Growing Up

He looks less like a baby and more like a little man every day. It makes me sad and happy at the same time!

Who's this little grown-up?!


One Year Ago. Again.

Funny that I just posted about Joe’s appetite. A quick check of the Flickr account tells me that he had his first solid food exactly one year ago, right before his 6-month birthday:


That means he’s been in glasses for about a year now too!

Here he is on the first day in specs:

He needs a pipe and a book

Now, just because, here’s a video of him enjoying the view as we approached Nassau on the Disney Wonder last week:

Joe’s New Favorite Food

While we were at my parents’ house before the cruise, Joe discovered a new favorite food in Papa’s stash of lunch meats:

Braunschweiger. It’s liver sausage. Bleh.

But he loves it! So yesterday, I dropped two of them into our shopping cart at Kroger.

Also high on his list these days:

  • macaroni and cheese
  • mashed potatoes (also serves as glue for the peas that would otherwise roll away)
  • oatmeal with heavy cream and maple syrup

At last check, ice cream was still not a hit; he seems annoyed by the temperature. Ah, well – more for us!

Disney Cruise!

A few years ago, when I heard that Disney had started a cruise line, I thought it sounded like a living nightmare. A boat full of other people’s noisy children, and giant characters popping out around every corner? No thanks.

Disney Wonder 3

Boy, was I wrong! My mom had the idea for all of us to go on one for Thanksgiving this year, and I have to say it’s one of her best ideas yet.

The food was amazing, the weather was incredible, and there was plenty for us to do — as a family, a couple or a crowd. If I could live on that boat all year, I would. Still trying to figure out how to make that happen.

But, most importantly, Joe seemed to really love it. He ate like a horse (this is a kid who merely tolerates food here at home, but he wolfed it down at sea). He chatted non-stop, laughed a lot, and made lifelong friends with a waiter who wasn’t even assigned to us. He thought the ocean was a great big bathtub and could have spent hours splashing around in it.

Here he is in his Mickey ears:


In a few years, I imagine we’ll be venturing out to Disney World for the full experience. (Expect 2,896,419 more pictures then!)

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