Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Baby Sitter

I put June down for a nap this evening. We heard some whimpering so Michael looked in on her. This is what he saw:
I put her down on her back.

Wha...? She sat up all on her own! How did this happen, is what I demanded. She showed me later when she insisted on plopping on her tummy, pushing back with a complicated leg tuck and sitting up over and over again. And then at bedtime when she was once again whimpered from her room. Michael went in there to find her just sitting up in her crib.

And so begin the days of her being able to *do stuff* in her crib when she doesn't want to go to sleep yet. We're in trouble.

Standing Tall

Guess who pulled herself up for the first time on Thanksgiving?!
What perfect timing, with all the family there to witness it!

She did it by pulling herself up on me (I was laying on my side at the time) and later by pulling herself up using the little chair you can see in the background. That little chair has been in the family at least as far back as my maternal grandfather, possible farther. Just makes the whole thing a little sweeter.
Since then June has shows just about zero interest in doing ANYTHING other than standing up. She is just constantly crawling over us while we're on the ground with her. She's not as good at realizing that she can sit back down and sometimes gets frustrated to find herself "stuck" in the standing position.

What a joy this one is!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Second Annual Turkey Day Games

Yes, we had them last year and Mom spearheaded them this year:

The Turkey Day Games!

First, the chipping contest.

The paper airplane creation:
And throwing contest:
(Michael was a little...special in this particular event. The above picture was taken after throwing his plane, bless him.)

There was also the ball toss/aim event, which I did with June in the Ergo!
There was also a battle of wits in the form of a trivia question-slash-riddle.

The winner of the affair was JP, of course, but I theorize that this was only the case because he just happened to retain the knowledge of creating the best paper airplane ever and refused to share the deets with the rest of us.

Congratulations, JP. UNTIL NEXT YEAR.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Day

The oven was full-up by ten-'til-one, as it should be.
I had a failed attempt at making a new recipe this year for the sweet potatoes. Thank goodness I also decided to make a pan of the traditional sweet potato recipe, else wise there might have been a riot.
I really do have an awful lot to be thankful for this year. However, I have a bone to pick with whatever mold spores decided to take up root in the pie leftovers by Sunday afternoon. What gives?

(You may be asking what gives with us having leftovers on Sunday when clearly all pie should have been consumed by Friday afternoon. My answer to you is that Michael had made two pumpkin pies [along with a maple bourbon pecan one /swoon] and the leftovers were of a second-pie nature.)

Quick: WHO WORE IT BEST?

That reminds me of a "Who wore it best" of Thanksgiving Past - as seen here.


And this one is a contender for the highly competitive Sexy Man Picture award - did I mention that he makes pies, ladies?

Thanks.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful

Thankful for she...
Thankful for he...
Thankful for the day that we two became three.
Happy Thanksgiving, All.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Plaid Pair

Our little family went shopping this past weekend and found some great steals for everyone - shoes for the adults and outfits for the baby! I'm usually perfectly happy to have June dress in a onesie and pants. I like for babies to look like babies and tend to put more interest in what is comfortable than what some might consider to be "cuter."


But on Saturday I found a sale on baby jeans and a rack of tops that were $2.99 so I couldn't help myself. I dressed June for Sunday and went gaga over how cute she looked.

Sweet jeggings, June!


And then I remembered that I too have a purple plaid shirt. So...
I just about died of happiness. So did June.
Michael consented to take some pictures in between shaking his head slowly at me.


Thank goodness we actually had someplace to go! We were meeting June's birthday buddy Matteo, his mom Lyndsey her mom Carol and my mom Vicki. A lot of mothering was going on that day.
The idea was that we girls would make sleep sacks for our babies using our moms' sewing machines. This was an epic fail because Lynds didn't have time to get her materials and I had troubles with my machine. We still got to sit around, play with babies, eat delicious food and catch up, though, so it was a day well spent!

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Nose Knows

I think we all know who June got her nose from.












p.s. Thanks to my mother in law for pointing out how well this picture illustrates this!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Peppermint Oreo Truffles

Yesterday this:
...became this:
Peppermint Oreo Truffles. They are so delicious and rich.
If you're interested in making some, here is a LINK to my blog post about cake balls. These were made the same way except that I crumbled up a package of Trader Joe's peppermint Joe-Joes in the food processor instead of a sheet cake. I didn't have cream cheese (like I've seen in some recipes) so I used chocolate syrup as my binder.

YUM!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Armed and Dangerous

If you didn't know, the fourth Twilight book/film is about Bella getting pregnant with a half-vampire baby who is basically killing Bella from the inside out. So, naturally:
I made a costume.

The baby arm is sparkly because in Stephanie Meyer's universe, vampires sparkle in the sun.
I decided to make this after reading the email between the girls who Remi and I were going with. They made some references to dressing up and seemed like a fun group so I pulled this outfit together.
To be honest, I didn't actually wear it to the theater. I might have if we were going to go and wait ahead of time with the crowds but we ended up cutting it pretty close. I didn't want to wear it if no one was going to see it, and then I found out that none of the other girls had dressed up either.
(That's my angsty Bella impersonation)

The girls were totally cool and would have loved the costume, I'm sure, but I am glad I decided to nix it. Afterwards we stood around a while and talked. It would have been a little weird to be standing around with my sparkly baby arm with these adorable girls I just met in their leggings, heels and tunics.

But still:
And BONUS! The trial-run, reject baby arm became June's fave new toy! Upcycling for the win!

Friday, November 18, 2011

TWI vs. HP

Guess who is going to see Breaking Dawn tonight?!

I’m very excited! First of all, as I’ve said in another post, I just like being around fanatics. I want to go to ComicCon not because I’m a Trekkie but because I want to be around Trekkies. As for Twilight, I have seen and will see all of the movies that come out. I was just as enthralled as anyone when I first read the books. I remember being on a trip to see my in-laws when I was finishing the first book and I went into a somewhat manic state in the need to get my hands on the second. I ended up buying it in the Indiana University Bookstore and I proceeded to not talk to anyone for the rest of the trip, so deep was my nose buried betwixt its glossy black covers. However, as I finished the series and as the overall arc, characters and morals sunk their little fangs into me, I became a bit of a cynic.

Looking through Pinterest last night I came across a bunch of memes that articulated my feelings in awesome ways. So instead of straight bashing on Twilight, I’d rather tell you why I love Harry Potter so much more.

When the love of her life leaves her, Hermione stays true to her course and continues with her impossibly difficult task of bringing down the Dark Lord.
When the love of her life leaves her for her own protection, Ginny helps lead a group of students to rebel against Death Eaters, restart a defense group and protect other students against wrong-doers.
When the love of her life leaves her for her own protection, Bella slides into a comatose-like state for several months and then commits (suicide-like) dangerous acts in hopes of seeing him/getting him back.

Harry’s story is so sad and real because so many people were lost in the quest for his survival and the triumph over evil. Five parent-like figures are killed and Harry emotionally deals with each of these losses. Harry ultimately sacrifices his own life (or tries to) in order to protect the people he loves.
Bella’s whole storyline prepares her for the choice she has to make…mortality and its beauty, but loss of things like family, Jacob and childbearing - or immortality, Edward and love. In the end she gets everything and gives up nothing.

HP teaches youth that wealth does not determine your worth. The richest characters (Malfoys) are some of the worst, while the poorest (Weasleys) are good and rich in happiness.
In Twilight, the main characters each have their own smokin’ cars and never wear the same outfits twice.

HP ends with an epic battle.
The Twilight series’ last three books lead up to an epic battle…but in the end someone gives a little speech and they all just agree to go home.

HP teaches kids that you have to kiss a few toads before you meet your prince. Harry didn’t marry Cho, Ron didn’t marry Lavendar, Ginny didn’t marry Dean, Hermione didn’t marry Viktor.
Twilight teaches girls that it is entirely understandable to give up your family, friends and your MORTAL SOUL for the boy you date when you’re 17.

Lily Potter – sacrifices her life so Harry can live. The image of a mother's love.
Molly Weasley – fiercely protective of her kids and their friends. Dives between her daughter and Bellatrix Lestrange with the oft-quoted line, “Not my daughter, you bitch!” (Interesting note – this is the only place I’ve seen this word used in the series)
Renee – such a non-mother that Bella is the more nurturing/responsible of the two. Plays relatively no role in her daughter’s life. Ships daughter off when Renee wants to go live with her boyfriend.

HP’s character flaws are real. Their main characters go through phases of insensitivity, darkness, recklessness, irresponsibility that puts others in danger, angst, being an “insufferable know-it-all,” being obtuse.
Bella’s biggest character flaw is being (charmingly) clumsy. Edward’s is loving Bella too much.

I used the HP books to earn extra credit points in high school English because I could find all of my SAT vocab words in the books.
The word “chagrin” is used 15 times in the Twilight books. (Another fun fact – there are 165 references to Edward’s beauty.)


It must be noted that HP isn’t perfect and that I must not take all of these points TOO seriously because I did read all of the books and am willingly (and likely in-costume-ly) going to Breaking Dawn tonight. In the end, anything that caused young people to pick up and book and start reading and maybe even plant a seed that leads to a lifelong love of literature…well, that’s fine by me. Would I let June read Twilight? Of course. But you bet your sparkly butt that I would be having a conversation with her about healthy teen relationships, including but not limited to the unhealthy nature of boys breaking in to your home and watching you sleep and also disabling your car to prevent you from going to see your friends.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Futbol Fans

June was not content to just sit by during her cousin Kai's soccer game this Saturday.




She learned one very symbolic message: that even small boys cast large shadows.
Good Saturday, family.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Photo Shoot Teasers

On Saturday we had a family photo shoot with the illustrious Remi Stoneman! It was so fun. I hope she’ll forgive me for jumping the gun and posting her unedited teaser photos…it’s just that I LOVE THEM SO MUCH that I can’t stop myself.
I already know I'm going to have a hellish time trying to figure out which one(s) to use for the Christmas card.
See how she manages to make us look like we have our act together? THAT’S how talented she is. June was so good/fun. Shooting with Remi was a wonderful experience because we knew she wouldn’t judge us for the sounds coming out of our mouths to get June to smile.

If these are just the teasers, I can’t imagine what the rest of the photos will look like. Seriously can’t wait to see them.

Monday, November 14, 2011

My two favorite people.

One day I'll look back at this picture and fondly remember the moments like this when I knew more about technology than she did. Then I'll call her and ask her to help me program my teleporter.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

DIY Scarf Organizer

Items needed:
  • Hanger
  • Metal key chain rings (I bought a package at Michael's for $2.99)
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
Steps:

1. Use your HGG to attach the key chain rings to the bottom of your hanger. I started at one side and attached a ring to the hanger.
2. For the next ring, I put a dot of glue on the hanger and another on the next ring in line.This way, I was able to set the ring in the dot on the hanger and have that second dot of glue attach the second ring to the one already attached to the hanger. Do this over again until the bottom of your hanger has one solid row of rings.
3. Wrap ribbon around the rings/hanger to make pretty and add a little added security.
Voila!

4. Add scarves.
5. Marvel at your new organization system. Wonder what you're supposed to do with the basket where you used to keep your tangled scarves.