Sunday, October 31, 2010

So... remember when I said

that josh had mostly grown out of the terrible twos?

yeah... I'm thinking that was a bit premature.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Which One?

On Saturday my dear friend Megan took our family pictures.

Which of these 3 pictures would be best to put up on the wall?
(Can you tell which one I photoshopped, and whose head it was that was swapped??)




(the lighting hasn't been edited on any of them yet)


and, just for fun, here are some individual shots:






and some fun ones:









Align Center

Friday, October 22, 2010

are your pants too long?

not sure how this happened, but both of my boys have short legs.
(please, no comments from the peanut gallery)

so... I have a little sewing trick for pants that are too long. the great thing about it is that when my boys grow, I can just take the stitch out and voila! the pants will be long again.

1. fold the jeans up and pin them. the jeans will end up shorter than this length, so keep that in mind.


2. sew in a straight line right next to the bottom hem of the pants.


3. when you are done, on the inside the stitch should look like this:


4. fold the inside back in, and there you have it!


5. if you want them to look even nicer, you can iron the hems to look flatter. if you are worried about the extra fabric showing or flipping the bottom of the pants up, you can safety pin them inside or even cut the excess fabric out altogether (which makes it permanent. I don't know if I'm going to be doing much more growing, so that's usually what I do for my own pants). I have even sewn my pants like this by hand.

what do you think? maybe everyone else already knew about this, but when I found out about it, my life was changed forever. or at least until I grow a little more.



Thursday, October 14, 2010

I know what you're thinking...

... "didn't you have another son once upon a time? one that wasn't bennett? where are all the pictures of him?"
(either that, or you were thinking "you have no idea what I'm thinking." either one.)





being silly. as usual.


notice the potty chart on the refrigerator. yes, it's useless. it's been there for a looong time.


couch potato. (pay no attention to the girly shorts. I needed to do laundry.)


yep, still staring at the tv, even while posing for a picture.


he loves his tricycle. especially when he can crash into things over and over again.


new light-up Spiderman shoes. no, you may not sleep in them, mr.


Little josh (or as he has insisted more recently, "I'm not josh, I'm jj!") is growing up. He expresses himself by talking very articulately, and has mellowed out in the last little while. I think maybe he hit the terrible 2's at age 2 weeks, and has now mostly grown out of them. Sure, he throws tantrums and gets upset, but you can reason with him, explain things to him, and even bribe him to convince him that you are right and he is wrong. It's very convenient.

He asks so many questions ("why??" "what does it do??"), and then will insist that you're wrong if you answer him differently the next time he asks you the same question. Don't tell him it's a bulldozer if it's really a backhoe loader-- he'll never let you live it down. A while ago I told him the quaint, romantic explanation that the "sun goes to bed at night" to explain why it gets dark. Because that isn't quite truthful, the other night I explained that the sun was actually shining on the other side of the world at the moment. He matter-of-factly explained to me that the sun goes to bed at night. "No, it doesn't really go to bed," I said. "Yes, it really goes to bed," he replied. I guess I need to be more careful what I say to him... What am I going to tell him about Santa??

Monday, October 11, 2010

Blessed Helmet

(Whose idea was it to name our baby Bennett William, anyway? Seems like he was doomed from the get-go.)

BENNETT: Medieval form of English Benedict, meaning "blessed."
WILLIAM: English form of Norman French Wilhelm, meaning "will-helmet."


yay! bathtime means no helmet!

When we started the helmet process, Bennett's head was at 10 mm (that's the difference between the two sides of his head, determined by measuring from the right base of the skull to the left temple, and then from the left base to the right temple -- if his head were perfect, the measurement would be zero). That's a moderate/severe case of plagiocephaly, and usually the point where the physical therapist or pediatrician will recommend a helmet.

He was at 5 mm last Tuesday, four weeks from when he got his helmet. Reduced by half! Awesome!!!

The normal range for a person's head is usually between 2 - 4 mm, even up to 6 mm. So Bennett might only have to wear his helmet for another month! Woohoo! (I can't wait to kiss my darling baby's head whenever I want to without finding my mouth on cold plastic.)


Here is Bennett celebrating how good he thinks he looks in his helmet.


Monday, October 4, 2010

5K to Fight Cancer

A brother in our ward, Leo Teemant, has been diagnosed with cancer. He is a daddy and has a beautiful wife and 3 young children. Lace up your running shoes and help out the cause by joining us in a 5K to Fight Cancer on November 13th! Click here to register or for more information!