Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tomorrow I am going to their house for sure b/c mother is going to make Emma's Easter dress. I found the cutest pattern so we're going to go to the fabric store & buy the material & notions for it. It is so cute! I can't wait to see it finished. My parents have company from Egypt coming for nearly all of April, so we're trying to get it done ahead of time!
I've also asked mother to make her a cute little purse to match. I am so thankful for mother's sewing talent! I can barely sew on a button!! HA HA! I have asked for a small simple sewing machine, though - thought maybe I could start learning to make a few simple things - don't know when I'll have the time for it, but we'll see. Mother made every formal gown I ever wore except my wedding dress and I think that was b/c there was so much emotion tied up in it. Otherwise, she would have made that, too! I want to get some fabric that will match some shoes that Emma already has so we don't buy another pair or shoes. Dress shoes for little ones are so expensive. It's unbelievable - and she can't wear them long enough to justify the cost sometimes.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
"Tolerance is giving to every other human being, every right that you claim for yourself."
Robert Green Ingersoll
1833-1899, Civil War Veteran, Orator and Political Speechmaker
I found this quote to be interesting when I read it today. I looked up what Webster's actually had to say about tolerance & this is what I found:
- \ˈtä-lərən(t)s, ˈtäl-rən(t)s\
- 15th century
We had a great time! Jamie's mom took Emma & Katelynn on "walks" around the restaurant while we were waiting to be seated and when they weren't walking they were entertaining themselves with all the Sweet 'n Low, Equal, & Splenda packets! Kids are so funny - the strangest things can keep them amused forever! And Mr. Jacob was just as happy as ever - well had to take turns hugging on him! He was smiling almost all night & then finally conked out before dessert! He missed the best part! HA HA!. He is just growing so fast, I swear he is a different little boy every time I see him! Jamie said the shirt he had on last night was 6-9 months - and it doesn't look like he'll be wearing it too long either! He's a healthy, growing boy!!
It was great to see everyone & I know Jamie was happy to have family come out & celebrate her birthday! She got some cute new pajamas, too - I'm sure she slept comfy last night! On the drive home I was sure that Emma was going to fall asleep herself, but Tinkerbell kept her captivated all the way home. Once we walked into the house, though it was a different story - straight to bed she went!!
And me not far behind her!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Michael was our chef - he grilled burgers for us and hot dogs for the kids and jalepeno poppers! They were yummy - along with great sides that Ashley & Hailey brought - Trent & Riki were in charge of the drinks! Great Chianti, btw!
Tomorrow is another full day. In the morning is church as usual and then after that we're going next door - Miss Addison is turning one. I cannot believe she is already about to be a year old. These kids are really growing up way, WAY too fast!! You look away for a second and they are grown!
I also got a chance to do a few more TTV shots today. I got to try out the new Duaflex I got. I do like it, but I don't know if I like the Starflex better b/c it's more "dirty". The Duaflex has a much cleaner lens, doesn't seem to be as aged as much as the Starflex.
The first one below is the Duaflex and the next is the Starflex - what do you think? I like them both, though and like the fact that I have some variety in my TTV shots now. I can't wait to take them both on a photo excursion.
Well, it's been a long, although fun, day & I am really tired and have to get up in the morning for church. So...g'night!
In her Tinkerbell pajamas, with her "purse" (my old RAZR phone case), glow in the dark bracelet, Tinkerbell eraser, SpongeBob sunglasses, and red ribbon belt - taking my picture with her cell phone while I was taking her picture with my phone!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
For every answer she gets, whether it's the one she wants or not, she comes back with "Why?" I didn't think she was old enough for all the questions, but apparently so! And anytime she needs to do anything that I normally help her with, like getting dressed, she comes back with the very determined declaration "I do it myself!!" She actually does a pretty good job of getting dressed on her own, though - she almost always gets her shoes on the right feet & once she figures out both legs don't go in the same hole, she gets her pants pulled up, though a bit twisted! The other day she was in her pj's and disappeared to her room and when she came out she was still in her pj's, just a completely different pair!
Today we're going some place new for Emma - since our office is closed today for President's Day we are going to visit with my friend/coworker that lives very close by. We have worked together for a long time and she moved close by some time back, but we never seem to get a chance to see one another outside of work! So, last night on the way home from dinner (we went down to the Galleria to meet friends) I sent her a message to see what she was up to today. I think her kids still have school so she'll be home alone - she is getting her house ready to go on the market so even though the office is closed she'll be working hard! I told her Emma would be a good lunchtime distraction!
Just have to say: Right now she is walking around in her pj's, the high heels her daddy got her, one pigtail (b/c she pulled the other one down) with her baby tucked under her arm - she is about to change the baby's diaper b/c she "tinks - ooohh 'ross" - translation She Stinks, Ooooh Gross! Ack - gotta monitor the wipe usage, she'll use them all up! BRB!
OKay - she only had out three by the time I got there. Thank goodness she can't open the powder, b/c that's what she has pulled out now. Oh DESITIN! NO! She CAN open that - I'm a regular hurdler over here jumping over furniture to avert her from covering my living room in creamy butt balm that is hard to wipe off!
Back to my blog post - oh, not yet. Turns out Emma CAN open the powder! As I was typing I was watching her "pour" out the powder, thinking she was pretending and think how cute b/c she was even pretending it was going in the air and she was fanning it away with her hand - b/c sometimes when I put powder on her, if it clouds in the air she'll fan it with her hands. I thought, "my darling is so imaginative - down to every detail." Yeah - no, she was really pouring the powder out onto the table and floors! Love my dyson, btw! Sucked up most of the powder, then I used the wipes Emma already had out to get in between the wood to get the leftover powder and what was all over the coffee table!!! Guess I won't underestimate her again!
I'll wrap up this post quickly b/c while I was on the floor wiping powder I noticed the dust was kinda thick under the couch, so I need to get that taken care of before we leave...
Mother is on the road now driving to Broaddus to visit Grannie. Michael and I are planning to take Emma up there soon for a visit, too. Grannie's doctor told her at her last appointment that everything looked great - that she was even ready to go stay at her own house (she's been staying at my aunt's) if she was ready to! What a blessing!!
Okay - time to tackle the dust - which is now nice and white thanks to Emma!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I shouldn't be surprised she's a ham for the camera - I've had a camera in her face since the day she was born. flickr.com/photos/mishmish/313152955/in/set-7205759413302...
And she loves to show you how pretty she is when she has her hair in pigtails - loves pigtails. Course, I always tell her, "Go show daddy how pretty you are," after I get her pigtails done, too!!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Yesterday my honey bunny came in with Valentines for both his girls! A Spa trip & beautiful roses for me & high heel shoes for Emma with big flowers on the top of them! She wouldn't take them off yesterday & everyone she saw she had to point out her shoes & tell them her daddy bought them for her! He's a great daddy & it was awesome that he bought a Valentine for Emma, too! I was almost more excited over that than my Valentine - though, don't get me wrong, I can't wait to use mine!!
Thank you baby! And Happy Valentine's Day - from both your girls! We love you very, VERY much!
Friday, February 13, 2009
I finally got my contraption put together to use on my Kodak Brownie Starflex for TTV! I am still learning correct settings for good shots & these first shots were just in the house - not the greatest lighting, so when I take it outside I am hoping to get some better shots! This time my percolator & Emma (of course) were my subjects! I am sure Emma will be a frequent subject! What can I say - I'm biased!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Via another blog I read, I found this very cool little site - granted if you use Excel you could do the exact same thing - but there are people that do not use Excel & thus this site would be a very useful alternative!
It's called Printable Check List. It's Eeeeeasy! Anyone can use it - and if you have a list you use over and over, instead of printing it you can put it in PDF form and save it to your computer to print over and over again w/out having to recreate it. At work we have software installed already to create PDF files, but if you don't you can use CutePDF - it's free & easy - it's for PCs. Macs some with software already installed for printing to PDF format (smarty pants).
It doesn't have a lot of features - you can't personalize the look - so if you want a pretty checklist use Excel or Word or something else. If you just want an easy, peezy way to make a check list for yourself & like cool tools, though then it's for you!
We did have a good time, though. Miss my baby girl too much to do it every night, though! One night at a time away from Mommy is enough - we'll go pick her up this evening after work.
Then it's another four day weekend for me. This Friday is my Friday off & Monday we're off for Presidents' Day - last year our extra holiday was during 4th of July. And in the middle of all that is Valentine's Day! I still don't know what I am going to get for Michael - we might just limit it to the date itself as the gifts for both of us!
I brought my camera to work with me today - it's been so gorgeous outside that I thought a picture walk would be nice for lunch today. The radio said it was supposed to be up to 75 this afternoon, so that should be just perfect. I wish I had my TTV setup ready to go, but I haven't finished making my contraption yet. That will be a good weekend project. Tomorrow I'll be stuck at home all day anyway b/c AT&T is coming out to the house - we're switching to Uverse and getting away from Dish & also changing from DSL to the fiber optic network - finally moving ahead with technology! Anyway - they are supposed to be out sometime between 8 & 10, but then the process will take about 4-6 hours, too. They'll set up our home networking/wi-fi, too. I had wi-fi already set up, but they will redo it all using their equipment - which means I'll return the new replacement router I had just bought a couple weeks ago!
So, it's 8+ hours to go then on to my 4 day weekend! Ciao!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Yay - we're done with changes to Budget & in about an hour will be leaving for Happy Hour to celebrate its end!! We've only been working on it since the end of August!! October & November were the really busy months for it, but it hasn't been final until now so it's time to have a drink to its finality! :)
This morning when I left she came to the front door with her Teta to wave goodbye - then she was off like a flash to go sit back with her Geddo to watch cartoons & drink her 'chockit' milk!!
I don't know what Michael & I are going to do without her tonight - we'll have to make a date of it I guess & go out or something!!! WooHoo! We'll have a date this weekend for Valentine's, I know, but if we don't go do something tonight I'm sure we'll be missing her - she's only stayed overnight a few times & it's always been when we had something going on to keep us occupied. It's a lot easier now than when she was so much younger, that is for sure!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I think I might try to go home for lunch & see how she is doing, too. Mother just called & said she ate a good helping of oatmeal for b'fast & now she is sitting in her high chair (she doesn't want to get down - Ha ha!) watching cartoons! She took two good naps yesterday - she normally only takes one. I am sure this just has her run down. I hope she rests good today, too. My sweet girl - I'm ready for her to be well again!
Monday, February 09, 2009
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Right now I have her drinking Pedialyte to keep her hydrated and we did have a couple doses (per the pharmacist's direction) of children's Imodium and following the BRAT diet - Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and dry Toast. I'm hoping today is the end of it, though and she doesn't have to get on antibiotics.
She acts fine - she is still running around playing and acting like she feels fine. She isn't running any fever or hurting. I hope Michael and I don't get it if it is a virus - last thing we need is all three of us with a yucky tummy.
She did have a good time this weekend. Saturday at the Commons Cook-off she had a great time playing with her cousins. They got in the jumper (moonwalk) and played forever - they got coloring books and sat in the pavillion coloring - Emma & Isabel ran away from the monster (Mommy) running and screaming in that little girl high pitched squeal! She got new hair bows that Riane and her sister were selling at their booth - they are very cute and they stay in her hair so well. Of course Mommy got herself something, too. Hailey and her mother-in-law were selling cigar-box purses and I found one I really liked with very pretty beads on the handle. I'll have to take a picture later.
My new cameras didn't come in yet - maybe one day early next week they'll be there and then I'll have to plan a photo excursion to go test them out. I had hoped to get to take a lot of pictures at the carnival/cook-off, but we weren't there that long and I was chasing Miss Emma much of the time!
I think I'll take advantage of the quiet time before Michael gets home & nap along with Emma.
Friday, February 06, 2009
I want to take advantage of the pretty weekend & take some pictures, too. I haven't had too many opportunities to use my new camera yet. I was hoping my new camera (Kodak Starflex) would be here today so I could take it with me. I wanted to start doing some TTV shots. Doesn't look like it will be here though before I leave today. I've done a few in photoshop, but would like to do some real ones. Hopefully the weather will be nice the weekend after it arrives, too and I'll get to go snap some pictures!
Well, it's almost time for us to go to lunch with Kim & Savana (her daughter) so I'm going to finish getting us ready!
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
I think right now I might print my pages 10x10 and put them in a 12x12 album - center them on the white album inserts - I really don't know yet. I have 13 pages made so far from birth to her first b'day. I have a ton more pictures from that first year, but figured I didn't need to put every single one in there! Plus, I had just about decided to make this for album for year one and year two together - I guess I could make them 8x8 pages and make a mini book for each year! As she gets older & gets more involved in things there will be even more pictures I'm sure. Then of course, when there are siblings & they'll each need their own copy of the family books - I better set a simple precedent now on these albums!! LOL! Otherwise, I might get myself in trouble in the future! The pages in this book are kinda random to as far as design goes. I'll try to be more streamlined with the next so the pages flow better - this time I was just playing with everything I had! LOL!
Monday, February 02, 2009
Phil's official forecast as read February 2nd, 2009 at sunrise at Gobbler's Knob:
Hear Ye Hear Ye
On Gobbler's Knob this glorious Groundhog Day, February 2nd, 2009
Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators
Awoke to the call of President Bill Cooper
And greeted his handlers, Ben Hughes and John Griffiths
After casting a joyful eye towards thousands of his faithful followers,
Phil proclaimed that his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers were World Champions one more time
And a bright sky above me
Showed my shadow beside me.
So 6 more weeks of winter it will be.
Doesn't he usually see his shadow???
I cannot believe that we've already gone through January! Time is just movin' right along & very quickly!
Yesterday was my daddy's birthday - he turned 65 (hope ya don't mind me sharing daddy!!). Emma & I spent the day with him and my mother to celebrate. My sister and her husband came over for cake and coffee, too! Yesterday was also my BIL's birthday as well - and a coworker's, too! Michael already had plans with friends - I mean there was a big game on or something yesterday! ;) I'm kidding - yes, I know what game was yesterday! The game didn't really get too exciting until the very end and I missed seeing the Boss b/c mother & I were giving Miss Emma a bath. Was he good?
It's beautiful outside today, but another cold front is coming, which I guess agrees with the 6 more weeks of winter. I hope it's a pretty weekend b/c we have outdoor plans for the weekend.
I worked a bit this weekend on Emma's scrapbook - I haven't been spending enough time on it at all - so this weekend I also bought a new set of templates. I figured if I had some new layouts to work with I would be more into it. I've got quite a bit of her first year done. I was going to try to do a book for every year, but I don't know if I'll keep to that, so I though I could do two years at a time maybe. Anyway - that's what her first book will definitely be anyway. After that who knows - maybe I'll just try to do one family album per year - Pamela does that & it seems to work great! I also put up the February desktop yesterday, too. I thought the colors from the poncho & hat mother made for Emma fit nicely with the template!