Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Oliver Lukas @ 20 months

Every day Oliver helps us walk the dog, Baxter. Baxter gets two walks a day one in the morning and one in the evening. This day Oliver decided he wanted to take pictures like Mama. So I gave him an old camera that was on display in my living room. Every time I held my camera up to my face he'd do the same. I had to trick him to get this shot without his camera up.

Oliver likes to help, whether it's doing laundry or helping us fix something he needs to be involved. It can be a bit of a pain in the back when it's time to cook dinner, he likes to be held while I stir anything on the stove.

He got his first haircut last month. He doesn't have a lot of hair but where it was accumulating it made him look a little mullet-y. Peter just got his hair cut so Oliver sat on his lap and got a little trim. He wasn't happy about it, but he wasn't screaming either.

Oliver now sleeps and naps in his own room in his own bed. He really was sleeping like that and I thought it was hysterical. Please ignore the remnants of lunch on his face.

We're still nursing and although at times it can be inconvenient (like today in yoga class), we both still really enjoy it. It's an instant soother and can help this busy toddler recenter. During Easter we went to Joshua Tree National Park, this is Oliver taking a milk break from exploring the rocks.

Some Stats
Weight 28 lbs 6 oz
Height 34"!
Shoe size - 6 1/2 W
Teeth- all but one canine and his 2 year molars
Words- Dis- with pointing, Mama- which means I want that, Dog-this is BRAND NEW and VERY EXCITING
Car/Bus/Truck(he uses bus for all three)
Thank you

He doesn't talk really, but he recently started doing some animal sounds with prompting- Cow, Sheep, Cat, Dog (he pants).
There it is, a little update on my little man.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

An Oasis in an Urban setting

At least that's my ultimate goal. We have this tiny side yard with a plot of dirt that has to legally be able to be used as a parking spot.

It's a bit beat up from the construction gang and general lack of care. I really want to get a vegetable garden planted this year, I have grand plans! But first I need to clean up my yard.

It's pretty bad.

But I got a ton done today! I filled up both my trash bin with left over construction detritus and my green bin with random, large, freaky weeds. Tomorrow is trash day so hopefully I can fill 'em up some more.

Some of the left over construction junk

The tiles are actually left over from our bathroom remodel years ago, but they were stored in the yard and the boxes they were in turned to mush around them

Now all I need to do is figure out a way to make brightly colored children's toys = oasis for me.

Just for good luck here's one of Oliver playing half in the yard.