Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Contractor next week?

I have reason to believe that we may have our bathroom job getting under way early next week!

Pots and pans for Baby T

Here's some of what's happening:

  • We got a shipment of Melissa & Doug metal pots and pans for Baby T a day or two ago to go with the stainless-and-espresso kitchen.  She got to play with the pots today and there was much stacking and clanging.  They're very pretty pots.
  • She was also rampaging through the preschool toys in the living room today.  
  • Baby T is starting to not like being picked up and carried off and she's started to learn how to resist placement in a stroller.
  • She wanted to spend a lot of time sitting on my lap between me and my laptop today.
  • She's also starting to pick up on cues that bedtime is imminent and now makes little grunts of protest when an activity she disapproves of is mentioned.
  • Baby T has finally wised up to the fact that plain yogurt is sour.  I haven't been able to get any into her for weeks.
  • She is almost 18 months old.
  • D needed a book, so I offered him The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  It was enjoyed.
  • C has a full day of UIL academic contests later this week. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Here's some of what's happening:

  • I handed Baby T a little mandarin still in the skin and tried to get it away from her to peel.  Uh-uh.  She wanted to do it HERSELF.  After she'd chewed a hole in the peel, she finally let me peel it for her.
  • The new espresso-and-stainless steel (actually silver paint) kitchen arrived in the box on Tuesday and my husband and C and D assembled it.  (C had been bugging me about letting her assemble it for days--in fact, she kind of wanted to assemble it herself when she was home from school Wednesday.  I put her off until my husband was available.)  It's the KidKraft Uptown Espresso and it actually does look as good or better in person as in real life.  It took a good 3+ hours to assemble Thursday night, but C stayed up until the job was done (nearly 10:30PM, actually). It's going to be in the living room for the moment, as it's a preschool age toy.
  • I promised not to let Baby T see the kitchen until the big kids were there to see her reaction.
  • The kids and I moved all of Baby T's play food and tea stuff to the play kitchen.
  • Baby T likes the new kitchen, but I think that the big kids appreciate it more.  We used to have a very basic plastic play kitchen that looked WAY nicer online, but this is 1000X nicer.
  • I'm planning on getting her a set of metal pots soon and an espresso table and chair set toward her 2nd birthday.  We'll also get a sand and water table soon.  We don't strictly speaking need any of this stuff right now, but we have some friends leaving our town this summer, and I'd like to maximize our fun.
  • A day or two ago, I think I heard Baby T say something that sounded very much like "get out" when I was getting her out of her car seat.
  • I was reading Baby T a book where there's a picture of a doll.  Baby T immediately went looking for her baby doll, and wasn't contented until I got her baby doll.  (Baby doll had been flung over the baby gate.)
  • We (i.e. my husband) had a really epic day of Saturday chores today:  reinflating stroller tires, relabeling some canisters, sealing some holes that could let in vermin, attempting to balance the fan (not done yet), mending baby's books, cutting and installing some insoles for C's shoes, and hosing down the high chair that I'm planning to give away, as it's 11+ years old and I've never really liked it that much (it's ridiculously hard to clean, for a high chair).  And there's still some shopping to do.     
  • No word from our contractor.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Here's some of what's happening:

  • Baby T has a new word:  "sword" (or as close as she can get to pronouncing it).  My husband made our two big kids each a large padded foam sword out of pool noodles and then a tiny one for Baby T. 
  • D really wants Baby T to start talking more.
  • Her current words are "sword" and "touch" and "heh" (horse).  She's had a lot of other words, but those are the ones in current rotation.  
  • We've got just under 2.5 weeks until the big UIL academic meet that C's going to be in.  
  • My husband just put up some safety netting on the stair railing this morning.
  • We are waiting to hear from the contractor as to our start date for the bathroom project.  
  • In the meantime, we discovered that one of our toilets is wasting an unnecessary $10 a month in water, so we'll be replacing it at the same time.  That leaves one final toilet from the old set--we'll get to it eventually.  

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Academic contest season

Suddenly, it is academic contest season.

  • This week, C participated in a regional spelling bee at the local community college.  There were only 15 participants, which was nice--I had been envisioning an all day affair.  C went out at 8th place--middle of the pack.  Her word was "sonata" (she doubled the "n").  It was almost exactly a hour, with a brutal duel toward the end (by which time Baby T and I were already scampering out in the hall).  
  • Before the bee, C and Baby T and I had a second breakfast on campus--tater tots, biscuit and bacon (the latter just for Baby T--I forgot it was a Lenten Friday while ordering).
  • C loved the community campus and I told her that once she's in high school, she can take courses there, for instance art.  It would be nice for C to be able to have a whole art course, rather than an hour here and there.
  • C especially liked being able to miss a whole morning of school for this, but she had to make it up over the weekend.    
  • And that's not all--we also have UIL (University Interscholastic League) coming up.  C is supposed to be representing her school in four different academic subjects.  For the first time ever, school is suddenly very, very serious about doing practices.  In past years, C has only had at most one practice session for one subject.  This year, at least three of the subjects she's signed up for are doing after school practices, often a weekly practice until the big UIL meet in April.  It's going to be a long, long three weeks.   
  • As I've said before, school is HARD.  
  • 2 months, 1 week more to go.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

Cow's milk

Baby T has finally warmed up to cow's milk at 17 months old after a number of months of just drinking water.  I offered her some whole milk in a cup today and she was operating the cup herself.