Friday, January 29, 2010
PS - Today's Lesson Learned: dry rub comprised of salt and spices + dry, cracked wintertime dishpan hands = yowee zowee!
Monday, January 25, 2010
We never ever go to the movies these days, so we haven't seen Crazy Heart, but we hear it's great. And who doesn't love Jeff Bridges (The Dude!), Robert Duvall, and Maggie Gyllenhaal? We also heard that the sound track was incredible as well and were pleasantly surprised to see that it heavily features Ryan Bingham. His song "The Weary Kind" won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song. We have his album Mescalito and have listened to it quite a lot. Mike's actually probably a bigger fan than I am, but I do really love his gravelly voice. I think now that he's working with the likes of T-Bone, the quality of the songs will be polished up just that last little bit that I felt was lacking. The soundtrack itself does look awesome (Buck Owens! The Louvin Brothers! Lightnin' Hopkins! Waylon Jennings! Townes Van Zandt!... plus Colin Farrell? Interesting. And Robert Duvall and Jeff Bridges sing), so it's definitely on our To Get list. Enjoy!
PS - Here's a sponge to mop up your drool. He is pretty easy on the eyes.
Next week I promise to put something up that isn't so country-ish for those of you who are holding your ears and howling right now! :)
Sunday, January 24, 2010
... I need three things (holding up three fingers): I need to go to the potty, I need my hair fluffed, and I need to wipe my nose because I've been crying and crying. [Said to Mike's mom after she went upstairs to check on a crying Maggie who was supposed to be in bed asleep.]
... Holy bujeezus, this grape is enormous!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Mike decided to endanger the life of our first born by piling up a heap of snow and sticking her slide on top of it. She loved it. Kate and I stepped out on the deck to watch her take a few runs down her own personal double black diamond and she was cackling with glee, skidding across the backyard on her bum. Except for the one time that Mike actually attempted to get a video, of course. This is not child abuse, just dumb luck. Please don't turn this in to the police as evidence. Thank you.
In our defense, you can hear her laughing if you listen carefully.
Friday, January 8, 2010
I'm also starting to pack up the bottles and bottle paraphernalia because I'm hoping to wean her off onto a sippy cup asap. She likes them and does better with them than Maggie did at this age, but she mostly likes to let the milk run out of her mouth onto her shirt instead of swallow it. Why?? She doesn't do that with her bottles. It cracks her up though. I guess once she gets good and thirsty, she'll stop.
I'm feeling very fortunate that Amy B. is having a baby soon because as I move through these milestones with Kate, it's helping me to feel excited and relieved instead of sad. Kate's my last baby and perhaps I should feel wistful and reluctant to let go of these baby days and baby things, but as I pack up the girls' stuff, I feel like I'm gathering it in preperation for the next baby instead of just tossing it out. It just isn't MY baby specifically. But I know these little things are not gone from my life forever and that helps me a great deal. I feel like I get to just appreciate how big she's getting and enjoy the greater freedom and independence this next year will bring instead of clinging to something lost.
Not that you have to save all this junk and use it forever, Amy!! Just toss it out when I'm not looking, OK?! Thanks.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Maggie sang Happy Birthday and blew out her candle for her. Then they split one chocolate and one vanilla cupcake so they could have some of each.
Look at all that frosting! Neither of them really ate much of the cake!
Not all that messy.
Maggie also graciously opened all of the presents for Kate. There was a little bit of "why are all these presents just for her" drama. Luckily, a late Christmas present from Nana and Papa arrived yesterday afternoon, so Maggie was able to have one of the gifts for herself.
After all those new toys, all Kate really wanted to do was climb on her favorite chairs and fall off on her head. C'est la vie.
As always, there are more pictures on Snapfish. Oh, and by the way, that ugly blob on her shirt in those photos is the remains of an M & M. I should've changed her shirt, but we had our hands full trying to keep Maggie from ripping through all the presents before Kate could even see them!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
And here's a photo of Maggie getting in on the act:
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Thank you and my sincere apologies.
Auntie Amy Brandt has already collected her Eagle Eye Award prize of getting to hear Maggie perform her famous rendition of DECK! the Halls on speakerphone. Congratulations!!