So Big! Life with One-Year-Old Cole

Mom and Dad describe life with their one-year-old trouble maker and all around cutie pie Cole!

Sunday, September 13, 2009


This kinda looks like an LL Bean ad to me.
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World's Largest Boot!

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

On the Farm

Today Team Schwabel headed out to the Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista, MN. I've always been curious about this place and it turned out to be wonderful.

Gale Woods Farm is a former working farm that was given to the state in 2000. Since then, the Three Rivers Parks District updated the farm as a visitors site. There's a great big barn with lots of animals and biking, hiking, and canoe access.

Unfortunately, the barn doesn't open until May 1st, but we beat the crowds and had the baby animals all to ourselves. Cole spent the afternoon petting baby lambs that were a month old and looking at Alice, a week old calf. He also got pecked on the finger by an angry rooster which he did NOT like.

We spent some additional time hiking a 2.5 mile loop that overlooks pastures and animal enclosures. Cole sang to us the whole way - and it was fantastic.

Our Trip to the Farm

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Friday, April 24, 2009

So, um, Sticky!

So Cole is an eating machine lately. This morning, he had two bottles, a smoothie, some orange juice and four mini waffles over 90 minutes. Granted, Cole's food consumption typically is only about 60-70% of what's in front of him (except for bottles), but that's still a lot of food.

So, this evening, it should come as no surprize that Cole is hungry. After two large oranges and a snack pack of edamame, he was finally full. And SUPER sticky. This mostly has to do with how Cole eats an orange. As I was telling Dave, it most resembles a vampire and his prey.

Cole doesn't actually eat oranges. Rather, he sucks all of the juice out and leaves behind the pulpy flesh. In the process, he becomes the stickiest child ever.

This evening it only took three baby wipes and lots of cute giggles to clean him off and get him ready for bed. We will see what tomorrow brings!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Fun in the Sun

Today, Cole and I headed out to the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. We had a blast! Cole loved the monkeys (who were in fine form today) and spent quite some time following them around and squeeling.

The rest of the zoo didn't excite him as much, but he had a great time in the sensory play room. Cole donned a zookeeper's apron and carried around plastic food - meant to feed the fake animals, but in Cole's mind, great for holding!

New Year, New Blog

So, we kind of started to suck at the whole blog thing towards the end of Cole's first year. This happened for a variety of reasons:

1. Cole got to be a lot more curious and, therefore, a lot more work
2. We started a whole bunch of time consuming home improvement projects
3. I really don't have much time during the day to blog and Dave's on his computer a lot at night (that's where we store pics) so I don't get online to post photos that much
4. We're really really lazy

To fix this situation, I've decided to start uploading photos from our mini camera that I keep in our diaper bag to my computer. So, the photos won't be quiet so good, but there will be a lot more content. And, I've decided to put blogging back on my to-do list so more of our friends and family can keep in touch with us and watch Cole grow (somedays, truly before your eyes!)