Thursday, July 24, 2008

Duuuude you're old...


Hey, any excuse to post this photo again...
Happy Birthday dude. We love you. Keep rock'n!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I know...


I swore up and down that when I had a baby girl, I would never stick her in one of those ridiculous baby bow headbands that people put on their babies heads in case, God Forbid, someone might mistake them for a boy... So I stuck a bow to her head with corn syrup - because that's so much better.

1st haircut


I forgot to post about his first haircut. It's a bit of a post worthy occasion don't you think? Sadly, it's taken me a month to do so... So he just sat there and got his hair cut. There isn't some crazy story of me sedating him or hog tying him to the chair - all it took was a cookie.

bully


The scratch next to his eye looks worse in person. Here in this photo, Jake unfortunately reminds me of a bad mug shot of some guy arrested for getting in a bar brawl. We'll just say that's the photographer's fault. So anyway, Jake had his first run-in with the preschools little lambs class bully. When I went to pick him up yesterday, attached my sign-out sheet there was a booboo report stating that Jake got scratched by another classmate. When I saw him it looked like a angry rodent tried to claw his eyes out. I couldn't believe another little "lamb" did this to my little "lamb". The school yard is a tough place kid.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

gimme gabba

We have a new family favorite past time around here... and no, it's not wearing wigs.
I guess I wouldn't call it a past time, it's more of a favorite distraction.
Yo Gabba Gabba has it all - creative design, novel mid century-ish animation, and catchy/sometimes annoying tunes and then cranks it up a notch. Or three. It’s easily the most pop-saturated, design savvy preschooler show I've ever seen. I'm ridiculously excited about this show. Almost more so than Jake & apparently I'm not alone. It seems the show has also acquired a bit of a cult following with 20 somethings. Most of them, I'm guessing, potheads OR just parents who used to be... Like the Teletubbies, this children's show has become the visual equivalent of the munchies. Honestly, the show is just weird, but a good weird. Not creepy weird except for the fact that i find it disturbing that the characters' mouths don't move. Mostly it's pure, innocent happy weird.
For example...


& on one of My other favorite shows Joel regularly pays homage to all the great dancing happening.


My name is Jeannine - I like to dance!

Monday, July 14, 2008

4 months and 3 days


I look at her sometimes and wonder, "where on earth did you come from?", as if she just landed on our doorstep in a basket. She's so beautiful. I think her eyes might stay blue.

She's is getting a lot of hand control now. She can grasp things and hit herself euphorically in the face with them.
She can also roll over now. She's so advanced. It's scares me how fast she is growing up. It is truly painful. I want her to stay this age forever. However, she's at that really annoying stage where she'll roll over on her belly and be very happy about it, but then realize she's stuck and needs rescuing. Once she's there, she'll sort of lurch around like a little sow bug. I mean that in the nicest possible way. It's the beginning of crawling I guess.

She's such a happy baby. She'll just crack up at practically anything you do making you feel like a very fun person to be around. In other words she very good for the ego. I'll sit in front of her for the longest time making funny faces and playing peek-a-boo and she will go into complete hysterics. I don't remember Jake being that way. He was a more serious, pensive baby. He still kind of is. He's just is more discerning on what amuses him. It's a genius thing.

I need to vent about something. Right now we're struggling to figure out what to do with the sleeping situation. Chloe's still in our room and it's wearing. We're afraid to put her in with Jake because I have visions of him, with the best of intentions, offering her every blanket off his bed and, well, you can imagine. Once she's able to actually crawl out from under them that won't be an issue, but for now it obviously is. Even once she can somewhat defend herself, I still don't think they can co-habitate for very long.

So, for this reason, and many, many others we think we're putting the house on the market. I'm both excited and majorly freaked out about this. This is obviously a huge decision, but it was going to happen at some point in the very near future anyway. Therefore we're making the leap now. Here's the thing that worries me, with the market the way it is right now and with the lenders being very stingy, we might not be able to afford L.A.
So we've started entertaining the idea of leaving the state. I know. The sad thing is we only have a couple choices with Jonathan's work and Kansas City and Dallas are the most likely. I know. Aside from Chloe, I just don't think our hair is big enough for either, but we could afford a really big house (with a pool!) compared to the tiny fixer we could get here in L.A. and that's very seductive. I've never been a fan of L.A. anyway. Born and raised here, I can safely say I've had enough of this place. If we actually took advantage of what this place has to offer like the beach and night life or had family here I'd be more hesitant, but we don't. We can sit on our couch and wear wigs anywhere in the country and do it for a lot less. Hell, it would be a much bigger couch too. That said, it'll be a while before we throw in the towel and leave California. We're going to try to stay here, but there is a very real plan B so stay tuned and rock on.