Saturday, October 31, 2009
preceding the party, so I wasn't much fun or much help. There were some really impressive theme costumes where a whole families participated. One family was on a safari and the baby was a rhino. Another family dressed as Batman and his villains. It would be fun to all participate in something like that but it would take creativity, planning, and Nick actually being there- the very three things I lack.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
town. We ran inside to see the interior of the dome, took a picture
and jumped back in the car. We're headed back home to St. Louis. The
length of the drive is comparable to Salt Lake to Las Vegas. We'll
see how far we get tonight before we have a baby meltdown. If the baby
cooperates, we may drive straight through.
Nick said the interview went well, and Lansing seems like a pretty
nice place to live.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Last night we stayed at the Lamp Post Inn, just a few miles away from the Ann Arbor apartment. It was as advertised- affordable, friendly, and clean. They had taken the traditional folding of the toilet paper (as a signal the bathroom has been cleaned) to new heights. Instead of the tradition triangle, it was almost a toilet paper peacock. We had just picked this place off the Internet, but later found out Brian's parents had stayed in the same motel when they visited. The motel provided a crib for Henry. Our unit also had a mini-fridge and microwave. The crib reminds me a little too much of a baby prison. This morning Nick completely repacked my bags to make them more compact, and Henry happily played in jail while we worked. The car is chock full of stuff. All of us have been away from home for a month, which requires a lot of gear. On top of that, we have the big stroller which takes up quite a bit of space. Nick is great at fitting it all in, so we're fine, but it's a good thing we don't have another passenger.
My family has been to Vermont quite a few times in the autumn for recreation and "leaf-peeping." It turns out, we could have been coming to Ann Arbor. It's beautiful here, with lots of beautiful fall foliage.
Today we visited a cider mill, which is also a Vermont staple too. We had cider, enjoyed the scenery, ate donuts, and took pictures. Coincidentally, we found out this cider mill was featured on Food Network's "Will Work for Food." I had seen the episode so that was a fun little extra.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
apartment Nick's been staying in with Brian Tanner and two other
roommates- the tour took about ten seconds. As a bachelors' apartment, it's functional, but isn't fancy.
We then went out to dinner with Brian to downtown Ann Arbor. We parked
in a very tall, skinny parking structure and ate at a falafel place. Nick loved the lentil soup- Henry did not.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
He's all dressed up as cute as a pumpkin, ready to be the life of the party. He's planning on visiting his version of a haunted house (hearing a motorcycle starting in the distance or a loud high note). Then he'll go trick-or-treating (by tricking Grandma Nettie into giving him a cracker). He'll follow that by bobbing for apples (gnawing on an apple chunk with poor neck control). It looks like it's going to be his favorite holiday ever.
Thanks, Darla. He loves his Halloween treats.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Mont's Halloween party Monday night was a hit. Dallas sang "Werewolves of London," which is now the traditional opening of the event. I sang "Dancing Queen" as part of a trio. Henry spent the entire night riding in the Baby Bjorn, wrapped in a quilt. The cold sneaked up on us so quickly, he doesn't own a coat yet. He was much happier once he agreed to keep his little arms tucked in. We did take several breaks inside Cindy's warm family room.
I have new respect for Travis Shreeve, who showed that a real man can pull off a pink "Frankenberry" costume. (Frankenberry is the sister breakfast cereal to Count Chocula.) It was the best costume of the evening, and I'm sad I don't have a picture to share.
I had a penguin costume for Henry to wear. It was the very first piece of baby clothing I bought when I was pregnant. Only on the way to the party did I realize the hat part of the costume was a size smaller than the rest of it. My mom and Kate had awesome hats. I think they bought them on clearance at Disneyland last November. The things coming off Kate's hat are spider legs with bells on them. Liz purchased her Minnie outfit from the employee store at Disneyworld.
This picture is several weeks old, but I still laugh every time it comes up on the computer. Nick has called this shirt "a monument to bad decisions."
The bad decisions are as follows:
1. Someone had a child and named it "Shamonica."
2. Someone made this brightly decorated sweatshirt for their grandpa, emphasizing the names of his grand-daughters, including Shamonica.
3. The grand-father decided to wear this sweatshirt in public.
4. It was about 90 degrees at the time.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
emolient. One tube costs $85 retail, and his prescription is for six
tubes a month. Fortunately, we only have to pay the copayment.
On the plus side, his skin has never looked so good. At least it
hasn't looked this good in the last three months.