Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Scrub a dub decisions

Way back, we took this picture of Miles that currently resides in our guest bathroom:
From Felix in the Bath
So, much like our photo wall in our dining area, I like to have matching pictures of the boys. It's truly the extent of the matching I usually do with them (although, someone at Whole Foods asked me if they were twins--REALLY??)

With our new camera still in the proverbial training wheels, we took some snaps of "Bebix/Feces" (ha ha) and now I have the hard decision on which picture to choose. Whatcha all think? I'm leaning toward this one:

From Felix in the Bath

JUST KIDDING! (Please tell me you laughed out loud.)

I know his eyes aren't opened, but this picture makes my heart smile:
From Felix in the Bath

Other contenders:

TWO
From Felix in the Bath

THREE (This one he kinda has nipple icicles)
From Felix in the Bath

FOUR (this one is swaying me, too)
From Felix in the Bath

FIVE (Water goatee)
From Felix in the Bath

SIX
From Felix in the Bath

SEVEN
From Felix in the Bath

EIGHT
From Felix in the Bath

NINE
From Felix in the Bath

I will still need to do some cropping, but which to choose! (And there are even a few more in the Picasa album).

This kid could make anyone smile. He may bite (HARD), and resist sleeping, but he's the flirtiest almost 1-year-old; ladies, WATCH OUT. 

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas 2010

Christmas was wonderful this year. It was spent with my brother and sister-in-law who came all the way from Miami. It was quiet. Relaxing...and made me realize how much I miss my family.

I'm not sure I can put it all in words, yet, so I present to you Christmas 2010 through pictures (and a link to the excessively long online album)

Christmas Party at School!
From Christmas 2010
From Christmas 2010
Learning to walk
From Christmas 2010
From Christmas 2010
This boy loves snowballs
From Christmas 2010
And this boy loves Daddy
From Christmas 2010
From Christmas 2010
It took 1 year, but Miles is finally enjoying his 2009 Christmas gift from Opat and Grandma!
From Christmas 2010
Still trying to walk...
From Christmas 2010
Working on the "Bebix Tilt"
From Christmas 2010
My yummy baby, who is almost 1 year!
From Christmas 2010
From Christmas 2010
From Christmas 2010
And here come Uncle Nick and Aunt TiTi! The boys couldn't have had a better time:
From Christmas 2010
From Christmas 2010
From Christmas 2010
From Christmas 2010
From Christmas 2010
From Christmas 2010
From Christmas 2010
From Christmas 2010
From Christmas 2010
From Christmas 2010
From Christmas 2010
Baking cookies for Santa!
From Christmas 2010
From Christmas 2010
From Christmas 2010
Miles doting on Nick and his guitar:
From Christmas 2010
Throwing Reindeer food for Rudolph!
From Christmas 2010
Eating leftover cookies from Santa:
From Christmas 2010
Shakespeare, or Bebix the Elf?
From Christmas 2010
Christmas Day!
From Christmas 2010
The unveiling of the most coveted gift of 2010: THE UKELELE!
From Christmas 2010
From Christmas 2010
From Christmas 2010
From Christmas 2010
Tired? You betcha...
From Christmas 2010
The sibs...all the way from Miami!
From Christmas 2010
Saying good-bye to Uncle Nick's guitar
From Christmas 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hello?

It's been a bit since I've posted, and more on that later...well, maybe. Suffice it to say we are still knee deep in laundry and currently waging a war against some nasty sleep regressions. In fact, I am currently pumping in the car while Felix naps in the back of the car. I never thought I would be a car napping mom, but after 3 hours of sleep last night, I had no will power to attempt the car transfer after a raucous trip to IKEA this morning.
Fun. The mailman just walked past me pumping to drop off the mail at the front door due to a large package. There's his Christmas bonus!
Even more fun is trying to post from my phone. The good news is we have a working camera thanks to a bunch of Eric's XC families. We were surprised with a huge package with a new Cannon EOS rebel SLR and accoutremonts! The learning curve is steep, but we already have some cute pictures I will post soon.
In other news, Miles has upgraded his Xmas list with a firetruck he can put in his hands. Felix (or "feces" as Miles calls him now) just wants the flesh on my chin, a boob, or any girl attached to a boob. Silly flirt.
Eric wants a running PR, and I want 10lbs...preferably evenly distributed around my body. And maybe a haircut...oh, and throw some sleep in my stocking.
In truth, I just want to be around family. Hang in our pjs all day, and laugh from the belly. The kind of laugh that turns silent, and makes your abs sore. Luckily, with Aunt T and Nuncle coming, I don't think that will be a problem!
Perfect timing. The beast is stirring, I got a good 5 ounces, even with the mailman peep show, and it's time to play with my boys!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Craftastic

Still no camera, so I have resorted to my less than ideal camera phone. We are on the fence about repairing the old, or getting an entry level SLR (anyone know a good one?). Decisions, decisions...

I had grand plans this year. Last year was all about keeping me pregnant, and the threat of spending Christmas on the L&D floor of the hospital, so we settled on a Christmas bush and made up for feeling sorry for ourselves with the gobs of family who ended up treking down to spend the holiday with us (and unfortunately left just before Felix was born!). I did manage to crank out 3 stockings while watching loads of E! and making friends with the Northside Hospital cleaning staff last year if you remember, so those have been strung up on the fireplace, while itching for a fourth to complete the set. I'm working on it...

After the holidays last year, Eric went on a shopping spree at CB2 and got a bunch of holiday decorations on the cheap.

The man likes pink.  And I love that he loves pink. So, in true "Ali and Eric don't do anything quite traditional" fashion, we have our theme of Jem and the Holograms flourescent pink (I am going to approach Crayola about adding to to their color palatte) and lime green.

We also upgraded from the "kri-mus" bush of last year, to a Herculean 5 foot tall Douglas Fir! I grew up with real X-mas trees, and despite the pine needle pick up game every night, just don't feel like it is Christmas without the smell of pine saturating the air. Of course, my memories of picking out a tree aren't marked by the happiest family of 5 singing carols through lightly fallen snow, finding the perfect tree, cutting it down without a problem, and then getting some hot cider and cinnamon graham crackers in the lodge before shuttling it home. It was usually riddled with arguments about who was going to cut it down, which tree to get, and then my Dad getting angry at us for being indecisive or unable to chop the darn thing down. Thankfully, there was usually hot cider and cinnamon grahams at the base lodge.

I do know that one of my favorite memories was decorating the house and tree...and WITHOUT FAIL, every year my brothers rearranging the little wooden blocks that spelled out N-O-E-L on our mantel to L-E-O-N. I'm pretty sure they still do that.

This year, although I wanted go to a farm and cut a tree down, we opted for a 5 minute drive to Lowe's. True to form, there was fussing. Miles wanted to stay inside and play with the display train, while Eric didn't know how to decide--Fraser or Douglas. "You're the one who has done this before!" I had a tantruming toddler, and a wriggly baby in my arms, so I said, "whatever is cheapest." So we went with the smallest Douglas Fir we could find.

We pulled out ornaments, strung up some LED lights, and voila!

It's cute. It's small. It smells delicious. But we realized we didn't have 2 important components: a tree topper or a tree skirt. Thanks to a red towel and Felix allowing us to borrow his sock monkey, we remedied the situation.
 So, I've been getting all cocky thinking "I got this Christmas thing made." Kind of like the female holiday McGiver. Next up? Door wreath! I went to Michaels Craft store (shudder) and purchased a rectangular piece of styrofoam, red fake "berries" on twine, and glue. I wanted to cut out a square "wreath" and glue on berries to make a modern looking wreath.

First problem. Styrofoam bites. In so many ways. I didn't even open the package, but knew I was a fool for buying it.
Second problem. The berries were cheap. Not in price, but quality. They kept popping off of the twine, and I realized, I couldn't get them close enough together so you couldn't see the toxic white foam underneath. I contemplated real cranberries. But then knew I was pushing it.
Third problem. It was just going to look, well, ugly. This is what I wanted to create, but in square form (And without the bow):

 
I am no Martha. And I know there are many who love them some craft stores, but my supplies were expensive, cheap quality, and I am just thankful I quit before I started. I hustled back to Michaels for a return, and bought a $3 wire wreath form to make a new style: Rag Wreath!
 
I purchased a roll of fabric called a "honey bun" from Etsy that contained holiday fabric, cut the strips into 5 inch pieces, and tied them to the ring.

I got the tutorial from AS who sent me this blog. I loved the idea. And I felt like the aesthetic could appeal to both the traditional and the modern. AND it was rugged enough to last year to year. AND I didn't need a sewing machine. AND it only took a day! I bought another modern roll of a honey bun to make a smaller wreath for every day after the holidays. I will be looking for a square wire form, though. 
 
I purchased the only wire form left at Michaels, which was 18 inches, and the instructions called for a 12 incher. Dang. So, it is not as "full" as I would like, but I'm pretty psyched with the results.  



That leaves knitting. 1 stocking, 2 gifts, 2 hats, and Eric's Christmas and birthday present, a scarf. Now, this scarf will take me years. Not due to complexity, but because he wanted it thick. So, I found a pattern on some Harry Potter site and just increased the length of each bar as well as the # of stitches in each round. I will be done in a year in my estimation. Because it is doubled (using circular needles), it takes twice as long to get the length. It's almost like a sweater at this point. We'll see how far we have come in January...(my phone doesn't show it well but the colors are dark red and dark blue.)
All that is left is for my brother and sister-in-law to arrive, and then it will really feel like Christmas!


And luckily, Miles's Christmas list is composed of 2 things according to him:

1. A Christmas Tree (done!)
2. Santa (not sure he really wants him, if you'll remember last year...)