Daddy’s Creation for Mr. Baby

Dear Sis,

This morning Josh had an epiphany, “I know what to give Mr. Baby for Christmas,” he exclaimed. Shortly after his declaration, he and Mr. Baby left to run some errands. Although, Josh highlighted their stop to price check rental moving trucks to me… it was also a materials run for his mysterious gift.

Throughout the afternoon, Josh stepped outside for ten to twenty minutes at a time. He was inside when Mr. Baby awoke from his afternoon nap. They cuddled for a bit, then Josh went outside again. Mr. Baby crawled to the door, stood himself up as tall as he could manage, and gave a good effort to opening the door. When he realized his attempts were in vain, he broke down into tears. I had pity on him. We shoed up and went out to find Daddy. We found him in the shed hovering over a piece of lumber, fitting a blade into the circular saw. When I asked what he was fixing, he replied that he was not fixing anything, he was making Mr. Baby something.

Mr. Baby felt better setting eyes on the Daddy, but now that we were outside he was taken in by his new surroundings. We set off for a stroll so the Daddy could work in peace.

We returned home to see this on Mr. Baby’s play mat:

Mr. Baby crawled right over to his new toy and got busy flicking his new shiny door stoppers. Door stoppers are one of Mr. Baby’s favorite things with which to play. Daddy’s creation is a show stopping winner in Mr. Baby’s book!!! 

Love,

b

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Miss Julie’s Birthday Visit

Dear Sis,

Miss Julie, our landlady, visited the day after Mr. Baby’s birthday. She happened to arrive as we were getting the mail and she took some pictures. I was pleasantly surprised when I got her email today and saw pictures that have me in them and I don’t scare myself in some way:)

Miss Julie gave Mr. Baby a very lovely storybook. It has big boy pages, so we read it before bed and then put it in the big boy box, so it won’t get torn.

Love,

b

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Visiting & Packing

Dear Auntygoof,

Today we visited Mr. David. Mama decided to put the music up, so I wouldn’t touch it. I pulled out the chair and climbed onto the table to watch it, but I was good. I didn’t touch it:)

Later, the boxes Daddy ordered for Mama came and we started packing. Mama is super excited about the new house! She says I’m going to like seeing all my family more often:)

Drooly Kisses,

Mr. Baby

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Pumpkin Carving Contest

Dear Sis,

Remember the Year of Dates gift I gave Josh for Christmas two years ago? We are still working on it:) Last October, Josh was in Atlanta getting a type rating, and I was so full of baby I looked like I had swallowed a pumpkin! 

    I got to work on my pumpkin during Mr. Baby’s nap, using a pumpkin carving kit and pattern I had picked up at the store. All the finishing touches were completed while Daddy and Mr. Baby made a run to the airport. I’ve carved serval pumpkins over the years… none too impressive. This is my best one to-date. 

    Somehow, my husband made it 30+ years without ever carving a pumpkin! He drew his design on with a Sharpie and started cutting. When he finished cutting around the top, he grabbed the stem and lifted it free. The stingy seedy mess that came with the pumpkin top caused a stream of disgusted expressions, “Eww!!! That’s nasty! What is that stuff?” and so on. “How do I get that out?” he asked me. “You scoop it out,” I said plainly. The look on his face was priceless as he realized that he would have to reach into the detestable insides of his pumpkin. I offered to do it for him, but he insisted that he wouldn’t be able to beat me fair and square if I helped. 

    I spooned snack into Mr. Baby’s waiting mouth, to a series of muttered complaints of dismay at the grotesqueness of pumpkins. I was laughing so much, Mr. Baby decided it was funny too! At this point, Josh had his hand inside the pumpkin, with his face turned as far away as possible. “It even stinks!” he said, choking on his words a little. “It’s almost as bad as egg,” he declared. 

    Those who know Josh, know that he has a strange and passionate loathing for eggs and many of the foods that contain them indiscreetly. Mr. Baby and I boomed with another round of laughter. “I’m so sorry Josh! I had no idea you’d find pumpkin carving so gross, when I made that date night gift.” I said, between bursts of laughter. 

    Mr. Baby and I went on a walk, so Daddy could work in peace. He was making the last cuts and wiping them clean when we returned. Together, we walked to the neighbors to let our judge know we were ready for his expert opinion. Our judge eagerly let himself out of his gated back yard, his mom and baby brother trailing behind.

    The two-and-a-half year-old that would decide the success of our pumpkin carving, rambled as he walked about all the little things that caught his eye. When he saw the pumpkins, he was eager to lay hands on them, but his mom warned him to stay back from our fragile candle-lit works of art.

    He looked them both up and down with careful consideration. Then his mom prompted, “Do you like the kitty one, or the Halloween scene with the moon, bat, and pumpkin best?” “The kitty,” he replied quickly. Josh had won the contest! All of his pain and suffering was forgotten, as a grin emerged on his face. “I knew he would pick the kitty,” he said. “Kids always pick animals.”

    Our judge’s youth made it necessary for him to preside over our case before dark. He had a scheduling conflict with bedtime, so he never go to see their full affect.

Whether I was outsmarted or out-carved is still up for debate:)

Happy Halloween!

Love,

b

 

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A Trip to the Zoo

Dear Sis,

Mr. Baby enjoys watching animals, so we thought it would be a good time to try a zoo visit. We took the Littles along, not in a Nanny capacity, but as a fun day together. 

William liked all the animals, but he especially liked watching the lemur. 

We stopped at a pizza buffet for lunch and the boys played the afternoon away at the arcade, while I hung out with a napping Mr. Baby.

Love,

b

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Sock Yarns

Hi Sis,

I have been adding sock yarns to my Etsy shop! It has been fun learning how to do indy dyeing, or should I say playing around and making random art. lol 

I wasn’t pleased with my first few hanks, but I really like my last few. I am learning not only what colors look good together, but how concentrated dye can be and how sometimes adding one color on top of another, doesnt always produce the color I originally wanted. 

Love Jamiegoof

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