Monday, March 30, 2009
I know I talk about have fast Emma is growing - all the kiddos really - and that's one of the easiest measures to see how quickly time is moving. At work it's measured by how close we are to budget season again. Just last week in our staff meeting there was mention about getting out the budget letter to get it ready to send out. Okay - budget starts in September - that's FIVE months away and we're already talking about the budget letter?? Again, just shows that time is marching on!
And another holiday is coming up, too...Easter! It's on the 12th this year, which is my niece's birthday and my parents' anniversary, too. We were thinking about going up to East Texas for Easter, but my parents have company from Abu Dhabi here the whole month of April so they can't go up - plus I really think I want Emma to be in her own Sunday School class for Easter this year. She is getting to know the other kids and her teachers and I'm sure they'll do something special for Easter, so I would rather stay in town anyway.
Well, my morning is getting away from me, too so I better get back to work! I'll leave you with this month's desktop!
Joyce - we'll have to catch up for dinner one day this week to celebrate - b'days last all week, right!?!? Love you!
Love all of you - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Michael, Emma and I drove out to Plantersville today to spend the day with Sean, Alice, Connor and Alice's family! We always have a great time when we go out there and today was no exception! Alice's family is always so hospitable & graciousand I just feel like part of the family - even since the first time I met them when we were still in college (that's where I met Alice & Sean). And Emma loves playing with Connor - after seeing him she'll ask, "Where Connor go?" for at least two days!
We had yummy grilled chicken and pork loins ate outside overlooking the water and the little duck who was trying to nap, but kept being blown around the pond by the wind!! He was brave, too - Emma got within three feet of him and he didn't move!
After we ate Emma and Connor thought it best they get out of the wind - Emma was just complaining of an earache two days ago after all - so they headed back up the hill to the house and took us with me! Aren't they cute together?
Nana (Alice's Aunt Linda) had a couple of Leapster games with her that she keeps for the kids to play with - Emma had never played one before, but loved it. I think that might be what we have to get her for Easter. She loves the Leapfrog Letter Factory - I love it, too. Because of that DVD Emma knows her entire alphabet and what each letter says - I believe in Leapfrog now! She played one of the letter games for quite a while!
We put Emma in her pj's on the way home b/c I knew after a day of playing with Connor and John (Alice's nephew) and all that running around that she would be out before we made it even to Magnolia - and I was right, as usual ya know!!
Now Michael and I are watching Pearl Harbor - odd, but I'm wide awake. Soon as it's over, though gotta try to get some sleep. Church starts at 9:00 tomorrow!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Today was also a great opportunity for me to practice with my new Speedlite, too. Indoors is so hard to shoot sometimes sans flash, but built in flashes just don't work - ever! I have a diffuser and a lightscoop for my pop-up flash, but honestly rarely use either, b/c the pictures still usually don't turn out well. Since I shoot in RAW the pictures I take indoors aren't hard to correct in CS2, though, but hopefully if I get good with the Speedlite I won't have as much correction to do to WB on my pictures in the future!
These were a few of my favorites below - you can see all of them here.
Here's a cup of tea for you Geddo!
Mmm...that's yummy cake Teta!
Emma cuts up the cucumbers for our tea party - she had a little trouble with her Tinkerbell knife, so Geddo had to help her out a little bit!
This was my favorite picture of her - she looks so sweet and beautiful! I try to put a barrette in her hair every day to keep it off her face and out of her eyes, but I do love the natural way her hair falls, too. It took forever for my baby girl to have any hair at all, but she has plenty now and maybe I'm biased, but I think it's beautiful! She has these perfect little curls in the back, too that are so sweet.
After the tea party was over we played for a while and then put Emma to bed for a nap. I've said it before, but I am really thankful that going to sleep has never been an issue for Emma, whether at naptime or bedtime. When it's time, she goes so easily - tells everyone night night and goes to sleep! We all planned to go out to dinner after Micahel got home, so I wanted to make sure she was well rested so she wouldn't be unruly at dinner!
While Emma napped mother and I put the sheets back on the beds (I had done laundry this morning) and then cleaned up the kitchen - daddy actually took a little nap while Emma was sleeping, too. By the time Michael got home Emma had just woke and we all headed out for dinner - which was yummy! We had a good day today - tomorrow we have plans all day with friends, too so I'm heading to bed! Sleepy!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
So, I picked her up out of bed and we went to the rocking chair. She snuggled up on me the way she used to do when she was little, only this time she was a lot heavier and her legs are so long I had to curl them up on my lap to keep them from dangling down off the rocking chair. It really made me realize how much she has grown b/c it's been so long since I've rocked her. I mean, I know she's grown b/c of how many of her clothes I've had to retire lately b/c they either show midriff (shirts) or are high waters (pants). It was just a lot more real holding her tonight and realizing what a big girl my baby is.
Turns out I am allergic to mold - isn't everyone, though? Mold was the only thing that popped up on my tests today. The doctor said to wear masks when dusting and cleaning or working outside. He also told me to get these special mattress & pillow covers and only use covers that can be washed easily and often on our bed. I got a prescription for Allegra D that I am supposed to take every day and use a nasal rinse every day and especially on days I clean or work outside.
Well, it isn't a serious allergy at all - I figure this applies to...well, everyone - but since I have such bad headaches and migraines I guess it's just a little more painful to me when my sinuses get irritated like that. I hate having to take a pill daily b/c I NEVER remember. I am really going to try, though - put it by my toothbrush and put a few in my purse b/c I know I'll leave the house w/out taking it on days.
It's good that I don't have any serious allergies, but at the same time I kinda wish one thing would have popped up - then the doc would have said, "Oh lookie here - you are severely allergic to SuperRedPollen - I'll give you this pill to treat it and BAM, headaches be gone!!" But no, another dead end to my headaches. If the Allegra helps a little maybe I should just be thankful for that and go back to relying on my Imitrex. I've been to eye doctors, dentists, ENTs, neurologists, headache clinics and GP's looking to find some relief. I think I need to accept the fact that no one knows anything about migraines. *sigh*
Monday, March 23, 2009
The weather was so gorgeous they got to play outside and run around all weekend & Grannie sat out in the sunshine watching them play! I loved Grannie's psychedelic shirt, too!
Friday we spent most of the day over at my sister Teresa's new house - they bought a house that was on land adjoining their's b/c the couple who had lived there for so long decided to move closer to their daughter. His health is failing due to cancer and they decided it was time. The house my sister currently has up there has three bedrooms, which is perfect for her three kids and their families when they are visiting - but when they are ALL there my sister and her husband had been staying in the RV. Very comfy and cozy, but now she'll have her own house to stay in instead of the RV when the whole gang is there. It's a very nice little house, too. Three bedroom/two bad - gorgeous yard, too! There are pear trees, peach trees, pink magnolias, bridal wreaths, crepe myrtles and tons of flowers! They did redo some of the flower beds, though and my niece planted beautiful hydrangeas all along the front of the house. They are going to be so pretty when they are all huge and in bloom. I took advantage of the beautiful weather and flora and took TTV's & floral macro shots around the house as well!
My brother, David was working on the house for Teresa - she is redoing the inside completely. New cabinets, floors, and appliances - it's going to look so nice! They were putting up sheet-rock while we were there Friday. Saturday he and his wife came down to mother's to mow - the grass was pretty high since the last time we were there. His daughter and grand-daughter came down later that day to visit, too. Kinley is four months old, but growing so fast! I can't believe how much she had changed since the last time I saw her. Can't believe I didn't pull out the camera while she was there - we were just so busy visiting! Everyone came by mother's on Saturday - until it was time to drive back to Houston we never left!
The kids also took mother and Teresa on a couple walks - at one point they took mother through the woods. Jacob wanted to go on an adventure walk I think - we had to entice them to come back out, though - time for snakes to start wandering around again!!
We came home Saturday night and Michael had yummy boiled shrimp ready for us for dinner. Along with all the fixins - potatoes, sausage, corn, mushrooms, onion, garlic! Mmm Mmm Mmmm! Sunday night I actually put all the leftovers of that together in a tomato based sauce, seasoned it up and served it over pasta. All except the corn & potatoes actually - it was yummy, too!
Afterwards, though we had to spend the evening cutting up a hog Michael brought home with him. No, I didn't dress a dead hog - luckily that was already done - other than the pork loins & ribs we just had to cut the rest of it off the bone to put through the meat grinder. We put up the tenderloins and the ribs in the freezer and cut up the rest to put through mother's meat grinder. We're going over there tonight for dinner and to borrow the meat grinder so we can get the rest out of the cooler and into the freezer, too. I grew up in the country, but I never did stuff like that - I didn't hunt or deal with dead animals if at all possible!! I'm not a weenie, though so last night wasn't too bad. I am not sure if I could handle doing the initial skinning and all that stuff, though. I might wimp out at that point! Not too worried about it, though b/c I really doubt I'll have to test that theory out anytime soon! LOL!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I have been looking at the Canon Speedlite 430Ex a while and finally decided it was time to get it! Now I'll have to learn to use the thing, but I am pretty sure I'll figure it all out! I bought a diffuser for it as well. It should be here in about a week! Yay!!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Emma and Katelynn had a good time playing tonight. Joyce & Bobo have two dogs that keep them entertained, too! Emma went through a time where she was scared of big dogs - don't really know why b/c our dog is big - but she seems to have gotten over it finally. She loves Bacon & Jessie and they are really good dogs, too. Very sweet and smart! The house has a good set up in their garage, too - great for entertaining in weather like we had today. Their house was a model home, so the garage was the office before it was finally put on the market - that means that the garage has tons of shelves and cabinets and it's insulated and has AC/Heat - they put down an indoor/outdoor carpet, lights everywhere, big screen TV, stereo, fridge - it's a great set up when you don't want to just be in the house on the couch, but can't go outside.
This weather has to get better soon - Thursday night when I couldn't go to sleep and sat up till four o'clock in the morning reading it rained the entire time and I don't think it's stopped since then. The rain was greatly needed, but I think we have enough now.
Sigh - well, it's time to snuggle on the couch for a while! We've had a great weekend, but tomorrow starts another work week. I meant to do some work from home this weekend actually, but honestly didn't really have the time. We were on the go most of the weekend. G'night!
On the way home we stopped for some groceries - today we're going to Joyce & Bobo's house along with Jamie and Steven and all the kiddos, too for some grilling and visiting! Emma is napping now. After church this morning we went for b'fast and she was quite the pill. I don't know if she just woke up too early or if she got donuts in Sunday School that hopped her up, but she wasn't my little angel, that was for sure! So, as soon as we got home it was to bed she went - you can always tell when she needs a nap b/c she doesn't hear a word you say and everything makes her whiny! Sheesh! I truly believe that God won't give you more than you can handle, b/c when Emma gets whiny like that and I think I don't have enough patience for it and put her down for a nap, she goes right to sleep so easily - and wakes up my little sweetie again! She'll have a better time playing this afternoon once she is rested - and so will the rest of us! LOL!
Right now I'm working on a brocoli cheese casserole to take with us - I have only made one once before, so I had to inlist the advice of my sister b/c her's always turns out so yummy scrumptous! I hope this one turns out as good!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
And doesn't it go darling with her Rubber Boots!?!? The silver lining to this nasty weather is that Emma gets to wear her adorable rubber boots! LOL! It was warm enough in Teta & Geddo's house to model her new digs, but before leaving we had to put back on her warm clothes. I couldn't believe how cold it turned - we even had to put on our hearter after just having the AC on a couple days ago. And I just bought her new short sets and a couple other little summer dresses a few days ago. Gotta put 'em back up for a bit!
When we got home this evening it was too cozy inside to go out and we didn't feel like cooking so we splurged and had pizza tonight! Haven't done that in a long time - it was pretty fun and tasty actually!
Here are a couple more pics from today that I thought were cute!
Emma stayed up late tonight, which I hope means she'll sleep late tomorrow. This morning she woke me up at 8:00 AM, after a night of being up till 4:00 AM. I couldn't sleep when we went to bed last night, so around 11:30 I came into the living room to read. I stayed there reading until 4:00 AM - I actually read all but about the last 15 pages of my book, but at that time I couldn't stay awake so I finally went to bed. Four hours later my darling came in the room to see me! So, tonight I plan to get a very good night's sleep!! We have a fun evening tomorrow that I want to be rested for - baby shower/birthday party/crawfish boil all rolled into one for a friend of mine having a little girl in about a month! Sadly the weather might move us indoors, but I am sure we'll still have a good time and there are supposed to be a few other kiddos for Emma to play with, too.
Tonight I'm also trying sponge rollers on my hair - something I haven't done since I was about ten - I really don't do a good job with rollers. I keep saying I am going to take my rollers to my hair dresser and ask her to show me how to roll my hair correctly. It's the ones on top I really have trouble with - they don't stay put. They want to fall forward all the time. With velcro rollers I can bobby pin the roller down, but you can't do that with hot rollers or sponge rollers. I'm going to look real attractive tonight lying down with huge sponge rollers in my hair - yeah, I have the huge ones for all my hair!! Hey - I can't help it - I have a lot of hair!
Side note: Have you ever heard of being "Rick Rolled"...no? Me either! I have a few friends at the House of Blues tonight and they all said they had just been "Rick Rolled" by the performer there tonight. Another reason to love Google - so I don't have to admit my ignorance. Oops, too late! So, I'll tell you what I was told when I asked what it was: Google it!! ;) I love my friends for keeping me in the know!
I think last night is getting to me. I am trying to stay up and catch up on what everyone else did today, but my eyelids keep getting in the way...have a good night!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Put a chopped up lemon, lime or orange and several tablespoons of vinegar and a cup of water into a large (about 4 cups) sized microwaveable bowl. Put this in your microwave on high until the water boils and the window is steamy - then let it sit for 15 minutes before you open the door and wipe out the inside with a cloth or sponge (I usually use paper towels for cleaning up honestly). Then you can just use a mixture of vinegar and water to clean the window if it's greasy - I use this mixture for regular cleaning a lot already. I bet your microwave will sure smell nice after boiling that citrus in there, though!
Might give this one a try!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Before that I spent over an hour at the allergist's office. My headaches have been so bad lately and so many things could cause them - stress, hormones, sugars, allergies... So I've finally decided to try again (one of many attempts since I was 4) to see if I can't find something that is a cause that I could remedy - allergies. Today they did a CT scan and skin test and I have to go back next week to do another skin test, this time for food and mild allergies. The doctor also gave me nose spray and nasal rinse - if you've never done this, it's well...different. Not terribly comfortable, but clears you out!!
Well, now it's time to catch up on DVR'd shows - Idol tonight!
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Saturday, March 07, 2009
I'm so glad we were able to take Emma to the rodeo tonight! She had so
much fun and got to play with Katelynn! They had a great time! She was
so tired, though she didn't make it out of the parking lot after
dinner! She started early this morning bc we had the 5k Race Against
Violence for the Women's Center that we had to leave at 6:30 for so
she's been on the to all day today! She should sleep good tonight & so
should I - I'm pooped!
Friday, March 06, 2009
Thursday, March 05, 2009
My parents ended up spending the night and I am glad they did b/c it was around midnight when we got home - they didn't need to be driving so late. Emma had a great time with them and is playing with them again today. I don't know if they are bringing her back tonight or if we're going to get her - I kinda hope we go get her b/c there is a great place that sells crawfish & I would love to get some for dinner! Depends really on if Michael goes to play ball tonight or not I guess.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
We only went once or twice last year - this year we are going tonight and would like to go one Saturday so that we can take Emma to play and see the animals! I think she would really enjoy it this year! We're going tonight mainly b/c we got tix from a friend & a parking pass - though, don't get me wrong, I love Alan Jackson - it's just hard to go during the week sometimes. I'm glad we're going, though b/c I know we'll have a good time! Geddo & Teta are coming over tonight to stay with Emma while we're gone. She'll love that!
I would LOVE to go see Josh Turner! Swoon - love his voice! He is pretty cute, too but it's the voice that does me in! LOL! The rodeo is always a lot of fun! I've always enjoyed watching it every year - I love the broncs, but the calf scramble is one of my favorites to watch! It's usually pretty funny and I love cheering on the kiddos! This picture is from a previous rodeo of the calf scramble - I turned it into a fake tilt shift (fake miniature). Michael said his cousin did this one year and caught a calf! I always feel bad for those that don't catch one, but they are all good sports about it and usually end up helpign out other kids catch their own.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Last night at dinner for mother's birthday Isabel & Emma had to help her blow out her candles! Emma was actually trying to blow them out before we finished lighting them!! LOL! They had a great time playing together - they always do - and were the entertainment for us all!
This picture of Emma & Katelynn was Saturday at our friends' house - Emma's other partner! They had a great time playing and both seemed to love Coby's little easy chair! We might have to look around for one for each of them now - huh Jamie??
Monday, March 02, 2009
We love you Teta,
Michael, Hanna, & Emma
Today is also Mother's six month visit to her oncologist. She is there now - or about to me - to have blood work, CT scans & chest x-rays done. She had been going every three months, but b/c everything has been looking so well, it's been moved to only every six months now! Blessings come every day!
Happy Birthday Mother!
I hope you have a wonderful day today!! See you tonight!
P. S. Today is also Texas Independence Day!
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Emma stayed with Teta & Geddo Friday night so Michael and I decided to go see a movie - well, we tried to! We went to the Movie Tavern - bought tickets, sat down, ordered food - and then while sitting there with our food in front of us the movie starts and we realize we were in the wrong theater! We went into #3 instead of #2 - though Michael says he was just following me! That I was the one that went into the wrong theater!
Well, since we already had our food and a ticket started we didn't think we could move to the next theater and I wasn't even sure if the other movie that we had WANTED to see had started - so we just stayed put. We wanted to go see Taken, but ended up watching Paul Blart: Mall Cop. It was okay - we did laugh. Kevin James is usually pretty funny anyway, but I was pretty disappointed b/c I wasn't really in the mood for that movie. So, on the way home I told Michael to stop at Redbox and see about finding a good movie to watch at home. We ended up getting Hancock, which was great! I love Will Smith and this movie was so good - lots of action, which is what I wanted to see, and some funny parts, too! I figured out the twist that came out in the movie, too. It was kinda predictable, but it was still really good! So, all in all not a lost movie evening!
Saturday morning I headded to Elaine's house early and went drove down to U of H to take pictures. Universities was the February assignment for the Flickr Group Assignment Houston - so we got in our pics just under the wire!! We also made a stop at Texas Art Supply to get Elaine a couple of frames - she has some of her TTV's on display/sale at Taft Street Coffee shop. So we also stopped there to drop off a few more of her pics. After that we went to Coffee Groundz for lunch and to see another friend's pics that were on display there. That was our last stop before heading home, but decided to drive by Christine's new studio. It was locked up so we had to peak through the windows, but it looks really nice!
It was about 4:00 when I got home - I didn't think I would be that late, but we were having a good time - and Michael had already gone to my parents' to visit for a while and pick up Emma and was home working on scalloped potatoes to take to our friend's house. He also bought peppers to make poppers - jalepenos w/ cream cheese wrapped in bacon and put on the grille - so once we had all that finished we were on the road again! There were several of us that got together last night and all the kiddos got to play! Jamie and Steven were there so Emma got to play with Katelynn! All the kids had fun and the adults had a good time talking and eating - they grilled up a ton of food! Ribs, pork loins, poppers, venison, wings - there was so much food!
This morning we got up and went to church and now Emma is napping and Michael ran to the store - we are taking advantage of this beautiful day and doing some yard/house work. We were going to meet my parents at the club for lunch for my mother's b'day, but decided to go for dinner tomorrow so we could take of the things we want to get done today. Tomorrow is her actual birthday anyway!
I can't believe it's already March! Timing is moving by so fast! It's time for the pretty flowers to start blooming - Michael planted a lot already and it putting out the rest today. He also got the vegetable garden ready - he planted the onions, but I think he is going to start the tomatoes today, too. Emma's favorite! I think when she wakes up from her nap we'll walk down to check the mail and see if any of her friends are out this afternoon!