Monday, April 23, 2012

Last Monday we had dinner.  Then we put Levin to bed.  Then we had Family Home Evening.  I'm pretty sure we did them in the wrong order; but when you're grumpy, you get uninvited to Family Home Evening.

Any idea as to what we did for Family Home Evening last Monday.

Using my good and trusty doll that I got for Christmas when I was 7 years old.

Oh... just a little infant resuscitation.  I gave Ray scenarios afterwards.  He answered "call 911" to all of them, and therefore got an A+.  We then went and knocked-on-wood that we wouldn't have to use our newly obtained skills.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


How to make it quit raining?  Buy expensive wellies and be very excited to wear them.

At first I called them irrigating boots.

But then I realized there were 5 BIG reasons not to call them that anymore:
  1. Irrigating boots don't cost this much.
  2. Irrigating boots always have at least a cup of muddy water or muddy sludge sitting at the bottom of them.
  3. Irrigating boots are kept in a big bin out in the garage and you have to dig through eight other pairs to find a possible match.
  4. Irrigating boots have alfalfa leaves inside them and alfalfa stems wrapped around them.
  5. Irrigating boots lose their match immediately after being taken home and are therefore paired up with a lone mate from last year... which probably has a leak.

These are irrigating boots.  Not wellies.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

66 Degrees

Last night when I went to bed, it was 66 degrees in the house.  This morning it was still 66 degrees.  Not special unless you know that I turned the heat off permanently yesterday and this is Seattle where it could be in the 50's and raining until June.  I guess what I'm trying to say is I think it's Spring in Seattle.

Which calls for one thing only:

A spring mantle.

Turns out it's really hard to take pictures of a mirror.

I decided to have it say "please grow" because for the first time in my life, I own a real orchid (50 bonus points or 10 free guys if you can find the real orchid on the mantle).  I've never seen anyone keep an orchid alive for longer than a few months.  I take that back, I've seen ones "alive," but mostly they are just a stick and a single large leaf in a pot.  So basically, they're not alive.  Tomorrow I'll share how I made it stop raining in Seattle this past week.  I'll give you a hint... two years ago Ray single handedly started the Seattle dry-season when he bought a rain barrel off Craigslist.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Obedient In Deed

I guess Levin's desire to obey was not so burning after all.

Last week I got a call from a scratch-n-dent outlet store that they had a crib come in that day.  I'd asked them 5 months ago to call me when they finally got a crib in-store.

On Thursday I went up to the store, dickered, and bought the crib.

On Friday I put Levin down for a nap and when I went to check on him, found this:

He was crawling manically around the room and laughing.

On Saturday we picked up the crib.  I like to think there is an amazing moral somewhere in there; perhaps that I have impeccable timing... most likely that my Mother's instinct is perfectly calibrated.

He's watching Ray put the bedroom door back on... we had to remove it to fit the crib in the room.

This is the part where we leave the room, close the door, and hear him start jumping on the bed.

Now, my favorite pastime is peeking in while he's napping and seeing what position he decided was comfortable.  His chosen positions assure us all he's Ray's child.