Saturday, February 28, 2009

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

They tell me that means "Let the good times roll!" in French.


Sunday brought another parade, as well as Grammy and Grandpa from Jersey, who were also there to experience their 1st Mardi Gras with us.


Mimi and Poppy had all their grandkids together, since Leyton and Ashton came with Aunt Suthern.


The good times rolled in quite literally when Gran arrived with Sherrie, June, and Mindy.


Leyton has a great view on Suthern's shoulders. But he weighs about the same as Joseph!


A very serious Ash. He must have sensed that Bo was coming....


Sherrie's husband Bo was riding on one of the floats. Everyone got excited as he came nearer.


And then he tried to beat the crap out of us with anything he could get his hands on! He's the guy in the middle. His arm is blocking the look of pure evil on his face as he tried to take someone out. Joe Joe and I ducked for cover! (Truth be told, it was actually pretty funny.)



Joseph can't quite grasp the insanity that is Mardi Gras. But we subjected him to much, much more!

Friday, February 27, 2009

There's no place like Houma


The reason I haven't blogged in a week is that we were out of town again. It would have been easier to have just clicked our heels 3 times and been back in Louisiana, but the flight really wasn't that bad. We went to celebrate our 1st Mardi Gras! We knew better that to stay in New Orleans with a toddler, and Houma has great festivities on a more manageable scale. There was a parade the 1st night we got there, which goes right in front of Gran's house. Joseph got a few Christmas presents people had waiting for his arrival!



Waiting for some action with Mimi and Poppy:


Then the floats come by. One of Joseph's new words is "truck." Heard it about a million times, as every single truck, float, car, van, and bus went by.


And they throw stuff at you! Mostly beads, but also balls, stuffed animals, frisbees, and all kinds of other stuff.


There's so much more to post. We took about 250 pictures and videos. I won't make you see them all, but there's some great stuff to share. Keep checking back!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Creative Geniuses

Missy had something fun planned for the boys today, but they had no idea why they were standing at the table stripped down to T-shirts and diapers....


...until the finger paints came out!




Then we had a fun game of "where's your....mouth? eyes? ear?"



But then we got to "hair." Yuk!



Nothing a quick hose-down (of both the kids and the dining room) couldn't fix. Creativity can be messy!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Petsmart. Smart!!

I continually get new ideas and inspiration from one of the best moms in the world, Joseph's Aunt/Godmother Missy. What to do to entertain a toddler on a freezing cold day when you're tired of being stuck in the house? Go to Petsmart.

See, we don't need TV. His eyes were glued on the tanks and cages of fish, birds, guinea pigs, snakes, cats, and even dogs in the grooming salon.




And then there's cat toys to play with! What kid doesn't love to play with everything that's not an actual kid toy?



He can look as longingly as he wants. 2 cats is enough!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Squeaky Clean

I'm sure everyone hopes that their kids will share their passion for whatever it is they may be interested in. Nothing would make me happier than if Joseph wanted me to teach him how to cook or bake, or paint and fix things around the house. And I'd also love if Joseph wanted to get his hands dirty in the garden with Brent. But then there's the neat freak in Brent that might be rubbing off on Joseph already:



Brent adores his Dyson vacuum cleaner more than I could describe. Joseph isn't too far behind him though, and he gets upset when we try to take it away from him. But he does a pretty good job of it alone! Vacuuming is definitely going on the chore list when it comes time for an allowance.


In case you're wondering, one thing Brent is not good at is putting pants on the boy!

And then when the house is clean, you have to clean the kid too. He's just too cute sometimes!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The 3 "R's"

Reading, (w)riting, and redecorating.

Every Saturday morning through the winter, Turtle Park has story time with the famous "Reader Dude." What, you haven't heard of him?! He has lots of sound effects and does tons of different voices as he reads the books. None of which entertain Joseph for very long. He listens to 2 or 3 stories, and then he just wants to walk around and climb all over. But he is very polite and stops what he's doing to clap for Reader Dude at the end of each one.

They wisely set up a table for coloring.



Then we tried to go back up front, and Joseph just pushed the chairs around for the rest of the time. I guess the rec center could use a little redecorating anyway. At least it's something to do indoors during the winter!


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Martha, Martha, Martha!

Prepare yourself: this entry does NOT contain a picture of Joseph!

I've always been a big fan of Martha Stewart, but for a long time now I've found most of her recipes too obscure or too complicated to even bother trying. That is, until last month's issue showed up with a feature article on CUPCAKES! Valentine's Day always inspires me to bake, and I haven't baked anything for our sweethearts at the adoption agency in quite a while, so I tried out 2 of the recipes.

Brownie cupcakes with basic buttercream and brownie heart cutouts:


Strawberry cupcakes with strawberry buttercream:


Half of them we delivered to the agency today, and the other half are going to work with Brent tomorrow.


Well, there may have been a few left over for us to enjoy on Valentine's Day.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

He's just that into it

Joe Joe is absolutely loving our weekly gym class. They play this song and pound on an "air log" until the song says to FREEZE! I think it's his favorite part of the class.



There was even a much cuter video of him truly rockin' out to the song, but we sadly had to learn the hard way today that baby fingers and technology don't mix that well - when he deleted it from the camera while I was showing it to him.



As an aside, I couldn't help buying this shirt for him. Boston College colors. I might let him leave the city if he wants to go to Boston.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

A Sunshine Day!

I have no idea what on Earth is going on with the weather around here - if it has anything to do with global warming or that little groundhog - but one day it's near 20 degrees and 2 days later it's almost 60. But who can complain when you can walk to the park without a coat in February?


There are tons of swings and slides and things to climb on, but Joseph mostly wanted to do laps pushing this little car around. Kinda like at home! But he did get on the see saw for a while and had a blast.


So we've been swimming and playing outside in the dead of winter.
I have no problem with that.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Waterbaby

Today we finally got to start swim class! The Fall session was sold out so we had to wait a while, and then our 1st class last week was cancelled due to snow. It was a little concerning when I saw some flurries again this morning, but Joseph was really excited to see the snow again.



He even tried to catch some on this tongue!


To say he LOVED swim class is a total understatement. He squealed when he saw the pool, and couldn't wait to jump in. He clapped every time he went underwater, floated on his back, and kept trying to crawl back in every time we tried to teach him how to climb out. And he was truly upset when we finally had to get out. But there's 11 more weeks to look forward to!



The class was held at the aquatic center of American University. If I have any say in the matter, Joseph may very well be going there - it's within walking distance of our house. I'm sure he'd be thrilled....


This is the pool we were in - for two kids! No wonder these classes are pretty expensive. But the 2 1/2 hour nap he took today was almost worth the price alone!