O.K., so I'm a little behind on posting this week -- which I do NOT like. So, sorry faithful readers.
I have several catch-up posts in mind, but here's the first.
Last Saturday (September 26), we had a fairly busy, but also enjoyable day.
Marc's been training for his big 100-mile ultramarathon coming up (in just over a week), so that morning, he did a 40-mile run. Therefore, Luke and I didn't see him much in the morning.
While Marc was running for several hours, Luke and I took our obligatory walk through town.
For those of you who see Luke often (or for those of you who look closely at Luke in the photos on this blog), you know that Luke NEVER wears shoes. And, for the entire summer, he hasn't worn socks either.
Luke has the "fat" feet thing going. In other words, his feet are literally shaped like little blocks. His feet have been like this since birth. Therefore, buying shoes for him isn't easy; therefore, I haven't. Luke is either in socks or barefoot. Since he's not walking yet (we're on the 15-month plan), I just haven't needed shoes for him either.
ALSO, I've read in several different articles about it being better for babies/toddlers to learn to walk barefoot (thanks for the reminder as well as reassuring me, Candice).
Blah, Blah, Blah....
Fall has arrived her in this great state. Therefore, it's a bit chilly to have Luke be barefoot. Luke likes to pull his socks off which isn't the best thing when he's in the stroller on a cool day or evening.
SOOOOO, it's shoe time for Luke -- and again, for those of you who are completely used to seeing Luke barefoot all of the time, this is a C.H.A.N.G.E.
I found some very cute ones that actually do fit his "fat" feet (and I say that very lovingly as his mother). This past Saturday was the debut -- in the stroller, of course.
Here he is, modeling the cute little boy shoes.
I did notice while walking that he kept looking down at them.
And, just for fun -- here is a photo of Luke in our driveway a couple of days later -- again, in the shoes.
After the obligatory Saturday morning walk and shower, Luke and I hung out at home. When Marc came home, we watched him recover (on the floor) from his 40-mile run.
In the afternoon, after Luke's nap, Luke and I headed to Prairie Harvest Deli -- here in town.
It was their "Cider Saturday" -- the day where they make fresh apple cider from 125 bushels of apples (and actually, one of the ladies I talked to that day said they made cider from quite a few more bushels than just the 125).
Marc and I figured we just had to have some fresh cider.
I don't know how well this photo shows up, but it's the chalkboard sign on the sidewalk in front of the store. You know you're in small town America when you see cute signs like this.
Here are the many apples yet to be made into cider (and this was at the end of their day).
And yes, it was good cider....
In the evening, Marc, Luke and I went to "Buffalo Wild Wings."
I know this may surprise some of you (since Marc and I have eaten out at many places throughout this great country), but neither of us had actually ever been to "Buffalo Wild Wings." Because of that, Marc chose it of all places for his birthday meal (since his birthday was the day before).
And, since we couldn't really find a movie we were interested in and nothing else sounded appealing (as far as date ideas) and both of us procrastinated on finding childcare, we just took Luke with us for Marc's birthday meal. That way, it was a family thing.
Our service that evening wasn't the best, but Marc and I usually give places two chances on service unless the first time was REALLY BAD.
But, Luke was such a great trooper. He hung out in the high chair so well without whining and complaining. I had taken a few toys, but mostly, he was intrigued with Marc's black Pikes Peak visor (Luke is playing with the black visor in this photo -- it may just be hard to see).
Louder places such as this one are good for a one-year old. All of the sporting events on the televisions are a nice distraction from the noise of a toddler.
When ordering, Marc was deciding whether or not to get ribs. Hmmmmm...you don't want bad ribs, do you? So, he ended up calling my brother, Joel, to find out his opinion (he and his wife have eaten there several times).
Joel was sorry to let Marc down (Joel's words -- not mine), but Joel had actually never had the ribs there. So, he had no recommendation.
Marc did end up ordering the ribs and buffalo wings (in addition to the wings we ordered together). Marc's opinion on the ribs -- order them elsewhere. They weren't that great. But, he did enjoy the wings -- especially with the Honey BBQ glaze. I enjoyed them as well.
Really nice photo, isn't it? Thanks for posing, Marc!!!!
Besides the buffalo wings (and I'm not sure why I did this), I did have a cheeseburger and fries. I know that's fairly boring. But, I don't eat burgers real often, and when I get the chance for a good sports bar type burger, I go for it. Unfortunately, that evening, I was full from wings. Therefore, the burger didn't get all eaten. But, it was good, and I would recommend it.
And, to not leave Luke out -- he had chicken strips which he always likes. He also had some applesauce and cheese that I had brought for him -- as well as his milk.
Fast forward to the last couple of days (Wednesday and Thursday)....
Luke's been a little on the ill side. It's not been bad, but considering Luke really hasn't been sick at all in his little life, it's a new thing to us.
He's come down with a fever that only goes down with some Tylenol. He definitely has been acting like he doesn't feel the greatest (wants to cuddle more which really doesn't upset me). He's definitely been sleeping more than normal (slept until 10:00 this morning and still took a 2 1/2 hour nap).
No runny nose, no congestion, no cough, no vomiting or diarrhea (Yeah!)....Just a fever.
I know it'll run its course. We know he'll get better. In the meantime, it's just sad.
With all of the flu and crud going around, I have been a good mother and have kept him away from other children and busy public places. But today, I needed to get out -- to run an errand just to you know, get out....Can't be cooped up too long in the house. I might go crazy or something.
So, we went to the bank and to grab me a bite to eat (through a drive-thru).
I took this photo while stopped at a stoplight. He looks a bit sad, in my opinion. His fever was down at this point, and so, I know he didn't feel too bad. But still, you can tell that he doesn't feel right.
**You locals will know exactly where I am in this photo.
I promise I'll get caught up on other posts -- especially for you, Candice :)
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