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Thanksgiving Travel

Forest has been sleeping with his carrot lately.  We are driving at night through the Texas panhandle right now on the way to Phoenix for Thanksgiving.  The carrot is snuggling with Forest in the car seat.


A boy and his root vegetable.


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.

Corn on the cob!

Forest ate his first sweet corn on the cob tonight.  I had cut kernels off for him, but he wanted Mommy’s cob as soon as he saw it.


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.


Visiting family in Indianapolis

Forest is staying at Grandma’s house with Mommy while Daddy grades AP Environmental Science papers in Cincinnati.  Aunt Evelyn and cousins Julius and Arianna came by to visit.  We went for a walk in the nice, cool air.


Cousin Julius swings with Forest

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.