Lots more to come -- stay tuned!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Lots more to come -- stay tuned!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
They each got lots of loot, but my photos of Ethan opening his presents turned out crazy blurry - I'm sure Val got way better ones of him. Val, Shannon and Jolene made the Lego cake for them and after we had all gotten a piece we stripped them down and let them loose. We're both planning to do the individual cakes for their family parties on their actual birthdays but we couldn't resist the photo op.
They loved it! After they had a nice sugar buzz going we dumped them in the kitchen sink to rinse off for the ride home. (photos coming) The water was a great shade of grass green - I hope it doesn't stain Lu's sink forever. :)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
"It's an anniversary picture, Mommy, so you can celebrate." I love it.
Friday, July 18, 2008
What he's up to:
- walking like crazy. No longer interested in crawling much unless he has fallen down 3 times consecutively and decides it's easier to get there by crawling. I'll post photos of the walking later.
- into everything. We don't have the baby locks up yet so I'm constantly closing cupboards and removing him from the trash can, etc.
- loves the steamer basket. He discovered it once when he was unorganizing my pots and pans cupboard and daily goes back to it to pull it out and open it up.
- sleeps really well again. We had a bit of time there that he was up again several times in the night but he's back to sleeping until 10am or so. Thank God.
- eats just about anything but chokes a lot. We're not sure why he's still choking on foods . . . maybe he just hasn't gotten the hang of mashing stuff up yet . . . but we have to be careful what snacks he gets and how many he stuffs in his mouth at a time. He's eating 2 or so jars of the #2 foods at each meal and still loves the rice cereal.
- has mastered the sippy cup. He does better when they have handles on each side but will take just about anything. Grandaddy taught him to drink from the fountain at church . . . drinking fountain, not aesthetic fountain . . . so most Sundays he's drenched before the service . . . Josiah, not my dad . . . but has a great time!
This week we have his joint b'day party with Ethan and his family party both coming up so be ready for tons of photos! Love me the cake-schmeared-from-ear-to-ear birthday photos!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
So, right before we got going on the house my friend Shannon and her family were returning to NE from their vacation and stopped to see us. We haven't seen each other since my wedding in 2000 so we'd never met each other's kids, etc. We went out for supper and then to a park so the kids could run around while we visited . . . we didn't think the people at Don Pedro's would have appreciated the kids running around in the restaurant. We got all caught up on each other's lives and took tons of pix of the kids playing.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Anyway, I love it when my table looks like this. Sometimes I get so bogged down with all the photos I want to scrap that it just overwhelms me and I sit on the floor next to my computer in the fetal position until Kev comes home and tells me to get up already, it's just scrapbooking. (I know he sounds mean but he really doesn't mind that I LOVE to scrap. He just really likes to tease me about it because he says it's just another ridiculously involved way to look at photos and couldn't we just keep them in files on the computer? I remind him it keeps me off the streets.) Then there's sometimes when I get a project going and the inspiration is there and all the pieces are in place . . . except when I run out of glue dots . . . and the kids take super-long naps and everything clicks and I can get a project finished. No designer's block, nothing to hold me back. I love it! Best days ever!
Monday, July 14, 2008
This was actually the next morning when she woke up. She had been bitten and my mom smacked the mosquito in mid-bite so we didn't think anything about it until she got out of bed and came into our room looking like this. I swear, we thought it was someone else's kid. She didn't look like Gennie AT ALL! It was actually two bites, where the arrows are, and they both swelled up so bad that both eyes took a turn at being shut. I took her in to the dr's on Thurs morning because it just wasn't going down at all even with Benedryl and ice packs and cold washrags. The dr said yes it was a mosquito and would go down eventually and put bug spray on her next time and that'll be $85 thank you. He said that the bug bites were unusually bad this year and he'd seen a bunch of kids looking like her whose moms had brought them in to get checked out. And something about the skin on your forehead being attached so close to your skull that there's really no place for swelling to go so it heads south into your eyelids and the bridge of your nose. Whatever. She looked like Quasimodo.
Kev looks crazy tired, and I did too.
Sorry about the crappy photo quality. All I had was my camera phone and it does an okay job if you only want to see an impressionist's rendition of what was happening. And if you like your skin colors tinted red.
As you can see, we all took a turn in Josiah's room and it took a TON of paint to cover that hideous orange. We ran out of blue before we finished his closet but we didn't have time to get more on a paint run so we've just left it for now. Eventually it will get done . . . who am I kidding? . . . it so won't get done . . . but at least you can't see it inside the closet.
Josiah spent most of the time in his pen and was not happy about it. Baby jail indeed. He won't go in there for very long now, but I can't blame the kid.
I got picked to tackle the nasty wallpaper border in the kitchen. Never again will I deal with that stuff. I wouldn't even bless an enemy with it. Yuck. Gennie spent the 2 days pestering everyone with "I can help!! Really I can!" until finally I couldn't take any more so I gave her a brush and let her loose on the orange walls. She had a blast painting faces and letters and was crushed to find out we were going to cover over it. I took lots of photos of it for her. The second day Karl and Jolene started priming the awful downstairs paneling. No more Keebler elves. It took them most of that day, then my dad came over and got the fantastic job of painting it. (the left side is painted and the right side is primer in this photo.)
A huge thank you goes out to everyone for all the help painting and getting the place ready for us to move in. It was a ton of work but it went together quickly with so many people to work on it. Thanks, guys!! :)