Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas!!!!

The Blakemores wish you a very Merry Christmas. We will be visiting family and friends for a few days, so if we don't post for a little bit, we will do a mass-posting when we get home. We are looking forward to seeing many of you over the next week! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Red & Green

Two handsome, happy guys-- what more could a girl want for Christmas.

A Dad and His Boy

Yes, Jon has a union suit. He would only put in on if I promised to keep the flap up in the back! :-)

Hey, There's My Foot!!

Santa's Little Helper

Michael looked so darlin' in his Christmas PJs. All he needs is one flap down on the butt... Too cute!

Christmas Eve Service

We had a wonderful day on Christmas Eve worshiping with our church family, and celebrating the whole reason for the holiday--Born to die, the prelude to Easter. What a beautiful story! Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Snow Angels

As we were preparing to leave for church this morning, Michael laid down and started practicing his snow angels. Now all we need is a little snow...

Saturday, December 23, 2006

A Wolf in Noah's Clothing

Michael looks so cute in this penguin sweater. Thanks Noah ('s mommy)!


Michael thought he would check to see what the forecast would be for Christmas. Sorry, buddy- rain, but no snow!

A Boy on the Go

I knew once he got the guts to walk, there would be no stopping him. He is starting to prefer walking over crawling now.

Where's Michael????

Good hiding place, buddy! I almost didn't find you!

The Foot Book

Okay, so I just HAD to get The Foot Book by Seuss, since Michael has this obsession with feet and shoes. He goes NUTS when we go down a shoe aisle, and he shouts "SHOE" (which actually sounds more like "Goo") the entire time we are there. He will drop everything he is playing with if you bring out a pair of shoes, and he loves to come up and nibble on your toes (nasty!). So... I decided we should get a book that shows the proper way to use feet (ie walking with improperly sized fuzzy shoes and harboring pigs with dainty hoofs, as above).


I know this is incredibly nasty, but I posted to prove a point. Boys are gross! Michael recently has started showing me his half-eaten mouthful of food, and laughing so hard while doing it. I try to be stern and tell him that this is rude and improper behavior, but it is SO hard to not DIE laughing at his high-pitched giggles and partially masticated mozzarella cheese!

Michael Mischief

When Michael gets quiet, I can almost always find him sitting on the floor in his room pulling lots of books down to read. He LOVES books, and the more the better. Lucky for him, Mommy loves books, too (you can tell from the MANY books shelves throughout our house).

Friday, December 22, 2006

Toy of the Week- Wrapping Paper Tubes

Practicing the fencing routine- "On Guard!"

"Now what kind of mischief can I cause with these...?"

Little Drummer Boy

Bah Rum Pa Pum Pum

New Perch

Michael found the wrapping paper containers to be most comfortable.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Like the Prophet Ezekiel

I'm not sure it tasted like honey, though (Ezekiel 3). I think Jeremiah ate books (or scrolls), too, come to think of it. But I do think Michael should learn to talk before he attempts prophesy. :-) The book of Ezekiel says that the words tasted like honey, but doesn't mention the texture, which I find to be a very important aspect of food.

Working on Tooth #7 & #8

I discovered that Michael's fangs are working their way through. The massive amounts of drool got me suspicious, so I went fishing and found that he has two teeth "on the verge" of making their appearance. On a happier note, Michael is feeling better. The fevers have broken, the ears are healing, and he (we!) slept great last night! He is still a bit clingy, and catching up on lost sleep, but I think we are definitely on the "up" side. Hooray!

Update on the Smell

I'm not quite sure what to make of this, but all of the sudden, the funky smell is gone! Vanished! Jon did a little framing in the basement yesterday (power saws, hammering, etc), so the only thing I can think of is that the vermin did not feel welcome in our home anymore and pitched their tents in a more hospitable place. And to that we say, "Good Riddance! The right hand of hospitality is NOT extended in our home to you (though I do have a few neighbors that I think you might want to visit...)". The rest of you out there (non-vermin folk) are welcome anytime!

Super Cool High Chair

Okay, so I was not going to get Michael a high chair because we had one of those portable ones that sat in a dining room chair (and it worked, and I am cheap). But my neighbor gave me this one that she used when she watched her grandson, and it is VERY cool. It is a regular high chair (the tray is hiding somewhere in these pictures), but it becomes a little table and chair, and it is perfectly Michael-sized.


Michael LOVES to push things, specifically the dining room chairs and his high chair. He usually can't get them to move on the carpet, but he must have been pumping some iron recently because he was doing a pretty good job on all surfaces.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Tales (Tails?) from the Depths of the Basement

Okay, so we have this strange and incredibly foul odor coming from the basement, which is simply nauseating! It kinda smells like a cross between cat waste and dead animal carcass, and we (meaning Jon) have searched high and low, in the fireplace/chimney, behind drywall, in the ducts, but we can't find the source! It is now wafting throughout the house, and I am running out of candles to keep the stink at bay. I'm hoping we don't have vermin (alive OR dead) taking up residence in our basement, or I might have a Sherf-like reaction. I will keep you updated on the stinky saga, but in the meantime, I might be sleeping at the Super 8.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Hello, There, Mr Tree

Gimme Five!

Working on the Balancing Act

Next week-- the tightrope. In January-- no nets.

Sickness Update

Monday... we are now on Day 7 of this nasty bug. Michael is still running temperatures-- though not as high (only up to 103 now)--, but has been super clingy and fussy. I have not seen the Roseola rash yet, so maybe tonight. Then, at least we will know what it is, and can be sure this thing is gone!
Of course, I have not gotten much done this week, and Michael wails every time I leave the room (broke my heart last week when I went to work and he screamed!) We will keep you updated, though. Thanks for all the calls and emails. We know you are thinking about and praying for us, and it means a lot.