Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I am feeling a little frazzled- taking care of Ali and keeping her out of the way in the main areas of the house has been the most challenging moments of her childhood. It also doesn't help that she is coming into her "diva stage" and does not understand why the world cannot be at her fingertips. We are definitely seeing her transition from a baby to a toddler. She is showing her opinion and determined spirit, that's for sure!
One thing I know for sure is that I am so glad I am not a single mom and that I have the support of my family. I can seriously feel myself mentally breaking down after a day of chasing her around/taking care of the household. Sometimes I just have to go into a room by myself, take a few deep breaths, and re-organize my thoughts.
I love the life I have and I am very blessed for a great husband and daughter, but sometimes I feel over my head! I hope I'm doing a good job and being the best mom and wife I can. Sometimes I feel like I mentally work myself up and wuss out.
Thankfully I woke up today feeling refreshed from a good night's sleep. I loaded up Ali into her stroller for our daily walk, and it was a beautiful morning. I am feeling refreshed and ready for another day... with the diva!
... and I've got a "date night" tonight with my good friend Jen. She has two kiddos that are 1 1/2 and 3 1/2 and they LOOOOVE to play with Ali. So KK and Ali will hang out with them while Jen and I go have some much needed girl time!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Here's a full view of my little plot-
This is a close up of my squash
Italian Green Beans and some Cucumbers
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
We get to eat breakfast later, and at a much more leisurely pace (yes, I'm still in my PJs)
I'm even pulling myself up on things now, to spice it up a bit!
I get to play all day in my favorite place- the shoe bin (and if you want an awesome bow like the one I've got in, - go visit my mom's bloggin buddy KIM here)
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Today is our LAST DAY of work until September 3rd!!! I am soooo looking forward to a long summer with my baby girl. She's actually coming to work with us today, as we only have to be there for about 3 hours, just to tie up some loose ends and do our official "check out" of school.
I can't help but be so thankful that I have job where I get to spend this time with my baby. I am so looking forward to watching her grow in the coming months- she's right at that perfect developmental moment- almost crawling/walking, and really coming into her own as an individual.
As I type this, I'm watching her play with her mini-kitchen (we call it her Ali-kitchen). I bought it for her at a garage sale last weekend- it is just her size- and came with plates,cups, hamburgers, bacon, etc. She loves the thing- especially when momma puts all the food in the sink and she can throw it out! She's also beginning to pull herself up onto it (and everything else) so we are excited baby has decided to go mobile! She's still not quite crawling yet- but she will get up on her hands and knees and sometimes go backwards, but mostly she'll transfer from on all fours back to sitting. But hey, progress is progress, right?
The downside to her development is she's cutting the top two teeth. Poor girl- yesterday they looked like two white blisters on the front of her gums- that has gotta hurt ! So I'm hoping those puppies break their way through in the near future, she keeps rubbing her nose and face and crying like they hurt so bad- ouch! I feel for ya kiddo!
What I love the most about our girl is, in the midst of all the pain from those teefers, she can still manage to give a sweet smile and have a good time!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Dumbing Down our Kids by educator Charles Sykesa (a list of 11things you will not learn in high school)
- RULE 1 Life is not fair - get used to it.
- RULE 2 The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
- RULE 3 You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice president with car phone, until you earn both.
- RULE 4 If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure.
- RULE 5 Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping they called it Opportunity.
- RULE 6 If you mess up, it’s not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
- RULE 7 Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
- RULE 8 Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
- RULE 9 Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.
- RULE 10 Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
- RULE 11 Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I just wanted to tell you guys how sorry I am that you do not get the lovin' that you used to before Ali came along. I also want to tell you that, even though I now spend more time with her than scratching you, I still love you so very much! I need to make it a point to spend more time giving you some much needed attention.
You guys are such good doggies, you just go with the flow- even when the "invader" pulls on your face and hair and gets into your space on a daily basis. It's so nice when she plays that you lay by her and give her your protection. Thank you for rolling with it, and accepting the new addition with grace and patience.
Also, just a warning for you guys: now that Ali is on her way to becoming mobile, she's probably going to be even MORE in your face and business, and probably ALL THE TIME. So just get ready for it.
And Jack, it's pretty embarrassing that you now have to wear a doggie diaper. Why do you think you should piddle on the floor? Ali's a part of the family, you don't have to mark your territory to let her know that it's your house.
Believe me, guys, she's taken over and EVERYTHING went from ours, to HERS.
All My Love,