Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Yesterday, Camden decided he needed a "treasure bag" for his "pirate booty" (contrary to what you may be thinking, "booty" in this instance, means "loot", and not "butt"). So, while out running errands, we stopped in at JoAnn Fabrics and picked out a lovely piece of skull and crossbones material, along with some gold cord. My thought was to make a drawstring bag like one my mother had made me as a child. Sounds simple, I know. Luckily, I purchased enough fabric for two bags, because I needed it. I won't even tell you what I did on the first attempt, because reflecting on it now, I cannot believe what a sewing nimrod I am. Okay, I can, but that's besides the point. Eventually, I finished the bag, but not without a lot of seam-ripping, head-scratching, and cursing under my breath. I want so badly to teach myself how to sew, but my little project yesterday knocked me down a few pegs. I think I may be lacking the necessary brain matter to properly operate a sewing machine. I'm not giving up though. Stay tuned...I will keep you posted on my progress (or lack there of).
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Speaking of costumes, I was at Old Navy yesterday, just as they were bringing out all of their Halloween costumes. You may recall that we take our holidays pretty seriously around here, and have no problem hauling out the decorations a little early (we had the Halloween stuff up by September 14th last year). Anyway, I'm browsing around the store when another shopper scoffed loudly and said, "Oh my goodness! I CANNOT BELIEVE they already have Halloween costumes out! Give me a break!" to which I just smiled and nodded my head, all the while with two Halloween costumes stuffed under my arm. I've always been a holiday girl, but with two little boys, it is so much MORE fun. Sometimes I suspect Steve thinks I am a little nutty, but that's okay.
I may be jumping the gun here, but I broke out the crock pot today...I couldn't help myself. I generally only use it in the fall/winter months, and it is expected to be in the 90's later this week, but what the heck. As you can see, I'm trying out one of those handy-dandy slow cooker liners and I have to say, I'm excited that I won't be soaking and scrubbing my crock pot tonight. If you are wondering what's in the crock, I'm cooking "pork chops abracadabra", my favorite crock pot recipe, given to me by my Aunt Jean. Just brown some pork chops (a step I'm just now realizing that I failed to do this morning!!) and then place in the crock. Pour one can of cream of chicken soup over the top (I like Campbell's Cream of Chicken with Herbs), set on low for 8 hours, and that's it! I'm going to make some whipped sweet potatoes, and serve with the gravy from the pork chops. Yum!
Here's a neat idea that Camden and I tried out the other morning. It was a little chilly, as well as buggy out, so I didn't really want to send Camden outside, but he wanted to dig in the dirt. So, I filled my roasting pan with some rice (very inexpensive when you can buy it from a bulk bin at the supermarket). He had the best time playing with his tractors! When he was done, I just poured the rice into a big Ziploc bag, and we can use it again and again.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
We had a call from Steve this morning, saying that he thought he would be able to have lunch with us, if we drove out to meet him. So, we scrambled, piled into the car, and had a really nice little picnic. The boys were happy to see him (as was I). It sounds as though he'll be back home sometime this weekend. When this training is over with, I don't think he has any longer commitments like this for quite some time.
This picture of Griffin cracks me up, because this is what I see at just about any given point in the day, when I look down. He's taken to following me wherever I go, and hanging on to my leg. I must admit, although I have spent many, many days, weeks, and months parenting solo, this feels like a whole different ball game now. Griffin is rather mischievous, and Camden is a very active 4-year-old. This new phase that Griffin is currently up to his eyeballs in (mobile, getting into everything, wants Mummy 24/7) combined with the busy-ness of his older brother, is wearing me out!
As you can see, I've been playing around with my blog format. There seem to be quite a few glitches still, but it is going to have to be a work in progress. The section of my brain that deals with formatting and such is virtually non-existent, so just changing my blog template practically made my head explode.
Monday, August 20, 2007
- Camden broke a bottle of red nail polish, all over the bathroom. Luckily, no glass shards or injuries to report, however, my fancy bathmat, Camden's nice grey sweatpants, and his new pair of socks did not survive. House reeked of nail polish/nail polish remover for the rest of the day.
- Silly me decided to take an 11-month old, a 4-year-old, and a very neurotic 10-year old dog to the vet at 9:00 a.m.. When we arrived, we learned they were short-staffed, dealing with a handful of emergencies, and would be with us "shortly". Griffin got a little slap-happy after the long wait, but other than that, we survived!
- Force-fed above-mentioned 11-month old prune juice with a syringe, in an effort to solve his massive "constipation" problem. It wasn't pleasant, but hey, it worked!
- Endured day three of non-stop chatter from 4-year-old. Steve is away at an Army commitment, so I've not had any adult interaction since Friday. Goodness, I love that boy more than life itself, but can he TALK! He does not come up for air from the time he gets up until he goes to bed at night, and every sentence begins with, "Mummy? Guess what?"
- Had to sit down and write out medication schedules for Griffin and Riley, so as not to administer amoxicillan to Riley, or ear mite medicine to Griffin.
Time for a glass of wine! Nighty-night!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
A kiss on the cheek from Nana
Banzer and Griffin at the Capital City Farmer's Market
Riley, mourning Sadie, while simultaneously wondering if he himself has died and gone to heaven, since the last time he was allowed on the bed was sometime back in 2001
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Life is quite different without Sadie around. I've gone to let her in the house, or have caught a glimpse of her out of the corner of my eye a couple of times, only to realize my mind was playing tricks on me. Camden has asked quite a few questions, but is dealing with it all very well. Riley, on the other hand, is having quite a hard time of it. It is an odd thing, watching an animal mourn for another animal. I think it dawned on Riley that something was wrong when he went to bed on Monday night, and Sadie wasn't there. He did lots of pacing and couldn't seem to find a place to sleep. Yesterday, he wasn't quite himself, but we kept him busy. Today, though, he is very quiet. He is a dog that normally loves spending the day outside, sleeping under the big blue spruce, but he's refusing to even go outside today. Sadie was the alpha dog, and I think Riley doesn't even know what to do without her. Hopefully in time he will come around and adjust to his new place in the family.
Today, I spent some time familiarizing myself with Camden's new EpiPen. Steve and I have been growing concerned, because each time Camden gets a bug bite, he develops a huge welt, and they seem to be getting worse with each bite. I had Griffin at the doctor yesterday (yes, ANOTHER double ear infection), and mentioned Camden's reaction to bug bites. The doctor promptly wrote out a prescription for the EpiPen and told me that most likely if he reacts that way to mosquito bites, he would probably be highly allergic to bee/wasp stings. So, from here on out we'll be carrying the EpiPen with us at all times. He will probably have to go through some allergy testing down the road at some point, too.
Griffin has mastered the low-crawl, and is now working on regular crawling. He has pulled himself up on furniture a couple of times, but isn't into doing that on a regular basis, although I'm sure it is only a matter of days. He is full of energy and doing so well. I cannot believe he is almost a year old. Where has the past year gone?
Steve is busy, as always, and is gearing up for some army commitments that will have him away from home quite a bit over the next two weeks. He has some travel coming up at the end of the month as well, so it looks as though we won't be seeing a whole lot of him until September.
My mother just called to say that they've landed safely back in Maine...oh, how we miss them already!
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Camden and Nana
Camden and Papa
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
Unfortunately, Steve got held up in some meetings today (he was supposed to have the day off) and ended up staying at the office all day. The good news is, he will be taking Thursday off, so that's great.
Griffin didn't nap yesterday afternoon, so he was extra tired last night. So tired, in fact, that he couldn't seem to get to sleep! Luckily, he had his Papa to snuggle up to, and that did the trick.
Story time with Nana (if you're wondering what that is that Camden's hooked up to - - that would be my father's sleep apnea mask that he has to wear when he sleeps...Camden thinks it is fun to wear).
The four of us, at Hell's Canyon Winery
Camden wanted his picture taken with this mini-forklift
Saturday, August 04, 2007
So, it has been a busy week here, between the basement clean-up and the general house clean up, and two boys who have been in rare form this week. I have a bad case of kid burn-out, I must admit. You know I love my boys more than life itself, but sometimes I can only talk about matchbox cars, The Lion King, and monster trucks for so long. I have found myself on more than one occasion this week, longing for an iced coffee and complete silence, if only for 30 minutes. That being said, there sure are worse problems to have, aren't there? Nothing that some quality time with my parents, as well as two extra sets of hands to help me with the boys won't cure!