Moose’s Lodge

Raising a Moose

Moose meets Santa December 18, 2008

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My mom LOVES to tell the story about how I cried and cried every time they took my sister and I to takes pics with Santa.


So when I took Moose to the mall today, I did everything I could to keep him in a good mood – he was napped, fed, hydrated, clean, happy, etc.  I was determined not to have him continue my “legacy”.  We walked up to Santa and Moose was great.  Santa even made him laugh and Moose gave him his most charming smile.  I eased Moose onto Santa’s knee.  Moose was great, still smiling… until I backed away.  It was a look of sheer terror.

Moose's fun day with Santa

The guy who took the picture said this was the only one where Moose was looking at the camera and maybe people will think he was laughing.  Yeah, right.  Oh well.. guess we gotta do some Santa-training for next year.  Or maybe I can just get someone to Photoshop a happy face in there.


**As a quick note, here is some proof that it isn’t just me and Moose who were freaked out by Santa – this is my darling nephew!!

My nephew - the screaming one!


Moose Turns 1 December 5, 2008

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More entertained by Daddy than by the candleWhat a lovely cake...Yesterday, my baby Moose (who is no longer a baby) turned 1. It was a bittersweet day, as most parents probably feel. I baked Moose a cake – my first attempt – because all kids deserve a homemade birthday cake at some point. Next year, I will buy one and make him some food or something!! I tried to tempt him to dig into it by covering it with Cheerios, but he was not fooled.

It was a small celebration, just me, Moose and Hubby. We celebrated last Thursday and last Sunday with the family, so I am sure he was tired of all the fuss!

Are we finished here?


So behind… November 23, 2008

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Why in the world have I not been able to keep this thing up-to-date?  Maybe its the Moose, maybe its my laziness, I’ll just blame lack of sleep 🙂

We finally got family pics made today.  Moose was great the first 10 minutes, then he got sleepy, hungry AND he fell down face first onto the floor.  But we got some good ones.  I used to always think these were a bit cheesy, until I realized these photos will likely be the only ones this year where:

1. all three of us are smiling

2. all three of us look good and

3. all three of us are, well, in a picture together!!

Here are some of my favorites, coming to a holiday card near you..


Moose Walks a Puppy November 14, 2008

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A friend of ours let us borrow this toy that helped her little Pea learn how to walk.  It has been a big hit in the Moose household.  Take a look!

(*A little out of sync here.  This vid was taken about a week ago*)


Moose goes to a football game! October 19, 2008

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We took Moose to his first football game.  Clemson vs. Georgia Tech, noon kickoff.  We didn’t get there in time for the 25 most exciting seconds in football.  Let’s not talk about the loss here, but Moose had a good time.  We were in the stadium through the middle of the second quarter.  When he got fidgety, we walked him around the perimeter, ate some food, then met Hubby’s frat brothers to tailgate the rest of the time.  They had a satellite TV setup, so we were good.  Here are some pics from Moose’s first visit to Death Valley.  Doesn’t he look good in orange? 🙂


Moose and the Family October 18, 2008

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My parents, sister, bro-in-law and nephew came up this weekend.  Grandma spoiled the Moose the best she could, loading him up with clothes and toys.  We ate tons of good food and went to Maple Lane Farms to check out the hay ride and pumpkin patch.  They also have a corn maze, but we didn’t think it would be fun to get lost in a maze with two babies!  Overall, it was a fun weekend.  The only downside was Moose passed his cold on to his cousin, but like I’ve said before, its unavoidable!!


Moose’s New Tricks October 8, 2008

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Yesterday, Moose learned how to feed Mommy.  He even developed a “take turns” system – two for him, one for me.  I gotta get a video of that up soon.

He is also practicing his walking – with help from Mommy and Daddy.  I am trying to get him to start cruising around the furniture, but the problem is, his arms are so long, he doesn’t need to move his feet!  This kid has some strange proportions.  But we’ve discussed that already 🙂