Saturday, May 30, 2009

Kiddie Pool Action

At first, it was hard to get him in the water. It was a little cold. . . but he settled for walking around, shoes ON his feet

Then he played with a few toys

And the hose.

He still won't SIT in the water, he'll just crouch down, filling his diaper (if I don't put on a swim diaper) But we'll get there. . .

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Random Pics

Reading Harry Potter

He often assumes this position to watch TV. He leans against a couch, the love sac, the table. . .
heaven forbid he sit down, or hold himself upright on his own power.

Eventually he just put the pillows on the ground and flopped.

He loves his Tamera

Still practicing his xylophone skills

Probably while watching the talent show episode of Sesame Street where a seal plays the glockenspiel

He always spills a little yogurt down his bib when he eats. It's an inevitable part of letting him eat it himself. But this morning he got a little more energetic.

This is what his hair does when he gets sweaty. He had been asleep on my shoulder while we walked around a store, and his curls actually stayed. I had to capture them. Here's hoping he doesn't resemble Ronald McDonald when he grows up.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Crib Fun

This is how Tamera found him after his nap

He then proceeded to run away.
He did not want to be helped out

I'm not sure what's up with this expression.
Possibly practicing for his teenage years?

And then the escape attempt begins

The crib mattress has since been lowered, but I have no illusions that the crib thing will last as long as I want it to.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Outside in PJs

Helping to water the plants (and simultaneously sneezing)

Trying to put Tamera's shoe on by laying it on top of her foot.

not pleased that it didn't work

FINE, I'll wear it myself. I'll show you how it's done!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Out of the Office

As we are heading out again on yet another adventure (this time to AZ), and I am not taking my computer with me (GASP!) I thought I would leave you all with a series of posts while I'm gone. . .

These posts will once again consist of cell phone photos taken by me and by Tamera, of Nolan. If you're bored, please move on. I can't come up with anything more clever right now, and some of these are downright entertaining to me (even if they aren't to you)

Today, we will start with the following:

Drawing on the magna doodle. Best invention EVER for toddlers.

Drawing on the magnadoodle in only his diaper. . .
Whatever spurs on his creative energy, I say

Throwing one of his many recent tantrums
I'm pretty sure Tamera was in the process of ruining his life or smothering his non-existent puppy or something when this happened

Much happier and playing with the ball popper.

Chillin' with some juice. He is either watching Sesame Street or Curious George. I know this for 2 reasons:
#1-- those are the 2 shows we DVR, so they can be watched at any hour, and they are the only ones he loves
#2-- It is only while watching one of those 2 shows that he sits this still

See, wasn't that fun?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday Randoms

1- Do you ever sit in the line at Walgreens and wonder if the people in the pharmacy are judging you for your prescriptions. Like, when they see someone pick up a prescription for Xanax, do they think "there goes another crazy lady". . . I didn't even fill a Xanax prescription today, but it got me wondering. . .

2- I'm not sure if this is just me and my musical theatre/choir loving friends, but is GLEE not AMAZING?! I am fascinated with it. How are they getting the rights for all of these songs? Will it start great and then fall on its face? Will the current fervor for it help come fall? Was the teaser show an effective marketing tool? I'm guessing yes, but I think we need one more teaser in July.

3- I know NOTHING about dancing, and yet (or maybe BECAUSE of that) I LOVE So You Think You Can Dance. We watched the tail end of season 3, and then last year, got TOTALLY sucked in. It's actually how Nolan learned to clap. . . And last night, watching people fall down in the auditions was cracking him up. I am SO glad there will be a fall season as well as summer!

4- I am flying alone with Nolan for the first time this weekend. I am beyond nervous about it. He is either an angel or a devil on planes. . . let's hope for angel, shall we? Maybe sleep the whole way, like he did on the way back from our WI trip. . .

5- People can change. . . When I was a sophomore in college, I struck a deal with my room mate Bonnie that if she would cook, I would clean. I had NO IDEA how to cook. Now I have a side business based on baking and have no problem following/inventing recipes. I'm just saying. . .

That's all for now. Everyone have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Outside Fun

Because of the awesomeness of the economy (did you sense the sarcasm there?) we, like many others, considered buying a house while it was a buyers market (forget the fact that we would struggle to sell our CURRENT house) We considered it very seriously. It would certainly be nice to have more space. . .

Instead, we opted for refinancing and promised ourselves that this summer, we WOULD enjoy our back yard. They always say on HGTV that it is another room of your house, after all. . .

Last summer, we were lucky to get the lawn mowed every 2 weeks (if you'll recall this post)

This year, we vowed to do better. We planted more flowers, some strawberries, beans, peas, and cilantro. We have been keeping up on the mowing & weeding. . . and what do you know, we like to be out there! It is a slow process of adding things to help, but we're liking it so far.
And it's a good thing, because so does Nolan.

He uses the flower boxes as his own little bench

He takes some time to smell the flowers

And enjoys the water from the sprinkler

This behavior motivated us to get him a kiddie pool.

But he can entertain himself without one, as you can see.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Guitar Hero

Nolan really loves Guitar Hero. (at least in theory. Obviously, he doesn't know how to play) He pulls the guitars out at least once a day. We don't indulge him and play the game unless he's REALLY insistent, but on Sunday, Nolan and Ben had a little father and son bonding time over the game:

Making Room

We have been on a pretty big clean/purge kick around here lately. We have way too much stuff for our 1300 sq. ft. of space. Storage is just frustrating, even though we have plenty of closets.

And thanks to my need for non-white walls, one of our storage issues has been many MANY cans of paint, only partly full, in one of our closets. I saw a brilliant idea on this blog the other day (and she got the idea HERE) to store left over paint, for touch ups, in mason jars. What a great space saver!

(thanks, Helen, for helping me find the original post)

So we put the plan into action Saturday night.

We went from this:
To this:

What a difference! They now fit into a corner of the
laundry room shelf,
AND Ben got to use the label maker again.


Monday, May 18, 2009

The Coke Battle

I'm Melanie, and I'm a Coke-aholic.

Not Diet Coke.
I understand that I'm 31 and female, but I HATE Diet Coke.
We're talking full octane Coca-Cola here.

It all started in high school. I blame Whitney, really. She got me hooked on Big Gulps and Biggie sodas at Wendys. . . and it's been down hill from there.

I went through times where I did better than others, but the caffeine addiction has been my constant companion for at least 15 years, give or take. The longest I went without was the first trimester I was pregnant with Nolan. 9 weeks (since I didn't know I was pregnant right away). And then the dr. said a little was OK, and I was back on the sauce.

I hate to admit how much I consume. . . I'm not even sure I know. I would say on a GOOD day, 32-48 oz. On a bad day, at least twice that. Which is a LOT of sugar, besides the caffeine. . .

And I wonder why I keep gaining weight? Maybe it's connected to the millions of migraines I keep getting? (obviously that's hyperbole, but I AM getting between 8 and 10 migraines a month, even with everything I've tried)

So I've made a plan.

Cold turkey has never worked well for me, so I have been weaning.

So far, I am down to 24 oz or less a day, NONE of which is allowed after 5 pm. I have cheated twice in 2 weeks, and once it was 6:30 when I had my glass of goodness.

The result?

I haven't lost a single pound. I still have headaches (though they have surprisingly not gotten worse). And I am EXHAUSTED!

But I WILL power through it. It has to be good for me in the end, right?

Wish me luck!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Photo Sneak Peek

One of the reasons behind our fabulous trip to Wisconsin was to have family pictures taken by the wonderful Emily Southerland. She sent me a sneak peek this morning from our session, and I HAD to share. Because they turned out GREAT. And I'm so excited to see the rest.

Check out the rest of her stuff. She's amazing.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


This is what Nolan did today. . .

What did you do?

*photos courtesy of his nanny, Tamera, who is also a pretty sweet photographer, as you can see

** Yes, that IS a buffalo

Monday, May 11, 2009

Win Cupcakes!

Wanna win some key lime cupcakes, baked with love by yours truly?

If you are a Utahn, you can win some (I haven't figured out a good way to ship them yet)

Just go to Sell Party of Three and leave her a comment!
She'll bring them right to ya!

(or you can meet her somewhere to pick them up)

Go on, get on it!

Spring Video

A few new clips of Nolan at Easter time, and since. . .

Sunday, May 10, 2009

My mom

They say that you can never truly appreciate your mother until you become one yourself.

My mom with me as a baby
I like to think that I appreciated my mom before then, but I certainly didn't get it. I had no clue how she did what she did. I still don't, having only 1. . .

4 of us under the age of six. . . Seriously? At the age of 25? By the time my mom was my age, I was 13. The very idea of it stresses me out. But despite the stress, she somehow found time to make a lot of our clothes, not to mention sweet Care Bears and Cabbage Patch dolls for Christmas. . . among many other things. She encouraged us to use our imaginations, and spent all of her time just being with us. I have no idea how she found that fulfilling, but I am truly grateful for the sacrifice.

My parents with Carter & Ethan, Halloween (obviously)

And best of all, she's the same kind of grandma. . . This is how I think of my mom now. . . She's the best kind of grandma. And I'm so grateful Nolan has her.

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Friday Randoms

Because it's been a while:

1- How is it possible for one small child to go through 10 sippy cups in one day? I have a ridiculous number, and yet it seems there is seldom a clean one to be found.

2- My flower garden looks SO pretty right now. I just want to go hang out back there with the tulips.

3- I misplace my remote control at least 6 times a day in my living room. It is not a large space. And I can't even blame Nolan. I just can't seem to remember where I'm putting it down.

4- For the first time in MONTHS, I don't have a pressing craft project with a real deadline. Does that mean it's time for me to catch up on the unfinished stuff in my closet? Probably so.

5- My job is one big circle of frustration right now. . . not being able to find things because they aren't properly organized, and not being able to organize them because I'm busy searching for things. . . This frustrates me. Hopefully I will catch up soon.

That's all for now.

That's all for now.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Wisconsin or BUST!

In an effort to take advantage of the fact that we don't have to buy a seat for Nolan for the next 6 months, we have turned into traveling fools!

We just got back from a really great long weekend in Wisconsin, to visit friends.

I met these girls on the internet (I'm not ashamed to admit it) by way of a message board for new moms, and they have become some of my best friends. I was lucky enough to meet Emily last summer, but up until now, had never met Stefanie. We had to remedy that situation. So, we all made our way to WI for a weekend of hanging out, and having Emily take our pictures.

It will be a couple of weeks before I can show you her handiwork in an official way, but in the mean time I have swiped a few of her candid shots to add to mine, as a representation of our weekend. (the first 3 are hers)

Me & Stefanie

Stefanie & Emily

The 3 boys, Nolan, Max & Noah, in the monkey shirts Emily made them.
The only way we could get them to sit still was to give them lollipops.
They still weren't pleased.

I have been a sucker for the big round balloon shots I've been seeing all over the internet for some time now. When we were deciding on ideas for photos, I really really wanted to try it. So I got some big (36") balloons and Stef got helium, and we tried it out.

A little behind the scenes action of the red balloon shots

Me coaxing Nolan up the hill with the balloons tied to his belt loop.

The other boys didn't really dig the balloons being tied to them at first. It was pretty windy, and they were tugging on them pretty hard. But they warmed up to it. This was our attempt at a group shot of mom's and boys.

And, of course, we had to find a cupcake to try while we were there. We spent the morning in Milwaukee and visited C. Adams Bakery, and tried the red velvet. I have to say, it was quite tasty. It had been in a cooler, so the frosting was a little stiff, but the flavor was good. I liked it very much, as did everyone else.

They also had a yummy little mini-key lime pie.

I'm sure I will have more to share from this trip later, but I wanted to report right away.

Thanks, Stef & Max for being such wonderful hosts! We had a great time.