Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Speaking of cleaning up things. I let Calvin play with his plastic eggs outside and he loves to throw them. Well last week I was making dinner and I had a recipe that called for eggs. I left the carton on the counter and all of a sudden I hear, Oh Oh. Calvin was throwing the raw eggs, yep that was a mess, I guess that is what I get for leaving them out. Well I get them all cleaned up, and one unbroken egg had rolled where I couldn't see it and again I hear Oh Oh. Another one bit the dust, 8 to be exact. Silly boy.
On the sewing front I'm so so excited to make a few children's aprons. Here is some of the fabric I bought on Friday. I need to make a trip to the store before I begin this project to get a few more supplies. I haven't exactly figured out how I am going to make them but they will come around. I'm feeling the need to get a little more organized before I begin this project, so it might be a week but I hope to post pictures when I'm finished.
Calvin's weighing in these days at 24lbs and is 31 1/2 inches long. He's still around about 20% for his age, here we thought he was really growing. His doctor found a slight heart murmor so we go to a cardiologist nextweek to get that check out. He hasn't noticed it before so he checked his iron levels and it came back that he was a little anemic. The lucky little boy gets flintstone vitamins, they are the closest thing to candy that he has had and he loves them.
Here's a video of our little guy at the park. He loves the slide and did very well on his own. It was so windy, he was running at one point and couldn't stop, it was a cute. He's still a busy guy.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
But we got the best news after Calvin woke up. Marvin called and some eternal chains were broken while he was doing the prison outreach. He was able to see some fruit! Isn't that awesome on so many levels. We we are one step closer to going back home!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
These fuzzy towels are on their way to their new home.
I had a request for an apron so I whipped this baby out yesterday. I also discovered I love aprons and now have so many ideas swirling through my brain, but I need to get my Etsy shop going first. I'm almost done taking pictures, now I just need to spend some time editing them, and then I can post them. It's a lot of work.
My favorite part of my new bag is the covered button. I saw this idea several months ago and tucked the idea away and during Calvin's 3 hour nap today I had the brilliant idea to add a button. I am so glad he took a long nap because it gave me time to finish my bag.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Calvin got to wear these quite a bit this week because Marvin would drive to work and then we would jog over and get the car(it's just over 2 miles). It was a great system because it forced me to run rather than put it off and then there is no time.
I decided a while ago that I wanted to run a couple of races while we were in the states (Carrie what can I say, you inspired me). I figured it would motivate me to get into shape and since my mother-in-law gave us a jogging stroller I could work out with Calvin and kill two birds with one stone. Since we had some crazy snowy weather a couple weeks ago it set my training back a bit.
When it was cold I didn't want to get out with Calvin and well my body has felt the effect. This week was rough at the start but by the end of this week I felt I was in a good groove. I'm going to run a 2 mile at Riverfest on May 9th and hopefully by the end of the summer a 5 or 10K. My goal is to run the entire 2 miles without stopping. Right now I am at the point where I can run 1 mile, but then I have to walk, so I have a ways to go and I only have 3 more weeks to train, yikes! Any tips for this novice jogger? I'm trying to have rest days so I'm aiming for 4-5 runs a week, should I step it up?
Oh and my shop is very close to opening. I guess I'm a bit of a perfectionist so I want things to be just right, I can't wait.
Monday, April 13, 2009
This weekend we headed to my grandparents' farm. Marvin helped the guys pour a new side walk, but it wouldn't have looked so professional if my cousin's husband wasn't overseeing the project. It looks great. After it had dried a bit all the little ones and my grandparents put their hands in the cement. I am thankful that they now have a good side walk to get to their garage. Since they are getting older falls are more of a risk now, I'm glad the broken path is a thing of the past.
Here we are waiting on our instructions:
Calvin had a blast playing with his cousins. I'm always thankful when he has other kids to pal around with. He needs to work on his social skills and can gain so much from older kids. He followed his cousin Susie around everywhere. If he wasn't following her, she was following him.
This weekend was the first weekend I had helped work on my grandparents rental house. The woman who had lived in it for several years was evicted since she hadn't paid rent for over a year and the place was NASTY. I'm kind of glad I didn't see it before, apparently it stunk like you would not believe and was so filthy, they found rodent nests all over the place. The sad thing is this lady had a daughter living with her, poor thing.
It still smelled a bit but they got new carpeting and new tile laid in the kitchen and bathroom and after we cleaned the walls of the back porch it smelled much better. Hopefully they can get it rented to people who won't destroy the place. My family has put a lot of work into it.
Calvin loved hunting for eggs, he got the hang of it pretty fast after he saw the other kids hunting. Only grand kids unmarried get to participate in the hunt, but we have a running joke with my brother because we always hide his eggs in places he has already looked, so he's always the last one finished. Well this year my grandma forgot to put his eggs out so he was searching for nothing. He did get his prize after it was all over. You don't want to miss out on grandma's hunt because it's very profitable. Today I bought Calvin a pair of goulashes and some color wonder markers with some of his money from the hunt. He even got to test out his new shoes while we waited for Marvin to finish up with work. There were some pretty good splashing puddles out today. I have a feeling those shoes are going to be well loved. Here are some pictures of the great hunt 0f '09.
Trying to figure out what was inside the egg.
Easter didn't start off so well. Calvin woke up at 6:30 in the morning begging for his milk and he was up for good. I was hoping he would sleep in because he didn't nap well and didn't get to bed till late. Thankfully Grandpa was willing to entertain him while we slept another hour. When I woke up I asked Marvin what he did with our Easter clothes. He said, "I haven't seen them since they were on our bed at home." Oops I put them on the coat rack and forgot to load them and all I had were scrubby clothes. So I rushed off to Wally world, and found a few things. I was there and back at my parents in about 40 minutes. It was some fast shopping. So this cute little outfit will just have to be worn next week. I do hope to get some pictures of him in it. I'm debating about getting some professional pictures taken again or taking them ourselves. I'd rather not deal with high pressure sales but they do take great pictures and the price is hard to beat. What do you guys do?
Monday, April 06, 2009
Apparently he's not ready for unregulated sensory play. But to be fair, he did "help" clean up.
Make sure you vote for the name of my Etsy shop. I'd love your opinions.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
He's also getting very frustrated when he plays. He loves containers and I recently gave him some peanut butter jars and he would get so mad when he tried to take the lids off, because he had twisted it on and it couldn't open it. I pulled out some new toys this week and among the "new toys" I put an egg carton and some plastic eggs out. He loved it until he found out they opened and that is all he wanted to do, open and close them. The only problem, he couldn't close them. I really thought I was a patient person but it seriously has taken everything I have to be patient with him when he gets so frustrated.
But we have had some fun times. Here are a few pictures of my little sweet guy from the weekend. I am so thankful that the Lord has entrusted him to our care.
Putting all the stickers on his shirt. He now knows what to do with stickers. They will entertain him for hours.
He love to stack things and I looked over at snack time the other day and he had stacked his bananas. How cute.