Monthly Archives: February 2010

Saturday Updated

Here’s Robert decidedly NOT listening to story time but instead checking out the Hardy Boys at Barnes and Noble.

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This has become my new favorite photo documentation.  Robert crashed out in the car after one of our outings… I take this as a sign of a successful trip.

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He loved, loved, LOVED the bubble maker!  What I loved was how great it was for his speech and oral motor.  He talked constantly with it… telling us what he was doing and telling me where to sit to play with him.  He also started blowing the bubbles floating in the air.

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I LOVE THIS PICTURE, it’s a bit blurry but that smile and  those eyes… that’s my boy at his best!

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Saturday Happenings

We have been BUSY this morning so now both the boys are napping.  I love it when they are both napping because it gives me time to do those “little things” uninterrupted.  It’s so much faster to pick up the living room floor, clear the dining room table, sort through mail, iron a shirt without a helper or an audience sometimes.  I have been asked to wake Jim up for the KU game at 3 though so I’m having to remember to keep an eye on the clock.

This morning we got up and headed to Barnes and Noble for story time.  It was supposed to be Sandra Boynton’s “One Shoe Blues” but they couldn’t find the book and CD (which was kind of funny) so it was Sock Monkey stories… which Robert was just not super interested in so we left after listening to about half of the first book.  I had Jim drop me off so that I could get a much needed hair cut and they went to Wendy’s to grab some lunch.  The timing worked out perfectly.  I was just getting done with my hair cut when Jim texted to say they were done with lunch.

After that is was on to Target because really, what’s a Saturday without a trip to Target.  While we were there I found this on sale…

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Robert has been asking for bubbles a lot lately and we didn’t have any in the house.  I thought this would be fun for him and help cut down on some of the spills.  I can’t wait for him to wake up from his nap and try it out.  Jim asked if I was concerned about him doing it in the house and I’m really not.  Let’s face it we have hardwoods in the bedrooms, kitchen and dining room.  The living room and hallway have carpet but with a toddler, cat and dog we tend to clean the carpets every week to ten days anyways so what’s a little bubble solution.

After Target we headed to Home Depot.  Robert went down to the front door this morning, unlocked the lock and opened it while looking at his Daddy saying, “New trick Daddy”.  Lord help us!  So we got a security bar for the door.  While we were there we found some security hasps for the sliding glass doors.  The locks on them were broken when we bought the house and can’t be replaced.  We hope some day to replace to doors so we had just been using bars in them but Robert tends to find the sticks and parade around the house with them leaving us with the dilemma of 1) the doors are not secure most of the time and 2) Robert is swinging a stick around through the house.  I was thrilled to find the new security hasps so after the basketball game Jim will be securing our fortress.  I’ve never felt unsafe but there is currently a rapist in one of KC’s neighborhoods (not close to here) and it makes you think a little more.  I have no doubt that if someone wants in your house they are going to get in no matter how many locks/doors/security measures you have.  But if I can make it more difficult then I’m going to.

Robert has a toy bin shelf in the living room… it’s just easier since that’s where we spend most of our time.  The top two bins have his play food in them.  Last night I heard him saying “nope… nope… nope” and went to investigate.  He was standing at the shelf, would pick up a piece of plastic food, look at it, say “nope”, toss it over his shoulders and pick up another one.  It was pretty funny.  He did however have to pick it all back up and put it away… he was looking for the spoon we finally figured out.

Robert crashed out at 7pm last night so Jim and I had Wright Family Winter Wii Olympics.  We competed in slalom, snowboarding, ski jump and penguin belly slide.  Sad to say but penguin belly slide was the only event I won in our best two out of three format.  It was a lot of fun even though Jim was cheating by making me laugh so hard I could hardly participate… not that I excel at any of those games.  Afterwards it was nice to snuggle up together on the couch.

Tonight I’m going to a Trivia Challenge night with a friend.  It’s a fundraiser that we are wanting to check out to see if we can replicate it for our Soroptimist Club.  We’re the only two on our team and you can have up to 8 on your team so we will see how we fare.  The good part is Kay is an absolute hoot and so much fun to be with I know I will have a good time.

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Embracing It

It’s been an emotional day for me.  The uncertain job market… it just got to me this morning… and I was really down.  I called my Mom and ranted for 15 minutes about the bleak outlook of things… I envisioned every worst case scenario there is in the book… and then the phone rang.  A resume I submitted on Wednesday… they want to see me next week.  And I know I don’t have a job yet but I realized there is still hope and as long as there is hope nothing is completely lost.  And in my reflective, contemplative state I realized that it is important to embrace every day… even the ordinary, less than perfect ones.  I have a great gift in time with Robert who is getting more and more communicative every day.  He is SOOOO aware of the world around him.  Today he asked for pudding.  I took him to the fridge to show him we are out (we’re out of apple juice too, I believe I was given a demerit for the lack of necessary supplies).  He then asked for a muffin.  I told him we didn’t have any.  He pointed to the cabinet where sure enough there was muffin mix… so we made mini-blueberry muffins… and he ate six of them!  The boy loves his muffins!

Robert loves his markers these days.  In an attempt to keep him marking on proper surfaces he has a little lap desk and a clip board.  The other day I brought our breakfast in bed tray in from the garage and set it up for him.  He was in love… set himself up a little office in front of his video player and marked for hours.  That lasted three days until he broke the tray… we’ll pick up a hinge this weekend and get that fixed so our little executive can be back in business. 

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Off to embrace this ordinary, less than perfect day… and maybe even get some vacuuming done.

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Challenge(ing)

Heather Ann had a post a week ago about taking pictures in front of an interesting background.  Of course I procrastinated until the last possible minute.  Finally today I took the background stand out of the closet.  Jim got me this great background stand two years ago for Christmas but I rarely get it out… the good part of this challenge was I remembered where it was and re-discovered how easy it is to set up.  I chose the back of one of the quilts Granny had made for Robert as the backdrop and after I found a few clamps in the garage we went to setting up a little studio in the spare bedroom.  Of course, Robert decided to decorate him a bit with marker so I cleaned him up some.  Sunday I went to charge my Rebel battery and couldn’t find the charger.  I put the battery somewhere “safe” until I find the charger… so now I can’t find the battery… I swear I’ve lost my mind.  But, I was determined to get a picture so I grabbed my point and shoot.  Robert was far more interested in “fixing” the backdrop than standing in front of it… this is actually the best shot I got.

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At least it captures the true essence of him right now.

This is what the rest of the afternoon looked like as he fixed the backdrop.

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What the Hell Goes on Here???

Robert went tribal on me tonight… didn’t want his pajamas on but decided to wear the pants on his head… then he spent a lot of time running around, dancing and drumming on his tent with the whisk.  It was so funny I called Jim and told him to Skype in so he could see what was going on here… he cracked up.

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You’ve heard of drunk dialing… this is diaper dialing!  He actually hit redial in his button pushing and got a hold of my nephew… who was wondering what the hell was going on here I’m sure.

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Ten on Tuesday

Happy Robert Square

This week’s Ten on Tuesday is inspired by some of the things Robert says… seriously folks I don’t know how he comes up with some of this but I need to document it.

1.  This morning he was being a little stinking and bouncing off of me, being a pest in general.  I asked him to stop it and he didn’t so I asked more sternly for him to stop it.  He looked me dead in the eye and said, “I going to cry now”.  I said, “OK”.  And he did, the most pitiful fake cry for about 4 minutes until he realized it was having no effect, then he was off to color.

2.  I asked him if he was hungry, “No, mama, not yet”.

3.  Not yet is a recurring theme with him.  The other day I asked if he was poopy and needed a diaper change.  He got this quizzical look on his face and said, “No mama, not yet, I not finished”.

4.  “HUGS!!!!”  This is shouted at the top of his lungs when he’s standing next to me on the couch with his arms outstretched… when I say “OK” he gives me the biggest, best hugs.. often repeated multiple times.

5.  “Ax cram mama”… which translates “Ice cream, mama”

6.  Today he had a business card and a crayon and he came up to me and said, “Chicken, fries, drinks… ok mama” and then started making marks on the card… he was taking my lunch order… now if he only knew how to cook it.

7.  He will repeat “Thank you” until he is told “You’re welcome”.   He says thank you almost every time he is given something, please is a little tougher for him to remember without being prompted.  He also says “welcome” after your say “thank you”  Last night we spent 30 minutes where he would hand me something from his kitchen…
Robert:  For you.
Me:  Thank you.
Robert:  Welcome

8.  He loves to grab his play tools and work on projects around the house.  His catch phrase is “I fix it!”  His other big phrase is “I clean up”… which generally does not include picking up his actual messes but we are working on that.  It does include running his toy vacuum, playing with the big vacuum, brooms, mops and dusters.  I’m not sure why we buy him toys anymore.

9.  When he wants us to take a bite of something or do something like color with him he will say “Try it”.

10.  He has started using his hand as a phone and will have random conversations throughout the day.  They always end with “Bye!  Love too”.

I am constantly amazed at how happy this little guy is.  I’m in awe of it.  A friend in Colorado who hasn’t met Robert in person but has watched him grow up in pictures said the other day on the phone, “He looks so happy, is he really that happy”.  That made me feel good.  He’s not perfect, he has his moments but they are few and far between.

I want to participate in this “challenge” with Heather Ann… and tomorrow is Wednesday so I better get to work figuring out a backdrop.  I have a few ideas… now if I can only get a cooperative subject!

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Just Another Manic Monday

We got about 5 inches of snow yesterday on top of half an inch of ice.  Several schools were shut down today so I did not leave the house.  Jim left about 10am for four days in Hutchinson.  He made good time and called from the road to report that the roads were clear.  Due to the bad roads my nephew wasn’t able to come over and visit this afternoon or go out to my Mom’s for lunch so that was disappointing.  I think he’s going to try for Wednesday.  I am so sick of cold weather!!!

Before Jim left he ran to QT to get some last minute provisions and brought Robert back a slurpee… which made Daddy leaving a lot easier for the little guy.

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This little kitty has become permanently attached to me and follows me around the house meowing until I sit down and then takes up residence on my chest.  He has a few bald patches in his fur, I think it was from stress and seems to be growing back in.  We still cannot find his brother and I’m assuming at this point that it found some way to get out of the house.  I can’t believe we lost Jack… which is probably contributing a bit to Mel’s neurosis.  So, we’ll concentrate on making Mel feel at home.  He’s got a sweet little purr and loves to cuddle.  He is getting more used to Robert.  I keep explaining to Robert that Mel is scared and he needs to move slowly around him and talk quietly.  Robert will whisper to me and then take off running after the cat yelling at the top of his lungs, “I CATCH YOU!!!”  It’s quite the sight to behold.

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(He was telling me to put the camera down and come snuggle with him).

Robert took a long nap this afternoon and would not wake up.  At one point  I actually woke him up, walked him to his bedroom, changed his diaper and his clothes, walked him back to the living room where he promptly climbed up on the couch and went back to sleep.  Apparently he got up at 4:30 this morning.  I’m hoping we can get back on schedule quickly but considering it’s 11:40 and I’m having trouble getting him to lay still is not a good sign. 

Most of my day was spent trying to figure out if I’m going to get a call back on my interview from last week.  Running through scenarios and hypotheses in my mind… it’s enough to make a person crazy.

Now, I need to go check on Mr. Robert and snuggle with this poor kitty before he loses his voice griping at me!

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