Saturday, July 18, 2009

Father-Son Time

It's quite an awesome feeling to be a Dad these days. It's like the older Noah gets, the time we spend together is that much more special. Every other weekend, Noah and I get a chance to hang out with each other while Mom is away at work. Today, we visited my work as it was hosting a company picnic. When we got there, there were a number of fun activities such as face painting, hat/mask decorating, inflatable slides, etc. We headed directly towards the petting zoo that was setup. There, we saw a baby calf, some ducks, a lhama, a pig, a couple bunnies, a donkey or two, some goats, a draft horse, a miniature horse, and some sheep.

Noah enjoyed watching the other people as they pet the animals, rather than pet the animals himself. I think he turns on the charm when he's around the ladies.

I really enjoy spending my time with him. Lately, he's been feeling a little under the weather. Last night, he was so tired and feeling so miserable that he feel asleep on my chest; similar to what he did when he was an infant. It's an amazing feeling that I have difficulty describing--knowing that he feels safe and cozy while sleeping on me. We spent the rest of the afternoon taking it easy, enjoying the cool fall-like weather on a rather overcast summer day.

I truly feel blessed to be his father. I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Trip to the Beach

We took advantage of a beautiful summer day by taking Noah on his first visit to our small hometown beach (it is actually more like a large pond). We parked ourselves under a giant willow tree and Noah and Dad got busy building a sand castle.

At first, Noah was not too sure about the sand or the water and clung to us with a little death grip. After a few trips down to the water to refill his water bucket, he discovered that it wasn't all that bad, and the water was actually quite warm.

We had a little picnic and then headed home, where we all took a nice nap. While I would not say that Noah now loves the sand and water (he tried to leave several times, telling us "Bye!" and heading for the gate), it was a nice introduction. I am sure he will soon be begging us to stay longer.