Oh Dear Oliver

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Oliver Emmanuel Thames was born just one year today.  His entrance into the world has been much like the rest of the year.  FAST!  I arrived at the hospital a mere 20 minutes before he was born.  My doula almost missed the birth and was later “scolded” by the nurse that I wasn’t there sooner.  My doula informed the nurse that if it wasn’t for her I would still be sitting on the couch waiting for the babysitter!  When Oliver is ready to do something he just does it.  He was always extremely active in the womb and I  wondered what he would be like out in the wide world.  Well, this little guy has never stopped moving.  He started walking towards the end of September and never took pause.  He now dances around the room with the other kids and has been working on his jump.  He has always been a go getter and quickly learns what he needs to know to keep up with the big kids.  He has 8 teeth now and one of his favorite foods (although he eats pretty much anything) is apples.  He prefers it whole.  I love the way his whole face lights up when he smiles.  When he laughs he throws his head back and gives it his all.  We all feel extremely blessed that God placed this wonderful boy in our family.  Such joy and laughter he has brought.

Oliver loves that his big sister has no problem teaching him all the dangerous stunts.


Watch out world!

The Oregon Zoo

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One of our camping trips this summer took us to Southern Washington/Northern Oregon to visit family and friends.  Most of the days were spent just relaxing, visiting and watching the kids play.  One one day we trekked to the Oregon Zoo.  The day started our rainy and gross but cleared just enough for us to enjoy the morning and lunch there.  It started to rain again just as kids were starting to loose it.  Always a good time to stop the fun.

Despite Zeke’s “smile” in this picture he did not enjoy this particular spot to pause.  The zoo had a new exhibit with dinosaurs that moved and roared.  This one of course did both and this was way to close for his comfort.

One of my favorites were the elephants.  The little guy is only a year or so old and was quite entertaining.  As with most kids they are way more active than adults so he gave us quite a show.

All and all a great day.