Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 in pictures

This was a pretty big year, what with the brand new person, and the move, and so much more. I'm going to try and stick to one photo per month for this year in pictures.

Cat skeleton baby

Too shy for pictures

So, tell me where it hurts


I'm on a bus

My mochi, you can't have it

The wheel

Davis didn't get the memo

Science lab

Yee haw!

Little readers

Your turn

Friday, December 28, 2012

So this is Christmas

Time to go!
Despite my Mom's terrified expression here, we had a good Christmas. Davis has figured out how to make his desires known and spent a lot of time crawling to various people to demand to be picked up. He's also figured out how to make Mom's powerchair go, so that's interesting.
Moira is really getting socially adept. She spent most of her time at our extended family celebrations leading people around, politely engaging in conversation, and convincing them to do her bidding. She even shared her brand new, and much desired, VTech Laptop with her cousin. I KNOW! I'm as surprised as you are. Possibly more.
Game haul
We got a lot of games for Christmas. The computer and PS3 ones are not pictured here, because of reasons. We've played Castle Panic, and it was as fun as Wil Wheaton made it look. Eventually I might get around to writing a post about good board games to play with kids.
Expanded Christmas village
Pictured in my Christmas village here are the Tiny Titans (and Moira) peg dolls I painted. She has already requested more of these. Pictures of Davis' new pants and shirt are on my camera still, so you will have to wait for those.

Is it bad that I already have a list of things to make for next year's Christmas? I figure it won't be so bad if I start now. This list is:
Cloth napkins - We need more of these anyway, now that 6 of us are using them every night.
Matching pajamas - Because I tried really hard to buy these and it was ridiculously hard since Moira wants a nightgown, and Walker wants a button up flannel shirt with his bottoms, and I'd prefer a knit shirt. Apparently real men don't wear full flannel pajamas now?
Hand embroidered gift tags - These could be really cute, especially if I use Moira's handwriting for hers. Awww!

Here's the other thing Davis started doing during Christmas! Purposeful walking towards a goal, all the way across the room! I love the Frankenbaby phase of walking.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

All done
I hope you all have a wonderful, peaceful day.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

WW: Train!

There goes the train

Linked up at Hobo Mama & NPN (where you can see Moira enjoying a giant snowfall from last January).

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sexism spotted!

Naughty or nice list
We went downtown last week to see various sights, and found this statue of Santa at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, with a horribly sexist naughty or nice list. There was one girl with a checkmark on the naughty side, out of something like 25 people marked naughty. One. All the rest were boys. Is this really the kind of message we want to send our children?
I was there with Lauren, and we made sure to talk loudly about it to our kids. I'm already fighting this idea Moira has picked up that boys are mean and girls aren't, despite some obvious examples either way.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Elving time!

We have been busy (sometimes a little too busy) with Christmas activities lately. I keep thinking we are over booked, and then Walker will suggest a thing he could do on his own with the kids, and I think, "But I want to do that too!"
A selection of what we've been up to:
Here come the elephants
We went to Wild Lights at the Woodland Park Zoo. A couple of zoo employees excitedly told me that it was the first time ever! And I told them that wasn't true because they used to do it when I was a kid. I. Am. Old.
I taught Moira to make snowflakes. She quickly decided that it was best to only make one cut, so we have a lot of circle shaped snowflakes. Maybe we should call them suns, for the Solstice.
It took a little convincing, but Moira is happily on board with making presents and decorating wrappings. We call it "elving," and as soon as she's done with one thing, she wants to know what the next activity is.
The pond
We also went to the lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Moira loved it, but was in a horrible mood, so she kept waffling between, "I want to leave now!" and "Let's walk through again!"
Watching the trains
We went to the Nutcracker with my Mom, and saw the train at the Armory. That is quite the display. Moira got to drive it for a little.
Our friend Tillie (the one Moira plans to marry when she grows up) came to visit and helped us make cookies and candy. We all went to the Luminary Walk at Greenlake, and Moira was distinctly underwhelmed. Candles in paper bags cannot hold up against the other light displays we have seen. I liked it though.
Can I have it?
After Davis' birthday, we put up our tree. Moira wanted to know where each ornament came from, and did a good job making sure the one's Davis can't play with are up high.
This afternoon we are going downtown to ride the carousel and see the gingerbread houses. All our shopping is done. I have a few handmade presents to finish, and we'd like to make more cookies. Oh, and we have to wrap presents. But mostly, I'm feeling ready for Christmas, and ready to relax a little and have fun.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

WW: I finally got stuff off the phone!

So, this post has some words, because my child refuses to be silent on camera. What's up with that?

Linking up with Hobo Mama & NPN.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

One whole year around the sun

Today is a certain someone's first birthday.
You can have this
Ta da!
It's crazy and ridiculous how big he is. How much he's not a teeny baby anymore. He has opinions that he is not shy of stating, and starts games all on his own, and all sorts of things.
Some of his favorite things right now.
This looks tasty...
Climbing up on things. Especially the art table, which always has tasty things on it like play dough. Note, some time after this picture he actually ate some of the play dough before I got it away from him, and he was NOT impressed with that taste.
Snuggling with Mommy and not other people, or being put down.
Books. He has started carrying them around, and reading(yelling) while flipping through them. He also likes to take a book into his favorite drawer to read in there.
Lead on Macduff!
Playing with Moira, especially this game where they chase/push each other around on the riding toys.
Opening and closing doors. He gets very upset when I won't let him into Moira's ballet class.
Feeding other people food. Real, or not.
Quietly opening the door to the bedroom after nap (it doesn't always latch right) and sneaking down the stairs to play with the shoes.
More food please!
He has a few words he says, and one sign he uses on a regular basis. Pictured is his version of "More food!" Which is raising his fist in the air, and making the sign for milk.
His word for food of any kind is: Nananana!
I'm angry, but not enough to cry: Blowing rasberries.
What is that?: Na! Na! Na! (with pointing)
Oooooooh: dododododo (softly)
Mommy: MA MA!
Hold me: Mamamamama
Daddy: Dadadada
I want to play: Dadadada! or Babababa!
Ready for the Nutcracker
He recently went down to one nap, which is sad because I finally got the hang of planning activities around his two naps! Other than that, it's fine because he still sleeps for a long time.
All in all, he's a joy to spend time with. Moira is still in love with him, even though he sometimes gets things that she doesn't. Walker and I are readjusting to keeping everything out of reach, and things that could be climbed on away from the counters.
Happy birthday Davis! Here's to another year of snuggly fun!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

My body is amazing (but I still hate it a little)

Welcome to the Body: AMAZING Carnival!

This post was written as a part of the Body: AMAZING Carnival co-hosted by Jennifer of True Confessions of a Real Mommy and Amy of Anktangle. Carnival participants were invited to write about how we learn to appreciate the ways our bodies grow and change. Our posts explain some incredible ways our bodies impress and amaze us.

Please read to the bottom to find a list of submissions from all of today's carnival participants.

The other day I was at Goodwill, trying on a lot of new clothes. Trying on clothes is always an exercise in frustration, even more when you are trying on second hand clothes because every clothing company uses different measurements. In fact, sometimes you'll even get different sizings within a brand, just for that extra level of annoyance.
As I tried on the third or fourth shirt that was obviously unflattering, I glanced for a few extra seconds into the mirror, and thought, "I hate my body right now."
I sat with that thought for a minute. I had a baby less than a year ago, a baby who has decided to only nurse on one side. I am short on sleep, so the circles under my eyes are pronounced. I'm hunched over because I'm used to carrying a kid and three bags everywhere I go. Of course my body is weird and lumpy right now. Of course I feel like this is not "my" body.
One of these outlines is mine, but I couldn't pick it out of the lineup.
My body is doing amazing things right now. It is feeding another human being. It is keeping me upright, and mostly functional on 4 hours of sleep. It is recovering from years of constant anxiety, and debilitating neck pain. It is a soft place for my children to land. It may not look like I expect it to, but that hasn't happened since I was 12.
I look forward to the changes that will naturally happen as my kids get older, but it is doing it's job, and I am not going to beat myself up for what it looks like while that's happening. For better or worse, this is what I look like at 36, with 2 young kids. And I think that's awesome.

More to read and love about honoring our bodies at these other blogs. Please visit them all and leave some comment love!

Jennifer from True Confessions of a Real Mommy is moved to trust her body, even the fuzzy parts. You can also find Jennifer on Facebook and Twitter.

Amy of Anktangle writes about living with chronic pain and how she appreciates the ways her body functions in spite of its challenges. You can also find Amy on Facebook and Twitter.

Mari from Honey on the Bum talks a little bit about how her body has changed and how she loves it and what it does for her. You can also find Mari on Twitter.

Shannon at Pineapples & Artichokes talks about why she's not worried about how her body looks, because it has a much more important job right now.

Joella from Fine and Fair discusses her love and respect for her body as it grows and changes during pregnancy over. Hear more from Joella on Twitter and Facebook.

Issa Waters at LoveLiveGrow on how Paganism taught her to accept reality and by extension herself and her body. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Amy W. at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work shares about her love/hate relationship with a nose that she saw as ugly . . . until she started to learn to love it. Amy W. can also be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

Destany at They Are All of Me writes about releasing the negative notions she was taught about her period, and embracing it instead.

Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children talks about how she had to push through her pre-conditioned comfort level and found herself in a position to naturally be open and honest with her children. More great stuff from Mandy on Facebook.

Lauren at Hobo Mama is not a runner . . . but she proved herself wrong by completing a race. Keep up with Lauren's adventures on Twitter and Facebook.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I hated my three year old

The Taboo Carnival
Welcome to the Taboo Carnival. Our topic this Fall is I LOVE YOU BUT I DON’T ALWAYS LIKE YOU! This post was written for inclusion in the quarterly Taboo Carnival hosted by Momma Jorje and Hybrid Rasta Mama. This month our participants reflect on the concept of loving versus liking our children and their behaviors. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


You hear a lot about the terrible twos. Children who won't listen, who throw temper tantrums when they don't get their way. I think for Attachment Parents, two isn't that hard, mostly because you aren't expecting immediate obedience. When you give your children's wants and needs as much validity as your own, it's easy to work with your two year old.
228: Snuggles
Three was a different story though. Three, for me, was a nightmare. It didn't matter if I was trying to actively work with her to a solution, Moira wanted that specific thing, right now, no delays. If what she wanted a pink cup, and there were no pink cups to be had, there was no possible solution. She couldn't be distracted, she would never forget, she would not let it go. She also hit me, screamed in my face, pulled my hair, she broke things to get my attention, and then cried for the next three hours about it.
I hated her. I wanted to spend as little time as possible around her. I wanted her to just stop talking.
I am sure that she could tell, though I tried my best not to show how much my skin crawled every time she touched me. I made sure we did special things together, and had time cuddling. But I know she could tell that there was something wrong, and I'm sure that how I was feeling made the whole mess much worse. After all, the obvious way for a 3 year old to get your attention is to climb on you, throw a fit, need inexplicable levels of help and attention, and she only wanted more and more because she didn't feel a strong connection to me.

Then one day, when I was 8 months pregnant with her brother, and we were sitting at library story time, I felt an inexplicable need to sniff her hair. I assume I had a rush of Oxytocin at just the right moment, and it gave me a little bit of that automatic love you have for your sweet baby. Every day since then has been a little bit better. I'm relearning how to laugh with her, and not spend my whole day trying to distract myself with the computer. Every day, I like her more and more.


Visit Momma Jorje and Hybrid Rasta Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Taboo Carnival! Enjoy the posts from this month’s Carnival participants!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

More sun!

What's up there?
We had one day left in San Diego after we went to the Safari Park. Sadly, we were all a little cranky, and despite our best efforts to have a good time, there was a lot of crying and sniping. My favorite cranky moment of the day was Moira "(singing) I hate Daddy! I only love Mommy and a little bit Davis. (speaking) Daddy, do you want to be Aquaman?" Walker declined, even though he agreed that since we were by the ocean it was likely the only episode that Aquaman was going to be useful in.
The big activity of the day was a trip to Balboa park, which is a big collection of museums. We went to the botanical gardens, and wandered the park looking for something that Moira was interested in. She was hard to please, even in the artist's studio place that looked like this.
Colorful pavers
Although the artist that decorated eggs did catch her interest for a little, especially since he gave her a candy.
I hear Daddy!
The carousel and mini train were both closed on weekdays, so we finally settled on the Science Museum. I have to say, we don't use our membership to the Pacific Science Center very often, but we use the heck out of it when we are on vacation thanks to the reciprocal agreement with other museums. Assuming we remember to take the card with us.
The Fleet Mueum is the one we've visited that came closest to PacSci in levels of not awesomeness/broken exhibits, and it has a mock NASA command center in it. So you know, PacSci still loses. It's odd to me that they are always talking about the awards they win in the member news letters. Who is giving them awards?
Spinning the top
The flight home was much crankier then the flight down, but the kids still did great. We are home for a week, and then it's time for our Thanksgiving pilgrimage.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012