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! 


30 - Make and Eat Salad 1:10 Spinach Twist

So I put this on the list to experiment a little my salads are usually boring lettuce + carrots and Italian or vinegar dressing.  But I like salad.  So this is going to be experimenting with things I have on hand or bought for something else to make salad.  
Anyhow salad 1 is kind of a twist on a regular spinach salad.  
Chopped Onion 
Chopped green pepper 
Shredded cheese 
Crushed almond for crunch
Dried cranberries.
Fried egg yolks runny

I tossed everything into a bowl.  I used the yolk as dressing.

It was pretty good I wished for more crunch since my spinach was starting to wilt and my peppers and onions we softer since they were leftovers. But overall it was tasty. I liked the yolk as dressing it was pretty tasty paired with the spinach and cranberry.  


Family photos March

I remembered a few times about family photos it's hard to intergrate adding in the baby.  And Jonesy can be moody or confused.  But we're still trying.  This first one is from Dustin birthday hotel stay.  Jonesy was struggling with sleeping.
This next one is from a trip to the park.  Jones was angry about leaving the basketball court. 
Egg dying.  This was fun.
There's a whole bunch from Easter lots from our egg hunt at the farm.  And then some from our picnic in the park.


25 - A class for Jones Soccer

One of the things I wanted to do this year was sign jones up for a class.  When I found out they offered both baseball and soccer for kids 18-24 months - I was pumped especially after discovering that baby gym was $200 for 10 sessions and they started at 5.  So I signed him up for soccer since I was a little concerned he might be dangerous with a bat.  
Anyhow his first class was Saturday.   He kept thinking he was going to "shoot ball" class despite what we explained.  
Dustin was on the field with him while I was watching Thea.  They have the kids do about 8 - 5 to 7 minute activities.  They worked on stretching and running and kicking.  Stomping bubbles. Building cone towers. And parachute.  Jones kept wanting to throw the ball but he started to get it.  
Jones loved every minute of the it.  He was smiling and excited the whole time.  He especially liked the parachute and threw a fit when parachute was over he wanted "more".  It was so cute to watch until he melted down.
The whole ride home actually he kept asking to go back to soccer.  I explained that we only go on Saturdays and we had to wait until next week.  He's been asking me several times a day if it's soccer day or kick ball day.  It's so cute anyhow how I think it was a win and I look forward to taking him next week.