Friday, October 31, 2008

hallowe'en at the zoo

We're not really Hallowe'en people.  Last year we kind of ignored or slept through any activities and Naiya Sophia was none the wiser. This year we thought would be much the same. I figured she still wouldn't really grasp the strange festivities bound to this holiday. But then we learned that the zoo was having a special weekend with treats and whatnot, so at the last minute (yesterday) Naiya and I set out to find her a costume (mommy feeling un-inspired to make one on her own). Apparently people really plan ahead for this occasion. Costumes were sold out everywhere. At our second stop I started explaining to Naiya what we were doing (as I often do...chatting away, primarily to myself, just to expose her to language all day). I told her that the next day we were going to go to the zoo where Hallowe'en was being celebrated early... That we were trying to find her a costume... I wasn't sure what. "What kind of Hallowe'en costume do you want, Naiya?" I asked her. (Obviously not expecting a reply...  I don't think she even knows what Hallowe'en is, let alone what a costume is.) To my shock, however, she replied, "Tiger!" "You want to be a tiger?" "Tiger! Tiger!" she repeated (again and again as we traveled to the third and finally the fourth store). There we found it. The prodigious, endangered two headed tiger. I wasn't too pleased but we were desperate. It was the best I could do. We brought it home and put it on and Oh My!! Who'd have thought this child could make such a bizarre creature look so incredibly cute?

Thursday, October 30, 2008

labor of love

And here it is!  The (mostly) finished playhouse that daddy built for his little girl.  I am in awe of the man's skills.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

pumpkin patch

We went to a fantastic pumpkin patch on Sauvie Island with a corn maze, a low hay maze (in which a toddler could run still supervised by her parents), a hay ride and pyramid and a beautiful patch o' pumpkins. 

(Ed. note:  This particular patch was only there for one year and is no longer offered on the island.)

Friday, October 10, 2008

man with a plan

According to Ryan, he has never built anything in his life.  In honor of Naiya's second birthday though, he has decided to construct for her a house in which to play.

Stay tuned...

Friday, October 3, 2008

second birthday

A party just isn't a party without the funny hats...
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