Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Goodbye, 2008!


It's a funny thing, the end of the year. You pretty much can't remember anything but the holidays, and find it sort of a marker of "Christmas is over - time to start saving for next!". It takes a conscious effort to really reflect on a whole year, and what its brought and taken. In 2008, I was barely pregnant with Evan. Emma turned 5. We got a new TV and lost a gazebo. We gained a child, and filled up part of an empty hole in our hearts. Emma started Kindergarten - rode a bus for the first time. She experienced her first real snowfall in Oklahoma. We've made many new friends, and still long to see our old ones. 2008 was a year of renewal. New beginnings and chances. New experiences and people. Sure, some doors must close to open new ones, and things must go bad so we will see the good, but it will be sad to see it go. Hopefully, 2009 will bring just as many good things as this year to us and to all of you! Last year, we did the burning of our effergies. (Burning a list or paper-made item with all our bad habits and such on them). Although I don't think I did very well at keeping my resolution, since I can't even remember what it was, I think we'll do it again this year, just to keep tradition alive. (Probably Jan. 1st, though, since we'll be at a friends house all night)!

Anyway, my Christmas present from John finally arrived, and it is a wonderful camera that I have had my eye on for awhile. I'm still figuring out the settings and such, but I took a few pictures out at Daddy's cabin just to play around with it. In January I'll be taking a couple classes aimed at using this particular camera, so hopefully my pictures will get better! :)





Evan laughing at Daddy's kisses <3 align="center">
The kids sitting in the grass, watching the wind. (Shoulda used my sun blocker..grrr)
My beautiful family :)
Evan turned 5 months old already! Can you believe it?? He is now 17 1/2 pounds and 26 inches tall. His eyes are getting a little more brown, but still have blue mixed in. He's absolutely GORGEOUS and a WONDERFUL baby. He started sleeping through the night already and loves to laugh and smile. He is eating baby food at dinner time. Among the favorites are sweet potatoes and apples.

I'm 5 Months Old!!!
ANyway, enjoy your last moments of 2008! You can never get them back again! And Happy New Year to you all!!!
See you in 2009!
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I'll Drink to That!!

Today Evan had not only his first taste of apple juice, but had it out of a sippy cup! He has been having problems being "regular", so I decided that now was as good of a time as any to introduce one of nature's best baby regulators :) Although he was a little shocked by the taste, he did well drinking and holding his cup. He didn't drink much, but tonight he had a nice big poo and is already in bed! :)
(And won't he love reading all this as an adult one day!!! Haha!) The cruelty of moms...
It's been nice having both kids home all day, although definately different for all of us! Evan is having to deal with napping while there's a little more noise in the background, but LOVES watching his big sis doing all the things she does. Emma is probably having the toughest adjustment. Having to be quiet during Evan's naps is definately an area for improvement. She is slowly learning to entertain herself, as there is no TV allowed during the day after the early morning Sesame Street and Word World have ended. Her constant complaining of "I'm boooooored" have begun to change into small bursts of playing with toys long forgotten. It's good for her, and it's so cute for me to hear the little voices of each of the 7 dwarfs according to their names. Grumpy is grumpy, happy is cheery, and Doc seemed a little confused, but then just started talking about everyone's illnesses. Ha ha! So cute. She is taking naps in the afternoons, which I'm not sure she does at school, but needs to. It's been fun for her to be with her brother all day.
For me, it's been a little more challenging, just reminding Emma to be quiter, or remembering to make lunch at a different time than normal so she can eat on her school schedule. Dinner is usually later these days, just due to entertaining the kids, but John doesn't mind, as he gets a few minutes of kiddo time in before we eat. Evan is absolutely a daddy's boy. The minute he hears John's voice, he's done with mommy, and is looking around for dad. I can picture him following behind John everywhere he goes. Cute.
The weather is still really cold. When the wind comes sweepin' down the plains it usually hangs out a little over or under 0 degrees. We've had one ice storm already (the day my teeth got yanked), and another on its way. Emma is hoping for a white Christmas, which it doesn't look like will happen, but I'm sure the snow is packing its bags for a visit soon!
Yesterday John surprised me with a visit from the Chimey Sweeper, so we can FINALLY have our Christmas fire! (I think the last time we had a fire on Christmas in our house was the one before Emma was born!!) Last year, John's TV was in front of the fireplace, so we didn't do it then, either. SO, I'm excited for a warm cozy fire, some hot cocoa, warm slippers, and snuggles with my family :)
As a child, my Christmas memories always included the electric train going around the tree. My brothers and I would build tunnels out of blocks and presents for the train to go through. We'd put a green and red light through a block with a hole in it, to switch out a go or stop light. I remember watching that train go around and around. I could have laid there forever, eye level with the train, dreaming of what it would look like if I were that small. We'd always have a big roaring fire in the family room that Daddy made. I'd watch him put the little logs on, then light the bottom with rolled up newspaper, and add the big logs once they caught fire. We'd sit with our backs to the fire and see how long we could sit there before our backs felt like they were cooked all the way through. Daddy would poke the logs every now and then with the poker with the owl on the end. He was the bravest man alive! To tame that fire! So, now, years later, my kids have a battery powered train circling the tree, and FINALLY a cozy Christmas fire. Best of all, maybe some fond memories to have later on.
ANYWAY, now that I've babbled on and on about that, I had better get Emma heading in the bed direction. Have a good night!




Emma & Lauren riding the saddle at Rib Crib! The 2 have been inseperable lately! :)



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Saturday, December 20, 2008

A Couple Firsts!



Well, Emma finally got to leave the nest for a night! She stayed over at her friend's hosue and actually did well! We stayed over there with her until about midnight, and then she fell asleep about 15 minutes after we left. I, on the other hand, was up and down all night thinking I heard her crying and stuff. Ha ha! The poor bubble child parenting has affected me!!
Anyway, she came home this morning and took a nice nap, and should be rested up for church tomorrow...and a birthday party...and, well, I guess she can never be too rested. :(
Lauren's mom (who, by the way, has the camera I want really bad...) took a couple pictures of the big event, so I'll share them when they come!


In other news, Evan had his first shopping cart-minus-car-seat ride. My sister & I took him to Toys R Us, and let him try it out. Although he got tired of holding that big ol' head up, he was a really good sport, and liked the change of view. (Or maybe just all the colorful toys surounding him!) He is such a big boy already!!

Evan's 1st Cart Ride!


Chilling out in my p.j.'s :)

A Christmas cutie pie!

As for me and my cheeks, they have gotten back to pretty much regular size, but I have bruises on my lower jaws :( Now everyone will think John beats me! Haha! Poor guy. I can eat food now, but the catch is that I have to be able to fit it into my mouth, which only opens about an inch. I was compressing my cheeseburger last night just to fit it inside! But it was yummy!!

John is feeling better after a 24 hour bug he got Thursday. My uncle sent him a Christmas CD with Metallica songs that's he's become very attatched to, and has spent much of the evening copying it to his phone. Boys & their toys :)

Anyway, have a great weekend!!

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Chipmunk Cheeks and Christmas Parties

Yesterday:Well, I survived the wisdom teeth tractor pull, and made it back to Stillwater safely. Since then, I have been in a daze, surrounded by ice packs and pillows. The worst part is not being able to eat like I did! I can't open my mouth more than a couple centimeters now, so I have to stick with applesauce and Lipton soup for the time being. (And the 4 gaping holes collecting food probably wouldnt be good either...)
This is my 3rd day, and the chipmunk cheeks are worse than ever. What's even worse is that one is bigger than the other! AND of course, today is the day that I gave out certificates of achievement to some Kindermusik kids, and am in charge of bringing a snack to Emma's class party. Great. You know how brutally honest kids are!!! I'm a walking target!!! Ahhhh!

Today:The party went well, except that there was no parking left so I had to pull into a mud pit and drag it into my car with the stroller wheels afterwards! >:( But no kids poked fun at my cheeks, though some of the other moms were questioning if I had a bad botox job or something, I'm sure!



Emma eating her snack during the Holiday Party at school yesterday. So sweet! :)


Emma & her class


Evan was dressed up as Santa for the party. (Even though he fell asleep on the way!). Beforehand, he was bouncing around in his tigger bouncer! (What? You didn't know Santa rode Tiggers, too?!!?)
I am still really swollen, and now freaking out that I'll get "dry socket" over the weekend when there's an ice storm and no way to get to the dentist! BUT, I am eating a little more solid foods and such, so that's getting better. I'm glad I only have to do this once!
Emma's last day of school is today, and they are having a surprise party for her teacher's birthday today. They also had pajama day, which Emma has been bugging her about since the first day of school! She was SO excited that she got to roll outta bed ready for school!
Anyway, I hope you are all well and warm! (I heard it snowed in Las Vegas and Los ANgeles! You guys are probably in shock!!)
:)
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Monday, December 15, 2008

My Last Blog of Wisdom...

Tomorrow is the day. My 4 wisdom teeth are coming out. The top 2 are already out and straight, so they'll be easy (or so I've heard), but the bottom 2 are coming in sideways under the gums. They won't be as easy. Apparently they are going to cut the tooth up in pieces to be able to remove them. One is close to the nerve, so if I come out of it talking like Sty Stallone, you'll know why. Sigh. The good news is that they'll be putting me under for this. Whew. Probably luckier for them! I am NOT a dental person. Anyway, wish me luck. I'll be travelling to Edmond in the morning for my 11:00 surgery. Should be out by 11:45, but probably not completely conscious until much later. Try Wednesday. Ha!
Yesterday at our church was "Jingle Jam". It's a dancing singing type show done by the tweens & teens of the congregation about Christmas and such. It was actually pretty enjoyable. Emma really liked it, and we got to drag my baby brother along, so that always makes it a fun time!






Here's Erich awaiting the show! :D
Another thing that happened Sunday was that Evan's precious blankie - you've all seen it - the orange one with giraffe trim- went missing!! I didn't remember seeing it when we got into church so we thought it must have fallen out when we went to go in. SO, last night I drove around the parking lot in the sleeting rain looking for blankie - picturing it cryng out for help in the freezing cold! Poor thing! Alas, it was nowhere. The church was empty, but I left post its on a few of the doors and sadly went home. Then last night I had a nightmare about Blankie. It closely resembled the blanket from "The Brave Little Toaster" and it was sad and crying out in the snow all alone. The church never called. What a sad day. But then, John called and said he had called to check on it, and they had found it!! So off we went in the (windchill -1) degree weather and brought blankie home safe and sound. whew. Christmas is saved :)
Anyway, Evan is growing up so fast. He has moved from cereal to prunes to applesauce. (And he prefers them in that order, backwards). He is moving his legs like a frog on a treadmill (Or what I assume it would look like) when he lays on his tummy, so the crawling should be coming somewhat soon. Time to get out all the childproofing! Ugh. He has pretty much mastered using his hands to grab things with control now. His favorite is to grab my hair. :) You'd be surprised how much pain you can endure when you see that little guy's smile. It's like getting your hair yanked out one by one is a massage from heaven! Ha ha!
Surrounded by toys...and Calypso

Now that I can grab things, Mommy makes me practice a lot!!
Well, the weather has cooled off quite a bit now. It went from 70 to 40 in just a couple hours yesterday, but that's Oklahoma for you! We picked my older brother up from the airport Saturday evening when it was nice and warm, and by the time he left Sunday evening, it was sleeting and freezing! Amazing. Emma tells me that winter doesn't start until the 22nd. I don't know if thats true or not, but she's usually pretty right on with that kind of thing, so I believe her anyway. :)
Well, off to bed I go. No food tomorrow until after the surgery, so I've been eating my weight in chips and milk. I think I'll be so hungry by the time I wake up, I'll be eating with no teeth! ANyway, wish me luck!







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Monday, December 8, 2008

Tis The Season...

...for Christmas (yay!) and colds (boo!) Last week was the annual Christmas Light Parade. I have always kept Emma out of the parades because I think she would have more fun watching them, but this year she wanted to join in, so off she went. (She's getting so big!!!) She joined her girl scout troop and luckily, they got to ride inside a public transit bus with the heater on (it was soooo cold outside!!)
Evan getting bundled up for the parade!
Emma dressed in her Daisy uniform for the parade!

She's on the far left with the red jacket! Peeking out the door!


Evan & I watching the parade from our trunk! Brrr!
The parade was really cute, and it is always wonderful to see the lights and hear the bands playing Christmas songs. Emma was thrilled to be in the parade, although she wished it was lighter out so she could see all her friends outside the bus!
Saturday brought fun & sadness. We had to take my mom back to the airport in Oklahoma City, so we met up with my sister and then she went to the airport. Emma was very sad, but she was happy to hear that Grammie might be back for her birthday later on. After she went through security, we were off to the mall to see Santa. They both did really well. I'm not exactly sure what Emma & Santa talked about, but afterwards, he told me that I had a VERY bright daughter and that she was so thoughtful and wonderful, and he hoped that we would keep raising her that way. Well, I guess Santa's going to have to really deliver after THAT speech! She always makes us proud. :)


The kids & Santa
Saturday night, Emma's friend, Lauren stayed over night! (Remember, they had tried before, and couldnt quite behave with each other) So, Emma had a very successful sleep over! The girls had a lot of fun and behaved really well. I, on the other hand, woke up Sunday morning with a serious case of the stomach bug. For some reason, when I get sick, my entire body decides to go into drama queen mode, and I can't even walk around without falling over, so I was bedridden. John was left with the baby, who has a stuffy nose (which makes him really fussy since he can't breathe!) and the girls on his own. Emma went to her friends house, but then came home later after slamming her finger in the door, so she was screaming, Evan was screaming, I was immobile, and he was left with it all. I bet he was SOOO ready to go back to his quiet cubicle this morning! :D
I feel a little sore and tired this morning, but the bug must have been a 24 hour thing, because the tummy aches are gone. Thank goodness.
Anyway, off to start the day! Have a great week!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Yummy!

Evan had his 4 month appointment today - I KNOW!!! 4 Months already!!! - and he did really well. He is 15 pounds, 10 ounces and 26 inches tall. He averaged an inch a month! His eyes are a hazel color, and his hair is getting longer. He is still smiling all the time - even after his vaccinations, and has slept 2 nights in a row now for about 7 hours! Woo hoo! Too bad my mind is already trained to wake up every few hours, so I sit there bored wondering the meanings of life for half the night...


Anyway, the doctor said Evan could have cereal now, so I got some and waited for tonight so we could all watch the big event!


He thought it was a little strange, but with all the foods Papa had been sneaking him, I think it was old hat, since very little came back out. He was a good eater. Out of the 3 tbsp of cereal, he probably had 2.


Tonight was Visitor Day at Emma's dance studio. Parents get to have a "sneak peek" of their routines and order their costumes - which are pretty cute. Her ballet costume is sparkly & pink, and her jazz is pink with polka dots. She did really well. The memory card wasn't in the camera, so I had to take pics with my phone, which is why they're a little un-perfect. :)




Remember that speeding ticket I got on homecoming weekend? Well, tomorrow is my court date for it. I'm hoping to set up a payment plan (a ticket on layaway, as Nicole says) so that John will stop calling me the Grinch. (I stole Christmas by wasting all our present money on that). Boo. Sorry kids. :(


John's big excitement came Saturday when ESPN came to campus for their college gameday live! show. We bundled up the kids and headed down there at 9am. The crowd was already really thick with people that stayed overnight there, but we found a spot and watched. Tonight we went back over the footage and saw a shoulder and cheek of Emma for about .2 seconds. John was really proud. Ha ha :) Here are some photos from that day!












Anyway, we will write again soon!
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