Wednesday, January 28, 2009

An Addiction

Saturday was quilt day at my house. Sara and Marlena came over and we quilted away the day. I got my block done for the guild block of the month. The colors are really off in the picture; it doesn't show how rich the colors really are.

I got a start on my January wall hanging (yes, I realize January is practically over), and finished after they left. But I hate it, so it's being redone (probably next January...).

Sara left the first two books from the Twilight saga with me. So, after they left, I started reading and I haven't stopped. I am ADDICTED! I have to admit I was slightly hesitant in reading it due to the vampire aspect, but Sara said at its core it's a love story- and I'm a sucker for a good love story. She was right, and I am hooked. I started Twilight after Ian went to bed Saturday night, and finished it on Sunday. As soon as it was done, picked up #2 (New Moon) and had it done by Monday. My co-worker had #3 (Eclipse) waiting in my classroom for me on Tuesday, and I've finished it today. I can't wait to get my hands on #4- but what will I do when it's done... I haven't touched fabric since I started reading, so perhaps I should get back to quilting when I'm done- there's an idea :)

And, because no post for me is complete without some piece of Ian, here's a recent picture of him. He's sitting in the drawer that holds his cars when he picks up his toys at the end of the day. For some reason he likes to sit in it and run his cars on the couch. He's just so darn entertaining. We love watching and listening for what he'll do next.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Ian's Day

Ian had an interesting day today. It began like this:

He wasn't too happy about not getting his way. We saw that face a lot this morning. During one such occasion, when we were getting him from his room, he learned how to turn his light on and off. This is a big feat in our house, because so often he wants a book from his room, but it's dark so we get it for him. Now he'll be able to turn his light on/off and get his own book. Ahhh, independence.

Tonight while I was cooking supper, he came up from the basement to check on the progress. After he saw what I was up to, he went to the top of the basement stairs to call Darrin. But, instead of saying "Daddy" he was shouting, "Darrin!" He shouted it about eight times before we figured out exactly what he was saying. I have no idea where he learned to yell for Darrin from.

He ended the day in a much better mood. He helped me make some pumpkin-chocolate chip muffins for breakfast in the morning, and got to reap the reward for his help.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Stupid Mistake

Right now, I'm supposed to be at Archiver's scrapbooking. As you can probably tell from this post, I'm obviously not. Why- because I stupidly forgot my purse at school. My co-worker picked me up and drove me to school today, so I didn't have my car. Got home and was ready to put my stuff in my car- no keys. Darrin has my spare set, so I'm stuck until he gets home. Luckily, Marlena lives close to my school, so she swung by and picked my purse up for me. Otherwise, how was I going to buy fabulous things at Archiver's?

Wait- there was the garage door. I can go!

I'll post later pictures of my productivity.

Jan. 17- here's a few pictures of my productivity from last night. I worked on a two-page layout of Ian playing in his pool this summer. It took most of the 5 hours I was there (pathetic, I know). I spent probably an hour applying the "bling" (gemstones) and the flowers, but it is one of my top 5 pages ever.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Christmas Recap

I headed back to work today. Luckily, the students don't start until tomorrow, so I had time to be productive in my classroom (although I probably would have been more productive if the heat had been working...). As the break is officially over, I figured I should recap all the wonderfulness that is was.

We had a total of SEVEN Christmases over the course of the break, and I guess you could say Ian got spoiled (he is the only grandchild on both sides...). Luckily my grandma had hers when we were there for Thanksgiving, or there was no way all of the presents would have fit in the car on the way back from Iowa. It was great spending a week back there with our family. We're not able to spend that long of a stretch back there, and really enjoyed seeing everyone (although we were ready to come home and sleep in our own beds). Instead of doing a big recap of each Christmas, I'll just share our favorite pictures from break.

Ian visits Santa at Darrin's work
Ian realizes he got cars in his stocking- he actually gasped and whispered, "Cars!"
Having fun playing cars on the Cars rug
Celebrating with his godparents
Putting his godchild ornament on the treeGetting lots of puppy kisses
Ian wearing his new Collins Packer jersey- which will get worn A LOT!!!

Helping Grandpa wash the dishes
Playing cars (and trucks, and trains, and tractors, and bus) with Grandpa on his new table
Kissing Mr. Potato Head goodnight
Getting some Grandma love
Playing Elmo piano after he'd just finished playing with his new end-loader
Sporting his "Someday I'll drive a BIG Case tractor" shirt
Playing with his little Case tractors. He calls them "Grandpa" tractors because that's what both grandpas drove and collect.
Wrestling with Daddy and cousin Mckenna

That was quite a few pictures, but considering we took over 300 during one-week's span, that's barely a sampling. Ian was definitely more into Christmas this year than last, when he was more interested in the paper. This year he tore into the presents and wanted each opened right away. He learned that Santa says, "Ho-ho" and could identify him in pictures. He also loved looking at all the lights. I can't wait to see what changes will show up next year.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Where did my son go?

We've been back a for three days now from spending time in Iowa, but I'm pretty sure we've brought the wrong kid home with us. Sure, the kid who's here loves to play with cars and run crazy, but it's definitely not Ian.
Reason #1: he hasn't cleaned his plate since we've been home. He left Cherrios in his bowl- he NEVER leaves Cheerios in his bowl. Today for lunch, he only ate the cheese from his sandwich and didn't touch his bread or sweet potatoes. This is not Ian.
Reason #2 this isn't my son: he won't lay still for diaper changes, no matter what we promise he can get or do after it's done. We could always get him to lay still if we read him a book while being changed or promised a snack, but that's not working
Reason #3: We had to take him to the car twice because he was misbehaving in public. Last night we went out for dinner for Darrin's birthday- he threw a major tantrum, so he and I headed to the car. Today at Target, he wanted something, we wouldn't get it for him; Darrin took him to the car this time. Aside from these major tantrums, he's having a lot of small ones, too, and is whining about things that have never bothered him before.

The boy home here with me is doing a pretty good job of imitating Ian, but there's enough weird stuff going on to let me know it's not him. I hope the real Ian comes home soon. He is a much happier boy, making me a much happier mommy.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

Well, 2009 has arrived. I actually don't look forward to New Year's as it means my days of staying home with Ian will be over soon as I return to school. It's the same with Fourth of July- summer is half over when it arrives. We did have a good time at our New Year's Eve "party". Marlena and Noah came over. They were gracious enough to bring dinner, as we had just gotten home that afternoon from spending a week back in Iowa (recap of that to come). Marlena and I scrapbooked in the new year. I began working on an alphabet scrapbook for Ian. It has pictures of him doing something or with something for each letter (i.e. E is for Eat, H is for Hat). I've got a few pages done and it's turning out really cute. I can't wait for it to be finished and have him look at it.

As for my goals this year:
  • Family: We do a great job of capturing moments on our camera, but I want to do a better job this year of capturing Ian on video. I also want to go on more dates with my hubby. As for extended family, I want to do a better job sending pictures and cards to my grandparents.
  • Health: stop drinking pop and start drinking water, reduce my snacking, and be more active.
  • Quilting: Complete all the "small" stuff I bought on the Iowa shop hop trip, learn how to hand quilt, and make the tree skirt I've been meaning to make the last 5 years.
  • Scrapbooking: Complete Ian's 1st and 2nd year albums.
We'll see how that all turns out I guess. Hopefully I'll stick to them more than in years past since I've written them down.