Monday, August 25, 2008

What's on Your Nightstand - August 2008

What's On Your Nightstand
5 minutes for books is hosting a carnival of books on your nightstand. You can check out the carnival by clicking on the button above.

I haven't been reading much this month with the Olympics going on. So I still haven't finished Gone with the Wind.. However, I am very close and can't wait to see how the story ends!

Next up on the nightstand after I finish the last little bit of gone with the wind is Pride and Prejudice. This was on my list for the Spring Reading Thing.. its almost the end of summer and I am still working on that list! I am also reading it for the classic bookclub over at 5 minutes for books next week.

We are leaving this Saturday for vacation at the beach. So I am taking a bunch of books to read while there however, I am not packed and haven't even thought about what books I am going to take.. I like to do light reading while I am there.. any suggestions?

You can check out what is on other people's nightstands here.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Heading to the lake

The car is loaded.. we are just waiting for the cookies to be done in the oven then we are heading to the lake. We are going to stop on the way and visit my grandma (Sammy's great grandma) then have fun splashing around.

I was catching up on some blogs before I left and saw that Katrina had the button for the Fall into Reading 2008 up on her blog! I can't believe that the fall officially starts on September 22nd.

Everyone have a good weekend!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

broken mold

Things have been busy around here lately. Tim's classes started up this week and he is taking 2 classes this semester. He is taking a computer science course and an English course. That is the interesting thing about Tim. He doesn't really fit into a mold. I love this about him. He is good with computers, math, science, electronics, and engineering. For most people that excel in those things they don't tend to excel in things that use the other side of the brain. However, Tim is also good at English, music and writing.

When I was in college I would be struggling to figure out some physics problems while studying for a final. Tim would look over my shoulder and solve the problem (with out being in the class the whole semester like I was). He would also peer edit my papers for college (God bless him, its the only way I graduated ;-) kidding of course). He will review some my posts on the blog. If the post is poorly written he didn't edit it (like this one), but I am trying to get better!

So in honor of Tim I thought I would share some of the things that I find fun and interesting about him. While he sits across the room at 9pm reworking a waste water treatment plant (yes he is drawing a poop plant at the dinning room table) that must go out for work tomorrow.

1. He likes to drink something while he has food in his mouth (even weird combinations like orange juice and pizza.. I know its disgusting)
2. He is backward handed (meaning he is left-handed and trends are showing Sammy is leaning that way as well.. I'm going to be out numbered!)
3. He MUST have his socks on to sleep through the night (don't worry we broke this trend for Sammy)
4. He chews on his tongue while he plays bass
5. He loves Jalapenos and anything spicy

On a side note if you see me in the next couple of days..... I don't want to talk about the Olympic softball Gold metal game.. enough said...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bless You

*Warning* Those that get motion sick might not want to watch this video it was filmed in a moving car.

Sammy started saying bless you after someone sneezes, then he copies you and will fake sneeze and bless himself. The video is a little hard to understand but I had to share.

Friday, August 15, 2008

The Switch

Sammy had been having a lot of diaper rashes. We tried many different creams, diapers, and wipes; still he was often breaking out in a rash. I had been reading about the advantages of cloth diapering as a means of saving some money. However, while doing that reading, I came across some information that suggested that cloth diapers were more gentle on kids bottom than disposables, so I started leaning towards switching. Then I saw this list of things that are in disposable diapers over in A Big Boy, A Baby Girl and Precious Pug in this post and asked myself "what am I waiting for?".

I did some research on which diapers I wanted to purchase, and how long it would take for them to pay for themselves. A lot of the research I saw recommended the BumGenius 3.0 diapers. They are a little on the pricey side at around $18 a diaper. However, they are one size fits all so you don't have to have so many different sizes for different kids or have to keep purchasing new ones as the child grows. The sides of the diapers (the velcro part) is stretchy, just like a disposable diaper.

They fit Sammy like a glove, we have not had any poop come out of the diapers. We have had a wet one leak however, that was when the infant insert was put into the diaper for bed time.

Cleaning the diapers is super easy, toss them in the washer, do one full cycle with cool water and half of the soap you would typically use on the load. This gets all of the soil out of the diapers. Then do a second cycle in the washer with hot water, half the soap and a 1/4 cup of borax (this helps to get the smell out of the diapers). These diapers dry really quick so I have just been letting them air dry for the most part. However, when I get low, I have put them in the dryer and they dry pretty quick.

Just like any cloth diaper, they are a little bulkier than their disposable counterparts; however, since Sammy is on the lean side, they help keep his pants on, which I am loving :-P.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Whitcombs at the Lake

We had our 3rd annual Whitcombs at the Lake trip last weekend. The weather was AMAZING. It was around the 80s with a nice breeze. All of Tim's family except Becca and John in Atlanta were able to make it (we missed you guys) out to the lake.

We had a cookout with some amazing food and then enjoyed the weather. My dad got a new tube a few weeks ago so we broke that in for him as well!

Thanks Mom and Dad for having everyone over to the house.You can checkout the rest of the photos on the August web album.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

water park

I met my sister at a park near where she lives last week. Sammy loved the water while Bradley enjoyed the playground. They did have fun doing some of the things together. Bradley being the sweet older cousin that he is showed Sammy how to do the things on the playground. He would go down the slide and climb the ladders. It was very sweet to see the two boys interacting together.

Somehow I didn't get any pictures of the boys together so I am shamelessly stealing this sweet picture that Clare took:

Sammy had never played in a water park before. He had such a blast learning how it worked. Here are a few pictures that I had to share.. I think I always have to have pictures with my posts :-P

Here is also a quick video of Sammy playing w/ the water:

Monday, August 11, 2008

Bath Time Fun

Sammy loves the tub. He smiles with glee when he sees the bathroom door open. He runs in and tries to climb into the tub. He still cant do this (thank goodness). He will lift up the toilet seat and start splashing around in the water. Which grosses Tim and I out beyond belief so the bathroom doors are always closed.

I hadn't taken any pictures int he bathtub in a while so I figured he was about due for some new photos.
Sammy checking to see what Daddy was doing while finding his belly button

Sammy rocking the Mohawk and spraying the squirt bottle in his mouth

Sammy playing with his basketball hoop.. not sure whats up w/ the hair

How to tell that Sammy is full, his whole stomach sticks out :-P

Why the floor is soaking wet after bath time

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Our Monkey

Sammy is becoming more and more coordinated each day. He is also very much "all boy" when it comes to what he does. Since Tim and I have been reading "Bring up Boys", I have come to realize that all of this is naturally programmed into the anatomy of being a boy.

We made a trip to Costco for some supplies. We also had a great coupon for Huggies diapers and wipes so we picked up some of those as well. We unloaded the car and put things away except the diapers and wipes since Sammy was asleep in his room. The next day we found him climbing on them. Tim and I laughed, because it seems no matter how cool his toys are, the kid is always much more entertained by boxes or other things that are not officially toys. We moved them out into the middle of the family room for him to play on.

At first, he was unsure of himself and only climbed up on the wipes box, giggle and then climb back down.

He then got brave, climbed up to the top box, and gave us his new mischievous smily face in which he scrunches up his nose and smiles (he's teething, can you tell).

If Sammy continues to be as daring as he currently is, I see many trips to the doctor in our future.. it's a good thing we have insurance.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Sammy's first picture

A few days ago I decided to let Sammy test his hand at coloring. I sat him down on the kitchen floor, since its easy to clean. Gave him a sheet of computer paper and the crayons.

He had fun drawing on the paper, but the best part was taking the crayons in and out of the box!

Hmmm what color should I use next

Im pretty sure every color was removed from the box at one point or another

The finished product:
Not bad for the first time and there was more on the paper then on the floor.