July 20, 2009

It's been pointed out to me that my blog has gone blank. Every time I pledge to update more frequently, I never do. So this time I won't say it :D.

Let's see, we went on our RV trip and then turned around and went tent camping. The tent camping was a BLAST. Theo charmed the pants off of everyone, which got a little embarrassing--everyone running around with no pants. He has no problems sleeping in his PeaPod which is essentially a miniature tent that the baby sleeps in. It folds down to fit in a suitcase (taking up, say, half the suitcase) which is very convenient because we plan to take it traveling (and I don't trust hotel room cribs). He slept in it on both the RV and tent vacations and did just fine. The problem with it is that it's one of those flexible frame things that pop open and then you have to twist and collapse it to get it back into the bag, and I just haven't been able to master that. It's like those car window shades that do the same thing--pop out to become circles. We had to rebend the frame a bit, but other than that, it's worked quite well.

Speaking of traveling, we're looking forward to an upcoming weekend trip to Wisconsin. My grandfather passed away in January, and at the end of this month will have his military funeral (he's a WWII vet). We are flying, so it will be Theo's first plane trip. He's getting his own seat and we'll be bringing along a new car seat. It's a Sunshine Kids Radian 80 Convertible Seat and we got it because it does this:

Okay, the skeleton part in the picture is kind of weird (is that Jason hiding in the back?) but the point is, the seat bottom folds up, and you can then carry that bad boy through the airport. Supposedly it folds up to 7 inches. It's heavy (like 22 pounds), but at this point Theo's pretty much outgrown his infant seat, so our only other option would be to buy a regular car seat and haul that thing around, and no thank you.

This will come in very handy during our trip to England and Germany in December. Woo!

Theo is also quite large. He weighs ~22 pounds and is in the 97th percentile for weight, 97th percentile for head circumferance, and 75th percentile for height, although honestly I think they measured his height incorrectly at his last visit. Either way, he completely bypassed 9 month sized clothing and is now wearing 12 months. Go Theo!

The Jehovah's Witnesses visit us frequently. I'm not quite sure why. Maybe they're getting a lot of business in this neighborhood, or maybe we have a JW neighbor who keeps turning us in. At any rate, we got a flyer letting us know that we could attend the Jehovah's Witnesses convention--3 fun-packed days! The flyer is very eye-catching, featuring an impressionist-type image of a line of people walking through the grass with joyful expressions on their faces, lead by a clean-cut man, woman, and their daughter in an easter bonnet, a woman holding the elbow of her steadfast elderly relative (whom we can only assume is her mother), and a token black couple. The skies behind them are cloudy with lightning bolts while the skies ahead of them are blue with nary a chance of rain. Toward the end of the line there's a couple with their backs turned, waving in a jaunty manner--either to friends further behind them in the line, or in a "See ya, SUCKAS" who got left behind. The bold text proclaims:


Because when I think about the end of the world, I get all warm and fuzzy inside. Don't you? And here I thought the Rapture meant that people would be flying to Heaven. Oh no, according to this brochure, it's much more like the last scene in The Sound of Music where they're hiking over the Alps to freedom. Which, incidentally, did not actually happen to the real Von Trapp family. They simply boarded a train and rode right out of town.

Anyway, we'll be giving that one a miss.

Posted by Shelby at July 20, 2009 04:53 PM