Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas

I am finally getting around to posting something. We had a dusting of snow the other day. It was actually coming down pretty hard, but not much stuck because it wasn't cold enough.

Since Christmas is only a few days away, I thought I'd share some photos of our tree and Maximus.

 I was having fun shaking my camera while taking pictures of the tree and got this interesting shot. Looks like a dove on the top, doesn't it?

Maximus loves this musical card that my Mom's cousin, Elaine sent him. He likes to open and close it so that the music plays. Since there is a doggie on the front, he'll say, "dah dah" and "maah" and will kiss the dog.
Recently, I have been a bit lackadaisical with M when it comes to letting him touch the tree and the ornaments. It's a tough balance. I don't want to be a scrooge, but on the other hand I don't want him breaking stuff or hurting himself.
 This would be considered a "no no..." I don't want him taking the decorations off the tree.

  It's hard to resist this face though sometimes.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday season. If I don't get around to visiting you, I wish you the Merriest of Christmases!!!

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 KJV


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Lost & Found

This is my cell phone. It hasn't always had this beautiful stain glass design, etched into the screen. Nope, this occurred on Monday when I did exactly what my husband has been telling me NOT to do.

I have a habit of carrying my phone in my pockets, which are shallow, so my phone doesn't always stay put. It must have fallen out of my jeans and onto the ground where I was parked in a store parking lot. In turn, it got ran over.

Of course, it took me a while to figure out where my phone was. I felt like a chicken with his head cut off running around trying to find it. When I discovered it I was so relieved, but then quickly "crushed" when I saw the screen. It still works, but as you can see, the screen is a mess.

Unfortunately I'm not eligible for a new phone on my plan until next October, so that means I would have to pay full retail for a new one. Rob was able to find a used one and ordered it for me.

I know it's only a phone, but things like this really annoy me. I hate having to spend money on mistakes that could be avoided. And now I am wishing I would have paid for phone insurance. All of this could have been avoided if I had heeded my husband's advice about not carrying it around in my pocket. (I know. I know). Thankfully, he didn't rub it in too much. :) 

In my defense, I'd like to state that in the 20+ years that I owned a car phone/cell phone I have never had anything like this happen to me. Yes...I'm dating myself. I had a car phone and I thought I was SO cool!


Have you ever destroyed or lost a cell phone?
Do you have insurance on your phone?


Monday, December 10, 2012

22 Months

 On the 7th, Maximus turned 22 months. It was tough trying to get a picture of him for this. He wouldn't stand where I wanted him to and he insisted on holding his snack. I think he was a little mesmerized because normally we have the tree blocked in with ottomans so he can't get to it. This freedom was both exciting and very tempting. Here he is reminding himself that he shouldn't touch the tree, by saying, "No, No, No."
Over the last month, he is talking more and more. Some of the words he says are as clear as day. He has the cutest little voice. I try to write things down on a pad of paper so I can compile this for these posts, but surprisingly, as long as these posts are, I don't record everything. Here's some of the things he's been saying:
clock, money, ring, tattoo, tea, yucky, ew, heat, heater, hot, bunny, hop, wet, back-up, home, no more, toot, ding-dong, Gramma & wheel.
guy = this usually refers to the guy that is blowing leaves with the blower outside. One day Rob was asking me what guy Maximus was talking about. LOL...
reek = rake
dup = dump (as in dump truck)
lee-ap = lap
deep = dip (loves to dip his food in ketchup, sauce, dressing, etc)
doot = dirt
pah-tah = pasta
pee-tah = pizza
pum = prune
geep = grape 
tea pot = tea cup (this cracks me up that he says pot instead of cup)
E U = Ernie...however he sometimes says Ooo-knee.
cooh = cool
pan or pan-ah = pen (lately he is adding the "ah" sound to the end of words).
bag or bag-ah = bag
pritty = pretty
Pooh = for Winnie the Pooh
honey or hi-knee = honey
dow = down
ah-gah = ???
caw-key-koh = ???
teep = tape
cam-rah = camera
bambino = Rob calls Maximus this a lot. M will say it correctly sometimes...other times it sounds like bam-ee-no.
doot or doo-dah = dude (this is another thing that Rob calls him).
Timmy & Pan-nah = the dogs at grandpa & grandma LaLa's are Timmy and Panda.
ee-mo = email
mo-more = MORE, MORE!
bubba = bubble
peek = pink
pie-you or P U = P U (as in stinky)
oh-dee = oh dear (I say this, but I LOVE his version way better & may adopt it for good).
Maximus has gotten real good at imitating me. He'll say, "what?!" really fast, in an assertive voice. He also has picked up the habit of yelling, "Rob!" when I'm calling Rob from another room. M even does this on his own, when Rob is downstairs. Rob, a.k.a. Papa, isn't too excited about it, but I must say it is quite comical!
He's getting good at repeating certain names of people that we say to him: Danny, Timmy, Tony & Mindi. Sometimes he says "Tina" or "Annie." I'm not sure where those came from. He better not have any girlfriends that I don't know about. haha...
Maximus will say "baby" when I say, Sydney, his newest cousin's name.
why or rye = ride bike (there's an exercise bike in our bedroom, so he says this a lot).
ba-na-na = banana (so cute how he really enunciates the syllables).
Most of the time, he's able to recognize the letters: U, M, T, B, Y, P, O and the numbers 2 and 9.
We are learning more sign language. I love that he's able to communicate to us in this manner. He does a great sign for monkey.
We're back to a better sleep schedule again. He wakes up around 6:00 to 7:00 am and goes down for a nap around 12:30 pm and gets up 2 or 3 hours later. Bedtime is still between 7:30 & 8:00 pm. When he's napping he tends to groan and moan sometimes. I'm not sure if he's really awake when he's doing this.
I've weighed him recently on our scale and he's around 25 pounds. I'm fine that he's on the smaller side for his age...much easier to carry around. M still wears size 3 diapers and size 4 in night time diapers. He likes sleeping with his blankies and teddy bear. At night he wears a sleep sack most of the time. He's a size 6 wide in shoes. As far as clothes, he's anywhere from a size 12 months - 2T. It just depends...bottoms are usually 12 - 18 months. Tops are typically 18  months and sleepers 18 - 24 months.
It's hard to believe that in less than 2 months, this guys will be turning 2! What a blessing he's been to us. I cannot imagine life without him. And to all of you that read and/or comment on my blog, thank you! I enjoy sharing this little guy's life with you!
Happy day!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Back Soon

 I have been MIA lately and just wanted to say that I'll be back soon. It's been nice taking a little break from blogging, but I miss you all very much and hope to be visiting soon.

I am also trying to figure out an alternative way to upload photos to my blog. I'm getting the following message:

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In the meantime, I am using flickr, but not sure how that's going to work out. Maybe I'll fork out the extra dough for more storage. How do you out there in blog land upload your photos? Any good ideas?

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Sunrise at our place

Happy day!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fear of Heights

"Maximus, I may or may not have admitted this to you before...But, I'm afraid of heights."

 "Oh, Kooky. You shouldn't be afraid of that. You're a chicken and that's like a bird, right? So, you should be able to fly."

"If I could give you one piece of advice Kooky, I'd tell you this: FACE YOUR FEARS!"

"So, what should I do, Maximus?"

"Let me think about that for a minute, Kooky. I'll figure out something."

"Kooky!!! I've got it! I know JUST the thing that's going to help you."

"Ummmm...Maximus??? What are you doing?"

Kooky, I've said it once, and I'll say it a hundred times more...Trust Me! Do you see up above?"

Yesssss...I saw what's above and I don't like where this is going!!!"

Kooky...there's only one way that you can conquer this fear of heights."

"Come on, let's get up!"

"I can't believe I'm listening to you, Maximus."

"This won't take long, Kooky. On the count of three, you'll have a different perspective on things.



"M-A-X-I-M-U-S!!! What are you trying to do to Meeeeeee?"

Kooky...I'm going to walk you through this. Listen to me. I want you to swing slowly from each hanging ball until you get to the other side."


"You DID it!"

"Maximus!!! I want down!!! NOW!!!"

"Hold on, Kooky. Wait for me. I'll help you down."

"Okay, you can let go."

"I'm so dizzy right now. I can't even see straight!"

"Whoo hoo! Way to go, Kooky!"

Maximus...I don't ever, ever, EVVVVVV-ER want to do that AGAIN!!!"
"Oh, Kooky...I KNOW you'll thank me someday!"
Happy day!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Jingle Bells

For the last several days, M and I have been stomping, marching, dancing and shaking jingle bells, as we listen to Christmas music.

He seems to enjoy it about as much as I do. I'm glad, because, Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year!
How about you?

Here he is with his bazooka kazoo, while I'm trying to capture a picture of the two of us.

Happy day!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Bird Food

I turned M's chair around today, so he could rock and look out the window.
Earlier I made some fresh nectar for the hummingbird feeder and prayed for the birdies to return. As you can see, my prayer was answered!
After Maximus' afternoon nap, he enjoyed a snack in his chair and watched as a hummingbird flew back and forth for a drink from the feeder. M held out his arm with food in hand, and said, "eat" as if he was offering his z-bar to the bird.
And now he's saying to all of you, "Eat chocolate." haha...Truth is, he just wants the camera.
The past few days we've been hanging out at home. Rob was sick in bed this weekend, and Maximus is getting over his cold.
Both boys seem to be doing better.
I hope all of you are staying well...
Have a good week!