Saturday, December 31, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Next up... Christmas Eve-Eve soiree at our casa!
Monday, December 19, 2011
Photos are uploaded and I’m working on editing whenever I have time; yesterday was spent digging out from under the mountain of laundry and this week is dedicated to preparing for Christmas. I hope to have another entry complete with photos ready to go soon… so be ready for the tale of our trip to Jamaica aka Paradise, aka the week I got hooked on the Bloody Mary, aka look out for the crazy Rastafarian mosquitos from Hell. It was epic!
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
I am a final exam away from completing a semester. 100 multiple choice questions. Only 55 of which I need to get write to still get an A in the class.
My Christmas cards are addressed and ready to send off tomorrow after I get my holiday stamps. Just a few more days of rushing around and then I get to relax for a week. I can not wait.
Is it Saturday yet?
Monday, December 5, 2011
Aside from the holiday loveliness that happened in our house this weekend, Kayla decided to treat me by suddenly deciding that she wants to go to the potty at home. Saturday she went twice, and Sunday she managed to keep her diaper dry until all but nap time! She still needs to be reminded sometimes, but more and more she looks at me and says “I want to pee pee on the potty mommy!”
This morning she sat on the potty before we left for the day and as she sat there and tried, she looked up at me and said “are you going to be proud of me mommy?” I had to hold back the tears. As little as 3 or 4 days ago, she would ask “can I have a gummy bear?” Knowing that my pride and acknowledgement is her primary motivator is a really awesome thing.
Even though she didn’t go for me this morning, she still got lots of hugs, kisses and “I’m proud of you’s.”
Sunday, December 4, 2011
It's finally starting to feel like the Holidays around here. Yesterday we went up to Elizabeth Farms to pick out our Christmas tree. Kayla helped decorate this year, putting her first ornament on the tree:
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Kayla was very excited to see me when she got home from the Manheim Farm Show Tuesday night. She had news. Not only did she actually smile for school picture day, she went potty for the first time at school that day. Awesomesauce, right?
My initial reaction was joy. I hugged and kissed and told her how proud I am of her. And as I was squeezing her for the 37th time, it hit me like a ton of bricks.
I missed it.
My kid used the potty for the first time, and I wasn't there. Someone else got to tell her what a great job she did before I could. I wasn't even there to find out when she got picked up from school. Grandma knew before I did.
Working mom's guilt is such a bitch. And a fickle one at that. In my head I know that I'm just not cut out to be a SAHM. I'm ready to go back to work and have interactions with grown ups again after just a week at home with her. But in my heart of hearts, I wish that I could be one.
I shouldn't be too sad. She's 27 months old today, has been in daycare for 25 of those months and this is the first milestone I've missed. I was with her when she crawled for the first time. I was right behind her when she took her first solo steps. I discovered her first tooth. I was there when she said her first word.
So why does this bother me so much? There's no shortage of firsts to come - but now I have to wonder how many more of those will work keep me from witnessing? Seems kind of unfair. But then again, life isn't fair, is it?
Thursday, September 29, 2011
The ups and downs still never cease to amaze me. She can have my blood pressure sky-high one second and have me on the floor in a fit of giggles the next. This morning I was rushing to get her eating breakfast so I could run back upstairs to dry my hair and as I spun into the pantry to grab her a plate, I hear her say “hey, are you ok in there?”
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
After enjoying lunch at the Hideaway, we tucked in on the super huge porch of our rented cottage and listened to music while watching the rain. Even though she barely napped, Kayla was an absolute delight, making fast friends.
We ate way too much and certainly drank our share, but it was a wonderful time. I'd go back to sitting on that porch and listening to the rain in a heartbeat given the opportunity. Hoping we get to do that soon!
Friday, September 23, 2011
My hair dryer
shit the bed finally gave up the ghost this morning. I guess I can’t complain – I’ve had that thing since at least college, if not high school, which makes it approximately… ancient. So I’m sitting at my desk, hair in a ponytail still foggy from lack of caffeine. It’s foggy outside too – hoping that grey skies and rain don’t ruin our weekend.
But my school work is done, we have plans for good times with good friends, Kayla will be with her grandparents Saturday into Sunday…
And right now my husband is out purchasing a new hair dryer for me. Heaven help us all.
Friday, September 16, 2011
The lovely mark on her forehead? Obtained out walking with mommy and daddy earlier this week. I was singing a song to get her to hurry up a little because it was getting dark; I had a hold of her hand, but she tripped and I couldn't grab hard enough fast enough so down she went. Do you know what it sounds like when a little one's head hits the sidewalk? I do. It's awful.
Thankfully she seems no worse for wear, as evidenced above. I am still bothered by it, but she clearly is not. Unless a side effect of a head injury is suddenly asking "why?" to everything. Today when I picked her up from school, I put her in the car and our conversation went something like this:
Me: Did you have a good day today?
Me: Good! Let's go home and watch Gabba...
Me: Then after nap time we're going to go to the grocery store.
Me: Because we need food.
Me: Because we have to eat, silly!
Me: Because you get grumpy when you're hungry.
Me: Because I get grumpy when I'm hungry too.
Me: Oh look, we're home!
I know every kid goes through this. Somehow though, I wasn't expecting it until she was a bit older. I guess I can just hope that we're getting it over and done with early... and also hope that this little phase doesn't rear its ugly head again later on.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Yeah, that was taken from the balcony of the condo we rented in OC. Nice, huh?
We arrived and dropped Shaun off at our OC Branch to do some work during some rain showers. Thankfully they let up as I put gas in the Jeep so Kayla and I could kill some time on the beach. She happily skipped along, sand toys in hand, oblivious to the crap weather we were having.
Wednesday morning we woke up to hazy skies that quickly cleared and gave us a beautiful day on the beach! Grandma and Pawpaw came down to spend some time with us. We played in the surf, but the waves were too rough for any real swimming. After a morning on the beach, we had lunch, nap and then went to dinner at Harpoon Hanna's. We hit the boardwalk again and took Kayla to see the kites at the Kite Loft - a huge hit for sure!
Thursday was another beautfiul day in Ocean City, but the morning was a little subdued as we started to get news of the flooding that was happening here at home. Thankfully our house was dry, but many people we know are dealing with water in their basements - some a little, and some a lot. We kept a close eye on everything that was going on, although there wasn't much we could do from such a distance. A lot of bridges were flooded and roads closed, so even trying to come home sounded more dangerous than just staying put.
So we stayed. And enjoyed another beautiful, sunny day. Kayla got to have dinner at Grotto Pizza with Grandma and Pawpaw. Shaun and I got a date night at Liquid Assets. It was wonderful. We got back in time to take a walk down to Dumser's for ice cream and for Kayla to show us the spoils of her night out with her grandparents. A little boogie board, a school bus toy and best of all - a treasured balloon from the restaurant.
Friday was pretty overcast, so we took the opportunity to explore one of the parks across the highway from our condo. Playgrounds are almost always a big hit... and the adults enjoyed the walk too.
All in all we had a great vacation; I'm already looking forward to going back!
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
We certainly hope so... especially me. Looking like potential for crap weather in OCMD this week. If anyone has any perfect weather bids they want to surrender for Wednesday and/or Thursday, I'd be eternally grateful.
Though I suppose a crap day at the beach is better than a good day at work, right?
Thursday, August 25, 2011
TAKE THAT, ACCOUNTING 200.
Now that I have that out of my system... I just finished up my last assignment for the week. And man does it feel good. I'm currently rocking a 115% in my medical terminology class, which is shaping up to have more work but I feel like I'm managing that well because it's interesting. Accounting spent 3 days kicking my ass before I finally decided I wasn't afraid and I could manage it - so I did.
I'm starting to think that I really can do this. Even when increasing my course load next semester. I can do this.
One more week of work and class, then we're off to the beach. Class will likely have to follow, but it will mostly be sun and fun for a few days. I look forward to ocean sunrises and quiet and reconnecting with my little family and my cameras. The next few weeks are going to be fun. It's been a lovely summer, but I'm looking forward to the fall.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Don't get me wrong, I still think I'm the poster child for what not to do... Like people point and whisper, saying "that's the girl who just registered at the local community college to get an associates degree. Oh, don't be fooled by her looks, she's almost 30."
[Side note: that comment about my looks isn't just my vanity talking. A few years ago I was working part time at a grocery store to help pay for our wedding. Maybe it was the fact that no one I worked with was over 18, but no one believed me when I said I was recommending a wine from experience, and yes, I was really old enough to drink.]
I'm not proud that it's taken me so long. I'm not happy that it took 5 years in a dead end job to finally get me off my duff (in my defense, it only became a true dead end this time last year). I wish I could follow my heart and what I think my true career path should be, but we just aren't there right now. I'm also not celebrating - I'll do that when I'm done. Hopefully that will be next December.
So - as if my writing wasn't sporadic enough, it may be even more so starting later this month. Classes begin 8/22 and finish up 12/16. It should be an interesting few weeks. Wish me luck.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Night 1 in the bed was a disaster. It took her forever to fall asleep, and once she did, she wasn't asleep very long. I spent most of the night on the floor next to her. I don't know how much time she spent awake, but it was enogh that she was falling asleep at the lunch table at daycare the next day. Night two, be it from having had some time to adjust or just sheer exhaustion, Kayla slept much better. I had to go replace the nuk once, but she slept through. Each night since has been better.
Friday and Saturday night Kayla slept in another unfamiliar place - she spent her first two nights at Pepere and Grammy Sue's house while Shaun and I were in Philadelphia with friends. Besides a small part of Saturday night, it sounded like she did really well. I'm hoping that it went well enough that she might be invited back over there again in September... Right Dad and Sue?
So we survived the crib to bed transition, nights in a new place and bar hopping around Philly in triple digit heat. Not too shabby for one week, huh? Now it's back to that potty training thing. Maybe...
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
This time for me, not for Kayla. I am proud to announce that today I am wearing a pair of work pants that I haven’t fit into since I was about 12 weeks pregnant (see this old blog entry). So what if it took me 2 years? I’m starting to be happy that I didn’t get rid of all my old clothes… and that the salad eating/gym going is paying off.
Friday, July 15, 2011
In the hallway.
And a little hand was poking out under the door, trying to grab it.
Little bugger can climb out of her crib. At least she didn't get hurt... but I guess it's time we start thinking about how to get her in a bed since that mattress doesn't go any lower.