Seven Quick Takes: toddler snacks, the letter “S”, ceiling fans, and it’s so hot I might melt

I’ve had a few posts in the last week or so (if you didn’t see my review of Something Other Than God, go read it), but I thought it would still be good to look at the seven things for the week:

1) Toddler snacks

This isn’t something that happened, but a plea.  Could someone (anyone? everyone?) give me some good snacks for a one-year-old?  Mark is prepping for his teenage years by eating us out of house and home.  I’m looking for some good snacks to give him in the morning and afternoon.  The trick is, he doesn’t have very many teeth yet and the idea of “biting pieces” to him means “shove as much as I can of it in my mouth and then spit it out” which is just so not, not attractive.  Ideas?

2) Car sounds

Mark LOVES making the “car sound” that seems to be innate to every little boy on the planet.  He especially enjoys making it while playing with his toy turtle (it has wheels, so it’s kind of like a car, right?) and it’s precious and adorable and I don’t ever want him to stop.

3) Speaking of those teeth…

Mark has three (but almost four) teeth and has realized that he can make the “ssss” sound with his front teeth.  He’s getting really good at it and I need to find some things that start with “s” so he can try saying them.  I finally settled on doing this scene from Singing in the Rain.  (Skip to 17 seconds in for just the part that was making Mark crack up before his bath tonight.)

4) It’s been REALLY HOT…

… for the PNW.  Like, I don’t even want to go outside kind of hot.  It’s supposed to cool down for the weekend, but the last several days have been in the high 80s and low 90s.  With no air conditioning, it’s just too dang hot.  So…

5)…we turned on Mark’s ceiling fan!

Yes, we obviously used the ceiling fan last year when it was hot out, but he doesn’t really remember that (obviously).  Now, he just looks at it over and over and over again when we’re in Mark’s bedroom.  This is especially helpful when I’m changing Mark’s diaper, which he HATES with all of the hate his little 22 pound body can hold.

All in all… win.


This is a scene that is pretty much going to be repeated a thousand times in the next few months.



7) This is amazing.  

I don’t know anything about the science behind it or whether or not it’s really feasible in the long run or anything.  But, if we can use the measles vaccine to combat some forms of cancer… woot!

Hope you have a great week and remember to check out the other Quick Takes over at Jen’s.  


7 Quick Takes:… and we’re back!

Okay, so apparently I decided to take all of Spring Break off from blogging AND school.

Sorry about that.

Instead of trying to recap All The Things, let’s just look at seven of the things.

1. Ruff ruff!

The Monday of Spring Break, Teacher Man and I took Little Man to the park for his very first picnic.  Little Man was not great about eating off of not a tray.  But, he was REALLY distracted by this woman who was playing fetch with her dog about a hundred yards away from us.  Little Man kept looking at the dog and saying “Ruff-ruff!” over and over again.  Teacher Man even tried to sit in between Little Man and the dog in order to get him to focus.  Instead, Little Man just leaned around to keep looking at the ruff-ruff.


2. Playground!  

No, his vocabulary isn’t quite that advanced.  When we were at the park, we took Little Man on our first romp on a play structure.  There were quite a few older kids (and you can’t blame them, it was BEAUTIFUL outside), and Little Man was a little wary of them.  But, overall I think he had a good time.  Once he starts to feel even more sturdy on his feet, I think he’ll have a blast.


3. King of the Castle

Little Man walks EVERYWHERE now.  He’s at the point where when Teacher Man leaves the room to go somewhere else, Little Man just follows him out of the room like, “Where are we going now, dada?”

My life as I know it is over.  And that is pretty okay.

4. Play ball!

We realized that Little Man didn’t have a hat for the summer, so we got him one.  And it is GREAT.


Look at him all walking and looking like a big boy.  I can’t even believe that he’s eleven months old.  It’s insanity.

5. One or two sleepless nights.  

Little Man is cutting some more teeth, methinks.  He had a couple of nights where he couldn’t sleep unless we were holding him and he kept sucking on his lips and putting his fingers in his mouth.  Poor guy.  😦

6. Over break, Little Man made this face a lot.  


I’m not sure why, but he LOVES sticking his tongue out at us.

7. Mama’s work is never done.  

Seriously.  I had this big list of things that I wanted to get done over break.  Unfortunately, I didn’t make nearly as much progress as I would have liked.  But, it’s okay.  I had some time to hang out with my two favorite guys and to have some fun and catch up on some schoolwork.


Now that you’re kind of updated, I’ll renew my promise to update again more regularly.  Only two months and one week until summer!  In the meantime, check our the other 7QT peeps.