Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The pictures don't really do justice as to how many birds were outside. And the funny thing is that when I went out to take pictures, they didn't fly away. I guess that they know there is safety in numbers too!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
For a fun game to waste time go to http://charmin.com/en_us/pages/restrooms/index.html. You get to throw toilet paper rolls to bears that pop out from behind trees! Cha, cha, cha!
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
When I was a child, my favorite place to go for dinner was to the Japanese restaurant, Benihana. The chef cooks the food on a grill right in front of you and throws the food, knives, and spices around like a circus act! My grandmother used to take us for birthdays and other celebrations. At first, they used to fix the chopsticks with a rolled wrapper and a rubber band. But eventually, I learned to use them without the training aid. I hope to one day teach the boys. I am sure the skill will come in handy when I go to Korea!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Justin loves balloons. When he sees them he gets excited as only babies do - his arms wave around at mach speed and his legs kick more than Beckham's in a soccer game. With all of this commotion going on, he is smiling and talking and breathing in and out at a quick pace.
He loves to hit balloons and squish them and lick them and kick them and even just stare at them in amazement. I guess maybe the following happened he had fuzzy pajamas on and was doing his army crawl all over the carpet before he picked up the balloon.
He grabbed it and rolled over onto his back with it. When he does this, he reminds me of an otter swimming around to pick up shells and then rolling over to crack and eat them. He does this all the time - he crawls around on his belly and then when he gets something, he rolls to his back to lie down and study it.
Then he held it between his hands and was lifting it up over his head and then back to his belly over and over. With each sweep by his head, more and more static electricity was generated. We were laughing and laughing as his hair was beginning to stand up like he had been struck by lightning.
Justin soon tired of the balloon and began to crawl away. Just when we thought the fun was over, it came crashing back! As Justin crawled away, the balloon stayed with him. First it clung to the back of his head. After a minute he realized something was back there and tried to get it. But try as he might, he could not reach it because as he turned, so did the balloon. He would stop and look over his shoulder but the balloon was nowhere to be found. This was funny to watch - it was like a dog chasing his tail!
While watching the balloon clinging to Justin, I couldn't help but singing the Band-aid jingle in my head. "I am stuck on band-aid brand 'cause band-aid's stuck on me...." Great, now this song will be in my head for days to come. If you see me singing to myself picking the kids up from school or in line at the grocery store, feel free to join in to sing the chorus with me! The more the merrier!
So that everyone can be as crazy as me, I went searching on You Tube for the old band-aid commercial. I found this one from the 1940's - too funny. 'It even stays on in dishwater!' I couldn't find the 'stuck on' commercial but I did find this funny one from the 1970's for McDonalds, I think I actually remember it! Now I will really date myself - Do you remember Freshen-up, 'the gum that goes squirt!' I used to love it! Okay enough, I could reminisce on YouTube for hours! I just have to share a few more - maybe you remember Fruit Stripe Gum or Where's the Beef?
In the end, I did help him out and gave him back the balloon. But that pesky balloon decided to now stick to the front of his head. The boys were roaring with laughter. The balloon with static electricity reminded me of some great childhood memories. I remember my parents rubbing balloons on the carpet and on our heads. Then they would stick them on us and onto the ceiling. My brother and I would jump and jump to try to reach them. I want to play this with the boys more often and in the hope that they play this with their kids one day.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Of course, we let him stick his head into the bowl again. That is one of the advantages of being a baby. You get to do things that your other siblings are not allowed to do so that Mom can take some cute pictures. After Justin licked the bowl, Brian and Sean were trying to grab it and get the rest of the batter out too. But since they were not the baby, they were not allowed. They had their turns before and had gotten a lot of the batter already!
Maybe this is why he turns his nose up at the sight of baby food. He is allowed to taste choclate cake batter, why would he want strained peas and squash? And he also gets crackers and pieces of Poptarts and Cookies and Graham Crackers that his brothers drop on the floor. I even caught him trying to shove a few Gummy Lifesavers into his mouth. Luckily, I was witness to this and was able to pull them out before he choked. But wow did he protest!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I was in the kitchen, Brian and Sean were playing else where and I forget where Brian Sr. was. I could hear Justin babbling away to himself and peeked around the corner periodically to see what he was up too. Boy, was I in for a surp rise when I looked in and saw him standing up at his activity table!I did learn from Brian and Sean not to get too excited. When babies are trying out a new skill or doing something funny - loud, obnoxious, over joyful parents tend to scare the bejeezus out of them. And then they either fall and hurt themselves or won't repeat the trick for weeks. This is especially true if you were planning to show them off the next day! Or if you have a photo shoot the next day and your sweet little baby now has a black eye or a huge lump on their forehead!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
It is funny how before his test, he knew he couldn't have eggs because they made his belly sick. And he never once complained or asked for them or anything containing them. He was so great at birthday parties and such. He had and still has his share of meltdowns, but never one about what he cannot eat because of his allergies. I guess he really did understand. We did have tantrums about eating Skittles for breakfast. He even went so far as to tell me that he needed to "taste the rainbow!" That wise comment came at about age three!
Now it is like he cannot live without eggs. I think that he is making up for lost time or something! I guess the old saying is true about not being able to miss something you have never had. Well maybe not, I do remember finding him behind a door at about two years old with a box of a dozen Dunkin Donuts! He had licked the icing off every one of them. When we found him, he just stared at us and flashed his best smile. I bet he thought I am caught now, so I better look as cute as possible! I never heard Brian Jr. so upset!
Maybe I should take out some stock in cheese and ice cream and milk in case he grows out of his milk allergy soon! We are all in trouble then. The kid eats more than anyone in our house, I cannot imagine letting him lose with a whole new food group!
Today, he talked his Dad into making him some eggs and wanted to help with the scrambling part. He did a really great job and said the eggs looked like a yellow tornado as he stirred them!
1. What kind of SOAP is in your bathtub right now? Dove, Suave Kids Hippo and Johnson's Baby Wash
2. Do you have any watermelon in your refrigerator? No, my kids wish we did
3. What would you change about your living room? I would make it bigger and get a new sofa
4. Are the dishes in your dishwasher clean or dirty? clean - surprisingly
5. What is in your fridge? too full to know and too much to list
6. White or wheat bread? whole wheat
7. What is on top of your refrigerator? plates that need to be hung on the wall
8. What color or design is on your shower curtain? off white with blue/pink/green sea shells
9. How many plants are in your home? 1 - African Violet
10. Is your bed made right now? Nope
11. Comet or Soft Scrub? both
12. Is your closet organized? for the most part
13. Can you describe your flashlight? probably low on batteries
14. Do you drink out of glass or plastic most of the time at home? Plastic
15. Do you have iced tea made in a pitcher right now? No
16. If you have a garage, is it cluttered? is this a trick question?
17. Curtains or blinds? mostly curtains, blinds in the bathrooms, room darkening shades in bedrooms
18. How many pillows do you sleep with? 2 under my head and 1 to hold onto
19. Do you sleep with any lights on at night? no, but kiddos have a nightlight
20. How often do you vacuum? when crumbs start to stick to my feet or when baby and dog can get a meal off the floor
21. Standard toothbrush or electric? standard, electric ones scare me
22. What color is your toothbrush? blue
23. Do you have a welcome mat on your front porch? yes but it doesn't say welcome
24. What is in your oven right now? pots and pans, black stuff that sets off the smoke detectors
25. Is there anything under your bed? too much to list, hope nothing that is alive
26. Chore you hate doing the most? all of them
27. What retro items are in your home? air popcorn popper, husband, non electric curling iron
28. Do you have a separate room that you use as an office? Yes, but kids can still find me
29. How many mirrors are in your home? 6 too many
30. Do you have any hidden emergency money around your home? yep, kid's coin jars, money in the sofa and junk drawer
31. What color are your walls? Arizona white with various fingerprints and slobber
32. Do you keep any kind of protection weapons in your home? baseball bats? kids with ear piercing screams? barking dog? biting baby?
33. What does your home smell like right now? too stuffed up to know
34. Favorite candle scent? Yankee Candle - tea and honey
35. What kind of pickles (if any) are in your refrigerator right now? Claussen Dill Spears
36. What color is your favorite Bible? white - my Grandmom's
37. Ever been on your roof? Nope, I was on the one in house I grew up in though
38. Do you own a stereo? Yes, from 1993
39. How many TVs do you have? 4, none in the kid's rooms
40. How many house phones? 4 real, 5 pretend that sing songs and teach letters and numbers
41. Do you have a housekeeper? Yes, but I wish I wasn't the only one
42. What style do you decorate in? Early Childhood Dirt and Grime with some Toys R Us
43. Do you like solid colors in furniture or prints? whichever shows less stains and wear
44. Is there a smoke detector in your home? yes, 6 and 2 carbon monoxide ones, and kids who tell Dad I tried to burn the house down when it was only a little fire in the toaster oven
45. In case of fire, what are the items in your house which you’d grab if you only could make one quick trip? besides the kids & dog - scrap books, baby books, photo albums, Blankie, my jewelry, adoption paperwork, laptop
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Both rely on you for food, both take naps, both are messy eaters, both like to run for no reason, both yell/bark loudly, both eat anything that falls on the floor, both like to pee out back, both have accidents, both love to play catch, both get excited and wound up for visitors - I am sure there are even more similarities too. Luckily, we have such a nice kid-friendly dog. He lets the boys steal his food and treats and just looks at us with a face that says, "Help!" When he has had enough eye poking and tail pulling fun, he jumps over the baby gate and goes upstairs to take a nap.
Today, Roc let Justin crawl over to him and steal his Milkbone right out from under his paws! I guess Justin caught him off guard because Roc usually sees him coming and runs away just in time. Justin was so happy and immediately added his own slobber to Roc's treat. It made for a great snack to gnaw on for a while.
Roc sat back patiently but never took his eyes off the prize. He waited for Justin to drop it, or to leave it unattended for even a second so he could swoop in and steal it back. He looked as if his eyes were trying to will Justin into dropping the Milkbone or send him subliminal messages! In the end, Justin tired of it and crawled away. Roc quickly went over, scooped it up, and brought it to a safe spot to finish it off. I guess he remembered from Brian and Sean that they will eventually drop it - just like he quickly remembered a prime spot was under the high chair!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
The woman I got it from on e-bay makes each one and you can order any size you need, Justin is wearing size 9-12 months. I think you can get them in pink and change hair and skin color too. It is a really nice onesie - the design is embroidered too!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
He was tired and stuck in the standing position, so he cried and cried! Poor guy cried a little bit longer because I had to capture it on film! We later figured out that he cannot stand up with a sleep sack on. Now he goes down wearing it for all naps, not just at night! Problem solved, for now....
After I took a few pictures, I did lower the crib mattress - two notches, just in case!