Thursday, August 28, 2008

Silly Opa, funny babe

A goofy but lovely shot of Opa and the Monkey from last weekend. Yes, the little guy is a squirmy little sucker. And yes, that's a 6-month size outfit he's wearing.
Notice my little in-home sweatshop in the background! Hey, at least I managed to contain the mess for a day and pick up all the fabric draped all over the chairs.

This weekend the guys are gearing up to install siding on the garage... photos to come...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Inspired by my sister and her knitting abilities, I've decided to knit more socks. Real ones knit with those really tiny needles and yarn that resembles thread.

These are for Bennett, made with self-striping yarn aus Deutschland. Best part: there are no holes or gaps!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Poppy's fantasy

Join the poll!

We've had some busy days around here, so please pardon the lack of posting! Here's a pic or two of the receding hairline the little guy is dealing with. Take your best guess on the right of what the "real" hair color will be!

Blonde? Brown? Red?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Used car salesman

Our beautiful babe is having a problem we'd hoped he wouldn't have to deal with until he reached his thirties. That's right, folks. We're talking about some serious male pattern baldness.

Every time he wakes up, he's been covered in fine dark hairs and I've been getting angry with the cat and dogs, accusing them each in turn for sleeping in Baby-only areas. The other day while nursing I reached down to lovingly caress my baby's cute little head when lo and behold, I came away with a palmful of dark baby down from the top of his little head.

Unfortunately, the sides and back show no signs of budging. Soon he'll be left with the traditional horseshoe-shaped hairdo, and we'll be forced to refer to him as Little Tony and start hanging around the used car lots on the Avenue.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

New garage door!

Well, there is still stuff to be done around our house, believe it or not... B has been on a garage cleaning binge, getting rid of mounds of junk and cleaning out. Since that is mostly done, B decided to utilize Pop during their weekend visit and install a new garage door.
As with all projects we tend to tackle around here, there is inevitably more headaches (backaches?) than one would expect. I guess that comes with the territory when you buy an older home.
The front of wall of the garage was not secure at all, come to find out. The whole side was sagging towards the middle, so the guys had to jack it up and install proper headers instead of the old 2 by 4, piece of 1/4 inch masonite and a prayer that was holding it up. Notice B balanced precariously on Bennett's car.
The guys decided one big door would be better than a couple of small ones, especially to get stuff in and out.
They got the whole construction part done and the door assembled in one day, and the next was spent getting the mechanics of it all (opener, tracks, balance, etc) in proper working order.
And here it is! Just a lot of sore muscles, a couple of big bruises, and a sledgehammer to get the job done.

Go Team K!

Monday, August 11, 2008

More outtakes

I know there haven't been a lot of posts recently. It's been time consuming getting the Etsy store up and I've had some custom orders that have eaten up a lot of my limited free time! I've been adding new stuff to the store every day or so, so keep checking in if there's something you are interested in!
In the meantime, here's some more outtakes from my feeble attempts to take some head shots for the store.
Notice the double chin on the Monkey.
It's crazy how much he's grown over the past few weeks!

I'm thinking it might be time to look into doing a craft fair this fall. Any other crafters want to share a table?

Monday, August 4, 2008

Store open for business

Well, I finally got my Etsy store open. I'm adding new stuff almost daily, so check in often! Click here to visit!
Let me know if you see something you like!

Saturday, August 2, 2008


Yikes. I am SO not looking forward to teething.

2 months

Dear Bennett,

You are two months old today. I just put you to sleep, though you know I'll be up there every fifteen minutes to check on you.

You've had quite a lot going on this month! You are finally relaxing your muscles, stretching out both your legs and arms. You like to practice standing of people's laps, especially your Aunt A. You recognize my face and poppy's big bearded one, even from quite a distance. You've also discovered the ceiling fan. I'm surprised you don't get seasick watching it spin! You are getting much more interested in the outside world. I've been wearing you facing out when we go on walks so you can look around, though you think watching the power lines go by is still the most fascinating thing on the planet.

You now weigh 13lbs 9oz, and grew another couple of inches in length over the past four weeks. Some of your 0-3 clothes are getting a little snug, which just slays me! Where is my little baby going??

Your baby blues keep turning a lighter shade of blue, so there's a good chance you've inherited your poppy's eyes. You give us big responsive smiles now, and are even starting to make cohesive sounds (gh-eee is the most popular one this week, haaa-mm was last week). Your cries are also a lot more defined, as are your facial expressions. See this post as an example. We can tell if you're hungry, bored, tired, or just plain cranky.

We still call you the monkey, even as you are growing much bigger than the knitted monkey you have. Sooner than I'd like to believe you'll be holding the monkey in your little hand while yelling "Won't!"

You prefer to be held and loved all day and night long, which is fine with me. Most of the time. I still wonder how your older brother Burke would be reacting to your presence. Whether you would be recognizing his face, beginning to form your own private language the two of you would share. Sometimes when I'm holding you I'm overcome. There are certain looks, certain things that just remind me of Burke, and the sadness and ache takes my breath away.

Then you smile, wiggle, show me your gums, and I can breathe again. I love you.