Friday, March 23, 2012

Starting With The Man In the Mirror...err...iPhone

Logan sees himself every day...our closet doors have mirrors on them and he literally plays with them every single day. So seeing himself shouldn't really be anything new, but when he sees himself in Mom's iPhone, it's a whole new hilarious story...     

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ducks, Frogs and Cows! Oh My!

Logan and I went on a nature walk today and it was SO much fun! I loaded my little buddy in the stroller and we walked on the neighborhood sidewalk for about 10 minutes until we got to a walking trail/path, then I let Logan out of the stroller and had him lead the way! The trail was fenced in on both sides, with houses to the left of us and a creek to the right. As we were walking we heard birds chirping, saw rocks and flowers, and even encountered a REALLY cool sighting that Logan just could NOT stop talking about for the rest of the day (See video below).

We also heard a frog "Ribbit" in the creek which was quite exciting for our little explorer. Our final destination of the walk was an awesome park, that is literally 10 minutes from our home, but I wanted to get out and explore the neighborhood so we ended up going the long way and were out and about for 2 hours! It was awesome! When we rounded the corner and Logan saw the park he was beyond excited! I'd been telling him all morning we were going to a park, but I think he was beginning to lose hope after about 20 minutes...

There are cows all around us here in San Ramon (Which is TOTALLY weird to me), they just sit up on the hills and Moo from time to time...well, right around 12pm today the cows started MOOing up a storm! I looked to one of the hills and sure enough, there were the cows Mooing like crazy and RUNNING! I've never seen a cow run before...they always just wander or stand there...I honestly didn't know they had the ability to run (I know - stupid statement, but I'd just never seen a cow move faster than a shuffle before). Hearing the cows so close and so loud also excited Logan and he started Mooing right back at them! Hilarious!

We got home and I made Logan lunch then put him to bed for a 2 hour nap - YES! He woke up, we ran a quick errand then came back home for some play time before dinner! Jason will be happy to know that I put up some color posters in Logan's play room so I can start working with him on his colors - I've been MEANING to do something like this for quite some time now, but haven't gotten around to it for one reason or another, but we started today and we'll continue for as long as we need to!

Enjoy the pictures from our nature hike! Ducks, Frogs and Cows - Oh My!
video

Mommy's Little Helper!

Hunting Ducks

Mom! Did you hear that????

I heard a DUCK!

So sweet...

Taking a break

Not all who wander are lost

Ssshhhh...we're hunting duckies!

Discovering shadows!

Berry Break at the park!

Logan! Quit growing up!!

Deep in thought (And VERY ready for a nap!)

Even after a 2 hour nap, SOMEONE was VERY grumpy when he woke up!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Videos of the Laubster!

Wow, the Laubster Tale blog has been suffering! And to be honest, I'm sure it's not going to pick up any steam until we get pregnant again (No, this is not a post announcing we're pregnant...I PROMISE! We are not there yet!) - but ,to keep those of you who don't have facebook (Are there any of you out there?) I wanted to post a few videos I've taken of Logan over the past little while so you can see what our favorite little guy is up to!

I made these next 3 videos on my iPhone using an awesome (& free) video editing app called Magisto - basically you take several video clips and then choose a soundtrack and the app combines the clips, edits them and adds the music and Viola - you have an awesome video! I love it! In other Logan news, the kid is talking up a STORM. My goodness, I can't even keep track of all the words he says now. My favorite has got to be ALRIGHT, which he says like "Awwhite" it's UH-DORABLE. Despite being as cute as a bug in a rug, he's definitely almost 2...and by that I mean we have entered what has got to be the most difficult and exhausting stage of childhood so far. This past week has been ROUGH - probably the roughest that I can remember to be totally honest (But that's only because, thanks to Mother Nature I have New Mom Amnesia and I don't really remember what those first few weeks were like...if we all remembered those tough times, would we EVER go through it again? Hell to the NO!)Logan is at that stage where he understands enough to assert his independence and can tell Jas and I what he wants, but he doesn't understand enough for me to REASON with him about certain things - or, really about ANYTHING. We get a full on MELTDOWN after he sees me pull the eggs out in the morning and doesn't realize why I can't make them instantly (Apparently my child would like Jane Jetson for a mother). It's a battle - that's where we're at. Both my amazing sister-in-law and good friend Angie have reassured me that this age was their least favorite as well (18-22 months for Angie - so if that's the case for Logan then we're almost home free! Also, Gretchen assured me it's amazing how much change can come in a couple of months - especially once they hit the 24 months mark - PLEASE PLEASE LET THAT BE TRUE!). Now, I probably have a few friends reading this who are rolling their eyes thinking I'm SUCH a wimp because Logan is SUCH a good kid - and yes, it's true, he's AMAZING...especially when he's around other people and other kids - but when it's just him and me, disastrous events are going to happen. Now, I will take some blame for that from this past week because I was not as patient of a mother as I like to be. But as I said before, this past week has been TOUGH. First, Logan was SUPER sick so we were pretty much stuck inside all day each day. We would go on little walks here and there, but Logan wasn't really up for much more than that. We would play i the backyard of course, but it wasn't enough to get either of us satisfied about the outside world. Then, because Logan was sick, he and I had to cancel our trip to Chicago which was supposed to happen this past weekend. Jason's brother Colby graduated from Navy Boot Camp and we were all going to go out for the graduation (along with Baba Laub and Colby's girlfriend Allison) - but Jason still wanted to go (as he should have) so we drove Dada to the airport, waved goodbye and braced ourselves for 4 days on our own. There were quite a few days where Logan didn't sleep well while Jason was gone, and since I NEVER sleep well when Jason's gone, we were both exhausted. From the cabin fever I was already feeling from the week before, I just wasn't in the right frame of mind to deal with Logan's tantrums - and not having Jason there to pick up the slack and help me, it just made everything that much worse. I definitely realized how much I need Jason - and as always, I have no idea how single parents raise children - even if I do all of the domestic stuff at night (Dinner, bath time, bedtime) just knowing Jas is downstairs waiting for me to help me relax, to talk with, to just SIT WITH makes everything better. And to have someone to distract our little Tantrum man is a priceless gift - not having that day in and day out made for some VERRRY Long days (And I think Logan would agree!). So that's where we're at - I'm in the beginning stages of planning Logan's 2nd Birthday party...not a big surprise, but it's going to be ELMO/Sesame Street themed and should be a TON o' FUN!