Category Archives: outings

Exploring the science museum

Forest’s cousin Zane’s Birthday party was very fun today at the science museum.  Forest especially liked the water exhibit in the childrens’ area.


At first I thought, “there’s no need to wear those plastic aprons they provide. He’ll just be putting his hands in the water.” How wrong I was, He managed to get completely wet. Luckily I had a change of clothes packed.

Zane, the birthday boy brought his mommy Cheryl (Forest’s cousin, but we call her Aunt Cheryl).  Suzi, Zane’s aunt and Forest’s cousin (although we call her Aunt Suzi), was there.  Mommy’s new great-great-nephew Caleb was there with mommy Rebekah and Rebekah’s friend Leah.  Not sure what Caleb’s relationship to Forest is, but it must be some kind of cousin.


Leah, Rebekah’s friend, is on the left. Rebekah is holding newborn Caleb who is 2 weeks and 5 days old.


Debbie is Caleb’s great-grandmother. I also might mention that Debbie knitted a beautiful baby blanket for Forest with colors taken from forests and rivers!

Forest climbed on these risers and fell.  His nose bled very slightly, but he is apparently fine.


Here are the risers that I used to play on at the Omniplex when I was a kid. I thought he was doing better climbing, so I wasn’t right under him. But he wasn’t looking where he was going (distracted by many exciting happenings in that big area), and he fell. Nose appears to be undamaged, although there was a small amount of blood.

Then Mommy and Forest ate Mexican food in Oklahoma City before heading home to Shawnee.  We made a very big mess at the table.  I did not take a picture of the destruction.


Playing with Mommy today at home

Forest has not let me take him anywhere in the car today.  We were planning on meeting the Audubon group and Donald for lunch in OKC. That didn’t work out.  Later, I tried to take Forest to the big park, and he threw a second fit about getting in his car seat.  So we’ve been  playing at home.


His legs are kind of too long for this toy.  He was running away from me here, and I was trying to put his pants back on after a diaper change.  He’s laughing at me making bird noises.


Right now, Forest is nursing down for a nap.  Maybe he’ll want to go out somewhere after he has rested.

Forest explores Indiana

Forest has been having fun in Indiana.


He’s really enjoyed playing with his cousins, and more cousins are coming soon!


We visited the Slow Foods Garden in downtown Indiana today.


Grandma took us out for a nice dinner, where Forest seemed to be offering his broccoli (repeatedly) to the gods in jubilation at its green, crunchy goodness.


Forest’s first camping trip on the Mulberry River in Arkansas

Mommy and Daddy went camping with Forest in the Ozark Mountains on the way to Cincinnati, Ohio.  We stayed at a site at the Wolf Pen Campground.  Our tent overlooked the Mulberry River which added its gurgling, watery tones to our rich, midnight soundtrack. Whipporwills, Chuck-Will’s Widows, Barred Owls, Grey Treefrogs, Bullfrogs, and deer all added their voices to the chorus.

Forest enjoyed exploring the camp and playing in the tent before he went to sleep.


Forest and Daddy at the Mulberry River

Happy Easter!

Forest and Mommy went on an easter egg hunt at Trisha’s house in Shawnee yesterday.  Over 400 plastic eggs were hidden in her big yard with a hilly landscape.  Forest was very interested in walking up and down the shallow steps in front of her house and not so much interested in gathering eggs.  Forest has not tasted candy yet, so didn’t really know what all the fuss was about.  Many other families, with at least 20 other children, mostly from Heritage Baptist Church, were participating.  After the egg hunt, Trisha told the Easter story for children, using little visual aids inside some plastic eggs.  Forest didn’t want to sit still for the story, so we walked around, and he picked some leaves from weeds and put them in a metal pipe.Image
Easter ostrichForest is investigating a very large Easter egg here.

rambling thoughts & labor day weekend recap

Today we discovered a fun game.  Forest makes various squawks, baby grunts and groans, and other cooing noises. When I imitated his noise, he would look at me, smile and laugh.  I think he is much louder (sometimes piercingly loud) when he’s overtired and/or teething, both of which happen pretty often.

I had to work at the library for several hours today because of a flood caused by a failed HVAC unit, so I didn’t get quite as much weekend baby time as usual.  But I’m really enjoying the time I do have with him.

Forest has quite a wild approach to nursing when he is overtired and more distractible than usual.  I told Donald that it’s like nursing a monkey-octopus.  He wiggles, kicks very hard, repeatedly, and repeatedly detaches and re-attaches, often pulling away with a very rough breaking of the suction.  I can’t help myself from laughing sometimes, because he is just so wound up it is kind of cute.  Sometimes he ends the nursing session by partially falling asleep and biting which can be quite painful.  But more often he’ll fall asleep nursing following about 30 minutes of what we call sleep-nursing which is very sweet–he seems so peaceful and content when he sleep-nurses.

Aunt Evelyn and Cousin Arianna playing with Forest at the YMCA over Labor Day Weekend

My father-in-law, my sister-in-law Evelyn, and my niece Arianna came to visit last weekend over the holiday weekend.  Evelyn and I took the kids to the YMCA water park.  It was SO MUCH FUN!  I intend to go back often.  I am a longtime YMCA member, but this is the first time I visited the Y since Forest was born.

Mommy, Forest, and Cousin Arianna at the YMCA pool over Labor Day weekend

I’m also hoping to do a mommy & baby water class if I take off on Friday and work Saturday instead sometimes.  Maybe eventually I can get back into yoga.  I really miss the yoga instructor at the Edmond YMCA–she is wonderful.

Charles and Evelyn watched Forest on Sunday while Donald and I went on a birding trip and lunch.  Even though this outing included recycling and grocery shopping, it was as close to a date as we’ve gotten in six+ months, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

When we came home, my father-in-law announced that all had gone well, except for one tantrum on the way home from a walk, and that Forest had been climbing the tree.  Although I was initially horrified, Charles did know what he was doing.  After all, he managed to raise five children quite successfully.  When I expressed my initial surprise that he put our six-month old in the tree, my father-in-law said, “Well, you know, if you have five or six children it doesn’t matter so much if you lose a couple here or there.”  Have I mentioned that my father-in-law is incorrigible and often hysterically funny?

Forest’s first overnight trip

On Saturday, August 14th, we took Forest to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, OK.  Forest seemed unsettled and scared about being away from familiar surroundings during his bedtime, but we all did get some sleep that night in the hotel, and Forest was ready for new adventures in the morning.

Forest got to hike down the path to Antelope and Buffalo Springs in a backpack on Daddy’s back:

Forest on his first hike in the backpack.

We walked down the path to the springs, and I held Forest in my arms for a nice long (needed) nap at Buffalo Springs while Daddy photographed dragonflies, lizards, and birds.

Mommy holding Forest after his lunch at Buffalo Springs.

Later, we went to Veterans’ Lake, ate a late picnic lunch, and Forest played on a blanket in the picnic shelter overlooking the lake.  There were tons of Yellow Warblers in the trees near the picnic shelter, and it was nice to watch them while we played with Forest.  Forest took his first ever brief dip in the lake (skinnydipping), and he enjoyed splashing and kicking in the water.