Friday, February 29, 2008

Some Beautiful Boy Pictures

Molly will take care of Josh wherever he goes.
Cute little "eat your thumb" picture.Oh no , Josh! Don't do that!
I figured out what kind of lighting was best for my indoor shots. He's a real winner in this one!
Mom and Josh, hanging out on the floor.

Going Out on a Snowy Evening

Tonight is a snowy evening. I drove out to visit a friend of mine who goes to college in Geneseo and when I came home it had snowed at least another six inches. That makes for a lot of snow since Tuesday afternoon. The snow is very pretty and I don't see any reason to complain about it. After all, it is about time we have a decent snow fall around here. Maybe the family will want to go sledding tomorrow. Wouldn't that be fun? This is perfect snow for playing in. Maybe not for building snowmen or snow forts, but good for making trails and just general goodness. I bet these snowy pictures make you southerners jealous of all our snowy goodness. And yes, there is a driveway somewhere beneath the tires of my car. Good thing that I knew the general area of the driveway or it might've been hard to find. Oh, but what fun and beauty the snow is. I am enjoying the looks of it all.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Dude Glasses

These are my new "nerd" glasses. How do you like them? When I was a kid, I remember thinking how awful these type of glasses looked and now they are the rage. Oh, how time changes things. And yes, I have a crooked smile.

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Today the snow just keeps coming. It came all day yesterday too, so now we have a lot of it. On a typical Tuesday and Thursday I drive out to my parents house and have supper with them. But after meeting my Mom at the library this morning, I think today is a good day to stay at home, snug and warm under a blanket or baking cookies in the kitchen. There is too much snow outside to feel to comfortable driving around, especially after it gets dark tonight. I thought that this sea gull needed a warmer place to sit than the library parking lot. Seems he should've been tucked away under a blanket somewhere too. Or at least he should've worn his scarf when he went out on such a snowy day :) If only Josh was a little older, we could spend the afternoon building snowmen and having a snowball fight. Don't worry, I'm not really rushing him to get big. I'm content to watch him sleep away the afternoon right now. But soon enough, he'll be out there in the snow like I was when I was a kid. My brothers and I would spend all afternoon making snow trails and digging tunnels into the snow banks. We might drag our plastic sleds up to the big hill in town and go sledding with our friends and neighbors. When we came home, a hot cup of chocolate finished off our adventure and warmed our cold bodies. That's when the snow was the best to enjoy. We didn't have to plow it or drive in it. All we had to do was enjoy it. Except for those times when we had to shovel the driveway. Somehow it wasn't as much fun when we were put to work out in the cold. But that's what kids are for, right?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Boring Hair Cut

I got my hair cut today and I'm not really a big fan of it. I wanted something different, shorter and fun. But it's pretty much the same as before, just shorter. And kinda boring. Should I call the hair stylist up and tell her that I'm not really loving the "do" and see if it can be modified? Or should I wait it out and see if I grow to love it?

The Best Dog Toy in the World!

I have a great dog, but even great dogs can be naughty. I don't know how much money (and I don't want to know) she has wasted by chewing shoes, books, papers, tools, potatoes and any other thing that was left out in her reach while we were not home. Some things, like my leather bound Bible, were not left in her reach, and I'm not quite sure how she got a hold of it. But after much deliberation, I decided that I should try out an "acclaimed" doggy toy. I have a couple friends whose dog has a rubber Kong toy, but when I saw how expensive they were ($10.00), I put off getting one for Molly. But after seeing too many things thrown in the garbage, I forked out the money. I am here to tell you that the Kong is the best dog toy that I have ever seen. Molly carries it around with her wherever she goes and after a week and a half's worth of almost constant chewing, it seems to be almost indestructible. It's also very good for bouncing, if you don't mind playing catch with your dog for endless hours. And to top it off, you can put doggy treats or peanut butter inside of it, so your dog can spend even more time preoccupied. We should've invested the ten dollars in it last summer.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Moving Around

This morning Josh looked as if he'd been in a war. He had a little scratch on his forehead, one on his eyelid, on his lip, and on his neck. They were just little scratches, but I figured it was time to trim his nails again. I had just trimmed them a few days earlier, so he should've been safe! But there were little corner pieces that I had missed and those can be dangerous when a little boy is learning how fun it can be to flail his hands and arms in the night. (This picture isn't from this morning, so no scratches there! But isn't he a cutie?) He is getting so big and strong now. He loves to "stand up" and he kicks his feet quite often. I'm sure it won't be long now before he can roll over. That sounds like a dog trick. :) He loves to talk to me and I can tell that he now has a preference to be with me over someone else. He is a silly boy sometimes! And how we love having him around. Being a mom is getting better all the time!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Lesson # 1: Keep Your Big Mouth Shut

Hello there blogging buddies! Today, as I sit and write, I find myself to have a renewed love for my smoothie maker. What a tasty treat I have before me. Pour in some juice, toss in some frozen fruit and a banana... And wallah! A lovely, healthy drink which tastes like dessert, but you can actually feel good about drinking!!! Yummm.

Okay, after that brief "commercial" I feel a bit silly, but I do love a good smoothie. (Thanks Barb!) Anyway, this past week was enjoyable, with it's typical ups and downs. The highlights of my week include, but are not limited to, Joshua cutting his very first tooth (at three and a half months), spending three days in row packing Valentine's boxes for last minute shoppers and a very nice post-Valentines Day dinner with my true love. Speaking of last minute shoppers, I learned a valuable lesson this past week. A wife should not try to encourage her husband to be more creative about Valentines Day by predicting what he will do. If I had not predicted that he would stop at Wegmans on the way home and pick up a silly card and a single rose, at least he would've stopped at Wegmans, bought a silly card and a rose and I would've been happy. Instead, he did nothing. Yes, we did go out to eat on Friday, but I was looking forward to that silly card. I just didn't want the left over rose. Ugh. Sometimes a wife should just keep her big mouth shut and be happy with what she has. Instead, I went to bed disappointed and ashamed that I tried to change my man and did so miserably at doing so.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


This week, I will be attempting to fast from my computer. Seeing as I cannot fast from food, and the computer is one of things I enjoy most, it is what I will fast from. Sometimes, I feel like I need to take a break from it and spend my time doing more productive things. (Like reading my Bible or praying for example.) So, this week, you may not be hearing from me too much. And if you do, shame on me. Now that I have announced my intentions, I expect you to hold me accountable.

It's Purty Cold Out Thar

It is excessively cold here in NY. The wind is blowing and snow is drifting up in my back yard. Last Wednesday, we had freezing rain and it covered my car with at least a 1/4 inch of ice. My brother Ben and I had to chip it off with a metal spatula before we could go to the eye doctor on Thursday morning. My ice chipper had broken apart the last time we had an icy car, thus the use of the metal spatula. The freezing rain and wetness also left my backyard looking similar to an ice skating rink. The ground was pretty wet when it turned cold, so there is a nice layer of ice out there under the snow. When I walk across the yard, it goes "crunch, crunch", but with a hollow sounding echo to it. This evening we are expecting some lake-effect snow and the temperature is going to be around 6 degrees F, with a real feel of about -24 F. How do you like that? Thus the reason behind my hubby saying that he thought I should stay home from church this evening. -24 F feels pretty cold. And NJ just experienced a 70 F weekend. How do you like that?

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Josh and Molly

Josh is sitting (with help). And reaching. He is getting pretty strong. I now need to cut my hair, before he pulls it all out. In case you are wondering why I no longer post about anything other than my baby, it's because my baby is my life. He's what I think about and therefore is what I write about. I think that's how it is with Mommy's.

Molly seems to get along with Josh okay. She does feel quite left out the majority of the time though. I do feel bad for her, but I can't hold her and cuddle her all the time. Josh needs me more than she needs me. So Molly pouts around and looks sad. I do pet her and try to pay attention to her, but now she has to share me with Josh and she doesn't think that it is fair. When Josh grows up a little though, he and she will be best of friends... I hope. At least she doesn't dislike him... In fact, Josh quite often gets doggy kisses, so it can't be that bad. Aren't they both little cuties?

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Looks Alikes

Some people say that my Mom and I look alike. I just don't see it. Do you? Speaking of looking alike, sometimes I think Josh looks a little like me. Maybe...