Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I've been tagged

Mom actually got 'tagged' but since I do all the blogging around here, I thought I'd take care of this one for her.

A- Attached or single: attached to Mom most of the time, but if I had my choice, it'd be Kate
B- Best Friend: Hmmm... that'd be Kate too
C-Cake or Pie: Cake for sure. My first three-word sentence was 'I like cake.'
D- Day of Choice: Saturday because I get to see Dad after a long week of missing him.
E- Essential Items: Trains, trains, and more trains
F- Favorite Color: I wear lots of blue because I'm a boy, but I also look exceptionally handsome in orange.
G- Gummi Bears or Worms: I like bears so let's go with that answer.
H- Hometown: Portland, OR/Gresham, OR
I- Indulgence(s): My dinosaur fruit snacks, candy (chocolate especially), and cake if there's any around
J- January or July: I like being outside, so I'll say July.
K-Kids: none to my knowledge
L-Life is incomplete without: family, friends and trains
M- Marriage Date: Kate and I have yet to set a date.
N- Number of Siblings: 0, but Mom and I are hoping that won't be the answer forever.
O- Oranges or Apples: Apples
P- Phobias or Fears: Sometimes dogs (if they bark or growl), sometimes cats, and right now being held by anybody besides Mom.
Q- Quote(s): 'Trains, trains, trains!'
R- Reason To Smile: All my needs are met and I've hardly done a thing to make that possible.
S- Season: Spring because I can finally go outside and play!
T- Tag Six: I don't have any friends my age that blog. How lame is that?
U- Unknown Fact About Me: I love the movie 'Happy Feet.'
V- Veggies or Fruit: Fruit!
W- Worst Habit: Screaming when I don't get my way (Mom's chosen to ignore this behavior in hopes that it will go away and in case you are wondering, it's not working so well for her).
X- X-Rays or Ultrasounds: Neither, please. I don't like doctors.
Y- Your Favorite food: I like refried beans a great deal. Also olives.
Z: Zodiac: Gemini: Geminis are bright, witty, entertaining and rarely get deeply absorbed in any one task, unless it involves trains.

An added bonus: one very cute picture of me and Kate.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Oma visits and we celebrate Easter

I'd been looking forward to a visit from my Oma Dyk and so I was really happy to see her when she arrived last week. Oma is a doctoral student at Dallas Theological Seminary and though we miss her and can't wait for her to move back to the NW, we are so proud of her and welcome her to visit us anytime.

While Oma was here, we did lots of fun stuff. We dyed Easter eggs with Nana one morning, went on walks around the neighborhood to the park and to get bagels for breakfast (yum!), rode the MAX train a couple times, and watched a couple cheesy movies (High School Musical and Enchanted). I think Oma was also quite impressed with all the the words and signs I'd learned since her last visit. I am talking all the time now and probably know close to 40 or so signs and like to show off by signing whenever the mood strikes me (often when it doesn't fit with whatever we are doing). In case you are wondering, I have a few 'Signing Time' dvds that are my favorite thing to watch. I'd recommend them to any kid (adults have been known to like them too).

We also all went to Yakima for Easter to see my great grandma and grandpa Northcott. We had planned to have dinner at the Northcotts house but because their power went out, we ended up eating at the Olive Garden. I didn't mind though because afterward we went back to their house and I got a chance to play with my aunt Carrie as well as my good friend, Jill, the dog. Great Grandma Northcott also gave me an Easter egg with goodies in it, so that was another highlight of my day!

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!


Sunday, March 09, 2008

Busy, busy, busy

Life has been a bit hectic, but lots of fun too. Dad had to take the car to Salem several days this past week so Mom and I again spent a lot of our days walking to places here in downtown Gresham, my favorite place being the park, of course. Mom also thought it would be *fun* to take me to get my first real haircut. There is a place not too far from us called 'Kids Kuts' and right away I thought something was up. The lady who checked us in asked my name and when Mom told her, she replied, 'No way! My son's name is Jonah and it's his birthday today! I was just talking about him!' Then she went on to ask what my middle name was and Mom told her I had two and she said her son also had two and then Mom told her the first one was Steven to which she replied, 'My son's first middle name is Steven too!' To our relief, her son's second middle name was not Anderson. I think that would have been a little too creepy. Anyway, so Mom and I sit down in this nice little chair in front of a big mirror and another lady comes over and starts cutting away at my head. I wasn't too thrilled with all this so the cut didn't last long. You can see that it didn't look too different in the after picture as compared to the before. But, at least it's over with: my first official haircut. I think Mom may keep cutting it (she's more okay with having to stop mid-cut) from here on out, at least until I grow out of my fear of scissors and those who use them. The good news is that they had a train table at the place that I was able to play with after all the trauma I endured. AND, Mom took me to the park later as well. :)

Later in the week, when we did have the car, Mom took me to Laurelhurst park in Portland with Sara and Kate. They had a pretty fun playground, so my guess is we'll go back! In the first photo below, you'll see me pointing up. Mom had just asked me where the airplanes were (several had just flown by) and this was what I was thinking, 'duh, mom.'

On Saturday Dad had to go to Portland State to work on a school project so Mom took me to the Children's museum. What fun! Can you guess what room I liked the best? Okay, that was a no-brainer if there ever was one. Here I am in my happy place. The second photo is of me outside the museum with a cool statue that I was very impressed with. Moo!

Later that day Mom, Aunt Mary and I went to Portland to do some shopping on NW 23rd. Dad met us there after he finished his school work and then we all headed to dinner at the Laurelwood. Whoo hoo! Can you guess why I like this place so much? Yeah, another train table. Big surprise there.

Hugs and kisses,

Monday, March 03, 2008

What a beautiful week we had

Well, last week was pretty great with the beautiful weather we had, but this week has not started off as well. It rained this morning, but Mom and I still walked to downtown so we could attend story time at the local library.

A couple weeks back Mom decided to paint a few rooms because Dad was out of town (and we all know how much Dad loves all that's involved with painting). She painted Dad's office a color called 'silver sage' and repainted my bathroom a nice blue color. It is true that it was blue already, but she didn't like it much so she found a blue she did like and seems much happier. Dad and I couldn't tell the difference, but maybe it's a guy thing.

Because Mom was so busy with painting that week, last week she decided to take me out to do as much fun stuff as possible. We went to play at Kate's house one day, to indoor play park another day, the library, and to the park several times. It was a blast! I even got to go to Wall Street Pizza for the first time and play on their sweet arcade games!

Hopefully this week will shape up to be nice too because I really enjoy being outside. Hope you all are enjoying life as much as I am!