Dinosaur dude

Clare holds dinosaur Spencer
Clare holds dinosaur Spencer
The dinosaur showing off his spiky spine
The dinosaur showing off his spiky spine
Ellen and the dinosaur dude
Ellen and the dinosaur dude
The other day we were looking at the dinosaur outfit that Kristin got Spencer. He was too small for it while it was cold, and now it is mostly too warm to wear full body outfits. I was thinking he could wear it for halloween, but Clare thought he would be too big by then. So we decided to put it on him and see. Sure enough, it fits pretty well now, but will surely be too small by October. This week has actually been a bit chilly (highs around 70), so it was a good time for him to wear it. And he does look very cute in it.

Bongo boy

Bongo boy
Bongo boy
Bang, slap, bop!
Bang, slap, bop!
A couple times I have had Spencer sit on my lap and listen to me play drums. He has even successfully hit the drum a couple times with the stick. Since he seemed to like the drums, but be a bit too small for them still, I decided to try the bongos with him. We can sit on the floor together and both play at the same time. He hasn’t figured out how to him them very well yet, but he likes to watch and listen to me play, and he can use the bongos to support himself a bit so that he is getting better at sitting up by himself.

Man of the house

Man of the house
Man of the house
Frequently I set Spencer in the big chair for a few minutes while I put on my shoes and the baby björn to go shopping. He frequently looks so comfortable in the chair that he looks like the man of the house. What do you think?

Nooo! Hail yes!

Large hail
Large hail
Hail damaged tomatoes
Hail damaged tomatoes
We got a huge hail storm last night. Just as we were getting ready to go to bed, the wind picked up, and then suddenly it sounded like a bunch of drummers all playing on our roof. There was some hail almost as big as golf balls. Our tomatoes took a beating, but hopefully they will come back. They were all taller than the stakes. Now they are all bent over. I am hoping that re-tying them should help them back into health. They still have fruit on them, so that is a good sign.

Avid Reader

Spencer reading the ads
Spencer reading the ads
Spencer is very interested in colorful objects these days, especially ones that make noises, like crinkling. So a perfect toy for him are the ads. We get plenty every week, and I only look through about half of them. I give the rest to him.

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One foot per minute

Spencer playing on the floor
Spencer playing on the floor
Spencer has been working really hard lately learning to crawl. He is definitely making some great strides, but is not too coordinated yet. Right now he can move about one foot per minute through lunging, rolling, scooching, and the occasional crawl. Since he moves pretty laboriously, I have included two videos: the first one is in fast motion (about 20 seconds long) and the second one is in normal time (about five minutes).
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Camping, take two

The whole gang at Mt. Evans
The whole gang at Mt. Evans

Last weekend we went camping for the second time, this time with Dave and Ellen, who were visiting. Our second camping attempt was successful. Dave, Ellen, Spencer, and I left Friday afternoon to get a campsite at Echo Lake. There was a big storm around 2 p.m., which was when we were planning to leave. We decided to wait until it was over. Sure enough, by 3 p.m. or so the clouds were lifting, so we headed up to Echo Lake, which is about a 45 minute drive from our house.
The highest road in the country
The highest road in the country

When we got up there, the weather was quite nice, and it looked pretty dry, even though other campers told us that it had rained. Spencer fell asleep about half-way there, and continued to sleep for several hours while we set up camp. Clare arrived around 7 p.m., and we were just starting to make dinner. We made spaghetti, which turned out very nicely. We used some sauce from a jar, and added some textured vegetable protein and spices. I also brought a jar of fancy olives I had recently bought on close-out. After dinner we made s’mores and enjoyed the campfire, then turned in around 9 p.m. or so. Spencer had already fallen asleep, but then woke up when we got in the tent. I was able to get him back to sleep with some rocking and shushing. Spencer seemed to be warm enough snuggled between Clare and me, though all of the adults reported being a bit cold. But we made it through the night ok, and got some sleep to boot.

After some breakfast of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and french press coffee we drove up to Mt. Evans, which is the highest paved road in the country, at 14,000 feet. There were only a few clouds, and the view was fantastic. We stopped a few places on the way down, then went to the Echo Lake Lodge for lunch, which had some pretty tasty food. After lunch we fed and changed Spencer, then Dave, Ellen, Spencer, and I hiked around Echo Lake while Clare took a little nap. Since none of us had slept that well the night before, we decided to head home after dinner. For dinner I made my famous rice and beans on the campfire, which turned out really well. I usually end up burning the bottom a bit, but this time it got cooked perfectly, and I remembered the bring the Frank’s Red Hot. After another round of S’mores we put out the fire and left around 7:30. We’re looking forward to exploring more of Colorado in this fashion.
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