our friend garrett watched the kids for a bit tonight, so that danny and i could have a coffee date. we went to barnes & noble, shared a medium coffee, and sat together and read magazines. it was nice.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
but this last week has been totally different. the first night i put him in his crib, he cried for about 15 min, fell asleep for about 20 min, woke up and cried for 15 more, and then was out. night two he cried for about 15 minutes and was out. he did wake up a few times that night, but i just left him in there, and he eventually fell back asleep. nights 3 through 8, he was asleep within 10-15 minutes, and stayed asleep for 7 to 10 hours. the past three nights, we have moved up "bedtime" an hour, and he went to sleep just fine. so we are going to slowly get his schedule on the right track. i am so stoked.
it's so nice to go to bed on my own terms. and to have a few minutes of "free time" to clean up, or make alanna's lunch, or read a magazine. i've already read three issues of good housekeeping, that i didn't have a chance to read (uninterrupted) before. (thanks vicky, for the subscription!) plus it's nice to be able to sleep next to my husband again (well, kind of... lucky is always squeezed in between us).
this past weekend was great. sorry, i didn't take any photos. on sunday, we were up and out of the house by 12:30 pm (that's rare on the weekend). we all went to the flea market at the fairgrounds. we love bumming around there, lots of interesting stuff (and people) to look at. we went to the nc museum of art. had some yummy veggie burgers for dinner. then stopped at the mall, so i could go to the scrapbooking store, and danny could go to barnes & noble.
yesterday was memorial day, so alanna was out of school. the kids and i went over to our friend's lia and gannon's house for a cook out. they have a nice back deck, and a big yard, and the kids loved running around on the grass. lana and her kids were there too, and malcolm loved chasing after damien. it was cute. the weather was awesome all weekend long. it did rain on and off, but the clouds made it so that the sun didn't burn us up while we were outside.
earth crisis played in raleigh last night, so alanna and danny went to the show. i stayed home with malcolm, since the venue was not appropriate for him. danny met the band for food, and then brought karl by the house, when he came to pick up alanna. we had a nice chat about vegan food, parenthood, and kids (he has an eleven year old son). it was a nice little hang out. danny said the show was good, and they had a nice time at it. he saw lots of old friends that he doesn't see very often.
tomorrow is alanna's last day of 6th grade. i hope all goes well. i know she is going to be sad when she gets home. i remember being sad when school let out, knowing that i wasn't going to see my friends anymore. bummer.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
malcolm is also getting over a few bruises of his own on his forehead. he's been climbing a lot and getting into everything, and he is still pretty clumsy, so he had a few falls last week. you can see his little yellow bruises here:
he can now climb up onto our bed without any help
he was playing with lucky dog. lucky was giving him kisses, and i tried to catch one in a photo, but this is as close as i could get.
today we went to michaels craft store, to look for a gift for one of alanna's friends. i was also looking for some things to finish up malcolm's baby book. i love all the scrapbooking stuff they have in there! i can totally understand how people get addicted to that hobby. there are so many cute designs. cute paper. cute stickers. it's crazy. there is another store out here called "archiver's", which is loaded with cute scrapbooking stuff too. i would love to start doing it, but it would be a bit too time consuming... not to mention expensive! maybe someday, when i win the lottery. or after the kids are out of the house. ha.
and one last thing. i booked our hotel room for our october trip to disneyland. i got a good rate at a hotel that is directly across the street from the main entrance to the parks! pretty stoked about the idea of not having to walk very far to get to our room. this will be perfect for naps, and snacks, and a swim when it gets too hot out. my mom is deciding whether she wants to go again or not. we had a lot of fun with her last year, so let's keep our fingers crossed that she'll come. and i think kate and jason are planning on joining us for the weekend again too. yay! see you soon jeanie and demetri!!
disneyland, october 2008
Sunday, May 17, 2009
yesterday as i was getting in the shower, i realized that i had a nasty little tick on my leg, above my knee. i'm sure he latched on while i was at her school, i just didn't notice it until the next day. danny tweezed it off for me. that's the first one i've ever had. alanna has already found two on her this year... i guess it's gonna be a long tick-filled summer. yuck!
alanna took her eog's (end of grade tests) last week, and we got her scores this week. all A's! and all 4's, her language arts score was a high 4, which is pretty much the same as an A+! she sure is a little smarty pants. we also got a letter from the school system stating that she will be enrolled in a different middle school for 7th grade. she is not excited about this news, she doesn't want to leave her new friends from this year. but i've heard good things about the new school. and i'm sure she will adjust fine. she makes friends easily. there are only seven school days left of sixth grade. wow, this year went by fast.
last night marked two weeks of me attempting to get malcolm to sleep in his crib. the first few nights, he did great, slept like 7 or 8 hours in there without stirring. but then he started to wake up after only two hours. and so this last week has been a few hours in the crib, and then a few hours in bed with us. it sucks. and he is still staying up until 4 or so. i'm running out of steam.
alanna got him up this morning at 10:30, and let me sleep for an extra hour. i'm hoping that while she is out of school for the summer, she can help me get him up earlier. it's so hard for me to get up with him at 9 or 10 am, after we just went to bed at 5 am. i'm too exhausted in the morning, and i can't think straight. wish us luck.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
this is what he looked like when he woke up from his long nap yesterday... wild!
this was earlier today
right before we started shaving