Thursday, July 31, 2008

Bad Kane Dog!

Larry and I have decided to move to the Dallas Fort Worth area. We are very excited, but yes, that means we have to move all of our stuff for the fourth time in five years! We are renting our house in Mississippi so I need everything to look somewhat nice. This brings me to remembering what was hidden underneath the couch.

Back in February we noticed Kane Dog was sporting a new kind of blue. Although breeders consider his grayish black coat to be blue, this was a brighter blue than what is to be expected. Therefore, we went on a hunt to find the blue pen that he managed to get all over himself. We found the blue pen in Kane’s favorite hiding place, underneath the couch. This hiding place is perfect for Kane. No one can get to him and he feels perfectly safe there, until you lift up one end of the couch while someone else grabs him. This has become part of our nightly routine. Lucky for me, because I am without Larry for this week, Kane has learned to come out on his own when you lift up the couch. So, back to the blue ink…not only did he manage to cover himself in ink, but also the carpet!
In February I tried to remove the ink with no luck, granted I was in my third trimester and didn’t work too hard on it. So now I’m asking for advice on how to remove it. I’ve tried Bissell cleaner and alcohol. Neither seems to get the job done, although the alcohol does blot up some of the blue.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Shake, Rattle, and Roll reprise

Yesterday Wesley rolled from his back to his tummy while trying to go down for a nap. I was not in the room, but luckily I saw the whole roll via the video monitor, a wonderful invention. I think it is fun to watch, so here is another video of him rolling over from his tummy to his back. Even though he has done this a number of times, you can still see the shock in his eyes after he finishes the roll.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Here’s another milestone for you. Three times today Wesley has rolled over from his tummy to his back. I was lucky enough to capture one of these rolls on video (but I implore you to turn down the volume so you don’t have to hear my bad English). Once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, but three times is the real deal. We are very excited for Wesley and before we know it he will be rolling over both ways. The only problem with practicing the rolls is that he hates to be on his tummy, and seems to roll only when he is happy.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Let Sleeping Babies Lie

Wesley slept in his crib for the first time on Sunday night. Well, sort of. He went down with no problems even after sleeping through Sunday night church. Then he woke up hungry at 1 am. After I fed him, I gave up on the crib, not because he won’t sleep there, but because the crackling of the monitor kept waking me up every half hour. I think the monitor makes its static noise every time the air conditioner kicks on…grrr. Tonight I may try and put the monitor next to Larry (Wahaha-evil laugh) or across the room.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Fourth of July Week

Since their house is still not finished and they did not have anywhere to stay, Grandma and Grandpa decided to spend their Fourth of July holiday in Mississippi. We started the week with Vicksburg National Military Park and Stained Glass Manor Oak Hall.
The battlefield was nothing great, especially compared to Antietam and Gettysburg of which we have visited many times. There is no 1970-80s light diorama depicting the battle and no viewing towers to climb. But, it does have an ironclad boat, which is pretty neat to see and worth driving through the endless state monuments. The Stain Glass Manor home was very interesting and the proprietor who gave us the tour was even more interesting. The house was designed by Maher who taught Frank Lloyd Wright. It also has 36 original art (stained) glass panels by Millet and subcontracted by Tiffany. Despite the horrible damage to the wood from previous owners (who sandblasts beautiful wood trim and columns?) the home was beautiful. During the week we didn't get much done except for a few trips out and about, an endless game of Pinochle and a few rounds of Texas Hold 'em with our new poker chips. One of the trips out was to the sewing machine store. I think I'm going to start quilting, but first I require a sewing machine which is on my Christmas list. It is never to early to start thinking about Christmas, especially when Grandma starts shopping in May. We also took Wesley for his three month photo session. Let me know if you want a picture; I've got lots to share.

For the first time in what seems like forever, Larry and I took advantage of the live in free babysitting and went to the movies as part of our anniversary gift. We saw Indian Jones which was pretty good, but nothing like the first three. It is hard to watch a hero age, and Harrison Ford has definitely aged.

On the Forth we decided to have breakfast out. Bad Idea. The first few places we went to were closed! That is one of the biggest disappointment about Mississippi, there are not enough bagel shops here, so after driving around for 40 minutes we finally ended up at a doughnut shop. After hanging around the house all day playing games, we made our way over to the Lowes parking lot to view the Madison Fireworks. Since the Lowes parking lot is elevated from the launch site, it is almost the perfect spot, except for when the show was over and an entire packed parking lot tries to exit at the same time. Wesley enjoyed watching the fireworks and was mesmerized by all the pretty colors, he was almost as fun to watch as the fireworks themselves.
On Saturday, we finished off the visit with a trip to the State's Museum of Natural Science. I was little afraid that it would be very small, so I kept talking it down. Oh how we were so spoiled living close to Washington DC with the Smithsonian. But, overall it was pretty nice. A little heavy on the stuffed animals, but I expect nothing less from Mississippi. The Aquarium and fish were plentiful and I always enjoy watching water turtles. No sharks, Leah. Wesley loved looking at the big fishies!