Monday, November 28, 2005

Thumby Thumberson

Little baby is as usual too cute to resist taking pictures of! This is how he comforts himself at night when he is sleeping. He hasn't learned yet to make his fingers in a fist, and so he ends up jamming his thumb into his mouth and poking himself in the eye once in a while when he is especially aggressive in his thumb sucking!

He is sleeping really well these days, but I don't want to jinx him! :) He likes to go to bed extra early...around 5:30 or 6:30pm. Then we wake him up before I go to bed to feed him around 10:00pm. He will then usually sleep until 4:30 or 5:00am and will lay in his crib talking to himself until I come and get him. His favorite words are "ooooo, Owwww, ahhhhh" (repeat ad nauseum).

I feel very blessed that little baby lets me sleep in a little more (on occasion) and that his crib can entertain him until I am more awake.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Josiah Santa

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! Here is our special little Santa this year! He isn't bringing a bag of toys, but some dirty diapers, happy smiles, active feet and hands and tons more blessings to the Carpenter household!

We had a little "mishap" as we were getting these pictures taken, but luckily he took good pictures in the first few photos because he wasn't going to give anymore smiles after he bonked his head on the box he was sitting on. They didn't have a very good set up for babies that can't sit up on their own yet and so I was trying to hold him from behind.

At one point I had him adjusted and then he moved really quickly and fell forward and bonked his nose. This was NOT very popular and he wouldn't be consoled for a while afterward! We were very pleased with how the pictures turned out though!

Merry Christmas to all of you!

Friday, November 25, 2005

Airplane Sound for Oatmeal

Although Josiah isn't the greatest at sitting up yet, he can sit pretty well in his high chair and so we have started feeding him in it so that he will get used to eating there. He is wearing a bib that Grandma Betty gave him that says "New kid on the Block" and he is too when it comes to eating solid foods!

David fed him a pretty good sized bowl of oatmeal with banana (the baby version kind) and he seemed to like it. He would open his mou
th really wide (see picture
below) when David would make an airplane sound as it came close to his mouth. David tried other sounds, but it was only this SPECIFIC sound that would make his mouth open. It was pretty funny!

Also...Josiah likes to "help" with his hands, so you can see that Daddy is holding his hands so that the helping doesn't interfere with eating. When Mommy has tried to feed the baby, he will almost always get oatmeal all over his hands at some point.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Thanksgiving Fun

This year we went to Cheney, WA again for Thanksgiving and celebrated with many relatives on my Mom's side of the family including: Uncle Mike, Aunt Genny & their kids Kalen, Erin, & Lauren; Uncle Dan & Aunt Sharon & their daughter Suzie (Suzie's sister Sarah celebrated with her boyfriend's family); Grandpa Hal & Grandma Betty; and of course my Mom and Dad wouldn't miss seeing little Josiah on his first Thanksgiving!

He was definitely a hit as he was the only baby for miles (literally
as they live way out on a farm and was pretty good considering he was passed around to most everyone there.

As usual, Mike and David had a sport's feud as David cheers for the Cowboys and Mike doesn't. They have an ongoing baseball feud too as David is a Yankees fan and Mike and his family cheer for the Mariners. It is not that David doesn't like the Mariners, however, when they play the Yankees he cheers for his team.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Bouncy Tigger Seat

So I read the instructions for the bouncy Tigger seat that we have and it turns out it is for 4 months and older, so I had him try it out today. He loves it! I have it close enough to the ground where he can walk around in it. He doesn't bounce too much yet, but he is definitely using his leg muscles to turn around and practice this assisted walking.

Thanks to my friend Lin for getting it for us, it will bring lots of joy to this little one I am sure! Not to mention that Mommy gets a kick out of watching him play in it as well!

Got Milk?

In honor of going to Uncle Mike and Aunt Genny's farm for Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fun for him to put on his "cow coat" prepare for his trip into cow country! Mara got this little jacket for him and it is just TOO cute!

He wears it whenever we go out now. Still when we take walks it seems he is not the happiest camper. He always has a sullen look on his face or that he is uncomfortable when I take him outside. I know he is warm enough, but I think he just isn't fond of being away from home. He gets really quiet until we come home again and then he is his normal self.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Recital for Students!

Today was the big day for all my students. There were 19 of them that performed today (though one is not in the picture). I was really proud of them that they all played through their pieces without stopping. We still have to work on bowing with some of them, but that is OK!

We had cake, cookies, & nuts with pink lemonade & 7 UP punch for the reception. It was held at Spokane Valley Baptist Church.

It was really nice to have a big recital again. The last time I had this large of a
studio was when I was in high school! Since I have moved around so much, it seems that just when I get a good number of students I am moving again. We hope to stick around here for a while though, so I hope that it works out that we do. God may have a different plan for us though, and I am open to whatever he has for us and know that he will provide the students for me wherever I go!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Visiting Mara's Family

Mara came over for a visit for a couple of days and we went to see her parents who were in Coure d'Alene, ID for a craft show. They live in Tacoma, so it was kind of neat that while Mara was here on the east side of the state that she got to visit with her folks.

Mara is a thrift store shopping genius and brought me a whole bunch of clothes that she got for a buck each and now I have LOTS more clothes to choose from. I had been lamenting the fact that I don't fit in most of my old clothes now after the baby and Mara took pity on me and found some that work! Thank you Mara for all the lovely clothes! She has been such a WONDERFUL friend to me and I am truly thankful to have known her all these years!

I was thinking...wouldn't it be nice if someone designed clothes for women AFTER pregnancy? It seems that the maternity clothes are too big and make you look frumpy, but you still need a little extra room in the hips and stomach areas as well as the bust if you are breast feeding. Maybe noone has done it because most people just buy bigger sizes to compensate for a while? Anyway, to someone out there that designs clothes, that is my request!

A funny thing happened when I was out with Mara today. I tried to feed baby J in the car and instead of feeding he got started, but then stopped and kept giggling at me. He got Mara and I cracking up in the car and I got the bulk of his milk meal on my lap. He is a very silly baby and we had fun with him today, but later in the evening since his routine was somewhat altered, he had a hard time getting to sleep. We managed it though and he got back on track pretty quick!

Friday, November 04, 2005

Josiah's First Day on the Job

Josiah made a trip to David's workplace today and was a big hit! Of course he was popular with all the ladies, but he also made a big impression on Tom and Tal as well! If you want to see the full album of Josiah's first day on the job, email David or myself and we will send you a link to the album on snapfish.

They had lots of balloons at work today and one of the managers gave Josiah her balloon and he was infatuated with it. He liked the sound that it maked when he rubbed his hands on it and was determined to put it in his mouth as soon as possible!

Tal let Josiah wear his "fire chief" hat letting the rest of them know WHO was putting out the fires today!

As usual, Josiah charmed everyone and though he was sleepy when he arrived he stayed awake to see all the action and take in all the sights.

Wild Sleeper

So when we put baby in the crib, his head is right behind Mr. Peter Rabbit on the head board, but he has demonstrated that he has a better way to sleep and that is sideways! When I woke up this morning to change and feed him at 5:50am, this is how he was only with one sock off (he likes to work them off his feet quite often). Then when David came in to get him at around 7:10am, he was back in this position again.

I guess he takes after Mommy in that he is a wild sleeper! My mom said she wouldn't share a bed with me as a child because I would kick her and such.

When he was sick, we would prop him up with a pillow and put his sheet on the pillow and would lay him on it. He would work his way down off the pillow and the sheet would flip over onto his head. We discovered this because he made miserable "come fix this mess" baby noises following this occurrence. That also was pretty funny to see our little "ghost" baby.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Thank You Carrie & Family!

God is so good! A week ago a lady from our church that I barely know called to offer 4 bags of clothes and baby things for Josiah. I was just looking at his closet thinking "hmmm we don't have very many bigger clothes (12-18 months)" and then she called and mostly all the clothes were that size!

I am so thankful that God has provided so abundantly for our little Josiah and for us as well! It is a testament to the fact that you never "have" the money for kids, but when God blesses you with a child, he will also provide the means to support that child.

Thank you Carrie and your family for giving us all these nice clothes for baby Josiah!