wolffe: (Default)
I am SO far behind, but I wanted to make this post real quick. I promise I'll catch up with everyone soon.



Erik at One Month Old



Erik at Six Years Old

I blinked, and he grew up.

Good days

Jun. 22nd, 2013 08:53 am
wolffe: (hello there!)
Yesterday I spent the whole day doing whatever Jake wanted (with some direction and limitations). Since I had spent all of Thursday working on an epic Ruggle and the boys were good at entertaining themselves I said that we'd have a day focusing on them.

We started out playing games on the computer, jumping on the beds and generally being silly around the house. Then we dropped by the Kia dealership to drop off the repair estimate and getting them starting on ordering parts. After that we went to a local park playground and had a blast. I met a professional bodybuilder who was quite impressive. She was there with her two year old and was quite nice, if rather chatty. Before long I knew that she was a recovering addict and alcoholic. (Why does that always happen to me?)

We spent a good two hours there and just as we were getting ready to leave Jake fell and scraped his knee and hand pretty good. He's super reactive to that sort of thing and screamed for me to do something and fix it pretty much the whole way home. Meanwhile Erik fell asleep. LOL

Spent some time cleaning him up and applying multiple bandaids and it was all better. Had some lunch and some quiet time while Erik napped. Then we played some more, had dinner and went to the pool to end our day with a couple of hours of swimming.

Days like that are nice and point out how Jake does better with a lot of attention. I've made a concerted effort to get us outside more this summer, for all our sakes.

Speaking of, I've lost 2 pounds! The combination of My Fitness Pal and the Fitbit are really working for me. Plus I'm super motivated this time around. I want my rewards!

Today should be another good day. We're going to a couple of local outdoor stores that were recommended by archers and I'm going to get fitted for a bow! (Fitted? Paired with? I dunno.) Jason's getting me a bow for my birthday, which is a long way off still but I want to go and see what the experts recommend. I've always been interested in bows, crossbows and archery and I can't wait.

Dinosaurs!

Apr. 16th, 2013 04:36 pm
wolffe: (shiny!)
So the Birmingham Zoo has an exhibit which features animatronic dinosaurs. Mom and I took the boys while I was there, and it was well worth the extra $5 ticket. I've never been to Dinos Alive or anything like that, so it was my first time seeing big, moving dinosaurs as well.

The T Rex was my favorite moment, but there were a pair of raptors that were my favorite dinosaurs. Those things creeped me right the fuck out. I mean, you totally got the sensation of being hunted and about to be dinner.

But the T Rex was fun. Jake was so excited to see it.



Erik on the other hand, was outta there as soon as it roared. Smart kid. It didn't scare him, he was just not about to stick around. Haha

As usual, more on Flickr.

On another note about Birmingham, I'm kind of sad that Mom's time there is coming to a close. I like the Birmingham Zoo so much better than Atlanta's. I will miss Costa's Mediterranean Greek salad like whoa. I love that Birmingham has Franklin's and if blindfolded and driven around you could still know instantly what part of town you're in. Atlanta is so... I dunno. Mixed up and homogenous in a way.

But having Mom here? Yeah, that trumps all that.
wolffe: (hello there!)
Mom had me rolling with laughter tonight. The boys were going crazy in her room and I heard Jake say that he had to pee. Then Mom says well get in the bathroom and pee. No big deal. But then the conversation went something like this (all Mom):

What's going on in there?
What are you doing now?
Why is Erik in there?
OMG Kenzie get in here!
Did you hear me?!? KENZIE GET IN HERE

And then it just sort of devolved into unintelligible sputtering. By that time I was in hysterics. Turns out she thought Erik had gone in there and stuck his hand in the flow of Jake's pee. He hadn't. He does that often, just standing next to Jake while he pees.

It was mostly the mounting hysteria, added with her horror that he was touching anything after coming out of the bathroom, but it's still making me laugh.
wolffe: (erik)
Forgot to do this one last night.


Two years old


One year

and another one from yesterday just because.

Erik

Jan. 19th, 2013 07:21 pm
wolffe: (hello there!)
My two favorite shots from Erik's birthday party today.



wolffe: (Default)
I'm trying to decide between a circus theme or a zoo theme for Erik's 2nd birthday party. I love the colors and look of the circus, but I don't support traditional circuses so I'm having a hard time with it. I'm over thinking, but it's what I do.

Day One

Dec. 1st, 2012 08:04 am
wolffe: (Default)
So I've decided that to get back in the swing of things I'm going to post at least once a day in December. Now that it's out there I have to do it, right?

Yesterday I made an advent calendar for the boys. It turned out pretty cute, but I missed my math on the pockets so I have to make the craft sticks I'm using for the activities shorter. I'll probably do that next year though. I'm planning on posting a tutorial over on the Bewhiskered blog. I have a tutorial for the car wallets I made for Jake's 4th birthday party in my head as well. Maybe I can get those things done now that I'm off customs for the season.

Other projects I want to work on during the break include my red riding hood coat that I've had the materials for forever but haven't even opened the pattern and Erik's 2nd birthday party. I also need to make teacher gifts and figure out what I'm getting everyone for Christmas. My niece wants a giant Ruggle for her bedroom, so she's taken care of but everyone else? No clue.

Today the advent calendar is going to tell Jake we're decorating the house and yard so I'd better go get ready for that.

Oh, and Roll Tide! I love my team and hope they win, but honestly just knowing someone from the SEC is going up against Notre Dame makes me giddy. We finally get a chance to shut them up with their we just need a chance and we can beat the snot out of an SEC team talk. But talking football to people who aren't into it is boring so I'll stop. :)`
wolffe: (jake)
Jake "ran away from home" yesterday. He said he was going away, so I told him to stay on the sidewalk. He said okay, then made it in front of the neighbor's house before sitting down on the sidewalk to pout. LOL He's been... a rather difficult child lately. I'm trying to be patient while we both figure out a way to deal with his newfound propensity to whine and cry as a default reaction to anything he doesn't like. Ugh.

Also, school is out today for the election and it's raining. So my brilliant plan to take the boys to the park after voting and get them thoroughly exhausted is out. I'm contemplating risking a trip to Catch Air - one of those indoor play places with bouncy things and obstacle houses and such. But I really hate it and I'm guessing it's going to be crowded as all get out. Maybe I can do a drive by and see if it's crowded without the boys noticing? Bwahahahaha.

I'm downloading WoW onto Jason's computer. My little laptop can no longer handle it. I've got a free account so I can explore the new panda areas. I'm thinking about activating my real account for one month after all of my Bewhiskered customs are taken care of. I'm already closing customs for most of the holidays and all of January, so adding WoW to my break might be nice. But I have a ton of other stuff I want to get done, plus Erik's 2nd birthday party to plan so I dunno.
wolffe: (shiny!)
First, the explanation of why I didn't ride Zane. If you've been a friend for a while, you'll remember this but the last time Zane was ridden (to my knowledge) was about 2 years ago and it ended like this. That post is friends locked, so if you aren't on my list, sorry. The video was removed and I failed to have the foresight to download it when I could. Alas.

So anyway, I knew that I would need to lunge Zane and check his gas, steering and brakes before taking off on any kind of ride. That would require me to move quite a bit, and with my level of fitness (extremely low), fat (extremely high) and the temperature (extremely high) that was just asking for heat stroke. As disappointed in myself as I was, I chose to leave that project for the fall when I will hopefully be in better shape, weigh less and it will be cooler.

It's certainly motivation for getting healthy. I'm working on a motivation board with pictures to keep me on track.

But this isn't a fitness and exercise post, it's a picture one. So here we go!


Can you see my grin? I am NOT direct reining him in a curb bit, I promise. I am holding him to a walk as he screams and bugles for his girlfriend in the paddock below us.

















18 months

Jul. 20th, 2012 11:37 am
wolffe: (erik)


Yesterday my baby officially hit 18 months. He makes the most awesome faces, will happily run around downstairs for no apparent reason and eats just about everything we put in front of him.
wolffe: (erik)
I think everyone had a good time. :) It was a smaller crowd than our usual parties since I only know 4 families with kids in Erik's age range and two of them declined. All told there were 6 kids and 6 adults. I found it much more manageable than our usual guest list so I might cut back on who I invite for the others. LOL It was a Viking theme, based solely on his name. I made Viking helmets, of course.

Each child also got a plush dragon (I asked for colors ahead of time so there was no "but I wanted the RED ONE" angst to deal with).

I made a small Viking ship out of half a milk carton, a straw and some paper. I filled it with Swedish fish and gummy sharks.


I made a big Viking ship out of a cardboard box and filled it with Erik and his guests. Hee.

The cake was just a white cake with red food coloring swirled in (Jake decorated the top with mounds of sprinkles). I had planned to make a dragon shaped cake, but got a migraine the night before which put a halt to that plan. In any case, it was enjoyed.

It was a lot of fun, and I wasn't up until 4am making anything which is always good. :)
wolffe: (halloween)
Y Halo Thar! I've been reading, but with Erik quite mobile the time I can sit still to update is severely limited. Which is why instead of a proper update, you get pictures.


9 months!
21 lbs, 28.5"
loads of Halloween pictures this way )

8 months

Sep. 20th, 2011 09:39 pm
wolffe: (erik)


I can't believe he's 8 months old. And on the move! OMG. He's everywhere. He rarely sits still. Even when he's falling asleep he pushes himself around in the bed. He hooks his toes on my stomach and pushes his butt in the air when I'm rocking him to sleep.

He crawls fast too. He doesn't like the hard floors in the kitchen and dining room, so he crawls on his hands and feet in there. On carpet he's on hands and knees. And he's pulling up. On the couch, me, his brother, chairs... whatever he can reach that stays still. He's going to be walking before I want him to, I just know it.



He makes the funniest faces when he's eating. Like whatever he just put in his mouth was the WORST THING EVER but he keeps eating it. He's especially fond of applesauce and carrots. He likes peas, but I think he's getting tired of them. And he likes those Gerber wagon wheel things. I think they feel good on his gums.

He's just now cutting that second front tooth. I hope he gets a rest before more come in. Seems like he's been teething for four months straight. Which is no fun for anybody.

wolffe: (big chicken)
Both boys are sick. Jake got the snots first yesterday afternoon, then Erik started. Of course Erik's about to cut the two bottom front teeth so he's drooling like crazy too. At this point, he reminds me of Moist from Dr. Horrible. Poor baby is miserable, which made for a less than stellar night. Jake's trucking right along and his only concession is to stop every now and again and wipe his nose on his sleeve or ask for a tissue. (The former more often than I'd like.)

Of course, I now am feeling scratchy throated and stopped up nosed myself. :(

6 months!

Jul. 20th, 2011 06:48 pm
wolffe: (erik)


Yesterday it was official but I waited until today so I could include updated stats from this morning's checkup.

17lbs 13oz. 27.5" long. Everything's great. They're training a new nurse practitioner so I saw her first. She had no clue what baby led weaning was and kept asking me if I was feeding him rice cereal. I tried to explain but after the third "so you're giving him rice cereal?" I gave up.

He wants desperately to crawl and is doing a sort of scoot crawl now. I'm guessing it won't be a couple of weeks before he's got it down and is jetting everywhere.



wolffe: (southern breeze ranch)
It feels like forever since I posted here. I'm pretty busy today, cleaning carpets and for some godforsaken reason I decided to rearrange the living room, so pictures it is!




Taken by Jason (duh). That white thing is our target. Which ended up looking like...


This.




I can't tell you how many times I sat in the exact same place in the exact same tractor while Daddy worked. Neat that I can share that with Jake.








My Great-Granddad took cotton to be ginned over this bridge using a mule cart. It was built in the late 1800's and was still in use until a logging truck fell through the platform in the 1970's. (You can see where on the right hand side.) The structure is pretty sound, and if I win the lottery I'll have it repaired.

And I will leave you with...


Baby Redonkulous!
wolffe: (erik)
I entered Erik's photo in the Parents magazine cover contest, and promptly forgot about it. But I just got an email saying he was in the running for a readers choice award. Please go vote for him! Just click this link:

http://photos.parents.com/parents-cover-contest-2011/26/2011/327

Once there you'll find a "vote for me" button under his picture. Click that to submit your vote. Feel free to spread the word as well and try to get him on the cover! :D
wolffe: (erik)


16 lbs 6 oz according to this morning's weigh in at the Dr.s. He's rolling around like a champ now. We have to strap him into the swing after finding him halfway out of it, on his tummy with his legs swinging. He also puts his legs underneath him and pushes, wheelbarrowing himself forward. I don't think it'll be long before he's crawling.

He's very sweet, a real trooper when he has to wait on his brother. Speaking of, he loves Jake. He'll watch him whenever he's nearby. He's teething like crazy but he gets really mad and frustrated when he can't keep a teething ring in his mouth. He's learned to chew on his bib, so I've encouraged that rather than deal with his frustration with teething rings.

He stares and grabs for our food, but I'm going to wait until he can consistently get things in his mouth. I'd like to do baby led weaning and skip the purees for the most part. Jake never really got a lot of those either. Maybe in another month I'll try some ripe banana or well-boiled half mashed peas.

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