Sunday, January 30, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
But our bathroom isn't exactly babyproof! Shutting the door isn't an option because I need to know that I could hear him if he really needed me...but keeping him out of trouble in there is also tough. I often find myself making silly faces at him through the glass, singing songs to him...and saying, "No, no" whenever he heads toward any number of hazards, including the toilet. Sometimes he heeds my warnings...and other times he ignores me, as I watch [defenslessly] from behind the shower door.
Take yesterday morning, for example. When I got into the shower, Augustine was happily playing with toys in his room. Five minutes later, however, he had made his way into my bathroom [despite my best efforts to keep him out, our bathroom has become one of his favorite rooms in the house]. As I shampood my hair, I watched my little rebel get into the cabinet under our sink and pull out the nail polish remover--perfect, I thought, a call to poison control is not on my list of things to do today. Then I watched as he maneuvered, polish remover in hand, toward the toilet bowl [seat up].
"No, no," I said, and he amicably backed away from the toilet. Good boy!
He got distracted by the scale for a bit, then back under the sink to see what else he could find! Meanwhile, I finished washing my hair, shaved my legs, lost track of the little bugger...and looked up just in time to see him pulling up on the toilet. "No, n-..." Splash! There goes my nail polish remover --nice.
I quickly rinsed my hair and got out to put an end to the maddness. I glanced in the toilet on my way out of the bathroom [knowing full well that the nail polish remover would remain in the toilet until my hubby got home to fish it out], and what do you think I saw?
A GIANT bobby pin was my first thought--my mind was playing games with me. So I looked a little closer. My glasses! What a sneaky [and funny] little boy I have!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Most people report about things their kids say. From Augustine, I hear lots of adorable "Mamas" and "Dadas"--and recently, a piggy squeling whenever he doesn't get his way (it's pretty cute acutally).
But today Luke said something ridiculous and funny.
Our conversation went something like this:
Luke: "I mixed Coke in with my coffee today."
me: "Yuck, that sounds gross..."
Luke: "Yeah, it wasn't good. I thought I would like it, but I was thinking coffee and beer."
Me: "Really? Coffee and beer? Why would you do that?"
Luke: "You know, an upper and a downer. It's not bad."
Me: "You've done that before?"
Luke: "Yeah, in college a few times. My brother used to do it. He would eat his cereal with beer if he could!"
What a silly husband [and brother-in-law] I have! And, for the record, Luke would not eat his cereal with beer if he could!
One of my new year's resolutions is to laugh more this year. I am off to a good start! And by "laugh more," I really mean, "be more joyful!"
Sunday, January 9, 2011
I made the banner on the morning of the party. I purchased rectangles of felt from Michaels and was able to get three pennants out of each piece. Then I free-handed the letters with black Sharpie onto the felt pieces and cut them out. I used jungle animal barbs (also from Michaels) to fasten the pennants together and to attach the letters.
And who can forget, the cake! Or in our case, the CUPcakes! Two of my great friends, Amanda and Nicole, came over the night before the party to help me decorate about 40 cupcakes. We made buttercream frosting and marshmellow fondant from scratch. Working with the fondant was actually a lot of fun and not as intimidating as I thought it would be. In the end, we had the perfect amount of fondant left for me to use on Augustine's smash cake. I think everything turned out really cute!
One of my favorite parts of Augustine's party were his party favors! I saw a similar idea online months ago and just had to recreate it! After months of online browsing, I found clear boxes at a price I could pay without feeling guilty. :) The animal (i.e. Safari!) crackers came in a way too large tub at Sam's--I sure hope Augustine likes them because we have enough to last us a very long time! I bought round printable sticker labels at Michaels, and my husband, once again, went to work to produce exactly what I had in mind! I ordered the animal toppers from Oriental Trading Company, and tied them up with ribbon from Michaels.
For some reason, I just had to have M&Ms (for those who don't know, I LOVE M&Ms). I looked into ordering customized ones online, but they were super expensive...so I bought the 56 ounce bag from Sams and picked out at the blue and brown ones instead!
A tradition was started when I bought Dr. Suess' Happy Birthday to You and asked everyone to sign it. It is a fairly long book, and I think it can hold a childhood's worth of birthday party signings, so we will continue to get it out every year. Luke also made the prop for the jungle animal finger puppet favors (you can't see it, but they had Tootsie Pops in them).
Thank you to all our great friends who celebrated Augustine's special day with us!!