- Quit my job.
- Become a mommy.
- Renovate the crap our of our house (with major help from my parents).
- Got back into painting and other crafty past-times.
- Got back into shape (until Thanksgiving hit, and I have fallen way off the wagon).
- Started blogging.
- Borrowed a book from a non-university library and read the book cover to cover (even the books borrowed from a university library were never read cover to cover).
- Tried to go as green as I can without compromising on un-compromisables like the quality of TP.
- Drank more water.
- Enjoyed time with family.
My parents and my brother (Uncle Tom) came today for Christmas 3 of 3 so Jack, being the lucky boy that he is had more presents to open today!
and he’s a big fan. Now all we need is a bike pump to inflate the soccer ball, basket ball and football. Jack also discovered how fantastic the box is – because it’s big enough for me to get inside so clearly there will be a lot of fun playroom time in the coming months!
Santa was good to us this year!
Today we went to Matt’s parents house for Christmas Eve.
We discovered his new Plan Toys push-toy. He was completely not interested in anything else…
and then he discovered one small design flaw. Fortunately, he didn’t seem to mind.
Since mommy forgot his bib Jack graciously agreed to wear a dish towel. We served him some more of the pasta-pick-ups which I this time added garlic, salt and tomato sauce to- success! He likes it!
He had so much to eat that we had time to sit and chat after making and eating our deli meat sandwiches (try not to be too jealous of me Emily1).
We came home and read T’was the Night Before Christmas.
Ho Ho Ho!
Photographed by Matt. See cute pics of Jack here.
This weekend we hosted the “Second Annual Cookie Decorating Party”. This idea came to be last year while I was pregnant because I was starting to think about how having kids would change things… remember decorating sugar cookies as a kid with 12 tons of icing and sprinkles and colored sugar? Remember how fun it was? Well… Matt and I decided to jump the gun and start a fun little tradition and here’s what happened this year:
Jack ate his first cookie (ever) it was a snowman, with no icing, of course. It was funny to watch him because if you give him a cracker he will devour it in 3 seconds flat and then scream for more. It took him about 10 minutes to eat this cookie… maybe he knew it would be his only one and he was trying to savor every bite?
Here were just some of the goods. Matt and I have already put a serious dent in the cookies… clearly we will have to make more! (No problem, because we have about 1 dozen that are still undecorated.)
On Sunday Uncle Tom ‘graduated’ from the University of Maryland with a Computer Engineering degree. If you know anyone who has need of a CE let us know! This is Jack watching the graduation. If you’re wondering why I said ‘graduated’ it’s because some of his final grades haven’t posted so though he walked we’re actually still waiting to be sure all his grades were what they needed to be. (I’m not that worried.)
Jack is on day-two of his nap-strike. (His teeth might be coming.) When Matt got home from work I was excited for a break from my very fussy son. Matt took Jack into the basement to play while I put my feet up and then I heard “Oh, OH! EMILY, COME HERE!!!” Thinking I’m going to see severed limbs strewn about as I run downstairs.
When I get down there, Matt explains that Jack took 2 steps from his activity table to him. So this begs the question, if a baby walks in the basement and his mommy isn’t there to see it- did it really happen? I ask this because when we tried to get him to repeat his new ‘trick’ he would have none of it. I’m left to wonder if it was a real event or Matt’s making it up. (It’s possible!)
Please comment below and tell me: if a tree falls in a forest… does it make a noise?
Lindsey and Cady hosted the mommies today for our cookie exchange and some festive fun! Well Jack found one of Cady’s toys to be so interesting that he basically stole it and then proceeded to play with it for about a half an hour.
Apparently ‘we’ (the mommies) were impressed that he could walk so well on the wood because with less friction you have to be steady on your feet otherwise the car will get away from you. Matt and I are both convinced that he could walk (2 or 3 steps at a time) if he tried, but he seems to be the type of child who will wait to take any steps until he can just walk all the time.
Christian and Jillian both showed off their walking skills. There were some stolen crackers, some boo-boos and many many laughs. It was great to see such a big turn out. I can’t wait to see more play groups with mass-baby-chaos!
It cracks me up to see them interact with their personalities and feelings coming into play, there is a whole new layer to this parenting thing and it’s awesome!
Today we had lunch with Matt’s parents to re-celebrate his promotion. I could celebrate that all day, every day. After the meal we ran home for a quick afternoon nap and then ran our errands: Trader Joe’s, The Perfect Pour and Giant.
When we got home from our errands I let Jack hang out in the kitchen while I put away the groceries. When I saw what he did in order to pass the time I realized- If there was ever a question who Jack’s parents are the answer seems pretty clear: