24 - Robins Wedding

Earlier this month we flew to California for  Vacation and Robins wedding.  Her wedding was in kirkwood near Lake Tahoe and it was a beautiful wedding, beautiful bride, beautiful location.  And Jonesy he loved the "party" he got to come for dinner and dancing and he thought it was awesome.  The next day he requested "party".
It was so good to see family as well. It was nice for jones to have cousins to play with and to hanging with his aunties and uncles.  He also dubbed my mom and her sisters "grandmas" and was calling them all grandma.
It was a good trip.  More about our trip soon.


Jonesburf 23 months

Talk about being behind on blogging, jones already turned two but I am blogging 23 month photos.  They were taken a little late and Jonesy had on pajamas.  Anyhow here's a few notes about 23 month jones.

Dear Jonesy -
Your almost two.  
You run, jump, and spin with delight.
You are full of joy. 
You are such a happy boy.
You love to go places.
You can be shy when strangers talk to you.
You play well on your own and with other kids.
At soccer one time this month you tried to make a boy feel welcome and hugged him and held his hand so he wouldn't be scared it was so cute.
You adore Thea and often want to snuggle her or hold her.
You also try to breast feed her.  lol
You talk up a storm and remember things.
You love playing outside or working on projects at your table.
You are mostly good at listening and are quick to say your sorry.
Your favorite thing to eat is currently yogurt.

You've been playing pretend in the kitchen cooking and with the minion doll you have and will take care of the minion.
You sometimes will think your name is you - I am guessing because we say "do you want this", "can you pick up etc".
You are starting to outgrow some of your summer clothes from last year - I guess we will buy some new ones.
I love you so much you are such a joy.
Love mommy


12 - Rain Boots

I have been looking for rain boots on clearance or at the thrift store I kept finding lots of pairs for girls.  But today I found green ones at Target $5.  I snatched them up.  They are a little big but Jones doesn't mind.  His favorite part is that he can put them on by himself.  


April family photos

In April I took one family photo.  A terrible selfie.  But we were at the park having fun. So still good.  


30 - Make and Eat Salad 2:10 Popcorn salad

So this salad was a miss.  Made of hard boiled egg, lettuce, cranberries, popcorn, oranges and chicken.  I was thinking the popcorn would be a fun crunch.  It was just soggy and blah.  You win some and lose some.  

10 Gift a Quilt

I had every intention of finishing this quilt in Dec/Jan that didn't happen.  So I finished it not only after the shower but after Graham arrived.  Go me!  But eureka it's done.  I intended to make it about twice this size but scaled back.  I like the Giraffee fabric.  Best thing is this quilt is entirely made from my stash.  When I heard their nursery was yellow and gray I was like - got that!  It crinkled so nice when I washed it.  I do love that about baby quilts.  
Anyhow enjoy it Graham.  


Thea 3 Months

Oh Baby Thea - 
You are three months old now.  You are screaming less now which is amazing.  You also let me take you picture and sometimes you will even smile.
You like avoiding naps.
You like spitting up.
You like playing with your dolly.
You like standing up.
You like to sit upright rather than lay down.
You like to hold things.
You like mommy best.
You like watching Jonesy.
You like bath time.

You prefer being nursed than bottle fed.
You can't predict when you will go to sleep.
Sometimes we think your blonde hair is getting a reddish tint.
You have a hidden dimple that only pops up sometimes.
Your little face is not symmetrical.
You skin is creamy white.
You finally really fit into the last setting of your cloth diapers.
You were 9 lbs 13oz at the post office Monday.
I measured you at 24 inches long.

I like watching you interact with jones.
You are soooo tolerate of him, you don't mind if he smooches your cheeks or wants you to hold his ball.
You like to go out although you don't much like riding in the car.
People always comment on you when we go out they often think you are much younger or actually a doll.  
We try to explain dolls do not have this much gas or scream this much.
Love you always, 


22 months of Jonesy

I love this guy.  He was covered in dirt from the playground and dinner but we still took his picture (for some reason they look blurry in real life they aren't?) 
Dear Jonesy -
You are 22 months and so full of Joy.
Everything is exciting.  
The day I took these photos you woke up from your nap and requested "party".
"Yes" I said we decided to go to the park and out to dinner for "party".  
At the park you climbed the big kid ladder like a boss.  Holy cow you are getting so brave.
You still love ball especially "hoop ball", but you are so into soccer too you ask me every day about soccer.  
You have a new found interest in noises outside birds, rain, wind etc.  
You love going to feed the ducks.
You speak in sentences. 
I am slowly breaking you of wanting to watch Elmo by replacing it with other fun activities.  
You still like to call someone everyday.  You usually associate them to their relation to cats aka "meows".
You learned to open doors recently and opened your bedroom door and the fridge door (lookout).
You love it when I pick out a shirt with a ball on it.
We read Old McDonald had a Farm and Wheels on the bus in heavy rotation. (You like to sing along with them).
You love to use glue sticks, eyeballs, and scissors in craft projects.
You also throughly enjoy live music and are thrilled when we go someplace where there's a band.
You try and negotiate with me on things like snacks or goodies requesting 2 marshmallows not one or two stickers not one.
You sign please rather than say it.
And you continue to call auntie Kathleen more daddy although you have learned to say "KATHY" instead of Kathleen.  
You love Nana and Lita like crazy and often cry for them to come back when they leave.
You call Uncle JJ Deedee or DayDay and uncle Rob You call Row.  You have also started requesting to call them on the phone when nana or Lita aren't answering.  
Oh what fun you are.
Love you lots.



I have been thinking more and more about the "theme" or "one little word" of the year it's number 50 on my 2016 list.  And I decided a while back after reading the "Year of Yes" that I liked that idea however theme wasn't going to be Yes.  I ended up deciding on "Here & Now".  Basically I want to be more present, live more in the moment and just be content to be right "here" in this space right "now".  
Be here in our tiny bungalow right now.
Be here with my toddler playing right now. 
Be here with my infant nursing right now. 
Be here fixing a less than gourmet lunch of spinach and pasta with my husband right now.
Be here in the mess of giant piles of laundry and toys strung out everywhere now.
Be here out in the yard now not annoyed or Bothered that my grass is unevenly cut or that I missed a whole big section. 
Just Here & Now.  
Part of this sponed my #100yeses project which started on 4/19.  For the next 100 days I am planning to say yes at least 100 times, even if I want to say no.  I especially want to do this with Jones I find myself saying "no don't step in that puddle", "no don't get in that drawer", "no don't open that". Lots of no's so I started saying "Yes".
so far I said...
1.Yes let's pretend cook in the kitchen and yes food coloring is essential.
2. Yes to painting and even mixing colors on the paints. 
3. Yes let's eat ice cream and watch horses.
4. Yes stare at the fish tank as long as you want.
5. Yes to being a ridiculous unicorn at a party. 
It's actually been fun.
Oh and on a side note my blog this space is now 10 years old.  Never saw that one coming.  


Thea 2 months

Look she's not screaming not in the SLR photos either!  
Dear Theaburf - 
We've arrived at 2 months magically.  We got here and you seem to have found some contentment in sitting by yourself for longer periods of time.  Here's a list of things about you: 
- You sleep around 9-10 hours straight thru like a champ. 
- You nurse like a pro although you have been spitting up lately.  
- Your level of patience with jones is so good.  If he wants to give you a pacifier you take it, if he wants to hold you you let him, if he wants to patty cake your feet no big deal, you will even hold a marker and color with him.  so good.
- You starting swatting at things.
- You are attempting to roll over too when angry.
- You are growing eyebrows and eye lashes and I think your hair will be red.
- You finally stopped screaming at every diaper change and now only scream 75% of them.
- We take you out in public often and you normally are super calm when out.  
- People always comment on how small you are when I tell them your age - I guess they think you should be 12 lbs.
- we met another baby at church who is just a few days older than you.  
- we haven't been in for your two month checkup yet but I would guess you weigh close to 9 lbs.  
- mommy thinks you look like daddy.
- mommy loves how perfect your little fingers are. 
- mommy likes when you reach around for my finger when nursing so we can hold hands.
Love you bunches!