Thursday, September 30, 2010


I love Flipping Out on Bravo. And I just love Sarah. That thought process is totally unrelated to anything in my life and in no way an indication of how much television I watch. I just needed a title for the post and since I think she is the sweetest thing ever, I decided to use her word.

Nolan has decided it is fun to sit at the table. He just pulls the chair out, crawls up in it and enjoys a little snack. It's easier to feed him in the high chair, but it seems I can't keep him from growing up. (Don't you just love those little pjs?)

Last Friday we took a little trip to Chik-fil-a to play on the playground. I got a lemonade and we started playing. He wouldn't go down the slide without me following him in. In case you aren't aware, those children's enclosed play areas smell like urine. Consider yourself informed. In other news, at 5'9", I may be a little tall to effectively get around in Chik-fil-a's Toddler Town.

We named this little doll Richie. Little Richie, if you will.

Here he is with dad watching some football on Sunday afternoon. I had to crop the picture because someone was wearing shorts, and couldn't keep his legs together. Borderline inappropriate.

And here's what's left of my box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I rarely eat cereal, but I had a total hankering for the stuff on Sunday so I bought a box. I had one bowl and then Sweetsies here emptied it out on the floor. To top it off, Greyson wouldn't touch the stuff. It took two days to get the floor clean, but I think the tile is now clear of all cinnamon and sugar.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Because I Always Deliver

Now this post is only like a million-kajllion-bazillion light years late, but I finally got around to it. Now that our backyard doesn't resemble a scene from The Grapes of Wrath, I can show you pictures of the new paver patio (taken this morning while the in-laws watched N and after I watered the plants...woo hoo).

Here is the before. The grass didn't grow close to the concrete because it was always shaded. It also didn't grow next to the house for the same reason. There was a lot of dirt tracked in on puppy paws (and baby feet). Also, see those two terrible trees. What were they? We figure they were there to somewhat block the neighbors. Well, they did a terrible job and they were ugly. From where the picture was taken was a terrible muddy mess on the northeast side of the yard. Dirt, dirt and more dirt. After our yard was aerated, grass would grow for all of 40 seconds here and then start to die off.

The yard was pretty sad. But after the improvements and letting most of the grass grow back in and replacing 12 boxwoods (9 of which were totally dead), the yard is looking better. We still plan to put in some bigger trees, but this is a start.

We planted hydrangeas along the north side of the house - they just make me think of home...not that we ever had any in our yard. I just love them. We also did about a 350 sqft paver patio. We plan to put a table out on it in the spring if we can find one that I like. We did boxwoods, crape myrtles and daylilies around the patio and have three open areas so we can get to the yard.

On the left hand side, you can see Ben's new grill storage area. It was stored under the original porch area, but that created a fly hotel by our back door. So then we moved it here, but it was in a mud hole when it rained. We extended the patio around this side of the house, and the grill has a cozy new home.

And the view looking west. You can see those ugly trees are gone. We would like to do some evergreens along the fence so we don't have to see our neighbors back porch (or hear their awful country music). We also want to put a maple somewhere over here so Nolan has to rake leaves when he is 10 years old. I figure his childhood would be imcomplete without a backyard full of messy leaves. Plus, I think the tree would look pretty awesome and provide some much needed shade during our hot summers.
So there you have it - the complete patio. Finally. And only a million-kajllion-bazillion light years late.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Two Posts

in one evening. Because who knows when I'll get around to it again???

Isn't this face amazing? You can truly sense just how demanding he is. Wide eyes? Check. Clenched jaw? Check. Pointed finger? Check. Don't worry. After this picture was taken, I picked him up.

And what's a meal time without a little see-food. Grrreat indeed.

Someone just loves walking the dog. And some dog is not at all a fan.

And what's a Sunday morning without a little coffee and the paper? No thanks to those seasonal allergies, we didn't make it to church on this particular Sunday morning.

Make-up Blogging

I could start off this post by saying how incredibly busy I've been and that I've been struggling through the worst case of seasonal allergies you can imagine....look that's just what I did. I get it; we've been MIA in the blog world. Main reason - it's hard to sit down at the computer for 20 minutes with a 17 month old boy (and a husband and a dog...and all of these new fall previews). I love TV. But you don't want to hear about my rough life. You just want the pictures of the here they are.
Waking up is hard to do. It's best to relax in dad's lap a little before he heads off to work.

When that doesn't work, you can always go and rest your head by the dog's water bowl.

But when you wake up and get dressed, you can play catch with Greyson.

And stack blocks.
And walk around the yard picking up dog stinky. Of course, this requires holding your dad's hand.