Wednesday, December 22, 2010

12 Days of Christmas...

...well, highlights of the days at least!

The 1st Day:
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Papa got a t-shirt, Simon got a book, Mama got a good good good DVD!

Various next few days:
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The 8th Day (I think):
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Apparently it was Roald Dahl day: Simon got the book set, Papa got "Fantastic Mr Fox" DVD!

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The 9th Day:

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Though I will probably live to regret it, yes, I did get Jamund a skateboard....he was so excited, he almost took it to work today.

Other highlights (present-wise): "Kiki's Delivery Service" (Simon), "The Importance of Being Earnest"/good homeschooling book/exercise DVD (Mama), and I don't know what Jamund would consider to be a highlight, although he was strangely excited by some new socks.

Highlight (sort of present-related): Watching Simon and Jamund have a good time together while we were all listening/dancing to the new Sufjan Stevens album. It was melting my heart how cute they were:

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Long live the next/last three days of Christmas!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hermitage

I've been a hermit since basically last Thursday night. We ventured out on Friday evening for a trip to Wal-Mart for some last minute trip "supplies," on Sunday I walked about a block to church, and last night we had a church activity for the singles about 5 minutes away (more about that later).

Here are a few reasons why I have been a hermit.

1. For whatever-day-of-Christmas was on Thursday, my true love gave to me:

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I hadn't read the series. Let's just say, now I have. Thanks library (to which Jamund ventured in some snow on Saturday morning to get the remaining books)! It's a good thing I didn't start the series until all the books had been published, or else I might have gotten too anxious and then had to forget about what had happened in the previous books and reread them, etc. That's just too time consuming. Better to spend 4 days pretty much straight to get them all done at once.

2. And speaking of snow, well, yeah.

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It's basically been snowing buckets since we woke up yesterday (and it was snowing before that point), and it "doesn't show signs of stopping..." I would also like to note that some rain (I think) on Saturday night (while we were asleep) washed away most of whatever snow we had acquired previously. Like as in I could see the dirt in our garden (top left photo) on Sunday morning/afternoon. Now there is, what, at least a foot of snow there? What I'm trying to say is, this snow is basically all "new" since Sunday afternoon.

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Seriously. Look at these photos. I have been "measuring" the snow based on a stump in our backyard. Now you can't even see the stump (right next to the shed, behind the hammock frame):

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When we came home from the church thing last night (which was literally about 5 minutes away and I was practically hyperventilating as we were sliding around in the snow with baby in the back of the car), I thought "phew, we're almost home" as we pulled into the driveway... Then the car got stuck. In the driveway. Jamund had to shovel out around it, we were sliding around, it was ridiculous. A neighbor came over and "plowed"the driveway after that, but it didn't matter because it just continued to snow over night and probably doubled whatever snow we had just plowed away.

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I really don't know why people even leave their houses in conditions like this. Which is why Jamund is not at work (today or yesterday).

I mean, can you even find the fire hydrant in this photo?:

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I refuse to think leaving to drive (even 5 minutes away since last night's adventure) is a good idea. Hello, food storage.

3. Simon's poor little nose has been so stuffy/runny.

4. It's nice in the house.

p.s. I still need to do a post about the 12 days of Christmas up to this point. And maybe this Christmas suit deserves its own post:

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p.p.s. Mom and Dad, hopefully we'll make it down for Christmas?!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cereal most foul

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I am forewarned and prepared for baby's bowel movements to smell and be awful once he starts eating meat, but man, I was not as fully prepared for the rice cereal to cause similar issues.

That is a definite drawback to baby going off a pure breast milk diet.

On the plus side, he slept about 10.5 hours last night!

On the drawback side, I feel like most of my day was spent feeding the baby, telling him not to grab and ingest his bib, etc.

Oh babies.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

A Big Day

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Not only did Simon turn 5 months old today:
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...but he also had his first "solid" food (rice cereal)!

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We were fully prepared for a messy encounter, but Simon actually seemed to enjoy his rice cereal and kept most of it in his mouth/tummy. I think he is very ready for solids.

Before:
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During:

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After (not too messy at all!):
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p.s. Speaking of cleanliness, I am fully converted to Mrs. Meyer's basil hand soap. For some reason it reminds me (smell wise) of my auntie Linda.

Monday, December 6, 2010

St. Nick's Day

In keeping with my mother's family's tradition (well, a German tradition, really), we celebrated St. Nick's Day this morning.

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On December 5 (which is also my Grandma Luedtke's birthday), we put out our stockings. On the morning of December 6, we open our presents!

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Simon, like many children before him and like many children after, was about as pleased with the wrapping paper as with any of the gifts.

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It is a nice tradition to remember our heritage. Speaking of heritage, I was thinking about my Grandma Gen (McClelland)'s stockings. She was amazing at needle point and made stockings for all of us—if I remember right, Mom had a train, Dad had something..., Tina had a doll (?), Matt had something..., Kim had a really good one with Santa and some children and a staircase (was Santa sliding down the bannister, Kim?), and mine? Well...

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Love it. Mine was smaller than the others because I was just a little one when Grandma passed away.

I was thinking about how needle point is a lost art, and I was sad that Simon won't have a handmade stocking. I guess I could learn needle point. Hmm.

Also, tonight we had some kids over from the singles ward for family home evening. We had them reenact the Nativity, and it was pretty entertaining. Simon, of course, was the star of the show as the baby Jesus. My favorite parts were when he was just chilling in the manger (bassinet) with his hands behind his head and then when he started screaming shortly after Shawn (the shepherd) came to pay his respects ("what's up sexy man?"). It was pretty epic.

Happy St. Nick's Day!