Saturday, January 29, 2011

Almost Hero

Today someone came to our door and dropped off a flier about a runaway child. A note on the bottom advised to check unused RVs, sheds, etc.

Well, I put on my slippers and went to our backyard, suddenly aware that we have the ideal hiding spot for a runaway child: the playhouse (not to mention a shed). Unfortunately, the child was not living in our playhouse, but I am sorely amazed: it is a perfect runaway spot: we had about 3 blankets in there and some patio cushions, not to mention fake plastic food, a mini play kitchen, semi-carpeted floors, an old scooter, and an escape slide.


Maybe (probably) I shouldn't jest in the circumstance, but I was rather hoping to find him living in our backyard! It is so sad to hear about young runaways, especially when it is so cold! So cold!

Our own little one is asleep in his crib, and he's a bit too young to runaway or even contemplate it. He has lately been "saying": ma ma ma ma ma... Jamund has been trying to teach him "papapapapapa." That hasn't gone over so far.

In regards to food (because of course you all want to know about it), Simon now has under his belt: squash, carrots, peas, green beans, bananas, sweet potatoes, prunes, pears, peaches, rice cereal, oatmeal (for babies), and some banana puff things that supposedly melt in his mouth (when he manages to get them in). Oh, and zucchini. So far his favorites are sweet potatoes, squash, and zucchini. Sooo excited about the zucchini today. You'd think it would be the fruit, right? Weird child. He must not like sweets as much-- I did anti-crave chocolate for awhile when I was pregnant.

Also... "Monarch of the Glen." Our new addiction. Thanks Heather. (We may have to do a free trial of Netflix to watch series/season 2 since our library has lost the copies it supposedly has!)

Also also... we finally spent 15 minutes to save 15% or more. Farm Bureau fed us up (?) one too many times! Hello Geico.

p.s. Thank goodness we didn't have to insure this puppy before we took it for a spin:
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

We think he's cute, but...

It seemed like time for a baby photo post. So here you go.

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Jamund has a lovely friend named Chrissie, and her truly lovely mom sent us a package that included this very lovely hat knit by Chrissie's own grandma, who I can only imagine is the loveliest. The photo is a bit blurry (baby moves fast), but I wanted to show how the top has a little green "stem." I love this blueberry hat and have made him wear it many times since it arrived on Friday.

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Silly concentrating (?)-about-to-fall-over face (above left). Reading and sitting in the crib (above right and below).

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Just cute. I like this baby. A lot.

(No) Hot Water

Yesterday I put in a load of Simon's diapers and thought I ought to go wash my heads (due to having touched the dirty diapers) before exercising. I went to our downstairs bathroom, only to find a (not so) nice layer of water creeping across the bathroom floor.

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After doing some investigation, I discovered it was probably coming from a floor above, where the water heater lives. Its closet also had some water on its floor and the back wall (dang it) and we deduced that our water heater had to go.


So, the diaper laundry had to be put on hold, and by 6-7 p.m., we had a new water heater in place. Sounds good, right? Well, it is, except the new heater water is a bit bigger than the old one, and the knob that controls the temperature sticks out so the water heater's closet door doesn't shut.

Ideas, anyone?

Friday, January 21, 2011


Today I checked out the "stats" of this blog.

Can you believe, for instance, that this blog has been viewed in the following countries?:

USA (contain your disbelief)
South Korea

Perhaps you can believe it (if you live in one of these countries, for instance). It seems the top hits come from USA (not shocking), the UK (still not too shocking), and...wait for it...South Korea! (Hello friends! I love my South Korean friends!)

Granted, we have friends/acquaintances in many of these places, but the wondrous thing about the Internet is that you don't know if your friends are the ones viewing the blog or not. It could be total strangers! Who knows! Life is an adventure!

Anyway, thanks people of the world!

Sidenote: Malta, though, really?! We've been there, we went on a nice little boat.

And Malaysia? Wild.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

roll over


One of my new year's goals is to make this little man laugh every single day at least once.

His laughs don't sound like "laughs" in the typical sense of the word, they're more guttural. But still silly.

p.s. He finally has rolled over on his own... but we've yet to see it. I think he's done it twice: I put him on his belly in the living room, go to the kitchen to do or get something, then come back and he's on his back. Tricky little guy.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Half a Year

It's been a busy 2011 so far, and we're not even two weeks in!

Baby and I are feeling a bit better, but the colds refuse to give us completely up. The outside cold refuses to give up too; it's bitterly freezing and snow is still on the ground in full force!

Unfortunately, the "family" car is the pits (rear wheel drive, according to Jamund) and loves to get stuck in the driveway. Frequently. Pretty much anytime we try to get out of the driveway.


These photos are from January 10, when I had to take Simon for his 6 month checkup. Yes, Simon is half a year old already!


He was rather pleased with himself for being so old.


... that is, until he realized the being so old did not entitle him to get his way immediately (or to eat this cake).


I guess being 6 months old doesn't cure you from being a cry baby!

p.s. However, he was entitled to eat his first fruit—prunes! (It would've been bananas but his diaper situation led me to give him prunes instead, if you catch my drift). And yes, he did go through at least 3 outfits in the one day: morning clothes, day clothes, and night clothes. It's only natural.


Monday, January 3, 2011


Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa's!

Christmas lights at Ethel M's Chocolates...

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Christmas Eve! (above is Simon with his new scarf and cousin Madison and Mom with some presents; below is Papa with a new sweatshirt and Papa, Simon, and Grandpa in the golf cart)

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Here is Simon loving his new hat and soccer ball:

A nice family portrait by Tina (gotta love Simon's Santa socks):

Shield's Dates! (and coconut candies!)
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The Palm Springs Aerial Tram (well, the deck/waiting area of the Aerial Tram). Simon is sporting his serious double chin and chubby cheeks. You'd think a diet of milk, rice cereal, and pureed vegetables would treat you better than that, right?:

Below is Jamund eating some Sherman's Deli BBQ while the Grandparents Ferguson and Uncle Jake babysat Simon:
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Not gonna lie, it was kind of stressful at times, and we have made a vow of sorts not to vacation with/near family during our anniversary again (having done so both of our only two anniversaries as of now), but we made it! It's good to be home.

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home sick home

Today, I just decided, I am taking a sick day.

That doesn't mean much for a stay at home mom, but for me it will mean: perhaps no shower, stay in jammies or jammie like clothes, maybe some yoga exercise, most of baby's naps = me in bed, warm foods (or oranges), hot cocoa.

Our trip ravaged our health! Poor baby is sick in his bed at the moment too. He had a hard trip cold-wise. Jamund feels a bit sick as well, but his major sick day came Christmas night with a nice stomach flu.

Luckily baby and I avoided that.

In other news, a true Christmas miracle: according to my scale, I didn't gain (or lose) weight over the holiday! No weight gain over Christmas is a triumph. Being sick may have some benefits.... but are they worth it? That's debatable.