Saturday, January 30, 2016

Instagram January 30, 2016 at 07:44PM

Daddy just made a fun discovery: Max LOVES having his head scratched! via Instagram

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Instagram January 27, 2016 at 04:09PM

My favorite little trekkie is getting a 5th tooth: top right, next to his front teeth. Also: his socks have space ships on them. Also also: the sleeping pic on the right is current and I am loving it. via Instagram

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Instagram January 26, 2016 at 02:09PM

PJ and I did the 4D Chocolate Mystery. Until about ten minutes in, when the bad guy showed up and it got loud with flashing lights, then PJ wanted to leave. But then we got a squished penny & a chocolate milkshake. It was a very successful trip! via Instagram

Instagram January 26, 2016 at 11:31AM

My favorite FOUR year old and I are at Chocolate World! All four of us are going to ride the ride as many times as birthday girl PJ wants to. Happy Birthday, Penelope!! via Instagram

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Instagram January 24, 2016 at 11:04AM

Started getting this dude bundled up for his first snow experience, and...hmm. Curb your enthusiasm, kid. via Instagram

I have my own computer!

Paul got me a Surface Pro 3 tablet computer! I haven't had my own personal computer since my iBook G4 died over 5 years ago. So I've spent a lot of time over the past two days getting to know Windows 10 and downloading apps and setting up favorites and organizing my "active tiles" in my home screen. It was unconscionably difficult, for example, to figure out how to create tiles for specific web pages, but I finally figured it out, so now I'm close to finished with my initial setup.

Anyhoo, I'm hoping having my own computer that is not a desktop living in our cold basement will help me to finally get on top of some internet-dependent stuff, like ordering prints of the professional baby photos of Max and our family photos; finally, FINALLY setting up and sticking with YNAB (because we really, truly do need a budget!); and blogging a bit more regularly.

I got Amazon Cloud set up on my phone and tablet to sync those photos, and need to get it set up on the basement computer too, because then I can get access to all the pics from our real camera that are currently living on the basement computer. Amazon Prime offers unlimited photo storage in the cloud drive, and for $60/year you get unlimited storage of any and all files, which is what we're currently paying for a separate backup service, so I think we might switch because Carbonite can only be hooked up to one computer and only does backup, not storage, so you still have to have the files stored on your hard drive too.

This is all really cool to me, because I'm starting to see the functionality that, five years ago, Paul and I would talk about "this is how things SHOULD work." Files and photos that I can access and edit from my phone or computer and it's all synced; a full-powered computer that has a touchscreen so you can have the best of both worlds; accounts that all talk to each other and feed into each other. That last one is still far, far from perfect, because now I have a Windows tablet PC and an Android phone, and since Microsoft and Google are competitors, they don't offer you cooperation on a silver platter, but it works out OK with a little finagling.

Here, have a gif of PJ in the snow:
PJ throwing snow: January 23, 2016

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Instagram January 23, 2016 at 09:07AM

Snowy morning sleepers. Still coming down hard! I love our weekend blizzard, all snowed in together. via Instagram

Monday, January 18, 2016

Instagram January 18, 2016 at 04:38PM

This is how we got Max to nap. #couchnap #MightyMax via Instagram

Instagram January 18, 2016 at 04:33PM

After a lot of crying and a big tantrum, PJ did finally manage a nap at Aunt @hannahhardatwork's house. Max is sleeping too, snuggled on the couch with Paul. Hannah is learning how to knit while chili cooks for dinner! via Instagram

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Instagram January 13, 2016 at 02:31PM

TEN months old! Slept 9 hours last night, a new personal best! Currently napping. Loves just about any food we offer him: this morning was oatmeal & applesauce; also loves yogurt, eggs, beans, broccoli, carrots, fish, shrimp, green beans, any orange veggie, chicken, pork...I really can't think of anything he's refused to eat lately, as long as it's tender enough to mush up with his gums! Cruising & crawling all around the house, lots of babbling, loves to explore and test out anything he can get his hands on. Recently learned how to drink water out of a sippy cup. via Instagram

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Instagram January 09, 2016 at 11:20PM

We're trying out the strategy of preparing a bunch of meals in advance that we can just dump a Ziploc bag into the slow cooker. We spent about $200 at the grocery store today and we're making 18 meals tonight! via Instagram

Instagram January 09, 2016 at 01:06PM

PJ at Oma's & both my boys napping? Don't mind if I do! via Instagram

Instagram January 09, 2016 at 12:23PM

Fun trip to the #PAfarmshow! Max was really interested in the horses especially. PJ enjoyed a new strawberry milkshake, and is on her way to York with Oma so we won't have to deal with the sugar crash! via Instagram

Instagram January 09, 2016 at 07:09AM

We're not really ready to wake up for the farm show yet. But at least this dude slept for 9 hours last night! Which means I got my maybe third stretch of 6 hours in 9.5 months! via Instagram

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Instagram January 06, 2016 at 08:43PM

Now, as then, the top book on my bedside stack is for winter book group! I expect to like this year's a lot more. The other three were all gifts that have been sitting unopened for far too long! You can see the one overlap from last year...I'm ashamed. via Instagram

Instagram January 06, 2016 at 08:01PM

So very relieved to report that Max has now been fever-free for 24 hours without meds, has mostly regained his appetite, hasn't had diarrhea since 8am, and has begun smiling and playing again. He's still not back to his usual exuberant self, but he's well on his way to recovery! #MightyMax via Instagram

Monday, January 04, 2016

Instagram January 04, 2016 at 05:33PM

Fever Baby added Barfy to his illness resume at about 3:30 this morning, and stopped responding to ibuprofen, so to the doctor we went. He's probably got a virus, and is currently normal temp after one early afternoon dose of acetaminophen, but has continued to barf if I let him nurse more than a few minutes. Oh and he also has diarrhea, which I'm about to go deal with. Not a happy baby. Hope he's better in another day or two!! via Instagram

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Friday, January 01, 2016

Instagram January 01, 2016 at 12:18AM

#HappyNewYear #welcome2016🎉 #besties #swellbottle (There's two babies hiding in this picture too. I'm glad Max is asleep, but was a bit sad to not have a baby to snuggle at midnight!) (Yes we took this pic with our matching fancy water bottles.) via Instagram

Instagram January 01, 2016 at 12:07AM

NYE 6 person game of Power Grid! I am feeling well positioned, but not super confident. We paused for the ball drop, now back to the bidding! #HappyNewYear #Hello2016 via Instagram