Monday, July 14, 2008


It's so funny the things kids do. We were watching Curious George after naptime this afternoon. The man with the yellow hat had to get his hat cleaned, and George accidentally threw it out with the trash. Zoe then decided she wanted her hat. Not just any hat. I tried to give her the pink baseball hat, but she had to have the sun hat she wears when we go outside. Then she would take the baseball hat. This is what she did:

She is so silly, and I love it!

Saturday, July 12, 2008


As promised, here is the update on pictures and videos from our weekend in Colorado. Enjoy!

Farmer's Market

This morning, as we were getting ready to go to the farmer’s market, Zoe started screaming. (I think just to hear herself) We told her to stop screaming and to use her words (like she understands what that means). I asked her what she wanted and she promptly said “Bacon”. Ha! She’s never had bacon before, and we weren’t even eating breakfast. Where in the world did that come from?

At the farmer’s market she discovered the fiberglass horses that have been placed around town. There were two at the entrance to the market that she enjoyed touching. Unfortunately one of the horses jumped out at Matt and knocked him to the ground when he went to chase after Zoe. Matt has a nice bump on his head and a headache. Zoe got to pet a real horse from the western demonstrations.

This afternoon she found a box that was filled with shredded paper. I was in the kitchen working on dinner and Matt was doing something on the computer. We found this:

Always up to something! Check out the rest of the pictures from today and the zoo trip.

Go to the zoo?

I ventured out with Zoe on Friday to the zoo while Matt went to work. It was a nice cool morning and not too crowded. The animals were out playing and making all sorts of noise. Zoe’s latest obsession is with the gorilla. I think it’s her favorite animal by far. There’s this statue of a gorilla outside the ape house that is as tall as I am. When she saw it she started squealing and beating her chest making gorilla noises. You’ll have to check out the videos from the day. Then, when we actually saw the gorilla she tried to climb up the gate to get to it. Fortunately she’s too little to have any success!

We also rode the train on this trip. When we were walking through the discovery zone where it is she heard the whistle and saw it coming and got all excited. She started squealing “Ride the train!” It’s not a very long ride, but just long enough to keep her attention. She’s turning into such a big kid.

Zoe’s talking up a storm, and you can actually understand her most of the time. She’s saying sentences like “Where did it go?”, “There it is.”, “Ride the train.”, “Go to the zoo.”, “Daddy eat!” It’s really cute, and amazing. She understands so much!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Matt's birthday weekend

We took our annual trip to Colorado for Matt's birthday this past weekend. What an eventful weekend! We arrived late on Wednesday night and had some activity planned for every day we were there.

Matt took off on Thursday morning with his brother-in-law, Clayton, and Clayton's dad for a camping/fishing trip. This past year Matt's gotten into fly fishing and is taking advantage of every opportunity to be out fishing. They had a good time together, from what I hear. The exciting part was that Matt caught a rainbow trout. Too bad it's catch and release. I have a picture on Matt's computer that I'll post later. The bad news was that the fish caught Matt. While Matt was holding the fish to take a picture, the fish decided to make a break for it and the hook got caught in Matt's thumb. He ended up having to go to the emergency room on the way home and got a tetnus shot to wrap up the trip. Otherwise, a good trip.

While Matt was on his trip, Zoe and I went with Nana and Papa to visit her new cousin, Nehemiah. Again, those pictures are on Matt's computer and will be posted later. If you can't wait to see what he looks like you can check out his blog under Michael and Jennifer on my links list. He's a precious little boy, and so tiny! Zoe did well with him around. She said his name over and over and even gave him kisses. Her ultimate fascination was with her Uncle Michael's turtle, however.

On Friday Zoe and I went with Matt's family (he wasn't home yet) to a BBQ in Denver with their church congregation. We had good food and fellowship. I don't know many people there, but I meet more every time we visit. We had intentions of Zoe staying up to watch the fireworks, but she faded too quickly. Maybe next year.

Saturday we got up early and went to the Denver Zoo. What fun! Zoe enjoyed riding in a wagon and seeing many animals we don't have at our zoo in Salt Lake City. She even rode the train for the first time. Clayton and Rhianna and Papa went with us on this outing. Zoe's favorite animal this time was the gorilla. They have a big room that the gorillas play in with a window wall for observation. Zoe was up at the window when the gorilla came face to face with her. She beat her chest and made gorilla noises. She kept making gorilla noises for the rest of the day. We got her a plush gorilla as a memory of that visit that she's been carrying around. She calls it "go-ri-ra".

Sunday was Matt's actual birthday. His present was to take Zoe to her first Rockies baseball game. I was a little worried how this was going to work since the game was during nap time. She did beautifully and ended up sleeping the entire ride home and then some. Matt taught Zoe how to say "Go Rockies!" She's pretty good at it. Zoe enjoyed being outside and being able to scream as loud and often as she wanted. I don't think she bothered the people around us. :)

We made it home safe and sound on Monday afternoon just in time for us to eat a late lunch and take a nap. Good fun and good memories! Take a look at the rest of the pictures and videos here.