Monday, March 26, 2007

Rompers and Ponytails

I can't take it! I put Cora in a romper today because I adore babies in rompers and it's supposed to be 78 degrees today, so it's warm enough, right? She is to die for. I also have a tiny little ponytail on top of her head, Pebbles' style! I keep looking at her and just grinning. She is so cute. I know, I know, I'm her Mom and I'm supposed to think that but take a look for yourself. I think you'll agree!



Legs are also the rage...look at those adorable thighs! Enjoy it now baby, because it's not so cute later.


Oh Mom, you're so silly!


And here she is showing how she's almost ready to crawl. She can get herself close to what she wants, but hasn't figured out she can really crawl. Life will be changing soon for Mommy and Daddy.


I rented a Praise Baby dvd from the library because I was interested to see if Cora would react at all to it. React? She loved it...especially when a baby or child came on the screen. She got all excited, grinned, and flapped her arms. So funny! I felt kind of guilty already introducing dvds to her, but it's not something we will use alot. It was just fun to see her watch the kids. We don't plan on showing her the Godfather triology, yet. Just kidding!


Well, peanut is fussing because she is ready for our walk, so I guess I better go enjoy this nice day and get some much needed exercise.

-Mindy

Friday, March 23, 2007

Hodge Podge

It's been another busy week. Cora and I have been spending alot more time at Mommy's work. What a blessing to have such a content and laid back baby. Here are some fun pictures from our past couple of weeks.



Who's that baby looking at me?


Cora discovered Dobbie's braces and just wanted to touch them!


Snuggled in Grandpa's arms!


Meeting Raggedy Ann and Andy for the first time.


Play date at McDonalds with two preschoolers from Mommy's class last year.


Loving green beans!


Cora is not mobile yet! I think that is actually a praise on my part. Life is going to change so much when mobility comes and there is no going back. So we are just enjoying each day of knowing that she can not yet get into things on her own. It will all come soon enough. I am definetely not pushing her in that area.

She has mastered being a "Nosey Rosey" now. She gets this look on her face when she wants to see something better. She tilts her head up looks down her nose to see it better with her chin pushed forward. It's quite a nosey look and pretty cute. It entertains us too.

Cora has a bad habit at night now. When I go in to get her in the morning, she is completely jammed into a corner of the crib with her blanket over her head. We've put her all the way at the other end and she still finds her way to the opposite end and stuffs her head in the corner. Then she doesn't sleep peacefully. So that creates a problem...do we wake her up to move her or let her sleep in the corner. When your child is sleeping through the night, it's hard to choose to wake them. It's a dilemma!

-Mindy

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Cora's family tree

Joy Road Farm - Plymouth MII've been working periodically on our family tree, spending a day here and a few hours there. I don't have everything added to our tree yet, but I do have a good start.

We decided to share our information on a site called Geneanet, so I can share information with other "genealogists".

Here is our family tree, starting with Cora:
http://gw.geneanet.org/flick


So far I have close to 750 individuals in our tree, going beyond 14 generations (from Cora) in quite a few branches (into the 1400s in some lines).

We'll be adding photos of family members to our online tree. I also be adding written accounts of some of the family members, including Civil War letters.

What sparked my interest was a curiosity of my family name of Flick. My grandfather Flick died when my dad was very young, and I knew relatively nothing beyond a few names. Who were the Flicks? When did they come from Europe? I was surprised with how quickly some of the information came together, thanks to the Internet.

My next focus on our tree will be researching Mindy's mom's lineage. She has Native American ancestors, so it'll be very intriguing (I've always been interested in Native American history). I also need to do more research on some of the branches of my mother's side.

The internet has made it so easy to find information. If you know your great-great-grandparents information, you can most likely find them in other family trees. Sometimes it's a matter of piecing trees together to develop your own.

By the way, don't worry. Details (beyond their name) of living individuals are hidden without a password.

- Kevin Flick

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Tummy Troubles?



I just spent the past hour holding my baby and snuggling. I am not sure what is the matter this evening. I put her to bed at 8pm (oh, wait that was 7pm just a few days ago..errr!) and she screamed bloody murder. I think she might be a little constipated. Sorry for the details for those with weak stomachs. I have been told by many people including the doctor's office that a little karo syrup mixed in cereal can clear that all up. SO, I got her up and gave her some. Then we rocked and cuddled. She was fell asleep so I put her to bed and as soon as her head hit the bed, she awoke and screamed. So, I just brought her downstairs and we cuddled for a while. She finally was out completely and I just got her put to bed. I sure hope she isn't getting sick. I've been feeling yucky myself...sore throat and stuff. Hopefully she doesn't have what I have. Lord, let her sleep well tonight!



Could it also be that she just needed to snuggle with Mommy for a while? This has been a horrid week! I have had a huge change in positions at work and spent 11 hours at work on Monday and 2 more hours working on things at home after Cora went to bed. She spent most of the day with me at work, but we didn't get to just play like we usually do on Mondays! Then today was my day to teach and I had to finish up some other things after teaching so I didn't get to her until 3:30pm. I cried at work this morning after saying goodbye to her. Am I doing right by her? I really think that this week and next week will be rough, then after that we'll be ok. I hope! Daddy's schedule at work might be changing and it would be wonderful timing for us. He will be home during the week and work all weekend, so I can run into work for a few hours here and there and have Daddy watch her when I do.



Enough about the drama! We took Cora to a wedding on Saturday. A co-worker of Daddy's got married. Daddy was so excited to take Cora and show her off. She was the belle of the ball...well at least to those who know us. (She was, hands down, the most beautiful baby there!) After the wedding we went out to eat together. That was interesting because it was past Cora's bedtime, so she started getting cranky and only wanted to grab things she couldn't have. Needless to say...our dinner date was cut short but that is ok...part of parenthood!





The last two are from earlier this evening. Just for fun I put Cora in our guest bathroom sink. She thought it was the best thing ever. She would look at me and giggle and giggle. I live for those giggles! After awhile I noticed a dark spot on her pants and realized she had turned the faucet on. She was getting all wet and not too sure about that!





See you all later!
-Mindy

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Spring



Ahhhh....spring is in the air. I am sitting here on a sunny Saturday morning enjoying Norah Jones and a napping baby. I love Norah Jones and I hear she has a new cd out, in case any certain hubby is reading this and wanted to surprise any wife of his. :) I have her on random with Sara Groves another favorite of mine. I don't usually listen to music as I am rushing around the house trying to get things done while Cora is napping. I really like quiet when she is asleep. That's not because I'm afraid I will wake her, I just love the sound of peace and quiet. That probably comes from my introvertedness.



Yesterday was gorgeous here. It was almost 60 degrees and sunny! Cora and I went along with Papa and Dobbie to Kokomo. Papa has gotten a new job at the Howard County Hospital there and had to fill out paperwork and such. While he was doing that we went to Kohl's and out for lunch. Cora did a great job! She was anxious to get out of her carseat when we got home though. After we got home, I took her on a walk downtown. It was so nice to get out and be in the fresh air. She really liked her walk in her stroller. I look forward to many upcoming walks. We usually go downtown to the shops or the library.



Cora had a busy week. We visited Grandma and Grandpa Danner on Wednesday. Thursday she stayed with Dobbie and Papa for a few hours because Daddy had to work in the afternoon. We have some pics below of her visits.











As Kevin said in the previous post, our blue car is down now! On Tuesday after work, I went out to the car and it started up fine. BUT the button that you push to move the gear shift was jammed and it wouldn't budge. So we have a car that starts and runs fine, but it can't be put into drive. Kevin's dad looked at it and said that the console needs to be taken out so it can be fixed. Wow! That sounds like a big job! Kevin has been working during the day so they haven't been able to get to it. Hopefully next week they can. Our other car is back from the mechanic and running very well, so that is a praise. We are not carless!



"The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands."
Psalm 19:1
Thank you for spring and the newness of life as the brown hue of winter changes to the green of life and growth! What a joy to walk out back and see the flowers starting to poke through the ground. It is here!

-Mindy

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Messy Face

Messy Face
Cora and I enjoyed the day together. While we were eating our cereal, we were practicing our "b" sounds together. She listens intently when you use different vowel sounds with the letter B. She has "bow" and "buh" down. "Boo", as in book, has her intrigued.

More car issues today. We're getting our silver car out of the shop (spark plugs and wires), and our blue car got jealous of the attention. This has turned into an expensive month.

Sorry this post is so short. Just wanted to post the photo I took this afternoon. :-)

- daddy

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Funny Girl

The past two days Cora has been trying with great determination to pull her fingers off. She grabs hold of one set of fingers with her other hand and then pulls with all her might. She gets this really determined look on her face and even grunts. I have tried to explain to her that her fingers are attached and try as she might, they won't come off. She doesn't seem to understand. The sad part is that it has been great entertainment for Daddy and I. We do not have any pictures of this yet.






She has taken a great fascination to catalogs just like Mommy and Dobbie. We love to look through catalogs and now Cora does also. The catalogs that she looks through tend to be crumpled and very wet when she is done though. The following pictures show her looking through the spring issue of Pottery Barn Kids. She has expensive taste, what can I say?






-Mindy

Friday, March 02, 2007

March Comes in Like a Lion


Well it is certainly a lion kind of day here. Yesterday we had thunderstorms and hail and now today it is snowing and blowing. Schools are all on a delay in the area. How strange to go from a thunderstorm to lots of snow! It is pretty to watch those snowflakes fall and this will probably be one of the last snowstorms of the year. We will manage. I am thankful for the day home with peanut. I was supposed to go in to teach this morning at the preschool for a friend who is very sick, but don't have to because of the delay.

We have been busy. What's new? We spent Wednesday with Grandpa and Grandma. Cora gets alot of Grandpa time when we are there. He just plays and plays with her. She certainly has him wrapped around her finger. I know some other people in the same position too.

While we were visiting the social worker from Hospice stopped by. She makes regular visits to all of the clients to be sure everything is going well on the homefront. She is a sweet lady as is everyone we've dealt with. She was telling us that if they had a caregiver of the year award to give out, they all voted it would go to Dad. They all repeatedly tell him what an incredible job he has been doing with Mom and what a joy it is to visit them. She told him that she knows 100% that Mom would never have made it this far without the care she gets from him. He is doing a great job!!!

Cora also turned 7 months old on Wednesday! I can not believe that. There is something about knowing she is over 6 months old now that is hard for me. We are headed straight for the big one year old birthday. It just is going too fast. I adore each step that we have had along this way of parenthood. Why does the first year have to go so fast and so many changes and milestones made so quickly? We're adults for so long! Babyhood should definitely go slower. That's what I think. I do miss my little tiny newborn peanut, but I so enjoy those smiles and babbles that I encounter now. She is my utmost joy!

Yesterday Cora and I visited with Dobbie and Papa. Papa has been busy finishing the upstairs portion of the cabin that he has built. He is amazing too! To walk into their home and know he built it with his bare hands is astounding. It's so beautiful. He has made amazing headway on the upstairs. They will have two big bedrooms with bathrooms, a loft area, and a small theater room when he is done.

Dobbie has really been under the weather for the last week and a half. She started the process of straightening her teeth with braces recently. Cora and I went with her two Mondays ago for her most recent orthodonitic adventure. Right away she noticed some pretty severe pain but had been warned that she would. By the following Thursday she was sure something wasn't right, so she went back. They realized that a wire was not in the right place and pushing a tooth out of it's root. She got that fixed but the pain didn't go away and she started to swell under her mouth and inside. She went to the doctor this week and had a cat scan today. They found she has a rather large abscess in her mouth. She is going in later this afternoon to have it drained. Poor Dobbie! She has been in a lot of pain for the past week. Hopefully they will get it all taken care of and she can feel normal again. But that double chin she is sporting is pretty cute! :)

We gave Cora her first kitchen sink bath this week. She really liked it. I have come to the realization that bathing a baby really is very awkward. I haven't found the best technique. The kitchen sink is nice, but it's hard to wash her hair. Laying her down in the tub in a little water works well but I am sprawled out over the tub's side. Hmmm....as awkward as it is...I love giving her a bath and watching her play in the water. She is starting to have fun in the water now and sometimes cries when I take her out.

Well, I think that is it for now. Enjoy your day wherever you may be!
-Mindy