Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Thank you Sarah!

I wanted to take the time out tonight to thank a friend of mine, Sarah. We met because of our daughters they have music class together. Since then Sarah has become my little girl's Sunday school teacher. Today when we went to open gym, Mickey was just having a hard time. She misses her daddy since he has been away for work. She isn't sleeping well and was having break downs in what was supposed to be a fun day out. I took her out and we sat waiting for Mickey to calm down and my daughter decided that she wanted a hug from Sarah. So we went back in and Sarah having a great mother's instinct held my daughter and got her to a place that she was enjoying her gym experience again. Sarah didn't have to hold my daughter but she did and gave me a bit of a reprieve in a long day. Sarah does a lot of things that she doesn't have to. She does it in a way that is quiet but through her quietness she speaks volumes. So thank you my dear friend for being a friend to me. I hope that I am able to return to you what you have given me.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Sweet

This morning I saw a different side of my child. I was in pain this morning and needed some support. My child was the only one that heard my cries of pain. She woke up to hear it and I was afraid that she was going to be afraid. She instead surprised me and came running and telling me "Momma I am coming". I heard her and asked her to go get daddy. She said "okay". She did get daddy and all was well. My heart was just warmed by my little girl wanting to help me.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Growing Up

My baby girl is quickly becoming a "big girl". For some reason today it hit me that she is not a baby anymore and that kind of made me sad. This week has been a week of exploring if you will. She was in a music class where the kiddos were at least a year younger than she was. So we tried out a music class that was more her age group. She loved it! And she loved the supplies that she got to bring home. She has been playing with the game and making music nonstop. She will be doing 30 minutes of class by herself and 15 minutes with mom. I am excited for this new opportunity for her and a little sad that she is old enough to be doing things on her own. Though at times the days can be difficult and I wish that she was older so that "maybe" it would be a little easier; I also wish for time to stop and that she would stay this small a little while longer. I suppose I am experiencing a little bit of growing pains today.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Cinderella

A few months back we bought Mickey a Cinderella dress so she could wear it on Halloween. She refused to wear it and for the last few months it hasn't been touched with a 10 foot pole. Then out of the blue Mickey went into her room and went to her dresser and pulled this dress out to wear. I was a little shocked that this is what she wanted to wear.

She now LOVES her Cinderella dress. She loves looking and of course dancing like a princess. After she put her dress one she requested that I take her picture. I think that it is just funny that this is what she wanted to do. She loved her dress so much that she proceeded to wear it for a few days in a row. She does that she picks a dress and wants to wear it every waking moment. So if you see pictures of her in the same outfit over and over again, it is because the girl has to wear it OVER and OVER again. I let her. The rule is when we leave the house she has to pick something clean to wear but when we get back home she can go back and wear whatever dress she just has to wear that day. So far it works. This means that the moment she steps in the door she begins stripping down and redressing. This is the joy of being 3. My goal is to make sure the front door is closed before she begins stripping. ;)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

My Sweet Girl

Today I was struggling with a migraine and I was home alone with my little girl. She was being particularly whinny today due to that last tooth coming in. I was not in the best of mood because I was in pain. She wanted me to find something that doesn't exist in our house. She was telling me that it was raining inside and she needed her "Cinderella brella". I am sure that there is a Cinderella umbrella out there somewhere but not here and not today.

I got up to find something that would be a suitable replacement but before I could my head felt like it was going to explode. I must have looked awful, because at that moment my little girl knew that I was sick. She changed her tone and immediately felt it was her duty and responsibility to take care of her mother. She gave me pretend medicine, rubbed my head. Then she climbed on my lap and gave me sweet kisses. She even allowed me to rest my head on her beloved "Lady Bug" pillow that her Uncle Dave gave her. That alone was quite the miracle. She sat with me and every once in awhile gave me kisses. She "took care of me" while we waited for daddy to get home.

That is my sweet girl. :)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Annie

One of my favorite movies as a child was by far the movie "Annie". I loved it. I have memories of going to the movie with my cousins when it first came out. I remember getting the record and playing it on my record player in my room. I can probably quote the whole movie to if you gave me time, but I won't do that for you today!

Jeff recently surprised me by giving me a record player that will transfer all my old record players and tapes to cd's! This is a great gift. I have been putting this gift to great use. Today I was playing my old favorite record, "Annie". I put on side one and the first song is the old favorite "Tomorrow". My little girl loved hearing it and soon began belting out her rendition of the song at the top of her lungs. The next song was "Hard Knock Life" and the girl got dancing. It was fun to watch. It was fun to share songs and music that I have loved as a kid with my daugther. This was a good day!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Daddy's Birthday

We celebrated Daddy's birthday late this year, due to traveling and sickness. Jeff asked for my apple pie for his birthday. He is one for pies on his birthday being the nontraditional guy that he is. Mickey has come to thoroughly enjoy birthday candles, so she just had to help her daddy blow out his birthday candles. She sung "Happy Birthday" to her daddy, sometimes getting the "Daddy" confused with "Mickey". So Daddy and Mickey decided to blow out the birthday "fire" together.


I have enjoyed seeing the relationship that Daddy & Mickey have. Jeff is a great daddy to his little girl. At times he is the guy that she snuggles with at night right before bedtime. Other times he is the hero that kicks out the "monsters" out of the house so that Mickey can sleep comfortably. He is the daddy that is overjoyed to share his birthday candles with his little one. They often disappear outside to do yard work, with Mickey using her own tools right along side of her daddy. Those two have a special bond.

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

8th Anniversary

After Christmas, Jeff & I celebrated our 8th anniversary. Sometimes 8 years ago feels like a lifetime ago and at the same time it feels like it was just yesterday. I count my blessing to see that I have married my best friend and that our marriage is strong. We have had a lot happen in those 8 years and I am thankful to have walked this journey with the one that I love. He is one special guy. I could go on and on how I love this man that I call my husband but fear that I would say to many personal things that are then put out there on the wide world of the internet. So I am just going to tell my hubby that I love him and look forward to the journey ahead!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Christmas with Family

We headed up to see my extended family on Christmas day. Mickey continued her new favorite activity of opening up gifts. I think that she was beginning to think that this was something that was going to continue on a daily basis. She got to get reacquainted with family that she does not get to see that often. She really loves her Auntie Lin & Uncle Andy. I got one decent picture of Mickey and with them.

She also found a new favorite person while we were up there, Uncle Ton. She even began to call him Grandpo Ton. This put a smile in my heart. They bonded over howling. We told Uncle Ton & Auntie Rita about Mickey enjoying her imagination and love for pretending to be a dog. So before I knew it Uncle Ton began to howl and howl they did together. It was fun.

We also enjoyed eating homemade Tamales and Posole. Yum. There is nothing like my families tamales. It is a family tradition and experience. They make them the weekend before Christmas and pretty much eat them everyday until they are gone! We got our fair share!

We also went exploring. We decided that we had some free time so we were going to go to a natural history museum. So off we went only to find a children's museum, called Explora! It was a hands on place that encouraged little hands to explore the world around them. It was great for a very curious 3 year old.

The one down point to the our trip was the fact that we were sick. I started getting sick on our way up, while Jeff got sick as soon as we got home. All in all we enjoyed our annual trip up north to visit family.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Living the Life

Elena had this on her blog so I thought I would try this....

Your turn! Let me know if you do it.

1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

7. Been to Disneyland/world

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked (when I was 5, and it was only pretend with an adult)

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29 Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33 Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language (Learning Sign through watching kids shows with Mickey don't fully know it)

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41 Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (the reason why I quit brownies)

62. Gone whale watching

63. Gotten flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets, or plasma

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp (No but visited with a person who was in a Nazi Concentration camp and another who liberated a Nazi Concentration Camp)

67, Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79 Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club (so want too!)

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a lawsuit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Birthday Moments

Okay so Mickey's birthday has been a couple of weeks ago and I am just now writing a post about it. I am behind in my posting to say the least but I am hoping that I get these posts that I have running around in my head out so you can read them. ;)

The day before Mickey's birthday we made a trip to the doctor. I thought she was getting sick and maybe had an ear infection. Our doctor looked in one ear and said "huh" and then looked in the other ear and said "huh" again. Then she said "well, I looked in one year and saw something green and looked in the other year and I saw something pink". This was not what I expected. So our doctor was able to take one green round bead out of her left ear. We had to visit a ENT to retrieve the nice pink bead out of her right ear. My theory is she was playing dress up and put the beads in her ears because they were "earrings".

I tell you this little story because we were intending to leave and go see family in Albuquerque that day to celebrate her birthday with family. That didn't happen and we then decided to celebrate her birthday at home and head up to see family on Christmas day.

We started the day with a birthday candle in her doughnut that daddy got for her. She was so excited to get birthday "fire" first thing in the morning. We then spread out her gifts so she get one or two throughout the day. This was wonderful because she got to really play with her gift and get overwhelmed with all the gifts at one time. Her first gift was one that her Uncle Dave sent her. I have to say that it was one that was a real hit. It was Melissa and Doug's play food. This play food is special as it looks real life and size it comes with a knife so she can "cut" it open. She loves cutting up her food and investigating it.

Then she got to blow out her birthday candles on her butterfly cake. Boy she loves this part of the day. She sings happy birthday with us and blows out her candles. The fun part is that we get to do it again.

So this was Mickey's birthday. Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Yes, that was my child!

You know when you are in the store and you hear that tantrum ringing out from a child nearby? Inside you are secretly happy that it was not your child?? Yesterday at Wal-mart that child was mine! My oh my, was that child, my child.

I am not sure why the 2's are called the terrible two's they were not so bad for us, but 3's boy they are starting out being a tyrant! Yesterday, Mickey was tired from the lack of sleep the night before. We needed groceries so off to the store we went. We probably should not have made that not so quick stop to make an exchange before and we paid for it dearly!

Mickey did relatively well until the very end. She needed to go potty but first wanted to do it at home. Um... home is still 15 -20 minutes away b/c we still haven't checked out. Then she wanted to go potty in the potty seat we carry in the back of the truck for emergencies. Um... not doing that since there is a perfectly good potty in the store where it is not chilly and not windy! So off I went to take her to go potty. We had to wait in line where she is complaining about not wanting to go... but I don't want an accident before we get home. So we get into the stall and I put her on the potty and she let's out an ear piercing scream. So loud, mind you, that Jeff hears her while he is waiting in line half way across the store. Yes, it was loud.

She then decided she wanted one of those toys that they put in the checkout lines that make parents dread checking out. Mickey is tired and I am trying to just make it to the car. So after some tears I decide it is time to go out to the truck and wait for Jeff to check out there. We make it almost to the foyer and down she goes, a full out tantrum. UGH!

So I let her have it right there. I apologize to those around me. Then an elderly couple is walking by and they just smile that knowing smile that yes, they have been there too. The lady looks at me and then down at Mickey and says to me "That is okay, it just means that she wants to go home with me". Mickey got up so fast because she is not going to go home with anyone but me.

I find a time to get to go with me and head out the door with her. She realizes that we are now leaving the store without the precious toy that she thinks she so desperately needs. She begins to kick and scream as I am carrying her out under my arm. We get out to the parking lot only to realize I went out the wrong door and now have to walk across the entire parking lot to get to our truck. But not my daughter has managed to get out of my arms. I am almost panicking because a parking lot with people driving and a out of control 3 year old is a recipe for disaster. But I look up and I see a cart and pluck her in it. She is still screaming and telling me she wants to go back into the store....

Finally we reach the truck and she freaks out more because she knows it is our truck and that means we are going to get into it. A man then is walking with his daughters and tells me that he knows all to well these tantrums... and by the way he is done with having children. Not exactly what I needed to hear. I get her in the carseat and let her cry it out. Daddy gets out to the truck and amazingly we ride home in silence.

Now aren't you glad that it was my child and not yours??

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

A new year already, I can't believe that we are already at 2009. I don't know what this year is going to bring but it is already bringing a whole new world in the land of Mickey. We have hit the world of 3. She is vocal and communicating in whole new ways than she did before. She is much more independent in her ideas and her great want to do things her way. She is a very imaginative child who is loving to pretend to cook (a favorite pass time), take care of her baby doll in her stroller, singing to all of her songs and of course dancing. I am looking forward to see how Mickey changes and matures over the next year, but I also look forward to how I change and mature as a mom this coming year.