Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Story: I don't know what the story is with this pic. It was taken by Jeremy on his phone out in the yard. Ivy's playing with a stick and loving it!
I love Miss' idea of tagging specific people so here is who I am tagging: anyone who reads this. :) Can't wait to see your pictures!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
1. Where is your cell phone? Ivy's got it
2. Where is your significant other? work--heading to the chiropractor
3. Your hair color? reddish-blonde
4. Your mother? home schooler
5. Your father? accountant
6. Your favorite thing? chocolate and coffee
7. Your dream last night? something about being the leader of two Asian gangs. We watched War the other night.
8. Your dream/goal? be a rock star
9. The room you're in? the Office
10. Your hobby? Scrapbooking and stitching
11. Your fear? heights
12. Where do you want to be in six years? in that new VW Routan
13. Where were you last night? in bed early
14. What youâ€™re not? short
15. One of your wish list items? a crib mattress
16. Where you grew up? Virginia
17. The last thing you did? ate some honeyÂ nut cheerios
18. What are you wearing? jeans and a sweater and woolie crocs
19. Your TV? is on. Cosby Show is on, and I'm vegging with my girl
20. Your pet? none
21. Your computer? Can't live without it
22. Your mood? Tired
23. Missing someone? Not really
24. Your car? Hyundai Santa Fe
25. Something youâ€™re not wearing? coat--I'm inside, silly
26. Favorite store? Babies R Us
27. Your summer? good times
28. Love someone? yes
29. Your favorite color? blue
30. When is the last time you laughed? a little bit ago
31. Last time you cried? when a woman won $1 million on Wheel of Fortune last week
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The 'Middle Wife' by an Anonymous 2nd grade teacher
ÂI've been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own second grade classroom a few years back.
When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it in to school and talk about it, they're welcome.
Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater.
She holds up a snapshot of an infant. 'This is Luke, my baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his birthday'
'First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed in my Mom's stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord.'
ÂShe's standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching her in amazement.
Â'Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts swaying and going, 'Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!' Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans. 'She walked around the house for, like an hour, 'Oh, oh, oh!' (Now this kid is doing a hysterical duck walk and groaning.)
Â'My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn't have a sign on the car like the Domino's man. They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this.' (Then Erica lies down with her back against the wall.)
Â'And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!' (This kid has her legs spread with her little hands miming water flowing away. It was too much!)
Â'Then the middle wife starts saying 'push, push,' and 'breathe, breathe. They started counting, but never even got past ten. Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all said it was from Mom's play-center, (placenta) so there must be a lot of toys inside there.'Â
Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat. I'm sure I applauded the loudest. Ever since then, when it's show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another 'Middle Wife' comes along.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
It was the biggest disappointment. It looked like a ghost town. Run down, empty, dirty in the way that doesn'tÂ scream nature, but shoddy care.
We had to find an employee who could unlock the petting zoo for us (not worth the $3 each to get in--worth $1 each--maybe).Â It was just a big fenced-in area with the animals running loose. There was a sign that warning us that animals are unpredictable and we're entering at our own risk. I didn't put Ivy down at all, as the ground was covered with animal droppings.
I imagined a place with a carnival-type atmosphere. Hey, it's fall, and we love it! Let's have some fun! Instead, we drove 20 miles for a gross petting zoo and not much else.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
The other thing is that Ivy is only nursing once a day--just in the morning as soon as she wakes up. That is a very sweet cuddly time. I'm a little glad that the evening nursing has stopped. It was getting painful. But I am not excited for her to stop nursing entirely.
Friday, August 29, 2008
He appears to be asking for midwife horror stories.Â I want to swamp him with stories about great experiences and for the midwives to write and tell their stories.Â I think it would really help for them to see how people really feel.
I am very annoyed that he has specifically asked for the bad stories.Â I'd really like then to hear about the bad hospital births!Â But it is Doctor Phil after all!
Please send your story in.Â It may not do any good, but we can only try.Â To be silent will help no one.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Hereâ€™s what I know: BBC, via a poll, voting and a television show, determined the 100 best reads in the UK. Hereâ€™s the telephone-game aspect, though: There are at least two versions of the list floating around; logically, only one of them conforms to the BBC list.
Iâ€™ve decided I will complete this list starting with the official BBC list.
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you love.
5) Reprint this list on your own blog.
1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhikerâ€™s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte BrontÃ«
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily BrontÃ«
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelliâ€™s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopherâ€™s [Sorcerer's in USA] Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The Dâ€™Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Aliceâ€™s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick SÃ¼skind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jonesâ€™s Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love in The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez
98. Girls in Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnightâ€™s Children, Salman Rushdie
I count 38 titles above that Iâ€™ve read and marked as bold.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Then we're off for a fun day of shopping for baby gifts for Bailey and Evelyn. We're also going to try out the Soft Play area at the EP mall again. She didn't like it last time.
We're going to spend the evening with the Johnsons who have their sweet girl home finally.
I wish this bathroom would paint itself. And I kind of hope it rains on Saturday, so I don't have to go to the Lakefront Days Parade.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Here's our latest: Ivy is walking a lot. She's learning to go down the stairs. She talks to herself all day long.
I'm trying to scrap book a bit when she sleeps. Or paint a little here and there. Lately, anytime I say anything, I can hear Dr. Seuss reciting lines to me. "Here and there, funny things are everywhere." That's what we've been reading lately.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Eating all week has been a challenge. We figured out what the problem is. She won't eat from me. She will only accept food from Daddy. I can give her a spoonful of whatever. She just scrunches up her face. Give that exact spoon to Jeremy, and she's starving.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Ha ha ha!!
No need. She's slept through the night all week. That's right! 7 pm - 7 am. Straight!!
Monday, June 30, 2008
Nothing else much is going on. I spent most of last week in Osakis hanging out with my fam. Ivy & I finally went to Fairy Lake. It's nice, but not really anyÂ nicer than any other beach we've been to. And we saw all the cousins at Stu's on Friday. New Little Ryne is adorable!!
Our friends Amy & Jeremy welcomed Bailey this week, too. She's 9 weeks early, but doing very well. Just needs to get some growing done. She's sweet and precious.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Ivy is getting 5 teeth--all four tops and one bottom. She's been cranky here and there. Sleep is a little weird. Overall, it's not too bad, but I hope it doesn't last too long. She seems like she's in some pain, and there's not much I can do about it. I do not want her to live on Motrin for the duration.
We've been doing quite a bit of biking and walking now that summer has arrived. I ended up putting the burley on my road bike. It's way easier to manage the hills with the light bike and the clip-in shoes. Ivy loves the park--swinging and the slide. And now the kiddie pool. We tried it out for the first time today. Although the water is pretty chilly, she had a great time.
We are prepping for a visit from Jeremy's sister and her kiddos. I have lots of fun activities planned for next week. Jeremy's taking the whole week off, so even though we'll be at home, it will feel like vacation for us, too.
Off to move furniture back to the basement!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
A man died and went to heaven. As he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him.
He asked,Â "What are all those clocks?"Â St. Peter answered, "Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie, the hands on your clock will move."
"Oh," said the man, "whose clock is that?"
"That's Mother Teresa's.Â The hands have never moved, indicating that she never told a lie."
"Incredible," said the man.Â "And whose clock is that one?" St. Peter responded, "That's Abraham Lincoln's clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that Abe told only two lies in his entire life."
"Where's Bush's clock?" asked the man.
"Bush's clock is in Jesus' office. He's using it as a ceiling fan."
Thursday, April 24, 2008
We got home Wednesday afternoon to a fabulous 75 degree sunny day. We went biking with Jeremy for almost two hours. Ivy was a little angry about the Burley, but eventually fell asleep.
The milestone we hit: Ivy can stand up really well along furniture and people, and in her crib. We've had to lower the mattress again. And she's crawling.
Monday, April 7, 2008
And she has started crawling backwards! It's pretty cute. She got herself wedged under the couch on Saturday. :)
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Here's how it went: the dr. sprayed my toe with "instant freeze" spray and then shot me up with Novocaine. A few minutes later he returned and used a mini crow bar to pry my nail off. Then he treated the nail bed with some chemical to kill it so my nail will never grow back. The whole thing took about 15 minutes. I am eternally grateful I had Ivy along to distract me. I almost fainted twice.
Tonight, I made Jeremy take off the bandage. Again, almost passed out. I will not post or even take a picture. It's the most disgusting thing I've ever seen. I might puke putting a new band-aid on it.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
It's gorgeous out today, so Ivy & I took advantage of the spring and went for our first bike ride. We picked up a new bike for me and a Burley Lady Bug for Ivy over the weekend. At the bike shop, we took the rig for a test ride. She wasn't too sure about it. She didn't cry, but she did look scared. This afternoon, we rode around our 1.5 mile loop. Had I had mittens on, we would've ridden it twice but my hands were turning purple. All I have to say is that riding with a Burley behind is a lot tougher than plain old biking. I mean that has to add 40 pounds to the whole experience. I know I'm out of shape, but woo, that was tough.Â Again, no crying from the backseat, but she did look really happy to get out of there. We have yet to figure out how tight/short the straps have to be. She looks like she's going to fall off the seat. Her little yellow helmet is adorable though.
Too bad snow is in the forecast for tomorrow.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
The cutest part is that she puts her arms out to me so I know she wants me to pick her up. It's adorable. Heartwarming, even.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
The Langes just asked us if she had ever done that, and I couldn't imagine how gross that would be. It wasn't as icky as I thought it'd be. I'm glad I wasn't in the tub with her!