Mal: Seven Months Old

For the record I actually took this photo on 9/9, so it’s only a week late.

I didn’t really get a “perfect” (read: baby more or less centered, in focus, number visible) shot this month, especially since my bestickered “helper” Dakota was in almost every shot. But I had a lot of charmingly imperfect shots to chose from, and this one came pretty close:

mal 7 months

And here are the rest of the odd numbered months:

mal 5 months

mal 3 months

mal 1 month

(And here’s a link to Dakota’s 7 month picture.)

Mal: Six Months Old

Boom. Only 6 days late.πŸ™‚

mal 6 months

mal 5 months

Mal 4 months

mal 3 months

mal 2 months

mal 1 month

I gotta work on my color balancing skills.

(Compare to Dakota at 6 months.)

 

Mal: Five Months Old

Sigh. I’m a whole week late on this one. Noooo I’m slipping!!

mal 5 months

Mal 4 months

mal 3 months

mal 2 months

mal 1 month

(Here’s a link to Dakota’s 5 month photo.)

Mal: Four Months Old

Whoops, this one’s a little late. I was only a day late taking the actual picture though, so I’m still giving myself full credit.πŸ™‚ I haven’t yet managed the combo of smiling/looking at the camera/in focus for the monthly photo, but I’m getting close.

Mal 4 months

mal 3 months

mal 2 months

mal 1 month

Here’s Dakota at 4 months.

Mal: Three Month Old

Hurray another photo actually taken on time!

mal 3 months

I even remembered the ground hog stuffed animal! And I think I got the photo cropped to the same size as last month, though there’s only so much time I’m willing to spend staring at circles on a blanket…πŸ™‚

mal 2 months

mal 1 month

And a bonus picture! Mal’s figured out how to grab the belly sticker, and I’m up on a step stool trying to take his picture, so my special helper kept putting the belly sticker back in place for me. Complete with dinosaur tattoos on her hands.πŸ™‚

sticker helper

And of course, here’s Dakota at 3 months.

New Kitchen Sink

Since moving in we’ve had ye olde double basin sink and boring chrome faucet. I maniacally plotted replacing the faucet from the beginning, but for some reason I assumed that sink basins weren’t interchangeable, so since we weren’t replacing the granite counter tops, I assumed we were stuck with the current sink. WRONG!

Old sink

Since the faucet was perfectly functional, replacing it never quite made it to the top of our to-do list. But recently it was starting to leak a bit, so I started contemplating replacements more seriously. While I was at it I measured the rough dimensions of the basin, and I discovered that it’s actually a fairly standard size after all. I was still a bit nervous about things not fitting, so while we ordered the new faucet online, we picked the new basin based on what was available locally, so we could return it quickly if things weren’t fitting.

Here’s the hole in the counter after removing the old sink:

Sink hole

And here’s the new single-basin sink and fancy faucet:

New sink

We were able to re-use the disposal, and since the new drain hole is farther back there suddenly feels like there’s a lot more room to store stuff under the sink. On the negative side, this type of faucet has a counter-weight on the hose to make it retract by itself, and that was catching on the disposal unit under the sink. So for now we’ve left the counter-weight off, but honestly the lack of auto-retracting on the hose hasn’t bothered me in the slightest. Maybe we’ll revisit later.

Mal: Two Months Old

Woohoo two month photo!

mal 2 months

And I just realized I forgot the stuffed animal again. :(Oh well, soldier on! Here’s one month:

mal 1 month

And Dakota at 2 months.

Dakota: Three Years Old!

Okay, I love these kid interview things, so I wanted to give Dakota one… Here are her responses, no prompting/suggesting answers on my part. But a few answers warranted a follow-up question, and I’ve clarified a few of the answers for posterity as well.πŸ™‚

What is your favorite color? Blue
What is your favorite animal? Tigers
What is your favorite book? Sadness [From “Inside Out Box of Mixed Emotions”]
What is your favorite TV show? Diego [“Go, Diego, Go!”]
What is your favorite movie? Finding Nemo [disclosure: I listed out the movies she’s seen because she doesn’t know the difference between a movie and a TV show]
What is your favorite song? Twinkle Twinkle
What is your favorite food? Broccoli [disclosure: we smother her broccoli in butter, which probably helps. :)]
What is your favorite drink? Milk
What is your favorite clothes? Shirts [Which shirt? My white one]
What is your favorite game? Toca Blocks [an app on the smart phone]
What is your favorite toy? Dinosaurs
Who is your best friend? Kimberly
What is your favorite thing to do? Spinning [I think she means twirling in a circle?]
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Sliding
What is your favorite holiday? Dance class [she starts dance class next week]
Where is your favorite place to go? The playground
What do you want to be when you grow up? A big person [But what job do you want to do? Helping Alaska (our dog)]
What did you do on your birthday? Blew out candles

3 years

Past years:

2 year

1 year

Mal: One Month Old

Mal is a month old, hurray!

mal 1 month

He’s not quite as big as Dakota was at one month, but he’s certainly trying to look it with that double chin.πŸ™‚

I’m still taking pictures in the living room, but I laid the (awesome handmade gift) blanket in the middle of the floor instead of on the couch, in the hopes of somewhat more even light. And while the legwarmers were fun for Dakota, I figure there’s enough going on with this new blanket so I’ll keep the clothing super simple this time.

I do have a stuffed animal for his pictures, but I completely forgot about it until I went back and looked at Dakota’s one month photo. Curses! But I’m not going for perfection here, and I’m happy with the shot I got, so I’m not going to drive myself crazy trying over and over. I’ll just have to remember for next month.πŸ™‚

February Gardening

It’s been quite a while, so I have way more than a month’s worth of changes to the back yard to talk about.

First off, two of my neighbors got motivated about replacing our shared fence line, so we took the opportunity to remove the overgrown yuccas that were pushing the fences over and threatening the power lines. The back yard is really almost too sunny in the summer now, but the removal of the yuccas did reveal some pretty birch(?) trees that I didn’t even know existed in my neighbor’s yard. We’re vaguely discussing possible replacement trees, but it’s not a high priority. Here’s how that corner looks now, though the neighbor’s trees are boring and leafless at the moment:

No more yuccas

My raised veggie garden beds were over on the opposite side of the house from the chicken coop, but we’ve been slowly moving them over, along with the compost pile. It allows more flexibility in moving the temporary chicken fence so I can let them in and around the beds if I want, and also means less walking to toss the old chicken bedding in the compost. Also, this side of the house is much more visible from the kitchen and dining room windows, so the garden is less likely to suffer from my “out of sight, out of mind” forgetfulness.

New garden box location

So far I’ve just started planting in the 6’x3′ box, (spinach, cilantro, carrots, bunching onions) and also put in some bare root strawberry plants in the long skinny box. I’m hoping to make two 3’x3′ boxes for tomatoes and basil, we’ll see how that goes. The oregano plant I got last year survived my neglect, so I moved it to a big pot that I had available. The parsley that I put in the ground last year (near the rosemary) limped along all summer then went crazy once it started raining. I’m going to plant some more next month, but I’m hoping after that it’ll just self-seed.

Parsley

The dwarf citrus trees that I got last March (one each of navel orange, lemon, and lime) are doing okay. Β They’re still in their original tubs… the pots I had procured are still too big I think. I guess I should revisit the pots this year, maybe I can buy an in-between size and hopefully not kill them off.

Potted Citrus

The front yard is still in a holding pattern. I’ve done my best to let the grass die, but it doesn’t make sense to do anything fancy until our theoretical renovation to the house actually happens. It looks like we got a bunch of volunteer poppies that presumably blew in from the neighbor’s yard, so maybe I’ll weed around them and try to encourage them along.