Archive for January, 2011

Slumber Party!

Posted on January 31, 2011. Filed under: E, life & times |

E has his first slumber party on Friday!  You might think that 8 months is a little young for a first sleep over, but E is very mature for his age.  Okay, it wasn’t actually a slumber party, but we did watch our next door neighbor’s son, while they went to an event on Friday night.  His name is J, and he’s about 6 months older than E.  You might remember him from the Halloween post.  I’m certain that once they are aware of each other they are going to be best of buddies.  In the mean time they definitely enjoy playing around each other.  E would typically be eager for his bed and bottle at 7 PM but with J over he just wanted to play.  I was afraid that getting the two of them to go to bed at the same time in one room would be tough.  It turned out to be extremely easy.  Both boys use a sound machine to sleep so we turned them on and but them in their individual cribs and they went right to sleep.  It is so wonderful to have such great neighbors that have a little boy that is so close in age to our little man.

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8 Months

Posted on January 29, 2011. Filed under: birthday, E |

Happy 8 month birthday to E.  Today we were treated to wonderful weather which made “celebrating” E’s 8 month birthday so much fun.  The day stared with putting together the little walker wagon that we ordered for E earlier this week.  As you can tell, he loves his new wagon.  Not only can we be pull him around in it, but he can also “walk” behind it and push his toys.  He was so proud of himself as he took his first steps behind the wagon.  IMG_5581

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We took advantage of he great weather and walked up to the park.  E loves to take rides in his stroller. At the park he loves the swing, slid and teeter-totter.

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I think this picture to the left below shows off the new teeth E is getting.  He got his bottom 2 teeth in November and now the top 4 teeth are all cutting through at the same time.  I think this round of teeth has been more painful than the first two, but none the less he has been a real trooper.  I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned it yet….but what do you think of E in a baseball cap???  Pretty stinking cute if you ask me.  Per usual that head of hair makes him look years older than he really is….

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All of the walking and playing at the park really tuckered him out.  Here is his cat nap before round two of playing.

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Look how daring he is …taking one hand of the wagon handle.

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Family Photo!

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What you have all been waiting for….the official monthly portrait.  Just like all of the pervious months, E continues to change and develop at lightening speed.  He is becoming more vocal and making a variety of sounds.  As I mentioned early this month E is now mobile and is scooting around the house.  He has the cutest “paddling” motion while he scoots around the floor.  We will have to get some video of it and put it  on the blog.  Now that he is scooting his primary job is Chief Home Inspector.  He scoots around and finds anything that needs to be baby proofed.  Currently his is obsessed with the speaker wires that run from one side of the living room to the other.  Another area he has really improved in is eating baby foods.  We used to struggle to get him to eat 1 cube, and now he eats 5 cubes twice a day.  He is certainly getting a pot belly from all of his eating.

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Week Day Morning Treat

Posted on January 25, 2011. Filed under: E, life & times |

E got a special treat this morning…. A visit from his Pop!!  J and his father went to an out of office meeting this morning, so J’s dad picked him up on the way.  Before they left our house E had a few minutes to visit with his Pop.  E really appreciated this impromptu visit with his Pop….you can tell by the smile on his face! IMG_5457

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Play Date

Posted on January 23, 2011. Filed under: E, life & times |

E had a play date with his friends from my prenatal yoga class this Saturday.  As you can see, E had a great time playing with his friends.  They are so cute, and I can’t believe how much they have grown up.  E is the oldest at 7 1/2 months, Harper (in the beautiful pink hat) is 6 months old and Charlie is 4 1/2 months (in brown).  I could just eat them up!

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This picture taken as we pulled up into our driveway is proof of how hard E played and how much fun he had.  We will definitely have to do it again soon.

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A Mustache???

Posted on January 20, 2011. Filed under: pictures |

Recently J & E experimented with facial hair.  I’m not sure which of them did a better job pulling it off.  We got the mustache out of a grocery store “candy” machine so we didn’t get to select a more appropriate color.  Personally, I’m happy that a faux mustache is the only kind that J will ever have.  As far as E goes, I think the mustache looks pretty natural him.  With that head of hair it wouldn’t surprise me if he grows one by the time he is two.

 

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Organization Project #2

Posted on January 17, 2011. Filed under: decor, organization |

Two weeks ago, we did our first big home maximization project when we fixed our master bedroom closet.  The outcome of that project got us feeling so good about our little house, that we decided to tackle another project this weekend.  The laundry room off of our kitchen, which I lovingly refer to has my “Home Economy” room was no longer working for us.  It had become a dumping ground for papers that never got filed (because there was no place to file them), unfinished projects and anything else that didn’t have a “home” elsewhere.  Basically this room had become our junk drawer.  I’m very embarrassed at what this room had become, but sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can recover.

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First thing Saturday morning we packed up and headed to Ikea to find something to replace those terrible drawers.  They came with the house and I’ve hated them since we moved in.  They are big and deep, so once you put something in them, there is a slim chance that you will ever find it again.  Also, it is hard to tell from this angle but the drawers took up a huge amount of space in the room.

Here is the star of the show (E) enjoying watching mommy and daddy eat breakfast at the Ikea cafe.  You have to have proper nutrition before venturing into the marketplace and making organizational decisions.  Those Swedes, they sure are smart!

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Here is E in the back seat of the car on the way home from Ikea, this picture doesn’t do it justice but our little car was so full of flat pack boxes that we had to move E’s stroller into the back seat, that is large orange object to the left of E’s head.  I would have thought with all of the planning that goes into designed those flat packages that all of the Ikea furniture come it, that they would have made sure that they fit inside of my Swedish car without too much effort…Ugh.IMG_5290

J, put together all of the hard stuff (a file cabinet and 2 shelving units), but E and I put together the 4 storage boxes to go in the shelving units.  I was able to assemble the boxes while getting “assistance” from E which means that they are pretty easy to assemble.  Good thing, because E destroyed the directions with drool before I could read them.  These storage boxes seem pretty tough, they were able to stand-up to E’s drool without becoming soggy.

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J’s portions were a lot more complicated.  My job while he completed the assembly was to keep E out of the construction area, now that E is scooting around this is a much tougher job than you would think.  1filing cabinet, 2 shelving units, 1 initial trip and 2 return trips to Ikea and J said “he was all Ikea-ed out”.  While assembling the first item he was so impressed by the ingenuity, but by the end he was tired of putting stuff together.

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When doing organizational projects, things always get worse before they get better, but you must persevere.  At this point we took a break and watch an episode of Hoarders.  That was enough motivation continue working on our little project and throw away/donate non essential items.

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Here is how it looks tonight.  They old set of drawers came all they way out to the windowsill so from the side angle photo you can see how we gained a whole bunch of space.  Much better, it is like a breath of fresh air.  There are places to file papers and to store items.  Two organizational projects done, many more to go.

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House Bound

Posted on January 11, 2011. Filed under: life & times |

For the last two days we have been house bound.  A snow storm blew into Atlanta and brought with it a bunch of snow, ice and other icky weather the type stuff that made the roads totally un-navigable.  Lucky for us our local weather people gave us lots of warning so on Saturday we did our normal thing, we made the trek to the DeKalb Farmers Market to buy all of the food necessary for our preplanned weekly meals and then we stopped by our local Publix to buy milk and bread.  Why is it when bad weather is on the way people feel the need to buy milk and break?  Surprisingly enough another popular item is onions.  I went to the grocery store on Sunday night so I could pick up a couple items and there wasn’t a single onion in the whole store.  What was everyone planning on cooking that made onions so essential?? 

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With the arrival of snow, sleet and freezing rain, J and I found ourselves stuck in our 1,000 house, carrying for our 7 month old while both of us were working from home.  This was a major challenge because both of us had work to do, and E isn’t quit to the age where you can say “go to your room and play for a little while, mommy needs to work”.  So instead we were tag teaming baby duty all day trying to meet all of our work responsibilities without neglecting our son.  To say the least it was tough.  As you can see by the pictures below, E was very helpful and is already learning lots about institutional investments and real estate.

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When crappy weather hits….what do I do???  Make Cookies!!!  On Monday night, after an entire day in our itty-bitty house I was feeling stir crazy and needed to do an activity so I decided to make my famous (in my mind) chocolate chip cookies.  Of course this was not a preplanned baking event, so only after I measured and mixed all of the flour, salt, baking soda & baking powder, did I realize that I didn’t have enough brown sugar.  Never fear, I remembered that I’d read somewhere that you can make your own “brown sugar” so I had J search the internet for a recipe and sure enough, he found a brown sugar recipe.  In case you are curious to make brown sugar, mix 1 1/2 tablespoons of molasses with 1 cup white sugar.  I was surprised how well this worked and the cookies came out great.  Trust me….they taste as good as they look.IMG_5210

 

Day two of being house bound wasn’t much of an improvement still lots of baby tag-teaming. J, dug our driveway out so that we would be able to go to work tomorrow.  They highlight of the day, was going next door for a play date with our neighbors.  They have son that is 6 months older than E.  The boys still aren’t quite to a place where they can play “together”, but it is fun to watch the boys play independently together.

 

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E’s “office” at my feet.

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E bundled up to go outside.

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J working and on baby duty at once.

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New Year….New Closet

Posted on January 6, 2011. Filed under: decor, organization |

For the last 4 months this is what the end of our bed has looked like.  It drives both of us crazy, but our mini-closet was filled to capacity, so we have ignored the issue like an elephant in the room.  It all goes back to last spring when we converted our second bedroom into a nursery.  Prior to it being Ethan’s room I used the closet in the second bedroom to store my clothes and J used the bedroom closet for his.  It wasn’t too much of an issue initially because I just packed away all of my clothes in vacuum seal bags to be stored in the basement.  We were easily able to fit my limited maternity wardrobe in the closet along with J’s clothes.  So when I went back to work this fall we had to bring out all of my clothes from the vacuum seal bags and ever since then I’ve had a problem finding adequate storage in our itty bitty room and closet.

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The beginning of a new year has motivated both J and me to do some mini-projects around the house to make it more enjoyable and functional.  So on Saturday night J installed a new fancy-schmancy closet organizer from Home Depot.  (Merry Christmas and thank you very much for a Home Depot Gift Cards!!) It is almost exactly the same as the one we installed in E’s room, but the shelving system is a little bit narrower which gives us a few more inches of hanging space.  As you can see, E was eager to help his daddy install the new shelving unit.   

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As is often the case when doing organizational projects…..things first got much, much worse before they got better.

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While most of the major drilling and hammering was going on during the installation process, E was sleeping on the other side of this wall.  He didn’t seem to mind one bit.  So far I’ve succeeded at one of my parenting goals….raising a baby that isn’t sensitive to noise.  Here is how the storage unit looked once it was stalled.  It might be hard to tell in these photos, but the shelves to right are wide enough for folder sweaters and shirts.

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From an outsiders perspective they might not look that different, but the changes are major to us, we now have more hanging space and more space for folded items.  Also, now that we are better able to see what is in our closet we were able to thin the herd a little bit, and get rid of some stuff.  It is a huge relief to finally have enough space to put everything away.  Now when I get home actually hang my closes up instead adding them to pile at the end of the bed!

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Before & After

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Class Time

Posted on January 5, 2011. Filed under: E, life & times, pictures |

I couldn’t help posting this picture immediately.  Isn’t E and the rest of his class crazy cute???  I’ve picked out the cute little girl with the pink bow to E’s girlfriend.  With how much hair each of them have, their off-spring would easily have the most hair ever!

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Christmas – Part II

Posted on January 4, 2011. Filed under: holiday, life & times, travel |

The time we spent in Santa Rosa was very laid back and relaxed.  Lots of hanging out with family and eating.  My sister S and her husband K weren’t able to come to Tahoe, so we really enjoyed getting to see them while we were home.  As you can see E loves his Aunt and Uncle.

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One of the places that J and I love to go when we are at my family’s house is to the grocery store, but not just any grocery store…..we specifically like to go to G & G.  My mom shops there because they have a great seafood department.  When crab is in season they have the best prices, but J and I like to go for the Chinese food.  Yes, you read it correctly…Chinese food.  G & G (Gong & Gong) is owned by a Chinese family and where your average grocery store has a deli, G & G has some of the most delicious Chinese take-out around.  We went on Thursday morning at 10 AM and but that didn’t stop us from stopping by the counter and trying to get one of their giant eggrolls (our stomachs were still on EST).  No surprise, they weren’t ready yet.  They told us to come back in 30 minutes, 30 minutes later they told us 10 minutes, 10 minutes later, they told us 7 minutes. At that point we just waited at the counter until we had in our possession 3 piping hot yummy egg rolls.  As you can see all of the waiting wore E out. 

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The weather was wet and rainy the entire time we were in Santa Rosa, check out J’s shoes.  It was so muddy, it wasn’t worth putting shoes on anything but rain boots.  E didn’t mind at all, he loved being carried around the yard so he could see the 5 dogs, 2 goats, 2 horses, chickens, rabbits and ducks.

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Besides the Christmas festivities, the highlight of our visit home was getting to see KP and Simon.  KP was my roommate while attending Carolina (UNC – Chapel Hill).  She is a Saint in my book because she managed to share a 12 x 12 room with me for two years.  The first year was assigned by school, but the second year was by choice!  A year following graduation she moved to Australia and ended up perusing a doctorate degree….and meeting Simon!  Despite living on the opposite sides of the world, we have managed to see each other 4 times in the last 5 years.  Our last visit was in Boston in the Summer of 2009.  We spent a weekend doing the historic walk around town and drinking Samuel Adams.  What I love about my friendship with KP is that no matter how much time or space passes, when we meet up, we pick up like no time has passed at all.

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The rest of the week was spent hanging out with the family.  Here are some random tid-bits…..be forwarned some of the pictures are very random. 

E and his Aunt R.

Per usual E isn’t afraid to rock a crazy hat.

Yes, it is a hat, his hair isn’t that wild (yet).

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Up close shot of Aunt R’s eraser collection.  Yes, these are erasers!!

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E hanging out with me and his grandma.

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