Tuesday, June 29, 2010

It's not all about Cole anymore ...

Today is my due date and we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our baby girl. Its such a weird feeling to know that she could come today or it could be as late as July 13th before we welcome her into the world. But we are ready to meet her when she is ready! Cole is excited to be a big brother, although I'm not sure he completely understands what that means. But he does talk about her a lot and likes spending time in her room, especially in her crib! With this new addition to our family, the focus of our blog will no longer be all about Cole as it has been for the past almost three years. And since the blog's address is currently colebadger.blogspot.com it only made sense to set up a more appropriate one that encompasses both of our kids. For future updates, check out badgerfamily.blogspot.com.

Monday, June 28, 2010


Our neighborhood park has two play structures - one for little guys and one for bigger kids. Cole often gravitates to the bigger kids one, although he is pretty cautious and knows his limits with what he can and can't do on it. Today he tried out the ladder for the first time, scaling up it quickly and even making the jump from the ladder to the play structure. I always love watching him be successful at something new. He was so proud!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

My boys

Just a sweet photo of Cole and Cory reading together on a lazy Sunday morning. I love times like these ...

Saturday, June 26, 2010

First wedding of the summer

A couple pictures from our first, and actually only, wedding of the summer. Our friends Jon and Sadie got married this past Saturday at Flinn Block Hall in Albany. What a beautiful wedding! I wish I had better photos of Sadie - she looked stunning. Highlights for Cole - exploring the building, playing with his buddy Caden, dancing and cupcakes.

Friday, June 25, 2010


One of Cole's favorite things of late, and mine too actually, is picnics in the front yard. We got these adirondack chairs a couple weeks back and they have been a fantastic investment. We use them every day that its sunny, which thankfully has been almost every day this week. Also notice the cheezy smile, which is what you get when you tell Cole to smile these days. I predict a lot more of these smiles in future photos :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wildcat Park

This was Cole's first week out of day care, so we had lots of time to enjoy the sun that is finally here. For a change of scenery, we headed over to Wildcat Park. I can't believe it was our first time there - such a cool set-up. Next time we go there I think we'll take a picnic. I'm sure there will be lots of park pictures this summer as Cole loves going and there are lots of parks to explore in Corvallis.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Day at the zoo

We took Cole to the Oregon Zoo for the first time last Saturday. I can't believe we've never taken him there! We had a baby shower in Portland in the afternoon for our dear friends Kristen and Scott, so it was the perfect opportunity to spend some time at the zoo. Unfortunately I didn't bring my camera, so my photos are very limited, but what I can tell you about our visit:
  • If you ask Cole what his favorite animal was, he'll say "dinosaur." And he's serious! They have a dinosaur exhibit going right now featuring a variety of dinosaurs that move and make noise and even spit (that was a surprise!). Cole was actually pretty scared the whole time, but then as soon as we were done walking through, he wanted to go back again. They also had a cool dinosaur that you could operate via a remote control. Cole could have easily spent an hour with that alone.
  • We spent the most time at the elephants. All four were out and it was feeding time, so that was cool. And it was fun to see the baby.
  • The animals he was most excited about seeing were the giraffes, but sadly they were mostly hiding and we could only catch a glimpse.
  • On a recommendation from our friend Brittany, we made sure to jump on the train and took it down to Washington Park, where we got off for a bit to check out the playground. Cole loved the train. This was probably a close second after the dinosaurs. The only photos worth sharing are both from the train ...