seemed like a good idea at the time

So, the big boy likes to throw things. A lot. In the house. Big things, little things, hard things, soft things. You get the idea. In efforts to minimize destruction and hold on to what little sanity I have left, I figured I should give him something appropriate for indoor tossing. Specifically, bean bags.

These would be easy and quick with stash fabric, but I took an even easier route and bought a cute charm pack from Walmart. No cutting! Just slap two 5″ charms right sides together and sew around the perimeter, leaving an inch gap for turning. Turn right side out forming a bag. Fill each bag with some small dried beans using a funnel or paper cone. I used dried split peas, because they were the cheapest, two 16oz bags of peas filled 8 bags. Top stitch the perimeter, as close to the edge as you can, closing the opening. I used the straight stretch stitch, for added durability. The simple straight stitch just looked a little weak (see the pic below).

This really works best (read: fastest) when completed in assembly line fashion. Sew all the pairs together, then turn and fill them, then topstitch each, closing the opening. Done.

bean bag
seam (1/4") around perimeter, leaving opening for turning
bean bag
turn right-side out
bean bag
add dried beans
bean bag
fill to about 2/3 full
bean bag
clean up spilt beans
bean bag
sew around perimeter, closing opening
bean bag
voila
bean bag
full o' beans

There are probably 1,000 prettier tutorials on the web for this. It’s so easy. I finished 8 bags in under 2 hours. Probably in an hour, I wasn’t paying attention.

Well now we have these so we can redirect the boy – “Don’t throw that in the house. Throw your bean bags.” And that’s cool. But (and you experienced parents saw this a mile away, I’m sure) now we need to figure out how to get him to throw them at an appropriate target. Strangely, a bean bag to the side of the head can be startling. Sigh.

In summary, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

of teeth and bicycles

Don’t worry. It’s not what you think.

1. Kellan has his first tooth. You can’t actually see it in photo or video, but trust me it’s there.

kellan robert
you can't see my tooth

2. Liam has his first bicycle.

Liam gregor
assembly
liam gregor
lance armstrong, watch out.
liam gregor
ring my bell
liam gregor
i got this

already?

Kellan is 6 months old. Actually, Kellan was 6 months old last Friday. So, now he’s approaching 6 months + 1 week. Regardless, he IS awesome.

kellan robert
yeah. i'm 6 months old.

At his checkup, he weighed in at 19 pounds and 3 ounces (one pound heavier than Liam was at his 6 month checkup), which lands him in the 80s percentile-wise. He’s sitting unassisted with the occasional topple. He’s rolling over front to back and back to front. He’s eating yogurt and cereals and starting to drink water from a sippy cup. He loves his jumperoo. He thinks his big brother is the funniest show in town. And (this may be mommy’s favorite trick) he sleeps in his own room! Whew.

kellan robert
you so funny!

Kellan is just as cute as a button and so quick with a smile. And his cheeks are delicious. And he doesn’t miss a trick.

kellan robert
hmmmm....

Big brother is doing well too. His teachers tell me that he’s a “busy” kid. That’s to say that he is always doing something. Though Liam still likes his trains and trucks and dinosaurs, these days it’s all about dragons. We watch “How to Train Your Dragon” a few times a week. We pretend every stick we find outside is a dragon. We fly like a dragon. DRAGONS, people, dragons. He’s communicating so well it’s scary. He likes trying on new words and we are now “mom” and “dad” at least as often as mommy and daddy. He’s imaginative and clever and, well, busy.

liam gregor
this is "something"

 There’s a lot of fun in our house these days and a little more sleep these nights. After a rough start to the year, things are looking up (and up and up and up). I’m starting to think we just might make it.

liam gregor and daddy
i love my daddy.