Friday, February 25, 2011

Let the sunshine!

When the sunshines in the wintertime in the Northwest, you make sure you enjoy it. Everyone gets outside when the weather is nice especially since it has been so cloudy and rainy (I know, I know what do I expect when I live in wet Washington.) We took a long walk when we had some beautiful weather last weekend. (notice the baby sleeping bag and extra blanket on Baby... I said sunshine, I didn't say warm temperatures.) And then we all just hung out in the sunshine by our sliding glass door. I think everyone, especially Thing Two really enjoyed it. (Thing one was happy to have the couch all to herself while we were all on the floor)

It was just a great time and we all were in better spirits after we had a little vitamin D boost. Can't wait until the next sunny day, hopefully it will include some higher temperatures too. I am itching to break out my flip flops.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Where have I been hiding?

I have been hiding on the most famous street in all the world. I have no idea where the week has gone. All I know I have been watching this to get my baby to eat.

A lot. I have watched this a lot.

Also this one gets stuck in your head like some happy little burr.

I guess I will continue to be distracted by this kinda stuff for the next little bit. But it is a good distraction, because it means that he is growing up. And learning and becoming his own little person. And while I am sad that the last nine months have flown by I am super excited to see him turn from a baby to a little boy.
So if I disappear again and you are wondering where I am, you know where to look.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Randomness for the week

Some very random thoughts have been running through my head and if I don't get them out soon, I might go crazy.

My ideals about short hair styles for women over 30 has changed. While I would love to be one who sticks by my guns, I will have to let my hair grow out a bit because there isn't room on my debit card for my expensive haircuts every 6 weeks.
(right now I am going on 3 months) I will keep it short-ish (if that is a word, which I don't think it is, but oh well) See I have gotten wiser with age.

Tonight, my hilarious son was swinging his arms around after getting out of his high chair. As he was acting like king of the wild things, he knocked over a glass of water. The glass of water went all over the table and all over my phone. My nice phone. My nice phone that did everything. My nice phone that did everything including video and photos. Now my phone is in pieces on a towel just drying out.
I am hoping my phone will think I am treating to a 'spa day' and work better than ever tomorrow when I try it out. Oh, did I mention that Baby laughed hysterically after this happened. Like full on laughing. It was a mixed emotion kinda moment because he was so cute, but I was so sad about my phone. Speaking of tomorrow, my baby has his nine month appointment in the morning. It has gone by so fast. It is amazing how much has changed in that time. Nine months.... crazy. I still can't believe I am a mom. He has totally changed my life, but in a weird way he hasn't. He has simply fit into our lives almost effortlessly. It is like I don't really have worries or doubts about motherhood because this is what I was meant to do. I still don't think I am describing it correctly, but it is the best I can do.

My parents come up in three short weeks. I have been counting down the time since they will visit and I think that it has been entirely too long. (The last time we saw them in person was in November.) Then after their visit it will be our friends from Nebraska, then the Inlaws. I don't know what to look forward to after that. I guess I am now taking bookings for the Sodermoto abode for the fall time. Any takers?

Monday, February 14, 2011

We belong in the zoo

This weekend we took Baby to the zoo for the first time. He was very excited about it especially when he slept for the first hour of it. Thankfully, he woke up after the lions and was way excited to see the river otters. Maybe excited is too strong of a word... he was enthused. Maybe it was the fact that he likes to put his hands on the glass (along with every other germy kid this side of the Rocky Mountains) and stare at whatever is on the other side, or maybe it was the actual fact that he was amazed that there was something moving on the other side of the glass. Either way, the otter house kept him entertained for about 10 minutes, which is a ton of time in a 9 month olds life. He also enjoyed the emus, and seemed to want to interact with the gorillas. It was great 'family time' and I am even more excited that we bought a zoo membership so I can go there an spend time with the other animals.But the most memoriable thing of the day was what Soder got on film. To set the scene: Soder is filming a normal looking black crow when I come out of the bathroom with Liam. There are no other people around and no other birds.

After watching the video I was laughing so hard because it is so innocent when he says, "That bird said hello." I am just really happy at the end of the film it actually does.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Two great guys + one holiday = one fantastic night

We were all dressed up...

With weather like this... a downpour!
Heading to restaurant that had ambiance like this.....
(I don't know what other cities are on this website, but it freakin' rocks. We got our $25 gift certificate to this yummy restaurant for only $2 (our total Valentine's date dinner, a rocking $18 including two dinner entrees and dessert, what a SCREAMING deal!!!)

Drinking and eating a fabulous meal that made us all very happy....
Taking a stroll in the freezing cold wind....
Ended the night at home having a great laugh (playing 'jumbo elephant' with a 9 month old will make everyone happy including Thing one and Thing two.) and our warm pj's.
Great dates, great meal, great night. Thanks to my boys, and here is my mushy quota for the month, Love you both and you make my life the best! Happy Valentine's to the ones that matter in my life!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

AWWWWW moment of the day

I have no idea where this came from or how he figured that this was the way to sleep, but somehow Baby will fall asleep with his fingers woven into his afghan. He doesn't need it for every nap, but it is so cute when he settles right down when he has it. At nights after he is put down to bed, I go in to check on him and he often has his little fingers poking through the blanket with it pulled right up over his face. When I pull it down off of his face, he simply grabs on tighter and pulls it right back up. It is a losing battle to try to fix so I let him sleep however he is comfortable. It is great to know that he is even stubborn when he is asleep. I was able to pull the afghan off his face when I was holding him when he was napping one day... he is so cute and peaceful when he naps.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Not for the squeemish!

About a year ago a very pregnant Moto got out of bed to help a sick dog throw up in the bathtub. When she mustered her big body out of bed, she managed to step on a needle in the carpet that was from a previous tennent. She found the needle in the carpet after the fact and saw that part of it was missing. (the tip part) She thought to herself that there is no way that it could have been lodged in her foot, but she took precautions and put ointment on it and a band-aid and moved on with her life. (it would twinge pain every so often, but nothing horrible.) It took a LONG time to heal.
And after Baby was born, she did make it into the doctor to get a booster shot for Whooping Cough, (which also has a tetanus shot with it, coincidentally) and she asked the Dr. about her toe. He poked it with a needle (ironic) and checked it out (there was a tiny blood blister looking thing on it.) The Dr. said that the chances of the needle being in there is very slim and not to worry about it, toes take a long time to heal.
So Moto didn't worry about and went on with her life. Then one morning almost a year after the first event, Moto woke up and her toenail was bugging her. So she pulled out her toenail clippers and trimmed the nail. (this is the part where it get seriously icky). After she trimmed it, she noticed there was puss on her finger from her toe. So she squeezed her toe and a black object poked out of an invisible hole on the tip (under the where the trimmed nail previously was). She pulled on the black object and out came about a centimeter size needle!
Now Moto's toe feels fine and she has an unbelievable story to blog about. Moto took a picture of the needle she pulled out of her toe, but only after she figured the only way to guarantee she wouldn't step on it again was to flush it down the toilet. So before the flush, this is the picture of the evidence...
One more round, of ICKY! ICKY! ICKY!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Last Art Class

This Sunday was Soder's last art class. (he would love to take them all the time, but since the wishing fairy hasn't been around lately, this will have to do it for him for a while.) So this Sunday was Baby and my last 'exploring' weekend. (at least our last one with just us.) We started at the same art store, located below the Petsmart in U-village. We got our coffee and scone (Baby's new favorite thing ever). Since I didn't want to wait around for the stores to open at the mall like I did last weekend, we decided to take a drive. A while back (way back in the summer), Soder and I had taken a drive around and had found this yacht/sailboat club in Ballard. I decided I wanted to see the water today, so we drove around to find that same place. I eventually found it (after about 20 minutes) and decided to take a walk along the water. It was a little drizzly and cold, but it was nice to be out and walking around. I love to look at all the boat and read all the names (like The Dude, Soul Catcher, Arthur, The Raven, and Fishful Thinking) . I don't know what I would name a boat if I had one, but that thought kept me busy for most of the walk. It was a great time to just relax and walk along with my little jabbering baby. Before I knew it, it was time to leave and try to find my way back to Soder.
I know my way around Seattle (and the outskirts) pretty well and can get myself out of pretty much any problem, but Ballard is a whole nother story. I swear that the streets in Ballard move around just enough to get me completely turned around (this did happen when we visited in the summertime as well). What should have taken me only 20 minutes to get back took me almost 35. (Maybe this is the reoccurring theme of my explorations of Seattle, I get lost a lot more than I realize.) I had a great time and was only a couple minutes late picking up Soder.
Even after getting lost, I can't wait to go back and explore when it is all sunny and warm... I hope that day comes one day.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Shhh, don't tell Soder!

While I was doing a bit of spring cleaning today, I let Baby play with one of Soder's toys. In case you don't know, my husband loves comics and superheros and 'collects' some of the action figures. He isn't like those crazy collectors that keep them in the boxes, but he does keep them on a shelf and doesn't usually play with them. I have warned him that this would be changing, and now it has. (The one that Baby is playing with is one that has no tiny parts that can fall off.)

It looks like he is contemplating how to go about getting Wolverine.

Wow, I wonder what Adamantium tastes like?

Huh, tastes very plastic-y.