Monday, March 31, 2008
I also updated the SDT link to their myspace page. It's easier to read and seems to be updated more frequently with show information. The new CD release party is this weekend at the Pour House so if you are near Charleston, you should go.
As for us, I have my next Dr. appt this Thursday which will not be fun- lots of blood work and waiting around. blech. Brandon has started working on his Masters, he has class once a week on post. Ellie is learning something new every day. Her new favorite phrase is "Oh, quackers!" A duck on some TV show said it. Sometime she says "Oh, crackers!" instead which is even funnier to me. She is still excited about the baby and ready to feel it moving. That's all for now.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Friday Ellie and I went shopping with MeeMaw and had more Easter bunny pictures taken. That night we got a special treat when Brandon's cousin snuck us in to the office where she works for an ultrasound! We couldn't see much. It's still early, but we saw the heartbeat and the little peanut was moving all over the place. We will only get 1 ultrasound here and they will wait until 20 weeks.
E eating a chocolate bunny as big as her head.
Saturday we did more shopping and dyed eggs and made cupcakes. Ellie is a sprinkle addict. It's a miracle that any of them made it on the cupcakes.
Dyeing eggs was really fun for her this year. When the first one came out and was all colored, she just about fell out of her chair.
Fingers covered in dye.
Sunday the Easter Bunny left goodies and we went to church with the whole crew.
E's Easter dress is vintage Katie. My granny made it for me and Mom saved it all these (many) years. It looks brand new and Ellie loved it. I changed as soon as we got home from church, but she wore hers all day.
I am not smiling here because just prior to the picture, Ellie was pitching a fit and I threatened to take the basket away if she didn't stop and Brandon was giggling the whole time. Oh, Easter joy.
After the service there was an egg hunt and it was FREEZING! Of course we also particiapted in the required stuffing-of-the-face and enjoyed it immensly. There was ham, roast beef, potato salad, cole slaw, macaroni, chicken and dumplings, deviled eggs, beans, corn, rolls, broccoli salad, fruit, cake, banana pudding, pie and all the candy in the county. It was a feast.
Monday morning we woke up to snow! It was beautiful. Just when it started to melt, more came down. Ellie and I played in it and made this snowman.
Here it is in perspective. heehee There really wasn't much left by the time we felt compelled to get dressed and go outside.
It was a great weekend and this week we are in for more shopping and lots of girl time.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Preparations for having kids......
1. Go to the grocery store.
2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
3. Go home.
4. Pick up the paper.
5. Read it for the last time.
Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who already are parents and berate them about their...
1. Methods of discipline.
2. Lack of patience.
3. Appallingly low tolerance levels.
4. Allowing their children to run wild.
5. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's breastfeeding, sleep habits, toilet training, table manners, and overall behavior.
Enjoy it because it will be the last time in your life you will have all the answers.
A really good way to discover how the nights might feel...
1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static or some other obnoxious sound playing loudly. Eat cold food with one hand for dinner.
2. At 10PM, put the bag gently down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep.
3. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1AM.
4. Set the alarm f or 3AM.
5. As you can't get back to sleep, get up at 2AM and make a drink and watch an infomercial.
6. Go to bed at 2:45AM.
7. Get up at 3AM when the alarm goes off.
8. Sing songs quietly in the dark until 4AM.
9. Get up. Make breakfast. Get ready for work and go to work (work hard and be productive)> Repeat steps 1-9 each night.
Keep this up for 3-5 years.
Look cheerful and together.
Can you stand the mess children make? To find out...
1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains.
2. Hide a piece of raw chicken behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.
3. Stick your fingers in the flower bed.
4. Then rub them on the clean walls.
5. Take your favorite book, photo album, etc. Wreck it.
6. Spill milk on your new pillows.
Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?
Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems.
1. Buy an octopus and a small bag made out of loose mesh.
2. Attempt to put the octopus into the bag so that none of the arms hang out.
Time allowed for this - all morning.
Forget the BMW and buy a mini-van. And don't think that you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don't look like that.
1. Buy a chocolate ate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there.
2. Get a dime. Stick it in the CD player.
3. Take a family size package of chocolate cookies. Mash them into the back seat. Sprinkle
cheerios all over the floor, then smash them with your foot.
4. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.
Go to the local grocery store. Take with you the closest thing you can find to a pre-school child. (A full-grown goat is an excellent choice). If you intend to have more than one child, then definitely take more than one goat. Buy your week's groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys. Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.
1. Hollow out a melon.
2. Make a small hole in the side.
3. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side.
4. Now get a bowl of soggy Cheerios and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon by pretending to be an airplane.
5. Continue until half the Cheerios are gone.
6. Tip half into your lap. The other half, just throw up in the air. You are now ready to feed a nine- month-old baby.
Learn the names of every character from Sesame Street , Barney, Disney, the Teletubbies, and Pokemon. Watch nothing else on TV but PBS, the Disney channel or Noggin for at least five years.
(I know, you're thinking What's 'Noggin'?) Exactly the point.
Make a recording of Fran Drescher saying 'mommy' repeatedly.
(Important: no more than a four second delay between each 'mommy'; occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet is required).
Play this tape in your car everywhere you go for the next four years.
You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.
Start talking to an adult of your choice. Have someone else continually tug on your skirt hem, shirt- sleeve, or elbow while playing the 'mommy' tape made from Lesson 10 above. You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.
This is all very tongue in cheek; anyone who is parent will say 'it's a ll worth it!' Share it with your friends, both those who do and don't have kids. I guarantee they'll get a chuckle out of it.
Remember, a sense of humor is one of the most important things you'll need when you become a parent!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Sliding after the obstacle course. You can kind of see how windy it was with her hair blowing.
She LOVED the sack race.....even though there was no one racing against her and the lady had to help her jump. She couldn't hold the sack and make both feet jump. It was hilarious.
She really loved it. I bet the poor woman's back hurt afterwards.
She even sat in the Easter Bunny's lap willingly.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
This is the cute smock I made for Ellie. The fabric has the Little Mermaid on it.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
It actually wasn't that bad at all. It was lunchtime and there were not many people there. But I know that every time we go to Dothan from here until eternity (or until we move to another state) she will beg to go there. Her favorite part was the games of course and the tickets. She didn't even know that you cashed them in at the end, but she still got excited every time they were spit out of a machine. This shooting game was the one she liked best. No surprise there- she is Brandon's child.The funniest part of the whole trip was when we hit some kind of jackpot on one game and about 50 tickets came flying out. She couldn't believe it.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
**Notice the princess heels in this one**
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008
This is Ellie doing a dance move that my mom taught her. We went to Dothan today and were waiting outside of the gun show for Brandon to be finished. She loves to dance and sing these days and is known to make up her own songs too. I made a funny video of her the other day, but I turned the camera to get a long shot and the whole video is sideways. I don't know how to fix it.