Saturday, July 18, 2009

Just Another Stinky Boy

Yup. That's my son. Just another stinky boy.
Let me back up just a little. We started the day with a refreshing bath and then headed out to the local farmers' market. We were greeted with sweltering temps that were in the low 100s. I was not anticipating that type of heat, and apparently neither were my fellow shoppers. We all were audibly complaining of the mind-numbing heat. It was enough to put you into a sweat-soaked coma. After our heat laden shopping excursion we came home for Luke's nap. Post nap we went to my in-laws to pick up the last of our frozen goods (the delivery man eventually arrived with our much-celebrated refrigerator.) Unfortunately most of the day was not spent lounging next to the air conditioning. When we got home I pulled my sweaty boy out of his car seat, and, wait, WHAT IS THAT FUNK? No. Really. What the hell stinks?! My sweet angel baby smells like sweaty gym socks?
Yes, I know babies sweat and sweat doesn't always smell good. But when it's your baby you just don't expect a funk to be oozing from his every pore. Babies are supposed to smell like lotion and sugary sweetness, not some old P.E. clothes that were shoved in the back of a teenagers locker for six months! i don't ever recall Maddie smelling this way. And trust me, there were plenty of summer days where she too was a bundle of slippery sweat.
Therefore I have come to the conclusion that it's because he is a boy. Not to offend the menfolk out there, but boys are stinky. Now, before any of the aforementioned boys gets their panties in a bunch let me state that, yes, for the record, girls can be stinky too. I will be the first to acknowledge that I do not smell like roses first thing in the morning. Shocking I know, but oh so true. As women, we generally smell good (or at least decent) 80-90% of the time. This is basically because we would be mortified if anyone referred to us as "stinky". It is just expected that we smell good. Just look at all of the yummy smelling products we use: deodorant, perfumes, lotions, bodysoaps, hairspray, blah, blah, blah.
Even our male dog smells a lot worse than our female dog. He is faaaaaaaaaaar more gaseous, and he too just has a FUNK. Can't quite put my finger on it, but there is always a stink about him.
Despite this, I LOVE my boys, stink and all. And on the next triple digit day I won't be quite so alarmed when my baby smells like boys locker room rather than a pink bottle of Johnson's and Johnson's.

Friday, July 17, 2009


I have spent the last four hours waiting for our refrigerator to be delivered. I swear, this is akin to waiting for the Comcast guy. Only I can survive without cable (well...sort of...) We are living out of coolers in our kitchen and all of my frozen goods are habituating in my in-laws' freezer right now. Therefore if I need to thaw out some chicken for dinner I have to drive to the next city to get it. Delivery man, where are you?

As I mentioned in my two previous posts I am making Luke's baby food. It is easier than I thought it would be. Not quite sure what motivated me to make this choice other than I just wanted to give him some organic homemade goodness for his ever-expanding belly. Thus far we have tried oatmeal and rice cereal (those I bought), peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, and beans. I forgot how entertaining solids can be. The look on his face when he tries a new food for the first time. The way his whole face kinda scrunches up and his lips pucker out as if to say, " Holy crap Mom, what is this explosion of flavor you have put in my mouth?!?" Most foods have been a success, with the exception of that too ripe banana that never made it past the second bite. And peas are only tolerated when paired with carrots. Carrots have been his biggest fave by far.
I have been working on some skirts for this summer. I can't wait to post some pix for you. I found a great tutorial on one of my favorite blogs, Grosgrain. Check it out. So easy and cheap. I got a couple bargain yards ($5!) at one of my favorite quilt shops, Quilter's Inn. Ooooh, I feel like a Mastercard commercial.
Fabric: $5
Elastic: $.25
Thread: $2
Feeling sassy in your new summer skirt, PRICELESS!

It appears my blogging time is up, I have a bored six year old who wants to play.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Oh Crap!

Why is it the fridge has to go out right after you have pureed two and half weeks worth of baby food (that took about four hours to complete start to finish), you have just bought two cases of ribs for your camping trip and you are in the middle of a heat wave? If you have any answers for me I would loooooooooooove to hear them!

Saturday, July 11, 2009


It has been far too long since my last post. As usual time got away from me. Life is so different with two kids. The days slip by much faster than I would like. But I need to try and set aside some time for blogging every few days. If I just get in the habit...
The kids are getting so big. Maddie has graduated onto first grade. She is enjoying the freedom that summer brings. She spent four weeks in swimming lessons and loved every splish-splashing minute of it. That time in the pool has turned her into our little brown girl. Aside from swimming lessons, Maddie's summer has consisted of walks to ice cream, visits to her grandparents' houses, crafty art projects, reading, and playing. Sigh...what a life!

Luke is now five months. FIVE MONTHS! He is so flippin' big. We call him our moose. He says da-da, is trying to figure out that whole crawling business, and is now eating solids. He was not a fan of peas, but has found them to be tolerable when mixed with carrots. He also loves his sweet potatoes. He is a very good eater. Baby food is a lot easier to make than I had anticipated. Lucas is a very happy baby most of the time. Although if he is tired all bets are off. He has an ugly side when he is tired (just like his mama!) With his constant smile and willingness to charm just about anyone people flock to him. I have been blessed to have two kids who are gregarious babies.

I have been busy working on the backyard, cleaning house, taking care of children and dogs, going to the gym, learning some fabulous new tricks with Photoshop, and trying to squeeze in some crafting time when I can get it. Nothing ever feels 100% done or completed. But I think that is how life is when you have two youngsters who need a lot of attention. Now if I could just learn to accept that... How did June Cleaver do it? And while wearing pearls no less!
Todd is busy working and helping around the house on his days off. We try to cram in as much as we can when he is home. As long as he can watch the news while drinking his coffee and reading the paper in the morning he is happy. We did have a date day in the Napa Valley a week ago. It was so nice, just the two of us.
We are looking forward to our visit to Tahoe and summer camping trip to Big Sur later this month. A couple getaways and some much needed R&R. Not to mention some great photo ops!