Saturday, June 30, 2012

Father's Day

On Father's Day, Lil' D hand delivered the card he picked out for his Daddy. It had lots of animals! On our way to church, Lil' D was a big helper carrying Daddy's gift bag. After church, we met Nicholas' family at Abel's on the Lake. 
Lil' D helped GranBo read his card.
Lil' D decorated Great-Grandpa Har's package.
This is Lil' D's favorite face. It expresses awe and wonder.
Sunday evening we went to the Concert in the Park at the Long Center. Lil' D and Daddy played football. It was overcast all night and a little breezy. What an amazing Father's Day blessing!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

16 Months

At sixteen months, Lil' D has many words: mama, dada, nana, nigh-nigh, book, and ball. He knows that dogs bark and chickens cluck. He still LOVES reading books, helping Daddy do work outside, going on adventures, and dancing. He has 10 teeth and is starting to climb on everything! He is looking and acting like a little boy more and more every day.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Father's Day Weekend Camping

We went camping at Pedernales Falls State Park Father's Day weekend. It was Lil' D's first camping trip, and the first time Nicholas' Christmas present (the tent) was set up outside our living room.
Lil' D was very helpful at putting up the tent.
He loved his camping chair!
In fact, Lil' D had an awesome time camping. He saw lots of dogs, got to play ball all the time, ate outside, slept outside, and pretty much got to roam around wherever he wanted.
Saturday morning we made breakfast and broke camp.
Then we began our hike on the 4-mile loop. What our book failed to mention was that it was a mile hike to the start of the 4 mile loop. So we spent a good park of Saturday hiking 6 miles! We will definitely pay attention to these details in future hikes (and pack MORE WATER)!
1/2 mile into the hike (to the start of the 4 mile loop) you have to ford the river. We forded the river several years ago when we were camping at Pedernales Falls (pre-moving to RI), and the water level was much higher! Nonetheless, we still needed to remove our shoes to keep from getting our feet wet.
Lil' D and I waiting here for Daddy who ran back to the truck to get Lil' D's hat. +0.5 extra miles for Dad!
Along the trail Lil' D decided to remove his hat, but it took awhile for Mom to notice. Thankfully it is bright red and was easy to spot when I back tracked. +0.25 miles for Mom!
Lil' D fell asleep in short order and slept for over half the hike. He just can't resist the gentle hum of the hiking trail.
Beautiful vista...much steeper hike than it looked! This was about halfway through the hike...we took few pictures after that and just tried to push our way to the end. 
Taking a break, finishing our water, and eating a snack before fording the river again.
On the way back, Lil' D forded the river all by himself.
He had a great time playing in the water!
After we got back to the car, we acquired more water, and removed Lil' D's sopping wet clothes. Then we went to a shady picnic area to have lunch.
 Nicholas and I were so exhausted that we didn't really feel like braving the swimming area, so we put Lil' D in the stroller and walked as far as we could to see the Pedernales Falls. The water was low enough that there were really falls, but it was beautiful, and we look forward to visiting again (bypassing the 6 mile hike) and exploring other areas of the park.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Concert in the Park

Two Sundays ago, we went to our first Concert in the Park at the Long Center. The Austin Symphony plays free concerts in small groups. This night we heard the Brass Quintet! The concert started at 7:30, but we arrived at 6:30 to begin our picnic dinner. Lil' D had a blast eating, dancing to the music, and entertaining all the people around us!
The dancing begins...
Lil' D clapped after practically every song!
You'll find us on the Hartmann Concert lawn every Sunday night this summer!