Thursday, December 24, 2009

First Snow

Well, not truly our first snow... just the first to prove constructive. Here is Jer and Scotty's vampire snowman:
And here's Scotty dwarfed by some random neighborhood kids. He's extraordinarily proud of his little man. Checks on him daily:
Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Yay! Fall. We had a lovely fall here in PA. Unfortunately fall reminds me of how inept my camera is at capturing what it's really like to be walking among every color in the rainbow. You'll just have to imagine it. It was heavenly. Late fall dry crusty leaves can be easily captured, however:

itchy itchy
woo! woo! chicka chicka bow! wow!

It's chilly enough that we don't spend much time out anymore. Scotty's energy has turned to creating random things we find kicking around the house on a regular basis. This one was created especially for papa, who is obviously enjoying the modeling bit:
To close, a little doctor's office entertainment. (Scotty's new favorite face, I guess?)

The Chesapeake

Our October trip to MD to visit Ben was especially fun. We decided to go to the Bay, and since it was chilly, we had the beach *to ourselves.* The boys had an absolute blast, as boys are wont to do, digging and throwing sand, climbing on the jettys posted with "danger keep off," climbing trees with Uncle Ben, and scaring seagulls. Highlight of the day: remember when Scott forgot his shoes for our trip to NYC? This time we forgot James' clothes. Yep. All of them. He stayed in his butter yellow fuzzy jammies at the beach, the park, and the restaurant. Oh well, at least he was comfy and warm, right?

The State Park we visited had the *coolest ever* playground made out of old tires of all shapes and sizes. There was an obstacle course, a tire tower, and old-timey tire car, and tire bits covering the ground to squash and jump on. Fun times.


Better late than never, right? Scotty had several different Halloween activities to attend this year, and insisted on a different costume for each one. They're obviously all craft box costumes, so I didn't mind. We had a blast. The only props he needed were from the dollar store.
Costume #1: Sir Scott, knight of the realm
Costume #2: Woody from Toy Story
(like the spurs?)
Scott and Annie, aka best friend/girlfriend/"wife" before the preschool party:
We were surprised to see his best little preschool buddy Jassay as Buzz!
Here's the crew:
Costume # 3: for the ward trunk or treat, he was Scotty Isaac Luke Skywalker Tilton. And one of his sunbeam friends showed up as an adorably shy little Leia:
For trick or treating, he decided Vampire Luke Skywalker would be cooler, but unfortunately we didn't get a shot of that getup.

James was a squeezable, grunting monkey. Perfectly suited to his current verbal skills:
And this was a random pic on the camera, possibly a sugar high? Strike a pose.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Scotty's Birthday and other fun times

I'm still blog-bulimic. The last six weeks have been fun and busy, but not too photo-worthy. I'll post a few highlights. First and foremost, Scotty turned 4! I'm still a little weirded out by the fact that he's been around for 4 years. So long, yet so short. Here he is with part of a favorite bday gift from Aunt Katie, a lego candy building:
James enjoying Scotty's cupcakes:
Our little impromtu dress-up party:
The big 4:
The following week, another huge day in Scotty's little life: the first day of preschool. All grown up:
Scotty love love loves preschool. He goes 2 hours a day, 4 days a week, to a little free preschool program through the local high school. Ever since he started, he's been a different kid. About 1 timeout a week instead of 10 a day. I think he was starved for that social outlet. He's definitely in his element now. So fun.

All but about 3 days in September were absolutely dreamy weather: 60-70 degrees, sunshine, breeze, a little fall chill in the air, but usually not enough to require a jacket. We made the most of it one Saturday by going to Bushkill Falls, an hour or so north of Bethlehem. Some great views and a pretty good stair workout. Here are dad and James:
Scotty at the top of one of the falls:
My favorite view: (Note the tiny little people in the bottom left-hand corner)
Two more falls:

And a sweet bluegrass band we listened to while we ate our ice cream at the end of the hike. Fun day.

We were back down in Baltimore to see Ben last weekend. This time we went to Weber's Cider Mill Farm. If you live anywhere in the greater Balto-Washington metro area, *must purchase cider here.* I've never in my life tasted its equal. Phenomenal. Wish we would have bought gallons. We went on a little tractor hayride:I caught the boys looking extraordinarily bored, but handsome:
There was a hay bale maze Scott dragged me into... I barely fit and Scotty dusted me. I had to ask the people on the bridge overhead how to get out (haha!) :
Hillside slides. I think Jer might have been trying to steer??
Coolest ever turkey. Hard to see in the pic, but his head looked like a glob of external blue brains. Very cool. He was also really, really mad and literally "gobble gobbled" and a little girl as we were walking up. She screamed and ran away -- it was pretty intense! Last but not least, James had fun pushing around the pedal tractors. I'd never seen him do anything like this, but apparently it readied him for WALKING! Two days later he took his first steps, and he's been adding new little tricks daily. He's so proud of himself as he walks he looks like he's going to pop with happiness. He also does his giant open-mouth smile and his inhale-laugh the whole time. So fun. Took him a long time to catch up to his buddies, but he's there, finally, at 18 months. Yay James!