Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sweet Caroline

So I decided to see if I could get Landon to sing a song with me....so here goes :)

Landon's Book of the Week - Curious George and the Bunny

Curious George and the bunny

Well followers, I missed my book review from last week due to vacation. Mom and Dad brought along the usuals, so I didn't discover a new favorite I thought I would take you back to a few weeks ago to a favorite. Now this one starts off with this monkey...and apparently he is pretty curious. He stumbles upon some baby bunnies. I like George because he seems to like to get into things...like me! He decides he wants to hold a baby bunny. Then he wants to play hide and go seek, so he puts the bunny down. What a doofus! The bunny runs away! He gets all sad and worried. Then he decides to get the mommy bunny to help him find the baby. And she does. Happily ever after...blah blah. Anyway, my favorite part is at the end when we get to tell the bunnies goodnight. That means I get to snuggle with mommy and go to sleep. Anyway, this book held my attention well and was a good story. I give it 2.5 out of 5 cheerios.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

15 Months and counting

Quick update from LT's 15 month appointment on Friday.

Weight: 22lbs 3.5oz(20%)
Height: 31 inches(48%)
Head: 18.75 inches(63%)
*read: tall skinny bobblehead

  • He has at least 3 molars coming in. Joy.
  • He is right on schedule...even a little advanced considering he already likes to hit when frustrated...yippee right?!
  • He is trying to say moon and daddy is teaching him the sign for please.
  • We just learned that he enjoys stealing all the paper towels out of the holder at school when they aren't looking and run around the room giggling. The aggravation gene is strong with this one.
  • He gets angry if he doesn't get his way and will protest by lying on the floor and kicking.
  • He likes to go down the stairs like a big boy.
  • He loves outside.
  • He has learned the buffering symbol on Apple TV means Blue's Clues or the Backyardigans are coming and gets so excited. Cute cute

Landon's Book of the Week - The Monster at the End of This Book

The Monster at the End of this Book - starring lovable, furry, old Grover

Yup..awesome. If you haven't read this book, you were deprived as a child. It has neat pictures and Grover is so funny. Ya see, he is TERRIFIED of monsters. At the beginning, he reads the title and gets the heebie jeebies. Then for the rest of the book, he doesn't want you to turn the page. The best part is when my mommy makes the crazy voices for Grover! He tries to tie the pages together, build a brick wall, and even nail them to each other. He is just SOOOO crazy. Well come to find out SPOILER ALERT, HE is the monster at the end of the book. THEN, that silly monster tries to say that I was the one who was scared. THAT is ridiculous my good sir! Anyways, this book has been my favorite this past week but my new thing is to scream when mommy and daddy put me in my crib for night night...so I have bigger fish to fry.

I give this book 4 out of 5 cheerios.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fall Photo time

The ending of daylight savings time is met with many curses. All childless people rejoice in the "extra hour" of sleep, while us parents(been dealing with this with Jack before Landon) curse the man. One lovely side effect is these first few weeks leave us with FANTASTIC photo shoot opportunities and gorgeous nature. Put them together and BOOM! MAGIC! I have been carrying my camera everywhere. Taking profile photos for work folks, dog pics, and nightly photo shoots of Lando. Here are some of my faves:

Charlene looking beautiful
Muggs! The friendliest pitbull of all time.
Little Miss Allison
Always my willing model
Why so serious Landon?
Daddy did well with the camera
The most true to life photo lately

Lovey Dovey

Friday was Kevin and I's 5th wedding anniversary. I know!? Crazy isn't it? 5 years ago I married my most favorite person in the world. I can say we get along fantastic. We really don't fight. Yeah, I can be bitchy and naggy and he can play video games for too long...but we are very happy. We are a great team and parenting has only proved it further. When I want to scream and rip my hair out, he steps in and takes over. Heck, Sunday he wrangled him to nap in our bed for 2 hours. I would have just cried and freaked out when he wouldn't nap. I love him bunches and hope for many many more.

We went all crazy and got a screened in porch as our gift (year 5 is wood...BOOM). What can I say? We are practical. And I will post a full documentation of the project once the screens are in(custom made...took some time). But here is a photo:

Anyways, we went out to dinner at the Angus Barn and pigged out. We even had a magic show where he "fused" cards together with love. Awww But don't worry...we were in bed by 10:30...can't get TOO crazy....

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Landon's Book of the Week - I Spy Little Animals

Recently, Landon is really into books. He is focusing on 1 book at a time...and there is no rhyme or reason. Anyway, I figured I would have a little fun and try to offer a weekly book review by Mr. LT. So here we go...week 1.

I Spy Little Animals

The book is a visual treasure trove. Even the cover is filled with all kinds of things. I could listen to my mom and dad read this over and over again...and usually they do! The page with the balls is my absolute favorite. There is even a page with a bunny with red eyes. It is pretty freaky...I make mom push that page faster. The page about the zebra truck cracks me up. The editors MUST know that it isn't a real "animal". I find the "starfish star" is in there for a cheap rhyme. Also 2 ducks? Cmon. You couldn't come up with another animal? Overall, I can say that I enjoy this book...every night...multiple times. I give it 3.5 out of 5 cheerios.

Whoring out my baby...

So yeah. I want to win a contest...REALLLLLY want to win. Wanna help? Here is how:

  1. Go to Modern Bird Studios' Facebook Page and "Like" it. You will like it too. Check out the galleries for examples of their work. Here is a little more about the family company. You can also follow their antics on twitter @modern_bird and @the_lame_sauce. They are pretty funny and banter back and forth. They also have 2 ADORABLE children.
  2. Like my photo in their Holiday Contest album.
Now wasn't that easy.

Bonus points if you forward this blog post/email to your Facebook friends. I will love you forever...promise.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Photoshop Time!

Sooo I loooooved this picture of Landon from Halloween. After weeks of photos of the side of his face, I was happy to get him looking at me AND smiling. Not to mention the whole outfit in the photo! My one yucko factor was those toys...blech.
I took this opportunity to figure out that clone stamp in Photoshop and get rid of them. I then figured I would help out the grass and brighten it up a bit. Without further ado....

Here is a side by side:
It ain't perfect but I was pleased.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Spooky Scary Halloween

Well not really but you ya know I needed a catchy title. Originally my plan was for Landon to be a dinosaur. I got a costume from someone on the bulletin board at work and I was all set. Then Saturday happened. Some back story, Landon got hand, foot and mouth and then proceeded to get us all sick in some form. Mine was just a yucky cold and Kevin's turned into a sinus and ear infection. So my Friday afternoon, we were exhausted. Pretty sure we went to bed at 9. Hooray! Anyway, for Kevin's birthday, his parents thought about us and our poor yard and said they would help us put out mulch. Saturday morning rolls around and mulch is coming....6 yards of it. So Kevin and his dad unloaded and did it all. It looks fantastic and no more muddy feet for Jack Jack. Anyway, that left me to play toddler wrangler all day. He was a PILL. We tried to go to Target to just have meltdown after meltdown in the store over everything. So back to Halloween, we had a party at 4 and I wasn't even going to attempt to put him in that dinosaur outfit with a hat and junk. Not worth the battle. Friday I had picked up a little greaser t-shirt at target as a back up outfit...and I was glad I did. We suited him up with that, some cuffed jeans, and spiky hair. Voila...our little punk rocker:
WE went out to Fuquay to Kevin's co-worker's party. We attempted to feed the toddler who never eats and played around. He loved watching the big kids play and Rodney's little girl Krista was a favorite. She played with him and he was just smitten. She even brought him a guitar:

Kevin and I went as Dexter and one of his victims. I thought abut this outfit for a few weeks and really wanted to do the fake NUDE thing but couldn't find a cheap solution. I decided to just wear tight black and the saran wrap. I am glad I did...I got enough weird looks with just the saran wrap! Some people knew who I was, others probably just thought I was whoring it up. Who knows...

Sunday, Landon and I headed over to my friend Jen's for a little pre trick or treating. We sported a mohawk this time. He once again had fun watching the big kids and chasing the dog dogs. He also played a little cornhole :).
And one more for the road:
Check out all the photos here.