In a Nutshell…(A Big One)

I’m back. πŸ™‚
I enjoyed my blogging break!  I got more done than I thought I would – and I chose a good week to take a break from because, as it would be, Zeek was cranky pretty much the entire week.  He had a fever for 3 days.  I would say he’s teething, but …  I’m not going to get my hopes up.  But he woke up a few times this week in the middle of the night with screaming – pained screaming – until I was able to get teething gel on him.  And he’s been uber clingy.  Which sometimes gets annoying when I can’t do anything by myself around the house – but this week, it was especially sweet.  He hasn’t cuddled with his head on my shoulder since he was about 6 months old!  Every time this week that I would pick him up, he would just lay his head down on my shoulder and relax completely in my arms.  It was the sweetest thing.  
Despite the overall unhappy, not-feeling-good baby, we had a really very enjoyable week.
Here’s what we’ve been up to…
Friday, Saturday and Sunday (the week before), I was at a women’s retreat with my lovely friends from my church (East Valley Vineyard Church).  It was the first time I was away from Zeek all day…. Like ALL day long.  On Saturday I was gone from 8:30 am till 12:30 am!  Sky did great with Zeek all day long – he took him to the park at the riverfront to play and rode the carousal.  They helped Zeek’s uncle with his pottery class.  They had a man-date. πŸ™‚
On Monday, Zeek and I went to Bauman Farm.  We haven’t been there since we took Zeek back during all the harvest festivities.  The sun was shining and the farm was beautiful! 
We went into the barn and the roosters were all cock-a-doodling and walking around. 

(Time for a haircut!)

We paid a quarter for a handful of food to feed the goats.

We saw goose eggs…

On Tuesday…
We went to the COLDPLAY concert!  Boooyah.
Funny story:  this hot date was all planned out by my husband.  He found out about the concert (I hadn’t even heard they were coming nearby!) and purchased the tickets as a surprise.  Unfortunately, when he thought about having the tickets mailed instead of waiting for them at will call, he didn’t think about the fact that I’m the one who checks the mail every day… and the envelope they came in looked like junk mail to me.  And what do I do with junk mail?  Rip it in half without opening it, and throw it in the recycle bin… Don’t worry, I didn’t do that with these tickets…but I was super close to it.  I was ready to rip and then thought, well maybe I should open this one… So glad I did!  I opened it up and:
Whoo hoo!  With ticket price, fees and taxes, these seats were over $100 each…and we were THE nosebleed seats.  Like you couldn’t sit ANY higher than we were.  We had the wall to our backs.  But we loved it anyway. πŸ™‚

These were the bracelets that they shoved at us as we walked through the doors and told us, “these are part of the show, put them on.”  As Coldplay was about to go on, signs flashed all around “Put on your bracelet.  It’s part of the show.”  And suddenly…I felt like I was about to watch Josie and the Pussycats and we were going to have a suddenly strong desire to go to Target after the show and buy a bunch of things we didn’t need. πŸ™‚  
(Tell me you’ve seen that movie and know what I’m talking about!!)

 Me and Sky. πŸ™‚  And a terribly blurry picture.  Shame on you iphone.
The cool running man that ran with the beat!

After the show started and I saw what the bracelets were for, I felt a little better.
And not only better – but I felt a little bit in awe.  How incredible to have all these different bracelets all going at different times to the music!  How do you program that?!

The poor guy in front of us had his bracelet flashing the entire show (where mine only flashed some during a few songs).  I felt bad for him because it seemed to really annoy him! πŸ™‚
And, the song that Skyler said he paid the $100 for:

On Wednesday, my little eager beaver got all of his seeds in the mail.  He’s very excited to garden this year!  He’s taking an organic gardening class right now, on top of nursing school.

I always tell him not to open the garage up because I don’t want the neighbors to see the light and think we’re growing weed… *sigh*
On Friday, Zeek and I went to my parents house.  Grandpa and grandma watched Zeek and his cousins while me and my sister joined my cousin and some friends in a birthday celebration!  Happy Hour at Vault 244, dinner at Cappies and a couple games of pool at Riley’s.  Good evening with awesome friends. πŸ™‚
Saturday, Zeek and I played in the sunshine on Grandpa’s “farm” while Skyler was in his first 12 hour clinical at Salem Hospital.  (It’s a 1/2 acre, so not really a farm…but they have a barn, a riding lawn mower aka tractor and a big garden!) πŸ™‚

Zeek doing his usual: digging in the dirt and “stirring” air in a cup (or bucket in this case!).
(Oh, and you might notice, Zeek DID get a haircut Wednesday!)

And while he played, I worked on this:

I made good headway. Hopefully I can find time to finish it in the next couple weeks and I’ll show you all what it is, do not fear! πŸ˜‰

Ezekiel had many wagon rides from his cousins.

Lots of doting on from cousin Kaily.
(Who also helped me with stripping the finish off of the cabinet!)

And had tractor rides with Grandpa!  

Saturday night, Zeek got a sink bath.  He has all out decided he hates his baby bath tub anymore.  He screams and screams and won’t sit down and…it’s a mess.  We’ve tried all sorts of things to make him enjoy his bath, but nothing has been successful.  So, we tried the sink bath again.  And it was clearly a winner, so I suppose we’ll be doing this for a while now. 

Anything to get the stinky boy to bathe!
And finally, yesterday (Sunday), we headed to our favorite breakfast buffet, Sweet Tomatoes, and enjoyed a delicious breakfast together.  Since it’s so close to Bridgeport Village, we decided to stop in to REI really quick.  Really quick ended up being two hours.
And we ended up coming home with this:

Yes!  A bike CAN fit in the back of a Prius!

1 bike for mama
3 bike helmets for all of us
1 bike lock
2 bike water bottle holders
1 bike water bottle
1 squishy seat cover for my bike
We had talked recently about using some of our tax refund money (why didn’t anyone tell me it’s super awesome to be able to claim a kid on taxes?!) to get us some sweet new bikes for some good free entertainment and exercise!
The long REI trip tuckered this poor guy out:

After we returned home, after a nap and after Skyler went to Santiam Bicycles downtown to buy his own bike that he had his eye on, we suited up and went for our first family bike ride!
The sun was shining and we decided to head from our home to downtown Salem to the Riverfront park.  It was about 25 minutes to get there, but thankfully we were able to ride back neighborhood roads almost the entire way there.  Zeek freaked out at first with his helmet on his head, but after just a few short minutes of riding, he was quite content.  The way home, he actually was singing to himself almost the whole time.  It was so precious.

Love my new blue bike!

Trying to pry his helmet off!
Unfortunately, the only toddler helmet that REI carried was a dorky comic book one…
oh well.  At least I don’t have to wear it! πŸ˜‰
Also during the week, I worked on a few more projects for Zeek’s room!
And that’s what we’ve been up to since we last talked!  
What’s new with you?

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