Saturday, October 27, 2007

big star

Check out my so-hot wife on the front page of the Sparks Tribune.....

We also hit Tahoe with the kayaks today. The off-season rocks. No wind, no boats, perfect weather.

play time

I guess I don't need to say much about this....

Thursday, October 25, 2007

fight night

From now on we should call date night - fight night. I've said it before and I'll say it again, we have bad dates. We figured out all we agree on is the couch. We like the Simpsons and snuggles every night. We know our roles in the house. We know how to be parents together. We DON'T know how to go out together - especially if you're going to call it a date. Everything I want is what Tim doesn't want and vise versa...except for steak. Enter Ruby River. Their steaks saved our last fight night on Tuesday. And Tim offered to buy me a daiquiri with his own money which softens me right up. It was weird because I've been talking about relationships and fights a lot lately with people and Tim and I have been doing so well I haven't been very understanding. I guess it was a good reminder that married people are full of love...and fights. It's just the way it is.

fall pictures

Taking pictures of Grant is just about impossible but I got a few good ones and I'm updating our shutterfly family album too. Stay tuned for Halloween pix- this year you'll actually know what his costume is and it's cute cute cute!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

a new hobby

I started a new hobby today - but it's really just combining two things I already do so Tim can't yell at me. On the ferry to Nantucket there were these awesome photos up that looked so different. The fine print said "hand painted photography". I looked it up. It's a little old fashioned and it can look cheesy but it can also look quite unique! I bought the beginner set of Photo Oils and painted these photographs today. We'll see how it goes.

Monday, October 22, 2007

so what's up with grant?

He likes the phone or anything that he can hold up to his ear and talk his sippy cup.

This is on Nantucket...parents probably shouldn't put their babies on hammocks but at least we didn't put a bunch of easily accessible medication in our sons backpack...Dawson.

Friday, October 19, 2007

sierra arts

Check us out ... you'll have to scroll down a bit.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

so long binky

We've decided to quit the binky. And I say we and not Grant because Tim and I are as hooked on it as he is. It's the mute button, the snooze button, the comfort button of our lives. Grant doesn't need it to fall asleep but we hide it at the foot of his crib every night so when he wakes up he can find his old friend and play for another hour while I sleep. The last two mornings have been filled with many more pissed off screams then normal. And when family night comes at church - he'll just be loud when he's loud. And when he cries in the middle of the night - he'll cry until he feels better. Oh binky, we will all miss you but it's better for you to go now before it becomes just too painful to bear.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

speaking of

Speaking of doctors I hate... I went to one today I actually don't! I went to my eye doctor - Dr. Cochrane. If you need an eye doctor or don't like yours call him up. His technology is better then any one else, making the tests fewer and way less painful. You're in, you're out, he listens to your needs, and Grant was welcomed...but he's awesome. I actually ran into Dr. Cochrane when I was the pregnant secretary of Sierra Builders and my last eye doctor gave me dry crappy contacts, and when I complained gave me eye drops that didn't help, Dr. Cochrane swooped in and said he'd take care of me on his lunch break. How nice is that? So, I know one good doctor in Reno. And if anyone else has a recommendation for other good doctors I could use, please pass them on!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

my test

I thought when I was done with school I'd be done with tests...but no. Now that I'm a mother I have a test about every 3 months - it's Grant's doctor's appointment. You pass if you only have to come back the next routinely scheduled time. You fail if you have to be brought in again next month for a "further check up". Today I failed. And I've decided now that I failed because I didn't lie and next time I will. My doctor is an Americanized freak that thinks she is the mother of every child and not the doctor. She thinks my chunker child who fits nicely into the 50th percentile is too thin and always wants to check his weight - but that was my fault because I didn't lie and say he loves milk and drinks it all the time. I told the truth. So then she suggested ice cream - yeah, that's going to help him eat his peas and squash. And when she asked if he says mama and dada I said no, bad choice. I didn't know the consequences for not saying these two specific words means he's on the path to baby speech therapy. And then when I said I was using cloth diapers and hoped to potty train just a little bit early the sky almost fell down. First I was laughed at (not one of her patients uses cloth) and then I was scolded. Heaven forbid I tell grant a toilet exists in the world before age 3! I feel bad for those 127 countries full of morons potty training before age 1. And I would choose a new doctor but I'm afraid I've never enjoyed any doctor I've ever been to so I feel it wouldn't matter anyway. I'm afraid they're giving our children Autism with their shots and medicines. I feel over analysed and over charged and shamed for having my own thoughts. It's like a cult. The hospital is a I'll learn to lie more.

And this all happened after Grant hid my keys and I realized it right as it was time to leave...I tore up most of the house in 7 minutes before finding them in the tub. So I may be a little stressed out.

Monday, October 15, 2007

hit the gym

Tim and I don't work out...not even close...other people do huh? But we go on backpacking or kayaking journeys once every three months and hurt ourselves...and Tim's huge muscles are still good from his college days...are we supposed to be working out? I guess it would help our hiking skills.

other random thoughts:

I really like Jerry Seinfeld.

I made bruschetta tonight. you should too.

Netflix loaned us Little Miss Sunshine and it was surprisingly fabulous!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

up to my elbows

Bummis Froggie PondWe've go cloth - diapers that is. We've always had it in the back of our minds but there were too many excuses not to do it...until we took the leap two weeks ago. I'm hoping (but don't hold me to it) to potty train Grant by 2 and the book I read told me cloth would help which tipped the scales. By using these just part time (not at nights, for babysitters, or extremely difficult events) I figure we can save over 1000 diapers from going into the landfill by the time he's potty trained and by potty training him early (many are waiting until age 3 now) that's another 1000 easy. Although I'm still working out the kinks it's going pretty well I'd say. For any of my mom friends out there I'm using Green Mountain Diapers and I think they're good stuff. Here's a few other tips too:
  1. don't let your toddler anywhere near the bathroom when disposing of waste products... they can't help but get involved, if you know what I mean.
  2. don't flush baby wipes with waste in office toilets, they will clog and you will be blamed.
  3. do air dry your babies bottom once in a while.
  4. don't think after your naked bottom baby has peed twice on the carpet he won't pee on your leg as well in a matter of minutes.

Monday, October 08, 2007

our house

We haven't had a house update for a little while because we weren't really doing anything but waiting around. After looking at the older houses and looking at the newer houses we felt like we could get a lot more for less if we went new but we just couldn't afford any in the neighborhoods we wanted yet so we waited. Something Tim is fabulous at and I am not so much. After almost three months we received a call that our house dropped 30 thousand making it affordable! So this weekend we went in and signed the papers!! Our house will be done in February (I hope our apartment won't burst before then). It's a three bedroom, 2 bath, with a den we might make into another bedroom. It's in Lemmon Valley, a little far out of town but close to the freeway, and near my parents for easy babysitter access. Here it is!! Pretty crazy!!!

Friday, October 05, 2007

fire pjs

This tag was attatched to the new winter pjs I bought Grant. I'm confused, so is it okay to let him play by the fireplace or not?

Tuesday, October 02, 2007


If you go to Nantucket you ought to get at least one good boat shot. Here's mine.

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