Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Windy days, sweeping up...trash our way

It's a very windy day here.
There is currently a high wind warning, but that should be ending soon.
This morning we were looking out of Shiloh's bedroom, and today happens to be trash pick-up day and there were bags, and cans, and lids strew all over the place from the high winds.
So DH and I were discussing whether a trash lid in the middle of the intersection was ours or not (not), when a trash bag went flying through the intersection!
I do mean flying too....not a slow roll, it didn't tumbleweed its way through, it was trying out for the Blue Angels!
The roads really picked up a lot of wind and it was just crazy out.
Shiloh was so excited by the flying trash bags that we could barely pull her away from the window..."wook! wook! window, trash, wook!" ;-)

Vivian has decided that since bananas were so horrible, she should boycott all foods. Lots of faces and gagging, and she even figured out if she doesn't close her mouth and just leaves it open...then she won't taste the food as much and eventually her excess drool will just wash the food right back out of her mouth!
I need to take some pictures, it's really too funny. A bit frustrating too, but mostly funny...I told my husband that I probably should be flattered that both my girls prefer/preferred Mama's milk so much over any other foods.

Um, teaching Shiloh to share is back-firing somewhat. She likes Vivian's toys and has caught on to the concept, if she takes Vivian's toy from her...she should hand her a replacement.
But often she'll take the baby's chewable book from her and hand her a piece of paper or one of her own books. I haven't found paper in Vivi's diaper yet so I think I am catching it quickly but....ugh! (yeah, Vivi gags on food...but she'll eat a book, brain food, right? ;-)
I've already taken stickers away from Shi after she decided to decorate the exersaucer with them...all paper products are more difficult.
Especially when Shiloh loves her books and loves paper.
She also hands her toys to the baby when she is fussing to try and calm her down, so it is pretty sweet...just really glad that they're not farther apart in age so most of Shi's stuff isn't too small etc. for Vivi.
Kinda funny actually when Shiloh realizes what Vivi intends to do with her doll or toy pony etc. She pulls it quickly from the baby and comes to me complaining "Mama, baby...ew, yucky!" and holding out her now damp toy.
Mama, there's something wrong with your other child...she tried to eat my doll!!

Shiloh and I gave Vivi a bath in her baby tub last night. Vivi wasn't too thrilled. She had an iron grip on the sides of the tub, a pouty lip and was making nervous sounds. Shi kept telling her it was okay "ok baby, ok" and was a pretty good distraction actually...though of course, Shi had to splash in the tub herself and ended up almost as wet as her sister!

ETA: It's freezing out! I just ran out to catch our trash cans as they flew down the street and it was like an instant ice cream headache going out there! Eek!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Looking ahead...because the fruitcake went to my behind

I never thought I would ever be walking through Wal*Mart pushing a giant stuffed guinea pig through the aisles.
There is apparently a lot of things that you can do with a guinea pig. A stuffed guinea pig anyways.
It has found its way into my bed. Tucked under my arm while I put boots on Shiloh. Snuck into my favorite rocking chair. Ridden a pink pony. Taken rides in both a toy and real shopping cart. Sat in a swing and highchair....and been thoroughly hugged/squished/kissed and loved by a 2 yr. old.
AND....all this in less than 48 hours!
My parents got Shiloh the stuffed "Linny" which is a guinea pig, from her favorite show "WonderPets".
She instantly dubbed it "Ming-Ming" which is the name of the duckling on the same show...and she adores it.

This morning we had to run to Wal*Mart and we were really surprised how empty the store was, I was even able to find parking right near the door which is usually an impossibility. There was a freezing rain advisory going on, though it didn't amount to much maybe it was enough to keep the store quieter.
There weren't a ton of sales going on either, so many people were at better discounting stores, but anyways it was really nice to be in a quiet store after the chaotic holiday crowds!

I can't believe 2009 is almost here. 2008 was kind of crazy and crazy busy for us...I hope 2009 is a bit calmer.
Though I think with having children, every year is a new adventure, new things they learn and discover and can do.
The actual year 2009 is amazing. I remember when New Year 2000 was such a big hype...Y2K and all that.
Maybe now the hype is end of February when the big television switch occurs?
But anyways there is always something to look forward to.
I'd like to plant a garden here, but I'm not sure how feasible that is going to be...both due to the amount of time I have available to work on the garden and also because it seems we have at least one constant rabbit visitor here.
Not quite as scary as my Rambo groundhog from the old house though, but he'll probably require me to have a fence first before planting any veggies.
There also is a funky looking tree/bush right smack in the middle of our backyard.
I don't know what it is, but I'm assuming (or rather hoping) it does something worthwhile for them to leave it there....so that is something to be seen in the upcoming spring/summer also.

I'm loving that Shiloh can talk to me more...each day it seems. Yesterday she told Mom and I "Dora, snow, bear" which was the Dora movie with polar bears. She asks for help now and wants me to "look", and can tell me what she wants to eat or watch or do.
Vivi is sitting so well and has reached the age were it's sometimes difficult to hold her while you do anything because she's constantly grabbing everything....and then putting it in her mouth, or at very least licking it.
She's been quite fascinated with the fact that she has a tongue, since birth!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

We had a very nice one, there really is nothing like Christmas with children, and both girls were really into it! :)
Vivi tried to eat the bows...and the bags...and the wrapping paper...and the presents. You get the idea.
She actually did pretty well opening some gifts since she'd grab the paper and I'd just pull the present away from her...Ta Da! opened gift!
Both girls still took good naps despite all the excitement, and in fact on morning we were all up and waiting for Shiloh to wake so we could dig into breakfast and presents!
Then at Mom & Dad's, everyone finished eating dinner and had to wait for Shi to get up from her nap too....seems like that is becoming a yearly tradition too! ;-) 3 years now and counting!
We had our traditional blueberry pancakes and Shi didn't like the blueberries, she likes plain and Choc. chip pancakes though. So she ate a few pieces that I gave her without blueberries in them....then settled for a nice bowl of cereal.
So nice that I can ask her now if she wants a bowl of cereal or toast etc. and she can tell me. A lot less frustration on both of our parts.

Some of Shi's gifts included a Doctor bag, a shopping cart, and a small pink rocking pony. So she scooted herself across the floor sitting on the pony, the Doctor bag on her shoulder, while she pushed the shopping cart....and she stopped every few minutes to add new things to the shopping cart....a nativity person, a chocolate from Mommy & Daddy's gifts, Vivi's chew book, basically anything that caught her eye.
The funniest is that she would open a gift, give a little gasp and announce "A box!!" then on to the next gift. :D
So it was entirely new excitement when the actual boxes were opened!
Vivi loved all her chewable gifts, soft books and teethers and her toy cellphones are enjoyed by both girls. She also received a variety of baby foods to tempt her palate.
It was a really wonderful Christmas all around. :)

Monday, December 22, 2008

Counting down to Christmas

12/21 - 4 days to Christmas...Eek!
More snow today, we've gotten so much lately!
My DH said ever since we've moved...and actually a bit before too, but he's been just non-stop shoveling!

I made Christmas cookies today, rather nice to do in a snowstorm.
It was also my first attempt at figuring out the new oven, oh these new fangled things! Every time I tried to shut off the timer, I'd shut off the oven! So I pulled out the manual, but then Vivi started screaming and Shiloh asking for milk and I just don't have the extra time. I finally just started using the timer on the microwave instead and all was peace again. :)
Only one batch got a little too brown on the bottom with my figuring out the oven, but I really needed an excuse to eat some anyways. ;) Most of the cookies are going to friends/family and it's awful to have them sitting there so tempting!
My husband watched the girls a little before he left for work and it gave me just enough time to make two batches of dough and get them in the refrigerator....it was helpful of him, despite the fact that every few minutes he'd ask for something.

12/22 - 3 days to Christmas...can I ask for an extension?
Up early with Miss Vivian this morning...she's just wide awake and eating the tablecloth as I type. We had more snow last night, but it's very windy and blowing today so I'm not sure how much we received.

Shi has started bringing diapers once in awhile and wanting me to change her, she still says "no" when I mention the potty but with all the upheaval in our lives I'm not planning to push it right away anyways.
Vivi is such a roly poly thing. She's only rolled completely over once from belly to back, but she twists and turns herself every which way, already making diaper changes an adventure.
Sometimes I see her grunting trying to make that last lurch to get herself completely over, then she kicks her feet and giggles and starts untying her shoes instead.
I think perhaps she is a little chubby....shhh! ;)

The girls are still getting along so well. Vivi thinks Shi is pretty entertaining, in fact how well Vivi sits directly depends on how active Shiloh is at the moment...if Shiloh is dancing around Vivi will keep toppling as she tries to watch her. But if Shi is doing a puzzle or something then Vivian will sit very, very well....of course that is until she lunges for Shiloh's hair.
She's really quite fascinated by Shi's hair.
And Shi has been great, she just freezes until I can untangle the chubby, damp, baby fingers from her curls.
I used to put a blanket behind Vivian when she was in the exersaucer to help stabilize her. She doesn't need it any more but I caught Shiloh the other day...
She ran into the playroom and grabbed Vivian's blanket and brought it back into the living room and carefully tucked it all behind Vivi in the exersaucer, she took her time too and made sure it was all tucked in neatly.
Just very sweet.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Two days in one

The girls had their Doctor appt. yesterday.
Shiloh just received a quick Flu shot, she's already had two colds this season that she shared with her sister.
She was pretty excited in the waiting room because she saw a wall-hanging they have there of Rapunzel and she was excitedly pointing and jabbering "Pinsess! Pinsess!" (princess) :)

Vivi received the full check-up and vaccs.
The first nurse seemed very surprised that Vivi doesn't like any solids including cereal...guess she didn't think those cheeks came just from milk?
Then when the next nurse came in to give her the actual shots....she remarked that Vivian certainly had ample thighs! ;)
15lbs 9 1/2oz. and she's not too long so she is a solid, chubby, baby. :) (not too shabby for a 5lb 12oz peanut at birth!)
She's been slightly warm and crabby today so I've not been able to get much done, but since I was up twice during the night with her and twice more with her sister...I don't mind a slow day.

I've actually been so tired today that I could barely put two thoughts together, so if this blog doesn't make much sense at some point...be forgiving.
I bought bananas this week and Shi's been asking for one every single day. I guess it's a banana stage because she's never been really crazy for them.
I didn't even get a chance to see if Vivi liked them because today I didn't even try solids with her, she's already not too happy....no need to stir that hornets' nest! ;-)
I did pair a banana with some chocolate ice cream, Shiloh did not like that at all. She spit all the banana out and then refused to even try the ice cream again....not that I'm complaining since it's my favorite flavor!

My girls have some of the slowest teeth around. Poor Vivi has those same two teeth that cut through, and then the gum swells up and you can't feel either of them.
Then you feel one, then the next day the other....then both, and repeat. The Doctor felt her mouth (I think that was Vivi's favorite part of the exam, chomping on his finger) and said she has several teeth that are "right there".
But that really means nothing here...could be this week, could be next year...

Shiloh loves, loves, loves to take her socks and shoes off and put them back on, and loves zipping and unzipping things (this keeps her quite entertained) This week she even figured out how to take off those full-zipper footed sleepers! But she couldn't get it back on herself fully again....I put it back on her twice and the third time I refused to zip her back up.
She got upset, but hasn't taken off her pajamas since! So hopefully she'll keep her pj's on from here on out.

We're having tons of snow here. A lot fell yesterday and this morning it's snowing those huge fluffy flakes that are so pretty.
DH brought out the snowblower for the first time and it's certainly getting a workout....and with another storm in the forecast, and now having a considerable driveway, I am thankful it's working well.
We still need to go to our old house and he has to shovel that out as well, someone is supposed to be looking at it this morning though I expect a phone call to cancel once the realty place opens.
There's just so much snow, I can't imagine they'd still want to see it today...either way it needs to be cleared though.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Moving Day & 6 months already?

My baby girl is 6 months old today! Wow, does time fly!
She's such a blessing, Happy 1/2 Birthday, Vivi!!!

Moving Day went pretty smoothly I think...thanks to my brother and sister-in-law and my parents. :)
Mom did a great job of keeping Shiloh entertained and not underfoot, and even though Vivian is going through the separation anxiety stage...she was really good on moving day. :)
Mom made beef stew and I think that was the best moving day gift for me over these past few days.
Seems like I keep getting busy with unpacking and the kids and suddenly I am starving! So it's been a real treat to have the stew right there just needing to be warmed up, instead of trying to find my pots and pans and spoons etc.

Shi seems pretty comfortable in the house. She's still nervous about the washing machine when it's running, but otherwise she's not so bothered by it.
Just seems to be more bumps, and trips as she figures out running from carpet to wood floor and where things are placed, and since she runs everywhere full-speed...that doesn't leave much room for errors when she's not as familiar with the floor plan!
She was nervous about the new tub, but once I added bubbles and her favorite bath toys she was fine.

Poor Vivi is teething and maybe a growth spurt too. She wants to eat a lot, but still isn't crazy about solids...and actually now she's started clenching her lips shut. I've figured a way to get to kinda slurp food off the spoon but it takes quite awhile to get anything into her that way.
I even let her put her hands in the bowl, thinking maybe she would suck them off and get the idea...but she thought it was grand to bang her hands into the bowl, then fling them in the air!
I'm lucky I'm not cleaning cereal off the ceiling!

The neighbors seem pretty nice here.
It's early to tell really, but the older gentleman next door snowblowed our driveway out for us, before we were actually moved in but were bringing a carload over each day.
Another neighbor across the street just sent us a Christmas card welcoming us to the neighborhood, which I thought was pretty sweet.
Since they don't know our name, they sent it to "Hi Neighbors!"
How cute is that? :)
I wish I could be a person to think to do a little kind gesture like that, DH always tells me I don't have the time...which is true but sometimes that little extra gesture is worth the effort of pulling some time out of my hat (or wherever one finds it!).
It's a bit weird too knowing that we are the ones under the microscope right now as the new people here.
But we're pretty quiet (read: boring) so I don't expect to hold their attention for long. ;-)

Friday, December 12, 2008


My DH's day's off the past couple weeks have been sooo crazy!
We have a lot of places to go and things to do...and most everything has a timeline it needs to be done by too!
We needed to have our vehicle's oil changed, so we took it to a nearby Wal-Mart service center, but we didn't know this particular Wal-Mart was all torn up because it's being renovated into a Supercenter.
What a mess!

They had one lane traffic to the service center, and then your choice of parking next to a backhoe or a dumptruck. Inside was no better, trying to shop and eat there (we were starving!) with the sound of hammers and drills and open heating ducts overhead.
Plus factor in the snow/ice storm we were getting, and holiday crowds....and just fun times.
After a couple hours (yes, that's how long they told us it would take) DH went to check on our vehicle. The person in front of him tried paying for some $2 item with several debit cards and I'm not sure the entire problem...because I was in a different section of the store with both girls and a cart that weighed as much as house (probably because it contained things for our house), not that I've tried to push a house but I am certain it would have moved about as much as I could push this cart!
But anyways, the debit cards jammed the computer and there was a 10min. wait for a manager to come and straighten it out.
Then DH gets up to the counter and pays, and.....they've lost our keys!
About 20min. later, they finally find the keys and the parking lot is just a slushy mess, they're redrawn the parking lot lines and made about half of the front ones handicapped...and with the snow, no one can figure it out until they're in the spot already, so there is tons of confusion in the parking lot.
It was bedlam.

I should add that I often check out sites like FamilyWatchdog, which lists offenders in your area who should not be anywhere near your children. Well, while I was stuck there with my 2-ton cart and both my girls and myself....
I recognized one!
He walked by us, not once but *four* times and each time making eye contact with me. This person vaguely knows my DH from his job so I don't if he saw us all together and that was why, but it creeped me out.

Rest of the day went better, until we were about to go get dinner and Shiloh sat on my lap so I could put her boots on and suddenly soaked through everything. I had just checked her diaper too, but she had discovered a love of raspberry tea while waiting at the store and suddenly the flood gates let go!
It was freezing out and she soaked through her tights and jeans that she wearing. I had her wearing both to keep warm!
We were at the new house, so I was trying to figure out what to do. Wrap her in a blanket and rush home first? But how to get her buckled in her carseat and keep her legs warm?
Then I remember that we had already brought over the clothes from Evelyn that she hadn't grown into yet, so I finally found a pair of size 3T jeans that were elasticized enough on the waist to stay up...and just folded the bottoms several times and we were good to go. yay!

DH is such a hard worker though, load after load, to and from the car several times...shoveling out both houses several times because it was snowing so heavily and he barely peeped a complaint. :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Hot Cocoa and Oatmeal

Been eating a lot of Oatmeal and drinking Hot Cocoa for a few reasons.
  1. The weather is pretty chilly, so it's nice to have something warming to eat and drink.
  2. The oatmeal boosts my milk supply which could use a boost now and then with a rapidly growing baby.
  3. And half of my stuff is packed or even put away in the other house. So I need food that requires very little to make, so I'm not missing ingredients, and yeah, probably that is the biggest reason... ;)

Shi doesn't like oatmeal though so I still have to come up with other things for her. Her newest word is "chawchet" as in "chawchet mel" (chocolate milk) ;-) She's been missing a lot of things in the house and saying "Oh no! Where go? Where is it?"

Me: "What? Where is what, Shi?"

Shi: "Books! Where go? Where go books?" she points to were the bookshelf was once.

Since she's been asking me on a daily basis, this morning I showed her purposefully the bookshelf in its new location in the new house. She didn't seem to care one iota there though, but we'll see if it stops the questions anyways. Shiloh seems to be growing more comfortable with the new place each day...she takes her coat right off now and grabs her sneakers so I can change her out of boots etc.

Last night the girls were playing together, so cute. I had Vivian laying on a blanket on the carpet and Shiloh sat down next to her. Vivi was kicking her legs all over the place and Shi stopped her and pushed her legs down. Then she let go and Vivi started kicking again and squealing. Shi said "hey, hey" and pushed her legs down again. They both thought it was the funniest thing and played like that for quite awhile with both of them giggling. :)

So Mama got her Christmas present early! :)

Monday, December 08, 2008

It's only Monday?

Today was very productive.
We had a washing machine delivered to our new house. I put away dishes and glasses, pots and pans. Put ornaments on the tree, stockings under it, window clings up, and set up the Christmas village.
Put doorknob locks in Shi's bedroom and clothes in her closet....and right now in the bitter cold, my Dad is putting up our mailbox for us.
Now that's love! :)
It was 0 degrees last night, but windchill of -15! Sooo cold!

Just this morning, the mailman handed my DH a few pieces of mail that he's been saving for us, waiting for the mailbox
It is a nice fact of a close community, the mailman knew my husband and was considering dropping our mail off at our old address or at DH's work!
I was starting to worry about having mail sent back as undeliverable too, until we could get the box up.

This is our first time having a main level laundry. Our current house has a basement laundry area, so Shiloh has rarely even seen, much less heard a washer.
She was coming over to me when I was trying to figure out how to turn off a light on the new washer and it started up and scared her and she burst into tears!
The rest of the day, she didn't even want to go near it.
I think she'll get used to it soon enough though...especially with all the laundry we do!

Last night I tried giving Vivian her first taste of a solid besides cereal. She's not crazy about cereal and spits most of it out and I've tried varying the textures but it hasn't helped.
So I thought a completely different taste might be appealing.
Shiloh was right next to me begging for a spoonful of the fruit, but I told her to wait until Vivi at least tried it first.
Well, such a gagging fit followed the micro spoonful that Vivi's eyes were all red and watery.
Yes, we are a family of drama queens.
So I said, Okay Shi you can have the rest now. She looked at Vivian's red face, looked at me and shook her head "No" and walked away.
It made me laugh so hard! :)

Friday, December 05, 2008

Quickie update

After one very long, very crazy, very exhausting day...

We have the keys to our new home!!!

We're pretty busy now and over these next few days/weeks moving and transitioning to the new house. The kids seem to be doing pretty well with all the changes...especially once more of their things and more things they are familiar with, were moved.

I still need to move the pack 'n play over there, though Vivi's been pretty good about napping in her carseat or stroller as needed. Definitely need to pull out my sling though for those times when she insists on being held and I have boxes of dishes to unload!

Other good news is that we put up our Christmas tree today! We only have lights and the angel on top so far...but it's up! ;-) Shi was excited, Vivi was napping when the lights were put on so I have to wait to see her reaction to the colorful lights. :)

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Outtakes and Out of here!

Had a photoshoot with the girls yesterday for Christmas pictures.
About 95 takes to get a few good pictures!
Really hard to find things that they both find amusing. Vivi always thinks Mama is the best comedian but then Shiloh will be looking at me like I lost my mind!
Or as in this picture...they both look at me like I am crazy.
(don't you wish you knew what put that expression on their faces?! ;-)

So then I pulled out my props. Both girls were really interested in reading the Christmas books.

Then a wrapped package. They both went crazy over this! Vivi lunged for it, she wanted to eat it....then watching Shiloh pick at the paper she started pulling at the paper too.
They had such a blast that I was afraid they (well, at least Shiloh) would be really disappointed that it was just a prop and nothing was inside.
No worries there...the paper was fun enough on its own!

The aftermath...
Now there's a prop I won't get to use again, and a precursor of t
he Christmas morning mess we can expect! ;-)

Now for the exciting news...
We close on our new house tomorrow!
It's my Mom's birthday, so a good day all around. :)
Vivian is so good with her hand-eye coordination. She was reaching out and grabbing my fork last night when I was trying to eat...and figured out how to push the button and turn on her crib toy.
It doesn't have a volume setting and is super-loud so I thought it would startle her but she looked like she knew what she was doing and knew what would happen too.
She just kept pushing those buttons! :)
I try to place her far away from that toy at night now...it's really loud, and would not be fun to wake up to at 2am!
Shiloh is totally in love with the chocolate advent calendar from Grammy.
I just bend back the corner of the opening for the day, and she'll pull it all the way open and take the chocolate.
So far each day (we're on day 3 now) she acts like it is the most amazing and grand thing she has ever seen!
She giggles and dances, and skips around carrying the precious bit of chocolate in both of her hands.
No worries though, she polishes off the bite long before there's a chance of it melting.
Then she comes back....pointing and asking "Mimi, Mimi, Open, Mmm" (I think she means Grama when she says "Mimi" because she knows it came from Grammy! :)
She doesn't get the idea that it's a once-a-day thing, much like her vitamins that she asks for several times per day.
So I've started breaking the bite of chocolate (it's small to begin with), into tiny micro pieces so I can spread it out a little longer for her.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Pick a box, any box

We're packing slowly...still waiting for our closing (yes, the one that was supposed to happen before Thanksgiving).
Now they're saying it will happen at the end of this week. I'm not holding my breath.
I am packing though, because once we get the keys I want to start moving.
I have so much to do before Christmas!
Shopping, wrapping, setting up the tree, taking pictures and mailing cards, decorating, baking....and moving!

Shiloh has caught a cold. She had a hard time falling asleep last night and I had to search through various boxes to find out where I had packed the Vicks.
Then she was up multiple times during the night crying about her nose.
This morning both girls were wide-awake 2 HOURS earlier than normal. ugh.
I was thinking of taking the girls Christmas picture this morning but a runny nose and bleary eyes doesn't really say "Happy Holidays" unless it's an ad for cold medicine or something!

Have you ever tried to pack china and crystal with a 2yr old's help??
Actually Shiloh has been pretty good about not touching things when I tell her.
She gets the idea of packing, so I keep finding her toys, a shoe, one of Vivian's rattles shoved into the boxes too.
Such a helper. :)
We're just trying to pack the extras and things we don't need day-to-day, but of course there's always something at the bottom of a box that someone requires.
I think that's just a fact of packing though.

Today it reached 70 degrees in my back porch, even with snow on the ground.
So nice!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving weekend

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.
We pretty much celebrated Wed. Thurs. and Sat...and you thought *you* were stuffed! ;-)
Visited with my Mom, sister, SIL, and Gram on Wed.
Sampled freshly made apple pies, and watched holiday movies.
It was snowing when I left but the roads weren't bad and I was mostly stuck behind people going 20-25 mph less than the posted limit.
But then about half-way home, I notice people coming from the other direction are all clumped together and are flashing their lights or have their hazard lights on.
Not such a good sign.
I get to the edge of a steep hill and there is a logging truck stopped in the road along with other vehicles. The top of the hill is black ice, they called for a plow and everyone is waiting for it to come.
I plan to wait at the top of the hill until an SUV almost slides into the back of the logging truck...then a second later a car almost slides into me (these are the ones attempting to go down the hill before the plow arrives).
So I turned around and parked in a parking lot instead. Fed the baby, Shiloh is sound asleep.
And 40 min. later...(the police make it before the plow does!), the plow truck finally comes and heavily salts the hill and we're able to venture down.
Welcome winter weather! ...well, not so welcome but it comes anyways!

It got me thinking about the song lyrics "Praise the Saviour, ye who know him. Who can tell how much we owe Him..."
A lot of "what ifs" in that type of situation...and we don't even know more than half of time when God has helped us out, we just go on naively.

Mom made a feast for Thanksgiving and we had a really enjoyable time. Everyone was able to be there for a least part of the day, and the day was nice weather-wise too.
Shiloh's favorite food had to be the Hawaiian sweet rolls. She loves those!
Vivi won't get to enjoy a real Thanksgiving meal until next year. She was a bit upset that her Mama was paying more attention to her plate and not to Vivi! She also gets terribly frustrated with the cornucopia tablecloth....she can't figure out why she can't grab the fruit when she can see it! So she screamed at it a few times...that should teach it! ;)

December starts tomorrow. If the weather keeps up the way it's been going we'll have a white Christmas for sure. It's been snowing most of the day and we have about 1/2" now. It'll melt but there's more in the forecast!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Exotic Edibles

Once in awhile I like to check out a few blogs that are written by Americans that are living in other countries, namely Asia.
I find their first posts, and first reactions to the new things they face are the most interesting....and they got me thinking about some more unusual foods that I've eaten.
Most of them have been Asian foods that aren't as common here.
So I thought when everyone's thoughts are turning to our super traditional turkey, stuffing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and of course all the pies (anyone hungry yet? ;-) that I would look at some of the more unusual things I've enjoyed or at least...let touch my tongue for a second or two.

One of my favorites is Daifuku or Daifukumochi. Shiloh likes this as well.
It's a small round mochi (glutinous rice) filled with a sweetened red bean paste.
(Thank you wikipedia!)
Apparently there are different variations of as well. But since these are hard enough to find, I've always stuck to my favorite.
I really enjoy eating them with a cup of tea.

Another favorite of mine is yokan.
It is a sweet jellied square made of red beans, some have beans in them like the picture and some are nice and smooth.
Shiloh really likes this and takes such gigantic bites!
I also enjoy eating this with tea but Shiloh is usually clamoring so much for another bite that I only get to savor it peacefully when she is napping.

Another one that is pretty good is lychee which are often found in Chinese buffets here or in cans in the ethnic food aisles, so I don't consider this all that rare.
Whenever I get them at a buffet they always tends to roll into my pudding.
I'm not sure why...some sort of laws of physics at work.
So my lychee are often eaten with pudding...not that I would recommend that flavor combination.
I've also seen them used in some pretty cool Halloween decorations.

And Mooncakes, they're mostly available in Sept. for the Mid-Autumn festival.
They are very rich so I usually only eat a tiny piece.
I think most of the people I know, have tried them. They have a thick sweet filling and usually an egg yolk.
There are many variations too...which I know I haven't started on.

Then there is the Durian.
I couldn't remember the name so I searched under "stinky fruit" and Ta Da!
Okay, need I say more?
They stink, the insides are very gooey and I don't think they would taste terrible if you could get past the smell.
Oh, but it's hard to get past the smell.
I know there's probably more unusual foods that I've tried, but Vivi is on my lap and soaking a spot on my leg with her drool! :)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Houses on the brain

We're having a relaxing day today. Just a break from all the cleaning and related house things.
So we're playing with toys and letting Vivi nap on me likes she enjoys, and watching "Wall.E" at the moment.
It's a really cute movie and I enjoy it much more than I anticipated.

We had our first real showing of the house. We had a different one scheduled last week but they canceled at the last minute.
I took the girls out and we watched a Wonderpets movie and snacked on "Mike 'n Ikes" while the house was being shown.
It was such a cold day though and unfortunately it was right at nap time. Just before we left Shi-Shi was telling me "I sleepy" but once we went out, the cold air woke her right up.
So she had the first *ever* day where she didn't get a nap. :(
When we came back, I gave the girls their baths very early and Shi fell asleep right after and except for waking once she slept nearly 12hrs!

I had a package of diapers for the baby, and while I needed them out and available...I didn't really want them in an obvious spot for the showing so I just quickly shoved the whole package under the couch.
Well, Shiloh saw me do that and was completely stumped.
She's down on her hands and knees looking under the couch "Mama...deepoo(diapers)?" "Mama, baby deepoo. Where go?"
"I put them under the couch, come put your coat on."
"deepoo? ew, yucky?"
lol, she was really confused at why I would put diapers under the couch.

Hopefully this whole showing the house, and moving to a new house won't stress her out too much. She really has been very good with it all and it is a stressful thing.
The other night I dreamt that my sister was looking at houses and the "house" was actually a Pizza Hut that someone had turned into a house....and not very well either.
Then we were showing our house to a realtor (but it wasn't our current house) and we had odd pieces of furniture that we used for other things.
Like I opened up the piano and we using it to store our clothes! Lets play Beethoven in the key of sock....
So I was embarrassed that we were so odd, and thinking that no one would want to buy my house with a piano-dresser.
Yeah....so you see any hidden stresses coming out in my dreams?? ;-)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A few of my favorite things...

I highly recommend the limited edition "Candy-Cane Oreos"! :)
I've been wanting to try them so I finally picked up a package and brought them to my Mom's today since she is a well-know Oreo lover.
They are soo good...of course we were thinking of ways to improve them but they can hold their ground as is.
Their flavor is a bit like a combo of an Oreo and Girl scout Thin Mints.
Ah, yummy. :)

I hate when they make tasty things "limited" though....like Cranberry Sierra Mist. I'd be a much bigger person if they weren't though. :d

Other favorite products of mine.
For cleaning: The Swiffer...especially in a house with high ceilings and wooden staircases!
Also Dawn dish soap is probably a close second or maybe "The Works" cleaning products...it's all good. ;-)

My favorite baby products change based on the needs of the baby...
With Shiloh my #1 item was Mylicon gas drops (they recently had a recall of some drops sold in Oct/Nov'08 just FYI) they were such a necessity and I'm so thankful to my sister for turning me onto to those.

For Vivian, she is an easy-going baby who requires little. But the Angelcare (apnea) monitor would have to be my favorite for her.
She gagged/choked/coughed up stuff as a newborn which was scary and I know I would have been a nervous wreck about sleeping at night without waking every few minutes to check on her.
The monitor gave me some peace of mind and I was able to rest much better with it.
I still use it for her and it's only gone off once so far. I've heard this monitor often has false alarms (especially when the babies get more mobile) but so far it's worked great.

We had a nice visit at my parents house today, and my brother stopped by too. Vivi was quite fascinated with her Uncle Jon which was pretty cute. She was cooing and chatting away to him. :)
He even held her a few times, despite the imminent danger of baby drool contact! lol.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tues-Thurs wrap up

So we had the Realtors walk-thru on Tuesday.
There were way more people than I expected...totally. Shiloh ran to the door when I opened it, then when she saw the amount of people she quickly hid behind the door.

They were still peeking around the door at her so she ran and grabbed my leg for dear life. They must have made Vivian nervous also because she promptly started hiccuping.
I counted at least 13 people...and I might have missed a few. It was crazy! I opened the door and stepped back and it was like a clown car in reverse...they just kept coming and coming!

We ran out to McD's for breakfast yesterday. (because there was supposed to be a showing of the house that cancelled last minute)
Note to myself: Don't let toddler sit on Daddy's lap while eating pancakes!
Though pancake syrup does hold a hairstyle extremely well...a side-burn plastered to her cheek and a little punky mohawk in the front wasn't really the hairdo I would choose to see on my little girl! ;-)
But I had my hands full with Vivian who was wiggly and a little fussy and wanted to touch everything and then put her hands in her mouth. Ick!
Yet another time when it would help to be an octopus mom and have many more arms.
Shi loves pancakes though, and McD's were no different. It was pretty cute because she kept saying "yum, yum" between bites.

Vivian is doing so well with her hand-eye coordination. She is slow and deliberate with her movements...really concentrating on grabbing/spinning/sliding/hitting a toy, or grabbing my finger or a clump of my hair. ;-)
She even keeps untying her shoes!
Last evening Vivian was nursing but she kept pulling off every few seconds to suck and chew on her fingers, then back to nursing and repeat.
I said "hey, what are you doing? you need to make up your mind"
(because it's making me sore!) Vivi just beams at me.
Her Daddy says "Oh, she just wants a buffet, Mama" :D

They are bringing out tons of toys and Christmas items at the stores these days.
We're trying to be cautious about which ones Shiloh sees because some are a bit scary to her. There is a life-sized stuffed dog at our local Wal-Mart that barks, moves etc. and she looked quite nervous so we walked away quickly.
Then yesterday there were some Christmas displays...you know the type that start moving and lights and tinny music plays when they sense movement.
Well, they make me jump anyways but Shiloh jumped a foot (not easy considering she was strapped in the cart) and grabbed her Daddy's arm.
So we didn't hang around there.
She's just starting to have bad dreams sometimes, I think, so I definitely don't want to add to that with the terror of a dancing Santa!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Happy 5 months, Vivian!

It's hard to believe time flies so fast with kids, but Vivian turned 5 months today!
She is just such a sweetheart and everyone loves her so much.

I think she looks a lot like me in these pics. I may have to dig out some photos to compare though.

November is such a busy month too. Tomorrow is Jon & Charith's 1st Anniversary. Congratulations guys! Also my Dad's b-i-g birthday is Tues...maybe he'll call that an un-birthday like mine? ;-) Tuesday is also the day a group of realtors is coming to my house to look it over. I've been trying to take a step back in each room of my house and look at it from the view of a potential buyer. It's not that easy of a thing to do!

Thanksgiving is also next week, the realtor keeps saying that closing before then is the goal. I guess we shall see...
We checked on the new house with my parents today and I think they did a really good job on the additional work that we requested. There are only a few things that we need the realtor to check up for us.

Yesterday I visited my parents house for the day. It was so nice to have most of a day without any cleaning! Mom didn't even let me pick up the toys scattered around after Shiloh played there. How sweet is she?! ;-)

Soon enough Christmas will be here...or perhaps too soon, since I know we'll be in a bit of holiday time-crunch with the move. The girls were so fascinated by the decorated Christmas trees at the stores though that I can't wait until they see our own. :) Vivian's very first Christmas!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Realtors and Real life

Happy Birthday Charith!!
Hope Jon treats you like a Queen today! :-)

I've been lax in posting because every spare minute these days has been spent cleaning and preparing the house for sale.
It's been rough on the hands...and if you're a bit klutzy like apparently I have been, then it's rough all over.
I was cleaning the baseboards and banged my forehead on the window molding, three days later and it still hurts even though it didn't bruise. I also have a gigantic bruise on my leg and I don't know what I did there.
I'm usually in a hurry cleaning because a little one is crying or begging for "doose" (juice), so that's probably a major contributing factor....yeah, that's it, not my total lack of coordination or anything. ;-)

We did buy the first Christmas present for Shiloh yesterday. We were planning to wait and shop after our move so we're not lugging Christmas presents through the move. But last year they were totally out of toy shopping carts when I wanted to get her one so when I saw they had them in stock we grabbed one.
She's still at the age where she was more interested in eating her fruit snacks than what I was putting in the cart too....plus it's just a box so not quite as interesting as the actual toy.

I finally found her missing magnet to her playset. I'm glad I was searching diligently because it was behind and stuck to a metal cabinet that will be staying with the house. They are all now packed up ready for the move.

Vivian is really enjoying her jumper now, and getting some real bouncing going on now. Still going through a lot of bibs and diapers as her two little teeth push themselves farther out....yes, it is incredibly slow, but she hasn't really been acting like they bother her much.
If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time you must realize how thankful and amazed I am at that! ;D

Yesterday the realtor lady stopped over and had me reading some paperwork while Vivi was in the exersaucer, when just audibly in the background you could hear Vivi pooping.
I don't want to make a big deal or draw more attention to it but I know it's urgent so I debate it in my mind for just a second.
Then I put the paperwork down and said "I'm sorry, I have to change her fast."
The realtor looked surprised. "Really? That fast?"
"Uh, yeah"
It was two seconds from needing a hazmat crew, I tried to conceal the messy diaper as I put it in the trash but she caught a glimpse.
"Ohh, you were right."
Sooo you wanna sell my house? ;-)

Friday, November 07, 2008

Happy Birthday Heather!

The leaves are off the trees so it must be my sister's birthday today!
Happy Birthday!
Shiloh says "Apiday to you" (she combines "happy birthday" into one word)
The fun time I had growing up with my sister is really what made me so happy when I found out Vivian was going to be a girl and Shiloh would be getting a sister to love forever.

We used to ice skate on our frozen driveway and I seriously thought I was doing a triple lutz when in actuality, my skates would barely leave the ice! ;-)
Playing outside *all* day, we would pick and eat berries so we weren't hungry and could play outside longer. Wild blackberries and raspberries warmed from the sun and poor Gram still thinks deer were the cause of her blueberry bushes being picked clean.
We climbed a lot of trees and caught lightning bugs and let them loose in the house (sorry, Mom!)...and even went out late at night with a flash light and bucket to catch night crawlers which was pretty hysterical.

I had Shiloh's toys picked up and organized so neatly yesterday, not that anyone would ever have a clue today!
I searched and found every missing toy...ugh all but one magnet that has been MIA for awhile now. I even removed the footplate of the fridge looking for it.
Hopefully it will turn up before the move, just annoys me to be missing this one little piece.
I was washing windows today while rocking Vivi's chair with one foot. She was pretty happy with that for quite awhile. I just kept pulling her along as I went from window to window, but she'd cry and fuss anytime I went out of sight even for a second.
I hope we're not entering that stage, especially with moving time looming, but I guess we shall see.

The Realtor is coming next week to look at putting our house on the market. I have more photos I need to pack up and remove from the walls, and trying to keep things neat while I have boxes packed in the hallways.
I'm torn between wanting to sell the house quickly, but also not wanting to be shooed out of the house with my girls on cold, rainy winter days so the realtor can show it.
I also need to take the girls' Christmas picture soon. I'd prefer to take it in the new home, but since I don't know the closing date yet I'll probably take one now and just keep it as backup in case we end up in a time crunch.

Shi was tickling me this afternoon. She said "tick-o, tick-o" and then held her shirt up so I could tickle her back...and when she was done being tickled, she put her shirt down and said thank you. She's so silly. :)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Voting and Banking

"And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you..."
I kept thinking last night that this election reminded me of the Israelites begging for a king, and finally receiving King Saul despite the warnings.
52% of voting Americans (at current count) it seems were begging for this President and ignoring everything else.

We had a busy day yesterday.
I ran out early in the morning to vote, while my husband watched the girls. There were only about three people in line when I got there, so really not much of a wait. yay!
This time I voted in a library, which I liked much more than voting at the schools or nursing homes I have voted at in the past.
When Shi was a newborn I took her along with me when I went to vote at the Nursing home, and we were basically mobbed and it took quite awhile to escape all the "Can you wait? Martha/Betty/Bertha just has to see this baby" people.
Soooo, wiser Mommy that I am, these days I leave my babies home with Daddy if possible! :)

Later that afternoon, DH took some time off work and we went to the bank to do more paperwork on purchasing the new house. We had to wake both girls from their naps, and it was supposed to take 45-60min. which I thought was a lot of time, but then toss in an rather inept person handling the paperwork...and it took more than TWO HOURS!
The girls were soooooo good. I had plenty of snacks and small toys for Shiloh...though she did run out of juice and the room was so hot! Vivi had a messy diaper but I managed to change that quickly when the lady was out of the room.
Another woman had to let us out of the bank because it was after hours by the time we were done and they had locked us in, and she said that she didn't even know the children were there because they were so quiet.
The door of our room was open too so I thought that was pretty good, especially since a 2yr. old is rather a wild card in the quietness area! :)

Shiloh has just started asking for help. She brought me a toy baby bottle that she wanted opened this morning. She simply handed it to me and said "help". ;)
Then we were watching a squirrel eating a pinecone today, Shiloh called it a "girl".
We were talking about the squirrel eating and I asked her what sound a squirrel makes, and she said "yum, yum!"
She's so funny. :-D
This morning Shiloh was in the bathroom with her Daddy and I called her to her bedroom so I could get her dressed and when she heard me, she turns to him and puts her finger to her lips and says "Shhhh". What a stinker!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Work attire

You need to dress appropriately for your job, for your day, for your life.
So when I worked in a Veterinary clinic, I wore scrubs. When I worked for a CPA, I wore suits and nice slacks etc.
The other day, I dressed "nice" for a day at a home...mostly meaning a pair of my nice jeans and new sweater.
Well, Vivian pooped on the jeans, the shoulder of my sweater was soaked with drool and tufts of the sweater fuzz was stuck to the baby's mouth....
Actually pooping on me, seems to be Vivi's new thing, it's going along with the increase in poo due to her recent teething spell.
She's gotten me twice already.
I will be sitting,(just so innocently) cuddling my sleeping infant on my lap. Then the smell will hit my nose, I lift up my precious napping girl to behold...another wet spot on my lap, and the dilemma of waking a sleeping baby or waiting.

I told my DH this morning that my days contains an awful lot of poo, more than I ever expected. There is a lot of cuddling babies, but there is a lot of poo too.
He just laughed and said "Oh, you love it!".
Hmpf, now I know why monkeys fling the stuff. ;-)

Shiloh has such funny tastebuds! (how's that for a change of subject?)
She doesn't like (currently) raisins, eggs, melon, things that are too crumbly, and also nuts...as in crunchy peanut butter. Apparently she doesn't like the crunchy peanut butter so much that she will pick out each nut out of her sandwich...as evidenced by lunch at Grama's this weekend. ;-)
BUT she does like tofu, salad, snow peas, squash, pumpkin, and cheese to name a few.
I just made a baked acorn squash last night and she loved it!

Shi isn't adjusted to the time change yet, she's falling asleep before bedtime and waking up earlier too. Vivi adjusted easily, another hour of sleep...great! She takes after her Mama. ;-)

Remember to Vote tomorrow!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bouncing baby girl

We had a pretty busy day yesterday.
First we had to wake up early and get the girls ready and fed, so we could meet our Realtor and DH's Aunt for another walk-thru at the house we are in the process of buying.
I feel nervous even mentioning it, like everything will fall through if I talk about it or think about it too much before every "t" is crossed and "i" dotted.
There are so many new and modern features in the house and I don't know, I feel like I'm not deserving or wealthy or modern enough to really have them.
There is just so much paperwork too and then getting into a process of selling this house, too much to think about really.
A lot different than the last time(s) I moved too, moving one room's contents to an entire house is much different than moving an entire household with two babies.

The Realtor loves the girls though, she's a nice lady in her 60's. Shiloh warmed up to her surprisingly fast, and she offered to hold Vivian while I went around the rooms yesterday. Vivi was fine for quite awhile, until she saw me come back downstairs....then apparently it hit her that Mama was not holding her and she was quite upset. Took me a little while to calm her down but as soon as she did she was sound asleep.

Then we had to run to the grocery store and everyone was hungry but since it was only about 10:30am at that time we just picked up some McD's breakfast and brought that home.
I gave Shiloh half of an Egg McMuffin, then remembered that she doesn't like eggs at all...but it's McD's right? So maybe....

She took a big bite and made a horrible face and spit out every little piece!
What a kid!

DH and I also did more cleaning and tossing out junk which took quite awhile. I remember reading that some cleaning guides (How to clean your house in 10 days or something? lol) tell you it's good to clean your house once in awhile like you were preparing to move.
Yeah, not happening.
Especially with children around, it's taking me days just to toss things room by room, and it's not exactly garage sale season either.

My real highlight yesterday was when Vivian figured out how to bounce in the doorway jumper! Shiloh was busy coloring so Vivi didn't have her "help" and figured it out on her own.
Just seeing the proud and delighted expression on her face as she practiced her new found skill was priceless and everything else fades in comparison. :D

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Second Tooth!!

Yes, Vivian's 2nd tooth has already broken through!
She's dealing with it pretty well, the diapers are extremely messy, but she's only needing Tylenol once a day on average.
Usually my first sign that she needs Tylenol is when she starts refusing to nurse and I can tell she really wants to eat, but as soon as she bites down, she starts fussing and crying.
Vivi is also talking, yelling, cooing up a storm! So noisy! Lol, just ask anyone who has tried to have a phone conversation with me in the past few days!

Shiloh is learning and talking so much more. She now recognizes numbers and will start counting them on her own...as far as I can tell she recognizes at least 1-5.
She tells me "care-full" (emphasis on each word) each time I need to climb the step ladder.
Yesterday she was playing with the shower curtain, pulling it closed and asking "where shower? where go?" then she opens the curtain "there it is! Ta da!".
Then Vivi had a very noisy poop. Shiloh heard her and told me "Uh Oh! Baby Poop-Ted! Baby Poop-Ted! Ew! Yucky!"
I am loving this new communicating stage. :)
Last night she grabbed a bottle of cough syrup that DH was throwing away, it had a child-proof cap so she brought it to me saying "doose? doose?" (juice)
I told her no, it's not juice it's very yucky.
So she's walking around with the bottle going "doose yucky, doose yucky" lol.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

First Tooth!!

Vivian is getting her first tooth!

I totally wasn't expecting her to get one this early. Shiloh didn't get her first tooth until she was 8 months old....and Shiloh is still working on those last molars.
Yes, I have two children who are teething now.
scary, scary, scary...
Vivi's diapers from teething are scary on their own. She went through 5? outfits in just a couple days.
Yesterday she was feeling quite bad and I had to keep the Tylenol flowing and she was even refusing to nurse (I've never had that happen before).
But she slept well last night and hasn't needed Tylenol today and has only gone through one outfit, so far.
She does still have everything in a 2 ft. radius completely soaked with drool and is chomping away on her hands like they're pretty delicious.
Looks like both bottom teeth are making their way out.

I'm a bit sad to lose the gummy grin so quickly, even though little toothers are very cute. She's already been biting down hard while nursing but hopefully she'll learn not to do that quickly...not that I haven't nursed through teeth before.

Had a great weekend visiting with my family, able to have the helpful mothering hands of my sister and Mom to help with comforting, a teething Vivian.
We enjoyed great pots of homemade chowder and Shiloh chased her cousins everywhere...I couldn't ask for a better way to spend a rainy day or two. ;-)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

One can never have too many hats

Out of necessity, due to the rapidly dropping temperatures here and equally rapid hair loss on baby Vivian's head, she's been wearing hats a lot.

But it's a fun necessity.
Hats can be so stylish and accessorize so much, I've been enjoying dressing Vivi up.
I've already bought her two new hats in just one week, and I have plans to make her some more...if I can find the free time.
(I've already been using my spare time doing some deep cleaning of the house, room by room whenever Vivi is napping.)

"With the right hat, nothing else matters." ~ LaPaloma Hats
"Whenever you wear your hat, your day will be special." ~ Margo Nickel

"When my Mother first dressed me in a hat as if I were a Lady, I owned the title."
"We just know inside that we're queens, and these are the crowns we wear." ~Felecia McMillan

"When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple, With a red hat which doesn't go and doesn't suit me... " ~ Jenny Joseph
Of course, Shiloh likes to put her own spin on hat wearing trends...the cap has been worn forwards...then backwards...then sideways.
Now...Ta da! The over-the-face look! ;-)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The teddy bear hates me...

...but on the other hand, Vivian is probably pretty happy.
Vivi was having a rough day, yesterday.
She had a lingering runny nose from her cold, and was warm and fussy from her vaccines. She just wanted her Mama to be holding her at all times...even when she was sleeping.
So I decided to bring out the doorway jumper to distract her a bit. Vivian is still a little tiny for it, one of her feet barely brushes the floor even on the lowest setting...so there no actual jumping or moving herself going to happen soon.

That's where the big sister comes in. So Shi gently pushed the jumper and bounced it a little for Vivian (I had a hand on it the whole time to control it).
Then she began walking in circles turning it...after several rotations, even though they were slow, I decided to remove Vivi from the jumper so she wouldn't woof her cookies.
Shiloh burst into tears when I took the baby out, so I quickly grabbed a teddy bear and placed him in the bouncer instead.
Then I could really see how gentle Shi was being with the baby, because teddy didn't get the same treatment.
He quickly became dizzy and fell out the leg hole onto the floor.
His ride wasn't over though, and he was unceremoniously put back into the bouncer....head first.
After several minutes he was fighting to keep his fiberfil down, thankfully he was successful in that endeavor. Soon enough (or perhaps not?) Shi became bored and left teddy shooting death glares at me from his black stitched-on eyes.
Yep, teddy's not too fond of me today....just wait until he goes on the wonderful water park ride of the washing machine!

Shiloh loves her baby sister so much! It was such a Hallmark moment the other day, when out of the blue she came over to Vivian and said "Hi Baby, I wuv you" and gave her a kiss.
Oh, I melted!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Girls' Dr. Appt. today...

Just a quick update...

The girls had their Doctors appt. this morning.
Shiloh didn't need any vaccines except her Flu shot (if we wanted)...but then they checked and the vaccine hadn't come in yet, so she can get that in December when Vivian gets hers.

Shiloh weighs 24.4lbs and is 32 1/2" tall.

Vivian received boosters of last times vaccines, which since she ran a fever then, means she is likely to run one again. :(
The Dr. took the time to answer my many questions (mostly regarding Shi) and Vivi received her three shots.

Vivi weighs 13lbs 1oz. and is 23 1/2" long...actually almost identical to Shiloh at the same age.

Gotta go!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Life is like a song

Unfortunately, Vivi caught the cold as well. She woke up yesterday morning with a very runny nose.
She seems to be doing okay as long as she doesn't lay on her tummy, which is her preferred sleeping position. So last night she slept inclined in the baby rocking chair and that worked well, we'll probably do the same tonight since she couldn't sleep on her belly for her naps today either.
Shiloh also put me through the wringer yesterday.
When DH came home, he asked "Did you check her teeth?"
dun-Dun-DUN!! (cue scary music)

I checked her mouth when I brushed her teeth last night, and I can see and feel the start of one of her 2 year old molars coming in.
It won't be arriving soon, that's for sure, but it's working its way out.
So teething, on top of a cold, equals a 2yr. old that freaks out in the bathtub because she pulled her bandaid off of her toe and can't put it back on.
Seriously....her whole world came crashing down at that moment.
I was washing Vivian and I ended up having to just wrap the baby in a towel so I could get Shiloh out of the tub and properly bandage her toe again.

Amazing how Moms can align the planets and get their child's world revolving again. I'm just glad she's at an age where a simple bandage works...even if only for a minute.
I always think it's funny that on difficult days I will catch myself humming/singing "Mama said there'd be days like this"......yesterday I caught myself humming "Precious Lord, take my hand".
Yeah, it was rough. ;-)

Shi is learning so much, she just absorbs it all in, then surprises me.
Tonight she counted "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,11,13,14" she only missed a few!
She now says "why, why" after she eats, meaning she wants her hands washed or "wiped" off.
The other day she fell asleep while "reading" the Yellow pages, it was too cute.

Vivian turns 4 months tomorrow. She is just the happiest little person, always gives me a big smile.
Her hand/eye coordination is getting so good. She's spinning toys and moving them, and even purposefully grabbing my hand or arm...or even Shi's hair if she gets the chance! Tonight she got so excited by a little flashing blue light on the laptop...she was coooing away and had her arms and legs going! :)

The girls both have a Dr. appt. tomorrow. I think they're both supposed to get vaccines as well but we'll see how they're feeling.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Bandaids and bruises

Yuck, Shiloh and I were feeling pretty cruddy today.
She didn't sleep too well last night, and spent part of it in our bed, then this morning her nose was runny and her eyes watery and she just looked...sick.
Poor little thing. :(
We had to run to the grocery store this morning, so I hung out in the car with the girls and the tissues, and Shiloh watched a movie while DH shopped.

When we got home I went to nurse Vivian and saw that her bottom lip is slightly bruised. Probably I am the only one that would notice it, but my poor baby! She spent a little time in the exersaucer this morning, and with her wanting to practice standing, I think she must have bumped it then despite being padded with a blanket.
She didn't fuss though.
So while I'm feeding Vivian, Shiloh climbs on the couch next to me and she fussing with her toes and says "uh oh" and she's pulling her big toenail and it's ripping off, not bleeding though.
I told her not to touch it and put a bandaid over her whole toe.
Shiloh was so fascinated by the bandage that she started walking backwards everywhere so that she could watch her bandaid toe while she walked!
Yep, it's still following me! ;-)

I made some chicken soup for Shiloh and I for dinner. DH had picked up a can with goldfish shaped noodles in them.
Once I pointed those out to Shiloh, she was very into eating the soup, she kept going "Yum, yum...Fish!"
She ate pretty good too, even considering how exhausting it is to eat when you can't breathe.
I didn't get a nap today since Vivi wanted to talk to me while she had me all to herself and Shiloh was napping.
She coos and has so much to say, I don't know how she has so much to talk about when she's only been around for a short while.
She also wanted to practice her sitting and standing, and she is just sooo proud of herself when she stands.
Like she's Queen of the mountain or something!
Then her legs quiver and shake, she's trying so hard! She'll sit for a second and wants to try again.
Don't grow too quickly, my baby.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sick day

Shiloh has now caught the cold as well. :(
I guess if there is one good thing to come from her sticking a hairband up her nose, it's that I now have Dimetapp in the house and know the appropriate dosage for her.
She's pretty happy despite the cold, though she didn't take much of a nap. Hopefully I can get her tucked in tonight a little earlier.
Shi-Shi's such a character.
I hand her tissues (to keep her from emptying the box) and while she wiping her nose, she makes a noise like she's blowing her nose...or what she thinks it sounds like anyways.
It's so funny.

We took a bunch of coloring books to our sunny back porch and spent awhile coloring. Kind of a good way to spend some time when you have a cold and don't want to think too hard.
Shi has now switched to liking the color red. So now that's all she'll use, and I have entirely red artwork on the fridge.

Vivi wanted to try standing today. She has a lot of power in those chunky thighs. ;-) Maybe I'll be pulling out the jumper for her soon...
She also got a lot of floor time while Shiloh was napping, and she was very torn between looking at a bright blue ball or rapidly deflating helium balloons.

I found this video, and thought it was cute...though I have to say, most of the women I know tend to be waiting on their men instead of vice versus!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Okay, who pushed the mute button?

Hand-clapping, foot stomping, fingers snapping.
No, I'm not enjoying music...
Somehow I've caught a cold and lost my voice, so I've had to find other ways to get my daughter's attention. ;-)
It hasn't been too difficult though, Shi has been very good.

Today is a gorgeous day so while Vivi was napping I took Shiloh out in the backyard to enjoy the sunshine and warmth.
She wanted bubbles, but it was a little too breezy to really enjoy them. They kept blowing right back in my face and I was just plastered with bubbles.
Even after I changed positions the wind would blow the bubbles way over Shiloh's head before she had a chance to touch them and then shift and I'd be covered in bubbles and bubble soap again. Kamikaze attack bubbles!
After the cold and rainy weather we've been having...and know is just around the corner again, it's just so refreshing to enjoy such a beautiful day and even open the windows.

I took lots of pictures and just tried to drink it all in before we're in the midst of winter.

We had to go buy Vivian some size 3 diapers the other day after I had to change her outfits and sheets twice in two days. She could not sleep too long through the night or even take a longer nap without soaking through.
They looked a little too big, but she went the whole night nice and dry.
Vivian also has a new thing where she cries and it sounds just like she's suddenly in pain, like she's pinched her finger or something is hurt.
I even rushed out of the shower, dripping wet, even though I was watching her because I thought there has to be something hurting her that I can't see.
But right when she gets to the loudest part, she stops abruptly and looks around to see if anyone is coming and whether she got the reaction she wanted. lol.
Like hey, I'm really upset here...did you hear me?
She did it again yesterday when her Daddy was around and he hadn't heard it before.
She was sitting in the exersaucer and he almost dropped a whole armful of dishes rushing over to her, so that Vivi could just stop abruptly and blink at him. "Yes Daddy, I'm glad I got your attention so quickly. I'm tired of being in the exersaucer now." :-D
Gotta love the drama!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

A House vs. A Home

I recently saw a nice home decorated very much like a catalog!
It impressed me, though a lot of the decor wasn't my taste. I strongly dislike wicker and there was a giant mirror, bigger than me (though that's not saying much) just leaning against a wall which seemed both dangerous, a grand way to attract dust, and rather useless because of its location.
But I just admire people who can put an entire room, much less a house together where it's fully decorated.
Not an item mismatched, from the curtains to the light fixtures and even the knickknacks all go together.

I even looked up some professional decorating tips, on groupings of candles and colors. Arranging of flowers and drapery choices...until I read one sentence.
"The key is to make your house look like no one lives there."
Close webpage.
I guess that is true. Even in the catalogs where they put kids in the pictures, they are pretending to eat perfect artificial fruit or playing with just one toy, while the Mom makes some miracle dessert from scratch that only requires one bowl, one spoon, and a smile.

So I decided I will embrace the treasured crayon drawings held up by alphabet magnets on my fridge. Watch my daughter happily playing with every toy that she owns strewn across my living room, while the baby is in the exersaucer with the perfect matching cushions from my couch shoved under her feet (she's a bit tiny for it yet), and left-over birthday balloons drift like tumbleweeds through the rooms.
I think I will make myself some tea in a coffee mug, sit in Shiloh's hot pink beanbag, eating a cookie made by elves, next to my curtains that I bought just because I liked them and didn't even have a clue what room I would put them in until I came home...and read an article on potty-training instead. ;-)

Ah, home sweet home.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Who is that fuzzy creature?

Did you ever wonder, Who is Elmo? Really?

I found this video by asking my Google friend that question.
Shiloh and I both found it very amusing.

I also found out that the "Doodlebops" or just "bops" as Shiloh calls them, are a lot less scary without their costumes and make-up.
So how about they get rid of all that "doodle" and just call themselves the "bops"?
Ah yes, I am a great ponderer of the deeper things in life. :-D

When I was taking pictures of the girls the other day, I would give Shiloh a kiss thanking her for cooperating with me, and each time Vivi would lean in with her mouth open...like she was waiting for her kiss. :)

My poor baby is losing her hair.
It's just normal baby hair loss, but she actually has these little bald patches appearing.
It's gotten bad enough that when I am bathing her, I have to wash her hair last because otherwise so much hair gets in the bath water and on the cloth and then she's just covered...looks like I dried her off with a cat.
It's starting to get colder too so she could use some more hair, but thankfully we do have a supply of cute baby hats to keep her head warm.
I even have another hat in mind that I just need to find a pattern and some time to do, but I'd really like to start crocheting.

I made scrambled eggs for dinner. I'm becoming a fan of breakfast for dinner.
Shiloh won't touch eggs though...even with ketchup.
She ate some toast and is working on an apple now and she'll probably have some cheese later.
I think my counting everything, all the time is starting to pay off. Shiloh was just counting the apple slices before she'd pick one to eat. She misses some numbers but still, yay!
Earlier Shi was in the back porch rocking chair, rocking and going "1-2-3- Whee! 1-2-3- Whee!" :)