Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Old MacDonald

had a farm E-I-E-I-O. Today we went to Larriland Farm to get some fresh produce! We picked our own blueberries.

Here's Emily and Colin picking blueberries. Colin was very helpful.

We walked beyond the crest of the hill to pick berries because the further the walk the more berries on the bush.

This was the view across from the blueberry field. Fantastic!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Move over Michael Phelps!

Today Jack had his first pool experience and his first swim class! Those who know me know it's mandatory that my kid(s) like the water and preferable if they want to become competitive swimmers... not that I'm planning Jack's life for him or anything. At swim class we practiced floating on our front and our back. We learned how to go under water and how to kick our legs. Jack just kicked and splashed all on his own without much demonstration. He's already a great floater... I am so proud!
After class we dried off using our WGST towel. I felt it was important to go full circle here and pass down the black and gold early!
Then we hosted mom's group. It's getting harder and harder to pose the babies as they seem to have minds of their own. How inconvenient!
We also baked brownies (from a box so nothing special) but we learned more about the local farmers markets and we're really committed to getting local produce and even local meat whenever possible.
Tomorrow we might have pictures from the farm... assuming mommy remembers the camera and remembers to take pictures with it!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Busy Saturday!!

This weekend my cousin Kristin (who I can now announce is PREGNANT!) and her Fiance Rob came to visit us and meet the little man. Today we went to Silver Spring to eat and meet up with Tom and Amy! We spent a little time by the fountain before lunch...

Jack sat in a restaurant high chair for the first time.

Tom showed off his mowhawk... Dr. Jesus is no more. Amy, as always, made Jack laugh.

On the way home Kristin, Rob, Jack and I fell asleep. (poor Matt) Once we all got home the boys (Matt and Rob) layed down for a nap. Kristin, Jack and I headed out to Old Town Ellicott City. I had read in the local paper about this new baby store. We LOVED it. They have items that you cannot find in other places (some are from online-only vendors). They're going to start selling cloth diapers... which we all know I love!

The only downside is in order to get into the store you have to climb up a stoop of about 8 stairs. So bring a friend or leave the stroller at home!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Jack Says:

Hello friends! Who do I look more like, Mommy or Daddy?

Mommy ... Daddy

Click on "comments" below and vote now! It's like the "Vote or Die" campaign... only not.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Play Time

Today the mommies and the babies enjoyed a little playtime. The mommies enjoyed mimosas and the babies enjoyed Cady's toys. The cow was very popular for both Jack and Jillian.

Cady and Jack decided to make out. We stopped them just in time!

Colin and Jack, just relaxin'.

After all that excitement Jack was plum tuckered out.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Failed Escape Plan

I might not be able to get up and walk away yet, but behind these dashing good looks is a mastermind plotting mischief!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Busy Boy!

I made myself a new hat.

Did the laundry.

Actually Mommy did my laundry and then she needed to carry it up to my room so I decided to hitch a ride!

Cady came over to play (This was actually from Friday because sometimes Mommy is slow to upload the pictures from her camera). We had lots of fun!

I gave Mommy some home decorating tips, I just hope she listens to me...

Then I ate my dinner. Mmm Mmm good!

Mom Says:

Jack is currently eating: yams, prunes, apples, carrots, pears, rice cereal, oat ceral, wheat cereal.

Next up: squash

Currently on the bench: peas, peaches - peas (we think) are causing some gas which makes nights difficult and the peaches, well, Jack acted like we were poisoning him... so they are a no-go.

We always add formula to his cereal to sneak in a little extra nutrition. I'm sneaky like that.

Friday, July 18, 2008

an Ode to Naptime

Baby torture! Jack is being attacked by Daddy. For some reason I think he looks a lot like me in this picture...

Lately Jack will put anything, and I mean ANYTHING in his mouth. Crate and Barrel catalogue- Yes, Note cards- Yes, The curtains- Yes, My knee- Yes (and also my elbow, which makes changing him a bit of a challenge.)

We're making progress. I'm working on the first coat of actual paint (the last 3 -yes 3- coats were JUST primer.) We have also since hung the wine rack and cabinets that go right there. So now the real question if the cabinets are white, the counter top is dark greenish/black, the appliances are stainless, the back splash will be sage green with a black stripe, and the floors are a medium wood.... what color would you make the hinges and knobs? Black or Brushed Nickel?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

From Saturday

This past Saturday my Mom and I went down to Silver Spring to meet some of the WG swim team ladies for lunch. Jack decided that it was imperative that he wear his swimming shirt for the occasion!

While we were killing time we watched kids playing in the fountain. Jack laughed and cooed watching them run in and out of the water. We decided to let him get in too!

The lunch ladies. Mrs. T. (Me with Jack) and Mrs. V. It was such a nice time and Jack behaved the entire time.

Just today...

Just for today I wish Jack could talk. I imagine our conversation would go like this:

J: Hi there, Mommy. You're doing a great job at this parenting thing.

M: Thank you, sometimes it's tough because you seem upset and I don't know why. When you arch your back and scream it sounds like you're frustrated - why? When you rub your ear are you tired or do your teeth hurt? Does the baby Tylenol help with the teething pain at all? Do peas really give you an upset tummy, or have I made that up in my head? Are you getting enough to eat? How can we help you nap and sleep better? What is your favorite toy? What is your favorite game? What are you thinking right now?

J: ::Yawn:: Mommy, don't bore me with your questions. Let's play!

M: Grrr...

If you could ask them anything, what would it be? And maybe more importantly, what would they say...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A New Friend

Today at the mall we made new friends! Melanie and her daughter Jillian sat down right next to the Mom's Group and we all started talking. Turns out Jillian shares Cady's and Brooks's Birthday! Now we have triplets. We are hoping that Melanie can join our group because she seemed really very nice and it's always great to see so many kids around the same age!

I also feel that we did a good thing for our Karma... so I can't wait to see how it comes back to hook me up with some nice-ness!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Some updates...

Things got a little kinky at Moms Group the other day... Colin might have a foot fetish... and Jack might not mind.

Later in the week we had to retire all of Jacks old clothes because he outgrew them again (with help from the cloth diapers). Here are some of his new duds.

Today Jack spent some time with Mr. Gorilla with Daddy while Mommy worked.

And worked...

And worked...

Pics from Saturday still to come.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Technical Difficulties

We AGAIN have been experiencing technical difficulties here in fruit-cake land. We finally ::cough:: damn Comcast ::cough:: have internet again. We had a fantastic day today as soon as I get the pictures I will properly report all the fun :-)

Monday, July 7, 2008


Because it's like an e-mail forward, but not.

A is for Age: 27

B is for Burger of choice: Turkey burger, with all the fixin's... including avocado

C is for Car driven: Subaru Forester

D is for Dog's name: How about Cat: Monkey

E is for Essential item used every day: Cell phone

F is for Fave TV show of the moment: Jon & Kate plus 8

G is for fave Game: Cranium Turbo, Pop 5, or Hoopla

H is for Hometown: Rockville, MD

I is for Instruments played: none, I do not have musical skillz

J is for fave Juice: CranApple - or when I'm feeling sassy 100% Cran, all natural Pucker Up!

K is for whose booty should be Kicked: I have many answers to this question, I think everyone needs a swift kick in the pants every now-and-then to keep us grounded.

L is for Last restaurant visited: Chevy's for eat-in and Bella Mia for carry-out

M is for fave Muppet: Kermit, because it IS easy to be green!

N is for Number of piercings: 6 ear, 1 naval, 1 nose- but now only 3 are in use

O is for Overnight hospital stays: I plead the 5th

P is for People with today: My parents, My husband and My son.

Q is for choice of Quiet time activity: Swimming - I have yet to find time for that.

R is for biggest Regret: I don't have regrets... there are certainly things in life I wish had turned out differently, but I don't regret anything.

S is for (marital) Status: Freekin' Married

T is for time woken up today: 7:30ish

U is for what is considered Unique: I'm a pop-culture nerd, with tree-hugger roots, I have -in the past- passed for 'cool', and in some ways I will always be a jock.

V is for Veggies loved: Eggplant is my fave.

W is for Worst habit: My name is Emily, and I pick my nose.

X is for X-rays taken: Aside from more orthodontics that a classroom of 7th graders... I have had MRIs on my shoulder from my days of being an in-shape swimmer-type athlete.

Y is for Yummy food eaten today: I finished my dad's left over Eggplant Parm Sub for lunch. That was particularly good.

Z is for Zodiac sign: Gemini

p.s. A big thank you shout-out to my parents for all their help this weekend. I will always walk proudly barefoot in my home :-)

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Progress is good

We have all kinds of progress going on here! Jack is sleeping better, much better. We're feeding him more solid foods during the day and he is napping better and sleeping better at night. Woo Hoo! We also have much progress to report on the renovation front.

Jack is lovin' the new floors!

Yay! (We're using the cardboard to protect the floors from the traffic of: go out cut a board, bring it back pnail it in, take another board out cut it... etc.)

Ta Da!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Reno, Sweet Reno

This weekend we are working on puttin in our new bamboo floors. It's slow to start because there are tiny cuts that need to be made to fit around the molding of the sliding door. It took until about noon just to lay the first two rows.

During that time Jack took his first mid-morning nap EVER. He slept for 40 minutes, for those of you not tracking Jack's sleeping pattern as obsessively as I am- This is a momentous occasion! Jack slept in his crib while this was going on outside right below his bedroom window.

Apparently what we has been doing wrong was we should have been trying to make a racket, not trying to be quiet!

Then Jack woke up and wanted to check on the progress.

My mom and I decided to come up with some errands that needed running so that Jack wouldn't be subjected to the noises of the pneumatic nailer, table saw and miter saw all day. When we got home the only place for Jack to eat dinner was in the kitchen, like this:

At the end of the day we had already 'covered a lot of ground' so to speak.

Brenna- how is the progress going on the NCSS? I think I'm noticing a difference.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Happy Birthday!

This is a picture from my 5 month birthday photo shoot. I am a very handsome boy.

I'm learning to sit. Sometimes I'm very good

But sometimes I forget what I'm doing and fall over. Luckily Mommy is always there to catch me.

My exersaucer, which Carter is letting me borrow, is one of my favorite toys because I really like to practice standing. Watch out Mommy and Daddy!

Mommy says that babies come from a cabage patch... I wonder if this is what she means...