Thursday, April 26, 2007

Yay! Pictures!

(Maybe I'm the only one excited about my own pictures...)

This is what 6 cubic yards of mulch looks like in our driveway. I don't recommend it. It took Neil and somewhat I working on it for nearly two days straight before the driveway was clear and mulch was transferred to different points around our yard. We have lots to spare if anyone needs some... and we've already given a truckload to friends down the street! It barely made a dent. Thanks, City of Perrysburg, for the lesson that not everything free is good...

Ah, spring! This is a picture of a patch of crocuses in my front yard. They are usually the first to come out here - they're gone now, but they made my March so happy!

When I cut onions, two things happen: first, I put on these goggles so my eyes don't water so much. Next, Joel laughs at me. Here he is thinking he is absolutely hilarious. (And, I'm not going to lie, he really is.)

Joel loves stirring and tasting. So, he will often rummage around until he finds a cup- or bowl-like container and a utensil of some sort (this can be a spoon, a measuring cup, a pen, or a toothbrush), and stirs and tastes away. He puts the utensil in his mouth after stirring and enthusiastically says, "Mmmmmmmm!" This is usually followed by drinking whatever made up substance in the bowl/cup is, and, of course, more stirring. I get quite a few things done while encouraging him in this! :)

My very serious artist, asking for another color of paint. We have found that it is definitely best to strip him down before painting. (The bathtub ended up looking very much like the artwork about 15 minutes post-picture.)

I've mostly been hanging out with Joel and studying bones for the past week or so. The big, dreaded bone test is on Monday. I think it will be fine, in spite of all the horror stories. I've made a commitment to getting an A in this class, so I have no option but to know all the parts of the bones. So, that has become my nightly ritual.

Our whole house has been sick this week. Happily, we seem to be improving.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

What?! Snow?! Boo! I was really getting used to wearing light clothes and biking everywhere! My poor daffodils were apparently used to it, too... the poor things were beautifully blooming and enjoying the weather. They are now drooped over and crying out for warmth.

Lots of good things happening. Easter dinner will be at our house, and I have no idea what that means. Neil and I thought we could grill out, but then realized it will be 30 degrees. So, I'll have to plan an alternative menu. My Easter happiness will be super complete because my brother Scott is coming to visit, starting tomorrow! Yay!

My latest "hobby" is workout videos. I'm learning that I'm good at some things and not so much at others. For example, "Cardio HipHop" just makes me look like a fool. That went back to the library earlier this week.

Joel is almost done teething. This means that he is teething like a madman right now. He is so sad... but the end (and two new molars) is in sight. He is also climbing all over everything, especially if it has height to it, walking down the stairs with the help of the handrail, "helping" me with everything I do, and learning that he can make really neat sounds with his mouth. (Today we were listening to a song in which a guy has 15 pets, all of which are named Bob. Joel started saying "bob, bob, bob" and laughing a lot.) He really makes my life feel more complete.

I've signed up for my summer class. I'll be taking A&P II, trying out an online course for the first time. It's going to be rough to take it in two months since labs (with cats) are twice a week, and we do the much more intricate systems, like nervous and muscular. But, I always did much better in my summer classes in undergrad than in my regular classes. (A big difference, though, is that in undergrad I had no husband or children, and I worked at a coffeeshop. And the classes were things such as "Small Group Communication" and "Aural Skills III".) We'll see...

The Bierhup clan came over last night. What a great time!

Meatless hotdogs = ick.

My flute choir is playing at the Perrysburg community Good Friday service tomorrow at noon. It's at the Presbyterian church. Neil's dad is coming over to watch Joel while I go direct. Yay!