Monday, June 29, 2009

Keeping Busy

We had an amazing time in Avalon, NJ this past weekend...and in Jersey City, NJ and Langhorne, PA the previous weekend...and in Foxburg, PA the previous weekend...and in Perryville, MD the previous weekend.

In other words, we've been busy.

It should be noted that Jake started taking some shaky steps during the Perryville, MD weekend (which was June 4-7).  Now he's cruising the beach like he's been doing this all his life. 

So I think Jake has just about covered his "Things To Do Before I Turn One" list.
  • Learn to sit up unassisted
  • Say Da Da over and over again (with the VERY occasional Ma Ma)
  • Find two things and bang them together
  • Feed myself (but not with silverware...that will be on my Things To Do Before I Turn Two list)
  • Try pizza and ice cream
  • Pet Luther
  • Crawl
  • Walk
  • Trick my parents into thinking I'm playing safely in the TV room, but really walk over to the stairs and start climbing
  • Visit NJ, PA, OH, DE, GA, OK, WV (and probably more that my parents have forgotten)
  • Learn to respond to my name
  • Laugh when people tell me "no"
  • Make some friends
  • Make my parents laugh every day
  • Drive a car (pictured below)
  • Put my feet in the ocean
  • Grow my hair out 
  • Visit a couple Civil War battlefields (yes, Antietam AND Gettysburg)
  • Learn how to update the blog
Jake has about 4 weeks left to figure out that last bullet point.  Here's hoping.  But don't hold your breath, this guy has places to go, people to see...just check him out below!


Cindy said...

Your Jake is the cutest. Nothing sweeter than a little tyke cruising the beach! Wow you have been busy! Enjoy yourselves and Jake's first birthday.

Crafty P said...

oh my goodness! your baby is walking! love it! he sure has accomplished a lot in his first year of life. Can't wait to hear about what life brings in the next and the next and the next...

Happy said...

Caroline is going to be so excited to see that Jake has his own car...even if it just goes in the pool. She's been looking for a man with some wheels!

How cute is he walking around? And he's accomplished so much in so short a time! I can hardly believe it's been almost a year. At this time last year I was a mere stalker of the Vileation Nation...I wouldn't comment till right before you went into labor!

Ack...did I just confess to stalking? I did, I did. Okay, I've read since your, uh, pretty much since you started. And I'm not ashamed.

Ah, I feel so clean now.

Carry on!

Jennifer said...

Look at Jake go! How fantastic! I do like Jake's list of things that he wanted to accomplish in his first 12 months - very impressive to have established goals at his age. :)

Looks like you guys are enjoying every minute and having a blast!

Anonymous said...

OH! SO CUTE!! Love to watch "baby steps"! Love the car picture! And you guys are so busy.

So you do have lots to talk about! I can't wait to hear what he does next.

So when is Jake's big day??

Marg. (Maggie from SC - Yep. The state with the Governor who got lost on the Applachian trail and ended up in Argentina (??) -- Remember the beauty queen who didn't know her geography? She was from here too. Oh yeah. SC is the place to be - Where education is a priority! ;-)

Joanie said...

WOW... what a guy! Cant believe he is walking already! Yikes! That year went fast! Miss you!

Sharyn said...

Love that fact that 'growing hair out' was one of Jake's goals. Any hair tips for his Aunt Shanny?

Megan said...

that's just adorable! Good job walking Jake!
I can't believe how big he is already, our trip to visit doesn't seem that long ago
hope to see you all soon

stella g. said...

i'm just ready to get this kid out of me... i can't imagine when he starts walking! jake is such a super-cutie, but you probably already know that since EVERYONE is saying it. just jumping on the bandwagon. :)