Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The park looks empty, but don't be fooled! We're just the only ones in this particular corner. It is actually has a bazillion day-care kids just out of view on the left. We're not the only ones enjoying the sun!
Shoveling sand to make wicked-awesome sandcastles
Is this what winter's like? If this is torture, chain me to the swingset!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
But seriously... we're not avoiding you.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I don't like to think of myself as careless, per say, but sometimes you need to face the music. Overweight people resolve to lose weight, messy people resolve to be more organized, and careless people resolve to be more careful. I never MEAN for things to happen - the time the fire department got sent to our apartment because I left the pot boiling and ruined all those bottles (and half my breast pump)? The time I cooked a turkey in a too-small pan so the juices dripped onto the oven, which I then didn't clean, and said juices caught FIRE next time I cranked up the oven? Or how about the time I "lost my wallet" and, in a panic, cancelled all my credit cards (hassle!!!) only to find I had stuck it in the shopping bag with the things I'd bought instead of in my purse? OR when Patrick "ate a button" so I went to the doctor so they could check him out and the button fell out right on the exam bed? WELL. Looking at those, I am quite lucky - the apartment didn't really catch fire (either time), my wallet wasn't really lost, Patrick didn't really eat the button.... but how many times should you tempt fate? NOT THAT MANY. So now I am really working on being more careful. Always double-check the stove (and curling iron) before leaving! Keep those buttons (and any sewing parephenalia) completely out of Patrick's reach! If I THINK it's out of his reach, put it even further away! Keep all liquids away from precious papers, keep all bills away from the "stuff" stack that papers will never return from, keep sharp objects pointed away from you when opening packages... common sense of that sort. This is what I need to do! Take a few more minutes of my day to be careful - leave early to get to appointments, get ready even earlier than that so I can do the double-check thing, etc etc. I must admit I've already slipped a few times (fortunately this is not a resolution that can be broken, just horribly bent and/or forgotten along the wayside) and we don't need to go into details, but we should note that I am the World's Worst Liar, so any slip-ups I make simply cannot be hidden from Joe. From you people, sure, but you don't live with me. But you know what you can do? You can give me ideas on how to be more careful! Safety conscious, careful with money, how not to lose my wallet (again)... whatever you've got.
Have a happy - and careful - 2009!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
From Joe: Finally! Walking! This is my first official post on this blog (or any blog for that matter) but I think that this is as valid a reason as any. Kirsta and I think that Patrick just wanted to give a preview of his big plans for 2009 by waiting until today to walk. He has pretty much been able to walk for a few weeks now, but earlier this morning he walked away from a chair in the dining room without any destination in particular before sitting down after a couple of steps. Then tonight, he was standing by the green tupperware while Kirsta and I were by the kitchen and he decided to make it a party by walking on over. Now we are working out his new skills and he is probably regretting unveiling his talents. Hopefully soon, he will be helping Kirsta cook and clean and take out the trash for us too. Happy New Year to everyone. Hope your day (and year to come) are as enjoyable as ours was and will be.
*little clarification from Kirsta: Patrick has been taking steps by himself for a few months now, but he could only get 4 or 5 at a time, and would only walk to either Joe or I. We tried to not jump the gun to say he was walking because he really wasn't, he was falling with one foot in front of the other and it just kinda looked like walking. But starting today he has been pulling himself up and simply walking away! Out into the middle of the room with nobody there, 10 or 15 steps! The video doesn't quite capture that since Patrick will gravitate toward the camera no matter what else he was doing, and I wasn't that far away with the camera, but you can see how good his balance is now! Soon he will be cruising solo all the time, we're sure of it.