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The Christmas One

22 Jan

Dec. 18

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Tom is twelve and a half pounds.

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Our DVDs were not always locked up.

Dec. 19

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They are fun to rearrange.

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Sometimes you have to choose between using the camera flash, and giving him crazy eyes…

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or not using the flash, and being content with blurry, yellow cuteness.

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I made a ton of Christmas cookies, but kind of dropped the ball on decorating and distributing. But look how perfect they are!

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My willing taste-tester shoves a cookie in his mouth before I can change my mind.

Dec. 21

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Tom had ample opportunity to escape, but chose to stick it out. I love watching their antics.

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Gotta pet him hard, so he can feeeel it.

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They always let him win, wisely.

Dec. 22

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Josh inadvertently brought home the best souvenir from his business trip – this mini Dasani water bottle. Dave loved it for days and days.

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He attempted to use a rubber band to keep David from unloading his gaming equipment, but Ida can’t resist rubber bands.

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The whole setup was a huge cat magnet, and they (Ida) broke it. Now I think there are hair ties keeping the cabinets closed.

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Dec. 23

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If he wakes up before I’ve drunk my coffee, he chills out in the pack ‘n’ play for a while. He is really easy-going about entertaining himself. He will peruse a board book, play with one of his shoes, shake a rattle for a while.

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“My parents took me to Burger King and all I got were the Cheerios I brought in with me” is something Dave might say.

Christmas Eve

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The presents were stacked on the piano with care. Sometimes I wipe food off his face with a washcloth. Sometimes I wipe it off with Picasa. ;)

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Out on the lawn there arose such a clatter.

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Not much snow this year.

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David got to open a present from Josh’s mom, which had his first Christmas ornaments and Christmas pajamas!

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“What do you mean, we don’t have a chimney?”

Christmas Day

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I was letting him play with the cookie jar because it is sturdy plastic and I didn’t think he could open it. Only slightly less well-known is this: never go in against a Sicilian when DEATH is on the line!

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New books!

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His British animal sounds video claims owls say “to-whit-to-woo” so that is what we say.

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Oh, my gosh, open it. It took forever. What is it?

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I think of this as his “oh my gosh oh my gosh” face!

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Christmas?!

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I like to laugh at this picture of Tom. It reminds me of an old-timey crazy person.

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He had cords on for Christmas dinner but it soon became apparent that he couldn’t really move his legs.

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Josh cooked, while Tom pussyfooted.

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Laughing at his dad

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“Yellow ring, you will be my favorite.” And it is to this day

I would like to extend our thanks to everyone who helped make our first Davy Christmas so happy. It kind of kills me that my boy couldn’t spend it with more of his family, but we are truly blessed to have our peeps even when we are remote. I hope my mom and dad know how badly I wanted to be able to celebrate with them the way we used to.

Dec. 26

Dave took a few steps to Josh, but it hasn’t become a regular thing yet. It is still occasional.

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Always hold the leg. You never know.

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I don’t know what was going on, but something definitely was.

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Reading a new book at naptime.

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TRYING to sleep.

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TRYING to read.

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Ida patiently explains how the baby monitor works.

Dec. 27

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I just love this one.

Dec. 28

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The coffee was hot. I know because the mug changes colors. ;)

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Dec. 29

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Ida got on the counter when we weren’t in the room. Still a bummer. :(

Dec. 30

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Dec. 31

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Touch and go

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This is why I failed to pick up the hamper as quickly as I expected.

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So I have fun with his blocks!

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<3

Jan. 2

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Jan. 4

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Wind

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Tom knows what to do on a cold day.

Jan. 5

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Heating pad: another acceptable activity on a cold day

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If you are serious about books, you read them IN the bookshelf.

Jan. 6

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Pediatric waiting room. He was wearing slipper socks.

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I think he was too distracted by this flavored tongue depressor to cry during his shot.

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Jan. 8

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Jan. 9

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There was nothing in the yard.

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He is glad to be out of the baby tub. I had to put it away because he started trying to stand up in it, but he put up with it for a long time. He LOVES the big tub.

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A very clean young man

Jan. 10

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Shaking his rattle

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Jan. 12

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“I don’t know to lift the bottle, because I am used to having a straw” is another thing David might say.

Jan. 14

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I’m not sure what he loves more, bagels or the big bath tub.

Jan. 15

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Josh may have been smacked.

Jan. 17

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Snow on Josh’s “truck”

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Jan. 20

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Once in a while he’s good at lounging.

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Teething. The two top ones came in around the 12th.

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Hanging out in the driver’s seat

You are caught up again. Try to stay that way now; these long posts are a lot of work.

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Twilight Dave

11 Aug

The hours between the last nap and bedtime are always tricky. Here is my semi-cranky boy last night, trapped in a laundry basket because he got jealous watching me trap Tom. After deciding he liked being under it, he complained if I removed it.

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Going outside is great for cranky babies! We headed to the backyard to keep Josh company as he worked on the cars a little.

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“This was supposed to make me happy?” “Well, I thought–” “WERE you thinking, Mama?”

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“Heh, it IS pretty sunny.”

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“This lady knows her stuff.” To which Mama lovingly replies, “You’ll grow into that head, buddy.”

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He did not complain about how prickly the grass was, but it was sharp and I hated it! So we relocated to the back-back of our SUV to watch Dada more comfortably.

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Removing the dealership sticker because Mama is not being paid to advertise around town.

You can really get used to referring to yourself in the third person all the time. Or the second. ;)

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“My mom laughs at her own jokes.”

Then it was finally time to go inside and have dinner and get to bed.

Here are some pictures from today. In the past week or two David has started growling to let us know that he wants something he sees. It started with the Xbox remote, which lights up when you press a button. But now it can be applied to anything and everything. For example, this morning he wanted a coat hanger while I was hanging up clothes. And it’s not just that he wanted one; he WANTED one. He gets crazy eyes. See below.

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Happily sucking on the saline bottle, which he had been growling for.

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Then he started growling at the camera. He is not allowed to hold the camera!

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“Give me that camera.”

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Appeased with saline.

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“Give me that camera.”

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“I need that camera.”

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“Just…move it this way a little.”

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Willing it closer.

All the while growling menacingly, mind you. So I throw the kid a bone!

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June Already

3 Jun

In a few short days we will have been married for one year! It’s hard to believe.

Once the flooding is past, warm weather in the plains means this:

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and a lot of this:

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(and treating for dandelions 2x)

and some of this:

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For the boy.

And it also means mosquitoes, but mosquitoes mean aerial spraying which means C-130s which are cool in my book.

Look at a our poor neglected dying tree.

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Josh spent hours pruning it and the shoots growing up around its base.

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Robert and Alex came to visit. Ida has been getting near-constant attention and is acting out less.

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I put them to work in my poor neglected flower bed full of rocks and a huge prickly shrub that until lately hung over the sidewalk and grass. Whoever lived here before us did nothing to the lawn or garden but leave some of their kids’ broken toys around.

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The plan is to plant my Asiatic lilies and some red and yellow tulips I’m going to steal from abandoned housing.

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Josh tamed the shrub but I’m tempted to poison it. It is so very sharp.

I also let them have fun sometimes.

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Yesterday I made one quart of concentrated low-sud laundry detergent from a recipe I found on Pinterest. I used half a bar of Fels-Naptha soap and a half-cup each of Borax and Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda. Boil it down, cool it off, whip it.

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Fels-Naptha can be used as a stain remover or to treat contact dermatitis.

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yum

whipped laundry detergent

It has the consistency of lime chiffon.

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One tbsp per load. I should make a cute label.

If we decide we like it enough to replace our normal combo of All Free & Clear + Oxy Clean, here is the breakdown in cost:

$0.49 1/2 bar Fels Naptha
$0.18 1/2 c. Borax 20 Mule Team
$0.24 1/2 c. Super Washing Soda
$0.91 / 64 loads or $0.01/load

vs.

$14.98 Oxy Clean
$13.98 All Free & Clear
28.96 / 146 loads or $0.20/load

Or to put it another way, $2.45 vs. $34.71 per year.
Or, when we have six kids, $7.35 vs. $104.13 per year. With the money we save, we can have our minivans detailed every month.

All I know for now is this new stuff smells very nice.

Josh bought Ida a “super scooper” at the dollar store and she absolutely loves it. Robert led her to believe that it is a brush and an exciting toy all in one. We haven’t taken it to the litter box yet. :/

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Coming soon: flower bed update; the real reason we went to the dollar store

Chinook

27 Apr

It is beautiful here. The snow is melting and out of nowhere it was SIXTY DEGREES yesterday. I was never so excited to see 60, and today is supposed to reach 68. All the windows are open and I can see my entire patio for the first time. (It is oddly shaped and there is half a wiffle ball on it.)

My old college roommate is visiting from Oklahoma. Less than a week before Kiirsten’s arrival we had another snowstorm. I think to her disappointment, it all started to melt really suddenly and in just a few days most of the snow turned to mud puddles. At least she got to see a few frozen lakes on the way here.

Front yard snow April 15

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Front yard snow April 26

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Front yard snow April 27

Ida probably doesn’t remember balmy weather and is living life in window sills these days, frantic to get closer to the noisy birds in our tree and bushes and maybe the dak rat that has burrowed under our steps. She is becoming very, very annoying.

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Urocitellus richardsonii or “dak rat” (Dakota rat) exhibiting territorial behavior

Kiirsten helped me find a table for our foyer. It matches the rug and fits perfectly in the corner by the coat closet, and Josh and I have been wanting something by the front door for keys and stuff. I pretty much love it, and I think I’m ready to turn my attention to the living room, which needs a ton of work and will be a lot harder to figure out. I do not have an eye for these things.

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Ida’s favorite toy at the bottom of the stairs: twist tie wrapped around a Q tip.

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This is the only interesting spot in a beige living room.

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Here is my garlic and our sunny backyard. Josh threw some more cloves in there for good measure, but the first one is still the only one that’s sprouting.

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Instagram photo of me wearing Josh’s beret. My Evangelou head stretched it out and he had to resize it ;(

Birthday Month

16 Feb

It’s still February.

For my birthday I chose Five Guys! Nothing else sounded quite so appealing. Every time we’re there, which is not often these days, I think of how we went there before we were married, back when we were so cute.

The apartment “downtown” is still ours until March 1st, but we were lucky to find someone via craigslist who will take over our lease! That has saved us approximately $2,500. ( Oh, thank Heaven. ♫) I’ve gone there three times and filled the SUV with stuff that didn’t make it onto the truck, and the place no longer feels like home. Every nostalgic bone in my body is totally over it! This weekend we’ll probably get the last few things (desk chair, guitar), clean the kitchen and bathroom, and then we can turn the page.

I think we’re all used to being in the new house, although it is badly in need of décor and we haven’t quite made a habit of closing the garage door when we should. The cat seems to have recovered from the transition which is good since I have to make her an appointment to be spayed. She hit six months a few weeks ago. For the rest of her life I pledge to ignore her saggy spinster belly and remember how before she was unsexed she was like a mountain lion.

You’ve heard about my basement stairs. For the record, they are slick, steep, shallow, painted wood. No good can come of this. Yesterday the replacement part arrived for the washer, and now we have a working laundry room down there! Which is A VERY GOOD THING. I’m sorry for ever being annoyed that my spouse brought home a free washing machine that didn’t work. A week and $20 later, it is as good as new.

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Before…

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After! Yay!

But a working laundry room does mean I’ll be going to the basement all the time, carrying things on those stairs that obscure my view of my feet. Josh recommends that I keep my cell phone with me in case I fall and can’t get up. I am toying with the idea of applying some sort of nonslip product to make the descent less dangerous, but I’m not sure how likely that is to come to fruition. Maybe that is something Dad could help me with next month when he is not shooting with Joshua?

We have an exciting new memory foam mattress topper that spent the last few days regaining its natural shape on the floor, but last night we put it on the bed and slept like a pair of babies with a cat sprawled between them. Thanks, my indulgent parents! Happy birthday to me! In return for your kindness, we’re going to buy a regular, firm mattress to trade out for our nice new pillowtop one and put the nice new pillowtop one in the guest room for when you visit.

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And we will not let Ida sleep on your head when you visit.

One aspect of living in a house that I had kind of underestimated in my mind was the amount of snow-related work it would require. They inspect every Friday morning to make sure your sidewalk and driveway are completely free of snow and ice. Josh has devoted countless hours to this endeavor. I usually get out of the snow removal by working on dinner, but even when it’s too early to use that excuse he has been very chivalrous about insisting that I stay inside. I don’t want everyone to think that he is perfect. Sometimes he’s cranky and he will almost never watch Murder, She Wrote with me.

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