Sunday, April 25, 2010

Little Lord Steed: Eight Months Old

Pictures finally up! Go take a look.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Birthday New/Old Shiny Pans

My mom just gave me these two new/old pans. Aren't they pretty?
I was putting away the box they were originally shipped in and took a close look at the postage:
April 23, 1969?!
Happy Birthday Wear-Ever No.540 Set (Silver), today you are 41 years old.
You are older than me. I sure do hope you have some great culinary wisdom to share with me.
For your birthday I will take some pictures of you. SMILE!
My mother got this box and it's contents from a neighbor. The neighbor had recently helped a friend clear out their house and the friend was "kind of a pack rat".
I really like the way these pans look. I especially like the starburst detail on the lid handles. I also think the graphics on the box are quite cool. Plus, they came just when I wanted them. I had just been contemplating buying some new pots and pans since the ones we got as a wedding gift were getting a bit scary. They were teflon and very scratched and I was getting worried about all the chemicals they must have been leaching into our food. I was pretty excited when my mom told me she had these. She just saved me a nice chunk of change and kept these pots out of the landfill. Nice.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

If you would like to follow Little Lord Steed's daily growth, or just want a bit of adorableness to brighten your day go here.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Little Lord Steed: Eight Months Old

At eight months old Little Lord Steed is doing most of the same things he was during his seventh month, only, he now does those things better and faster.
He has mastered crawling and has moved on to pulling himself up into standing position. His favorite spot to do this is on the sill of our front window. The first time I saw him to it was on March 22 and he did on the boys' train bin (though allegedly he did it previously on the tub). He pulls himself up to standing one or two times a day and each time I think "Oh no. No. Please do not do that. I really do not want you walking anytime soon."
He is so mobile now. He can get anywhere he wants. Today, at church he even attempted to get up a stair. Now that he crawls he can get stuck in places. He most often gets stuck beneath the kitchen chairs and under a small side table I have. When he gets stuck he cries until I come over and rescue him. Then I put him down and he goes off and gets stuck again. I ended up clearing a bunch of things out from under the side table and now he no longer crawls over there. I wonder why he was so drawn to getting on top of the box I had under that table?
He also finally started putting himself into (and out of) a sitting position. Before he could sit up unsupported but he could only get into that position if I put him into it. Now he can do it all on his own. He did this last Sunday, April 4, for the first time. This is good because now he can sit up and explore a toy instead of laying on his belly and doing so, which was kind of messy, what with all his drooling. Now instead of the drool puddling on the floor it run into his clothes. This makes for a damp baby, but I suppose it's better than ruining the floors.
A few days after his seven-month birthday Little Lord Steed started sticking out his tounge, a lot. He'll stick it out then wag it around. When he sticks it out he generally angles it down toward his right side. It it funny. But he has now stopped doing this. It's funny how he will do something for a little while all of the time and then just stop. Although today he did inspire a member of our ward to tell Theric that Little Lord Steed has the longest tongue he had ever seen on a baby.
On St. Patrick's Day I made an Irish Lamb Stew, very tasty. We mashed up some of the lamb, carrot and potato for Little Lord Steed and he loved it! I would say this is the first time he has ever really eaten a full meal and certainly the first time he has ever liked eating something so clearly and so much. Since then we have been feeding him more things more often. He is interested in pretty much everything that we are eating and seems to like most food. However, he does show a great preference for anything we will let him pick up and put into his mouth himself. He does not like being fed from the spoon. We learned that feeding him KIX, brown rice and bananas, exclusively, over a few days results in a sad and uncomfortable baby.
He had been sleeping all the way through the night (he started doing this just before he turned seven months) --- 12 hours even --- but then he began waking up once or twice a night again. Sigh. He goes to bed with the other two boys though, between 7pm and 8pm and has since gone back to sleeping until about six or seven. Sometimes he will go back to sleep after being fed and let me sleep in as well.
His mastery of crawling means that taking his picture was nearly impossible this month. He just won't sit's very frustrating.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Easter 2010

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Egg Decorating 2010

We tried this method for decorating our easter eggs this year and I guess it was a sucess. The Big O and Large S certainly liked this method better. There was less waiting around for for the color to get dark enough in the liquid dip dye, no splashing of the dyes, no spoons involved and it was not boring. In fact, the Big O was going on and on about how much more fun this method was: "Mommy, this is WAY more fun than last year."
While the kids had much more fun doing it this way, the results were less pleasing. When the paper was wet and on the egg, it was quite beautiful. When the bits of tissue paper dried (which took quite a long time, Theric had to get out the hair dryer so the Easter Bunny could hide the eggs last night) and fall off, the colors were very pale. The tie-dye like patterns were lovely but not intense enough to see very well. I think that maybe the results would have been better if we had used darker, more intense colors of tissue paper.
But, I guess it was a success since the kids had more fun and hey, no one ruined their clothes!