Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Do I dare call it that... I hope not!
It seems our family has carried on with a tradition that unfortunately started last Christmas....
After a call at 8:30 am (soon as the office opened) to my pediatrician's office, we got an appt at 8:45 am - you should have seen me booking it over there. I was just glad to get in asap on Christmas eve! Megan politely started coughing and wheezing - so we are on the nebulizer AND on steriods again... OH NO! They said it was probably her reactive airway responding to the cold....We have a flight coming up and I'm now really concerned about flying with a toddler who's on steriods. UGH.
Then came the ear check......
The conversation went like this...
DR: Oh, that is a really bad looking ear, it's extremely infected.
ME: Oh, I was really worried about that left ear.
DR: Well that was the right ear, let me check the left one.
ME: Last week she was pulling at that right ear and I was worried it was infected, but then she stopped so I chalked it up to teething. So it is infected - great.... Yesterday evening she was having a fit about her left ear. That was the main reason we came in.
DR: That's because it is worse than the right one. It's really really really bad. If you hadn't come in, you'd probably be in the ER with a ruptured ear drum.
ME: Great - where do I pick up my parent of the year award?
Merry Christmas Eve everyone!
May you have an antibiotic, steriod and nebulizer free Christmas!
In class, she'll hang from the uneven and parallel bars - just hang there and pull her legs up and point them straight in front of her. It's pretty amazing I must say. Last week one of the teachers swung her in that position and Megan never let go - she loved it! (Not only does she have great arm strength, she's also a hanger... some climb, Megan will hang onto anything - side of a table, tree branch, you name it).
Tom really got a taste of her arm strength when he tried to pick her up at lunchtime. Megan wasn't ready to eat and wanted to sit and read in her chair a little while longer.... Note that grasp she has on the chair as it hangs in the air below her....
Of course, at first she was upset, but once the camera came out - she realizes she was cute and put on the smile.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
She loves to watch me cook....
Megan likes to be in on the action. No matter what I'm doing, she always has recommendations as to how to make it better. She'll walk up, grab my legs, demand to be held up (or want to drag a chair over), and then the "help" arrives... She has a good helpful vocabulary when it comes to the kitchen.... It goes something like this:
stir, cut, spoon it, cook, beep beep (that's Meganese for microwave), light, oven...
She has a hard time understanding why some things go on the stove to cook, and some go in the oven.
All that said... you'd think I actually cooked a lot. Yeah, not so much I have to say. I'm trying to do better and manage my time better - but it's a struggle. Especially with my little helper always on my heels. The first sound of a pan and she's in there. Makes cooking a little challenging.
Monday, December 22, 2008
From all of Joy's dancing and moving Christmas decorations, this carousel was one of her favorites. The stairs were lined with them (each horse a little different), and she checked out each one.
And not to mention the giant nutcracker.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Head to the zoo - of course!I have to say I've never gotton there when it opens (ok, let's be real - we were late). I loved it. All the animals are right there to greet you. Megan walked right up to the fence and turned to me, pointed and said.... "Nigh no" - which is Meganese for "Rhino." We have so many animal books and she loves them, but I didn't even know she knew the word Rhino, let alone identify him. Love that little girl!!!
We met up with some friends and had a blast....
Megan was excited to see many of her little boyfriends - especially Jackson (who she calls Jack jack) and Will.
And this was my sweet pea about 3 minutes after driving out of the zoo, she was trying to keep her eyes open and talk to me, but lost the battle before we were even on the expressway to go home. AND... I must say, the zoo was a good trip - that pumpkin slept for 3 1/2 hours today. WooHoo!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Today was their Christmas party so family was invited to watch them in their class. So adorable! It's a really neat dance school. It's Christian oriented with a motto of Discipling through Dance. As they teach the kids, there is also character development going on. For example, in the video at the end, they are learning to skip and they go in pairs - the rest of the kids have the job of being encourager's (and the song they use is about encouragement). It's really cute to see the kids learning skills while praising God.
Megan loved all the dancing. She really wanted to get down and join them. At one point they were on the floor doing some foot exercises and practicing foot movements and Megan was kicking me as she tried to imitate what they were doing. It was painfully sweet.
The girls did such a great job (way to go Anna!) and didn't seem to be overwhelmed by the parents and grandparents (and aunt and cousin). They end the class with a dance of praise and worship. As the teacher described to the parents.... with the classes, sometimes as the girls get older they lose the joy of just dancing because they want to be told what to do and are used to moves being choreographed. So they end all their classes by turning off the lights and letting the girls have their own song to dance however they want to Worship the Lord. You'll see it at the end of the video clip - it was precious.
Now I just wish this place wasn't so far away so that one day Megan could go there.... I'll have to start looking around for something similar.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Do you know who these "folks" are??????
It's Loonette and Molly from the Big Comfy Couch.
Still don't know who they are? Check them out here on The Big Comfy Couch YouTube link.
We randomly happened upon an episode (12:00 on PBS) one day when I needed a minute to get Megan's lunch fixed... Let's just say, Megan is a HUGE Molly fan (that's the dolly). She could start her own "Molly Fan Club." We usually aren't around a tv to watch it so it's rare for her to see an episode (although I did just find it on our free on-demand shows), but she's soaked up what she has seen and remembers it very vividly!
For example... tonight we went out to dinner with my family after our church Christmas Concert (I forgot the camera and missed her excitment as she saw Daddy on stage). The restaurant we went to had a huge couch. Megan climbed up on it and started trying to pull something out of it (there was nothing in the couch). But on The Big Comfy Couch, that's where Loonette stores all her stuff. Megan was digging under the cushions asking for a book. I was so confused until she started babbling about Molly. Then I realized she was looking for a book the way that Loonette looks for a book.
How stinkin cute is that!?!?
Also reminds me that she is a sponge right now and is remembering a lot more than I would give her credit for. What a fun time to watch her grow!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
This week we had the pleasure of watching Lynley for a bit - and Megan was beside herself with excitement. Prior to Lynley's arrival - I went downstairs and pulled out some of our baby gear from storage. Megan was in hog heaven. She put her babydolls in the swing and bouncy seat.. and then thought - hey, that used to be mine.....
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
He was one of the Magi in the Christmas story - he's the one on the right with the big red hat.
To say that Megan LOVED the performance... would be an understatement!This was Megan's look through the whole performance.... when she saw Daniel on stage (I was surprised she saw him) she yelled out "Da-uel". Then she kept yelling it out... :^) She would wave and wave - oh so excited that Daniel was on that stage. She clapped and clapped while they sang and would give a hearty, "yeeeaaaaahhhh!" at the end of a song. I have to say, it was a little embarassing since I was holding the loud child - but I wouldn't have traded it for the world. She was so sweet and just wanted to love on and cheer on her cousin.
Even off the stage, she realizes that the Magi is pretty darn cool!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Tom and I sneeked up on her this weekend and just watched her play. I cannot begin to tell you how much joy there was in silently and secretly watching her. We have entered into the phase of true make believe. For as long as I can remember Megan's always tried to mimic our actions, especially with her dolls and stuffed animals (especially Elmo), but this weekend I realized she had taken it to a new level.
She's setting up tea parties.... what a little girl!
Let me set the stage properly.... see those chairs. I peeked in (wondering why she was so quiet and what mess she was getting into) and she had the doll in the blue chair with a cup, plate and DQ ice cream sandwich (as all parties should have), and a waffle to share. She had her yellow chair set up with the same things. But then the "problem" materialized.... she couldn't figure out how to sit in her chair without knocking everything off.
So then she reset up the tea party on the floor. That alone was so stinkin cute... then she proceeded to pretend to eat and drink and then feed her babydoll. And they shared the waffle - one got a bite, then the other....
I tell you what - makes a momma's heart melt and eyes tear up. I sure do love that little girl!
And when they start to get a little ancy - just take them for a little ride....Out of all the toys in the house, Megan's new favorite toy is our clothes basket. And when Daddy got tired.... she took over as the chauffeur for her friends. What a little hostess - making sure everyone was having a good time. Out of all the toys in our house - Megan's newest favorite toy is our clothes basket. I can't keep clothes in there. I was getting ready this morning and Megan was in the closet trying to climb in the basket. And when she realized she needed more room... she just took the clothes out - after all - it's hers... right????
Sunday, December 7, 2008
We tried to get a picture of a few of the kids from our Sunday school class families (we missed several families who darted out quickly)....Let's just say, it worked a lot better with Mom's and Dad's in the picture too... Megan and I were solo. We had left a sick daddy at home. Next year, I'm sure it'll be a full family affair! (And Tom is feeling better!)
Friday, December 5, 2008
The Pink Pig!
It's changed a lot over the years. It started many many years ago in the downtown Rich's department store circling over the toy department (before my time), then it moved to the top of Rich's to go around the great tree (that's where it was when I first rode it). Now it's moved to the Rich's parking lot under a big tent. Not quite as fantastic as I remember, but it was fun (in a hokey kind of way). We met up with our friend Will in the parking lot - the kids held hands and were mesmerized by all the pink.....
Thursday, December 4, 2008
So some sweet friends, Natalie and Tressa, volunteered to help with the table. I have to say, our "Simple" Christmas table was wonderful. The goal - to keep the focus on the meaning of Christmas.
The nativity scene was the perfect centerpiece. Thanks to everyone at our table - I hope you had as much fun as we did!