Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Christmas with John this year was amazing. It was so fun to see the excitement and joy on his face now that he sort of 'gets' it!

The tree. Notice all of the ornaments are missing from the bottom- we had to move them because John was way too interested!

Hanging out in his new 'Cars' tent.

Gift Time!!!

By the end, John was a pro at opening presents :)

Taking a break to read a book with Mommy. John didn't really understand the whole open all of the presents and then play concept, he wanted to play immediately following each one!

Oh Lego's!!!

Playing 'Magformers' (complete with sound effects, see the tongue?!)

'Magformers' are the BEST toy. I'm not sure who is having more fun, John or the adults! He loves it when Mommy builds a tower and he gets to knock it down... I'd recommend them to everyone with a curious child, the instructions say ages 6+ but at 2.5 John does great with them. Unfortunately we can't take them on the boat because the magnets will mess with the compass, which is very important :(

Friday, December 25, 2009


We are in Venice, Florida at Grandma and Grandpa Goff's house for Christmas. On Christmas Eve, Santa came by boat (!!) to the clubhouse for a little celebration. All the children (about 15 grandchildren of residents here) gathered at the top of the steps and then followed Santa and Mrs. Claus into the clubhouse to sit on Santa's lap and get a little goody bag. I was a little worried about what John's reaction to a 'real' Santa might be, especially because he didn't nap at all and was a bit cranky by 6:30PM. I shouldn't have worried. John was waiting at the top of the dock steps for Santa, grinning and jumping up and down excitedly. He then hurried and followed Santa into the clubhouse, never more than a few feet behind. At one point, Santa stopped and John took the opportunity to hug his knees, almost knocking him over! Santa picked John up and gave him a big hug (darn it, just at that moment my camera card was full!!!). Then, he got chosen to be the FIRST child to sit on Santa's lap. I asked John what he asked Santa to bring him for Christmas, and he answered "pissmass presents mamma!"

Santa arriving on the boat

Putting out our 'reindeer food' (oatmeal with glitter in it- the glitter reflects in the moonlight/Rudolph's nose and attracts it, from the library story time in the Keys- cool idea huh?!)

Friday, December 18, 2009


I read a few BLOGS, and usually people mark milestones- for example "100th Post!" etc. Well, I missed my 100th post, by a lot it would seem! By my count I'm at 195. Since I'll probably forget to mark the 200th post, I'll mark this!

Happy 195th Post Captain John!

For this happy occasion I'll do a little catch up of photos from the past few weeks.


John IDOLIZES his 'Bubby Owen'. This morning we looked at Owen's Blog and John was inspired...
Do you see a family resemblance?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Glimpse....

A little conversation John and I had the other day. Pulling into Bahia Honda in the Florida Keys, on the bow just after putting the anchor down....

John: Oh Look! A beach!
Abby: Yeah, do you like beaches John?
John (dreamily): Yeah... Girls in "tini's" live there..... ('tini' means BIKINI!)

Oh boy. John is 2 going on 15, this is just a little glimpse into our future I think!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Kapok Tree

One of our favorite books lately is The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry. A wonderful book about nature and conservation that I highly recommend!

Well, we were walking around Key West and found a real Kapok Tree! John had so much fun climbing all over it and exploring, and what a great way to make the book more real!