12 month stats

Spencer eating a red pepper
Spencer eating a red pepper
Today Spencer had his 12 month check-up. He was pretty good for the most part. He cried when he got his 5 shots, but not for too long. He continues to be a big boy, as we already knew. Here are his statistics:

Spencer’s 12 months stats:
category value percentile
weight 25 lbs, 0 oz 80
height 30.25 inches 66
head circumference 18.74 inches 83
BMI 19.21  

p.s. the picture is not related at all. Spencer likes red peppers though (and raw ginger too).

Happy birthday Spencer!

Black forest cherry cake from Das Meyer bakery
Black forest cherry cake from Das Meyer bakery
Clare helps Spencer blow out the candle
Clare helps Spencer blow out the candle
Spencer turned one year old yesterday. We had a little party, which was a lot of fun. Here are a few pictures from the party, and a little video of Spencer opening a present. As is often the case with first birthdays, he was only interested in the first present. The first present also happened to be a car, so that might have played a role. After people left, he thoroughly inspected the rest of his loot though. Thanks to everyone who made it. We had a great time!
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more pictures follow

Let him eat cake!

Messy Spencer!
Messy Spencer!
Spencer enjoying his birthday cake
Spencer enjoying his birthday cake
Spencer's cake
Spencer's cake
We got cake for Spencer’s birthday from the German bakery by our house, das Meyer. We got a white cake for the kids, and a black forest cherry cake for the adults. From the looks on people’s faces, they both seemed very tasty. Spencer was definitely a fan. He was even nice enough to share a little with Dave. Enjoy the video.
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McQueen Cousins

Spencer and his cousins playing
Spencer and his cousins playing
Spencer had a blast playing with his cousins at his birthday party. Isabelle and Connor took turns riding on Spencer’s Lightning McQueen car while Spencer pushed them. A couple times Isabelle lifted her feet up, and Spencer was actually pushing her. At other times Isabelle or Connor were using their feet to push the car. They did this for quite some time. It was really fun to watch them.
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You’re so silly!

Dave and Spencer being silly
Dave and Spencer being silly
Dave and Ellen are visiting now for Spencer’s first birthday. Dave and Spencer had a great time on Thursday night playing with the dishwasher. In this little video, Spencer repeatedly throws down a spoon, and then Dave gives it back to him. I have never heard Spencer laugh so hard.
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Egg sandwich

Spencer with barbecue sauce face
Spencer with barbecue sauce face
Spencer eating some of Clare's egg sandwich
Spencer eating some of Clare's egg sandwich
Spencer frequently likes to eat what we are eating. Although Clare generally likes variety, she almost always has an egg sandwich for breakfast, with one piece of toast, some barbecue sauce, 2 over-medium eggs, and some cheese on top. Even though we frequently make a scrambled egg for Spencer for breakfast, he still likes to have some of Clare’s egg sandwich, and she is nice enough to share. It is of course messier than scrambled eggs, but that doesn’t seem to bother him.

Snow sculpture festival

Clare, Rob, and Spencer in Breckenridge
Clare, Rob, and Spencer in Breckenridge
Snow sculpture with lots of snow removed
Snow sculpture with lots of snow removed
The last weekend in January we went to Breckenridge with our friends Greg and Mekayla to see the International Snow Sculpture Festival. Greg and Mekayla went up Thursday and went skiing on Friday; we went up Friday afternoon. We met them at the snow sculptures around 4 p.m., at which time we could still see the sculptors at work. They had some interesting tools. Some of the tools were very ordinary tools you would find at a hardware store like scrapers, but some of them were home made combinations of large curved wood with handles, with some sort of metal mesh attached, kind of like a rasp plane. It was quite fun to watch them work. We also went back on Saturday morning when they were finished. There was a pretty big difference in many of the sculptures, even though they had been working on them for 3 or 4 days. Unfortunately we don’t have any pictures from Saturday, because we left the camera in the car Friday night, and the cold drained the battery.

Saturday afternoon we took a nice hike with Greg, Mekayla, Anne (Mekayla’s mom), and her dog Lucy. Greg and Mekayla let us borrow these crampons that are basically like little spikes that slide over your boots, providing some great traction. We might have to get some of those. After a nice dinner of squash, corn, and bean stew, Anne volunteered to stay with Spencer to let us young folk go out on the town, which was a real treat for Clare and me. Thanks again Greg, Mekayla, and Anne for a great time!