Sunday, January 31, 2016

What We've Been Up To

James and Leah learned to ride their bicycles without training wheels! Zac looked up a few videos on YouTube and patiently taught them how to do it. James learned first and is so proud of himself. Next was Leah's turn. She was determined, just like when she was ready to get out of diapers. We've been riding around the neighborhood, getting used to riding as a family. The kiddos are learning how to stay to the right side of the street or keep steady on sidewalks. I'm glad we can use the bike trailer a little longer. Elias prefers riding in it more than the stroller.

I've started painting again. This time, I've been using acrylics as watercolor and testing out some techniques. I've missed this. I don't think I've painted anything since we moved from Louisiana. Honestly, I'd rather paint than draw.

Elias is trying to crawl. He pushes up to his knees and gets so mad when he can't get to the next step. He's proud of himself, though. And he's got red hair! I swore it would stay dark like Zac's, but the dark has fallen out and red is peeking through. I started him on some homemade baby food. Applesauce is his favorite, but he likes mashed bananas. He sometimes gets a tummy ache after eating, but I know his digestion is working to process something that isn't milk or formula. I can't get the food to his mouth fast enough without him throwing a fit, ha!

I've been trying to crochet a blanket for myself. I found a beautiful pattern called Blue Star Afghan, though I've changed the colors. It's hard finding the time to sit and work on it without interruption. Elias used to lay still when breastfeeding so I could crochet at the same time. Now, he'll grab my yarn or turn his head to see what I'm doing and it's hard to keep a rhythm when I have to keep readjusting his latch. I get some time before bed, so it's a slow progress. He isn't taking very good naps right now, probably from growing or teething or both. I've been teaching Leah how to crochet. She's getting the hang of it, but her frustrations can be a bit dramatic.

Rainbow chain scarf for Saoirse the Irish Frog

We used up the last of our sparklers and enjoyed the chilly weather that I'll probably (most definitely) complain about later on.

Zac took us to Madison to go to the park and do some shopping.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


These three were accidentally color-coordinated, so I took a few pictures. These are basically the only ones where everyone was in focus.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Elias Five Months

So far, this little dude laughs, smiles, and squeals if I make a goofy face at him. He can recognize the family members and almost reaches his arms up. He's knows what his pacifier is, what his bottle is, and what laying down in the Pack 'N Play is. He doesn't mind getting his diaper changed and usually smiles at me the whole time. He doesn't cry so much anymore, thankfully. He can roll from his tummy to his back and almost from his back to his tummy. He gets about halfway before getting frustrated. Jessie gave him Orrin's musical seahorse and it's Elias' new favorite thing. He can't quite sit up for long, but he's getting the hang of it.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

2016, micro post

You ever feel like Robin Williams in Jumanji when he's back from the jungle and asks, "What year is it?" because you've been away from a blog for so long? I do.

It's 2016. Incredible, a new year. I started writing and saving drafts, but just decided to backspace the whole thing, have an alcoholic beverage, and just wing it.

I bought a pair of beautiful boots from Target. When we left for Sean's, I was wearing some comfy slippers Zac bought me for Christmas. I completely forgot to pack my damn shoes. Target had a pair of boots on sale from about $50 to $25.

We hung out in New Orleans and went to the mall, then ate lunch at Reginelli's to see Joey and hang out with Jessie.

At Sean's, to bring in the New Year, we lit sparklers, ate king cake (baby wasn't included, despite the label), and watched Ant Man. I'm a little surprised my kiddos were ready for bed before midnight arrived.

We were able to visit Mawmaw and Marie, but I forgot to give Mawmaw her gift. I'm hoping we can visit again soon. We just had too much fun this time.