Cohen in the Snow....Thanks Winter Storm Jonas!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Last weekend Jeff, Cohen and I hunkered down and enjoyed a nice little staycation at home while we watch Winter Storm Jonas bring us A LOT of snow. WE LOVED IT! We are not sure how much snow we got, because the wind was so strong which resulted in some really big snowdrifts. Let's just say Cohen loves snow! He wanted to go out all Saturday, but we didn't let him since it was so windy and there were branches flying everywhere. Now he can identify snow in his books (one of his current favorite books is "Bear Snores On" and as we read, he points and says, "Snow!" on every page).

After the storm was over, Jeff headed out to plow our driveway (luckily most of it was done courtesy of our neighbors). I bundled Cohen up in his new snow suit (thanks Grandma and Grandpa Anderson!) and finally let him out to play. We did really well with keeping the gloves and hat on, but then Jeff pulled a basketball out of the car and Cohen instead on trying to make a basket in the basketball hoop. Clearly the gloves were throwing off his shot, so he insisted (whined) until Jeff took them off. Next, he asked for the hat to be removed as well. Naturally Jeff obliged. Blah! Cohen 2, Mom 0! Well, I guess I do get 1....he did keep his jacket on. :)





Christmas Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo

Monday, January 4, 2016

I have heard a lot about the Turtle Back Zoo, but haven't taken the time to go up and check it out. I'm a little bit of a zoo snob since I grew up going to the Oregon Zoo and it's kind of amazing.  Well, we took a trip up to the Turtle Back Zoo to see the Christmas lights and check it out. While it's no where near as cool as the Oregon Zoo, it's a really nice zoo and the Zoo lights are free! We went early so we could checkout some of the animals. Cohen had a really good time and we really enjoyed watching him get so excited about the animals.

I love it when my family comes to visit. We always get out and do fun stuff!









A Very Merry "Train" Christmas

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Trains was the theme for Christmas 2015. Grandma and Grandpa Anderson gave Cohen the Thomas and Friends Up & Around Sodor Adventure Tower, Kari gave him Percy, Grandma Neu gave him some cool train cars, and Jeff and I gave him a bridge and a Talking Emily Engine Let's just say Cohen was THRILLED!

I'm so happy my family was willing to fly across the country to spend Christmas with us. Christmas just wouldn't be the same without family. I'm so grateful for them and all their love and support. Cohen has been thrilled to play with them. He keeps asking for Grandpa and Grandma to play with him. Luckily for him, they are totally willing to oblige.





The Christmas Express with Santa!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Jeff, Cohen, and I joined the Klarin Family on a trip down to Allaire State Park to ride the Christmas Express with Santa. Cohen has been so obsessed with trains that I thought he would enjoy it. To tell you the truth, I'm not really sure if he did or not. He was super crazy wild before we got on the train, but the minute the train started moving he got all calm and snuggled in with Jeffrey. He just stared out the window the whole time, which I guess is a perfectly fine thing to do on a train. When Santa came by, Cohen barely looked at him and then just continued looking outside. Then we got off the train and he went crazy again....oh, well. The Klarin kids seemed to really enjoy the ride and Santa!

The picture on the top right is Jeff putting his hands over Cohen's ears. Cohen is amazingly sensitive to loud noises and doesn't handle it well, so every time the train came by and rang the bell and blew the horn, Cohen wasn't very happy.







Another Trip To The City!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

I really miss the city. I especially miss Christmas time in the city. I wanted to take Cohen for a little Christmas trip last year, but it just didn't happen. So, this year I convinced Jeff to let me and Cohen tag along with him on one of his trips into the city. It wasn't a long trip, but we spent some quality time at the Rockefeller Center Tree and walking up Fifth Avenue looking at all the decorations. Cohen really enjoyed himself and I'm glad we got to spend some time together as a family.




We stopped by Maison Kayser for a little lunch. They didn't have a kids menu, but they recommended the macaroni and cheese. I was skeptical since Cohen actually doesn't really like macaroni and cheese, but we figured we would try. Cohen LOVED it! Totally Cohen...KRAFT Mac & Cheese? NO, THANK YOU! Fancy, expensive, gruyere baked macaroni and cheese? YES, PLEASE! Like father, like son! We really liked everything we had there. It was a nice find.

 

A Christmas Tree for Cohen

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Cohen is currently obsessed with Christmas trees. Every time we go into a store that has Christmas decorations, Cohen points and says, "Tree!" Usually Jeff and I buy our Christmas tree closer to Christmas, but since Cohen loves them so much, we decided to get one last weekend. For the past several years, Jeff and I have bought our tree at HomeDepot, but I decided that was lame and wouldn't make for cute pictures. So, we decided to wander around to some of the local farms to see if they are selling trees. Luckily A Casola Farms was selling some! It was so cute watching Cohen walk through all the trees and point to one and say, "Tree!"  He was so upset when it was time to leave. I'm sure we are going to need to come up with an ornament placement strategy, since Cohen is currently going through a phase where if something is in his reach, he must have it and play with it. Not good for glass Christmas ornaments.



A trip to the Brooklyn Bridge

Monday, December 7, 2015

Right before Thanksgiving Cohen and I took a little day trip into the city to see the Brooklyn Bridge (and take Christmas pictures for a friend). It was a nice little trip and Cohen was fantastic! I think he really enjoyed the trip. I totally need to take more trips to the city!