Saturday, January 12, 2013

End of a thumb era?

Since she was small enough to find her thumb, it has been a near permanent fixture in Sof's mouth. It has been enough of a constant, that it's now just part of her persona.

I had sort of hoped the habit would diminish on it's own (wishful thinking, I know), but now that she's getting older it is time to take action! Enter :

We started this morning, so she has the weekend to get used to it, and so far she's trying to tell me it tastes good (hah!!), but the gagging that ensues after she tries to suck her thumb tells me otherwise. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

One Little Word - A Resolution?

Since I was a teenager l I've done New Years Resolutions, and like most people who do them, they're blown within weeks. Clearly, planning on totally recreating myself every January is completely unrealistic.

Then about five years ago I read about Ali Edwards' One Little Word Project, and it actually seems like something I could accomplish. And for the last five years I've had every intention of following through with this concept as a scrapbook project, yet by the second week of January I've completely fallen behind. Last year I used the word Breathe, and though I didn't do any scrapbook project around it, I definitely benefited from it, especially when my darling children are driving me crazy!

I thought about keeping "Breathe" again this year, and actually following through doing some projects with it; but this year I'm really focused on changing my lifestyle, so this year I'm going with the word "Focused".

At least it's easier than a laundry list of resolutions....maybe :)

I just like this picture, Mia walking on her own again two and half months after her last surgery. She's just too darned cute, and she is my inspiration to be focused.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Like an old friend...

...that's what I've become to think of my blog. Someone I rarely talk to, but start right where we left off.

It was our first traditional summer vacation, and I loved every second of it!!  Even with summer school for five weeks, we had plenty of time to relax. I can't say I was thrilled that Matthew had to attend summer school, but it really was the best thing for him. Not only did he bring his grades up, but he got used to the middle school campus, and come the first day of school, he wasn't nervous at all! It did help that his hero, Greg Heffley, is also in middle school; and Matt would get a locker, which apparently was the secret to his academic happiness.

The other huge adjustment has been dealing with a toddler in the house. I can't believe it's been a year since we've moved, and since then we've gone from having a cuddly baby to a runaway toddler!

As of July she's finally walking (actually, running), and I've never been so thrilled to see one of my children start walking! Despite having to overcome some challenges with her BCF, it's actually nice to have a baby start walking when they already understand basic one-step instructions.

In the last few months we've gained another member of the family (more on that later...), and my creative endeavors have turned to cooking! Everyone under my roof shuddered a little bit, but most have been supportive, and I'm please with my success so far.....

Monday, May 21, 2012

Summer is coming!

We successfully survived Mia's last casting, she is such a phenomenally patient toddler! The only thing she couldn't do, which she enjoys, is climbing up on the couch, the casts were just too heavy.

And now she's back on track, crawling as fast as her legs will carry her, and toddling with support.

Plans for the summer are well underway, this will be our first traditional summer break from school, it will be so nice to have a long, relaxing summer! Matt's already signed up for extra academic classes, golf, and tennis; Sofia will be continuing dance lessons, and start Girls Scouts. And they're both signed up for their first scrapbooking class, Matt was polite enough to only give a 3/4 eye roll when he heard that news!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Another one step forward, two steps back

Yesterday was our quarterly visit to Shriners for Mia's feet, and what should have been a 15 minute check-up turned into a four hour ordeal. Her dorsiflexion has been getting worse over her last two visits, and it was time to go back to the casts.

She was a tremendously good sport about the whole visit, considering she missed a nap and her lunch was very late.

She also didn't make a peep during the casting process, but she's always sort of liked it. They're warm and cozy for the first ten minutes or so, and I think she's like that. Things don't go downhill until she realizes she can't move her legs. As of now she has to wear them for at least a week, we'll know more after her visit next week. So far she's only had a few moments of outrage about her casts, she's been fairly easy to distract with the Baby Channel, and my iPad. Pretty soon I'm sure she'll realize how immobile she is, as the casts are about 1/3rd of her body weight, and her outrage will flare again; but I also have no doubt that she will have figured out how to scoot around, despite the added weight, by tomorrow.

Fingers crossed the casts will come off next Monday, and stay off!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Another busy week

But really, are there any other kind? We've been through kid check-ups (with shots, but no tears!), an out of town funeral, and a trip for Sof to Grandma's for the weekend.

It seems we've been going to funeral after funeral lately, the older two are really getting the hang of a Catholic funeral mass! This time we lost our great aunt Teresa, the last of that generation in my husband's family. We will miss her a great deal.

On the home front, I've been trying to continue work on getting the house "done," which basically has involved painting, hanging things on walls, and generally driving my poor husband nuts! And also working more on getting through my stash of scrapbook kits, with a fair amount of success. I've decided to grab a kit at random, and just work through it until it's used up.

I'm almost done with this kit, there were a few other layouts done with it, and I'll be working on cards this afternoon. And with the weather being gray and dismal, I'm looking forward to having a lot of creativity time this weekend!

Monday, March 12, 2012

My dirty scrappy secret....

...though I love this hobby, in the last year I really haven't had the time I would like to create. Sadly, each purple bag represents a monthly kit, waiting to be used. I guess their only consolation is how pretty they look, waiting to be used.

My very secret stash, my JB stash. Now that my craft room is completely cleared out, and I have a table space to work on, I might be able to work through this stash.