Tuesday, October 23, 2007

This is how I roll.... word!

I like to roll. I like to roll over to my left, to my right, on my back, on my tummy, and anyway I can to get me to a different place. I can start on one side of my play mat and roll several times to the other side! It's very cool. Mommy and Daddy find it a bit unsettling to find me no where near they put me 30 seconds before. It's fun and I like it! Now if I could just get the whole crawling thing going - I'd be unstoppable!

Here is a before and after picture of one of my rolling escapades!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Planes, Vans, and Luggage

So we've just returned from our vacation/goodbye/Christmas in October trip to Los Angeles, California. The wee man was a perfect angel on both the outbound and inbound flights. This was especially nice to discover since the flights were about 5 hours each way. Minimal amounts of crying - usually caused by hunger or wet diapers - were handled quite easily.

In our 5 day jaunt we: visited with family, went to an amusement park, went to a neighborhood park, went out to eat, had our photos taken professionally, played the Wii, and caused general mayhem and chaos to the Smith CA household. All in all there were 13 individuals in a 4 bedroom - 2 toilet (the third was out of order), 1 shower house. 7 children and 6 adults.

There were meltdowns, crying fits, and a few time outs, but all in all - everyone enjoyed themselves tremendously.

The wee man was able to meet all of his cousins on the Smith side at once. He did great and pulled his own weight in the cuteness factor. He did have heavy shoes to fill with his older cousins. He also was able to meet his grandfather Bob and his wife Pat.

His godmother (and aunt) was able to hold him for the first time since he was 3 days old. Boy did she get a shock! :)

Here are just some candid shots from our trip. Hope you enjoy.

Stay tuned for the next Smith family reunion - September/October 2009 - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND!

Top Left: Aunt Elizabeth and Cousin Michael, (Right) Grandma and Hannah
Row 2 Left: Cousins Riley and Ryan with Ciaran, (Right)Cousin Allison with Ciaran
Row 3 Left: Cousin Hannah, (Right) Daddy and Ciaran
Row 4 Middle: Ciaran and Cousin Gregor
Bottom Left: Cousin Gregor

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Game Day

Uncle Chris came over to visit and we bonded today. He showed me the joys of the internet... specifically - www.espn.go.com. I was totally enthralled! I especially like the new commercials.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


I'm happy to report that the C's first plane ride was a complete success. On his way up with daddy he giggled and smiled with the other passengers. On the way home with mommy and daddy, he was asleep before we even left the tarmac!

So the Smith clan were in Boston (nee Baaston) - Mom was there for work and Dad and C came to hang out with Cousins Jay and Karen. We had a nice hotel near Fanueil Hall and were able to walk to most things around. C rode in his portable stroller and was quite content. The weather was typical New England - very breezy with sun. We had to put on the hat and coat for the wee man, but he was quite happy.

A visit to the New England Aquarium was great fun - he really liked the penguins and the turtles. I'm sure the next time we visit an aquarium will be even more fun!

We had a lovely visit with Cousins Karen and Jay on Sunday - we saw lots of chipmunks (we don't have those in MD) and lots of birds. Thanks to Karen and Jay for the wonderful hospitality.

Here are some pics of the wee man all about town :)