25 June 2010
Phillip probably weighs about 20 pounds now, not chunky just pleasant and perfect. His top chompers are coming in so the little guy is a bit grumpy of late. He earned several new nicknames over the past month: phillip-buster, pheel's very dough boy, and squirrel. He loves to find little things on the floor and eat them. I find strange stuff in his diapers all the time. I swear the floor is mostly clean! The strangest thing I found was a piece of Styrofoam and a length of yarn (green, at least he has good taste in color). We are introducing finger foods. He love macaroni and cheese, peas, shredded cheese, bananas, fruits, and dry cereal. Some games he engages in now are "So Big" and peek-a-boo. The little monkey shakes his head "No" all the time and says "no, no, no, no" when warned away from something. Just last week he started to duck his head into my shoulder when he meets a stranger. Oh, I love that stage! The trust these small babies manifest is so heart-warming. He can also say, "Ma-ma" and know it means me, not just a babble anymore. What a delight!
He loves his sister so much. She blows on his toes, which he loves. He has a very special laugh I only hear when Amelia is being silly. Watching them interact just about bursts my heart at the seams with love and joy. Justin and I are super blessed.
Posted by Jenni Call at 3:56 PM
24 June 2010
Dresden Plate" skirt, using quilting techniques. I am in love with the scalloped panels. I only got pictures of 7 hats out of the 12 made during our Utah trip. Three of them are my new hats, made to replace ones I gave away (a brown, white, and teal). Jessica finally gave me an excuse to try out a bootie pattern since she just had a baby girl. Phillip thought they were fun to play with and wear. Poor little guy is resorted to my male model for female textiles. Don't you just love the gray hat? It is my newest pattern, delish! I made a fun outfit for John and Courtenay's little guy, a hat, initial shirt, and monkey pants. Totally forgot to take a picture!
I am laughing at the irony. Since my sewing machine is now in Utah and I, in Nebraska, five orders came for hat and onesie baby gifts. Only two orders in months and now five! I need a machine, stat! Too bad I can't sew with my new serger. First I need to figure it out. Grandma lost the manuals, the CD, and the accoutrement's for the machine. I am relieved that the internet provided a semi-legible copy of the manual. That is a good start.
Posted by Jenni Call at 11:09 PM
Phillip is starting to explore his surroundings with gusto! I constantly find him wedged under furniture, stuck under tables, and inside my shelves. Amelia was not an explorer, so this is sort of new for us. When he first starts to unseat himself onto his tummy, he does this funny hand pat move on the floor. Cracks me up. He can now re-sit himself from his tummy too and rocks on his knees. His preferred method of locomotion is to get on his knees and launch himself forward. During dinner hour he can be found slobbering all over my feet, tickles like crazy!
My little garden has made a total comeback. All the plants are at least 4-6 inches tall. My lettuces are taking over, we are enjoying yummy salads with different types of lettuce. I wish lettuce and tomatoes came at the same time. After 8 months of meaning to fill up our emergency water supply, I finally accomplished that task. It took two long hoses from the outside spigot to run down into the basement in order to fill the containers. While I was tightening the hose connections Phillip explored the garage floor. He was black with dirt from his toes to his face. I took a couple pictures before the worst of it came. We compounded the mess with watermelon and homemade yogurt pops. Both kids were dirty birdies.
I am finally proud to announce that my craft room is clean. It made sense to put everything back in order so I can make a new mess. The basement got some TLC which required several runs to the Salvation Army to donate stuff. The rest of our week was busy with cleaning, gardening, swimming at the pool, walks, piano lessons, and general silliness.
Posted by Jenni Call at 11:07 PM
22 June 2010
21 June 2010
Thursday morning Justin, Amelia, Phillip, and I drove down to Draper to Miekka's mother's home. Mary and Dorrel live in an amazing loft type home. It was a garage-ma-haul, but is now a home. Amy, Miekka's sister, had a baby girl about a month ago. She let me play photographer with little Annika. Annika fought sleep but eventually succumbed to the powers of a vacuum cleaner running and a warm hot pad. She let me reposition her about 6 times! Yes! More of those images to come.
We met up with the rest of the Calls at BYU later on that afternoon. Amelia eventually noticed the huge Y on the hill. She's heard a lot about BYU so when she saw the Y, it all came together as, Big-Y-U. BYU, is simply a big Y. Tickled my funny bone to no end. Spenser's girls and Reagan are die hard BYU fans. We started at the Bean Museum, then walked over to the bookstore. After ice cream at the creamery (super delish), and running around the quad we went back to our cars. All that took a couple hours and drained my energy juice right out of me. Justin totally hurt my dampered feelings by saying that we don't communicate well over directions. Funny thing, we both had our smart phones and the same directions. His snaps into a window thing so he can see the map, mine doesn't. My lack of sleep made me extra sensitive. Silly me. We headed to Sarah and Josh's home. Sarah is one of my most awesome friends ever. She made some delish waffles for dinner with fresh fruit. I delivered her huge mounted photo ordered last week. Then we talked until it was way too late. Man, I miss that girl. On our way home Amelia piped up from the back, "Aunt Charity's house up and walked away!...with my cousins in it!" She was very happy once we arrived to Charity's house and it was still there. She looked at the house across the street and exclaimed, "That house is serious, let's go to the party house!"
Posted by Jenni Call at 10:52 PM
Grandpa Call treated all the kids to awesome kid's meals at McD's for lunch. Amelia is still to chicken to wander in the play areas, she watched her cousins from afar. I must admit a love affair with McD's diet and regular coke mixed together. It is hard to stay away from that devil juice.
Next we were off to the Fun Dome (or whatever it's called) to play in a soft tunneled/slide house thing. Pretty much take the McD's play area and multiply by three. Amelia loved the shake your booty video arcade next to the play area. I finally convinced her to enter the play area. She followed me around whimpering most the time. I think we went down one twisty slide together. I managed to slip away for a moment to check out DownEast Outfitters for some new undershirts.
While everyone else went home we stayed to visit my grandparents in Wellsville. My poor Grandpa is not doing so well, he needed some serious cheering up. I am not sure we helped much, but having two cute kids to cuddle seemed to lift his spirits a smidgen. My Aunt Mary is in the final stages of Lou Gehrig's disease. I nearly cried when we visited for a couple minutes. She seemed to be doing better than I anticipated but is still in a lot of pain. I think seeing our kids made her day as well. Grandma B and I made spaghetti for dinner, Amelia's favorite. Plate lickin' good! This year my grandma got 8 hens and a rooster. We watched the birds peck and scratch around for quite some time. I enjoyed watching them as much as tropical fish in a tank.
Posted by Jenni Call at 10:44 PM