Lessons.

I am the baby of the family.

The next oldest person in my family is 7 years older than me (unless you count my cousin Sarin, but she lives in Cyprus and I don’t get to see her often :( )

My point is, BEING the baby, I didn’t grow up with a lot of experience with small children. That has changed a lot with the birth of my nieces and even more since I started dating a man with two young sons.

This weekend, I spent a LOT of quality time with all four sweeties, both seperately and ALL TOGETHER. Needless to say, much was learned.

Inspired by Anne Marie, I have compiled a list of Facts About Kids:

  • If you are in a house with small, mobile children and you are planning on getting naked for any and ALL reasons, LOCK THE DOOR. This is best for *everyone* involved.
  • Swimmy diapers are not a suitable replacement for overnight diapers. If the person who’s WEARING the swimmy diaper is going to end up crawling into the bed with you in the middle of the night, this is *important* information. Failure to heed this warning will result in you waking up damp and smelling vaguely like urinal cake.
  • Don’t speak the words “Elmo” or “The Beach” in close proximity to each other or someone is might accidently interpret what you said to mean, “Elmo is going to come to the beach with us!” When you try to convince said person that, no, actually Elmo is NOT going to be at the beach, she will insist that you are wrong and you will get dangerously close to a meltdown situation.
  • Sand and seashells don’t taste very good.

I also learned one thing about cats. Adam’s cat, specifically.


She likes beer.
She kept incessantly licking the mouth of my beer bottle *every* time I took a sip, so I eventually caved and poured her a cap. Who knew?

This weekend was Bananahead’s FIRST BIRTHDAY!!! (can you believe it!!! 1!!! already!!!)


HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANI!!!

I drove up to celebrate with her and picked up Adam and the boys along the way!!! :) We spent the weekend with my brother and co., first at the birthday party and then at the beach. You would not *believe* how CUTE the four kids were all playing together! LITTLE FRIENDS!! SO CUTE!!!



doesn’t he look like a tiny little drunk man?


digging in sand is FUN!

Needless to say, it was a very fun weekend with lots of family bonding. (there was also a lot of excessive driving/sitting in the car, but I won’t dwell on that part. ugh.)

THERE WAS ALSO AN FO!!!!

(what? did she say FO? like, knitting?)

That’s right, an actual, bonda-fide, FINISHED OBJECT! Witness:


The Eyelet Baby Blanket from Blue Sky!!!


knit with 9 balls of Mission Falls 1824 Wool.


The Secret Beige Knit is REVEALED!

Her sister Ashley got a hand-knit blanket for HER first birthday, so Bananahead had to have one too!!!! How cute are those RUFFLES!?!! :)

As Ashley said about her trip to Sesame Place last month, this weekend was, “GREAT TIMES!!!!!!!!”

Ok, time for work. Before I head out though, I will hook you up with one last pic:



Pinata Man!!

Another reason to keep him around :)

14 Responses to “Lessons.”

  1. Cara Says:

    Beautiful babies! All of them!

  2. biglug Says:

    Them is some cute kids. And I live approximately 2 minutes from Sesame Place btw.

  3. Amy Says:

    Fun times!!!! The blanket is adorable, as are the kids!

  4. Christina Says:

    It looks like you had a wonderful weekend! The kids look like they had blast. Hope bananahead had a wonderful birthday. The blanket is adorable.

  5. Stacey Says:

    What’s Sesame Place?

  6. Vicki Says:

    How sweet! And I certainly can’t believe it’s been a whole year since Bananahead was born. Sakes times goes by fast. The blankie looks awesome btw :)

  7. Jenna Says:

    Why isn’t it socially acceptable to eat cake like that beyond one’s first birthday? Just wonderin’
    The blanket is most lovely, and how fun that the kids were all playing together.

  8. Silvia Says:

    How cute was all of that? Mucho cute chica.

    Banana head is 1! You must be crazy, she’s only like 6 months old right?

  9. Carrie Says:

    Schmoos, all of them!! The picture of Mr. Miller with his bottle IS SO CUTE. And that is an adorable baby blanket!

    Thanks for the tips…One day, I will need to know these things. :)

  10. Betsy Says:

    OK wait, I thought it was already established that he was a keeper?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?

  11. Sheri Says:

    Love Bananahead’s hat! The fluff is too cute! Gorgeous blanket as well – love that ruffle!

    Another thing about those swimmy diapers – be careful taking them off the child! I wouldn’t advise it be done standing on carpet. They hold a hol’ lotta pee that doesn’t absorb into the diaper, if ya know what I mean! I have experience – believe me!

    I had a morning news show on the other day (Regis maybe? Didn’t pay much attention.) They had actual non-alcoholic dog beer, don’t remember the name.

  12. Sarah Says:

    Those kids are all so cute, I do not think there are enough adjectives in the universe to describe them.

    So, so, SO happy you’ve found such a good man!

  13. Anne Marie Says:

    Mr. Miller, the drunk, takes after his Auntie.

    I can’t believe that Bananahead is a year old already!! And I’m SO glad you picked up those millions of stitches and finished that ruffel, yo’

    And, holding a pinata up by hand looks quite dangerous…

  14. Joanne Says:

    Holy instant family, Batman! ;) Nice blankie too.