Our baby is weird.

A few weeks ago I was making dinner and I saw Henry on the floor chewing on some unknown object, Taylor pried it out of his mouth only to discover that he had been happily chewing on a clove of garlic that I had peeled for dinner. Today I made a spicy salsa for dinner and Henry ate it by the spoonful! He still tries to eat everything he can get his chubby little hands on. I found him chewing on the plunger this week (oops). This is one of my favorite pictures from the week. He so desperately wanted to chew on this yarn ball.

Taylor and I have been discussing our student budget lately and we decided to try and think of more ways to spend less money than we currently do. If you looked at our budget you'd see that we don't have much more to cut out. We already buy single ply toilet paper, we only go out to dinner for birthdays and our anniversary (that's 3 times a year), we buy the $.99 shampoo instead of my favorite panteen or herbal essence, and we try and change Henry's diaper as little as possible. Anyway, so we thought and thought, and Taylor suggested that he stop paying for haircuts and that I start cutting his hair. I have never cut boy hair before and Taylor is very particular about his hair, but he said he had confidence in me, so last night we did it. I gave Taylor a haircut, and it was a success! Here are the before and after shots. I know it looks like there is a hole in the haircut on the after picture, but I promise, it's just the lighting. I used clippers on the bottom and scissors on the top. I even blended the two together well.

Taylor says I can keep cutting his hair, and I am kind of excited about it.

Here are some more pictures of our very messy and chubby child. And we think now that he crawls so much he is actually thinning out a bit. He may not be Hank the Tank after all.


My happy birthday.

I had a wonderful birthday that extended through last night...my friend Melanie made me the most wonderful dinner in the world. She does a cafe rio dinner that I think is better than the real deal. And a heck of a lot cheaper. I was also showered with gifts, my favorite may have been the Butter lamb from the Moellers. I love how Buffalo has butter sculptures at the grocery store for every holiday. Anyway- on Saturday Taylor took me to the Albright Knox for the Action/Abstraction show. I quite enjoyed the show, and I realized that I will be forever indebted to the Museum of Art at BYU for the education I received while I worked there. I have a whole new appreciation and understanding for all things art. These were my absolute favorite pieces of the show:

My birthday also consisted of a quiet night out to dinner and grocery shopping without Henry. Thank you Mackenzie and Tyler for the free babysitting.

Here is Henry's new favorite pastime.


Life is quiet again

We are back to our normal quiet lives. We woke up Saturday morning with more peace and quiet then we knew what to do with. When we walked in the door, Henry gasped with happiness. I think he has forgiven us, and I think he actually misses all the excitement a little bit. Anyway, the Casper family posted their version of the week on their blog, here it is for those of you who want to see our week from the kids perspective: http://brentandkashann.blogspot.com/


We are all still alive and semi-well. Henry is sick, and he has his first ever fever. It's really quite sad, he just whines and wants to be held. The poor kid has to fight off 5 other kids for our attention and I think he is tired of it. But I also think he is learning to be a little bit tougher. He no longer cries when other kids scream or yell, and he has become a bit more agressive in his toy protecting. Here is the picture of his little bruise. He has had a few more falls, but he seems to be holding up. 

St. Patrick's day is one of my favorite holidays. I don't know why, but I love the simple joy of seeing people wear green all over the country for no real reason. (I could barely convince Taylor to wear any at all- he wore green socks). Anyway, the  night before St. Patty's day I took the three oldest girls and we went to find green things for them to wear to school the next day. We also had a very yummy green breakfast in the morning.  

We finally used the last of the green milk this morning. 
The girls were a little hesitant to eat it at first, but they eventually gave in. 
All in all, our week has been wonderful. It was easier than we imagined in some ways, and harder in others.  We realized that Taylor is much better with babies and small children, and I like them much older. We have also had lots of practice with discipline, bed time routines, family scripture study, etc and we are happy to have the practice with someone else's kids- this way, if we mess them up, we don't have to live with the consequences :)

This is me with little Caroline- we are playing the hoop-a-loop (That's what she calls it).


It's going to be a long week....

Taylor and I decided to make a few extra bucks and babysit a family from church for the week. Their parents went on a cruise to the Cayman Islands. They left on friday morning and we are here until this upcoming friday. The weekend was an adventure, I had to work all day friday and saturday, so Taylor definitely had his hands full, but I think I made up for it by getting six children ready for 9:30 AM church by myself while Taylor was at meetings, and then arriving 15 minutes early! (4 of the six kids are girls who needed their hair done, and the other two were screaming babies!) Here we are Saturday evening after an outing to Wendy's. The kids are really good kids and the older ones are helpful with the little ones. Henry however is having a hard time adjusting- as you can see from the picture below.  He has already had one minor mishap plummeting off the couch onto a very hard floor (we'll show his bruise later)- and he doesn't seem to love all the noise, but I am sure he will somehow manage. 

The youngest of the Casper girls is Caroline. She loves Taylor! She keeps asking if she can snuggle with him on the couch. She is absolutely hysterical, with no reservations about anything. This is a video she made with Taylor today. Stay posted for more pictures of our week. 


Spring Break still feels like winter

Taylor's spring break began today. He has the entire week off, so we decided to go somewhere exciting today- and since one of the seven wonders of the world is just up the road, we took a little day trip to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. The Canadian side really is a different experience than the American side, and we quite enjoyed our little trip. So did Henry. The giant frozen chunks of waterfall made for quite the sight.
This is Henry wondering why his parents are so strange.

The Canadian side 0f the falls not only has a better view, but it has some really fun stuff to do, unlike the American side which is dull and really quite sad. So if any of you come to visit us, make sure and bring your passports! We found a giant Hershey store- which is also where we found this wonderful sign. And one last bit of wonderful news - my treadmill came! I now have my very own exercise room- my mom would be jealous.


Read to your children...

Everyone says you should read to your children starting at an early age...but has anyone ever tried to read a book to an eight month old? It rarely works. However, with Henry's nine month birthday just around the corner, we are finally experiencing some success. Up until these past few weeks, Henry has just tried to eat books, but now he will actually touch them and look at pictures. The only books we have had any success with are the Touch & Feel books with very bright pictures and very few words. At least we are making progress.

Henry has found a new love: (why do they have to be so messy?)

I have been working on my homemaking skills as of late. This past week I learned how to make an orca whale (Thank you Tyler & Mackenzie!) As you can see, I made two of them. Upon close inspection you can see many a mistake, but Henry loves them, so what else really matters. And they take less than an hour to make from start to finish once you get the hang of it. This may be as far as my sewing skills will ever take me, but I quite like them. And I did promise taylor that once my thesis is done I am going to attempt some pillows for our bed. Wish me luck! As I walked around the fabric store last week looking for felt for my whales, I felt like a fish out of water. Domesticity (is that a word?) is not one of my strengths.

And lastly, Henry is crazy about his sock monkey: Argyle Kyle. (We didn't name him, he came with that name) But Hanky Panky loves this little guy, and everytime he sees him, he attacks him.