Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Practice, Practice, Practice

This baby is getting more and more mobile! I left the room for a minute today and came back to find Henry hanging out under the rocking chair. He rolls everywhere. He will get on his hands and knees and rock but won't move his hands or legs forward to crawl yet. Last night I put a toy in front of him just out of reach and he did a total face plant for it. He got it, but he was not happy about it--he started bawling. I think he'll start crawling any day now. I always have to remember that it's going to be a very gradual process. It's not like all of a sudden, he's got it! And he can crawl perfectly. These things take time!
Okay, so I made this hat last week for a friend but now that it's done, I'm not sure if I should give it away. Is this ugly? I call it the Kremlin Hat, because it sort of reminds me of a dome on top of the Kremlin. It's hard to tell from the picture, but it's a spiral pattern with alternating rows of knit and purl stitches going up. (Click on the picture to get a closer look.) The different colors of yarn make it very busy. I can't decide if it is cool Boho, or old lady. Would this be something you might see at Anthropologie, or the Salvation Army? I think the light blue is tripping me up. Don't worry about hurting my feelings, I need an honest opinion and the yarn only cost me a dollar so it's no big whoop. Should I give this hat away?

By the way, if you were one of the FIVE people who requested a Koala Bear hat, it might take me a few weeks, but I'm working on them! These things take time.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

a new knitting project

I borrowed this knitting book from the library recently and just had to make a frog hat. I bought some inexpensive washable yarn that day, and lucky enough, had the right needles. Owen wanted the matching mittens, which I think are kinda ugly, but I love the hat! The whole project actually took me less than a week, just knitting evenings after the kids were in bed. I wish I knew a little girl who would want the koala hat on the cover of the book....any takers?
I couldn't get him to stop jumping long enough to get a very good picture. Here's the finished product:

Rub a Dub Dub

Two boys in the tub!

I had to break the news to Owen and Henry: Effective immediately, neither of you will be taking a bath by yourself for a very, very long time. Henry celebrated his first trip in the big tub by (of course) peeing.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

A Dollar Date with the Kids

If you know me at all, you know I'm a bit on the cheap side. My idea of a good time is shopping the clearance endcaps at Target and getting free stuff in the mail. On Saturday evening we had a blast on a great date that cost us only a buck. We went to the Nazarene church that's a few blocks away from our house. They were having a big festival that was free. It was almost over when we got there, and it was really crowded, but we wanted to check it out anyway and we had lots of fun! There were several inflatables, including an obstacle course and two giant water slides. Between those and a big cherry-flavored snow cone ($1), Owen was in heaven. He LOVES bounce houses. If I won a million dollars, the first thing I'd do is buy Owen a big bounce house. Well, actually maybe I'd buy myself dinner first...but the next day, he'd have his very own bounce house to share with his brother. Owen had just started jumping in a fun one with a slide when a lady came in and pulled the plug, saying it was time to pack them up. O.K. was so sad! We felt sad for him, too. He ran to the side of the auditorium where we were and laid his head down on the floor and just cried. I totally wanted to go back and plug it back in for a few minutes so Owen could jump a bit more, but I knew it wouldn't fly! Sometimes, free stuff doesn't last so long.

Then when we went back outside, he saw that all of the other inflatables were also down and it was sadness all over again. Tim, being the good dad that he is, took Owen over to a big firetruck that was just about to spray water from its top ladder. They stood under the hose and got soaked! Underneath the spray there was a giant mud puddle that tons of kids were playing in. Tim was the only adult out there with Owen having fun. Henry and I opted to stay out of the water.
After the fire hose, we decided to skip the Christian rock bands and go home, where we cut the rug dancing to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse soundtrack we borrowed from the library. Later we sat outside in the dark on the back of Tim's truck and watched the fireworks coming from the church. We had a great view from our driveway. It was such a nice evening. Times like this make me recognize how good life is and how much I just love my boys!
Henry hit six months yesterday...man, time flies!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

not to be trusted

I think my kids are out to get me. Just when I think we're having a good time, they turn on me. Last night I was playing airplane with Henry, holding him high above my head. He was smiling and giggling, just loving it. I bet you can guess what happened. Yep, Henry threw up--in my hair and all down my face. Picture a person who gets a pie in the face, how when they open their eyes their face is all white except for their open eyes--that's how I looked, it was so gross! I was amazed when I stood up and saw that there was no spillage on the couch or anywhere else. It all stayed on me. I had to take a shower, it was that bad!

Then today Owen pleased me by going potty all by himself while I was on the phone with Merilee. Maybe the time got away from me, because he was in there for quite a while. I was still chatting away when he came out holding a new roll of paper. I went into the bathroom to see that he had emptied the ENTIRE roll into the toilet. It was in a huge pile above the rim of the bowl! When he saw how upset I was, he said, "Be happy at me, Mommy!" It's the new thing he says to Tim and I when he knows we're mad at him; he says it a LOT!


Owen: "Is bodily functions all she's ever going to write about?"sorry about that.-E

Monday, September 8, 2008

Sitting down on the job


Henry is sitting up for short lengths of time. Take a look at our baby falling down.