Friday, February 26, 2010

Put The Lid Down!

This is a new rule in our house today after finding this...

In her defense she made a dirty diaper moments after this so maybe she was not playing in the toilet, maybe she was trying to use it! Yeah, I am sticking to that story.

I know, playing in toilets is gross and not safe, she could have fallen in. But it is a little funny to see.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I "heart"...

I am participating in this weeks I "heart"... at You and Me Plus Three. Go there now to add yours and read others!!

I "heart" painting little toe nails.

I "heart" hearing Ella read.

I "heart" Ken washing dishes and putting away clean clothes - the things I don't "heart" doing.

I "heart" my mom cooking dinner.

I "heart" clean sheets.

I "heart" Olivia sleeping through the night.

I "heart" making plans with friends.

What do you "heart" today?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Have you ever been told Holla! by a five year old? This morning Ella walked out of her room, looked back at me and said "Holla!" I about died. I think Ken says this occasionally, so we are gonna have to have a chat.

Then on our way home from dance she saw this...

and said "I want to eat his chicken for dinner, he has the best chicken". It was as if she knew Colonel Sanders personally. When we kept driving she yelled, "Holla". I really hope she doesn't start saying this all the time.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Ella as Belle and Weekend Review

I finally got my low key weekend, well kinda. Ken has been working on Saturdays for the last few weeks, so it has just been us girls. This Saturday Ella wanted to make a cookie in her Easy-Bake oven and have a tea party. After trying on several "scratchy" costumes she settled on Belle and a wig. She has had this costume for a long time but she just got the wig from my parents for Christmas. Maybe we should let her hair grow out?

Saturday night we went to the Tigers game...we pulled out a "W" as Pastner would say. I am a little sad that there are only 2 more home games. Ken's mom and dad buy us season tickets for Christmas each year. I think this year we might try to buy 2 more for Ella and Olivia.

I must be ready for spring/summer because today I dressed Ella and Olivia in spring clothes and I even put big floppy beach hats on them. Sorry no pictures. My dad grilled out for lunch (he does this throughout the winter so this isn't part of my spring/summer readiness) but then we made homemade ice cream (this is the readiness part). It was delicious. I may or may not have gone back for seconds.

This week I lost another pound, 11 total. Ken also lost another pound, that makes 17 for him. Neither one of us feel like we have lost anything. Honestly, I feel like I am eating more now than I was before (the hamburgers and ice cream aren't helping any).

Oh, how could I forget, we are finally connected... to the Internet that is. Yes, I am finally able to blog from the comfort of my own home. So congratulations to us. It only took 2 days and 2 AT&T technicians, but it has finally happened.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

9 Months

Wow, Olivia is 9 months old today. She is such a happy girl. She loves to eat green beans, mac-n-cheese, mashed potatoes, bananas, cheese, yogurt, and chicken. She likes it when we sing to her, especially "Jesus Loves Me" and "Yellow Submarine". She has five teeth and is really making a lot of noises that sound like words. She still wakes up about once a night to be nursed, but is only up for 5-10 minutes. Olivia loves going to the nursery, playing with her toys, and is growing fond of Elmo ( I have tried to discourage this, but she really likes him). We go for our nine month check-up tomorrow so I will post her height and weight then.

UPDATE... Her check-up went great. She weighed 17 pounds 13 ounces and was 28 1/2 inches long. Her doctor kept commenting about how pretty she was. He even said that she smelled pretty. I thought that was sweet.

This is really one of her favorite things to do right now. Ella had a bucket of bugs with a net when she was a baby, this is a spider that came with it. Olivia is always putting it in her mouth. She will leave it there until so much drool is coming out around it that it falls out.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Bibs and Birthday Party

I have always made Ella's Valentines, but this year she refused. I was disappointed because I enjoy crafty projects. So in an effort to compensate for not making Ella's Valentines ( I gave in and bought a box of icarly ones) I decided on Tuesday night that it would be a good idea to applique a bib for each baby in Olivia's class. I took bibs with me everywhere I went... Tigers game, car rider pick-up line and work. I finally finished them and I think they turned out cute.

I also made this Happy Birthday sign for Ashton's party.

Yes I know, this kid needs a brush.

The Birthday girl.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Snow... Again

No work, no school so we packed up and headed to some friends house for the day. Ashton, Alec and Ella had a good time playing in the snow, while Olivia stayed inside in the warm house. The kids sure are enjoying all of these snow days, we will see how much they like it when they are still making them up in June!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Busy Weekend

This has been a very busy weekend. Friday night I went out for a girls night with a group of friends. We went to see Dear John and then to Huey's to eat. The movie was not as sad as I had thought it would be and I must say I was slightly disappointed because I kinda wanted to cry at a good movie... think P.S I Love You kinda crying. Anyway, we had lots of fun and decided that we need to do it more often. Friday morning I had the wonderful idea that while I was out Ken and Ella could make a pizza together, so I went to the store and got everything they needed. Ken was lucky and got out of that one because Ella's friend Kaitlin and her dad came over (Kaitlin's mom was out with me). So instead of the wonderful pizza making experience I had envisioned he opened a can of Chef-Boyardee.

Saturday Ella was invited to a birthday party for her friend Aaron at Chuck-E-Cheese. This is not my favorite place to visit on a Saturday, but the party was a lot of fun. Usually you are rushed to eat, open gifts and play in the allotted time, but it seemed very relaxed. My other problem with Chuck-E-Cheese is I usually end up watching kids that belong to people I do not know. Maybe it is the daycare worker in me.

After the party we went home to put our Memphis Tigers clothes on so we could go to the basketball game. I am always surprised at how much Olivia likes to watch it. She stares at the court the majority of the time. Ella on the other hand wants to go walk around and try to find people she knows. Ken gave in during halftime and took her to see her teacher. The rest of the time Ella says things like ...
Is it almost over.
Can I have some cotton candy.
How many more minutes.
I want some ice cream.
Is it break time yet.
Needless to say we don't take Ella to the game often.

Saturday night we had a sunday school fellowship. So we rushed home after the game to make mac-n-cheese and sausage dip. All of the food was so good. I ate way too much which affected my scale this morning (some of my family members are doing our own Biggest Loser contest, Ken is winning, so if you see him offer him lots of cake and ice cream).

I can't wait until I have a weekend when I have nothing to do... maybe in about 20 years.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Ella, Ella, Ella...

Ella has been saying some funny and interesting things the last couple of days. For example, she asked me if I knew why the earthquake people were giving us all their children. She then explained that it was because we had given them food and money and toys. I really don't know why she thought that this was an even trade.

Today, Olivia was in her jumper and she was jumping, hmmm shall we say vigorously, I said, "your going to town girl", to which Ella replied "I think she's going out of town, like to Kentucky".

And finally, on Thursdays I go to her school to listen to the kids read, play games with them and test them (I got the honor of testing 30+ kids on counting to 100 by 10's, 5's and 1's a few weeks ago...mind numbing). Anyway, today they had picked out books to read to me. I was told that if they didn't make a mistake they could get treasure box and that everyone else could pick a piece of candy. Ella's book was called Musical Adventure. When I saw the title I knew she would not be getting treasure box (she got the Music part but not Musical or Adventure). She read the rest of the book perfectly. I told her that she had made a mistake so she couldn't get treasure box. She looked up at me and said, "but I am your daughter". She really thought that since I was her mom I would let her get treasure box. She was very disappointed when I pointed her toward the candy bucket.

On another note, I am learning through this blog that I am not a very good writer. I guess that nothing I could write would be as great as pictures of these two faces.

Don't you agree?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Back to Work

I have been thinking about going back to work for awhile now. The problem is as soon as I would start thinking about it I would immediately decide that I didn't want to. I just wasn't sure if I was ready to be away from Olivia and if she would be okay without me. Well, one day last week I mentioned that if they needed any help at the daycare I might be willing to help a few days a week. Long story short they did need help and I started today (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00-2:45). I was very nervous about the whole thing and I was sure that this would be Olivia's reaction...

But it went really well. The ladies in the nursery said that she did GREAT and they kept saying what a good baby she is. I am so happy that she did not have a meltdown. Me on the other hand, I think I am coming down with something, I might have to miss work tomorrow ;)