Monday, December 29, 2008

Mommy Crafts Part II

I made this felt board for Ruby for Christmas (and also one for her cousin, Jack). She looves playing with it and it was so easy and cheap to make! Plus it promotes learning shapes, manual dexterity, creativity...now I just need to make some story pieces for learning narrative skills! I am also thinking of making a small one for when we go to restaurants....hmmm....

More Winter Pics

Well, the snow just kept coming so we were snowed in for about 4 days....though I use the term "snowed in" loosely since we could go to the store, play outside and had plenty of warmth so it's not like we were reliving "The Long Winter" or anything. We just didn't go anywhere. At any rate, we had a lot of fun sledding and enjoying the white stuff. Here are some more pictures of Storm Watch '09: Ruby and Kayla forging through the drifts. We had a nice morning sledding down Kayla's driveway. Unfortunately, Ruby's little paws got too cold so by the time we made it home she was slightly hysterical. Nothing that a little cocoa couldn't cure though!

Here's Ruby and her dad going back up the hill after sledding down. This is on the closed street near our house. It was full of kids and grown ups sliding up and down on snowboards, sleds, innertubes and garbage can lids. You can see that Ruby is using a grout pan..'cause that's how we roll. The entire city was sold out of sleds so we made do with what we had. Turns out it worked perfectly! Here's our poor little garden gnome, Monty, all covered in snow..

And Ruby's first " 'no-man"! She was tired and mad that it was so hard to walk in the snow so she pretty much cried the whole time I was making the snowman. However, when I showed her this photo she got really excited about it. Turns out...she's a lot like me and can only enjoy the snow so much.

Belated Welcome to Willa!

Ruby's pal, Willa was born on Dec 17th! She missed the snowstorm by mere hours (phew!) and with all the hubub with the weather, I forgot to post a proper welcome! So, without further ado, a big congrats to her parents Leslee and Jude and big brother Elijah! We're looking forward to meeting you Willa!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Welcome, Ari Louise!

Ari Louise was born this morning, December 26 at 5:36am at 6lbs 13 oz.

This counts as the best Christmas gift ever! Ruby is super excited to meet her new playmate!

A ginormous congratulations to her parents, Monica and Steve! We love you guys!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

SNOW Day!!

We got a lot of snow this week. The snow suit Ruby got and my boots I got in 1998 are finally coming in handy! Ruby really likes playing in the snow but only if her hands are covered. If the snow touches her bare hands, the playing is DONE. Carden and Kayla have been her snowbunny playmates and though it is a little too powdery for snowmen, we've managed to enjoy it. We also went innertubing down our closed street. Once Ruby got a taste of that, she was hooked. She kept demanding, "Turn! Turn!" even while we explained that it was Carden's turn. Patience..we'll be working on that. But man, can that girl book up a hill in the snow when an innertube is waiting at the top!

Mama Project

I can be a little crazy, therefore this year I decided it was necessary to make my own advent calendar. I bought the supplies on Veteran's Day. I finished it on Dec 12th so at least I had it for half the month. And I figure we'll be using it for years to come. I got the pattern/idea from the Queen of Crafty, Martha Stewart herself.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Toddler Tear Jerker or The Gorilla Made My Girl Cry

I checked this book out from the library, Little Beauty. It's a beautifully illustrated story about a gorilla who knows sign language (kind of like Koko) and requests a friend and receives a kitten whom he names "Beauty." I LOVE the illustrations and the story is simple, sweet and just weird enough to make me really happy. At one point in the book, the gorilla is sad that he is going to lose his friend, Beauty. The picture that accompanies this is a nearly full page of a sad gorilla face. I've had this book for a couple of weeks and we've read it several times, Ruby and I.

So, last night, she is sitting on the couch reading her books as she is wont to do. She picks up Little Beauty and starts turning each page. Then, out of nowhere, when she gets to the sad gorilla page, she bursts into tears. Really, the saddest little face and most heartbreaking cry. I can't decide if she's saddened by Gorilla's face or if she's scared by it. She loves the other pictures but, now, every time she gets to that page she cries. The funny thing is that she would put the book down and then a minute later want to read it again and then cry as soon as she got to the page.

So, is it a tear-jerker or horror? Terms of Endearment or Pet Sematary? Old Yeller or Carrie? Where the Red Fern Grows or Cujo? Hmm...... Such a bummer because I really like this book!

UPDATE: Verdict is it's a tearjerker. Last night she was reading the book with Dustin and when they got to that page she said, "Hurt!" and closed the book and ran away. Poor monkey, she feels sad for the poor ape.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Monday, December 8, 2008

It's Santa!

We did make a couple of trips to see Santa. There are some really good ones in our 'hood and all for charity so that's even better. Unlike last year, when she'd let us do whatever we wanted, Ruby wanted NOTHING to do with good ol' Santa. Nada. The first Santa suggested that maybe we not force her to sit on his lap. So, it was me, the dad and Ruby with Santa off to the side. Ugh. I was not expecting nor did I desire to have my picture taken. Does Santa not understand that we had children for the mere fact that one day we would get a hilarious picture of her screaming on Santa's lap so we could submit it to the Scary Santa Pictures site? Anyway, here we are in line waiting for the picture and a video of Ruby learning who he is:

video

The second day we tried a different Santa with the same result. So, when you see the pictures, you'll see me too. This time we went with Carden from across the street and his parents. Afterwards we hit the cupcake store after that for some fun and sugar. Sadly I was not able to get a picture of the two of them holding hands but, trust me, it was precious. Below are some pictures because she looked so damn cute in that dress. So, while the actual Santa photos may be a bust, we had a great time going out to get them and I don't think Ruby will be scarred for life. Phew!

Holiday Cabin Fever

With Thanksgiving out of the way, I now realize it's time for Christmas. Unlike years past when I have been on top of the whole holiday, I am not. I haven't been for many years and I don't know if I ever will again. I'm mainly only doing presents for kids this year which takes some heat off and I've got a million little projects piling up. Luckily, Ruby expects nothing so a less than exciting Christmas (for me) will go unnoticed. Next year, I had best be on the ball.

At any rate, we were fairly busy this weekend. I was feeling somewhat...disillusioned with the whole house thing so I tried to go OUT as much as possible. Sometimes I feel like all I do is sweep, clean, tidy, dismantle piles, do laundry etc yet it is never DONE. I might have mentioned that I would give up an arm to have a live-in housekeeper at one point during the weekend. So, I rebelled and I read a book while Ruby napped and sewed instead of mopping the kitchen. Take that housework! All I'm sayin is if you come over anytime soon it had better be to see me because my house is a hot mess.

But I leave you with some cute pictures of our girl:

Got my drink and my catalogue. Perfect. Ok, at least SHE was mopping...
Dressing up with the hat basket! Fancy!