Tuesday, November 25, 2008


I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving! Finally! We are heading up to Pdam this Turkey Day, for the first time in probably over 5 years. I am so happy to be going home that I am grateful that it is Tuesday, of all days.

A funny thanksgiving story: when Keith and I were dating, Keith's mom and I had a nice little conversation about the holiday:

S: I love Thanksgiving, it's my favorite holiday.
Me: Why? 'Cause you like to eat?
S: Noooo.... Because we have a lot to be thankful for.
Me: Oh. Yeah.

I totally thought I had blown my possible-daughter-in-law status right then and there. Good thing she's got such a great sense of humor.

On a different note, I realized it's been days, maybe weeks since I took a picture of Lilian (gasp!), so I thought I'd share with you all her recent haircut. One of the perks of having a girl? I'm totally not intimidated by cutting her hair by myself. And if I do say so... She's certainly looking quite cute and pixyish. I was going for a bit of a Suri look. And now, no more baby-hair crazy ends.

hy-yah! karate Lilian thrown in there too!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Evolution of a Fan

So, a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to see what all the big fuss was about, so I got it out of the library and read this:

I liked it enough. Not written particularly well, and not a very in-depth plot, but a great story, and particularly imaginative. And very compelling. It only took me 3 days to get through the 450+ pages.

So then, of course, I had to go see this:

Again, not particularly well written, but I think it was cast appropriately. And very multi-culturally, which was refreshing in a kind of tolerance-theme movie. I liked the special effects, even though there weren't any fangs. I was kind of hoping for some fangs. The whole movie just seemed to be about adolescent love-angst. And I love me some angst. One of the main reasons I still love watching the CW.

So now, I have a big crush on this:

Come on, people. It's not called fantasy for nothing.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Mad Props to Keith!

Keith's hard work at his former company is really paying off! Keith was the reason that the company pursued a motion-sensing platform for the devices that we made, and the work that he did to bring it to "life" has shown itself to the market, right in time for Christmas!

So, if you have a DS, consider buying what I assume is a super cool game, if only because it has a big chunk of Keith's professional life tied up into it.

(see the Kionix logo on the package! Woot!)

Oh, and just so I don't feel left out... Keith and I are listed as co-inventors on a new patent. That makes 2 patents for me!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Let it snow!

Yesssssss! Finally! Bring it on! I love it!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Living like grownups

We finally bought dining room chairs! We have owned our beautiful cherry dining table for who knows how many years, and we finally bought dining chairs to go with it. If you have ever shopped for nice dining chairs then you know why it took us so long. Dining chairs are ridiculously expensive. Then, as luck would have it, Keith hooked up with a local restaurant supply company through Craigslist (or the classifieds... I can't remember), and found these beautiful chairs for a serious fraction of furniture store prices. They got delivered today, and they look just great with the table.

Before and after:

Retirement Community Fun

We spent the weekend in NJ visiting Keith's grandfather. It's always nice to go visit, but this time was especially fun because Sue and Lee were there too. Lili was the picture of excitement to have so many people's attention and she passed the time with barely any toys and lots and lots of mattress-jumping.

It's amazing to say, but the 8 hour drive down and back was really not so bad. I love thruway rest-stops!

This is watching football with Grandpa Lee:

And, Lili's touch-down face:
And reading with Poppy:

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Gak Attack

I made Gak for Lili and her friends to play with for playgroup today. It's turned out to be a great thing, as she's been playing with it for a very long time by herself this afternoon, and it is so much less messy than playdoh!

It's really easy to make, too:

Solution A: 4 oz (1/2 cup) Elmer's White glue (generic would work too)
1/2 cup warm water
Food Coloring
Solution B : 1 1/3 cup hot water
4 tsp Borax (powdered laundry booster)

Mix both solutions separately until well mixed, and/or dissolved.
Pour Solution A into Solution B and gak will immediately form at the bottom. Agitate it a little with your fingers, and pour off some of the water off the top. Pull the gak bundle out of the water and just let it flow through your hands back and forth until the extra water comes off. Store in an airtight container for who knows how long. Beware that it can get stuck to clothing, and I don't know (yet) if it washes out!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Funny Pictures

Scary Mommy is having a reader fueled post on school pictures, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Since Lili is too young to have had any school pictures, it made me think about pictures of her that I think are funny. So I went digging around and found three that I really like. Weirdly enough, they're all from roughly the same time period, winter 2007-8. We have...

The visit from the scary hairy fairy

A dinner hangover

And Lili's impersonation of Pavarotti

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Who lives here???

There are some pretty interesting last names in the Chittenden County phone book!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

big girl bed - phase 2

In case you blinked and missed it, phase 1 was the purchasing of the big girl bed.

Actually, phase 1 probably began with the... "hmmm, maybe she should be out of her crib sometime soon?". In fact, it has been a few months since Lili showed interest in sleeping anywhere other than her crib, and the thought of a "real" bed crossed our minds. It would be nice, we think, to not have to take the pack and play with us when we travel, and also will be an easier transition for her than having to give up her crib to a new baby, so why not do it now? Plus, I have visions of cuddling in her bed with her at night.

Then came the search for the right bed. We wanted twin size so that we don't have to do another transition from a toddler bed to a twin size bed. Lili is also a really restless sleeper, and can be found all over her bed at various times of night. We contemplated just putting a mattress on the floor and letting her roll off if she so desired, but then decided she'd be too cold if that happened. Then the brilliance! At a neighbor's house we saw the holy grail: a bed that looked basically like the top section of a bunk bed. A real twin sized bed with high walls to keep our tossing and turning kid from falling and screaming. So we trekked to Kids Town only to discover to our horror that the bed we wanted would cost us over $800. Without a mattress.

What to do? Oh yes! IKEA is a mere 2 hours away! Let's see what they have! And lo and behold, a simple plain wood bunk bed just like we dreamed of. All we needed was a saw. Thanks to some other neighbors, the project was done in less than 2 hours. And only cost $150. For two beds. How sweet is that? Now we just have to wait for her (all natural and turns out to be expensive but at least we didn't blow all the money on the bed) mattress to arrive (4-6 weeks!) and we can complete phase 3: actually using the bed. I'm sure there will be many more phases as we figure out how to keep a kid in bed, but for now I'm happily anticipating!

measure twice, cut once!

et, voila! awaiting her majesty!