Sunday, September 30, 2007

More on Tay

In August she finally moved out of our walk in closet and into her own room. It was a little bit of an adjustment for all of us- especially Daddy (he loves his little girl!). She still wakes up at night but does love playing in her big girl room during the day. Sometimes if we're up stairs though, I'll find her sitting in her old room (the closet). I think she misses the coziness of it. She also began sucking on her pacifier again after a 5 month hiatus. We seriously thought she was done. Funny girl, Tay!

Taylor hasn't been feeling very well this week. She has had a yucky cold and her last 4 teeth are finally coming in. . .

. . .but fresh from a bath, she already wants her shoes on. What a girl!

Carter's Class & Bike Riding Update

I think Carter is enjoying his class. There is a little girl named Zoe that Carter can't seem to leave alone. On the first day of class he tried to kiss her! Here are a couple of pictures from the last couple of weeks. For more pictures, go to our class blog. I also started one for my "Stepping into Preschool" 2 year old class.

Finger Painting

Community Helper's Week: Police Officers

Also, I was wrong when I previously said it would take Carter a few weeks to figure out how to get started on his bike by himself. We took his training wheels off a week ago yesterday and he definitely has it figured out. He loves his new freedom so much that he only rides his wood bike when his legs are tired from pedaling his big boy bike.

"Pretty" Fingers

The other day I found Carter coloring his finger nails blue. I asked him why he was doing that and he said, "I want my fingers to be pretty too". I guess he was feeling a little left out since we occasionaly paint Tay's finger nails now. I think I need to break out my clear polish for him- I think blue marker is a little messy. I was finding blue little smudges all over the house! For all of you men out there reading this- at least he chose the color blue! LOL

Monday, September 24, 2007

Our (very) Little Walker

I have been terrible at posting updates and pictures lately. Sorry! I guess preschool and birth related projects are keeping me a little preoccupied. Anyway, Taylor is walking! She took her first true step on July 24th and during the month of August really figured it out. I wouldn't say she can run yet but she definitely has two speeds- 1) toddle 2) Carter's coming (for better or worse). Just watching her walk will provoke a smile- she looks too small to be walking.

In August we took her to a new pediatrician who ran some blood tests and weighed her again. He said she is as healthy as can be- just small! So at 15 months and 17.6 pounds we are just going to keep on loving her and not stress about her weight. As Dr. B says, "sometimes small people are born to the earth!" (I personally love the fact that he is only 5'2'' and about 125 pounds, married to a small lady and has 2 small kids).

Tay is just a blond little doll. Oh how I love her!

No Training Wheels

I can't even believe it! Carter is not even four years old yet but he can ride his bike with NO training wheels! Wahoo! (Can you tell that I am excited or what?).

After returning from Boise at the end of July, Carter began telling us (very regularly) that he wanted to take his training wheels off. I was imagining skinned elbows and knees galor so I began a search for a "walking bike" like Carter and I had seen on Sesame Street last spring. I was very bummed when I realized that to order one of these great little european inventions online would be way too expensive.

About 8 weeks ago however, I randomly jumped on northern Virginia's craiglist and in the baby section someone had listed a brand new walking bike- only 10 minutes away from us and a great price. We quickly emailed them and picked it up a couple hours later. Drew put it together (it was still in the box) and immediately put Carter on it. He looked like a drunk person trying to push with his feet. It was hilarious! He couldn't balance at all! But after about a week of practicing his balance improved, and soon he was a crazy boy- zipping up and down the street and off the curb.

He loves riding his "wood bike" (yes, it actually is made of wood) with the big boys down the street because he can totally keep up with them- just by pushing with his feet. (If you are totally confused- a walking bike is a bike with no pedals, just two wheels). His favorite trick is going to the top of hills and coasting down with his feet in the air!

Drew has been telling me for a few weeks that he thought Carter was ready to take the training wheels off his regular bike. No way! Not my little Carter. . .

Drew came in the house on Saturday and told me to put my shoes on. I followed him out to the middle school track, around the corner from our house. There was Carter standing on the side of the track with his rocket ship helmet on and his big boy bike. . .no training wheels. Drew held the the handle bar for him, gave hime a push, and off he went. No wobbling or anything! He can even stop by himself without crashing. So after a few rounds on the track we went back to our house and video taped him. So cute! I think it will be a few weeks until he figures out how to start by himself, sp until then Drew or I will have to help him. Can you tell we are sooo proud?! I just about cried my eyes out as I watched him pedal around the track.

We figured out that our video camera has issues so we can't download videos yet. At first we thought it was just a matter of getting a new cord but there is actually something wrong with the camcorder. Once we figure it out, we'll post a video of our crazy Carter riding his "wood bike" and his "big boy bike".

Here is an example of what a "walking bike" looks like. We highly recommend them!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Movin' On Baby...Movin' On

That's right, folks. I'm done with PCs and all their virus-swamped, slow-loading, always-freezing-up, poor-excuse-for-a-computer HEADACHES (to keep it PG). I finally built up the nerve to pick up and throw my PC out the window...to bash its monitor in...to throw it on the floor and jump up & down on it until I felt better (yes, I did feel much better). I'm free! It's been a long and emotionally treacherous 12-year relationship that's been really hard to give up...but alas...it had to be done. And the best part about it was that when I went onto Dell and built a computer with the exact same specs as my new Mac, the Mac was $200 cheaper. TAKE THAT, SUCKA!

I'm all Mac now, baby. This Mack is aaaaaall Mac! No turning back.

You can't see me, but I'm doing a little dance.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Good Times

"While we try to teach our children all about life...
Our children teach us what life is all about."
~Angela Schwindt

A Night Out


Drew and I had the chance to go out on a date last Friday! Whoo Hoo! We went to dinner and then headed over to the Manassas Battlefields to play around with my camera and tripod. I got some really good ones of Drew (he would kill me if I posted them) as my hunky model. We also took a couple of us together. It was a fun night!

My Little Chef



We busted out our preschool chef clothes the other day. Carter loves to be my little helper in the kitchen- even if it is just a frozen veggie lasagna! His favorite job in the kitchen is actually mixing up lemonde. I think he requests a pitcher every day!

The second picture just cracks me up...I kept turning the camera to get a vertical picture but Carter thought that if he was going to be in it right side up, that he had to turn his face as well. I kept telling him to, "STAND UP Carter" and finally he said matter of factly, "Mom, I am going to be crooked in the picture." He cracks me up!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

First Day of Preschool

Today was our first day of preschool. I say "ours" because I am teaching Carter's class. It went really well. Thankfully Drew stayed home for the morning to take care of Taylor. I wanted the kids to have their first day of preschool with out a curious toddler crawling all over them during circle time. I think the year is going to be fun! I wish I had a couple more kids in the class but four is enough for now. I think Carter really enjoyed his morning. After lunch he took a 3 hour nap- I guess I wore him out!

Twenty minutes after class ended I got a call from the local high school preschool (it's a Virginia thing). We have been on a waiting list for almost a year for Carter....he got in! Hearing that actually made me really emotional...after so many months of waiting and checking in with the teacher...I finally decided to create a preschool experience for Carter in our home. I have put close to 40 hours of preparation (and all of our extra cash) into our class. It was really frustrating to find out that I didn't have to go through all of that work and stress after all. I guess that's how life works some times! Oh well- we will have an adventurous year after all. To fund the class at our house, I am actually teaching a "stepping into preschool" class for 2 year olds on Thursday mornings. I have five kids but two of them are speech delayed so I am crossing my fingers that everything goes smoothly. I will be teaching preschool 3 mornings a week. It will be a busy year! I"ll keep you posted!

Here is a picture of Carter with the chalk board behind him. He and his class mates were very cute! Check out our class blog at http://www.stoneridgepreschool.blogspot.com/.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Genius

Ever feel like this guy?

I had one of those moments today. Last week I was asked to play the organ for our stake priesthood meeting tonight at 7:30. "No problem," I said, "you can count on me!" Ya, you know whenever a guy uses the phrase, "you can count on me," you can pretty much count on him NOT doing whatever it was he agreed to do.

So I went online this morning to double check that the meeting was at 7:30 tonight and not 7:00, but I couldn't find it on our stake calendar. "That's odd," I thought. "Doesn't the stake think it's an important enough meeting to put on the stake calendar?" And then, in a moment of brilliance like none other, I scrolled down a few spaces where I read, "Stake Priesthood Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, August 30." Nice.