Monday, December 29, 2008

Princess Olivia

me: Who's your favorite princess?

Olivia: Snow White

me: why?

Olivia: She got purple hair like me and a hairbow.


Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sacramento Zoo

8/1/08 - Our 1st trip to the Sacramento Zoo. Abbie was only two weeks old when we made the trek; fortunately she slept the entire time! Brandon & Olivia had a blast seeing all the different animals. Brandon was our guide; he read the map for us (thanks Dora!). The nonly bummer was the low/no battery on the camera! But we all had a great time & can't wait to go back again!

Too Cool

First day of preschool. Stoneridge Elementary, Roseville, CA. 9/11/08


Is it bad that I want (need!) another stroller?

To date, I've owned four: Graco Quattro (hated it), Maclaren Techno (loved it), Peg Perego Aria Twin (tolerated it), and the Baby Trend Snap 'n Go (it's nice). And one would think that'd be enough.

But Abbie is about to outgrow the infant seat (snif). Which she should fit in for quite a bit longer, according to her height & weight (not 30" nor 30lbs). But the straps are getting rather difficult to get on her. So...if she's graduating to the convertible carseat soon, then no more Snap 'n Go. But I'm not sure I want her in the umbrella/Maclaren yet. I like that she can lay down & sleep when I'm out & about. Unfortunately, what I want is a Peg Perego Pliko P3 (or something like that). Something I can lay her down in with a blanket.

Now of course David doesn't get this. Why won't the Mac work? Well, when the other two were this age, it was summer. So I didn't need to bundle them up in the stroller. However, what I want is rather pricey, over $300 for a new one, around $200 for last year's color.

Hopefully Abbie will last at least another month in the infant seat. By then I can pick up a new stroller for her :) My justification: the Mac is 3 1/2 years old, and I don't expect it to last until Abbie is out of strollers. So I'll need a new one at some point anyhow. And Olivia gets tired when we're out shopping. The Pliko has a standing pad for tired feet.

So maybe we'll make it to five strollers after all.

Christmas 2008

(I'm using my blog to journal for my scrapbooks. I don't have to remember everything once I go to scrap, and anyone who reads this doesn't have to squint at the text on my pages. So bear with me.)

We had an absolutely awesome Christmas this year! Brandon got his Batcave from Santa, along with some Diego toys, and Olivia got her Bitty Baby (Baby Carol) and an ice cream set. Abbie got a really cool Leap Frog play table, but she was so sick that she really didn't get to play with it until a few days later. In fact, she slept thru present opening here and at Mama & Papa's! Poor baby!

Gingerbread houses

This year I decided to take Annette Spangler (MOPS) advice & let the kids glop on the icing to decorate their very own gingerbread houses. Although I had to thin the icing WAY down so it would spread, and the kids wanted me to spread it for them, I think they came out so cool this year! Mom wasn't sure right away, but once we got them put together...they are spectacular! And 100% Brandon & Olivia!

Friday, December 26, 2008


Was so much fun this year! With three little ones, we thought it could be crazy. Then everyone got sick a few days before, and well, I knew it WOULD be crazy!

Christmas Eve was at our house, and we were all supposed to go to church at 4. But Abbie wasn't feeling well, and finally settled down for a nap at 3:30. Even if she hadn't crashed, she wasn't well enough to go to the nursery. So we stayed home. And got a call from David at 3:55 that the service was full (even though we had to get tickets in advance) and they were coming home. My mom & Kathy got here shortly after that; Dad stayed for church & David stayed in the 3 year old room with the kids.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Not quite ready

Whew! The presents are all wrapped. Are we really ready for Christmas?

I was sick all weekend, so I didn't get in to work. So I had to work today (planned) and tomorrow (not planned). We were going to have everyone over tomorrow for Christmas Eve, our new tradition of sorts. Raviolis & meatballs & a nice low key evening so we can get the kids to be early.

And then I talked to my mom.

Bailey is our dog. Well, my parents' dog, but we got him when I was still living at home. Twelve years ago. And he slept in my bed that first night because I couldn't stand hearing him cry in the box next to my bed. I potty trained him. He was my puppy. Twelve years ago.

So I talked to my mom on my way home from work today. And Bailey's been heading downhill for awhile now. This isn't news. His liver is failing & has been. And he's not eating, but he wants to. And he can barely stand, but he wants to. And it's time to let him go.

They have an appointment for Friday at 3:30 so my sister & I can go (hopefully). Unless he can't make it that long & they have to go in tomorrow. We got Bailey right before Christmas in 1996. I'm hoping this is his last Christmas, that we can just have one more with him. Selfish? Yes.

So we've changed our Christmas Eve plans & we're bringing it to my parents' house (like 5 miles away, so really not a big deal). But now everything has to be done in advance since we're going to church at 4. I just didn't want to stress all evening tomorrow about Bailey being home alone on his last Christmas Eve, and I knew if everyone were here, my mom, dad, & sister would be leaving as soon as dinner was over to go & be with him.

I gotta hand it to Olivia, my 2 1/2 year old. She said she'd be happy when Bailey goes to heaven because he gets to be with Jesus. Out of the mouth of babes.

God Bless you, Bailey.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Thank you

Thank you Michelle for linking me to The Cutest Blog on the Block . Now I've got a cute blog. I just need to adjust my header photo (or get a new one...what a concept!) & I'm good to go.

Okay, so I seriously need to learn how to add links the cool way. So it's a hyperlink. I'm spoiled with message boards that do it for you. (done, finally, a year later!)

I am not going bald...I am not going bald...

It's only postpartum hairloss, right? That's what I keep telling myself, but really, I don't remember this with my other two. Maybe it's because I lose a few thousand brain cells with each hair...

I'm just looking forward to it stopping! Everything I can find on the internet says my hair should be back to normal by my baby's first birthday...I hope! I have my father's hairline to scare the, well, the hair right out of me!

Please just be postpartum hairloss...

Sunday, December 21, 2008

so I'm wide awake

And sick. And exhausted. But I took a hit on my inhaler to help me breathe & now I'm wide awake. Great. So I'm taking advantage of it & starting a blog. I've done this before without much success, but I'm hoping if I actually bookmark it, I might actually start blogging. And heck, I love reading everyone's blogs. And it would be nice to have something besides random "untitled" word docs with all of my notes of cute things the kids do. So I'm up for another go at this.

Well, I'm actually getting a bit tired now. Maybe I can get some sleep...Lord knows I need it!