Friday, February 24, 2012

Five Links Friday.

Comfort Trailer Home. Since we sold our camper last month, we haven't decided whether or not we are going to get a new one. I think this one looks awesome.. think it is under $2,000? Yeah right. Click the link to see the pictures of the inside, it is purdy.
Comfort Trailer Home

Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say. This has popped up on my Facebook news feed so much recently, I got a kick out of it. There's also a Part II if you're interested.

48 Pictures That Capture the 90s Perfectly. These pictures are pretty funny to scroll through. I can't pick out my favorite, but I really like this one. Did this really look good?
Double-reverse front pleated pants:

How to mount your television on the wall and hide the cords. Tyler really wants to put our TV on the wall to save space. I think it looks tacky. But, if we were able to pull this off, it wouldn't be so bad...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

Miscellany Monday.

1. The mullet is gone! Mason finally got the haircut he needed, although now I miss petting his soft hair. He didn't especially enjoy the process, so it could be a little straighter in the back, but we decided he never holds still anyways, so no one will ever notice. All in all, Grandma Kim did a good job.
Just Another Day1

Just Another Day2

2. Saturday Tyler went in to have some dental work done. Long story short, the root canal got off to a very rough start and now he has to go back after being on pain killers for a while to try it all over again. Kind of makes me dread going to the dentist as I haven't been there in a few years..

3. This morning we pulled up the carpet in the bathroom (because carpet does not belong in there) and we now have this sweet linoleum floor.


4. Tyler's basketball season is coming down to the final days. They play tonight and if they lose the season is over, if they win they continue. I'm am so ready to have my husband home! I don't necessarily want them to lose, but..... I can't wait til he comes home at 4pm again! And I'm sure Mason will be super happy, too.


5. I take lots of pictures of Mason in the bath. So, I have to share them with someone. In this picture, he's ready to get out and signing "all done".


Have a great week, all!

Miscellany Monday @
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Friday, February 17, 2012

Five Links Friday.

I think I'm going to start sharing a few links here at the end of the week. Most will probably be from Pinterest.. because like most of the other women of the world, I'm addicted. But, I may have come across them in other ways, too, just so you know.  Here are some things I enjoyed this week.

How to keep babies busy in the kitchen. There are only a few tips in the article, but the comments have many more ideas.

Easy slow cooker refried beans. These were super easy to make and especially delicious. And, bonus, BPA free.

Basement stairs shelves. I am thinking this might be a good idea for our stairs, for just a little extra storage space.

A 2012 Declutter and Organize Calendar. Sign me up. This may help me achieve one of my goals for the year.. too bad it is already half way through February.

Clothesline Photo. This picture is pretty and makes me really really want spring to get here.
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Apples and Earaches.

Mason hasn't quite been himself lately and I couldn't put my finger on it. He hasn't slept well since he started getting those molars (which, by the way, only a little corner of one has popped though) but lately he's been waking A LOT during the night. And in the past couple days has been crying while I put him to sleep. That is not normal at all. 
He was starting to get a cold, and I thought maybe he had developed an ear infection. So, we went to the doctor yesterday morning just to be sure. Sure enough, both ears. He's on the mend from that and I hope this cold doesn't stick around long (although he has been kind enough to share it with me). I really wish he pulled on his ears or gave me a big fat sign, but it really is a guessing game. This is only the second time he's ever been sick, so I guess I can't complain too much.


We went to the library yesterday afternoon and spent a solid hour there playing with toys and picking out books. There was a play kitchen with a bunch of fruit and Mason pulled out and apple and an orange. He handed me the orange and said "ball", because it really just looked like an orange ball. And he handed me the apple and said "apple." I got him saying it on video at supper when he was eating a real apple. That was his new word of the day.

Sorry about the dishwasher in the background!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

It Snowed.

We got almost 9 inches in about 12 hours.
It was really pretty.
Luckily it wasn't too cold out either, so we went for a walk.
I'm glad Mason got to wear his snow boots for the second time this winter,
because toddler snow boots aren't cheap.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Mason, What's New?

Soon our little guy is going to be 15 months old, can you believe it? He is busy learning and exploring. It is almost unbelievable how much he's learned in the past couple months. Here are some things Mason has been up to lately:

Loves to climb. Onto the couch, up dirt piles (also known as our yard), on his cars, up the slide.. you name it, he'll give it a try. It is so fun to watch him build confidence. Well, 50% fun, 50% terrifying.

His vocabulary has also been growing. Most words he's just started saying in the last month. I feel like he learns a new word every day. He says dada, duck, Eeyore, Pooh, tractor and rarely, mama. He says car, which is his favorite word and will let you know when he sees or hears one. He asks for crackers, Pout Pout (to read The Pout Pout Fish book), and for help when he's stuck. He loves his boppa (grandpa) and to look at pictures of any baby. When he wants something or wants you to take him to something he'll point and say that. He says pop when we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar because the caterpillar pops out of the egg. I ask him to pat the dogs and he say pat pat pat while doing so. He knows a sheep says ba, a cow says moo, a dog says woof, and a rooster says cah cah cah. He says potato (sounding more like potate) and book, poop and tickle. When he is teething hardcore and having a really bad time with it, he'll say ninga over and over. When someone is leaving or he wants to leave or go outside, he says bye bye.

His communicating through actions has also gained some ground. He waves when he says "bye bye." Although I know he's still capable of it, the sign for milk has disappeared and he's resorted to either lifting or grabbing my shirt and/or whining. Actually, it seems whining is a preferred way of asking for things. I almost always can tell what he wants, but when I don't know, that's when life gets hard. For both of us. Mason can sign "more" and blow kisses. We recently introduced "all done" and "poop" and he has done both already. In fact, today he signed AND said "poop" WHILE HE WAS POOPING!

His independent play is lasting a little longer these days. Sometimes I can actually get stuff done around the house. It is fun to see him crawl around on the floor and pretend to be a dog. He also makes things as simple as a few bowls very interesting. I really do wonder what is going on in his head, because those wheels sure do spin.

Around the time Mason turned one we gave up the exercise ball method of putting him to sleep and tried out new things. Lately I've been wearing him in the Boba to lull him to sleep, but sometimes he just needs to go go go (jump on the bed, read lots of books, drive around his dump truck) until he can't walk straight and only requires a few sways to send him off to dreamland.

I'd say that Mason still nurses about 8-10 times a day and no less than 2 times during that night, way more than that the last couple of months due to those molars. Speaking of those one year molars, they still haven't popped out. How long did it take your kiddo(s) to get theirs?

As for solids, he can take it or leave it. There are some foods he is really enthusiastic about like cheese, grapes, oranges, and chicken nuggets... but there are also times when he really doesn't want to eat anything. His favorite snack is probably cheddar bunnies and he likes to carry a sippy around the house with him. It is a good day if there's orange juice in it.

The weather has been so nice here lately, we've been spending our days going on walks and hanging out in the yard. We take two different kinds of walks. One is with Mason riding on my back in the Boba with the dogs on leashes, we go longer distances and talk about all the things we see and hear. The other kind is when Mason and I are both walking and I go where he goes. I'm usually silent and let him explore unless he looks at me for my input. Sometimes we end up in people's yards or a car comes down the street and I have to interrupt his curiosity, but otherwise it is great fun watching him. Sometimes we will walk a few blocks and pick up rocks and sticks on the way, other times we come across a puddle and play in it for ten minutes.

Mason sure is growing... and so is his hair. We've officially reached mullet stage. Tyler is really wanting it to be cut, but our family beautician has headed south for this (gorgeous) winter. So, Grandma Bev, if you're reading this, you need to come cut your Great Grandson's hair. Just saying.

I can't think of anything I'd rather do than to observe my son learn and grow each day. Parenthood can be hard, but is such a wonderful gift. I'm so excited for everything the next days, months, and years bring.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wordless Wednesday.

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