May 31, 2011


This is the real high point of branding, especially for a small kid. A plate full of beef, beans, and bread, with butterhorns to come.

Grandad Cool selects a branding iron. This is where a certain organization might flag my blog as evil.

I thought this a particularly nice shot of the brand on the back of a calf, with horses and chaps-clad cowboys visible as well. It was a gray and cool day for a branding, but the light was quite nice for photos. It did prove to me that I need a new camera.

May 30, 2011

Cutie Pie Monday, Or Where Have We Been?

In addition to eating raspberries, Lincoln has visited branding, colored Buzz, taken professional pictures, turned 2, and had a busy month. Mom's been crafting, party throwing, and hauling him around. Sorry to be late--we will have a week-long post-a-thon to apologize!

May 19, 2011

Cutie Pie Thursday: Big Boy Eating a Banana

Mr. Cool needed photographic proof of how old our son is getting: he is holding and eating a giant, whole, banana!

Which he is thoroughly enjoying!

And he'll tell you all about it!

May 15, 2011

Monkey Mania

Sometimes, when you are capable of a craft, and an occasion presents itself, you fall into a trap. A jungle birthday party for Lincoln, heavy on the monkeys/Curious George? Favors? Monkey Finger Puppets? I would need 8? I can do that!

And suddenly you find yourself with piles of monkey parts and a deep hatred for the colors brown and tan, and the assembly on 7 monkeys to go.

And then, just like all things in life, when you apply yourself and work hard, you finish. They may not be perfect, but they are clearly monkey finger puppets.

All told, I knit: 8 bodies, 8 noses, 8 faces, 8 tails, 16 arms, and 16 ears. Then I sewed them together and embroidered 16 eyes, 16 nostrils, and 8 smile/smirks.

This picture makes me think a bit of "The Birds." Perched monkeys at the park, waiting.

May 12, 2011

Cutie Pie Thursday: Washing Hats

After knitting hats for Sista Cool's new sprout, I had to give them a wash. Stand on the toilet and splash in water? Lincoln was SO there!

Bubbles and Water and Hats, oh my!

Since this momentous event, he has been wandering into the bathroom, throwing his hats in the sink, and saying, "Washa my hats, mom!"

May 09, 2011

Hats for a New Nephew!

A Pumpkin

An Apple (tee-hee)

A Brain Slug?

May 05, 2011

Cutie Pie Thursday: Sanctioned Packing Peanut Fun

Sometimes, I don't think photos need a lot of captions. Here you can follow the journey of Lincoln and a box of packing peanuts. We also discovered they dissolved, leading to some fun times around the sink. Oh, and the last picture? Mama asked him to smile!