Monday, December 27, 2010

Popping In

So.   We had a great Christmas day.  We celebrated with family, loved on babies, and apparently Jack learned to do a full fledged running tackle on his cousin, who luckily is also all boy and thinks routinely getting flattened by a 25 pound one year old is hilarious. He refrained from tackling his cousin Bella, but he did hit her in the head with a toy broom.  Twice.  It was an accident, we think he might have been trying to brush her hair.

I have pictures. Oh so many pictures, but right now I am still recovering from all the peanut butter balls I ate tonight at my grandmothers house (because in this family, Christmas doesn't end on the 26th) and trying to find a home for all the amazing gifts we were given by our families.

I promise to be back to regular posting soon, but until then, here are a few things for you.

1. Jack's birthday party is being featured at Party Like a Kid.  Hop on over to check it out!

2.  I am guest posting at Mountain Mum on the 28th.  And since it is about ten'o'clock on the 27th, most of you won't see this until tomorrow anyway!

3.  Our niece Addison was born on the 22nd.  She is beautiful and sweet and smells just perfect. 


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Big Helper

I apologize for my absence in the last few days, I'd like to say I have a good reason, but the truth is I just have been having a ton of fun during the busy pre-holiday days with Jack and Matt, and haven't even turned my laptop on for two days. 

So, in bullet form, here are a few updates. Most important update is at the bottom! SCROLL DOWN!!

-We finally got a pretty dusting of snow, and while it melted off the next day, it was cute to see Jack see snow. He was here for the snowfalls of last year, but he was only a few months old and really wasn't aware of them. 
-Jack has also discovered the joy of helping me fold laundry.  Despite the fact that this makes the folding process take much longer, seeing his little smile as he throws random socks onto the couch while he says 'help' is totally worth the time it takes to refold everything.
-Jack got called a girl yesterday.  Am I wrong in thinking that he totally looks like a boy?

- Matt had his last day of school today, so he is home until January 3rd! I'm so glad he has a job that gives him time off like teaching does.  It is great to know that he will never have to work over a holiday.

- I never showed you our tree, and after a three hour excursion to find the darned thing, I really have to show it off.  Do you see that nice, unlit patch right in the middle? For some reason we have two strands of lights that randomly come on and off, and not in the blinking way, it's more like on for a week, off for three days, on for a day, off for two days.  Very strange, but...honestly? It figures.
- Also, Bruce the Blue Spruce is getting into the holiday spirit.
- Last, but certainly not least, MY SISTER-IN-LAW IS IN LABOR.  Like...right now, she is in the hospital, having their second baby girl.  Addison should be here soon, very very soon, and we can't wait to meet her! Please pray for Liz as she powers through labor as only she can! And also for the rest of the family, as they prepare to meet the newest little one, who will no doubt be just as beautiful as her big sister, Izabella.
Photo courtesy of Trinity.
Phew.  So..that about catches me up.  Now...I need to go catch up on all of you!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Man of Many Faces

Mornings with Jack are one of my favorite times of the day.  He looks around with wonder at the same things that he saw yesterday, but to him, they are just the best things ever.  That ball that he threw under the couch last night? A treasure waiting to be found in the morning.  The dog? His best friend in the world.  The Spongebob balloon we got him at the Dollar Store?  A-mazing.

He makes the funniest little faces, and as he grows and changes I find myself needing to document those faces.  Especially the beauty of his tiny little lips.  My goodness are those kissable or what?
Those faces were all made within about 30 seconds or so.  I so want to know what he is thinking.

And don't even get me started on the eyebrows! Just like Matts.
Oh my bleedin' heart can't take it!

Thank you all very much for the prayers for my dad.  We went over to see him last night, he is doing well.  Today he said he is sore, but fine. 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My Dad

Today, actually right now, my dad is having surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder. We would all really appreciate your prayers.  Even though this is not a major surgery, and he will be home tonight, I am still having some 'My Daddy is having surgery' fears.

He is a tough guy(you can read about his run-in with a jet-ski here if you need proof), but he isn't great at following doctor's orders to refrain from physical activity following his surgeries.  So, DAD, here is the mess up your shoulder, and I'm sending Jack over to lay down the law.  Trust me...he is bossy, you DO NOT want that.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Stream of Thought

And by stream of thought, I really mean stream of urine. You'll see. It involves two out of the three in this photo.

Friday night, we couldn't find Jaco's leash anywhere in the house.  He is pretty good at staying close when we take him out, so we weren't overly concerned about it, and Matt took him outside to go potty quickly before we went to bed.

Matt came inside with his 'something bad just happened' eyes, and Jaco sheepishly trailed in behind him.

'He peed on the lights!'  Matt whispered.

'What lights?'

'The neighbors lights around the light pole.'

Oh, no big deal, I thought.  We don't typically let him relieve himself on other people's things, but it happens once in a blue moon, and since it's outdoors and it rains regularly...I figured it would be okay,

'They all blew out!  There was a pop and they were all gone.' Matt told me.  Not just the light pole lights, but EVERY SINGLE OUTSIDE LIGHT they had put up was out.

We went back and forth between going over right then and fessing up, or just hoping that the lights came back on.  The next day Matt and Brandon (our brother-in-law) pulled off a covert reset-the-breaker operation and voila! The lights are back.

Fast forward to last night, and mid diaper change, Jack wrestled himself away from me, toddled over to the wooden manger scene we have out for him to play with, and christened the whole shebang, looked down, and said 'Behbeh' like, oh look...I just peed on Baby Jesus. 

Lesson learned? I have no idea.  But I'm keeping my eye on Matt, this inappropriate urination location disease might be catching.

Monday, December 13, 2010

That's the Power of Love

My friend Beth posted a video on her blog today, and I was so excited to see it! Why you might ask? Well, because that tall drink of water on the bass?  That would be my husband!

This was a few weeks ago at church for Married Life Live...a fun night out for couples! Are they awesome or are they awesome?!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Living Manger

Saturday night we took Jack to a living nativity set up in barn not too far away.  Between the three wise women, the tin foil helmets of the Roman soldiers, the shepherd girl with braces, and baby Jesus sporting a pink striped sleeper and a yellow pacifier, we were charmed.  It may not have been what one would call historically accurate, but it did make me think.
 As I walked through with my son wrapped in a blanket on top of his coat, snuggled in his bear hat and mittens, I couldn't help but think of Mary.  Can you imagine?  Giving birth in a stable?  Bringing your tiny, vulnerable baby boy into this world in a place full of animals?  When I had Jack, I don't think I let anyone within 3 feet of him if they hadn't basically bathed in hand sanitizer.  And if you had a cold?  Oh heck no, get out.  
Jack thought this was a 'dog' and started woofing at it, and got so excited that he grabbed onto the edge of the pen and wouldn't let go.  As I tugged his little hand away, I wondered if he had picked up any weird little lamb germs, and if I should wipe him down with a baby wipe.  How must Mary have felt, laying her newborn in a manger that animals had been eating out of only minutes before? 
So, despite the fact that Mary sported her glasses in the stable, or that 'Jesus' wore a Winnie the Pooh hat, it did make me think of the story of Christmas with a new outlook.  I guess I have heard the story so many times that I romanticize it a little (or maybe a lot, contractions while riding on a donkey? Oh heck no).

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Before Lois Lane came along, before Lex Luther started causing a ruckus, The Man of Steel spent many a happy morning reading with his mommy.
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Remember Pearl Harbor

On this day in 1941, my grandfather woke up in his barracks at Pearl Harbor to the sound of explosions.  He looked out his window to see the rising sun emblem on the side of a plane and knew that something was horribly wrong.
 The next day the United States entered World War 2.   69 years later it is all too easy to forget.  

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Parade

We had such a great time on Saturday, I wish you all could have been there! We were slightly disappointed by the parade this year, it seemed kind of unorganized, which was surprising because this event typically rocks.  But even that couldn't scare away our good time.
 My boys were spell bound, at least for a while.  Eventually all Jack really wanted to do was climb up and down the curb while holding Daddy's had.
Right after I took this photo I saw a man knelt down taking pictures of Matt and Jack.  He stood up, explained that he was from The Washington Post, and interviewed Matt on his feelings about the Kiltie Society of Alexandria passing a new law stating that men must wear underwear when wearing a kilt.  If you could have seen Matt's face when the man went on to ask what Matt was sporting under his kilt! Oh boy! Wouldn't you like to know mister!
Ahem...anyway. As I was saying...we liked the parade.

The city of Alexandria dons it's finest for Christmas and boy to they know how to do it up right!  There are no blowup Santa snowglobes to be found, no Santa legs sticking haphazardly out of chimneys here and there. 
I always leave with a bunch of new ideas to try, but I never actually get around to trying them! For instance...this was outside!
They had hung bunches and bunches of Christmas tree ornaments from their windows, and it was just so pretty and festive.  And oh hey look!
Actually, that is one of the only pictures that I got of myself there.  Matt and I had grand plans of getting a cute family photo taken, but, well...Jack was mostly doing this every time we picked him up.
Oh well. Still a great time! Also, I have to show off this picture even though my mom is going to be livid.
Isn't she just beautiful?  She needed a recent photo because the young lady she donated her kidney to will be holding it when she is in the Rose Parade on January 1st!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Jack and the Stomach Bug

Well, as I mentioned before, Jack seems to have come down with some kind of little stomach bug.  We took him to the doctor on Tuesday, and it is something that just needs to run it's course.  He is definitely on the mend though.  His fever is gone, but he is still creating some pretty foul diapers, if you know what I mean. 

But.  We can rally. 

This weekend is the Annual Scottish Walk in Alexandria, and barring an unforeseen yuckiness with Jack's little tummy, we will be there with kilts on! Well...the boys will be there with kilts on, I will be wrapped in a blanket, holding a hot cup of coffee, because it's December and COLD.  I am a little flummoxed by how to dress Jack. I'm thinking lots of layers, with his snowsuit, blankets, and jacket along for when he is in his stroller?

I gotta admit, I am really excited! We missed last year because Jack was only a 4 weeks old and it seemed unwise to try to brave the elements with a newborn.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Candy Cane Rag Garland DIY

'Cause it's my birthday, and because I really like the way this project turned out...I'm sending a tutorial your way today!

I have always harbored a love of rag garlands, but they look kind of intimidating to a girl who can basically make a bobbin pop right out of a sewing machine with a single glance.  So much fabric must involve sewing right? actually.  I looked closer at one in a store not too long ago and oh, hey! Rags = frayed edges, which in turn means no sewing.  So, I rummaged in my basement once again to see what I could come up with, and found a stained tablecloth, and an old pair of red yoga pants that may or may not have had words across the bum.  (Seriously...why was that ever a good idea?).

I avoided the whole 'red and green' color scheme simply because my drapes are a light greenish color, and I didn't want to clash too horribly.

I started cutting strips about 8 inches long and 1 inch wide, then when I had two considerable piles of rags, I started knotting.
I knotted then in different directions on a long piece of jute, and since I wanted my garland to have a little bit of a striped effect, I used 4 white strips, then 2 red, and just repeated the pattern until I had a long enough garland.

Now...I think this garlands rightful home is draped along a mantel, but we do not have a mantel in this house, so I draped ours over the door, which I still loved!
It was so easy, and I didn't pay a penny for any of the supplies! Not a bad deal if you ask me!

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