Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Some people have a sand box, well, we have a dirt box. This is the box of dirt I had setting out from when we planted at our Earth Week Celebration, but there is a lot of dirt left and Isabel loves digging in it. She does get quite messy afterwards.
Here is a picture to analyze. The three of us did some painting this evening. Isabel painted two of them and I painted one and daddy painted the other. Mine started out as a rain cloud & tree, but then with a little help from Isabel it changed into a tornado. Daddy made the volcano. Here are my thoughts on what Isabel made....(bottom left) looks like a pitbull wearing a halo riding a horse that is talking to a cardinal....and (top right) it's a landscape picture that has a bridge, a red poppy, a mountain, a tree & a field, but hidden in there is a face smiling.....I guess our daughter has a more friendly view of our world.....daddy & I seem be feeling like we have been hit by natural disasters.....what do you think?
Sunday, April 27, 2008
After that we came home & I picked up the babysiter for the night. Brooke did a great job with Isabel. Isabel didn't even care that we were leaving because she was too busy putting together puzzles with Brooke. It is nice to have found a sitter.
As always, remember that you can click on the picture to enlarge it and see more detail.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
We all went to church this morning and then out for brunch at Saxe's Casual Fine Dining. They have a buffet brunch on Sunday that was really good. I recommend it.The best thing about a buffet with kids is that you can can them fed right away and then get out when you need to, so I am happy we found this place.
Grandma & Grandpa were here for a short weekend visit. We played outside this afternoon & grilled out. It was very nice. It was the first time this season that we grilled out & had a picnic outside (both at the same time). We hope the weather stays beautiful like this because Isabel & I are having an Earth Week Celebration playgroup on Friday here.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Sliding down bounce house; Decorating party hat with mom; Playing in sandbox; Playing with toys.
We went to a birthday party this afternoon. Of couse, she loved the cake. She had a lot of fun sliding with her friend. It was really cute when her friend was saying, "C'mon Isabel, you can do it! You did it!" Tonight grandma & grandpa babysat while mom & dad went and saw the movie Leatherheads. It is daddy's birthday tomorrow so he got to choose the movie.
Not sure what number of slideshow this is to the Concord Zoo, but we love this place. We met some families from our playgroup here on Friday and had a great time.
Today, we went to Good Harvest Market for their Earth Day Celebration and bought some yummy food and were able to sample lots of yummy treats. Now we are just waiting for grandma & grandpa to get here for their visit this weekend.
Friday, April 18, 2008
If you haven't heard, the company that daddy works for is laying off 10% of non-production workers (6.5% of production workers). He's a non-production worker. They aren't actually going to decide who is laid off until the end of June/ beginning of July after voluntary retirement requests are due in.
So, here we are, with a house in MN waiting to be sold so we can move here. Now what happens if our house sells? We certainly are not going to buy anything until after the layoffs have been completed. But then all our stuff could be in storage. It just all seems like a big mess. And then there is the possibility that he could get laid off (which we do want to stay here) and granted we do have a house to go back to, but we'd never be able to sell it if it hasn't sold because we could not afford to sell it at the price we lowered it to. Why, you ask? Well, the company pays the realtor commissions as part of the relo package, so we lowered it as far as we possibly could to try & get it sold finally. But if we move back & daddy has to find a new job in the Cities, well, we couldn't take the loss of the relator commissions and daddy is back to commuting a long distance.
And there is nothing we can do now to figure anything out. We can't even have a Plan B or C. We had come up with some ideas, prior to yesterday, regarding where we would live on June 1. I have some friends here who have graciously opened up their homes to us while they are on vacation in June or July and we may have to take them up on it because I am not sure that we can afford to use our savings to stay in a hotel for 2 months. Any bit of time we can stay other places is probably what we have to do.
I thought th stress before was as much as I can handle. Now with this new turn of events, I just don't know. I thought there was nothing I can do before.....well, now there is really nothing I can do because all we can do is sit & wait.
My poor sister is in a similar situation with the income thing for one of them & uncertainty, but they have a permanent house, but are EXPECTING! I just don't think I could handle having to find a job right now & daycare for Isabel. I don't want that for our family. It is working well for all of us with me as a SAHM.
So, now I am turning in our 30-day notice to the Y for cancelling membership on the chance we might not get to use it during June or July. I can still renew it at anytime before 60 days without having to pay a new joiner's fee. It sucks. And I think our playgroup attendance is going to just be at parks & homes until July when we know what is going on. Well, we did buy a zoo pass, so we can still go there (& will to make sure we get our money out of it). It just feels like we have to save every little dime now. I hate this.
I wonder if the reason our house has not been sold is because God knew we had to go back.
Ok - enough dwelling on something I can do nothing about but sit & wait.
Anyways - the cake was a little experiment. I made a half a box of white cake mix (per directions), then mixed in a half package of raspberry kool-aid and a half cup of frozen raspberries and baked as directed. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but it is great! The cake is very moist and tasty. After it cooled I just put vanilla frosting on it, although I don't think you really need the frosting.
In other news -- I have a sinus infection I am trying to get rid of. I don't like drugs, so I am trying some natural ways. It might actually be working because this morning I don't have the throbbing sinus headace anymore.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
This one does have music and only a little text to read at the very beginning and very end.
I will also post a collage of my favorite pictures from this slideshow and I have a couple of videos on YouTube as well. Just follow this link to my YouTube page and see the new videos of her throwing rocks and exploring a worm. Sometimes the videos take a while to process and get on there, so just check back if they are not there yet.
The slideshow is only pictures & words. No music to this one.
We met some members of our playgroup at Fort Cushing park. It's a fun park, but because of all the nooks & crannies it is hard for the moms to have a conversation & keep an eye on their kids. The place was super packed and all the spots in the parking lot were taken. She had a good time. We ate lunch there and then stopped at the library on our way home to turn in her Culver's coloring sheet (for National Library Week) and got her certificate for a free ice cream cone. We didn't end up sharing the cake we brought. It seemed like everyone was on different snack/lunch schedules and it was just too busy. I gave Isabel a piece in the car and she fell asleep while eating it. She got up about 30-40 minutes too early this morning, so consequently her naptime is now 40 minutes earlier. Plus, running around at the park probably helped tire her out.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
* We also checked out the DVD, Word World: Rocket to the Moon. Isabel likes it.
* Isabel said to me the other day "See how tall" and backed up against the height poster on her bedroom wall. As of Monday she is 35 inches tall. It's only a few more days until 23 months, so I am not sure if she'll be any taller then.
* We have 2 more weeks left of our Preschool Power Hour class. We like it and plan to continue taking it. Isabel is one of the younger ones in the class and can't sit still very well, but she enjoys it. It is pretty fast moving, which is good because you can't stay too long on one thing with toddlers. Isabel loves the singing & dancing & art time & physical activity time. As long as we make the Mke area our permanent home, we do plan on signing up again in the fall.
Monday, April 14, 2008
She is 99 weeks old in this picture.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
Check out her rainboots she just got. We're supposed to get some rain tomorrow afternoon, so maybe Wednesday morning we can go out & play in the puddles, or even tomorrow afternoon if her rain coat will fit over here winter coat.
The ice finally all melted on the lake last night. It was so warm this weekend & last night, but now it is chilly again. I don't like it.
Just last week she started saying a ton of 2 & 3 word sentences. Right before I took the sideways video she said, "It's good tea.", but of course she wouldn't say that again on camera. Yesterday when we were playing with bubbles & daddy was picking her up she says, "I'm flying." It was very cute.
She got her second 2 year old molar on Saturday when she took her super long nap. This one is the lower right 2-year molar. So, now she has both on the right side and is still waiting for the ones on the left to poke through.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Isabel has been feeling a little under the weather. Her appetite has been very finnicky and she has been very sensitive & a little cranky at times. She still has a cough and a runny nose (although it is clear.) And most times she is in really good spirits. But we have been trying to keep it a little more low-key than usual and didn't go to the storytime last night.
She always squints her eyes and smiles big when I tell her to say "Cheese!"
Nevermind mommy looking disheveled; it is kinda a nice picture regardless.
Friday, April 04, 2008
We went to the zoo with our playgroup. I will post the slideshow in a bit. It was a lot of fun. We carpooled with Lori & Rachael. The girls on the same nap schedule, but it didn't work out so well. She napped for 15 minutes in the car and then about 15 minutes in the house and that as it. Maybe I'll get her to go down for a later nap.
She loved the fish again. I have a feeling that someone may be asking for a goldfish in a couple of years. She really liked the elephants too. She liked seeing all the animals, but the elephants & fish were her favorite.
Tonight we are hoping to take her to the Books & Co. Pajama Party storytime. Although, lately she has not been good about public storytimes. She doesn't want to sit still and just wants to run around.
Apparently, we made national news because a church downtown blew up. It was about 6-7 miles away from our rental here. And speaking of our rental here, the neighbors just put their place up for sale for $1,375,000. Crazy. We don't know the neighbors, but my theory is that it is a divorce. The guy would yell a lot at the wife & kids.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
We got outside for a little bit today after dinner and it was good for all of us. We are sick of being inside so much and sick of it being cold. Isabel & I went to St. Vincent's today and we picked up some new toddler books for her (some really good ones too!) and her new "ride", that's what she calls it -- "my ride". She was just loving it. So, we were outside for a while watching her ride around and swinging on the log swing & picking up sticks. Tomorrow it will hopefully be nice and we can meet some friends at a local park and play.
Oh - and Auntie Phanie called and tried telling us she is pregnant. We're not sure that we believe her and are waiting until we see the proof in a couple of weeks. Her & Uncle J have this thing about playing April Fools pranks, so they are not to be believed. She thinks I will feel foolish when she proves she is, but I will just be happy for them.