Sunday, November 30, 2008

Over the hills.... Part I

Luke made his triumphant return to Maine this past weekend, and had lots of fun with Grammy and Grandpap. In addition to enjoying turkey, biscuits, sausage, and a taste of pizzelle, he enjoyed spending some quality time on the Seacoast.

Luke quickly found out that he had a partner in crime. If you needed to track him down, you could usually find him on Grandpap's lap.

Note the hobo toy in his hands, thanks to Grammy. That's right, it's a lid to one of those free Good Seasonings cruets.

He also enjoyed rolling around the living room, and quickly found out that banging the handles on the china cabinet is all kinds of fun. Don't let the innocent smile fool you.

He also enjoyed lots of stories...

...and more than that, playing with the things he found in Grandpap's shirt pocket

Coming up in post number II... Luke falls asleep on Grammy, explores more pockets and ties a fly.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Peek-A-Boo Part Two

Recently Luke has started initiating rousing games of peek-a-boo on his own. Here you can see him snuggling with Dad, but playing peek-a-boo with Mom.

Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'

After weeks of failed attempts and baby-sized frustration, Luke has figured out how to roll from his back to his front AND from his front to his back - and can now hit "repeat" for minutes on end.

Here, we have captured him in his element:

Friday, November 21, 2008


There is nothing terribly original about this clip, but Luke has mastered and even delights in a rousing game of peek-a-boo now. He'll peek-a-boo around newspapers, magazines, pillows, even corners. In this video you will also see him dismantle his booster seat, thus rendering the "dishwasher safe, removable top for easy cleaning!" useless and requiring mom to wash the dang tray underneath every night.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Go Pack Go

We think we may have taught Luke his first trick? We were listening to yesterday's Green Bay/Bears game as a family, and when the Packers scored, we cheered "yayyyy Packers!" Luke responded by clapping and cheering to the best of his ability. And then kindly kept it going long enough for Mom to catch it on film.

Friday, November 14, 2008


Last weekend we brought Luke back to the location of his shower, the immortal crazy German bar, Helmers. Though it is not the same after the renovation (and the removal of the Bavarian Club, the best sandwich of all time) we still enjoy it, even if we can no longer sit in our favorite bench seats at the end of the bar.

After charming our favorite waitress, Luke got right down to business, supplementing his baby food dinner with lots and lots of meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

As you can see from the mess, he wasn't shy about eating right off the table

Don't Touch!

Despite all appearances, he only drank out of the blue bottle

Luke was sure to get every last bit of the meatloaf

Finally, exhausted from all of the German goodness, Luke had to take a break.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Am I Not Snuggly Enough for You?

Sometimes Luke wakes up before Mom is done getting ready in the morning, so he hangs out in bed with Dad. On this day, he was being unusually snuggly and not wriggling around whining about the fact that he was not yet eating. I couldn't resist snapping a picture - but instead of capturing his sweetness, I caught him being grumpy about the flash. Or maybe he just doesn't like mornings. Or had a case of the Mondays?

This past Sunday we went out into the blustery fall day to take Luke out to lunch & for a trip to the playground. After some time on the swings, Luke was chilly, so we all headed home. He and Dad then had a snuggle under Luke's new quilt from his friends, Jen Bonnell and her mom, Mizz Karen. They enjoyed some cozy time and busted out his Little Bear book from Grandma & Grandpa Casey.

Within a few minutes however, I think shortly after Little Bear learns that he does not require a winter coat because of his fur, Luke couldn't take how cozy he was and gave in to temptation.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Celebrity Impersonations VII

It took 216 picks for the Packers to choose Donald Driver, while Luke was drafted in the first round.

Squint a bit, imagine Luke has an earing, and tell me you don't see the resemblance.


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Am I Noodley Enough for you?

One more video for Paige to tide her over until her return.

Luke loves noodles, almost as much as the yogurt and chicken he enjoyed after this appetizer.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A clean baby is a happy baby

Paige is away on business until friday, so I shot a video for her.Luke is getting a new tooth and recovering from shots, but once he got home he was all smiles, especially after his bath.

We miss you already Mom!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Rock-A-Bye the Vote

Since OUP gave employees a half day today, Mom decided to take the whole day off to hang out with Luke and also to give him his first civics lesson by taking him along to the polls.

Dad got up early & went to vote as the polls opened at 7. He waited for two did fellow Hoboken resident and NJ Governor Jon Corzine.

When Luke woke up from his morning nap, he was ready to put on his best voting gear (thanks to his friend, Nolan, whose Daddy works on the Obama campaign and sent him this HOPE onesie in exchange for a coveted Bob's Clam Hut model from Luke's Grammy).
Once suited up, he and Mom departed for Hoboken Ladder Company 1/Engine Company 3 to hit the polls! ....and then promptly waited in line for 90 minutes. (According to one of the news crews, they had just missed neighbor Eli Manning, which is just as well. As Hoboken graffiti once taught us, Eli is #0, Big Ben #1)

The line was quite long...

But it was a beautiful day out, and Luke didn't seem to mind.
He busted out Fuzzy Bee for a while...

And the little girl in line ahead of us was more than glad to entertain him with her dance moves and musical Barbie...

Then he played with the shakey bottle - which was praised twice today for its ingenuity. (I know, who knew?)

Another kid came by to show Luke his "batwing" trick.
Eventually, Luke had had enough of stimulation and opted for his pacifier and some quiet time.
Finally, Mom voted and we returned home for lunch!