Saturday, October 31, 2009
Heart contents by Maria at 8:37 AM
Friday, October 30, 2009
Then she decided she wanted to eat some of the pumpkin and took several bites of it. YUK.
Heart contents by Maria at 4:58 PM
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Actually, we went to the park to meet someone who wanted the puppy we found under our shed on Sunday. Craziest thing: Kevin was changing his brakes and went up to the shop for something and heard a dog under the shed. Now, the shed is a prefab built on a wooden frame set on the ground so the poor puppy couldn't have had much room under there. It took the neighbor's daughter to get under the shed and pull him out after we dug out some of the dirt. They were wonderful and agreed to "foster" him at their house until we could find a home for him. After much begging on Facebook and a lot of people working to find him a home, today he found his "mama" and was taken home to lead a life of spoiling. She named him Boots because of his white paws all around. He's such a cutie. In the small world category, the girl who took him is the daughter of one of my former babysitters and one of my former neighbors when I was a kid. Small world.
We did enjoy having him at the park and he played hard with Ellie. It was so sweet that I found myself thinking, "Oh, we should keep him for Ellie." Then, I came back to my senses quickly and realized that it was this kind of thinking that would lead me to a 10-15 year commitment to an animal that I just really didn't want to make. So, I was glad she took him.
Ellie enjoyed swinging on the swings, sliding down the slide (always backwards unless you pull her feet and she comes down forward with your hands on her), climbing, digging in the mulch and playing with the puppy. It was a nice day to do that too.
Kevin called from their camping trip at LBL and said that Josh was having a blast but that everyone there (including -- or especially -- the adults) was ready to get on the bus and come home because they were exhausted. When I talked to him last at 10:00 p.m., they were on their 30-45 minute NIGHT hike. Yeah, right -- not me. He sounded pooped. Poor guy. I miss them a lot. I'm sure Ellie does too. Today, she went into Josh's room and just looked around. I explained to her that they were camping and would be home in a little while. That seemed to satisfy her. I'm sure when Josh comes home he'll be super-tired. Hope he can hold out on Halloween night; I'm betting he will!!
Ellie and I spent a good portion of the day cleaning house. She is a sweet little helper and we did manage to sneak in quite a bit of cuddle and play time. She's gotten to be so lovey to her mama; it's very sweet.
And the mommy is tired. I had SO hoped to have ALL the laundry done when Kevin got home but I added in a lot of blankets and pillow loads so I STILL have two or three more to go (I've been doing laundry since 10 a.m. this morning with several breaks in between for dog shuffling). Oh well.... there's always tomorrow, huh?
Heart contents by Maria at 11:17 PM
I have a really cool idea that I wanted to do, but we didn't have what we needed. Maybe we can do it Halloween!!
Heart contents by Maria at 6:26 AM
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Kevin reported that he and Josh are having a good time at their camping adventure with the 6th grade class. Josh's group got to canoe this afternoon. They had some team building exercises as well. Bad news is that it is supposed to rain starting tomorrow afternoon at 3-ish and continue on until Saturday some time. Poor kids. I HOPE HOPE HOPE it stops raining for Trick-or-Treating time.
Here are the ones I could get edited tonight. More tomorrow if/when I get some free time.
Toward the end, she started to get tired and wanted to lay down and rest. I thought this was sweet, sweet.
Heart contents by Maria at 9:02 PM
Heart contents by Maria at 10:29 AM
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
- Baby dolls, bottles, strollers, beds -- ALL THINGS BABY DOLL
- Stuffed animals
- Color Wonder and other art supplies
- Fisher Price Little People sets (of particular interest at our house is "A Little People Christmas" as I've heard it is a great learning tool to tell the Christmas story)
- Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Say Please Tea Set
- Fisher Price Laugh and Learn My Pretty Purse
- Play kitchen and accessories (food, dishes, etc.), including a shopping cart
- Dress up clothes and accessories
- Table and chair set
- Ride on toys
- Fisher Price My First dollhouse or Loving Family (rated for 3+)
- Medical/doctor kit
- Preschool musical instruments (like the Melissa and Doug Band in a Box set)
- Bath toys
- Magnetic dress up dolls (like this one called Maggie Leigh Magnetic Dress Up Set)
- Fisher Price has a cute set called "Snap and Style" that features plastic dolls and animals with snap on/snap off clothes and accessories. The prices seem reasonable and the pieces are big enough for little hands. EVEN BETTER, they have a diverse selection of ethnicities.
- Leapfrog toys are always a hit and kids can learn while they play. This link takes you to the section for 12-36 month toys.
- Melissa and Doug toys are always a hit around our house. I'm really fond of the puzzles.
- And last, but certainly not least, ANYTHING cute from Etsy -- as my friend Becky reminded me. Visit her Etsy store and help fund an adoption. Can't beat that!
Definitely on the Santa list for Ellie will be: an Asian baby doll, another baby doll, art supplies/coloring books, books, a kitchen set and accessories, Say Please Tea Set, dress up clothes (check out your local Dollar Tree/Deals type stores for some great dress up items at really inexpensive prices), a doctor kit, puzzles, maybe some Snap and Style toys, and bath toys.
Word has it (from Jeanne) that Santa is going green this year, so check out local Craigslist and Ebay listings for gently used versions of these items. I know that Santa is a little green around our house from local consignment sales.
And while it appears I am really endorsing the folks over at FP, I am not. It's simply that they have a large line of age appropriate toys.
AND, finally, mark my words this is going to be one of "the" toys of the year this year: Zhu Zhu Pet hamsters. Get them now, if you can. Rated for ages 4-8.
Heart contents by Maria at 9:20 PM
Today, she sat up in her high chair saying, "Hey!" "Hey!" Occasionally she says, "Hi Cat" (like Hotdog did when she was our house back in the summer). She still LOVES the cats and petting them, but she's not quite as delicate as she once was so I have to continue to remind her to "pet easy". The cats are pretty tolerant.
She has finally started kissing me on occasion. I can say, "Give mama a kiss" and about 25% of the time I'll get a kiss. The odds are greater for a hug which is is free to give. She still thinks that when you tell her to give someone a kiss THEY are supposed to kiss her. *sweet*
I can't wait to hear what fun things she'll be saying next. I'm hoping she will soon learn to nod her head yes instead of just no. It's hard to ask her a question and get head shaking for no and then nothing for yes. Then it's a guessing game as to whether you've got the right answer from her. I've turned into a head bobbing fool around her lately trying to teach her "yes".
I've tricked her into waving hi. She would only wave bye to people. Now, when we see someone I just say, "Wave bye to them" and she just waves and blows kisses like they are going out of style.
Josh is leaving for his 6th grade camping trip tomorrow. I'm hoping he will have a lot of fun!!! MAYBE we'll get a picture or two -- who knows with a boy; he'll probably be too busy.
I'm really looking forward to Halloween this year!! Ellie is going to be a pixie fairy with a purple and green costume with a tutu and wings (you'll see pix later) with striped purple/green leggings and SILVER sparkly shoes. Now, girl LOVES her some shoes so I suspect we may NEVER get these off her feet. She has a tiara that I'm CERTAIN she will not wear and a WAND that she got at Target. She's fond of it, but I'm not sure she'll care it either. Josh is just super excited that he gets to be a gorilla -- it's the little things, isn't it??
And, in the job search arena, Kevin had an interview on Monday. He felt pretty confident that he did well. They are interviewing one other candidate and will make a decision sometime in the next week-two weeks. Fingers are crossed and prayers are going up that they choose Kevin.
Heart contents by Maria at 8:58 PM
Sunday, October 25, 2009
And while I love my cling, compared to the Super Bowl rings the boys got last year, they paled in comparison. However, you have to earn those rings and even though we had a good season, we certainly did not earn them this year. *sigh*
There is no one good reason that I can think of that we lost, but maybe a bunch of little reasons all added together. But, as I explained to Josh, it doesn't really matter why you lost, you just did. He and I both agreed that if we had won, it would have been fine, but losing was ok too because basketball has just started and it was about to get crazy. In fact, we sped away from the playoff game headed to the season opening scrimmage basketball game. He literally ran in as the game started.
I got some great pictures of Josh this week (football related) because I just had this feeling early on that this was going to be the last game.
I'm so glad we still live in a community where prayer is ok and appreciated before a football game.
It was a mud fest on the field after rains from the day before. We were also the third team to play on the field that day. Yuck.
And despite some of this on the sidelines:
This was the final result:
And after the game, BOTH teams met at mid-field for a game closing prayer of thanks. Wow!
After the game, some kids were really upset. Josh just doesn't seem so much.
And now, we begin basketball. Practice takes the same nights/times as football did and games will take a later Saturday afternoon slot than football, so rather than gaining time, we are simply trading activities.
Thanks for lots of fun this year, Vikings!!
Heart contents by Maria at 8:03 PM
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I love this stage in her life. She is inquisitive:
Interested in everything because it's all new to her:
Constantly "on the go" -- which is why a large portion of my pictures look like this:
And occasionally even ... HAPPY!!! Look at this face -- how can I not know that God blessed our family beyond measure when He allowed us to be her family??? Fun times!
Heart contents by Maria at 5:40 PM
Thursday, October 22, 2009
It touched me so much. It's perfect.
Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried:
Quietly, patiently, lovingly God replied.
I plead and I wept for a clue to my fate,
And the Master so gently said,
"Child, you must wait."
"Wait? You say, wait!" my indignant reply.
"Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
Is Your hand shortened? Or have You not heard?
By faith, I have asked, and am claiming Your Word.
My future and all to which I can relate
hangs in the balance, and You tell me to wait?
I'm needing a "Yes", a go-ahead sign,
or even a "No" to which I can resign.
And Lord, You promised that if we believe
we need but to ask, and we shall receive.
And Lord, I've been asking, and this is my cry:
"I'm weary of asking! I need a reply!
Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate
as my Master replied once again "You must wait."
So, I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut
and grumbled to God, "So, I'm waiting...for what?"
He seemed, then, to kneel and His eyes wept with mine,
and He tenderly said "I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens, and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead, and cause mountains to run.
All you seek, I could vie, and please you would be.
You would have what you want - but, you wouldn't know Me.
You'd not know the depth of My love for each saint;
You'd not know the power I give to the faint.
You'd not learn to see through the clouds of despair;
You'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there;
You'd not know the joy of resting in Me;
When the darkness and silence were all you could see.
You'd never experience the fullness of love
as the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove;
You'd know that I five and I Save, for a start,
but you'd not know the depth of the beat of My heart.
The flow of my comfort late into the night,
the faith that I give when you walk without sight,
the depth that's beyond getting just what you asked
of an infinite God, who makes what you have last.
You'd never know, should your pain quickly flee,
what it means that "My grace is sufficient for thee."
Yes, your dreams for your loved one overnight would come true,
But, Oh, the Loss! If I lost what I'm doing in you!
So, be silent, My child, and in time you will see
that the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me.
And though oft' may My answers seem terribly late
My most precious answer of all is still,
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