Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Emily hamming it up for the camera. At first, she didn't want me to take her picture - she ran from the camera, so I told her, "Fine, I'll just take more pictures of Paige." She decided to pose. Nothing like a little sibling rivalry.I love it when Paige is in a good mood - she's so darn cute. Those eyes could just melt you.
The annual Halloween bag making night. I buy Halloween bags from the dollar store, and about $50 worth of candy and we have a little assembly line to make up bags to hand out to all the trick-or-treaters. I find the bags of candy much easier then letting kids choose what candy they want, or just giving each kid a handful. Much more efficient. I think that Halloween is Emily's most favorite holiday in terms of her helping factor - she helps make the bags, pick out pumpkins, and she LOVES scooping out the goop when we carve them - which we are postponing to Tuesday nite.
My most current favorite Paige outfit - could she BE any cuter??
We also made pumpkin cookies - Emily helped decorate with sprinkles. The cookies were her whole motivation for eating all her cauliflower at dinner tonight. Whatever it takes.
Last week the fire department made their annual visit to Emily's school again. Once again we were relegated to talk of fire safety. This time, the fire department brought each one of the kids a DVD that they could take home. OH GOODIE. It even had a catchy tune that has been in my head for a week. Emily has been sharing her fire safety knowledge to pretty much anyone, my Mom, my Aunt, strangers in a store.......
So why the title Ironic Sunday? Well, here's the story. On Saturday Eric went with my Grandfather and Uncle up to the Mount Pleasant area to my Grandfather's cabin to help out with the delivery of a new shed/barn. They stayed the night and returned on Sunday evening. My Mom, Emily, Paige, My Aunt Teresa, and me went to Somerset Mall for some Saturday shopping and lunch. On the way there Emily filled my Aunt in on all the fire safety things she learned. It was GREAT. That night I put the girls to bed, and collapsed in my bed at around 10pm. I was EXHAUSTED for some reason. At around 12:30am Paige woke up, I went in a gave her the pacifier and she went back to sleep. I went to the bathroom, only to find that the toilet was backed up. Great. I didn't care, I went back to bed and vowed to fix it in the morning. At 3:03am I was woken up by a chirping sound....was it a cricket? That would be no. I was the smoke detector in my bedroom. I guess the battery was dying. From experience, I knew that it would chirp until the battery was replaced. No big huge deal right? Well, yes it was. We have a vaulted ceiling in our room, and I could not, without getting the HUGE ladder out from the garage, change out the battery. I decided that maybe if I hit the test button it may stop....it was 3am, I was sleepy. I went downstairs, got the carpet rake (it had a long handle) and went back upstairs. I ran into Max on the way back up - he was on his way down, freaked out by the chirping. Of course, it didn't work. So now what do I do? I went back downstairs to get the stepladder to try and reach the smoke detector. On my way to the laundry room I came across a pile of doggy doo doo left by Max. Lovely. He is such a scaredy dog. Nervous pooper. Got rid of the poop - cursed Max who was watching the whole thing. Of course, I could not reach the smoke detector with the ladder combined with the carpet rake, but for some reason it decided to stop chirping. At this point I was covered in sweat, so I now had to change my PJ's. It was about 3:45am at this point. Went back to bed, laid there waiting for the smoke detector to start chirping again - it didn't, so I rolled over and went back to sleep. 3:53am - Paige wakes up for her middle of the night feeding. I went downstairs for the third time that night to get her bottle, and almost stepped in a pile of dog pee left by nervous Max. Is the Humane Society open at 4am? Got the bottle, fed Paige, went back to sleep at 4:20am. Paige woke up again at 7am, followed closely by Emily at 7:25am. Irony is amazing. I should not have made fun of Emily and her fire safety. Someone is watching!
Carving pumpkins tonight - something we didn't really get to do in Florida. Should have pictures tomorrow.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
The picture on the left is from when Paige was one week old, and now three months old. It's getting a lot harder to keep her on that doggie. She still fits just fine in his "lap", but she's getting much more squirmy and ended up falling off quite a bit. Luckily I was right there and caught her each time.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
We did do something exciting on Saturday - we went to Stoney Creek Metropark and did a little hiking. The weather has been so beautiful here that I could not pass up the opportunity to enjoy it. Ironically, Paige pretty much slept the whole time.
We also went to Denewiths - a local plant nursery - and enjoyed some of their fall festivities on Sunday. It is still beautiful today, but I have lots of things to do inside - like update my blog - so here I sit.
Here's some pictures from the past few days:
Emily "cooking" at the sink. She was making some sort of soup. Actually, she was making a total mess, but she was having a blast.
Paige is very smiliey lately - she even wakes up with a silly little grin on her face - it makes this whole not sleeping thing a little more bearable.
This picture is of a backyard that we see everyday on our ride home from school - the colors are almost peaked right now. They are not as vibrant as they should be, but it's still pretty.
This picture is from our hike at Stoney Creek. I didn't think 1.8 miles sounded like much - but I forgot to add in the four year old factor. Emily did just fine until about a mile into it. Then she complained the whole rest of the way - she was hungry, tired, had to pee.....what fun it was. She did enjoy all the leaves that we collected.
And finally, this is from Sunday at Denewiths - the corn maze is behind the girls. It has been really windy here - we have even lost a few tombstones in our front yard. Luckily they didn't go far....just the front lawn.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Because my Mom has a cold, I have been on dinner duty for the past few days - roast beef with mashed potatoes, carrots and green beans, plus rolls on Sunday - tacos, both hard and soft with homemade salsa on Monday, and tonight I made - courtesy of Ann Marie - Garden Tortellini Bake. My mom was not really into it...she kept saying..."This is interesting." But the rest of us almost ate the whole thing. Thank You Ann Marie!!!
I finally found a "G" for my shelves in the kitchen. I will have to take a picture of the things I have made for those shelves. AND most importantly, I found the rub on stitch runner at Archivers. Life is GOOD.
Emily and I are on chapter 4 of Charlotte's Web. She is liking this whole novel thing. Even Paige has cooperated and let us read in peace while she takes her early evening cat nap. (I took the picture with the self timer since Eric was at his train club)
Oh, and I finally have some pictures of Paige and Mommy courtesy of our resident four year old photographer - Emily. She's pretty good.
Monday, October 15, 2007
We do use the fluorescent light bulbs in a couple of our light fixtures in the house. I find that they are really bright, so I am not really inclined to get more....but I will try.
I have been really trying to use my scrapbook scraps instead of just throwing them all away.
I turn the water off while I am brushing my teeth.
We only drink organic milk - does that count? For those of you who are not drinking organic milk...seriously, throw out that gross stuff that you have in your fridge right now and make the switch. Trust me, you DON'T want to know what's in there.
We only have one car - yes it's a Minivan, but it's still better than having two cars that we have to fill up with gas. Plus, because Eric and I work from home, we have a very small commute.
Okay, so I am not really that green. In fact, in making this list I can now see how pathetic I am really being in my quest for being more in tune with the environment. I am right here, right now, making a promise to myself that I will try to be greener in the future.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I had this sweet little vision while I was pregnant - Emily, Paige and myself all snuggled in Emily's bed reading books and loving life. Well, it was not to be. I tried this my first night home from the hospital, and Paige wouldn't have any of it. She cried the whole time, and I ended up shouting the words from the book I was reading so that Emily could hear me. Not a very sweet and peaceful moment. We have retried that whole scenario a few times, with no success. I have tried with Paige in a good mood, pacifier in her mouth...nothing has worked. I was pretty upset about the whole thing because I am a book person, Emily is a book person, Eric is always reading something....how could this child not like the written word??? Was she switched at birth?
Fast forward to this week. I decided to try again, but this time with just Paige and me, in her room, in the rocking chair. Guess what?? It worked!!!! She loves books!!! I started out with Emily's first book - The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. I love this book for little ones - great, colorful pictures, repetitive. Paige loves it. She tries to grab it - although she hasn't quite found her hands yet, and she babbles the whole time I am reading. I have added Brown Bear, Brown Bear, and Good Night, Sweet Butterflies - both of which she LOVES. Okay - she's my kid.
I cannot stress enough, how important it is to read to your kids. I truly believe it is why Emily is so verbal. Some days, when she never seems to STOP talking, I wish we had skipped reading to her altogether - but those thoughts are fleeting. She is beginning to read books all by herself - which is great, but I will make sure, until she kicks me out, that I always make time every night to share a good book with her. I am thinking that later this month I will introduce her to chapter books - with little or no illustrations. I will probably start with Charlotte's Web. She saw the movie with Dakota Fanning, but I think she'll still appreciate the book. It was my first novel - and one of my favorites. It's funny - most readers that I know can name their first novel that they read - or heard read to them, and can name their favorite. As I said, my first novel I had read to me was Charlotte's Web. But, my favorite childhood novel, that I read was James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. What was yours?
BTW - I would have a sweet little picture of me reading to Emily or Paige, but apparently my husband doesn't know how to work a camera. :) So, just a few pictures I took of Paige yesterday.
Look - she's annoyed with me and the camera already.....just smile and get through it honey - just ask your sister. We'll hound you until we get the right picture. Parental Paparazzi!!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
The "scary" thing about going to the Halloween store is that Emily loved all the scary things. She'll probably have nightmares tonight, but she just loved looking at all the animated characters making spooky voices or faces. She wanted to look at them over and over again. She was intrigued with the "Meat Dept." which had all these severed body parts. Ewww...gross. They even had this life size guy in an electric chair, which when they turned him on, he went spastic like he was really being electrocuted.....I wouldn't let her get close enough to really see that one....it even freaked me out a little.
Anyway - so here's a little bit of our Halloween decorations. I think I may have Eric take a picture at night when it looks even spookier.
The ghosts and goblins are coming......BOO!! And by the way, I know....Emily looks REALLY grown up in this one. That's SCARY - no Halloween costume required.
And one of Paige just being cute. She does this thing now where she tries to imitate sounds that you make. So far, I have gotten her to say goo, and da. No Mama yet. She's almost sleeping through the night - in bed at 9:30pm, and up around 5:30am. Not too bad.
Monday, October 8, 2007
We were at my sister Suzie's house for her housewarming this Saturday. Emily was having a great time playing with her cousins that she hasn't seen since she was one and a half. I had reminded her to go potty a few times. Apparently she went on her own...found the bathroom and everything. I was having a proud Mama moment. As I was basking in this moment, Emily leans her head out the door and says,to all of us sitting on the front porch, "Mommy, I am going poopy now, so I am probably going to need a butt wipe in a minute." Ahhh, the innocence of children.
On another note - it's freakin' hot here. We are practically breaking heat records. Almost 90 degrees yesterday, and again today. Not just hot, but HUMID too. Didn't we leave Florida?? I have heard that it's going to be MUCH cooler by the end of this week.
If I get a chance later today,I will post pictures of our Halloween decorations. Eric goes all out.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
I personally think that I am just a very nosy person and I feel like this is a cool way that I can pry into other peoples lives undercover. Also, I have learned a few things from reading blogs. For instance, on Heidi Swapp's blog, I stole her really cute idea for an end of the year teacher's gift (a beach towel, good magazine and some spray on sunscreen all tied with a pretty bow). I have also read some pretty thought provoking things on Ali's blog. In any case - I just like to enjoy my downtime by relaxing and reading up on what my girls (the blogs I read) are doing.
Okay, enough about that. Paige is still doing okay on her schedule. She slept from 10pm last night, until 4:30am this morning...pretty good. She got up at 7am, had a bottle at 8am, napped at 10am, bottle again at noon, and then got all screwed up because we went shopping. She is currently screaming because she is overtired...so we'll see what we have in store for tonight.
For those of you who are wondering about our beautiful fall colors....well we have none. I was told that because we have had such a dry summer that the colors would not be very vibrant, and that some leaves would just fall off the tree without changing color at all. Now that's depressing. Our maple tree still has all it's leaves, and there's no sign of color yet. Of course, the fact that we have had temperatures in the 80's for the last few weeks is probably not helping. Snow on Easter...what's next, bathing suits on Halloween?
A couple of pictures from this week - those are slippers that I got as a present from Glenda in my office. They are Holland America ship slippers. Eric has pretty much claimed them, and I don't know what's funnier...seeing Paige wear these huge slippers on her tiny feet, or seeing them on Eric's feet. I'll have to get a picture of that. The other picture is of Paige sleeping in her crib. She just looks so big. That's a Gymboree 0-3 size outfit, which is not really fitting her...and Gymboree has always tended to run BIG. At this rate, she'll be going thru her whole wardrobe in a couple months.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
2:45am - jumped out of bed to feed Paige...then realized it was Eric's turn. Woke him up, went back to sleep
5:00am - gave ailing Emily some Children's Tylenol for her raging fever
5:56am - Paige wakes up again, shove pacifier in her mouth, not time for bottle until 7am
6:01am - shove pacifier in again
6:07am - see above
6:15am - shove pacifier in again, wait until she really does fall back asleep, haha!!
6:16am - take shower
6:25am - shove pacifier in again.....what is up with this kid???
6:26-50am - finish getting ready while listening to the soothing sounds of Paige crying
7:01am - feed Paige
7:20am - get Emily new better tasting water
7:35am - sort laundry
7:40am - throw a load of light colored clothes in washer
8:00am - hand off baby to Eric so that I can turn in ARC report, answer emails, etc.
8:30am - eat a PB&J, make breakfast for Miss Emily
8:35am - put wash in the dryer, put dark colored clothes in washer
8:45am (Paige is now sleeping in her swing) Wash Paige's bottles
8:55am - Make Max's food
9:15am - Go to Emily's school to get waiver for Pneumoccal vaccine (long story), deposit checks in bank ATM
9:45 - Arrive home...Paige is still sleeping in her swing?
10:15am - Mix Paige's formula for the rest of the day, Paige awakes
10:30am - Feed Paige again
10:32am - change Paige's really STINKY diaper, get Emily's clothes out...she must be feeling better, she wants to wear clothes today, not PJ's.
11:40am - read Emily 3 stories
12:30pm get stuff out of dryer
12:31pm - Eat lunch that Eric has brought from McDonalds (we both had a craving)
12:45pm - decide that updating BLOG is more important than folding clothes....no wonder my laundry never gets done
1:07pm - finish my blog entry and go fold clothes, and put new load in washer
Paige has a Dr's appointment today - I think she's getting a bunch of shots....will update later with a 10 week photo, and Dr. appointment recap.