Friday, February 26, 2010

A Snow Story

Our latest snow day didn't exactly start out the way I would of liked it to. Somewhere around 6AM we lost power for about 3 hours. We used Ish's twilight turtle for light.
This was the view from our kitchen deck door.
The view from the sink window gives you a better view of what we were dealing with - somewhere around a foot of the white stuff.
Ish didn't seem to mind that we didn't have power - all he needs in the morning is his sippy of milk and a car.
Thankfully, we have plenty of flashlights in our house.
Can you tell this was Ish's first time with a flashlight?
It was chilly - so we started the fire early and replenished the wood often.
Matt showed Ish the winter wonderland outside of our house.
Ish insisted on being able to touch the snow.
After the power came back on, Ish was less than impressed with the turtle. Here he is telling me I could put it away now.
As the day went on, so did the snow. Ish's playhouse almost took a hit from one of our trees.
Our poor Japanese Maple was damaged from the weight of the snow.
You could barely see the mini Christmas trees on our front path.
With so much snow, we had to give Ish another try walking outside.
This time he took off like a bandit!
He supervised his father's shoveling job.
Then he realized that there was more snow at the bottom of the driveway and took off. I warned him about running in the snow.
He didn't listen to me.
I had to photograph his first face-plant in the snow.
He was not amused.
But he quickly got over it and ran for the snow piles.
In order to trick him into coming inside, Matt made it seem like young Ish was helping him get some snow off our trees (it was of course merely a ploy to be able to pick him up and get him inside the house!). It worked - but there were some tears.
After he realized we were in fact not going back out, he settled in for a sippy and some bread.
Life is good. Even under all this snow!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wishlist Wednesday - Stupid Groundhog

Staten Island Chuck is a liar. He said spring was coming early. The latest weather report for the Hudson Valley puts us somewhere in the 1 foot of snow range over the next 24-48 hours. I hope Chuck freezes his mangy little tail off.

With the nasty storm looming, my wish (again) is for spring to hurry up and get here! I have a tree in my front yard that looks like this in full bloom and I would like to see it soon!
I also want the nice weather to get here so that I can bring young Ish to the Bronx Zoo. He's getting good at identifying animals in his books and I think he'll get a kick out of seeing the real things!
I'd also like to take him to the Botanical Gardens. Lots of space to run around like a lunatic there.
And, I just bought these grow kits and I want to try them out (I've never grown anything before - but for a $1.99, I thought I'd take a shot this year!).

Monday, February 22, 2010

New kicks

Ish's fascination with his father's closet continues...he seems to gravitate towards Matt's boat shoes.
He LOVES trying them on.
He has mastered standing still in them.
He's still working on actually walking in them (although he's not too bad!).
I'd like to end today's post with a big THANK YOU to The Nerdy Katie for passing on a great blogger award - The Beautiful Blogger Award:
If you haven't been to The Nerdy Katie blog - head on over now to check it out! As with all Blog Awards, they are meant to be shared, so I would like to share mine with a few bloggers that I make sure to check out daily - you should too!

The Foster Family
One Porkchop
Tales of a Library Lady
Jenni from The Blog

Thanks again Nerdy Katie!

Friday, February 19, 2010

My new love

Now that a certain someone is gainfully employed, I decided to invest in a new camera. Staples was having a wicked sale last weekend so I picked up this little beauty for an awesome price:
I've been playing around with the settings and trying to get the hang of things.
I love the Auto Adjust feature - it really seems to sharpen a lot of the photos.
The lighting throughout the entire house leaves something to be desired, but I think this camera does a better job of adjusting for it than my old camera did.
With Matthew's baby blues it's nice to not have to do a lot work to reduce red-eye, even with the awful lighting in the kitchen.
Ish was being a good boy during my trial runs with the new camera and was actually looking directly at me, letting me get good pictures of his lovely face. Maybe he just wasn't a fan of my old camera!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Baby Blogger

I've seen mommy on the computer a lot. I could do what she does. How hard can this blogging thing be?!
Hmmm...I wonder if her computer buttons give her this much trouble.
I've never seen her kneel on her computer - but I'm going to give it a try!
Nope, these buttons aren't any easier now. Interesting.
Ok, maybe if I concentrate really hard I can figure this out.
I'm not sure about this sliding thing. That doesn't seem very helpful.
Wow, this is hard work, I'm going to need to take a little break here and lie down for a bit.
Oh, forget it - here mom, you do it!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wishlist Wednesday - Completely Random Stuff

I don't have a theme this week - these are just completely random things I want! And, well, that's kinda the point of Wishlist Wednesday!

My first wish is something for Ish (who else!). I saw this on Amazon - it's the LeapFrog Text and Learn Phone. How awesome is this! Ish is obsessed with phones - he always has something to say! I think this would make a nice new addition to his phone collection. Plus, it's only $19.99, so if the Wishlist Wednesday fairy doesn't get it for him, I can totally afford to.
My second wish is kinda for Ish too. I would love to learn to bake creatively - these are Sesame Street cake pops (from Bakerella). How cute would these be for a birthday party - or as a snowed-in day activity. I think Ish would get a kick out of biting into his favorite characters!
Lastly, something for mommy and daddy - a visit from the This Old House team. These guys know what they're doing and I need them to diagnose the heating and plumbing issues in my home and give me a quick fix.