Saturday, August 30, 2008

Grosgrain Blog

I found this site the other day... and just had to post a link to it. It's a mom who sews the cutest little outfits for her girls and then gives them away. She gives them away in drawings off her blog each week. So check it out here

Fussy baby - fussy mom

Wow... I know I haven't posted many pictures of Elisa lately... sorry. It's just that she's been so fussy. Sometimes she won't let me set her down even for a moment without tears of protest. First I thought it was because she had a little cold; then I thought it was because she was teething; now I've given up on hypothesizing and just decided to call it a phase. Each month I've been trying to take a picture of her laying on a plain background... just to show how she's growing and what she looks like each month. I tried to take her 8 month picture a couple weeks ago and this is what I got...


I told Greg that those were actually perfect 8 month pictures... because they show exactly what she's like right now. He just laughed. I guess he thought I was joking. I sometimes get really frustrated by her neediness and her crying. But as I've thought about it, I've decided to enjoy even this fussy/needy period. After all, everything goes by so quickly with kids... I better cherish these moments when she desperately "needs" me. She'll certainly outgrow her need for mom at some point... and that will be a very sad day.

Anyway, I did finally get one picture that is passable. Her eyes are a little red, but other than that it's okay.

Aw, what a cutie! She's doing so much more than she was doing even last month. She crawls now, although she still doesn't go very fast or seem very interested in crawling. What she really loves to do is pull herself to standing and play standing up. This can be a real problem in the bathtub... which doesn't provide the most traction. Just last night she tried to stand, slipped, and ended up with a faceful of water.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

So I have a new favorite series right now: the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. In the books you follow Mma Ramotswe as she sets up and runs her own detective agency. It is different than a regular mystery genre book in that the main point of the story is not necessarily the cases that she is solving. Instead you are just following along her day to day life and the lives of the other characters in the books. It takes place in Botswana and the author, having lived in Africa for some time, has an air of credibility. They are not necessarily "page-turner/can't put them down books"; they are just wholesome and sweet with characters that grow along with the series. It took me a little while to get into the first book... but once I did, I couldn't stop. I'd highly recommend them. Also, I listened to some of these books on audio and the reader is phenomenal... I'd highly recommend that also.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Summer Vacation Memories

Here are some of my favorite pictures from over the summer...