Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Well, Micah, you are now seven months old. I mean, really? Seriously? Mommy only has about a month left with you on maternity leave. I can not believe my time is quickly drawing to a close with you, Little Man! You have to be the most precious rolly polly ball of fun I have ever seen. You are such a smiley, happy baby! You wouldn't know it by the pictures we get of you. I mean, capturing a smile is impossible. You smile just as soon as the camera is turned anywhere but on you!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
We drove out to the "country" to see them (they used to be our neighbors), and Lenny made burgers while C made fries. We fed our gaggle of children (ok, there are only three among the four of us at this point, but I imagine one day we'll have a gaggle between all of us), talked, and in true style...watched a movie. (That is what we always do. I rarely remember doing anything else other than dinner and a movie.) Of course, children are the focus of our world now. Therefore, I took pics of the kids and not the adults. Whoops.
At least is Beau somehow ends up Micah's best friend one day I can say, "I took pictures of you as babies." I took lots of pictures. These were the only good ones. And you'll see that "good" is in the eye of the beholder.
(This was the best picture by far of all of them.)
Then I started to attempt taking pics of all three of them looking the same way.
Beau was way more interested in Micah's toy.
Micah is watching Beau.
Hannah was obsessed with petting Micah's head.
Beau's looking at me finally.
Micah's looking at me while sucking those silly fingers.
I don't know where Hannah is looking, but she's still patting away at his head.
PS Micah can sit up on his own, but the Bumbo just ensured that no little Beauchamp accidentally knocked him over. :)
Hannah is quite proud of herself. I think she looks a lot like her mom in this picture.
Micah is wondering when Hannah will take her hand off his head.
Beau's super protective of the sippy cup.
The three kids playing happily together.
Beau & Micah playing together.
We love you, Beauchamps! It was a great evening with our kiddos! Hopefully, we'll do it again sooner rather than later.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Me: Choking for a second. That place is expensive.
Mr. C: Yes, but on Wednesdays through Fridays the lunch special is at least half off the regular price.
Me: That is still a lot. Although, I do love half off.
Mr. C: When have we gone out for something special this whole year you've been off with the baby? You only live once! Let's go enjoy our date.
Mr. C: Look, you know how much that Thai place costs, and frankly, this isn't much more than that with this special. And it is all you can eat. And we can go downtown. And it is a special occasion.
Mr. C: I'm driving, so we're going.
If you know me, you probably know that I can be very miserly. I like to save money, and I hate to spend it unless I'm getting a deal. Every so often Mr. C has to push me into buying something or going somewhere. He's a great saver, too, but he's also more fun than I am. See I've lived here my entire life (basically except a few brief years in Nashville that I don't remember), and everybody talks about this place. Why did I wait so long to go?
If you have never been to Texas de Brazil and can go...run, don't walk. Seriously. So much better than my Thai place. First of all, let me explain how it works. For a set price you get a salad bar (which is the Father of All Salad bars), but for $2 more you get all you can eat meat. When I say all you can eat, I mean all you can eat...
Yes, those are my two plates. Yes, they were just for me.
They give you those little tongs you see in the picture above, and then men come around the restaurant carrying huge chunks of meat on sword like skewers. When I say meat please do not let me underestimate the amounts or quantities of meat. We're talking top choice sirloins, ribs, prime rib, lamb, and who knows what else. I am not up on all the red meat vernacular, but if it is an amazing cut of meat you'll see it. I promise. Don't go if you hate red meat (although the salad bar was amazing full of incredible side dishes & veggies) or if you don't like your meat medium. I'm sure they can cook something for you to order, but mostly it was: Here's a hunk of meat. I slice some off. You use your tong to grab the meat. Then put the meat on your plate.
As far as dates go, the ambiance was amazing! Swanky, swanky. Although on a Friday at lunch I saw people in shorts, and we were wearing jeans. At night, I would definitely dress up.
Don't worry, I'm not letting Puff Daddy anywhere near my heart anytime soon.
Another sound piece of advice to pray for the haters.
We had a wonderful day, and then came home to a baby who had been sleeping for two and a half hours. Why does he always sleep when we have a place to go or someone else is watching him?
His Grandmommy & PawPaw had gotten him this super cute bouncy seat. When we got home Mr. C put it together so his grandmother could watch him play in it. He loves this thing, and I'm glad he has something else to do now! We've talked about getting him one, but gifts are always welcomed! :)
(Taken with the fancy camera and zoom lens. I edited them in Picnik.)
Thursday, June 23, 2011
(Wow. I am really getting old. It is a sad and happy thing to grow up.)
At any rate, my car has been paid for for six years. My husband's car is also paid for. He drives a 1998 Ford Explorer Sport. (Read with me: two doors.) HOW did that happen? So we both have two door vehicles, but we just haven't broken down enough to want to buy another car when these two work with occasional breakdowns. They are 12 + year old cars.
At any rate, it took a couple of days to figure out what was wrong and what to do. On Thursday morning (of last week), we had Micah's six month photos taken by Crystal Brisco. Love her! She's awesome, and if you need a Memphis area photographer I'd say check her out. (Just let her know I sent you so I can get the referral!)
Here is the direct link to his sneak peeks on her blog. I now have the images on CD so I thought I'd share. I picked out several that were my faves and some that didn't appear on her website.
The train outfit was made by my talented mother. And yes, we did revolve the photoshoot around the outfit. You'll see.
One of my faves.
I love how big his eyes look in black and white photography.
This was my absolute fave.
Love his eyes.
Ok, this is the train track picture we got which turned out great!
This is what I wish we'd gotten (train in background with his outfit to match), but the sun didn't really allow Micah to cooperate and look at us. How cute this picture is because he is smiling. Just wish he'd gotten those eyes open! Oh, well.
So I've seen a couple of my friends do this thing called a miPhone post where they basically share "substandard" pictures from their week that came as they used their iPhones.
(I am not special enough to have an iPhone.)
(I have an Android phone instead.)
(Somehow MyAndroidFakeiPhone Post didn't seem like a good title.)
(FauxFoneFotos was my backup name. I nixed that idea, too.)
Anyway, I do take a lot of phone pics, and sometimes they turn out cute. Sometimes they turn out not so cute. At any rate, they have documented some of our week so I thought I'd use them in more bloggy posts. Plus it is a lot easier to post from my phone sometimes than from the computer.
We've had some Mexican at our fave place. I needed some bacon tacos again.
(Poor Micah will soon find out he should have been born Hispanic or Asian by his mother's food choices.)
Micah basically has decided to self wean. I'm not really super excited or super sad about it. I have just noticed my milk doesn't always seem sufficient. I guess we're heading more towards formula, and I'm ok with that. I'm going to keep nursing him in the morning, a couple times a day, and at night. However, we are officially moving into weaning stage to get ready for my return to work in August.
Yesterday he nursed & ate a great breakfast. He was still screaming. I got out his sippy cup from the dishwasher, and he goes nuts. I give it to him with formula...downs 8oz in (seemed like) 60 seconds. So it begins. He does a good job, though!
He's already discovering my cell phone, the home phone, and the remote controls. I try to distract him with the play cell phone.
He's just super excited about his own FauxFone.
I enjoyed a very lovely view from my kitchen window as I did dishes after church last night.
Yup, I have some awesome sunset views from our backyard.
It's one of my fave parts of this house.
Then Two Fingers demonstrated this morning again how they rule the roost at Casa Confident.
Even when he is eating, Micah wants to put those stupid (sorry but during meal times that is how I feel) fingers in his mouth between bites.
It can be annoying but also amusing.
I'm afraid we may have a stubborn streak on our hands.
(He will get it honestly on both sides, if so.)
Somebody won't stay on his tummy at all. Somebody always wants to be sitting or on his back. We "go at it" several times a day as I try to force more tummy time.
It's only met with him rolling onto his back as if to say, "Mom, I know how to not be on my tummy now, silly."
At any rate, he rolled around the room some more today.
Maybe he will finally see what can be gained from mobility?
Our week in FauxFoneFotos.
Until I noticed mid publish post button that somebody had my shoe from the previous picture I wrote about his mobility. He was turned a complete different direction trying to eat my shoe.
Speak of the devil.
And yes. I promptly took a picture of him with the shoe.
Followed by me taking the shoe.
Then I blogged about the shoe.
The world has changed, Internet Friends. The world has changed.