Sunday, January 25, 2009
You're from Colorado if ...
You have no accent at all, but can hear other people's. And then you make fun of them.
'Humid' is over 25%.
Your sense of direction is: Toward the mountains and Away from the mountains.
You say 'the interstate' and everybody knows which one.
You think that April is a totally normal month for a blizzard. (And that snow in September and May is not that weird, either.)
You grew up planning your Halloween costumes around your coat. (And snow boots!)
You know what the Continental Divide is.
You've gone off-roading in a vehicle that was never intended for such activities.
You always know the elevation of where you are.
You wake up to a beautiful, 80 degree day and you check to see if it's going to snow tomorrow.
Everybody wears jeans to church.
You actually know that "South Park" is a real place not just a show on TV.
Your two favorite teams are the Broncos and whoever is beating the crap out of the Raiders.
When people out East tell you they have mountains in their state too, you just laugh.
You go anywhere else on the planet and the air feels 'sticky' (I usually think 'sticky' and 'thick') and you notice the sky is no longer quite the same blue.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
E is meeting all of his milestones within a normal range - a little ahead in some things (like counting, recognizing his letters, and verbal skills), right on schedule for some things (like gross motor skills, turning paper book pages, and memorizing favorite books), and a little behind in some others (like chewing well - his 2 yr molars are just now coming in). We did not have the (rather silly) milestone questionnaire with his new doctor here that we had with his doctor in Colorado, which I didn't mind at all. (I really liked his doctor, but the questionnaire was a little over the top, I think.) At his new doctor the conversation went more like this, "How's he doing? Do you have any concerns?" Very laid back, which is nice. We talked about vitamins and when to start going to the dentist. (Oooh, doesn't that sound like fun!) Elijah hasn't been interested in potty training at all yet, but I'm not worried about that yet. The doctor said that since Elijah is so verbal, we should expect him to start the "terrible threes" any time now. I think he actually turned three about a month ago.
We have been a little sorry that we took Elijah's pacifiers away lately; with Molly teething and crying a lot during the night, he has been less able to sleep through it all without the help of his pacifier. But there's always something - there will be lots more teething to get through - and I didn't want to keep putting it off forever. He hardly even mentions them anymore, and I think he got over it pretty quickly. I have been putting Molly in our room some days during their shared afternoon nap so he can actually sleep - we're all much happier when he sleeps well.
Elijah has been doing a really good job with letters and the sounds they make. He can tell what letter most words start with (there are a few confusing sounds in English that he has trouble with, of course), and enjoys playing the, "What starts with [letter]?" game. He is still counting well, and getting better with the big numbers all the time. I think the highest he's gone so far is 109. Some of his favorite sayings right now are, "I just want to play for a couple minutes," and "I don't want to [whatever]!" He likes to wash his hands and to help me with the laundry. He just keeps growing up!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Molly's first tooth came through yesterday - no picture of it though, since I can feel it but you can't really see much yet. I was hoping that we'll be able to get some better sleep now (the last several nights have been miserable!) but last night wasn't much better. Maybe she has two on the way! Molly also started trying to wave yesterday - how cute.
Here is the full beard, before the shaving began:
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Elijah: Daddy, may I use that knife, please?
Daddy: No chum, knives are dangerous. You'll have to grow a lot before you can learn to use a knife.
Elijah: Will you grow, please?
Daddy: Not tonight - it takes a long time to grow.
Elijah: Maybe after nap time?
Early this morning, before it was time to get up, Molly started fussing. I got up to help her, and I heard Elijah saying, "Molly, Molly, Molly! Go back to sleep, it's still nap time." If only he could reach to put her pacifier back in!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Here are the rules:
1. go to your documents/pictures.
2. go to your 6th file.
3. go to your 6th picture.
4. blog about it.
5. and I'm supposed to tag 6 people ...
So here's my picture:
This is a shot of a baby quilt that I made about a year ago for Matt, the son of our friends Mike & Tori. I like this picture because you can see the individual blocks well enough to see the prints, but you still get the overall feeling of it. I really liked how this quilt turned out, despite the fact that I made it in a big rush! (You can read my post about the quilt here.) It also reminds me that I miss our little group of friends from a Bible study we were in back in Colorado before Elijah was born. I'm glad that we were around long enough to meet little Matt, but sad that we moved away before Elijah and Matt could be friends.
So there you are. It's not exactly the picture I was expecting (I don't think there are very many pictures in all those files that aren't of my kids), but I guess that's what makes the whole thing fun!
I don't think I have 6 people that haven't already been tagged, but ...
1. Wizzy (only if you aren't too crazy busy!)
You can do it if you want to!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Elijah decided at lunchtime today that he'd rather sit in the highchair than in his booster seat - apparently he's feeling a little nostalgic (and whatever Molly does just looks so much more appealing than what he's doing). But by the time he was nearly done with lunch, he had decided that he likes his own chair better. (Today's menu - buttered noodles with Parmesan cheese and red peppers. I threw it together in a panic after I realized that I had no plan and no groceries for lunch. I was proud of myself - it was actually pretty good!)
Elijah spent a long time yesterday playing with soapy water and some measuring and pouring utensils. He had so much fun!
Our latest challenge around here is sharing. Since Christmas, Molly has been sitting really well on her own, and is playing with toys a lot more. Elijah is struggling with a bad case of whatever Molly has is the most fun toy in the room. We're working on being kind and polite about sharing, but I think it's going to be a long, long road.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
[Just boldface the items that you HAVE done, and leave the rest normal ...]
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity (skipped)
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain.
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegitables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29 Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33 Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41 Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45 Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60 Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64 Donated blood, platelets, or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79 Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone99. Been stung by a bee
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
First of all, Elijah celebrated the new year by giving up his pacifiers altogether. He was using them only to sleep (and a few exceptional circumstances) for over a year, but he was still very attached to them and showed no signs of ever giving them up on his own. We decided it would be better to break the habit now than to wait until ... well, whenever. We talked about it for a few weeks through December, and Elijah agreed that when Nana came to visit he would throw away his pacifiers. When the big day came, Elijah very happily ran and threw his pacifiers into the trash all by himself. He was happy and proud of himself at first, but a few minutes later when it was time to go to sleep he was quite sad. It took longer to get to sleep for the first few nights, and he was pretty sad, especially for the first two nights. But the really difficult part was nap time. Elijah went almost a week without sleeping during naps. I was really starting to think he was never going to nap again! But he's slept for the past two days now, so I think we're past the hardest part. I guess this means that he's really growing up!
For Christmas, Elijah got his own little backpack and some quiet toys to take to church. We are working on being quiet, and stretching him longer and longer before going to nursery. He lasted at least 10 minutes longer than usual this week, hooray!
I got some new little bins for Christmas that fit in the bookshelves to keep the kids' toys more organized. It really helps the living room look neater (at least when things are put away). Patrick and my mom helped me get both the living room toys and the kids' clothes sorted and organized last week, which was really nice. We also got out some of Elijah's paper books, and he has been very good with them so far - another sign that he's growing up. I am excited to have things more organized and tidy around here, especially since we spend so much time stuck inside in the winter.
We had some very cold days last week, and the other three apartments in our building had trouble with their heat. Finally a pipe burst in one of the downstairs apartments in the middle of the night - another fun night for Patrick. The broken pipe made our apartment really cold too, especially the kids' room, so we had to put space heaters everywhere for the night. It seems to all be working now, and everything should be dry and cleaned up when someone comes to move in down there this semester. I am so glad that our heat never went out!