Sunday, March 25, 2018

Foster’s First Sugar on Snow

Maple Sugaring Season has arrived in Vermont. The season has been a good one so far since we’ve had many days above freezing with nights that dip below zero.

This weekend is Vermont’s maple weekend which means most sugarhouses hold open houses featuring tours, food, and live music.

We stopped by shelburne sugar works this afternoon so Foster could get his first official taste. He, of course, loved it especially the snow part.

We had some “sugar on snow” (hotmaple syrup poured over snow) with the traditional pickle and maple donut on the side. Stella is an old pro at the art of handling the sticky treat.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Foster’s next round of teeth

Foster has had his front 4 (2 on top and 2 on bottom) for several months now.


His next four are just poking through his gums.

In other news, he finally figured out how to climb on to sister’s bed. He’s been trying for months and made it all the way up last night.

He also only wants to drink out of big kid/adult glasses - sippy cups are so last week!


Foster has started mimicing others especially by shaking his head.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Foster’s 1st Birthday Party

Since we are still pretty new to Vermont and are definitely still in the middle if winter, we decided to celebrate Foster’s big day with just the family.

Big sister Stella made and decorated delicious cupcakes.


and helped by wrapping some of the gifts from Nona and O.D. (A.k.a. Grandpa). He still didn’t fully understand the present concept.

Stella was more than willing to help and was especially excited that the grandparents had included a little treat for her as well.


We got him a bunch of balloons to play with.

He really went to town on his ‘smash’ cupcake.

His final gift from us was a bubble machine.

They both loved chasing and popping the bubbles in the living room...

As well as in their evening bath.

It was a nice birthday celebration for our big little guy!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Foster turns 1!

It seems like only yesterday we were starting what we thought was going to be a lazy Saturday morning. It didn’t take long once for us to realize that little Foster was going to be making his debut and it was going to be a while before we have another lazy Saturday.

One year later and he’s still keeping us on our toes.

Foster is full of energy and very curious about everything in his world. He has started pointing to things and asking “that?” to hear what it is called. He also says “that!” to get whatever the item is. He especally likes cheese popcorn and other finger foods.


He anxiously waits every day for his favorite person, Stella, to come home and play with him.

He is loving and generous-always sharing his snacks and toys.

Foster is good at walking and lately has been dancing.
He is a rambuctious, sweet, and loved one year old! We are so glad he joined our family one year ago!

update from 2/20:
Foster had his 1 year checkup with the doctor.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Foster’s new skills

Foster has become a pretty good walker - not as many stumbles and moving quicker.

His new found mobility has allowed to explore more and test out other skills, such as hanging from the oven handle...

And opening the bathroom door so he can play in the potty. Or easily reach a box of tissues...

He’s also gotten quite skilled at emptying the lower kitchen cabinets...

He is also working on his fine motor skills and practices often by getting the dog food into his mouth...

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Stella’s first snowboarding lesson

Stella started her first mini mites snowboarding lesson on Saturday.

With all the new people and unfamiliar setting, it took her a couple of hours to feel comfortable enough to let mom and dad (and Foster) leave her there.


Once mom and dad were out of site, she did pretty well learning to balance and manuever her board

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sled riding

We have had quite a bit of snow this winter in Vermont.


unfortunately, we’ve also had a lot of days with subzero temperatures as the high.


We finally had some relatively warm temperatures (still below freezing) and were able to get out for a bit on the sled.