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Month: November 2006

Snow Day

Zach and I stayed home today due to the ice and snow that has finally begun to fall.  The roads were pretty bad out this morning from what I saw on the news, then cleared up a little bit, then got bad again.  Hubby had to go out for a couple of hours, but he is now back home safe and sound.  I probably could have gone to work today, but it was nice to stay home.  I expect I’ll probably be here again tomorrow as well.

For the first time since we have lived in this house (3 years now), we finally lit a fire in our fireplace.  That’s how cold it is in here.  Even with the heat cranked up, there are still drafts of cold air coming in around the windows and doors.  The fire is nice and toasty warm and of course I enjoyed taking pictures of it.

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The cats really enjoyed sitting in front of the fire too.

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This is one of my favorite shots of the fire.  Doesn’t it just scream for marshmallows and graham crackers?

Zach woke up from his nap just in time to catch the beginning of the snow fall.  I took him to the window to have a look and he was quite amazed.  When I told him it was snow, he repeated me.  It is so cool that he can listen and actually repeat the words I say most of the time.  Well, until he decides to repeat the wrong word anyway.  Hubby went outside and brought in a handful of snow for him so he could touch it.  He was very interested until he figured out that it was cold.  Then he tried to shake it off of his hand.

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Zach touching the snow

I imagine I’ll have lots more pictures tomorrow.  For some reason I just love taking pictures of the snow.

Oh the weather outside is frightful

And that is exactly why I’m indoors, at home.  Our nice warm days turned to freezing overnight and from what I hear we are supposed to have quite a bit of ice and possibly a little snow before the sun sets tonight.  Well, before its time for the sun to set anyway because we sure aren’t seeing much of it today.

I am fortunate to work for a company that cares more about their employees getting home safely than it does about productivity.  I got sent home early so that I could get Zach picked up and arrive home safe and sound.  I had to wake Zach up mid-nap at day care, so I’m hoping he doesn’t get too fussy this afternoon.  He seems to be in a great mood so far and is tearing the house apart as usual.

We had a nice little surprise when we arrived home today.  I signed Zach up for Scholastic’s Nick Jr. book club a few weeks ago and the first shipment arrived today.  We got 10 Nick Jr. books, consisting of all of his favorite cartoon characters and a backpack for a total of about $12.  Not bad.  He was so excited when he saw the books.  I wish I could have captured the look on his face when he figured out that they all had either Dora, Diego, Blue, or the Backyardigans on them.

Well, it looks like Hubby is home now too, so I’m going to try to do a little bit of the work I brought home and maybe find something warm to start cooking for dinner.

One little housekeeping note before I go.  I recently signed up for Feedburner for my RSS feeds so if you use a feed reader, please re-subscribe with the new link.  The old one should still work, but I will be able to track things better if you use the new one.

Now, time for some hot chocolate!


This is what the Season is all about

This morning on my way to work I was listening to the local rock station as I almost always do.  Every year around this time they start up a “Hope for the Holidays” campaign in which they help out local people who are in need that aren’t able to get help through traditional charities.  People can e-mail their story to the station and it is then read on air.  Listeners then call in and offer what they can to help the person out. 

This morning they had a single mom who had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and was going through chemo treatments.  Due to the treatments she had to quit her job which then led to her getting behind on her bills.  Her gas was shut off, which means no heat or hot water (and it is getting super cold today) and it has been that way for several months now.  Plus she was a couple of months behind on her rent.  She could have asked for a lot, but all she asked for was help buying some Christmas gifts for her 7 year old daughter.

Almost every time I hear one of the stories and the subsequent gifts offered I end up bawling my eyes out.  What makes it so special is that the radio station isn’t just giving things away.  Other people are calling in and giving what they have to people in need.  Several people called in this morning saying that they could only give $20 but that they wanted to help.

Sometimes the cynic in me wonders if people take advantage of the generosity of others, but other times I am so touched that people out there really care so much for people that they don’t even know.  Humanity never ceases to amaze me.

I wish that I had the resources to give.  I wish that I could give like that all year, not just around the holidays.  And the truth is I could, but I don’t.  I know that I could spare $20 here and there, but for some reason I don’t do it.  I might drop some change into the Salvation Army tin when I walk into a store, but that’s about it.  My excuse is always that I need the money for my own family when really, I spend it on frivolous things that I know we could do without.

Zach’s Christmas gifts have all been purchased, but I have several more to buy for other family members.  Most of those gifts will be bought on credit cards as we are already stretched as far as we can stretch at this time of year.  We’ll spend the new year trying to pay off those charges as well as the rest of the debt we have collected through the winter months.  We’ll make it.  We always do somehow.

I guess what it really boils down to is that I’m feeling like I spend too much and don’t give enough to others.  I would really like to change that.  I have been very blessed in my life and I wish I could share a little bit of that with others.


The kid loves the water

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I finally finished uploading a few shots from my nephew’s birthday party on Saturday. For the second year in a row, he decided to have a swimming party at the Y. The kids all had a really great time and I even enjoyed myself a little more this year since I actually had a swimsuit that fit me and I could get in the water. Last year all I had was a maternity suit and a body that still looked a little bit pregnant but not pregnant enough to actually wear that suit.

Zach absolutely loves the water and had a great time “swimming” back and forth between me and his daddy. Towards the end of the hour long swim time, we got brave and took him on the big water slide with us. The child was absolutely ecstatic! He was very upset when it was time to go. Even after we had changed out of our suits and were on our way out the door he kept trying to run back to the locker room.

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Seventeen Months

Dear Zachary,

Yesterday you turned seventeen months old.  I didn’t get a chance to write anything yesterday because we spent the day having a late Thanksgiving dinner at your Grandpa’s house.  We had a wonderful dinner and then spent the afternoon lounging around with the family.

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It has been unseasonably warm around here this month, which I am very grateful for.  I have gotten to spend a lot of time with you outside, which you seem to love.  At Grandma’s house on Thanksgiving, you had a blast running around her big backyard with your cousins.  I really enjoyed taking pictures of the three of you out there playing catch and falling in the Autumn leaves spread around the yard.

This month you have perfected a lot of words and added many more to your vocabulary.  It seems like you are always saying something new.  I have also started teaching you a few signs because there are certain useful words that you just haven’t figured out how to say yet.  So far, you have learned the signs for please, thank you (even though when you do it you are actually blowing kisses), eat, and more.  I tried to teach you a few signs when you were younger, but you just never picked up on it.  Even though you still require prompts most of the time I’m glad that you are picking up on it now.  I love watching you try to maneuver your hands to make them look like mine.

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In the last few days, you have figured out how to say "Hi!"  You have said it before, but now you will walk up to me or daddy, belt out a big "HI!", and then give us a big grin.  Every time you do that it melts my heart just a little bit more.  You have also re-discovered the word "mama" and like to use it very frequently.  It seems every time I walk even a few feet away from you, you go into panic mode and start screaming out "mama! mama! mama!"  It was cute the first few times, but believe it or not, it does get old after a while.

On October 28th, you got your very first haircut.  Everyone was surprised that I didn’t cut it for you, but we decided to take you to a salon so I could sit back, take pictures, and enjoy this little milestone.  You weren’t very thrilled with the whole thing, but after I handed you a pacifier you settled down and let the lady cut your hair.  Daddy and I were both a little sad to see your curls cut off, but you looked so good with your big boy haircut.  The best part is, the curls didn’t stay away very long.  You definitely inherited the curls from your mommy.

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I have been feeling really guilty lately because I think I’ve been letting you watch entirely too much TV.  It is hard to turn it off or not to give in to you when it is the one thing you really love.  Your attention span is obviously growing because you will sit still on the couch for a full 20 minute episode of your favorite shows on Noggin.  It is so hard not to let you do this.  Besides the screaming that occurs when I don’t let you watch your shows, it gives me an entire 20 minutes to do what I want to do, or you know, cook dinner which seems to be important to both you and Daddy.

For the last few weeks we have changed up your bedtime routine a little bit.  You pretty much told us we had to change it when you started screaming and grabbing at me every time I tried to put you to bed.  I used to be able to take you to your room, turn off the lights, turn on your music, lay you down, and walk out of the room.  You would quickly be off to lala land and I got a couple of hours alone with Daddy before I crashed for the night.  Now the only way I can get you to go to sleep is if I lay down with you in my bed and that can take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour.  So, we changed things up a bit and now Daddy puts you to bed most of the time.  You will usually lay down for him, but some nights it still doesn’t work and you end up just sleeping with us because after fighting to get you to sleep for two hours we are exhausted.

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Fall always seems to be a very busy time for us.  There have been lots of exciting things going on.  We celebrated Halloween where you dressed up as Blue from Blue’s Clues.  You had a great time trick-or-treating with your cousins even though you didn’t quite get the concept down.  Daddy went out of town for a weekend and left us on our own for the first time since you were born.  We celebrated Thanksgiving with our family.  Then we celebrated your cousin Dylan’s seventh birthday. 

This next month will be just as busy, if not more.  Your cousin Ryan will be turning two, I will be going out of town for a weekend without you (I just hope I don’t cry too much!), then there will be Christmas, and Granny and Papa are going to try to come up for a visit.  I’m anxious for all of it, although I wish things could just slow down a little bit.

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The best part of the busy holiday season for me is that I get to spend it with you.  You are the best gift I could ever receive.



Tagged: 3 Things

I’ve been tagged by Amanda, which was actually kind of nice because I thought it would make for an easy post.  It was actually much harder than I thought it would be.

1. 3 Things that scare me: Skinny jeans, not being around to see my children grow up, leaving without Zach for a four-day weekend
2. 3 People who make me laugh: Hubby, Zach, Adam Sandler
3. 3 Things I love: my family, music, the internet
4. 3 Things I hate: inconsiderate people, housework, listening to Zach cry and not being able to fix whatever is wrong
5. 3 Things I don’t understand: myself, Black Friday, the YouTube craze
6. 3 Things on my desk: laptop, Mickey Mouse coffee mug (even though I don’t drink coffee), my list of things I need to do
7. 3 Things I’m doing right now: blogging, listening to Pearl Jam, trying to figure out why it is so cold in here
8. 3 Things I want to do before I die: visit all 50 U.S. states, meet all of my grandchildren, be financially stable
9. 3 Things I can do: crochet, bargain shop, design a web page
10. 3 Things I can’t do: say no to my family without making excuses, stick to my diet, get over the fact that I want to be at home with Zach instead of working
11. 3 Things I think you should listen to: KT Tunstall’s Acoustic Extravaganza, Sarah McLachlan’s Wintersong, Pearl Jam’s Lost Dogs
12. 3 Things you should never listen to: this is too hard to narrow down so let’s just pretend that I answered this question and move on
13. 3 Things I’d like to learn: graphic design, how to play guitar (like rockstar status not just the fiddling around that I do from time to time), how to potty train a 17-month-old boy so I can quit changing diapers
14. 3 Favorite foods: Pizza, Chicken Burrito, Olive Garden’s Eggplant Parmesan.
15. 3 Beverages I drink regularly: Coke Zero, Crystal Light Peach Tea, water
16. 3 Shows I watched as a kid: Fraggle Rock, Kids Incorporated, The Smurfs
17. 3 People I’m tagging: I don’t think I’ll tag anyone, but if you decide to play along, let me know!

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