Sunday, December 30, 2012

At 12 months you...


* Weigh 23 pounds.
* Are 30 inches tall.
* Have started sharing a room with your big brother and wake him up in the morning by standing up in your crib and babbling and squealing in his direction.
* Still suck your two middle fingers on your right hand.
* Are a cuddler.
* Have a short temper, arching your back and screaming loudly if you don't get your way, but get over it quickly, turning your tears to giggles almost instantly if something tickles your fancy.
* Sit still on Mommy or Daddy's lap while we read stories to you.
* Will catch a ball and throw it back to us.
* Like to clap and dance to music.


Friday, November 30, 2012

At 11 months you...


* Say "uh-oh" in the sweetest little voice.
* Have a bit of a temper, throwing a fit when you can't have something you want.
* Gave up the army crawl for the more traditional hands-and-knees approach.
* Pull yourself up along furniture and will take a step or two while holding onto something or someone.
* Like to be read to.
* Have such a contented and friendly disposition, just like your brother.
* Make your mommy and daddy wonder what we did to deserve such a handsome and pleasant little fella.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

At 10 months you...


* Are crawling.  And it's a cute little use-one-elbow-and-one-knee-to-pull-your-belly-across-the-floor army crawl. :)
* Love squash.
* Love food (almost any kind will do).
* Still have no hair.
* Grind your teeth constantly.
* Mimic us when we make sounds like coughing, growling, and screeching.
* Want to play with whatever toy(s) your brother is playing with at the moment (which causes quite a bit of frustration to him).


Monday, October 1, 2012

At 9 months you...


* Weigh around 21 pounds.
* Are very mobile, rolling and scooting and pivoting at fast speeds.
* Are extremely vocal, letting it be known when you want the food we're eating, want to be held, or just want someone to notice you.
* Don't mind solid food but prefer food (Cheerios) that you can feed yourself.
* Like autumn walks around the farm in your stroller.
* Have gone down to two naps a day (usually).
* Are so stinkin' adorable.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

At 8 months you...


* Weigh about 20 pounds.
* Have 4 teeth.
* Are such a social bug, smiling at anyone who will give you a look.
* Enjoy sitting up like a big boy in your Bumbo.
* Will giggle uncontrollably for your brother when he makes a silly face or tries to entertain you...and then turn and give your daddy or me a blank stare when we try and do the exact same thing.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

At 7 months you...


* Have your first tooth.
* Recognize your name and turn your head when you hear it.
* Enjoy sitting in your exersaucer.
* Sleep for 10 or 11 hours at night, with about 3 naps during the day.
* Went on your first roadtrip (to Colorado for Daddy's 20-year high school reunion) and were an awesome little traveler.
* Apparently have a lot of striped clothing, since that's what you're wearing in 5 of your last 7 photos!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

At 6 months you...


* Started trying out baby cereal and aren't that fond of it.
* Weigh around 18.5 pounds and have the thighs to prove it.
* Measure 27 inches in height.
* Are definitely a morning person.
* Aren't very interested in sitting up on your own or weight-bearing on your legs, preferring to let others do the work while you just sit and smile at them. :)


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

At 5 months you...


* Look more like your mommy than Shep did.
* Can roll over.
* Suck your two middle fingers.
* Offer easy smiles to anyone and everyone.
* Reach out and grab toys and put them in your mouth.
* Light up when your brother walks in the room.

Monday, April 23, 2012

At 4 months you...


* Weigh almost 16 pounds.
* Measure 26 inches in height.
* Are so pleasant and easy-going.
* Get greeted enthusiastically by your big brother when he first sees you each morning.
* Startle very easily.
* Squeal and giggle for Shepherd more than anyone else.
* Are growing up way.too.quickly.

Friday, March 16, 2012

At 3 months you...


* Smile easily (and it takes up your whole face).
* Finally sleep through the night!
* Love to watch your brother.
* Are wearing size 6-month clothes.
* Coo and "talk" often.
* Get called Mac-Man and Mac Monster by Mommy, MacPants (or just "Pants") by Daddy, and Mac or Mackie by Shep.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

At 2 months you...


* Weigh in at 12 pounds and 9 ounces.
* Look more like your mommy than your brother did.
* Are a good (and fast) little eater.
* Are extremely vocal about it when you don't like something.
* Love to cuddle.
* Bring us such joy.

Friday, August 19, 2011

cowboy caviar.


We have a bunch of sweet corn and tomatoes from our garden to use up. What better way to enjoy them than in a bean salsa. There are lots of variations out there for cowboy caviar, but here's the [delicious] concoction we use:

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can black-eyed peas
1 large tomato, diced
1 large jalapeno, chopped
2 cups fresh corn (you can also use frozen corn and thaw it)
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 cup Italian dressing
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 bundle of fresh cilantro, chopped
coarse-ground pepper and salt to taste

Enjoy!

Friday, July 29, 2011

bathroom reveal.

Without further ado...

Bathroom before (post-gutting, re-plumbing, and installing a new toilet):


And after:


I absolutely love the way the sink/vanity turned out. I knew I wanted a warm, rustic look for the cabinet, in a natural finish, since the rest of the room is done in various white/cream textures (i.e. the large tile flooring, the board and batten walls, the mini metro tile around the tub/shower). It was built out of hickory, by my awesome husband and father-in-law, with turned legs underneath to give it less of a built-in and more of a stand-alone look.


We found the sink at IKEA. Yes, you read that right. IKEA saves the day again! The sink was a huge decision. We priced/looked at/debated over apron sinks and pedestal sinks (which leave you with no counter space to set things on), vessel sinks (which we already have in the downstairs bathroom), granite slabs with undermount sinks (which are very costly), and nothing was fitting with the room quite the way I wanted it to design-wise. So on a whim we decided to go to IKEA and see what they had. Bingo. Isn't she a beauty?


And from another angle, just because I like to look at her...


Okay, one more...


As you might remember from this previous post, the sconce lighting was another tough decision. I'm really happy with the one we ended up choosing. Classy, yet primitive.


On the opposite wall we added a linen closet, stealing a bit of space from the master walk-in closet. I'm so glad we decided to do that. Extra storage = extra happiness for an organizer like myself. :)


And who could forget the tiny 1x2" tiles that Manly begrudgingly lovingly installed around the tub/shower...


So there you have it! And only a couple months late. Next up on the remodel list: my office. Once we've replenished the energy and monetary supplies, that is.