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I'm a hand-holding, swing-pushing, story-telling Mama with a creative streak and a nurturing spirit. I like growing food and flowers (and people, hehe), sewing clothes and quilts, cooking and eating and running, a long, tight hug and the color yellow. I love date nights at home, spontaneous trips to the bookstore and hearing my babies laugh. I am indecisive, exaggerrative and I overuse parentheses. I am reflective and sentimental and quick to laugh. I think I still picture myself as a 22-year old, yet every year my life gets more fulfilling. I am still figuring out exactly who I am. :)

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Can you believe...

...this little buddy is six months old today? Half a year?!
I noticed right when the clock turned to 9:01am, and pictured myself right back there in that hospital room, smiling and laughing, and the new nursing student telling me "that wasn't so bad!" and Dr. Illingworth laughing and saying "they don't normally happen that easily!" Well, Alexander's delivery may have been easy, but his first several weeks were not. Many tears. Many sleepless nights. Many worries.
That day is so clear in my mind, just like the day Claire was born. I suspect that is something that never fades in your mind.
Just can't believe he's halfway to one.
Maybe it's time for another one. :)

Some Projects

A mini album (6 inches by 6 inches) for Claire about the quilt I made her. I saved bits of the fabric I used in the quilt and then told her the stories behind the fabric that people sent us. It's so fat it doesn't close all the way flat! Here are a few of the pages...
Cover Inside/Title Page
First spread- Noah's and my fabric squares
The grandparents' squares
Auntie Mira and Auntie Sarah's squares
And some of the recent pages I have done.

In this picture Alex is wearing a sleeper worn by Noah and he is laying on one of Noah's baby blankets!!!
Tiny babies in shoes- love it!
The lacy heart on this page is actually a doily I bought in the party section of target!
I love this picture- Noah reading to Claire and Alex (who looks less than amused, hehe). The page is about how I knew I would love being a mama but it is so fun to see Noah love being a daddy. p.s. I used graph paper on this page (it is behind the picture; on top of the white, black, red and teal paper; and with a torn edge on the right side) to represent his math skills!Some of the cute things Claire says at this age. p.s. she no longer calls water "waw-wee." It is now "waw-wer!"

A tribute to Auntie Laura- love love love this picture! (I have a copy for you, Laura)
This page is about how Claire thinks almost every fruit (except for bananas and recently, blueberries) is called apple ("ap-po"). Notice the apple paper? Cute, huh?
This one is just of Alexander's hands, and it is about how their being folded like that (as if in prayer) reminds me of how many prayers were said for him when he was first born.
This is about Alexander's pneumonia phase, when he was so tired and sick and dehydrated but he still smiled at daddy. Notice the pink on the bib? That is amoxicillin that I had to force him to keep down. Not fun at all.
Hope you like!!! And we're off tomorrow to Lopez Lake where we will camp it up!!!



Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I'm in Love


...With these adorable shoes!!!
Claire will be getting these for Christmas...
Don't they look like they just stepped out of the 1950s?
And Alexander will be getting these (or something brown and leather like them). This picture does not do these shoes justice- way cuter in real life!
My little buddy sleeping on his tum-tum (don't those clothes make him look like a little man?!) LOVING his bouncer, pictures to come. He is so proud that he can support himself. And he is so STRONG. Even stronger than Claire was, we think. Making some progress on the solids, especially with carrots. He likes those much better than the peas. I'm going to try the peas more before I give him sweet potatoes which are so delicious (because they're sweet) that he won't ever want to eat peas again. Better to try and establish a likeness for the green stuff first.
And my sweet angel girl with her two dolls. She won't go anywhere without them lately. We have been teaching her the concept of counting, so we say "How many dolls do you have? One (point to one), and two (point to the other)!" Who knows it may be sinking in! Like how she refuses to tell you what color something is if you ask her, but out of the blue she'll say "Red key! Yeh-yoh (yellow) ball!," etc. By the way, isn't it cute how most kids can't pronounce the "y" so they say "lellow" but Claire can't say the "l" so she says "yeh-yoh?" And also, she has difficulty with her s's, which I believe I also did. Maybe she'll go to speech class like her mama and be sad on the day she "graduates"! Or be proud when she "gets into speech" like her Uncle Steven! (Did I get that story right, mom? Or did I switch us around?)
My, she looks grown-up in this picture.
p.s. That was a crapE myrtle we got, not a crapY myrtle, :) That's what I get for not proofreading!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Just Finished...

...and it was amazing. A historical family saga covering five generations, yeah that sounds right up my alley! I highly recommend it!!!

In other news, we bought a crapy myrtle tree on Saturday, and Noah is in the process of putting it in the ground in a place of honor in the front yard. It is breathtakingly beautiful, with gorgeous shades of pink and hot pink blooms, and it will only get bigger and beautiful-er as it grows!! So excited about this.

Alexander had his first non-rice ceral solid this morning- peas, yum! You are supposed to give babies veggies before fruits because even at such a young age, they will prefer the ones with more sugar, go figure. Every feeding he gets more and more down, and I'm guessing tha this time next week, he'll be a pro!

I cleaned the dining room/kitchen floor this morning, go me.

Claire woke me up at 6:30, and instead of complaining about it, I took her outside and weeded almost the entire front yard! It was beautiful out, just like I remember San Diego- sunny and pleasant. And now it's 100 degrees, grr, so I'm inside, hehe.

Very much looking forward to our camping trip this weekend to Lopez Lake (near San Luis Obispo), though in talking to Noah's parents, we realize we don't have any idea what we need to bring, how to cook our food with no kitchen, etc. I'm thinking girl scout-style dinners with meat and veggies wrapped in foil, milk and cereal for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch. Online research, here I come!

Portraits also this weekend- I'm looking forward to Ken (photographer/Noah's high school buddy) making us all look like models, hehe.

Claire's second birthday party (I can see the look of shock on your face, but believe it, she's going to be two!!!) still planned for August 9th (hope you can come arah, Isaac and Laura) and will be very small but hopefully lots of fun too!

Last night Alexander slept for the longest stretch EVER in his crib- 10:00pm-5:30am, with only one feeding in between. If I hadn't brought him in with me at 5:30 (only to put him right back at 6:30 when Claire woke up), he would have gone the whole night away from me! I'm sadder about that than he is.

I hope everything is spelled right/makes sense because I'm not proofreading:)

Toodles!

Friday, July 25, 2008

solids!!!!!

i knew it was time to try solids. alexander salivates and reaches for food when we're eating, and in general seems to be hungry for more than breastmilk. so we got it all ready to go this morning with rice cereal and camera...
daddy, video camera in hand, getting alex all ready for his first solid (er, somewhat solid...it looked kind of watery to me) food "um, what are you guys putting in my mouth?!"
"it tastes a little bland..."

"but i kind of like it!"unlike claire, who pushed out the spoon with her tongue, refusing her first solds for at least three feedings, alex actually swallowed most of his (very small) portion! i'll have to mix it with milk next time instead of water, but i don't think it's going to take much coaxing to get this big boy to eat!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

fun pics

Ever since learning to roll over, this is how alex sleeps. much more comfy, wouldn't you say? and quite adorable, i must add. i love the crossed ankles, just like claire used to do (and sometimes still does). oh my gosh, i just can't help but smile when i see my two kiddies in sunglasses! they have elastic straps that hold the glasses in place around their little heads, too cute.

when we got back from our walk tonight, claire put her teddy in the seat, complete with purse, just like a lady, and balls to play with, and pushed it around for about ten minutes!
and one final picture, unposed and cuteness to the nth degree.


Monday, July 21, 2008

rollin, rollin, rollin...

...alex is a-rollin! yep, that's right, at one week shy of six months (gasp! half a year already?) he finally rolls over! actually, if you correct for being born five weeks early, his first roll (from back to front) came mere days later than claire's, who first rolled over at four months and eleven days.

i'm trying not to feel like too bad a mom because i actually missed his first roll. i had put him down on his mat to serve up dinner, and when i came back a few minutes later, this is what i saw. my little boy, flipped over onto his tummy, and looking oh-so-cool like he hasn't just accomplished the task he's been trying for almost a whole month to accomplish!

he has rolled over four more times since then, and i have been a cheering witness at each. it's so cute the way he gets his arm out- when claire was new to rolling, she would tug and tug and tug until it came out from underneath her, while alex prefers to scoot his lower body until his arm is free. by the time he has achieved this, his body is at least 90 degress from where it began!

and that's not all. he also rolled the other way, from tummy to back, the same day! claire took a couple of weeks to accomplish that! it's just like with the smiling- it may have taken him a long time to smile, but once he did, he does it all the time! now with the rolling...both directions in one day! it's like now that he finally figured it out, he doesn't want to sit still.

i had been planning to give him his first taste of solids at dinner (rice cereal, yum!), but this mama can only handle so many milestones in one day. alas, the cereal will have to wait!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

i *heart* popsicle stick chores!

what are popsicle stick chores, you ask?

only my newest organization regimen (remember our "no mayhem" diet plan, sarah and laura? classic.)!

i wrote down all the chores i have to do around the house (excluding laundry and dishes, which are ongoing/never-ending jobs, and mopping the dining room/kitchen which is such a big job i need noah home to occupy two certain kidlets), separating the jobs into roughly 15-minute tasks, such as scrub shower, or vacuum bedrooms or deep clean stove. there are about 25 total, and i put them into a little jar from whence (mrs. wilson would be so proud of!) i pick three sticks per day during naptime. these three tasks are my chores for the day (including the aforementioned daily jobs as well as sweeping the dining room/kitchen which also gets done daily) and when i get them done, i have the rest of naptime to do whatever i want. of course with two little ones, whose schedules often overlap instead of match, that free time usually amounts to about 20 minutes. but oh, how i cherish those twenty minutes, AND, bonus, i don't feel guilty for spending time just for me. the system has been working out beautifully, with chores getting done and me feeling both a sense of accomplishment and fully satisfied. i love not knowing what chores are up next, and i get so excited to pick them! nerdacious, i know, but hey, my house is getting clean, booyah!

another weekend apart coming up; noah will be in southern california and me and the kiddies will be at casa comstock. already missing noah and looking forward to sunday when the last away tournament of the summer will be behind us.

p.s. check out www.votematch.com to see which presidential candidate most closely shares your beliefs. fun stuff! and informative!!!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Awesome Weekend...

...and I didn't take a single picture! Concentrating more on imprinting the memory in my brain and body (i.e. what Alex feels like in my arms as opposed to what he looks like in my arms). Neat! We stayed at home pretty much all weekend, and it was so fun. Claire spent much of the weekend on daddy's lap, and she was sad to see him go to work today. And the first thing she said to him when he walked in the door this afternoon was "daddy, play!" And he did. In Alexander news, he slept his first night in his crib last night!!!! I was sad at first, but then I realized I had more room to sleep (duh) and it was cooler without skin-to-skin contact. He woke up at 3:00am and for an hour-and-a-half I tried to get him back to sleep, but the kid was not having any of that. So he came in with me and Noah for the rest of the night. We'll try again tonight!!!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

i feel a little silly...

washing the hair of a certain adorable and practically bald baby boy names alexander james minton, but i love the smell of baby shampoo!!! i'm sniffing his head as i write...

in other news, i heard claire wake up before 7am this morning, but i tried to drift back to sleep thinking she might too. wrong. but i couldn't help but crack up when, 10 minutes later, after probably fiddling with the door handle for that long, here comes a victorious (versus the tricky doorknob) and grinning claire, holding a ball in each arm and wearing not only a dress draped around her neck but also matching panties over her jammies and shoes on the wrong feet, proudly standing at my bedside. i thought she might give us hassle at naptime, now that she knows she can open the door, but nope, she just laid right down and went to sleep. which was really helpful since...

noah and i were planning on going for our first date since alex was born! noah's mom came over and watched two sleeping babes while we went to chili's (free gift card, woot woot!) and stuffed ourselves to the brim with yummy food. and yes, we pretty much only talked about claire and alexander! on our way home we stopped at our "special target" (the store from which we purchased pregnancy tests that turned positive both times) and bought wipes and staples. pretty flashy date, huh? well, we enjoyed ourselves at least. and we noticed that that target is now selling fresh produce!

amazing how 100 degree weather seems so much cooler than the 112 degrees we had last week! we even spent some time outside today. bless the air conditioner! and bless that our electric bill for june was only $100! we expected much worse, since last year we had a $311 bill in a much smaller apartment.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Friday!!!

I finished Daughter of Fortune, by Isabel Allende this week, and it was one of those books that ended just like I hoped it would. Ultimately hopeful, and just enough ambiguity to satisfy, but not too much that it leaves you wanting more. Definitely want to check out more of her work.

We took a family trip to the library today. Alex slept the whole time, Claire pulled a few books off the shelves (just about age-appropriate to boot!) and checked out the computer with Noah, and I picked out a couple of novels for myself too! I saw fliers for infant-toddler storytime (only 20 minutes, of course, to account for the attention span!), every Tuesday and Friday, and I think we might try to make it to one next week.

In the two-day battle between The Most Enormous Black Widow I've Ever Seen In My Life vs. Noah, guess who reigned victorious? That's right, the shoe-wielding, hideout-blocking (he learned his lesson from the last time, when aforementioned widow escaped to a spot too small for humans to reach), wait-for-just-the-right-moment-then-ATTACK man of the house!! Yay. I didn't see ms. widow (right outside the sliding glass door) today and was wondering, had it died? had it moved on? was it in the house? eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!!! Now I can rest easy. Until the next one shows up, uninvited, that is.

Happy Weekend!

And let's get out of the purple box on the air quality test-o-meter and the triple digits so we can go outside!

Monday, July 7, 2008

'nuff said


our weekend

the biggest news- can you believe he's in a highchair already?
i think he likes it.
we did, however, have to stuff his seat with towels to hold him in and keep him from falling! this is why he graduated...
he just about scootched hmself out of his swing!

see that picture of nathan on the table in the butterfly frame? claire took it off the shelf and insisted it be on the table while she ate. seriously; she freaked when i tried to take it off.
one of 14 pictures i took on independence day; not the clearest (by far), but still my favorite because it shows claire in the middle of rocking the chair (she would not sit still) and alex laughing at her!
i love the juxtaposition of alexander's chunky baby feet (loving the anke rolls!) and noah's mom's hands.


i know i've said it before, but girlfriend loves to pick out her own clothes- today she insisted on her elmo shirt, and bloomers on top of jean shorts. and my gosh, is she cute!
the little tree that could- mom and dad gave us this tree when we moved into our house, and months after theirs bloomed, and after many had thought the tree dead, we find these little leaves!!! this tree wants to live! i think it looks up to the tree in the background as a role model!
yes, she drank salsa. the girl's in touch with her 1/8 mexican heritage!
and some pages from the weekend.
for claire's album about how she helped us wash the cars using a paintbrush!

noah taking claire for rides in the wheelbarrow-thingy. she would bounce around and be cracking up the whole time!
same as above but for claire's album
another reason we love our house- we get to wash our own cars! for the family album.
about how claire likes to dance in front of the mirror and smile at herself.




Thursday, July 3, 2008

what can i say, i take a lot of pictures!

'tis the face of a little being, who loves her nectarines!
she'll eat every last bit, right down to the pit!
(i never realized i was a poet. actually i had to rack my brain trying to come with a word to rhyme with "nectarine." "being." pretty pathetic.)
thanks auntie mira for our "i heart new york" tees!
(i took 13 pictures, none of which captured a smiling alexander...)

...but this one did!

showing off the gorgeous blanket from auntie mira again. i had to take this picture bcause i have one of claire posing on the blanket auntie mira made for her. i see a tradition in the making!

claire's little house, from auntie sarah. she thinks it's hilarious if one of us goes into the house, especially if we make a big deal about us being too big for it and having to squeeze inside! she calls the ladybugs printed on the house "babybugs" and the butterflies "fah-flies" or just plain "flies."
now that is one cute baby!
and one cute daddy, going in for the kiss!
a bit later than his sister's, alexander's first shot with the baby tree!