Thursday, October 26, 2006

If he walks like a duck...

Here's a shot of Braeden in his Halloween costume...since he knows how to quack, we decided he should be a duck this year! I ordered his costume from babystyle because they had the cutest costumes. Actually all their stuff for kids is adorable; too expensive for everyday, but great for special occasions. We'll take some more pictures on Halloween and hopefully shoot a video of Braeden quacking! We also bought him a little ghost bucket from the dollar section at Target to take when we go out trick-or-treating.

This weekend we're taking him to the NC Zoo. He's never been, but we're certain he's going to love seeing the animals in person. Plus, this weekend they're doing a special thing for kids. Boo at the Zoo We're waiting on a final weather check to decide if we should go Saturday or Sunday. We've also been invited to a Halloween party Saturday evening, so we'll probably go to that if we save the zoo for Sunday.

Monday, October 23, 2006

A day at the beach

For Elon's fall break we drove up to Rehoboth Beach, DE to spend a few days with my parents and my sister and her husband. It was about a seven hour drive, and Braeden handled it really well. He and I slept for a bit at the beginning while Mat drove. We read books, played with toys, and talked. And then we were there.

It was great to see my family and Braeden loved being the center of attention for four days. As soon as we got there, he went straight into my mom's arms and stayed there with his head on her shoulder. He picked up a few new words during the visit, perfecting P-Pa and learning to say Abi. We'll have to shoot video of Braeden calling out Abi. He loves saying it!

This is our fourth year in a row going to the beach for fall break. Normally we go down South, so this was our first trip to a northern beach in the fall. It was a lot cooler than we're used to, windier too. Braeden was afraid of the waves, but loved playing in a tidal pool leftover from high tide. The water was a little warmer there and the beach was littered with shells. So he stomped through the water, splashing and throwing shells. He would point at the seagulls and shout burr, then point to the sky at an airplane and shout airmay. Too cute!

Mom took all the pictures, so I can't post any here until I get the CD she'll send out when she gets the film delivered.

Monday, October 9, 2006

The Great Pumpkin Patch

Early Sunday afternoon we took a trip to the pumpkin patch. No, we didn't pick our own, but we did get a couple of bigger pumpkins for the front porch. And Braeden got to get a couple baby pumpkins and gourds for the dining room table. Here's a picture of him holding his baby pumpkin. To be honest, he was more interested in the rocks on the ground than he was in the pumpkin. But later at home, he insisted on holding each of the pumpkins and each of the gourds, so I guess he enjoyed getting his first pumpkin!

The cup of all cups!

Sunday night we took Braeden to see the Stanley Cup on campus. An Elon alumna works for the Hurricanes in their marketing department and arranged the Elon visit. We had to wait about 20 minutes in line, but Braeden enjoyed interacting with Stormy the Ice Hog, the 'Canes mascot. He even gave Stormy a high five!

Then it was our turn to view the cup. It was taller than Braeden! Mat had hoped Braeden could get his picture taken sitting in the cup, but it turns out most of the cup is the base and there's actually very little to the cup. But we did get some cute pictures of Braeden standing on the table next to the cup. When he finally understands what hockey is, we think he'll be really happy to look back at these pictures!

Saturday, October 7, 2006

Gone fishin'

We went out on a pontoon boat on Lake Norman today. It was in the 50s and rainy, so it was a bad day to be on the lake. Braeden absolutely hates his life vest and was pretty unhappy for the first 20 minutes or so. He warmed up to the idea of the boat when Uncle Mark let Braeden drive!

Grandpa Pete bought a fishing pole for Braeden, so they pretended to cast off for a little while. Until Grandpa cast too far, and the line broke freeing our little fishy into the lake permanently. Since it was cold, rainy, and windy, we took this as a cue to head back home. When we got back to shore, Grandpa headed off to the store to buy a replacement fishy for Braeden's line.

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Two days and counting

We're paccy-free for two days now! Mat and I have been talking about this for a while, but we weren't sure when to start. Saturday morning we were up in Braeden's room, reading books and laughing. All of a sudden he really, really wanted his paccy. But there was no reason, so we didn't give it to him. And that was it. No real discussion; we just agreed not to give it to him.

As a compromise, we're giving it to him when we put him down for the night and for his naps. Otherwise we're paccy-free in the Potter-Gendle household! Honestly, it's going really well. There have been a few moments where he was really upset and clearly looking for his paccy, otherwise it's been pretty smooth sailing. And tomorrow we'll take the paccy from day care, and that will be the end of it.

What a big boy he's becoming!