Luke is not a great sleeper. Not terrible, but not great. He finally is taking a 1 1/2 hour (and counting) nap.
Did I clean? Did I pack away the baby things (swing, bouncy seat, infant car seat) that he's done using? Did I craft? Did I read my very enlightening library book? Did I put away my clean laundry? Did I fill out my FAFSA? Did I start packing for this weekend? No. None of the above.
I went to mothering.com to put in my 2 cents on the discussion boards. I checked my emails. I looked at all my favorite craft blogs. I read some articles online (ok, I admit it, they were celebrity gossip). I checked Facebook. Now I am doing another blog post. Oh, the ways I can waste time. I could be on the Olympic time-wasting team. We're going for the gold in 2012 and I'm just practicing...
Well, he's still asleep. I suppose I will go be productive...
For the past couple of weeks Mac and I have been looking forward to getting a visit from his parents and two of his younger siblings. I've just been counting down the days, but now the days have turned to hours. They'll be here in less than 48 hours and we can hardly contain our joy.
We thought we would show you how much we have missed you: Yes. We have missed you so much that it makes us frown from all the sadness. Ok, so those frowns were forced but we really have missed you. While we were trying to force the frowns we had a hard time not smiling about how happy we are to be seeing you soon: And when you leave again, this is how we will look:
Oh, and Luke had a message of his own to send...
Grandma JoJo, will you come read me this book tomorrow? You will! Oh, I am so excited.
Luke really has started loving books. Sometimes he wants to read them even when it's not nap time or bed time He loves turning pages and looking at pictures. He gets the biggest smile on his face when I read "Je t'aimerai toujours" (I'll love you forever). For some reason he thinks the Disney Babies book "Goodnight Babies" is hilarious. He has no patience for the black and white pictures in "Runaway Bunny" and turns those pages very quickly so he can get to the color pictures. He's a big fan of Grover in both "Monster at the end of this Book" and "Grover's ABC's".
The other day I was giving Luke a bath and thought I'd document how it's changed. Oh, how it's changed. The video is self-explanatory, but I'll just add that Luke is such a busy-body in the bath that I have to remove all the shampoo and body wash or it will all get pulled into the tub and played with/chewed on. I know my videos can be somewhat boring, so I took the liberty of adding a little music.
Most kids don't like the car. Luke is no exception. He'll tolerate if he's in good humor, but beware if he's not. If Luke's in a bad mood I'll sit in the back with him and keep him entertained as long as possible. We have a whole back-seat load of toys so that we can avoid screaming all the way home. Here we are playing with the kazoo on the way to an outdoor movie.
We went to the water park today. We played in the grass first because the water won't turn on 'till 11 and we got there early. Silly mom that I am I didn't have his legs covered and the grass just ripped his poor chubby legs right up. This is the best photo of them I could do. It looks really bad, but he doesn't seem to care. Next time I will be more prepared with very manly-looking baby legs or a blanket.
The next story happened shortly after that. We played in the water for a little while until it seemed like a nap was imminent. I looked down and saw my brown Reef's and slipped them on and headed over to my diaper bag that I had left in the grass. Next to my diaper bag was another pair of Reef's. It was then I realized I had stolen somebody elses' shoes. I turned around to see the owner and her friend looking at me with very confused looks on their faces. I sheepishly walked back over and showed her the two pairs of identical shoes and let her figure out which were hers. Boy, did I feel silly. We all had a good chuckle over it, and I'm glad she had a sense of humor about it.
The last story isn't a story at all, but a little pre-bed-time video. I can't seem to get a good video of Luke giggling over and over like he sometimes does, but this one is the closest thing I've got. He really seems to like dogs- he's always chasing my mom's dogs around the kitchen. This little stuffed dog was a gift from his Aunt Emily and he loves it when I get the dog to chase him and lick him.
There is nothing terribly exciting about this video, but I just miss Lyle and Ciara already and can't wait for them to come back at the end of August!
Saturday made up for a string of less-than-thrilling weekends. Lyle and Kevin are both in town, and to celebrate Peter's 12th birthday we went to RPM racing. First, Dad made some of the best sandwiches I've ever eaten. They consisted of Panera bread, tomato, lettuce, bacon, turkey, muenster cheese, and avocado and were done Monte Carlo-style with Parmesan cheese and grilled. They were so good I wish I had one right now. Cami says the veggie version (hold the bacon and turkey and throw some provolone cheese on there) is also delish. Thankfully Luke took a little nap on the way there. He outgrew his infant seat and has taken quite well to the new one. In his post-nap state he was slightly overwhelmed with all the noise and commotion, so we thought it best not to let him drive this time. He did, however, get to sit in a car for a bit. And he sat on the throne, 'cause he's our little prince. All of the drivers got suited up and instructed on the safety measures. I think they all looked more attractive in their racing suits- it's the fashion of the future. RPM is no bumper-cars. They take things fairly seriously, but it makes for a better race in the end. Luke, my mom, and I headed up to the sky booth to watch the races unfold. On the first course we were shocked to see that 2 out of the top three drivers were Utah drivers! Who knew? Mac (who took first) informed me that I've never seen him drive like that before because he wants to keep the speed limit normally. He credits his parent's tricky driveway with how well he handles the car.
The results of the first race (1-Mac, 2-Cami, 3-Lyle)
The results of the second race (1-Lyle, 2-Mac, 3-Cami)
The whole crew. I was surprised at how well little Emily did. She came in last place both times, but she was very safe and handled her car very well and payed good attention to the other cars around her. Just watch out for when she's older though!
When we got home Grandpa Schofield was there because tomorrow Peter will be ordained a deacon. It's always nice to have 4 generations together.
P.S. I'm getting to really loath my camera- I can't wait to replace it!
Last week I went to the library and walking out as I was walking in was this crazy hippie lady (and I say crazy hippie with the highest regard) who had 6 kids under the age of 9ish. I noticed her little one was in a mei tei (a type of baby wrap). I asked her about it and she told me it wasn't a mei tei, just a plain old wrap. She showed me 3 different carries, of which I could only remember one. I've been practicing because it seemed like something that would be very useful. This morning Luke woke up at 6:30 and we all went on a walk because crisp morning air is the best kind of air there is. I used the carry the crazy hippie lady showed me and Luke loved it. We walked down to the park to swing on swings and go down slides.
It's called Whole Child/ Whole Parent by Polly Berrien Berends
I can't tell you how long I've been working on finishing this book. I think I started reading it when Luke was 4-5 months old. Mac rescued it from the shelves of the Goodwill for me. I'll never understand how someone could part with a book like this after reading it, but I guess some people don't get as attached to books as I do. Some people (eyeroll). I think it will be to me for parenting what "Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands" is for my marriage. Mac can always tell when I've been reading Proper Care... because I'm so much easier to live with. Whenever I would read a section of this book I would come away with a new perspective and feel very enlightened and renewed in my efforts. Unlike other parenting books, this one doesn't contain a technique to be used- it had very little practical information at all at the end of each chapter that I started skipping because they seemed so redundant after reading the meat of the chapter. The eight chapters were titled Wholeness, Spirit, Happiness, Freedom, Unity, Beauty, Truth and Love. The idea is that when you understand these concepts and see life and parenting for what it truly is, you don't need a special technique or philosophy. It was very dense to read at points- I would have to read a page/paragraph over and over before I understood what the author was trying to explain. On days where it's harder to deal with Luke than others I would open it and find exactly the thing I needed to hear (and, yes, it made me cry like a baby sometimes). I can't say that there are much wiser parenting books out there. It certainly is in the top 5 best ones I've come across. It would even be an interesting read for someone who never intended on having children or whose little ones have grown and left home.
So for Father's Day, Diana gave me some coupons, such as: Breakfast in Bed, A Carwash, and BYOC a.k.a. BUILD YOUR OWN COMPUTER!! WOOO! Since she got a laptop a while ago, and recently an awesome stroller, she wanted for me to have something fun too! So I got online, and looked around for a few days, found all the parts I would need (a case, motherboard, processor, RAM, hard drive, power supply, etc.) and I managed to get everything and stayed within my budget by about 2 dollars, heh. It took a few days for everything to arrive, but it all got here with no damage or malfunctioning parts.
That's a sewing machine in the background, not the case.
Things went together fairly easily. Most of the wires only match one socket each, so not too tough.
I had a couple issues getting the video to work properly, but once I figured it out, I closed it up!
For now, it's all set up on the living room floor, behind the futon.
Today we also went to the mall so Diana could get some clothes for her new skinny self. Luke was bored waiting for her to try things on, so he and I went to the kids play area they have there now. His favorite thing was spinning these rollers.
I took a couple fun pictures today I thought I'd share.
Luke army crawled through the whole tunnel. On the carpet he usually doesn't go more than a foot or two, but the fabric in the tunnel makes it easier. He sure thinks it's fun, especially when we play peek-a-boo in there.
There are 3 water parks in Rocklin that are city parks that are basically like running around in the sprinklers, only better. I was going to meet my friend April and her two girls at the water park later, but she had to cancel because of a very rough morning. I decided to go without them and invited Cami and Emily along too. Luke didn't mind the water sprinkling him, but if it was too near his face, he wasn't thrilled. We had fun for almost two hours standing close enough not to get too wet, letting him hold my hands and walk around, watching big kids, and checking out the different spouts when water wasn't coming out of them. I liked it even more than him. Having a kid means you get to be a kid again- and I love it! When Cami came Luke was really excited to see her and I snapped a few shots. The water is unpredictable when or how strong it comes on, so kids are constantly running around to either get wet, or avoid it. There are two more parks like this in Rocklin and I might try to hit them all this summer to compare.
Having so much fun
By the time we left Luke was pretty darn tired. I had pushed my luck getting him to stay as long as I did, and he let me know it all the way home with his wailing. Luckily it only takes 5 minutes to get home, and he was down for a nap within another minute or two. He's such a good sport.