Monday, November 30, 2009

Luke on the Loose

Monday, November 30, 2009
Luke pretty much gets my undivided attention most of the time. That's why I've gotten away with not baby proofing. Until today, that is. I had this really urgent fax that I needed to send, so Luke played by himself for a bit. I heard the sound of my keys jangling from the bathroom and knew that was a bad sign. When I got in there I couldn't see the keys anywhere. Lately he's been interested in how the diaper pail works, so I looked in there. Sure enough, my keys were in there with all the yucky diapers. I left the keys in the bathroom to sanitize later and shut the door. A couple minutes later, Luke came over to me with wet hands. For the life of me I couldn't think of how his hands would've gotten wet. I looked over to the bathroom- and the door was open. How that happened, I don't know- maybe I didn't shut it well enough, maybe my kid is an evil genius. All I know is that I found the keys at the bottom of the toilet. Note to self- either watch your kid, or do some basic baby proofing.

Today I realized that I have enough nakie bum pictures to blackmail/embarrass my kid for life. And then some. That is if I were the kind of person that would blackmail/embarrass her own child. I haven't decided if I'm that kind of person or not. We'll have to see...

Here he's coming out of a head-stand thing that we call "the triangle". He still has to use things to pull up on if he wants to stand, so we taught him "the triangle" as a way to learn how to get in the right position to stand up on your own. He's done it a few times over the last few days, but still doesn't quite have the hang of it. In fact, it looks like he might start doing somersaults first!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

Tradition: The boys played in the Turkey Bowl while Mac, Luke, and I played at the nearby park.
Breaking with tradition: Usually the men-folk argue about the game the rest of the day, but this year it appears everyone has matured or gotten less competitive.

Tradition: Watching the Macy's Day Parade & football. Luke thoroughly enjoyed all of it.
Breaking tradition: Emily muted all of the annoying recording artists.

Tradition: Making (or ordering in) a huge feast.
Breaking tradition: Nobody stressed AND people pitched in to help. I think my Mom wants that to be the new tradition.

We had a pretty good Thanksgiving. After the turkey bowl/park and watching copious amounts of TV we went to another park for the big boys (Dad, Mac, Bryan, and Peter) to play a game of horse. I was just glad Mac had a good time (he wasn't the first one out either!). He made a great shot while holding Luke, that got my dad a letter. Luke thought being held while Mac and my dad took shots was pretty funny. After that we went to the airport to pick up Kevin (who couldn't get out of classes earlier in the week). Dinner was amazing- definitely the best turkey and mashed potatoes we've ever had. Luke was so excited that if his mouth wasn't full of food, he was whining for more. It cracks me up how he could be so worried that he's not getting enough. I have never seen him so worked up about food (and that's saying something). Then all of a sudden he wanted to get down, and was finished. He went from stuffing his face as fast and furiously as he could, to wanting nothing more to do with dinner in about 2 seconds flat. I was sad that we couldn't stay much longer, but I wanted to make sure we weren't too late with bedtime.

The only things missing from Thanksgiving was my big brother and his wife, and I really wish we could have seen the Christensens, too. Only 3 weeks till we see Christensens for Christmas and 4 for the New York Schofields (I'm not sure what else to call them).

Saturday, November 21, 2009

putting 2 boys to sleep

Saturday, November 21, 2009
Tonight we decided we're going to start Luke out in his own bed. Just to see what happens. That was supposed to be the plan from the beginning, but I won't go into that story. Mac was waiting for me to put him to bed so that we could watch a queued show on Hulu. In a matter of 10 minutes, they were both out. I figured Mac would wake up when I took the first picture, but he didn't!

We'll see how this new sleep situation works for us- I've learned not to get my hopes up too much, but I've got my fingers crossed. OK, off to watch my show!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Busy, Cute, Sweet Boy

Friday, November 20, 2009
Me: I know I'm totally biased, but I think Luke is the cutest, sweetest kid that ever lived.
My Mom: Oh, I don't know, I had some pretty cute kids... Especially that second one.

Guess who is the second one? Me. That mom of mine is pretty funny.

Now that Luke is more confident walking, he is all over my house and my mom's house when we visit. He has a hard time stopping playing for any reason (especially potty breaks or diaper changes). It's all I can do to keep up with him! Here are some random shots from this week.

Luke was getting into Mac's wallet, so he got a special tour of it. He was fascinated.

My mom ran Emily a bath- Luke was so jealous and wouldn't stop trying to climb in so he got a afternoon bath in a different tub.

One of Luke's favorite things is to play with Emily's dolls and stuffed animals. He doesn't have a really long attention span with them- he just wants to say hi and check them out and then he's on to the next thing. I'm hoping he chooses a favorite one of these days. He decided to take her fuzzy bear out on a walk with the dogs.

My voice is so obnoxious in this video, I recommend muting it. I play this game with him sometimes where I pretend to be asleep and he wakes me up by making a loud noise. Well, he thinks that when we pray I'm pretending to be asleep, so he tries to wake me up the whole time. I can't help but laugh. Here we start to get him to close his eyes...

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Crocker Art Museum & Old Sacramento

Saturday, November 14, 2009
We went here (Crocker Art Museum).

And looked at this. Their art was beautiful. I didn't get into some of the modern stuff, but most of it was impressive (I should say that I know nothing about art besides whether I think it is beautiful or not).

Once we were bored we headed down to Old Sac, and went by the bridge. I got all nostalgic because this is where we took our engagement pictures. Mac reminded me that it was raining for at least a good portion of the photo shoot, but I could barely recall that part of the day.

There are lots of fun toy stores and Luke loved the trains. He also got a kick out of the horses and buggies that tour Old Sac.

The Birthday Continues...

We went to Noel's parents' house to celebrate the birthdays of Austin, Luke, and Austin. They were all born within a couple of weeks, so we thought we'd do a little joint celebration with soups and chili and cake. No ice cream because somebody (me) forgot they were in charge of it. Oops! I get spacier and spacier all the time. I've misplaced my camera yet again (see? spacey. It'll turn up somewhere) so all I've got for now is camera pix.

The three boys with their daddies was pretty cute. At first Luke was a little cautious with the cake, just sticking his fingers in and licking his fingers, but soon enough he dove right in. I've decided no more sugar till Christmas! Between all of the birthday celebrating and Halloween he's had plenty to last him a good while.

He even clapped a little for the yummy cake.

The whole party he wanted to play with either the balloon or this play house.

I just had to include this last one 'cause it happened on the same day, but this is earlier at my parents. Luke's two loves right now are 1) climbing (here he has climbed into Lucy's bed) and 2) holding onto things for a really long time- the thermometer, a drum stick, an empty pill bottle, one of my makeup brushes, a cow bell. He'll get a hold of something and keep it in his hand for up to an hour.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Camus in the morning

Friday, November 13, 2009
Ever since I heard that fine motor skills like coloring encourage verbal development (don't ask me how, I think it has something to do with where those regions are in the brain), I knew I would want to set Luke up with some crayons as soon as he was interested. The Crayola products are kinda (outrageously) expensive, in my opinion, so I thought I could melt some crayons and make my own toddler-hand-friendly crayons. I even had this ice mold from ikea that would be a perfect mold. I did a trial run one morning in my microwave. Turns out just because it looks like silicone, doesn't mean it is silicone and whatever the mold is made of started to melt. I was undeterred by this failure and made the rest this morning, only this time I didn't melt the crayons in the microwave. I melted them in recycled glass and aluminum cans in a pot of water on the stove, and then poured them into the mold to cool. Pretty easy, and very messy. Seems like just as I get my kitchen spotless, I find an excuse to mess it up again. When I do menial tasks like cleaning the kitchen, it always makes me think of the Myth of Sisyphus, which I find laughable.

I felt like an apothecary.

The finished product

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Some stuff...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Peter and Emily had no school today, so while my mom covered for a co-worker at Tricks, Luke and I went over to have a big egg-bacon-french-toast breakfast with them. We followed this up by going to the park and playing/shooting hoops. I made a few baskets one-handed 'cause I was holding Luke. Guess I shouldn't have stopped playing in the 5th grade after all.

During Luke's first nap I made this from a tutorial. It still needs to be finished with some buttons and loops up top, but I like it. I think it's around a size 18mo. I keep telling myself "only work on Christmas stuff from now till it's all done", but then I have a few minutes and find myself breaking my own rule.

Last week I did these from this tute. I forgot that with an envelope-neck you are supposed to put the back over the front. Am I really going to seam rip it and fix it? Nah. It's just newborn lounge wear- not exactly dress-to-impress stuff in the first place. Plus, I doubt the baby that will eventually go in there will care. I haven't put in the elastic yet either, and I'm not sure it's absolutely necessary.

Luke just fell asleep a few minutes ago clutching the ear thermometer. He had grabbed a hold of it and didn't want to let go, so I figure if he wants to snuggle a thermometer, let him snuggle it. I thought for sure he had a fever last night because he was sweating so much, but this morning when I went to take his temp there was no sign of the fever.

We got to visit Mac-O for lunch and Luke was persuaded to show off his new dance moves. When Abby downstairs started dancing a couple weeks ago, I knew it was only a matter of time before Luke would too. Sorry it's sideways- I keep forgetting to NOT film in portrait. Plus, I can never remember how to fix it without bugging Mac...Sorry!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Luke's 1st Birthday

Sunday, November 08, 2009
I promise not to cry or whine about how big he's getting or how wonderful this year has been. I got all of my nostalgia out yesterday looking at pictures and videos.

Luke started the day off right by doing his "baby bird" routine. He would much rather eat what's coming from mom and dad's plate or bowl than if we put the exact same food in front of him. I don't mind it because it helps me regulate how much food he puts in his mouth so there's less choking. When he feeds himself he fills his mouth super full and ends up choking.

In between naps and after the afternoon one we went to the two neighborhood parks. I love that we have 2 parks within walking distance. When we got home there was a package at the door from Grandma JoJo. He loved playing with his new farm and I was so glad his new outfit fit.

Last week it was decided to go to Chuck E. Cheese for his birthday. I think because it was close to Emily and Mom's rehearsal for Fiddler and they were getting out late so we wanted to fit in dinner/presents/cupcakes before it got too late. This was not the greatest idea ever. Mac, Luke and I showed up early to scout a table (it was very crowded) and had a little fun playing. Here they are taking a break from playing and Luke is mesmerized by the TV. I'm kind of TV-phobic when it comes to Luke, so he watches maybe 20 minutes of TV a week. Whenever we're in public and he sees a TV, he just goes zombie and loves it. The TV display at Target gets him so excited that he screams. I digress...

Mom and Emily showed up, and nobody was excited about eating at Chuck E. Cheese, plus Dad and Peter were running late. Peter had wanted to take a shower last minute and then just as they were pulling up to Chuck E. Cheese they realized they forgot the cupcakes and had to drive all the way back to get them. We abandoned Chuck E. Cheese and just went back to our apartment and picked up Subway on the way home. Dad went home for the cupcakes, but when he arrived at our apartment late, he had brought the wrong cupcakes- he picked up the leftover ones from Emily's class party. On the inside, I wanted to cry because they were one of the things I was looking most forward to, but I didn't mention it. Dad caught on because my mother and I exchanged glances, but we all just laughed it off (or tried to laugh it off, in my case).

Luke opened presents with a little bit of help. We all had a great time playing with his toys. His favorites were his truck, and the curling ribbon from the package.

Emily headed to the play room to set up the train.

Peter and my dad threw the ball around and discussed his Basketball team's 0-3 record. I've already discussed the first game, the second was lost by about 20, and the third was only lost by 1. I think they're headed in the right direction. My camera wasn't quick enough, so Peter is totally hamming it up.

Luke really enjoyed his cupcake, although he didn't really get the blowing out candle thing (we practiced a couple of times earlier in the week, but it didn't stick).

For a minute there he had a Charlie Chaplin mustache.

OK, now I'm getting a little teary-eyed. I can't believe what a joy it's been bacoming a mom, and having such a great buddy to spend my days with. He's so big now (30 1/2 inches, 24 lbs), and developing so fast. He's saying a few words (mom, dad, this, that, no) and he even started signing! He's walking pretty well, especially around the house. Oh, and he's got this whole new language all his own- bitybity and other nonsensical words. I love nearly every minute of his antics.

Birthday Eve...

My good friend Martha let me borrow her Snickerdoodle cupcake recipe with Seven Minute Frosting. I was so excited about making these cupcakes for Luke's birthday because I am not generally a fan of cake, but after eating some gourmet cupcakes from Icing on the Cupcake in Rocklin, I was hoping I could do some really special cupcakes for Luke's birthday. We went to my mom's with the ingredients because she has a sifter and a candy thermometer, and I have neither. While we were there my mom was practicing for Fiddler on the Roof with the director and some of the key cast members. Here she and Tevya are singing "Do you love me?". Luke is sitting on my lap after just waking up from a nap and he was mesmerized. He really liked the singing.

I was really happy with the way the cupcakes turned out, but just wait till you see what turmoil they caused on Luke's actual birthday.

Later that night we hung out with the Euers. Luke has to be watched like a hawk around Abby because he will "hit" her. I put quotes around hit because I doubt there is any malice in it. It's the same way he bangs everything and everyone. Oh, he also likes to steal her toys. I mean share her toys. Seriously, though, he is doing a little bit of actual sharing- handing her a toy every once in a great while. I think it's really cute when he hands her something. This is the only shot I got, but I wish I'd had the camera poised a couple seconds earlier when he was standing up by her high chair, hoping she'd drop something down for him. He's a little beggar. Oh, and recently he's started getting pretty upset whenever we have to part ways with the Euers. I have to remind him that we see them at least every other day, if not more often.

Fairy-tale Town

Luke had fun at Fairy-tale town, but Emily and Nicky had FUN. While Emily and Nicky ran all over, Luke and I visited the donkey, cow, and bunnies. Luke also had a lot of fun climbing around on the pumpkin carriage and the other little play structures they had (like the beanstalk from Jack and the Beanstalk). I think in a few months he'll really enjoy it more.

They had all sorts of silly fun.

So after I took the last video, I forgot to take it off video mode. Then my mom took the camera and proceeded to try to take a bunch of "pictures" of Emily and Nicky that ended up being videos. Then a nice man, also unaware that the camera was still on video mode, took our "picture" posing as the Wizard of Oz quartet. Oops, my bad. Luke is the lion, my mom is the tin man, Em is Dorothy, and Nicky is the scarecrow. I'm just bummed it can't be zoomed in.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Sacramento Zoo & Fairy-tale Town

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Emily is out of school for the next couple of days, so we got to go down to the Sacramento Zoo and Fairy-tale Town. It was really fun to see the animals, although next time I'm going to call ahead and have the zoo keeper to tell the animals to look alive and act more like they do on cartoons, 'cause they were all taking naps on the job. The kangaroos didn't hop, the lions didn't roar, and none of the monkeys were curious. Luke did enjoy the giraffes because we've been reading a book that has one in it. When we get to the giraffes I say "they have a long tall neck" and tickle his neck and he thinks its a riot.

My favorite was the red panda- they were beautiful.

Luke also got to climb a bit...

In the reptile exhibit Luke liked this snake. Other than that the only thing in there that kept his attention was the glowing exit sign.

For lunch in between the zoo and Fairy-tale town we went to La Bou and it was delicious. Emily kept Luke entertained by "getting" and tickling his hands. He just laughed and laughed.

Fairy-tale was pretty uneventful and Luke just woke up, so I'll finish quick before he tears too many things apart. It was a great, fun-filled day and we'll have to make sure to go back again soon- maybe when the animals are feeling more lively.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Let The Wild Rumpus Start

Sunday, November 01, 2009
Luke's first Halloween was pretty relaxed. We went to my parents to show my mom the costumes up close and personal. Then we went home and knocked on a few neighbors doors. Mac and I felt pretty silly because Luke didn't do any knocking, saying "trick-or-treat" or "thank you". We quickly abandoned trick-or-treating and went home. I gave him one teensy weensy bit of candy and we got ready for bed. We only got one set of trick-or-treaters, so I had this whole bag of 100 grand sitting there trying to sabotage my diet (emphasis on the word had. it already is in my belly at this point). I'll tell you the story of the costumes if you care to read on...

Luke's came almost entirely from scrap fabric. I ran out at the last minute and had to get some more non-matching fabric when I botched the sleeves and didn't have enough for the hood. Oops. I had to make the pattern up as I went and the sizing was pretty big. It was my first costume attempt, so it can only get better from here. Plus, I got practice making button holes, which I found to be really fun.

Mac's came from a brown and white striped shirt that I used RIT to dye and some cheap-o Walmart sweats that I took a sharpie to. We both almost got a sharpie headache when he wore them to the ward party. Note to self: do sharpie stuff way in advance and air outside for days.

My costume was fun to do. I found a couple super huge, super cheap shirts in the right color and leggings to match. For the top I tried to fit it to me (which I need more practice on) and used scraps to do the ruffles around the neck. For the skirt I took a t-shirt, cut it off below the arms and turned it upside down. then I seam-ripped a little hole in the "casing" (what used to be the bottom hem) and put some elastic in. It was like wearing pj's. I'm glad I got practice on the top because I feel more confident for next time I do a refashion for myself. I probably should have done feathers or hair so that I actually looked more like the character from the book, but I didn't want to mess with it, and liked getting practice with ruffles.