Hello…Is This Thing On?

tap tap. Ah, poor neglected blog. Much like many other poor, neglected things in my life right now. My house, the yard, my weight loss program…the list goes on. There is just not enough time in the day or in the weekend for that matter. In an attempt to have ONE “What have we been up to?” post in between the Mylestone updates (which I seriously have to force myself to write…no time, no time!), I give you the D Family events recap:

We’ve been sick. That’s about it in a nutshell. I know, how boring.  J with bronchitis, me with some form of sinus infection, M with double EIs and now S, off to the doctor today with daddy after complaining at night that her ear hurt, is the likely next candidate for some antibiotics. We’ve spent more money at Wags this past month than I care to admit (although most of that comes off of our Benny card…love that!). It seems that as soon as the nice weather hit, we all caught a bug of some kind.

Speaking of the weather, how glorious to have 70/80 degree temps in MARCH! Yup, good ‘ol WI weather, sure never know what to expect. Once I heard the forecast for the week, I dove into closets and boxes and started pulling tags off of all the kids’ summer clothes. It was so much fun. Seriously. I LOVE getting them ready for new seasons and pulling out all my bargin finds.

S has been enjoying all things outdoors…chalk, trips to the park, walks on the nature trail, backyard fun. And Myles has taken his first swing at the park and discovered the weirdness of grass. He’s totally perplexed by it, it’s really kind of funny.

This early summer-like weather has me thinking of all the fun things we want to do this summer. Trips up north, swimming lessons, storybook ballet (S is totally game for another round!), library trips, setting up the pool in the backyard, strawberry picking, etc., etc. Oh, and one big birthday bash for a certain little man who will be turning ONE and a special little lady turning FOUR. Yeah, mommy’s been planning some splashy good fun (in all my spare time). And with spring break quickly approaching (thank gawd!), I’m hoping this weather streak will continue and we can partake in picnics and trips to the zoo and all kinds of outdoor fun things very soon! 

So, not much of an exciting read, but it makes me feel better to get a post out there. And what would a post be without some pics of the kiddos? ‘Til next time…

the cracker clan

mmm…mangoes. and dare I say “I’ll have the roast duck with the mango salsa” in my best caveman voice?

S’s new picnic table courtesy of our awesome neighbors!

Mylestones: 8 Months

Yup, the little man is a whole whopping 8 months. Time is sure flying by…pretty soon we’ll be celebrating his first year birthday and I’ll be a blubbering mess that my little baby is not so much a baby anymore, but a little  tiny person. But before we leap too much ahead in time, let’s update about what Myles learned this past month.

He discovered his ability to pull up. On everything. All he wants to do is stand at the coffee table, the tv stand or his music table and slap his hands down and give us that contented cough/laugh like he knows he’s doing something special. I have a feeling that he’ll be walking before his first birthday (S’s milestone date).  His highchair eating habits are improving and he has tried a sippy cup but hasn’t really caught on how to use it yet. Puffs are becoming interesting for him and he’s basically tried all types of pureed foods. We haven’t really noticed a preference for any one kind of food though. He has 6 chompers in his little mouth now and loves to babble “da da da” and other cute little sounds. I think he will be saying dada before mama since he hasn’t really made many “m” sounds yet.

He’s about 24 lbs and still in size 12 month clothes and size 3 diapers. He hasn’t really seemed to shake the sickness bugs that are floating around these days. Right now he’s on a new antibiotic for continued sinus issues. A few days ago he had tons of eye goopiness and all signs pointed to pink eye. After taking him to the after-hours clinic, the doc said nope, not pink eye, just sinus stuff. I wasn’t really sure how to handle pink eye since S never had it, so I’m kind of glad it was just another round of antibiotics.

He’s definitely becoming more social and smiley. He fusses when we put him down and always wants to be around us. Us and his favorite sister, of course.  Huge smiles and laughs when she’s around. It’s really cute to see them interact. S is so loving and caring for him and he just lights up when she comes near him. We are so lucky to have them in our lives!

Just The Ladies

I took S to her very first ever theater performance today. We saw the Eric Carle story montage at the Overture Center. The story, well three actually, was very entertaining. It was all done with puppetry, black lights and music. The place was filled with kids that were entertained by three of Mr. Carle’s stories: The Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear Brown Bear, and Papa Please Get the Moon for Me. S has the first two books, so we were very excited about those two. Mr. Caterpillar was a big hit and the kids cheered him on when he came on stage.

Here’s us getting ready to leave before for the show.

Once we were there, we took in all the oranate details of the Capitol Theatre. It was my first time at this particular theater. We’d been to Overture Hall for a handful of performances (J and I), but never to the Capitol Theater. I liked the more intimate setting and the cool detailed ceiling and velvet lounge chairs along the walls.

Then we headed in to find our seats. S was excited and couldn’t sit in her’s very long  for my shot that I had to have.   I even got in trouble by the usher lady who warned that no photos were allowed during the show. Relax lady, just trying to caputure a memory here.

After making friends with our pint-sized neighbors, the lights dimmed and the show was on. We stayed for a few minutes of the aftershow where they explained all their puppetry secrets and then we headed to lunch. I let S pick the spot and she wanted the Great Dane. Fine with me!  S was very into coloring while she waited for her mac n cheese.

I really enjoyed spending the afternoon with Miss S. She’s getting so big and is so much fun to be around. It was nice just to have some “girl time”, too. Thanks for a fun time, Sophia!

Mylestones: 7 Months

Poor Mr. M celebrated his 7 month mark being all kinds of sick. He’s recovering from a sinus infection that seemed to last forever, caught the stomach bug that plagued our household this past week, and to top it all off…his top two front teeth are ready to pop through any moment. You can imagine that our washer/dryer has been on overload and the baby diaper bin is getting its use, dealing with all the baby messes.

Besides the tylenol doses, teething tablets, and crying at all hours of the night, he’s been doing ok this month. I can’t believe how mobile he is now. And fast! Today I was vacuuming the living room and he hightailed it right over to check it out. I’ve never seen him move so fast. He also loves to check out the laptop when it’s on the floor. He makes a beeline over to it to see what’s going on.

He had his flu shot booster on Friday and he now weighs 22.6 lbs. Seems to be slowing down from all that growing those early months! 12 month sized clothes are still fitting just fine and he’s still in size 3 diapers. I keep wondering when he’ll need to move up in diapers and am hesitant to buy my next big box of 3’s.

He still loves to watch S wherever she is running to and from around the house. His cackle laugh still delights us and his baby blues are just the cutest when he gazes up at us! His favorite thing right now is trying to stand up. He obviously needs some help at this point, and will whine on his haunches while he waits for someone to help him stand up. He gets so excited and gives us that toothy/gummy grin everytime!

Hope you’re feeling better soon, baby Myles!

Snow Fun

Seeing how Miss S is feeling a bit under the weather today, I thought I’d post about our time a few weekends ago when she was feeling GREAT about the weather and itching to get outside and use her beloved sled. Yup, our little WI gal not able to use the sled until JANUARY. Not that I’M complaining. I sure didn’t miss the shoveling and driving in sloppy, slippery messes. But I think the kids were missing the white stuff.

S and I headed to the park across the street and found a “bunny hill” for her trial run down the slopes in a sled. Part of my mommy brain wondered if she should be wearing a helmet. Aren’t kids wearing helmets for everything these days? Considering that there are no obstacles on this particular hill, I dismissed my over-protective thoughts and tried to psych S up for her first ride.

I think I was likely more scared than S was, so I took a deep breath and sent her on her way down the hill. She had fun! The hard part was climbing back up the hill. We got stuck on one part and S didn’t care for that too much. She did a few more runs and then decided it was time to hit up the park. Because snow-covered parks are so much fun.

Such a big girl on those swings! Check out that cool koala bear hat, a fun Christmas gift that she loves!

Since this snow wasn’t snowball or snowman worthy, she decided a snow angel was in order.

It was nice to spend an hour outside with my little peanut. I feel like I never get time to spend with her like I used to since Mr. M always needs my attention. I think I need to buy a bigger sled so we can cruise those hills together!

New ‘Do, Too

Not to be outdone by her younger sib, S decided she wanted in on the haircutting fun, too. Actually, it was more of mom and dad initiated. When we asked her if she wanted her hair trimmed she said no because she thought it would hurt. After a little explaination, she was game so I called and set up an appointment.

She had fun going to a salon. They put a booster on the regular chair and she got to wear a smock adorned with little monsters getting their coifs trimmed. We had coached her about sitting really still and she mentioned to Miss B about a hundred times that she was going to sit still. She had fun jabbering to Miss B about all kinds of things.

We didn’t do anything drastic, just trimmed the ends. I’m still contemplating getting a few inches cut off since her hair is really getting long. All in all, a good first hair cut experience!

A New Year


The start of a new year always feels so refreshing to me. It’s a time to let the past be the past and look forward to a new year full of possibilities. Saying good-bye to 2011 was not that hard for me. Yes, 2011 brought us our little man to delight us and that was truly wonderful. For that, I am thankful to 2011. I am not so thankful for the political nature of our state that took a toll on my family and friends and put the profession of educating our youth in such a bad light. So, for that, I say, adios 2011…here’s to changing things up in 2012 and giving us new reason to hope!

We rang in the new year in our traditional style. J cooked up yummy things in the kitchen (lobster ravioli, in fact) and we munched on appetizers wearing our NYE hats, much to S’s delight. She even got to stay up and enjoy the festivities this year, thanks to a late afternoon nap. S is all about “parties” right now, so she had fun staying up late with Daddy. Myles and I didn’t quite make it ’til midnight, but I did wake up a bit when I heard S and Daddy cheering “Happy New Year!” downstairs.

So, a new year. Got any resolutions? I think my word of the year is going to be “declutter”. I’m hoping this will apply to all areas of my life…my house, my body, finances, etc., etc.

Best wishes for a wonderfully happy and healthy 2012!

Christmassy Stuff

Note: this post was obviously written awhile back. I wanted to get it out while it was still 2011! Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

Getting ready for the holidays while working full time and raising a baby and a three year old is a little hectic. Ok, A LOT hectic. I really have to put my OCD, clean-freak tendencies aside as my house sits in a state of disaster. Weekends are a whirlwind of activities, laundry, grocery shopping, meal preparing, holiday decorating, card envelope licking (really, could they put a better tasting flavor on those?? ick!), nose wiping, diaper changing, cold coffee sipping, Christmas tree getting and decorating kinds of things. Whew. It’s exhausting.

Last weekend we had plans to get the tree on Saturday, but it rained all day. (Yup…rain….still no snow in these parts!) So after a morning of advent calendar opening and lounging around in our snowman jammies and santa hats….

we went to our town’s pancake breakfast instead. Still plenty of holiday festivities there. Even the man in red made an appearance. It was the kids first encounter with Santa. M was unfazed, but S wasn’t about to sit on his lap. She inched in for pic and that was as close as she got.

Sunday as the only day left to get the tree. The parking lot was a mud pit. People were slipping and sliding all over the place, but we managed to bundle everyone up and select “the” tree.

S thought it was pretty neat that the tree was on the roof of our car and had fun hanging up the ornaments this year. I think she asked “Is this fragile?” for every one.

We kind of “cheated” St. Nick’s visit this year and had him come on Saturday night so the kids could enjoy looking through their stocking on Sunday morning without having to rush off to school. Myles had fun eating his stocking (look at that pre-haircut mop!).

So, we are somehow managing to get ready for Christmas. I’m not sure how the last-minute gift shopping and present wrapping is going to happen, but we’ll figure out something. It’s a fun time of year and I plan to focus on that. S is enjoying the special things about Christmas even more this year.  And we are milking the “nice list” for all it’s worth.

Just a few of my favorite things this year are this ornament I made from a pinterest idea. It was rather difficult to get this result, but I’m glad I made the attempt.

The other thing I’m loving is our mantle with our family stockings. Now that our family is complete, I was so excited to purchase a set of stockings with all of our names on them. I also got a really good deal on them, buying them off-season, so that makes them even more special to me. I love looking at the kids’ stockings and smiling at their names side-by-side. We are so lucky to have Miss S and Mr. M in our lives!

Mylestones: 6 Months

I can’t believe that half a year ago we were headed to the hospital on a sunny summer morning to go meet our little man! Time sure does fly. It’s amazing how fast babies grow and learn new things. Myles is all about scooting around on the floor. I think the Christmas tree and glass tv stand are his favorite destinations when he’s on the floor, as I find myself pulling him away from those places most often. He loves playing with his baby toys and S helps him out with that, always making sure he has a huge pile of toys to pick from. His shrieks and squeals are some of my most favorite sounds ever. He’s still a two-teether, but I know others are on their way from the way he chews on anything he can get in his mouth.

His 6 month check up went great. He’s at 21 lbs, 13 oz (97%), 28 1/2 inches (97%), and his head is 44.6 cm (75%). Doc said he’s obviously more mobile now that his weight growth is slowing down a tad. I guess we still could carry him around in the infant carrier, but we decided to make the switch and Myles is now riding around in style in his convertable seat. He seems to like it, but it’s definitely more of a challenge to take him out and about and have to carry him instead of letting him sleep in his carrier.

He’s tried avocado, apricot, sweet potato, carrots and mango. He seems to enjoy the orange foods. I made my own sweet potatoes last night, so I hope to start feeding him some homemade stuff soon. We’d been using some container foods that our nice neighbors gave us when they discovered that their little one only enjoyed table foods. I also bought some organic brown rice that I need to put in my food processor to make some rice cereal for him. So much to do, so little time!

Myles is thisclose to crawling. I think he’s actually managed a few good crawls in there, but didn’t realize that he did. He had a great first Christmas and especially enjoyed the wrapping paper. I think next year I’ll just wrap up some tissue paper and the kids will be happy.

Happy Half-Year, Kiddo! Guess this mommy needs to get started on the 1st birthday plans! Pinterest, here I come…

Reindeer Games…Er, “Canes”

I remember making these candy cane reindeer when I was young, so I’m not sure where the original idea came from. The “reinbeer” picture on pinterest reminded me of these little guys and I knew S would have a blast making them. I finally got a chance to hit up Hobby Lobby and bought all the supplies. All you need are some candy canes, red pom poms for the noses, googly eyes, brown pipe cleaners, scissors and some glue (I just used regular ol’ Elmers).

There really aren’t specific instructions, just cut the pipe cleaners so they are long enough to twist around once for the main antler piece and then snip two smaller pieces to wrap around the tips for the full antler effect. Then glue on the googly eyes and pom pom nose. Let them dry and you’ll soon have more than eight tiny reindeer to help you celebrate the holidays.

We are planning to have S take these to school to give to her friends for a cute holiday treat!