Monday, June 30, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Towzer found an old tennis ball somewhere in the yard and proceeded to try to strip it of it's fuzzy covering. He's really good at that. Then he pops the rubber inner part and chews it to pieces leaving them for someone to find. He takes his time doing it though. Poor little tortured tennis ball. As if Towzer wasn't a goober enough when he gets something like this he really turns into a puppy.
Gotta love him.
Zion says "yeah!!!"
and also "weeeee!"
Splash, splash, splash!
My cactus' bloom first thing in the morning with the light coming through the window. Pretty.
Here's the Calendula that I was given by the MOPS table leader leader (no, that's not a typo, she leads the table leaders) at the last MOPS meeting.
Today we surprised Gabe with a trip to Toys 'R Us for a special Thomas the Tank Engine event that they had today. He got to color and play with trains (yeah, like he doesn't get to do that otherwise) and picked up some new tracks for his GeoTrax set - elevated ones! He wore his new Thomas shirt that Jamie brought on Wednesday that has a button you push sewn inside that makes train noises.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Here's what you do: To participate you simply to take pictures at any given time of some things around your house. The catch is you can't primp, preen or otherwise prepare the area to make it seem better than it is.
Curb Appeal - I tried to get creative and take a picture of the house in the reflection of the car window but that works best when the car is clean so I threw in a "regular" picture too.
Junk Drawer - This is the closest thing that I have to a junk drawer and it mostly just has pens. I have a junk "box" in the laundry room that holds our batteries, miscellaneous tools, masking tape etc etc etc.From whence I blog - My Precious. My Woobie. My laptop. Seriously if my Woobie ever dies you can find me curled up in the fetal position sucking my thumb probably under the kitchen table. It's on the end table next to "my spot" on the loveseat so I can access my e-mail while nursing. You can also see the ginormous water bottle that I got in the hospital when I delivered Gideon. I still use it. I drink a lot and hate having to get up to refill a regular glass. If you look real hard you can see the little green squirt bottle that I use to spritz the cats when they are naughty. Yep. That's the kind of girl I am.Favorite Jewelry - Of course it's probably my wedding ring but my lazy side (and busy side) won out. The wedding ring is upstairs in my bathroom but my other favorite piece of jewelry is around my neck. So here is my "push present". The gift that Rob got me when Zion was born. It's her birthstone, an opal. My best feature - Well, based on how often I'm whippin' one out lately to nurse Gideon you'd think it was my boobs and they may be depending on who you ask but I'll keep it clean and say my hair. It's really hard to take a picture of your own hair when you don't want to use a mirror.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Gabe and I took a moment yesterday to play Curious George Uno while Zion napped. It is difficult to play any game with her awake because she's a little thief and steals the pieces. Today though we played Chutes and Ladders on the swing outside and though she stole one of the markers for her own she pretty much let us play two games without completely upsetting the game board.
Continuing on the game theme, her he is with bedhead playing Super Mario Brothers on the Nintendo DS. He's gotten quite good at playing and is allowed twenty minute increments to play. (Except I often forget to check the clock and he gets more - what else is summer for?)
Tonight was GeoTrax time while my sister visited (his favorite person). I was sitting at the opposite end of the train table, viewing him through "Grand Central Station". GeoTrax are cool because you can play using the remote or push them manually. The new trains have reverse as well and they offer some less expensive ones that don't have a remote at all.
Old Rust is in the station!
This isn't a new picture but it's one of my favorites of Gabe and his trains. With him, it's all about the trains.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
While we chatted the kids played. My friend's daughter was much infatuated with Gideon. She just turned two so is a little older than Zion and they both seem to share the same motherly affection for babies. Gabe had a good time playing with the little girl's Mega Blocks and then retired to an armchair to play his Leapster.
It was really nice to talk to someone who has been there to learn about the country and people and receive the added bonus of reassurance that my friends felt a lot safer there than the news portrays.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Friday morning Zion found a headband that came with one of her outfits. It was a little loose for her head so she wore it as a scarf instead. It was so cute to see her do this and she ended up wearing it for about half the day. It's a good thing that she has her own sense of style and fashion because I have very little.
I also put a little "side pony" in her hair. It didn't quite look how I'd intended or have seen on other little girls but I'm new at the whole doing-her-hair thing. I'll get better, I promise. It only lasted until naptime anyway. I put her down with it and Rob got her up and it was gone. Hmm?
Gideon is a very smiley little guy. His favorite times are when we just sit and smile and talk to him and he smiles and "talks" back. It does not take much to get him to grin and he honestly does try to laugh. Not much sound comes out but still, he's laughing. I can tell.
Finally, we are outside (I meant to get pics of Rob building the swing but ended up dropping my camera in order to pick up Gideon a lot earlier than I'd hoped). This is my mini-rose. It's quite pretty. When you ignore the black spot, aphids, and other buds that have rotted on the stem because of our horrible weather. Absolutely lovely.
Gideon had to wear one of Gabe's hats. We had him in the shade but it was still a bit bright for his new baby eyes. I think he really liked it. Or maybe he just doesn't have the motor control to knock it off yet. Either way, he was cute.Zion had her own hat to wear. She loves hats. And shoes and coats and socks and clothing in general.Maisy, AKA FatCat, up on the fence. I think she has lost weight since our summer-in-name-only has come. The weather is at least nice enough for the cats to get out and play. I don't know where she ends up either but we can't keep a collar on her. So if you find an empty cat collar with a tag that says "Maisy" on it please call so I can pick it up, it's getting really expensive to replace her collar and tag every time she loses them. *sigh* This is our polydactyl cat, by the way. That means she has extra toes. One of these days I'll post a picture of her feet. They're huge! She has six toes on each foot that is six more toes total than a "normal" cat has. We joke that she makes up for Ben's lost toes since he is missing a leg. Together they even out.And last but not least the photo to represent Friday is of Towzer. He's gotten a little portly since Gabe was assigned the chore of feeding the dog. We have a measuring cup that Gabe is supposed to measure up to two cups twice daily for him but Gabe gets a little lax in the measuring and fills it over the top which is more like 2 1/2 cups twice a day. It's starting to show. I guess I'm not the only one in the house anymore who could benefit from a treadmill.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
My sink - fairly good really. A few dishes used late tonight and a milk jug needing to be rinsed and put in the recycle. All things for the morning, otherwise, clean. Wow!
My laundry - Actually it's still Rob's laundry until he gets deployed. Here's the pile waiting to be folded tonight. I meant to go back and shoot a pick of the actual laundry room but forgot until I was already downloading my pics.
A closet - This is our hall closet. Lots of winter coats that are getting far too much use this summer - Arg! It's also where Gabe can go to raid the games and puzzles when he wants to play.
My toilet - the downstairs 1/2 bath toilet.
What my kids are doing now - sleeping. All three of them. At least until we try to go to bed and then Gideon will wake to nurse. At least he's quick about it. :) I can't believe that I was brave enough to open Zion's door for her pic. She is such a light sleeper you don't dare do that usually but I cracked the door and got it with my zoom.
Self portrait - Ugh! I can't believe I'm posting this. It's awful.
My favorite shoes - hard to do right now since I'm in one of those I-hate-everything-I-own moods but I wear these the most - until the weather warms up at least.
My favorite room - this one was tough. This isn't the room that I spend the most time in but it was intended to be a nice sitting room for when we have visitors or to have some quiet time. As you can see, despite what I'd intended, it's where the kids play and Gabe has even built a "tent" in the corner. And we were out late tonight so they didn't pick up their toys before bed.
Cool, now you've seen me in "real life".