Thursday, May 24, 2007
So today it's hot. 80 degrees already at 1pm. Kind of humid too. Alison found her swim suit and is outside playing with the hose. She started by watering the whole backyard. (For the video, turn up your volume and you can hear her talking about what she is doing. With the wind it's kind of hard to hear, but I was trying to stay out of the splash zone!)
Now she's filling empty bubble bottles and washing her little slide.
Before Dan left for work, we were taking bets on how long she would be out there for. It's been almost an hour. The library closes in 3.5 hours. I wonder if we'll make it, haha. Oh here she comes. Looks like an hour was her limit, plus she's worried about not making it to the library on time too.
Well, I'm off to clean up outside and pack our library bag. Have a great day everybody!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Ian has been getting into everything lately. Yesterday he figured out that the exersaucer can be fun other than for bouncing. He's always so proud of himself.
We still can't figure out how to keep him out of the kitchen.
Alison was excited to see that some of our iris flower stalks are as big as she was.
She was also surprised that some were very short. They are all parts of the same plant that we divided and replanted last year. So we can't figure that out.
Monday, May 21, 2007
So earlier today, Dan was making some lunch before work. I was in the dining room and I looked down and saw Ian trying to climb over the basket of books. I quickly snapped this before he noticed.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Last night she built a mountain to climb and Ian just had to try it out.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Monday we went kite flying (been there, did that, wrote the blog, right? haha)
Tuesday we went to a ballet! A church downtown has Feeding the Soul of the City concerts. This month was a short ballet performance by the Grand Rapids Ballet. It is a small room and we were right on the front corner. They did a fantasy about Shakespearian characters meeting in the wood. So when Romeo and Juliet did their death scene they were at our feet. Ian and Alison were both mesmerized. It was amazing to be so close to the dancers. We could feel the air rush past us as they danced in front of us. It was lots of fun. We got a compliment from an older lady as we were getting buckled in the car. She talked to Alison about what a good girl she had been and then she thanked me for bringing my kids to something like the ballet.
Weds we took Ian to get weighed at the nursing moms group. He was 20lb 2oz! No wonder he feels so big. And I thought he was huge at Christmas when he was 12lbs!
Thursday we had a wonderful time. We were gone all day with Grandma! Alison has been going to Hackley Library for story time since she's been 15mo. She just recently has become very interested in Mr. Hackley. So we've been learning more about him. As we drove by a few weeks ago, I pointed out Mr. Hackley's house. Since then she's been full of questions about him and his house. So Thursday we set out to explore many of the places that Mr Hackley was responsible for starting in our town.
First we went to The Hackley House which also includes the Hume House. We were our own tour group. So we got to ask lots of questions and take our time in each room of both houses. The woodwork is all handcarved and the stained glass windows are amazing. The worst part of the tour was that I had made sure the camera card was empty, but forgot to charge the battery. So we had to be selective about our pictures. We're going to go back to take pics of the outsides of the houses.
After the tour (we took almost 2hrs!) we had to go to our library, Hackley Public Library. Alison got to show Grandma all around "her" library. Since it was Thursday and free day at the Muskegon Art Museum and it's right next door to the library we went there too. The interesting thing is that Mr Hackley started the art museum too. We saw amazing glass pieces. Unfortunately they don't let you take pictures and my camera was dead anyway.
To finish off the day we had dinner at Grandma and Grandpa's. Alison begged grandpa for a scooter ride so they went outside together for awhile. She sure slept good last night!
Finally today we were going to stay home and get caught up. But an early morning call changed that. Instead we met my friend and her son at the mall to play and have lunch while her car was getting fixed across the street. We hadn't seen them for almost a month so it was nice to sit and talk while the kids played.
So tomorrow we are going to stay home! Yeah, that's it, except there is Mayfest and the Kite festival and the newspaper tours for the 150th anniversary and 101 other things to do...so maybe we won't stay home...hmmmm.....decisions, decisions...
Monday, May 14, 2007
On the way I warned her that I've never been good at kite flying so not to be too disappointed if we couldn't get it to work. But we had success.
This is Alison's favorite picture from today because "My kite actually touched the sky."
I also figured out an alternative use for Ian's shopping cart cover. It was sooo windy today that it was a bit much for Ian. I figured out though the shopping cart cover provided much needed wind protection while still letting him see everything. He really seemed to like his little cave. I used the seat belt to attach it to the frame of the stroller just in case it blew off, but the elastic held tight. It looks crazy, but it worked really well. Plus it kept the sun off him and out of his eyes.
When we got home, Ian was sleeping in his car seat so Alison and I worked in our flower beds for awhile. Our columbines are blooming. Alison is very excited!
Whew! That's it for today. But we have more fun planned for later this week...stay tuned...
Thursday, May 10, 2007
At our house tonight it's spaghetti. Alison being the purist likes it with just a little butter and lots of parmesan. She says it's easier to eat this way because it isn't messy. That's my girl!
Oh, and yes, you're right, he has a necklace on. It's called an amber teething necklace. It's not to chew on but it's supposed to have a calming, analgesic effect on teething babies. I was very skeptical. But a couple of my online friends said they could tell a big difference in their babies teething with the necklace vs not. So, since Dan had gotten me some amber beads long ago that were just begging to be used, I strung some up for him. He has no teeth yet, so we'll see what happens when he gets some. I figure it isn't going to hurt him and while we're waiting for teeth, he sure looks really cute!
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
I'm feeding Ian now but I'll update with a picture later today.
Saturday, May 5, 2007
His checkup went really well. He's grown so much in the past couple months that none of the nurses could believe it. We had all of them in there marvelling at how big he is. They all still remember the days when we were praying he'd gain 4oz in a week. He was 19lb 10oz and 27.5 inches long.
He is growing up in so many ways. This week he's gotten better army crawling all over the place. He's been going for the buttons on the dvd player and anything that Alison leaves on the floor. We've been warning her for months that this day would come and now that it's here she's scrambling around to get stuff away from him. This of course does not set well with Ian who works so very hard to get something only to have sis come and take it away.
Alison has been keeping herself busy this week while Ian is attached to me. She's been outside to play almost every day. She brings me handfuls of dandelions each day so we always have fresh flowers in the house, lol. She has found a little seedling growing in the yard and waters it and checks on it every time she goes outside. She made sure to show daddy where it is so he doesn't mow it. I sure hope he remembers.
We got a book about edible plants from the library. Alison was amazed that the violets that are all over our yard can be eaten. She hasn't been brave enough to try one yet. We'll have to try at least one.
Alison had great fun with grandma and grandpa Thursday. Dan was working and I was meeting some of my longtime friends for dinner so Alison had a playdate. Grandpa took her for a scooter ride and she helped grandma mark her plants with decorative stakes.