Thursday, December 29, 2005

Reading Readiness

Part of the fun of having an elementary education degree is that I get to watch and analyze Emmy as she learns and grows. It's fascinating to watch her go through certain pre-reading stages. Today she was retelling a story that she just heard for the first time yesterday. She would look at the clues in the pictures on a page and tell what she remembered from that page. It was great! She got all the main points and some of the special wording and phrasing. It's so neat to see her do these things.

I had fun at Half Price Books with my Christmas gift card. I like to go to the paperback picture book section because often they are only 2 or 3 dollars (opposed to $15 if it was a new hardback) and sometimes you can find actual good literature in amongst the Star Wars storybooks. I found 4 or 5 really good ones. The only problem was then they were closing and I didn't get my adult fiction. But there's still $$ on my gift card for later!

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

My sweet boy

Almost 1 year old, and getting cuter by the day.
I'm glad kids get more cute rather than less, because then you always get to look ahead rather than to the past.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Christmas Day...

Well half the presents have been opened- we're waiting for my sister to get here before we do the rest. The trash has almost all been picked up, and I think Emmy came out ahead of the game.

I got new cordless phones for the house (very cool considering our old one had punch spilled on it and was never the same) and a fondue pot. I got chocolate for the fondue pot and yellow towels for the upstairs bathroom. I got stamping supplies and a puzzle. I got a book and walkie talkies. Woo hoo! Pretty cool.

Anyway I think I need to go brush my hair and teeth. Y'all have a blessed day!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Did I mention?

I'm also supposed to be leading caroling tonight for a nursing home, and my voice is sore and hurting. Hmm. That will be interesting.

Tooth #3 and other things

Another cold is making its way through our house, making baby miserable and everyone else pretty yucky too. I was underdosing him for a couple days and couldn't figure out why it wasn't helping... Silly me. But I think he's on the mend, and if I can just get more than 5 hours of sleep a night I probably won't get much more sick.

Tooth # 3 cut the other day so now Denali has 2 on the bottom and 1 on the top, but they are SO SLOW at moving that you still have to look pretty closely to see them.

My youngest sister Ruth is visiting this week from CA. We've had a nice time, although I wish we had a better front to present than a sick children one. She's very good at cleaning kitchens!

Tomorrow about 20 people will be here for a party, so today's goals are:
do all the laundry
clean the whole house
buy corn syrup (who knew it could get mold?)
make 2 pecan pies

I don't think it's too optimistic, do you? Luckily Joel is off work so maybe he can help me with some of that.

Ruth's Christmas present is not going to be ready by Christmas. It's a T-shirt quilt, and it will just have to wait. I just don't have the time.

The weather is pleasantly cool, perfect for raking and cleaning out flowerbeds. I wish I had more time for my garden. I have a halfway-dug bed in the back that I really want to plant wildflowers in. But there just isn't time.

Joel got to work some more on his website yesterday and it made him very happy. You can now enter things other than books and videos. If you have a minute, go check it out and see what you think about the whole idea.

Anyway I need to go start cleaning or something. Have a nice day!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Another Tooth

#2 cut today. #1 was front middle left bottom, #2 is front middle left top.

Online Customer Support

I am online asking some random person about my SBC Yahoo! account. It is weird because it is live on a chatting service but the person is obviously ESL (he doesn't speak English as a first language). I wonder where in the world he is?

Tuesday, December 13, 2005


Today for the first time in my life I have passed into the "zone." You know when you're exercising and you get tired and hot and it's hard but you keep on doing it and then suddenly it's almost fun and you don't want to stop and you go for a lot longer? That had NEVER happened to me. I guess I'm too much of a quitter because I always stopped first, or didn't do a form of exercise where that would happen quickly enough. Today I went on an elliptical trainer for the second day in a row. Yesterday I managed 8 minutes before going over to the treadmill. Today I went 16 minutes and the last half I was just going minute by minute. Hurray for exercise (is that really me talking?)!

Teeth and Shoes

Denali has finally cut his first tooth, and #2-4 are not too far behind. These teeth have looked imminent for months, so it's nice to know he will actually get some.

Emlyn is wearing her $7 shoes. That's right. $7. That's fairly cheap as far as kids' shoes go. They are perfect. And they were on sale.

Gotta go to the gym.

Sunday, December 11, 2005


A few minutes ago, my daughter was crying because she wanted the bunny that we gave away over a year ago. My son was crying because I wouldn't nurse him (weaning is such fun!). I almost started crying myself, but I restrained myself. Now they are playing happily. Sometimes I think my life is a little bit crazy.

You should hear Emmy telling the story of how she found Denali's shoe.
"I was putting on my boots, and I didn't feel anything in this one (lifts left leg). Then I put on my other boot on this foot (lifts right leg). And there was something there! And I was like what's in my boot? And it was Denali's shoe!"

Yes, that's right. My 3 1/2 year old uses "like" as a regular part of her vocabulary. She will fit right in if we, like, ever move back to CA.

My legs are SO DRY! It's winter and I need to shave and that always makes my legs very itchy and dry. I try not to scratch but it's a losing battle.

I think I need to buy some formula (gasp!). If we are down to one nursing a day, and he's not a year old, I think I need to supplement with formula. This will be the first time I have ever purchased a can. Neither of my children have ever had formula.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

More Pictures

Here's my baby eating big boy food. Soon he will be one and walking and I will have to call him a toddler! :(

We bundled up and walked to the post office the other morning- here's the cute kids in their warm clothes.

Our leaning, goofy Christmas tree. This year we decided to get one with personality.

Denali and Emmy putting the angel on the tree as a finishing touch. That's my sister on the left.

Due to popular demand I am posting more pictures. I would post pictures of my kids all the time because I think they're cute, but when others request them, well what can you do?

Pop Rocks

My daughter is having a "pop rock drink." She put pop rocks in a glass of water. Oh the joys of experimentation. I am just too timid to try new food things like she does.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Mexico Pictures

These pictures are of a pool in the contemporary art museum in Monterrey. For 14 of the 15 minute cycle, the water is almost completely still, with a trickle of water coming into it. Basically it's enough to keep the tiles wet. But for 1 minute every 15 minutes, a huge gush of water comes out of a pipe in the wall and sets off amazing waves and ripples. Watching them collide and meet in different ways truly is an art form. We took some pictures, although they don't do the pool justice.

Monday, December 05, 2005


Here's my favorite picture from Mexico. There are lots more but I like the foreground/background thing going on.

EDIT: I took this picture.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Things are Getting Accomplished

The tree is up. It leans a little and is funny shaped, but it's cute anyway.

The cards have been printed and are undergoing processing to be sent out shortly. They turned out quite nicely despite my perfectionism.

The first batch of cookies have been made and turned out decent, if not wonderful.

The children are in bed.

The baby shower is over.

The toys mostly got picked up due to reverse psychology (that was fun!).

Off to do more cards!

Friday, December 02, 2005


So we spent a lot of money to buy the copyright for our Christmas pictures this year so we could print our own cards or whatever we wanted to.

Then our printer decided it didn't want to print as high a quality prints as we think it should. So I started looking online to see who would let me print our own cards on their site. It's not looking good, folks.

Our photographer evidently sized our pictures funny so they just don't look right! Either there's too much dead space around us, or the top of Joel's head is cut off. I'm really frustrated right now.

EDIT: Well I sent the latest version to my mom and she said it's beautiful (think she's biased?) and so I went ahead and ordered some from Costco (the cheapest online service). I hope they turn out well- I'll let you know tomorrow when I get them. Pretty fast, huh?

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Christmas Tree!

We're gonna get a Christmas tree, and I am excited! This will help the house feel more like a holiday rather than a tornado zone.

Home Again

We are safely home from Mexico.
The trip had all the elements for an epic journey-
New romance/love
Danger (in the form of rock climbing and driving in Monterrey)
Adventure (lots of hikes and journeys to new places)
Sorrow (we spent too much money and had to fix our car down there)
Surprises (not quite as many amenities as I had been led to believe)

All in all we had a great time and we are back home.
Here are some things I am thankful for:
heaters and air conditioners
good friends
dry floors

Denali seems to have picked up a bug along the way but he is getting better. He's also talking ("na na" means food) and cruising.
Emmy is just as sprightly as ever and has figured out how to jump off of things (finally at 3 1/2).

Anyway here comes the day!