Thomas had the hiking bug this summer, so that meant Jacob did as well. Jacob really enjoyed meeting his uncle Jeremy as they hiked to Red Pine Lake up Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah.
Early in the summer, we found a babysitter and used a couple of free passes to catch a movie in Provo. We showed up early enough that we had to wait in line for the theater to open. When they let us in and we tried to find a seat, the people ahead of us had saved so many seats that the only two unclaimed seats next to each other were on the second row. Not cool. There were at least 10 people who were saving 3 or more seats. Thomas went to look for a theater employee or manager and couldn’t find one. So, the following day, Erin let the theater know we were disappointed that so many people were saving seats for people who weren’t present when we were! The next day, we received an email from the theater manager apologizing. He also sent us 4 passes for any movie. Kudos to Cinemark for providing excellent customer service.
Anyway, we went back in July to see Toy Story 3 with two of our free passes. (The passes are good for any movie, by the way, which is killer). When we showed up in the theater, this is what we found:
The picture quality is bad, but it shows Erin sitting in a COMPLETELY EMPTY theater. We were tempted to save the whole thing for some phantom friends, but decided a good laugh about the situation would suffice. Needless to say, our view of the film was excellent this time around.
This is one of Thomas’ favorite recent pictures of Jacob:
Everywhere we go people comment on how cute, or how fun, or how smiley, or how happy Jacob is. He’s a great kid and we love him!
We headed up to Snowbird ski resort last weekend for its annual Oktoberfest. There is a small farmers market-type plaza where you can buy clothes, trinkets and authentic German memorabilia. There are also numerous beer stations, as well as a large hall where you can eat German food and listen to (or dance to, if you prefer) authentic German music (think Polka).
Jacob was more interested in Oktoberfest than posing for the camera
Jacob thoroughly enjoyed the polka music and enjoyed dancing to it. Thomas had a bratwurst, but ate it so fast we didn’t have time to take a picture.
Oktoberfest is the culmination of what Thomas is calling his “German Summer.” It started while Thomas was on a business trip to Aberdeen, MD, and ate twice at the Prost German Restaurant. Thomas then found Cafe Berlin while on a business trip to Denver last month. The restaurant is owned and operated by Marlena, a wonderful woman from Mainz who served the best German food Thomas has had since living in Germany:
Rouladen with Spaetzle and Rotkohl (Red Cabbage)
We are also trying to enjoy the remaining warm days before fall fully sets in. We had a picnic outside Friday night, and happened to catch this picture of Jacob blowing bubbles:
Erin has also been spending a lot of time at the park, one of Jacob’s favorite places to go. Among his park hobbies: eating wood chips, crawling all over the playground, going down the (small) slides, and swinging:
Jacob the newest toddler models his birthday outfit
Enjoying his birthday cake before the plunge (video of this to come; it’s much better than the pictures)
Cousin Ethan helps J with his new phone
Happy Birthday Jacob! We love you and are ridiculously happy that you are part of our family!
(P.S. – check back soon for some video of Jacob opening his presents and trying to lift his cake up to his mouth)