Sunday, December 23, 2007
Fuzzy jammies to wear for the chills even though a fever has your skin on fire? Check!
Ponytail and headband to keep throw up out of your hair? Check!
Soup, crackers, and 7-up? Check, Check, and Check!
Crashing at the end of a long day of movie watching? Check!
We've got it all this holiday season. Poor Gracie started throwing up around nine o'clock last night and finally stopped about 11:30 this afternoon. Luckily she is old enough now to know when she needs to run to the bathroom, but it still breaks your heart to watch them go through it all. Even though she stopped getting sick, she still felt pretty yucky for the rest of the day. I guess the bright side is that it happened today instead of Tuesday morning. That would have been a fun 6 1/2 hour car ride to Indiana! I'm hoping this is just a 24 hour bug that will go away by Christmas morning. I guess we will just wait and pray it out!
(By the way, can you tell that Scottie is on break? He is playing the Wii and watching a movie on his lap top at the same time. Oh well, he has definetly earned it!)
Friday, December 21, 2007
I wish I could have a real pony and a real cat. And I wish I could have a really good bunny that could hop and eat carrots at lunch and he would eat lots and lots of carrots and grow if he was a baby and we would love him. Have a good Christmas Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.
*She's made Christmas shopping so easy for us this year. :0 Yeah right!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
*Anyway, Carrie and I both have a love for all things fall, but especially anything to do with pumpkins! So I wanted to post my favorite pumpkin food for her and anyone else who loves fall like us. I really miss you Carrie!!! Love ya!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
3 1/3 cups flour
3 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup oil
1/2 cup water
2 cups pumpkin pie filling
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the ingredients in the order listed. Bake in 3 ungreased loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour & 15 minutes (although I usually check at about 1 hour) Let stand for 25 minutes. Turn onto cooling rack to cool.
*You can also use this for muffins. Make one or two loaves and use the rest for muffins.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Scottie wanted me to blog about his creepy experience this morning. After their test this morning he was standing in the hallway with his classmate Cory. He said a lady (stranger) who appeared to be in her early to mid 50's came walking up to them. She was wearing a completely white outfit with a big yellow cardboard circle on her stomach. She also had a pair of devil horns and a tail. She walked up and said "Guess what I am?" Cory said a goddess, he really had no idea. She gave them a hint " I'm food." Finally they got it, she was a deviled egg. Isn't that strange? But the strangeness doesn't stop there my friends. She came back a few minutes later to give them... a deviled egg. Scottie lied and said he doesn't eat them. I don't think I blame him. I'm pretty sure every parent has given their child the classic Halloween warning : Don't take deviled eggs from strangers! She said she felt stupid for dressing up and handing them out. My question is: who made you? and why deviled eggs?! If she felt the need to dress up and pass out treats she could have put on a silly hat and gave out normal candy. There are some days that make me enjoy living in Kirksville. Today would be one of those days.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Oh how I have missed you. I am counting down the days until we will be together again!
No more clothes from Wal-Mart... and that's all I have to say about that.
I can smell the chicken parmigana right now. I just drooled on my sleeve, I better stop looking at this picture.
This is the one thing I will need in order to enjoy all of the above. Anyone know where I can get one of these?
Thursday, October 25, 2007
This is a picture of Gracie with her "boyfriend" Landon. Well... she told me the other day that he isn't her boyfriend anymore. Then she said "I just decided that I'm everyone's girlfriend. Wait, wait, I didn't mean to say that. I'm just everyone's friend." Sometimes it feels like I am talking to a twelve year old instead of a preschooler.
This is Gracie doing the cupcake walk. She finally won a cupcake after SEVERAL walks around the rug. It was a cute game.
This is Gracie's favorite teacher Miss Jenny. She loves all her teachers, but she talks about Miss Jenny the most. The other little girl is Catherine. They are always playing together when I pick Gracie up from school. I think eveyone had a good time at the party. I really like her school. The teachers are so sweet and do so many fun things with the kids. I'll be sad when she has to leave it this summer.
Monday, October 15, 2007
My mom's birthday present to Grace this year was a trip to the American Girl store in Chicago. Gracie and I rode the train from Kirksville to Chicago. It was so much fun. I highly recommend taking the train! It took less time than driving, and if Gracie was hungry or had to go to the bathroom I didn't have to waste time pulling into a gas station. It was very relaxing for both of us, I loved it!! When we got into Union Station downtown I had to figure out a way to get to the hotel. I was looking at the bus routes when I decided to just pay for a cab. Best decision of the day. We just got in the car, held on for dear life, and arrived at the hotel without having to look at one street sign! Mom met us there later and then we walked to Navy Pier. I took some pictures but they came out really dark, so I didn't want to post them. Gracie liked walking by the water and seeing the boats. We walked a lot and she got blisters on her feet, so that put a bit of a damper on the evening. We didn't go swimming because she didn't want to get her blisters wet. Poor thing!!
Here we are at the American Girl store. This place is amazing! It has three floors of shopping. It's so hard not to buy everything you see, except when you look at the price tag then it get's pretty easy to restrain yourself. Gracie was hilarious. Without any prompting she started walking around the store and pointing at things like a model from the Price is Right. Saying things like: "Here we have dollies sleeping in their sleeping bags. Here is a dress for you to wear." She even said in an adult voice: "And if you would just turn around Nana, you will see Niki and her horse." We couldn't stop laughing at her. I have no idea where it came from!
You can make reservations at the cafe for brunch, lunch, or dinner. We were there for brunch. Everything is decorated in black, pink, and white. The lamp shades are covered in hot pink flowers, the chairs are black with pink circles and a big white button on the back, and they offer black and white chairs for you baby to use at the table. Grace brought her itty bitty baby with her. The napkin rings are black and white scrunchies that you can take home. Grace used her's as a headband for itty bitty. The food was pretty good, and we were able to sit by the window and look out at downtown Chicago! Our waiter was unique. He had a little pony tail with wispy bangs. I told mom that is would take a "special" kind of guy to wear a black and pink apron and serve heart shape pancakes to little girls. But he was nice and we enjoyed our brunch.
I hate that this picture of mom and Grace is fuzzy. But you can tell by their faces that we had a good time! Thanks mom!!
She got a little cake because we were celebrating her birthday. Our waiter lit the candle and sang happy birthday. Your birthday isn't complete until you have a "pretty" man with a pony tail sing happy birthday using a spanish accent and a femine flare!
Doesn't it look like bitty baby is watching her? It's cute and creepy all at the same time! The little flower pots had white mousse with oreo cookies crumbled on top. It was soooo good. I couldn't eat very much, it was too much sugar for the morning!
I forgot to flip the picture, so you will have to turn your head to see this one. Gracie is sitting in front of the old water tower in dowtown Chicago. She is holding her new American girl doll Niki. She is the 2007 doll. Her story is about raising horses and training a service dog. Since Grace is such an animal lover, Niki was the perfect doll for her. She even looks like her a little bit. She really wants the $65 horse that accessories Niki. Yeah right! Grace was bandaging up it's leg and brushing it's hair. If it wasn't so expense I would have gotten it for her. Maybe we can find one at Wal-Mart and cut up an ace bandage for her to use. She'll never know the difference. (Well... knowing Grace she will know the difference but she will just have to deal:)
After the American Girl store we did some more shopping on the mile and ate lunch. This picture shows how exhausted she was that afternoon. She fell asleep holding her new Sleeping Beauty toys she got from the Disney store. What a way to celebrate your birthday!! :)
These are pictures of us hanging out with my Uncle Chris, Aunt Christine, and my cousins Mason & Colton. They live in a suburb just outside of Chicago. Gracie had a lot of fun with Colton. Unfortunately we didn't see a lot of Mason, he was really busy with football stuff. Although we were able to get him to come with us to the pumpkin farm. I'm sure that is what every high school guy wants to do on a Saturday! :) This farm was so cute. It had a ton of pumpkins!! There was a petting zoo, a haunted house, and a corn maze. The only problem was that is was almost 90 degrees!! It's hard to get into the fall mood when there is sweating dripping down your back. We still had a lot of fun.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Here are some pictures from Gracie's birthday party. You may have to click on the pictures to see them better. The first picture is of Grace and her best friend Gabby. I could just cry when I look at this picture. It seems like yesterday that they were in the nursery together at church. Everytime the girls see each other they run up and give each other a big hug. It is so cute. Gracie misses her so much. The second picture makes me laugh everytime I look at it. The kids had found a giant stick in the park and started playing with it. It was really big and I'm sure it wouldn't have taken long for someone to get hurt. Jake took the stick away so the kids wouldn't get hurt. But to see all the kids standing there watching him take it away, you would think he was dragging their favorite pet to the pound. It cracks me up! The third picture is of Grace and Gabby again with Gabby's mom Kim. I miss Kim as much as Grace misses Gabby. Luckily she is really good at talking on the phone, because I am terrible at calling people. So I still talk to her every week, but it makes me miss living in Indy! :( The last one is just a cute picture of Gracie playing at the park. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of Grace with Stuart, or Macy, Cy. Parties are always hectic for me and I forget to take pictures! But I do have some family pictures to put up on the next post.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Yesterday was Gracie's first day of preschool. She was so excited! She had her backpack on and we were getting ready to walk out the door when she said " I think it will be better if I just wait for the bus." I had to tell her that she wasn't riding the bus, she really wants to but I'm not really ready for that just yet. Dad and Carol were here visiting so they got to see her classroom. (this is the first time they've been able to come out since last August) Gracie wasn't too upset to see us go, she just walked over to the cars and started playing. (she didn't quite understand that they weren't going to be there we she got back from school) I had mixed emotions all day. On one hand it's nice to have the house to myself and not worry about which room Gracie is wrecking while I'm cleaning somewhere else. But it's sad to think that she is old enough to go to school. It's like being hit by a bus when you realize she isn't a baby anymore. I mean- I've known for quite a while that she isn't a baby, but it's hard to admit that you have a little girl who is going out on her own and spending the day with other adults and thirteen other kids. I kept wondering what she was doing all day. It was nice when my friend Kim watched her because I could call at lunch or Kim could tell me everything she did. But these teachers don't have time to stand there and tell me all the funny things she did or said. I guess it's time to suck it up and share my child with other people in this world.
-Anyway back to her day. When Scottie and I picked her up she still wasn't ready to leave. We basically had to drag her out. In the van we asked her about her day. She said she didn't make any friends and she played by herself. I told her it might take some time to get to know people. I'm sure she played with kids, but she couldn't remember anyone's name. We'll see if today was different. Part of me is really enjoying this independent age, but I wish I could just hold like a baby for a little bit longer.