Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Six months old!

first time on a swing, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

Dear little Beckett --

My Boo Bear, my Little Boo, you are six months and change, and you are so, so dear and darling. You make so many wonderful sounds -- I hope so much that I will be able to remember the pitch, the tone, of your tiny voice. Of course, for a tiny voice, you sure can fill up the space with sound! You're latest thing is that you've learned how to roar -- you go, "AAAAAAAAHHHAAAHHHHHHHH!!!", as loud as you can, and it makes you so happy to be so loud. You love holding things that crinkle when you touch them, like the bag the baby wipes come in, and mylar balloons. You love to eat -- we started giving you real food about three weeks ago, and you love apples, butternut squash, pears, sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, peas, blue berries, peaches, and apricots. When you are teething, which is often these days, even though those silly teeth won't come out, you like to chew on frozen peas that we put in a little mesh feeder, so you won't choke. You love to be on your tummy and push up -- you look so happy and proud when you're on your tummy, arms extended, head perky and eyes alert. Someone who met you recently said that you smile with your whole body -- and yes, you really do. You wiggle and smile, and just ooze happy. You aren't crawling yet, but you've figured out how to roll from place to place, and you do a little scooching, too. Crawling isn't long off. Neither is sitting up. You are so close to being able to do that on your own -- it's amazing to see you get so self sufficient. You crack up at your brother -- you just think he's so funny. It was no surprise to me that your first real laugh was at something Hank was doing. You know your surroundings and your home -- just a few days ago we came home from a week in New York, and when we got back to our car at the airport, you knew your carseat, and you were so happy to be in your own carseat that you started cooing, giggling, and merrily kicking your sweet little feet.

It seems like you are growing up without us even noticing -- it is all going to fast. You are still a tender little baby, but the tender little baby days are zooming by so, so quickly. Every now and then when I'm snuggling you, I snuggle you a little bit tighter and whisper, "stay small for a long, long time, please stay small". Your smallness is delicious, but so is being a witness to all the discoveries you are making about yourself and this world, so keep doing all that, too, and I'll try to slow down and drink it all in a little bit more.


First game of Chutes and Ladders

Where should we send him?

Where should we send him?, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hank's Volcano Dinosaur Birthday Cake

Dear Hank --

Beautiful boy! You have just turned four, and I hope you had a really happy birthday. We surprised you by having a bouncy house delivered to our backyard for the day, getting you the big boy bike you were hoping for, and making a big cake that looked like a volcano -- the cake was lemon, your favorite these days, and I put some dinosaurs around it (because you are crazy about dinosaurs right now), and made a river out of blue frosting (because that was another part of your request). I put the whole cake together the night before your party, after you went to sleep, and when you saw it in the morning, the look on your face was priceless.

I've been feeling bad because I haven't been making much time to record memories for you to read in the future, so here are a few recent things that have been so nice for me to experience with you.

1 -- there's a playground in a neighborhood near us called Greenridge Park. We discovered it a few months ago. We have to drive up a huge, steep hill to get there, and at the top is this great playground with a view of the entire bay area. We realized that if we went late enough in the day, you could play and blow off some steam, and then we could watch the sun set. The first time we did this, you were totally blown away. You had no idea that the sun sinks below the horizon, because you had never seen it actually happen. It made for a really magical moment, and now about once a week, you will ask if we can go to Greenridge Park and watch the sun set. We did this again yesterday, and as soon as you noticed that the sun was about the slip away, you came to sit with me and Beckett on a bench and we all watched in silence while snuggling on the bench. It was lovely. This morning you asked if we could go and do it again today.

2 -- about two months ago (so when Beckett was just about five months old) you finally noticed that he was someone you could interact with, someone who could be fun for you, instead of just someone who was taking Daddy's and my attention away. Since then I've really enjoyed watching you do things like share toys with him, and make him laugh. In doing so, you've been able to share some of Beckett's first experiences, and by the look on your face when this happens, it looks like you re-experience these things for the first time again, too. You did this with a glowing light stick -- it was really dark and you were playing with this wonderful glowing thing, noticed that Beckett was interested, and shared it with him, and watched him play -- it was lovely. And just this week, you made Beckett laugh out loud for the very first time, and it cracked you up, too. You were running around the family room in your underpants, throwing your pants up in the air over and over again, and it just cracked Beckett up -- he laughed and laughed, laughed like he has never laughed before, and you laughed and laughed, too.

3 -- you say the craziest things these days -- I've been trying to jot my favorites down, but I know I'm not capturing them all. Here are three of your finest quotes, just from yesterday:

"my sleeves are inside out! Help me make them inside in!"

"that dog has a funny butt. It's butt is ROUND!!"

"mommy!!! The moooon is out! It's a banana!"

And pretty much everything that comes out of your mouth is preceded by a "Moooommmmmyyyyy!!!!!"

I'll wrap this birthday letter up, because it is starting to get a little long, but know that your daddy and I just love you so much. We love reading stories with you. We love how curious you are about how things work, watching you focus on taking things apart and put them back together. You love to have dance parties in the evenings. You bring a lot of joy to our lives, and we can't imagine what the last four years would have been like without you in them. Thank you for being our wonderful little guy.


Hank's Volcano Dinosaur Birthday Cake

Hank's Volcano Dinosaur Birthday Cake

More Halloween

More Halloween, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

More Halloween

More Halloween, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

Hank's Halloween Costume

Hank's Halloween Costume, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

Hank's Halloween Costume

Hank's Halloween Costume, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

Hank's Halloween Costume

Hank's Halloween Costume, originally uploaded by allthingssara.


APPLES!!!, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

Our second attempt at introducing solids, at 5.5 months, went a lot better. Ever since the apple incident, Beckett has loved to eat.


Snooze, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

Written by Hank himself!

Written by Hank himself!, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

Hank is great at writing his letters -- He asks how to spell things, and then does the writing himself.

Geepop and Beckett

Geepop and Beckett, originally uploaded by allthingssara.


brothers, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

I love Beckett's googly eyes in this picture. Love them so, so much :) And I love that Hank is giving him a kiss. :* Hank is very sweet to Beckett.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

We took the boys to Santa Cruz for the day to visit my brother and his rad girlfriend Katy. The beach was awesome and so fun for Hank.

First Bites

First Bites, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

Poor little Beckett -- we thought he might be interested in trying some solid food when he was about five months old, but he was not in to it At All....

Tilden Park --Celebrating Mountain Day

Train Trip To Sacramento

Train Trip To Sacramento, originally uploaded by allthingssara.


Bowling!, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sail Away Boat

Sail Away Boat, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

With Hank getting older, and more and more creative, we've been trying to find new ways to be inventive at home with play. In our efforts, several cardboard boxes have met their demise, but some, like this one, got new life as things like sail boats. We've been having a ton of fun :)

Happy Beckett!

Fun with Dress Up, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

Learning to Play Together

Fun with Dress Up, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

I'd say this was the first moment that Hank really tried to play with Beckett. It only took four months!

First Trip To Fairy Land!

First Trip To Fairy Land!, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

OK, well, to be technical, Hank's first trip to fairyland was as an infant, but this was his first trip as a full fledged boy, and it was just delightful. Fairyland was pretty much exactly as I remembered it. The rides, displays, play equipment, all of it. Hank loved it, and I loved getting to share it with him, and with Henry, too (who of course had never been). I loved having Beckett there, too, but really look forward to taking him at an age when he'll be able to enjoy it as much as Hank enjoyed it this past trip. It was really a joy. I can't wait to go again.

First Trip To Fairy Land!

First Trip To Fairy Land!, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

First Trip To Fairy Land!

First Trip To Fairy Land!, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

Hank Pretends to be a Fruit Bat

First Cotton Candy

First Cotton Candy, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

At the zoo

You Must Be This Tall, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

A favorite outing this past summer. We went often. Beckett would nap in the stroller and Hank would enjoy the zoo.

Tummy Time

Tummy Time, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

4 months old

Trying out the bumbo seat for the first time

play, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

about 4 months old here

Quick Trip To Monterey

playground, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

We went down to Monterey for a day, and spent much of it at this incredible playground. Hank, true to form, spent much of that time blowing our minds with his physical abilities and complete fearlessness on the playground equipment.

tire swing

tire swing, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

beautiful boy

blue eyes

blue eyes, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

3.5 months


Hot Wheels!, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

Lowly Worm and Lighting McQueen (or as Hank pronounces it, "Lightling")

Hank's First Hot Wheels Set

Hot Wheels!, originally uploaded by allthingssara.

oh this made him so happy! Towards the end of the Summer, Hank had just been being so good and wonderful, that I took him to the toy store and told him he could pick one toy out, and he was drawn to this like a magnet. They had a torrid affair, lasting about a month and a half. Definitely worth the 17 bucks.