Saturday, August 16, 2008

Treehugger, Jr.

Most Saturday mornings Jon lets me sleep in just about as long as I want while he takes care of Walter. This morning, when I finally came down I couldn't find them in the apartment so I looked outside, and this is what I saw:

Can you tell what that is? That's Jon laying on the grass with Walter on his tummy, both looking up into the tree. This is actually a pretty normal sight, because the surest fire way to get a frantic, stressed out, upset Booboolala to calm down is to take him outside and let him look at trees. Maybe this is pretty typical of babies, I don't know, but I do know that all kinds of people have noticed it and remarked on it as unusual, and these are people who have had lots of contact with lots of babies (my mom, Jon's parents, my Aunt, etc...). He really loves to look at trees, but the main effect is just being outside. I'm talking--just inside the door a screaming baby. Cross the threshold to the outside and the screaming just stops and Walter's looking around intently like he's trying so hard to take in EVERYTHING. It's really cute and amazing. I spend a lot of time on the front porch and pacing around the front lawn. I wonder how it will be in the winter...

So we took some pics of Boo in his happy place/natural habitat for all to enjoy. I guess it makes sense that the child of a woman who has loved and adored trees all her life and a man who is happiest on a mountainside would be like this!!!
Now for another funny little tidbit: Boo has been laughing for over a month now, but he'll only do little chuckle/giggles and I can usually only stumble on the way to make him giggle randomly, and it (whatever it is, blowing on his face, tickling under his chin, etc) will only work about twice, and then he gets bored of it. So no matter how hard I've tried, I've been unable to get it on video. Today when we were taking pictures of him in the tree we decided to take some video of him grinning and kicking his legs and then.....ta da!!! He started laughing and we got lots of it on video. It was pretty awesome. I'm going to post the 2nd video we took below because it's a little shorter, has some good chuckles, but I have to apologize for a bit of a fumble on my part in the very beginning. But if you are a diehard Booboo fan (grandparents, etc...) Here is the link to our Dropshots page where I've also posted a longer first video, with more laughing and pure Walter Watching Enjoyment!

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Monday, August 11, 2008

So Big!!!

A week ago our little Booboo turned 3 months old! I can't decide if the time has gone by really fast or really slow. Kind of both, if you know what I mean. We spent the day at my mom's which was a present for me, really. She watched him while I took a nap and then a bath in her great big tub. It was great. Then later, just after he woke up from a nap, he was being all cute so mom took some pictures, and here they are! He's getting really really big and finally has some good chubbiness to him, although I'm not sure you can see it in these pictures. You'll just have to believe me!

p.s. sorry about all the red!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Any Other Bookworms Out There?

So apparently the National Endowment for the Arts is all worried that most Americans have only read 6 of the books on this list. So people are posting it on their blogs and showing which books they have read. I, being a former English major, have read more than 6. I wanted to do this list mainly for myself, to see how many I have read, and for some great ideas of some books to read in the future! I stole this list from my friend Jen and I'd love to see which ones some of my other friends have read!!

* Look at the list and bold those you have read.
* Italicize those you intend to read, and/or books you've started but haven't finished
* Reprint this list in your blog so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma- Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility- Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery (en francais)
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

38!!!!! Sweet! Only a true bookworm would be proud of this! On the other hand, it's sad how many of the italicized items were books I started and never finished. Oh well!