Sunday, January 30, 2011

Chunky Monkey Eats Solids

First up, rice cereal. He tried not to close his mouth.

When he finally did, he didn't look too thrilled.

Sometimes he thought it was just plain funky.

Next day, he gagged.

And frowned.

But once he finally swallowed, he still loved me all the same.

So I changed my game and gave him everybody's favorite... green beans! He made me laugh because it looked like he had a bad-guy mustache, and he had the grumpy face to go with it.

Then he shuddered.

And almost cried.

After a while, I think he was about to blow chunks.

He wasn't as quick to forgive me for the green beans, and I think he already cemented in his mind the idea that every kid believes... anything green tastes GROSS!

Monday, January 10, 2011

2010 Finale

So, I'm checking my camera and finding I have LOTS of pictures I haven't shared. I have no excuse, people, but come to think of it, I did spend a little too much time bargain shopping during December. I hate it when I buy something and then I find it cheaper later. I know, I know... I thought it was a fair price when I paid it, but I still feel ripped off.

And that has absolutely nothing to do with this post, which I fear might be long. Might want to grab a drink, put up your feet, etc. Just don't... *gasp* click on the red X... or whatever you Mac people do.

First week, Paige brought home "Leo," her first grade class pet, and he went everywhere with us.



Ward party.




Grocery store.



Chandler parade of lights, where Paige was in a dance number.






We hosted our family sing-along on the first Monday in December, and I loved it because the people in my family are so family-ish and fun. Thanks to all the singers!! No pics...

One day in mid-December, Mr. and Mrs. Claus came to visit our neighborhood, and the kids got to meet them... except Paige, who wouldn't go anywhere near them. Weird, I thought the babies were the ones who were supposed to hate sitting by Santa. I guess at her age, Santa's not really scary... he's just kinda creepy. Good girl - stay away from creepy people.



Then Christmas came. We must have been good this year.











On the very day when our friends were supposed to come visit us from Farmington, New Mexico, Arizona got the biggest storm of the year, and they had to cancel their trip. So, to make the best of it, we drove up to visit the snow on New Year's Eve. That sounds so wonderful, you know... visiting the snow instead of shoveling it. There was only rain here in the valley, although it dropped below freezing for three nights, destroying quite a bit of vegetation (but you know I had my grapefruit covered with a sheet!).

Lots of snow pictures. Russ was stoked about using our 4-wheel drive.




















That night, it was party time at Lolo's - you might have seen her blog. It was a rockin' good time. I love all the holidays, but I must say it's nice to have a break.

I have some resolutions, though. Organize family photos, make lots of progress on baby books, and ready our 72-hour kits, to name a few. I figure, if I work on my new year's resolutions for at least one week every year, then I might accomplish them before I die... maybe.

Oh yeah, and hike Four Peaks, despite my bum knee. My goal is to do my physical therapy exercises religiously and see if I can get my knee strong enough to handle that hike. We went hiking in the Superstition mountains a few weeks ago, and Four Peaks was just staring me down. I must conquer. And then the Grand Canyon, which I have ALWAYS wanted to do, but not this year. Who's with me?