Sunday, January 11, 2009


I feel like there’s so much to tell (and yet, it all seems so insignificant) and I’m not sure where to begin.

Knit-wise: I finished the Cutest Hat Ever (and gave it away before I took a picture of it). Since there was a pic of the hat as a wip, I don’t feel too bad about that. It turned into a 3-pointed hat with little tassels on each of the points. I started and finished some little kiddo thumb-less mittens with a string for Joseph. He hates them. And, I started and finished (and gave away before I photographed) a little pouchy bag thing. The little bag was approximately 4 x 7 in a 2-stitch seed stitch with rev st st side panels and a zipper across the top in a dark purple satin wool blend. Way cute. I may actually make one for myself. I was thinking of felting it a bit, though…we’ll see. No progress on socks at all.

Vacation-wise: After the fluid-filled day of fun, I got antibiotics for my sinus infection (which took like 3 days to make me feel better) and we watched Iron Man. Wow. Good movie. We also went to the Museum of Science and Industry on free day…along with what felt like 1/3 of the other 6 million people in Chicago. We were downstairs looking at the giant farm equipment (which Joseph loved—huge wheels!) when Matt decided that he’d gotten food poisoning from our dinner the previous night. So, we left and he was sick for the day. I decided that was probably for the best anyway since keeping track of 6 adults and a baby in that chaos was going to put me on a very short fuse. We braved Museum Campus on Friday and headed to the Shedd Aquarium. I really love the Shedd. The Oceanarium is closed for renovations, which was kind of a bummer. I wanted Joseph to see the dolphin show, but we’ll take him back. He loved the fish—I knew that he would--he watches our fish at home a lot, and seemed to enjoy all of the other fish. We headed home on Saturday so that Matt could go have a blast pheasant hunting on Sunday with my dad and Max.

Joseph-wise: He's still not walking yet, but I think that he's getting closer. Each at their own pace, or something, I guess. It took a FULL WEEK to de-Chicagoize him and re-NewHampshirize him, which kind of means that the demons that took hold of his body while we were gone were finally exorcised. I gained a whole new appreciation of the phrase "spoiled rotten." My sweet little boy had gotten so accustomed to people jumping to his every whim and desire that his return to reality (where the parents run the show, and not the 13 month old person) was a bit harsh. There was a lot of screaming and (the low point) a full 20 minute screaming/shrieking tantrum. I'm glad to report, though, that we all survived and Joseph is back to normal. He's got the next 2 teeth on the top coming in, and he's reasonably certain that he can survive on yogurt and cheese alone.

Other-wise: We're pretty much dull and boring. Max and Jackie leave to go back to school this coming weekend. It's always so nice to see them, and we always miss them when they're gone. I don't feel like we've gotten to see them that much at all this break since we were gone for a good chunk of it, and they're only going to be around for short shots from now on. Perhaps we'll work out something for the summer or something. I know that I don't say it (to them, anyway), but I'm really glad that Max is my brother and I'm glad that he and Jackie chose each other. They're awfully cool people and Matt, Joseph, and I are really glad that they're our family.
Pic-wise: Now for what you really want. An assortment from Christmas and Chicago.
Joseph and Charley lookin' out the back door.
Shiny red tricycle! It's still a little big for him, but it's got streamers and a bell!
Such a ham--he's totally figured out the camera.
Check out the cowboy pj's. He got that tunnel thing for Christmas...too bad it doesn't fit in our house.
Watching the cars outside Matt's Grandpa's retirement place.
The biggest wheels EVER, at the Museum of Science and Industry.
Waiting in line to get into The Shedd--it was soooo cold (welcome to Chicago...).
He loved the fish.
And this turtle. He screamed his silly head off when it was another kid's turn.
Reading books with Mommy.

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