Morning Yoga, Booster Chairs and Sphene

Just a few pictures today…


James doing his early morning Yoga.  He is very good at taking time out throughout the day to reground himself and do a few more yoga poses 🙂 One of these days he is going to somersault… I just hope its on the carpet or the floor mat and not the hardwood… ouch!

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Then, I forgot to post pictures of Joe’s newest gemstone I think.  I don’t remember posting… if I did, here are some photos again, but I’m pretty sure I did not! He got this piece of greenish sphene and turned it into…

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This pretty gemstone! It went from over 18ct to just under 3ct because he had to take a lot off to make it look nice! It was hard to get photos of it, Joe got these with his big camera… it’s very, very sparkly and even prettier in person!



Oh… and this is what it looks like outside here today.  This morning when James and I woke up my phone said it felt like -3 outside.  Good thing February showed up in November! Maybe that means June will show up in February??


I wasn’t about to go outside and take pictures so this is from the living room.



Baby Handles

James was not feeling 100% today, not sure why but he was awake from before 2 this morning until right around 3 (I actually had to come downstairs with him he was loud and ready to play!) and then he was restless again by 5:30 and by like 6 we were awake again and heading back downstairs! He did manage his normal two naps and went to bed really quickly at 7:30 at least.  All day he was sort of fussy and out of sorts though, not sure if he has a little bug or is going through a growth spurt, or his teeth or maybe just the weird night… who knows! He was very, very happy to see Joe come home though!


James spent most of the day rolling his stroller all over and getting angry with the vacuum cleaner when it wouldn’t move where he was trying to direct it.  He also spent his usual time with his books and cars.  At one point he came out of the mudroom with two pairs of shooting ear muffs so we both put some on to check them out.  He looked pretty silly but kept them on for a long time!

I got James to wear a cute little pair of overalls today.  They are 24 months so they are a little big and way too long but I just rolled them up and call it good.  When Joe came home he discovered how handy overalls can be!


Baby Handles! James has such a weird face…. he had no idea his pants could be used to pick him up! New experience today!

For supper we just had some easy leek and potato soup with crusty rolls and then right after supper Joe had to take Cora to the vet for her shots.  She got several shots and came home with antibiotic ointment to put in her ears twice a day for a couple weeks.  Plus, we are supposed to wash her ears 10 minutes before we put the ointment in.  Don’t even ask me how that’s going to work! I’ve never managed to successfully wash her ears!

Now we’re relaxing and I’m posting a few more things on Ebay and Joe is faceting his new stone again and in an hour or two we’ll head to bed!

What a difference a year makes!

This morning we went on a nice hike at a place called Churning Rapids!  We usually go a couple of times in the fall, and hadn’t been there this year yet.  We try to avoid it when it might be busier because people seem to take their dogs off leash and there are a lot of bikers and Cora will bark at either of those.  We figured this morning would be pretty safe.  Unlucky for us, just like one of our walks last year, we got snuck up on by a guy on his bike and his off leash dog.  Which anybody within like 2 miles of us would have known Cora did not like! Last year we got set upon by a lady biker and her three off leash dogs that came right up to Cora and it was a mess.  This year at least the other dog totally ignored Cora and it was fine! So much for avoiding people!

Anyways, last year we went 2-3 weeks before James was born and then again 3 days before he was born and enjoyed some last long walks with Cora and just the two of us.  Today was the first day we had all been back and this time James was a more active participant!


Last year a couple weeks before James was born


This year, a couple of weeks before James turns 1! That is dirt all around his mouth… he was sampling rocks when we let him down to walk.


Last year, 3 days before James was born. I was gigantic!


This year a couple weeks before James turns 1! I was actually carrying almost the same amount of weight, just in a different form!


And towards the end we let James get down and walk. Poor guy kept toppling over though because the terrain was really uneven but he had lots of fun anyways checking out rocks and digging.



He got to sample two apples from some wild apple trees too! This one he picked out all by himself.


This afternoon then we had a nice family nap before we all got down to work. Joe made us chilli rellenos for supper… roasted poblano chilli’s filled with three kinds of cheese, deep fried and topped with a Mexican tomato sauce and more cheese! Yum!


After supper I put James to bed, Joe did his bike workout for over an hour then showered and started faceting his new stone!  I finished my dehydrated kiwi that I started earlier, cleaned the bathroom, cleaned up the kitchen and all of the toys, collected the last bit of laundry, emptied trash, mixed up a batch of apple banana bread and a few muffins, took pictures of more of some of Joe’s stones to put up on Ebay (sold his first one yesterday!) and started cooking some grapes to try making homemade fruit leather tomorrow.  I think my most productive non-baby time of the day is the hour or two after James goes to bed some nights! Things just go so much faster! 🙂  Now if I can just finish the laundry, my blog, a few Ebay listings and maybe a grocery list before he wakes up… that might be asking too much though!

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