Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Baby Lions

Apparently to be part of our family, you have to know how to roar like a lion:

Madeline at 15 months

Charlie at 12 months

I think Madeline wins best lion award, but they're both awfully cute. Charlie needs some work with the lizard and fishy faces. It's fun to be a parent and teach your kids unimportant tricks. :)

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Matt sits down on the couch and starts to turn on the tv -

Madeline: What are you watching, Daddy? Football or baseball? :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


I couldn't resist snapping a picture (or three) of little Charlie post-church. (Don't worry, he wore pants to church!) I know they're a little blurry. He's always on the move now.

This little man makes me happy. He had his dr's appt yesterday. 15th percentile in weight. Again, dealing with a child low on the charts. Really? Look at those thighs! He is gaining confidence with walking and seems quite pleased with himself.

I wrapped up nursing last week. I was feeling a little more sentimental this time around. Maybe it's because you get less one on one time with two kids? But Charlie is a major snuggler at all times of the day, so that satisfies me. :)

Charlie's biggest love is cords. He will sit and play with the computer cord for a good 30 minutes sometimes. He also loves putting lids on containers, and putting items in and out of things.

I can tell Charlie and Madeline have different personalities, but I am seeing some similarities, too. Yesterday at the doctor's office, Charlie wouldn't let them do anything to him (including weighing him) unless I was holding him. He held super still as long as he was in my arms. I'm not sure if it's the age or part of personality, but Charlie is shy and is very attached to me. Hmm...sounds familiar.

Madeline is growing up and starting some new things. She deserves her own post, though.....

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Big Craft Fair

Thank you for being so supportive. Many of you have been asking how it went, so here it is -

It was SO much fun. I loved talking with people and having them admire something I made with my own hands. I'm used to living in places where making crafts is just the thing to do, but here, everyone couldn't believe I could make things like that! They were even fascinated with the pom poms, which in San Diego were standard fare for any baby shower or party. (I love you little Iowa!) My booth and my products were very well received. I just wish I would have sold a little more!

The favorite items were the mary jane shoes and the tie and vest onesies. But my visitors pretty much fell into two categories:

1. Grandparents who didn't know if a girl or boy was on the way
2. Everyone else who wished they had a baby to buy for

My goal was to at least break even. And I actually made a profit. But the whole set up with one car, kids and a busy husband made it kind of a big ordeal. I couldn't have done it without Matt. He was so kind to let me do this fair. (The cleanliness of the house took a backseat while I prepared everything!) And he took his precious day off to help me set up my booth at 7 am, take the kids all day, and help me load up and take two trips home. He was great, didn't complain and was happy to help me. Setting up my booth with just the two of us was really fun. It was cute to watch him hang pom poms, adjust the tablecloth, cut ribbons, etc :) He had the idea to hang the onesies some forward, some backwards and it worked out great.

I would love to do it again....maybe next year! I had a blast, but I'm not sure the money is worth the hassle. I'm pretty sure I should stick to being a harpist. It's a much more efficient way to make money! I actually handed out a ton of my business cards for harp. I met three couples with children getting married, and made friends with the event planner for the University of Iowa. So maybe this little craft fair will open some doors to some gigs. I'm debating about opening an etsy shop to sell some of the things I have left over. If anything, I've got some darling baby gifts on hand!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Happy, Happy Birthday!

Charlie is one and I can hardly believe it. We had a fun little family party for the big guy.

Here are the cupcakes I made.

I used Our Best Bites Chocolate Peanut Butter recipe. It has a surprise PB cup in the center. I was really excited to attempt her double-swirled frosting. It was a flop. I couldn't seem to get the consistencies right, so I just had to use a knife to spread it on. Bummer.

Here are some pictures to recap the night.

His doctor's appointment is next week, but I'm pretty sure he's around 20 pounds, putting him in the 12th percentile. Really? Look at those rolls...

Charlie is a sweet little boy. With Madeline being so mellow, everyone told me my boy was going to be a crazy out of control boy. Well he may be that later, but for now he is pretty darn easy (although oh boy can he whine!), loves to cuddle, is easy to put to bed no matter where we are or who is putting him down (so glad for this), loves pasta, peas, milk, cheese, well pretty much any food! He is really into lids right now, and putting things inside other things. He loves the tupperware drawer. I can often find random things inside tupperware with the lids on. The other day I couldn't find my deodorant. Charlie put it safely in the laundry hamper and closed the lid. I looked for a good half hour. Should have known...

Charlie loves his momma, but can't get enough of his daddy. He gets so excited when he hears Daddy coming home. He also adores Madeline. Before bed, he has to give her a little hug. She can always get a good laugh out of him, too. He knows what he's not supposed to do, usually dealing with cords, outlets or emptying bookshelves and will look at me and grin from ear to ear before being naughty! Charlie has taken 10 steps, but the little stinker would rather squat down and crawl.

It has been so much fun having a little boy around this last year. He is such a blessing. We love you Mr. Charles!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Haircuts and Sleeping Out

First, Mr. Charles is ONE today! He has been especially grumpy all day, but that also means more cuddling. We're crossing our fingers that Daddy gets home before 7:00pm tonight so we can celebrate!

Did you ever sleep out on your deck when you were a kid? I did and I have great memories of that. We had a favorite cat, Panda, who would come and snuggle in our sleeping bags with us and sleep there all night. Matt thought that was gross, but I loved that old, loyal cat.

Well, we have this great screened in porch and Matt and Madeline slept out the other night. I don't think Matt got very much sleep with Madeline kicking him all through the night, but I know Madeline loved it. I could hear them out there chatting about their favorite things.

Somebody was a little jealous in the morning when he'd realized he had been left out of something!

I also tried my hand at cutting Charlie's hair. I was doing pretty well, but as I was going around one of the ears, Charlie jerked his head back. It's a little rough around the edges.... I'm going to need a tutorial when I come visit, Mom. Maybe then Matt will let me come near him with the clippers? ;)