Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sleepy babes, home improvement and more nerdiness

Monday we woke up to an exciting snowy surprise after a sneak peek of Spring.  Matthew's timidness about the snow has worn off and now I can't keep him out of it (or from eating it).  He's also learned to throw snowballs.
Thanks to the great weather and longer evenings I'm having a hard time getting motivated to get dinner on the table and the kids in bed instead of going for walks or playing.  This has been royally messing up naps, causing me to break the cardinal rule of waking a sleeping baby.  At least it gives me an excuse to get sleepy baby pictures :-)

This week Catherine had her 9 month check up (sniff! sniff!)  As the pediatrician noted when we walked in "if I hadn't seen her standing there I would have guessed just by her weight charts that she's mobile".  Our little peanut dropped from the 25th percentile to 15th for weight and is in about the 30th for height.  She must get her petiteness from her grandmas.  She however fits in with the rest of the family with her giant 93rd percentile noggin.  She's otherwise healthy and happy and I was thrilled to enter and leave the pediatricians with a well child finally!

We've otherwise had an exciting weekend of home improvement.  What started as a project to install a kitty door so we could keep the dogs out of the litter box and keep the kids from accidentally shutting the cats out of the room with the litter box turned into a pipe-capping, sink-removing, saw-buying, garage-rearranging event.  Then to make matters better (or worse, I'm not sure) on one of my million trips to Ace, I saw the ads for the Home Expo.  We decided to go check it out and glean some tips for the 8,000 other home projects on our list.   When we walked in, they were handing out buckets from the local hardware store.  Then at the first table some nice ladies gave Matthew candy.  Naturally, the boy thought it was Halloween and was pretty thrilled about the Expo in general.  He even asked to make a toolbox this time (well, okay he doesn't really get the toolbox thing but asked to either pound or make noise which was highly appealing):
And later at the park shared his construction hat with Catherine:
While he was busy climbing:

Back home, Catherine was a huge help as we got to work on installing the cat door:
 She was rocking Matthew's old Defcon shirt from Uncle Matt, but would let me take a picture:
 The girl's sure got attitude:
 There, that's better!  She's sure going to break some nerdy hearts!
It wasn't all work and no play, Catherine took a break to play with her puppies:
 Meanwhile, Matthew exhausted himself studying up for our big trip to Alaska.  He has a strange fascination/love of all the Shannon Cartwright/Alaska books I have from my teaching days and is already excited about picking up the ones we're missing from the collection when we're there:
 Matthew's taken to styling his hair after bath.  He looked all handsome with his slicked back hair but when I pulled out the camera he decided to show off a new 'do:

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Catching Up

This post will be epically long because I've been taking a lot of mediocre phone pictures and not posting regularly.  Catherine's on the mend but we've been taking it easy around the house and getting outside as much as possible with some nice days.  Matthew and Catherine are still working on sharing, which most often looks like a)Matthew taunting Catherine with a toy and then taking it from her or b) Matthew taking a toy from Catherine and giving her a less cool toy or new to the mix this week c) Catherine taking a toy from Matthew and Matthew either freaking out of taking it right back.  Though they look like they're playing nicely, Catherine's definitely got her eye on Matthew's plane:

 Other things they are not always great about sharing is lap space.

 But both agreed daddy needed some dental work:
 One of my favorite parts of the day is Matthew and I's post dinner walk around the neighborhood.  He gets to take two of his dinosaurs and we run/walk/roar around the block.  It's always a big decision which two of his three dinosaurs go with us.  This time it was "tops" and "patasaurus" (who I originally called Brontosaurus so we've spent this week renaming him to the more accurate Apatasaurus.
 And of course watching the kids in the bathtub.  Catherine's a big fan of the bubbles and bath toys:
 But mostly because she likes to eat them:
 And speaking of eating, here's a random photo of Catherine rocking a Hitler 'stache:
And Matthew and his giraffe.  We were still sitting at the table eating and Matthew made it all by himself and brought it over to show us.  I was pretty proud until he started to slowly "eat" the giraffe.  Ugh.  Toddlers.
Both kids right now are huge fans of mixed veggies which is nice because it gives me a quick, easy and healthy go-to side.  Catherine eats them by the handful and Matthew's been known to go help himself to more.  In this instance James and I were commenting about how much Catherine had eaten and how she was all out.  Matthew saw this as a call to action and stopped his lego eating to fish out any remaining vegetables from the dish in the kitchen and deliver them three at a time to Catherine.


When I picked Matthew up from daycare on Friday he was pretty proud of his shamrock and his "leprechaun kissed" toes.  Here he is trying to show the camera for a picture:
And success with a little help from mommy:

Both kids were rocking cute St. Patrick's Day shirts from Amma and Papa but this is a pretty good illustration of what I got when I tried to get a picture of both:
 Catherine's cuteness tripled when we added her bear jacket to go run errands. 
I felt the bow was an appropriate addition since all she has are Matthew's hand-me-downs:


As we try and round out Matthew's dino collection before the $1 dinos disappear from the store I picked up some things for the kids Easter baskets.  This is the first year we've had to be sneaky with Matthew but Catherine took the chance to try out one of her presents:

In the meantime we rounded out our St. Patrick's day celebration with some more playdoh and monster making.  Here's Matthew's monster:

And trying to show off his shamrock:
(Holding it up for the camera)
Playdoh brings about some very philosophical discussions with Matthew as he tries to test his limits. 
Matthew: "We throw balls."
Me: "Yes, we can throw balls."
Matthew "Throw playdoh?"
Me: "No, we can't throw playdoh."
Matthew: "Throw balls?"  (holds up ball of playdoh)
Me: "No, we can't throw playdoh"
Matthew: "No.  Ball.  Throw Balls."
Me: "It's 5 o'clock somewhere right?"

And some random videos.  Here's Matthew explaining what happened to his red balloon and how it popped:
And Catherine rocking her super nerd diaper (it has all kinds of scientific and mathematical equations on it) and showing off her crazy mobility:
And if you ever want to experience a day in the life of the Watsons, just put turn your speakers way up and set this to repeat about 35 times a day. 

And last but not least Matthew "reading" The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  For 2 years Matthew showed no interest in this book, which was a slight tragedy because we somehow ended up with about 7 copies.  However, now it's one of his favorites:


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Tops Rock

Cold and flu season is about to drive me crazy.  I think we've been to the pediatrician's once a week for who knows how long.  Matthew, who is Mr. pre-asthma-everything-turns-into-bronchitis has fared pretty well this year. 

Catherine however is in the middle of a very normal but frustrating bout of picking up every cold/virus floating around.  If she's anything like her brother, this means next year won't be too bad but it still sucks for the time being.  Since her first ear infection we went back twice because she wasn't acting any better only to be reassured that it was just fluid.  Finally I figured out that it was thrush that was disrupting her nursing and sleeping so we went back in to confirm it was thrush (which it was) and sure enough, the ear infection was back.  She's now being treated for both and we've been spending a lot of time hanging around the house and keeping our germs to ourselves.  

Meanwhile, Catherine's spent a lot of time standing.  She's also doing more crawling than dragging but still prefers the full body drag/army crawl.  I like to pretend she's just trying to help clean the floors.

 She's also picked up playing peek-a-boo.  Most of the time, Matthew and I find it far more entertaining than she does:

But the other night she thought it was pretty awesome too:


 Much to the dismay of her father and I'm sure Watson uncles, Catherine also couldn't get enough mushrooms the other night in our stir-fry.  It required two hands to keep them in her mouth!
Matthew's been enjoying our non-winter weather with lots of help in the yard and trips to the park:


 But his favorite new things are his dinosaurs (Tops and T-Rex) and dancing.  May I present them both in hilarious toddler fashion:



Thursday, March 1, 2012

Gratuitous and Grainy Phone Pics

I'm shocked and bewildered that it somehow is already March.  In my mind January and February are "boring" months following the holidays where cabin fever and boredom are supposed to set in.  Between work, illness and our desire to spend as much time as possible cozied up with our new woodstove we haven't gone on any adventures recently but we still have seemed awfully busy.  If this is what Jan/Feb feel like I'm not sure I can handle the upcoming summer!

Anyway, I have yet to get back into the swing of taking pictures with the other cameras so I'll make up for quality with quantity from my phone.  Here are a few of our local adventures.  Sunday afternoon at the park:
 The Museum with friends:
 The aquarium store with Moms Club.  Matthew's still talking about this one! 
 But mostly some good times around the house.  Climbing on Daddy:
 Okay, and some not so good times.  Catherine was not the world's biggest enchilada fan:
 Though she did enjoy a bit of water to wash it down:
 Fun in the laundry basket:

 Catherine's pulling up and peeking weren't enough as Matthew asked for her to sit in his lap:

 Matthew loves to watch himself on the screen with our phone.  Here's a gratuitous progression of him roaring like a dinosaur and fully amusing himself:











 And last but not least we headed out to get a haircut today.  Here's his before shots (though the previous ones are better):

 And him all trimmed up later.  Maybe one day he'll let me get a better picture of it.


Five on Friday

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