Tuesday, April 30, 2013


So Finn is recently obsessed with the word, "two".  Perhaps you didn't know, but "two" refers to any number larger than one.
I think this all began with the arc that Finn got as a gift, which he spends many an hour playing with, identifying the pairs of animals - one, two. One, two. One, two. But now, "two" has taken on the meaning of two, three, four...basically anything more than one.
Every day, we walk down the road to visit the "buck bucks" (man, there are already a lot of quotation marks in this post and it's only three sentences long). Buck bucks are chickens, and one of the women who works at Finn's daycare owns them (name: Missy. Finn calls her Dizzy) so we feel comfortable wandering down into their back yard and visiting. Oftentimes, we stay for 15-20 minutes, just watching the chickens. We plan to get some next spring, so it's good practice for both Finn and for our dog, Nugget, to get used to having them around.
Missy has eight chickens, and oftentimes, I count them for Finn. Some are usually in the henhouse, others in their run, and still others who are outside of their fenced-in area, wandering around the yard. So we count the chickens in the different areas...one, two, three, four, five, six, seven eight. Or at least that's what I say. Finn, on the other hand, says "two, two, two, two, two, two, two, two" in the same tone of voice I use when I count.
This past weekend, we had a birthday party for a friend and got a dozen balloons. This was the first time we got to see Finn get excited about a balloon (AKA "boon"), and he was thrilled to have them tied everywhere - inside and out. "Boon out-ide" was the refrain of the day as he went in and out pointing out the balloons hanging in different places.
We do point out a lot of things that there are two of - eyes (particularly since we got smacked with a case of pink eye this weekend - there's been lots of talk of eyes), ears, arms, hands, etc. Finn's also recently discovered elbows, which he likes to make us show him by bending our arms and pointing them at him so he can gently tough them, grin, and say, "elbow!" He requires one to take the elbow out of any shirt so he can see it bare, however, which sometimes requires some level of undress to occur before he is satisfied.
And speaking of undress...Chad has two tattoos and I have three, and Finn has recently discovered them. TA-too, he demands, and we adjust our clothing accordingly to reveal our TAtoos to the little tyrant :)
This is one of those things I can't imagine myself ever getting sick of. He's just so darn cute and it's so one of those little things that I'll want to remember when he grows up and discovers three, four, and five.
Two - in just about two months, he'll be two. Hard to imagine - two years old and a big brother.  Times they are a-changin'...

Friday, April 5, 2013

tee too

This is just one of those things that if I don't write down, I may forget, and that would be terrible...

The first in what I'm sure will be come a running list:
Things Finn is doing right now that are TOTALLY awesome.

1. Tee Too
This is "thank you" in Finn language. He uses it almost to a fault, saying it when it's not exactly necessary, but still so darn cute we can't help but say, "you're welcome". Our favorite story about "tee too" is when he wakes up in the night. He normally just needs a quick adjustment to get back to sleep - either he's lost his sheep, or uncovered himself, or mysteriously ventured to the farthest reaches of his crib. He goes from fussing and not-quite-awake to comfy and snug in just a matter of moments and - without fail - says "tee too" to whomever has readjusted him. Totally makes getting out of my nice warm bed totally worth it.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

some new kicks.

Oh, I do realize how ridiculous this is, but it makes me so happy that I had to share. I am a big, big fan of Chucks from "back in the day", so popping these on Finn's little feet gives me a great deal of joy. He loves them, too, which makes it all the more satisfying (it might just be that they're red, but I like to think that his fashion sense is already blossoming). They're just a smidge big for him now - perfect for summer, so we have to keep them out of sight, otherwise he'll insist (as only Finn can inisist) on wearing them.

Seeing his made me bust mine out, too - ah memories...so glad these have never gone out of style. Not that it would really matter.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Oh for goodness sakes, I just realized I haven't updated you about baby number 2 yet - silly me :)

A couple of weeks ago, my mom, my husband, Finn, and I traipsed over to find out who we'll be welcoming into our family in July, and we are very pleased to report that it looks like little MISS Crossman-King will be arriving to complete our family.

We are totally thrilled to know that a daughter is headed our way, and Finn is going to be an awesome big brother. He's already saying "baby", and pointing to my belly and has just begun giving my belly kisses, which is just about the most adorable and hilarious thing ever, especially since he insists on kissing the absolute center of my belly button.

I'm feeling great and think that I've officially "popped" in the last few weeks, so it's nice to look down and see evidence of the awesomeness to come (not to mention the bumps and blips that are becoming stronger by the day).

Since we're in the unique situation of living on an island, we have a pretty good idea of how many students will be in her class, and it looks like there will be eight girls and two boys so far. What an interesting dynamic that will be after a class with four boys and two girls! I'm hoping they'll all be best friends, rather than engaging in the cattiness that can characterize girl relationships sometimes. Being in the school these past couple of months has really opened my eyes to those characteristics, something I can choose to worry about now or just revel in ruffle bum tights (I've decided on the latter).

We've got a couple of name ideas so far, but nothing official yet. I think we're going to wait to meet the little miss before making a decision. I'm just slightly worried that one of the other expectant moms may be thinking of a similar name, but I guess we'll just wait and see!

This is just going to be amazing/terrifying/overwhelming/life-changing and I cannot wait! Well, that's not true. I'll be very happy to wait until July. I've got a few things to do until then!  :)

Monday, April 1, 2013


My goodness, what a glorious weekend.

It was the first time so far this season that we got to really spend time outside, starting with firing up the grill on Friday afternoon for some pizza with friends, continuing through the weekend to tons of yard work, an impromptu canoe ride (Finn's first!), and picnic outside on the deck. Glorious.

(unfortunately, the only apparatus I had with us is our video camera, so you'll have to take my word for it).

April has fooled us once again, though, with a rainy, cloudy, gray morning, but I'm still warm from the weekend. Come on, spring!