Sunday, February 27, 2011

Learning Tower

I really want one of these learning towers for Oliver. He is at the age where he wants to help with everything in the kitchen and around the house and I am not comfortable with having him on chairs unless I am right next to him. He can fall off too easily if he stops paying attention to where he is. You can see more about these cool towers by clicking here.

My friend Tracy also found instructions on how to build them here.So if anyone has some extra time to spare, Oliver would love one :)

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Oliver's feet have gone through a growth spurt.

Garage Door

We got our long awaited garage door and opener today. We are in love :) No more dragging the stroller and tricycle up two sets of stairs and no more parking them in our living room. The door will be painted along with the rest of our house this summer.
new door

the old one was in pretty bad shape

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Penny's Shoutout

So it turns out Penny did not make it onto the cover of the March issue of Seattle Magazine. They did, however, manage to give her a little shoutout and get her photo on the letter page since they were so bummed she didn't make it to the cover.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Another haircut

After family coffee this morning Jim and Oliver went to the barber shop down the street to get much needed haircuts together. We usually take Oliver to a kid place for his haircuts so it was a bit more difficult to distract him here and he wasn't exactly thrilled with the whole experience. But he got a great haircut!
Before - look how long his hair was
Watching Jim Baer get his hair cut
The finished product - you can see Oliver wants to get out of there ASAP
So handsome
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Friday, February 18, 2011

Drill Team

Penny and I are now part of a drill team at the training center where I teach. We meet every other week and the goal of the drill team is to perform at various dog events in the Seattle area to show off the power of positive dog training. Here Penny and I demonstrate the new moves we learned tonight.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Oliver - Month 16

Here are the pictures from last month. Not a whole lot has changed, except that his hair is growing like a weed! His girlfriends are jealous because Oliver's hair is so long and thick that he can wear headbands, clips, you name it, while his friends have hair that is much to fine to hold any accessories. Another haircut is in our near future. When I asked Nick if there was anything I should add, he just said that he's getting better at everything. Here is a sample:
  • climbing anything and everything - including onto our kitchen table, our bed, the window sill, etc.
  • signing (he has well over 50 signs now)
  • potty training!
  • Sleep - this is a big one! We started the process of night weaning him, and he can sometimes go up to eight hours in his bed (yep, he's in a toddler bed now) before he wakes and comes into ours. This is HUGE, as before he could only make it about four hours, but was averaging more like two or three.
  • sleeps in a toddler bed - we took the front crib railing off about a month ago, and he absolutely loves his bed now (he hated the crib)
  • playing ball with Penny - the two of them can play by themselves now. Oliver throws well enough that she will actually retrieve the ball to him. This is great for me because it keeps Oliver occupied and Penny exercised.
  • He babbles all day long. Dadadadadada has become the background music in our house.
He is just the sweetest little boy. He showers us regularly with kisses and frequently signs "i love you" after doing so. If I pick him up to help me stir something in the kitchen or help him do something else that he really likes, he is especially sweet. Today he even signed "i love you" to Penny!

He loves to wear our hats
and shoes
another one of Daddy's hats
even Mommy's headbands when his hair gets too long
Drinking coffee with Grandpa and Family Coffee
This is his favorite activity at Family Coffee. Thank you Jim Baer for showing him how to use it! We now spend each visit wiping up the floor afterward.
He loves his tools! And look at that drool - must be the molars.
Wearing his friend Rachel's backpack
Looks like he's ready for school!
Reaching for the camera - he likes to see the pictures after we take them
wearing a napkin
are you watching me??
I'm trying to escape!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Cranberry Orange Scones

My professional looking picture of the few scones that were left.
I made these yummy cranberry orange scones for Nick for Valentine's day. They were delicious and didn't last very long in our house. Here's the slightly modified recipe (originally from Elana's Pantry):
Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Scones
2 cups blanched almond flour
¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup dried cranberries
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 egg
2 tablespoons agave nectar
  1. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, cranberries and zest
  2. In a smaller bowl, combine egg and agave
  3. Mix wet ingredients into dry
  4. Knead dough with hands if necessary to ensure proper distribution of ingredients
  5. Form dough into 2 little circles so that each one is about ½-inch in thick
  6. Cut each circle like a pizza, into 8 slices
  7. Using a metal baking spatula transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  8. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes
  9. Serve

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Video: Month 16

Oliver is 16 months and 4 days today. Here is some footage from the past month. Update and pictures coming soon!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

Story Time

I've been catching Oliver reading books to himself lately. Here's a short clip. . .

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Laundry day

I have a very eager helper now when I do laundry! The best part is that when I go to put the clothes away, he actually can follow simple directions to put items where they belong, instead of sorting and unfolding my neatly folded clothes :)

Saturday, February 5, 2011


Potty Trained!

At just under 16 months, we now consider Oliver to be basically fully potty trained! All the hard work with the elimination communication early on has finally paid off! He either signs "potty" to us or just goes over to one of his many potties by himself when he needs to use it. If we do ask him, he'll nod or shake his head, and he's been so reliable that we believe him now if he says "no". It is so nice, and easy! He's even reliable if we're out and about for the day and if someone else is watching him. He also loves to help us dump it out into the big toilet. His potties are multifunctional, as you can see below. In addition to wearing them, he also uses them as step stools and for carrying things.