Saturday, March 31, 2007
I first saw The Best Pet of All at our library. I picked it up because the cover was so appealing and brought it home. It is a delightful story and the illustrations are just perfect. I loved the home, and specifically the kitchen, created on these pages...it looks vintage & modern at the same time. James really liked the book but it didn't turn into a favorite. I returned it when the month was up and we haven't checked it out since. (I think the dragon scared him a little. He might like it more now.)
About 6 months later I found a soft cover copy of Goldie Lox at the thrift store*. Again, I was drawn to the cover and brought it home. James & I both LOVE this one and have read it many times. (Tonight, in fact, which is what led to this post.) The illustrations are once again perfect and I was pretty sure it was the same illustrator who had done The Best Pet...her style is so distinct. I checked and sure enough, Hanako Wakiyama did them both.
A quick search at Barnes & Noble found this Little Bo Peep one which I promptly put on hold at the library and also turned up this little gem, below, which I will be waiting for in May.
If you're looking for some new books for story time I really recommend these. The stories are adorable and the illustrations, perfection.
*James is an avid reader. I've been buying him books since he was a wee one and we now have stacks of them all over the house. He must have well over 100 (200?) in his collection by now. The best part is that I've gotten nearly every one of them at the thrift store. Their board books are always .35-.45 each, soft covers & golden books are typically .25 and special sound books & Pop Ups $1.00. I've also found him lots of coloring & activity books for .25-.45 each. I think we've bought him less than 10 brand new books in his whole 3+ years! When I look at the price of a board book at Barnes & Noble it just about kills me...$7.99 for Goodnight Moon?! That's highway robbery! Anyways, my point is...check out your local thrift store if you haven't already. Every book I've bought him has been in great condition and you'll probably be surprised to see all the "favorites" on the shelf.
Friday, March 30, 2007
She also does so big now and loves to fake laugh and try and imitate any sound you throw at her. She loves throwing her head back and shaking it around...she's kind of crazy and very silly. I had her in a baby swing at the park for the first time this week and she thought it was great. She realized she could throw her body back and get a little rush.
She gives me a little rush. xoxo
Thursday, March 29, 2007
But I know if I ever get stuck, my fellow bloggers are there to help me out! There are memes, or memetags, all over the Internet that invite almost anyone to play. I have participated in a couple of them, but again, don't usually have the time. Here's a list of some that I've found:
Photo Tag Monday at Adventures in Baby Wearing
Tackle It Tuesday at 5 Minutes for Mom
Works for Me Wednesday at Rocks in My Dryer &
Wordless Wednesday at 5 Minutes for Mom
Thankful Thursday at o, pish posh!
Favorite Ingredients Friday at Overwhelmed With Joy
Even if I don't post, I particularly like Tackle it Tuesday (see people organize their homes!) and Works for Me Wednesday (great tips - you should post on this one, Mom. hahahaha).
Now that I've made this list I think I might try and make a more comprehensive list for people to check. If anyone knows of any, would you please send them? Or, if such a list already exists, let me know. :) Thanks!
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Sunday morning we made the mad dash to get ready for church and out the door in 30 minutes. I'm not kidding. The only thing I had done already was nurse Ruby. Church was great, we love it there, but the afternoon that followed was mildly bizarre. It swung between great and awful all day, it is still weird to think about. We tried to mix productivity (errands) with family fun time (walk by the lake) and it wasn't a good mix. But we made it! And James is getting so proficient at his trike. He pedals and steers all over! We were on that same bike path that I took them to last week and it is filled with students, normally. Yesterday he rang his tricycle bell right as he was passing 3 lovely coeds. Ha! They laughed and said how cute he was and he ate it up.
Now today is gorgeous. It's like summer...somewhere in the mid 70s. I know there is 40s weather ahead of us but this is a wonderful treat. I realize I need some summer shoes for Ruby and I need to find James' old sunhat for her. (remember that khaki Gap one you got him, Mom?) I also went through my extra bag of stuff I like to have in the van and removed the size N diapers and the 2T shorts. HAHAHA. Oh my gosh, those diapers are so tiny. Wow, one year almost. Last summer was a sweet time. But, I digress.
So, this morning. James didn't want to watch TV (gah!) so we went outside. He is pretty fun to hang out with outside now and we had a good time. I had gotten him a fire hose sprayer (see one here on Ebay) at D&S a while ago and he LOVED it. I let him spray me, too, which he thought was hilarious. Then we went back to the sandbox and I went in to move our living room furniture around so the couch wasn't blocking the sliding doors anymore. It was lovely to be cleaning in the living room while he played just outside in the sandbox. I could see him but he wasn't talking to me! Fantastic! (I want a fence. waaaaaaah.) Anyways, I love my "new" lamps. I had seen some black lamps at Target a long time ago but they were around $80 each. I had one floor lamp already and recently found another at D&S - they have a similar style and were only $4 each. The shades were $12 each and I paid $3 for spray paint. That's $17.50 each - score! (for my less mathematically gifted readers.)
I am about to wrap things up but just a couple more pics. I wanted to share these devotion books I got. They are by Joyce Meyer and I love them. I've had the morning one for a while and just added the evening one last week. (Next I'm hoping to add "Taking your Bath Right" and "Buying your Groceries Right" HAHAHAHAHAHA) Seriously, she writes about Jesus and the Bible in a no nonsense way and is also very positive but not flowery. It's hard to explain but you'll see what I mean if you check them out.
And finally, just a picture of James, who is afraid of bugs today ("I just don't know them, Mom") but not of turtles.
Friday, March 23, 2007
This is how amazing Patrick is. Last night, he told me not to go online or our computer might crash and we'd lose our pictures. I came down this morning to back the pictures up so I could quick come on here & check email, etc. All the cords were missing from the computer! I called him at work to say haha, you are tricky. He said he hadn't touched them! I was freaked out and right away he offered to come home. Isn't that sweet? Instead of calling me a nutjob he offered to come home in case there was a psycho computer cord thief in our house. I said I'd come down again to make sure and that's when I saw that there is an empty power strip right by the full one - the one with all the cords. So, no psycho but still a virus. The pics are backed up and I am signing off for at least the morning. hahaha.
I hate the thought of no computer. I use my computer for EVERYTHING. Banking, recipes, email, blogging (entertainment), coloring pages, calendar, library, weather checks. It's crazy. What do you use yours for?
It's another gorgeous day so when bubles wakes up we're outie.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
We just hung out there for the morning and then decided to go get lunch. Of course, both kids totally zonked out in the car. My dad suggested McDonalds so we headed over, stopping at a paint store on the way. After we ate, they were still asleep so I ran in Target to buy a personal DVD player for the way home. (it went well but not THAT well. haha) Errands finished, we started back to his house. James woke up when we were almost there and was kind of wondering what was going on. Back at home, he ate lunch and then they went out to the garage.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
We had an excellent walk this afternoon and got
our the vans' oil changed at the place here in town. It was so gorgeous out, I never wanted to come back in. But I did. And now I have a lot of laundry and packing to do. I am going up North for a while so I may not be posting until next week. (we'll see) Adios, amigos!
p.s. a few more pics at Yahoo.
p.s.s. Even though I forgot his leash I didn't get a ticket. :)
D.S. Time is screwing us up big time. 8:30 wake ups are not always a good thing. I'm giving it a week, then I predict we'll be back to our new normal. ha!
I put some pics from our trip to the zoo yesterday over on yahoo.
maybe more later, maybe not. peace out peeps.
hahahhahahahhahahahaha...warm weather making me giddy......
Monday, March 12, 2007
I am so happy to be switching from hot to iced coffee! Okay, I know we are only getting a 4 day reprieve from winter but I am pretending it's for good. I love having hot coffee in the morning, year round, but in the spring & summer I add an additional iced in the afternoon. Yippee!
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Well, here you see activity #45 for the day - Play Doh. Ruby & James both started coughing last night and we are now in sick mode. Poor Ruby - she was probably not feeling well yesterday and instead of being kind and understanding I complained about her allllll day. She ended up sleeping with us until 4am, until she HAD ENOUGH of our bed. It was funny because all of a sudden she was just DONE. (she is not shy about letting us know when she is done with something) I put her back in her crib, she yelled, "Finally!" and rolled over and fell asleep. For an hour. Then Patrick got up with her and moved her to the car seat where she slept until 8am. She has a really runny nose and did a lot better upright. James is pretty fine. (his words) He's in a good mood, just sneezing a lot. (And keeping me updated on the number of times he's covered his mouth. 11, in case you're wondering. we have a chart.)
It's only 11:50 am and we've already made & eaten blueberry pancakes, watched TV, read books, played Play Doh, played Fireman, put together 2 new puzzles from our stash and watched some more tv. Now he's back to fireman mode and is spraying out a raging fire in our washing machine, dryer, laundry pile and wash sink. Did I mention it's not yet noon? Oh! The siren just went off...it's noon! Halleluiah! Almost lunch time and then quiet time. There might be hope for us yet.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Today I learned that drinking 32 oz. of Mountain Dew will increase my milk supply. Hmmmm. They never told me that at those LaLeche meetings! hahahahha. Sadly, I don't drink as much water throughout the day as I should. My supply isn't suffering but I did notice an abundance today after this huge shot of liquid. (Okay, it was sugary artificial liquid but what can you do? It was one of those days - get off my back!)
Today James learned that looks can be deceiving. (and I also learned that we are at that age) The scene: Ladies Room at Walmart. I come out of the stall and am washing hands. James & Ruby are in the cart next to me.
J: Why is that door closed?
S: There must be someone in there.
J: A man?
S: No, a lady. This is a ladies room, men go in a different bathroom.
J: But I saw a man go in there and shut the door. It was a man! In this ladies room.
S: (drying hands on pants and rushing towards the door using my fake smiley voice) Okay, buddy, let's go!