Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Here are some pictures of our little cutie. I love that smile!
We started her on solids on her 6 month Birthday back on the 9th. So far, here is a list of what she does NOT like:
Here is a list of what she DOES like:
Hmmm... I am a little worried she may want to nurse until college! It's actually pretty funny- we have some great video of her hating real food! It's just taking her a little longer to get used to eating real food, but that's ok. She'll get it- I'm not worried.
Claire officially started crawling yesterday. I was giving Audra a bath and all of a sudden Claire just decided to start crawling and off she went. I'll get some video to post later.
And, not to leave Audra completely out, here she is doing what she loves best- playing with Claire:
I had to prompt her a little bit in the video, and she's talking really quiet, but she loves to come up to Claire and say, "I'm gonna get you!" and then tickle Claire. Sometimes Claire is amused, other times not so much. (I know my videos are lame, but I think Grandma High likes them)
I did not so do so well this month. I SAVED a ton by my coupon shopping, but I spent way over my goal of $2oo/month.
To looking like this:
And, I was still $70.00 UNDER my average of what I used to spend before I started shopping with coupons.
I purposely put all those boxes of cereal in the picture- I now have over 60 boxes of cereal in storage that we are rotating- we go through 3 boxes a week, so I figured I might as well put them in food storage. And, they all cost me right around 1.00/box! Not bad for name brand cereal.
So even though I didn't reach my initial goal of cutting my food bill in half, I am getting closer to my main goal of getting my year's supply of food (and after seeing the horrile situation in Haiti, I am definitely realizing how important that goal is!).
Monday, January 25, 2010
Her great-grandparents High:And celebrate her Uncle Matt's wedding day:
I will briefly brag that she was UNBELIEVABLE on the airplane both ways! On the flight back, she did not make a single peep the entire flight! It was awesome! On the way there, she just wanted me to hold her high so she could see everybody behind her. My arms got tired, but it was totally worth it because she was such a perfect angel. As people were leaving, they kept saying, "what a great baby! She was wonderful on the flight!" All true- what a trooper!!
The wedding went well- even though the bride was an hour late. Hee, hee- that's something we won't ever let her live down. Come on, you have to laugh at that! Besides that, everything was perfect, and this is truly so exciting for our family! A lot of you know that my brother has had trials with women in the past, so we are ECSTATIC that he found such a perfect match. They are wonderful together, and I could not be happier for my little brother. Welcome to the family, Ilea!
Back to Claire. Look at what she is doing:
Is that not the cutest picture? She has been sitting up like that since about Jan. 14.
Gearing up for her next move:
Woah, look out world! Here she comes:She sticks her bum HIGH into the air, and then pushes herself forward. She doesn't crawl so much as scoot, but man can she get around! Time for baby gates, I guess.
Then, she has gotten her first two teeth! Her bottom 2 middle teeth are in. This has not been a pleasant experience for the poor girl. With Audra you didn't even know she was teething, but poor Claire is having a tough time. At first, I was really bummed because that meant less sleep for me. But, now I am surprisingly grateful for the excuse to hold her in my arms and rock her in the wee hours of the night. I know that seems strange, but there is something so precious about holding your baby- who is in pain- in your arms and soothing them. I tried to take a mental picture of me rocking her to sleep so that in years to come, when I have forgotten how tired I was, I will remember those precious moments. And they really are precious moments- a blessing in disguise.
Of course, nobody wants their baby in pain, however! So I did run to the store and came across these miracle pills:
Hyland's Teething Tablets: They are awesome! They are homeopathic and all natural, and they actually work! Tylenol and Ora-jel did nothing for Claire, but these work amazingly well- I highly recommend them for teething babies! In fact, this is what the back of the box says:
Please note: If your baby has been crying or is very upset, your baby may fall asleep after using this product because the pain has been relieved and your child can rest.
HELLO!!! I was totally sold!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
But then the bell would ring and class would start and I would fall in love with being in the classroom- fall in love with teaching, with being able to interact with the students and help them prepare for college and life, fall in love with the sense of accomplishment that comes from knowing you have done a good job.
I wanted to be a teacher since I was 5. I used to make my siblings play school with me, only I was always the teacher. I would line up my stuffed animals on my bed and teach them (which is an excellent way to learn the required material of the course, by the way). For 5 years I got to live my dream.
I was good at teaching, too. Parents still e-mail me or stop me at the store and tell me how much they miss me. I'm not saying that to brag, I'm saying that because it is nice to know that I was able to have an impact on students and be an influence on them in their lives.
And now it is coming to an official end. Of course, I can always reapply and go back, but for now my tenure is ending. I got the resignation papers in the mail and it is time to send them in (one of the very few perks we get as teachers is a very long extended leave- we get 3 years maternity leave- unpaid, obviously- before we have to go back).
I wasn't sad about it until I started typing this post.
Since staying home with my girls, I have noticed more and more a negative attitude toward stay at home moms. Not from my friends or family, of course, but in the media. I have seen so many characters in a show say something along these lines, "my mom gave up her dreams when she had me," that I can not even count.
I really want my girls to know, though, that I am not giving up my dreams to be home with them. They are my dream! The greatest thing about the Feminist Movement-in my opinion-was that it gave women choices: my CHOICE is to stay at home. Nobody is making me, this is what I want (even if some days I wonder why).
In reality I don't miss work. What do I remember most about teaching: ALWAYS being stressed! Even during our long vacations, I was ALWAYS thinking about teaching. I would get so mad/jealous of Ben because when he comes home from work, he comes home from work. I was always thinking about work- you teachers out there know exactly what I am talking about. Anyway, my point is that it really was WORK. It was HARD- and then you would have an angry parent or student, or politics in the office (SO much politics in the school system- I can't even tell you!!!), that I often would lose sleep. I don't miss that. I don't miss the grading. Or the lesson planning. Or the 5:30 wake-up time. Or the stress, stress, stress.
I had 5 years to live what I thought was my dream. And it was great and I would never change that for the world because it taught me what my true dream is: to be a mom. Now I will never have to regret never "fulfilling my dreams" because I am lucky to have the best of both worlds- accomplish what I thought was most important and then move on to the next stage of life which is even better and more important.
And so I officially close that chapter of my life to enter a better, more challenging, chapter. I don't get the accolades (usually free movie tickets) or the applause that I once got. But I get a slobbery kiss, a play date with friends, and two of the greatest kids ever born. What more could a woman want?
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
(In the parking lot at Target)
As we are about to go to the museum:
Then, this isn't Audra, but I also love my husband- he cracks me up! Here is a conversation from last night:
I love that man!
Then, out of my mouth have come some things I never thought I would say:
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Here's the list:
Michael Jackson’s children
And the most fascinating: Michelle Obama
SOOOOOOO many things wrong with this list!
Frist: Adam Lambert???? HE LOST AMERICAN IDOL!!!! What on earth has he done that is so special outside of being gay- which isn't special anymore!!!! If he had won, maybe I could understand (though last year's list didn't have the AI winner on it), but HE LOST!!!
Second: Sarah Palin- she is an ignorant twit who QUIT HER JOB SO SHE COULD WRITE A BOOK AND GET RICH- how does that make her any different then every other publicity-seeking-bimbo in America???? Dang, I hate her. (But PLEASE elect her as your Rep. presidential candidate in 2012 to ensure another Democratic sweep!)
Third: Lady Who???
Fourth: Kate Gosselin. Why is she on the list but not John? Is she more fascinating then him- or just seeking the publicity more?
Fifth: Tyler Perry- what has he done this year that is so much greater then every other year?
Sixth: Jenny Sanford- her husband cheated on her. That makes her fascinating? What politician hasn't cheated on his wife? I don't think that makes their wives fascinating. It makes me feel sorry for them. (to her credit, though, I will say that I was happy to hear that she left him- she deserves better)
And the worst thing:
Seventh: WHERE ON EARTH IS CAPTAIN SULLY ON THIS LIST???? HOW ON EARTH DID HE NOT MAKE THE LIST (and Adam Nobody did) AFTER LANDING AN AIRPLANE ON A RIVER AND SAVING OVER A HUNDRED LIVES?????
I never paid much attention to this list, and now I will pay even less attention to it. What a waste of paper to have made this list in the first place.
Obviously, these are my very opinionated thoughts. Anybody else's thoughts?
Saturday, January 2, 2010
It doesn't seem to me that all of a sudden everything is going to change or be different just because the calendar changed. Life continues to go on, we just get older. I suppose I have made one big "resolution" for this year- to get our food storage. But even that started in 2009 and is just continuing on into 2010. Resolutions are funny to me. Why do they have to be at the beginning of the year, and only once a year? I think goals should be a continual process- not a one time deal. So, I guess I am a party pooper. But, nevertheless, I do wish you all a wonderful, happy new year with many happy suprises!
Here she is with Alicia- Audra LOVED these reindeer ears. So cute!
Claire on Christmas morning:
Here we are on the Boardwalk. It is sooooooo beautiful! Denver can't compete, in my opinion.
Then, we went to Snoqualmie and stayed at a cabin (which is quite the misnomer as this was really more like a beautiful vacation home then anything resembling logs and a cabin feel). We went snomobiling and had some great family time, but unfortunately the good pictures of the views are on my parents camera, so these will have to do:
Claire doing what she does best: Looking cute:
I have a great picture of Audra taking a bath with her cousins Katie and Aubrey, and while it was G-rated I decided against posting it in such a public forum, but the story behind it is cute. Steph was giving her girls a bath, and Audra insisted on joining them- she just LOVED being with her cousins and doing everything that they were doing. If they were taking a bath, she was NOT going to be left out!
We really did have a great vacation, and as usual, it ended way too soon. But, Claire and I get to go back in 2 weeks for my brother's wedding, so it wasn't as hard to say good-bye this time!