Sep 30, 2010

crib time play

I was finishing up with the dishes while Liam was supposedly taking a nap and all of a sudden I heard a bunch of babbling and giggling coming from his room.  I was pretty much done doing household chores, so I took a peek to see what he was up to.  He was bouncing up and down, having a good ol' time, taking to himself, and playing with his blanket.  Before I stepped into the room and before he could see me, I grabbed my camera to see what his reaction would be.  Well, nothing exciting other than the fact he simply wanted out.  I noticed he dropped his blanket on the floor as well as some other toys, so I picked them up and just started playing around.  His first reaction to my brilliant idea?  Well, I'll let the pictures tell the story.  But, needless to say, he cheered up quickly once he caught on to how much fun he could have with his ol' Mom.

This was the first picture snapped.  "Hi. I'm cranky pants."

And, it only gets worse.  Oh, dear.

Okay, not bad.  Things are starting to look up.

Much better.

Someone's tired.  Wonder why.  "Liam, this is why we take naps."

 Then, suddenly, the blanket comes to the rescue and Liam forgets that he's tired.  Funny how that happens.

And, now Liam is bored.

So, Mom decides to do the unthinkable.  Please tell me I'm not alone.  I think he really liked my shoes.

I hid my feet under the crib.  I think he was trying to find them.

I'm pretty sure Liam likes being behind bars.  Lets hope this is just a stage.

Mom doing those silly tricks...again.

Apparently my tricks are hilarious.

 Then, we go back to the blanket.  "What, I'm not funny anymore?"

I agree, blankets are more fun than goofy parents.  "Where'd Liam go?"

So, as a recap, we went from this to this in only five minutes.  I'd say my mission was accomplished.

The End.


Sep 28, 2010


This week's photo challenge on I Heart Faces is "Chalk". This one is Liam's first time with chalk and he LOVED it! But, what kid wouldn't, right? It's fun, messy, and colorful!

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before and after

I am happy to report that "The Beast" is now complete. Well, it's not quite finished (I'll show you why below). Let's just say it is in my book. Wowza, what a lot of work this puppy was! I did most of the staining and I will gladly pat myself on the back for the time and effort I put into it. I think I've earned some brownie points taking care of two little guys, a dog, a husband, running errands, and so on. Don't worry, my husband helped tape some areas and painted some the backside of the play set. He was a big help actually. Mom + ladders = disaster!  I am extremely proud and feel very accomplished. And, I'm also happy to report that my back feels like it's been hit by a semi-trailer traveling at 90 mph and my arms and legs feel like I spent way too much time buffing up at the gym. Boo for aching backs and sore appendages.  Whether I want to take it easy or not, I think I've been violently shoved into it.  Hey, not such a bad thing I suppose.  In fact, I think I hear my couch screaming my name as we speak. Oh yes, and I cannot forget, Landon had four colors to choose from and this is the one he picked. Not too shabby for a little guy.

Looks pretty simple, huh?  Not exactly.  Here are the steps it took to get it where it is today:
  • Moving
  • Leveling
  • Bleaching (spraying by hand top to bottom to clean the wood)
  • Brushing by hand top to bottom (to smooth the wood and remove tough dirt spots)
  • Deciding what to use on it (stain vs. paint), then deciding on color
  • Staining

Still a few things to do:
  • Buy new swing seats
  • Remove more rocks, paint the rocks, paint the board, and install rocks
  • Add more layers of paint to the trapeze bar
  • Buy an infant/toddler swing and install
  • Install plaque (Landon's idea)

Now I can sit back and relax.  I think Daddy-O and Landonator can handle the rest.  *sigh*


Sep 26, 2010

scavenger hunt sunday

 Here are my Scavenger Hunt Sunday photos I would like to share.  I had fun scrounging around finding different things.  I made a pact with myself that I would try to find things within 20 feet of where I was standing, so off I went!  These are the photos I had to find.

Water droplet
Bed head


      Sep 25, 2010

      a morning of buzz

      Liam is really showing interest in his Buzz Lightyear ride-on toy this week.  He's figured out that he can get around faster by pushing this thing everywhere.  When he gets stuck, he looks back at me and waits patiently for me to move it and then he's off again.  And, at times if he sees something along the way, he'll stop, play, and when he's finished, he'll move on.  It's kinda' like window shopping for us girls.  I love watching him learn new things.  He is so happy, and I do believe that it will only be a matter of time before I look over and he's walking from one place to another. 

      Aaron was in the process of heading to work.  Because he works so much, he doesn't always get the opportunity to see what goes on in the house.  Liam was minding his own pushing his toy when Daddy pops around the corner to find him doing his thing.  Dad was very excited and so proud of his little man.  I was so happy he was able to see his growing boy in action.

      Oh, and I almost forgot.  Notice the blue diapers?  Dad surprisingly went out and bought the Huggies Jean Diapers.  How funny is that?  Usually it's the Mom buying frivolous items, right?  Not this time!  I will say, they aren't as cute as the package shows, but they do look adorable on my Mr. McLiam's tiny heiny.

       Do you ever have a photo that stands out among the rest?  Well, this is mine.  I absolutely LOVE this picture for different reasons.  One, the lighting.  Two, glowing baby skin.  Three, capturing him in the moment.  Four, dimples and fat rolls.  Five, he's at peace.


      Sep 21, 2010

      shutter love tuesday - cakes

      This week's Shutter Love Tuesday theme is "Cakes".  Two entries, two contests?  Man, I'm on a roll.  If you read my last post, you'll know what I'm talking about.  I took this photo at a wedding I did this past summer.  I also have birthday cakes digitally documented.  But, I decided to go with the more attractive choice and picked a wedding cake instead of a birthday cake for this particular contest.



      Sep 20, 2010


      This week's I Heart Faces photo challenge is "Smirk". I've never participated since I (a) don't have time to fish through hundreds of photo CDs to look for the perfect qualifying photo, (b) always miss the challenges by a day or two, or (c) simply don't have a photo to share. So, my time has come and this week I am getting down with the rest of the photo contestants.  This is Landon trying on a smirky ninja face.  It reminds me of the movie, "Meet the Parents".  Ya know, at the end of the movie when Ben Stiller's character says, "Can you get with that?" (as he does a karate chop on video)?  I couldn't help but smirk myself.

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      Sep 19, 2010

      liam's turn

      Since Liam was fussing for attention, I took him outside for a change of scenery and sat him inside the new play set we just had installed.  He hadn't gotten a chance to play on it at this point.  He didn't know what to think. He just sat there and observed with this blank stare on his face.  You could tell he was in awe and it seemed to stop the fussing.  Score for Mom!


      hey, bugs need love too

      The first thing I thought of is where are the candles and the Barry White music? He may be a stud, but definitely failed in the romance department.  Landon asked me what they were doing and I had to respond with, "Their taking turns giving piggy-back rides." Landon: "Oh, how cute." Right. As if THAT stuff is anything close to cute. I just chuckled.  Phew, that was close and I think I'm off the hook for at least another couple of days until he sees a neighbor dog doing the "cute" in our back yard. So much for avoiding the dreaded "the birds and the bees" conversation!


      the beast has arrived

      With Aaron's job comes goodies.  His customers are very good to us.  They are his family away from home and take care of him as if he were their own.  That's all I can ask for.  They give us money, yummy treats, home-grown vegetables, goodies for the boys, Christmas gifts, puppies (Peyton and Parker - RIP buddy), gift cards, and even this wonderful play set (a.k.a The Beast).  Aren't these people amazing?  Every Christmas I get very emotional because of them.  I can't help it!  This play set normally cost anywhere from $1200-$1500, easy.  Guess what?  We got it for FREE!  Because of them, our two boys will have something sturdy, safe, and fun to play on in our back yard.  There are a few minor things that need to be done, but it's well worth it.  We'll have to buy new swings seats and install a toddler swing for Liam so he can partake in the fun as well.  I will have to stain and weather seal it.  I am not looking forward to that part, but like I said, it will be worth it in the end.  We had to take this thing down in their yard and put it back up in ours.  Landon was incredibly excited.  He didn't want to stop playing yesterday and sometime later he put his little chairs in his "tree house".  He's so cute.  So, here are the big boys putting the pieces together.  Thanks guys! 

      Preparing to move 'The Beast'


      The crew
      (Aaron, Larry, Jamie, Jeff, Landon, Cole, and Jarrett)

      Landon helping with cleanup

      Landon enjoying his new play set

      And then, of course, we took family photos at the end of the day