Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Jillian, Jack, Brooks and Jocelyn (who is now walking while holding mommy's fingers!) were all there. Jack got comfortable with the big play ground pretty quick. The playground has a large ramp that goes from level to level and from area to area so Jack started at the bottom and made his way to the top. He didn't show interest in the 'fire poles' or other toddler un-friendly apparati; thank goodness because some areas were 8ish feet off the ground.
He did however immediately take to the slides. He would walk over to them and then sit down and crawl backwards till he slid down them. One slide he decided to crawl face first down which lead to me grabbing his ankle and bracing myself to slowly lower us down this crazy steep slide. We got far enough down that I let go and he slid safely to the bottom. When I tried to adjust myself I lost my grip, slid down, collided with him and clumsily scooped him up so I didn't actually land on the ground on top of him as we both fell off the end of the slide. We flopped to the ground facing the sky and both immediately started laughing.
It's times like this that I think, yep, he's the perfect kid for me because I can throw him down a slide and onto the ground and he thinks it's funny.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Second: fill that box with one inch of organic seed soil.
Third: throw in some seeds. These are rosemary seeds.
Fourth: label where each herb is placed so you don't get confused. (This says: Cilantro, Oregano, Basil, Rosemary.)
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The moms tend to pull up lawn chairs or patio chairs and circle up on someone's front lawn to chat and jointly watch each others' kids. This is perfect because we do have eyes in all directions. The big kids like to run around in the woods near by or in the back yards. Sometimes the dads sit with us and sometimes, like today, they'll create their own circle and then throw wiffle balls at us. Nice.
Well damn it that I didn't have my camera. Jack and Emma (Michelle's 2 1/2 year old) were together most of the afternoon. She tried for about an hour to hold his hand while they were playing around in the yards. Then she realized the palms of his hands (and his mouth from putting his hands in his mouth) were dirty so she got a tissue and proceeded to wipe him off! Too precious!!
I said to Matt, living in this neighborhood is like being a freshman in college again because if you walk down the street someone is always calling you into their house or on to their lawn to hang out. It's great!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
This was one I was looking for. It's a push/pull toy that makes a sound like a wind chime. I thought about a popper or a lawnmower but they didn't have any and then I realized - wait a minute this is going to sound MUCH better!!
Friday, March 27, 2009
I do maintain the single greatest advantage of the "da-da" preference is that whenever Jack has a choice I get a break.
I'll take what I can get.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
We checked our self out in the mirror.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Speaking of: Here he is on the go.
Then I went to Tevana and picked up some more tea. I was running low on some of my faves. Morning tea is definitely a treat I enjoy, and with all the options they have at this store it's impossible to get tired of it!
Later Kim came to visit (a friend from forever). We went out to a late lunch and then played with Jack. She has a super-cool flexible schedule because she's a nurse at Georgetown Hospital. Sadly, I got caught up in the fun and forgot to snap a picture!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
So we tried a chemical stripper for decks. No luck.
Then we tried metal putty knives and some elbow grease. No luck.
Finally we rented a power washer from Home Depot for $75 (whole day charge). Good enough.
Now that we've stripped the deck we're going to stain it. Since we couldn't get off the many other colors we have to use an opaque stain. Guess what color we're choosing? BROWN. Why? You ask. Because that's the FREEKING COLOR OF WOOD.
Ok, so now that I have gotten that off my chest. Seriously, I think I'm in love with the power washer. We cleaned the deck, cleaned the side of the house, cleaned the patio table and cleaned the front walk. I think I'm in love.
Friday, March 20, 2009
How gratifying for me that this now opens up a whole new world of big-boy fashion opportunities! Yay!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Jack had a wardrobe malfunction which was caused by leakin through his diaper, which has not happened since the 6 month mark. He was a little under-dressed for play group today.
This is half of Jack's finished shirt. (The other half isn't finished yet.)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Ma-Ma [Ma-Ma-Ma] mommy; female parental figure
Da-Da [Deh-Deh-Deh or Deh] daddy; male parental figure
No [No-No-No or Doh-Doh-Doh] (accompanied with right arm swinging across his body and shaking his head) i'm all done with dinner; i'm acknowledging you're telling me 'no'; i'm telling you no
Cat [kitty or kitteh] feline friend
Truck [tuck or tuck-tuck] large hauling-capacity vehicle; semi
Duck [duck or rack-rack-rack] anything duck-shaped with a bill; quack, quack
Cracker [kah-kah or cra-kah] feed me a cracker, now
This/That [dis/dat] (accompanied by frantic pointing) have you seen this, mommy; please tell me what this is so i can increase my vocabulary; i want this, give it to me
Round and Round [raw-raw-raw] round and round, as in, the wheels on the bus go...
Vroom [vrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr] i'm driving my truck/car/bus can you hear it? it's on the move
Sometimes I blog for the enjoyment of others, sometimes I blog for my own catharsis and sometimes I blog so that I can reference this information later to make sure any sub-sequent children are on-par with the first. (Hopefully, if they're not, we'll be able to find the receipt and the store will accept them back even though the tags have been removed.)
Friday, March 13, 2009
Oh well, you can't win them all.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Yesterday I planned to have a late lunch (to accommodate Jack's nap) with my roommate from college, Laura. Well I was running VERY late and I got home from a library playdate at 12:30 instead of the usual 11:00. I was planning a dinner with Uncle Tom so when I called to explain the situation he offered to babysit while Jack napped so Laura and I could go out to a big-girl lunch while the baby slept.
I left some snacks and the potty and diapers ready, in case someone woke up before we got back. He woke up, Uncle Tom went to get him, took off his diaper, put him on the potty and put him back in his new diaper before I got home. This was Tom's first diaper change (Jack was also my first diaper change... weird huh?)
Then Jack had a snack and Uncle Tom said "So he feeds himself now, sweet! This is easy!" It's true. When I think back to the nursing and spoon feeding stages, it was so sweet when he was more dependent, but this independence is nice too. It's very freeing.
Then Jack carried around the watering can. Just for fun.
We spun Jack around. Ok, technically we did it the day I locked him in the car -after, not before-. But this is the first photo documentation. Here he is on the way to my parents. Since Matt is working again this weekend I decided to call in the reinforcements. My parents are freshly back from Florida, rested, tanned... they needed a little Jack-time and I needed some willing extra hands.
Then it was bath time. I think not having the duck tub anymore, not having daddy bathe him and being in a scary large soaking tub scared the crap out of the baby. He hyperventilated, screamed until he was purple, kept clawing at me trying to climb out of the tub. The only time he calmed down enough for me to wash the dirty boy was when I got in with him. It was so cute that he needed me. He never needs me, but I can't do this forever.... hopefully it's a phase.
Now he's sleeping and the eggplant parm is cooking and I am, of course, enjoying some vino.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Today Jack played with the vacuum (it was out because there was some MASSIVE clean up involved from the door-change-up).
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Jack supervised, though he was not excited about it.
TA DA... ok.... not really 'Ta Da' yet - but the front door and storm door are on. I sanded and painted the shutters (they're a much better shade of green now). Not that I don't like pine green, I just think there was too much contrast between the bright green and the brick. Now everything seems to 'go' so much better.
So: imagine the front door is also going to be painted the same olive green, and all the shutters missing from the upper windows have been replaced. And Voila! That's the new and improved house! Yay!