Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I was sent an email of a fun "project". It was fun and I got a good laugh - so I'm sharing it with you.
Go to your search engine of choice (I'm a google girl - sorry my microsoft hubby) and type in
"your name needs"
So I did it and this is what I got for my top 10 results...
- to weed out those who want to waste her time (not much to add to that)
- attention by Jodi (thankfully I don't know a Jodi)
- new snow tire fund (I would if I lived in Fargo or MN)
- a vacation (amen to that one)
- to join the Facebook Craze (already done that one -be sure to add me as a friend)
- needs to be aware of decieving herself and allowing others to take advantage of her (hhhuuummmm - who is this other Valerie)
- to go
- more training and practice
- 30 minutes to do the same job
I left off the ramp to my house, the flexibility, and prayer that is going to be effective, just to name a few. Now I have to admit that I did leave a few inappropriate "needs" out. Evidently there are a lot of Valerie's out there with some questionable jobs.
OK - so type yourself in and see what you need... be sure to leave me a post with your favorite so I can share a laugh with you.
The swings are always her favorite. At our park she tends to spend about 5-10 minutes in each swing. I'm not sure why she feels the need to try each and every one of them out, every visit.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Wow do I know that feeling. An old friend of mine was visiting on her way through town and she was here for bathtime. During this particular bath I had given Megan a "new bath toy" which were bath gel crayons. They squeeze and you can write on yourself and it's really soap. Well, Megan thought they were soooo cool. She had the blue one and was trying to write on her knee.... and it wouldn't come out. So she turned it over to look at it and squeezed it as hard as she could.... yeah - you laughing as you picture this and see what's coming...... Only, she slightly turned it and blue bath gel went flying - all over mommy! :^) Woohoo..... I've never seen her laugh like that. To the point that all I could do was laugh as I scraped blue bath gel out of my hair and off my clothes (at least it's just soap). My friend was amazed that we laughed it off - all I could think was- you know, she's learning.
And Megan is in that "I do" stage..... We are working on learning to drink straight from a cup.
Everynight after we brush teeth, she gets to drink a little from her cup. She's actually doing pretty well with it - not enough that I'd just give her a cup at this point. But boy is she proud of her accomplishments. That smile of joy and pride just makes a mommy's heart light up!
I'm always looking for creative gifts to give from Megan. This is something I've wanted to do for awhile, but have just been too busy or couldn't get my act together in time.... but finally for Uncle Dan's birthday I was able to make our first personalized board book!
Uncle Dan loved his birthday book as much as we loved making it and reading it.
I was able to get a picture from every visit we've had with Dan to make a fun little chronological book of Megan's first 22 months.
Friday, January 23, 2009
We recently added a great new "toy" to our collection. It was a hand-me-down from Megan's cousins. After many many years of fun - we now get to experience the joy of it.
Megan loves it! She is now on the go, all the time.
Thankfully, this addition (to our kitchen) has helped me get dinner cooked. Megan can get on and off and on and off as much as she wants. It does tend to flip. Once it's moved outside this spring, we'll have to enforce the helmet rule. But for now - isn't she a cutie with her little purse full of Sesame Street cards. It's like a puzzle getting that purse on and off the handle bars. Good for working on problem solving skills!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Ok, maybe not with all toddlers - but with mine - it's a major new favorite food. Megan will eat beans like they are going out of style. Which is good because she's been on somewhat of a meat boycott lately so at least she getting protein. But she really loved the chili. Last night she looked at me and said, "meat... bean..... chili!" So I'm thinking we will be eating a lot of chili for the remainder of the winter.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Megan and Kenny enjoyed their ride - as did I... it was a nice moment of silence watching a little girl mesmerized with all the animals.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Happy Birthday Uncle Dan!
We had some fun in your honor today. Hope you had a good day as well! We wish we could've spent it with you having all this fun together... I'm sure you can just imagine.
PS - she iced her own cupcake just for the occasion. And has been saying her version of "Happy Birthday" all day!
But today's a new day - right???? Evidently not.
We made it until about 10:10 before her meltdown began.
It's been a day.
But miraculously enough, she was happy, peaceful, and content playing in her kitchen from 11:40-12:40... So much so that I actually got to watch part of the Presidential Inauguration.
Now I'll be the first to say - I'm not much on politics. I pretty much believe anyone who's in politics is an ego-maniac. That's got to be the only reason you'd put your family through all that. Not to mention, I have several friends who are or were in politics and if you talk to any of them, they'll flat out tell you it's true - and even the "nicest" seeming people, aren't what they seem to be. So... why would I watch the swearing in of our 44th president????
You know - I lived in Albania for 3 years.... I watched that country (and the surrounding counties) try out democracy. It usually ended in a civil war, major unrest, riots, etc... I was evacuated out of Albania in 1997 when the government collapsed. That's why I watched. 44 times, our government has handed the reigns over to a political adversary - but it's peaceful. Yeah, don't think I wasn't wondering what the other attendees were "thinking" as the camera's scanned the crowd. The motives and thoughts may not have been pure - but even with our disagreements on who should be president - it's peaceful. Today, wasn't the start of a civil war - and in sooooo many other countries, it would've been. That alone is amazing.
Even with that knowledge, I am somewhat appalled by all the hoopla- but then I put it into perspective. You know - today we witnessed a historical marker for our country. Our first President of color. It's really not even a matter of if you voted for him or not, or if you agree with his agenda or not.... it's like knowing where you were when the space shuttle blew up (home on a snow day), or when Mt. Saint Helen's erupted (I remember it was a weekend), or when the Gulf War started (I remember watching the coverage in my college dorm with friends), or when Atlanta was announced as the site for the Olympics (college again), or when the towers fell on 9/11 (I was at work). You know - it was a moment in time, but it was also a moment that will forever be recorded in our history books. It was worth a few minutes to watch it to be able to one day say to Megan - yes, darling - I saw it happen. What was once thought impossible - became a reality.
And then I can remind her that God told us the same thing... nothing is impossible with God. Funny how life mirrors faith.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Megan is making sure that not on the animals are cared for -but all our medical needs are being addressed too.
She knows just what to do with everything in the kit!
First - you take their temperature (under the arm)... Then you shoot the syringe of medicine in their mouth...
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Someone gave us a tiny pack of Sesame Street cards. I think they were a party favor - thank you if it's you and you are reading this and tell me where you got them! They are cute (although somewhat chewed on at this point) - they have characters on one side and a little question (like what's green in this picture?) on the other side. I happened upon them last week and Megan of course got her hands on them - and that is the start of the story...
She loves them! She found a random "purse" (a many years old cosmetic bag that I was trashing) and decided that was the perfect holder - since she demolished the box they were in.
She puts them in, takes them out, puts them in, takes them out... walks around the house with her little purse doing this over and over and over again. It is wonderful! She loves her little cards. She looks at them, giggles at them, comes to tell me something wonderful (that I can't quite decipher) about them.... It's fabulous!
From the cards I realize... she pretty much knows who all the names of the Sesame Street characters are. I was floored when she handed me a card the other day and said, "snuffy" (Mr. Snufalupagus - remember him - and cut me some slack on the spelling if I butchered his name). You'll see some posts in the future with her and her precious Sesame Street bag.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Megan got out of her bath tonight and we were about to get into our PJ's and she looked at me and said, "Potty, potty, potty!" To which I replied, "you want to go to the potty" (she had no diaper on). This happens a lot but she actually won't sit on the potty for more than 5 seconds. Tonight she ran to her little potty, sat on it, and went to the bathroom. OH MY GOSH! Tom and I were basically screaming and praising the daylights out of her... no prompting - she just went. We broke out the stickers and did a potty dance and threw some high 5's.
So it was the 1st time she's ever asked to go potty and actually went!
That's just something you want to record!!!!!!
(yes, I realize it may not happen again for months - unless I get up the courage to potty train her for real.... and honestly, I'm not ready to go there yet).
My oh my, life has changed - not potty time is exciting and worth blogging....
The other day, we were walking out to the mailbox. Megan wanted to go somewhere.... I don't know where and I don't know why, but she was insistant on getting in the car. I said no.... So she hung there... for a good long while, having a little screaming tantrum. Oh my! Ok, so we aren't 2 yet.... are you sure this isn't the terrible two's?
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
We had a belated birthday party for him with the family. We were out of town on his real birthday, but beter late than never - right.
Megan enjoyed finally getting to move up to the big kids table for dinner!
Then all the kids waited in anticipation for Kevin to slice up the birthday cookie. Megan really enjoyed helping Daniel with his cards and gifts.
And when not caught up in the birthday excitement, she loved seeing Anna in all her dress up clothes!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Enter into the equation... the unfinished basement.
We have been trying to figure out if we could finish off part of it - but there is another part that we were not planning on finishing off right now. It was just a big storage area - full of my old teaching stuff and random junk that I'm trying to sort through. We got it all moved to one area and opened it up.
How on earth we have that many random rugs in our house is a mystery to me. But in the end, I'm glad I didn't throw them out - they are coming in useful. That huge green thing is a board(?) that was left by the previous owner... I've been trying to figure out how to get rid of that thing, but I have decided to turn it into a flannel board/chalk board (that's on my to-do list). We've got to add some light, some decor, some chairs....
Then add a swimming pool of balls.....