Monday, February 21, 2011


For the record, I am not talking about the size of my stomach even though the words huge and ginormous could apply to it as well. We just completed, with the help of a local fence builder, an expansion of our backyard. When we moved in we always said at some point we would put up a new fence as a safety precaution. Our house backs up to an alley that people seem to think is an interstate with the corresponding 65 mph speed limit.

A not so good shot of the before from last summer--it does show how the yard was divided though

The new backyard--we (meaning Jeremy of course) still have to remove the old sidewalk that ran alongside the chain link fence. The new sandbox will be here Friday and sometime in the next 6 weeks we will have the swingset. No, it isn't that grand of a set, there is just going to be a slight delay in construction since the job foreman will be busy elsewhere.

On the other side of the house we pulled the fence out to the edge of the house instead of where it was located.

another shot of the fence

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Little Dirt Never Hurts

Hutch had the best time playing in the dirt a few nights ago. He had to be bathed immediately upon entering the house and even had dirt in his ears.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hutch Update

Since I have been so chatty this month I thought I would add one more update. This one is all about the Hutch man. Lately he has been a trip to be around. He is attempting to talk more with the occasional "Hi, Bye, Coco, Finny, TeeTee" and a LOT of "Mama and Dadda". He is officially walking although in some instances he still prefers crawling. He can climb on the ottoman and the bottom bunk of the girls' bed. He has developed an intense desire to self-feed especially when he can use a spoon.

He still gets a bottle before bedtime but I think we will end that soon. He needs to get a little more used to his cups before we totally cut it out. Besides, it really helps to knock him out for bedtime.

He still gets into a mess of trouble on a daily basis. Throwing things into the trash can, sinking toys in the dog's water bowl, and rearranging my bathroom cabinet are some of his favorite activities. When he isn't doing one of those, he likes to make noise and play with cars and blocks.