Sunday, January 31, 2010

Aren't I lucky?

Sunday, January 31, 2010
I just feel lucky to have my little family and the BEST photographer in the world as a friend. Thanks, Nicky, for helping me capture these moments.

OK, so which one do I get a print of? It's so hard to choose.

These are from when Luke was about 7 months (I'm guesstimating based on the teeth and my memories of him army crawling).

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Luke vs. the Vacuum

Saturday, January 30, 2010
I feel like Luke has been sick for months. Logically, I know that this isn't true. I'm sure there have been weeks with no runny noses, no coughs, no whining. It just didn't feel like it yesterday. Couple that neverendingcold with a couple of molars coming in and we (yup, we) were cranky yesterday. There were bright, fun moments too, so I'll focus on those.

The cleanliness of my house is usually somewhere on the scale somewhere between "don't let company come over" and "hopefully nobody calls CPS". Closer to the former, I hope. I really needed to clean, and Luke only took an hour nap, so he had to hang out with me while I did the bathroom. Sometimes he plays really well by himself while I do chores, and sometimes not so much. Yesterday was a not so much day. He was adamant about wanting to use the toilet brush to scrub the bathtub, but I was able to convince him to use the brush from the kitchen instead.

Today will be a much better day. When Luke woke up I asked him if he wanted to go to a basketball game. He said "ball" every five seconds until we got to the game. Hot Shots basketball season is here again, because apparently one season of basketball a year isn't enough. We don't make it to many of the games because they're at inconvenient times, but we made it this morning. To this point Peter and Dad's team had won every game with at least a 20 point lead. This team was much more difficult. The other team pulled ahead early and we spent the rest of the game catching up then falling back. With just a couple minutes left we were within 3, but couldn't make it happen. Peter isn't the super star of the team, but he had a couple of amazing plays that helped them catch up. Of course after the game he could only focus on the couple of shots that he missed, but that's why he's got a big sister to remind him of the good things he did. Luke made it halfway before he wanted to get down and play. We borrowed a ball from Grandpa...

but he could only pay attention to the kids with brighter balls. He was also fascinated by the game in the next court over- there were really little kids (I don't know how old, maybe 4 or 5). They were so stinking cute because they didn't have to dribble, they just ran up and down the court with the ball. At that level the coaches actually go on the court with the team and tell them what to do.

When we got home Mac was vacuuming (the thing I didn't get to yesterday). Luke always likes to play with his corn popper while we vacuum. Unfortunately he likes to do it right underfoot and about 2 seconds after I took this he got wacked in the face with the vacuum handle. He was having so much fun that he didn't want to pause to be comforted. He just went on pushing his "vacuum" and crying.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Nana's B-Day Breakfast

Thursday, January 28, 2010
Over Christmas, Joann (my mother-in-law) made us a "Sunrise Breakfast" based on something she had on her last trip to Hawaii. It was basically a bowl with layers of yogurt, granola, smoothie and banana. None of those things individually are my favorite, but combined they are divine. I decided I wanted to make that for my mom for her birthday breakfast, so this morning we all woke up early and headed to the store. Lemme tell you, the early bird gets the best, hardest-to-steer cart. Luke was elated and I've decided I'm on the lookout for a used cozy coupe (because the new ones are inferior, in my opinion). Hard to tell in this pic he was elated, but if we stopped, he would start shaking the wheel to tell us to get going.

Mac did the smoothie, because he is much, much, better at smoothie-making than me.

I topped them off with the bananas after Mac meticulously layered them.

I wish I weren't so lazy in the morning or we would have this every day.

Luke kept finding his way to the stairs. First with his banana...

...and then with his "how to master school" book. Chill, kid. Kindergarten isn't for a while. Oh, and just this morning he started calling the puppies "babies". It's funny because he can do a "p" sound just fine, but I guess they'll be "babies" till he figures it out.

Les Scouts

Monday I got a call from my mother inviting us to go down to UCDavis for a tour with Emily's Girl Scout troop to tour their greenhouses. I'm always up for a day trip- plus I thought Luke would really like seeing flowers and plants. I had no idea it would be so much fun- our guide was so funny and made everything more interesting. The only downside was I didn't take a sling or stroller, so I was holding a 25 pound Luke that was getting close to nap time and really wanting to run around and knock everything over. Poor planning on my part, oops.

This was our tour guide, Ernesto. I don't remember what he was talking about here. I really should have taken notes because I'm sure I forgot half of the things I learned.

The first room we were in was the desert room. Besides looking at the various cacti, we learned which ones to eat in case we are ever stranded. I thought some of them looked like they came out of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Next we went into the hallway and looked at the rain forest plants, which was very informative. We learned about how the coloring of plants affects how much light it can absorb- pretty important stuff because of how dense a rain forest is. I can't even remember why this one is colored like it is. See? I'll remember my note pad next time.

The next room was for plants native to Africa (if I remember correctly). A lot of the plants looked like cacti, but only one was. He showed us different mechanisms plants have for attracting pollinators. This was also the carnivorous plant room and somebody was pretty miffed they didn't get chosen to do a demonstration with the venus fly trap. This one was supersupersuper smelly. I couldn't even stay close enough to tell you what it smelled like, and I don't have the most sensitive sniffer or stomach. Imagine the worst.

From there we went to the edible plants and got to see vanilla, cocoa, stevia, and coffee. We smelled the vanilla (YUM) and tasted the stevia and cocoa. I was surprised at how mild the cocoa was. It kind of tasted like dark chocolate, but no bitterness.

Unfortunately we had to jet early because Emily had gymnastics to get to, but the timing worked out and Luke was just tired enough to crash in the car. If you've ever been on a road trip with Luke, you know he is NOT a car sleeper unless he is exhausted, so I'm glad he was tuckered out.

Friday, January 22, 2010

My two favorite things.

Friday, January 22, 2010
No, it's not Luke and Mac. They run a close third and fourth.

I saw this trailer, and I can't remember the last time I got this excited about a movie.

Babies & Documentaries. Now their forces have combined. By the end of the trailer I was crying, Luke was clapping, and Mac was grinning through the tears.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Might as well...

Thursday, January 21, 2010
It has been raining since Sunday. That's Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Whenever it stops raining for a little bit we run outside and soak up the outside air until we're freezing or getting sprinkled on. All of the darkness and being cooped up is making me long for brighter, warmer, drier days. I don't really feel like doing much at the moment (although I probably should be doing the dishes)... so I'm blogging by default. Here's some rainy day moments from this week.

Luke has been interested in mastering the spoon- and he's getting the hang of it. I'd much rather keep the mess to a minimum and feed him, but c'est la vie.

The mall has a pretty good play place. Luke loves climbing around the flower and has figured out how to get up in the middle. It terrified me at first, but when (not if) he falls, he falls on his bum, not his head.

Sneaking outside for a few minutes of rain-free play. I LOVE the kids in our complex. There are 40 kids under 12 and it's not even that big of a complex. These two (Jeanie and Perry) are in our ward and so much fun. Luke just adores them.

Friday, January 15, 2010

The sincerest form of flattery...

Friday, January 15, 2010
I'm told that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If so, then Luke has been flattering a lot of people lately...

Sunday he channeled his cousin Jonah (kind of) and smashed his head into a wall. I wasn't there for the accident, but I'm told he was just kind of climbing on Mac. So not copying Jonah's daredevil tendencies, but just the goose-egg tendencies. He looked like a Klingon for a couple of days.

He could be copying a number of people here. At Nana's he'll grab a book from the shelf (his favorite is Confessions of an Organized Housekeeper, pictured below), and ask to get up on the couch. He lays himself down for a good read.

He so admires his Uncle Peter. Peter got a pool table for Christmas and Luke just wants to watch him play all day.

Luke gets giddy when I turn on the t.v. In fact, if I just say "exercise video" he points at the tv and does some squats. My absolute favorite is the squats- it's pretty much the same as his one and only dance move.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Back into the swing of things...

Wednesday, January 06, 2010
As excited as I was for the holidays to be over so I could regain some normalcy, I'm sad that all of the extended family fun is over. Kevin was the last to leave this morning, and normal life is resuming.

Luke is my "destructo baby". It was Bryan's nickname as a baby, too. When my mom still had her Christmas stuff up, his favorite thing to do was knock down her Little People Christmas Village. By New Years' we wised up and stopped setting it back up, and just left it in a pile under the side table. Ya know, pre-kids if I saw a mother letting her kid knock down a display I might have thought "wow, she can't control her kid". Ah, those naive pre-kid days. I have to giggle at what I didn't know then. Here he is pulling apart our games shelf.

Yesterday, however, he was very 'helpful'. I had some serious catching up to do in the cleaning department and got in on the action.

He scrubbed just about everything with this washcloth.

And then moved on to the kitchen. Man, I hope he likes chores this much when he's older!

Another thing we didn't get enough of over the holidays was Abby. Here Luke is zooming a car down the slide...

...and right through Abby's legs.

Here's some videos from this morning, just 'cause.

Luke loves peek-a-boo now that he knows how to cover his eyes. I love it because it makes diaper changes bearable again- no squirming!

He wants to talk so bad! Last night at dinner he signed "please" then "more" and tried to say fish. There are so many words he wants to say, but just can't seem to finish them- ball, bath, truck.