Archive for August, 2008

Crawling update

August 21, 2008

Reason #1

happiest. baby. ever.

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Life as I know it is so over. Yes, he’s on his knees.

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Something Fun

August 19, 2008

If you have a google calendar, this will be a fun diversion.

We have created a public calendar entitled “When will Toby Crawl?”, because among our family we’ve developed a friendly pool to guess the date that Toby will first crawl. If you have a google account, you can see this calendar, which has the name of the person on the date of their choosing. I don’t know if you can add yourself to the calendar, but if you leave me a comment with a date, I’ll happily add you to the list. The winner will receive the Ice Cream Treat of their choosing (if it’s really huge, we may ask all the participants to chip in…what, do you think we’re made of money?) Out of state or far-flung participants will receive a voucher for Ice Cream Treats. Or just money. We’ll trust you to do the treating.

Guess away! After a few days, I’ll also post a list of the dates and names here so you can see them and throw your hat in the ring also.

FYI: Toby can push himself up on all fours if his feet are braced (ie: in his crib) for about five seconds, and without foot bracing (ie: the floor) for about three seconds, as of today.

Oh, and….Google accounts are free. So if you want to join in and you don’t have a google account, it won’t cost you anything. And google is AWESOME, so why don’t you have an account yet?

In which I do not let my Stuff overcome me

August 12, 2008

This past weekend we had a garage sale. I had never put one together, though I enjoy going to them immensely, so I had no idea what a lot of work it is. There is the sorting, the pricing, the moving and setting up of tables, the selling. Aferwards, there is more sorting, removal of said pricetags, the taking to Salvation Army, the contacting for donation, etc. And in my case, the posting of things that did not sell but should have to Craigslist. I still have to say, it was totally worth it. Yes, we didn’t make our first million by having the sale. But we got rid of a lot of stuff, we donated even more to good causes (All our baby stuff is being donated specifically to charities who deal with low income mothers). But what really gets me all excited is that I got rid of a ton of stuff!

Both Scott and I have this aversion to stuff. The problem is, I also am a big fan of “saving for a rainy day”. You know, the whole “I might need that one day” attitude. In my mid-twenties I started working vigorously to counteract my pack-rat tendencies. I had boxes and boxes of, well, stuff that I had been lugging around with me. Old college notes. Magazines. Too many books. After moving it for the third time and realizing that I never used any of that stuff, I threw out bags and bags of what basically amounted to baggage…things I didn’t need. Junk.

I try really hard to go through my things once a year or so and get rid of stuff. It’s more than just not having a place to store things. I ask myself: “If I had to move out of my house today, and I had only one day, would I be able to do it?” Maybe that’s extreme, but really, who needs half the stuff they have?

The hardest part of this was going through the boy’s clothes. I kept coming across outfits that I thought “Oh, I remember when Ben wore this and we did this” or “Oh, Toby looked so cute in this at christmas”….but why save it? I have pictures, I have memories. There are, of course, limited outfits we’ve saved. I allow myself a few. The outfit Toby wore home from the hospital. The PJ’s Ben wore on his last day here on earth. A sleeper that they both wore that was so cute I cannot part with it. But other than that, I purged big time…donated, sold, gave away. I don’t want all this physical baggage holding me back. I want my house to feel clean, to feel like we live here and can create memories here, not like our junk is keeping us here.

It’s hard to be sentimental (which I am, to a fault) and still be able to get rid of things. I don’t want to hold on to things simply because they are there but because I attach memories and events to them. I’m learning that it’s not necessary to have a physical reminder of events and memories, sometimes the memories are enough.

And when they aren’t, there’s always the scrapbooking to help me remember. The scrapbooking which now takes over a whole room in our house. *sigh*. I still have a long way to go.

Yes, we have pictures

August 10, 2008

Toby is all about using his voice this week. There has been lots of shouting, squealing and laughing. Sometimes he laughs so hard that it makes Scott and I laugh until we have tears coming out of our eyes. Also, when one of us gets home, Toby gets so excited that he just vibrates with happiness, and he shouts and laughs out loud. It is the best thing ever. 🙂

We had a garage sale this week, and managed to sell a few things. Not as many of the clothes we had sold as I would have liked, but those can be donated or passed on to others. We did manage to sell our crib, and have inquries on the double stroller and a few other things from Craigslist. Really this was about clearing some space out…I”m glad we were able to do that and make a little money in the process.

One of the pictures behind the link is of an amazing gift we got this week. My Dad’s brother, my Uncle Paul, is a woodworker. He took a picture of Ben and used a computer program to generate a line drawing from the picture. He then cut out the line drawing with a scroll saw. The actual process was MUCH longer than that, the picture went through a few different incarnations, but the end result, as you will see, is simply amazing. It captures Ben’s personality so well.

Take a look at these pictures!