31 May 2010
Phillip really proved me wrong soon after the post about his 9th month. The day or so after (Friday) I noticed his right bottom tooth came through. I felt it while he was nursing, little squirrel tried to bite me! Within the matter of an hour today he suddenly learned how to scoot forwards. Amelia put a can of chips about five feet away. He army crawled over, opened the can, and helped himself to a chip...or four. His little bum is so cute all squished up into the air as he gears up to move forwards. I am so proud of my little buddy. He loves refried beans and rice, Popsicles, sippy cups, and now playing on his tummy. PHILLIP IS MOBILE! Watch out! Amelia is already worried about her stuff. He invaded a personal tea party between Amelia and her girls (aka her princess dolls) much to her chagrin. Phillip nearly swallowed a tiny tea cup.
My little garden is exploding with the warmer weather. Friday evening we enjoyed our first green salad made with seven different types of green leaves. Justin manned the grill almost every night this past week for steak kabobs, grilled chicken, zucchini, etc. We are in summer food heaven. Wednesday evening we planted the remainder of my seeds and starts into Sister Meuller's half empty garden plot. Phillip got his first taste of dirt, he really liked it. Thursday we went on a family bike ride down Sidney Draw Road, a little used country road. The bike trailer ended up with a flat, unfortunately, my pump was not working and we both were out of CO2 cartridges. Justin rode ahead to get the pump and come back to help me in the car. We were a block away by the time the cavalry came to assist us. The wind was pretty stiff, which was the main deterrent in my book. Amelia complained most of the time, saying that Dadddy was too far ahead or behind, she was thirsty, that she barfed, that she was hot, that she was cold, etc. Next time I am bringing my iPod.
Amelia is in the very annoying stage of repeating everything about 100 times no matter what my response is. Broken record is a very soft description.
Saturday morning I photographed a fun family of blond tow heads. Alison found a spot in town that looks like the middle of a tree lined meadow. The morning light was glorious with the spot of shade provided by the trees. I love Ann, she is so funny! Ann was born and raised in Denmark. All of her kids are stunning. The afternoon we spent with the Titus family helping out with a branding.
Posted by Jenni Call at 10:02 PM
My proverbial hat is bowed for the Titus family and any other hard working rancher. I wish we had more chances to teach our kids how to respect animals, how to work the earth, and govern animal life. I am reading in Genesis this week so was particularly touched at how closely farmers and ranchers live the commandments that Adam was given. There is a powerful truth to earning your bread by the sweat of your brow and the stewardship for naming and knowing the life given you to tend. The wafting smoke of burning hair is still a breath away. What an amazing experience! Of course there are some fun pictures you can view at my picasa web album, just click here.
Posted by Jenni Call at 9:40 PM
27 May 2010
I've been chipping away at my LARGE pile of projects, now looming large since summer is nearly here. I completed three orders, one for 6 hair clips, an infant onesie/hat set, and a toddler shirt/hat set. I have about 5 shirts and short sets nearly completed too for the kiddos. I couldn't help but make another pair of cute pants for Phillip with a matching onesie. The fabric came from a high end man's polo shirt, you know I can't resist green! You can click on the collages to make them extra large if you need details. Alison helped me finish the watermelon shirt by suggesting I use some seed shaped embellishments and fabric glue. The dress is about the cutest ever. I used a tutorial from Make it and Love it with modifications. I added straps instead of sewing the dress to a shirt. No shirts to spare over here. I am having SEW much fun.
Posted by Jenni Call at 11:02 AM
26 May 2010
Not many milestones to report this month. Phillip is spending more time on his tummy. He spins in tummy circles and can push himself backwards. In the last week or so he learned how to get out of a sitting position onto his tummy. I often find him half sitting half laying on the floor. His favorite toys are stuffed animals, Amelia, Mommy, and a DK touch book about Farm Animals. Oh yeah, he also LOVES to play with the treat bag I have for piano students. All the individually wrapped candies put him in seventh heaven. Sometimes if he sucks hard enough on the cellophane he will get a whiff of sugar. He is very adept at gumming food. He eats goldfish crackers, puffs, cheese, bread, cereal, plus any pureed baby food. No sign of any teeth yet. Some days I can see a very faint outline of bottom teeth, maybe one day. I gave up the 10:30 pm nursing session when we became so sick (about the time the picture was taken). He was not nursing due to a runny nose, so I took the opportunity to wean that session. It took him about 2 weeks to really start sleeping from 8:30 pm to 7 am after the feeding change. His is not so keen on nursing now. If any distraction pops up he is done nursing. I am a bit worried my milk supply will dwindle. A good friend traded me her breast pump to help keep my supply up just in case he regains interest. He waves bye-bye, plays "so big", peek-a-boo, and bounces a lot. Phillip can also say "oh boy," bye, mum-mum, and other little words. This little kiddo is pretty smart. He will watch me do something, like pump soap onto my hands, then mimic my actions and try to push down the soap pump. He seems very tuned to cause and effect "toys". He also LOVES to bang things, especially his hammer bench and pots. This kiddo is about the cutest little man ever. I could eat him up, some days I try but have to refrain because he is too delicious.
Posted by Jenni Call at 10:56 PM
24 May 2010
Saturday was glorious! It was a day all about family, good weather, and memories. I left at 7:55 am to peruse a couple garage sales, nothing too awesome this week. I mostly found men's shirts to repurpose into knit pants for Phillip, a pair of shoes, some jewelry, a fun basket, and a pasta maker. Right after my alone time I went home and picked up Amelia to go to the church. Our canning order arrived from Cheyenne so we had a ward food storage morning. Within 45 minutes and lots of help we packaged 50 lbs of macaroni, 50 lbs of spaghetti, 100 lbs of white flour, 50 lbs of pinto beans, and 70 lbs of fruit juice mix. I also ordered 200 lbs of sugar and an extra bag of white flour! The items barely fit in my trunk. I sure appreciate all the help. Justin arrived just as we finished up with Phillip. After lunch we filled up Amelia's little pool with a full 3 gallons of hot boiling water to warm up the water and hose water. She had a blast sliding into the water and splashing around. Phillip wore the cutest overalls and new bucket hat (found at a garage sale). Course, I had to take lots of pictures. Justin worked on filling the sprinkler hole and tinkering around. We love our new yard. It is heaven to have a gorgeous tree, green grass, a swing to sit on, and a small patio.
Once the kids were all tuckered out I convinced Justin to go to a fun little garden center a couple miles away from town. The folks there have several green houses each specializing in different types of plants, like sun annuals, shade annuals/perennials, shrubs, etc. I picked out pretty flowers for 4 planter arrangements around the porch area. I also found vegetable plants to replace those that I started from seed but died when transplanted. All around the property is an amazing landscaped garden. Amelia loved running up and down the paths finding little nooks and crannies filled with flowers and animal life. Her favorite discovery were two frogs. We made a Walmart run right after to get potting soil. Ahhhh, my hands were blessedly covered in dirt potting my new beautiful plants.
Justin BBQ'd chicken using a Paula Dean recipe for dinner. It was really, really tasty! The day ended with a trip for ice cream. Although the heat of the day went from 90 down to 50 in the matter of an hour or so.
My companion and I visited one of our ladies last night for visiting teaching. I think we finally struck a deeper friendship with her. She opened up to us about some of her concerns much to our relief. Now I hope we can help resolve her concerns and deepen her testimony in the gospel. She feels very isolated in Primary, which I readily agree with. Serving in Primary is like going to church on the dark side of the moon. Don't misunderstand me, I love my calling and serving in the Primary, but we rarely get the announcements, clip board, etc until the moment has passed. I miss being around all the awesome ladies in Relief Society on a weekly basis.
Today we had record winds of near 70 MPH as a front or two raced around us. I was soooo worried about my little plants. It appears most survived. We stayed inside until the wind died down after supper.
Posted by Jenni Call at 10:34 PM
21 May 2010
Ella came over to play today...because Amelia decided to wear pannies. This morning she woke up at 6:30 and went to the doughnut shop with me. On our drive over she asked if Ella could come play today. My response was that only big girls who wear their pannies and use the potty can have friends over to play. She nearly took off her pull up right then and there. Consequently, we had no accidents today because she DECIDED to use the potty. Tomorrow I promised her that if she is a big girl we will go to the theater and watch a movie on a Mommy-Mia date. She is ever so excited. Our next incentive is that only big girls play at the park and go swimming (if it ever warms up) at the pool. We had a fun day playing out in the sunshine! I had the girls pick as many dandelions as possible from the yard next to ours. Their weeds are showing up now in our North yard. Grrrr. We made crowns, necklaces, and bracelets then had a throwing contest with the flowers.
Posted by Jenni Call at 10:40 PM
Posted by Jenni Call at 10:40 PM
20 May 2010
15 May 2010
Little TURKEY! Justin gave me the most genuine smile, in front of my camera, for the first time since we wed 5 years ago. It took a long morning of hunting, two turkeys shot, and a promise of having the picture featured in a Cabela's publication. He once again left home around 3:30 am to get to the hunting spot before the turkeys left their roost. He went alone again, and circumnavigated the curvy dirt road with no problems. After sitting for 2 hours or more he decided to leave since there were no turkeys moving. As he hiked out two turkeys, a tom and his mate, appeared near a ridge. Justin was so excited. He tracked the dag-gum varmits for two hours before he got a decent shot. He took the shot after spotting the turkeys yards from him through a bush. Justin is certain these turkeys were either blind and dumb or just dumb because they did not spot him. He shouldered his gun and took the shot. With one shot he bagged two turkeys. Don't tell, he only had a permit for one. The funniest part to me was when he gutted the birds. I can just see him gagging from the smell and disgusting entrails. Domesticated turkeys smell pretty bad so I can only imagine wild turkeys. When we took the birds out of his trunk a cloud of dust filled the air from thier filthy feathers. Amelia watched in rapt attention as he carved the breasts off the birds. The breasts are usually the only edible part of wild turkeys. I will give a report tomorrow after Justin smokes the breasts and takes the first bite(s). I am so proud of my gun-totin', turkey huntin', smokin' of a man. I honestly prayed he would bag a turkey just to help him lessen the obession to kill something. LOL. Guess I should've prayed weeks ago. Next time we have a family photograph I will have to bring his latest kill to get that smile.
Posted by Jenni Call at 3:40 PM