Monday, November 22, 2010

Pumpkin Fun

A little late for Halloween pictures but better late than never. Our second annual pumpkin family picture. Below was our outfits for the ward Halloween party. The dragon, the damsel in distress and her knight. The party was late and Tommy didn't have too much fun until he realized that people were giving out candy. He stole a whole cookie from the cake walk table and was happy as could be dancing and eating his prize.

Tommy's Favorite Things

Tommy is now a year and a half and I haven't written in forever! Being busy isn't a good excuse but it's the only one I have.
To catch up here's a list of Tommy's favorite things:
  • Talking on the phone. The other day I called and Tommy answered the phone and talked to me for three whole minutes before anyone realized what he was doing.
  • Talking on the calculator. This goes along with the first. He thinks it's a phone and will put it up to his ear and talk. Or he pulls out the buttons.
  • Talking on the remote. Not only does he turn on and off the TV with the remote but he talks on it as if it is a phone. See the first one.
  • Coloring. He all of a sudden enjoys coloring. His favorite color is purple. He takes both of the purple crayons in his hands and only uses those two.
  • Shaking his head no. This is a favorite especially when we're trying to see what he wants to eat.
  • All done. Doesn't matter what he's doing but if he's sick of it he lifts up his hands and says 'all done' and expects to be done. He was doing this over and over again on the airplane while crying...
  • Shoes. He has always liked shoes and is very good about putting them on because that means he gets to go...
  • Outside. This I think is still his favorite thing/word. This was the first one that he learned besides mommy and daddy.
  • Cars. He loves to drive cars. He loves keys and will not settle for toy keys. If you ask him what sound a car makes he makes a revving the engine sound.
  • Computers and all things technology. Tommy will climb on the table to his daddy's laptop and press the keys and move the mouse until we come and get him.
  • Raisins. They make him happy. I can't stand them, but he enjoys them. If he's fussy just give him a small box and he's happy for at least another 10 minutes.
That's about all I can remember right now. This list is ever changing just as Tommy is.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Nosy Neighbor

Our next door neighbor's son has a dog who sometimes visits. It's a little yappy dog that is more scared of Tommy than vice versa. The other day we were outside and we saw the dog's nose through a small hole in the fence. Tommy then went over and peeked through. Adorable.

Red, White, Black and Blue

Our Fourth of July was relatively quiet except that Tommy took a fall the night before (no stitches thankfully). Five minutes later he was running around the living room screaming for fun as usual.
That wasn't about to stop us from having fun though!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

John's Potty Adventure

Yes, that is Tommy on his potty eating, what else?, toilet paper. For the past two days Tommy has been peeing in the toilet after he wakes up in the morning. Then, after he drinks his bottle he slips off somewhere in the house to be alone and 'squat.' John decided that Tommy would squat on the potty chair this morning. He sat Tommy down for a few minutes and nothing happened so John put Tommy in the bath. After a few minutes of playing he squatted again. Back on the chair and still nothing. Finally after several iterations of this John caught Tommy as something fell out of his back-side onto the rug... Still Tommy went poop in the potty chair! John was so excited after that he bounced Tommy up and down then went to wipe him. Next time John will wipe first as he found yet another present on the ground, this time with his slipper...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tommy's Big Day

Yesterday Tommy was 13 months old and we celebrated one year in our home. I know it's been a while since my last post. That's a combination of vacation, work and home improvements. Tommy walks all over and babbles to himself. He even learned how to point and now thinks that whatever he points at he will get. Somehow every time he doesn't get it he's still disappointed.

A few weeks ago John recognized that Tommy wakes up with a wet diaper and then after he's changed, Tommy poops. John, not liking to change poopy diapers, decided we should get a potty chair. So, for the past week Tommy sits on the toilet for a couple minutes each morning.

This morning when John picked up Tommy there was pee in the potty!!! John praised Tommy and even rewarded him with a mini-Reeces PB cup. John was so excited that he called me at work and it made my day.

I know it was most likely an accident, however, Tommy went pee in his potty at 13 months old!

Great job Tommy! We love you!!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Tulips and Happiness

This spring I had a very plesant surprise. Gorgeous tulips blossomed in my front yard, red by the driveway and yellow by the house. We couldn't resist the beautiful backdrop.
Tommy first tried to grab the tulips by the rock, so we gave him one instead. I had the hardest time getting it in his hand as he just wanted to eat it. Thankfully we got a handsome picture of him before he decided to taste the tulip.
"She loves me, she loves me not...."
Apparently they don't taste too yummy.She loves me!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Easter Pictures

Tommy got an adorable outfit for Easter so we decided that we needed to take some pictures. Thankfully he was in a pretty good mood.

During October General Conference Sunday morning session Tommy crawled for the first time. We thought it would be really fun if he started to walk during the April General Conference. More because it would be a really easy way to remember than us actually wanting him to walk.

Tommy is really really close to walking so we thought we'd give it a try. He is very good at standing and has taken a couple steps on his own. So we tried to encourage him to walk this past weekend, but he just wasn't in the mood. Instead he got a new tooth! What a nice Easter present. His other top tooth is close behind, but not quite there yet. He'll be 11 months next week and only has three teeth!

Now that General Conference is passed we are NOT encouraging Tommy to walk. He already gets into enough trouble as is. What a little ham!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Time To Go

Every year for Thanksgiving or Christmas we put together movies. This is the movie from this last year. It's noticably shorter than any previous years, but it's still lots of fun. I tried to post it a long time ago, but for some reason it didn't work. After posting that last video John suggested that I post this one too. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sock Attack

We were folding laundry and Tommy came crawling in the room. John dropped a handful of socks on Tommy's head and Tommy looked up at me with a frozen surprised look on his face. He was waiting to see my response, so I laughed and he laughed. This is the result.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mrs. Wolfgramm goes to Washington

I'm in Washington DC right now with Clean Energy America to engage in discussion on how nuclear power is a Clean, Reliable and Affordable source of energy for this nation's future. It has been a very fun and interesting trip. We have done several radio and one panel discussion at Georgetown University. That was a very interesting event with me and Timpla, the other speaker, who are vounteers, an ex-navy nuke and then two professional anti-nuclear experts. Again, very interesting.

I'm having a wonderful time and will get to spend this evening and tomorrow with Stephanie and her fiance, Dave. I do miss Tommy and John tons!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

9 Months and one Week!

Tommy is now as old as long as he was in my belly. What a difference 9 months has made! This is a picture from last weekend. It was his first time on the grass since he was only a few months old. He didn't move. Too scared to crawl, but he still enjoyed eating the outdoors!

I don't know what it is with babies/kids and technology, but Tommy loves my cell phone. I had put it on my purse and my purse on a chair in the kitchen. Tommy comes crawling into the office with my cell in his hand and a HUGE guilty smile on his face.
We got Tommy this walker a while ago and he doesn't like sitting in it as much as he likes standing on the edge.
Tommy had an early birthday present last night, or should I say his mommy got an early birthday present. His Aunt Maren and cousin Deric brought over several boxes of toys! (His other cousin, Jocelyn was sleeping in the car). As you can see below, Tommy was in toy heaven! We surrounded him in the toys and he didn't move. He also got a large box of books too! Tommy loves the toys and thanks Deric and Jocelyn for sharing their toys with him!

I could not get a picture of Tommy looking, he was too busy showing off his new toys to Deric. Thank you Kevin, Maren, Deric and Jocelyn!

Thursday, February 11, 2010


About two years ago now, actually very close to two years ago b/c it was on my birthday, all the girls in our family got together to learn how to make Grandma Angeline (Paoli) Paulson's Ravioli. It was a wonderful weekend, and now after two years I finally made them for myself. Believe me, it was MUCH easier to make with 7 women.

It took me all morning, with Tommy, to make the filling. Then in the afternoon I filled the ravioli. As I was making them John started to say something but then stopped after the third word. He said, "There are so..." many other things you could do with your time. I knew exactly what he was going to say, I just looked at him and said that he doesn't understand and couldn't understand.

I'm Italian, I enjoy cooking. I like being able to serve a good meal that people enjoy. Right now I feel like I'm so busy working and going to school that it's not often that I get a chance to be a housewife and cook! (Dishes weren't done until the next day...)Here's a picture of the first bunch I made. I had to wait until the next day to make any more b/c it did take all day to do. They were very yummy. The couple we had over John and I know the husband for work. The wife is vegetarian, so I was able to experiment with cheese and spinach ravioli stuffing. They were very yummy. I also made Gargonzola sauce which was very delicious.

You can tell that the cheese ravioli is on the left because it flattened out and didn't keep it's shape as well as the meat ones did. Although Tommy didn't get to eat the ravioli, he did have some meat and spaghetti baby food. He obviously enjoyed it!

This is one of the few times when you can tell that Tommy has eyebrows, when they're filled with food!

We also enjoyed ravioli with John's parents, brother and sis-in-law two nights later and there are about 12 in the freezer. I think it will be a while before I make them again, but they sure are yummy.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

New Stage in Tommy's Life

I'm kind of playing catch up with a bunch of pictures. At least these are all in the last month. This week my professor cancelled class so I have gotten more done after work this week than I have since long before Tommy was born.

If you look closely in this picture you can see Tommy's first black eye! What a shiner! John felt so bad for Tommy that he let tommy eat a candy cane. He sure loves his daddy after that one!

Just a cute family picture.

John and Tommy decided to trade thumbs for a little while.
This next picture may seem a little strange but I am proud of it.

It's a picture of my in-law's freezer. The bags are all filled with milk, breast milk to be specific, 6-7 oz per bag. I think there are 55 bags in that picture, 55 bags x 6 oz/bag = 330 oz breast milk!
I do have to note that these are all Lansinoh bags and I am VERY DISAPPOINTED! Several of these bags have leaked while they were defrosting in my fridge. What a COMPLETE WASTE of my milk!
Last week, January 27th was the day that I stopped pumping, I was down to only once a day, I had last nursed him that weekend, the 24th. Interestingly enough, that first day I stopped pumping was the day that his two bottom teeth broke through!

Tommy is now officially weaned, although I'm not sure if that's the best thing to call it. Tommy has been fine with a bottle since he was a few days old. He didn't care that his mommy wasn't attached to the nipple as long as it gave him milk. (Yes, I know, that is a very Betty thing to say).
Overall breastfeeding Tommy was a wonderful experience. Tommy didn't have any problems latching on and eating at the start. I didn't have any issues with cracked nipples or anything of that sort. Work was a little of a hassle pumping twice a day, but it was kind of nice b/c I did some reading during that time... And I was able to store up a ton, 330 oz to be exact, of milk for Tommy to have after I was finished. I enjoyed the bonding Tommy and I got from it and I know that he enjoyed pulling my hair and grabbing at my earrings while feeding.
Tommy has reached the end of infancy. He has teeth and can chew through just about anything, or so it seems.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

John on TV!

How often is it that a short home movie made with your brother gets you on the television? I heard about a contest on the radio to make a short commerical to promote getting screened for cancer about a million times from October to December. I initally thought John would do a great job, but being in school left him no time. I heard it again after Christmas and decided that since John was on Christmas break I'd make him do it. A very wise decision. Don't try, can't win.

Deadline was Dec. 31st and John and Jay filmed it on Dec. 30th and John edited it. We basically forgot about it until John got an email saying he'd won the contest, since they couldn't reach him on the cell phone, common problem. On Friday, Jan. 22nd, John was on the local news and today, Sunday, his commercial aired on local television! It was very fun b/c we had no idea when it would be on.

If you want to see the video here's the link:

Oh, and the best part. John won $2500! Who knows, this could be his lucky break! ;)