Category Archives: Family


Two Year Olds, Trails and Life Preservers

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Nope, this isn’t a random post at all (insert witty sarcasm). I guess I should categorize this one into “Completely Random“, but I’m thinking it should be under the “Family” category.

A few days ago, Sydney (2 years 6 months) and I went for a walk around the property. If you have any children, you know it takes a bunch of work just to get them ready to go out of the house. Today was no different.

After getting her shoes on, she decided she wanted to wear her froggy life preserver. The one she refused to wear in the water. Suddenly, this thing was the best thing in the world. It must be great to be a kid.

Halfway through the walk, she decided it was too hot, and I carried it the rest of the way. Super cute.

While I’m at it here, if you have a two year old and would like to know if wearing a life preserver that looks like a frog around you house with no intention of going swimming, you can check out these two year old gross motor skills milestones.

2 Year Old Developmental Milestones

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Gross Motor Skills

  • Walking & Running without falling
  • Able to walk upstairs & downstairs holding on and using two feet per step
  • Able to throw ball forward without falling over
  • Walks into ball to kick it
  • Fine Motor Skills

  • Builds a tower of 5-6 bricks
  • Imitates a circular scribble and straight line
  • Able to turn the single pages of a book
  • Vision

  • Recognizes pictures of animals and everyday objects e.g. cup, apple, banana in picture books
  • No squint seen
  • Communication & Hearing

  • Able to name 3-5 pictures or objects
  • May have about fifty understandable words and understands more
  • Beginning to make little sentences of two words e.g. “mummy’s keys”
  • Able to tell you what he needs
  • Able to carry out simple instructions
  • Social Skills & Behavior

  • Plays with toys meaningfully and in make believe play
  • Has little idea of sharing but may be beginning to take turns
  • Plays alongside other children rather than with them
  • Very possessive of own toys
  • Drinks from a cup and able to feed self with spoon
  • Very curious and tries to investigate everything and has no concept of danger
  • Temper tantrums when frustrated but easily distracted
  • May have toilet awareness e.g. know when wet or soiled
  • Toddler Developmental Milestones provided by


    Watermelon Surfboard – Using My Imagination

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    Yep, I have a watermelon surfboard. Well, err, at least I did. I was chopping up this delicious seedless watermelon for Sydney yesterday and somehow got to this slice. The only thing I could think of, besides eating it, was I want to take this out in some glassy waist high waves and do some turns.

    This watercolor shot is my favorite. Click on it for a HUGE version for your wall. Great art :-)

    Baby Babble

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    Sydney and I have been having a blast together lately. There is not much to say about this video of her babbling away and having fun with noises on the front porch. She is 17 months old in this video and we are about 8 days away from her 2nd Christmas. Check it out;

    Baby Backbacks With Support

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    It is pretty crazy to think that last year at this time I was playing poker one or two nights a week and not really accepting the reality of becoming a father.

    The first couple months were are real adjustment for me. It could be because of the colic or just the fact that I have been selfish my entire life. For the past 25 years I have surfed when I wanted to, mountain biked when I wanted to, snowboarded when I wanted to and that was that. I want to surf at 6:30am guess what..I get up early and surf.

    Anywho, all that is changed now. Like I said, tough for the first few months but it then becomes the best thing in the world. Becoming a father is the best thing that has ever happened to me.

    I am currently waiting for Sydney to wake up. I am in the kitchen drinking coffee and shopping online for a new way to strap our daughter to us so we don’t have to put her in the stroller everywhere we go. Check this thing out:


    Kelty Backpack Child Carrier

    Kelty Backpack Child Carrier

  • Auto-deploy kickstand is internally spring-loaded (no bungees) for smooth deployment and retraction
  • 5-point, adjustable harness system is anchored directly to frame and features an easy-to-use central tensioning system similar to car seats
  • Curved, molded foam shoulder straps with load-lifter straps, sternum strap and 2-layer contoured padded hipbelt evenly distribute load for parents
  • Padded, molded backpanel with sliding torso-length adjustment allows easy fitting changes between short and tall parents
  • Removable, washable padded cockpit offers a reclining position, allowing child to sit naturally and comfortably
  • Double-hook seat height adjustment is fast and easy to change
  • Included sun/rain hood protects the little one from the elements and also guards against unruly bushes and branches
  • Removable diaper pack with shoulder strap lets you bring along toys and essentials
  • Under-seat storage compartment accommodates more diapers, toys, snacks and change of clothes—enough for a day’s outing
  • Includes changing pad for those unexpected diaper changes while on the go
  • Carrier also features hipbelt storage pockets for small essentials for mom and dad and toy loop attachment points for the little one
  • 3M reflective tape accents provides 360° of visibility
  • Manufacturer recommends a maximum weight limit of 50 lbs. for child and gear
  • Made from durable 600-denier polyester and brushed nylon
  • Being a dad gets better and better every day. This thing looks perfect for a Yosemite trip in September.