Monday, June 29, 2009
We spent a good deal of the weekend outside, which is much to my dismay since I'm not a fan of nature or the outdoors in general, but we learned quickly that if we tire him out, he will sleep more. Not a lot more, mind you, but we did get an extra 45 minutes Saturday morning. The best part is that since we're so used to getting up at DAWN that when he does sleep in a bit, we still wake up and end up lying there going "is that him? did he just cry? is he awake?" instead of snoozing in. Ugh. It was also hot as hades this weekend so we spent part of Saturday afternoon in the backyard playing in the sprinkler. Max wasn't sure what to do about it and pretty much walked up and put his face right in the stream. Despite the water up the nose, he seemed to enjoy it. He also has a little blow-up pool with a fountain so it was pretty much like a water park out there. Well, a really crappy waterpark with a sprinkler and a 5" deep blow-up pool and some grass clippings that stuck to everyone. Awesome. We did make it to the real pool on Sunday morning, though. It was nice because we were the only people there besides the lifeguard and the water was 80 degrees. We got him a life jacket, thinking we could let him splash around on his own but that lasted about .6 seconds and all the life jacket helped him do was to fall face first into the concrete when he tried to walk with it on. He has the bruise on his head to prove it. Sorry kid.
On another note, over the next 3 weeks, I'm going to be making 3-4 cakes to enter into a contest at http://www.threadcakes.com/. Basically I have to take a shirt that they sell and translate the design to a cake. My friend Mary sent the contest my way and I thought it would be fun because the t-shirts are really funny. I'm not going to divulge which designs I'm using just yet but I'll be posting the cake pics as I finish them. I'm also going to ask you kind reader(s) to visit the website at that time to vote for my cakes. There's some pretty stiff competition out there but it'll be cool just to see a picture of my cake on a site that I don't maintain myself.
Monday, June 22, 2009
On Sunday, I was going to brunch with my dad and Jeff was supposed to meet his dad and his brothers and their kids to go on a big family bike ride. My family never went on big family bike rides. This seems like work. I declined. We had prepared Max for this adventure earlier in the week by purchasing the world's cutest baby helmet and taking him on a test run. He is seriously killing me with that helmet on.
Well, as the morning went on Sunday and we realized how freaking hot it was getting, I was starting to gently suggest that perhaps it was too hot for Max to ride along, considering the car thing said it was 97 out and the humidity was at "tropical rainforest" levels. Jeff was all "it's fine" but by the time we were on our way to the restaurant for him to drop me off, his phone was ringing. The plans had changed, they were going swimming. HOORAY. This meant that Jeff was going to have to drop me off, go back home and get swim stuff for the both of them and drive all the way back to where we already were. So, he did this. When he finally made it to his dad's house, the plans had changed AGAIN. Now they were going to some lake where they were going to ride jet skis. HUH? Uh, I think Max is just a bit too little for that. Anyway, while I got a ride home from my sister, Jeff was getting lost somewhere in southern central St. Louis county trying to find this lake. He finally got there and ended up spending the whole time watching everyone else ride jet skis while he sat in a pavilion with Max. Here is artfully posing for you by the lake.
He kinda looks like a merman in this picture. You know, a male mermaid. Or a stump. Whichever. Anyways, I'm not saying he didn't have fun, because he got to hang with his dad, but I think we might go away next year so we don't have to run around for everyone else and he can just enjoy his day.
Regardless, Jeff is the greatest dad ever and if I had the foresight to find him a coffee cup that says that, I would have bought it.
Oh look at that. I just saved $8.99. You're welcome, honey.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
HE'S IN! That is one fine looking husband I have.
Here he is in full swim. He was kicking those feet like a champ.
Daddy was throwing him up and he was cracking up. Mommy was sitting on her hands at the edge hoping she could figure out CPR if necessary. I KEED GRANDMA, I KEED.
Daddy, Grandpa and Max. Classic.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Max looking bug-eyed with a bug-eyed Austin-Healey Sprite. I will also take one of these, please. I'm not 100% sure but I think Max is giving you his Blue Steel again. You're welcome.
Meh. Car is okay, kid looks disgusted. Show me something better, daddy.
MUCH BETTER. He's pleading with his eyes for daddy to get this for mommy. It would make everyone so happy.
This was next to the one in the last pic. Um, flames and a checkerboard roof? HELLS YES.
This is the mini truck. Swap out the landscape graphics for my cake logo and bam, Bob's your uncle.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
In the last 6 months, we've gone from bumbling new parents who could barely change the diaper of a baby who had no idea who we were or what we were saying, to a totally normal family. Well, normal is a relative term. Normally weird, perhaps. Anyway, 6 months ago I would have freaked out to find he had taken his diaper off in the middle of the night and peed in the bed but now, well, I just sigh and change the sheets. Again. We've come a long way, baby.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
So, we took some video this weekend of Kimchi. He is a bizarre little child, I tell you. He's really come into his own in the last few weeks and he's burst out with this totally loud and hilarious personality. Well, it's hilarious when he's laughing and being adorable, not so much when I'm sitting in TGI Friday's trying to enjoy my delicious California club and he's yelling and throwing his sippy cup at anyone within reach. He is also growing at an astonishing rate and since we came in late to the game, I have no idea if this is normal or if I'm going to go in one morning and he's going to be Yao Ming size. I also don't know if this little personality was always in there and he was just waiting until he felt comfortable with us to bust it out or if this is just normal progression for a kid. I really should probably pick up a parenting book at some point.
Anyway, this first video I took last weekend after breakfast and no, he's not wearing pants. He does have a diaper on but he is averse to wearing pants at home so I allow it. I don't wear pants so why should he. I keed, I keed. I totally wear pants. He is REALLY trying to talk to us and I wish I knew what he was trying to say because clearly it is of vital importance to Earth. I can't explain the hanger other than he decided he really, really likes them.
The trick I'm referring to at the end is one his daddy taught him called "Climb Into The Chair All By Yourself So Mommy Can Freak Out That You're Going To Fall Off And Crack Your Face Open." We didn't get video of that. Instead, I will now show you The Laughing Video. He spent a good 20 minutes running around his room laughing for no apparent reason. He was really pleased with himself. He has the funniest laugh and at the very end, you can see him go in to french the camera. He is full of l'amour.
The best part of this video is when he gets REALLY tickled by himself, he flails his arms and between the arms and the shirt, he reminds me of Robin Williams as the gay nightclub owner in "The Birdcage." VIVA LA JAZZ HANDS!!!