So close, yet still so far away

Jonah is at a funny stage in his development where he wants to get moving, but is not quite sure about how to make that happen. He can pull up, but can't get to sitting on his own, which is the first step to pulling up. He can reach things that are within rolling distance, but is desparately wanting to be able to get to them by crawling. Because his ideas are so much bigger than his range of movement, he has been getting frustrated. He is getting so close, though, and we know he is going to take off before we know it. It is beyond time for Eric and I to get on it with the babyproofing. We'd better get going because, soon, this little man's yoga moves are going to transition into locomotion!


My Favorite Things: Part 4

These are a few of my favorite things:
1. Flight of the Conchords. So silly and so wonderful.
2. Home design books. I could read them all day long.
3. Cook books. I am even more addicted to these than to design books.
4. Hooded sweatshirts. Do I even need to explain this?
5. Seeing the look of triumph on Jonah's face when he learns something new. The latest is pulling himself up. He is very pleased.
6. Watching my cats sleep. That level of total relaxation can only be achieved by cats.
7. The rare occasions when, at work, kids admit that I may have actually helped them...just a little bit.
8. Projects. Projects!
9. A really tough hike with a really great pay-off (e.g., view, waterfall) at the end.
10. Three day weekends. What I would give for a four day work week every week.


Jonah Hur


Eric found a used Chariot bike trailer/jogging stroller on Craigslist, and pounced on it. Last weekend, Jonah and Eric (with Lazy Lion as wing man) took it out on its maiden voyage around the neighborhood. It was a pretty comfy ride for Jonah, and a good time for Eric. We are excited to get out on some family bike outings. Now, we need to get on the hunt for a teenie tiny helmet...


Indecision: Furniture Edition

So, does everyone remember our sad, empty sunroom? Just as a reminder, here is a photo from a few months back.
Now, imagine this same sunroom filled with derelict furniture from all over the house, and you will get an idea of how it looks now. As I have mentioned in the past, the sunroom is one of the reasons we were excited to buy our house way back when. It has great light and an awesome view of the back yard. However, we have never quite figured out what we want to do with it. We did greatly improve the room's appearance by adding wooden deck tiles last summer, but the progress stopped there. So, long story short, we are on the hunt for sunroom furniture, which would actually make the room comfy and useable.

The major hurdle is that I am paralyzed with indecision. In addition, I am trying to keep this affordable--it is a semi-outdoor room, after all. Here are a couple of front-runners for the sofa:

Option #1:
The Kivik loveseat with chaise from IKEA in dark gray. I am not sure yet how I feel about IKEA sofas so, if any of you have experience, please put in your two cents. Would it hold up? Look nice? Weather crazy cats and babies? Not end up all wrinkly and saggy? I am kind of into furniture that will be there for the long haul.

Option #2:
IKEA's Karlstad loveseat with chaise in dark gray. Lots of people on lots of blogs have this style of couch, and it seems like they are pleased.
Option #3:
The Diva sofa from J.C. Penney. This is an option if we want to go in more of a traditional sofa direction, rather than for something with a chaise lounge. The benefit of this guy is that, for about the same price of the IKEA pieces, we would get something with a hard wood (rather than particle board) frame.

Option #4:

Something else?

My brain feels completed boggled. However, I really want us to finally be able to use our sunroom this summer, after three years of never spending time in there. Feel free to send your comments and suggestions my way. I need any help I can get!


Rowdy, Rowdy, Let's Get Rowdy


One of Jonah's favorite stuffed animals is Rowdy the Rhinocerous. The other day, Jonah and Rowdy spent some quality time out in the sunroom (otherwise knows as The Island of Misfit Toys, since it is currently just a storage room for all of the random furniture we don't have a place for--more on that in another post). I think Rowdy brings out the rowdy in Jonah, which is a blast to watch. Nothing more fun than a baby, a rhino, and some wooden blocks. Nothing.


It's All Going Swimmingly

Last week, Jonah went to his first Aqua Baby swim class at one of our local pools. Eric did the actual pool work with him while I was "that mom" snapping photos the whole time. I will not be ashamed of wanting to chronicle every. single. moment. of Jonah's young life. I will not! Anyway, back to the swim class, J was a little apprehensive at first but, overall, I think he and Dad had a good time. He will be a water baby before we know it.


My Favorite Things: Part 3

These are a few of my favorite things:
1. Silly dances. I have long been a connoisseur of silly dances, as you can see.
2. Foot massages. I LOVE foot massages. Eric gives great ones.
3. Rainy days. Even when I studied abroad in England and most days were rainy, I didn't get tired of it.
4. Picnics in the park. Can't wait to take Jonah on his first picnic.
5. Long talks with my mom. She is the best listener.
6. A really cold glass of iced water on a really hot day.
7. The week during the spring when all of the peonies in the neighborhood seem to bloom at the same time. Glorious.
8. Potato salad. I stopped eating potatoes for about five years (thought I was allergic, and probably still am) and just recently started eating them again. Potato salad is so, so good.
9. Floating on my back in the ocean.
10. Toy stores. There is a great one in Boulder. I could spend all day in there.

Have a wonderful weekend.



One of my coworkers sent out this video the other day, and it got me all teary. I figure that's always a good thing so, for those of you who haven't seen this video, here you go.




It's hard to even remember Jonah when we first brought him home from the hospital, when facial expressions varied from distressed at worst to serious at best. No smiles, no mischievous looks, no wide-eyed surprise. I loved Jonah from Day One, but he just becomes more and more fun with each new day and each new facial expression he discovers.


So-fa, So Good


So, our new sofa and chair for the living room arrived at 9:15 p.m. (yes, 9:15 p.m.) this past Friday. We decided to go with a little smaller scale and a little more modern vibe than previously. On the hunt, I hit the usual favorite websites, Room and Board (too pricey for me, but I love their stuff), Crate and Barrel, West Elm, IKEA... In the end, though, we ended up going with furniture from Macy's. They were having a mega sale, and we were able to get furniture with hardwood (rather than particle board) frames very affordably. Still need to gussy these buddies up with some cute pillows but, so far, we are really pleased. Also, am I right in saying that Eric did a very nice job modeling? Yay for new furniture!

*P.S. Sorry for the blurry photos. I don't know what happened there.


Once a Bear, Always a Bear (or Ram... Or Buff...)

A while back, it was College Day and, between Eric and me, we have degrees from all of the big Colorado colleges on the Front Range. I have plenty of Colorado State gear, but decided it was high time I show some Northern Colorado pride. I did spend six years getting my degree from there, after all. Jonah picked up the slack with a CSU onesie, so we were all good. Eric, of course, had to represent for the University of Colorado. Let's just say that the P household is a harmonious melting pot of academic history. A virtual cornucopia for higher education. Folk from opposing schools living in harmony. Aw...


My Favorite Things: Part 2

These are a few of my favorite things:
1. Jonah's soft, squishy, sweet baby feet.
2. The feeling of wet sand under my feet. It has been way too long since we last visited the beach!
3. Taking a long, hot, relaxing shower. I really missed those during the first few weeks post-Jonah.
4. Laughing with my sister. I just love her.
5. Happening upon a restaurant with truly delicious Mexican food. I am picky about this, to be sure.
6. Those days when I wake up motivated, alert, and ready to really get some things done.
7. Having a really clean house. This doesn't happen often but, when it does, I am excited!
8. Wearing thick, comfy socks. Aaaah...
9. Having my iPod skip to just the right song at just the right moment. Even better, when there is a streak of just-right songs.
10. Road trips with the hubs. He and I can drive (and drive, and drive!) and it is always fun. He is the ultimate road trip buddy.

Hope you all have a really happy day.


Happy Birthday, Babies

Today, my little brother and sister. Emily and Matt, turn twenty eight. These two light up my life. I can't even imagine what my life would have been like had I grown up a lonely only child. There is just nothing like having siblings, and I got the two best ones out there. Love you, Em and Matty. Enjoy your birthday.


Hippity Hoppity

The Easter Bunny came to our house Sunday morning, and Jonah got lots of goodies. At this point, Jonah of course doesn't understand holidays, but he does understand the magic of wrapping paper and exciting new toys. All in all, I think he enjoyed his very first Easter basket.

After giving Jonah some time to marvel at the treats in his basket, we started out our Easter festivities with Eric's family. Uncle Nate, Auntie Lena, and Grandpa P came down to our house for a tasty breakfast and some fun with the little man. It was so nice to see them, as always, and even better that they brought delicious food. Mmmm...

Then, after Jonah's morning nap, we headed over to Nana and Grandpa M's house for Easter Lunch. The food was yummy, and Jonah enjoyed spending quality time with Nana, Grandpa, Uncle Jordan, and Auntie Em. Jonah is so at ease at Nana and Grandpa's, and it's always fun to see him in his element.

What a special day. Nothing is better than holidays full of family, food, and smiles from our precious baby boy. Hope everybody's Easter was as great our ours.