November 29, 2010

Outtakes

Oh, I'm gettin' nuttin' for Christmas
Mommy and Daddy are mad.
I'm getting nuttin' for Christmas
'Cause I ain't been nuttin' but bad.


I broke my bat on Johnny's head;
Somebody snitched on me.
I hid a frog in sister's bed;
Somebody snitched on me.
I spilled some ink on Mommy's rug;
I made Tommy eat a bug;
Bought some gum with a penny slug;
Somebody snitched on me.


Oh, I'm gettin' nuttin' for Christmas
Mommy and Daddy are mad.
I'm getting nuttin' for Christmas
'Cause I ain't been nuttin' but bad.


I put a tack on teacher's chair
Somebody snitched on me.
I tied a knot in Susie's hair
Somebody snitched on me.
I did a dance on Mommy's plants
Climbed a tree and tore my pants
Filled the sugar bowl with ants
Somebody snitched on me.


So, I'm gettin' nuttin' for Christmas
Mommy and Daddy are mad.
I'm gettin' nuttin' for Christmas
'Cause I ain't been nuttin' but bad.


I won't be seeing Santa Claus;
Somebody snitched on me.
He won't come visit me because
Somebody snitched on me.
Next year I'll be going straight;
Next year I'll be good, just wait
I'd start now, but it's too late;
Somebody snitched on me.


So you better be good whatever you do
'Cause if you're bad, I'm warning you,
You'll get nuttin' for Christmas.


:)

Hope you guys found these as funny as I did....

I see a lot of buzz on a couple online baby boards of moms with kids my age asking how many presents they are going to get their kids...which brought up some interesting thoughts.


I think a lot of Christmas gift giving and traditions come from how you were raised. Chikezie has told me before he and his brother/sisters didn't get many presents when they were younger. One or two each from their parents because they didn't have a lot of money. Until I was 11 I was an only child and I got probably 3 gifts from my parents (usually an outfit or two split into different boxes so I'd have more to open) and then I'd get one bigger gift from Santa (Cabbage Patch Doll, Kitchen Set, etc.). 

For the boys I don't really plan on giving them tons of presents. For some reason I just don't feel comfortable buying them tons of toys. They don't play with half the ones they have now. They'd much rather play with bowls in the cupboard or a cardboard box left out. And at this age they're too young to even care, which is why most of the gift opening will be done at grandma and grandpa's house when we're home for the holidays. 

I see lots of moms posting on these boards naming off stuff like this:

"so far I've bought my LO about 5 big ones and about 15 or so little ones.  I know I'm spoiling him like crazy but this is giving me an excuse to buy all of the things I've wanted to buy him all along but haven't becaue I try not to spoil him too bad.  I've given up on that just for christmas and he's going to get spoiled rotten!!!  I love it!!!"
 "DH and I are on the same boat w/ LO. I have 2 step-daughters who get 10-15 gifts each..."
"Three outfits, two extra pairs of pants, and three toys so far, plus a pair of pajamas and three or four books. I am considering one or two other toys as well, but I dunno. "

Is it just me or does this seem like a lot??  10-15 gifts EACH? I get that some people just have tons of money to spend but I feel like it's just not about the money. In the 5 years Chikezie and I have been together we get each other like one small thing or just DO something together.  I guess I'm just kind of annoyed by how much Christmas has turned into GIFTS.  

What happened to family and love? What happend to celebrating the REAL reason we even have Christmas?  I remember it used to be the youngest kids' job in our family to but Baby Jesus in the manger on Christmas day and it was such a huge deal. We sang Christmas carols around my Grandma's piano and ate all day. We played card games late into the night and laughed harder than we'd laughed all year. 

I want my boys to look forward to the excitement of being with family over Christmas rather than how many presents they're getting. I know it's natural for all kids but man I had so much joy and excitement in the gifts I made myself to give everyone and to see their faces when they opened it rather than getting what I wanted.

So as this holiday season begins, let's not forget the less material aspects of this season and the gifts of love, hope and family that will last far longer than that "must have toy" that your kids will be tired of in a month.  


new knits!

2 new knits up in my shop! 


Here's a little looksie:



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November 28, 2010

Holiday Card Challenge

Well, we took a series of pictures this weekend of the dudes by the tree....I correct myself, we tried to take pictures of them.  It was quite the task, in which mama and daddy subjected themselves to ridiculous faces and noises just in the name of babies sitting still smiling not killing each other.

I have about 80,000 outtakes to share with ya'll tomorrow. But for now, here are a couple of the good ones that I decided to enter into The Paper Mama 2010 Holiday Card Challenge.

The Paper Mama

Enjoy. (These photos took a lot of work LOL)


Disclaimer: I did not feed my (almost) 9 month old boys candy canes. The wrappers were still fully on and we only gave them the candy canes in hopes they'd sit still for a minute. They were watched the whole time (to make sure they didn't break any pieces off or no plastic came loose) and the candy canes were promptly taken away once they were no longer necessary for the pictures. 

November 27, 2010

homemade holiday decor

I'm all about making decorations for my house apartment for the holidays. For one, it helps me get into the festive mood and here where it doesn't snow, I need all the help I can get. (along with listening to holiday music nonstop, turning the ac down a few notches, sipping on hot cocoa and burning apple cinnamon candles all day) 


And for two, it's way cheaper than buying this stuff brand new. And for three, I think it's cuter and totally my style.

Anyways. Here is some of the holiday decor I've been brewing up:

This huge frame cost me $4 at Goodwill....and we all know felt is basically free. 

I was originally going to remove the wire hangy thing in the middle but decided to leave it. You can't even tell it's there can you? When Christmas is over I'll find some other fun little thingies to hang in this frame.

Another felt creation. I also utilized candy canes (as you can see in the background). Another cheap decoration that also serves as a sugary treat when you're in the mood :) Yes please.

We don't have a mantle or anywhere low to hang our stockings, so I pin them to the wall. These stockings were like $2 at Target and I'm stitching our initials on each one. I suppose I could put something else on the open white part. I'll probably save that for next year. I like these basic stockings, they look kind of vintage to me. 

I still don't know what to do with this wreath so I just stuck it in our entry way hall. I'll probably make some felt poinsetta flowers and maybe a yarn string to hang it from a hook. This bulb wreath cost me probably $5 to make. I used 5 tubes of the mini holiday bulbs from the front $1 section at Target. I just hot glued them to a cardboard circle covered in gray felt (incase I missed any sections at least it would blend in.) This took me like 45 minutes to do. Looks fairly fancy I think.

This little bow really wasn't intended to be a decoration. I knitted it and attached it to a bobby pin for my hair. Chikezie thought I looked like Betty Boop (I don't get it). So to make him happy I took it out of my hair and put it the first place I could think of that the boys wouldn't mess with it. I'll probably be taking it back off the tree for my hair sometime soon because I think it's stinkin' cute and husbands don't know anything. 




November 26, 2010

Flashback Friday: Mama Moments

Chikezie really has captured lots of great moments of my motherhood on his iphone. Since my computer is dunzo I found lots of pictures on Chikezie's computer that I haven't seen or it's been a long time since I have seen. I thought I'd share some of my favorite mommy moments from daddy's perspective. 


car shopping with Chikezie's brother and mom....I felt like death that day. Little did I know I was probably pregnant.

my little tiny baby bump (probably around 12 weeks) I thought it was huge!

getting ready for date night with my hubby. I look pretty skinny so I must not have been far along :) I loved the beginning of my pregnancy. I didn't have any morning sickness, I was still relatively small and my boobs were enormous. Ahhh those were the days.

Looking at ultrasound pics of the boys trying to decide if they were boys or girls (around 14 weeks) and I think we had some clues that they were little dudes.

Listening to some Bob Marley with my boys.

Ready to head out for my 25th birthday dinner. I was around 17 weeks pregnant. 

I don't know when this was but I love this picture. I was pointing to a rainbow over our apartment and as we can see I was a big mama.

Mama and baby Isaiah.

It must have been a long night....

groovin with the dudes.

Date Night with daddy. Dinner and a movie :)

night trip to the grocery store = very tired dudes

baby in a pouch

getting wound up before bed.

a picnic in the park on halloween.
















November 24, 2010

Guest Post: Baby Sign Language

I fell like a jerk-face. I've had this guest post in my box forever waiting to be posted. And we all know how mommy life gets super busy and I have the worst memory ever and (insert every excuse I can think of here). 

Misty Weaver, the Chief Editor of Baby Sign Language.com was so nice to write a guest post for me on  teaching your baby sign langage; when to start, how to start, why you'd want to teach them and some simple signs you can get started with. Baby Sign Language.com is a great resource for teaching your baby and also learning some signs yourself.

I'm a major fan of teaching babies sign language. My mom taught my little brothers and sister some baby sign language when they were little and it was so helpful in many situations. Lots of times babies know how to communicate what they want, they just can't say the words yet. We started with simple signs like "more" and "milk" with the triplets. These were the first two signs I started working on with the dudes. They just kind of look at me right now but eventually they'll get it. 

Here's Misty's article on all the basics!

Getting Started With Baby Sign Language:  When and How to Start!


Trust me:  The hardest part of teaching Baby Sign Language to your baby is just getting started, so don’t feel intimidated or overwhelmed!  Once you get rolling, it will come naturally to you, and it will actually be fun.


Most moms choose to start teaching their babies sign language when their babies are about six months old.  However, there is certainly no harm in starting earlier, as long as you don’t have unreasonable expectations as to your baby’s performance!  And if your baby is older than six months, it is never too late to start.  Toddlers love to sign, and are quick learners!

The best advice one can give is this:  start slowly.  Don’t overwhelm your baby, and more importantly, don’t freak yourself out!  Start with just one or two signs, and just see how it goes!  (If your baby is older, you might want to start with three or four, but the motto is the same:  slow and steady wins!)

You can find out how to sign for just about anything online.  There are several websites devoted to American Sign Language (the language baby signs are built on).  Just Google “ASL sign for cookie” and you’ll find the sign for cookie.  Most signs your baby will need are available for free, with video, at


Popular signs to start with include:  mommy, daddy, milk, diaper, and more.  If you have a dog or a cat, these are good words to teach as well!  But it’s really up to you to teach whatever signs you think your baby needs! 



To introduce the sign for milk, simply make the sign for milk every time you say the word.  When you are getting ready to nurse, or to give your baby a bottle, simply say, “Do you need some milk?” and when you say milk, sign milk! 

To make the sign for milk, simply pretend to milk a cow with your right hand.  If milking a cow is not your forte, watch this short video for a demonstration: Baby Sign Language Dictionary for milk. Anyone else who gives your baby milk can help teach the sign too.  When daddy feeds your little one, he too can sign for milk.  The same goes for grandparents and older siblings.  Just be sure to give your baby some milk after signing for it!  If you sign out of context, it could confuse the little bugger!


And remember to always sign when you say the word, and to always say the word when you sign!


It might be months before your baby actually makes the sign for milk, but long before she starts to sign, she will begin to link the gesture with the word with the actual milk, and that is real progress.  When he squeals with delight and waves his little arms frantically, you will know that he understands the sign.


You can introduce other signs in the same manner, with repetition and consistency.  There really is no magic trick to it.  While there are plenty of tools out there that can help: Baby Sign Language classes, videos, and books, all you really need are your hands and a little patience.  And when your baby does sign for the first time, it will be so worth it!  I promise. 



I again want to thank Misty for writing this awesome post for me. I hope you all go to the website and at least watch some of the videos with the signs to see just how easy it is. You don't have to teach your kids the whole alphabet but a few signs really do come in handy!


You can also find babysignlanguage.com on Facebook! Go "like" them to show your support :)


November 23, 2010

Grrrr...

So yeah...

Sorry I haven't been around! Let's just say my "computer crashed" and I'm "pissed off" and want to "break something".  Good thing Chikezie has a laptop, too. 

I'm hoping I can still get everything off of my computer aka photos and videos of the boys since birth. I saved everything in Picasa but don't know it'll all still be there.  
(Please, no lectures about backing things up, I know.) 

So now I'm just trying to coordinate my life for the holidays. This time of year is craziness. I probably won't post for the next couple days but I'll see you all next week :)

Sympathy vote? I could use some...
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November 18, 2010

little moments

We had another busy day today. Julian is cutting first tooth. Isaiah is attempting to wobbily crawl on all fours. He also pulled himself to standing on something once today. 


It seems like every day one boy or the other is doing something new! It's all going way too fast for this little mama. I want to savor every moment of every day because I honestly don't want to look back in a year and not remember something. I'm so glad I have this blog as a baby book of sorts. I remember what they did each day, and it's the little moments that I'll treasure the most. 

Here are some little moments of the little dudes adventuring in the grass yesterday:
The curious boy with the curls.

Ok, grass. Do you think we can get along today?

Nope. Still don't like it.

This little man captures my heart every day.

And just when I think I couldn't possibly fit any more love in...somehow my heart expands.

A little dreamer. 


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November 17, 2010

TEETH!



Wordless[ish] Wednesday: On my desk

This is my messy desk this morning:
I have a lot going on.

Chikezie asked me to make a onesie with his NineLion logo. This is what I came up with. Plus his favorite color is orange so he very much liked this :)

Can you spot the owl I was working on last week? She's hiding in the mess :)

I finished these ornaments for our tree yesterday. I figure they're felt so if the boys get a hold of them at least they won't break or hurt anybody. 

Of course, I can't get it all done without caffeine. It's not really tea in there though...coffee today. I made this cup during college in Iowa City at a place called Fired Up. They have a huge selection of ceramics to paint and they fire and glaze them for you. I have many treasures from this place that I painted with some of my favorite people. The shop owners were so nice and they had a lab who would lay in the sun coming through the front windows or run around the shop making us all nervous with his happily wagging tail coming a little too close to all the breakables!
And yes, I drink from a bendy straw. It's just more fun that way.

I'd be lost without my knitting gauge. I rarely knit exactly according to any pattern and these help me make sure everything will be the right size. Most of the time though, I just make my own patterns :)

I suck at cutting hearts. It usually takes me a few tries before I get one I like.

What do you guys do with all your extra cords/chargers/usb cords/earbuds etc.? Ours are in a tangled mess in this little wood box...which I think is actually a pot from Ikea. We really  need a new system.

The super chunky and amazingly warm cowl I made this weekend. Ugh I want a whole bed made out of this yarn. I'll put this up in the shop soon!

Our like $1 stockings from last year that I will spruce up a little for this year. 

And of course under my desk is a basket full of my future creations. Love all these yummy colors!

If you don't feel like leaving any comments today, could you at least give me a couple clicks? I average like one vote a day with these little pleads. Am I not asking nicely enough? Are my posts sucking butt lately? Yeah, I know. Today's was a little on the boring side. Maybe tomorrow I'll add some "POW!"s and some "BAM!!"s. That might spice things up a little, no?
 I think the one vote a day is probably actually from myself...
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