December 3, 2013
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving Ajax and I stayed home to bake pies and cookies and Noomi went to school for a half day, as we probably wouldn’t have accomplished much cooking with the nina. Ajax was a great help and declared that his apple pie was the best (it was darn good).
On Thanksgiving we headed to Brooklyn as dinner was at my parents’ house this year. My aunt Liz and her family were over, as well grandma Flo, and Jill even came in from Colorado. It was a was a wonderful meal and on top of that the Lions even won the game this year, so horray! Ajax and grandpa spent a good deal of time in the basement, playing pool, watching movies, and eating junk. Noomi had an excellent time running around the house nonstop, playing with the dogs, and demanding to be picked up by everyone. This was also the Thanksgiving that David challenged Emily to a game of Wizard’s Staff and totally lost.
After dinner, Dave and I headed back to Lansing, while my parents kept the kiddos. On Friday, my parents took Ajax into Dearborn to the Henry Ford Museum, while Emily, Jill, and Grandma Flo babysat Noomi. Both kids had an excellent time. Ajax loved all the old cars, planes, and trains.
I actually headed out on Black Friday and did a bit of shopping with a friend, while Dave enjoyed a quiet house. Emily brought the kiddos home on Saturday, which was nice as the house seemed a bit too quiet without them.
On Sunday, Noomi and I went grocery shopping and then when we got home we put up the Christmas tree. Ajax was so excited, he’s been asking us to put it up for a while now and loves the house decorated for the holidays. After putting up the tree, our Elf on the Shelf showed up and is named – Guillermo. Ajax is excited and a little concerned that the Elf is now watching his actions and reporting to the North Pole at night.
November 23, 2013
Poor Noomi… Ajax was in prime big brother mode today, lol. Every toy she picked up, he wanted, every toy he had, she wanted. Round and round our morning went with Dave and I both threatening to take away all the toys if they couldn’t share.
I guess everyone was a little tired because last night we to the Silver Bells parade in downtown Lansing. I picked up the kids early from daycare and we had an early dinner and were on the road a little after 5 pm to find parking and get good spots for the parade. There were a ton of people downtown all congregating in front of the capital building. Ajax was amazed and thought it was so cool that we were out that at night, while Noomi was bundled in her stroller sucking her thumb watching all the people. The parade was pretty neat with all the floats covered in holiday lights and playing Christmas songs. Ajax did wonderful and didn’t get scared by all the loud noises. We didn’t make it through the rest of the festivities, it was too late and way too cold (the temp saying it felt close to 24!), but when we got back to the car we ended up having an excellent view of the fireworks, which we then got to enjoy in the warmth of our vehicle.
Today, was pretty quiet. We cleaned the house, did laundry and I got some baking done. Noomi played in the pantry and took out all our canned goods and spread them throughout the kitchen and living room. She is in her repeating mode and will repeat everything you say. It’s pretty cute to hear her say random words like – duck, please. Her favorite book right now is – Good Night Moon – and we read it to her a dozen times a day. She’ll carry it around and hold it up to you to read to her.
Ajax spent a good part of his day playing with his train set and tractors and watching this ridiculous cartoon that he is obsessed with. It’s called – Lego Ninjago. As a matter of fact he talks about Ninjago (ninjas) all the time and how he wants to be a Ninjago and how he’ll need to leave home soon because Ninjago’s don’t live with their moms and dads, they live at special schools where they learn to be Ninjagos, so ya know he needs to go soon. I actually debated with him a bit, that he couldn’t go because we’d miss him too much. He replied, that yes, that would be sad, but he had to go. We went back and forth and I finally ended the conversation with – he can’t go because I don’t know where any Ninjago schools are in Lansing.
Here are two pictures from the parade. It was pretty dark and hard to take pictures.
Above is a picture of Ajax brushing his teeth. A few seconds after I took the picture he was laying completely across the counter. I have no idea why.
November 19, 2013
On Friday I got a call from daycare telling me that Noomi was running a 102 degree temperature. I said ok, and headed over to pick up the kids. Noomi finally caught our cold and was quite under the weather all weekend. On Sunday night she committed to waking up every 20 minutes like clock work.
While she wasn’t feeling well, Ajax was doing great so Dave decided to take him to the museum in E. Lansing. They had so much fun and Ajax could not wait to tell me about all the dinosaur bones they saw. He also got to “excavate” and search for bones with the MSU anthropology club. He kept digging and holding up his finds and claiming they were all dinosaur bones. The professor asked Ajax what he thought one such find was and he exclaimed that it was a dinosaur bone. She told him that that was a good theory, what did it feel like? He proudly claimed that it felt like a rock! For the record it was a rock.
October 31, 2013
What a great Halloween this year!
Both Dave and I were able to leave work early and made it to the kids’ Halloween party at school. This year the school went all out and did a full on costume party. Everyone was dressed up and each class went around the school collecting candy and oranges. It was pretty darn cute. Ajax was Spiderman and Noomi was a neon colored owl. Most of the kids in Ajax’s class were super heroes of some sort.
When we got home my parents, sister and grandma Flo came over and we all enjoyed some of Dave’s wonderful chili before gearing up. Ajax was so excited he kept doing laps around the house. And Noomi was excited because Ajax was excited and was also trying to do laps. It was of course raining outside, but on the up side it was quite warm, which was kind of odd given the season. Given the odd weather we only took Noomi to a few houses in the cul-de-sac. She seemed to enjoy it, though one house had on “scary music” and she did not care for it.
I brought Noomi home and then Ajax, Dave, grandpa and Emily continued trick or treating. Grandma Flo, grandma, Noomi and I passed out candy. Noomi had so much fun carrying around her little plastic pumpkin and dumping out the candy and then putting it back in. She also enjoyed handing out candy to the kids and when Ajax got home he took up the job. Sometimes I think it’s more fun to hand out candy.
October 24, 2013
Last night we had our first parent-teacher meeting. Unfortunately, Dave couldn’t attend, but honestly we were thinking that it was going to be a quick conversation and then we’d be on our way home. I mean, Noomi is a baby and Ajax is four. Well, it was a real parent-teacher meeting, I even had to sit in the little chair.
Ajax’s teacher, Ms. Megan, had wonderful things to say about him. She said he was a pleasure to have in her class. He was an excellent helper and has really opened up. She felt that he has wonderful leadership qualities. She said that he was on target, hitting all his developmental milestones and that the few outbursts or tantrums are completely within the realm of normal for his age. We discussed his writing and she showed me some of his artwork and progress on writing his name. She said that if she orally spells out a word for him, he can write it perfect. But if she writes it and asks him to look at and then write it, the letters get inverted. She said that this happens, kind of like you’re seeing things in a mirror. I explained that I see the same thing at home.
Noomi’s teacher, Ms. Toria, also had wonderful things to say about her, though really she is now spending her days in the toddler room, not the baby room. The teacher said that Noomi hit all the milestones, was walking, well adjusted and happy. I asked if she was concerned given Noomi’s lack of vocabulary and she said not at all. Noomi is a second child and it’s normal for the second child to talk a little later. I guess that makes sense as Ajax’ is constantly talking.
Overall, I felt both meetings went well, both kids had glowing reviews. We also received our first snow yesterday. Looks like we’ll be putting winter coats on over Halloween costumes.
A teacher at school put Noomi’s hair in a pony tail! I was so surprised when I picked her up.
October 19, 2013
Fall is in full swing here, what a wonderful season. It’s cool, a bit rainy, and the leaves are changing colors. Today we carved pumpkins. This was the first year that Ajax put his hand into the pumpkin to scoop out the guts/seeds. He also asked for scary faces and they turned out quite well. Noomi sat at the table and licked the pumpkins and somehow managed to eat some of the pumpkin guts that landed on the table near her. She gobbled them up before we could stop her. Oh well, veggies right?
Besides pumpkins today was pretty darn quite. We bummed around the house. Dave and Ajax did a bit of running around. Emily stopped by to visit, but other than that pretty quiet.
While I was making dinner tonight Noomi insisted on being right under my feet. As I was working at the stove with hot oil that wasn’t the best place for her to be, but every time Dave brought back into the living room she threw a temper tantrum. We ended up putting her in her high chair in the kitchen with me so that she could watch me cook. That seemed to make her happy.
October 14, 2013
Argh. Where to start. Here’s a down and dirty recap of our last few weeks. Starting with this past weekend.
We’re sick! Well, Noomi and Ajax are sick and Dave and I are still on our feet but fighting off the sniffles. It’s too early in the season for such nonsense. But there Ajax slept on the couch for the most of the day wrapped up in blankets and eating Popsicles. To compound our day, I had a doctor’s appointment in Livonia this morning, then on the way home I stopped in Howell and picked up a winter coat for Ajax, hats/gloves, and other misc. winter accessories (usually the first snow hits and I then I squish Ajax into his last years winter coat and then scramble to the store to buy whatever they have). I’m now officially ahead. When I got home Dave headed to his doctor’s appointment and then when he got home I took Ajax to the ENT to check his tubes. They did a hearing test and his hearing is just fine. Both tubes are still in place, but the doctor said he would be shocked if they were still in at his next appointment. The doctor didn’t know if Ajax would need a second round of tubes or not. He said that 80% of kids do just fine with one set. So we’re hoping this is it.
To back up a bit more. Last weekend Ajax headed up north for the weekend with grandma Dara and papa. He came home saying how nice their new dog, Moba, was. I kept asking him, Moba? Yes, he replied, Mobaa! Dave informed me the dog’s name was – Mabel.
Backing up a bit more. At 14.5 months Ms. Noomi is FINALLY WALKING! Hoorah! She is now walking and toddling all over the place and it is so darn cute. She is also sleeping better, which is wonderful. She still isn’t talking a ton, but understands a lot. She’s interested in body parts currently and today we worked on – eyes, nose and mouth. Again, pretty cute.
On a side note. I do believe that Noomi is our adventurous child and therefore more accident prone. I was prepping lunch and told her to go get her chair. So she ran over and grabbed one of the empty dining room chairs. She then tipped back and brought the chair right down on top of her, giving herself a fat lip. Poor baby. Ajax never did that.
September 30, 2013
This weekend was highly productive in our household. I’m still patting myself on the back.
Saturday we spent the morning cleaning the house and then transitioned outside. Dave cut the grass and changed the battery in the Torrent, while Ajax pulled weeds and Noomi climbed on and off bike. Dave also took Ajax to Target where he picked out a pack of Halloween hotwheel cars, using his very own money he earned from chores. Noomi is now taking several steps unaided, but isn’t very steady or confident yet. Soon. It has to be soon, because once she starts walking I’m sure she’ll return to her wonderful sleep routine of actually sleeping through the night. It’s been at least a month now and both kids have had restless nights. Dave swears that I was up with Noomi last night at midnight, but I have absolutely no memory of this. Saturday night we had friends over for dinner, so the kids got to bed a little late.
On Sunday Ajax and I worked in the kitchen making applesauce and canning it. Ajax pulled up a chair to the sink and washed all the apples for me. He then helped me put them through the strainer. He was a great help. It turned out to be a very rainy and cool day, so we stayed indoors, worked in the kitchen and watched movies. It was lovely.
September 24, 2013
Lately whenever it seems I leave to go grocery shopping Ajax asks if I can bring him back matchbox cars. I tell him no, but if he wants he can save his money and buy his own. So of course he wanted to know how he can earn money. After much discussion here is how Dave and I have handled the money issue. Ajax has family chores which he does because he is in the family – pick up his toys, put his dirty clothes in the laundry basket, set the table, and clear his place when he’s done eating. On Sunday if he wants to earn money he can do four chores – vacuum, dust, sweep, and swiffer the floor. He earns $0.25 per job for a total of $1.00 a week. This Sunday after doing his jobs, he took the broom and started sweeping the walls. He said they need doing and could he earn another $.25 for the job. I told him no, lol.
Today when I picked him up from school he showed me two books and a pen he wanted at the Book Fair which is visiting their school this week. We looked at the prices together and I said tonight we’ll count your money and see how much you have in your “spend” bag (his money is divided between – spending, saving and giving). When we counted his money we talked about what he could afford. We also pointed out that if he bought the books/pen he would not have any money for matchbox cars. After careful thought and consideration Ajax declared that he didn’t want the books or pen, that he would save his money for the cars he really wanted. We said ok and pointed out that Christmas was around the corner and that if he wanted the books he could always ask Santa for them. He seemed happy with this.
September 23, 2013
Fall has made it to Michigan. It seems overnight the weather has turned and now we need the heavy down blanket at night. This morning Ajax was complaining that he didn’t want to get out of bed because he was just too cold. I explained that if he slept in his pajamas he wouldn’t be so cold.
On Saturday my parents were kind enough to babysit while Dave and I had an appointment in South Lyon with a financial planner. Ajax reported that he dug the biggest hole ever and that he has plans to help grandpa dig a pond with the big tractor. My mom said that she was bribing Noomi to walk between two chairs by placing a cookie on one kitchen chair and seeing if she would go from one chair to another, each time moving them apart just a tiny bit more. Noomi still isn’t walking, but goodness has her temper shown itself. We need to watch her because she’s in the angry head butting phase. Last night Dave said she got mad and head butted her crib, hurting her head and crying more. After our meeting we stopped in Howell and picked up some warm clothes for the kiddos. Noomi is into 24-month clothes (soon 2T) and Ajax is now out of the T clothes and I had to buy him big boy clothes (though he’s still an extra small). Overall, a good day.
On Sunday we loaded up the kids and went out to lunch on our way to the apple orchard in Haslett. We brought the wagon and the kids loved riding in it along the trial to the orchard. We picked a solid bushel of apples (total of $24!) and next weekend we plan on making a ton of apple sauce and canning it. Both kids did well picking apples, though Noomi kept taking apples out of the bag, putting little bit marks in them and then putting them back. We also made tasty whole wheat peanut butter muffins and Ajax said they were wonderful.
I think she got mad because we moved the bag of apples away from her.