Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Was Thanksgiving really less than a week ago? Sometimes I feel like someone pushed the fast forward button on our lives. Living here has really made me a different person. You just have to learn to go with the flow. Like yesterday when the school nurse (who I've gotten to know quite well over the past year) called at 2:00pm to say that Steven needed to go to the ER (he sprained his ankle pretty bad in gym class). Carter had just fallen asleep for his nap after an hour of talking and crying in his crib. Fortunately the school Therapist was here at the time so I could go pick Steven up from school. Dan was then able to get someone to cover for his last class so he could take him to the hospital. The ER visits are never short and Dan had to be at a class at 5pm. Thankfully our Pastor was able to go sit with him for several hours and then bring him home. Here he is last night...

The bummer thing is that today is the day that we scheduled our 1st time Joe's Olympics. Steven was a good sport about it and was able to compete in almost every event. The first event was a scavenger hunt at the mall. Dan and I tied for first in that. Second event was the stairway hang:

Seth dominated that event.

The 3rd event was a Mario Cart challenge...

Seth also won that event... but not by much.

The last event was a basketball throw out the kitchen window. You got 1 point if you hit the backboard, 2 points if you hit the rim and 3 points if you made a basket.

Dan won the basketball round which put him into first place for the gold medal.

It was really fun. I'm pretty proud of myself for getting the bronze.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Christmas 2007

3 High School Boys + Christmas Decorations = CRAZY!!!

We really did have a good time last night... but today Dan and I are EXHAUSTED!!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Stroller

I have a ton of great Thanksgiving pictures... but I've been meaning to do this post for a while... so I thought I would do it first.

Ever since I first found out I was pregnant with Carter I've been trying to figure out what I wanted to do about a stroller. I knew I didn't want one that was too big since we had a really small car at the time. I wanted one that would recline, but I also wanted a jogger. I didn't know what to do. We finally ended up with a stroller frame to click his car seat into when he was a baby. I also got a small umbrella stroller at one of my showers, a friend gave me a used heavy duty umbrella stroller, another friend gave me her big reclining stroller and another friend is letting us borrow her jogging stroller. They are all ok... but not what I have been looking for. I started to look around for used Maclarens because they are awesome but a bit out of our price range. I also really like Peg Peregos... but these are about 10 times out of our price range.

My friend Julie is great at finding deals. A couple months ago she called and told me about a used Peg on Craig's List. I was able to get it for $15.00. It wasn't in great condition... but was pretty close to what I was looking for. The Pegs have a step on the back that older kids can ride on. My 7 year old niece, Lexie, rode all over the zoo on the step. Anyways... a couple weeks ago I was at a consignment shop when I saw it! A Peg that looked brand new for $45.00. I was able to trade my current Peg in and get the new one for $30.00!! It's around $400.00 if you buy it brand new.

It comes with a boot that zips around the front of the stroller for the cold weather. I took this after church this morning. We walked there in the almost freezing rain because we couldn't handle being in the car again after 18 hours of traveling the past 4 days.

The handle flips around so you can walk with your baby facing you or facing forward.

Ok... now I wrote way more than I meant to... but I was just really excited.

Monday, November 19, 2007

We're not so happy about the new haircut. In my instructions to the hair dresser all I emphasized was that I wanted it long on top. Does that look like it's long on top to you?

Friday, November 16, 2007

A word to the wise... teaching body parts to a one year old can be very dangerous. After each receiving a bloody nose in the last two days - we've decided to stop asking Carter where Mommy and Daddy's noses are.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

All I have to say today is thank goodness for Lysol wipes. I know they are one of those things that are super wasteful... but I just don't know if I could do it without them. Today in my house I had one school district superintendent, one potential donor, one city inspector, one head of school facilities, one school therapist, the two people who used to live here, the five people who do live here, and 16 people from our small group at church. Again... thank goodness for Lysol wipes.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Dan's school district did not get the day off today... so Dan decided to take a personal day. It was so great to have him all to ourselves for one whole day. We took advantage of our 70 degree temperatures this morning and went to Tilles Park.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

This weekend flew by way too fast. Maybe it's because Dan was gone for a good bit of it. Like now... he is gone at another thing right now. We did have some sweet times with good friends this weekend and at the playground with Carter. I love when Dan gets to go to the playground with us. Like today... Carter climbed up a ladder for the first time. Kids really do grow up so fast.

As I was cleaning up after Carter went down for his nap this afternoon... I laughed when I saw which toys were out. I was thinking how some people do a Currently Listening To on their blog and I realized I should do some Currently sections. So here it goes...

Currently on my floor (I'll spare you Carter's left over lunch)... everything has wheels:

When I picked Carter up from the church nursery this morning... the only thing the volunteer said was... "he really likes trucks... doesn't he."

Currently on my desk is a really good pumpkin ale that has to be gone before the guys get home, my first knitting project that I've actually used a pattern for, and today's paper that Carter sat on this morning while I was trying to read it. Here's to some Alyssa time...

Friday, November 09, 2007

Some Carter-isms...

In order to go to sleep he has to have his thin green blanket (folded on the soft side) right under his nose and tucked into the top of his pacifier. He used to stick part of his blanket into his mouth at the same time as his paci... but I guess this works better for him. You know he's tired when you see this...

When he gets up from his nap he has to bring everything that is in the crib with him. Currently this includes three blankets, a cow, a penguin, and anywhere from 4 to 6 pacis. Here he is yesterday with his 3 blankets and 3 pacis.

Last but not least is his fridge thing. If the door is open for 30 second or longer I find the bottom shelf of the door empty with all the condiments lined up neatly on the bottom of the fridge. It was cute the first time... but now it's starting to drive me a little nuts.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Today we went to one of our favorite playgrounds. It's pretty much in the center of Forest Park. Sometimes I can't believe this is what I get to drive by every week on the way to the playground...

... but then sometimes I wish I was driving by the Golden Gate Bridge or Space Needle instead. I don't know why I've been missing the West Coast so much lately. Maybe it's because we aren't going home for the holidays this year.

Carter loves this place because there is so much room to run. I love it because there is a cafe' inside the Visitors Center next to the playground (and yes Rebecca... I did enjoy a cup of Kaldi's for you the other day. It's so strange not seeing at least one of you there!).

Here's the Visitors Center...

and here is the awesome playground.

Here is Carter chasing his friend, Will, in the little garden next to the playground.

Carter really tries to climb... but then he gets frustrated and just hangs.