Judah's first 6 months

Posted December 21, 2012
Posted by Michele

Monday, December 17, 2012

Yesterday our little Judah Richard turned 6 months old.  Where has the time gone?

How many Mulders does it take to...

Posted December 20, 2012
Posted by Michele

Sunday, December 16, 2012

How many Mulders does it take to have a Christmas party? My Grandma Mulder tells me that the family count reached 90 this summer.  That's a lot of people to cram into one person's living room for a gift exchange.  So, for the first time ever, we rented a church room for our annual Mulder Christmas party.

I have to admit, I was slightly apprehensive. When presented with all of my cousins and their children, would I remember the many names and recognize all their faces? True to my fears, as we walked up to the building we were greeted at the door by a man that I swear I've never seen before in my life. This felt like an ominous sign.  Then I found out that he was in fact the church janitor. Phew.

I had a fabulous time catching up with my cousins over a delicious meal.

Luke enjoyed playing games with his second cousins.

And Judah watched the proceedings contentedly from his comfy spot on a lap.

Remember the Screech

Posted December 18, 2012
Posted by Michele

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Last Sunday, I was holding my 6-month-old nephew in my lap when the fire alarm went off.  Or that's what I thought, anyway.  It turned out that the high-pierced screech I heard was actually coming from Noah's mouth.

I felt justified in teasing my brother and sister-in-law about their baby's crazy vocal abilities.  Until this afternoon, when I came across these old videos of Luke.

The Screech

The Screech II - Musical Prodigy

True, Noah is currently screeching very loudly in the room next door as he tries to fall asleep for a nap at our house.  But how can I tease him now?  It may very well be a family trait.

Math Lesson, Anyone?

Posted December 17, 2012
Posted by Michele

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My friend Jill certainly knows how to make me happy.  Children's clothes that are cute AND teach a math lesson? Oh swoon... :)

When Luke was a baby, she bought him a onesie with this venn diagram on it:

And look who's sporting it today!

Judah's first bite

Posted December 16, 2012
Posted by Michele

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Judah sleeps for a solid 8 hours every night without fail.  But seeing as how he goes to bed before 7:00pm, those hours of slumber don't get me very far into my much-needed rest.  I believe that it was during his second middle-of-the-night feeding last night that I finally made up my mind.  We are starting solids in the morning.  I've been holding off because he has seemed perfectly content with just milk so far. But I am willing to try anything that might help us achieve those 12-hour nights I am looking for!

Even before the first bite, Judah was very excited about the spoon.  He kept trying to grab it out of my hands.

Mmmm.... what's this stuff?

He ate up all the oatmeal like champ.  Where did my newborn go?  All I see is a happy and beautiful chubby little boy!  Now if only Mommy could get her beauty sleep too! 

Ribbon Christmas Card Display

Posted December 15, 2012
Posted by Michele

Monday, December 10, 2012

I absolutely loved my tree-branch Christmas card display last year.  I adored it so much that it took several "Why do you still have that up in May??" comments to finally convince me to take it down.  Why wouldn't I want to have all of your lovely pictures up all year round?

As the cards started rolling in this week, I realized that I still hadn't decided how I was going to display them this year. I'd like to say that I wanted to try something new, but honestly my primary motivation was to avoid going outside and scavenging for another soggy branch in my very cold and very wet backyard.  Thankfully Jen at IHeartOrganizing came to my rescue with this lovely and simple ribbon display.

And here is my own display.  I can't wait to fill it with all of your fabulous photos!

Judah's First Scoot

Posted December 12, 2012
Posted by Michele

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Our nephew Noah, who just turned 6 months old, started crawling yesterday! 

Clearly not wanting to be out shown by his older cousin, today Judah decided put his own best foot forward. Literally.  It may seem insignificant to you, but hey, forward motion is forward motion!

Me and my boo

Posted December 12, 2012
Posted by Michele

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Don't we make a cute pair?

Future Potter's House Stars

Posted December 11, 2012
Posted by Michele

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

We had a fun play date this morning with little Hailey Michele and her mama.  Look at these two future Potter's House buds!

Sunday Evenings

Posted December 10, 2012
Posted by Michele

Monday, December 3, 2012

There are many, many things I miss about teaching.  I loved my job almost every day.  Mondays through Fridays were pretty great. But the part that I hated, the worst part of the week, was always Sunday evenings.  The anticipation of the return to work and the mounds of prep work that needed to be done before that first bell made it nearly impossible for me to relax on my "day of rest."  I finally gave up trying to enjoy Sunday nights, and spent every one out of the house, either with friends (to distract myself), or at school, working.

Now that I'm staying home, I cherish every Sunday evening.  I prefer to leave our Mondays open just for the peace of mind it gives me on Sunday nights to lie down in bed and think, "I don't have anything I have to do tomorrow."  There may be cleaning, laundry, cooking, or shopping to do.  But if we feel like it, like we did today, we can spend all morning doing this.

I love my job.