Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Testing Video with Windows Live Writer

Alexander isn’t so sure about sharing.
This video is still taking a long time to upload. Maybe pictures work a lot easier.
Yep, here’s one and it came up really quickly!
Happy Birthday Grandpa Brown
Grandpa Brown, I emailed you this card 2 days ago but I don’t think it ever went through. So, happy belated birthday Grandpa Brown!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Sweet Potatoes

Jacob is a wonderful eater.

So far I've tried rice cereal, bananas, peas, carrots, and tonight: sweet potatoes. The only challenge tonight was that he kept sucking his thumb in between bites because he liked savoring the sweet potato flavor. Which made for a bit of a delay and a mess. But it was adorable and I'm so relieved that he enjoys food.

Alexander is still VERY picky, so I try to get him to watch me feeding Jacob so maybe one day he'll get curious/jealous enough to try what his brother is eating. Probably won't happen but hey I can dream can't I?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sicky and Sleepy

Alexander threw up twice this morning. Good thing he likes Crackers.

Jacob isn't sick (yet) but he sure was tired this morning.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Christmas Stuff

I know Christmas is over but we're all still really excited about our new goodies so I wanted to at least share a picture.

I laid all the presents out around our tree for this picture  and Alexander was like "I want my truck back."
(A few of these things are actually just the box because we are already using the item. Also, if you don't see a present you got us in this picture, that's probably because Kevin was so excited about it, he put it right to work and then threw away the box or he put it away in a place where I didn't think to look.)

Also, I wanted to post a picture of the ties I sewed for my dad and Kevin's dad but I forgot to take a picture of the finished product. I sewed the ties because I wanted to do an iron-on of all the grandkids hand prints and I couldn't find any ties made of cotton or cotton-poly blend (which is the recommended fabric for an iron-on). So I got some blue cotton-poly blend fabric and found a pattern online. There were a few learning experiences... Like not realizing how narrow a 3 and a quarter inch tie would actually be and ending up having to revamp the pattern. And figuring out the hard way that the back seam of a completed tie would make the surface too uneven to do the iron-on and having to back track again and do the iron-on before finishing the sewing. All in all though, it was a pretty simple project. All the other parents were great about getting me their kids hand prints and I was glad I got to include all the grandchildren instead of just our kids.

This is what the hand prints on Bill's tie ended up looking like -

Bottom to top (oldest to youngest): Tanner, Lindsey, Maren, Luke, Alexander, Jacob

I also included a little flower at the other end of the tie to represent our niece Rachel who passed away the day she was born.
(Cosmos flower: Birth month flower for October)

And here's what my dad's tie layout looked like -
Bottom to top (oldest to youngest): Alexander, Jacob, Gideon

Funnily enough, since I had yet to meet Gideon at the time I laid out my dad's iron-on, I didn't realize that his hand is actually bigger than Jacob's but it still gives the general idea. :-)

I also ended up having to do a little more sewing and extend my dad's tie after I gave it to him. He's a pretty tall guy and when he tried to wear the tie for Church the next day, we discovered it was a bit too short for him. (Speaking of which - Bill, if your tie didn't turn out long enough either, I'd be happy to fix yours as well.)

I hope everyone else had as awesome a Christmas time as we did! It was so great to get to see (almost : minus Scott, Katie, Luke and Logan) everyone from both our families. Thanks again to everyone for all our new goodies. Oh, and Happy New Year 2011!  Here's to a new year in pictures!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Kansas Christmas Photo Shoot

 Alexander in bucket

 Alexander falling out of bucket

Jacob and Cousin Gideon

 Jacob as Santa Baby (or maybe an elf)

These are the best ones from my camera (we had 3 cameras going). And yes, Bill, I will be bringing you the whole shoot on that flash drive you lent me. ;-)