Friday, February 26, 2010

A couple of videos

Ethan is still obsessed with our dog beds.  He drags Cookie's bed all around the house and lays in it.
This week he took it to a new level and decided to play in the dog's crate.  Our poor dog has no space of her own anymore.  Here is a video of him going "night night" and "wake up" in the crate.
Ethan in the dog crate from Jessica Hekman on Vimeo.
Here is a video of my cute little girl having fun in her jumper:
5 month old Alayna bouncing from Jessica Hekman on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

February 25th

Today was a low key day for us. I did some laundry and we took a walk down to the dark park.  I had to snap a few pictures of my kiddos too :)  Miss Alayna at 5 1/2 months:

hehe.... love her "fish lips" here... Ethan used to do the same thing at the same age

Kisses from Cookie...

She was all done here.... can you tell?  :)

My mom got Ethan this snowman a few months ago.  It lights up and has four different colors.  He has enjoyed it and the past couple of days insists on "holding" it while he watches TV.  Too funny.
And of course, he's still loving his beads :)  He came up today and told me  "I'm pretty, I have necklaces on".  hehe.  Yes Ethan, you are pretty :)

Which one are you?

How do you feel in the morning?
Do you feel like this sometimes....

Or are you happy like this?
I guess it depends on the day for me :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

technical difficulties

Just so you know I am aware that my blog looks all funky.  I tried to update it and ended up with this mess.  I haven't had time to play around and try to fix it yet, so please bear with me :)  If anyone knows how I can fix it please share!

Last night I got an amazing 7 1/2 hours of sleep (with a feeding for the baby in the middle), but still, 7 1/2 hours added up with me only having to get up once is really good.  That is a lot for me these days (and just to think back in the day before kids I used to get 8 to 9 hours, oh my, I can't even imagine how great that would feel now). 

Anyhow, I woke up feeling so great today and decided to tackle my huge to-do list.  I got my very filthy house cleaned, did three loads of laundry AND got it all put away, made a pot roast in the crock pot, and made a very yummy dessert for tomorrow night's weekly dinner with friends.  This was all done before noon!  Woo hoo!  It definitely helped that my children were very good this morning, which allowed me to bust a move.  I have to say it felt good to be so productive and get all my chores out of the way for the week.  After cleaning we enjoyed a lovely lunch outside in the sunshine.  I even got to rest for an hour while the kid's afternoon naps overlapped.  It was a great day :) 

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Beads and the dog bed

Today we went and visited my mom at work for lunch. One of her co-workers had given her some beads he brought back from Mardi Gras. She gave them to Ethan and he just thought they were great. All day he had to wear his "pretty necklaces", lol. I asked him if I could take a picture of him with his necklaces, so he sat in this chair. He said "Ethan sit for Mama", but then wouldn't look at me or give me a smile :)
He refers to himself as "you", which we find cute. He always says things like "Mama hold you", and "Ethan needs to get your shoes on". It's kind of sad when they start talking properly. Today he kept saying "Grandma give you pretty necklaces". I have to write these things down because I know I'll forget all about them.
Holding his keys and pondering life ;)
He's in his car in this picture (with his keys in his mouth). He kept telling me that he was leaving to go exercise at the gym. He would then insert his key into the car, scoot across the patio, scoot back, get out of the car and say "Ethan come back home now".
Here he is showing Alayna his necklaces
Here is a video clip of him and his beads:

The other day it was nap time. Ethan decided to pull Cookie's bed into his room, close the curtains, and go "night night" in the dog bed. He wanted me to cover him with his blanket and leave, so I humored him and let him lay there for a bit. I came in after about 15 minutes, and he was still lying in there. I then made him sleep in his own bed. I know it's yucky, but it was pretty funny. Here is a video clip of him in the bed:

Oh does he ever crack me up lately. Two year olds are a kick.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Stephen's 1 year photoshoot

Today I went over and took some pictures of my cute little nephew Stephen. I really can't believe that in two weeks he'll be one!!!! He is such a sweetie. It's honestly hard NOT to get good pictures of him :)

He had some fun playing with a balloon.... until Ethan popped it on the grass :)

He's a fast little crawler and I'm sure he'll be walking pretty soon
I couldn't leave out his big brother Clayton. He was happy to smile for a couple of photos for me.
Brotherly love :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

This is how we roll in February....

What do we do in February in Southern California?

Well, we wear sun glasses...

....and sun hats.
We lay on blankets in the shade and enjoy the beautiful weather
..... and help baby sister drink her bottle.
We enjoy weather that is in the 70's while we look at snow covered mountains that are not too far from our house.

We pose in front of trees and have fun playing with our sunglasses....
.... even though sometimes they are crooked
We look at all the beautiful flowers in our yard like these camellias...
....and these daffodils
....and the geranium that grow all year here, even though in other places they are just annuals.
We look at the beautiful Cyclamen
.... and of course the pansies. What would winter be without pansies?
Ahhhh, gotta love February in Southern California :) We're not quite ready for winter to be over yet, and hopefully it will be return for at least a little bit, but in the meantime we sure are enjoying the gorgeous weather!

Monday, February 15, 2010

A few random things....

  • We had a nice weekend. Friday night we enjoyed some leftovers, yummy wine, and very well behaved children. It somehow felt like a date night even though it wasn't. After we put the kids to bed we caught up on some fun Tivoed shows (Modern Family, Community, The Office, Parks and Rec, 30 Rock). We look forward to those shows the most (in addition to LOST), so it's always fun when we get to watch them. Is it lame that we look so forward to TV?
  • For Valentine's Day I made a yummy meal and my brother and mom came over and enjoyed it with us. We had rib eye steaks, baked potatoes, grilled shrimp, bread, and roasted asparagus. We topped off the meal with heart shaped brownie and vanilla ice cream. It was delicious and we all stuffed ourselves. Ethan got a few little Valentine's presents this year and was very excited about them. Holidays are so much fun with little ones :)
  • I have REALLY been enjoying my children the past couple of weeks. Alayna is just all smiles and giggles, and Ethan cracks us up constantly. They are both at such fun stages right now. Ethan just says the funniest things. Ethan does have his days, but the past few weeks have been so great. Talk to me next week and I might be saying something different, you just never know ;)
  • Ethan and Alayna LOVE their Grammy and she adores them. :)

  • Ethan is REALLY into the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse right now. I have to admit it's really nice to have him enjoy a show. In the mornings when I need him to be entertained so I can get ready, I put that on for him and he won't move the entire time. I can totally understand how it can be easy for parents to just turn on the TV too often for their kids. It's definitely an easy out! It seems like he went very quickly from not caring at all about TV to us having to limit it.
  • I was sitting outside one evening and happened to have my zoom lens when this beautiful little guy landed on the fountain. I love watching hummingbirds. I really need to buy a new feeder as my other one broke.

  • After reading Amy's bow tutorial I decided to try to make some bows again (my last ones didn't turn out great). I had success this time... yay. I'll have to make a few more now that I think I might have gotten the hang of it. I only made one decent one...

  • The weather has been GORGEOUS the past few days. The hills are green from the rain, and it's clear, sunny and warm. It's been nice.