Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Woo Hoo! We got to watch him "cook it" right up close! HA!
Me and a few friends headed to C-town to bask in American Idol glory... and while, of course, he's no Jon Bon Jovi... the show was really good - and lots of fun.
The only low point for me would be that when David Cook launched into his only cover tune of the night (which was Van Halen, Hot For Teacher,) and two of the youngters with me did not IMMEDIATELY recognize it. I'm not sure either of them knew it at all! Ouch! Ghee... can you guess which two were not familiar with Van Halen....
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
But, hopefully not. So, it's been good - I'm thrilled to have found this! However, there are some adjusments we're making. To "work from home" is one of those things that people always think will be so easy. I mean, it must be, you're "at home". But alas, it is still "work". It takes a lot of self discpline (which isn't exactly my strongest quality) to turn off the distractions and focus on what you're doing - especially when one of those "distractions" is a wild, but very sweet, little boy!
Tanner has had a busy couple of weeks. An exceptional sleeper (and I mean perfect) since the day we brought him home, he has recently started protesting bedtime. When his persistent fussing and shaking his head at us didn't work, he decided he would just start climbing out of his crib. Perfect.
So... he has been tapping into his new "secret weapon" a lot this week (typically around 2:00 AM), and because I am weak... there have been a few nights we've ended up like this. (Yes, that is Trav ASLEEP next to him).
And of course, just as I'm starting this job and counting on his traditional two-hour naps during the day so I can work some more, he has also figured out that he can whip out that "secret weapon" at nap time too!
So, there have been several afternoons when he has ended up like this.
In addition to that, he is also trying to get used to my working routine (or the one I'm trying to establish). I try to work at least an hour in the mornings, if the work is available. And on the days when Tanner is home alone with me, overall, he has done fairly well. He watches Max and Ruby (his new favorite), and he will play in his room with his tools and his car. Every now and then he will come alongside my chair and give me a pitiful look, and I'll have to get up, get him some juice, a snack, restart his show, or read a quick book or two.
He does much better on the days Tessa is home with us too. She keeps him occupied.
So last week it was Friday morning, I was working, and actually having a moment where I was feeling pretty darn good about it. The kids had been playing in their room, and I had been quite productive for a while. Apparently... for a bit too long.
My computer is five steps from the door to Tanner's room, and I heard him and Tessa in there laughing and happily playing. They were really laughing.... you know, that crazy belly laugh little kids have. And then I heard Tessa singing and saying, "Make it snow, Tanner." I smiled thinking how creative and funny they were together... and then suddenly I thought, humm... I smell powder.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
In the courtyard birds were singing your praise
I'm still recalling things you said to make me feel alright
I carried them with me today
Now as I lay me down to sleep
This I pray, that you will hold me dear
Though I'm far away, I'll whisper your name into the sky
And I will wake up happy
I wonder why I feel so high
Though I am not above the sorrow
Heavy hearted, till you call my name
And it sounds like church bells, or the whistle of a train
On a summer evening, I'll run to meet you
Barefoot barely breathing
It's not too near for me
Like a flower I need the rain
Though it's not clear to me
Every season has its change
And I will see you when the sun comes out again
Sunday, February 8, 2009
And finally 4 years old... on her way to preschool last week in her new dress, so excited about her special "birthday cookies" to share with her class for snack.
Her Grandma hooked her up with a pool party yesterday, and we had so much fun! It was a great party!
She has grown up SO MUCH this past year... (sniff, sniff).
Monday, February 2, 2009
Last week was one of those weeks... by Tuesday you're so ready for it to be over, but come Friday night you can't believe it's gone. It was the last week of the month (which is always long because Trav works sooo many extra hours). We spent Monday and Tuesday cuddled up under the covers inside due to ice and snow threats, and it was just way too cold to go anywhere anyway!
And we also spent plenty of time doing some redecorating...
Then on Thursday I got my computer in from my new job, and had to get it home and all set up, etc., etc... and I am pleased to report that thus far, it seems to be GREAT! I'm anxious to get more acclimated to the various doctors and their styles so that I'll be quicker at getting reports done, but I don't think it will take too long.
This is what the "desk," which sits in the tiny walkway between the kitchen and the laundry room, looks like now. It's still in gross need of organization... of course. It's not the ideal arrangement... but it works.
And so we're gearing up for a busy month! Our sweet Tessa turns 4 next Sunday. We'll be celebrating the Saturday before doing one of her favorite things - SWIMMING!! Grandma hooked Tessa up with an indoor pool party - and she is soooo excited.