Saturday, January 29, 2011

My feral child

Gabriel has become very independent. If we don't do what he needs in his time frame, no worries. He's got The Stool. It's a step stool that we bought so I could reach the high cabinets in our kitchen in Flagstaff. Just a small folding metal step stool. Gabe has discovered he can reach high things with it.

-He can open all the doors in the house now as well. One morning he comes walking into our room and wakes me up by shoving an apple in my mouth. He had eaten half of a whole apple! He took his stool and climbed up onto the counter where the fruit bowl was.

-He wanted a drink of milk from a "big boy cup". They are a set of four cheap ceramic mugs from Walmart that he likes to drink from. I told him I would get him some, but didn't move fast enough. I came into the kitchen and he had opened the dishwasher, climbed up on the washer lid with the help of his stool, opened the top rack and got a mug and climbed down. He brought it to me saying "Milk?"

-Had a cup, scooted his stool over to our ice/water fridge and filled up a cup of water!

What a self sufficient guy. Can't wait for him to cook me meals.. :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Fifth Wheel? You betcha.

My dream came true last night. My sister-in-law Kelly had to go to school last night. No, that's not the dream. The dream come true was that she gave me her ticket to Wicked. I went with her mother, SIL, niece and my niece Danie. I just totally honed in on a family girls night out and I have no issue with that. I have no shame when it comes to Wicked! No cameras in the theater. Poo.

The awesome stage with moving dragon
The Glinda and Elphaba of the night.
They're no Kristin Chenoweth or Idina Menzel but they were quite excellent!
It was so wonderful. Bawled the entire time? Why yes I did, thanks for asking!
Thanks to Kelly for thinking of me.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Christmas and New Years

These needed to be done! Not a lot of pictures taken because our Holiday season was pretty laid back. Spent Christmas just the three of us and then had a small brunch at our house. Late that night, Emma arrived and stayed for a week. We had friends over for games, watched a lot of movies/tv, Emma cleaned my house... :) It was wonderful.

Nate's brother Daniel got us Nerf guns and Nate was threatening Gabe's life...

But gave up in the end because he's a softie daddy.

The loot from Gabe's stocking. After opening up his Cars cars, we had to force him to open his other presents! He just wanted to play cars!

His new cars, the Charger, Lightening McQueen, Flo, Ramone, and the "woo woo" Grandma got him from Germany.
I was a lazy picture taker but I got a new nativity set, Fiestaware, new clothes, new cleats, shin guards, and soccer balls and a bike trailer for Gabe! Gabe got a darling stuffed barn, a floor piano you step on, a train set and some wonder markers. Nate got a Spanish sword letter opener, a steering wheel cover and a huge pile of lumber to build a workbench. It sounds like I really made out this year! Sheesh! Apparently I need to be giving more!

Playing a board game with our friends Jesse and Camry (and pretty much the one picture I have of Emma..)

Cute Lyla hiding in my snack cupboard.

Gabe and Lyla on the floor piano

Playing Beatles Rock Band after Emma left

This is how I feel after the holidays. Whew!

Cake baking and Cheerios

I have a papier mache Dia de los Muertos skull from Mexico and it sits on my piano. Gabe was eating his Cheerios on the floor. It got very quiet so I looked over and he had taken the skull off the piano and was feeding it Cheerios!

I was baking a cake the other day and Gabe wanted to help. So he sat on the counter and "measured" flour for me.