Tuesday, October 7, 2008

down under

My in-laws have been down under enjoying the majesty of Australia and New Zealand the past couple weeks. They have sent along lots of snapshots of beautiful mountains and beaches and stories of adventure.


We have been having some adventures while they were away too.

1. I cleaned my room! This is no small feat, I am not an orderly person (my mom is on the floor laughing about now) but I actually cleaned my entire room (well, not the closets). Moo helped by laying under my bed and playing with "the lil'le bear in da house."

2. We left town! Ok, we just barely left town and went about 15 miles from our house to a nearby town to support our friends having a car show. We got a little lost and stumbled upon a FREE garage sale and a fantastic local parade. Moo (err, me and hubs) scored big on the candy, better than Halloween! I scored lots of vintage sewing notions, sweaters for felting and a Bumbo play tray at the FREE garage sale. It was unexpected fun! We actually got to see the parade twice as luck would have it, and Moo watched from the roof of our car for round 2!

3. We gave lots of clothes and toys AWAY! We also rediscovered some old toys while we cleaned the garage and Moo had some fun jumping away on old couch cushions. Childhood can be so fun.

4. We are giving cloth diapering a whirl, just on Ella Bella though. I ran across a bunch of Bumgenius 3.o's on clearance at Target and decided to give it a try. I'll let you know how it turns out.... Any advice is GREATLY appreciated. All I know so far is, baby definately has "back" and yes, that diaper does make your butt look big.

5. My lil baby girl is rocking some new tricks. Including, sitting up! And teeth! And getting up before the sun! And rapping..... And taking a BOTTLE! Some freedom for me!

The sitting up blows my mind, 4.5 months! Crazy little nut. She just cut the very top of her first tooth this afternoon!

And falling over, she is really good at falling over.

6. We settled a debate. Her eyes are blue, Papa. Definitely blue.

7. This is definitely my favorite of our recent adventures. My kids have started enjoying each other. Moo loves hugging her and she giggles every time he does. He shares (mostly) toys with her and she adoringly watches his every move. When I can't get her to calm down, his presence can. I am going to enjoy this fleeting stage before the fighting and biting begins.

I bet Australia and New Zealand were amazing! We are so glad you went and so glad you enjoyed yourself. I thought a huge photo update might be a fitting homecoming and belated birthday gift! Happy Birthday Grandma!


Tickled Pink Housewife said...

I can't believe she already has a tooth! Mia's first tooth finally broke through this week. (And she's 11 months old!) I was beginning to think she would look like my Papaw Ben forever. I even called her doctor to ask if this was normal, which he said it wasn't normal but not anything to worry about either. The pictures are so cute. I love Moo's curly hair!

lfhcreative said...

She has second child syndrome, she has to everything ahead of schedule! Moo got his first tooth at 6 months even, but I know babies who have been born with teeth (weird) and kids that didn't get any teeth till past a year!

kirstin said...

so fun to hear all your updates... love the pic of moo on the car... and I love bumgenius diapers (cloth diapers in general really) but don't have much for you in the tip department. :)

Julie said...

I am also trying my hand at cloth diapering. I came across a pattern and am in the process of making my first one right now.

Lindsey said...

Your kids are just adorable! I can't believe how big Ella Bella is getting. I'm glad to hear Moo is enjoying her company more these days. We look forward to that milestone! Beautiful pictures as usual!

So! Many! Exclamation! Marks!

kristinT said...

Children giggling has to be one of my favorite sounds. Pretty nice b-day treat for my momma, and us, too!