dec 30

lars has been a little under the weather this week - doc says its OK and thankfully, no need to go into the office. just a little cranky, needy, poopy, etc. today he is napping on his own (phew) which provides me a few minutes to myself. i refuse to clean up and am sitting here at the computer. ahhhhhh.

doug's got his usual new years eve dinner plans in the works and then some friends are coming over on new years day. i just realized that my oven is off, i need to fix the calibration or something. its probably like 50 degrees off from what i can gather (we need to get an oven thermometer and test). ek.

Dec 15

New tv watching position

jdg

dec 14

so martha stewart lied when she told me i could string marshmallows and make a candy garland. i just tried it. im left with sticky needle and sticky thread. maybe the mallows should be stale? well, too late! im scrapping that project pronto.

i took some photos yesterday of lars. i tried very hard to get cute shots like i had last year. oh, but wait! last yr lars was 6 months old and sat like a bump on a log and smiled for me on command. this year, he does not sit still. ever. oh wait! i know! he will sit still for 2 cartoons. ha! perfect plan. i turned on a show and much to my shegrin, he still wanted to bat the camera and run around. soooooo.....another project scrapped.



here are some shots from last night's disaster shoot

dec 13

thankfully lars is taking a power nap this afternoon! so much to do. still have wool balls to string to get up on tree. whoopsie, i just remembered i didnt take photos of the process. i will post the link that i used, but it was easier than i thought and with a husband who is willing to be your little elf, it goes pretty fast!

12 days until christmas and ive just ordered everything online. done. most of the gifts i have sent to my parents house, since we will be there on xmas morning. and then a ton of books. i also ordered gifts for our nephews and that's about it. just a few more items and we are finished. i really dont understand shopping in stores. i think i will probably never do it again. again. i also get free shipping most of the time, so its really quiet lovely.

this week - candy garland, finish tree, wrap whatever gifts arrive, and holiday brunch saturday. that's enough.

mimi

DOROTHY FAHY Dorothy K. Fahy, 98, died Sunday, November 21, 2010, at Normandy Farms in Blue Bell, where she had lived for the past nine years. Born January 28, 1912 in Weiser, ID, she was the daughter of William and Ruth (Hansen) Kitsch. The granddaughter of Idaho pioneers, she spent her first six years in Twin Falls, then moved with her parents to her father's hometown of Philadelphia. She was a graduate of Temple University, where she was president of the French Club. In 1934, she married fellow French Club member William J. Fahy, a high school English teacher. Once her three children were grown, she joined her husband at Philadelphia's Roxborough High School, where she taught special education and French. In retirement, she and her husband spent winters in Englewood, FL. She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years and her younger brother, William Kitsch, Jr. Surviving are her children, Christopher Fahy and his wife, Davene, of Thomaston, ME; Michael Fahy and his wife, Judie, of Limerick; Lani Dean and her husband, Robert, of North Wales; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no memorial service. Arrangements are with Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, Lansdale.

dec 6

hey! we got our tree last night. it smells really good. i dont remember last yrs (or any other for that matter) tree smelling so yumm. im feverishly making felt ornaments. and we should be ready to decorate by dec 23rd. heeh heeh heee.

busy week ahead - consulting, cleaning, decorating, visting. i have a martha stewart mag sitting on the coffee table waiting for me! damn.

today is lars' 18month check up this afternoon. uuuuh, how i hate the shot part. and him sitting in just a diaper on my lap like WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? hate hate. there has to be a better way. wouldnt it be cool if doctors made house calls again? even for well-visits? id love it.

Ball

Explosion

This battery exploded. It was brand new. Gross.

jdg

The beetle!

Typical ball chasing yesterday.

jdg

December one

Hello december. Lars is enjoying waffles and I'm yet again challenging my thumbs to a textting workout. Its raining like mad out there and I'm so happy lars and I don't have to venture into the wetlands. Somehow, we've misplaced/lost/broken all 8 umbrellas and just realized it this morning! Doug snagged the car umbrella en route to work. Good excuse for me to hibernate. While most of today will be spent in pajamas, I have a skype call which requires a little tidying up on my appearance. Boo (re the appaerance part, not the actual skype).

So much to write about....but later. A friend opened my eyes to cleaning with tea tree oil (duah!) And I made my first batch (of a zillion, better call some elves) of christmas tree ornaments. More later for sure.

jdg

Most days

Since we've moved last weekend, I've been running errands pretty much every morning. Most days we are back home around 10.30am. But yesterday ...and today the plans changed....and just 30 more minutes out and about means lars falls asleep in the car. I tried with all my might to keep him awake today....we haven't had lunch and I really needed his naptime to be my unpacking time. I just don't have the heart to wake him...He's in a deeeep sleep and its been enough sllep that I won't be able to get him to sleep later, but not enough to function properly for the rest of the day! He's totally spoiled. I realize if he had a sibling, id be waking his ass up cuz we had something else to do, etc. Ah well, the lucky life he leads.

jdg

Lunch

Don't you love this picture? The spinach empanada is stamped so you know what's inside. I seriously bought four today, pretty much for the stamp alone. Lars and I each ate an entire empanada ourselves for lunch today.

jdg

Tooth brushes

Why are kids tooth brushes so ugly? Does having a toothbrush with ariel make a kid want to brush? What about a brush that looks like a crayon? Seems like a mixed msg to me. (I also hate most adult toothbrushes, but that's a different story.) I got lars a simple clear brush at wholefoods. I guess ill just keep getting them there. I refuse a brush with a cartoon on it. At least for as long as I can...ha.

jdg

Nov 16

Gotta kid proff the kitchen! The new place is awesome. I unpacked four hrs straight on Sunday. No kid. No husband. It was good. Now, I get like 8 minutes a day to unpack. Right now I'm going to blow up 3 balloons for lars to play with. Need coffee, more soon.

jdg

Pb&j

There is something so awesome about watching a kid eat a peanutbutter and jelly.

Nov eight

Its nearly one pm, and I'm sitting in the car, typing on my phone (which I'm getting pretty good at thanks!). Lars and I went to a bounce place in paramus....it was a childs dream, and after ten mins of "what the hell mom" lars warmed up and let go of my shirt and had fun.

Well, its about 25 mins away and he fell asleep about 3 mins int car ride. We've been sitting here for 20mins already!! I don't dare wake him.... that's usually a disaster. So I'm thankful for the smartphone....I've been catching up on my blog reading...looking at apartments for decor inspiration.

But now I'm hungry and give lars 10 more mins. I gotta pee too!

jdg

jdg

Nov 7

We are taking a family packing break at hamilton park. Its chilly and lovely.

this is the best halloween photo shoot ive seen this year. for sure. check out this blog! http://www.sweet-juniper.com/

jdg

i heart design sponge.

after xmas ornaments, im on to this project - click here! so easy.


this is from one of my favorite places to visit - designsponge.

nov 2

today im working hard to get more packing in. lars is down for afternoon nap and im taking a little break. id love to take a nap, i am very tired.

packing is going well. doug's dropped off a few things from ikea last night, and our current apartment is in full deconstruction state, which seems to be pretty much every november for us these days. we've borrowed my parents' carpet cleaner and now im ready for action. just wish i could do more in a day, but its a challenge when lars doesnt sit still - and keeps bringing me my shoes like a little puppy wanting to go for a walk.

i take him out every day, in the afternoons.

but from 7am til after his nap, its inside crazytown.

at least for another month. sorry lars.

i was just thinking about moving without a kid. i dont even remember how long it took us to pack when it was just us. doug and i have been together for 7 years, and weve moved 7 times. twice we've had people pack our stuff. from brooklyn to philadelphia, and from philadelphia to hoboken. both experiences were awkward. i cant remember why, but i was present for the brooklyn packing. i guess we just didnt have enough time to do it ourselves, but i took the day off from work to 'oversee' the packing. we opted to have 2 guys pack and i just sat there watching - directing. it was weird. to hoboken, doug and i went out for breakfast while the guys packed. they were FAST and pretty awesome, until we got to hoboken. then they were annoyed, because they got lost. we'd never driven there either!!!!! sheesh.

even wackier - moving...just me. i think ive always taken the slow route - a little every day - b/c ive had a full time job, just packing at night/weekends. i remember moving from SF to Philadelphia in 1999 - I had 28 boxes, all numbered and shipped via UPS. so silly to think. it was all just junk. i should have tossed it all.

well, off to pack up the rest of the bedroom today.

sorta happy halloween?

doug put lars in his costume in the morning. he pretty much freaked out - walking aimlessly around like 'get this off of me!' sooo....after a few snaps, we removed the hairy costume. my sisterinlaw sent it to us - my nephew wore it when he was little. 


anyway, it was cute for a second, and i will just keep telling myself NEXT YEAR he will go trick or treating. with the move, etc, i didnt have the energy to get antoher costume together the he could tolerate. 

in lieu of trick or treating with a kid who goes to sleep at 6.30, and is 16 months old, we took lars to the ZOO this weekend. we enjoyed BOO at the ZOO this time around. :)

our apartment is a total mess. stacking boxes everywhere for our move in 2 weeks. again, every time im here, or facebook, or some other computer type devise (yes, phone, im talking about you), i should be packing. we've made a big dent, and doug thinks we are pretty much done (ahahahahahah) but ive got the whole week planned out and feeling pretty good about the current state of affairs. 

more soon. ta ta. 

note to self.

http://paintedthreadsprojects.blogspot.com/2008/10/making-felted-balls.html

this is what im making as soon as we move into new apartment. this year, all ornaments will be wool and soft and lars can knock the tree over and nothing will break. ya!
so here we go, back to angel baby. lars was awesome today (um, so far) and i realize he is a toddler, pushing boundries, frustrated b/c he cannot communicate with words, is tired as he transitions to one nap and is overwhelmed by new places/toys/stuff, and just would rather explore than sit still. i get it. i just wish he'd listen to me. ha ha.

i took him to mommy/son lunch today. he sat in the chair, ate an ENTIRE grilled cheese, and yogart. didnt even throw anything on the floor. wow. i actually ate lunch today! a dream date, for sure. if i could just figure out how to go shopping with him, now....that'd be a feat.

now he's napping....and again, i should be packing. arugh. next 2 weeks is going to be big time packing. i know, i keep saying that. but really, big time.

whatever. that's all ive got to say.

c ya

 lars in lowes

 posing a few wks ago

hi

hi, im procrastinating again. last night doug went thru some closets, tossing stuff we havent looked at in the year since we've lived here....and certainly do not need to cart to another apartment. broken umbrellas, random notepads with one sheet of paper and a few computer laptop bags ...that dont even belong to us.

(oh, doug opened up one bag and inside had the following: stack of business cards from former co-worker, 1 breath mint, 1 condom, 1 sample size cologne).

i should be packing now, its peaceful in our apartment - lars is asleep and doug is out. ive just spent the last 30 minutes fooling around with the design of this here silly blog and still hate it, but im tired so i give up... for now. argh. i have a lot of learning to do.

had a lovely dinner at a friend's house. i brought a big vat of soup and she made pumpkin bread! yum! lars ate like three spoon fulls of soup and then whined and cried and made a mess and screamed to get out of the chair. i just posted this to facebook, but seriously, he's become the kid i said id never have.

the kid that is rambunctious and crazy and doesn't listen when we are out and makes a big fuss and wont eat. yes, i have that child now. he's freaking out when i change his diaper. he freaked out when i put him in the booster seat. he freaked out when he heard the word milk. oh man. this kid! and...to top it off, he bit me 3 times. THREE TIMES! he just did this the other day too...im saying that he only does it when he's tired, and yes, we are still transitioning to one nap and i know he gets wild around 4pm.... i know, i know! he's a toddler and that is what they do! but, i SWEAR, at home, he is an ANGEL! really... he's happy and smiling and silly and agreeable and cuddly and funny and smart and playful. I SWEAR.

new place....

here is lars in his new room. its like half the size of current room, but ill take the hard wood and amazingly awesome paint job, and ceiling fan! yea!

the kitchen has a window! yea! its like 2 feet from the next house, but it still gets light, which makes me very very happy. also, while i hate the light fixtures (we will change them in the living room) i love the cabinets! they are a buttery yellow - not wood and this makes me happy.
  
here's the view from the front of the living room, toward the kitchen. the 'office' is to the right of where i was standing. this room will be dining room, living room and a little play space for lars.

 the view from standing in the kitchen. lars' play space will be by the windows at the end of the room....
here is the 'office' - which we painted grey - im very happy to say we wont have to have our computer in our bedroom for the first time since lars has been born. its nice to have a seperate room for that crap. ya!
just waiting for the kid to wake up, any minute now. in the meantime, im obsessing on how to arrange furniture in new apartment, what new stuff we need (arent we suppose to be saving money?) and how im going to get new black out blinds for lars' little window the minute we move in. huph!

Tiss u?



somewhat dark, somewhat boring. but not for lars....

play dates, boxes.

im so happy to report we no longer have snotty noses. and lars is happy again. now, i just need to get packing. i have 3 boxes. hum. last year we attempted to not use too many boxes so doug would drive filled boxes over to new apart, unpack them (say, kitchen spices) and then bring the damn boxes back. so much for that trick. it was annoying. and turned out to be a bigger hassel. every time i thought i only needed one more box, i really needed 9. so off to staples we will go on saturday.

i better fold laundry, ive got 2 moms and 3 kids coming in one hour!

snot rockets, co-sleeping, etc.

hey world! ive got a sick baby on my hands. just a cold. stuffy nose, blowing snot rockets across the room with each sneeze and refusing to eat anything other than oatmeal and bananas. around 11ish last night, he was coughing and sneezing and doug went to check on him....doug returned to our room and said 'he's sleeping with us' -uuuuug. i thought. but doug thought he'd be more comfortable. ok! let's try it....we've tried it a few times (back in april he was REALLY REALLY sick) and it never works out. our son must be the only child in the world who hates sleeping with his parents. he slept with us for 4 months, then suddenly, stopped sleeping....and we couldn't figure it out. put him in his co-sleeper, in another room...and he slept. weird. so, even when he's sick, he'd rather be alone, in his crib, away from us. 

so, please keep in mind that co-sleeping doesn't work for all families - most importantly, all babies. lars only slept for the first 4 months of his life when i was either wearing him in a sling or he was in doug's arms in bed.....so we just assumed we'd sleep with him for ....well, until we decided to make a change. i do what lars 'tells' me he wants, pretty much. he basically told me he wanted his own space!  

personally, i didnt sleep the first 4 months of his life b/c i was so on edge that i would smoosh him or elbow him or he'd roll off the bed, so maybe he felt my vibes and said 'i want outta here people - this lady needs some sleep.' 

anyway, back to this sickness.  just a little cold.

if i could just teach him to blow his nose. that would be so cool. 

i lost my zzzzz

im blogging from my phone, at four am.   sad i used the word blogging, reminds me of the, oh, nevermind. i hate when i cant sleep. i guess most people do. nothing profound here. ta ta.

heart, cloud.

today i used some of lars' old shirts (sans stains, thanks) to make 2 pillows. one cloud, one heart. ive been seeing a lot of cloud pillows out there lately, and thought i could easily make one. ta da!

they are lumpy, and crudely finished, but that's the way i sew and i like it.

i drew wacky templates:





heart is mustard on one side, salmon on the other.