Saturday, December 29, 2007

New Traditions, Old Traditions
Gideon Rides the Subway
For those of you that have been reading this blog since last Christmas (that is over a year!), you know that the Morales/Soto clan goes to Chinatown for Christmas Day. This year, we couldn't go on the 25th, so we went this Saturday. Last year, Gideon was only 3 months old, so we drove in and found parking on the street. This year, we thought that Gideon would benefit from the experience of public transportation. Also, we didn't have a car that would fit six people, and we were too afraid of paying parking for two cars. So, we all drove to Hoboken (the land of my early twenties) and took the PATH to 33rd Street, and then to the N train to Canal Street. Gideon wasn't fazed by the noise of the trains, nor the amount of people. He was just really, really annoyed that we wouldn't let him run around and crawl on the subway floor. Go figure. So, here are some pictures of the Gidster on the trains, and yes, he looks really, really annoyed.With Grandma and Grandpa. Looking toward heaven for guidance.
Making a pouty face with Da-da.
Please, please let me down to lick the floor. I am ever so cute and sweet.

Look at this face. See how annoyed I am?

So, of course the reason we go to Chinatown is to eat. To eat delicious Chinese food. We usually just pick a restaurant when we get there. We factor in the menu, and the prices, and if we have eaten there before. This year, we factored in how close the restaurant was to the subway. Because, we didn't bring a stroller with us. And Gideon is really heavy. And even though there were five adults, we all ended up with lower back pain by the end of the day.

So, here we are. Gideon found that chopsticks make excellent drum sticks.

Did I mention that we also usually end up in Little Italy? For cappuccinos and pastries. Did I also mention that my whole family is really chubby?

My rum cake had whipped cream on it. Gideon discovered it.

The whipped cream might have had some rum in it. Can you tell by Gideon's face? (Just Kidding!)
More Christmas Pics


Wrapping paper for Gideon...Yay!

Too much fun! Gideon working up a sweat.

"X" is for Xylophone.... a gift from his Tia Andrea.

Oh...and a random pic of one of the many recent father and son days Gideon and I have enjoyed together. Please note that Gideon plays guitar as well as as I do.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Two-Part Shameless Plug

First Shameless Plug: Our blog has a Google ad at the end of each post. Plus, there is a line of ads at the bottom of the page. Feel free to click on any of the ads. By doing so, you help to generate a little income for running this blog. We are close to getting our first payment, so we ask for your help. Won't you please click on an ad or two.

Second Shameless Plug: So I've been sort of looking around for job opportunities the past week or so. I know that I said that I would remain a stay-at-home dad a bit longer just about 2 months ago. And believe me, being a part-time stay-at-home dad is the most rewarding job in the world ... but it doesn't pay the bills.

Does Alexa pay all the bills working hard at the Library, while I play and teach Gideon all day long? No. In fact, I have Gideon just a few times during the workweek because I've been getting consistent writing projects since about mid-June. So I've been very busy. Thank God for grandmothers!

As many of you know, I'm a miracle-believing, everything-is-going-to-be-all-right type of guy, even in the most painful of situations (i.e. Gideon's surgery in the beginning of 2007). But as of late the projects have languished significantly.

So, if you know of anyone who can use my services (writer, marketing strategist and just overall pretty smart guy) please let me know. In case you wanted to see my resume, I have posted an ad on Craigslist.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Merry Christmas Mayhem

Hey, did you know that a 14 month old can stay up until 1:30 am? Well, believe it, mister, because it can happen and it did. My in-laws celebrate Christmas the old-fashioned way, by opening gifts at midnight on Christmas Eve. I, frankly, was very worried about this. I was very sure Gideon would either be: a.very sleepy and grumpy and crying or b. fast asleep the whole time and miss out on the gift opening. Boy, was I wrong. Not only did he outlast his cousins, but he was running all over the place and entertaining the whole family. He was making funny faces, and telling his 14 year old cousin Joel what to do (and Joel would do it).

Gideon LOVED opening presents. Once he realized that it was perfectly ok to tear paper and make a big mess, he was all over it.

And the cutest part was, that since we have trained him to hand us any garbage he ever finds on the floor, he just kept handing me all the torn paper.
Like so:

Needless to say, this year it was all about watching Gideon. Everyone just sat there and waited to see what he would do. He was slightly manic; suddenly bursting into tears because he was so tired. But God forbid I would pick him up and try to soothe him to sleep. He would give me this very suspicious look, as if to say "I know what you are doing, and it's not going to work."

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas from the Soto Family

Just a quick post to wish all of you a very merry Christmas. I am sorry, but there are no adorable posts of Gideon wearing a santa hat, or standing in front of our Christmas tree. But, hopefully after tomorrow night, there might be. So stay tuned. Until then, enjoy your Christmas dinner, and the opening of presents. We will be going to my inlaw's tomorrow night for midnight Christmas eve, and then to my parents for Christmas Day to celebrate the birth of our Savior.

Feliz Navidad!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

More Pics

Here are some more pictures of Costa Rica. These are actually of one of the open air markets that towns have every weekend. Most people do their weekly food shopping there. The vendors were posing for me, but I just took pictures of the food. Again, taken with my mom's camera. The date is wrong. And I don't know how to take it off. Someone help.

Some clay pots.

Papaya Galore.

Gideon whats-upping one of the vendors. He LOVED them, because they would shout out their wares, and he thought it was hysterical. Also, he is in a stroller that I ended up having to buy in San Jose, because my ginormous Graco stroller did not fit on the narrow sidewalks of San Jose.

Pejivalles. I just googled it to give you a better description, but let's just say it is a fruit/vegetable that gets steamed or baked and it is delicious, and people eat it with mayo.

Round zucchini type thing.
One of the vegetable stands. The bowl is for money.
Exotic Costa Rican delicacy. Oh wait, it's corn.
Called a water apple. Not really an apple, and it doesn't have any water in it. But it is yummy. Maybe it should be called yummy red fruit.
Another stand. With bananas and pumpkin. But it's Costa Rican pumpkin. So, it's more exotic.
Shame on me, and a little bit of Costa Rica.

I know, it's shameful. How can a person have a blog that features an adorable baby, and not post constant pictures? I don't have an actual reason. I can't even use the "oh, I just had triplets and am too busy" excuse, because my friend DOES have triplets, and she posts on her blog regularly. And, I don't even have any really recent pictures, because the ones I took, I saved on the internal memory of our camera, and our camera refuses to give them up. So, the ones you will see now are some Costa Rica pictures that I never posted. Oh, and I took them with my mom's camera and the date is all screwed up, but I have actual witnesses that can testify that I was there in September 2007. If you need them to. You would just have to pay their airfare.
Gideon and his Tia Andi.

Gideon and his great-grandmother, Abuela Melida. She is the one that said that if she died before meeting him, she would come to my house and haunt me. So, I really had no choice in the matter.

My cousin Jerry, his adorable daughter Abril, and myself and the Gidster. Jerry wanted me to tell you all that we did not plan on matching. And that we are not twins. Oh, and that he did not break my tea set when we were little. Oh wait, except that he did, and still has not replaced it. Interesting.

Gideon on a plane swing in my aunt's backyard.

The banana tree in the same backyard.

Gideon excited to be on a plane.

A semi-artistic shot of a Gideon profile.
What Gideon was looking at.

Gideon after too much milk. What was in that milk?