Monday, November 23, 2009

One Man's Trash is Asa's HEAVEN

My vacuum cleaner has been on its last leg for a while. I had to lean the handle in a certain way to get the spinners to spin and the button to let me detach the head came off so I had to stick a screw driver down in the hole when I wanted to use just the hose. But, I was still shocked this weekend when it died a very dramatic and smoke-filled death. The house smelled like a car fire and my vacuum cleaner was so hot it melted the plastic. Not good. A month before Christmas and I was most definitely not expecting a vacuum cleaner purchase.

Addison said in a sorry kind of voice, "It was a good vacuum cleaner". Asa, however, danced around excitedly and said, "Can I have it?? I'm going to use the parts for the T.V. I'm making!" and spent the entire day breaking it down on the back porch. He used various screw drivers to reach the circuit board, motor and all sorts of wonderful bits and pieces. The rain was coming, so he had to move his endeavors into the utility room, where it made an enormous, but very entertaining, mess.

Yesterday, Asa brought the motor and the vacuum component in to show Jeff... and he recruited an accomplice. The two of them spliced the old cord to the motor... and found that it worked crazy well. They are both trying to figure out just what they can do with it now. They spliced the vacuum part in and plugged it into the wall. It not only worked, but but it was impressive enough to have the two of them scouring the web for project ideas. I hear a hovercraft may be in the future... I guess Asa gets it honestly.

Friday, November 20, 2009

I am toddler, here me ROAR!

Ivey has entered the realm of the toddler. I loud place, full of squeals and screams and pulling glasses of tea off of the table and onto her head. In the course of a single day, she hid my cell phone in the DVD drawer, put the beaters from my mixer into the diaper bag, throw everything in the bathroom into the bathtub (whether there is someone actively bathing in it or not)... I could go on and on...

In the grocery store the other day, we hit this all new phase of full blown toddler. For the last year, we would go to the store and the boys would take advantage of the free cookies in the bakery. No big deal. Well, on this trip, Ivey was completely offended that she would be left out of the yummy treats. We made it half way down the isle before she realized what had happened. They had cookies! In an instant, she was pointing to their cookies, signing "more" and squealing a very loud squeal of disapproval. Needless to say, we made it back to the bakery in no time. Luckily, there were also samples of sweet potato bread, which made her perfectly happy. Silly mommy, what was I thinking leaving her out?!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fermentation Lesson, Little (and big) Boy Style.

Jeff has been reading the Hobbit to the boys at night. They are more than halfway through, and are absolutely loving it. The other night, they were at the point where Bilbo freed his dwarf friends from the wood-elves' capture, smuggled them to the dock, and hid them in the empty wine barrels. One by one he sent them all down the river, hopping on the last barrel himself. The talk of wine and ale led to lots of conversation. The boys wanted to know what it was and how it was made. Jeff explained to them that they both were made with yeast, which was like a little bug (I later explained that it was a fungi, as they thought yeast must have legs and eyes, etc). According the Asa and Addison, via Jeff, the yeast eats the sugar and pees alcohol in the wine, and the yeast poots in the beer and makes it bubbly. (The yeast poots also make the little holes in bread, of course). Jeff warned me that I would be hearing a lot about how yeast makes beer, wine & bread... and he was right. Bright and early the next morning, they both excitedly explained their new knowledge. Any excuse to talk about bodily fluids and flatulence is never ignored.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Better late than never...

It only took me a year, but Ivey's crib bedding is finished. I had purchased the super cute material when I was pregnant with her, but just couldn't seem to get motivated. (The fact that she didn't have a bedroom when she was born I'm sure played a part!) Since she slept in the co-sleeper for the first 5 months, it was easy to put it off. I tried to sell the boys' crib bumpers in a consignment sale, but they didn't sell. So, I thought it would be fairly easy to make a sleeve to cover them and make new bumpers!

Well, Ivey may be 13 months old, but the time has come for me to get my act together and make her bedding set. My little girl loves things that are fluffy, puffy, fuzzy, cushy and soft.... pillows, blankets, stuffed animals... So, I figured she would enjoy a little cushiness in her bed. Boy, was I right! She loved the flowers and she rolled all around in her new bed! Luckily, I had enough material to cut out pieces for a matching set for Olive. I didn't have the energy to sit and sew both sets, but set #2 is cut out and ready to assemble. I guess I should hop to it before I forget all the mistakes I made this time!

On another note, it's getting awfully chilly outside! Last night, we went for a walk in the park... and it lasted about 10 minutes before we all ran back home for some hot chocolate and snuggling on the couch! Brrrr....

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

"Tut, Tut, It Looks Like Rain"

After the drought of 2008, it seems crazy to be complaining about all this rain, but good grief! It has been raining more this fall than it has in a very long time... leaving cooped up kids and muddy feet... and a crazy momma! You can only do so much inside... and since the swine flu has scared us silly, we are avoiding all indoor play areas (like Chick-Fil-A and McDonalds). The combination is maddening! Hopefully, the kids will survive the excess movie watching and computer-game-playing with little loss to their IQ!

On a sunnier note, Ivey is walking really well now! In the last week, she has decided that it is her preferred method of transportation. We officially have a toddler! Yesterday, she spent the day babbling on the phone and walking around the house. I think she learned it from her daddy (and Asa), who cannot possibly talk on the phone and sit still at the same time.

Oh, and ever since she has located her belly button, she stops at least every hour to make sure it is still right where she left it...

Monday, November 2, 2009

Love is all you need...

Ivey was in a fabulous mood this morning. Her walking has really improved, and she is now toddling all over the house. I think her new talent has contributed to her cheery attitude. Hugs and kisses for all! I don't think I'll remind Addison of what he said when I was pregnant with her. He told me he wanted to kiss my belly to give Ivey all his kisses while she was still inside... because babies are way too slobbery when they're out to kiss!