Saturday, November 25, 2006

All done!

It's official. I am DONE Christmas shopping! And other than a quick trip to Target to exchange a broken baby gate, I did not shop on Black Friday. :) It feels really good to be done. Although there is a little part of me that is mourning the fact that I will not once have to deal with a crowded mall in the weeks to come. Ah, well, I'll get over it.

I other quick news...
Jackson is still sick but slowly getting over it. Poor kid would get coughing so hard that he would throw up. (Sorry if you are reading this over your dinner....). We did get some amoxicillin for him because his nose was actually getting infected from the congestion. He loves it--bubble gum or cotton candy or something.
I saw the movie The Shawshank Redemption last week for the first time. Amazing. I can't imagine that there's anyone else out there who hasn't seen it, but if you are one of them, you need to.
I am a little nauseated with radio stations that are already exclusively playing Christmas music. Especially since Thanksgiving was so early this year, it just feels weird. At least give it until December. And even then, it's nice to throw in a non-holiday song once in a while!


Sunday, November 19, 2006

Picture time! Yay!

Jack insists on proving to me that he can, indeed, feed himself. We're not sure how much of the sweet potato puree actually ended up in his mouth.

Jackson and Connor conversing over the exersaucer toys. This is Jack's "fake" smile.

Jackson the dragon, Kaelin the kitty, and Connor the bear on Halloween.

Naked baby!

Bathtime with Mimi. So silly!

"Help! There are gates everywhere all of a sudden! They've trapped me in!"

Playing with Lucy.

Now, for the other babies in our life:

This is Lucy on top of the cupboards. She usually gets up and then can't figure out how to get back down, so she sits and stares at us until we help her. It's rather pathetic. :)

This is Lucy sporting the latest in cat accessories, glowing green eyes. Something happened with the flash from the camera, but how spooky does she look?

Eight months

My dear boy,

I'm sad to say that I am starting this report the same way I started it last month---you're sick! It's just terrible. Runny nose, congestion, cough, lack of appetite, lack of sleeping. You had your first trip to Urgent Care this afternoon to rule out an ear infection. Unfortunately, a little peace of mind doesn't come without a price--a 30-minute drive, a $25 co-pay, and a 45-minute wait. Oh well. Glad to know it's nothing life-threatening!

In other news, you are eating lots of different foods. Your favorite thing to eat is yogurt with bananas. You aren't crazy about your vegetables! And you still love mangoes. :) You also have more teeth to "chew" food with--the two on bottom and four on top! Ouch.... You were starting to sleep a little better before you got sick. For two nights in a row, we didn't hear from you until 4:00 am! That's a big deal around here. It's hard to believe that you actually slept through the night for two weeks back in July. Not sure what happened!

You are having a great time playing with Connor everyday. And you enjoy the girls, too. They mostly just make you giggle. So does Homer the dog! When I say, "Where's the puppy?" You look around until you see him. You're brilliant. :)

You experienced your first Halloween a couple of weeks ago. It wasn't really any big deal, though. I got your costume on to take a picture with Connor and Kaelin, and we stopped by Mimi and Poppa's with it on to help me justify buying it in the first place! It was a freezing cold night, so it wasn't worth going to anyone else's house. We only got one family of trick-or-treaters at our house!

You are talking like crazy. Unfortunately, none of it makes sense yet. Lots of "bababa" and "dadada" and "jafkeicajvuoawut," which I think means something in Slovak.... Sometimes you'll wake up in the morning or after a nap and just start talking to yourself. You also like to stand up in your crib and shake it like crazy. It's a very funny sound through the monitor.

We are SO looking forward to the holidays with you. Thanksgiving is this week. And Christmas will be so exciting! I have a feeling you're going to be a spoiled little boy. It will be very interesting to see what you do with a Christmas tree. Your big thing lately is pulling yourself up on things. If you do that with a tree, you'll end up on the ground with a tree on top of you. Not a good thing. We'll have to talk. We have gates everywhere to keep you out of trouble. Poppa made a terrific gate for the stop of the stairs. And there are gates at both entrances to the kitchen to keep you out. It took you breaking a bowl and measuring cup and getting into the cat's water one too many times, but the gates are up!

You are growing like crazy. We look at pictures from when you were first born and we can't believe you were ever really that tiny! And you weren't a tiny baby! It's so fun to watch you grow and learn new things. I love every stage you go through, and I can't wait to witness the ones yet to come. Thanks for being a swell kid!

Love you,

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Bumper sticker greatness

"I hope that someday schools get all of the money they need and the air force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber."

Thursday, November 02, 2006

What I know

I can't tell you who's ahead of whom in the politial races happening in this state and country right now. But I can tell you how paper grocery bags are made, thanks to Mr. McFeely's video on Mr. Rogers today.

I can't tell you who was on Leno or Letterman last night or any night for the past few months, for that matter. But I can tell you how loud a 1 1/2-year-old screams when the toy she is playing with is taken away by her 3 1/2-year-old sister. (It's loud).

I can't tell you about any new restaurants or cool new places in the Twin Cities. But I can tell you that two small pieces of Halloween candy are all the incentive a 2 1/2-year-old needs to finish her peas.

I can't tell you about the latest Hollywood romance or scandal. But I can tell you that Dora the Explorer underwear works wonders for young female potty trainers.

I can't tell you how to lose 10 pounds in five days or get ahead in the workplace. But I can tell you that a baby who wakes up from a nap with a smile on his face can just about make your day!

My, how my world has changed.