Sunday, December 13, 2009

8 hours in the car, 3 stitches for Charlotte, and Baby Jesus

This weekend was an eventful one for the Conaway family. On Saturday, we decided to take a trip to Burnet, Texas to visit Main Street Bethlehem. Every year a church in this town puts together a re-creation of Bethlehem. I had heard great things about this event and was excited to finally get a chance to experience it.

It was a four hour drive to Burnet. Both girls were very excited to see baby Jesus, though, so we passed part of the time by talking about the story of Jesus's birth. When it got dark, Addie looked up and saw stars. "Look!" she said, "There is the star to show where baby Jesus is!"

When we arrived we had to wait in line for another hour and a half before we got in. Finally, we walked through the gates and it almost seemed like we were transported into another world. The first thing we saw were campfires and people cooking their dinner. Charlotte wanted to climb out of her stroller to get a better look. As she was climbing out, the stroller began to collapse. I opened the stroller again, not realizing that Charlotte's was holding onto it. Charlotte started screaming. One of the men cooking dinner warned me, "You have to be careful with those donkeys, they really hurt when they kick." Both Sean and I thought that her leg was what got pinched. I picked her up and began examining her legs, both of them seemed fine so I started talking to her and trying to calm her down (I didn't want to ruin the spirit of the evening for the other guests). Then I noticed that her hands were COVERED in blood. And my coat was COVERED in blood.

The next few minutes are kind of a blur. One of the actors, who was a nurse, rushed over when she saw what was going on. She whisked Charlotte and I off to the bathroom to take a better look (Bethlehem was only lit by candles and lanterns). Even in the dim light I was pretty sure it was going to need stitches - but when we got to the bathroom and I got a better look, I almost passed out. Her finger was mangled, I'm amazed that she didn't loose the tip. Thankfully, this wonderful lady kept calm, took Charlotte from me, washed her up as best she could, and wrapped up her finger. Charlotte calmed down a bit, as long as I was putting pressure on her finger she would just whimper rather than scream. The nurse told us that Charlotte's finger would need stitches and gave us directions to the emergency room, which was just a few miles down the road.

Charlotte didn't want to go to the car, though, she wanted to see Baby Jesus. So the nurse led us back through Bethlehem and we took 5 minutes to look at Baby Jesus. I wish we had been able to see the whole thing, it really was amazing. Then we got in the care and headed off to the E.R.

Charlotte did really well in the E.R. Being such a small town, we got in very quickly and the doctor saw us right away. Right before the doctor started stitching up Charlotte's finger, somebody came in complaining of chest pain, so the doctor had to leave us to attend to the new patient. Both Charlotte and Addie fell asleep waiting for the doctor to come back. An hour later the doctor returned and put three stitches in Charlotte's finger. There was quite a bit of crying, but she did really well (especially when Sean started telling her that he would get her ice cream when she was done). Once her finger was bandaged up, Charlotte gave a half-smile and said, "my finger is all betters!"

We left the hospital at 11:30 p.m., long after Bethlehem had closed, and began our long drive back to Houston. We stopped to get gas before we left town. Sean got the girls an ice cream sandwich to share. When he gave Charlotte her ice cream she said, "Daddy, you make me so happy!" It was so cute.

Unfortunately (or fortunately), we forgot to bring our camera with us, so we didn't get any pictures of Bethlehem or Charlotte's finger. But here is a picture of her finger when we changed the bandage on Sunday. It looks 100 times better than it did the night before. I'm leaving a large space before the picture, don't look if you get queasy easily...

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

A message for Sean:

Sean wanted me to let everyone know that I lost at a game tonight. We were playing the card game Speed and I lost 2 out of 3 rounds. There you go.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Charlotte's Second Birthday

Charlotte's birthday really isn't until the 16th, but weekdays are a little crazy around here so we celebrated a few days early. We apologize for the horrible singing at the beginning, but turn up your volume at the end so you can hear Charlotte harmonizing with Addie.
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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009

Too Long

I know, it has been way too long since I have updated the blog. The summer was very busy and I finally feel like we are getting back into the swing of things. Sean took the girls on vacation for two weeks in July. Unfortunately I had to stay home so that I could finish up as many classes as possible before dental hygiene school started. They visited Colorado, Montana and Wyoming. Here are a few pictures from their trip.



Saturday, June 20, 2009

What a day

What a day,
Oh what a day.
My baby brother ran away,
And now my tuba will not play.
I'm eight years old
And turning grey, Oh what a day, Oh what a day.

Broken sprinkler line and subsequent flooding of neighbor's yard...
....check
Four inch tree roots from the most malevolent oak in the world...
....check
Clay soil so hard that a gas powered auger can't dent it...
....check
Poison ivy...
....check
Another Conaway home improvement story chock-full of FAIL...
....check

So our fence did not get built this weekend.

But the day didn't stop there...

For the past couple months, Addie has not been taking naps. Instead, she goes to her room and has "quiet time." She stays in her room the entire time Charlotte is taking a nap, but her room is a pretty big disaster at the end of the two hours.

After the sprinkler incident we took a break.
We all took naps... except Addie. When naps were over I was shocked that Addie didn't come running out of her room (which she usually does the second she hears Charlotte). I figured she probably fell asleep on her floor. About 10 minutes later I could hear her playing, so I peeked my head in to see what was going on.

Her room reeked of baby powder.

She had found a bottle of baby lotion and slathered herself, the carpet, and her dresser in half the bottle. "Mom! I used some lotion!!"

I can see that...

Thankfully, though...

We have some wonderful friends who watched the girls all morning while we fought with the auger. When we returned to pick up the kiddos they let us stay and chat with them for a couple hours. They even fed us lunch. Thank you!! It was a nice little break before we had to return to the newly created lake in our neighbor's yard.

The evening ended on a positive note as well.

Sean found a frog and the girls had a great time following it around the backyard. Addie named him Boomblay. He was a good frog. I think he might have been in shock because he was rather slow and wouldn't hop unless someone touched him. The girls would pet his back and make him hop... Addie said she was teaching him how to hop.

Addie also had a few opinions about Boomblay. He lives on the freeway. As slow as he is, I'm not sure how he survives living there, but he does. There is a patch of grass on the freeway that he lives in. And he doesn't work. Frogs don't work.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday, June 5, 2009

A fun week with Dad

Sean had one week off before summer school started and the girls had a great time playing with Dad. Unfortunatly, we were all a bit sick... but not sick enough that they couldn't go outside and play a little soccer. Near the end of the week we were feeling a bit better so we decided to take a trip down to Galveston.

Charlotte didn't care too much for the water. She tolerated it for a few seconds until a small wave hit her. I think it only got her ankles wet, but it was enough for her. She spent the rest of the afternoon playing in the sand...
... but she would only touch it with one finger.
She also liked chasing the birds. But they made her upset because they were too close to the water.

Addie also liked the sand... and would also only touch it with one finger...
But she preferred the water. She had a little song that went, "Ocean, ocean. Happy, happy, happy, happy!!" and she would sing it everytime she ran into the water.
Charlotte's other favorite part of the beach was the "fish." There were several of these jellyfish washed up onto the beach. She loved finding them and saying, "ish, ish!" We didn't let her touch them.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Patience

Last night as I was getting Addie ready for bed she decided that one of the books she wanted to read was the "Baby Book." The Baby Book is about 150 pages long and it doesn't really have a story, it is just a collection of pictures. We finished getting on pajamas and sat down to read.

Addie turns to me and says, "Mommy, are you going to skip some pages?"

To which I respond, "Yes, probably. It is a very long book, so we will just read some of it."

"But Mommy," she says, "you just have to be patient and read each page. Does that sound like a plan?"

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

We might be crazy... Take 2

Or maybe that should be "I might be crazy"...

... Sean had nothing to do with this latest adventure...

We got Addie roller skates when she was two. She still loves them and always asks to go roller skating. Charlotte, being the little sister, wants to do everything that Addie does. She is also fasinated by anything that you put on your feet. So for the past 6 months she has been practically begging for us to put the skates on her. I finally gave in...

This is fun!
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Whoa, this tile is a bit slippery...
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Uh-oh.
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Did you notice last year Addie was wearing elbow pads, knee pads, and a helmet? Poor Charlotte.
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She's actually not crying because she fell, she's crying because the skates fell off!
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I think we'll wait until her birthday before we offically get a pair for her.

Sleep

Last night we had a huge thunderstorm. Think shake-the-walls, set-off-car-alarms, loud thunderstorm. It amazes me that both girls completely slept through the whole thing, yet if either one of them hears a peep out of their sister they are wide awake.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sibling Rivalry

Usually I get very frustrated when the girls want the EXACT same thing. They both want the blue cup, or the baby with the pink shirt, or to sit in the purple laundry basket. Most of the time it ends with both of the girls screaming and the item being sent to time-out. Today we were playing and Addie wanted a hug. As soon as I was done hugging Addie, Charlotte reached her arms out and it was obvious that she wanted a hug also. I was more than happy to give her one. Of course, since Charlotte got a hug Addie wanted another. Then Charlotte wanted another... then Addie did... then Charlotte...

I can deal with this.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

In case you didn't know...

I got into dental hygiene school!!


For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a dentist. Most people think I'm crazy, but honestly, the thought of drilling and filling teeth makes me sooo excited. My plan original plan was to graduate college, go to dental school, get married right after dental school, work a few years to pay back loans, then have a few kids and work part time. Well, Sean (and then the girls) came along and kinda threw a wrench in my plans. That's okay, I would rather have them over all the teeth in the world. Last September I decided to chase my dream again. However, I decided it would be more responsible to be a dental hygienist rather than a dentist - it will be a much more mommy-friendly career.

Wish me luck!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Especially for our college friends


In college some of our friends read a collection of comics called "The Parking Lot Is Full." One of the classic comics (at least to us) was one called "Eat the Stick." It has since gone out of production, this was the only picture that I could find. In case you can't read the caption, it says "Games that aren't any fun." One evening, when there obviously wasn't much else to do, the guys decided to actually play this game with one of their roommates, Tim, who hadn't read the comic yet. He did actually try to take a bite, but I don't think he could actually swallow it.

Tonight, as Addie was (sort of) helping me get dinner ready, she found a small stick in the laundry room and proceeded to put it on Charlotte's plate.

She looks about as excited as Tim was.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

I did take some pictures...

... unfortunately, they weren't of the girls. Sean is trying to figure out his Texan facial hair. What do you think?

Okay, I did take one of the girls

We were swinging them in a blanket and tossing them onto the couch. They loved it!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Today I will take some pictures

Tomorrow you will see them.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Knock knock

Addie loves knock knock jokes, but I don't think she quite grasps the concept yet. Here is one that she told to me while we were driving home today:

Addie: Knock, knock
Me: Who's there?
Addie: Pnifshinf
Me: Pnifshinf who?
Addie: Pnif funny!

Here's another...

Addie: Knock knock
Me: Who's there?
Addie: Ding dong! *hysterical laughing*

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sisters

One of Addie's favorite games is "Bedtime." She will either put us to bed or she will pretend to go to sleep herself. Sometimes this game evolves into a version of "5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed," sometimes it just turns into hiding under the covers. Today Charlotte started crawling all over Addie while she was "sleeping." Usually when this happens it invokes screaming and pushing, but today Addie just took Charlotte's hands and started making her swim like a turtle. Then Charlotte gave Addie a hug and Addie said, "Awwww, you're the most best friend!"

Thursday, March 19, 2009

When you grow up

Sean turned 28 a couple days ago. We were busy cleaning the yard on his actual birthday. Then we went out for a late dinner. So we finally had his cake tonight. Sean asked if we had enough candles and I had to answer "no." We only had the rest of the box from Addie's birthday. So we put two candles on one side of the cake and eight candles on the other side. We then decided that the age you officially grow up is 24 because that is the year you outgrow the box of candles. Happy birthday, Sean!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Happy Birthday, Addie!


Take a look at our sidebar. It is hard to believe that the little girl in the swing is now 3 years old. It is even more amazing to look back and see how much she has grown in this past year. The other day I was looking at old posts and watched this video of her birthday last year. It is hard to remember her talking like that. She can now carry on complete conversations and is MUCH easier to understand. But she still didn't like the singing this year. I'll add some pictures to this post tomorrow, they are still downloading off the card and it is time for bed.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

A quiz about Sean

I stumbled across this game on a random blog and thought it looked fun. I copied all their questions and answered them the way I think SEAN will answer. Then later today, Sean will put in his answers and we'll see how close they were. Here we go...

-How do you feel about Country Music?
A being S: I tolerate it. I know April generally enjoys it, so I try to make her happy when she's in the car, but I'd rather listen to something different.

S: Generally, yes, April is correct. She, however, forgets that I listen to whatever my mood moves me to. About once a month I get a hankerin' for a good two step beat and some fiddles. Not to mention, I like to listen to a lot of roots country like bluegrass and gospel.

-How many curlers do you wear in your hair at night?
A: Yeah, I don't think this question really applies to me...

S: Tsk tsk tsk. How we can be in such close proximity and still unknown to one another. Ahhh. . . 11 curlers.

-What is the last book you read or are reading?
A: This is a trick question. You see, I don't normally read a book from cover to cover. I start one book, read it about halfway through, then go down to Barnes and Noble and buy 5 more. I start one of my new books, read it about halfway and then switch to a different book. Once I'm halfway through this book I forget about the other three books that I bought and make another trip to Barnes and Noble.

S: I have been guilty about that in the past. I don't think April has paid much attention to my reading habits lately, though, as I have made a much more disciplined effort to finish all of my books. Furthermore, April recorded my routine in a slightly slant way: of the 5 books I bring home from Barnes and Noble, I finish at least one cover to cover.

-What 3 movies would you take to a Desert Island (this is of course assuming that you could watch them there)?
A: Star Wars... can I count the Trilogy as one movie? Ummmmm... I'm not sure what else, I like lots of movies.

S: Actually, I would just bring The Empire Strikes Back, The Princess Bride and The Professional.

-What 3 TV shows on disc would you take to a Desert Island?
A: The Office, LOST, and the X-Files

S: No changes there.


-Does this quiz stink?
A: No... and I don't either, I just took a shower.

S: What are you talking about. I'm a boy. I always stink.

-Name your 3 Favorite Fruits:
A: Strawberries, blueberries and grapes.

S: Apples (no Granny Smith, please), grapes (the little, super sweet round ones for sure) and properly ripe kiwi (in that order).

-What is in the Back Seat of your car right now?
A: Nothing, I drive a rockin' scooter with English papers in the trunk.

S: Oh yeah, I'm about to go beast mode with my scooter.

-When was the last time you threw up?
A: I don't remember.

S: I think sometime my first year of teaching. I think that was the only sick day I had that year.

-What is your favorite curse word?
A: Well, I generally try not to curse, especially since one of my daughters seems to remember EVERYTHING that she hears. And I'm sure the other one will start repeating things soon enough. But, I believe my favorite curse word is another name for a donkey.

S: I plead the 5th on this one.

-Name one thing you are really good at:
A: Learning languages... seriously, when I started my first year as a teacher I spoke hardly a lick of Spanish - by the end of the year I could carry on conversations with my students and their parents.

S: Ha! Napping. I'm very good at napping.

-Name one thing you are really bad at:
A: I can't seem to remember that dirty clothes go on the hamper, not on the floor.

S: Anything that involves coordination. And I only put my clothes on the floor because the multiple piles of clothes that April and the girls have created would get lonely if they were missing my contribution.

-What 3 books would you take to a desert island?
A: I think I would rather die than have to limit myself to 3 books.

S: I will not even consider such a blasphemy.


-Name your 3 favorite drinks:
A: Dr. Pepper, Diet Dr. Pepper, Coke.

S: Dublin Dr. Pepper, Plane Jane Dr. Pepper and Henry Weinhard's root beer.

-Name your 3 Favorite Vegetables:
A: Broccoli, asparagus, zucchini.

S: Zucchini? Zucchini? What am I? Some kind of Commie pinko? Zucchini will be the downfall of America, just you watch. It's not a vegetable; it's a Chinese plot to take over is what it is. Let's substitute that for mushrooms.

-What is your favorite Ice Cream Flavor?
A: Mint chocolate chip, as if there was any other option.

S: *drools*

-What was the last thing you ate?
A: These amazing spinach enchiladas made by my beautiful wife.

S: Ahh, it's so cute when you're conceited.


-What is the last sporting event you watched?
A: A hockey game.

S: Nope. The teachers vs. students basketball game at school.

-Are you free on Saturday night?
A: Are you asking me out?

S: April, any time you want to ask me out, you've got my number ;).

-What is your first thought when you hear "Australia"?
A: Kangaroos...

S: Toilets spinning in the reverse direction.

-How many states have you been to?
A: Hmmmm, let me see... Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Idaho, Washington, California, Iowa, Missouri, Florida.

S: Add to that Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota and Hawaii.


-What is the biggest annoyance in your life right now (besides this quiz)?
A: Thinking about having to re-build our fence over spring break.

S: Well played, madam, well played.


Check back to see Sean's answers...if you want to. There's no pressure here.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Reading with Dad

What could be better?

Firsts


Charlotte had a bit of an unsual first recently. Her first bath by herself. Other than her sponge baths in the hospital she has always either taken a shower with me or a bath with Addie. I'm not sure if she knew what to think.

Eating Healthy


I don't know why I didn't do this earlier. A couple weeks ago I taught Addie about healthy foods. I told her how healthy foods make our bodies grow big a strong. Ever since she is constantly asking me, "Is ________ healthy?" I will respond by telling her how healthy the item is... super healthy... very healthy... a little bit healthy... or not at all healthy. Today she wanted a bowl of carrots for breakfast because carrots are super healthy!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pay it forward

My friends are playing this great game and I thought it would be fun to join. Here's how it works:

"The Pay It Forward Exchange is based on the concept of the movie "Pay it forward". I will send a hand made gift to the first three people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join the PIF exchange. All the gifts will be made and posted out sometime within the next month (I changed that from "year". A year is too long. But it would make the next sentence make more sense). How exciting to not know when your surprise package will arrive! What you need to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog. This Exchange is only open to those with active websites or blogs. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PROMISE TO POST THIS SAME 'PAY IT FORWARD' MESSAGE ONTO YOUR BLOG, WHICH MUST BE ACTIVE IN ORDER TO PLAY. YOU WILL PAY IT FORWARD TO THREE PEOPLE WHO COMMENT ON YOUR BLOG. I'd love for you to join me! Will you? Other comments are welcome, but only the first three will be my Pay It Forward recipients."

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

101

1. I like to floss. I think my teeth look better after I floss.
2. I've always wanted to be a dentist. But I think I will be a hygienist instead so I can work part time and be home with my girls more.

3. I have a love hate relationship with cooking.
4. I like to cook elaborate meals, but I hate making a mess.
5. So instead, I like to cook one dish meals that are super fast.
6. Actually, let me change that... I don't like to cook them, that's just what I end up doing.
7. I love going to school.
8. But sometimes I feel guilty about taking time to myself.
9. I feel like I should want to stay home.
10. But I feel like I am a better mom when I am gone a few times a week.
11. I hate to fold laundry.
12. I hate putting away the folded laundry even more.
13. I love to vacuum.
14. I especially like to vacuum with bagless vacuums because I like to see all the dirt it picks up.
15. I think eyeballs look creepy.

16. I like feet.
17. I don't like the middle of Oreos.
18. My dad has two tatoos. Once, when I was little, I asked him why he got them. He told me that someone snuck into his house in the middle of the night and tatooed him. I was so scared that I was going to wake up one morning with tatoos.
19. I love to read blogs.
20. I wish I updated my blog more often so that I have it to read later.
21. But I don't because I worry about boring my readers.
22. I'm sure you're probably bored right now.
23. I don't like scary movies.
24. Sean has to set his alarm for a palindrome.
25. I have to do it now, too.
26. I don't water plants.
27. I feel bad about this.
28. I didn't like the song "Frosty the Snowman" when I was little because I felt bad that he melted.
29. I am super competitive.
30. I am even competitive with myself.
31. I want to be instantly good at whatever I try or I don't really want to do it anymore.
32. I am pariod about being on time.
33. I always like to arrive 15 minutes early.
34. Sean thinks this is weird.
35. He calls it "April Time"
36. Sometimes when I tell him the time he will ask me, "Is that real time or April Time?"
37. I like to snooze. Before I got married I would sometimes snooze for an hour. Sean broke me of that habit, now I usually only hit the button twice.
38. I am so glad that I have two girls.
39. I am even more glad that they seem to be becoming friends.
40. I always wanted a sister.
41. I would have preferred an older sister, but I would have enjoyed a younger sister as well.
42. I also wanted an older brother.
43. But I am glad I have two younger brothers and wouldn't trade them for sister or an older brother.
44. I'm cheap. I have a hard time buying any clothes for me that cost more than $10.
45. I like to plan things.
46. I love to use ellipses...
47. But it drives Sean crazy...
48. But sometimes I do it anyway...
49. Because I just can't help it...
50. For the longest time I didn't want to grow any taller because I liked that song, "Five foot two, eyes of blue, but oh what those five feet can do, has anyone seen my gal"
51. But once I hit 5'3" I wanted to be taller because I no longer fit the song.
52. Now I would like to be 5'5" or 5'7"
53. But not 5'6"
54. My favorite word is apoptosis.
55. When I was little I didn't like odd numbers.

56. I don't like swimming.
57. When I was little I loved swimming, but my mom hated it.
58. I thought she was weird.
59. My mom is my greatest role model... I want to be just like her when I grow up...
60. I hope my daughters feel that Way about me someday.
61. I never wanted to be a doctor when I was growing up... for some reason I think that is weird, eventhough I'm sure there are lots of people who never wanted to be doctors.
62. I still don't want to be a doctor...
63. But I think going to medical school would be fun.
64. If I had an unlimited bank account and didn't have to ever worry about money, I would probably spend the rest of my life in school.
65. First I would go to dental school, then cosmetology school, the medical school...
66. I might be finished after that...
67. Nevermind, I would also go to chiropractic school... I think I would go there before medical school.
68. I probably wouldn't get a deree in any of these fields - taking boards would be too stressful. I would just go to learn for fun.
69. In 10th grade I dissected a frog. I couldn't eat macaroni and cheese for years after that because I thought it looked like the fat in the frog.

70. I have kissed the Stanley Cup. I snuck into a party when the Avalanche won their second Cup.
71. I'm jealous of my brother because he has no debt. I think he is one of the most considerate people I know. It amazes me how thoughtful and caring he is about everyone and everything. I wish he was more confidant and realized how awesome he is.
72. My other brother is a little crazy...
73. I am envious at how social he is - I think that is a great asset in life and can often get your further than any degree. He is also super artistic and creative.
74. I think my dad is the nicest person I know.
75. I was a waitress for a few years and now very rarely will tip less than 20%.
76. I miss Nebraska.
77. Sometimes I call it Ber-Naska... I'm not sure why.
78. I hope that my girls will have to share a bedroom at some point in their childhood.
79. I think sharing rooms is good for kids.
80. I remember enjoying sharing a room with my brother.
81. I wonder if my mom remembers it as fondly?
82. I wonder if my brother does?

83. I think probably the best part about sharing a room is bunkbeds.
84. I don't know how any biologist could not believe in God - our bodies are so amazingly complex there is no way it could all happen due to chance.
85. I don't like this keyboard.
86. I do believe in evolution, I don't know how you couldn't. But believe God helps direct it.
87. I need a lot of sleep.
88. Nine hours a night would be perfect.
89. I think I need this much because I force myself to sleep very lightly so that I will wake up if I hear the girls.
90. It drives me crazy when people can't seem to park between the lines and take up two spaces.
91. It also drives me crazy when people don't pull over for sirens.
92. I wish I used our camcorder more often.
93. I really like the way my cursive looks (I wrote this whole list by hand first) - I wish you could see it, it is beautiful.
94. I am extremely shy.
95. I worry that my girls will be shy as well.
96. I wish I lived closer to family.
97. I am a chronic project starter. I always have grand plans for big projects, but they never seem to get finished before I start another project.

98. I know how to drive a scooter.
99. That doesn't sound as impressive as I think it is.
100. How about this? I know how to drive an automatic motorcycle. That is pretty much what it is, a motorcycle without a clutch.
101. I always wear a helmet.

Friday, January 30, 2009

I love this!

This is Addie and Charlotte's favorite thing to do right now. They walk around the house holding hands. Addie will either sing and sort of skip, or she will have a mission for them... they'll go to the "store" (her room), the "library" (Charlotte's room), or the "post office" (the dining room). Charlotte just soaks it up, she loves getting any sort of attention from her sister. I love when they play together.


"Whoa! Slow down, my legs are short!"

"Oh, you fell down? Let me drag you around the room instead."

Saturday, January 10, 2009

More conversations with a two year old. . .

Let's file this one under "be careful what you ask for," which is a parenting file that will be forever expanding. April and I, thanks to our friends the Ortizs, managed to sneak away for a date. Upon picking up Addie and Charlotte, the following conversation ensued on the drive home:

Addie: Where are [did] Momma and Dada going [go]?
Me: Mom and Dad had fun tonight on -
Addie: No you didn't! You didn't have fun tonight.
Me: Yes we did. Mom and Dad went on a date. A date is when you go and do something fun with someone you love, like when I take you to the bookstore - that's an Addie Dada date. Dates are fun, huh?
Addie: Yeah.
Me: But, are you ever going to date a boy?
Addie (immediately): No, I'm not gonna date a boy.
(There is silence in the car for the better part of a minute. Little did I knew Addie was contemplating the conversation)
Addie: I'm gonna date TWO boys.

When the chuckling subsided, Addie proceeded to tell us what she did at the Ortizs'. When it came to dinner, she told us about eating a grilled cheese sandwhich (which she pronounces "girl" cheese sandwhich) and produced this great line with much pomp and pride:
"I ate girl [grilled] cheese sandwhiches because I'm a girl!"

Friday, January 9, 2009

P.S.

Enjoy our new song. We did it because we hate these automatic music players. Grrrr...

Okay, if you missed it, it was a Rick Roll. But even that annoyed me, so I took it down.