Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

I'm looking forward to the new year.
2010 was a rough year overall.
Hoping and praying that 2011 is a great one. :)

My girls are tucked in snug in their beds.
I'm just waiting for my hubby to get home from work, then we'll probably open a bottle of sparkling cider and ring in the New Year watching the ball come down on the television. :)

Happy 2011 everyone!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Redecking the halls

The girls and I ran errands and did some shopping today.
Since I knew it would take awhile and be right around lunchtime, I packed some sandwiches and in between stores we stopped and had lunch in the truck.
It was such a nice sunny day that the truck was nice and warm, it reminded me of my many lunch breaks in my vehicle when I was working!

I was pushing the girls in the huge kids cart at Target, and this little girl around 7 years old let out this loud squeal when she saw the girls and shouts to her Mom "Look Mommy! TWINS!! Aren't they sooo cute!!" lol

I had to return a movie to Target, when we opened the case on Christmas Day the movie inside had a big dent in it! I had the receipt and Target lets you exchange the movie for the exact same movie, which fortunately they happened to have two left!

I wore Vivi out with all my shopping and running around...
We took down the Christmas tree and lights, and boxed up all the ornaments this morning before DH left for work.
So after we got home from shopping and while Vivian was napping, Shiloh and I redecorated. Our new garrations! (decorations) :)
Our winter wreath...Plastic candy canes from the Dollar store and Pine cones that I spray-painted gold.
Our staircase railing (a bit girly, but we like it that way.) :)

Shiloh has been wearing holes through her jeans with all her crawling around and pretending to be a cat or whatever.
So I was telling her that she really has to stop crawling around so much and that her clothes just can't take it.
So she says "Okay Mommy, I'll pretend to be a person."
She is so full of one-liners! :)

Vivian is looking a bit like a bruiser again. :(
Shi and Vivian were chasing each other and Vivi ran into Shiloh's bedrail, which sticks out a little from the bed. She has two small scratches/marks across the bridge of her nose. I was afraid it was going to bruise up and give her two black eyes but fortunately...whew!
Maybe I should get her a little football helmet?
Until then, her Mama could use some Calgon...and chocolate...and lots of calming tea.

A belated picture of the girls' Christmas snowman pancakes. A big hit! :)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Undecking the halls

It was icy and slippery here this morning, a good day to stay inside.I started putting away our Christmas decorations today.
Well, taking garland and ornaments down and putting them in neat piles anyways. Our tree is still up with the lights.
I need to wait for DH to bring me the boxes from the basement and DH (knowing how much I like to do things myself) made me promise not to bring up the boxes myself.
So now my house is in decorating limbo.
Shi helped me take the ornaments off the tree, she really liked that.
"We have pretty garrations. No more garrations? I like this garration." (decoration)

Then I was cleaning the house and mopping the floors and Shi was helping with moving rugs and wiping down furniture. She asked me if she could use the Fairy duster (feather duster) to help me, of course I said yes.
I'm happy to say there are no dusty fairies in this house! ;-)

I am working on potty-training Vivian again and so far it's going much smoother than last time.
Not that there isn't a good amount of laundry for me to do, but there have also been full little potty pots for me to empty. :)
I just have to translate fast when she comes running to me upset and saying "Zoe wet! Zoe wet!"
Uhh, what?
Ohhh, Zoe (character) panties are wet?! Ok, let's run to the potty!

I've been teaching Shiloh "The Pledge Allegiance" and John 3:16 and tonight when I asked her to recite them, Vivian piped up and recited both of them almost in their full completion! It amazed me, and was so cute. I wish I had been able to record it, I'll have to try to catch it.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas and the day after Christmas

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. :)

I made the girls a Christmas breakfast of snowman pancakes, yesterday.
Silver-dollar pancakes arranged like a snowman and I used leftover cookie frosting to pipe on the faces and M&M's for the buttons...then dusted confectioners sugar over top to make them look snowy.
The girls loved them!
Then they asked for them again this morning...oh no! ;-)
This is too much work for everyday breakfasts, girls!

The girls had a great time opening gifts and Shiloh wasn't afraid to open anything, like she was last year.
She knew most everything that I had gotten for her but some she remembered and some she didn't.
We had a really delicious ham dinner at my parents, with lots of desserts and sweets to follow.
Shiloh especially loves the Hawaiian sweet rolls. She was having one today and she said "Mmm, Grama makes such good rolls! Mmm! So good! Makes my tummy full!" ;-)

The girls had a lot of fun playing with their cousins, and new toys. Vivian proudly carried around her new Pillow Pet which is about as big as she is, and had to pet and hug "Baby Wogan"(Logan)....and help him eat his Puffs snacks too!

Even with the noise and bustle of the six kids playing, and 16 people in the house, we were all missing baby Arianna. There were supposed to be seven little ones there this Christmas...well, Autumn is not so little anymore.
Hard to believe my first niece is already 10!

Our elderly neighbor was so nice to get presents for the girls for Christmas.
Unfortunately...the gifts were a couple of super noisy baby dolls!
Whenever they "sense" motion, they start making super-loud wails/coos/giggles/baby babble....AND then they blink...ON THEIR OWN!
Freaky!
Shiloh was afraid of those, of course. I was a bit unnerved myself quite frankly! ;-)

They were so annoying making all this noise, even if we just walked by the bag that they were in somehow they sensed it and started up.
So DH decided he wanted to bring them back to the store first thing this morning.
I was dreading long lines at returns, but the stores weren't bad at all.

We started at Wal-mart (which will henceforth be called Store #1) and they scanned the dolls and said "nope, these weren't bought here!". So DH brought them back to the car and we did a little shopping there.
Then on our way out of the parking lot, DH said "Let's try store #2".
Okay, drove there. Nope.
Then we tried stores #3 and #4. Nope. Nope.

No one wanted the freaky demon dolls, as I had now dubbed them.
Remember these are noisy motion-sensitive dolls, so all the while we are driving these TWO dolls are screaming and babbling (and probably blinking if I dared look in the bag).
Shiloh is whimpering in her carseat.
DH is getting more and more frustrated as he brings the dolls back to the car repeatedly. He complained that every time he went into a store, everyone in the store would turn and look at him because the dolls were sooo noisy!
Some where between stores #5 and #6, DH turned to me and said "Man, I was really thinking I wanted another baby but these dolls have changed my mind!!"
LOL!

After store #7, we finally gave up our mission.
We came home and I googled the brand of the dolls and finally found the store that the dolls came from. It just not local, so we just have to keep the dolls out of sight or any motion until we can make the trip.
Now, how to keep them out of my dreams?! ;-)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sing us a song, you're the pado man

The girls and I ventured out to Target the other day, they were quite crowded, out of most sale items (and almost out of diapers!), and had their employees putting away the Christmas stuff already!
I'm not sure how some people can leave their shopping to the last minute, there were quite a few bare shelves already!
I was glad I only had a couple things to pick up and didn't really have the fight the crowds too much.

I've been busy baking cookies. My first few batches were specialized since they were for a family with a diabetic. Takes a little longer to mix wheat flour with the white, applesauce with the oil, and Splenda with the sugar etc. and still try to have a tasty cookie in the end.
I also made some cranberry muffins for them, which Vivi loved!
We delivered to that family on Wednesday so then I was able to focus on making regular Christmas cookies.
I made Spritz...with my pesty cookie press, the top kept popping off while I was pressing out the shapes.
So finally I just grabbed the last bit of dough and just rolled them into tiny flattened balls so I didn't have to fiddle with the press anymore.
Don't you know those simple little balls were Shiloh's favorite shape! So simple in the midst of all the flower and star shapes and she picked those out.
I'll make the whole batch in little balls next time, much easier than wrestling with the press. :)

We let the girls each open a gift that they had received from other people today. Honestly I just wanted something to keep them entertained while I was so busy with cookies, and laundry, and cleaning, and wrapping, and so on.
DH is just impatient for Christmas! ;-) ((Now I have to stop him from letting the girls open a gift tomorrow too!))
Anyways, Vivi got a little keyboard which she loves! She calls it a "pado" and keeps asking me "my pado? mine? my pado?" Then she kept pointing at my piano and then her keyboard "Mama's pado, my pado, Mama's pado, my pado." :)
Shiloh keeps trying to correct her pronunciation which is funny because Shi is telling Vivi to "Say pano Vivian, it's a pano. say pano." ;-)
I actually had been looking at buying a tiny keyboard for her because Shiloh always sits on the piano bench with me when I play but Vivi usually has to pull over her little chair or sit on my lap and it was just getting crowded!

Shi opened a little set of puzzles and that worked wonderfully.
Both girls played for a long time with their new presents...while I made a mess in the kitchen. ;-)

Clue number one that your butter has not really softened. When you turn on your mixer and the butter flings brown sugar around your kitchen...it is not soft.
Bad butter!
At least the rest of my baking went pretty smoothly.
My daughter has the patience of her Father though, she sits outside the oven door complaining that "..the cookies are still not baking, Mom! Cookies take forever! I can't see them baking Mom, they're not doing anything! Cookies take forever!"
That is her new favorite saying...everything takes forever.

Today was my birthday, at least according to Shiloh.
She put things in her little purse for me and said "Happy Birthday Mom, you're five today! I got you a present, I open for you. Look Mom! A earring! (a regular ring, but she calls all rings "earrings") and a necklace! (broken)." and then she'd walk away and come back and repeat it again.
She loves birthdays, and usually she can remember who in the family and extended family has the next birthdays. :)

One more day til Christmas....ack!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Baby love

Shiloh banged her head tonight and whined to me "Mom! I banged my head so hard that I hurt my brain!"
So...not to be outdone, Vivian runs up and shows me a minuscule mark on her knuckle "i hurt bwain! i hurt bwain! need medsin bwain!"
We're not too overly dramatic here, you know...

Vivian asks for medicine for everything..."medsin teeth", "medsin toe", and when she fell down the other night she even asked for "medsin butt".
So it is a pretty good sign that she has needed any medicine for her teeth since she got her Amber necklace!

Yesterday the girls were playing with their cousins at my parents' house. I needed to pick up Logan (who is 10 1/2 months old) and move him to a different part of the house.
It's the first time I've carried him in a long time because Vivi is always in my arms or clinging to me when we've been around him. Vivian followed right next to me and when I put him down I stroked his soft baby hair, so then Vivi raised her hand and asked "i pet him? i pet him?"
I told her that it was okay and she could "pet" him. :)
After that she just kept stroking his hair and hugging him and telling him "good boy! good boy!". ;-)
It was too cute, though I'm not entirely sure if she thinks of him as a person or a pet. lol
She was slightly grossed out when he turned his head as she hugged him resulting in baby drool on her cheek, so this love fest might be short-lasted. ;-)


I have more to write, but with an awful lingering migraine...staring at computer screen is probably not the best cure. :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Paper gloves flying through the mail...

I was going through my stationary last night and found some old envelopes that had been pre-printed with an old address so they are useless to me now.
I though maybe the girls would like to play with them, and they do. Then Shiloh brought me an envelope complaining "Mom, I can't get this "paper glove" open! It's stuck!"
I told her it was called an envelope not a glove....so then she went around calling it a "paper en-glove". ;-)

The girls and I went to the pet store yesterday. I needed to pick up some medicine for our sick goldfish, which costs a zillion times more than the fish actually do!
It was a really nice pet store though. The girls loved watching the hamsters run on their wheels and the chinchillas playing.
There were even some tiny adorable hedgehogs...so cute, until they started eating these live, wiggly, crunchy, larva-like, worms.
Yep, that about did it in. It was like watching "Fear Factor"...noooo don't eat it! why? why?! but you're so cute.." *gag*
- On a more happy note, the fish seem to have really perked up after I have treated their water...even though I did have to figure out 1/10th of a tablet of medicine for their tank...which then seemed to be too much medicine and some of my fish were laying on the bottom afterwards! Not good!
So then I had to quickly hop on Google and then change 1/3 of the water with fresh and that seemed to do the trick...hopefully.

After the pet store, we went to Target and I was able to pick up some Christmas gifts for the girls. We even browsed the toy aisles with Shiloh just occasionally reminding me that she didn't want any toys that "talk to her." ;-)
Knowing what she is getting for Christmas and that it isn't scary has really helped Shiloh anticipate Christmas more.
She kept asking me yesterday evening if it was Christmas yet, so I helped the girls to make a Countdown to Christmas for each of them last night...hoping that would help her to not ask so often. Hah!

Each time today that she would ask me if Christmas was here yet, I'd just point to the countdown and say "Noo, still 11 days to go!"
Then she'd sigh and say "Christmas takes a l-o-n-g time to get here!"
...and repeat
...and repeat
...and repeat
...and repeat
you get the idea.

Vivian woke frequently last night and barely napped today.
She was clingy and cranky and has a slight runny nose so I think a cold might be on the way. :(
One time she woke up during the night sobbing and pointing at the wall and saying "It's messy! It's messy!" I told her that Mama would clean it up, then she started asking for Elmo, and then saying "no Elmo"...just having bad dreams and whatever else was making her feel bad.

I think it's odd that both of my girls have bad dreams about things being messy though!

Vivian actually brought her plate to the counter the other day when she was finished eating, it was so cute!
I never ask her to bring her plate because she is too short to reach the countertop but she sees Shiloh doing it and followed suit.
Then the girls were playing with an entire box of blocks today and they picked up every single one without me even saying a word!
(which is not to say that they don't make messes either!...) ;-)

Hopefully Vivian sleeps good tonight...we all need it! (And since she picked-up so well, maybe no bad dreams!)

Friday, December 10, 2010

You say calendar...

We made a trip to Lowe's the other day.
Last year they had an amazing selection and display of indoor and outdoor Christmas decorations. This year they didn't have as much though and a lot of their displays were at the very top of the shelves and the girls barely noticed them, so it wasn't as interesting and entertaining to the girls as I had hoped.
Well, they did have a blast riding in the "Car" shopping cart, I think their favorite part of the whole trip.
Vivi wanted to take the cart home with us.

Then while Vivian napped (and DH was home to watch her), I took Shi to the grocery store and she got to ride in a car cart again.
Wearing her pink Princess winter hat, She was spinning that steering wheel like crazy and giggling like a mad woman, so much that other shoppers were cracking up just watching us make our way down the aisles!

Today when DH called, the girls wanted to talk to him too.
I overheard him teasing Shiloh when they were talking, He asked her if she had learned the word "calendar" today.
She replied in confusion "Clatter? Clatter? We have a Clatter?  A Clatter?"
I jumped in and explained "No, he's saying "calendar"!"
Shiloh said into the phone "Really?! Are you saying Calendar, Dada? Are you really saying calendar, Dada?"

Oh dear, we may have to start calling it a date book or something instead...

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Teething necklace

Vivian's teething necklace finally arrived in the mail today.
I have been so anxiously awaiting its arrival that I've been checking the shipping status several times a day!
It's my, her, both of ours Christmas present!
Both girls woke up several times last night too, for various reasons, so I was particularly thrilled to see the necklace arrive today.

The necklace is meant to be worn close to the skin and as often as possible, and the amber beads are supposed to help ease teething discomfort (and other ailments).
Hopefully it will help with Vivian's teething discomfort and even more than that I'd love to stay with my "Mr. Jekyll/cheerful/in-no-teething-pain" child!
At the very least, it is a pretty necklace. :)

Shiloh has been working every day on writing her Letters and Numbers. I had a difficult time coaxing her the first few days and then she started asking to write and spending more time writing than coloring and drawing like she was preferring to do.
She's become somewhat of a little Teacher too, trying to show Vivian how to write her Letters as well.
When Vivian asks me for a "boon" now, Shiloh keeps saying "It's a spoon, Vivian. Spoon. SPOON. Say spoon."
Vivi says "boon! boon!" and they both start giggling. ;-)

This morning DH was saying something about a calendar, which with his accent he pronounces "Ca-LEN-der" and Shiloh was following him saying "No Dada, it's a Calendar. Calendar. Say calendar."
Teach the child to write and she thinks she's a dictionary! ;-D

Swiss Miss has this neat Hot Cocoa mix with colored marshmallows in it, except the first time I made myself a cup...there wasn't a marshmallow in sight!
I didn't think much about it, until the next time I went to make a cup of cocoa and only marshmallows fell out of the pouch and into my cup.
What kind of sick mind game is this anyways?! (The mix is aptly named "Marshmallow madness"!)

Ahem, apparently they like to complicate things by involving two separate pouches for every cup of cocoa you make. One with cocoa mix and one with the marshmallows.
I don't know why...excess packaging like that is usually something companies steer clear of these days, or so I thought.
But in a time when everything has been downsized, from the size of a can of tuna (all of my recipes call for the larger size that the cans used to be!), to a bag of candy, to a package of coffee....I guess I can't complain much.

I made creamed tuna on toast the other day, it just sounded good and comforting to me on a chilly day.
Shiloh loves it, so she was eating eagerly but Vivian wasn't sure. She cleaned up everything else on her plate before she gingerly tried a bite and then she shouted in surprise "Mom! MOM! dis yum! dis yum!" while she gestured with her fork.
Lol.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Three Wise Men and a Foolish Man too.

Happy Birthday to my Mom!! :)

I have a Sesame Street song stuck in my head. "A cookie is a sometimes food".
So depressing a song too.
Sometimes is not good enough! I want breakfast, lunch, and dinner cookies...or in other words "me want cookie!" ;-)

I've been finishing up some Christmas decorating.
We still have pumpkins on display because when I was going to put them outside for the squirrels, Shiloh got upset that the squirrels would scratch and bite her pumpkins.
I said "Well, I'm putting them out for the squirrels to eat them".
She said "Noo, put them back. I really like them."
The pumpkins are still in good shape so they are still on display at the moment.
Sorry squirrels...well not really.

I set up my delicate nativity display on the counter the other day. We also have a plastic toy nativity that is under the tree...at least most of it is. There might be an angel in the girls' toy kitchen or a camel in their doll house....you know.
Anyway Shiloh was with me when I set up the counter display and I explained what each piece was: Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, Wise Men and so on.
Yesterday she picks up a shepherd from the display and says "Hey Mom, Is this one the foolish man?"
"What?"
"Is this one the foolish man?"

Too funny! We've been singing the Sunday School song "The wise man built his house upon the rock and the foolish man built his house upon the sand" and she thought that was the same wise man that came to visit Jesus, so the Shepherd must be the foolish man.... ;-)

I love this age, so much fun.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Black Friday Black Eye

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with family and lots of good food!

We did not venture out shopping on Black Friday. I told my DH that I would drop him off at a store at a decent time, if the weather cooperated and if he really wanted to go shopping. I really didn't want to push my way through throngs of people or drag my kids around overheated and crowded stores.
But Friday was icy and chilly and DH decided he didn't need anything anyways.

So we stayed home, then later Vivi and Shiloh were dancing around and spinning and being silly and Vivi fell and bumped her head.
Instantly there was a small pinkish purple spot on her temple, so I quickly pulled out our "Disney Princess" ice pack and held it there as much as she would let me.
It didn't look too bad until the next morning when around her eye was swollen and turning these lovely purplish colors.
It's not swollen anymore but it's a black eye, thankfully doesn't bother her any more.
I call her my little "Black-eye Pea"...or "Bruiser".  ;-)
My poor baby.

Thankfully I just took the girls' Christmas pictures about two days before she fell!

The girls have been so much fun.
I think my favorite of the past week was Shiloh pretending she was running from Monsters in her room and Vivian misunderstood her and yelled "Ahh! We running from Monkeys! Ahh!"
Shiloh cracked up almost as hard as I did and then she went along with Vivian, and they both ran from the "monkeys". :)

We have our Christmas village set up. It's cute but not a peaceful village by any means...
Shiloh keeps making her plastic eagle fly over the village.
She likes to divebomb the little people then swoop away at the last minute....that might be because the eagles talons keep getting caught in the "snow" backdrop.
The little people are thankful for the snow. lol

I've been working on getting Shiloh writing her letters and numbers. She's much more into it if I show her a picture in the letter or number.
Like telling her that a "Q" looks like a cat's behind with his little tail...then she's happy to draw lots of "cat behinds". lol
Or that a "B" look like a butterfly with it's two wings. I forget now the little picture or story I have to go with each one, but Shi remembers them better than I do.
She reminded me today that a "9" is a race in a circle with a run to the finish line.
She liked that one! Her runs to the finish line could be a little shorter though. ;-D

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is tomorrow so I was explaining to Shiloh what it means to be thankful and asking her what she was thankful for.
Then I started writing them down because I thought it would be a cute list for her baby book...and Vivian chimed in with her own list as well. :)
None of it is prompted by me, I wanted it to be just them and what they thought at the moment.

 "I am thankful for...." by Shiloh age: 4
  • My eagle (plastic eagle toy)
  • My Sister
She noticed I was writing her list down and then after everything that she'd name, she'd say "you can write that one down too, make sure you write that one down." lol
  • My tub (bathtub)
  • My house
  • My Princess Cards (Disney Princess Memory game)
  • My Pets (LPS)
  • Milk
  • My phone
  • Wings - like eagle wings
  • My toys
  • Cookies
  • Pumpkins
  • Stroller - for baby dolls
  • Muffins
  • Kitchen
  • Jumping - I like to Jump!
  • Snowflakes
And Vivian's list (age: 2)
  • Milk
  • Cookies
  • "Dis bush" - translated - Christmas bush (meaning Christmas tree)
  • Kitty cats - and then Shiloh chimed in that she was thankful for kitty cats as well
  • Elmo 2 (her favorite movie)
(She was really enjoying listing things!)
  • Bananas
  • Pizza
  • Snowman

Monday, November 22, 2010

This socks

The girls and I went to Target (or "Tar-git" as Shi calls it) today.
We had a good trip, but man...I'm tired.
I wasn't sure how it was going to go either because Vivi was quite emotional this morning.
Crying for no reason is a big sign of teething with Vivian.

This morning I asked "Who wants pancakes?"
Vivi burst into tears, sobbing "i wan pancakes!" (always a good way to start the morning!)
Shiloh asked for milk.
Vivi starting sobbing "i wan milk too!"
From there on she was crying because her hands were sticky, her baby doll's foot got stuck, she had a crumb on her shirt and basically the world was spinning in the wrong direction.
I poured her a good dose of Motrin and watched the hands on the clock tick by!

Then I rushed to get the girls out the door because the city workers were coming down our street to pick up the leaves and I didn't want them to block me in or have to back out between dump trucks.
I start to get the girls into their carseats and then take a good look at Shiloh.
"Shi...what's going on with your coat? Did you put on Vivian's coat?"
I check the tag and sure enough she had put on Vivi's (18mos size) coat instead of hers.
Their coats match and when I brought them down from the hooks, Shi just grabbed one and put it on and never noticed anything out of the ordinary.
Vivi had opted for a different coat so I didn't look closely at the one that matched Shi's, I just hung it back on the hook.
So I had to run back inside and grab Shiloh's coat...as the city workers inched closer and closer to our driveway!

Anyways, we finally made it to Target. The girls sat in the basket of the cart, cushioned by our winter coats (in proper sizes), snacking on Cheez-it Mix and sipping lemon water.
It wouldn't be until later, as I shook out my coat that I would discover that Shiloh's little plastic baggie of Cheez-its had a hole in it...yep.

The "Pre-Black Friday" sales were pretty good. We really don't care much for shopping after Black Friday because most things tend to look trampled-on or half-opened after that date.
They had a lot of "buy four for this many dollars" or "buy eight for this many dollars" but the best savings is to use those sales but just buy the amount you need.
I have a hard time remembering that though, its like automatic when you see the sign to pick up the amount it says!
I'd end up choosing four things like the sign suggested and then remember that I don't *need* to buy four to get the sale price!
Tricky, tricky sales tactics!

The store was busier than a normal weekday with the holiday approaching, but it was nice to see that really everyone we came in contact with had a smile and a patient demeanor.
Pushing my cart and sheep-dogging two small little girls (when they weren't sitting in the cart) means we're not through the aisle the fastest by any means!

I'm quite certain that the candy aisles were the girls' favorites. I needed to pick up some chocolates...for baking and eating and just plain loving. :)
They helped select the bags and carried them proudly for a little while.

Shiloh needed some new socks and they had a good sale going today.
Shopping for socks for children is so not easy though! Shopping for baby socks is simple, find what looks cute and the age is written right on the front of the package.
Shiloh is venturing into the super-confusing sizing of toddler versus children's.
I had to read the back of the package to find out which color package I needed to look for, then I had to scan all the packages in that color because they had tons of "low-cut", "ankle", "no show", and "liner" socks.
I just wanted simple plain crew socks for my 4 year old!

One day I think they will find a Mom sobbing in the midst of packages of children's socks because of the insanity of the sizing and the many names of ankle socks.
Just call them ankle socks and knee socks, that is fine.
Finding the proper size should just be simpler AND the end of November is a good time to have a stock of crew socks and small selection ankle socks, not the other way around....unless you like fishing tiny balled-up socks out of the toes of small sweaty boots? Uh me? Not so much.
*exhale*, okay, rant over.

Maybe not, even though I *did* buy the appropriate size, they just fit so I need to get the next bigger size.
That means I get to have all this sock shopping fun again! When I go back, I will have to try hard not to be the Mom sobbing in the sock aisle...

Hmm, maybe she doesn't really need socks after all?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thanks to Control Z

After writing a few posts and having them suddenly disappear on me before I got them published on here.
I had to go on a search because I knew there was a way to recover my lost text, and before I attempted another post I had to find it!
Took a lot of searching actually before I found what I was looking for....CTRL+Z = Undo
Ta da!
Also locking the mousepad on my laptop before I start typing helps a lot too, but getting that to work is a little tricky at times.

Anyways...I have had long posts to put on here but losing them was discouraging so I haven't gotten on here in a bit.
The time was well spent though, clearing the house of cobwebs and dust, switching the household to heavier curtains/blankets/clothes etc.
Baking a grape pie and peanut butter cookies, and deciding and clearing an area for the Christmas tree...
We didn't set up the tree yet, but it's a huge tree so it requires a little planning as to its location. It's a bit too big actually, our next tree we'll have to downsize a bit. Our old house had very high ceilings so anything smaller would have looked odd, but here we don't need such height.

Even though Shiloh had us play Christmas music until February of this year, I did pull out a Christmas CD and start playing it in the car over the weekend. Honestly I was just getting tired of hearing Disney's "Camp Rock" songs. ;-)
Then we started watching Christmas movies too. I still feel in a bit of Fall shock from missing out on the gradual introduction to Autumn that October brings, so I'm hoping that starting to slowly prepare ourselves for Christmas now will help me not feel so harried.
Lol, I can try!

We watched "The Polar Express" last night, but I had really forgotten a lot about it and certain parts frightened both of the girls. Shiloh slept fine through the night, but Vivian woke with a bad dream and had a hard time getting back to sleep so I tucked her in bed with us.
I've missed snuggling her in bed and smelling her baby shampoo and sweet baby breath...maybe not so much listening to Vivi and her Father's synchronized snoring. :)

She's been talking in much longer sentences now, though it's still hard to understand her sometimes.
She was eating a cookie today and all of sudden she tasted a chocolate chip in the cookie and her face just lit up "Mom! Mom! Chop chip!! Chop chip! Mmm, chop chip good!" (chocolate chips good) :)

Then last week we took them out to "Friendly's" and sundaes came with the girls' meals, so I ordered Vivian's in a sugar-free vanilla and her Daddy and I started eating her ice cream quickly so that she would mostly just eat the whipped cream, fudge and sprinkles on the top and the ice cream wouldn't bother her stomach.
She didn't mind me but thought her Daddy was eating more than his fair share so she suddenly pointed at him and said clear as day "No eat my ice cream. Eat Shiloh's!" lol

She's been asking to use the potty and wear panties as well. Sometimes she does something, sometimes she asks for a diaper. It's a bit of a crazy time now and I haven't had the time to devote to staying at home and focusing on the training so I haven't started pushing it or keeping her mostly in panties like I did during the summer.
If I get a week or two during December I'll try it or perhaps it will have to wait until after the holidays but I still rush her to the potty if she asks or pull out the panties when she requests them.
Maybe she'll do the training all herself???
Now that would be a Christmas present for a Mommy. :)

Monday, November 08, 2010

Revamping a lamp

Sometimes Shiloh likes to have her little lamp on so she can look at books before bed.
The lamp worked well, the only problem was that it was really designed for a baby's room and looked rather dated and out of place in Shi's room.
The little stuffed Pooh and Eeyore were dusty and starting to come unglued from the base so I thought I could revamp the lamp with a little work.
(You know, a little extra work with all my spare time!) ;)

The lamp - perfect for her Winnie the Pooh themed nursery, not so great for a 4 year-old's bedroom.


Working on the lamp while Shi took a nap. Three little bottles of paint, some glue remover, and elbow grease!


Ta Da! The finished product! Shiloh wanted to keep the flowers so I got a little more creative with them.


I love it!
I was a little nervous starting this project because I didn't really have an idea in mind of how it was going to look when I was finished.
I just winged it as I went along and I'm actually impressed that it turned out so well.
A good surprise. :)

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Planes, coffee, and jet lag

Flying is not my favorite thing.
I even need to wear Seabands while flying.
I probably should see about getting some for Vivian too, though thankfully she was fine on the flights and even the taxi ride this time (but she was also exhausted and slept most of the time).
Flying is even more challenging with two small children...adding to that challenge the fact that I was seated in a row of three seats for me and my girls and my DH sat across the aisle.
Trying to hold juice cups and keep track of crayons, dole out snacks, and program movies and shows, and wipe up spills for them at the same time, while the coffee cart passes me by.
I cast my DH a desperate, sleep-deprived, and probably half-crazed look and hissed "I need coffee!! And they just walked past me!". I handed him micro coffee cup (you only get a decent sized cup in first or business class) and asked him to get me some coffee which he did.
It barely touched the surface of the amount of coffee I wanted though, sooo tempting to grab one of those big first-class mugs and have them fill that instead. "Oh, this mug? This is mommy-class mug, you have to have one of these if you are flying with children. yeppers."

At least they had nice little goodie bags for the girls on our return flights. Lots of little stickers and papers. A few crayons and a little orange gel pen that fascinated both girls.
They even had a little 35 piece puzzle for each of the girls....which I quickly hid!
That's 70 pieces of puzzle for me to keep track of, No thank you!
Vivian covered my hand and arm with stickers which did keep her pretty entertained.
We were finding stickers all over the three of us long after we left the plane...

Our last flight to the U.S. getting ready to board after our going through our second screening due to the increased security. This is Hong Kong airport.

Watching a few minutes of some "Twilight" movie on the flight. It was boring and I didn't want the girls to see some scenes, so I kept replaying "Toy Story 3" instead.
I've watched that movie so many times now, but I still don't know the whole story because I had to leave my headphones off most of the time so I could tend to the girls.

A look out the window...flying like an eagle, as Shiloh put it. :)
These are the bento food picks or cupcake picks as I think I'll use them for, that I mentioned before.
I think they are just so cute!
Shiloh picked out the package on the right, but I really liked the ones on the left better so we ended up getting both. :)

Still getting used to the time change, we'll probably get caught up just in time for DST change to take place!
Vivi seems to be having the roughest time and she falls asleep and wakes rather randomly yet, which means Mommy is up randomly as well.

But at least I can be productive even if jet-lagged, you can always do a load of laundry at 3am or clean the fish tank at 1am...
Then again, I put my cup of water into the cupboard instead of the microwave this morning...way early this morning...so I'm not quite free of the effects of jet-lag yet myself!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Home sweet Home!

We're home!
We had some rough turbulence on one flight. Shiloh was coloring at the time and we had to grab her crayons since they went flying everywhere but she just said "what's happening? whoa, bumpy!".
It scared Vivian though, especially since she was supposed to sit belted in her seat instead of in the comfort of my lap where she wanted to be.
Fortunately it didn't last very long.

We also had to go through extra screening before they would allow boarding on our flight to the U.S.
We only knew that something had happened and that the U.S. was on high alert, especially for planes entering the country.
I didn't find out until we were home that there had been a bomb scare/threat on Friday!

Shiloh was trying so hard to see our house from the plane when we were landing. :)
I think she thought it was going to pull up right at our door.

There was a fruit cup with one of my meals on the plane and I was so excited to see watermelon on there. yum! I tasted it and thought "that has got to be the worst tasting watermelon ever!" then I realized that it was papaya and not watermelon. :-o
But on the next flight, there was real watermelon in the fruit cup so I did get my watermelon after all!

Vivian has been much better at home, not nearly so clingy and even playing with her Daddy and letting me take a shower in peace without freaking out that I am out of sight.
Both girls were so excited to see their toys again...and dig into the apple pie (not papaya) that my Mom made for us. She's the best!

We're just busy cleaning and doing laundry and getting over our jet lag now. :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

It's not me...well maybe

Vivian, when referring to my mother-in-law, has started saying "Gri-mom-mom".
This is her combo of "Grandma" and the Chinese word for Grandma which is similar to "Mama" and always confuses my girls.

Shiloh was asking me for something the other day so I said "What's the magic word?" meaning "please".
Shi thought for a moment then said "um...chicken?"
LOL! Now DH is saying "chicken" for "please" too. :)

My mother-in-law cuts up papaya for everyone on an almost daily basis. My girls have been rather disappointed though because when she says "papaya" they keep hearing "apple pie"...and there is quite a difference! At least Vivi will still eat the papaya..Shi on the other hand has her heart set on apple pie!
She asked me the other day if I could make apple pie, every single day when we are back home.
 I couldn't figure out why she kept asking me for apple pie until I heard Vivian getting excited and saying "apple pie! apple pie!" when she was offered papaya. Ah ha!
Poor confused kiddos!

I commented to DH that the girls still keep getting looks when we are out. I thought being in an Asian country they would blend in more...
Then he pointed out that it might be me that they are looking at.
Ahh, I sorta forgot that my blue eyes and pale freckled skin might make a stir here! Especially when Vivian is glued to my neck, kinda draws stares when someone has a child choke-holding their neck...makes them wonder how I can breathe. yep.
Though I was also right about the girls drawing looks because DH took Shi into a store while I waited outside wearing Vivian tighter than a boa around my neck (and I mean constrictor).
The saleslady there noticed Shi and asked DH right away if Shiloh's mother was not Chinese, so he pointed out me and Vivian...which then drew attention to us as well...which then made Vivi grip me even tighter and then I was the purple (ie:non-breathing) lady drawing attention. lol.

Zoo visit

Yesterday was our trip to the Singapore Zoo. (yes, our third visit to a Zoo this year!)

 We had a lot of fun, though at times it was almost unbearably hot. We watched a Sea lion show, an Elephant show, a Langur monkey feeding (amazing that they were down to only about 100 in the world and the Singapore Zoo has successfully had 22 babies born there!) and also a Giant Arapaima (fish) feeding.
I was a little nervous about the girls falling in with the Arapaima, they have no fence or wall there. This Zoo has a very open arrangement, there are monkeys swinging overhead and a lot of places where you can feed various animals (for a fee).

The sea lion show was amazing, but the girls weren't really into it. They were just too hot!
Hot tropical day and a stadium full of people and it was pretty steamy!
They were so flushed and even though the show was very entertaining, the girls were pretty listless so DH and I were concerned and left the show a little early and made them drink and went to a hand-washing sink and wet their heads and necks etc.
Thankfully after that, the day started to cool off a bit.

These are the White Tigers, very neat to see in real life. :)
The elephant show, one of our favorites. The elephants were Shiloh's favorite part of the Zoo.
Shiloh, myself, DH, and DH's mom also rode an elephant while we were there! It was neat and both DH and I hadn't rode an elephant since we were about Shiloh's age so it was nice to get a chance to do it again.

The elephants with their mahouts.
The only thing that seemed to scare Shiloh was when I took this picture of the lions.
They had a glass (air conditioned) room where you could see the lions very closely through just a pane of glass...that unnerved Shi and she ready to leave about the second she saw the lions and the male was looking right at us too!

I showed Vivian the huge crocodile they had at the zoo, and she said "i wanna eat crocodile. eat crocodile"
Okay Vivi...they tend to frown on that kind of talk at the zoo!
She was also big on waving bye to the monkeys "Bye monkey! Bye!"

After riding on the elephant, Shiloh decided that riding a giraffe would be nice as her next venture. She was quite that they would let ride a giraffe too...until the giraffe walked right next to us and I showed her how hard it would be for us to push her way up high on its back. ;-)

We also saw a snake, and a large red centipede were not an "attraction" at the zoo...just random creatures that happened into the zoo.
Then a lizard ran out in front of me and the girls and we all jumped back so abruptly that people ran into us.
Then we this huge komodo dragon just crawling off into the bushes, and we weren't sure if he was a part of the zoo or just random also.

We put double mosquito patches on all of us, and hooray...we made it through without bites!

I've been carrying Vivian up and down Singapore, and up and down the zoo yesterday.
But I finally (and unfortunately) pinched my sciatic nerve today....while lifting Vivian to the sink so she could wash her hands.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

At least the puppet is potty-trained...

...that is always good to know. :)

Singapore has been shrouded in haze this week. Thankfully now that the weekend and rain are here, the haze should be lifting.
The haze was from Indonesia, where farmers burn down entire forests so they can then plant on the land. The smoke from these forest fires just covers Malaysia and Singapore and is not an easily resolved situation as it is international.
I think it was Thursday morning that Shiloh woke up with a scratchy throat and a runny nose, then a nagging dry cough. Yesterday Vivian started with a runny nose but today (and with rain today) they both seem much better.
Shiloh's cough is lingering but she's not coughing nearly as much.
I think most everyone has had a bit of sore/scratchy throat these past couple days too.

We went to a Daiso Japanese store the other day, everything (or most everything) is $2 in the store. I picked up some children's food picks(like a fancy toothpick) they had there for bento boxes.
I've been interested in kyaraben lately as it does seem like a great way to get children to eat foods that they would not normally try and I just know how excited Shiloh gets if I simply arrange her pancakes in a Mickey Mouse shape! :)
So if I can get her to eat more fruit etc. with a cute little animal-shaped pick, then that would be awesome...if not, they will look adorable decorating some cupcakes or peeking from a plant. Whatever, they are cute!
I would take a pic, but I think DH has packed them already.

Yesterday we went to a larger mall. The girls weren't feeling great so they weren't really into it (ie: there was a moment where they were both crying because they both wanted their Mama and only their Mama to carry them)
But we found an "Elmo" puppet for Vivi...and with a funny voice, he soon cheered Vivian up and she carried him around the mall.
Vivian loves to walk on the escalators and travelators and elevators and whatever other "ators" there might be around... ;-)
Then when she came into the restroom with me, she made me hold the Elmo puppet...because Elmo had to potty. ahem.
I'm just hoping maybe Elmo will help Vivian to use the potty when we get back home! :)

We've been getting the girls some apple juice when we go to the food courts here. The apple juice that they serve is foamy and yellow, and tastes like an in between of cider and juice...it does taste good and the girls like it. (probably especially since I don't give them juice at home!) lol.

I'm happy today that I found Shiloh's tiny Carebear. She was given this tiny bear and then we left in our room here when we went  to the Chalet and when we got back, we couldn't find it anywhere!
I've tore the room apart a few times because she kept asking for it. I've been looking for it since Tuesday evening and finally found it today, Sunday morning!
It had just been picked up and tucked in a corner with a pile of stuff around it so I'm just glad I even thought to look there for it.
We wrote Shiloh's name on the tag now, so hopefully it doesn't get put somewhere again.

Man, so much stuff to keep track of with little kids. :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sometimes a picture is worth...

...a blog post.

Vivian fell asleep while eating cereal and oranges.
But it was so hard to take the bib off here even when she was sleeping she kept waking just enough to put it back on...the girl likes her food!

Flying kites in Singapore

DH and Shiloh net fishing for goldfish...shortly before they fell in.

Love this picture and the expressions! DH and Shiloh caught this fish, with a pole and some stinky, stinky, chum stuff.
The fish got them back with some frantic splashing (DH's brother is holding Shi)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Chalet

On Sunday afternoon we went to stay at a Chalet for a few days.
Our first night there, Vivi slept so good! It was really great. :)

Then we took the girls, along with their 3 year old cousin to a children's play place. We took them last year as well. The girls liked the ball pit, even though they had just finished washing the balls so the girls' socks were quite soaked when they came out of the pit.
They have a big play area for climbing and sliding etc.
 I was so not thrilled with other rude kids, and I stopped one tall gangly girl who was about 10yrs old? I sternly told her "NO PUSHING!" when she was shoving past Vivi and Shiloh, then I made the girl wait while Shi and Vivi climbed ahead.
It was just unacceptable for a girl that age to be shoving children less than half her size! DH was ahead of me otherwise I would have made him translate as well...though I'm sure she got the message. ;-)

 DH and I each took one of our girls down this big tube slide they had there. I took Vivian because I wasn't sure I could keep Shiloh tucked in well enough that she didn't bang into the sides. Oh man, glad I did! I banged my knee in a couple places and scraped my elbow on whatever bolty fastener that use to hold the tube together.
Ouch! My knee is still rather gross today. Shi was so sweet though, she offered me her "Disney Princess" bandaids for it. :)
At least those type bandaids might pretty up my legs, they're looking rough!

They had a barbecue at the Chalet the next night and that was nice. The girls didn't eat much and then they were ready for bed, but everyone saved some barbecue for me and grilled it up after I got both girls to sleep so that was nice.
Vivian has been soo extremely clingy to me here that it even just relaxing to eat a meal without her on my lap.
I had already gotten bitten by mosquitoes a few times in our time here so I used mosquito patches and sprayed my legs with bug spray and they even lit mosquito coils....despite all that I still was bitten a few times during the barbecue!
Those are determined bugs...or I am just very tasty!

The next day on our way back to my Mother-in-Law's house, we stopped at a kids "Petting zoo". Shiloh went fishing for goldfish with a little net and bucket and they only let one parent in the fishing area with the child so DH went with Shi...and they both fell in!
It was very shallow though, (as it is meant for kids fishing and I'm sure they're not the first to fall in) so they only got their feet wet. Shiloh told me later "I tried Mom, but the fish kept running away from me!" lol, the frustration of fishing!

Vivian and I watched a mother hen and her two chicks and then we went on to the koi fish feeding area.
The koi are just waiting and they swarm toward you if you walk anywhere near the pond!
It was crazy. Vivi was funny, she'd pick out one little food pellet then choose which fish to feed and ping it right at its head!
Needless to say, feeding the fish took a long time. I was brave enough to even feed them from my hand...slimy.
The koi also soaked us quite good with all their splashing and fighting over the prime spots and food pellets.
I hopped me and the girls into the shower right away after all that. :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fast Food and malls

When you are 2, 3, and 4...you can make your own Playground.
This is Shiloh and Vivian, along with their cousin Yaya playing on some exercise equipment outside of my Mother-in-Law's building complex. They turned the steps into little swings.
At a mall the other day, Shiloh and Yaya did "rubber painting" at a little shop in the mall.
You pick out this rubber outline, they were between $5-$8 so not too bad. They give you a bunch of paints and you sit at a little kiddie table with stools around it. When you're finished painting, they bake it or something and then it is a bit sticky and will adhere to a mirror or window.
Shiloh did a butterfly, which is very cute but it's wrapped in plastic and waiting until we get home so this picture is of the ones that Yaya has already done and has displayed in her room.


This is one of our favorite stores at the malls. "Four Leaves" bakes fresh croissants, donuts, brownies, and various chinese buns. They are really delicious and Shiloh loves to pick out what she'd like from their shelves.

This is another picture of another part of this particular Mall.  Note the Subway in the background, lol. But the prices are more expensive for most American restaurants here than at home...probably because here that food is all imported from the U.S. :)
No five dollar foot-long Subs here.
No ten dollar pizzas from Pizzahut...would you like curry rice with that instead? (yes, available at Pizzahut!)
Maybe some hot sauce for your french fries and hamburger?
Would you like your bag of coffee for here or to go?
:)

Oh bell boy!

It actually hasn't rained all that much while we've been here. Brief sprinkles here and there, and sadly the rainstorms really don't cool off the temps for very long.
The other day though they had a brief storm but wow, it was like looking out the window and seeing images of the hurricanes hitting Florida or something!
The trees bending in the wind, the wind whipping (but still not really cool), and such a heavy downpour! Lots of thunder too, the picture doesn't really do it justice, but these windows normally can be left open all the time if you wanted...but they had to be shut as the rain started pouring in.
The other day we went out and saw the Marina Bay Sands Hotel/Casino...pictured below. This is a web image, DH took some pictures but with his camcorder so I'm not sure how those will turn out.
This building is really amazing to look at though, looks like a cruise ship perched on top of three tall buildings. I'm not sure if you can tell very well from this picture but if you research it there are a lot of other images.
BTW: On the taxi ride there, my niece got carsick! We're not doing so good with motion on this trip! I was worried about Vivi on this cab ride even before her cousin started getting sick so I tried to distract her with pointing out things out the window and that seemed to work...at least she didn't get sick. Mental note to make sure I bring a spare plastic bag on our next outing though!
Later that same day...Ugh, it was 7pm and we were just sitting down to eat so I was really anxious how the girls would do especially since they went to bed at 7pm the night before, but thankfully they were really well-behaved. Vivian was so tired though that she barely ate anything and refused to let me put her down for more than a moment. (She fell asleep the moment we got into the taxi to head home).
Anyways we dined at "The Line" in the Shangri-La Hotel.
See the nice white chairs with the cut-out in the back? I didn't know about the cut-out part until the girls water bottle filled with lemonade rolled across the floor and a waiter had to retrieve it for me (since Vivi was in my lap).
Ahem! So refined am I... :)

So this restaurant was a high-end buffet, with different stations where they offered seafood or made you a crepe or ice kachang to order and more. Very nice place.
Any place with a chocolate fountain is aces in my book!
I was excited to try the crepes since I've been wanting to make them at home, but I wasn't sure if it was going to be worth the effort or really how I wanted to serve them or even if the girls were going to be begging me to make pancakes instead. Their crepes were quite delicious so I definitely want to give it a go. :)


When I first saw this guy at the entrance to the hotel, I thought he was a foreign dignitary.
Ahem, he is the door man.
He opens the car door for you when you pull up.
He wears this costume every day in 90 degree humid heat. It made me perspire just watching him!

Vivian has been rather miserable at night and bedtimes. :(
She wakes up just screaming and inconsolable.
I can feel that the gum is swollen on one side of her mouth, and I think that the combo of heat (and heat rash), teething, and being away from home has just pushed her to the brink.
I've been at my wits end, just hoping and praying she adjusts or her teething can hold off until we get home. Those teeth do tend to irritate in spurts so maybe...
Of course I also worry if it's her stomach bothering her with her lactose intolerance and difficulty of reading labels here...or her ears...or maybe it's just her temper.
Ugh with Vivi, it's so hard to figure out!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My girls

Shiloh made this horrible knotty mess of my camera strap and the strap from the camera case. I was trying to get it untied and she said "but Mama, I knitted that for you!" ;-)

After listening to her Daddy and Grandmother chatting back and forth to each other in Mandarin, she said some gibberish sounds and said "Did you hear me, Mom? I speakin' Chinese!" lol

Then today she was going on and on about some dream she had, and it was really confusing and I told her "You are a different child there, Shiloh".
She thought about that seriously for a moment, then said "I not a boy, Mom. I a girl!"

Vivian has been super clingy to me. She was in a clingy stage before we left the U.S...but now she won't even go to her Daddy, she's just glued to me.
Last year we had a difficult time dealing with her budding independence and trying to teach her to hold hands while we walked anywhere was a struggle, so I guess I really can't complain too much if this time I can't take two steps without her grabbing for my hand in a panic!

She was quite excited to see all the cars and trees and buildings on our drive today. Shiloh keeps saying all the trees are coconut trees because we're in a jungle...and Vivi just interjects "me too! me too!" constantly to every comment that Shi makes. ;-)

Saturday, October 09, 2010

The Cuttlefish Quiz

"When in Asia"- Etiquette 101 - The Cuttlefish Quiz

The Question: You're standing in front of a fish tank at your In-laws when your Mother-in-law offers you an open bag. The writing on the bag reads "Dried Cuttlefish" and a strong fishy odor is wafting from the bag.

Option 1. Take "Dried Cuttlefish" and assume that she meant for you to feed the fish with it and drop it in the fish tank.
But, if you were supposed to eat the dried cuttlefish...well, that would be embarrassing, and you'd have to clean out the fish tank...

Option 2. Take "Dried Cuttlefish" and assume that she meant for you to eat it.
But, if you find out that you just ingested fish food...well, that would be even more embarrassing and potentially nauseating...

Option 3. (say it with me together now) "No, thank you" with appropriate hand gestures to indicate you are avoiding the bag and all the potential embarrassment crisises it carries.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Trippin'

We took a taxi ride to the airport. An awful taxi ride. The backseat smelled like exhaust and the driver was used to city driving so it was just constant jerking from his stepping on the gas, then let off, then step on the gas again. It was he was playing piano with the gas pedal!
I noticed that Vivian's hands were awful blotchy and clammy, then she started tooting gas...which was odd.
Then the vomiting started. This cab ride made the poor child sooo carsick! She'd throw up, fall asleep, wake up, vomit some more...poor baby threw up 5x on the car ride and at least two more times she managed to fight it back enough not to actually get sick.
I put her plastic bib on her, though by that time she had already thrown up all over both of us, but that really helped with the subsequent sickness.
The driver must have had some type of steel headrest because his head didn't explode with the death rays shooting from my eyes.

In the airport restroom I was able to change her pants and socks. Unfortunately I didn't bring a change of clothing for myself, but I thought I could use some restroom paper towels and soap and water and get myself decent.
Not one single paper towel in there!
I ended up wetting some toilet seat protectors and scrubbing at my clothes with that...not very helpful, just made me linty.
Vivian was fine as soon as she was able to exit the cab. She was hungry and thirsty. I was nervous about giving anything but she was fine (I started with just plain Cheerios and water) and she perked right up. :)

It was my and the girls first time driving through NYC. We drove over the Washington bridge (which has been in so many movies) and took a few pictures here and there. Shiloh was so cute! She saw all the tall buildings and thought they were all castles. She said "Wow Mama, who built all these castles? Each one has a Princess!"
Too cute.

The plane rides went pretty smoothly...literally, not much turbulence at all. The flight attendants were very nice and gave me a child belt once so Vivi could sit on my lap during a landing.
When I took Vivi on walks through the plane, one attendant gave me a couple chocolates for her...trying to get her to smile.:)
The meals worked out well for the girls, it was good that Vivian had the low-lactose meal as the children's meal did include milk and cheesecake and even the potatoes tasted a little cheesy. Vivi's dessert was a fruit cup instead which she loved, in fact we gave her all our fruit cups after that...I think she mostly ate fruit, bread, cereal, and a little rice on all the flights.

Then DH bought some makeup for his Mom while on the plane with their airline shopping. We went through security to pick up our connecting flight and they wouldn't let the makeup through, they said the airline had to secure it and put in checked baggage. So DH left me and the girls and our two carry-on bags and went back to take care of the make-up.

Forty minutes later and now about thirty minutes until our flight was to depart and I was just about to take the girls to find the gate by myself because I didn't know how far we'd have to walk or how long it might take tiny legs to get there.
Just then the security guards came over to me and told me that DH had gone through security at a different part of the airport so he couldn't come back to us and we'd need to make our way over to the gate by ourselves.
Fortunately they had an elevator we could take instead of the escalator, and thankfully one of our carry-on bags was a backpack...even though it was quite heavy and seriously threatened to topple me over backwards.
Our other bag was on wheels and both girls wanted to help pull it so that helped me keep them close as we made our slow awkward way through the crowded airport to our gate...where DH was waiting...and we ended up with plenty of time because our plane was delayed.
But we made it, and we're through it now...never a dull moment.

Shiloh basically greeted everyone here with a "Hi, I'm ready to go to the Zoo now." lol

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

But then it lived!

Late night phone call from techy support guy...and he apparently was able to revive our dead laptop.
Some type of clash of programs it seems that froze up everything, which is weird since we haven't put in any new software/downloads at all. I didn't even shut it down the other night...
But whatever, I'm happy and relieved!

He's supposed to drop it off sometime today, he trying to get it cleaned up and set so it doesn't crash systems again.

I'm typing this from the new laptop. It's an adjustment. The mouse seems a bit slower we need to find the right mouse pad for it and that might make a difference.
Also most every time I try to push the "A" button...I hit CAPS lock. argh!
We might still take this one on our trip though, it is lighter, less expensive, and carries less precious data than my other laptop so much better for traveling...in my opinion.

It's quite chilly and dreary today, we needed to run the heater a bit today and yesterday. Yesterday I was trying to dry the last load of clothes more quickly...I really didn't want to come home to laundry hanging up. :)
The little heater worked great though, so I was able to get everything dried and put away.

The girls are walking around this morning with baby links draped over their ears and calling them their earrings. :)

Monday, October 04, 2010

The day the laptop died...

Writing this post from my old desktop computer as my laptop died sometime this morning. :(
I was up late on the laptop last night too, but then this morning when I turned it on the screen remained black.
We took it to our techy support guy (aka: DH's uncle) but the hard drive has died.
It stinks because we lost pictures, videos, and my (long, long, long) lists of websites that I like to frequent or keep the link to...including my own blog!

Thankfully, I was able to run out a get a simple laptop so once the battery is charged hopefully I can get that up and running and still have my Internet communication while I am away. Shiloh is already vying for the new laptop, she wants to do her letter games on it. :)

I had to change up some of our traveling outfits as the forecast is even colder and wetter now for our trip. I wanted the girls to at least have hoods if they're going to be in the rain at all.

Then I called the airline and set up the special meals for the girls (That took about a century of waiting and listening to glitchy tinny music). A child's meal for Shiloh and unfortunately they don't do a lactose-free child's meal, just one or the other, so I opted for the Lactose-Free meal for her.
I have found when eating out at restaurants that a majority of children's meals are covered in cheese or served with milk so I think this is the better option.
I'm bringing some Lactaid chewables for her too, but I don't know if they help her or not yet.
Twice when I've given them to her before something dairy, she's then decided that she didn't want to eat much of what was offered.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Flying is for the birds...

Vivian's cold finally seems to be improving. Yay!
Her breathing and her coughs were so ragged that it was really starting to concern me, but time and the vaporizer seems to have done the trick. Today she's been much better overall.

The girls have been so whiny and emotional this week. The cold damp weather we've been having doesn't help anyone's mood either.
Vivian seems to be mostly affected by her cold (Shiloh is basically over hers) and the fact that on top of the cold, she definitely has a molar bothering her. I was feeling for her molars the other day and when I touched one spot, she started crying. :(

Shiloh is probably feeling a little cooped up since I haven't wanted to take them out with Vivian so sick. But I think the underlying tensions of the household as we prepare for our impending trip is bothering her as well.
DH's father's one year "death anniversary" is coming up here in October. That is their wording, or rather Wikipedia's wording, instead of a memorial like we would say here.
 Apparently it is an important occasion in Chinese culture in which it is proper for us to be in attendance.

Shiloh has been really great about picking out what toys or movies she wants to bring, and assuring me she'll share with Vivian.
She's also been good about letting me try various outfits on her. It's been so hard to choose outfits for the flights that will go from a rainy 50-ish degrees to muggy high 80's...and don't have any metal on them to trigger the metal detectors at the airport...and aren't a jacket so that they'll have to removed when we go through security...and has shoes/sandals that can be removed relatively quickly (as I have to remove three (myself & the girls) pairs of shoes/jackets etc. to go through airport security)...and that go with dark socks because the thought of walking barefoot or seeing the bottoms of white socks after they walk on an airport floor totally grosses me out!
Needless to say, it is not an outfit (or three!) that just pops out of the closet at you and I've had to redo them several times.
Hmm, maybe she's picking up on my stress...Noo, who's stressed? ;-)

It's not like I'm arguing with my husband because he insists on wearing a belt on the plane. I'm not telling him that I don't care if his pants fall down...because I remember being stuck trying to put my shoes back on, and put shoes on both of the girls, and put Shiloh's backpack back on her, and catch our laptop and carry-on bags before they fell off the conveyor belt, and keep the girls close by while I watch people already boarding our plane...

Meanwhile he was being patted down by security because his belt kept triggering the alarm....and he looks suspicious.

Now that might stress me out...yeah.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Feed a cold...

Shiloh's cold is making the rounds now. :(
Shi only had really one bad day, then just a bit of a lingering cough after that.
The cold has hit Vivian pretty hard though. She has an awful cough and congested breathing and a runny nose and it's lasting much longer for her.
We've got a Vicks vaporizer running for her, but I had to stop it for a bit tonight since the steam was making her too sweaty.
I'm starting to feel rather blah and achy but I'm hoping since Shiloh was able to get over this cold so quickly that it will be mild for an adult.

I made us all some lame-o chicken soup. It was lame because I didn't have a whole lot of the ingredients that I wanted (and I wasn't about to drag sick children to the grocery store in the rain storm)...but it tasted good and hopefully it had some helpful benefits. I did make some really good biscuits to go with the soup though, so hopefully that counteracted the weakness of the soup. :)

Vivian has been really difficult to feed with her cold because she is so congested, and can't breathe and eat at the same time. She takes a few bites, then she's tired and done.
It took her most of the morning to eat a piece of toast, coming and going.
So I made some chocolate cookies this afternoon and added mint chips, they are yummy and the mint actually helps clear your stuffy head a little!
They are a yummy comforting snack for when you have a cold, I'll have to note that on the recipe! ;)

The spider has still been hanging out in our window. This morning she was spinning a new web and it was so fascinating to watch her so closely.
The girls were so interested in watching her that they even ignored that fact that their favorite cartoon was on the television at the same time!

Today Shiloh was playing with a baby doll. Very unusual for her, she prefers stuffed animals. It was funny because Vivian was following Shiloh everywhere carrying around her Elmo doll, and everything that Shiloh said to her baby doll, Vivi would repeat to Elmo.
"Oh, good Elmo. Good Elmo. You k' Elmo? Awwww..." :)