does!


This made me laugh out loud

What a nut my little boy is

What a silly face

Playing with his "guys" on the couch

Who knew a salad spinner could be so much fun?

In keeping with Zach's love of all things that spin,
he has discovered the joy that is the salad spinner...

I want to ride my bicycle

Zach can finally reach the ground when he sits on
the "bike" he got for his birthday!
And he figured out how to make it go FORWARD!
Doesn't he look darn cute on it?

Love those lashes



18 month stats

We just got back from the doctor for Z's 18 month appointment, and here're the numbers:

Height - 29.5" (a bit of plateau...we have to keep an eye on this)
Weight - 23.8 lbs

Pretty petite all the way around. But NO shots, so we were happy about that!

Weebles wobble but they don't fall down

At the doctor's office, Zach discovered how much fun it is
to spin his weebles on the linoleum floor, and
when we got him, he promptly brought them into the
kitchen so he could continue the fun.

Another trick

I am amazed on a daily basis by how much Zachary understands what we say and what he hears!! He may have been learning a lot earlier in his life (I know he was), but now that he is demonstrating it daily, it is the most amazing and exciting thing!

One of his latest things is this:

We have a Laurie Berkner CD that we like to listen to, and song number 3 is Zach's favorite. It's a song that talks about a chimpanzee, an elephant, a parakeet and an alien--and without fail, as soon as he hears the first few notes of the song, Zach will blow air thru his pursed lips and make an elephant sound. And when the song talks about the chimpanzee swinging thru the trees, he points to the tree in our living room. AND I DIDN'T TEACH HIM THIS. It blows my mind.

It almost makes up for all the tantrums. :)

His own clock

Given his new interest in clocks, Saturday morning,
Chris made Zach his very own clock.
He loved it!

Tocks Zlocks and Clocks

Zachary has become obsessed with clocks.

Ok, obsessed is maybe a little strong...but he definitely loves them.

One of his favorite bedtime books has become "There's a Wocket in my Pocket" by Dr. Seuss. One page reads: "And when I hear a tock, I know a Zlock's behind the clock" and without Chris or I teaching him, Zachary has begun to always point at the clock in his bedroom at that point. And now he points several times a day to the clocks in the kitchen, and I think he is saying "clock" when he does it.

At any rate, there is no doubt that my child is a genius. :)


One more oldie but goodie...

What a great shot.

Just like Daddy's...

The other day, Zach and I discovered how much silly
fun it is to wear Mr. Potatohead's glasses...
and tho this picture is blurry, it totally cracks me up!!

What a nut!

18 months!!!

6 months

18 months
What a difference a year can make!
What a silly boy...



We've moved to size 4 diapers!

(Well, Zach has. The rest of us...well.....nevermind)


A year ago

When Z first started sitting up on his own
Look at that hair!

Looking sharp after a bath


Tribute to Barkley - our wonderful Round Mound of Hound

We'll miss you buddy.


He is my other eyes that can see above
the clouds; my other ears that hear above
the winds. He is the part of me that can
reach out into the sea.

He has told me a thousand times over that
I am his reason for being: by the way he
rests against my leg; by the way he thumps
his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he
shows his hurt when I leave without taking him.
(I think it makes him sick with worry when he
is not along to care for me.)

When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive.
When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile.
When I am happy, he is joy unbounded.
When I am a fool, he ignores it.
When I succeed, he brags.
Without him, I am only another man. With him,
I am all-powerful.
He is loyalty itself.
He has taught me the meaning of devotion.
With him, I know a secret comfort and a
private peace. He has brought me understanding
where before I was ignorant.
His head on my knee can heal my human hurts.
His presence by my side is protection against
my fears of dark and unknown things.
He has promised to wait for me...
whenever...wherever--in case I need him.
And I expect I will--as I always have.

He is just my dog.

- Gene Hill
This piece originally appeared in Tears & Laughter
Copyright Gene Hill. All rights reserved.


There is one best place to bury a dog.
If you bury him in this spot, he will
come to you when you call - come to you
over the grim, dim frontier of death,
and down the well-remembered path,
and to your side again.

And though you call a dozen living
dogs to heel, they shall not growl at
him, nor resent his coming,
for he belongs there.

People may scoff at you, who see
no lightest blade of grass bent by his
footfall, who hear no whimper, people
who may never really have had a dog.
Smile at them, for you shall know
something that is hidden from them,
and which is well worth the knowing.

The one best place to bury a good
dog is in the heart of his master.

- Ben Hur Lampman
from the Portland Oregonian Sept. 11, 1925
[AKA "If A Dog Be Well Remembered"]
[AKA "Where TO Bury A Dog"]


"I'm Mr. Green Christmas...I'm Mr. Sun..."

A very silly look for a very silly boy
who smeared much of his dinner in his hair and
had to endure a washcloth scrubbing
(I love this picture!)

Love thumbody....



Exploring puddles


A trip to the zoo

We had some unseasonably mild weather
today, so decided to get out of the house and
visit the animals at the zoo.
We saw the big horn sheep (up on their rock!)...

...Patagonian Cavies....

....penguins (getting their tank cleaned...pretty funny
to see 9 penguins running around in a herd while
the gals hosed out their tank)...

...Canada geese flying overhead (and honking up a storm)...

...and touched the concrete gorilla's ass (can I say that?)

What a darling little guy! (looking at more geese, I think)

Enjoying his independence--boy did he EVER!

Maybe pointing at the tigers...

And patted the concrete Komodo Dragon on the head.
It was a fun trip.