Showing posts from February, 2008

Bath tub photo shoot

After careful scrutiny of the pictures to follow, I decided 2 things: (1) they are modest enough to post without worrying about "naked baby pictures" and (2) they are TOO cute NOT to post! So enjoy the product of Elijah's Bathtub Photo Shoot...he obviously enjoyed me taking the pictures!


And my new favorite picture of him:


So I fell off the treadmill this morning.

I'm okay...just a few bumps and scrapes.

I'm still trying to figure out how this happened.

I think maybe I wasn't fully awake, because my foot slipped off the part that moves and hit the non-moving part on the side. With my right foot now stationary and my left foot still running, it wasn't pretty.

Basement floors are quite unforgiving...

...and chilly.

God must have known what He was doing when he gave me blonde hair (HA! I said it so no one else can!!!)


Today was my first experience voting with a 15 month old in tow. He was good for the most part, until he got away from me.

Yeah, that was interesting...

I think next time, I'll go alone

Cool play doh

Elijah is napping right now but he wanted me to post these pictures for you:

He was so excited that he drooled graham cracker on his chin, as evidenced in the final picture!

Thanks, Caitlin! I promised Eli we would test it out after his nap. We'll let you know how it goes.

Oh, and by the way, I almost didn't open the package! It was super bulky and I didn't recognize the return address. I was trying to figure out what it could possibly be. Since it wasn't ticking, I decided it should be safe!

Kitchen helper

Elijah was having one of those nights...he really just wanted me to sit on the couch and hold him. Unfortunately, I was really trying to make dinner so Adam had some good food to eat when he gets home tonight. Elijah wouldn't let go of my legs so I gave in...and took the child lock off the cabinet with all the Tupperware-type stuff. So here is Elijah helping me cook dinner tonight:

He even took his chair down the hall to mom and dad's bedroom! What a helper! OK, seriously, I don't know WHAT was up with dragging the chair down the hall but I told him it was a good idea. Besides between "reorganizing" the cabinet for me and "rearranging" furniture, he was happier than our cats with catnip!

This is actually Elijah being naughty...he knows he's not allowed behind the couch (too many power strips!) but he kept sneaking back there.

Elijah acting secretive and "Jedi-like"!

Stuffing his face during dinner tonight...

A different view of Valentine's Day

Not Like it Used To BeFebruary 14 is Valentine's Day. Although it is celebrated as a lovers' holiday today, with the giving of candy, flowers, or other gifts between couples in love, it originated in 5th Century Rome as a tribute to St. Valentine, a Catholic bishop. For eight hundred years prior to the establishment of Valentine's Day, the Romans had practiced a pagan celebration in mid-February commemorating young men's rite of passage to the god Lupercus. The celebration featured a lottery in which young men would draw the names of teenage girls from a box. The girl assigned to each young man in that manner would be his sexual companion during the remaining year. In an effort to do away with the pagan festival, Pope Gelasius ordered a slight change in the lottery. Instead of the names of young women, the box would contain the names of saints. Both men and women were allowed to draw from the box, and the game was to emulate the ways of the saint t…


Pretty funny story about yesterday...

Elijah was acting all strange yesterday afternoon. He was sitting, with his back to me, playing with a shoe box. He'd open it up, look at me over his shoulder, kind of snicker and then close the box again. He did this about 4 times before I said "What's in the box buddy?" He turned around, held up his hand and said "kakar!" I was confused and said "show me". He came over, opened his hand and said "kakar!" again. And you know what was in his hand? A piece of graham cracker! I said "Yup, that's a cracker all right!" and he said it again: "kakar!" I was amused. It's his new favorite word.

So despite my frustration with this crazy weather, my son is super cool and makes me laugh!

let it snow

**Edit at bottom**

I don't like winter. I used to say I didn't mind the snow...I just didn't like the cold. Well, we've had almost 70 inches of snow so far this winter and it's official: I DON'T LIKE WINTER.

I spent over an hour digging out my car from our parking spot in back of the house. This was rough for a few reasons. First, they actually PLOWED the alley! We normally aren't given that service. It'll be nice to drive in the alley now, but it also meant there was a good amount of snow plowed up behind my car. Second, there is really nowhere to put all the snow that I clean off my car and from around my car, especially when there is 17 inches on what little lawn area we do have. Third, I guess Larry-not-the-cucumber has decided NOT to park in back after this snow storm. His parking spot is still completely covered. I thought about just putting all my snow on top of his but decided against it after about 3 seconds. Anyway, there was just an obnoxious …
This was earlier yesterday, when Adam went out to shovel the first time:

This was during the snow storm, and we actually got another three on top of this. Ugh!
Hopefully tomorrow I'll be feeling a little better and I can get some good pictures of the snow drifts in our yard. I'm hoping Elijah's cold will go away soon so he can enjoy the snow a little before it gets all arctic cold again this weekend.

This is where we found Elijah last night after dinner. I guess he wasn't feeling all that well and just wanted to lay down, even if it meant on the kitchen floor.

This picture is from the beginning of January but I thought it looked pretty cool in black and white.

That's all for now...have a good Friday.


Looks like the final count for us was 17 inches...good grief. Last time we had this much snow in 24 hours was in the 1800's.

I was kind of hoping to see the sun today so Elijah and I could go outside and get some Vitamin D treatment. Both of us are under the weather. I can't seem to shake this's settled in my chest and left me with a pretty nasty cough. Elijah woke up yesterday with a very runny nose; then this morning, he woke up about 6am. I went in by him and had to wipe his nose for him. He didn't even want to get up...just wanted his nose wiped and laid back down to sleep. About 8am I heard him coughing...awww...poor little guy! I just checked on him about 30 minutes ago and he's still fast asleep. I'm not even going to worry about him ruining his "schedule" today. I just want him to feel better, and if he needs to sleep, that's fine by me.

It's probably a good thing Adam had to leave again last night, at least in terms of this …
Wisconsin has its own groundhog...his name is Jimmy and he's from Sun Prairie, WI. Apparently, Sun Prairie, WI is the official GROUNDHOG CAPITAL OF THE WORLD! I guess Jimmy DID NOT see his shadow, which means Wisconsin is going to have an early spring. I'm also told that Jimmy's predictions are accurate 80% of the time. Look HERE! THIS is his biography (of sorts!). He even has his own SONG AND TOAST!

So I got curious.

Yes, indeed...there are MORE groundhogs! Check THIS out!

I am totally amused by Groundhog Day this year...I don't know why.

Phil says "Six more weeks of winter"

So I was curious about the groundhog thing today...if you ever have a few extra minutes, visit HERE and HERE. I guess I didn't realize they planned a whole weekend around this! I guess...nothing like some good ol' fashioned groundhog day/weekend fun. So here's what I found:

Phil's official forecast as read 2/2/08 at sunrise at Gobbler's Knob: Here Ye! Here Ye! Here Ye! On Gobbler's Knob on this fabulous Groundhog Day, February 2nd, 2008
Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators,
Rose to the call of President Bill Cooper and greeted his handlers,
Ben Hughes and John Griffiths. After casting a weathered eye toward thousands of his faithful followers,
Phil consulted with President Cooper and directed him to the appropriate scroll,
which proclaimed: "As I look around me, a bright sky I see, and a shadow beside me.
Six more weeks of winter it will be!"
Wonderful...But even despite my disappointment in this proclamation, I found a re…
I think I have blogger's block...