Sunday, June 28, 2009

Recent Lucasisms and other things...

I know I've been a bad blogger lately.... sorry, Nana and Grandpa!

New Addition: So, I've been in Albuquerque for 2 weeks. I was supposed to go back on Wednesday, but instead on Tuesday found the perfect car and decided to buy it, changed my ticket for Ben to come out, and we'll drive it back to Austin next weekend. Crazy, right? But it will be worth it. It's hard to find the perfect car, see. Our combined list of wants were a) Ben must fit, b) have good gas mileage, c) be roomy enough if we have company, d) leather interior (me), e) adequate cup holders (Ben). After weeks of research, we were settled on something like a CR-V or going back to a Maxima. We liked the way the CR-V would fit better in the garage, but it's 10 times easier to find a Maxima with leather (let alone an attractive interior at all) than a CR-V. But, then we found one here with attractive interior, cup holders, and great head room. I just couldn't let it go.

So, in case you were wondering if Ben and I were really on some trial separation, the answer is NO. It's just the car. Thanks to everyone who has been nice to Ben, fed him, and let him tag along on movies night. We miss him like crazy.

Friends: While we have been in N.M. Lucas has had fun with all of his new playmates - especially his cousins and aunts. He quite likes it when I'm not around and often times asks me to go away - usually if he's having quality time with Grandma, Maddie or Lisa.

Dirty Kid: Lucas spends a lot of time outside each day, which is great because in Austin it will be too hot when we get back! He loves riding the wiggle cars, and he's quite the pro now! Each day at bath time we have to scrub the dirt off of his feet and knees from the day's adventures.

Pinto and Whitey: We have some horses across the street we also like to visit and take watermelon rinds and freshly mowed grass. Pinto tried to bite Lucas the other day, but I don't think he noticed. He's kind of a mean horse.

(horses in Texas have it much better than these poor high dessert horses)

Name Game: Lucas has started calling my mom "Grammy" for some reason. It's only once in a while, but it's kind of funny. Sometimes he asks for "Tom" instead of Grandpa.

Sample, anyone?: We go to Costco at least once a week. The other night we met Lisa there and she took Lucas to the back of the store to watch the forklifts unload a truck for about an hour. On their way back to the front of a store, Lucas saw a little boy wearing a Nemo shirt and the two became fast friends. The mom asked Lucas if he wated to come home with them and Lucas said, "yes." Then the dad said, "You can be an Indian for the weekend - we're wild!" When it was time to part ways Lucas gave the kid a huge hug, and the kid reciprocated. It was the cutest thing ever. They even had their heads on eachother's shoulders. Lisa said Lucas kissed the kid, too. Hopefully he wasn't too freaked out - I think he was about a year older.

Nighty Night: Lucas has been sleeping in a little tent I bought for him. I thought it would be fun and keep him in bed. The other night he decided to sleep on the big boy bed, so I put about 6 pillows all around him so he wouldn't fall off. Then in the middle of the night there was a thud and crying. He slept the rest of the night in the tent. The next night he managed to stay on the bed the whole time, and last night he slept on the floor for at least 2 hours (after he fell off). He also fell asleep one day behind the rocking chair in the corner (after throwing a fit).

I guess that's it for now. I'll put more cute pics up later.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

NBJ Challenge

Hey, peeps. Anyone up for a No Buy July* Spend-Off? We need to do NBJ again, but would like to make it a little more exciting by having a contest...
Come on. You with us?

*Here's a little summary Ben wrote about NBJ last year: NBJ is really about the spirit of the endeavor, as opposed to the guidelines. It's simply an exercise in extreme frugality - most of the stuff we buy we don't need in the 1st place. Now, you're going to have to get gas, etc. Granted. But even that "etc." is up to you.

Cheapskates unite!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day, Daddy!

Happy Father's Day, Ben! We miss you so very muchil.
Thanks for all you do for me and Lukie. We lurve you.
See you in a few days!
FYI - Lucas has improved immensely on the Wiggle Car. He's now a wild man who rides with his feet up and will bail off for fun. The dirt all over his face is from him rolling all over the driveway...

Monday, June 15, 2009


If you feel like using your right to vote... B's determined to get these babies printed.

Fly Away
by benharman

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Say my Name

Today when Lucas woke up the first thing he said was, "I want to watch Cars, Mom. I want to watch Cars, Suzanne Harman."
Lucas loves to learn people's names, so we taught him our names. Hopefully he won't be one of those kids who refers to his parents by their first names.
When we read books, it's not uncommon to hear, "what that guy name? What that car's name?"... Sometimes we just make up names for every single thing in the book. Lucas is especially concerned that The Man in the Yellow Hat doesn't have a real name.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Hamilton Pool with the BOYS

We had some very special guests over Memorial Day weekend. Ben's college roommates & BFFs, Lij and Logan, came to visit. We had a weekend full of playing games, making fun of bad movies, and eating too much food. It was great. Lucas loved Uncle Lij and Uncle Logan, too, and even asked for Lij to put him to bed one night. He's still talking about them two weeks later!

One Memorial Day we decided to head to Hamilton Pool for an adventure. We didn't call to see if the water was open before hand, and sure enough, it was closed. We were all disappointed, but none more than Lucas. Apparently the water often has e-coli in it from water run-off, so I wasn't too excited for Lucas to be even near the water, but it was hard to keep him out. He really wanted to swim in that "yucky poo poo water." During our time there Ben and I both managed some quality Lucas time:

The boys had lots of fun skipping rocks and being sexy for the camera. I think Ben actually might have killed a fish with his rock skipping.

Afterward, Lucas fell asleep in the car on the drive back to town. We headed to Torchy's Tacos for a divine meal from an airstream trailer, and then headed home.

We had a great time with our boys and I can't wait to see them again!