Friday, October 22, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
This is a long shot, but I (Michael, not Caroline!) am looking for a place to go turkey hunting in Minnesota, on October 30th. If any of my friendly blog readers happen to have a place we could go, I would be very grateful.
Who Would Be Hunting?
It would just be me and my brother in law. We are both Eagle Scouts and we are both respectful of nature and your land. We don’t drink or litter. Both of us have been hunting before (but not for turkeys) and feel strongly about gun safety.
If you are offering a place for us to hunt we would be happy to have you along too, of course!
Where Do We Want To Hunt?
We would be happy to hunt anywhere that a turkey permit is still available, To see which areas still have available licenses, you can check this chart: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/lotteries/turkey_fall.html. To see what area you live in, you can check this map (warning, large PDF): http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/regulations/hunting/2010/deermap.pdf. We do both live in area 601 (greater metro area),but would be happy to travel a bit in order to get to hunt!
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Sophie is full of personality, and I love having her as my little buddy. Some of Sophie's trademarks at 6 months are:
-She still LOVES to eat. And when I say "loves", I don't mean she's all smiles and just really enjoys doing it. I mean she eats and eats and eats and eats and screams when you take too long spooning the food into her mouth. A couple of times when I'm been really tired of all the screaming, I've resorted to putting the food in a ziploc baggie, cutting off the corner and squeezing it into her mouth. Then she's pretty satisfied with life. Today in one sitting at lunch she ate a FULL kids ikea bowl of applesauce (about 6 ounces), one and a half containers of baby carrots, half a kids ikea bowl of cereal (about 3 ounces), and nursed before and after. And screamed. A lot.
Here's Sophie losing a little of her food...all over poor AnnaMarie. What a good sport. I really, really really love this picture. Ha!
-Sophie is a screamer This is a fairly recent development. She has this high pitched scream that she uses for everything. Playing on the floor with toys happily, alerting me to a dirty or even barely wet diaper, hungry, angry, tired. She uses her one scream to communicate all of these things. Sophie is usually either quiet or screaming. Sometimes when she is very happy and entertained, she will babble and chat with someone. But usually it's screaming. Tonight, for instance, Sophie had the worst screaming fit I've ever heard her have. I went through my mental list of what it could be, besides being sore from her shots today. I frantically changed diapers, spooned her food, nursed her, rocked her, but to no avail. Eventually I figured out that all she really wanted was for me to lie down next to her so she could play with my face for about a half an hour. Tears and screaming stopped immediately, and she was the sweetest little baby anyone could imagine. I wonder how she'll use this screaming talent once she can talk...
-Sophie is developing some awesome new smiles. Definitely taking after Calvin in this department. One of her new smiles looks exactly like the classic scrunchie-faced Calvin smile. Her other new smile is pretty much exactly like her Grandpa Moore's smile. I love seeing her experiment with her new expressions. She obviously thinks she is very clever and funny. And she is! She even stopped eating in her high chair today at one point to give me one of these new smiles (she has never ever done this even once before). She's such a funny little girl!
-Sophie is very resourceful. She gets around (when very motivated) by putting her face on the ground, lifting herself up with her forehead, and digging her feet into the ground so she can kind of scoot forward. It's very funny to watch. She also uses her forehead to kind of get up on all fours, which lasts usually for like half a second.
-Sophie is a Daddy's girl. She loves Michael so much. She pretty much would usually rather go to him, unless she wants to nurse, of course. And what's not to love? He lets her be his little buddy sitting next to him while he works, he sneaks her all sorts of delicious foods, he has glasses, which Sophie LOVES to play with, and much much more.
-Sophie loves her brothers and cousins and (as long as she's fed and not too tired) smiles the biggest, longest and fastest for those guys than for anyone else. She is enthralled. Ryan is especially good with her and tries so so hard to please her. It's really sweet.
-Sophie still loves a good diaper change. The boys never alerted me to their need for a diaper change. I always had to either smell something, feel something wet, or realize that it had been a while in order to realize they needed a change. Sophie, on the other hand, is very particular about the state of her diaper, and lets me know immediately when she is dissatisfied with things in that department. And she is usually all smiles and crazy leg kicks during and after.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Thanks, Michael for such a great surprise! I didn't take too many pictures (with a sleeping Sophie and two crazy kids, we didn't usually have a free hand), but here are some of the ones I did get:
Very happy after their elephant ride: