Sunday, January 31, 2010
For those of you that don't know her or haven't heard stories about her growing up, she was always a bit mischievous and VERY curious, always dabbling in the unexpected. Like the time I discovered her toothpaste-and-toilet paper sculptures drying on her bathroom windowsill. (A very interesting medium worth trying for any artists out there.) She was always enamored with candle wax and the different shapes and forms you could melt a candle into or what wax would do when poured into different mediums. Like the time she poured the candle wax into the toilet at my house. Why? Who knows! Fast forward 15 years, and we now know she was fine tuning her scientific discovery skills for her life-saving job as an ER nurse practitioner.
I say all this to explain, I think it's strange and unique that I see so much of my cousin's personality in my daughter. I mean, my child is as curious as it comes. Like April, she has no real interest in toys...only the real thing will suffice. (Check out my last blog for some prime examples.) She doesn't name her baby dolls because well, they're not real are they? So the name Baby Doll will do just fine. When she's awake, she NEVER STOPS, and her attention span for something she really could care less about is less than 10 seconds. She must always be the center of attention, and must always be in constant interaction with others in the room. There is no such thing as playing quietly or playing by herself, but especially not both at the same time. Her fascination with all things technology related promises to be VERY expensive in the future, and you never quite know what is going to happen when you leave her alone and things get quiet.
Tell me if this is normal!!! .... The other day I left her downstairs watching her Barney video, like usual, while I put Weston down for his morning nap. I come downstairs expecting her to be laying on the floor like she always is when she is no where to be found. I call her name, to no response, when my eye catches hers from across the room. She is now frozen in position, about to climb down from her booster seat. The look on her face is VERY apprehensive. It's obvious she's waiting to see if she's about to get in trouble. My eye then rests on the filleted Gogurt package laying in front of her, and my jaw drops in amazement. Let me see if I can paint this picture.
While I was putting Weston down for a nap....1) Savannah decided she was hungry and needed a snack. 2)She goes to the freezer (which is on the bottom of our refrigerator) and fishes out a frozen Gogurt. (Which by the way, is an excellent snack--much healthier than a frozen push-pop and not messy at all compared to serving it in its unfrozen state.) 3.) Now faced with the dilemma of opening the Gogurt, she goes to her coloring basket and retrieves her scissors. (These are safe scissors that the two of us have used together on many occasions, and I have full confidence in her scissor-using abilities, or they would not have been stored in a place she could reach.) 4.) She snips off the end of the Gogurt, but is unable to actually push up the frozen yogurt that is inside. (I even have to run it under water for a few seconds before I am able to push it up.) 5.) She pulls a stool over to our silverware drawer and fishes out a fork. (What made her decide to do this? I have no idea.) 6.) She then uses the fork to fillet open the Gogurt down the seem of the plastic packaging on the side, so she in turn is able to dig out the yogurt with her hands and eat it. All while managing not to really make a mess, AND she ate it in the kitchen at her seat at the table.
Seriously?!?!?!?!?! I taught sixth graders that didn't have these kind of problem solving skills!!! So, I'm thinking that if April turned out to be a nurse practitioner, I may have a future surgeon on my hands=) Any suggestions for how to challenge the mind of a child with such fine, tactile motor skills will be greatly appreciated! Because I'm at a loss.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
(Here she is again with Weston chillin' in the foreground doing his thing =)
(And of course when candles weren't good enough, Weston's seat can be entertaining.)(My smiley little man in his BeBe Pod seat.)(Saturday morning we had fun at the dog park then off to Downtown Disney that evening for a memorable dinner at the restaurant T-Rex. Could we have asked for a better table?!? Look at that Triceratops!)(Ok, you know everyone has to do this...)(...and no child, big or small, can resist riding a carousel.)(Sisters=)(Sunday we were able to attend the opening service of Genesis Church where Tim Grandstaff--friend of ours--church planted from our home church of WestRidge Church. Then it was off to Oceola Park for the day. This is a horrible picture of Savannah, but a good shot of our stroller which is AMAZING! I highly recommend this double stroller to anyone with kids close in age--A-M-A-Z-I-N-G--, and well worth every penny. Savannah loves the back seat. Phil & Teds strollers--check it out!)(Weston lovin' his Mama and his second swing ride.)(And here's my little girl, one last time, although she's not lookin' so little in this picture =( She's growing up way too fast--and Joey, I can't think of a better picture to use for your Facebook profile. =)
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
7:50 Go upstairs for new change of clothes only to discover the dogs crapped in the hallway. Weston crying downstairs to be fed, so no time to clean up right now.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
(Christmas morning...yes, me and Savannah had matching PJ's. I couldn't resist...thank you Target!)
(My little bear in his Christmas present=)
Joey is well and ready to take on the world! =) He's got some big goals for this year as he plans on continuing his 4.0 GPA through his MBA courses. He just finished his 3rd class this December--his hardest, most demanding one yet--and came out with an A! I couldn't be more proud of him. He is an awesome example of a godly man, husband, and father.
(Me & my oldest, youngest brother Matthew on Christmas Eve.)
1.) Ok, so the biggest thing in my life right now--other than my two kids, obviously--is training for this 5K. I started to blog about it back the first of November, and I'm still hammering away. Thanks to all my wonderful family and awesome husband for helping me with some much needed gear this Christmas! In case you didn't know, it has gotten COLD here in the South! UnderArmour is a godsend=) (Wish is wasn't so dadgum expensive.)Please pray that I continue to stick with my training plan. I've kinda hit a wall with lack of sleep and just plain exhaustion from all the holiday hooplah. I'm looking forward to getting back into the program, but to be honest, I'm running 3 miles now for my workout, and it's just plain HARD--every time. Please pray for perseverance and endurance. More on this thought in my next blog=)
2.) Side thought #1: I have become a HUGE fan of reusable grocery bags. I still make a run every now and then to get the plastic ones because I need to keep a stock for dirty diapers, but the few bucks you spend to buy a reusable bag goes a long way....AND it makes you feel good to know you're doing something to help the environment=) Instead of hauling 20 plastic bags inside from the car, I can pack the same amount of groceries into just 5 bags! Plus their handles are long enough, you can throw them over your shoulder when you need a free hand.
A.) Buy just one bag every time you check out at a store, anywhere. I have found it only takes maybe 5 good, sturdy bags to do my entire grocery run for the week.
B.) Only buy bags that cost $3 or less, that way if something happens to it, you don't feel stupid for paying a lot of money.
C.) Only buy bags where the strap is sewn all the way into the bag from top to bottom. If you buy a bag like the Walmart reusables, where the strap is only sewn on just at the top, it will break before you get good use out of it. I also prefer bags with a hard, cardboard bottom. So far, the Publix bags are my favorite.
D.) Have fun and pick up different designs and patterns at places like Michael's or Target.
E.) Keep them in the floorboard of your car or in a seat pocket, so you don't forget to use them. F.) Remember to either have your meats bagged in plastic or wash the reusable after carrying meat in it; otherwise you can spread unwanted raw meat germs.
Let me know what "going Green" ideas are your favorites that really work for you without causing your life extra hassle!
3) Side thought #2: I am a HUGE Pampered Chef fan. Their garlic press has been my favorite kitchen utensil for as long as I can remember. You can't beat being able to peel and press your garlic at the same time--no smelly fingers! Until now...my sister just got me a Citrus Press for Christmas that is out of this world! I love fresh lemon, lime, or orange juice in almost everything I cook, but I hate having to juice things by hand. No more! This citrus press literally turns the halves of the fruit inside out as you press it, giving you all the juice and none of the pulp or seeds. Amazing! What is your favorite kitchen utensil, and why? I'm always looking for things to make life easier=)
Oh, where to begin! Something inside this little girl just clicked and set off like a fire cracker the week of Christmas! Her mouth and her feet move non-stop, and suddenly she has decided it is her job to tell EVERYONE what to do. Sheesh! Discipline and teaching manners has become the single most important focus of every day right now, but please keep praying...I have a feeling potty training is close at hand! Fingers crossed! Here are my favorite Savannahisms that must be recorded for posterity's sake....
1) I was leaning over, trying to get Savannah to calm down and be quiet during a rather solemn moment on Christmas Eve. I reached to cup her face and get her attention, but before I could even touch her, she fell down backwards on the floor, and with this look of horror, hurt, and disdain all at once, she proclaimed for all who could hear, "No knocka me down, Mommy!" She then proceeded to turn to her Aunt Emmie and announce, "Mommy pusha me down." I promise you! I never touched the little drama queen!
(Joey captured the look on her face right before she accused me of pushing her down.)
3)Savannah loves baby dolls. She got 4 for Christmas and loves playing with all of them. I dug out an old Vera Bradley purse of mine that is the same pattern as the diaper bag I tote around. I filled this purse with all the baby doll essentials--bottles, pacis, diapers, and blankies. Savannah is thrilled to have a purse just like Mommy. She even stomped (literally) around Kroger with me the other day on a quick grocery run, insistent upon carrying her baby and her new purse with her all by herself. There wasn't a face in that store that didn't smile from ear to ear at her!
2) Weston has become a pro at bouncing in his bouncy seat. One night, he was really going to town. Savannah ran over next to him and started jumping up and down with him. They were both cackling hysterically, when Savannah abruptly stopped, turned to me, and in her most state-of-fact voice told me, "Need go get camra, Mommy. Tate piture me an Wesson." Yes ma'am!
4) "Mom an Dad, play games wi me." Hungry Hungry Hippo and Memory--two classics we can't escape these days. How do you say no to such a sweet little voice? Besides, the day will come too soon, when I will want to play games with her, and she won't be interested in my attention, so I will play while I have the chance, and she still wants me around.
5) She surprised us both the other night when she pretended, exactly the way she should pretend, that she was putting contacts in her eyes while in the bathtub. She even told Joey she "need put in her contacts." The irony--neither I nor Joey wear contacts!!! I will give either Joey's mom, Patti, or my mom credit for this one. My mom said it was about a month ago--the last time Savannah saw her do this. So much for short-term memory! Oh be careful what you say and do; little eyes are always watching you.
I believe Weston is finally well! We haven't been to church or Savannah to school for the last three weeks, so that's probably why, but I'm enjoying two healthy, happy kids for the time being=) Weston is a chunk! Fitting perfectly into his 9 month clothing at coming up on 5 months, and already starting to wear his 12 month clothing. He is a handsome, smiley little boy. So sweet and gurgly these days. He coos, and laughs, and squeals at Savannah, which I LOVE!
He started eating cereal the week after Thanksgiving and has progressed quite rapidly into pears, bananas, and sweet potatoes. He still prefers his bottle the most, but he tolerates all the other food I try to get down him. If I don't, I promise you, he will eat me out of house and home in formula! Right now, he eats three meals a day consisting of 1/4c. cereal, 1 1st foods container of baby food, and about 4oz. formula. This does not include the 4-6 oz. he will down before each nap or the 6-8oz. he will put down before bedtime!!! Good gracious, that's A LOT of food!
Now that he's eating solid food, he doesn't spit up quite as much, so I've been able to let him spend more time on his tummy. He's a little behind on the game and hasn't rolled himself over yet, but he tries real hard. He hasn't gone from tummy to back yet without help, but he can roll himself onto his side from his back. I'm hopeful he will get it eventually. He's got to get strong enough to move around his big 'ole body!
THE NEW YEAR
1). New Year's Eve was spent at the Chick-fil-A Bowl with my hubby and brother Matt and wife Emily. We had a great time watching drama unfold when these two college-aged Tennessee fans refused to sit down about three rows in front of us. They were literally the ONLY two people standing for about 10 sections of the dome that I could see. I thought the people around me were going to cuss them out of the stadium. The two obnoxious kids did their fair share to cuss right back until a stadium worker came and sat them down. Geez...we also enjoyed the view of the guy's butt crack right in front of us every time he stood up. I mean, come on! Don't people know what boxers are for? Or at least how to use a belt properly?
The game was fun and afterwards we all rang in the new year playing some pool at Gordon Biersh in midtown with some of Emily's friends that let us crash their get together. A sackfull of Krystals were downed around 2am, then off to home for 4 hours of sleep before the kiddos woke up. I'm still playing catch up on that sleep=) It was good to get out though and much fun was had by all!
2.) Songs that got me through 2009: (I like that my sister included this on her blog...I always enjoy finding new music to add to my iPod=)