Sunday, June 22, 2008

adventures in remodeling

Ah summer time. At our house that pretty much means "project time." Last summer we made some major improvements to our house, including putting on a whole new roof (not just new shingles-- like an entire new roof). This summer we are putting most of our energy into adding on about 250 square feet to our master bedroom. What you also must realize is that we do not hire any of this work out. My jack-of-all-trades husband does it all himself (with a lot of free labor provided by brothers, dads, moms, and friends, of course). So in order for us to spend time as a family when Daddy comes home from work, Baby G and I go out to the project site in the backyard with him. I help with the work as much as I can, but mostly I just run around trying to keep the baby from nailing himself in the head with the nail gun, or preventing him from consuming large quantities of sawdust and soil. Here's how it goes down:

This dirt looks pretty awesome. It would be tempting for you too, admit it.
I am watching him saying, "Don't eat the dirt, Baby. It tastes yucky." He isn't really into obedience yet, obviously.
The dirt is in the mouth. He's rolling it around on his tongue because he needs to see if it is yucky for himself.
Despite the fact that he has decided that it is indeed yucky, he puts up mighty resistance when his Daddy tries to fish it out of his mouth.
This is where I am saying, "J, please put down the power tool before getting so close to the baby's face. You are about to put a screw in his ear."
Mmm... dirt in the mouth is yummy.
This is the look I got after trying to remove the rest of the dirt from his moth myself. He wasn't too happy about it.
Other days it goes something like this:
In order to maximize our time to get work done, we frequently let Baby G have food items to entertain himself. I had been feeding him some avocado for dinner and when he grabbed it and started eating it himself (including some of the peel, as you can see in this picture) we didn't stop him because we knew we'd be able to get more done while he was self-feeding.
Little mischevious grin.This picture does not do justice to the mess he made. His face, hands, feet, clothes, and the surrounding area were covered in a mixture of smashed avocado and sawdust. He was pleased.Then he decided to measure some stuff, thereby getting the tape measure covered in avocado as well.
Since he was so filthy we decided to hose him off in the front yard before we took him in to the bath. He wasn't loving it, and he displayed his anger by putting his foot in his mouth.

The water was cold and Baby G kept making this face:

Because we are mean and evil parents we kept spraying him with the cold water so he would keep making the face.

Hopefully he wasn't too damaged by the experience. He seemed to be okay.

Then it was into the bath, where Baby G has learned how to strategically place froggies for maximum modesty.

Out of the bath. Baby G was fascinated by the fact that he could see himself moving on the camera screen. He kept looking in the mirror and then back at the camera trying to figure it out.

Then it's into the jammies (which I know are too short in the arms and legs-- this baby has his daddy's long limbs) and time for bed. Working outside is very exhausting.


Anonymous said...

He could be the most perfect, beautiful baby I have ever seen...

Brooke said...

So cute!!! I hope your project goes welll and is completed quickly!!!!

GregR said...

He's got such a good disposition and I've seen him out back. So, he's learning to work and delay gratification of constant attention, which I think is a good thing... DOn't you?

Sassy Rachel said...

Ok you guys Are so totally mean...spraying your innocent child when he's vulnerable...sheesh:) Ok, so when did he enter this "no longer a baby" phase...he's so big! wow...and the power tool by the baby's head...I agree..unless you're attempting to pierce his ears, good to keep it at a distance farther than that one:) Miss you!

Woodhouse Clan said...

ha ha.. that was a fun story to read. Loved it. George is a cute one! Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you for watching Mya. I have a little something to give you. This week is crazy, so I'll give you a call next week!

em&m said...

so so cute. What a fun family. What a darling little boy.

the mama monster said...

he's so cute! i love those mad pictures of him. i wish james and i knew how to remodel and such.

Lord Family said...

Those pictures are so cute! Nice to have a handy husband that can remodel your home. The first time Becca went to the beach she was eating handfuls of sand (I gave up trying to stop her). Kids are so funny!


GregR said...

I was revisiting these pictures and I can't believe how cute and how much some of them remind me of John when he was that age.

Channa said...

Sounds like a big undertaking. That's fun that you're doing it all yourselves. Liz he is such a cute baby!

Teacher Mama said...

What a fabulous post! I love the dirt eating expressions. We love your house. I bet it feels good to enjoy the fruits of your hard labor.