Monday, December 29, 2008

Barnyard Bath

Today we got a new book in the mail from Grandma Linda.  It was one of the Christmas gifts that she sent for Desmond.  I told her before hand that we were wanting books that he could chew on, because frankly he likes to stick stuff in his mouth.  So, Grandma gave him two books.  One is called Fuzzy bee and friends, and the other is Barnyard Bath.  Melissa started reading the Barnyard Bath book to him right before we got him ready for bed.  This was his reaction, and boy is it a good one.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas for Three


It was Desmond’s first Christmas, and he woke up bright and early even though we fed him late last night hoping he’d sleep in.  (Guess we’d better get used to early Christmas mornings.)  We had a yummy bacon and eggs breakfast and a delicious turkey, stuffing, and potatoes with gravy dinner.  Due to the piles of snow outside, our plans to visit family changed so we enjoyed a quiet Christmas at home - just the three of us.  We all caught naps during the day and watched White Christmas.

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Desmond was just as cute as could be and enjoyed playing with the wrapping paper.  By the end of the day he was all tuckered out and fell asleep drinking his bedtime bottle while Mommy hummed “All is Well.”  Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Artic Blast!

Portland has been hit hard with snow and wind and freezing rain! I have enjoyed 7 snow days in the last week and a half and now it's Christmas break. We've had ice on the inside and outside of our windows. A large branch fell off the tree in our front yard, but it was the only casualty. I enjoyed taking a daily walk in the snow to see how deep it was and to take some winter pictures. Some drifts were past my knees! We dug out the now-I-wish-it-wasn't-so-long driveway and the sidewalk... my back is still sore. The only disappointment has been that the snow has delayed our Christmas packages. I think they're sitting in a post office somewhere. Oh well! We've stayed warm and snug enjoying Christmas music and drinking hot chocolate.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Windows Live Writer and Picasa Playing Nice

Melissa and I use Picasa to sort all of our digital pictures. It’s a pretty good image cataloging program. One of the cool features that Picasa has is a button at the bottom that says “BlogThis!”. It’s pretty handy. All you have to do is select a photo or multiple photos and hit the “BlogThis!” button. It will then copy the images up to blogger and create a new post based on those images. Well, recently Melissa and I switched to using Windows Live Writer to create our blog posts. Sure, we could use Blogger’s interface, but honestly I can’t stand it, and Windows Live Writer has a pretty slick interface. Also, it will hook up to most of the major blogging engines (Blogger, WordPress, Typepad, etc).

Well, the only problem is that I could not find a button for Picasa that would open the images in Windows Live Writer. Bummer! So, I decided to make my own. It was a fun project. I’ve never made a Windows installer file before, so it took a bit of learning, but here is the final product. If you use Picasa and Windows Live Writer and would like to have a button in Picasa for creating blog posts in Live Writer, then click the below link. I copied the button into the Live Writer Gallery, so that everyone can create blog posts easily from Picasa.

Also, if you download this and find it useful please leave a comment on this post. It would be nice to know if people find this plugin helpful. Thanks.

Windows Live Gallery - Live Writer button for Picasa

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Me and Mommy in the snow. It was falling heavier, but it takes so long to get bundled up that it was just lightly snowing by the time we got outside.
My first time to play in the snow. It feels so plasticy!
Sitting next to the first snowman I built... ok, Mommy built and I watched. She's much more excited about all this than I am.

Monday, December 15, 2008


We're having our first real cold snap in Portland.  This is when I really don't like this old 1906 house we're living in.  The oil to run the furnace is expensive and with no insulation and drafty single-pane windows, it could run non-stop during this below freezing weather.  We turn on the space heaters and curtain off the living room to keep it warmish.  (We're up to 66 degrees right now.  Whoohoo!)  Plastic is up on the windows, and we definitely keep the closet doors closed. Our bedroom closet was 34 degrees last night!  We have to pull out what we want to wear the night before so we don't have to turn into an ice cube getting dressed in the morning.  Speaking of ice... here are a couple pictures of our kitchen window this morning.  Yep.  Ice on the inside.  Good grief!  I don't even want to think about all the mold problems this moisture creates.  Friends like the chilled glasses from the cupboards, though.  We're moving in three weeks.  Yay for dry windows and warm closets!  Time to make some hot chocolate.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Ready or not, Christmas is Coming!

I'm still having trouble wrapping my head around the fact that it's December!  With the upcoming move and trying to wrap up work, I don't feel like I have time to get into the "Christmas spirit".  Christmas stuff just becomes one more thing on the to-do list.  We put up a <gasp> fake tree!  It was easier and much quicker than going to chop down our own like we usually do.  I also ordered all my family gifts online so I didn't have to leave the house and fight the crowds with a teething baby.  The presents will come to me.  Hurray!   

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IMG_2809Desmond has put a whole new perspective on Christmas for me.  Thinking of Mary giving birth to her firstborn son who would later be killed for the sins of the world takes on new meaning with a son of my own.  I cry when I think about the innocence of a baby and what Mary must have felt.  What an incredible gift for the world!  I don't think it's something I would ever be willing to give.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

First Thanksgiving

IMG_2690This was Desmond's first Thanksgiving!  We spent it in Albany with my parents.  We've started him on a few solids, and I saved the sweet potatoes specifically for Thanksgiving.  Davin was trying to tell him they were yucky, but he actually liked them.  I am so thankful for my family and the gift of a son!

Desmond is four months old now, and at his check up earlier this week he was 26.5 inches long and weighed 20 lbs 3.5 oz.  We need a new car seat for our big boy!