Maybe this is why he wants so bad to be able to move…she snuck up on him and before he knew what was going down she planted a big wet one smack on his lips!!

Testing the waters

June 30, 2009

It’s always a good idea before jumping into the lake to dip a toe or two.


He wants it…bad

June 30, 2009

B is becoming increasingly frustrated with his inability to be mobile. He has learned how to roll over but this is just not enough for him. Therefore, he is dissatisfied with sitting in his bouncer, he is not happy on his back, he is not pleased with his carseat, he doesn’t really care for sitting on my lap. He just wants to MOVE. Unfortunately for him, he just isn’t quite ready for it physically. But when he is…he is outta here!! Until then, its bridging and twisting, arching and squealing, and rolling and squirming for him!

On Grass

June 30, 2009

He doesn’t appear amused at first, but he gets the hang of it quickly!



June 21, 2009


It isn’t uncommon to have him lean over and randomly report, “I like him.”

I know. And that is just one of the many reasons why I love you.

Happy Father’s Day!

at least not by yourself anyway. It isn’t the smartest thing in the world. Or the safest for that matter. Maybe not even the healthiest. But it is REALLY funny.

Let me set the stage for you…K comes home from school one day and is telling me what he has learned about the ear, specifically the series of semicircular canals. I’m following along rather intently because in my profession we will occasionally treat patients with dysfunction in that very area.

Brief lesson: These canals house freely moving fluid and tiny hair-like structures among other things. Essentially these are used to sense movement, acceleration and deceleration in all planes and, in response, send and receive signals to and from your brain. Each canal is responsible for a different plane of motion; forward/backward (like a somersault), side to side (like a cartwheel), and spinning (like a merry-go-round).

Now, you all know what happens when you spin around in a circle, right? You get dizzy. The spinning kind of dizzy as if you were on a merry-go-round. That is because you are affecting the fluid flow in one of the semicircular canals and it is sending out information to your brain/body accordingly.

Then K explains to me that if you place your ear on your shoulder and spin around you will affect a different canal and should feel dizzy front to back. It makes complete sense to me physiologically, but why have I never heard of this? I can’t just leave it alone. Nooo…I just had to try it. I was just too curious. So, right then and there, in my tiny apartment living room I placed my right ear on my right shoulder and began to spin around. 1, 2, 3, 4…it didn’t take too many spins.

I stopped, lifted my head, and proceeded to fall face first toward the ground. It wasn’t a leisurely fall either…I meant business! Thankfully, K was standing right in front of me and caught me just before my nose made contact with our carpet (I can’t imagine having to report that to the ER staff!!). Thankfully, K was still capable of catching me as seconds later we both hit the floor in uncontrollable laughter.

Again, not the brightest idea. And I don’t really know that I would ever do it again. But it sure was funny once!! If you do try it, please get it on video. I’m sure it would make for a great laugh!! The one that replays in my head provokes giggling every time!

Good Morning

June 19, 2009

Each and every morning, we get to look at this:


Nevermind the fact that when he wakes the child hasn’t eaten in a solid 10-12 hours, he is always wearing a smile. It fades quickly if nourishment isn’t soon given, but whose wouldn’t?

June 17, 2009

We strolled through the new neighborhood today admiring the landscaping, offering our criticisms and praises of each lawn to one another as we passed, but most of all just enjoying the beauty that was today. Inspired, we finished the walk and dove headfirst into the trimming of our own landscape. B helped, as you can see below.


DSC05148Sound asleep underneath the shade of the tree with a cool summer breeze blowing across his face…

I would bet his dreams were sweet.

Wallpaper 101

June 17, 2009

For those of you who are considering using wallpaper to decorate your house, I have one simple yet very important tip…don’t. Not only do you then have floral print, polka dots, or paisley on every. square. inch. of your wall but then every. square. inch. of that floral print, polka dotting, or paisley has to be removed if you decide to change your mind. And paper that has been glued to the wall in such a way that it was designed to stay there for an extended period of time doesn’t make for easy removal.

When I think about the original idea, I don’t understand how it caught on so well. Really? Gluing paper to the wall? Really?

Anyway, we bought into a house where the wallpaper had already been hung. This is what our wallpaper removal looked like.

Steam machine



With a little help from our parents and K’s brother and his wife, we now have this to look at instead…


DSC05150a better view of the color

What a happy day!

June 14, 2009

A week after our move (more to come on that) we packed up switched suitcases and headed out to the east coast. Williamsburg was our actual destination but we took a side trip to Virginia Beach early in the week. B’s first ocean experience consisted of 75% sleep. My niece Pat Back as she told us was her name took awhile to warm up to the idea of sand and getting “dirty”. She spent the first part of the day refusing to step off the beach towel. She finally warmed up to the idea and had herself a very good time. Her brother loved the water but had a hard time managing to keep his pants up as his swim trunks, which had no drawstring, were no match for the ocean’s waves.


DSC05086Pat Back in the sand


Back at the resort, Biz took his first swim in the pool and LOVED it! If it weren’t for the sun I think he could have stayed out there all day. We got our fill to the brim of early history and I spent most of our drive home questioning my dad again about everything I had learned as all of this information was swimming around in my head with no place to go. Columbus and colonists and pilgrims, OH MY. I needed some chronology in my life!