Sunday, June 22, 2008

Week 46

Happy Fathers day dad. Mom was acting silly all week. Her employer laid her off and she was dancing around the room like she won the lottery. Thanks mom for staying home with me.

Here is some pictures the folks took, I had a fun week.


Sunday, June 15, 2008

Week 45

I am sure I am starting to repeat myself but here goes this weeks post. Nathan goes around saying Da da dad at everything all the time. My reply is still Ma ma ma. No luck. He has ga, va, da, fa, ha, ah/ in his baby babble. He says light at least once a day. He loves to stand in the fridge, pull the cats tail and scream in delight at the cats. He can be placed in his crib for naps and will cry for less than 1 minute after I leave. Then he will ether play or lay down and sleep. He still cries when he wakes and screams (not happy) when you enter the room. He thinks the cats are so funny, especially when he is attacking them with a toy. He thinks it is funny when he crawls away from me and I pull him back by the his legs. He is reaching more things these days. Laptops that could be safely stored at the back of the couch are now in reach. He can reach higher in the fridge and split soy sauce all over the floor this week. He loves to eat dirt from the house plants and any kind of paper. Getting the mail is the best time of day. I pull out all the recycle paper and we play on the floor tearing it and eating it. Nathan got his first case of diaper rash due to what we think is teething... but there is no tooth so maybe he was just sick. So hard to tell.

This past week we went to the U of W for yet another study. This one wasn't very exciting so I will spare you the details. We are still attending parent/child class, this is my weekly sanity check. It is getting hard to do too much due to all his naps. He is one of the few in my class that is still doing 3 naps a day. I can get out of the house once a day for two trips and that is about it.

Happy Fathers Day

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Week 44

As shocking as it may sound, teething is no fun. This week Nathan has had some tough days. Subsequently his mom had some rough days! There was no pleasing a boy in pain. Running noses and tears and waking up several times in the night is a good summary.

Nathan also got to go to Anthonys for Grandma's birthday. That was fun for everyone, but a little less fun for mom because she had a little handful of joy to entertain.

Nathan's trips to photographers

A couple of weekends ago some photos were scanned into digital format.

We share them here:

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Great-Grandfather's insight into the US Northwest

For something a little different.

The below contains a little insight about Seattle and Portland in a letter my Great-Grandfather (Harvey Williams Cooley) sent to his older sister Mattie Cooley almost 100 years ago. Apparently I've discovered it is not entirely true given my current location. :-)

This was a particularly relevant letter that got scanned by my dad as he went through many historical Cooley documents in the recent past.

Coquille, OR.
July 16, 1908
Dear Sis,

Yours of July 10 received and contents noted; was very glad to learn of Rollies' [Roland Cooley] information. He wants to remember the old adage to the effect that all work and no play make Jack a dull boy. Lying around in bed is about the hardest work I ever did. If I were I would certainly want to release myself some.

Give my regards to Aunt C and H.J and family though I suppose the latter will have left by this time.

If you will take occasion to note there are no heat prostrations [heat stroke] recorded in the West. And you can go to the mountains if you want when you get there although I support Geo will want to get action on himself.

I received an epistle from from H.G dated July 8 containing the startling information generally enclosed in one of his letters. H. G is all right and he sent me some advise if follow out will certainly get the gravy for anyone.

He appears to be laboring under the delusion that Seattle is the coming city of the coast when any Oregonian can you that the proud distinction is held by Portland. I also suspect him of a strong leaning toward Repulicanism. Which indiscretion on the part of the public is I believe about to culminate into another national disaster, namely the election of one W. H Taft.

You don't want to worry about George, a little work will do him good. Bill out to be in Ore. he could put his horses in the pasture the year round.

Was very glad to hear from John Baker. I am something of a Hobo myself. You want to look into Bill Brown as will undoubtedly be able to tell you some history.

I have received the Trib regularly but would not miss it and have tied my affection to the chariot wheels of the Oregon Journal which is an independent sheet with a strong democratic leaning.

My appetite still continues robust and I must say Good Bye.

Your Bro,

H. W. Cooley

P.S Tell Cliff is about due to answer a letter

Week 43

Week 43, come and gone. In the past week Nathan has been trying to articulate a few more sounds. Mom understands him when he says "light" or "kitty", but dad is still a bit slow on the hearing of those words. Maybe he isn't listening close enough.

Nathan is continuing to be a hungry boy. Eat, Eat, Eat. 63.23% of his mom's time in the day seems to be feeding him. The left over time is spend cleaning up :-)

It was a long weekend, Memorial day, and the Cooley family spent it at the cabin. More fun in the sun. It was actually sunny on a long weekend, handy isn't it? Nathan got to ride around the lake in his bike trailer with mom, bestafar, and dad.