Friday, August 27, 2010

Underwear! (And other crafty endeavors)

IMG_0110 - Copy Apparently one of my favorite things to decorate are little boy underwear for Mr. Joseph.  I guess it’s because he always seems to like them!




The newest project!






These ones are well worn—I made them in the late spring.

And more of our “photo shot” (I think his posing is pretty entertaining)IMG_0116 :IMG_0124 - Copy


I also made some presents for two of our little friends:






These are little colored pencil holders.  Very simple to make and lots of fun.  This was a great project for me because it is quick and doesn’t need to be perfect.  I actually just had an idea in my head of what I wanted and then did my best to achieve it.  I tried to let go of it having to be perfect or of finding a pattern or tutorial.  And I was satisfied with the results (though do not look too closely!).  Also, sorry about the not so great photos and my way behind posting.  Things got pretty hectic around here for awhile!  Lots more fun pics to come.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What good taste

This is Joseph’s favorite video to watch on the computer.  I can’t even remember how he found it, but I think it is great!  Especially since this has always been a favorite of mine as well.  My senior quote was:

Easy come, easy go
Little high, little low

It is so cute to watch J sing along; he calls it “the man who is playing the drums” and knows every word and sound!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

FAIR! FAIR! FAIR! Plus more August fun

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Just hanging out.  J started drawing on himself saying he wanted to be “a dragon with fire” so I decided to help him out.

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While I am living out my childhood dream of having kittens, Brad is indulging his inner child and his real-life child with go-cart fun.  Sometimes the neighbors join in the fun and let us try out their toys!



I’ve been working at Joseph’s school a little bit—here we all enjoy a craft.




FIELD DAYS!!! Always a highlight.  We spent two days there—the first with friends Lily and Asa.  Here they do a little activity and then get there very own ribbon





We watched this (not so great in my opinion) magician three times between the two days.  I guess J thought better of him than I.

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Pig races with daycare friends




We knew 5 of the peewees showing calves.  Here little Tanner (exactly J’s age and a schoolmate now and in the future in Shoreham) and Bubbah strut their stuff.  SOOOO cute.

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RIIIIDDESSS.  I cannot believe Joseph rode and enjoyed the Dragon Roller Coaster all by himself (I was too cheap to buy myself a bracelet to get on the rides).  But, now I know J is going to be lots of fun to go on rides with (plus he is of course already tall enough to get on most of them).  Yay.  Too bad I get wimpier as I get older. 

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We also celebrated Ben’s second birthday this past weekend at Branbury.

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Jill, Gabe, beautiful VT, and Jill’s AMAZING cakes.  My very, very favorite kind of crafting!


Now, that is how you eat a cupcake!

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Did I mention I LOVE Branbury (state park on Lake Dunmore)??

Monday, August 16, 2010

Margot and her babies!


Here they are on the day they were born (2 days ago on Saturday).  Much more to come!! 

It seemed like a good idea at the time. . .

Now it seems pretty crazy!  Sorry about the 14 (!!!) swim lesson pictures that are totally repetitive and hard to see.  Geeze.  I was just REALLY excited.  . 

Friday, August 6, 2010

Swim lessons!

IMG_0063IMG_0062  IMG_0064Joseph just finished two weeks of swim lessons.  For some reason this was not only very enjoyable for both of us, but also felt like a sort of “milestone.”  It is the first “class” Joseph has ever attended and he actually did it all on his own.  I showed up the first day with my swimsuit on thinking that parents would be in the water, but apparently by this age they prefer us on the other side of the fence.  Of course this makes perfect sense and it worked out great.  Joseph was the first one in the water and very well behaved.  He spent each 1/2 hour lesson honestly trying the tasks they presented.  As I have often mention (vented) J can be challenging at times, but it seems that when he can focus all that energy it actually serves him very well.  He did a wonderful job at lessons and it was really fun to see.  Plus, the days that I went (Sarah, his daycare teacher brought him the days I work) I got to just hang with my mommy friends in the sun! 

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They even went off the diving board! 







Joseph and Jacob (a boy from his school) bonded during the lessons and really enjoyed chasing each other.

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They also had TONS of fun squirting with the noodles (what an important swimming skill!).  Here Joseph squirts all the lifeguards watching.


Who then encouraged Joseph to turn it on Steele (his swimming buddy).

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I mostly signed Joseph up for swim lessons because it was something I LOVED as a child and I wanted to see how he would do with an organized activity.  Plus I liked the idea of getting him in the water everyday—it seems like we swim a lot less then most of our friends since we do not have a pool or live on the lake.  Anyways, it was a great experience.  Watch out Preschool Level 3—here we come!