Archive for November, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Well, it was a warm South Florida Thanksgiving for us this year. Jill’s due date is less than 4 weeks away, so we aren’t travelling far from home these days. But it was a good day.

I took Caleb to the park in the morning, since he had been asking about the playground (”bingown”) a lot lately. It was still pretty wet from some rain we had on Wednesday, but Caleb mopped a lot of it up in his clothes (and hardly noticed). He had a great time, as usual, but once he zoned out during his second round in the swing, I figured we should head home.

Meanwhile was Jill cooking some delicious homemade mac ‘n’ cheese for Thanksgiving dinner with our friends Jim and Liva and their family. All of the food was great, and it was just a nice, relaxing time. Well, relaxing may not be the right word for the kids (Caleb, Nolan, and Nolan’s cousin Mandy), but they definitely had fun together.

When we got home we set up a video call with my family–my mom’s side of the family had come down to Atlanta for the weekend, so although we couldn’t make it in person, at least they got to see Caleb play for a little while. He still doesn’t interact too much via the computer, but he has his moments. The rest of the time I followed him around with the camera, trying to keep him at least partly in the frame (and probably making the family on the other end a little queasy in the process).

That’s about it. It’s always good to enjoy old traditions and be with family for the holidays, but times change, things happen, and people get pregnant! We still had a great day and have so very many things to be thankful for. From friends opening their home and family to us to the families we have (even if we can’t be with them) to our wonderful son and second one on the way–and countless more ways–we are truly blessed by God.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!


Crafting? Nesting?

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

In the last few months I have taken up crocheting and sewing.  My friend Noelle taught me how to crochet.  I had seen some really cute animal hats for babies and wanted to make one for the new baby.  I had a tough time getting started and must have undone my work 100 times, but eventually I got the hang of it.  Here is the finished product.

bear hat

It is not perfect, but not too bad for a first project.  Besides, it may never get cold enough in South Florida for the baby to wear it.

For my second project, I found a really cute pattern online for a bunny blanket buddy.  This was a little more complicated than the hat, but came out really cute.

bunny blanket

This was also supposed to be for the new baby, but Caleb has since claimed it, so I may need to make another one.

I made a second, smaller one of these that is going to be a gift for a baby girl.

bunny blanket

For my birthday, Jeff got me a sewing machine.  I have been wanting one for a while!  After getting it though, I realized I really have no idea what I am doing.  I did a little sewing long ago but don’t really remember much, so I have been making it up as I go along.  So far, I have done two small projects.  The first was to make a vest for Caleb’s cowboy costume.  I had actually bought some felt for the vest before getting the sewing machine and was planning to just do something quickly by hand.  I ended up making a pattern out of construction paper loosely based on one of Caleb’s shirts.  Figuring out how to thread the machine for the first time proved much more challenging than actually sewing the few simple seems in the vest.  The finished project was simple, but looked really good with his costume.


My latest project was to make a nursing cover.  I had a nice nursing cover to use when Caleb was younger, but it was stolen with my diaper bag.  I really didn’t want to spend another $35-$40 for something so simple.  Plus, by making my own, I could ensure that the pattern wouldn’t be so loud.  I had a simple pattern to follow, so I figured it would be easy.  Of course it was harder than I thought.  The end product looks good, but needs a few adjustments.  The pattern says to use a half yard of boning along the top.  This is supposed to hold the cover away from me so that I can look down and see the baby.  However, when I put the cover on, it immediately flops down.  I think this is because 18 inches is just too long a piece of boning.  I need to figure out how to take the cover back apart, resize the boning, and move the straps in.  That should be doable right?


I don’t know how much crafting I will have time for once baby #2 is here, but hopefully I will eventually have time again sometime in the future!  Let me know if you have any simple, cute ideas or patterns!


Sunday, November 8th, 2009

All three of us celebrated milestones in October.  I (Jill) turned 30 on Oct. 14, Caleb turned 1.5 on Oct. 22, and Jeff turned 33 on Oct. 30.  It was a busy month!

I guess 30 is a big birthday, as they go, and it was a really good one for me.  To start with I really am not too sad about turning 30.  I have a great husband and son, and another son on the way.  I love that I am able to be a stay at home mom and dedicate so much time to my family.  Besides, I stopped being cool a long time ago ;)

Jeff also went out of his way to make sure I had a great birthday.  On actual day of my birthday, Jeff made me homemade sushi.  This was really special, as sushi is my favorite food, and since I have been pregnant or nursing for the last 2 years and 3 months, I haven’t gotten to eat it very often.  The benefit of homemade sushi is that the fish can be cooked, and it is not prepared in the same area as the raw rolls.  Also, my dad stopped by and brought a small ice cream cake.  Really the cake was for Caleb ;)  We ended up eating it before our sushi so that Caleb could have some before he needed to go to bed.  Jeff also got me a sowing machine for my gift!  I have been wanting one for a long time.  Though now I realize I really have little to no idea what I am doing.  More on that in a later post though.

The Saturday after my birthday, we went out with friends to Maggianos.  The food was excellent, and the real treat was we left Caleb with a babysitter!  This meant we could also hang out after dinner and play games with friends.  This used to be our usual weekend activity, but now it seems a lot more special!  We had a great time, and Jeff and I kicked butt at nertz ;)

Caleb turned 18 months old on the 22nd, and we celebrated with his 18 month checkup.  He is now up to 23 lb 10 oz.  I thought this was good, as he had gained almost 2 lbs in 3 months, but apparently it still leaves him in the 20th percentile.  He is also now 34″ tall, which puts him in the 90th percentile for height.  I can’t remember what his head measurement was, but he is still in the 95th percentile.  His mismatched proportions explain why we have trouble getting his shirts over his head, and finding pants that will stay up :)

He has been a lot of fun lately.  He talks all the time, picks up new words daily, and has even started stringing words together to let us know what he wants.  He also LOVES to sing songs and read books.  His favorite songs these days are “The Big Fat Spider” and “The Wheels on the Bus.”  He learns the songs in his mommy and me classes.  The funny thing is that he rarely sings or does the hand motions in the groups.  Later, though, when we are driving in the car or eating dinner, he will randomly break out with fragments of song and hand motions.  He also has most of his books memorized, and will flip through them saying the main words on each page.

Jeff had the day off for his birthday, so we decided to spend the morning at the Palm Beach Zoo.  Caleb paid a little more attention to the animals than he did on previous trips, but still was more interested in just running around.  It was a really hot day though, and he did enjoy playing in the fountains after seeing the animals.

Then that evening we went to Benihana with some friends.  The food was great, and it was a neat place.  Caleb was entertained watching the food being prepared in front of us, which made it easier for us to eat and visit with friends.

I know this is a really long entry, but like I said, we are trying to get caught up!

Montana vacation pictures are up!

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Well, it only took 3 months, but we finally got our vacation pictures posted. Most people have already seen them via facebook, but for those of you who haven’t, you can find them here now.

If you click on the picture above, it will take you to the album in our picture gallery.

We are blogging.

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Well, as we prepare for baby boy #2, Jeff and I (Jill) have decided to join the world of blogging.  We think that with 2 kids, this will be an easier way to keep everyone up to date with our family, rather than having a separate gallery for each kid.  Updating the website took us (really Jeff) a while, so we are a little behind!  We will be doing our best to catch up and post entries about what has been going on in the last few months.  Please be patient; this is still a work in progress!