Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008

Week 3: Heading Home

We had a great weekend - busy, fun, productive, exhausting - all the things that make up a good two days away from work!

Friday night Michael had a fantasy football draft (wait - that's just one) so when I picked up Emma I decided we didn't want to go home and just piddle around the house. I wish I had planned ahead to go to the Tiara Happy Hour, but I didn't so instead Emma & I had a girls' night in with my mother and grandmother. I picked up Emma & we headed over straight after work. It was a good evening, too. Emma was entertaining as ever!

Saturday was our productive day. Our doorbell and garage door opener both decided they didn't want to work anymore. So, we went off to Home Depot. We found the doorbell first - easy fix & cheap. The garage door opener wasn't as cheap obviously, but easy since we'll have it installed hopefully this week. It's a very cool garage door opener though - well as cool as a garage door opener can be I guess! It has a back up so that if the electricity goes out it will still open the door; the standard two remotes plus a keypad to hang up; it's extremely quiet b/c it runs on a belt; changes frequency with every push of the remote and has over a million frequencies to protect from someone breaking in; plus it has a cool feature in that we can program a light to come on in the house when we open the garage door! THAT is the coolest part! So, if I am coming in the house alone at night there will be a light waiting on me once I come in through the garage!!

Wow - that was way too much typing and excitement over a garage door opener. I am too domestic I think!

We did end up making another purchase from Home Depot on Saturday - we're getting a new dishwasher. I've hated ours forever - mostly b/c of how loud it was so I couldn't justify buying a new one just for the way it sounds. But lately it doesn't clean nearly as well as it used to either. We find food on a glass or bowl nearly every time we empty the dishwasher, so we decided we could justify buying a new one. Cleanliness is next to Godliness and all, right?

I hope these both get taken care of this week before we head out of town Thursday night.

Sunday Michael had another football draft (see I told you there were more) - this was his third and final one. I had made plans to spend the day with Elaine, so Emma spent the day with her Teta & Grannie. I met Elaine around 11:00 for brunch at Baba Yega (Yum-O) and we proceeded to sit and talk and eat and drink hibiscus tea for two hours. We were out on the patio and the breeze was just so nice it was hard to make ourselves leave! We finally did, though and headed downtown. The theater district was having an open house so we walked around and took pictures. Headed into Jones Hall & watched a flamenco performance - then wandered down along the bayou for a bit and basically made a big loop back to Market Square (actually our old stomping grounds). We were pretty parched so we decided it was time to chill with some gelato - so that was our next stop and there again we proceeded to sit and visit and eat for about an hour! The gelato was perfect for the hot day after all the walking! (I'll be posting my pics from the day on flickr as I finish with post processing.)

After that we called it a day and the picture above is me heading back to my mother's house to pick up Miss Emma.

So, we had a good weekend and hopefully will have a good week to follow. This week and next are both short weeks for me as this Friday is my Friday off and we're off Monday for Labor Day. We're going up to East Texas again - it's time for the Stanley Cup again (annual clay shoot invitational). I have thought about shooting this year, but think I'll just stick to shooting pictures instead.

Well, since the weekend is over and I'm back at work I better actually get to work!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Week 2: 94 Years

We had a party for my Grannie this weekend - she is staying with my parents for a few weeks. She turned 94 this year! She is a beautiful lady inside and out. She has the best sense of humor of anyone I know and the biggest sweet tooth, too! She is just amazing.

Hmmm...looks like rain.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Her own bowl

Well she is my daughter after all - she likes her salsa!!

Two Birthday Girls!

Today is Miss Katelynn's (my niece) FIRST birthday! Happy Birthday Darling!

Today is also Miss Isabel's (my great-niece) Birthday - her 2nd!! Happy Birthday to you, too!!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Week 1: Working from home...

I am going to do another attempt at 52 Weeks.

This picture is from Friday and was also submitted for Flickr 888.

I thought it was fitting b/c of the previous post!! I hope I do a better job this go round - last time I don't think i made it past a month and a half!

Buried up to my eyeballs

Well the floors got finished and they look amazing! I am so proud of them. I have wanted hardwood floors since we moved in! I'll have to take some pictures later to post. Saturday after the guys finished and left Michael and I set about getting the house back in order and cleaning. The dust wasn't quite as bad as I thought, but it was still very bad so it took several cleaning attempts to get it all gone! Afterwards I went over to my parents' house where Emma was and Michael went to a hunting show. Since Grannie is in town visiting I wanted Emma to spend some time with her since she doesn't get to see her often and I wanted to see her as well. Michael was going to be gone late (and initially was planning on staying with this brother Saturday night) so Emma and I stayed over at my parents' house Saturday night as well. Sunday after church and lunch and playing there a bit Mother and Grannie came back to my house with Emma and me to check out the new floors. Last they had seen it the floor was just being floated.  They loved it, too. Monday Michael's parents came over as well to check them out, too.

So...the reason for the title? Well since budget season is started I have been bringing my laptop home every day to work. Normally I only bring it home on the weekends, but there is just too much work now. I have a presentation that I am going to be giving about six times here in Houston and maybe one time in the Denver office next week that we have been working on for over a week now. We have packets/books that we have to put together for all those that attend as well - they should be finished by Thursday and I think they are just about done. We should finish tonight hopefully.  Yesterday I didn't take a single break at work - didn't even take lunch. I brought up something from the cafeteria to eat while I worked, but still ended up throwing most of it away b/c it sat for so long.

This Friday is supposed to be my Friday off, but we'll see. Since the books are due Thursday I should still be able to take it off, though. Friday evening we're having a birthday party for my Grannie - she is turning 94 this year. I just find that so amazing!! Thursday is Miss Katelynn's birthday and her birthday party is this Saturday! Saturday night we may be getting together with some friends and their son, but that isn't confirmed yet and Sunday I plan on relaxing! I'll probably end up cleaning b/c I have laundry to do and I need to wash our sheets...and I have decided about some more painting in the house I want to do so if I can convince Michael maybe we'll go buy paint Sunday, too!

Like I said - things are busy! But at least my job isn't like this year round. We really try to take advantage of the downtime and also celebrate the completion of the budget after months of hard work so I keep that in my mind when I don't get to take any days off while we're in the thick of budget season - which we really haven't gotten into yet!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

It's looking nice!

New Mommy Tip: Let her spend the night...when YOU are ready

So, Emma spent her first night away last night. She stayed with her Teta & Geddo (Arabic for Grandmother & Grandfather) and my Grannie who is here visiting. They came over to get her yesterday when the men came to put in our new floors - they ended up staying with me the whole time, but when they went home Emma went with them to spend the night and Michael and I went out with friends to see The Dark Knight - highly, HIGHLY, recommended btw! Heath Ledger completely stole the show!

Anyway - they left the first time and I was tearing up and Emma was laughing telling me "bye bye" and "of ooo" (I love you sounds that way!). Then Michael sent me a text and saying to tell them to stay until he got home so he could see Emma. He's got a busy weekend and wouldn't be back until Sunday so he wouldn't see her until then - so I called them to come back (they had just pulled away). The next time they left after Michael got home from work Emma started crying, but I was doing alright - I think b/c Michael was there this time. Mother called as soon as I walked back into the house, though to tell me that she was no longer crying already and was just chattering away!

Michael and I started getting ready to go out - met our friends - and had a great time! I actually had wished we had more plans for after the movie, but Michael had to go back to work this morning. I did say last night, though that I wanted the four of us to try to go dancing another night when Emma was staying with my parents.

So, although it took me about a year and a half to finally be okay with Emma staying over night away from me I think it was a good thing! The point though is that it wouldn't have been okay if I hadn't been ready. Mommies (and daddies) do NOT let anyone pressure you into having your children stay over night if you aren't ready. Don't let anyone tell you, "Oh, it's time - you have to have a night to yourself - gotta pull away" or any other thing that makes you think you're being a bad parent b/c you haven't let your child stay away over night. Yes, you do need time to yourself, but if you do it before you're ready you won't have a good time anyway and it will just be more stressful than relaxing and fun. Don't get me wrong - we've gone out before for an evening and Emma stayed with one of her grandparents or with our neighbor whose son is three days younger than Emma (they are big buddies), but just not over night. I think doing that a few times first was the key to making this easier! I know it won't be so hard from now on to let her stay overnight with her grandparents and I'm sure I won't have any problems with kiddo #2 comes along!!!

Friday, August 08, 2008

Getting new floors

It is going to be a two day project now b/c they have to do some
floating before they put the wood down.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Cha-Ching Cherry

Long Overdue

Ah, much needed pedicure that I've been trying to get done for a
couple weeks!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Scrapes & Bruises

Emma has busted her lip three times in her life - this evening was number three. She was riding outside with the neighbor on her little three wheeler and instead of keeping her hiney on the seat, she was standing as she pushed it along and over the top she toppled. It was a two Popsicle  busted lip as it  bled...a lot.  Cuts on your head and busted lips seem to bleed so badly. When her daddy came back out from running in to get a popsicle and wet towel there was blood all over her face and my hands b/c I was using my fingers to wipe the blood that was running down her chin and really making a mess. I knew when he came back and saw her he would think it was worse than it was so I quickly told him it wasn't that bad. That I had just smeared it everywhere.

When she got her popsicle (Grayson had one with her, too) she quickly was okay again! She sat in my lap sniffling and eating her popsicle. By the time she was ready for number two though she was running around again and back on her little three wheeler. I'm thankful she isn't scared and will get right back on it, but man she keeps us on our toes. She is quite the little daredevil! Both the other two busted lips are from her falling inside the house and hitting the coffee table. This time since she went over the handle bars onto the street outside she also had a little road rash on the outside of her top lip. Luckily there was no gravel inside or anything and it doesn't look too bad. It's just swollen on the top right in the middle of her lip and it's very pink. I hope by the morning it is gone down.

Just a sign of more things to come I am sure.

Mommy Tip: Quick Toy Pick-up

Well, you would think I would be snoozing b/c of my insomnia last night, but no! Michael called me at 6:30 this morning (he went to work this morning) and after he called I couldn't go back to sleep. I finally went to bed some time after 1:00 this morning and it still took a while to fall asleep.

So since I couldn't go back to sleep (thanks baby) I got up, made some coffee, had some cereal, talked to my mother (who got on the road early this morning to go pick up my Grannie) and then after Emma got up we started getting her toys organized. I have a system for picking up and putting up - drives Michael crazy!!! We have a 9 cubby shelf in the her play room, which was really supposed to be a formal sitting room, but when you have a toddler you don't get much "formal"!! Six of the cubbies have canvas boxes and the other three have doors. Two of the canvas boxes I have labeled - one for her kitchen stuff and one for Little People and Weeble Wobbles. Behind one of the doors I have a blanket to put on the floor - when Emma was crawling I always had one down now I don't use it as much so I might remove that from there for more storage for toys. The two other doors keep bigger toys that don't go in the canvas boxes. Emma also has a couple of strollers and a grocery cart she plays with. The tiny stroller (really it's a carriage) is home for all the little babies - she doesn't push that stroller as much so it's a great storage for the smaller dolls she has. I wanted to get a small basinette to hold these dolls, but I decided this was better and wouldn't add another "piece" to the room! I also have two wonderful stackable bins with wheels - the bottom one has bigger dolls that she doesn't play with as much and the dolls she plays with all the time are on the top.

So, it's great that everything has a home, but getting them in their home is the fun part! We have four buckets that come in so handy - they were actually all three Easter baskets this year. One is a yellow tin bucket, one is a purple beach bucket (for building sand castles) and the other is a pink plastic tub. These are great b/c Emma plays with them a lot, but at the end of the day mommy and daddy use them to walk around the house picking up toys - we just chunk them into the buckets to take back to the playroom to put them up. If it's late and we're tired we can leave them in the buckets and put everything in their home later, but the toys are still up and off the floor and "contained"!! The buckets are awesome for quick clean ups!

Well, after all the organizing Miss Emma is hungry - "I-onna eee" (translation: I wanna eat!)...

Friday, August 01, 2008

Still can't sleep...

Got another page done...

Productivity through insomnia

You know I think I get more accomplished on nights when I can't sleep than any other time. In school that's when I got the majority studying done - papers written - homework finished. And it is also when I get work on projects done, too! I've been working on an album for Emma's first year and tonight I got another page finished - this page is the first time she tried baby cereal. She didn't know what to do it with it at first and would push the cereal out with her tongue, but eventually she got the hang of it!

Shopping trooper