I couldn’t resist…

Merry Christmas everyone. I just had to post the picture of Rachel that I photoshopped last week. It’s nowhere near perfect because I didn’t really take my time with it, but it’s funny nonetheless.

I call it Rockin’ Rachel…

Just for comparison, here is the original. You can see why I had to do what I did…it was an appropriate extension.

I got yer Christmas card…RIGHT HERE!

Because we’re procrastinators around the Laleman household, the reality of the situation is that none of you will likely be getting a Christmas card from us in the mail.

We’d love to mail them out, seriously, but there’s just so much other stuff to do.

So in the interest of saving all of us a lot of screaming and wondering just where that Laleman Christmas card is, here are a couple of choices for you to print out and put on your mantle.

We might, and I stress the word might here, get around to taking some family Chirstmas photos later this week, and if we do, I’ll post additional Christmas card choices here.

Month Six

Dear Rachel,

Today you turn half a year old.

Your half-birthday is also the exact same day as your Grandpa Rick’s birthday.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

This past month, you started holding on to your bottle almost all the time when you eat. We can even put you in your car seat, give you your bottle, and let you eat all by yourself. The only time we have to help you out is when you get close to being finished, because you have a little trouble turning the bottle up enough to get the last ounce or so.

The eating solids thing, though, has taken a turn for the worse. You used to concentrate on eating, but now, you’re just so happy that we’re giving you food, and so distracted by everything around you, it’s almost impossible to keep anything in your mouth. We’ll put a spoonfull in, you’ll smile and start talking, and it will all run out. It makes feeding you very frustrating.

Something that’s very exciting for us is that you’ve started to sit up on your own. You’re still getting the hang of it, but you can certainly balance yourself. We can put you in a chair or on the couch, and as long as you have some support behind you, you can sit up on your own for quite a while.

You’re very interested in your world and will reach out to touch new things. You really seem to love the remote control and the calculator. It makes you fall over when you’re sitting up, but it’s great that you’re exploring so much. I just wish you wouldn’t explore everything with your mouth.

You also figured out in the past month how to turn over from your front to your back, which is a huge relief for your mom and I since we don’t have to flip you back over when you get frustrated or tired of being on your tummy. You just do it yourself.

The next big thing for you is going to be crawling. We’ve seen you trying in the past week. When you’re on your tummy, and there’s something you want that just out of reach, you’ll stretch out toward it, and pull your knees up under yourself and try to push and pull yourself toward whatever it is you want.

We’re excited that this month will be your first Christmas. I can’t wait to see how you react to the Christmas tree. We went out to eat with some of Mommy’s co-workers the other night and you loved looking at all the decorations at the resturant. It should be fun to see what you do with wrapping paper. I’m sure you’ll probably try to eat it.

So that’s it. We’re through the first six months. Every day, you’re growing and learning, and as always, I can’t wait to see what the next month will bring.


It’s beginning to look a lot like…

…the midwest.

OK, maybe not, but we did have sleet yesterday.

Of course, it was 40 degrees outside, but it still freaked out the natives.

I was off for the day because our sitter’s husband just arrived back from Iraq and she had gone up to Ft. Hood to pick him up. I had gone to visit some friends and found out it was sleeting around 3:00. We got on the road at about 3:30 and it took us an hour to get home.

No accidents, just slow.

As I was driving through our neighborhood, I noticed that all of the roofs had ice in the valleys. It was a pretty odd thing to see in south Texas.

Catching up with the Lalemans

It’s amazing how quickly time flies by when you don’t have much of it to spare.

It doesn’t seem like it’s been a week and a half since I last updated the old Laleblog. I can also see that I need to update the banner, because it’s December and, well, it’s not November anymore. And that’s November’s banner up there.

So what have we been up to since our warm and sunny Turkey Day?

Freezing our butts off.

It got incredibly cold (for San Antonio) last week, and so we’ve been conserving energy and staying warm. And shopping. Without much success, at least on my part.

Actually, we have been pretty busy. The day before Thanksgiving, we decided to take the plunge and buy laminate floors for our living room and (we thought) dining room. The day after Thanksgiving, we rested, then Saturday, I started taking our the existing flooring.




Those first two pictures are from the realtor posting, so that’s not our furniture, but all of the tile in those pictures was scheduled to come out. The third picture, you can see how ugly the carpet was.

So anyway, Saturday morning, bright and early, I pulled out the carpet in the living room and hallway. It took all of 20 minutes. After Monica got up and left with Rachel, I started taking out the tile.

It took me the rest of the day.

To do a little patch by our back door, maybe 15 square feet total, took me almost 3 hours. That’s when I decided a bigger slegehammer might be helpful. The part by the fireplace took about the same amount of time despite being a much bigger area. The 10 pound slegehammer took care of most of the work, until it broke.

That’s right, I broke a slegehammer taking out tile.

Of course that made the decision not to take the tile out of the dining room that much easier to make.

On Sunday, I started laying out the moisture barrier, which took most of the morning.



Because of the 45 degree angled walls in our living room (our house has all kinds of strange angles), the first part of the laminate required lots of cutting. By Sunday evening, I had about 1/4 of the floor done.


It took me until Wednesday before I finished, and I had to take 1/2 day off work to get it done. We still have transition pieces and baseboards to put in, but the floor is done. I don’t have a good picture of it yet becase we moved the furniture back in the room and it’s still a bit of a mess.

It looks nice though, so chalk up another home improvement project as a success. There’s plenty to do in this house, and I’m looking forward to working on it and making it our own.

I took this weekend off to just spend time with the family and attempt to shop for Christmas presents. Next weekend I’m going to tackle the Christmas decorations.