"The thistle is a prickly flower, aye, but how it is sweetly worn."

Saturday, April 30, 2011

18 months

Jude Dylan turned 18 months this April.  It also marks the year anniversary of Michael and I separating.  Interesting year to say the least.  Anyway, I am happy to report that this greatest gift of a little boy is doing fabulously.  Everything checked out at the doctor's.  He got 2 shots (not the mmr).  He is in the 75th percentile for height, 20th for weight, and 60th for head.  Which I love because it soooo fits the stereotype for music lover.  Tall, skinny, long hair, music.  Time is proving that naming my child after a Beatles song was a brilliant choice.

* As far as current activities, he has 29 words, understands all of what I say, and is generally a mess.
* Things he finds funny: me jumping when I see a spider, me saying ouch when I bump my head, playing hide and seek.
* Things he is interested in: cars, balls, trains, music, dancing, drums
* Activity level: constant
* Number of days sleeping past 7: 0
* Weirdest obsession: wearing shoes, especially big people shoes

Overall, he's extremely silly, loving, cuddly, and active.  I heart him like woah.

Toddlerhood is.....

saying fine, go ahead and destroy the Pottery Barn catalog.  Because sometimes they just gotta have fun.

Peek A Boo

I see Jude!!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Great Jude-ini

I'm considering auditioning Jude for Cirque de Soleil due to his obsession with squeezing in to impossible places.

Note: And for my 'special, in the know' friends- see also, once a carney, always a carney :)

The Best Laugh in the World

The Best Laugh in the World from Ashley Doner on Vimeo.

Jude's laugh is just so awesome.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Toddlerhood is....

Climbing on top of kitchen chairs

Helping yourself to the rest of the bag of dried berries

Until the bag is completely emptied on top of the table

And eventually climbing on top of the table

And acting like momma is the one doing something weird

April 12

Ghost Jude

Ghost Jude from Ashley Doner on Vimeo.

April 10

Stealin and Drinkin

Stealin and Drinkin from Ashley Doner on Vimeo.

April 6, 2011

Toddlerhood is....

.... turning the storage compartment of your wagon in to a Lazy Boy.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghost Jude

Jude has also learned to walk around the house as a ghost.  He uses these Aiden and Anais blankets all the time which are super thin- and awesome for hot natured babies like Jude.  Anyway, I'm guessing they are thin enough to see clearly through because he walks around the house like this with no problem.  He likes to follow me around and listen to me say, "Where's Jude".  He laughs as I call for him and act like I can't figure out where in the world he has happened to.  It's a fun little game right now.

From the dungeon he emergeth

Oh look who learned a cool trick the other night- Sir Jude.  In his valiant efforts to dodge me as I approacheth with pajamas, Jude realized he could in fact crawl underneath his bed.  There has been no end to the excitement of this realization since that fateful evening.

And how cute is he as he emergeth from his hidden dungeon I ask you?  Too cute is the correct response.


This is my school's teacher volleyball team.We won this season and get to keep the trophy.  It was super fun to play, despite my lack of skills.  And I'm hoping all these stupid education budget cuts won't cause us all to be transferred around the district so we can't have fun like this.

See also, I hate the Texas Senate and House currently.  But I love teacher friends!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ghetto Jude

Ghetto Jude from Ashley Doner on Vimeo.

Bluebonnets and my little Texan

Can i just say that when you have a baby in Texas, you get about a million pamphlets that literally say 'congratulations on your little Texan'?  Because this is the only state in the world that thinks its people are more than mere people, they are Texans, and that means something.

Anyway, I have bluebonnets in my front yard.  And I took Jude's pics by them while they still looked pretty.  Unfortunately with Easter being so late, all my flowers will be gone by the time it comes....

Judes 17 months pics

Pics from Jude's 17 month birthday

Dog Dog

March 7- This is how Jude sleeps all the time these days.  With his dog-dog.

2nd grade- Knight style

As you all know, I teach 2nd grade.  Next door to my class is Mr. M who is a good friend of mine.  We are currently in the midst of a poetry contest where we pick random words and compete in making up the most ridiculous poem with our kids.  Somehow they have taken a medieval turn.  This includes phrases like 'a noble steed'.  Anyway, in keeping with this, one of my kids suggested that I add 'Noble Steve' to the poem I was making the other day.  I thought it was too funny.  And now Mr. M and I joke about where is noble Steve.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Jude did the coolest thing the other day in the tub.  I was (as usual) trying to get him to sit down in the tub, and started counting (also as usual).  As soon as I said, 'onnnnneeee', he said ttwwooooo in the same tone and dragging style I do when counting.  It was beyond awesome.

I tried this several times while he was in there to make sure it was not a fluke.  And he did it over and over. Of course did he do it when I called people to have him do it.  Of course not.  He just stared at the phone and me like I had two heads.

But it was really exciting to realize he knows that two comes after one.