Sunday, April 27, 2014


Here's some of what's happening:
  • We're trying to break in C's new cowboy boots in time for her big horse show.
  • At church this morning, Baby T was wanting to buckle her baby doll into Baby T's stroller.  (She does not have the dexterity, but it was clear what she wanted.)
  • When Baby T heard everybody saying, "Alleluia!" she was trying to say Alleluia, too.
  • D noticed Baby T trying to put a leg over her crib rail, so we were working on improving room safety today.  (Crib tents are now unavailable as they have been implicated in at least one death and some serious injuries.)  After some discussion, my husband sawed the legs off of the crib so that if Baby T vaults out, she will have a much shorter distance to fall.  (The flooring in her room is nice soft plush carpet.)
  • She napped just fine today in her sawed-off crib.
  • We were also rearranging the less baby-safe stuff in Baby T's room and my husband put some baby-proofing on one set of cabinets.  (We have lots more built-in cabinets in that room, but didn't have the necessary cabinet latches.) 
  • We did our board game club this past week after school and my husband taught the kids Chinese Chess.  We had 11 kids in attendance, which is very good.  
  • About a month of school left!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

6 blocks

My husband crafted six oversized 3" by 3" wooden blocks for Baby T.  Baby T has been skillfully stacking them in a pile six blocks high--very good for her age, I believe.

Sunday, April 20, 2014


I forgot to mention that Baby T is now saying No! a lot.  C was talking about picking her up this afternoon and Baby T said, "No!"  Other things Baby T says:

  • Heh! (horse--C has been brainwashing her)
  • Da (daddy?)
  • ma (mom?)
The family also thinks she is saying give! and maybe a word or two more.  She's used a lot of words over the past six months, but they come and go.  

She's very into connecting pictures in books with reality outside books.  So when I get to the monkey or the doll (two of her favorite critters) in a book, she's very likely to want to find and hold the item when I'm reading about it.  

She's also started to ID words for concepts that she's not crazy about.  For instance, I've seen her look unhappy when the word "change" was mentioned, and when I start singing the Our Father (her bedtime cue), I've also seen and heard her get unhappy, but also stick a thumb in her mouth and start tugging on her hair (a sleepy cue for our Baby T).  

Bathroom project done!

Here's some of what's happening:

  • C did four academic events at our city-wide UIL and took three firsts and one sixth place.  Yay!
  • Our small bathroom project took all of Wednesday and then Thursday morning, so it was all done by the time Easter weekend started.  We are done and it looks great!  (We had a new toilet installed in D's bedroom and then had our master bath toilet area redone with a white fixture, white paint, and neutral vinyl flooring--plain and simple.)  The only drama came on Wednesday when we discovered that one of our two new toilets was broken in the box.  My husband got the store to give us a different one and we had it ready for the crew the next morning.
  • I talked to the contractor about redoing the master bath and he gave me an estimate of $8500-$9000 for doing the whole master bath and painting adjacent closets and doors.  For the master bath, I was thinking of putting in new cultured marble countertop, shower and bath (apparently that will suck up about $3500 just in materials), having the cabinets repainted, white paint everywhere, brushed nickel fixtures (and knobs, presumably) and then some charcoal wood look vinyl plank for the floor.  The contractor says a lot of people are using vinyl plank for baths these days.  He also suggested doing the lighting while we're at it, which hadn't really crossed my mind.  We might also want dimmable lights for the bath and maybe a timed fan.      
  • The big kids got a 4-day weekend for Easter.
  • On Holy Saturday, we got C a new Western shirt and cowboy boots for her horse show in May.  I got her new jeans earlier in the week.
  • We decided to give Baby T a reprieve from kinder kennel in honor of the Easter holiday and didn't go to the church with a nursery.  Next week, baby, next week.
  • We had our now traditional hard-boiled-egg-and-sausage sandwiches for lunch.
  • Baby T has spent much of Sunday afternoon wearing pink Easter pjs that I got on sale for about $5 that say "Daddy's Snuggle Bunny."  Awww.  
  • During Baby T's nap, the big kids dyed eggs.  They did 95% of the measuring and work.  C got some nice two-tone effects on one of her eggs.  We then had an Easter egg hunt in the backyard before dinner for all of the kids.  The purple plastic eggs with pictures of horses inside were set aside for Baby T to find.  The other eggs (which had chocolate eggs inside) were for the big kids.  Baby T managed to collect all of her eggs (with help) and also managed to snag one non-purple one that was sitting in a bucket of grilling charcoal.      
  • My husband also melted chocolate and molded various Easter critters for the kids, another family Easter tradition.  

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.