Archive | November, 2006

Visiting Albuturkey

29 Nov

We returned yesterday from five days in Albuquerque (better known as Albuqturkey during Thanksgiving). No time to write all the details now, but it was good. Little Miss was a lot more challenging to travel with, but once we got there, she was pretty happy. We took her to the zoo (loved the monkeys yet again, and the giraffes were definitely a favorite), on two hikes, and she got baptized in the church where I grew up.

I had wonderful pictures of all of this until my camera fell out of the camera bag in a parking lot and was subsequently run over. The camera and my $70 flash card are toast now, along with those very special pictures.

Put a bit of a bummer on the trip.

But we’re home. It’s winter here — highs in the mid 30s, and it is starting to feel like the holiday season. I’m planning on putting up the tree this weekend, making sure not to put ornaments on the bottom two feet of the tree, as Little Miss is a pro at crawling now, and is focusing on walking, which I anticipate she’ll be doing on her own by Christmas.

Anyway, more details later, and I’ll post some of the pics my mom captured.

Signed,

A sad, camera-less Momma

Did You Know the Shopping Season Started Early?!

22 Nov

On Saturday, JB and I went to the Summit Sierra, the new mall by our house to check out the new restaurants that recently opened. The place was packed. Most restaurants had a 1.5 hour waiting time. Ha! You just don’t wait that long for food when you have a baby in tow.

As we were walking around, we noticed Christmas Carolers. We finally chose a restaurant that could seat us immediately, and the server informed us that “the fireworks” would be starting any minute.

“What is the reason for celebration?” I asked.

“The holiday shopping season started early this year. It’s a kick off to the shopping season,” she eagerly responded.

And I just had to cringe. Wasn’t it bad enough that retailers are now taking down Halloween decorations and replacing them with Christmas decorations on Nov. 1? Now, evidently retailers can proclaim an “early” start to the season. It really makes me want to hurl.

When we left the restaurant, we noticed horse drawn carriage rides through the parking lot.

THROUGH THE PARKING LOT OF A MALL. I thought who would want a horse drawn carriage ride through the parking lot of a mall?!

That’s when I saw the line of at least 100 people waiting for horse drawn carriage rides. They must have been free. (PLEASE TELL ME THEY WERE FREE). It was mainly families with children taking the rides through the parking lot.

As we walked away, making fun of those people, I turned to JB, and said, “Just wait, in five years, we’re going to have a little girl begging to take the horse drawn carriage ride through the parking lot, and then we’ll become one of THEM.”

I shudder at the thought.

Baby On The Move

16 Nov

When I showed up at daycare today, I walked in the door to Little Miss’s room, and she turned and smiled.

Then, she got up on all fours and crawled a good four feet towards me.

She has been working on the crawling thing for quite a while, but today she finally put it all together with all four limbs and made considerable progress. It melted my heart.

My baby is growing up!

Pumping Goes Mainstream

16 Nov

Did anyone see The Office tonight where the woman started pumping out in the open? I had to cheer a bit, but come on, what woman would bust out the pump in the middle of her office without ANY privacy?!

Did I mention that my new office has a Mother’s Room? I had already quit pumping when it became available, but good to know for next time, eh?!

Vacationing in the Rain

15 Nov

Sorry I’ve been MIA for a while. We were out of town for the weekend in Seattle, where I managed to come down with a cold that turned into bronchitis. Add that on top of an Internet connection that has been less than reliable this week, and you get an overwhelming silence at my site.

So Seattle. JB had a business trip there last week, and Little Miss and I flew up to meet him on Friday. Yes, it was cold and rainy, which is to be expected there in November, but we had a great time. Little Miss was a great traveler. She slept on the plane (when she wasn’t petting the stranger seated next to her), napped in her stroller while we walked around the city, and was a perfect little angel when we went out to eat — three times a day (which is quite an accomplishment for her I’d say).

We ate some wonderful food, drank some really expensive wine, stayed in a pretty swanky hotel in downtown, and did up the tourist traps.

On Saturday, we took Little Miss to the zoo for the first time. We figured she is so amused by our two dogs that she’d surely be amused by the zoo. We weren’t disappointed. Hearing her giggles when she saw the monkeys was priceless. All four limbs waved around, she blew her lips together and let the drool fly as she cackled in between blows. She really liked the goats and the gorillas, too.

Here she is getting a big kick out of the wild dogs.

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And here she is practicing modeling for Gerber.

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Remember how well I said she napped in her stroller? Here’s proof:

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And finally, I include this picture just because I love this matching sweater and hat set so much.

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Here is one more picture while I’m uploading… Finally something to make my husband look short — a picture of him in front of a painting of the World’s Tallest Man.

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Anyway, on Sunday, we did the Seattle Underground tour, which was very interesting, but challenging keeping a 9 month old happy as you’re holding her and walking around underground for 1.5 hours. She kept reaching out to pet women’s hair, and tried to be the assistant tour guide, as she liked to start talking right as the tour guide was speaking.

That’s about all I have to report from the trip. I came back with a horrid cough, stayed home from work on Monday, and finally made it into the doctor today, where I was officially diagnosed with bronchitis. I left the doctor’s with five prescriptions, one being an inhaler and another being antibiotics (thank GOD), so I hope that I will be on the mend soon.

And in other news, last week, Little Miss turned nine months. She has now officially been outside of my body as long as she was inside of it. She gets cuter and more fun every day. I just can’t seem to hug or kiss her enough.

Little Miss Voted Electronically

7 Nov

Little Miss’s first trip to the polls:

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I voted. I went after work and was done in less than fifteen minutes — very impressive. On my way out, a poll worker handed me a sticker for “my little boy”. She was dressed in PJs that had pink and purple fairies on them… Not sure who dresses their little boy like that…

I voted because of all of the women that fought so hard to give me that right. I voted for my daughter’s future. I hope you all did the same.

In other news, Little Miss got her first bite at daycare today. Lately, she has been exploring things with her index finger (including my mouth, nose and eyes). Today, she tried to explore another little kid with her index finger and that kiddo leaned forward and took a bite. I guess she got very upset by it, and after they calmed her down, she started trying to explore other kids with her index finger. Guess she didn’t learn. Makes me Brother Cle a bit, though, because she is always putting that finger in my mouth.

One other picture of her before I go to bed for the night.

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Oh, and happy birthday to my sister-in-law, SIL A! Hope you had a blast celebrating your 21st birthday! (wink, wink)

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She Voted Electronically

7 Nov

Little Miss’s first trip to the polls:

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I voted. I went after work and was done in less than fifteen minutes — very impressive. On my way out, a poll worker handed me a sticker for “my little boy”. She was dressed in PJs that had pink and purple fairies on them… Not sure who dresses their little boy like that…

I voted because of all of the women that fought so hard to give me that right. I voted for my daughter’s future. I hope you all did the same.

In other news, Little Miss got her first bite at daycare today. Lately, she has been exploring things with her index finger (including my mouth, nose and eyes). Today, she tried to explore another little kid with her index finger and that kiddo leaned forward and took a bite. I guess she got very upset by it, and after they calmed her down, she started trying to explore other kids with her index finger. Guess she didn’t learn. Makes me chuckle a bit, though, because she is always putting that finger in my mouth.

One other picture of her before I go to bed for the night.

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