Thursday, December 29, 2011

Celebrating Seven Years

My how time flies...and I still love you, Mr. Rochesters!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Piano Guys

I should have heard of this group before now, because I know the cellist from my MPA program. I knew that he was a musician but I didn't know much more about his background than that. He was always a really nice guy to talk to. Anyway, his sister, who is also a musician and was also in my MPA program, posted this video on facebook today. I watched it and I love.their.music.



I've always liked Jon Schmidt's piano, but like I said before, I had no idea this group existed. I hope you enjoy the video as much as I did! They've got a ton of other great videos on their website www.thepianoguys.com.

Everyday You

I made this layout a few weeks ago and meant to post it. The pictures are from over a year ago, but going outside is one of the things Trotwood loves to do every day. He used to just stand and stare out through the back glass door and actually, he still does this! Also, he went through a huge Toy Story phase and he's wearing his favorite pajamas. Many times he would insist upon wearing his Toy Story pajamas and unfortunately, we only had one pair. Now, I think we currently have two pairs of Toy Story pajamas that fit him but right now, he's more into Timmy Time, Shaun the Sheep, and Wallace and Gromit. His very favorite show is Timmy Time right now and thank heaven, all three of these shows are streaming on Netflix!

I used 52 Template Thursdays – no 25 by Tiffany Tillman, Remarkable – Elements by Karla Dudley, Vintage Findings – Blue & Gray by Jen Allyson, and Vintage Collage by Agnes Biro - all available at Design House Digital! Things have been so busy lately, I haven't had much time to sit down and scrapbook but I'm hoping to find some more time over the next week when I'm off of work.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

An attempt at photos...

A few weeks ago, we took some family photos for our Christmas card and I thought they turned out okay, minus the fact that we all needed haircuts at the time. So, post-haircuts, here is our second attempt at family photos...and this is what happens when you have afternoon church and meetings, your two-year old doesn't get a nap and thus falls asleep on the way home from church, you arrive home around 5:30ish...allow your two-year old to sleep just a little thinking he'll wake up soon, when he doesn't wake up you just wake him up after 6 pm sometime because didn't I take so much time getting ready that morning in expectation of taking pictures after church and by golly, we are going to do this tonight?! So...of course, Trotwood was not happy whatsoever about waking up, hence the constant scowl on his face. I thought you might enjoy these funny pictures.





Monday, December 19, 2011

The date is set!

Well, a few weeks ago we set the date for the C-Section. My doctor wanted to do the surgery on January 18th, which will put me right at 39 weeks. When our doctor first mentioned this date, I was a little unsure about it. January 18th is the day our first child, who was also a girl, died. Yet, after thinking about it more, Mr. Rochester and I agreed that the 18th would actually be a really special day for our second daughter's birthday...as if the Lord is blessing us with a new child on the day we lost of our first one. Of course, our second daughter will in no way replace our first daughter, but I feel peaceful about the date. We still celebrate January 16th as our first daughter's birthday but we focus on her birth and not so much her death, mainly because we're grateful we had the few days we had with her and that she is a part of our eternal family. In no way will the death of our first child overshadow the birth of our second daughter. As with my last pregnancy, I still think often about the uncertainties involved in having a baby. Although we haven't had any problems so far, ultrasounds have looked great, and I'm being monitored each week, anything could happen. There's nothing to guarantee me that my baby will be born healthy on the day she is supposed to arrive, but I still hope and pray for it...and I feel like everything is going to be okay.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Coat

I love this...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Layout: On Becoming a Mother

I loved creating this layout. It seems when I scrapbook, I rarely scrapbook about myself and my own experiences because lately, I've been working on Trotwood's one year scrapbook. This is something I can include in his one year scrapbook and even though it's about him, I feel like it's more about me, which is okay. I plan to eventually do a second page to this layout mainly because I like the continuity of two-page layouts in a book, but I thought I would go ahead and share. For this layout, I again used Tiffany Tillman's Artistic Photo Masks and then I also used papers and alphas from Gennifer Bursett's Baby Boy Sweet Child of Mine kit. Other elements alphabets are by Karla Dudley, Sara Schmutz, and Robyn Meierotto all available at Design House Digital.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Layout: Family

This photo was taken over a year ago, but I still love it. We are so overdue for some family photos! I really loved using the four kits chosen for this feature, especially the Artistic Photo Masks by Tiffany Tillman and the Renewed Spirit Elements by Agnes Biro. You can see my layout and others created for this feature at Design House Digital here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I'm going to be published!

So, I recently posted a digital layout entitled Me and My Poppy on my blog. Well...I also submitted it (at the very last minute) for consideration for publication in an upcoming issue of the Creating Keepsakes magazine. This morning I got an email telling me that my layout was chosen to be published in an upcoming Baby & Toddler special issue of the magazine. I can't tell you how excited I am!! I submitted a few layouts to the magazine many years ago when I was doing paper scrapbooking and never heard anything back, but this is the first time I've submitted anything digital for publication consideration. So, I have to remove it from any online sites where I've posted it, which I believe includes my own. Anyway, just wanted to share the good news! I still can't believe it!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It breaks my heart

I turned 31 last week. And no, that isn't quite what breaks my heart. I'm actually okay with being 30, oops, I mean 31. Besides being my birthday week, last week was also pretty much the busiest week of my life, so Mr. Rochester and I didn't celebrate until a few days after the day of my actual birthday. And so it happened that on Thursday night, we decided to go out to eat and Mr. Rochester's mom was all set to watch Trotwood for us.

Mr. Rochester's mom arrived and Trotwood was, as usual, excited to see his Nana. We snapped a few photos and happened to catch on camera the most heart-breaking look on Trotwood's face when the realization hit him that Mom and Dad were leaving him for a few hours, even though he'd get to play with his Nana. Apparently, this has happened before and it's only happened a few times when we've left him with a baby-sitter or with his Nana. Usually, the kid jumps at the chance to play with someone other than Mom and Dad, but it seems like every so often, he has separation issues. He doesn't scream or throw a fit...he just gets this look on his face and a single tear will escape from one of his eyes. It is absolutely heartbreaking and that night was the first time I'd ever seen it! Mr. Rochester had described it to me before but I'd never actually witnessed it.
Mr. Rochester's mom said it took her about 30 minutes to calm Trotwood down after we left...it's just so strange because he has never been like this until the last couple of months. It made me almost not want to go out because he looked so heartbroken. I couldn't get his sad, little face out of my mind the rest of the night. Actually, it's just burned into my consciousness and now that we have it on camera (which was a complete accident), I don't think I'll ever forget it. I hope we see more smiles and less sad faces in the future!

Monday, November 21, 2011

So excited!

Okay, so I know the whole concept of this book is barbaric and I'm not sure if I'd want my teen (if I had one right now) to read it, but I enjoyed the excitement in the books and I couldn't put them down. I can't wait to see the movie!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Layout: Me and My Poppy

I've been wanting to do a layout about Trotwood and his grandfather who recently passed away. When Trotwood was much smaller, we were trying to teach him how to say Grandpa and he would never say anything other than "Poppy" for the word Grandpa. So, Poppy stuck and ever since then we have referred to Mr. Rochester's dad as Poppy. I think we'll probably always refer to him as that. I enjoyed putting this layout together although at times, I felt sad thinking how Trotwood will miss out on getting to know, in this life, what a wonderful man his Poppy was.

Friday, November 11, 2011

And the winner is...

Desiree! Congratulations! I used random.org to choose the winner from all 7 of the people who commented and even though there were only 7, I thought that would be the fairest thing to do. So, Desiree, I'll be sending you an email sometime today with more information about the gift certificate. Hooray!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

DHD Gift Certificate Giveaway!

Do you love to do digital or hybrid scrapbooking or have you been wanting to get into it? I have a $10 Gift Certificate to Design House Digital that I'd love to give away to someone and it'd be perfect if you're just starting to dabble into the area of digital scrapbooking. Design House Digital has some amazing supplies to choose from! If you didn't check out the recent Digital Scrapbooking Day blog hop, see the list of designers and their free kits here and also check out the QuickPage blog hop here.

All you have to do to be considered for the giveaway is leave a comment on this blog post! The winner will be announced on 11/11/11.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Christmas Traditions Layout

Here are a few pictures from last Christmas which I don't think I ever posted. Don't mind how awful I look in the photos, I really just wanted to document the tradition that we are creating for Trotwood and our future children of letting them open up a present of pajamas on Christmas Eve. Mr. Rochester's family always did that when he was growing up and I just love the idea of giving our kids new pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve and having them wear them on Christmas morning to open presents.

I usually like to do 2-page layouts for most of my scrapbooking, mainly because I think the consistency looks nice in an album. Eventually, I'd like to print all of my pages out into neat, orderly albums and someday it will happen!
For this layout I used Karen Funk's Brown Paper Packages Mega Collection and Tiffany Tillman's Holiday Template, #17.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Digital Scrapbooking Day Freebie!

Happy Digital Scrapbooking Day! This is my first time to participate as a Decorator in a Blog Hop sponsored by Design House Digital. I've only been a part of DHD's creative team for a few weeks but so far, I love it. The designers and the decorators are a super fun, talented group of women. For this Blog Hop, many of the Decorators have designed a quickpage for you to download. All you have to do is download the quickpage and drop your photo into the picture. Easy peasy! The zip file includes a 12 x 12 and 8.5 x 11 quickpage. Here's my quickpage and a link to where you can download it. Click here. Please note that if you dowloaded this file prior to 11/7/2011, the 12 x 12 page was only set at 650 pixels. It has been fixed now and is set at 3600 pixels. I apologize for any inconvenience and thank you to the person who commented on my blog and pointed that out!
Be sure to stop by all the Decorator's blogs to download their free quickpages:

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Digital Scrapbooking Day Designer Blog Hop

Design House Digital is doing a blog hop for Digital Scrapbooking Day. It includes 43 papers, 62 elements, a full alpha and and a template and it's all FREE! Here's a look at what you can get at the blog hop.
To participate in the blog hop, just hop around to the different designers websites:
And stay tuned for more freebies tomorrow! I'll be participating in a DHD Decorator Blog Hop where you'll be able to download quickpages made by each of the Design House Digital Decorators using the free kit featured above!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

One Kit, Many Ways layout

Wahoo! As a DHD Decorator, I participated in a One Kit, Many Ways event using Shannon Hegarty's new Zoey Collection and a template by Tiffany Tillman. This has been the first time one of my layouts has been shown as one of the featured layouts on the DHD website (you have to scroll down to see mine). Since this page is also for Trotwood's one year book, I made a second page to go with it. You can see them below.

BIRTHday layout

Here's another layout I did from pictures of the day Trotwood was born.


I'm sure someday he'll be thoroughly embarrassed that I posted a picture of his brand new baby bum on the internet.

If you're at all interested in doing any digital scrapbooking, almost everything I used on this page was free. Here's a list of my supplies:
Template: Jen Martakis, SimpleStarts No.1 free template available here
Patterned Paper: Twelve by Twelve Designs, Bloom, Free kit available here
Stamped font: Karla Dudley’s Digi Essentials 5 brushes, available for purchase at Design House Digital)
Button: Ronna Penner, Express Yourself Kit, free kit available here. This website has a ton of free digital kits you can download and play with and so does Two Peas in a Bucket.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Trotwood at one month layout

My goal for this year was/is to complete Trotwood's 1 year scrapbook, which I am doing entirely digitally. It has been a fun project and is far from finished, but I still have 2 months left, right? Doing everything digitally has made finding time to scrapbook so much easier since I don't have to get out all of my supplies. Don't get me wrong, I still have a love for paper (yes, Joy, I'll admit it, I love paper!), chipboard, rub-ons, stickers, glue and all traditional scrapbooking methods, going digital has just simplified everything since I keep it all on my external hard drive! Anyway, here's my latest layout of Trotwood. I took these pictures of Trotwood and Mr. Rochester when Trotwood was only about a month old. They are some of my favorite pictures because of the lighting and I can just feel the emotion in them. I may even get a a little misty-eyed looking at them because my little boy has grown up so much since then. Enjoy the layout!


Friday, October 21, 2011

DHD Decorator!

I should have already blogged about this, but as you may have noticed, I've been a bit behind on blogging. I'm so excited, I was recently chosen to be a Decorator for my absolute favorite digital scrapbooking website, Design House Digital! I couldn't believe that I'd been selected and I am just so excited and honored to be a part of such a fun, talented group of women. What this basically means is that I get to design scrapbook layouts using DHD designs at no cost to me and have a chance to host fun activities like monthly challenges, 1Kit4Ways, 4Play and speed scraps! If you're into hybrid or digital scrapbooking at all, come on over and check it out! I plan on posting some of the layouts I do for the DHD website on this blog, so be on the lookout for more pictures and posts!

Monday, September 5, 2011

It's a...

Girl. My official due date is January 25th but since I'll be having a C-section, we'll probably have the baby a week or so before that. We're very excited and also a bit nervous to have a girl. I mean, c'mon, we're used to what boys are like right now but I'm sure we'll get used to having a girl around. Before Trotwood was born, I was nervous about having a boy.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Tomorrow

We find out tomorrow what we are having! Of course, we'll be happy with either -- I'm just hoping the ultrasound shows that all of the baby's parts are growing the way they should be and there aren't any problems. Any guesses as to what our little surprise might be? I'm going to go with a girl, not for any reason in particular but at the beginning of my pregnancy I thought for sure it was a girl, now I have no idea.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Favorite activities

  1. Hanging upside down from the low-hanging clothes bar in my closet (notice there are no clothes on this level - Mom and Dad learned quickly).
  2. Filling up my crib with all my stuffed animals - this must occur at least twice a day.
  3. Putting together my animal puzzle - this happens many, many times throughout the day. Mom and Dad should really get me some more puzzles with animals on the pieces.
  4. Playing outside. I don't get to do this enough. Mom and Dad say it's too hot outside but really they are just tired in the evenings when it's not too hot. I still get to play outside but I want to play outside all day, every day.
  5. Swinging! My Grandma bought me a swing for my birthday and it's one of the best.things.ever.
  6. Watching the Black Stallion. I can't get enough of this movie. There's a wild, black horse and a boy. What else could there be to life?
  7. Playing horsey with Daddy. My dad is so much fun and he'll let me climb on his back and pretend like I'm riding a horse.
  8. Reading books. One of my favorite books is I'm Looking for a Monster. There's a really scary monster in the book and the other night, I wanted to give it a kiss. So, I did. And then I wanted to give it another kiss and Mommy pretended like it was going to bite me and I got scared so I don't want to kiss it anymore and now the monster kind of scares me even though I saw Mommy give it a kiss to show that it really doesn't bite anyone. I'm not sure if I can give that monster another kiss. It might try to bite me.
  9. Playing with my Woody and Buzz action figures...and watching Toy Story. I just love that Woody and Buzz.
  10. Climbing in the dryer and pretending to take a nap on any of the clothes that may still be in there. I really just like to play in the dryer. Sometimes I hide in there but I can't shut the door all the way but still, if I'm really quiet Mommy and Daddy have to look for me. Lately, they've been finding me a lot faster than they used to though. I may need to find a new hideout.


Friday, August 12, 2011

March 2012

I'm so excited for the new Hunger Games movie - I hope the movie does the books justice! This poster's been out for a few weeks but I just found it - I can't wait to see the trailer for this movie whenever it's released!



After reading these books, I tried reading a few other series about dystopian societies and I haven't found any others that I absolutely love. I enjoy the idea behind classic books like 1984 and Brave New World but in the end, they're all just kind of depressing. I love the Hunger Games because, for me, it had the right mix of sadness and overcoming in it.

Monday, August 8, 2011

So behind

Goodness, I'm so behind on blogging. It's all because I never take the time to take the pictures off of my camera and upload them to our blog, and sometimes, you just need pictures!

Trotwood turned 2 years old on July 30th. It really is unbelievable to me that my sweet, little boy has gotten so big. We had a small, family get together for his birthday and I think he really enjoyed it, especially the toys. He's really into Toy Story these days so his grandma bought him a Toy Story themed cake and of course, one of the Toy Story movies was playing in the background.
He also received several Toy Story themed toys. His Meme and Grandpa got him the Evil Dr. Pork Chop spaceship from Toy Story 3 and a Woody and Bullseye figurine. He absolutely loves the Pork Chop toy and has been running around the house with it yelling "Poke Shop!"
And Mr. Rochester and I got him the trash truck from the third movie.
All the photos are courtesy of my grandfather, who unlike myself, immediately emailed out the pictures the day after the get together. I love this one he took of Trotwood (just ignore the woman holding him).

Trotwood loved playing with his cousins, whom he hadn't seen since he was just a baby. Thanks, Grandma, for bringing them by!
A few days after Trotwood turned two, we went to his 2-year checkup. He's off the charts for his height and his weight has finally caught up with him. Although he's no chub, he's in the 75th percentile for his weight. The boy is 30 lbs and he's almost getting too heavy to hold!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Lately

With how hot it has been outside lately and how awful I've been feeling with these first few months of pregnancy, we've all been spending a lot of time relaxing indoors. Let me restate that, I've been relaxing, Trotwood doesn't do much relaxing unless he's asleep. All of this relaxing on my part brought about more movie watching and Trotwood's new love is the 1978 version of the Black Stallion movie. One day I noticed this was streaming on Netflix, and when we were kids, my sister and I used to watch this movie all the time, along with the sequel The Black Stallion Returns. So, naturally, wanting to relive my childhood memories and being exhausted from working all day, I coaxed my toddler into watching the movie with me and now, he's hooked. He runs around the house yelling "hors-ee, hors-ee" and has replaced his old horse sound of "neigh neigh" with a throaty "mmmmrrrpphhhhhh". It's hard to type out - I'll just have to get it on video so you can experience the cuteness of it.

I thought I'd read all of the Black Stallion books by Walter Farley when I was a kid, but after looking at the number of Black Stallion books on the website, I'm doubting that I read all of them. And even after all these years, I still love the 1978 version of the movie, especially because it's so fun to see Trotwood enjoy it.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The end of Harry

On Saturday, the mister took me to see the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 and my wonderful mother-in-law watched our wild child so we could go. I will admit a few things about the movie. I thought it was fabulous. I am sad to see the end of the Harry Potter movies. I laughed. I may have wept in the dark for a good bit of the movie. The movie was just fabulous. And if you didn’t think so, I’m sorry. If I had it on DVD today, I would watch it again.

Also, I’m loving BYU and Divine Comedy today. If you like Harry Potter and you haven’t see this, watch it. I laughed. A lot. Sometimes, I truly miss the nerdiness that is BYU.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

In need of another bed...

We'll be needing to buy a new crib in January as ours is a dropside and Trotwood still sleeps in it. Don't tell on us! Perhaps, I'll refer back to my previous salivating over cribs from a few years ago. Any crib suggestions?

P.S. Yes, this is an announcement. Hooray for babies!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Lo-kee

Yesterday, while I was at work, I called home to check on my boys to hear that Mr. Rochester had just finished cleaning up Trotwood in one of his fiascos. And this is what happened. It all started the other day when I was at the store. I bought a half gallon of chocolate milk, which Trotwood most tenderly refers to as "lo-kee" and brought it home and put it in the fridge. Over the course of a few days, the half gallon was reduced to about a quarter of it's original volume and it was frankly just "chillin" in the fridge (yes, I did intend the pun here - I couldn't resist). Now, Trotwood has gotten very good at opening the refridgerator. Usually, we can hear him when he does this and even if we're not in the kitchen we'll yell from another room for him to close the fridge doors.

Well, this very thing happened yesterday. Mr. Rochester was in the living room, he heard the fridge doors open, he yelled to Trotwood to shut the doors, and Mr. Rochester heard the doors shut. What usually happens after the doors shut is Trotwood will run back into the living room with a sheepish grin on his face because he knows he's not supposed to open the fridge doors. However, this time, Trotwood did not run back into the living room. After a few minutes, Mr. Rochester went in the kitchen to check on all of the silence Trotwood was making in the kitchen (never a good sign). What he discovered was Trotwood with chocolate milk smeared all in his hair and dripping from his face while he happily drank the remains of our half gallon of chocolate milk straight from the jug. Of course, Mr. Rochester cleaned Trotwood up and removed the offending milk jug. As he took the milk jug away, he noticed something clanging around in the small amount of milk that was left in the jug. Yes, Trotwood had added something to the already-made chocolate milk. What Mr. Rochester found in the bottom of the milk jug was an orange crayon Trotwood had recently been using to color. Perhaps, Trotwood thought it would add flavor to the chocolate milk or perhaps, he thought it would serve the purposes of a spoon and he could mix the milk. Either way, I'm not sure we'll ever solve the mystery of the orange crayon in the chocolate milk. I only wish we had a few photos to remember this fiasco, but at this point, words will have to suffice.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Clean-up Time!

One Sunday morning, not so very long ago, Trotwood made a decision. He decided all by himself that it was time to clean his room. Mom and Dad had no part in this whatsoever. Look at what a great job he's doing putting his book back on the shelf! Or is he, perhaps, putting it somewhere else..Where on earth could he be going?
Why not just put everything in the crib - at least it's off the floor, right? Ah, the treasure trove!
Cleaning up is so much fun!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Extremes

I feel like the last few months we've had some extremes in weather. In May we had lots of rain with scary looking clouds like this:
And now in June, we've had unnaturally hot temperatures for this area. Because of the heat, Mr. Rochester and I haven't been as eager to take Trotwood outside and play as much as he would like. We were at ToysRUs the other day and found this fun sprinkler attachment for our hose for only $8 and thought that Trotwood might enjoy running through the sprinkler some. At first, he wasn't quite sure what to think about it.

Once he figured it out, I think he thought it was pretty fun.

The boy still doesn't own a swimsuit, as he has never been to a pool yet. That will be next on our list. Looks like he likes being all wet.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

B-Ball!

Saturday, Trotwood attended his first baseball game. This was quite an event for him since like his father, he is obsessed with as Trotwood calls it "B-ball!" Our very good friends had some free tickets to attend the minor league team that plays here and we went with them. The game began at 7 pm and of course it was hot and humid but we all really enjoyed ourselves. Although our tickets were for seats, our wise friend suggested that we all sit over in the grassy area in back of the field.

I will admit, at first, I doubted the wisdom of our friend's suggestion because of the hotness of the day, and the grassy area was in full sunlight. However, after about an hour, the sun disappeared behind some clouds and the evening actually turned into a nice evening to be outside. Of course, there was even more wisdom in our friend's suggestion: we both have small children. They have a son who is about six months old and Trotwood is almost two. Sitting in the stadium seats would have been absolute torture for Trotwood. Where we sat on the grass, he was able to run around and roll around in the grass and we could more easily keep him entertained. Oh, and the grassy area was much closer to the children's playground on the ballpark grounds.
The evening turned out fabulously, and I'm so glad we had the opportunity to go. I know Mr. Rochester really enjoyed being at the game with everyone.

Trotwood loved yelling and clapping along with everyone else at the game. He also enjoyed stealing his daddy's hat.

Hooray for baseball!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! We had an enjoyable, maybe little exhausting Father's Day. I will admit that on Mother's Day, Mr. Rochester does everything so, of course, I must reciprocate on Father's Day, hence the exhausting day. Mr. Rochester got to enjoy the morning with a lot of "me-time" before church while I entertained Trotwood. We read lots of books before church yesterday. Along with his older favorites, Trotwood has two new favorite books: Giraffes Can't Dance and Olivia, or as Trotwood would say "Li-Li". It's so cute. We actually only own one Olivia book but I checked out a couple more from our library and they were a hit! Although the books have great stories, I think what makes Olivia so appealing to Trotwood is the stylized artwork. It's truly fabulous. But I digress, this post was supposed to be about Father's Day. Mr. Rochester is proudly displaying his Father's Day gifts above. He got a new Dodgers shirt - he is a huge fan - and he has recently begun to relive his childhood hobby of collecting baseball cards. He is holding up his two new baseball cards: Johnny Podres and Carl Erskine. I know very little about who these people are - all I know is they were on Mr. Rochester's list.

I'm so grateful for Mr. Rochester in my life. He is a wonderful husband and father, and I'm so lucky to have him! I've also been blessed with great examples in my dad, my step-dad, and my father-in-law. Hoping you all had a great Father's Day too.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Trotwood's favorites

Every night before Trotwood goes to bed, we read stories to him. He has a bookshelf full of all sorts of books that Mr. Rochester and I have acquired for him, including ones that we used to have when we were younger. And, yet, despite the ever-growing library of children's literature that appears on his bookshelves, Trotwood really only has interest in the following books:
For the longest time, I'm Looking for a Monster! was the only book Trotwood wanted to read. His favorite books are pop-up and touch-and-feel books and this one is a pop-up book. All of the pictures are also done in colors that contrast each other like black and red or black and lime green or black and turquoise. This book has actually gotten so much love that a few of the monsters have been torn and one of the monsters is actually torn completely off. Since it was such a favorite of Trotwood's, I've considered buying a newer copy just to have on hand.



We discovered Matthew Van Fleet books one day at Barnes & Noble when looking to see what kinds of pop-up books are out there. One of Trotwood's aunts bought him the Heads book for Christmas and we bought him the Alphabet book, also as a Christmas present. Although these books are a little pricey, they are definitely worth it. The art is wonderful as are the different interactive parts of the books. We recently discovered a Dogs book by Matthew Van Fleet. Since Trotwood is completely obsessed with dogs, I think this might be a good birthday present!

Someone gave us this Baby McDonald on the Farm book. Honestly, it's not my favorite book but Trotwood adores it. He loves the pictures of the farm animals and it's also another touch-and-feel book.


And just recently, Trotwood has started watching TV! I don't know if this is awful of me or not, but I'm so happy about that. Because now when I need to empty the dishwasher or cook dinner, I can put on a DVD for him to watch and he will actually sit down and watch it! This keeps me from worrying about whether he's "helping" put away the clean knives while I've got my back turned putting dishes away. Pretty much the only time we park him in front of the TV is if we're desperate to get a few things around the house done. It doesn't always work though because most of the time, he'd much rather be outside.We're not sure how this happened, but somehow, Trotwood discovered Elmo. I swear, one morning, he just woke up with the word "Elmo" on his lips. Months ago, Mr. Rochester and I had purchased The Best of Elmo's World, Volume 2 but we'd given up on that after many failed attempts. So, it had truly been months since Elmo's name had been mentioned in our house. Anyhow, he absolutely loves Elmo now and it might be about time for us to get The Best of Elmo's World, Volume 1.
Trotwood's other favorite movie right now is Bolt. Of course, he loves it because it is about a dog, but it is also very action-packed. Actually, it's a really cute movie. We're trying to get him to delve into other dog movies but usually he just wants to watch Bolt.