Thursday, June 30, 2011

Three Word Assortments.

Chicken Leg Feast.

Tyler's Manly Wall.

Doesn't Sit Still.

That's all folks.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


My mother-in-law bought us a Flip video camera and I'm so excited about it.  Before we just had an old-school camera that required those little cassette tapes, and since our DVD recorder stopped working, there really was no way to play the videos back except on the recorder.  But now we can just upload straight onto the computer and it is extremely convenient.  Our phones don't have a video camera on them, which I hate, but this thing is so small, I'll probably just take it everywhere with me.  Now, here's a video for you.  I had to test it out, of course.  I'll admit it isn't the greatest video ever, but who doesn't enjoy seeing a baby laugh??

Monday, June 27, 2011

Miscellany Monday.

1. Yesterday we went to the farmer's market in Omaha.  We met my parents there (and later Tyler's mom, too) and came away with a cooler full of goodies.  I wasn't really sure what to expect for this time of year, but we got some broccoli, cabbage, peas, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, some pastries and some delicious goat cheese.  I want a goat even more now and after eating the cheese, my husband is more likely to give in someday when we have a place for one (or two).  Afterwards we hit up Red Lobster and Mason had his first taste of fish.

2. Storm season is here!  I always enjoyed a good storm when I was young (and invincible), and while I still enjoy them today, I'd rather enjoy from more of a distance without the threat of my house being blown down and my baby being blown away.  A good thundershower is perfect, although I believe it is only a matter of time before Mason starts fearing the loud booms.. since the toilets flushing at Red Lobster yesterday scared him to tears.  Poor baby. 

3.  I'm not sure if you've noticed, but I have never edited my pictures before (with the exception of a few I've adjusted the color on or cropped).  My process was camera - computer - blog.  Well, I'm trying something new.  I want to add edit into my routine, which will be a little more time consuming (perhaps the reason I did not do so before), but we'll see how I can keep up.  I don't have any fancy software, so for now (and likely a long time into the future), bear with my freebie/novice editing.

4.  The little creature my husband and I created is officially on the move.  Constantly.  He's crawling, pulling himself up, rolling, just busy, busy busy.  I'm excited he has finally figured out how to move forward, instead of just in circles and backwards because I think he'll be so much happier!  BUT, I'm not sure I'm ready for everything else that comes with the new transportation. 

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

Friday, June 24, 2011

Top 10: Mason's Favorite Non-Toy Toys.

10. Dad's Shorts.

9. Funnels.

 8. Boxes.

 7. Clothes Basket.

 6. Feet.

5. Plastic Containers.

 4. Food.

3. My Camera Strap.

2. Computer Mouse.

1. The Cat.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Can you tell it is the third day of summer???

Yeah, me neither.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

My Lil' Beaver.

See the scratches in these blocks?  They didn't come that way.  My toothy babe has been gnawing away at them.  He loves the feeling of his teeth and gums rubbing against some quality wood.  It is the carpenter in his coming out.. his Grandpa Tim will be so proud.

The whole teething things has improved.  Cranking has plummeted ever since I used the amber beads from his broken necklace to make a couple anklets (following advice from Adrienne over at Mommying My Way.)  Those things work!  My husband still isn't 100% convinced, but I totally am.  I might even make myself a little something something for my aches and pains.

Mason's two teeth have come in handy when it comes to chow time.  He is now able to get pieces of his food off and it creates a whole other dimension to eating.  Maybe this teeth thing isn't so bad.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

For Now.

Tomorrow, we are having our fathers out for Father's Day.  We're having a fancy dinner and I am in the process of preparing for the event.  So.. no time for much blogging (besides, I've got tweeting to do - now that I've discovered what Twitter is all about), I figured I'd tide ya'll over with a couple pictures.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

New (To Him) Toys.

Don't you just love a good deal?  What would life be like without consignment stores, garage sales, and Craigslist?  What if there was no such thing as a sale?  What if everything were (gasp) suggested retail price?  Well, luckily for our bank accounts (and marriages), we don't have to pay full price for everything.
Tyler and I recently scored a deal on some toys for Mason.  I was thinking Mason needs a walker, I thought that would be something he'd really get a kick out of. 
{And, yes, I do realize they are not recommended and banned in some countries and in Canada you can actually go to jail for using them.. but.. even though I let my kid eat paper, I do not keep knives and hatchets sitting just in reach of his little hands or leave the gate open for him to topple down the basement stairs.  In fact, I am even known to supervise my little man from time to time.}
I decided to check out the listings on Craigslist.  So, the first listing from my search just happened to be what I like to call, the jackpot.  We ended up getting a jumperoo, a musical play table, a ball popper, a walk 'n ride, a musical floor mat thingy, a jammin' band musical microphone, and a walker.  Guess how much?  $100?  $50?  Nope and nope.  Thirty-five dollars!  Is that a great deal or what?  I am maybe a little too excited about it.
At first, I thought Mason was too short for the walker (go figure).  But, I messed around with it long enough to figure out how to lower it and he mostly can reach the ground.  I thought for sure he'd take off in it, but he's only gone a little bit backwards, kind of like his crawling progress.  He can't go forward, but beep beep beep, he can back up.
He sure does enjoy the jumperoo though.  He bounced so much the first couple times that he just fell asleep.  It was the funniest thing. 
He'd bounce, bounce, bounce. 
Stare at the toy in front of him. 
Slowly close his eyes. 
Sleep for once second.
Suddenly wake up and start bouncing again.
Repeat 5 or so times, and then he'd be out.

Totally worth the money.

Parenting Fail?

Yesterday I was about to dip and swish one of Mason's poopy diapers, but I first like to take a closer look and see what foods made their way through.  Call me weird, crazy, gross.. but I'm still going to do it.
Anywho, I see some green chunks and at first I believe they are green peppers.  But, green peppers aren't that kind of green.  After closer inspection, I determine what it really is.

Backtrack to the night before.

Tyler and I are hanging pictures and memorabilia upstairs in the office/sewing room/play room, Mason is hanging out on his rug, playing.  Tyler sits down to read him a book.  Mason just wants to touch it, Tyler keeps pulling it out of his reach, Mason gets mad.  I tell Tyler to just let him have it, besides, it is his book.  So Tyler lets him have it and we get back to work.  I'm now trying to put together this toy basketball hoop in which in the instructions are nowhere to be found and my husband is hanging his coaching medals just so. 
Soon, the pages are starting to get ripped.  I tell Tyler to take it away. 
I put together this stupids basketball thing and it is the wrong way, so now I'm trying to take it apart.
More pages are getting ripped and crumpled.  I once again tell Tyler to take it away.
We get the basketball hoop apart and I put it together again.. but the wrong way once more.
This time, it isn't so easy to take apart (because I was just sure it was the right way this time, so I stuck in in good).  We pound and use hammers and combine our strength until it finally pops apart and this time I get it put it together successfully.
Mason starts gagging (much like when he eats something new) and coughs out a ball of paper.  In his hands, the next pieces he was about to feed himself are clenched tight.  I take away his entire stash of paper and look at my husband, he looks at me.  What do we do?  Laugh.  We laugh.  So our son ate some paper?  Maybe we should serve it more often, he evidently liked it.  Definite parenting fail.

So, those green chunks were not peppers.  Those chunks were the colorful illustrations that helped tell the story of Simba, Nemo, Pongo, and Mowgli.  Oh, and the instructions for the basketball hoop?  Right on the box.  The end.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

We're Going to the Park, Park, Park.

Okay, I'll stop now..

Yesterday we went to the park in the town we live closest to (the one that has a population of 200-some).  Mason got sunscreen in his eye, as he does every time I apply it to him.  We had fun and it was a great way to wear out/distract our teething crank-butt.

The end.