Archive for October, 2007

yoda, he was


And there you have it. Thanks to all who participated in the “guess what Owen’s going to be” game. There were some very inspired guesses. But as destiny would have it, Owen has embraced his inner geek at an early age, and I couldn’t be happier about it.


Owen actually handled his costume quite well – he even played in it for a while. Needless to say, the force is strong with this one. Master Yoda would be proud.



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Our house has been a buzz with lots of preparation for Owen’s first Halloween. It all began with the annual carving of the pumpkin. Travis, being the “Clark Griswold” of the family, insisted on our little family watching “Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin” to get into the spirit of Halloween. After the inspiration we received from Charlie, we set out to carve our beautiful pumpkin (which we picked ourselves…see “jumpin’ pumpkin jamboree“).


Travis and I were excited to see Owen’s reaction to the pumpkin, but he cared a whole lot more about the sounds he made when he kicked the newspaper underneath the pumpkin!


When we finally diverted Owen’s attention away from the crinkly newspaper to the pumpkin, he was not impressed. In fact, he looked down right offended that we would even entertain the idea that he would want to smear his hands in pumpkin goop!


Owen’s first pumpkin carving experience didn’t last very long. After a little bit of smearing (which I forced him into), it was off to the bath to clean off the sticky pumpkin. We had to wait until the next morning to get this adorable picture of Owen next to our wonderfully carved jack-o-lantern!


Besides carving pumpkins, I’ve been preparing for Halloween by baking some Halloween treats! Since becoming a full-time homemaker and mom, I am embracing the title whole-heartedly! I went to Target and bought myself a complete set of Halloween cookie cutters and sprinkles. Today while Owen napped, I whipped up a batch of homemade sugar cookie dough. After picking up Rowan and Savannah (the kids I take care of every afternoon), it was time to begin! We rolled dough, cut out some cookies, checked the oven every 2 minutes to make sure they weren’t burning, set them out to cool, and then iced and sprinkled! It was a blast! I even tried my hand at making the perfect orange colored icing. (I don’t mean to brag, but I paid attention during elementary art class and mixed the yellow and red food coloring to create a near perfect shade of Halloween orange!)


So, the pumpkin is carved. The cookies are made. The candy has been purchased. The costume is hanging in the closet and waiting until its identity can be revealed (check back tomorrow – it’s not too late to guess what he’s going to be!!). This family is ready. Only one more day!

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only one more day…

Yes, Owen has a Halloween costume this year. No, he’s not going to be a pirate (this pic came from one of his crazy, er, average days home with Emily).

We’ll reveal his costume on Wednesday, but until then we’re taking guesses as to WHAT he’s gonna be. The winner will get fame, fortune, their own TV series, a showcase on MTV Cribs, and, of course, a very public shout out on this very blog.

So if you’ve never left a comment – here’s your chance! We wanna hear your guess.

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So why not kick things off with a little Thriller? C’mon. You know you want to. The above video even cuts straight to the good stuff.

I also recommend you click here to see the Thriller dance interpreted by a rather…um…unexpected?…group of guys.

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rollin’, rollin’, rollin’…

Okay, here’s the progression! He’s doing it. He’s rolling over all by himself!




I know that the first picture looks like Travis is helping him, but I promise that he’s not! The last picture is what his face looks like every time he rolls…complete amazement that he accomplished such an amazing task!

I had to take Owen to the doctor yesterday to see what was up with this bad rash he had had on his chest and back for the last 3 weeks. Behind the doctor’s table was a big mirror. Owen got a kick out of looking at himself roll over in the mirror. Seriously, I think he rolled over about 10 times before the doctor came in! By the time she got in, the paper covering the table was ripped to pieces and covered in drool (Owen tends to drool even more when concentrating!).

In case you’re curious…the rash turned out not to be a rash. Owen has a “very extensive case of excema” (the doctor’s words). She said he’ll probably outgrow it in a couple of years, but until then, he’ll be covered in vaseline nightly! Poor kid. As you can see from the pictures, his itchy skin doesn’t seem to be keeping him from enjoying his new skill!

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wait a second…


Maybe it’s just me. But I’m pretty sure there’s a similarity here.

(sorry about the pixelation…not sure what’s up there)

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look, mom…no hands!!


As I am quickly learning, the life of a stay-at-home-mom is never dull! (In case you haven’t figured it out yet, this is Emily! My first post…yippee!) This week, Owen gained more independence, and I lost a little of my freedom. Gone are the days when I could put Owen in the middle of my bed and expect him to stay put. This week, Owen has become mobile…he rolls!! And boy is he thrilled about it! Every time he does it, he has a huge smile on his face and giggles. I don’t mind losing a little of my freedom when I see how happy he is about his newly found mobility!

As the picture would suggest, Owen has also started teething in a serious way. Drool pours out of his mouth and soaks his shirts, his fingers are constantly shoved in his mouth (which is cool with me except when I realize that Max has just finished licking his fingers…what are you gonna do?), and teething rings are my new best friend!

After an afternoon of fussy Owen, I was looking for something to soothe his sore gums. I pulled a chilly teething ring out of the fridge, stuck it in his mouth and expected to have to hold it for him (like I usually do). But, much to my surprise (and Owen’s, too!), the teething ring stayed in the mouth! What a day…

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