Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Bye bye 2008

Well 2008 will officially come to a close tonight. It is surreal to me because it has gone by SO quickly. Last year this time I was about 22 weeks pregnant with Brianna. We were anticipating Audrey's second birthday and wondering how life would change with the birth of our second daughter. I couldn't imagine what it would be like and now I don't really remember what it was like before. It has been a good year. I will close out the year with a slideshow of Christmas festivities. Enjoy! And Happy New Year!

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas time is.... over :(

Well Christmas is over. It was a good time. The girls made out like bandits and we didn't do too badly either. We ended up going to Derek's grandparent's house for dinner yesterday after the snow/slush made Derek's brother get stuck in a ditch on the way up the hill to his mom's house. It was fun to see family and eat a TON of good food. Audrey and Doc were so funny together. Every time she would come near him he would get so excited. It was too cute. Needless to say both Audrey and Brianna were exhausted last night. Today we plan on going out and hitting some of the after Christmas sales. Hopefully it won't be TOO crazy. Wish us luck!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone has a great day today! We had Christmas Eve with my family last night. It was a great time. The Schneiders came over with us and the girls had a blast playing and eating. We had Kenny's famous chili and opened tons of presents for the girls. They spoiled them rotten this year. Today we are going to have our Christmas.. then we have breakfast at Derek's dad's house and then it is off to his mom's for dinner. Hopefully we can make it up the road. Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas Eve Eve

So I have received, what I think, is the best Christmas present EVER! Audrey is a rock star potty training. She hasn't had an accident in two days. She is only in diapers/pull-up at night, not even at naptime. She is a pooping and peeing machine. She is very proud of herself. She filled up one potty chart last Friday night and we made a longer chart that she just filled up this afternoon. We even went out to finish Christmas shopping in panties last night. We were gone for 3 hours and she was dry! We are very proud of her and pleased at how easily this has gone considering the long wait for it to happen. Hallelujah! This is truly the only thing I wanted for Christmas... although the rest of the presents I will receive will be just a welcome. :)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Eight months ago today...

... Brianna was born. Yep, she is already eight months old. AND!!! Audrey will be three, three weeks from today. I can't believe how fast it is going. Anyway... Brianna is now about sixteen and a half pounds, not sure how long she is. I will have to measure when she wakes up. She has 2 teeth, which I suspect are going to be joined by more in the coming weeks. She is a crawling machine!! She gets around quite quickly and feels that anything that comes across her path MUST go in her mouth, including leaves from outside. Yummy! She is pulling herself up now and babbling all the time. We had to lower her crib because of her pulling up and now she looks like she is in baby prison when we go to get her out of her crib, but she is safe now. She is eating three meals a day most days now in addition to nursing but she is still a peanut. Plus, she is the cutest thing on the planet! Here are a few pics:

Brianna in the snow today, taken by Delayna

Brianna in baby prison

Brianna standing up

More and more and more snow

So Thursday we got hit with, what we thought, was a ton of snow. Boy were we wrong. It has been snowing since 2 pm yesterday and is still going strong. I don't know exactly how much but we have at least a foot, if not more. That is the most snow I have seen at once in a LONG time. The downside? It pretty much keeps us housebound with Christmas stuff still to do. The upside? It is beautiful to look at and fun to play in for a little while. Here are a couple of pics from today's romp in the snow:

Audrey all bundled up for the snow.

This is the way Brianna enjoyed our winter wonderland today.

We also made Christmas cookies yesterday for our family gatherings this week. We are going to frost most of them on Wednesday but we did a few yesterday so that Audrey could practice, and eat, her frosting skills.

Audrey frosting...

...putting on sprinkles...

The final product... not bad for a first time.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Potty training update...

Well, we're on a roll. We're on day 5 of our, hopefully, last attempt at potty training. She has been going on the potty and even went accident free a couple of days. She is still in pull-ups to sleep and go out but we will be slowly weaning off of that. She isn't freaking out about it anymore and it looks like this time it is going to stick. Hallelujah. This is the best Christmas present ever!

Let it snow, Let it snow.... let it stop!

So yesterday we finally got hit with the snow they have been threatening us with since last Friday. It came down so much that Derek ended up staying home from work. It was nice for him to have a day off. Because of the weather we didn't go anywhere but that is when it is the nicest to have friends next door. We spent a lot of time with the Schneiders yesterday. We played in the snow, had lunch and played the Wii together. The girls had a blast in the snow... Brianna, not so much. We went out while it was still snowing and she did NOT like the snowflakes hitting her face. Needless to say, she didn't last too long. Audrey and Eva, and the daddies, had a good time sledding around our neighborhood though and Audrey slept REALLY well last night. Now if it would just all melt and warm up enough so that it doesn't refreeze, I would be appreciative. Derek got to go to work today but he took the ferry instead of driving to be safe.
Here are some pics and a video of our snow day... ENJOY!

In case you're wondering that is the middle of the street near our house and that is my laundry basket Audrey is sitting in.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Year in Review

Well 2008 is almost over. I thought I would do this little survey about my year....

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?

I had an MRI. Never done that before and hope I don't have to again!

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any last year because I knew I wouldn't keep them.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Um, me? I had a cousin give birth and a couple of close friends as well.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not super close to me

5. What countries did you visit?

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory?
April 21, 2008 - Brianna's birthday
November 4, 2008 - The day the first black president was voted into office

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Giving birth to my second child - and organizing my closets :)

9. What was your biggest failure?
Laundry - always behind

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Had a couple of bad months with gallstones

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Derek's Camry

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Audrey's - she really started to understand consequences this year and that made it easier for her to behave

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I'm sure someone's did but I can't think of anyone off the top of my head

14. Where did most of your money go?
Probably diapers

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Having a baby

16. What song/album will always remind you of 2008?
Don't really have one in particular

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: happier/sadder,thinner/heavier,richer/poorer?
Happier, richer, and thinner but only because I was pregnant this time last year.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Change diapers :)

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Christmas eve with my family and Christmas Day with Derek's

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Yes, with my new baby girl.

23. How many one night stands in this last year?
Um, none

24. What was your favorite TV program?
The Office.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

26. What was the best book(s) you read?
Probably "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult - that's the only new book I've read this year, and that is REALLY depressing

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

28. What did you want and get?
healthy children and another car

29. What did you want and not get?
a bigger television

30. What were your favorite films of this year?
Kung Fu Panda, Definitely Maybe, Dark Knight, Madagascar 2

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
It was black Friday so I went shopping and then had dinner with my hubby and friends

32. What's one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

More sleep :)

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Fashion? I have 2 small children, if I am showered that's about the best there is.

34. What kept you sane?
the girls naptime

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Fancy? Hmmm..... Not sure at the moment

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Assisted Suicide

37. Who did you miss?
My Family in FL

38. Who was the best new person you met?

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
Don't blink because it goes by fast

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?
D-dora, d-d-dora, d-dora, d-d-dora :D

Sunday, December 14, 2008

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

So in the on-going saga of illness in our house, Brianna now has an ear infection. Friday night she was up SO many times and was obviously uncomfortable. She didn't have a fever so I didn't suspect anything, other than possibly more teeth, until she started tugging on her left ear. So I took her to the pediatrician on Saturday morning and sure enough, ear infection. She is sleeping through the night again with the help of amoxicillin and infant Tylenol. Other than that everyone is doing well. Derek's cold is about 90% better, still coughing a bit. My cold/ear infection is 95% better but I still have some congestion and stuffiness in my ears. Audrey is 99.99% better. She still has a mark on her bottom that looks like a bruise from where the infection was, but overall she is fine.

In other news, we took Audrey to Zoolights at the Point Defiance Zoo on Saturday. She had a great time. It was freezing but at least the snow held off until we were headed out already anyway. The lights were beautiful and she got to ride the carousel. We left Brianna with my mom because she was crabby from being sick and it was so cold we didn't think she would enjoy it anyway. We had a really good time.
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Lastly, Brianna is going to be 8 months old on Sunday. That's crazy to me. She is about 16.5 pounds now. She loves food. She is crawling ALL over and has started pulling herself up in the last couple of days. As for Audrey, she will be three in less than a month. That's also very crazy to me. She is a great kid. She loves Brianna and is a big help to me. We are working on potty training in, what we hope, is our last attempt. This time we are determined to make it work. Pray for us. :) Well other than having below freezing temps around the clock right now not much else is going on. If you think about it pray for Derek's safety as he commutes in this weather.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Pictures, colds and more teeth?

Well pictures went really well on Monday. The photographer was REALLY animated and I think it was a little too much for B in addition to her cold so she wasn't quite as smiley as usual but she did well. She did crawl away a few times, I tried to warn the photographer but I don't think she believed me until it started happening. Brianna is doing ok. She is still a little congested but I think her real problem might be more teeth. She was up A LOT last night and was in obvious discomfort. I could tell she wanted to sleep but something kept waking her up. So at 3 am I gave her Tylenol and she slept about 5 hours after that. Then she just woke up a little while ago from a 3 hour nap. I think it means more teeth are on the way. Unfortunately with the appearance of the bottom ones I can't find out because she bites me if I try to rub her top gums to find out. I'll know eventually I guess. We are all on the mend here. I almost have all of my hearing back from my ear being clogged due to my ear infection. Derek's eye is better and his cold is going away... albeit very slowly. My cold is pretty much gone as well. Audrey's MRSA is 95% better. She is still on antibiotics for a day or two more and then she will be done. She has what looks like a bruise where the infection was. However, she is no longer in pain and is hasn't drained or anything in almost 3 days. Things are finally turning a corner. Now if we can just all stay healthy, that would be wonderful. Well, I think that is it for now. This weekend we are going to Zoolights. It should be fun. Pray for NO SNOW!!!!

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Another one bites the dust

Well, Audrey is doing much better. *Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers* Her antibiotics are working and she is about 85% healed. But the best part is that she is no longer in pain. Derek's cold is s-l-o-w-l-y getting better but it is getting better and my ear infection is getting better too. BUT!!! Brianna started to get snotty last night and woke up completely congested this morning..... Ah well, it was pretty much inevitable with all of us sick. So hopefully it won't make her too miserable. Well, I gotta go get the girls ready for Christmas pictures. Even though Brianna is sick I figure I better get them done because I have already rescheduled twice. If I wait for them to both be well, it might never happen. Wish me luck!

Friday, December 5, 2008

It's December....

Well Christmas season is here and it has been one LONG week since my birthday. Last week before Thanksgiving Derek and I both started to get colds. Stuffiness and coughing were a nice addition to our holiday... not. Anyway, so we tried to push through and enjoy ourselves. And we did. We had a great weekend.
Then Monday came.......
A little background, Audrey had broken out with some acne on her bottom the week of Thanksgiving, or what we thought was acne. Turns out it was a staff infection. While it had started to heal and we were thankful for that, a few of the pimples got infected. Three, to be exact. Well by Sunday, two of the three were almost gone and the third..... well, it was bad. By Sunday night Audrey had a fever and was in so much pain she was limping and didn't want to sit on her bottom. So Monday morning I took her to the doctors. Well, she has MRSA (You've probably heard about it on the media, it's not as deadly as they make it sound, although it is very serious). So we have spent the whole week tending to the wound that didn't really want to drain for the first day or so. Then on Tuesday night I could tell I was coming down with an ear infection, right as I thought my cold was almost gone. Then Derek came home from work with his eye all irritated. By Wednesday morning it was bad enough that he stayed home from work to go to the doctor - he has pink eye! I went to the doctor Wednesday evening and I have a double ear infection. The only one not sick is the seven month old. So this week has been.... ugh! Pray for us and that we will all be on the mend and soon. Derek still has a really bad cough that keeps him up at night. Pray for him the most. I will post some pictures soon and hopefully the next post will be sunnier :)

Merry Christmas!