Saturday, October 31, 2009

Rocks, Sticks, and Trains

Saturday, October 31, 2009



Need I say more? Probably not, but I usually do. Mac wanted to take Luke to this place in Rocklin where the climbing is decent (I think, I'm not the best judge for that) to see what he thought. Luke picked up a stick as soon as he got there and didn't want to set it down. Well, until he found and even bigger one, that is.

They had a grand old time climbing around and watching a couple trains go by while I read my book (which I'm sure I'll post about soon). Luke thought everything was a slide and tried to scoot himself to the edge of rocks so he'd slide. Can you believe how big he's getting? I can't. And he's so much fun- full of gasps and grunts and lots of excitement.

Friday, October 30, 2009

I think he thinks he's cute

Friday, October 30, 2009
Luke has started to notice that we think he's funny and will ham it up once in a while. He cocks his head to the side and says "ooh", almost like he's cooing like a newborn. He'll also try to amuse us by doing something he's not supposed to like almost crawl off the bed, or put my phone in his mouth. Today we were at the play space at the mall and if he saw anybody with food or drink he would go right up to them and give them his biggest grin. He can be such a flirt in public when he wants to be (or wants something from you). Sorry about the photo quality, it's just my phone...

In basketball news, Peter's playing for his Jr. High team. We went to his first game yesterday because I thought Luke might like it. Whenever there is a televised sports game on Luke will just stare and stare. I can't think of where he's exposed to all of this televised sports, because Mac and I never watch sports (in fact, it's one of the reasons I married him) and it's not hardly on at the grandparents. It must be at one of the really classy restaurants we frequent (like Round Table and KT Noodle). Anyway, he liked the first couple quarters, but was antsy by half-time. Considering the team lost 11-48, I didn't miss much. I will say that Peter played with more heart and concentration than I've seen him play in a while. Usually (especially if his team is losing) he'll just kind of go through the motions and lack hustle, so it was nice to see him really give his best effort. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the season goes, but I'm not sure we'll go to many games. Football was easy to have Luke at- there was plenty of room for him to walk around, but Basketball isn't so easy.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

He could have bounced all night

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Last night was the ward Halloween party. There were carnival games like a ring toss, and a big bounce house. That's all Luke wanted to do- we'd take turns bouncing with him, try to get him interested in something else, and then repeat the procedure. Eventually I was super hungry and Luke was super tired, so we went home. It was fun to see everyone in their costumes, but the party was kind of a snooze otherwise. I was surprised NO ONE got who we were. Maybe it's just because I read the book so much I could recite it on demand ("The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another...), but I thought for sure more people would be familiar. Maybe it's because I did a half-way job on all the costumes. Oh, well. I'm just glad that Luke is still young enough and Mac was sweet enough to go along with my plan. I think my costume is so comfortable I want to wear it from now to Halloween (seriously, how old am I?).

Max, the king of all wild things, and two of his favorite Wild Things.


He didn't actually drop it in, but he sure thought about it for a while.

Bouncing- he didn't even let the big kids scare him away.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Things I like

Monday, October 26, 2009
This is in no way an exhaustive list. I put it in chronological order, not order of how much I love it.

My running buddy, Luke. He pulls me to the door and begs to go outside which motivates me to actually go runnning. He is so good to sit there and watch the birds and trees and cars go by. This morning I did 3.2 miles (5K). That was the first time I did it, and I did it faster than I usually do my 2.5 mile jog. So weird. Plus at the end I felt like I could keep going- who is slipping uppers into my oatmeal?

Fall is my favorite season with all the great colors and my favorite holidays- Halloween and thanksgiving. I love the leaves crunching under my feet.

Last but not least the GB girls. We got together Saturday night because Alexis isn't local anymore and she was in town for a visit. I love how they know me so well I don't even have to explain stuff-- they just "get it". They knew me when I had terrible bangs and have seen me do some pretty embarrassing stuff. Thank goodness for these girls and the fact that every time I see them, no matter how long it's been, it feels like no time has passed and I'm 12 or 14 or 16 again.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Turn around for one second...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I neglect my house all weekend and then clean (tidy is a better word) like a whirling dervish on Monday morning. I left the living room for one second to throw something away in the kitchen and came back to this:

Luke can now climb up on the chair and I'm trying to teach him how to get off the chair. It cracks me up how vocal he is about everything- grunting, whining, he really doesn't hold back.

The first time I let him try to get down himself and this is where he ended up. Once the video goes black it's over- I just put the phone down without turning it off while I helped him get un-stuck. Notice how he's not upset about being stuck until I say "uh-oh"?

Monday, October 19, 2009

So Big...and So Small...

Monday, October 19, 2009
The last few weeks Luke has gotten in on the Nursery snack time action. He's big enough now to sit in his own chair and eat the goldfish and animal crackers. I help him get sips from the cup. He loves every minute of snack time. He's not quite big enough to ask for more (he won't do sign language for the life of me), so instead he'll start to steal snacks off the kids' plates next to him until I replenish his plate. The other kids are either too nice or too oblivious to do anything. I can't believe he's kind of starting to blend in with the rest of the kids!

Here is my craft failure for the weekend. The tutorial I used asked you to make your own pattern- definitely not my strong suit. Originally I planned for it to be sized 12-18 months, but since I screwed up I kept having to hack away at it until I'm not sure it would fit any human infant. Maybe a preemie that's freakishly long and skinny (0 percentile for weight, 100 for height). I thought maybe it would fit one of Emily's dolls, but I tried it on one of her American Girls and it's much too big. Oh, well. It was kind of fun to make and a good learning experience. Next time I'll learn to measure twice and cut once!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Saturday Fun

Saturday, October 17, 2009
First thing today we headed out to the Rocklin Community Service Day. The turn out was so good that there was just one tree for us to plant. Mac did most of the grunt work, while Luke and I did some moral support and then steadied the tree as he filled in dirt around it. On the drive home I spotted a garage sale with a couple slides. It was such a killer deal that I overlooked my better half suggesting there might not be room for one of them in our apartment and I completely underestimated its size. We got it home and it wouldn't fit through the hallway, although I maintain I would have found room for it, had we gotten it in the play room. I think it'll be nice to have the little slide in there though on the wet rainy days ahead.

We had Emily for a few hours and she was a sport to hang around our apartment while Luke slept. Then we wanted to go to the Pumpkin Patch in Roseville only to drive there and find it had never even opened this year. Instead we got some ice cream and ran errands. Here's Luke telling his Auntie Em a story...

After Emily went off to join my mom for Fiddler on the Roof practice, we went to the fountains to walk around. Here Luke is getting all worked up over the exciting water works...

Last we hung out at Whole Foods while Luke played in their play place. He had such a blast that he had a hard time leaving to go home. Probably because he's in the process of dropping his morning nap. This was the first day where he only took one long nap in the middle of the day. Why does my kid have to be early in the most terrible milestone ever?!?! Besides being a little more whiny and clumsy than usual, he did really well. I think some days he'll still need two naps, but we'll see.

He's starting to understand when we don't want him to do something. Once we've told him a few times and he gets it, he'll 'tease' us with pretending to do it anyway. Here he's acting like he's going to put the banana in his mouth. I'm glad he's pretty good at listening and understanding, although I'm sure that won't always be the case.

Friday, October 16, 2009


Friday, October 16, 2009
Do you ever get the feeling like toys are a waste of money? I do every time I find Luke playing with popsicle sticks... (sorry about nakey bum, we had just gotten off the potty and I didn't want to put a diaper back on)

or my tape measure...

Sometimes if nap times are off we're able to visit Dad at work for lunch. After lunch is over and there are still 30 minutes before he has to be back, we tend to wander over to the Goodwill and just see if they have anything good. We end up coming away with a book or two every single time, and this time we adopted the sword too, which hasn't been played with since. See? I have a theory that Luke would rather play with toys that weren't marketed as toys. He also has this thing with the light switch lately. If he could reach it himself he'd probably turn it off and on for an hour.

And this next section is absolutely not an announcement. For the record, I am not pregnant, nor planning to be for at least a little bit.

My little sister had a bag of clothes she was done wearing that were going to be given to DI. I took one look at them and had all of these refashion ideas pop into my head. Since I subscribe to all of these craft blogs, I have so many crafts I want to do and no real excuse to do them. This bag of clothes was my perfect excuse. The first thing I've finished is a little girls dress- not for any girl in particular at the moment, but I'm hanging on to it just in case. This dress was made from a long sleeve button-down shirt that I used a couple tutorials to transform. I really loved how it turned out, especially for my first refashion. My only regret is that the material is so transparent that it probably will only be worn over other things.

The front

The back

I tried to use Luke to guess at measurements for the dress. He wouldn't let me even put it up to him to see where I should hem it. He did, however, let me put the left over collar on him. I promise he wears clothes sometimes. The reason I was able to do the dress was because he is on this new independent-play kick. He was playing by himself so well that I would get lonely working on the dress and go play with him for a few minutes, then go back to the dress. I've waited and waited for him to play independently, only to find that I miss him terribly when he does.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009


Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Luke still likes to hold a hand while he walks. I've tried the "wooden spoon" trick to get him comfortable walking alone, but he didn't fall for it. And for good reason too. Luke is one big boy, and the bigger they are, the harder they fall. Unfortunately for Luke, he doesn't just fall on his bum, he falls right on his head. A couple of times he's even bitten his tongue really good and bled. I suppose that's why he likes that extra little help. Here he is taking one of his tumbles...

I can't resist posting this one of his "concentration" face while he plays. His lips are so stinking cute I just want to kiss him every time he makes this face.

Last is my mom's cat Nimue (Nim-a-way is how it's pronounced). My mom says pets pay the rent by putting up with little kids that don't understand "gentle" yet. She is such a snuggler- she will just cuddle right next to me while I fold laundry. She has convinced me that I am somewhat of a cat person with all of her persistence.

Monday, October 05, 2009

The even longer road home

Monday, October 05, 2009
The road home was pretty hairy. Luke needed constant interaction or he would start to lose it. He barely slept. Plus, we had a bunch of side trips.

One to drop off a surf board to Bryan. One to drop off Great-Grandpa (thankfully not to Lancaster). One to OAKLAND to pick up my Dad's car from the airport. One to the Sacramento airport to pick up Mac's car.

Door to door it was over 10 hours. 10 hours is what it should take to get to Utah, not to LA. Next time, we will plan this better.

The one thing that kept me sane was all the junk food. Luke finally took a nap as we pulled up to In N Out. Luckily the family was kind enough to crack a window for us and get me a delicious burger.

Random Disneyland moments

I couldn't think of how else to organize these last pictures, so here is a jumble of some sweet memories.

It's almost impossible trying to get this kid to wear a hat or hood. It was tricky trying to get this photo of him in an Indiana Jones hat- this is the best one we got, and I thought it was funny.

This is the souvenir we decided to get- Darth Tater. Luke loves it.

I usually am not a fan of the Disney parades, but we loved the Pixar one at California Adventure. Luke was mesmerized. See how he gets a little over-excited?

Luke only will put up with being in a stroller for so long. Luckily he stayed in there for the walks to and from the hotel, but other than that we carried him a good portion of the day. Whenever I put him on my shoulders, he thinks it's his job to pull my hair out.

One way to prolong a stroller ride is to 'hold hands' with him. That'll buy you at least a couple more minutes.

He hardly slept during the day the past 3 days. Luckily he's getting caught up as we speak, which is how I'm able to blog.

Here he is catching a little bit of the Jedi Training Camp. If you look carefully you can see the newly-trained Jedi fighting Vader and Darth. I can't wait till Luke is old enough to wield a light saber so he can participate.

This last thing is Luke waiting his turn to see Tigger (or Pooh, can't remember). He would just get so excited he couldn't handle himself.


Mac has always wanted to surf, so I set it up with my little brother Bryan to take him out and give him a little lesson. Saturday morning they waxed up (down? I have no idea what the lingo is) their surfboards and we he headed out to Newport beach. The waves were actually pretty good, but neither of them was very successful. I suppose that means we'll just have to try again some other time. Luke like the sand, but he didn't like the water. It was a little cold, but he usually doesn't mind cold water. My theory is that he just doesn't like how unpredictable the waves are. I forgot both of our suits at home, so I wasn't really able to swim, and Luke just put his feet in a little until he let me know he didn't like it. Bryan had to get going to work, but Mac's Aunt Bethany, Uncle Paul and cousins Max and Lily were able to join us. I'm bummed I didn't get a picture of them- I can be so spacey!

Disneyland Characters

I wasn't sure how Luke would react to the characters. Sometimes he's shy, and I also thought he might be terrified of them. He love the Disney posters at his Nana's house, and he loved the characters on the posters in real life. Sometimes he would push them away- but that's just because he likes his personal space. First we met Mickey and Minnie.

The Winnie the Pooh Crew.

Next up are the characters we saw eating at Goofy's Kitchen. Goofy's Kitchen is a family tradition that dates back at least to the time when we took Simon (the foreign exchange student) there when I was 16. We always have a good time. We saw a bunch of characters including...


Chip and Dale (Luke couldn't be bothered for Dale because he was enjoying apples & watermelon)

Goofy, naturally



The most fun part was when they blasted "The Twist" and started a dance party. The whole restaurant comes together and dances with the characters. Well, children and those that don't mind making a fool of themselves, that is.