Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend @ Lake Hartwell

This weekend we went up to Lake Hartwell for a little family fun time.  It was Griffin's first trip up there and Chad and I hadn't been in about 2 years, so it was great to get back there!  The weather was perfect, the water was high and we could not have asked for a better weekend!

The ride up left a little to be desired.  Griffin "temper tantrum" Herring made an 1.5 hour ride seem MUCH longer.

But once we got there and saw how excited Griffin was to put on his life vest and play on the boat, it made it worth it. 



Capt. Griffin was a good navigator!

I'm sure the wind blowing through his hair(s) felt good.

Swiming in the water with Dada.  He did pretty good in the vest.  (There is a video at the end of the post.)


He loved playing with the radio.


Griffin loved tubing with Dada!  He really seemed to enjoy it and even liked going over the bumps.  (Video at end of post.)


Ahhhh...relaxing.

Saw a big fish on our golf cart ride.

Griffin got to do a lot of driving this weekend. 

Another round of tubing before we left on Monday morning.

We stopped at the outlet mall on the way home.  It was a blessing and a curse that they had these little contraptions/rides every 5 stores or so.  One of us would stay outside with G while the other went in and shopped.  (Can you guess who did most of the shopping and who did most of the entertaining?)
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

15 Months

I know it's been a while since I've blogged, but I'm going to try to get better about doing it more often.  I know what you're thinking..."If I had a dime for every time she's said that"....

G had his 15 month doctor appointment a few weeks ago and everything was ship shape. Dr. B got a kick out of Griffin when he went and dug some snacks out of my purse and then took them to her to give to him.  She said his social skills are "off the charts" and, once again, made us feel like our little boy was the most perfect boy in the world!  She's really good at her job because I know this isn't true. 

  Why, you ask, do I not think my kid is perfect?  Well, come hang out with us for about an hour and you're sure to see at least one of Griffin's new TEMPER TANTRUMS!!  It's really quite funny when it's not embarrassing (like when you're in the mall or grocery store) or annoying (he gets really loud).  He's very unpredictable with what will set him off, but when he decides he's going to have one, he really gives it a go.  It usually involves a loud, back of the throat scream; hands up by his face which he thinks makes his scream louder (sometimes he slaps himself - could teething also be involved?); then he most always ends up rolling around on the floor.  Phew...it's quite the process, but it hardly ever lasts for more than 1 minute.  At this point I'm just trying to ignore him and not feed into the tantrum.  I'm hoping it's a phase that he will quickly grow out of.

All that being said, he's still pretty close to perfect and such a fun little boy!  I'd probably venture to say that this has been the most fun age/phase yet!  He really understands things we say to him and actually takes direction pretty well.  He's starting to try and repeat words that we say.  He's got a few words he says often: Mama, Dada, outside, truck, more, Thomas, Bob (can you tell what TV shows we watch?), dino(saur), and a few more.  Most of these words are only understood by Chad and me, but if you're around him for a while, you can figure out what he's trying to say.  It's fun hearing him because I swear he learns a new "word" every day.  He says a LOT of stuff that we just can't understand...which I think could be a big part of the temper tantrums.  He's trying to tell us stuff, but we just don't know what!

Here are his 15 month stats:

Height - 31 1/4 inches (55%)
Weight - 22lbs. 4 oz. (20%)
Head Circumference - 47 cm (50%)

Here are a few pictures from the last week or so....

Having a snack with his friend Leah Sineway.

One of his new, favorite seats in the house.


We got a new water table for the back deck.  It has turned out to be a perfect afternoon activity!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Family Fun Day

A few weeks ago we had the perfect family fun day at the aquarium.  It was extra special because it was a WEEK DAY and Chad took the day off to hang out with his family.  He has been working really hard lately, so I was proud of him for giving himself the day off!  We started the day at Waffle House for breakfast and then headed down town to the Georgia Aquarium...Griffin's first visit and only our second.



We weren't quite sure how Griffin would react to everything or how much he'd really be interested in the fish and stuff, but he seemed to REALLY enjoy himself!  He's so observant.


I love this picture!


Looking up at a HUGE whale shark and hundreds of other beautiful underwater animals.

Thank you Home Depot (or Bernie Marcus) for spending lots of money on building the aquarium so we could get an employee discount!

See the penguin?

Silly Dada!  (He gets the best laughs out of Griffin.)

We had to get a picture at the World of Coke while we were down there.
Talk about a great day!  After the aquarium we walked over to a play ground right across the street to let Griffin run around some more then headed home for a nap.  Everyone was tired!  Lucky me - I ended up getting a year long pass so Griffin and I can go as often as we'd like!  Can't wait for our next visit.