Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Book Worm

I have been flying through the books the past couple months. I'm in two different book clubs. I guess I just am feeling the pressure to have the books read for each one. Here are the books I've read in the last two months and my thoughts on them.

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. Yep, this was recently turned into a movie. And was nominated for Best Picture, too (I think). I can't say that I really liked this book, but it left an impression. It kept me reading, but I disliked the characters (good writing though to make me feel the way I felt towards them). I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan. In a nutshell this is about family and cancer. It is a memoir. I learned a lot about life with cancer. This was an easy read. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Dancing With Rose by Lauren Kessler . This book in general is about life with Alzheimer. It also touches on the elderly care system and aging. It was very insightful and is nonfiction. I learned a lot from it. I would give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. This book was set in remote 19th-century China and details the deeply affecting story of lifelong, intimate friends and their imprisonment by rigid codes of conduct for women and their betrayal by pride and love. I would have never picked to read this story on my own. Though I learned a lot about the Chinese culture. It was a bit heard to get through at moments. I would give it 3 out of 5 stars.

It has been very interesting to read books that I don't pick on my own. It really makes me branch into topics and styles of books I would never be drawn to. In the end though I have learned a lot and have found each one truly interesting.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Everett Children's Musuem

This morning Shane and I visited the Everett Children's Museum with our friends, Wendy and Graham.

It was a lot of fun! This was the best out of the three Children's Museum that we've been to. There were lots of different themed rooms to play in (vet, cafe, train, airplane, bus, bank etc).
Shane and I in the Farm area on the tractor.

Shane watching as Graham milks the cow. Water squirted out of the udder.

Shane on the tractor. He loves anything that can "drive".

Graham and Shane checking out the front part of a real bus.

Shane driving the go-cart in the roof top area.

Making things in the construction zone.

Water fun...I think they would have played there the whole time.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunshine, Oh, Sunshine!

The sun is out in the Pacific Northwest!! It is still only 53 degrees outside, but the sunshine feels good. We took a little trip to Juanita Beach Park this afternoon.

Shane loves to swing! He got that from me.

He also loves birds. He points them out when we are in the car and signs "bird" to me.

Before we left for the park Shane and Kenny tried their matching Mariners hats on. Shane won't wear it for any length of time, unfortunately.

Some random pictures:

Last week Shane had a little stomach virus. Then went straight into teething. Here he is very pathetic looking, laying in our bed with Dodger.

Driving his fire truck with his cool fireman hat. This is one of his new favorite activities.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Fix It Weekend

It seems that Kenny and I were repair people this weekend. First, our two year old TV broke. We weren't so happy about that. Kenny did some research online and figured out we could probably fix it ourselves for less then $30 or have a tv repair person fix it for $500+. So we set off to do it ourselves. Two trips to Radio Shack, a few ups and downs, a visit from a repair person (free thankfully) and two days later it was fixed!!! The tv is back and I got my fill of Greys and Private Practice last night.

Secondly, my car wouldn't start this morning. We had the dogs and Shane all loaded into the car ready to head out to the dog park this morning and nothing. The battery was dead. We had some jumper cables and managed to get ourselves back out the door about 20 minutes later. I think we'll be looking into a new battery for my car soon.

Two possible large disasters averted!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Bothell Landing Pictures

Shane had his pictures taken a couple weeks ago at a local park. The pictures were taken by Ketti of Ketti Photography. Here are a few of them from the session.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Potty training has come to an end.

After eight days of working really hard with Shane to potty train him, we have decided it just isn't the right time. He was very persistent and learned a lot during the eight days, but he just couldn't consistently let us know when he needed to go. I'm super proud of him for trying and working so hard at it. This summer we'll give it another try.

Friday, March 6, 2009

"Grandpa Berry's" Berries

Last summer Shane discovered fresh berries (raspberry and cascade berries to be exact) courtesy of who we now loving refer to as Grandpa Berry (my Dad). One night Kenny decided to get the frozen berries we had out and put them on top of ice cream. Shane was sold on that!! It then was a ritual for a few evenings. Along with berries on his cottage cheese and yogurt too for breakfast. Shane will do just about anything for Grandpa Berry's berries.

Boy...has he grown.

As we packed up and moved out of our old house, I realized how much Shane has grown. We had a big picture window in our living room that Shane loved to look out of and watch everything outside. He use to have to stand on his tip toes to see out of it. When we moved he was towering over the window sill.

He now eats at the table with out his tray, in his booster seat, but his legs hang over the edge of the chair. He use to not even touch the chair with his feet.

Moving isn't so bad, when they let you eat a whole donut!! And he just about ate the whole thing too.

Here Shane is helping in the moving truck. When we moved into this house, he was just 3 months old. Just a little tiny bundle that didn't do much besides sleep, eat, poop and cry. I guess not a lot has changed besides his size for that matter.

Shane is helping Kenny rake in our new backyard. I can remember Kenny saying just last year that he couldn't wait until Shane could come outside and "help" in the yard. Well, the time has come. Shane hates when he has to come back inside after working outside with Dad.

Potty Training Day #1 and #2

With schedules falling into place, I decided to start potty training Shane this week. I cleared FIVE fun days at home in order to try and take on this task. To prepare for this event I showed Shane his big boy underpants and talked a lot about going potty in the potty. I taught him the sign for potty and read a few books. Thursday we woke up and took the diaper off and put the big boy underpants on. Then I handed him some milk and said have at it. About an hour later he was wet. I took him to the bathroom and he sat on his little potty chair and then on the seat insert on the big toilet. To sum up Thursday...there was a lot of accidents. At the end of the day he dribbled into the big toilet on Dad's watch. Pretty much what I had expected for the first day.

Today (day #2) brought along some successes....thank goodness, because I was about ready to call it quit this morning. He went potty a handful of times in the potty chair and even managed to get a couple poops in there, too. There were still a few accidents. Only once out of all the trips to the bathroom did he sign to me that he needed to go. But I feel like progress has been made.

We'll see what day #3 has in store for us. Hopefully, more of him telling us he needs to go and less of me asking every 30 minutes......