Thursday, January 13, 2011

This post needs a picture, and maybe it will get one later.

I noticed something today. Mac is lighter when he sleeps.

When he is awake he loves to be held. But it is almost impossible for me to hang on to him. He wiggles and squirms. He is looking at the floor, at the ceiling, at almost everything that is around him. He moves and bends and twists and dips and arches and curls and pushes and pulls and grabs and scratches and pokes and reaches. He is my baby who needs to be held, carried, and cuddled the most. He is also the one who is the most likely to make you want to put him down. 20 pounds of long, skinny, wiggly boy is quite a workout to hold onto.

Twice today (well 3 times if you count the middle of the night) he has fallen into a deep sleep and I have carried him. Both times I thought "he seems so light." It must be that 20 pounds isn't all that much if it isn't constantly being added onto by all sorts of directional movement.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Mac's 1!!!

He doesn't have any teeth. He doesn't feed himself anything besides graham crackers. He did a great job destroying the cake, but didn't really like it when I put some in his mouth.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Blanket's birthday

Blanket's birthday falls the same week as Thanksgiving. I was cooking for Thanksgiving and didn't want to have to make a cake too, so this year we kept it simple and bought a cake. He insisted on blowing out the candles more than once.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Elven Magic

These escapees from the north pole appeared on our Christmas card.
For those who didn't get a card here's the cheery photos.

Friday, January 7, 2011

S'mores and Hot Chocolate

We started some Christmas Eve traditions at our house. Our kids had never eaten hot chocolate nor s'mores. They were both a big hit.

And afterwards we put out our stockings and then looked for Santa.

No, really. That's what they told me they were doing standing by the door.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Fabric Creations

Here's the promised post about what I have managed to sew over the last few months.

Two quilts that were donated to Firehouse Quilts. (scroll down to Littleton, CO)
Reversible apron for me.
Apron for Grandma Stitches

Apron for Leprechaun (nephew)

Apron for Froggie (my SIL).

Apron for Grandma B.A.R.
Apron for Grandma Stitches.

Not pictured ('cause I was in to much of a hurry to get them mailed for Christmas):
Apron for Birdie (niece)
2 pairs each pjs for Leprechaun and Birdie
Work on a quilt for Blanket (photos when that is finished).

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sleep (Part 2)

Some days even chocolate ice cream isn't enough to keep him awake.

Track around the world.

Maybe not around the world, but around the house for sure. Way back in the summer Santa scored all this great Thomas stuff for a smallish price. Ever since we had wondered if there was enough to go "all the way around". All the way around our downstairs, that is. And since B.A.R. is out of town for the next few days (and I don't have to pick up toys for any good reason) I added on to the Brendham Docks and Tidmouth Sheds the boys had started with. Note: these are not all the buildings/track we have. 3 buildings, 1 bridge and about 10 little adapter tracks were not needed to build this.

Now for our tour
We start at Brendham Docks and Tidmouth Sheds in the Front/playroom

Out to the junction and onto the hallway tile.

Down the hallway, past the stairs, laundry and a broken-down train.

Past the basement steps and around the corner.

Along the other hallway waving to the office and the bathroom as you pass.

Down the step to the TV room (new white sectional shown) and turning the corner into the kitchen.

Up the step and past the trash can.

Kitchen hardwood covered and into the dining room.

Final corner and dining table avoidance.

Back to the playroom.
Stop at the carnival.

Back to the junction.

Note the use of lots of curved track at the end because I was all out of straight track. Now back to my adult chores.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Reasons for my absence

These are my extended absence excuses.

1. I have 3 children that are home all day and demand my attention (refereeing) most of that time.
2. Blanket got potty-trained.
3. Mac army crawls.
4. I read 19 books last year.
5. I sewed and sewed and sewed (see upcoming post).
6. I watched every episode of Glenn Beck since June. Most from my DVR while I sew.
7. I survived Christmas, and all the preparations.
8. Mac had a baby blessing (way back in May).
9. I haven't slept 8 hours in a row in more than a year and a half. I am generally tired.
10. I keep finding interesting books that I don't have time to read or even listen to (audiobooks).
11. We are painting our main floor and spent all of last week painting all the walls save one (I don't think I can take the TV down w/o breaking it so B.A.R. is asking his coworker to help him move it, paint behind it, and put it back).
12. It seems like Mac has had a cold since Labor Day (save a week or two) and has been cranky, consequently.
13. I have been following the news, not writing my own.
14. I stayed up all night watching election returns. No, really.
15. I applied for, and obtained a CHP. I even went to the courthouse twice.
16. Two of my kids had birthdays.
17. I made a Halloween costume.
18. We did family pictures in October.
19. We replaced 2 couches and a chair with a sectional (free of course)
20. I looked high and low for 2 chronically missing toys (parts to shape sorter and alphabet toys) without finding them.
21. I found the two missing toys deep in the recesses of my mauve lay-z-boy (a month or so after the great toy quest). I also found a tube of neosporin, 2 spoons, a pencil, a sucker stick, a dozen Q-tips and lots of unmentionables.
22. We disposed of the Lay-z-boy before it could hide any more treasures.
23. I changed out all my kids clothing for the next size (Tiger 5t, Blanket 2t, Mac 12 mo)

I hope to blog more regularly in the coming months, but I realize I am a busy mom who likes sewing and reading as much as blogging (and sometimes more).

Mommy, I want to go there! {pointing fingers}

I often get this remark when we drive by the toy store (on our way somewhere else) or when we drive by a friend's house or generally anywhere they enjoy being, and recognize. Blanket, however, said this to me this morning before I had gotten dressed.

He ran up to me and pointed at my shirt "Mommy, I want to go back there!" I looked down to see what shirt I was wearing and saw him pointing at the IN-N-OUT logo on my shirt.

My response: "I really want to go back there too. I am glad you remembered."

I miss living in IN-N-OUT country.


Yesterday Tiger got a new primary class. Yesterday Tiger remembered what he talked about in Primary for the first time. He told me CTR means Choose the Right. He told me he wants to choose the right.

Today we were getting in the car and he was mad about something and he hit Blanket on the shoulder. Then when asked he told me he didn't do anything. I told Tiger that hitting his brother was not choosing the right, and neither was lying about it. He responded with "I don't want to choose the right. I want to choose the WRONG!"

I am glad he knows the difference between right and wrong. I am glad he has agency to choose right from wrong.

P.S. This post reminds me of my seminary teacher Bro. Wilcox. If you had him you'll know why.