Thursday, April 28, 2011


This is Spencer's first ride in the stroller.  Technically he was in the car seat attached to the stroller.  He was 23 days old.  It was still 6 days before his due date. 
This is Spencer's first ride in the stroller part of the stroller- without the car seat.  He was 5 months old and we had to use pillows to prop him up.
This is Spencer a little more than a year later at 18 months.
And here's Spencer on Monday, April 25th, 2011.

Look at those legs.  He barely fits.
I don't know why we even bother with the stroller anymore.  He gets out and runs every time.  It ends up just being a key holder and poop bag holder.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Be Kind: Rewind

If I could figure out how to add a sound clip to this blog I would insert the sound of a VHS tape rewinding right here.  Remember how it would get faster right at the end?   It's weird to think that anybody younger than about 17 most likely has no memory of VHS tapes and doesn't understand my post title.

Anyway.  We're rewinding a couple of days.  I never had a chance to talk about Good Friday before my Easter post.  And Good Friday was an important day in our family.  For 3 reasons.

Spencer and I were eating breakfast on Friday.  He looked at Paul's empty tank and sighed loudly.  Then he said that he missed Paul and asked if we could get a new fish.  How could I say no?

I emptied the tank of its toxic water, cleaned it out really good and filled it with fresh, treated, non-toxic water.  Then we took Spencer's $5 bill Easter gift from my parents and headed to Petco.  We picked a fish and I made Spencer pay the guy at the cash register. Getting change was almost as exciting as getting the fish.

On the way home
(Don't freak out.  We were at a red light.  A red light that is known to last a long time and we got there right at the beginning of the red.)
I asked Spencer what he wanted to name his new fish.  He had one answer and one answer only.
So, here he is.  Mr. Piggy Vonfish.
I added the last name.  Any self-respecting pet needs a last name.
He's pretty great.  He's not dead, so that's a start.
Our street curves into another street.  As we came down the one street headed towards our garage a UPS truck was coming down our street.  It stopped across from our house.  The guy got out and walked up to me with a package.  My camera!  It came before Easter!
(I did not open my new camera and take a picture of the guy.  This is from google images)
This is the 1st picture I took with it.
While we were on our fish buying trip we stopped at Sprout's and got some hot cross buns.
They were capitol D Delicious.  We ate them for dinner and for breakfast the day after.
And when I say "we" I mean Spencer licked the frosting off of one and Michael and I ate the rest.

We will now return to our regularly scheduled timeline.
(February 1, 2013 update: comments have been closed on this post due to excessive spam)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Epic Easter Fail






Where the hell is the dog?

I'm so sorry Ginger.  The stress of hosting Easter got to me.  In an ideal world this would be the picture:

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter 2011

Happy Easter!

Spencer slept in his room all night last night.  His asthma has been really bad this week and he's spent many a night with us.  We were happy that he stayed in his room....Until he woke up at 6:20.  Faaaaaaaar too early.  We brought him into bed with us and it was an Easter Miracle that he fell back asleep and slept until almost 8:30.  

Then we were up and at 'em to see what the Easter Bunny left overnight.

Ginger got her lazy butt up and out of bed just as Spencer found the last piece of candy.  I was worried all night that she was going to get into the candy because, truth be told, the Easter Bunny visited us at about 11 pm last night.  My family has a long history of hound dogs eating things (chocolate, banana bread, whole lasagnas, pork roasts, cough drops) that they shouldn't be eating.
The Easter Bunny was generous this year.

As I mentioned before, we were abandoned by both sets of parents this year.  We invited some of our friends over to celebrate.  All of them have out of state parents as well.  I took a picture of the table before we messed it up.
Then we took some father/son shots.

And some mommy/son shots.

Then John and Maryellen arrived and John took a family picture of us.
Then we got down to the business of partying.

Joshua was the only one with any ham cutting experience, so he was our designated butcher.
Spencer was in awe of John today.  He told me that he wanted John to stay all night and just play hide-n-go seek with him.
I managed to get a shot of the menu, but neglected to take a picture of any of the actual food.
Except dessert.  That I got.
After we ate we were so lucky to have another visit from the Easter Bunny.  This time he delivered eggs to the backyard.  Shoes were required.

It is now 9:02 pm.  Spencer did not nap today and has been in bed since 8:10 pm.  He's still whispering to himself.  It'll probably be 10 pm by the time he falls asleep.  Too much sweetened coconut, peanut m & m's, jelly beans, chocolate eggs, chocolate marshmallow bunnies and pink lemonade coursing through his veins.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Preparations

Good news.  I ordered a new camera with my insurance money.  Bad news.  It probably won't make it in time for Easter.
Easter is in 3 days.  We are being completely abandoned by both sets of our parents.  Michael's parents are going to visit their other grandchildren in North Carolina and my parents are going to see my brother in Florida.

Thanks for nothing, parents.

Suddenly I am being thrown into the role of Easter Hostess.  We've invited some friends over and I'm going to make a ham.  It's all very grown-up of us.

Michael's parents are spending the night tonight because they fly out of Phoenix Sky Harbor at 6:10 am tomorrow.  Earlier tonight we left them with Spencer so we could go grocery shopping without having a 3-year-old tag along.  We went to Costco for the ham, Sprouts for produce and nuts, Fry's for various other things and Target for candy for Spencer to find on Sunday.

While we were gone the stay at home people dyed easter eggs.

This is something that I want Spencer to do every year.
But I don't necessarily want to help.

It's a task that I will gladly hand over to grandparents.
In case you are interested, this is the menu for Sunday:

Cherry Coke Glazed Ham
Twice Baked Potato Casserole
 Roasted Spring Vegetables with Lemon
Horseradish Dill Deviled Eggs
Strawberries with Marshmallow Dip
Tart Cherry Scones
Dinner rolls

And for dessert:
Lemon Tart
Carrot Cake Cheesecake

I'm also planning a make your own sorbet + prosecco bar.

It's gonna rock.