In October we took a day trip to Storm King Art Center, near West Point, NY. It was so much fun. Zadie loved running through the fields and crawling up the sculptures.
From the Quarter Bar BBQ this summer
In August we spent a rainy morning at the Queens County Farm.
Our friends, Andrea and Alexander, joined us.
First she found the frog
Then she kissed the frog
Then she rode the frog
Time to catch up with the blog. It’s been a busy summer for us, to say the least. A while ago, our Zadie had a birthday party to celebrate her first year. We had originally planned a fun picnic in Prospect Park, but the weather did not agree with us. It was 106 that day so we moved the party indoors to Doug’s apartment. He really saved the day.
We had the best time. It was so wonderful to be surrounded by our best friends and family. Much love to everyone!
Somebody had a little birthday a month ago.
Here’s a little something I wrote for her on her birthday.
A year ago today, I met you for the first time. Zadie May Jones, I can’t imagine life without you. You are so sweet, so determined, so cute, so funny, silly, smart, adventurous, beautiful, innocent. I love you Zadie.
The future holds so much for us and there are so many things I want to show you and experience with you or let you experience on your own. I can’t wait for the day you get to see the moon on a clear night, when it’s as big as a platter, and hanging low in the sky or when you get to run around outside and catch lightning bugs with your daddy. I want to take you on road trips to unknown places and explore new towns, new countries - let you breathe in the scents, taste the cuisines, see all the people. I want to teach you how to live simply, honestly, yet passionately. I want you to appreciate the feeling of soft grass on the bottoms of your feet, sand squishing between your toes, snowflakes landing on your tongue. And I want to pick strawberries with you in the summer, decorate pumpkins with you in the fall, read poetry to you, and teach you how to knit. I want you to be strong (you already are). I want you to never ever feel like there’s anything you can’t do. My dove, I will do my best, to teach you how to be honest, humble, and smart. And I will love you. Oh Zadie, if you could only know how much I love you. You complete me and your daddy and we are more in love with each other because of you. You are what makes us a family. You are my sunshine, you really are.
Awesome things you are doing
Standing up all over the place. Not quite walking on your own, but you’ll take a step or two when you want to. And you love to walk with your little push cart. You started to really walk about 3 weeks after your birthday.
You’ve been taking things out of drawers for a while, but lately, you decided you want to put things away. You put daddy’s shirts back in his drawers and put things in the laundry bin. I’m hoping this continues through high school.
You love to dance, you bop your head, waves your arms, and shake your tushy. And yes, it’s so cute I could die.
You like to give things to me, your friends, and pretty much anyone. It’s so sweet. I love that you like to share already.
But sometimes, when you want something, there’s no stopping you. You’ll steal a cracker from your friend without batting an eyelash.
You like the pool and the beach and you have a little tan already this summer despite the loads of sunscreen I slather on you.
Height: 30.5 inches (89%)
Weight: 19 lb 8 oz (24%)
Head Circumference: 44.7 cm(39%)
Teeth: 7 (4 on top, 3 on the bottom)
Foods: Pretty much everything under the sun, except meat and sugars. We’re raising you vegetarian. You love fruit, yogurt, crackers, cheerios, eggplant, squash, spinach, chickpeas, tofu, but you are starting to get picky.
Sleep: You’ve been sleeping through the night since you were 9 months old. At 12 months, you were napping twice a day.
You’re an amazing little girl. Happy happy birthday to you my sweet little dove! I love you….to the moon and back.
We did a morning hike then made our way to the Bluegrass and Beer Festival in Keystone. We didn’t really hear too much bluegrass, but we certainly did drink a lot of beer. There were over 40 breweries slinging their specialty beers. I don’t know how many we tried, but it was a lot. A real lot.
The next day we went to Vail for the Art and Farmer’s Market. It was such a gorgeous day. After we ate our way through the market, we took the gondola up to the top.
Day 10, 11, and 12 in photos
Our easy morning hike wasn’t so easy this day. We took the Spruce Creek trail and ended up hiking 5 1/2 miles up and down pretty steep inclines. Zadie was a champ and slept on my back for most of the hike up.
My sister arrived in the afternoon with the rain. Once it stopped, we took a stroll around town and stopped at the Breckenridge Brewery for an early dinner.
We hiked up to the reservoir with Cyndi in the morning.
After a quick lunch back at the house, we rode the Gondola up to the top of Peak 8. Breckenridge Fun Park is at the top where they have alpine slides, trampolines, snow, hiking, mini golf, and scenic chairlift rides. We opted for the scenic chairlift ride.
Here we are at the top.
After the chairlift, Cyndi and Nate rode the alpine slide while I enjoyed the view and a beer.