Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I'm not ready for that yet!

I had to stop by Target today on my lunch hour to pick up a few things. While there, I decided to look through the toddler's section for some more long pants for the kiddo. As much as I don't want to admit it, today is the first day of fall and he won't be able to wear shorts to daycare much longer.

At 3.5, the kiddo is wearing size 5T clothes. 5T! The next step up is big boy clothes. I'm not ready for that yet! He's still my baby, he can't be wearing those sizes yet.

In my head, the kiddo still looks like this:
Cute little rubber band wrists, ample rolls on his thighs and multiple chins.

But he doesn't look like that anymore, he looks like this:
He's leaned out. He's strong. He has better abs than I do! He's tall and solid and built exactly like his daddy, the hub, who was an athlete in his pre-marriage/pre-kids life.

I know in 10 or so years, the kiddo will be towering over me and eating us out of house and home. But for now I'll enjoy the fact that he can still (willingly) sit on my lap and give me hugs and kisses. *sigh* Everyone says they grow up so fast, but you don't really believe it until it happens before your very eyes.

Monday, September 21, 2009

My dream life vs. my real life.

In my head, I have the ideal way of how my days would go:

up at 6 with a workout, showered ready and in to work by 8. Home and dinner eaten by 7, kids in bed by 8 and me in bed by 10.

It never, ever happens that way. Lately, we've been rolling out of bed closer to 7:30 and I've been getting into work closer to 9 (thank goodness for flexible bosses!!). We don't get home until almost 6 and dinner isn't usually eaten until almost 8. That means the kids don't get to bed until 9 (which then has an affect on getting them up and out of bed the next morning) and by the time we do our things around the house, I don't get to bed until almost midnight.

I really need to change that. But I'm having a very difficult time actually doing anything about it. I'm just not a morning person - ask anyone who's lived with me. And I think our kids have inherited that trait. We need to do something, though. I don't remember the last time I actually had time to style my hair before work!

iheartfaces - completely candid


The theme this week for iheartfaces is Completely Candid. Looking through my pictures this week, I think I found the perfect photo.

I know I've shared this one before on here, but never as an iheartfaces entry. Every time I look at it, it makes me smile.

The kiddo was not quite nine months old in this picture, and these are the hub's grandmas (so the kiddo's great-grandmas). Collectively known as The Grandmas, they almost always come as a pair. They're both widowed and live in the same small town, attend the same small-town church and do a lot of things together. We love The Grandmas.

And, in typical Grandma fashion, they're encouraging the kiddo to get in to trouble. Nevermind the fact that at 9 months old he wasn't supposed to have popcorn yet. Really yummy fancy gourmet popcorn from Chicago at that. But he doesn't seem deterred, and neither do the Grandmas. The look on their faces is priceless, I just wish I had a better angle of the kiddo's face. I'm sure he was more than delighted at this new experience!

God bless The Grandmas. I hope they're with us for a long time to come.

Head on over to iheartfaces for more fun candid shots!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fixed!

My DSLR started acting up a few months ago - the auto focus wasn't working right and I couldn't get it to take pictures half the time.

In typical fashion, I let it sit in the camera bag for a good month before taking it out and remembering "oh yeah, it doesn't work."

And so I would put it back in the camera bag and forget about it for another month wherein I would take it out and remember "oh yeah, it doesn't work."

And I would look at the little error code that popped up on the display screen and I would tell myself "Okay, I need to remember that, so I can Google it and figure out what I need to do."

And, inevitably, I would forget. Because that's how I roll. I can remember random facts about celebrities or pop culture, but I can't remember the important things to save my life. But I kick butt at Trivial Pursuit, 90's edition!

So this past week I was slow at work while my Mac was being fixed. And I remembered! Well, kind of. I had a vague idea of what the error code said, so I Googled approximations until I came up with something that sounded about right.

And you know what? It was the easiest fix ever. All I had to do was take a regular old pencil eraser to the lens/camera body connections. That's it.

It worked like a charm! I haven't had any issues so far (knock on wood). I also haven't taken many pictures since I fixed it, so only time will tell.


I practiced taking some pictures of the kidlet using the available light from the big window seat in the dining room. I think I need a lot more practice with that. I also need to practice focusing and holding the camera steady when I have the flash turned off. Oh well, it's all a learning curve, right?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Motivation

I am in dire need of some right now.

It doesn't help that my main computer at work has been down for the past week so I haven't been able to do much "real" work. I've been unsuccessfully pretending to appear busy, but I don't think my boss is buying it much. We're rather slow right now, anyway, so it's not like I'm the only one.

But that lack of motivation has passed on to my housework. I have baskets of laundry that need to be folded, floors that need to be vacuumed, bathrooms that need to be cleaned and toys that need to be picked up. I just look at them when I get home from work and think "Eh. I'll get to it tomorrow." Only tomorrow comes around and I think "Eh. I'll get to it this weekend."

It doesn't help that summer has finally arrived (in mid-September, no less) and it's been absolutely gorgeous out the last few days. Temps in the high 70s, practically no humidity. Perfect for opening all the windows and letting the breeze flow through the house, along with that yummy fallish dry leaves smell. I love fall.

Monday, September 14, 2009

iheartfaces - contemplative



This week's challenge on iheartfaces is Contemplation.

I took this photo about 6 weeks or so ago, during our one warm spell of the summer. The kidlet was clad in only a diaper and was playing in the living room. She picked up one of her toys and was starting at it intently, probably deciding whether to play with it or eat it. (I'm sure eat it won out - it usually does.)

She just looked so darling, though. Those cheeks! That chin! Those eyelashes!

It's not the greatest, composition-wise, but it's sweet.

Head over to iheartfaces to check out some other contemplative photos.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Four generations

Last Saturday, I took the kids to go visit my grandmother in the nursing home.

It was a good excuse to get out of the house, let the hub have a few kid-free hours to paint and to visit my grandparents who, despite living less than 40 minutes away, I only get to see about 1-2 times per year.

I am very blessed to have both my maternal grandparents still living. Grandma has had some health issues the past few years, so we are thankful she's still here. She is no longer able to care for herself due to very poor eyesight and arthritis and it's too difficult for my grandpa to take care of her due to his own health issues, so she was moved into a nursing home a few months ago (despite her very vocal displeasure).

God bless grandma. She's Scottish and very stubborn. Someone may or may not have inherited that stubbornness...

Here are the four generations:


It was such a lovely day on Saturday, we sat outside and enjoyed the weather. The kiddo had a great time running around and pretending he was Captain Terrific (thanks to that morning's Imagination Movers episode) and flying around.

The kidlet got to enjoy the wonders of grass for the first time. She was nonchalant about the whole ordeal, except when trying to eat it.


What is this stuff?


It feels kind of funny.


What do you mean I can't eat it?

I hope to get at least one more visit in to see grandma before it gets too terribly cold out. I know both she and grandpa would appreciate it.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

After a bottle of wine, that title isn't so easy to type!

Today is the hub's and my 6th wedding anniversary. We celebrated by getting up, going to church, getting groceries, working on painting the garage (the hub), taking the kids on a walk (me) and grilling out a very yummy dinner of steaks, eggplant, sweet potatoes, onion and drinking the last bottle of wine we have from our Long Island Winery tour the last time we went to NYC.

This is my favorite wedding picture:

It's right after the whole cake-cutting ordeal. Instead of giving me a nice little sliver of cake, the hub scooped up a big chunk of frosting on his finger and gave me that instead. He knows me well, I love good, sugary buttercream frosting.

I love this picture because it so perfectly captures that moment. We aren't posed, we don't have cheesy frozen smiles on our faces. In fact, we're making rather goofy faces, and we're rather goofy people.

Happy Anniversary hub!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Where has the time gone?

How can it be September already?

And how can my sweet baby girl be 11 months old?

She's just so big! She's also going to be the reason the hub and I go gray. The girl has figured out how to climb up the stairs by herself and now even likes to climb up her big brother's step stool in the bathroom so she can play in the sink.

She's a tad goofy, too, just like big brother.


And the kiddo? Well, he's practically big enough to drive.

Pretend drive the tractors at the State Fair anyway...

We're up to our necks in projects for the house: repainting, reroofing, cleaning, decluttering and general fix-it-upping in preparation to sell the house sometime this year.

We've been so busy I didn't even commemorate my 1-year blogiversary in July. And things are just going to continue to be busy the next few months with football games and anniversaries, birthday parties, potential train rides and more football games. Have I mentioned we like football in this household? Not to mention preparing (hopefully) for a move. Never mind the fact that 1) our current house isn't ready to be put on the market 2) we still haven't finalized any details with the guys and 3) we don't have anything to move into once those details are finalized. Details, schmetails, right??