Saturday, October 6, 2012

Big Poppa...

Another face from Gretel....she's so funny.  She has heard me say to Gwen (while I'm massaging her) "Look at those big brown eyes....look at that little black nose...look at those furry little ears...."  etc.
So when Atticus aka "Big Poppa" as I mostly call him was pretty new she looked at him and sweetly said, "Look at those plump little eyebrows....look at those fat little eyes....look at those juicy lips!"
I laughed so hard, and whenever we do that she gets so mad!  She says angrily, "NOT FUNNY!"
I especially loved the description of his "fat little eyes!"  haha!  She's a hoot!


I love his jolly little smile right here, and below I think it looks like he's doing a "yo yo what up dawg?" type of pose...
(I also like to call him "Biggie Smalls" because I like rapper nicknames!)
But I also like to throw into the mix Papa Smurf, Biggin' and Mr. Bundles-I rarely call him Atticus


He looks like a wise old owl-so serious!  That's not his personality at all.  He is such a giggly little boy!  I love him so much.  He is SO sweet and mellow, always laughing and grinning at everyone.  He is always happy and is super easy!

Gretel loves to wrap blankets around his head.  Lately she insists that I call him Figaro, and she's still Louie-and-the-frog (they are both kitties) while Gwen is Pluto, I'm Minnie, Johnny's Mickey.  And we all have to talk in character.

She's feeding him his first bottle (he's really only had two) and loving it!  I don't think he's loving it so much, though!

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Monday, October 1, 2012

May and June fun things

I wanted to post pictures of both Atticus and Gretel because they are both 2 weeks old here, and I think they look so similar!!

My friend Katrina took these pictures of him when he was two weeks. 

Johnny found out in May that he passed the CA bar exam!  YAY!!!  We were so excited!  In June, he had his swearing in ceremony, so here are a few pictures of that day...

Gretel always pulls the best faces!

Since all day every day Gretel is a kitty, she went through a short phase of wearing all her headbands as "kitty collars."  It doesn't show that much in the picture, but these things were stacked to the point of a very uncomfortable looking neck brace!!

"Figgy pudding" as I like to call him lived in this seat for quite a while...(so did Gretel).  It was the only thing that could calm his newborn fussiness!  He looks so scared here! 

Posted by PicasaThis post only published half of my pictures, and I don't know how to fix it, so the next batch of pictures will just be a continuation of this! 

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Italian Stallion

My aunt Holly called Atticus the "Italian Stallion" once (because his middle name is Italian for Joseph) and I loved it so much!!  These pictures are not current, but here is what he looked like right when we brought him home from the hospital, until he was about one month old. 

I failed to mention in my previous post that the day before he was born my mom and I had a marathon cooking day!  We made all our favorite foods for Sunday dinner-maybe being on my feet all day the day before he came out helped put me into labor....I don't know!  But it was SO wicked!!!

Our menu:
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Salad de Maison
peasant bread
pretzel jello
zucchini casserole

                                            This picture of us was when he was 5 days old

             Gretel LOVES him!  She never gets enough, and kisses him every second! 
"Lemme see the baby!"  is the second most frequently uttered phrase. (the first is "let's play Tom and Jerry and the Giant!")

It was so nice having my mom here to cook tons for us, go to the grocery store, and take late shifts with the baby when he went several nights in a row being most fussy until 2:30 am.  Most of all, she was my "Laundress" which was SO helpful!  She is awesome at doing laundry, and says she really enjoys it!  It's so hard to keep up on normal laundry plus all the things that newborns are constantly "soiling!"  Go mom!

I'm glad I snapped a quick picture before his cord fell off-I think it fell off the next day.  It's always a little sad for me when this happens, because it feels like they're no longer a "newborn."

I just took some pictures of Gretel before we took her on our first outing...she spotted a snail.

                                                            After church one week...

My dad has said that he looks like his grandpa Walt, and that Atticus has a "grandpa face."  This makes me laugh whenever I think about it!  The nickname I call him the most is  "Little Man."  Now that's what Gretel calls him.   She'll yell dramatically, "Little Man's crying!"

                                    This is how Gretel gets downstairs-she loves sliding down!
I don't mind if she does it, but Johnny doesn't like her to do it.  She was worried one time when she was mid-slide and told my mom, "don't tell my daddy that I did that."  Another thing that I don't think I ever wrote down was something  she said to my mom when they were driving in the car when she was probably 2.  She was silent for a while before she sighed and said, "Mims, I wish people has tails..." in a wistful voice.  My mom loved it.  Gretel is such a character!

On Mother's Day, Johnny helped her make the cutest card for me.  I have it taped to my closet door now.  She wrote, "We love you mommy" and drew pictures of Johnny, myself, Gretel, Atticus and Gwen.  I just loved it so much!  She is really good at drawing all her letters; I'm so impressed!

On Mother's Day I was telling her that moms get to do whatever they want on this day.  She said, "Mommy, you can just watch Ellen and sleep!"  WOW!  She really does know my favorite things!!

Speaking of Ellen, while my mom was here, she and I were having a conversation about Ellen and I was  telling her about something funny on the show.  I used the word "she" at one point while referring to Ellen.  Gretel was right there and said, "I thought Ellen was a boy."  We started laughing of course, which got her so mad.  We asked her why she thought that, and she said "because she talks like a boy and wears boys' clothes."  My mom screamed which is something she does often when she thinks something is smart/entertaining, (which Gretel just hates)  and she ran out of the room crying.  She still remembers it and talks about it.  She'll say, "member how Mimi screamed and I started crying?  Isn't that sad?"

Gretel loves watching Tom and Jerry and playing lots of games on the ipad.  If I didn't limit her time on it, she'd do it all day long!  Also, I like how Atticus is almost as brown as the blanket!

I had to take one last picture of him wearing the bottoms of his "take me home suit"  because he looks just like "Frog and Toad are Friends" in them.  So high-waisted; I love it!

Cheryl's two friends made this awesome diaper cake for us!  I took a picture of both the front and back, because they'd attached so many cute things all around it!  I especially love the hat on top!!

I love when Cheryl comes to visit!  She always helps Johnny do a major overhaul on our yard.  Also, she is super organized, so she always helps me to declutter and get organized.  We gave the kitchen cabinets and pantry a makeover inside by clearing out all the platters and entertaining dishes and things I rarely use, and storing them in the garage so I have room for all the day-to-day stuff!  It was so fabulous!