Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Stuff we need to blog about

Not that our lives are that much more interesting than yours, but we probably need to put some information up here to, you know, help us remember in years to come.

1. We have three full grown, laying hens again. We lost two, tragically, just before moving into the new house. We really ought to get pictures of them up here. You simply would not believe the size of Boxy, the barred rock. I'm also happy to say that Veronica, the americauna, did survive chick-hood, and the laying of her first egg: a traumatic affair. Audrey is still pretty and friendly, but her eggs are just awful compared to those of the younger hens. Still better than anything you get at the store, mind you.

2. Bryce has started school at a Montessori program only 3 blocks from our house! This accomplishes several things. First of all, we no longer have to drive all the way to the North Valley of Albuquerque to take him to school and pick him up at the end of the day. He's also in school for a shorter time period every day - 9 to 2 rather than 8 to 5. I think that it's better for his psyche. He has made the transition with ease, and he loves his new school. We're having to figure out how to address his "spiritual education," though, as the school is part of the Lutheran church. Neither of us is Lutheran, so it's an interesting challenge when the kid comes home letting us know that God is a "big man who is magic and made the world with his magic wand."

3. Ty is a writing machine. I don't mean that he's a word processor or a typewriter, but that he is diligent and productive, despite having two kids at home now.

4. I remain employed! ...but for how long? I have funding on a contract through the State department of health through June. After that, who knows? Hopefully one or two grants will come through and I'll be secure until next June (2013) when my contract goes back into full-time status.

Other than that, I knitted a kick-ass stocking for Ty. I'll try to get a picture of that up for posterity. And we survived the holidays again this year, though it was a close call there around hour two of Bryce's present-opening extravaganza. The baby continues to grow and so does the boy. The dogs continue to be a nuisance.

Life is good.

Stuff Bronwyn does at 6 months

She likes to scream loudly when she’s not happy with her current situation. We try to ignore this.

She enjoys grabbing her feet and sucking on her toes during diaper changes.

She likes to grab and pull my hair. It makes her laugh hysterically.

She will eat a little bit of solid food, but she exhales/blows out as soon as the food is in her mouth. I wear a lot of it.

She will watch, and laugh at, Bryce any chance she gets.

She enjoys riding in her stroller on walks with Papa to take Bryce to school.

She likes Sharka. She will grab her fur whenever she gets a chance, and giggles when Sharka snuffles her.

She flirts with strangers at restaurants/coffee shops/etc.

She kicky-kicky-kicks her legs when she’s really happy or excited, and sometimes she buries her face in her papa’s chest when she gets just way too happy.

She has a tooth on the bottom left, and enjoys chewing on anything she can get into her mouth. She would LOVE to get hold of the newspaper but has thus far been thwarted in her every attempt. She did nearly eat a receipt I didn’t catch until it was almost too late.