Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Half an hour later, she was still awake. Eric and both went up there once to re-cover her and put the pacifier in, but it didn't work. She managed to even turn on her mobile, and turn it off again. I pretty much resigned myself to having to bring her with me to pick up Emily at 11:15. Miraculously, at about 10:50am, no sounds from the monitor. When I went in to check on her before I left, she was on the opposite side of her crib, on her tummy, with the pacifier in her mouth....how did she get it in there? A mystery - but cool, she was sleeping. I covered her, and left to go get Emily.
Well, the Gods must have been shining down on me, because had I of brought her with me, it would have been not good. Before I got to the corner of 23 Mile Road and Romeo Plank I saw a mess of police cars, ambulances and fire trucks. When I got closer to the intersection, I saw that they were blocking off 23 Mile Road, and the center of the activity was at Emily's school. Immediately I went into panic mode.
Before I go on, I would like to say that EVERYONE is FINE. Okay? Don't you panic too!!
Not being able to make a right onto 23 Mile Road, I continued through the intersection, and turned into the Catholic church parking lot to call home. While I was plugging in the phone, a man approached my car. He was from a funeral home and wanted me to move my car. I explained that I was trying to pick up my kid from school, pointing to all the hysteria to the east, and couldn't, and I needed to make a quick call. He didn't care, and wanted me to move my car NOW. The nerve of some people. I pulled out of the parking lot, called Eric so that he could call the school and see if they could tell him what was going on. When I was leaving the parking lot, I saw two Mommies from Emily's school in another parking lot talking to some of the firefighters that were helping block the road. I went over there to see if could find anything out. At the same time Eric was calling the school - no answer.
One of the Mommies - I can't remember her name - started walking towards the school with another Mommy carrying an 18 month old baby. By the way, it was snowing pretty heavily at this point, and of course, I am not wearing boots of any kind, have no hat, hood or scarf....great. When I saw them coming back with no kids, I got out to ask them what was up. It turns out this the only parent that I don't like. She has always been so rude to me, and I don't know why. She told me that the kids were being taken to the local fire station and that because she has a van, she was going to help. I tried to ask her why, and she was so weird with me. Then she said that because I have a van too, that I could take some kids as well....hmmmm...that sounds weird. She did finally tell me that there was a gas leak. So was acting so annoyed with me - "Hello, I am a parent too...." Lovely woman. So, I took off for the fire station.
As it turns out, no kids were even at the school. They were already at the fire station. So, what the heck was she even talking about?? And, um, yeah - the school would let someone just take a bunch of kids in their van without consent of any kind. Don't think so lady.
I drove through the intersection again, and turned towards the school - I was stopped three times by police. And, they ALL informed that the kids were at the fire station. So, there I went. Incidentally - the parent that was walking with "rude chick" got to the fire station at the same time as I did, and she had no idea what was going on. Apparently "rude chick" was rude to her too.
What all of us parents wanted to know, was how did all of our kids even get here - well, ask the kids right? Emily told me that she got there in a fire truck. I guess they have one especially for this situation, that holds a bunch of people. She said all the kids in her school went on the same truck - with one teacher, Ms. Forrester. The rest of the staff drove in their cars. Emily was not even a little bit scared or freaked. She just thought this was business as usual. Cool as a cucumber.
And, just so you know, I had to restrain myself from asking "rude chick" how many kids she ended up bringing. She got to the fire station about five minutes after I did. I did give her a seriously dirty look. Mean, I know. That'll scare her huh?
All of this is because they have been working on 23 mile road for the past year, and have set up camp right in front of Emily's school. It has been a real inconvenience picking her up and dropping her off. And, they are not the least bit concerned about the fact that there is a school not 20 feet from where they are working. I have almost been hit by a dump truck at least twice. So, it's no surprise to me that they hit the main gas line for that area. Emily said that they could all smell it inside her school. Great.
Anyway, she's good, and they think it'll be fixed by today, so maybe school tomorrow. What an adventure. Sorry so long, but I had to get it all out. Have a SAFE Tuesday!!
Monday, February 25, 2008
Watched the incredibly boring Academy Awards last night. Is it me, or does that show get more boring every year? And I don't mean to be cruel, but did Daniel Day Lewis' wife check the mirror before she left for the evening? That was the ugliest dress I think I have ever seen. The only highlight of the show was Jon Stewart - I loved that he let that chick who won for best song come back out and give her speech. That was great.
So, I didn't get a chance to do a re-shoot with Paige and the dog. I think I will just have to deal with what I have. Is it that big of a deal? I did take some sister pictures - but that didn't really work either. Paige would not look at the camera because she was much more interested in looking at the toys on the floor. So, I gave Emily so books to share with her sister. She of course still wasn't interested in the camera - but the reading together pictures are just as cute. Look at that look of surprise on Paige's face. She's reading "Hello Bee, Hello Me".
See - I told you she gets it from her sister!!
Okay - so here's the thing...I am getting dinner ready, and I hear Emily go into the bathroom. She's in there for awhile, so I go and check on her and this is what I find. Looking at a train catalog on the potty. I wasn't sure if I wanted to publish this one on the blog, but there are no parts showing, so I guess it's alright. Sorry if I offend anyone - but it was too funny to resist. Swear, it's not a posed picture. She's really intently looking at her Daddy's train catalog.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
At seven months Paige has four bottles a day, eats a stage 2 fruit for breakfast - with oatmeal, and a stage two vegetable for dinner - with rice. She eats Cheerios or Gerber fruit puffs in her highchair while we eat our dinner. She is attempting to crawl forwards, and is proficient at backwards crawling. She love playing with her toys - really into banging things together these days. She loves it when you sing to her. She is VERY smiley. She is very attached to her Mama these days. I cannot leave the room without hearing her cry, and she no longer goes to anyone that she is not very familiar with. She still takes two naps a day and sleeps at least 10 hours straight at night....sometimes more if we are lucky. She is still okay with her pacifier, but most nights will go to sleep without it. There is something magical and soothing about her burp cloths, she loves to rub them on her face when she is tired. Her new and exciting trick is babbling. She just started the other day. The babbling is laced with little shrieks here and there - which is GREAT when she is doing this at 5:30am. She is still fitting in her 9 month size clothes, but not for long. Oh, and she LOVES her big sister. LOVES her. And, the feeling is mutual.
This month was a difficult photo shoot. Paige no longer really fits easily in her doggie. If she had a real sense on balance she could sit in his lap - but that wasn't happening. So I could only take shots of her sitting in front of him - and I forgot to change the setting on the camera before I took the pictures so none of those shots turned out. I will have to do a re-shoot. In any case, here are some of the okay shots. She was very willing to smile, just not willing to sit still.
Mid-yawn - just love that one.
One of the shots in front of the dog - good one of Paige, but you can't really see the dog.....
I love this because it looks like she is clapping - she isn't really, but it's darn cute.
By the way - outfit compliments of my sister Amanda. It comes from her store, Baby Cottons. It is incredibly soft.
No doubt learned this one from Emily.
So this is me after I changed the setting on the camera trying once again to take her picture in front of the dog - she had other plans......
This is where she ended up. Backwards crawling.
Okay - you win, you're cute.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Other exciting developments this week....Emily got pencil poked in the right hand by a lovely child in her class. Her teacher told me that Emily did all that she could to keep this boy from not poking her in the hand, but apparently that wasn't good enough. Luckily, he didn't break the skin. Emily cried for about three seconds, and then went back to her work. She did tell me that the boy (I won't name names) did lose his pencil and paper, spent the rest of the morning in a chair in the corner, and got a note sent home. She seemed pretty satisfied with that. I guess I am too. I told Emily that he was just looking for attention - is that bad? We had a nice long discussion about good versus bad choices, and she seems to know the difference. Childhood.
My Grandpa John is on the mend after having a pacemaker inserted into his chest. The surgery was yesterday morning, and he may be going home as soon as later today. He is doing just great, not surprising - and let's pray that he stays out of the hospital for a good while.
It seems as if the cold that has been around here for awhile, is now gone. I am doing everything I can to keep the flu away. They had a report on the news the other day on how it has sent so many to the hospital, and I would like to really avoid that.
Anyway, some pictures....
Emily is really into Paige's books - especially "The Runaway Bunny". She wants me to read it to her everyday. Don't know why.
It took me about ten tries to even get them in the same frame. You can really see the love Max has for Paige in his eyes - about as much as he loves Emily.
Just love that girl. Below is a photo that I photoshoped. I have no idea how to really use that program, but I am learning courtesy of the Pioneer Woman blog. I just read a few days ago that she is going to launch a new photoshop blog - all about how to edit photos in cool and exciting ways. I am so looking forward to that.
Have a great weekend everyone!! Oh and thank you Ann Marie for Paige's cute outfit. I was afraid that she would outgrow it before we actually got some warmer weather - so I put a long sleeve onesie on underneath the pink shirt. She looks so CUTE.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
It was one of those times that I wish I had a camera in my pocket to take a picture of the whole thing, but unfortunately, the camera was downstairs in the kitchen. And I wasn't about to go and get it - I would miss the whole show!!
So here's some cute pictures of Paige from this morning - thank you Keri for the cute outfit. It matches her new shoes perfectly!!
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I started out my morning by being woken up at 6:30am by little Miss Paige. She may sleep though the night - sometimes - but she gets up EARLY. Eric got her up, changed her diaper, suctioned out her much stuffy nose - much blood curdling screams ensued - and brought her into our bed at 7am. She was quickly followed by her big sister. Sleeping in - I think not. At 7:30am, I went downstairs to feed the baby, and was greeted by a waggy tail dog, who looks like he would like to go out. So, I let him out, and he went down the sidewalk and out of my view. Dang dog. I would have gone down the steps after him, but the steps were covered with ice, and I was not about to fall on my butt....or so I thought. I quickly ran to the garage, opened the door, screamed the dogs name - no dog. I went into the garage to see if I could see him - nope. I took ONE little tiny step onto the driveway to see if I could get a better view and BAM - took a nose dive onto the icy driveway. Keep in mind, I have bare feet, pj's on, and oh, the baby in my arms. In case you are wondering, she was fine...my elbow broke my fall, and prevented the baby from falling too - my now bruised elbow. Oh, and also, bare feet offer no traction, so I am now trapped and praying (it IS Sunday) that none of my neighbors go to the early service at church. I was slipping and not able to get up - Eric was in the shower, and my Mom was still sleeping.....what do I do? I decide that I will just grab on to the small Arborvitae tree and hope that the snow on the ground beside it was not as slippery as the ice - it wasn't...but it was COLD. I was able to get up and get inside quickly. Oh, and where is Max you ask? Waiting for me at the front door.......gotta love it.
So, I went to Target, much later on, did a load of Paige's clothes, made lunch, watched a little bit of the Daytona 500, cleaned out Paige's closet, and all the other typical stuff I do on a Sunday. Oh, and did I mention that I am supposed to be taking it easy.....yeah right.
Would I trade any of it for my old boring Sundays? Not a chance. Take a look at these faces....would you?
Have a great week!!
Friday, February 15, 2008
I decided that with all the yucky cold germs we have around here - the sheets from all beds needed to be washed. Because of this, Emily's duvet cover and other miscellaneous stuff were in a huge pile on her floor. Perfect for a cannonball. Except that, according to Emily, it's not a Cannonball, it's a CandyBall. I don't know why, but when she says stuff that is gramatically incorrect, I usually don't correct her. It's just too cute - and it will all be gone before I know it. I'll blink and tomorrow she'll be 35. Will she still be calling it a CandyBall?
Poor Paige now has the cold - full blown. Eric had to make a 2am trip to the drug store to get her some much needed Benedryl the other night so that she, as well as her very tired parents, could sleep. Now he has the cold as well......am I next? Let's hope not. Way to kick me when I am down, right?
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
In other news, we have had quite a bit of snowfall this past week. We got about 2 more inches last night. It's my favorite kind of snow too - the pretty, sparkly kind. It has been a beautiful sunny day today, so it's especially sparkly. Looks like it will be sticking around a while too - the temperature is not really going above freezing for at least a few days.
I thought it would be fun to draw a heart - in honor of Valentine's Day - in the snow. Emily thought that it looked like fun, so she got her own wooden spoon and joined in. A new medium. Poor Emily has a cold this week, but luckily she is off of school for the mid-winter break, so she can rest up. I think Paige is getting it too - she has a runny nose as well, and is sneezing quite a bit. Never a dull moment around here.
Well, I had better get back to my "resting".
(In case you are wondering where Emily's hat is....we were only outside for about 5 minutes, and in the sun it was pretty warm - no wind. And, I forgot to put it on her. Mother of the Year.)
Monday, February 11, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Can I just say one other totally non-cute realted thing? Of course I can, it's MY blog. Just got back from the LOVELY Kroger grocery store ( I loathe that place). I went there to buy some low fat/low cholesterol ice cream stuff - I can't have anything with a lot of fat because of my gall stone situation. Now I know why Michganders are so fat - there's no LOW FAT anything. I did manage to get some Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches, but that's it. No Fat Free frozen yogurt, no fat free ice cream, no wieght watchers desserts...WTH? That's so annoying. BTW - the skinny cow is awesome. Is it wrong to eat the whole package?? Just kidding.........
Okay - now have a great weekend everyone!
Thursday, February 7, 2008
"Well", I began, "Mommy has a bit of a problem with her insides. Do you know what's inside you here in your upper body?" Emily suggested that there are probably some bones in there somewhere. I said, "Yes, but there are lots of other organs in there also."
"Like my keyboard?"
"No, there are parts that are called organs that all do different things in the body and they are all connected by pipes. Mommy has a problem with a part called the gall bladder."
"What's wrong with it?", Emily asked.
"It's got a bunch of stones in it."
"Yes. Did you ever notice that sometimes when we're outside mommy will bend over, pick up a pebble, and eat it?"
"I'm just kidding, they're not actually rocks."
"Then how do they get there, Daddy?"
"Well sometimes your body makes them. They just look like rocks but they are made out of stuff that is like hard cheese."
"Yes, like Parmigiano Reggiano."
Paige and Grandma yesterday while I was in the hospital.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Sunday was just a lazy day. I made touchdown taco dip in honor of the Superbowl. I also made in honor of the Superbowl, BBQ pork tenderloin, cheesy potatoes and green beans. What does that have to do with football? Football....pigskin....pork....get it? Marinated it in onions, garlic, lime and EVOO. It was YUMMY. I will be making that again.
Also, for the first time in a long time, I actually watched the Superbowl. And was a little upset to not see history made. I really don't follow pro sports - but I would have liked to see someone have a perfect season. Oh well - I am 0-16 in picking the winning Superbowl team. Sorry Patriots that I wanted you to win...it's all my fault.
Pictures from yesterday and today:
Emily loves her keyboard. She was singing for Paige so that she wouldn't cry while I was making her bottles this afternoon. I have been enlisting Emily to "babysit" Paige a lot lately. She loves doing it. Please don't call HRS - I am always in the same room, or the vicinity (the same house), and it's only for a short time - about an hour or two....just kidding. Paige just adores her sister - she can always make her smile. It's so cool to watch.
Have a GREAT week!!
Friday, February 1, 2008
Thought I would share some pictures of my other child - Max. Don't see him on this Blog too frequently - guess he's not feeling the love. He does love the snow. Sometimes it's hard to get him to come back in.
I am off to a twleve hour scrap-a-thon at St. Peter's tomorrow (10am to 10pm). It's gonna take me forever to get everything ready.
Happy Birthday to my Dad tomorrow - as well as my late Grandma and Grandpa Bob. February 2nd is a popular birthday. Happy Groundhogs Day!!