Tuesday, August 31, 2010

a fun-filled four days!

So, from now on, I'm going to stop with the "Stephanie here" line at the beginning and I'm going to go ahead and assume that most people know it's me by now. If you know either of us well, you'll probably be able to tell within a few words who's writing! It's me (Stephanie) most of the time, anyway. On to the post!

We, the Rezsnyak 3, just had a great weekend! The fun started Friday afternoon when Scott got home from work and we headed straight for Beak & Skiff Apple Farm for Alexander's 1st apple picking adventure! Here are some pictures:

the fun starts with the wagon ride to the orchard!

A mom and her boy sharing a Paula Red!

a totally natural picture of Alexander sitting on the ladder he obviously climbed up.

Pick a good one, boys!

It looks like he found one!

This kid could not get enough apple! He LOVED chomping on them.

We even got to "drive" the tractor!

Just me and a John Deere...

Then on Saturday, Scott and I took off for an overnight camping excursion in Forestport where his mom and step-dad have some great land! We left Alexander with Nana and Gramps because he had a nasty head cold.

Oh, and one of the major highlights of the trip: a 2 hour plus drive from Forestport to Saranac Lake simply to enjoy a "two-tone cone" from the "world famous" Donnelly's ice cream stand that we first tasted on our honeymoon almost 3 years ago (tomorrow)!

the creation of the two-tone cone!

the complete and total enjoyment of the two-tone cone!

fireworks at Forestport pond on Saturday night. Interesting town.

a beautiful Sunday morning at our campsite!

And finally, Monday. Scott had to take a mandatory furlough day, so we went to the fair in the morning:

this is just about the only picture I took. He sure is having a blast...haha!

And we celebrated my birthday that night with Scotcharoos! Mmm...

Alexander was fascinated with the flame on the candles and was SO stinkin' cute when he puffed his cheeks to blow them out after watching me do it!

Fun weekend, right?!

On a side note:
Does anyone know of any great free or wildly inexpensive things to do with an almost 1 year old in the Syracuse area? We are (I am!) looking to get out more during the day, but don't want to spend money, especially when he can't do the "big kid" stuff yet. Any suggestions are welcome!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

11 months old!

Hi folks - Stephanie here. Sorry to all of the faithful followers that this post is a few days late!

It's been an exciting month in the lives of the Rezsnyak family! Here's a recap of some of the events:

-we officially moved into my parents house
-Scott presented a 100% original, totally kick-butt speech at the Primerica event in July (people were even coming up to him to get quotes from it!)
-we celebrated the marriage of one of my best friends from high school (Megan) and the man of her dreams (Loren) and it was awesome! They are so, so in love...
-we visited Matt & Martina in Alaska!
-we've done lots of visiting with friends and family around here, too, including the Rezsnyak family reunion and a 75th birthday celebration for Grandma Williamson!

As for Alexander, the man of the hour, he's doing great! He's had a top tooth coming in for a while now which may have exacerbated the jet lag problem when we got home from AK (which really was QUITE a problem...).

Still no appointment until September 22nd to give weight/height info, but he sure looks happy and healthy and handsome.

Foods he really likes:
blueberries, whole wheat Ritz crackers with cream cheese, yogurt, the "squash and zucchini" jar of baby food, any kind of bean he's tried and tons more that I can't think of!

Things he really likes:
our small green flashlight, kitchen utensils, spaces he can crawl into, playing the piano with his fingers or toes, being outside, laughing when other people are laughing

Man, he's great!

And now for what you've all been waiting for...PICTURES!

I've posted just a "few" of the nearly 1,000 pictures from the Alaska trip, but if you click the "Family Photo" link on the sidebar to the right, you can see all of them if you're interested.

even on an airplane, Alexander knows that it's important to buckle up for safety!

He also knows it's important for a baby to SLEEP on an airplane...

What else would you expect Alexander to be doing on his first morning in Alaska if you didn't expect him to be jousting with a foam sword while wearing a sombrero?

Grr...bring on the bears!

having fun with Martina at the Anchorage Museum!

Whoa - great catch Scott!!

"A sip of refreshing glacier water? Don't mind if I do!"

This moose and her 2 babies were so, SO close to our car. I kept rolling my window up and down thinking they were going to eat me! (dramatic? yes.)

THIS is what I imagined Alaska to be like. The snow covered mountains got me every time! B.E.A. utiful.

Family portrait.

I guess the 9.5 mile hike wore the little man right out! At least he's comfortable, right?...(ha!)

Check out this panoramic shot. Totally crazy. In LOTS of ways!

Well, he could be considered "carry-on" and this is where carry-on luggage goes, right?

The flight attendant gave him a bottle of single malt whiskey (unopened) to put him to sleep. And we thought it was REALLY funny! (so did the kid across the aisle. Scott & I think he probably put the picture that he took up on fail blog as a parenting fail...)

And here are a few non-Alaska related photos.
*Confession - some of them are from a few days after his 11 monthiversary.

ignore the fact that there is something screwy with the color and be amazed at the piano man before you!

bath time fun pre-shampoo...
bath time fun post-shampoo!
Good morning world! I want to shout it on the mountain tops that I'm 11 months old today!
A new favorite thing to do - crawl into spaces that look like I would fit! This t.v. stand fit the bill.
Really enjoying my first taste of zucchini bread (thanks Heidi - it was SO delicious!)
this box is another favorite hide out.
taking a boat ride at the Pittman's camp on Tully Lake. This was pretty much Alexander's face the whole time. He didn't seem to know what to think.

Thanks for reading and caring about our family. We'll be back in less than a month to celebrate Alexander's 1st birthday!!