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Month: April 2008

The One Where I Show Off My Family

The weekend before last we loaded up the kiddos and took a drive down to Springfield to visit my mom’s side of the family. My Grandma had been asking when she was going to get to meet her newest Great-Granddaughter and I couldn’t deny her any longer. It was a quick day trip so we didn’t have time to get around much, but fortunately my Aunt, Uncle, and some of my cousins were able to come over to my Grandma’s as well so we could visit for a while. We had a really nice visit and everybody loved getting to meet Evie for the first time. The weather was beautiful that day too so the kids got to run around and play outside which gave me plenty of opportunities to snap some photos. The photos are up on Flickr, but I wanted to share a few of my favorites here.

Having a Father-Son Moment
Zach and Daddy having a quick father-son moment

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Evie meeting her Great Granny for the first time

My Grandma
There’s just something about this one that I love. I keep thinking that someday when she’s gone I’m going to really appreciate having this photo.

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My cousin’s son, Bradley, waving a bubble wand

My other cousin’s daughter, Michaela. I still want to play around with this one in Photoshop but I’m not sure if I can make it any better.

She did WHAT?
Evie looking surprised and as cute as ever!

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First Day Back

Six weeks went by in a flash. Today I dropped Evie off at her new day care and I think I left my heart there with her when I walked out the door. I am happy with the choice I made for a day care provider, but it is so very hard to leave my tiny baby with someone else.

After dropping Evie off I took Zach to school only to find out that it was picture day. Somehow I managed to miss the announcement about pictures. Zach was dressed in sweatpants and a Cars t-shirt. He had toothpaste on his mouth and I didn’t even bother to comb his hair. It is so hard to get him up and dressed in the morning that I didn’t bother even trying to make him look nice. I was just happy he had clothes on.

From there it was time to go to work. Going to work wasn’t really the bad part of the day. I don’t really mind my job. It is just that I would much rather be at home with my kids. It also helped that I knew I was only working for a few hours because Evie had a doctor’s appointment. It took a few minutes to get myself situated in my office and before I knew it, it was time to pump some milk for Evie and head out.

I would have been very excited to be picking Evie up early, except that I knew where we were headed and was a little nervous. At her one-month check up, the doctor detected a slight heart murmur and suggested that we take her to a pediatric cardiologist for further testing so that’s where we had to go today. As it turned out, there wasn’t much to worry about. She slept through most of the testing and the cardiologist didn’t see any significant problems.

So now we’re home and snuggling on the couch.  I’m trying my hardest not to fall asleep.  Considering I only got about four hours of sleep last night, staying awake is quite a feat.  I was up late trying to get everything packed and ready for Evie to go to day care and me to go to work today.  On top of that, I was a bit on edge after I realized there were police helicopters searching our neighborhood with spotlights.  I was even more on edge after I spotted the cop right outside my window with a dog and flashlight.  I’m still not sure what that was all about and may never know I suppose.

I’m hoping tonight will be relaxing so I can get to bed at a decent time.  6:00 comes awfully early and I have to work an entire day tomorrow.


As Time Goes By

I need more time.

Those are about the only words I can manage to sputter out of my mouth these days. I need more time for this. I need more time for that. I think time is the one thing you can really never have enough of.

Evie is five weeks old today, which means I am on my very last week of maternity leave. Want to know how fast time can really fly by? Take six weeks off from your job and do the one thing that you spend your days and nights dreaming about and see just how fast it goes. For me, that one thing is being a stay-at-home mom and these last 5 weeks have been so wonderful. I may complain that I spend 90% of my day breastfeeding my daughter, but I swear if I could spend my days at home teaching, loving, and playing with my children I would be a very happy girl.

I still have a list of things I want to accomplish this week while I’m at home. There are so many things I wanted to get done that my normal life just doesn’t leave time for. Unfortunately, taking care of a newborn doesn’t leave much time for them either I’ve found out. One of the very important things I have yet to do is to pay bills and take another good look at the family budget and see where else we can make cuts. I’ve gotten a good start, but we still have a long ways to go to make things work.

Once I have the budgeting done, I have a ton of photos to frame and hang (I’m about a year behind on this), laundry to fold, cleaning and organizing to do, closets and dresser drawers to clean out, and several sewing/craft projects that I really wanted to finish. Unfortunately, all of these things are rather difficult to do while holding a baby so they probably won’t get done. Oh, and I also need to write Evie’s one month update which I’m already several days late on. Second child syndrome already?

Evie is sleeping peacefully (in her crib!) right now, which is why I’m furiously multi-tasking. At the moment I’m eating lunch, blogging, trying to upload the gazillion photos I took this weekend (and am getting angry with my Flickr uploader), and contemplating whether to dig into the five baskets of laundry that need folded or the stack of bills that is threatening to fall over if I don’t sort them soon.

And now, instead of doing all those things I need to be doing, I’m off to battle an infestation of flying ants that refuse to die because they are suddenly swarming right behind the couch I am sitting on. But first, here’s a pictures of my beautiful girl who is actually sleeping in her crib.

Sleeping Angel

I almost forgot to mention, I finally updated my recipe site and will have new recipes popping up all week so be sure to check them out!


Think Happy Thoughts

Well, I managed to get one thing knocked off of my to-do list today. I found a day care provider that I think I’ll be happy with. She’s not in the ideal location but it isn’t too far away and the cost is about what I was expecting to pay for a newborn. If all goes well there, we will most likely move Zach there too. I know he likes his school, but moving him will save us $200 a month in day care costs, plus save me from having to do 2 drop-offs and pick-ups every day. I’m not completely decided on that yet, but it does seem like the best option.

And now, because I’m so tired of thinking about day care, and the fact that I only have one more week at home with my gorgeous baby girl, here are some pictures that make me smile.

Evie’s not real fond of the plastic baby bathtub that we’ve been using, so when I spotted this mesh tub seat at the store the other day I figured we would give it a try. Tonight she used it for the first time and got to take a bath with her big brother. I think they both enjoyed it!

Hey, what's up?

Evie was having fun for a while, then she got a little bored.

This is so boring.  I better pinch myself to make sure I'm awake.

Zach posed for a quick shot, while Evie looked on.

Wondering why he keeps smiling for that bright light

And then I’m not sure what happened, but their faces in this shot just crack me up!

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Evie seems to approve of her new bath seat. She didn’t cry even once during her bath and she usually screams through the whole thing. I’m sure this was the first of many shared baths to come (at least until Zach decides he’s too old for such things).

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