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Berries, Beers and Beach

Well it’s been a month and we haven’t messed up yet! Not that we’ve noticed at least…

Baby2 has done a lot in a month; here are some recent happenings in pictures.

We went raspberry picking and I made eight jars of jam from our spoils. Mmmm jam…

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We went on our first bike ride! My parents got us this trailer – we can put our spare carseat in it and go for a bike ride!

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Baby2 is great at tummy time. She’s moving her head from side to side already!

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We caved and gave her one of these. I was a little sad to give it to her but she does seem to love it.

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I think it also helped her to finally take one of these, after trying all week. She certainly prefers her milk from the source. She doesn’t really like the bottle much, but she has about a month to get used to it before I go back to work.

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I had my first one of these since October! Oh it was delicious.

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Finally, we went to the beach with friends who came to visit us from the Midwest. It’s been a busy week!

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On a More Positive Note!

Still no baby, but I have been busy the last couple days which has helped my mind a lot!

Last week, Kiddo1 received his shipment of Titanic memorabilia. He was very excited about getting these commemorative coins and reproductions of Titanic stuff. We came up with the idea to frame some of the cool stuff so he could always look at it without having to get it out of a box or something. Yay project for me! I finished it up last night while he was at a sleepover. We still need to get it hung (always a sticking point for me!) but here’s a picture we took of it just now…

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I used a new mating technique where the mats are raised a little by another layer of mat board hidden underneath the other two layers. Difficult to describe, easier to show. I think it makes the mat a little more interesting.

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Also during Kiddo1’s sleepover away, Mr. Handsome and I got in a date night! Probably the last one we’ll have for awhile! We went out to dinner downtown and stopped for some ice cream to celebrate National Ice Cream Day. Yum!

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Then today I not only fit in two, TWO, naps, but we also took Kiddo1 and his sleepover buddy downtown with us for lots of walking and to see some sand sculptures that were being built for a festival this weekend. I had no idea how hoping downtown is during the week! We usually only venture down there on the weekends, and I figured those were pretty busy. I guess all those people working come out of their buildings and make it quite a busy place!

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We stopped by a toy store, too, and the kids got a little crazy with some ride-on toys. Normally I would not condone this behavior (I swear!) but it was pretty cute and the store was dead. Then the kids crashed, which was hilarious.

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I’m glad Kiddo1 got some energy out. He seems to have been a bit anxious himself these last few days. He releases his anxiety by basically going a little nuts and bouncing all over the house. We go to the park, get out to museums and generally “run him” at least once a day, but right now that isn’t really cutting it. I really hope his extra energy is due to nerves (that sounds bad, but stay with me) and not some kind of energy surge in general because that will make a house with a newborn kind of crazy! We’ll still be able to get him out of the house, though, and with family here he’ll have lots to do. He insists that he wants to just stay home after the baby is born, but I’m sure he’ll get bored enough to want to go out with them after a couple days.

So not a bad past 24 hours or so. I’m feeling more zen this afternoon than I was this morning. It helps to be accomplishing things, like the framing. Now I must find something else to create!

A Punishment Gone Right (and A Lost Tooth!)

Kiddo1 didn’t turn in his homework on Friday (he forgot it at home, mostly because he didn’t put it in he backpack like I asked him to do on Thursday because, he said, “I’ll remember!” Well, he didn’t). We’ve been over how important homework is because earlier in the school year he only had an 88% homework return rate and we were like, what?! Vast improvement needed (he was finishing it he just didn’t turn it in a couple times but we have no idea why and  by the time we learned about it it was too late to really prod him for information).

So when I found his homework on the kitchen table (I didn’t notice it before I took him out for dinner and The Lorax movie on Friday night, dang it) a good punishment was needed. Kiddo1 loves his “screen time” so all weekend he had to go without any screens – no TV, no games on Mr. Handsome’s or my phone, no computer and no Kindle Fire time (he bought it on his own by accumulating gift cards from his birthday).

This punishment actually turned out to be pretty darn cool. It was enough of an impact on his immediate happiness to get the point across, but it made the weekend even more fun because we spent so much more time as a family than just plopped in front of a screen. Mr. Handsome had to work Saturday night so we amused ourselves with lots of games – Kiddo1 even taught me how to play chess! Yes, I’m 31 years old and had never played a game or even known how to play chess. But now I know (mostly)! He was a pretty great teacher – we played a game and he let me have some do-over moves. He repeated so many things I’ve heard Mr. Handsome say to him as pointers. This made Mr. Handsome happy indeed.

On Sunday we started a game of Monopoly that we played for at least a couple hours but then had to take a break to get some things done. We walked over to the neighborhood “main street” and stopped at the library, then got hungry so we walked all the way down the street to this awesome sausage joint and had ourselves two sausages/hot dogs each! Walking took it out of us. We ran by the hardware store on the way home to get yard work supplies. Finally we stopped by the park so Max could have a quick run with his ball. We were out about two hours and I estimate we walked at least two miles, per Google maps.

We did some yard work together – Kiddo1 pulled all the weeds from the raised garden beds and they are pretty close to being ready for planting in a few weeks! Mr. Handsome worked on repairing the neighbor’s back screen door (it won’t latch and it’s right by our bedroom window and all night we hear creeping/squeaking. It’s so annoying!) and I tilled up some soil wear the grass has worn away so we could plant new grass seed. Our yard has gotten pretty patchy, mostly because our other neighbor loves to throw the ball for our dog which is great exercise but it tears up our yard so I really wish he wouldn’t do it. Try telling him that though – he either forgets or refuses to listen!

Then we went to a wedding reception for some of Mr. Handsome’s co-workers. It was at a bar across the street from his restaurant. I had a very yummy but very greasy grilled cheese sandwich with some very creamy tomato soup. It was so good but I could feel myself getting bigger I swear!

Finally we came home and played more Monopoly and we still haven’t finished the game. The TV is back on tonight however we decided that we will now have one “no screen day” every weekend because it was actually a lot of fun! You forget that just because you’re sitting together watching TV doesn’t mean you’re actually spending any time together. I doesn’t really count at all.

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppAlso, finally finally, Kiddo1 has lost his first tooth! He reported it loose on my birthday and has been wiggling the heck out of it all week. We were hoping with him that he’d loose it while at school so he could get one of those cool little treasure chests, which I can’t believe they still give out. I remember wanting one of those things so bad because I couldn’t seem to lose my teeth at school. He’s a lucky kid for getting one for the first tooth.

His two front bottom teeth have already started to grow in so I doubt he’ll have this little hole for long (his tooth looks SO tiny in the little treasure chest).

He’s going to be awaiting the tooth fairy tonight (if we’re lucky we’ll get The Rock version!).

Kiddo1’s Birthday Party

This past weekend we had a birthday outing for Kiddo1’s ninth birthday. Usually we do a big party with all the kids in the class. Birthdays are a big deal to us! Up until last year we had everyone at our house and partied in the basement (concrete floors are easier to clean the cake off than carpet!). Then last year we finally broke down and invited everyone out to one of those inflatable bouncing centers. At eight, he was a getting a little old for that I guess, but his friends were all so high-energy that we needed a place where they could really go crazy.

While Kiddo1’s friends are high-energy, he really is not. He’ll run and play with them all day long if they’re doing it, but he’s not one to instigate. He’s been asking us to have a movie party for a few years now but we knew his friends couldn’t handle it.

Well now that his friends are a little older and are able to control themselves a little better (as long as you pick the right ones, that is!), we decided we’d give a movie party a go. Also, since we got the new car, we could take five extra kids with us and actually get them all to the theater.

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So we did it! We took six third graders to the movies, followed by pizza in the mall food court and ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s (we had a Groupon!). Kiddo1 had a great time and finally got the movie party he’d always wanted.

When compared to the $250+ that a “play place” party costs, this movie option was cheaper, even to see a 3D film (Journey 2 The Mysterious Island). We went to the first showing of the day so tickets were only $9.75 each (only is a relative term I guess). Then a pizza at Sbarro was less than $20 (including a salad for Mr. Handsome and me). The ice cream was only $15 for all including the price of the Groupon. All total it was about $115. If you count the ice cream cake we got on his actual birthday we still spent less than half of what last year cost us. Even hosting the party at home isn’t as cheap when you consider all the decorations, food, cake, beer (well the parents hang out and, you know, it might as well be a party for them too).

Plus, this option was super easy for us. No need to clean the house (twice), no cake to bake, games to plan, decorations to hang, etc. No waiting on anyone to arrive or leave because we picked up and dropped off everyone ourselves (which was great because we got a few minutes to touch-base with all the parents too). No stress! Yay!

Happy birthday Kiddo1! We’re glad you had fun with your friends!