Tuesday, December 30, 2008

More pix to brighten your day

Ok, I know EVERYONE'S kids are cute - of course they are! But seriously, this kiddo is terminally adorable. He still hams for the camera, making it both difficult to take a good picture (despite what y'all say!! - and thank you for that), and easy to take a good photo. 

We are doing really well these days. Minute and i spent ALL DAY this past Saturday together and just hung outside (those pix are really cute too, and I'll load them tomorrow or the next day). the weather has been so nice here that hanging outside playing in the dog food, or working in the chicken coop, or whatever has been really easy. He gets such a kick out of the out-of-doors, which is GREAT seeing as you may or may not remember his first brush with the outside/grass (he screamed bloody murder)... now, he goes out the dog door any time he feels the need to go outside and he isn't being taken out fast enough. It's great fun, and he sure loves his chickens!!! so if he is banned from escape from the dog door, he'll ask to go outside by asking "bawk, bawk?". 

His vocabulary is getting so much better, and his signing is also pretty good. He's just become a great little guy. 

Anyway, life is good these days.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Random Holiday Photos - AKA "MM cuteness never stops"

Welcome back! I hope Santa brought y'all everything you asked for. He brought me everything and then some (except the mani-pedi...that IS a little more difficult to bring down the chimney, huh?)I thought I'd add a few photos from the 200 I took over the X-mas holiday (no joke, I actually took 200!). We packed up the minivan, loaded the two big dogs, a ton of presents, and one Minute Man, and headed North for a Christmas in the Hills - home on my Family Farm. Minute LOVED it there. Could it have been the 8 to 10 adoring adults? Or just the single adoring Uncle Jude? Or possibly my Dad who almost NEVER left MM's side (unless my Big Mama had him, and then my Dad was trying to lure MM away!!)? Whatever it was, my little dude was in Heaven (well, ALmost Heaven. hee hee, get it?). My family farm is beautiful, and I always love going there and recharging my batteries, even this time of year, which is about the ugliest! Yes it is unreasonably cold, and yes it is muddy (when it's warm enough for the mud to thaw), and yes, the trees are denuded and look dead...but it's Home, and I love it.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the week. I'll load a few of the "adorable Minute pictures" tomorrow or the next day. For now, y'all get to see my fam loving the little man. And one long shot of our front yard...

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Weather in NC = NICE

Having a lot of fun enjoying the weather in NC. Hope y'all are having a wonderful holiday; we are heading for the hills for Christmas.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Some not-so-good pix

SO, everyone always comments on how many good pictures I have of Minute Man. And, in fact, I do have some really wonderful pictures (and took some new ones, actually. They are award winners, if I do say so myself. But those will have to wait to be uploaded. Today's post is not "really really good pictures" after all!), but I do have so really bad ones too. Once MM started to NOTICE the camera, he started doing some really silly things. His favorite is to make really goofy faces and run frantically directly AT me and my camera. So, here is a sampling of one recent "photo session" where I got one good photo and about 14 of what you see below: (BTW - I LOVE LOVE LOVE this first picture!!)

Also, you know, I got some darling pictures of my little dude, but as you may or may not be able to tell in the above photos, he's stark neked. I wanted to post one REALLY really cute picture of him, and it's totally PG rated (but shows a little more than the othe rpicture I did post above), but I hesitate to post even a PG photo of my fellow on a public site... oh well. I guess I'll just show some of y'all when I see you. Probably better to err on the side of "safe" rather than post something that may be misused, abused, or mistaken for something other than what it is... That of course, begs the question, where do you draw the line? I'm already invading Little Dude's privacy but I guess he's less likely to be embarassed by ADORABLE head shots, than a full on nudy one, huh?

Oh, and here's one of the "good" ones; dont ya' think??

Thursday, December 11, 2008

You know you are a mom when...

This post could also be entitled: Don't try this at home.
I'm adding a warning. Potty humor will comense immediately:

So, story?

Ok, the set-up. Mr. Minute Man falls asleep while drinking his first bottle of the night. Generally, he drinks another 2-3 full bottles during the night. Because of this, he produces an AMAZING volume of ... um, liquid, in his diaper. After a few nights of blow-outs, I finally have switched to simply changing his diaper about mid-way through the night. This, for the most part, solved the "leaking" problem. Sooooo, the other night Mom awoke VERY VERY tired at about 3:00 am and rolled over and changed her little angle's diaper swiftly, and with out waking up fully. After which time, Mom fell back to a somewhat restful sleep, as did her little angel... until Mom was awakened with a warm stream of..., um... liquid across my chest. (I mean, across Mom's chest). So, my eyes fly open, it's 6:30, and I'm soaking wet. This registers as immediatly concerning because I'm wet, and it is a WARM wet.... I look over at my precious little dude, and notice that I made a diapering error that I hope NEVER to make again. I either put the diaper on too loose, allowing...cerain dangerour parts of MM's anatomy to flop out, or I simply put the diaper on over-top of said little (sorry, Minh!) part, allowing for the busines part to be outside of the diaper... which, as I found out at 6:30 am, is a BAD BAD thing.

Needless to say, I've been WAY more careful while putting on that diaper at night, and haven't worken up covered in pee since!

It's the little things that gets you through, isn't it?

Friday, December 05, 2008

My little drummer boy

Just some new pix to tide y'all over! I hope to be blogging on real stuff soon!
Thanks to Uncle Jude for teaching the Minute Man how to REALLY get down on his drum!!

Monday, December 01, 2008

Giving Thanks

Had a wonderful holiday. My folks and brother came down; sadly my sister-in-law wasn't able to make it. We had a great time. The Minute Man was over-come with loving adults, and soaked up as much lovin' and spoil-age as he could stand. It was wonderful. (more later)