Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

She was "starving" prior to eating.

Daddy brought her a whole turkey leg.

She started to eat it like this without prompting. So cute!

Time to clean up.

Today we celebrate our last "first" holiday. We have now celebrated every holiday with our little girl. In two weeks, we'll celebrate Gotcha Day. It's hard to believe that she has been in our lives for nearly a year yet it seems like she has been with us forever. We are ever so thankful for her among all the other things that we are thankful for. We've had our dinner and Daddy is doing the clean up and Chani and I are watching the Macy's Day parade. Guess I should go and help him get things put away.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Girls Weekend Away

This last weekend, Lisa and Maisie went with Chani and I to Chattanooga, Tennessee for a girls weekend away. We had a blast doing all sorts of things. We started the weekend off with an early check in to the Chattanooga Choo Choo where we grabbed some quick naps and then headed out for a visit to the Chattanooga Aquarium. Since I have been there last, they had added a second building which was fun to walk around. After the aquarium, we grabbed some dinner and headed back to our hotel. Chani and I walked up through the gardens and among the lit torches. It was rather beautiful although a bit cold. We did a bit of shopping and then headed back to our room for the night.

The next day, we went to breakfast and then headed out to the Creative Discovery Museum. This place was pretty cool. They had so many areas and hands on for the kids. I think they really loved it. It would be cool to have one closer so we could have play dates there. It was really something. One of the special things they had was a craft station where the kids decorated placemats. They then took them and gave them to the meals on wheels program when they delivered food to the needy. I thought this was really special and Chani even made two for them. Great idea!! After the museum, we headed back for the naps and later on that evening, we headed to the Tennessee Valley Railroad to hop on the Polar Express train to the North Pole. There wasn't much available for dinner so we settled on a sandwich and made due with what we had. We then boarded the train and went for a ride. We saw lights, listened to the Polar Express story, had milk and cookies and finally we saw Santa Claus. Santa boarded the train and talked to each of the kids on the ride back. Maisie even allowed him to hold her. Unlike Chani who was too frightened and didn't want a thing to do with him. That ended our night.

The next morning, we packed up the car, had a final breakfast and headed out to the Chattanooga zoo. We were the only ones there and had the place to ourselves. We bundled up and walked though the exhibits. We saw deer, red pandas, goats, camels, snow leopards, chimpanzees among a few other animals. It was a small zoo but it was pretty nice. In fact, all four activities we did were all rather nice. It was a fabulous weekend and only a couple hours away. It was so nice to get away and spend some quality time with my little girl. She is growing so fast and changes constantly. I love seeing the world through her eyes.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's a kite!!

UPDATE: I should probably clarify that I did not take this photo. It's one that I found online. I wish I were that good at taking pictures but I'm not.

This morning, Chani and I headed downtown for lunch. One of our China travel mates came to town for a conference so we went down to have lunch with her. It was so much fun seeing her and talking about the girls. Since she was here on business, her girls had to stay at home and didn't get to come. We missed seeing them but had a great time anyway.

Before we had lunch, and since we were so close, Chani and I went to the Georgia Aquarium. This was the first time that we've ever been there alone. It was pretty quiet and not many people were there so it was really nice. They are doing tons of construction for new exhibits and the members entrance was closed as well. We had to walk to the main entrance where a bunch of people were waiting. We didn't have to wait but were able to walk right by them all and go right in. That perk alone was so totally worth being a member. One of very first exhibits as you walk into the place is on either side of you, some fish that all swim in one direction, the same as you are walking. It appears that they are leading you into the place. I've never noticed it before and thought it was pretty cool looking. We only had an hour to visit so we did the major tanks and spent some time at the touching pools. I've never been there when it was so uncrowded. I've also never noticed so many employees scattered around. Perhaps it was because there just wasn't that many people around and they just stuck out more or else they did a major hiring. One of the cutest moments of the trip was when we were under the arch. She looked up and saw a sting ray and said, "A kite." Too cute!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

My first craft show

My friend Randi asked me to be in her MOPS holiday craft show this year. It's a huge fundraiser for them so I thought, why not. Matt built me some spinning towers and I put together nearly 800 bows. Prior to that, I had to come up with a price list. That was no easy task but I think I finally have it to where it's consistent and competitive with others. Matt is still working on the website a little at a time. I took photos of those 800 bows and am in the process of labeling them and getting them ready to be posted on the site. In the meantime, I still have the temporary site and I've been posting some pictures to that when I have the time. I managed to talk to a couple who have opened up a hair salon/spa who want a spinner of their own with bows to sell based on consignment. Matt is building me a scaled down version of the spinner. He's building me a couple extra just in case someone else out there wants the same. I also met a couple different women who are looking for cheer leading bows. Both want around 20 each. I'd so love to get both of those jobs. I did a mock up of one and I think it looks pretty good. It is huge! I learned a lot about what people want in bows so I'll concentrate on that. I have a second bow show coming up this weekend with Bridgett. And then, another small one scheduled at one of the local elementary schools. I'm really looking forward to both of these. Now I need to make some bows in school colors and more holiday bows.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Funny "Kiss"

I am so gonna miss when she learns how to pronounce things.
When she wants a kiss, she says, "kiss" only she can't pronounce the "k". Instead she uses a "p" sound.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Consignment with Lisa

Another day, awhile back, Lisa and I did our annual "Big Toy Consignment Sale." Here are the goodies and great deals that I got. I have become so behind on blogging that I'm trying to catch up.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Terrible Twos Tantrum

So, these are coming on more and more. As we were on our way home today, we stopped by McDonalds to grab a bite to eat and to wake her up a bit as she was almost out before we got home and I didn't want that. After we finished eating, I let her play on the playground equipment and after she had gone down the slide half a dozen times, I told her to put on her shoes. She said she wanted to keep sliding so I told her okay, one more time and then we would go. After that turn, she flat out refused to stop. I tried putting her shoes on her but she arched her back, screamed no, cried and tried everything in her power to not put her shoes on. I picked them up, along with her and had to walk through the entire place with her crying. I put her in her seat and gave her a book. She kept crying out shoes, shoes and slide, slide. I told her no again and that she could have them when we got home. I then let her cry it out. She cried most of the way home, screaming for her shoes and slide. I just pretty much ignored her. Then, just as quickly as it started, it stopped. She was then chanting trick or treat Mama, trick or treat Daddy and trick or treat Bindi, laughing it up.

We went with the playgroup today and did some pottery painting. She painted a Christmas tree as did all the other kids. I did a moose. I'm excited to see them all fired. I am wanting to go back and so some more. I'd love to be able to take my time painting a piece. I like doing it so much, I'd like to make it a weekly thing. I wonder if I could talk Matt into keeping Chani that much?!!

This last weekend, we went to Dare's 2nd birthday party. I got very few shots before my camera battery died. I was disappointed that I didn't get any more shots. When I got home, I popped the battery in the charger and let it charge overnight as the next day, we were heading to the zoo. Chani's first trip to the zoo (I don't count the one in China as it was so pathetic.) Well, that battery lay on the counter instead of inside the camera which by the way, went with me all over the zoo. Oh boy! No pictures of that either.

I did manage to snap a few of Chani helping Daddy with the kitchen sink earlier in the day.

I'm all finished with preparing for the craft show that I'm doing this weekend. Everything is packed and ready to be loaded into the truck and carted off to the show. This is only the second time that I will be leaving Chani with someone. She is going to play with her friend Katie tonight for a couple hours while Matt helps me get set up. I have no idea how long it will take us but he needs to help me with the heavy stuff so we decided that we should get her a sitter. I'm a bit nervous although I know she'll be in good hands. I just don't know how she will act, especially with her stunt today. We should be home before bedtime so that should help, I would think. Wish me luck this weekend. I hope to sell out!!

Ending on a sad note, my Uncle Bud passed away this week. I haven't seen him in years but he never failed to send a Christmas letter. I'll miss that and him too.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Her Ballet and Tumble Class

I can hardly believe that her first session is almost over. One thing that I really, really like about her dance classes is that each week, she gets to dress up in a different costume. They have different props each time and she has never had a duplicate one. Once this session is over, we're switching to a tap/ballet class. She has done some make up classes and joined a couple of tap classes. She LOVED stomping in them. I just hope that she'll follow directions a bit better because this class will be a bit more structured.

Here is a slide show of various weeks and various costumes.

Happy Halloween

What a fun filled, FULL day we had. We started out with going to her final ballet/tumble class. Since it was a party day, both classes combined for a huge and chaotic day. We started with the tumbling and then moved into ballet. Not much of a class since there were so many people there. All the kids dressed in their own costumes and seemed to really enjoy it. A lot of the Dads came which was really nice. We signed up for the winter session ballet/tap class next and ordered some tap shoes and a new leotard. We were also invited to a different gymnastics class on Tuesdays so once our music class is over, we'll start that.

1. Munching on pretzels.
2. Having tons of fun.
3. Her friend Savannah.
4. Sweet hugs from Savannah.
5. Her friend Malia.
6. Tap Shoes.

Right after that, we headed home to our subdivision where we had a neighborhood party for the little tykes. We arrived a bit late but had a great time catching up on crafts, lunch, a story and games. During the story, she got to be the "hat". She didn't quite understand it and was more interested in looking at the pool saying water over and over again. After all of this, she was wiped on top of having a cold so we went back home for a much needed nap and some quite time. I even took a nap.

1. What's in the goody bag?
2. Her friend Dylan
3. Story time
4. Family Photo
5. Playing Hot Potato
6. Playing Limbo

We had planned on going downtown for some fun activities but decided that we'd better keep her strength for the evening. It actually ended up being a good thing since one of our neighbors said they went and it was pretty lame. Daddy went and fetched some dinner so we ate that and then put on our costume once again. We drove over to Rachel's street, parked the car and walked around a bit. I got to hold Torin who is now 7 weeks old. He's still as tiny as ever and cute as a button. I sooo wanted to take him home. We then walked around to about 15 houses. A few of them set out bowls of candy with their lights on. Her very first house was like that. The second one she did manage to get out trick or treat and thank you. I think she only did it about 20% of the time. After we drove to another neighbor down the street, we headed back and Matt let us off to finish up the closer neighbors. He went to hand out candy. She was really wiped by the time we got home and sadly, we didn't get any pictures of her actually standing at the doors or even walking. Daddy just ended up carrying the camera. The first thing she did when we got home was to dump all her candy on the floor and look at it. It was too cute. Then, the doorbell rang. She went with me to hand out treats. We ended up with 42 kids this year. Each year it gets bigger and bigger. I ran out of candy and was scrambling to find more so I ended up giving out just about all that we had. I then shut off the light and put the little one to bed. It was a super fun day. One that I know I'll remember, even if she doesn't.

1. Holding the cutest dalmation puppy ever!
2. Her very first house.
3. More of getting her own.
4. Looking at the glow stick and wondering what it is.