Monday, April 30, 2012

Risky Business

Baby Levi is looking to Hollywood for some fashion inspiration.  Recognize this look?

Just channeling a little Tom Cruise!

He did manage to keep his shorts on for church.  But, hey, when you got it, flaunt it, right? 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Someone Gave a Very Boring Talk Today, Apparently

Levi was sick today (and all this week, blerg), so I wrangled the baby on my own at church today.  Luckily, this is what baby Levi did for a significant portion of sacrament meeting:
Best Sunday ever!  I was planning on staying right where I was through the Spanish ward's sacrament meeting, too, if the baby didn't wake up.  I kept that bench to ourselves with a strategic stroller barricade.  He did end up waking up about 15 minutes after our sacrament meeting ended, and was in a calm, happy mood for the next hour.  Counting my many blessings today!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

For The Superfans

Not much to report today.  But if you can't get enough of baby Levi videos, here's one of him dunking his basketball.

I think he's a natural athlete.  When he's not chewing on the ball.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Hungry Man

So, for those of you unfamiliar with baby food, they make these "puffs" for babies that are like little cherrios, except they dissolve quickly in your mouth.  Most babies go crazy for them.  But when I've tried to give them to baby Levi, he would not let me put one in his mouth.  And when I would hand him one, he would just hold on to it until it got mushy and gross.

Well, finally today he figured out what all the fuss was about.  And all of a sudden, he was using both fists to try to shove them in his mouth.

He had a little trouble getting them down the hatch.  When I took the tray off his high chair, they were all over his lap.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Shark Baby

Baby Levi got his first two teeth a few weeks ago!  I've wanted to blog about it, but it's incredibly difficult to get a picture of them.  He's always covering them up with his lizard tongue (seriously, this boy's got a strangely long tongue).  But I finally got a pic where you can kind of see those little shark teeth he keeps biting me with.  Too bad he's a sad baby in this shot.

When he very first got the teeth, he kept delightedly licking them (just like Piper!)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Farnsworth Self-Portrait

My sisters and I always like to take self-portraits with each other.  You know, the kind of pictures where you smoosh your faces close together, hold the camera out in front (stretching your arm as far out as possible), and take an off-kilter photo where your faces look really huge.

Baby and I took some the other day!  I love the middle one because he is making the goofiest face.  Such a funny boy.

Here are some highlights of the Farnsworth girl self-portraits.

 Love us!  :)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

It's Not All About Mama Anymore

Baby Levi has been saying "Dada" for about a week now.  I got a little bit on video, but be warned that A) he mostly whispers it (the sound on your computer isn't at fault, and B) he's wearing his jammies open-chested like Fabio (I'm pretty certain that's how Fabio, and probably David Hasselhoff too, wore their jammies when they were babies).

Saturday, April 21, 2012

8 Months!

Baby Levi turned 8 months old yesterday!
He's now made me happy for about the same amount of time he made me nauseous.  Ha!

In the last month he's popped two teeth, learned to pull up to standing, and now says "Dada."  I can't wait to see what the next month brings.

So proud of my happy, healthy boy!

Friday, April 20, 2012

It's a Rough Job, But Somebody's Gotta Do It

I love my job.  This workweek entailed:

baby beach day,

I know he's not smiling in any of these pictures, but I swear he had fun.
baby picnic,
Levi is in the stripes on the left.
and baby play date.

These pictures are going to be priceless when these two get married.

The boys are always rough-and-tumble together.  Here is where Levi grabbed Liam's hair with both fists.

My new boss is pretty demanding, but it's a great gig nonetheless.  

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I Don't Know If You're Rubber, But I'm Apparently Glue

Today, baby Levi is the magnet, and I am the fridge.

He's literally *clutching* on my leg as I type this.  All twenty-something pounds of him.  #exhaustedmommy

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Red Tent

The latest book I read was for the book club I'm in.  The book is The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.  The book is set in Biblical times, and the narrator is Dinah, only daughter of Jacob/Israel, sister to the brothers who make up the Twelve Tribes of Israel.  The book attempts to retell the stories of the family through the point of view of the women.  The red tent of the title is the women's tent where they retreat from male company during menstrual cycles and childbirth.

While I can't say that I loved the book, I loved reading it because it kept me thinking, questioning, pondering the whole time I read it.  I went to the book of Genesis and the Bible Dictionary over and over again to find out if things in the book really did come straight out of the Bible.  I was so surprised how much of the plot came right out of Genesis.  I definitely felt guilty that I didn't know these stories better.

Diamant wanted to portray famous, Biblical characters as realistic, very flawed individuals.  To me, this was good and bad.  The good was that it gave insight into these people's actions that I hadn't considered before.  For example, I never realized that the sons of Israel came from four different mothers.  The beloved Joseph was the only child of Rachel (until Benjamin much later).  To me, that shed a whole new light on his brothers' jealousy and treatment of him.

However, I couldn't get on board with Diamant's portrayal of the characters' flaws.  If I didn't believe the Bible to be scripture, I probably would not have felt that way.  But knowing that Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph were prophets of God, I just couldn't agree with Diamant's characterization of them and their wives.  Of course they had flaws, were human, made mistakes, but not so deeply as this book made them out.  She painted them so off that there were hardly any redeeming qualities in characters like Issac, Rebecca, the adult Joseph, and even Jacob.

Another thing I didn't like much about the book was, sadly, the main character, Dinah.  I enjoyed the book a lot more when she was living with the whole clan because there was less time to focus on Dinah herself.  When it was all about her, I thought she was dull, and didn't care much what was happening to her.

Also, if you're not a fan of love-at-first-sight, this book will annoy you.  There are too, too many instances of it.

But I recommend reading it if you're familiar with the Bible.  I feel like it's pretty rare to find a book that really makes me think as much as this one did.  And I loved going back to the Bible and rereading (or maybe reading for the first time) these stories in a new light. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Pioneer Children Sang As They Walked... and Walked... and Walked

I have a friend out here who moved to Florida from New York City.  Because she lived in NYC, she is used to walking.  A.  LOT.  We got together recently to take the babies out for a walk, and she wore me out.

But I was very inspired!  So I've been trying to walk a lot more, and a lot farther.  Like Jolee said in her blog, I feel very pioneer-like.

Maybe that's also because I've been walking to an Old West exhibit at the Society of the Four Arts.

Cool, huh?

I don't know if I'll be able to stand all this walking when the summer heat sets in.  But I'm enjoying it right now.

Monday, April 16, 2012

I'm Calling A Foul

Baby Levi figured out how to cheat his basketball hoop.

He knows he can stick his hand in the hoop, push the lever, and get point after point.

Part of me is horrified, but part of me is proud he figured that out on his own!  I think we're going to have our hands full with this little guy.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Just Call Me [Insert Name of Famous Gardener]

I have a green thumb!  Who knew?  Well, maybe that's an exaggeration.  But check out the flowers that I grew from a bulb:

So, truth of the matter is I've been taking care of that plant for three years and this is the first time it has bloomed.  And by "taking care" of it I mean occasionally watering it and bringing it indoors when there are hurricane-force winds.

But it's gorgeous, isn't it?

Friday, April 13, 2012

My One and Only Post About Baby Pee

They say you learn something new every day.

Why did today's "something" have to involve swim diapers and a dress that smelled like baby pee all day?  Yesterday's something involved peanut butter and chocolate chips.

I guess you win some, you lose some.

For those who have not yet learned the swim diaper lesson, don't learn the hard way.  Put the swim diaper on immediately before going in the pool, and not before the baby sits on your lap while you chat with friends.  Otherwise, your cute dress will also smell like baby pee all day.  Thank goodness the only  people I hang out with nowadays are moms, who are very forgiving of baby pee smell.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Just two buddies playing a game of Twister.  Levi wins!
Baby Levi and I go to a picnic with friends every Thursday.  It's great for the baby to watch his friends crawl, to roll around with them, and to work on tummy time.  His buddy Liam is only about two weeks older than him, and they always have a good time together.

Love those pink cheeks!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lee Vye the Science Guy

The babies took over the Science Museum and Planetarium today!

And BOY were the old people mad!!!

I don't have very many pictures because I was holding the baby the whole time.  He had a great time!

Except for the Planetarium.  He wasn't too crazy about the Planetarium.  Probably because it was completely full of mean old people. 

Five of us moms and babies went to the Planetarium show, thinking, "Who else but moms and kids goes to the Planetarium at 2:00 pm on a Wednesday??"  Apparently, the elderly.  And they do NOT like babies talking/playing/crying during their Planetarium show.  Geez.  They kept shushing the babies.  As if that is going to do any good.  And when two of my friends finally left the show, the old fogies applauded.  SO.  RUDE.

I ended up leaving early too, mostly because the old people were stressing me out and I wasn't able to enjoy the show.  We talked to the employees, who were much nicer about everything than the old fogies were.  They gave us free tickets to the next show, which was about bugs and much more kid friendly.

Sidenote:  I did stay long enough to learn where Betelgeuse is located.  Ask Niki how to pronounce that. (Inside joke).
This thing shocked the tar out of baby Levi AND me. Whoa.

The museum had huge aquariums with all kinds of awesome fish.  They had a tank full of sharks, they had scorpionfish, they had baby alligators, they had seahorse, crazy puffers, sting rays, tons of great things.

Baby Levi fell asleep in the bug show, slept on my shoulder as I walked around the museum some more, and didn't even wake up when I put him in his carseat and drove him home.  Science is exhausting!!

This is baby Levi's little friend River.  I adore this picture!

 I hope Levi is a science nerd when he gets older!!  We'll spend a lot of time at the science museum to try and nerd it up this summer.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Things That Go Bump In the Night

I know crib bumpers are controversial now, but I'm glad we have them.  Why?  Because this is how I find my baby  in the morning and after his naps:
He rolls all over his crib now, and plays around before crying or calling out to let me know he's awake.

Compare his size to this picture we took when he was first born:
Sometimes it's hard to believe that's even the same baby!  Love my little (big) man!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy Easter Egg!

We had a great Easter Sunday.  The Easter Bunny did not visit (I think we [I] eat enough sweets as it is without bags of jelly beans lying around the house), but I'm sure next year he'll bring baby Levi an Easter basket.

We went to church and then headed down to Miami to have family dinner with Lexi and Alejandro.

We of course had the Farnsworth family traditional foods (fried chicken and chocolate cake), and also had ham, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, and fruit salad.  We [I] stuffed our faces.

After that we fat-dogged it for awhile, went to the sauna, and played with the baby.
This pose makes me laugh.

And Lexi taught baby Levi to clap!

It was a great day.  I am so thankful for the sacrifice of our Savior, because I know moments like these are not lost.  I know that because of the Atonement and Resurrection I will have my family forever, and that joys like these will only grow throughout eternity.

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 7, 2012


I recently read Swamplandia!, by Karen Russell.  (I love that it has an exclamation mark in the title.)  The Swamplandia! the title refers to is a fictional alligator-based theme park in the swamps of South Florida.  The main characters are three siblings.  Their grandfather was a swindled Northeasterner conned into buying a big plot of Florida swampland to retire to.  When he and his wife discover the swampiness of the land they've bought, they make do, change their names to Sawtooth Bigtree, and open up a alligator-wrestling theme park on the one semi-dry island they own.  Their children and grandchildren grow up on the island, homeschooled and working as performers, janitors, and animal caretakers for Swamplandia! 

The beginning of the book is a lot of fun.  Swamplandia! is a quirky and cheesy tourist trap, but the Bigtree family cherishes it and every creature there (they name every gator they own "Seth," and instead of referring to them as gators call them "the Seths").  Each character has a very distinctive personality, from Sawtooth's son "Chief" to his grandchildren Kiwi, Osceola, and Ava.

However, as the book continues on you realize this is not a cheerful tale of a struggling tourist trap, but a novel on grief.  Chief's wife, the beautiful Hilola Bigtree, recently died of a quick cancer, leaving Kiwi, Osceola, Ava, and the Chief to mourn in their own destructive ways.  Chief refuses to see that Swamplandia! is a lost cause, instead making plans under insurmountable debt to expand the park even though days go by with no customers.  Kiwi escapes the island only to find his upbringing has in no way prepared him for the real world.  Osceola and Ava are abandoned on the island by Kiwi and the Chief, and each suffer their own frightening, tragic, and heart-wrenching ordeals alone that they do not have the maturity to even fully understand.

There were moments towards the end of the book where I literally had to skip over pages because what was happening was so heartbreaking.  But the main narrator, Ava, is too young to really process what she is really going through, and what is happening to her family, which helps to dull the tragedy a little.  If the main character was completely self-aware, the last quarter of the book would be too too sad.

I wish there was more to the ending.  I felt like I needed to know more about what happens to the characters.  But I think that's because the book was so good and the characters felt so real.  I really wanted to see where they end up and what happens to them next.  

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Simple Pleasures

For this little guy, the packaging is usually just as exciting as the present inside.  Thanks for the Easter gifts, Grams and Grandma!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bunny Picnic -- Who Brought the Carrot Cake?

Today was a baby Easter picnic!

You probably saw all these pictures on Facebook, but I wanted to share my favorites.  Look at my little bunny!

Baby Levi's buddy Liam did NOT like his bunny ears!  Sarah had to put them back on after every picture.  Liam was born the same month as baby Levi, and they're just about the same size, too.  It's really cute to see them together.

The mamas got creative with our treats!  I made bunny and duckie chocolate-covered pretzels (thank you Pinterest).

 Bunny Levi was in a weird mood.  He would go from laughing to crying in an minute.  He acted like he wanted to nurse and then wouldn't.  It might be his teeth coming in, or it might be growing pains.

He's a cute bunny bum either way.