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My Week(113) in iPhone Photos

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We made it through the busiest weeks of the year unscathed (well, besides Caroline’s pneumonia and double ear infection, which she has recovered from quite nicely) and now we’re doing as little as possible. It’s easy today, since as I type this a snowstorm is blowing in, making a lazy movie day on the couch practically mandatory.



8 am, still in bed. I LOVE YOU DISNEY JUNIOR.


Lunch at Harp & Dragon with Grandpa and Grandma


They rarely allow anyone besides Mommy to read them books, but Grandpa is just so good at it!



New million dollar idea: Keurig for toddlers!


Hot cocoa is complicated when you’re 3


Walking to Christmas Eve service

Tuesday (our “Christmas Eve”):


Hide & seek is their favorite game, even though this is their ONLY hiding spot


Cookie decorating


We took Daddy his cookies at work – exhausting!



I don’t know what this game is, but Evan LOVES it


White(ish) Christmas(ish)!!!


My beautiful whirlpool tub is 100% toddlerfied.



Puzzles that make sounds! The perfect way to make a nice quiet activity LOUDER.


Christmas-recovery nap


Christmas-recovery couch sitting and sweats



The last of the cookies for breakfast


Real life financial stuff is hard to get done with a toddler in your lap


Still recovering





The last time we went here for lunch, he stood by the door and screamed he HATED sandwiches. This time he ate all of his and part of Caroline’s happily.


Post-cupcake smiles

E actually gets a few more days off (it’s a MIRACLE) before he starts back up with his crazy schedule again, so we’re doing…not much. Lots of cross-it-off-the-list type stuff. Although we haven’t taken down a single Christmas decoration yet and I’m sort of dreading it. Without all the twinkle lights and glitter to hide the dust and holes in the walls I’ll have a lot of spring-cleaning to do – and spring isn’t for a long, long, loooong time.

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Mormor’s Birthday Present

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The kids call my mom “Mormor”, which is Swedish for Grandma. It’s hard to find stuff that actually SAYS Mormor on it (I can only get her so many mugs from the Scandinavian store) so we have to get creative. Take one craft apron, a cute saying, some fabric markers and a couple of willing coloring assistants and you’ve got a special birthday present for Mormor!

mormor never runs out of cookies or hugs

I set up the text on the computer and printed it on regular paper.

mormor never runs out of cookies or hugs

Then I used my window as a make-shift light box to trace the letters with a fabric pen. If you had better handwriting than me you could just write on the apron and/or make it look neater when you traced.

mormor never runs out of cookies or hugs

A couple of simple heart cut-outs worked as stencils.

mormor never runs out of cookies or hugs

My assistants needed a little help coloring around the edges so they didn’t go under the paper and to make sure the shape was clearly visible but they loved using ALL the colors.

mormor never runs out of cookies or hugs

And voila! A simple, one-of-a-kind present for Mormor’s birthday. I wrote “Happy Birthday” and “July 2012” on the sides near the ties so she’d always remember the date and occasion. It would be an a great gift for Mother’s Day too – maybe with these potholders as a set? (Those are what I DID give the grandmas for Mother’s Day!)

A listy kind of day

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Things I learned this weekend:
1. Driving south on I-95 through NYC on a Friday afternoon is a VERY BAD IDEA. Very, very, very, very bad. Unless you have a flying car and an invisibility cape always take 287 over the Tappan Zee Bridge.
2. Although I had heard it was possible to nurse a baby strapped in his car seat in a moving vehicle, now I know for a fact it can be done.
3. Breastfeeding a baby in a moving car is a one way ticket to Sore Nipple Town, by way of the Baby Teeth Express. I’m currently the mayor but don’t plan to run for reelection.
4. If you buy the baby a fancy new toy to entertain him during a long car ride, make sure it has an OFF SWITCH.
5. Tying a baby to a chair is a fast and easy way to enjoy a family meal without a squirming child in your lap. It works best if you have an actual baby-tying device but I suppose duct tape would work in a pinch.
6. When packing to visit your family, be sure to leave extra room in the car for the toys they are sure to have bought the baby AND the stuff they saved from your own childhood.
7. Going back to the house you grew up in feels really weird when you have a husband and a baby.
8. When you have both a grandma and a great-grandma ready to babysit, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITY to go do something without the baby. Preferably something you couldn’t do with a baby, like go to a movie, a bar, or the NRA range.
9. Sometimes the best way to blow off some travel frustration is to shoot stuff. It’s also good to practice your aim to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.
10. Nine hours of heavy traffic and only 3 hours of sleep is worth it to give Great-Grandma a chance to see her only great-grandson on her 80th birthday.

Great Grandma Gayle & Baby Evan

Great Grandma Gayle & Baby Evan

I think this car seat was an excellent purchase

I think this car seat was an excellent purchase