Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Here he is this time last year...
And here he is now...
What a difference a year can make! *single tear*
Hope everyone has a happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The weekend before Christmas I finished the Twilight Saga. I really don't know what to say about it. Words cannot express how much I loved these books. The only thing I knew going into these books was that it was about a Vampire and a human girl that ended up falling in love. That's it. I almost wish I had been emotionally prepared for what I was getting into... but then again, it was super fun to not know what the next page would bring.
I don't think I could fully explain to you how emotionally involved with these characters I became. I stressed out about certain situations that Bella was going to have to encounter. I actually started to make myself sick over certain things. Yes, I know that is pitiful and ridiculous... but once I realized that I was becoming a problem I started talking it out with Daniel. And that made a world of difference in my moods.
ANYWAY. Each book took me about 2-3 days to read. I am so glad it didn't take me much longer, because I was NO GOOD when I was in the middle of a book. I seriously had to take breaks between the books because I would get so wrapped up in them that I would neglect house work, supper (I didn't cook for at least a week) and family time. There might have even been an incident where Zachariah dropped our laptop while I was reading the fourth book. But the details are a little foggy.
All of that rambling to say that I absolutely loved these books, and I am so incredibly glad I jumped on the bandwagon. :)
And in other news... after 5 long weeks in hospitals, our little nephew and his family were FINALLY able to come home last night!! They have been through a lot in the last few weeks, with their baby having heart surgery, and we are just so happy to have them home. I cant wait till me and Z get better so we can see them!!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
We are going to try to go to the Doctor tomorrow or Tuesday. So I will have more info as to what exactly is wrong with my little man. One day I will get around to posting an actual Christmas post. Pictures and all. But that will have to wait until I get a few hours of shut eye.
Friday, December 26, 2008
First, we had quite an ordeal with our Christmas cards. To make a long story short, we ended up misspelling our sons name on the card. We didnt realize this until two days AFTER the cards were sent out. So yeah. We are bright.
Then Zachariah woke up at 5:00 Christmas morning with a 101.6 degree fever. A few hours later it went up to 102. The on call doctor is pretty sure he has bronchitis. So that threw off Christmas morning a bit. He wasn't really into opening presents... just rearranging the bows and ribbons. On the up side, his temperature has gone down and he is acting more like himself (medicine works wonders).
Ah well. We will have a second chance at a more pleasant "Christmas" when Daniel's family gets back in town. So I will let you know how that goes.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! :)
Sunday, December 21, 2008
So for his punishment I made him sit in the diaper box to think about what he did.
For three hours.
Just kidding. He was in there for like 5 seconds.
Needless to say, we had to go over the rules again.
Zachariah... Mommy likes the diapers like this:
I don't know why he has such a hard time remembering these things.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
2) Select the 4th picture in the folder
3) Explain the picture
4) Tag 4 people to do the same
My fourth picture happened to be of my K3 kids! Well, most of them. Sweet little Camryn wasn't there. :( This was in 2007... my last year teaching before I had Z, and the picture was taken on Pajama Day! I had such a sweet class (with one exception. But he will remain nameless. hee hee) and I miss them a ton.*sigh*
Now time for some tagging.
I tag Amy, Hayley, Jamie and Tammi.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
So now, without further adieu... here is a video of the cuteness (Please ignore his messy room).
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Any takers on moving to Hawaii? I hear the weather is fabulous there.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Age- First things first. He is 15 months old today. I cannot believe he is this old! He has turned into such a fun little toddler. This is SUCH a fun stage! I absolutely love it.
Teeth- The official teeth count is now up to four. Yes. my 15 month old son only has four teeth. So that means that I still have to cut things up into smaller pieces than a typical one year old would be eating. Which is fine, because I have been doing this for a while now. But eventually we need some more teeth in that mouth! :)
Walking- This kid is EVERYWHERE. I am sure you have gathered that from some of my other posts dealing with toilet paper and diapers. So yeah. It keeps things interesting around here to say the least. :)
Communication- Z's vocabulary seems like it is increasing daily. I love it. The words that he says on a regular basis are: bye-bye, ball, momma or mom, dad or dadda, up, this, juice, and penguin (see the next paragraph). His occasional words are: thanks, Daniel (we think this is coincidence, but its still funny), bath, and squirrel (at least its very close to squirrel). He is still doing sign language as well (eat, more, all done, milk, please). And this is by no means sign language, but when he has pooped in his diaper, he will either pat or pull at it, trying to say poop... which is helpful. So between the words and signing, its getting easier to decide what he needs/wants.
Obsessions- Now on to one of my favorite things about my son. He is completely obsessed with penguins. And since penguins are my all time favorite animal, I love that he loves them! He has several penguin stuffed animals, but his all time favorite is Mumble from Happy Feet. Every time he sees it he gets the biggest smile on his face and gives it a huge hug. Its ADORABLE. Whats funny though, is that he calls penguins "ba". Yeah... I don't know. Our guess is that he is trying to say bird. Regardless, he will walk around the house looking for his penguin saying "ba". It cracks me up.
Well, that's about the gist of it. My kid is growing up way to fast. The end. :)
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Anyway... just letting you know that if I am a bit slack on responding to emails, blogs, or facebook stuff its because I am waiting on a hard drive. Hopefully I will be back to computer
land soon. :)
Monday, December 08, 2008
I am going to be honest. I never even knew there was a book called Twilight until after I had heard about the movie. And even when I did figure out what it was about, I wasnt really eager to read about a teen girl who was falling in love with a vampire. Things that are that far fetched usually dont interest me. Then again, I LOVED Harry Potter, and that doesnt exactly deal with reality either.
ANYWAY. All that to say, that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I really wanted read it all in one day, but having a one year old craving attention kind of got in the way of my reading time. But I am glad it only took me a couple days to read it, because it consumed my every thought until I finished it. (I don't do to well with suspense.)
What do you guys think about the other books in the series? Are they as good as the first one?
Saturday, December 06, 2008
So here ya go. Have a fabulous weekend!
Friday, December 05, 2008
All that to say, I have changed my music player. Instead of the random conglomeration of music that I previously had, I now have some of my favorite songs by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Give them a listen. If you don't already, you will soon come to love them as much as I do. :)
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Well, you bloggers might be pleased to know that I have started making homemade bread! Someone gave me a kick butt bread maker, and I love it. I am making Zachariah whole wheat bread and next I plan to try Cinnimon Rasin. I have a large recipie book that came with the breadmaker, so I have a lot of experiementing to do!
Cute videos of Z coming soon! I just wanted to let you know of the temporary domestication that has consumed me. But no worries. I am still lazy... and a slob. I am sure this will pass soon enough. :)
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
So during the chaos I looked around to see if Zachariah was needing some "alone time", and low and behold he and my dad (aka: Pops) were off at the end of the driveway throwing rocks in puddles and watching the neighbors across the street. I couldn't help but take some pictures of them. Here are my favorites. Aren't they just adorable??
Thanks for entertaining him for me, Dad!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
1. In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until smooth. Beat in 2 eggs, pumpkin, and 1/3 cup water until well blended, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. In another bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and nutmeg; stir or beat into butter mixture until well blended. Spread batter evenly in a buttered and floured 10- by 15-inch baking pan.
2. In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese, remaining egg, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar until smooth.
3. Drop cream cheese mixture in 24 evenly spaced 1-tablespoon portions over batter. Pull a knife tip through filling to swirl slightly into batter.
4. Bake in a 350° oven until center of pumpkin batter (not cream cheese mixture) springs back when touched, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan, then cut into 24 bars.
Click here to get the nutritional info and all that jazz. And let me know if you end up making it!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Anyway, during the phone conversation Zachariah had been in and out of my room and his room, switching out our belongings. But as soon as I hung up I realized that I didn't hear him bustling around anymore (That is NEVER a good sign). Almost immediately I realized where he was and went stomping down the hallway. I was already getting onto him in my best "You-have-no-idea-how-much-trouble-you-are-in" voice, and turns out I should have used my "Mommy-would-spank-your-butt-if-it-wasn't-for-that-darn-diaper" voice.
I was livid. And he was ecstatic. He has never been able to successfully unroll the whole entire roll of toilet paper. He has tried, but those darn parents have gotten in the way every time. So needless to say, he was in baby heaven. Until he saw how pissed Mommy was. (And I still haven't cleaned up that mess. I just piled the toilet paper on top of the toilet. Daniel is going to have a nice little surprise when he gets home. LOL)
Soon after the "toilet paper party" we were in the living room watching Elmo's World. I was sitting on the couch, apparently off in my own little world, when I hear a trash can tip over behind me. And yet again, I march over and find Zachariah enjoying a nice little "trash can party".
I am not pointing any fingers, but SOMEONE is falling down on "Zachariah Patrol" today. And if they keep it up this house may be a wreck by the time Daniel gets home.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
And now for a couple pictures...
Zachariah got some Baby Einstein Alphabet Books for his birthday. He absolutely LOVES these books. Several times a week, he will bring them up to me and we will go through every single book (Each one only has three pages, so it doesn't take too long). I will start each book by pronouncing the sound of the letter that is on the front. Z picked up on that pretty quickly and he has been repeating the letter sound after us.
Well... now he has moved on to letter recognition! There are 8-10 of them that he knows. I will show him one of the books and he will actually make the correct letter sound! At 14 months old!! I don't know about you, but I was pretty darn impressed.
Below is a picture of the letters that he can recognize so far. I will try to get a video of it sometime soon. Its just too cute!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Click here to watch her preform!!
And these are the ghetto cupcakes I made him. Don't make fun. I was sick and I don't have any experience with decorating. So this is what I ended up with. lol
Happy Birthday, Wesley!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
This is the first time I have been sick since having Zachariah, so lets just say it has been a bit different that being able to lay in the bed all day watching TV. Gone are those days....
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
I thought that the depression would come immediately after having Zachariah. I had read up on postpartum depression, so I was prepared for it. Days, weeks, and even months went by, and I was just fine. But around his seventh month birthday, depression slowly started trickling into my life. I guess staying at home with virtually no adult contact during the day eventually got to me. I didn't want to admit that I was feeling depressed. I thought it was a sign of weakness. I didn't want people to think less of me. I didn't want people to think I was a bad mom.
So I kept ignoring it, thinking it would get better with time. Until just a couple weeks ago when a friend called me out on it. For the first time, I actually admitted I was suffering from postpartum depression. Talking with someone who has gone through this before has made a world of difference. For the first time in months I went a whole week without having an emotional breakdown. I enjoyed myself and my time with my family immensely. It was great to be myself again.
Don't get me wrong... I still have my moments. And I am sure it is not going to be smooth sailing from here on out. I am really going to have to work at this. I may eventually even need medication. But for now, I just need to talk about it. And so far it has helped.
So yeah. That's what is going on in my life right now. And if you guys don't mind, I think I may try to post about this more often. This "being real" thing is actually really satisfying. :)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Unfortunately, since Zachariah has been walking, he has discovered the diaper basket. That being said, it is not uncommon for me to walk into his room and find this:
He LOVES to take the diapers out of the basket. He will stand there and throw them over his shoulder while mumbling something in Japanese (which is downright hilarious). Luckily, he has started helping me pick up the diapers. He will usually hand them to me one by one while giggling, but lately he has decided to put them in the basket by himself. Here is the problem...
Ah well. Whatever works. :)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
So I guess it wasn't to far fetched for someone to come up with this product:
A washing machine for shopping carts. How smart is that? It has a 5 minuet cycle and over 300 washes per gallon! I guess I will be wiping down my grocery cart handle from now on... at least until I see one of these here in town. :)
Monday, November 10, 2008
I always have to have the TV turned on. Even its just to have on in the background as I get stuff done, it is on... constantly. The kicker is that we only have one channel. We have not been able to justify getting cable, but luckily we live right down the street from a TV station, so we get NBC. And as long as I have The Office, I am a happy camper.
Often I will watch whatever show happens to be on, regardless if I like it or not. That being said, I started watching Lipstick Jungle last season. I didn't think I would like it, but watched it because I had nothing else to do. And before I knew it, it was added to my list of "regulars". There is nothing special about this show. Its not cleverly written, its doesn't have good morals, and it doesn't have the best acting. But it has good clothes and scandalous women. So I cant stop watching it. Sad isn't it?
So that is my Television guilty pleasure. What is yours?
Friday, November 07, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
I will post info as I do some more digging. But I really do want to hear what you think about it!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
I probably need to work on that.
Anyway. Those are my thoughts, jumbled as they may be.
Monday, November 03, 2008
We are oh-so-proud of this little man!
Saturday, November 01, 2008
I found this...
Every time you take some toilet paper out it makes a fart sound. I realize I shouldn't find this quite so comical... but sometimes I cant help myself. I guess that's what I get for being married to a middle schooler.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I honestly don't even know what to say about this video. So feel free to untie my tongue. :)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Here is way to much background information for you:
One of Zachariah's favorite Baby Einstein DVD's is called Baby da Vinci. Its a 6-9 month DVD, but he still loves it. His favorite part is when two hippos are on the screen and they start to yawn. All of a sudden they make the elephant noise instead of a yawn. (Zachariah thinks this is hilarious.) At the end of the "scene" you see the hippos walk off all confused and the elephant pops out from behind some brush. Z tried to mimic the elephant sound constantly. He is much better at it now, but this was taken a couple months ago. It is just so cute I couldn't help but share it with you all. :-)
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
(And for the grandparents, I have already added this video to my Vimeo page. So you can watch it there as well.)
By the way... I need more comments on my potty training blog down there! Even if you don't have a little boy, tell me what you think about potty seats. Common people!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Then my research started. I have found several that I like, and they have gotten a good combination of positive and negative reviews. And seeing as how I haven't potty trained a little boy before, I was wondering what all of you recommend. I am all about getting the "three in one" deals. Most of the potty's I am looking at has a seat that can be put onto the big toilet AND it converts into a step stool. My favorite thus far is this potty, because it plays music when pee or poop hits the toilet bowl. But people are saying that the splash guard comes off easy. Then again, people have raved about this one, because it is simple and sturdy and doesn't have any bells and whistles.
So let me know what you used when potty training your kiddo. Did you love it, hate it? Wish you had purchased another one?
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
moves to Plan B... trying to do it himself.
Ah... the life of a one year old. :)