Thursday, September 29, 2011

3 Months

Our small person is all grown up! Just look at that head lifting! Wesley is now 3 months old, and can crudely grasp things, roll from front to back, sing, and sleep for 6 hours in a row!

This man is well on his way to being as silly as his parents. Here are some of his favorite things:
  1. Sucking on whatever he can get in his mouth, usually his hands
  2. Playing with his ears
  3. Giving himself "wet willies" (see 1 and 2)
  4. Baths (especially the noise of kicking his feet)
  5. Getting his diaper changed. If he wakes up grumpy, a change will put him in a good mood (he especially likes chilly wipes...what a weirdy.)
  6. Standing up (unfortunately he can't do this for himself yet)
  7. Singing (songs with 'Ohhh's get him to sing along)
  8. Cameron's harmonica playing.
  9. Flying with Cam.
  10. When the cute baby in the mirror (his best friend) smiles at him.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Forget Not

Yesterday, I watched a conference for the Relief Society, which is a worldwide organization for women created by the LDS Church.

One of the speakers gave a talk that I absolutely LOVED because it was so true- and it was too good not to share. He used the 5 petals of a forget-me-not to represent 5 things that we should never forget (and I illustrated them for you):

  1. Forget not to be patient with yourself:  everyone has strengths and weaknesses—that no one is perfect, even those who may seem so.  
  2. Forget not the difference between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice: an acceptable sacrifice is giving up “something good for something of far greater worth.”  He suggested asking, “Am I committing my time and energies to the things that matter most?” in order to distinguish between good and foolish sacrifices.
  3. Forget not to be happy now: if we spend our days waiting for fabulous roses, we could miss the beauty and wonder of the tiny forget-me-nots that are all around us.”
  4. Forget not the “why” of the gospel: in the routines of daily life, the vital aspects of the gospel of Jesus Christ are unintentionally overlooked.  “We sometimes see the gospel as a long list of tasks that we must add to our already impossibly long “to do” lists. We focus on what the Lord wants us to do and how we might do it, but we sometimes forget why.”
  5. Forget not that the Lord loves you: “Just think of it: You are known and remembered by the most majestic, powerful, and glorious being in the universe! You are loved by the King of infinite space and everlasting time.” Which is a pretty cool deal.
If you're interested, you can watch the whole thing here

Friday, September 23, 2011

Apartment Makeover Part 3: A little OCD

So after some debate, I decided to re-do my bedside table to match the dresser. Yes, the one that I painted in May that I painted the dresser to match. But don't you see the problem?
They don't quite match. Even after I got a matching knob for the side table.

The dresser was just a little whiter. 

I know this is OCD of me. Especially since there is no way to tell unless they are next to each other. But I would know, and it would drive me crazy every time I thought about it.

So here it is in it's new MATCHING glory:

Okay. Now we can move on to the rest of the house. 

On an unrelated note... you know our baby that hates tummy time? The one that screams every whenever we make him do it? Well it turns out he's just wasn't such a fan of all those "boy color" blankets we always use.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Chalk Festival Weekend

This weekend we participated in the Forest Grove Sidewalk Chalk Festival again, and it rained... again. But after the rain cleared up we had a pretty good day for drawing. Even Wes got involved, he and Cam helped with blending.
I was a procrastinator this year and didn't show up with a plan, but I think our square turned out okay, which was important because we got prime intersection real estate this year.

But since we started late, I only had time to get halfway done before we had to run off to help with our new church building open house. But I'm thinking about sneaking back and adding a quote underneath in the space that's left. Suggestions?

And because they were too cool not to post about, here were some of our favorites this year. Sorry I don't know who to credit, but if you do, let me know!





Friday, September 16, 2011

Pest Control

The most exciting thing happened yesterday. I was just going about my business, when the pest control guy showed up at my door. He said the manager called him to take care of a spider problem we were having. Awesome!

I was really confused because Cam didn't mention he talked to the manager, and I hadn't said anything... so I thought that she must read our blog or something because how else would she know? We found out later that a friend who lives by us mentioned it to her. Less weirded out.

He said he used some pretty intense stuff... but I haven't ventured out there yet. But I'm in a great mood and thought I would share some other great things that happened this week:
  • Wesley went to his first football game. (I know he's wearing red... I don't want to hear about it. We didn't pick Cam's graduate school for the color, okay?)
  • Walgreens sent me a $5 gift certificate for my birthday this month! (Think about how many hundreds of companies know about your birthday, and how many bother to send presents...not many). I think I'll probably get conditioner and baby wipes... that's what would say happy birthday to me right now.
  • Wesley slept 6+ hours three times this week! He made it from 10-5 on Wed, and then went back to sleep until 7:30. There is a light at the end of the tunnel!
  • We finally have a picture of all three of us smiling! I don't even care that my eyes are closed, I'll take what I can get at this point. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Apartment Makeover Part 2:Dresser debugging

In continuation from yesterday's post that ended abruptly with my attention span...

We unloaded the dresser from the roof of Sheila and moved it to our (new) back patio for sanding. We pried off the broken hardware, sanded it off, and left it outside for 2 days while we took care of some logistics.

I wanted it to match the end table that I refinished back in May, but Cam suggested not using acrylic paint this time (since the wood ate it last time). So we picked up a gallon of metro paint (half the price and very appropriate; a recycled paint for recycled furniture).

After 2 days on the patio I made two horrific discoveries. First that there is a pine tree that drips sap all over the patio, and consequently, my dresser. That came off with some water and a little scrubbing. But then as I was about to pick up the first drawer and bring it in for sanding, I noticed a very large spider where my hand was about to go.

I have a very very large fear of spiders. Aside: two weeks after Wes was born I was out in our living room trying to calm him down at 2am and I noticed a spider on the ceiling across the room. I froze- because I can't smash spiders on the ceiling (if you miss they drop on you), and I couldn't go wake Cam (because he could hide and then I wouldn't be able to sleep all night because I would have visions of him creeping towards my bed). So I yelled from the front room until he woke up and came out. He is very kind and understanding. So I made Cam smash it before he left for class. However, it was only after he left and I carried that drawer inside that I found it had two more spiders on it. Gross.

Then I got to work on the painting. I watered down some black acrylic and painted a thin layer. Then I printed out my leaf design on paper, and used tacky glue spray glued it to contact paper (so I didn't have to trace it) and cut it out. I used that to mask the areas that I wanted the wood to show through when I painted the drawer white, and sanded some of the paint back off.
I went out to inspect my other drawers and my fear was confirmed. Spiders on every single one. I made the decision that I would never go out on the patio ever again, and waited for Cam to get home to de-spider my other drawers. He did his best, but as I was working on them I still had to call him over to get two spiders and an earwig. Double Gross.

Then I had to deal with the rest of the dresser. I had Cam bring it out in front of the apartment and put up with keeping the neighbor kids out of my wet paint and explaining how the masking worked to the mail man rather than trying to brave the patio. 
Cam ran another spider check while bringing it inside. There was no way I was putting any clothing that might end up on my body anywhere where a spider might be, so I ran my own through check... and five more spiders were killed before I was satisfied that it could go in my room. 

Now I have a dresser and no patio. 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Apartment Makeover Part 1: Free Dresser

Moving into a new home always seems to come with a list of projects. I've decided to do a bit of a series about our move in, so hopefully it's interesting and enlightening to you... and if you don't care you better comment now or forever hold your peace (or at least until I finish my projects).

Most pressing on my list so far has been getting a dresser. In our last apartment we shared with Wesley, but now that he has his own room we are one short. I had been frequenting craigslist and goodwill searching, and several times almost gave in and spent money on one. But magically, last week, we were driving down Main Street and passed a huge pile of junky looking furniture left over from a rummage sale...with a free sign.

Cheap as we are, we aborted whatever errand we were on to pick through it. I found just what I was looking for: a dresser that's solid and functional, but totally ugly. I'm entirely pleased- not a single broken drawer.

Of course, when we found the dresser we were driving Sheila, the Toyota Corolla that Cam bought from his Dad before we met. Unfortunately the dresser didn't fit in the trunk. Unwilling to give up my golden find, we tried every idea we could come up with including taking Wesley's Car seat out of the back.

A homeless looking fellow rummager came over to try to help us stuff the dresser into Sheila. Although unhelpful, she was very kind and even offered us some of her other prized finds, including a framed picture of a goose with a bow-tie. She was animate that we could leave the dresser hanging out of the trunk as long as we went and found something red in the pile to tie to it.

Instead, Cameron found a mattress pad, so we put that on the roof and tied the dresser on top with some rope Cameron happened to have (always keeps in case of emergency) in the trunk. We had to roll the windows down and tie the doors shut. Then we climbed through the windows and drove home with the wind in our hair. We stopped at the hardware store for supplies- so cam climbed out the window, while I stayed in the car to guard our find.
Shoot, that's a long post already- you'll have to come back for part 2... the actual dresser makeover (it was fraught with danger and excitement, so I promise it will be worth it!)

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Fun Cycle

He's actually been doing this for a week or so, but I hadn't gotten a video of him doing it yet. We discovered that if we put Wes at a diagonal in is activity gym that it works like putting a carrot in front of a donkey; he kicks it, and then everything moves, so he gets excited and kicks it more.

As a bonus though, while I was recording he decided to show you another one of his special skills ;)
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