Tuesday, January 30, 2007

New skills

Tyler taught Lillian how to blink. But, while he was trying to get the point across that he was blinking, he kept opening his mouth, so Lillian thinks that's how blinking works.

She can also, sort of, do helicopter lips. Actually, she just spits, but it's cute anyway.

She's so cute in the outfit mom got her for Christmas!!!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Cheryl's Visit

Cheryl and I were friends in Santa Barbara. She got married and moved to Utah, and I thought I'd never see her again. Until, she came to San Luis with her 7 month old daughter, Ashby!!!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

New CD I bought

Buying new music used to be one of my favorite pastimes, but it got expensive and so I scaled way back in an effort to save money. However, every once in a while, I indulge. I bought the CD pictured above: "Sing You Sinners" by Erin McKeown, and I'm so happy with my purchase. She's redone music from the 30's and 40's-ish, and it's so fun to listen to! I put it on and dance around with Lillian. Some of the tracks I already knew pretty well, including 'Get Happy,' 'Paper Moon,' and 'Something's Gotta Give.'

So, if you're looking for music to clean the house to, you should buy this CD. I like the track 'I was a little too lonely (you were a little too late)' which is available on iTunes (along with the rest of the CD.)

Sorry to sound like a commercial, but it's so great!

Friday, January 19, 2007

Someone has to be in the 3rd percentile

Little Head, Big Head

We saw the doctor, and turns out, Lillian just has a little head. He'll continue to keep an eye on it, but the most important thing is that she meets her developmental milestones, which she is perfectly on target. Some people just have little heads, as seen above.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


Here is Lillian's sleep schedule that I've been keeping for the past two days. She has decided that napping is not for her, she's not interested in it, and wonders why I keep trying to get her to nap. Various sources say that a 6 month old baby "should" be taking 2-3 2 or 3 hour naps a day. Huh. They say that they'll let you know their schedule, so I noticed that she slept around 10 and 3. So I made that nap time. Last week, she decided that no longer worked for her, so I thought I'd just let her do her own thing and see if she has any better ideas. Here's what she came up with:


7:00 - up
8:50 - fell asleep nursing
10:20 - up (total time asleep 1.5 hours)
12:50 - fell asleep in stroller while on walk
12:57 - transfered to crib
1:35 - awake
1:45 - fed & rocked in futile attempt to lull back to sleep
1:52 - up (total time asleep .63 hours)
4:30 - fell asleep in car
5:15 - after sleeping in car seat, up (total time asleep .75 hours)

Total sleep time: 2.88 hours


7:30 - up
10:00 - fussed to sleep
11:00 - up (total time asleep 1.0 hours)
2:00 - zoning out
2:10 - asleep in crib
3:15 - screaming in crib
3:30 - up (total time asleep 1.08 hours)
6:00 - last ditch effort on my part to get her to take a nap; futile

Total sleep time: 2.08 hours

The thing is that she is the happiest baby in the world. She is obviously getting enough quality sleep. I am the one that needs her to get more sleep.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Reservoir Canyon Natural Preserve

For our anniversary, Tyler got me a book called Best Family Adventures of San Luis Obispo and our first adventure was to the Reservoir Canyon Natural Preserve. It's only a couple minutes away from our house, and I had no idea that it was here, and as far as I can tell, no one does.

Except for the people that built these creepy tee-pees and other junk art. I mean, I'd be ok if it was just 'art' but there were about 6 or so of the little tripods all set in a sort of "animal sacrifice" pattern and it was on top of this mountain. In the main tee-pee, pictured below, there is a little stove and a pot, like someone lived here. I kept expecting some sort of derranged mountain man to jump out from behind a bush and attack us. They creeped me out big time. But the view was pretty.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Decision Matrix

In case there was any doubt as to whether Tyler and I are nerds, let me clear it up for you. Tyler was trying to decide between two classes, one was within his major, but was going to be counted as elective units, something about Controls. The other was geology. The only reason he needed to take another class was to have enough units to qualify for financial aid. After discussing the pros and cons for a couple minutes, I offered to make a decision matrix for him to aid him in his decision making. It worked; the controls class scored a 69, while geology scored a 94.

I know. We're nerds.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Mt. Hood

Tyler's an expert skiier, but has never snowboarded, and I've never done either, so we decided to take beginning snowboarding lessons with our friend Stephanie. Brian, Stephanie's husband, decided to ski.

These hats are somewhat of a skiing tradition in Brian's family. Pictured are the moose and bear hats, at home was the skunk and some other animal. While they look silly, they are very functional. For starters, they are very warm and come down over your ears. Secondly, they are useful in locating people on the slopes, just look for the antlers. Brian's mom told us about a time when Brian was young and got lost on the mountain. When she asked the lift operator if he'd seen a little boy, he said that her son had got on not too long ago. She was confused about how he knew it was her son. He said, "he's the bear right?"

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Tillamook Cheese Factory

As a Christmas present to ourselves, Tyler and I took a trip to Oregon. While there, we visited the Tillamook forest, and the Tillamook cheese factory and creamery. So good. They had an experimental flavor of garlic cheese that I'm going to buy pounds and pounds of as soon as it comes up for sale.

As we were watching them work, a small boy next to us whispered to his dad, "I hear they get paid in cheese!!!!"

She's just happy to be out of her car seat.

Lillian's first ice cream cone; she wasn't quite sure what to think.
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