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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
this is from one of my favorite places to visit - designsponge.
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.
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!
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.
(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.
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.
i better fold laundry, ive got 2 moms and 3 kids coming in one hour!
they are lumpy, and crudely finished, but that's the way i sew and i like it.
i drew wacky templates: