Thursday, September 29, 2011

Chollie Tortoise

Just a quick little blog because I don't want to spend all day typing: 

Ian has difficulty with his pronunciation at times.  
Landon Maurice is "Lando Marie"
Charlie Curtis then becomes "Chollie Tortoise" 
So glad my baby doesn't look like that guy. 

"Chollie" and I spent a few days in California visiting family.  It was most definitely a good-for-the-soul trip as intended. I'm still getting back into the saddle of three kids and no help during the day.  Quite a change from one kid with Grandma and Auntie fighting over who gets to hold him. However I did not take a single picture with my camera. So you just get the tortoise picture instead.  YAY

Now back to cleaning and herding and playing with the mancubs.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

All In One Go

I thought since it feels like forever since I sat down to do a blog entry I'd just do it all in one go.  
(In the voice of Peter Pan) "Here we GOoooo!"

This is how Landon shows he can be a good big brother.  He is "reading" one of his favorite books to Charlie.  It's in the shape of a tractor and all guessed it- TRACTORS! 
 Other big brother wanted in when he heard Lando say "Cheese!" (PS I don't know how the scratch on Lando's face happened only that we didn't realize it was a full scratch and not just dried blood that had run down his face until the next day...)
 So the boys keep me busy.  Same story as every other mom right?
Know what else keeps me busy (and makes a grand mess?) 
But it's good for the soul most of the time and doesn't hand me boogers as presents.  So here's the story behind THIS craft project.  You see I'll be flying to California to visit my Grandma soon but it'll just be me and the wee babe (who is a month old now- can you believe it? but more on THAT later...) Well airport "security" being what it is (a joke) I have to practically dress down to my skivvies in order to prove I'm not harboring any weapons (other than dirty diapers- meh heh heh) and thus allowed to board the plane.  The car seat gets checked so I don't have to lug the massive thing around and I'm left with my wee babe in arms and a carry-on (it's not a long trip) and my trusty diaper bag for holding said dirty diapers until a trash can can be located. just how am I supposed to remove my shoes and belt and sweatshirt and sunglasses and watch and rings and ID and little ziplock baggie of liquid items no larger than 3 oz.?  I'll tell you.  Put the baby in a sling.  Now I *do* have a Moby Wrap but that is 5 yards of fabric and requires two hands to take off and put back on-- as I will of course have to remove it for security to scan and deem acceptable.  So where would I put the baby in the meantime? Stroller?  Still a bit too little for the umbrella type (though I could make it work if I really had to). Lay him on the conveyor belt? Agh! Don't scan the baby! I'm just getting my shoes off dangit! (Note to self: flip flops) Hand him to some stranger- No I don't THINK so! So what can I use to hold the baby while I strip down for the safety of all on board and then be able to remove one handed so it too can go through the x ray machine?  A sling.  Cool.  Except I happen to live in a rather rural town with limited shopping options and DIDN'T think of it soon enough to order online.  Enter: the Internet.  Thanks Internet for introducing me to crafty blogs and  I found a pattern online for a sling.  Paid my $6 for the PDF.  Waited anxiously for the email.  
Woo Hoo- finally (I think it took a whole 6 a world of instant gratification I don't do well to wait that long. I think I did some laundry... probably not though.) So I made my sling.  Had to figure out the somewhat cryptic instructions and use what material on hand that I happen to have 2 yards of... space aliens it is.  I wasn't very happy with how it was turning out.  Not to mention it was supposed to be a "30 minute" pattern--which it would have been if I knew which direction to fold the fabric and didn't have 3 kids begging for different things. (Waah- hungry? dirty? gassy? hm.. "Mom I need a snack!" "He has my Lightening McQueen!" "Water!" "Ready to be wiiiiiped" "Waah" and so it goes.)I think it took more like 3 or 4 hours for it to be "done".  Then I went to my sister in law's house and told her about all of it and guess what?  She HAS a sling.  That I could have just borrowed.  That is better than the one I made out of blood, sweat and tears. DOH! 
So I borrowed hers to use as a guide and tweaked my own so it's awesome now, too.  Then I had a baby shower for Sean's cousin to attend and thought, "Now that I know how to do this- I could probably whip one out before the shower."  So I did.  And it was lovely.  Easy peasy.  30 minutes-ish to do (plus extra for the extras I added).  I finished it before Drop Dead Diva was over so less than an hour.  And the fabric I got for it was a beautiful lilac color.  See?
 Even has a cell phone pocket and a loop to clip keys to or a binky.
The gift sling was a major success and I'm hoping to report back that mine worked just as well as I'm hoping. 

Now for some fun.  
I'm sure most of you just scrolled through the pictures FIRST and then went back to read (if at all- I do babble so I don't blame you.)
This little squirt is a month old now.  Crazy!  
 Don't be confused: I don't actually think my kid in an orangutan.  He happens to have reddish hair though and it sticks up after he has a bath... which is really what I was trying to show you in the above picture-- the one below is just for reference.  

 It looks really reddish in the sun but I failed to capture that in this shot below.  Sorry. 
I don't happen to know his exact stats because we haven't been to the doctor in a week but when we were there last he was 8lbs. 15ozs. So it's probably safe to say he's over 9lbs now.  And last I knew he was 23 inches long.  To recap: he's gained 2+ pounds and 3 inches since birth.  What a champ. 
I happen to love this next shot of him-- and yes I'm totally biased.  
 This last one is likely the best shot for his reddish brown hair though you'll probably just say it's the red blanket and not really his hair that makes it look that way.  Well for those who don't believe me- you'll just have to see him in person and decide for yourself. 
Anyone who read the whole blog- thanks :) Hope you enjoyed the update- it's not likely to happen as often for a while as I get used to this whole thing.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hurst Reunion 2011

Had a lovely reunion this last weekend.  Charlie even did really well for his first camping trip.
Thanks Aunt Trish for arranging it all.

4 generations of Hursts.
 Then we took family pictures.  Here are some of my favorites from our little family:
This kid was awfully grumpy during the photo shoot.
Luckily we had goldfish to bribe him. 

Climbing on the fort.

My sweet boys. (Note Landon is hiding his goldfish.)

The Mama.
And the Daddy: 
...and so the light reflects off the disco ball...

And the non-cheesy shot...well...less cheesy :)

And for the grand finale:
Droop Shot

There are oodles more family pictures.  But that'll do for now.