Thursday, June 26, 2008

Super Size Me

We really aren't bad parents...
We usually don't let Lincoln drink soda, but at the end of walking the Freedom Trail we all needed a little liquid refreshment. Either he is a little guy or that is one big soda - I'll let you decide.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Boston Trip: Part II

Our second day in Boston we decided to do the famed "Freedom Trail" - which I (erroneously) thought would be a nice trail through shaded woods, rather than a grueling walk on cobblestone-paved roads through the city of Boston. It was actually fun to see the different sites, including the USS Constitution "Old Ironsides". Link is ready to set sail:

At the other end of the "Trail" was Boston Common; Boston's attempt at Central Park. (I have to say NY wins that one hands-down) Lincoln wanted to chase the pigeons around. Here he is planning his attack:

Then we went to Walden Pond. It was beautiful, but the unexpected thing was that now it is largely a beach/swim area - not quite what Thoreau had in mind, I'm guessing. Lincoln had fun playing in the sand.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Boston Trip: Part I

Earlier this week we took a short trip to Boston. It is only about a 3.5hr drive (everything is so close around here in these "little" states). The first day we went to Lexington and Concord - birthplace of the American Revolution. We saw the North Bridge where the "shot heard 'round the world" was fired. Looks like Lincoln shares his daddy's love for history:

It was beautiful and green and a very humbling, emotional experience to be where people first fought for this great Nation's freedom. Here is a poem from one of the monuments at the North Bridge (author, anyone??):

Taking it all in:

Thursday, June 19, 2008

When it rains...

The weather in New Jersey is a lot different than in Utah. Going from DRY desert UT to humid NJ has been a change - but a good change for now. We don't have to rely as heavily on lotion and chapstick. I know the humidity will really kick in the next couple months, and then I will hate it because you step outside and immediately are sweating - which is just disgusting.

The other difference in weather are the thunderstorms. We went out on a leisurely walk along the river the other day and it began to sprinkle. We turned around to go back home and within minutes it had turned into a full-on downpour! We were running down the street, Lincoln was crying in his stroller, and we were SOAKED!

Now we bring an umbrella with us just in case.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sleepy guy

Link is teething now so isn't sleeping so well, but on the trip to California he fell asleep reading quite frequently. Here is a picture of one of those times.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Our New Town

We are settling in well here in New Jersey. Earlier this week we met up with a few people from our church at a local "park". These parks here are AMAZING! It was basically a mini water park complete with fountains and sprinklers of water and a 1 ft. deep large baby pool. Lincoln really loved the water; and doesn't he look like such a big boy in his swimsuit?? That "park" was especially fun, but all the other parks we have been to have some sort of sprinkler-water-play thing for the kids. I will have to bring the camera along to show what they look like.

For those who are wondering "Where is Weehawken, New Jersey?? I thought you were going to live in New York?" Here is your answer:

You walk out of our apartment, go 100 ft up the road, and that is our view. "The view of views" as a sign read near our home. Pretty amazing. We're not going to get tired of looking at the fabulous NYC skyline anytime soon.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Let's Go Oakland...

While we were in California, we saw not one, but TWO Oakland A's games. Ryan is a huge A's fan; and Lincoln and I are too (by association). Actually, I grew up going to A's games when I lived in the Bay Area, so it's a bit sentimental going back to the Coliseum. Lincoln was interested in watching the game(for a while) but then saw all the stairs throughout the stands and just wanted to climb up and down them. Lincoln calls baseball "Catch", and he also calls any ball he sees "Catch" and then proceeds to pick it up and throw it. Maybe we'll have a star baseball player after all?!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Cousin time

For those who may be wondering - YES, we have finally made it to our new home in New Jersey! We left Provo and first headed to California for Ryan's sister's wedding. It was a beautiful event and Lincoln enjoyed being with his 13 Giles cousins. Here is a picture of all the cousins together at the Oakland temple (try and find Link)

While at the temple, Lincoln mostly wanted to explore, and his sweet cousin Kate was happy to play with him.

Here is one of the family with a great view of the San Fransisco bay:

We will have more pictures of our California trip and our NEW PLACE coming soon!