Thursday, November 29, 2012

Drive-Thru Lunch

Baby Levi does not like to sit in his high chair.  I think he gets bored.  That means, at mealtime I am not only trying to get him to eat (which is a challenge with this kid, for some reason), I am also trying to entertain him.  So yesterday, he ate lunch in his stroller.
We didn't even go anywhere; I just parked it in the house and gave him his sandwich and sippy cup.  And look at that grin!

I took a bunch of pictures because he was just so dang cute!
Whatever works, right?  I say that so often, it's like my motherhood mantra.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Baby Levi can say "shoes."  Like mother like son!!  I kind-of sort-of got it on video.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Greased Lightning! (That's the most I know about racecars.)

Give this boy anything with a steering wheel, and he will VROOM VROOM with it!

I know I've posted this one before, but it's too cute!
He has a pool float that had a steering wheel attached.  The steering wheel came off, and now he "drives" the steering wheel all by itself.  I need to get a photo of that.
On Thanksgiving we went over to our (now former) bishop's house, and baby Levi played with three-year-old Joseph.  Baby Levi wanted to play in Joseph's little car the whole time.  Joseph kept coming up to me and saying, "Baby Levi wants to get out of the car now.  He wants me to drive it."  Joseph did not like having to share.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas

We spent our Thanksgiving weekend pretty quietly.  My favorite Thanksgiving weekend tradition (other than dinner, of course), is decorating for Christmas!  We picked out our tree on Friday.
Baby Levi had fun running around the lot.  He was not too interested in the trees, though, except the ones with ornaments on them.
I picked out a nice tall tree (well, as tall as will fit in our apartment)!  Unfortunately, once we got it home and unwrapped it, we saw that it was very crooked and kind of bald on one side.  Boo.  I was so excited about the height that I didn't look at other features.
Also, when we got it on the stand and started to decorate, I found out all my light strings were either completely or half burnt out. We went to the store later on that day, and I bought a box of 100 lights.  Apparently 100 lights is not very many.  It only lit up about 1/3 of the tree.  So for now, our tree looks like this:
So my favorite tradition will have to wait until next week I guess.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Gobble Gobble

Happy Thanksgiving!
I made baby Levi this turkey shirt, but I'm not crazy about how it turned out.  It looks decent in this photo, though. 
We had dinner with our friends, the Fulchers, and then we all went down the street to the bishop's house for pies.  Yum yum.  Baby Levi adores the bishop's house, mainly because they have five boys he can run around with.  I think he'll sleep good tonight.
This was our big boy last Thankgiving:
Such a butterball!  He's lucky we didn't carve him up and eat him.
This year, I am so thankful for my family, both near and far.  I am also so very thankful that I get to be a stay-at-home mom, and enjoy all the precious moments of my baby boy's life.  

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Baby Despot

Baby Levi thinks he is king of the castle.  And apparently, one of the privileges of the king is to sit on any throne he desires.
Little tyrant!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Daddy's Boy

Holy separation anxiety! This little guy gets sooo upset when mom or dad have to leave. Yesterday, Levi went to a meeting, and the baby wailed at the door, trying to pull the handle open, for a very, very long time.
Look at that sad face!
Then I made the mistake of letting him go out into the hallway.  He made a beeline for the elevator, and *flipped out* when I dragged him back to the apartment.  Poor buddy.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Come On A Safari With Me

Last Friday baby Levi and I went to Lion Country Safari!  It's kind of like a zoo, but you drive through the park and see most of the animals roaming around free-range.  Most of the animals can come right up to your car (not the lions, though, bummer).  They also have an area with rides and more traditional zoo-like caged animals.

These are not pictures from the safari part.  I didn't take any pictures there for some reason.
Baby Levi's little buddy River had her birthday party there.  We all rode in two giant vans (zebra-striped) through the safari and then had cake, presents, and all the hoopla. 
Look at my snuggle bunny.

Baby Levi wouldn't wear the party hat, so I did.
Look at all those birds joining in the party.

Cake!  Yum.
We had a really fun time.  I was surprised that baby Levi was interested in the animals.  Last time we went to the zoo he was as interested in the trees and clouds as he was with the animals.  But in the van he would point and babble at the animals we saw, and seemed to understand that's what we were there to see.
We also had a lot of fun on the rides.
This boy loves anything with a steering wheel.

Our good friends Sarah and Liam.
Baby Levi wasn't crazy about the petting zoo.  We went to one last month when we were in Arizona, and he was not a fan.  He did better this time, but still preferred to be up in my arms looking down.  This one particular goat was crazy for my orange shirt and would not stop chewing on it.
Look at all that goat slobber on my hem.

Great day!  Levi was bummed he missed out.  Some day he and I will safari for real out in Africa.  Until then, we'll content ourselves with the local safari.
Two thumbs up!  Or pointer fingers.  Whatev.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Winter Wear

The weather is cooling down here.  This weekend the high was only 80 degrees!  We still hit the beach regularly, but baby Levi now wears his winter-beach-outfit.

Baby wetsuit!!  My bestie, Jenny, gave it to him for his birthday.  I thought it would be impossibly hard to get him in it, but it actually was pretty easy.  I like it because I don't have to put any sunscreen on him, and he stays relatively sand-free.
And I have taught baby Levi one the classic sayings of my dad:  there are two types of people in this world; people who pee in their wetsuits, and people who lie about it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Next Stop, Everest!

This boy is a crawler, turned walker, turned CLIMBER!  He wants to scale all heights and depths.
From here...

...even higher!

Climbs into the chair, and then...

...even higher!  (Love that little tongue sticking out).

He likes to climb into the stroller.  But yesterday, he stood up and tipped the whole thing over, ending up with...
...a black and blue battle wound.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Eau De Levi

This little guy is definitely all boy.  Nothing makes him laugh like his stinky feet.
In this one he puts his stinky feet in Daddy's face (after a little prodding from Mom).

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fork In The Road

Baby Levi can eat with a fork!  He started a few weeks ago but really has it perfected now that he has a small, baby fork.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

We Don't Need No Stinkin Toys!

Mom and I were talking this morning about Christmas.  I can't decide whether to buy baby Levi a present or not.  It seems mean not to, but he really does not need any more toys or clothes.  He has just as much fun playing with stuff around the house as he does with all his toys.

Knock down the tower!

So amused.
My mom said she had the same debate when I was a baby.  She said she decided not to buy me anything, then at the last minute felt too guilty and bought a bunch of presents.  I might end up the same way!  I can't think of anything useful to get him (wrap up a box of diapers?), but I'll probably feel too guilty to buy him nothing.  Ideas?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet

This year for Halloween baby Levi and I teamed up.  Since he is clingy little dude, he dressed up as King Kong and I was the Empire State Building.


Levi didn't want to dress up as a building, so he was Captain Kirk.  Baby Levi was pretty good about wearing his monkey ears, but he certainly did not want to hold still to get his face painted.

  I was worried his costume would be too hot for Florida, but we had a cold front right around Halloween, so it was perfect.  He didn't exactly look like a gorilla.  More like a bear.  And some people thought he was a girl because of the headband.  Oh well.
We did a lot of Halloween parties this year, so by the time Wednesday actually rolled around, we were too pooped for trick-or-treating.  That's okay; baby Levi doesn't need candy.  We went to a party with the families from our play group on Monday (the organizer hired a pro photographer to come, which is how we got some of these great pictures), trunk-or-treat at the church on Tuesday, and trick-or-treating and a play at the library on Wednesday morning (baby Levi met the mayor!).
Halloween is so much more fun with kids!  Hopefully we can keep doing creative costumes with him when he's older.

Monday, November 5, 2012

I Say A Little Prayer With You

Baby Levi has (kind of) learned to fold his arms for prayer.  It's so cute.  He does it kind of sporadically, and usually at the end when he hears the "Amen," but he figured it out all on his own. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Welcome to the Fabulous Las Vegas Bakers

One of the main reasons we took our mega-trip was for Josh and Courtney's wedding!  And it was the first thing on our itinerary.  For those who don't know, Josh is Levi's brother.  We were so happy to celebrate his marriage for time and all eternity to Courtney, who is beautiful and spunky and fits in the family just perfectly.
The wedding was beautiful.  They were married in the Salt Lake Temple.  Then there was a luncheon, an open house in Salt Lake, and a reception in Las Vegas the following day.  An exhausting schedule for the family, but everything went smoothly.
One of the best things about family weddings is coming away with tons of great pictures of everyone looking their best.  It's crazy, but we got some fantastic pictures with Levi's phone.
Taken with Levi's phone, seriously.
Baby Levi and Grandma Sherrie

Levi and his family (this was my phone; quality not nearly as good)

Baby Levi and his cousins, Mylie and Brynlee

I love this one.

Hi John.

The open house in Utah

Resting my sore feet.  I refuse to wear comfortable shoes to nice events.
On the day of the wedding, we were running from place to place all day without much time to rest.  So by the time we got to the open house, we were beat.  Levi and I ended up staying for about an hour, then leaving with the excuse that we had to put the baby to bed (which was true).  But then we changed into our jammies and stayed home.  I went back at about 9:00 pm to help clean (in my jammies), but everything was already packed up.  And also I didn't help set up either.  I'm kind of a terrible family member.
Saturday we flew down to Vegas early in the morning.  My mom and Ray met us in Vegas and we hit the Strip!  We decided to take baby Levi to Circus Circus.  We played carnival games and watched some circus shows and tried out the buffet.  Then we went down to Freemont Street.
Levi won the stuffed horse, baby Levi won the rose, and Ray won an Angry Bird.

I rocked a little Dance Dance Revolution.
Freemont Street
The wedding reception in Las Vegas was fantastic.  The food was awesome (Chronic Tacos -- never heard of them, but YUM; also, white chocolate popcorn) and the decorations were lovely.  Josh did comment that it looked like Pinterest threw up there.  The only bad thing?  It was in a grassy backyard so my heels sunk in everywhere I stepped.  Seriously, I couldn't walk. 
Ray, Mom, and us at the reception

Levi's mom, Sherrie
As with all weddings, I think the bride and groom were glad when the wedding and receptions were over.  We were so happy to be a part of it all, and to spend time with the whole Baker/Samu clan. 
But PS -- sorry I didn't get any pictures of Sharie!!  I don't know why that always happens.  We still love you, I promise.  ;)