Month: July 2010 (Page 1 of 3)

Meeting a Goat and Coral

Last weekend we had dinner at a strange restaurant called White Fence Farm.  We came up with several ways to describe it.  “Cracker Barrel on Crack.”  “The American Casa Bonita.” “A cross between Las Vegas and a Wyoming gas station.”  The best part was the cute goats they had in the petting pen.  I ventured as close as I dared with Jack to get these pictures.  Don’t bite my baby!

 (not goats)

The next day we took the whole family (minus cat) to Fort Collins for a BBQ dinner with Kristin’s family.  I finally met her darling girl, Coral. 

(I love how she has Yoda-proportions in the second photo because her legs are tucked up)

When Jack woke up I delayed eating to get some side by side photos.  Jack was not pleased with the delay.

Visiting the Grands

I needed a change of scenery.  I packed up Jack and forty times his weight in burp rags and onesies, and took off over the mountains to mooch off my folks for a couple days. 

Stopping to nurse on Vail Summit.  How beautiful!

Caught Grandpa Will at work.  Got to help with dictation, mostly by staring at the power cord in the corner.

His first time swimming with Grandma Susan.  We swam three times during the trip.  Each time he was fairly sleepy and this was the most reaction we got.  Maybe when we come back in August if we catch him after a nap he’ll give it some smiles. 

I had hands-free time to relax.

We took Jack shopping downtown and found some fabulous legwarmers, sunglasses, and of course the infamous mobile.

Grandpa Rick even came by to get some Jack time.  The lure of Jack is powerful.

Not pictured: the giant box of apricots that we turned into jam.

Mobiles are cool

I’m in Grand Junction visiting the grands for a few days.  Jack is having a great time.  We went swimming and shopping and there has been much adoration.  Last weekend I noticed that Jack finally discovered the mobile on his swing at home.  We got him one that attaches to the crib and has crisp, simple pictures.  He is FASCINATED.  He is happy to spend over an hour cooing and kicking at the pictures.  Here’s some video.  Again, sorry, but this is fairly boring for non-baby lovers.  But I wanted his dad back home in Lakewood to see a how cool mobiles are.
Mobiles are Cool from Rachel Mason on Vimeo.


Hot. Blech.  I really hate summer.  Tomorrow I hope to run away to my parents’ house for a few days.  I’m getting burned out by being home alone with Jack day in and day out.  Sure, I had fun shopping with my sister this weekend.  Tonight I might escape for a few hours to play trivia.  But I’m building a serious case of the doldrums.  For every cute video or picture I post, there’s at least an hour of fussing or crying which I didn’t think was particularly photo worthy.  

Third nap of the day.  Finally.  He’s having a hard day.  Aw crap, looks like he’s woken himself up again.  I better go pacify.

Fast knitting

What do you do when you are in the middle of an epic fair isle sweater?  And your purple yarn gets tangled?  And you are tired of argyle?

 Unfurl your fat yarn ball and make a baby hat!  Finished in 45 minutes. 
 This is called the meathead hat (Ravelry link).  Jack won’t fit it until fall but that will be perfect.  Actually, it’s quite stretchy.  So if we had a chilly day (Ha!) he might fit in it.  Let’s try it on without waking him.

 Hmm.  Guess I’ll try it on later.  

Amanda is home!

Saturday Amanda returned from her long, exotic journey to Thailand.  I’m so happy she’s back in Colorado!  Our parents came to welcome her home and return her cat.  Here are a few of the fun things she brought back.
Shhhh!  You’ll have to ask Amanda in person for this story.  I don’t want to get her in trouble.  
Awesomely bad English on notebooks.  “IM YOUR PRINCESS CAT. IM YOUR LOVER.”
Exotic foods such as durian chips
Hats for working in the fields (or dangling ribbons over 6 week old babies)
An awesome wrap that can be a blanket, spread or cover-up.  I’m wearing it as a skirt today!
Of course the grands got to hold Jack all weekend.  I love it when they visit and I can give my arms a break!  We took out a tape measure and discovered he is 25 inches long.  That puts him in the 99th percentile for length.  Egads, that’s a big boy!
Any minute now Amanda will be here to keep me company.  We had dinner and watched TV last night to help keep her awake through the jet lag.  We have some cooking and show-watching planned for today.  Tonight I’m leaving the baby with Ben to go to trivia at the British Bulldog, just like old times!
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