Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Islwyn's New Summer Outfit

Since I finally finished Jonathan's sweater--that I have been knitting since like October, I decided to make a new outfit for Islwyn for the summer. The material is seersucker (green and white striped). I think it turned out pretty cute--although it was the hardest outfit I have sewn so far. I think it will be nice and cool in the summer.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Islwyn's Outdoor Adventure (and other happenings)

It was a beautiful, sunny day yesterday here in Maine. My friend Jenn and I were sure that the kids would Love a fun walk outside and some time to play in the snow and sun. It was fairly warm as well. The walk down to the lake was pretty fun. But the kids were just not that into playing in the snow. Here are Islwyn and AnaSofia standing....Islwyn eating the snow....
Islwyn looking at more snow and starting to cry...
Meanwhile AnaSofia just want to get back into her stroller. So we decide to just head home. Of course, Islwyn gets really upset and pretty much cried the whole walk home. Sigh. I don't know what was wrong. But Jenn and I enjoyed the walk at least.

In other news, here are some pics of Islwyn and Jonathan enjoying an after dinner snack of brownies together.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Islwyn Dancing etc.

Here is a clip of Islwyn playing with one of his best friends--AnaSofia. Islwyn has gotten especially attached to her lately--saying, "Ana, Ana!" over and over again. She is just so much fun to play with! In the first part of the clip they had both been dancing to some music and so I got the camera out to get it and then --where the clip starts--you can see what happens once I try to tape them dancing. (They stop dancing pretty much). The second part of the clip they are just playing with some blocks together. I will work on getting better footage of him playing in the future.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Islwyn and His Obsession with Mustard

Islwyn has decided that his favorite condiment is mustard. Everything he eats needs to have a little bit of mustard on his plate to be dipped. He had mashed potatoes and steak for lunch today. But he went to the fridge before lunch and got the mustard out. He got it open and started squirting it on his plate--I had to help him with that part. Then he dipped his steak AND potatoes into the mustard and tried to lick off as much of the mustard that he could without getting any of the potatoes or steak into his mouth. The whole time his is eating he says, "Dipped! Dip it! Dipped! Dip it!" That is what he is saying in the picture below. As he dips his steak.
Another thing he just figured out today is that if he bangs the lids to pots together they make a really loud noise that is really fun! And it is super fun because it makes mama crazy. Anyway, it is so funny because his favorite cupboard in the kitchen is the one with the pots and pans. He is always playing in there. Since he was about 9 months I think he liked opening that cupboard. Then he gets the potatoes and onions out of their drawer, puts them in his pots, and shakes them around so they can "cook." But just today he has finally realized he can use the lids as cymbals. Crazy.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Islwyn's New Pants

I bought some vintage clothing patterns off of eBay the other day. I got lots of little boys and girls outfits. Most of them are from the 40's and 50's. The little girl dresses are soooo cute so I just hope Becky has a little girl so I can make little dresses for her. Anyway, I decided to try my hand at making an outfit for Islwyn all on my own. So I picked out an overalls pattern from the 1950's I think and whipped this outfit up. I bought the black corduroy material, but the red material was a gift from Jonathan's mom. I don't think this one turned out as good as the red ones I made him. And I have never followed a pattern before on my own, so I made some mistakes and then had to go back and rip some seams out etc. Jonathan's mom made an overalls outfit for Jonathan out of that materials when he was a little boy and had some pieces left over. You can see a picture of Jonathan wearing the outfit made with this material next to the picture of Islwyn in the outfit I made him. Do you think Islwyn looks like Jonathan?

One of Islwyn's favorite things to do these days is get the lotion out and spread it all over his cheeks and hands. And then he has to come over and make sure my face is moisturized too. So cute.

Islwyn has ANOTHER cold! Poor baby. He is sneezing and coughing with a runny nose. No fever this time though. But he couldn't sleep and got up at 5:30 this morning! He goes to the dr. today so at least he will be looked at. I feel like he was just sick.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Islwyn and the Rugs

Islwyn has decided that we need his help rearranging the rugs in the house...every day. He likes to go around and pick them up and drag them around, usually making a pile of all the rugs in the kitchen. While it is sort of cute--it does make more work for me having to pick up and put all the rugs back. But here are a few pictures of him in action.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Videos of Islwyn

I wanted to video tape a couple of things that Islwyn is doing all the time now. Like he loves to point at his nose, mouth, hair, etc. on us too. It is so cute and he is so good at it. In the video he didn't say the names of all the body parts he was pointing at, but he can say a lot of them. He said "eye" in the video. But he can also say ear, nose, hair, and tummy.

The second video is of me reading Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? to Islwyn. It is one of his favorite books. He loves reading it and making the sounds in the story. He is really good at it.

The third video is of Islwyn laughing. He LOVES the nose aspirator and thinks that I love it as much as he does. So he is always trying to stick it up my nose and when I move away he thinks it is the funniest thing ever. But I mostly just taped it because I wanted some video of him laughing so hard. There is nothing better than a baby laughing.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Islwyn, the World Traveler

So Islwyn got his very first passport in the mail on Saturday. That was pretty exciting. Here are some pics of him all ready to travel! Now, his passport picture is sooooo cute. But I thought it was probably not a good idea to include a picture of the first page of his passport as it is rife with all kinds of important info that I just don't think the world at large needs to be able to see. But just believe me--it is cute! He looks so serious in it.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Islwyn, blueberries, painting, and kisses!

In the picture above you can see Islwyn making fishy faces. He LOVES making fishy faces. Actually, I LOVE it when he makes fishy faces. So I make him make them all the time. I think it is soo cute. Now he thinks that he has to make fishy faces to give me kisses. It is so adorable. So here he is-at the dinner table, making fishy faces because I am begging him to. You'll also notice the blue stuff all over his face. If you look at the picture below, you will see he still has blue stuff all over his face.

He is obsessed with blueberries. I mean, obsessed. You can even see a blueberry in his mouth if you look closely. Anyway, he begs and begs for blueberries. Whenever he gets into his chair for a meal he just says (in sign language) that he is "all done" while saying it out loud as well. Then he points at the freezer and says, "more." In sign language and the spoken word simultaneously. It has gotten to the point where I have to give him some frozen blueberries to even get him to eat other food. I guess he really IS a Main-uh. By the way--did you know that like 95% of all the blueberries sold in the US are from Maine? And like 80% of them Islwyn has eaten by now I think.

In other family events, we decided ( I mean I) decided that we were going to repaint the kitchen. We are hoping to get a new floor in there soon--since the stuff that is in there now is at least like 30 years old and is disintegrating in many spots. Also, no matter how hard I scrub--it still looks dirty and that makes me crazy. So anyway, I decided that since the walls were sooo dirty--which you can't really see in the pics--but believe me--the walls were dirty. I decided that we should repaint the kitchen BEFORE getting the new floor. Then we can just get paint all over the old gross floor while painting and it is no big deal. So above you can see a picture of Islwyn helping Jonathan tape around the walls in preparation for the painting. Below, is a pic of our kitchen before we painted it.

I know, I know, in the pic the walls actually don't look bad. But believe me--they were very dirty and probably hadn' t been painted in like 20 years. Below is a pic of the kitchen now that it has been painted.

Note the cool 1950's counter and cabinets. Love them. In the next picture you can see the neat light fixtures too. I know that this yellow is pretty bold--but I like it!