Friday, March 31, 2006
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
We set up a plan to get him into the preschool. They have some openings in the morning session and there is already a kid that we know from church that goes at that time. He's a child with high functioning autism that is just a few months older than Frog. We're going to visit the classroom next week and probably get him started either right before or right after we move (APR 15!). It will be 5 days a week for 2 1/2 hours a day. They provide transportation and everything. My tax dollars at work. I'm sure that he'll thrive in this kind of environment. I'm really grateful that we were able to get him some help.
I'm also looking forward to some one and one time with Big Apple. She rarely gets me all to herself. I feel bad for her sometimes because Frog can really drain my energy and take my attention away from her. Just this morning I had to decide which kid was going to be happy. BA was playing with an empty juice jug that Frog wanted to throw away. BA would cry if I let him trash it and Frog would not only cry but become abusive if I let her play with it. It was BA's turn to be happy. I offered Frog something else to throw away. No luck. Kicking and screaming. We put him in the "jail" (our foyer shut off by a gate). Everytime BA walked by w/ the jug he would flip out. She started playing with it out of his sight and he calmed down enough that when I let him out, I got him started on something else and he was fine. Let me just say that BA and I could really use some time to ourselves.
Miss C noticed that I knit. She mentioned that it must be relaxing for me to be able to do that after a long day with the kids. How perceptive! It's so true. It made me realize that I didn't start knitting until Frog got to the age where he was really starting to get rowdy (about 18 months). I had tried knitting when he was a baby and it didn't really keep my interest. But, when I picked it up again at that time, I couldn't stop. I can't stop. It's my sanity. I'm so glad I have that outlet to turn to. It's a bonus that there is an actual product that comes from it! Blogging is another way that I'm able to reduce some stress. So, thanks everyone! I think I would still blog if nobody read it, but seeing all the comments really make my day!
It's BA's bedtime so I'm getting kicked out of here for now. More later.
*The title for this post comes from a line in the song, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious". It's how the Frog asks me to sing this song with him. He'll come up to me and say, "something quite atrocious?". How can I say no to that?
Monday, March 27, 2006
We spent the first part of Friday getting to know each other and spinning. I just watched and asked a lot of questions about spinning wheels. This picture (above) is of Nancy. She did a class later that night on edible weeds. It was interesting but most of you that know me will understand that it is something I will never do (eat edible weeds, that is). I would consider it, I guess, if someone prepared them for me. But, don't hold your breath waiting for me to go out into the woods looking for plants to eat.
I loved seeing everyone with their different wheels. I have a lot to think about when I'm ready to invest in this new hobby. For now, I'm content with using a drop spindle. But, that takes so long that I doubt I'll be content with that for much longer.
The next day was spent working on whatever we wanted and there were some classes held throughout the day. My favorite was the needle felting.
This is what I made. Isn't it so awesome! I'm really proud of it. It certainly wasn't the most complex design, but it's my style. There were so many creative ladies there this weekend! I can't believe some of the things that they made. We also had a class to make stitch markers. Here we are in progress and then, my final product.
I realize that's a lame excuse for a picture. Forgive me. The charms say: love, live, inspire, imagine.
Those are all the pictures that I took while I was there. What can I say? My hands were busy most of the itime. I'm already looking forward to next year.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Other items of business:
Frog's therapy kicks into high gear next week. I'm looking forward to it. I've already learned not to mess with his lines. Check out his made-for-the-camera smile and line of pretzels. The hard part is keeping Big Apple from eating them. I have to make her own pile far, far away.
Next, tomorrow I am going away for a spinning retreat. I don't know how to spin. But, I have a drop spindle and some fiber. It's a little more than just spinning...we're going to learn needle felting and some beading, too. Plus, there will be plenty of kid-free time to knit, learn to spin, and relax! I'm just staying overnight and will be back late Saturday but I'm really looking forward to it. I only have to take one change of clothes but I'm sure I'll be taking 1 really big suitcase full of yarn! I need to wind some yarn before I go so I can finish Mom's 2nd annual birthday socks.
I've been practicing the short row toe so I can start doing toe-up socks. I didn't do a very good job picking up the stitches from the provisional cast-on. I used the www.knitty.com tutorial and everything. Maybe I just need more practice. I haven't had much luck with the figure eight cast on either. I'll work on it this weekend in my kid-free environment. That should help. I'm always a little nervous tinking around with 4 pointy needles when little ones keep wanting to jump on me.
Are you going to watch the American Inventor on ABC? We're hooked. Although, what's up with those edible snow globes? Why? Why? Why? And....why did she make it to the next round?
I may or may not post tomorrow before I go on the retreat. But, be ready for a full report w/ pictures when I get back. Eric, I know you'll be holding your breath!
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
In other news, we've had some answered prayers this week. Before we left Indiana, we sold a truck. It was to an acquaintance of a friend of ours. He warned us he was kind of forgetful and we'd probably have to keep on him about paying us (he was going to pay us in two installments). He was right. We still have the title but not all of the money. Last summer we had a month where SD wasn't getting paid much (end of summer term...beginning of new school year, he was a new hire so he wasn't getting paid for August until later, blah blah). Anyway, things were going to be really tight. We had just moved and had a lot of new expenses. Our rent was twice as much as we were paying in Indiana. I was nervous. Anyway, the day we were in most desperate need of the money, the first check arrived. A couple of months ago we sent this guy a reminder letter and a self-addressed stamped envelope so we could get the rest of the money. We hadn't heard from him again until this week. He called to say that he would overnight the check because he sold the truck to his buddy. We should get it in the mail today. This is perfect timing because we are trying to save up as much as we can for our down payment on the house. Things were going to be a little tight until May but now I'm pretty sure it's going to be okay. It also helped that we are getting a tax refund (Thanks, Pres. Bush, for the adoption tax credit)! Anyway, I was telling SD last night that it was a good thing that guy was kind of a flake because he sent us the money when we needed it, and not when we necessarily wanted it. Does that make sense? I'm just really pleased.
Monday, March 20, 2006
Sunday, March 19, 2006
|Your Birthdate: April 11|
Your strength: Your inner peace
Your weakness: You get stuck in the clouds
Your power color: Emerald
Your power symbol: Leaf
Your power month: November
Friday, March 17, 2006
|You Are Emerald Green|
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Now I'm working on a pattern for a belt and a purse to match. It's what every toddler needs: accessories!
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
I PROMISE that you won't have to wait as long for your next sock. I'm sure you'll have it by August. ;) Happy birthday!
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
And now, for the pictures. Hollie and Mckenzie from Still Dreaming of Destin came over to celebrate. We were there for Mckenzie's first birthday on Sunday. Anita, the Cabbage Patch Baby joined the family. She's got pigtails just like BA. Frog loves to "smile" for the camera now. This is what we get every time we ask him to smile!
And now, for the cake. I made cupcakes (yellow w/ chocolate frosting--my favorite) and she's got her own birthday plate (I have one for Frog, too). She started off not too messy.
But, it didn't last long.
Happy Birthday Big Apple! We love you.
Monday, March 13, 2006
You can expect another entry tomorrow night once we feed Big Apple her birthday cake! Can you believe it's been a year already? I chronicled our adoption journey here on the blog so Big Apple truly is a blog baby.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Today we bought a used refrigerator. It's a side by side w/ water in the door. That's what I wanted. Sugar Daddy wanted something cheap. We both got what we want and I think it's going to work out well. It's only 5 years old and we got it for less than we would pay for a brand new small fridge. I'm happy with the purchase.
We're also in the market for a double bed. We have a queen for the guest room right now but the extra room in the new house is a lot smaller. All that would fit in there would be the bed and that just won't do since that's my craft room, too! So, we either need to find someone willing to trade their double bed for a queen, or we'll sell our queen and find a nice double to buy from somewhere. We also need a frame for Frog's twin bed (salvaged from the side of the road, of course!). Oh yeah, we're downsizing the computer desk. We've been using a hand me down from SD's brother for a while and it is a largish corner desk. The computer is going to go in the master bedroom now and we want a smaller one to go along the wall. I think we're going to have one heck of a garage sale next month!
Knitting news: I've made a couple of things that I can't reveal yet but Sugar Daddy is encouraging me to sell them for a side job. They are pretty darn cute and I could make enough profit to make it worth my time. I'll be able to post more about it early next week.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
In other news, I have a consumer report for you. My new favorite lip balm. The pack I got has an extra one, too, Nourishing.
Do I really believe in the power of the aromas? Not really. But these scents are a little more grown up than the normal blue raspberry/watermelon/fruit punch variety. Hmmm...my lips feel so relaxed at the moment,
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Also included in this picture is some artwork by the Frog. It's just pencil. The heat spots are SD's fault.
I'm about to try and get some Wiggles tickets now. They are coming to the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs on May 9th and the tickets go on pre-sale this morning at 10am. SD and I want to see them really badly. I guess the kids will have fun, too! :) So, if you're wondering what to buy me for my birthday (April 11th!!!), that's it...contribute to my Wiggle fund.
EDITED TO ADD: Wiggle tickets have been purchased. I can't wait!
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Monday, March 06, 2006
No denying the cuteness, eh? Even with his eyes closed. And check out this one! I took this a couple of days ago while I was blogging. At least she wasn't hanging off the computer desk. She was just chillin' underneath it.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
The dance was really fun. It was one of the best dates we've ever been on. Sugar Daddy and I were joking that we switched roles for the night. For dinner, we wanted something quick and cheap. I suggested Chipotle (my fave). We can both eat there for under $7 and it's yummy. SD said that we just ate there for Valentine's so he wanted to go somewhere else. We were running out of options. Fuddruckers is right by Chipotle. I said we could go there but we had just eaten there for lunch before we went to the zoo. He said he could eat there again even though we were just there this week. Hmmm. He won't go to Chipotle because we ate there last month but Fuddruckers is okay. I see how it is! He was willing to spend twice as much money to eat a good burger than for me to have a burrito.
The dance is going to be televised on Nebraska public television sometime this winter. I'm sure we'll be on tv. We were right up by the stage dancing by all the pros. Or, maybe that will keep us from being on tv since the really good dancers were right by us. At any rate, we didn't go there to become tv stars. We were there to dance and dance we did.
I don't know how long it will be before we get to go out on a date like that again, but this one will last me a while. Fun times.
Friday, March 03, 2006
Thursday, March 02, 2006
We're not going to the Children's Museum today. After having blood drawn this morning my energy level is not high enough to deal with the potential stress.
Knitting? I've been basking in the glory of my medal (did you see it? It's on the sidebar!) and have done very little these past couple of days. I did manage to make 1 1/2 baby socks. They were supposed to be for Big Apple but they are way too small. I guess I'll keep them for someone having a little girl. I'll post a pic when they are actually done...probably tomorrow.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
The zoo was awesome. Frog didn't throw a single tantrum and he even let me change his diaper standing up in the bathroom (they had mounted that koala changing station thing so only giants could use it...or at least people taller than me). Big Apple was a joy. She just smiled and ate apples and french fries all day. They LOVED the penguins. I already wrote a little about this in the previous post's comments. I'll refer you there if you haven't heard about this already.
Feeling good about myself and how I can handle the kids, we took advantage of another beautiful day and went to the park. This was a big deal. Even bigger than the zoo. At the zoo, I can keep them in the stroller most of the time. That doesn't work as well at the park. Frog is notorious for wanting to swing and do nothing else. He freaks out when it's time to get off the swing or go home. He was like a totally different kid today. He did go on the swings (so did BA and she had a GREAT time!) but he didn't complain when I told him it was time for somebody else to use them. When it was time to go, he took BA's hand and marched with her all the way back to the car singing, "Follow the Prophet" (his favorite song today). This may seem like no big deal. Your kids probably don't flip out and they don't run out into the street and they probably understand the concept of "STOP!". Or, maybe they don't. But, today I feel like how I thought it might when we decided to have kids. It feels good.
Tomorrow...the Children's Museum!