Saturday, October 27, 2007

June 24, 2008

Before June 24, 2008 we will be...
...switching furniture around and possibly painting rooms,
...putting Cora in a big girl bed,
...sorting through bins of clothes,
...thoroughly cleaning our house,
...letting Kevin take over litter duty,
...taking some naps,
...journaling,
...saying lots of prayers,
...missing Diet Coke and coffee,
...ok with a few extra pounds,
...packing a bag,
...reading books,
...enjoying our days with just Cora,
...looking at all kind of names to find the best,
...trying to sleep on backs and with extra pillows,
...and visiting with our doctor friend frequently,
all in anticipation of welcoming another bundle of joy.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Flu Bug




Cora woke up this morning at 6:30 a.m. crying. She does this every so often, but finds her thumb and goes back to sleep. She didn't this time, so I went in to get her. I was holding her as she tucked her head into my shoulder and I thought, "You smell odd." I didn't say it out loud, because I didn't want to offend her. :) Then she let out this loud burp and the flood gates opened. It happened so fast so I grabbed her precious blankie and "caught" what was coming out. Poor baby!!! She had no idea what was happening and was crying so hard. So at 6:45 I put her in the tub and scrubbed her down. I also discovered she had left a gift for me in her crib which explained the "odd" smell. After her bath, I also quickly learned that there is no need to give a vomiting child a bath right away because the bath will quickly become null and void. I have changed this poor baby numerous times today and done so many loads of laundry, blankets and pj's. It is almost 3 p.m. and Mommy is still in her pj's and exhausted. Thankfully peanut is happy and not lethargic. She has been playing and reading in between "spells". There is a towel beside me at all times awaiting any explosions.

Around lunch time she drank some baby electrolyte stuff and ate cheerios. So far it is staying down. And she is finally down for a nap. She has only cat napped twice today. Now I am relishing in the peace.

I hate seeing her sick. I also hate knowing that it is pretty certain that I will not be feeling well soon. Her precious little face and germs have been all over me today. I tried to wash my hands all the time, but....we'll see. I am feeling a bit queasy but that could be from dealing with a sick child.

I know he wouldn't want us to do this, but thank you to Cora's Russian "uncle" for updating our flickr account. That was so thoughtful of you and means alot to us!!!!


The very last picture is from the other day after I got Cora up from her nap. Check out that bed head. She was so sweaty because she had jammed her head up into the corner of her bumper pad in her crib. Silly girl!
-Mindy

Thursday, October 18, 2007

These little games we play

JacketCora and I (daddy) have been playing the pull-the-hat-off-daddy's-head game. She laughs every time, and then throws the hat on the ground, and laughs again. I enjoy these little games.

The other day Cora was playing at her play kitchen set. She is fascinated with anything that has a hinge. She was giving her kitchen cupboard a workout, and I responded with "open and close!" Cora looked at me and walked into the living room. She returned with a toy bus and handed it to me. Then it dawned on me that the toy bus plays a song "Open and close. Open and close..."

Hey!Tuesdays and Thursdays are my favorite days. Mommy teaches during the day, so Cora and I have an opportunity to play all day. We read books, I chase her around the house as she giggles, torment the cat, and pull out every toy into the middle of the room.

As she grows, these little games will get more complex. But the most important rules to guide us through are love and time.

-daddy

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Part I: Silliness

I am adding three new blog posts, part 1, 2, and 3 because I am unable to add pics like I normally do so it isn't cooperating. The pics do not go where I want them to using this method so it's just easier to do it this way. Be sure to check out the other new posts I've put up this week. I've been busy blogging away! It's fall...what can I say? Break out the camera and enjoy the season.

The first post here is just some pics of Cora having fun at home with the Radio Flyer push wagon that Dobbie and Papa got her for her birthday. She has learned how to crawl into it now and sit. We keep her baby dolls in it when she's not in it so she climbs in with them or pushes them in the wagon.

















































Along with this last pic comes a funny story. Yesterday Daddy and I were sitting on the couch and heard Cora kind of whiny crying. I peeked around the corner to find that she had gotten herself stuck in the Bumbo seat. She hasn't been in that thing for months! She could not figure out how to get out. So what did a sympathetic Mommy do? I called Daddy to come see and grabbed the digital camera and video camera. Daddy grabbed his camera phone. Poor Cora!

Remember to check out all the new posts below.
-Mindy

Part II: Play Date




























The weather has finally warmed up a bit and that called for a play date for Cora and her buddy. We haven't seen them for so long. Cora's buddy is going to be a big sister this spring! Congratulations!!!! We are so excited for you guys.

It's so funny to see these two play together. Cora's personality is one of taking it all in before jumping in. Her buddy is opposite. Isn't it crazy that we can already see personality traits in these little people. It's awesome. Cora was content with having Buddy's mommy hold her instead of running around with Buddy and following her up the big slide steps. They had fun and so did us Mamas. We had a great time of catching up with each other and telling kid stories especially since the girls are so close in age. It's always so good to chat with this Mama. She is a sweetheart! I miss seeing her like I used to.

Part III: Quilts




I promised you pictures Lori's quilts so here they are. Don't drool on them! These first 3 all are pieces that Dobbie and Aunt Lori put together using the antique quilt blocks that Dobbie found on Monday. These are from the 30-40's. Isn't it neat to think that some women many years ago put these blocks together and now they are being finished and put into a quilt. I'm sure those quilters are smiling down on Dobbie and Aunt Lori.

































The quilt to the side here is my fave although I think they are all beautiful. It is the one that Dobbie made with reproduction fabrics from prints from the 40's. It's so bright and happy. The one below is one that Aunt Lori made with reproduction fabrics from prints from the Civil War era. It's so rich looking. It's gorgeous. The colors are so rich together.



















-Mindy

Monday, October 15, 2007

Pumpkins





Here are some pretty cute pics of our pumpkin with the pumpkins that we got from Grandpa's. We will probably carve one of them this weekend so it lasts through Halloween. We aren't big Halloween celebrators but pumpkins are fun to decorate with.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Worth It!

I have been trying for quite a while now to get this post up. The computer and I just don't seem to be getting along this morning. My patience is running low and the computer is running slow. Not a good combination, but it will be worth it.

Before I continue with pictures and things from our week, I have to share these videos with you that were discovered on YouTube. They are precious. The one I am linking to is my favorite but there are more. You can click on his name and find the rest. They make me smile. This is a Dad's parody on Pachelbel's Canon in D.
I hope that you enjoy this as much as Dobbie and I have.

Ok, now to us. We have had a very busy week and a cold one. I have had to dig out all of Cora's warmer clothes and warm pj's. I am very excited this morning as I have conquered stain fighting. Come on Moms, you know how excited we get to get that stubborn stain out of something. Dobbie bought these precious piggie pj's for Cora and the first day that she wore them, she smeared teddy graham gunk down the front and after hours and hours of letting stain remover soak it, it still would not come out. I was so sad that the cute little NEW piggie's face was covered with a brown smear. I guess it is realistic since pigs are usually smeared with brown mud. But I did not give up the fight. Today I broke out the DAWN!!!! Well, the generic brand, and scrubbed that brown spot gone! Now the little piggie's face is pink again. This is one small step for mankind and one giant leap for this Mama! It's so funny the things that excite me now. So now Cora has her warm piggie pj's back.

I've also had to dig out jackets. I even bought her a set of hat and mittens yesterday just to be prepared. Here are some cute pics of her in a jacket I found on clearance for $4.99!!!!! Daddy thought she looked like a watermelon.




Daddy's Aunt Lori has been at the cabin this week to help Dobbie quilt. They are in the process of possibly opening a quilt shop in Lebanon, OH. They are looking at opening in late November if all goes as planned, so they are furiously working on quilts. We have visited a couple of times and Cora has "helped" Dobbie with her sewing.





On Monday Dobbie, Cora and I ran to a local Amish community to get some antique quilt blocks. Dobbie found some from the 1800's through the 1950's. They are taking those blocks and making them into quilts. I will try to remember to take pics today when we go out. Dobbie finished a quilt top that I adore. She used all 1950's reproduction prints. It is so cute. I think it would look awfully nice on Cora's bed when she outgrows her crib. Ha! Just kidding. I don't know how many quilts I have said that about. I really do love the vintage reproduction prints though.

We also celebrated birthdays this week again. Friday was Grandma Danner's 68th birthday. Cora and I spent the evening with Grandpa and Grandma. We had Pizza Hut, one of our faves. Cora had fun helping Grandma tear open her gift. We got her some pretty flowers and pretty new nightgowns. Cora is getting good at opening presents. I spent the evening getting pictures put into Grandpa's photo albums that we had gotten for his birthday. It has been so fun going through those old pictures. I finished one and have the other halfway done. I think we're going to need more albums! I could tell Grandpa really enjoyed seeing the pictures all in order and traveling down memory lane and the good old days with his sweetheart (as he called Grandma).







On Saturday we were invited to our friend Maddie's birthday party. It was fun being outside and watching the kids all play together. Cora was quite content with a small neon colored slinky that she found and with being passed around.










In the last few weeks Cora has become quite the avid reader. She will bring books to us and say, "Uh, uh," while pushing the book into our hands. I am so happy about this. She enjoyed reading before, but would only make it through a page or two. Now she loves to listen to the book and turn the pages. Her favorite books are this set of small farm animal board books that my cousin got for her at one of our baby showers. They are all in this box with a magnetic closure. She loves the box and the books so much. She also really enjoys her Sesame Street Peek-a-Boo, I See You books.

We have had a week of late nights and small naps, so we stayed home this morning from church so that Cora (and Mommy) could sleep in and Cora could get a good nap under her belt before we start our day. We will be heading out to Dobbie's later.

And to close, here is a pic of Cora helping sort laundry!


-Mindy

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Love It!

I found this quote on a Starbuck's cup and loved it.
"Childhood is a strange country. It's a place you come from or go to - at least in your mind. For me it has an endless, spellbound something in it that feels remote. It's like a little sealed-vault country of cake breath and grass stains where what you do instead of work is spin until you're dizzy."
-Lyall Bush, Executive Director of Richard Hugo House

Here is our little cake breath girl!
-Mindy

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Brrr....

Last night my daughter went to bed in a onesie because it had been so warm here in our midwestern home. But tonight she is snuggling under a handmade fleece blanket with fleece footie pjs on!!!! Wow! It dropped 40 degrees in one day. Ummm...did we skip fall? I sure hope not!
-Mindy

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Fall Fun

Unfortunately we have slowed down in our picture taking and blogging. Or maybe life has not been filled with much excitement. Hmmm...take that back, everyday is exciting with a 14 month old, so we must have just hit a lull in pictures. Life has been busy with work, keeping up the house, and chasing a little one around. She is getting quick but honestly is a good girl. She doesn't get into too much trouble. She has discovered that she can get up from a sitting position to a standing position. She sticks her little bum up in the air and usually her head ends up on the floor, kind of an ostrich with it's head in a hole look. You can see for yourself in the following pic. She also has her new pj's from Dobbie. They are adorable...pink and brown with piggies are all over.







It is turning to fall so quickly. I love it! Fall is my favorite time of year by far. Cora and I have been taking daily walks and the smells and sights are incredible. We walk through crunching leaves, smell leaves burning, see the combines harvesting the local fields. It's amazing. I do have to say that the sight of the combines does sadden my heart a bit, as I know that winter is close. Fall goes by too quickly. Cora helped Grandpa Danner pick pumpkins in honor of fall this past week. We plan to carve one, while the rest are decorating our front steps.












Last weekend we had the privilege of watching Dobbie and Papa's dog, Shiloh while they were away for the weekend. I do enjoy having a dog around. It gives me a sense of security. I'm just not ready to have our own right now. My secret dream (no longer secret) is to adopt a greyhound someday. I have been around a few in the past and was struck by their gentle spirits. Anyways...we entertained Shiloh for a weekend. Cora really enjoyed having her here. Art, our cat, on the other hand did not. He hid on top of our kitchen cabinets for most of the weekend and wailed the night that we took Shiloh home. I think he was letting us have it for allowing anything canine into our house because he is the king of the house. Cora has another new word...."Di-do," for Shiloh. Now anytime she hears or sees a cat or dog she says, "Dardur," or "Di-do." In fact today at Walmart we were in the cat food aisle and she saw the cat pictures on the cat food bags, got excited and starting say, "Dardur" over and over. Too funny!




Cora loves our front porch. It is just a small screened in porch on the front of our house. She loves that she can see out the windows to see what is going on outside. Art also loves our front porch. Typically they are out there together looking out the windows. Daddy caught some fun shots of this spectacle the other night.









Last night Cora and I went to celebrate Grandpa's birthday with him. He is now 75 years young! He may not appreciate that posted on the world wide web! His favorite gift was just spending time with Corey as he calls her. He is the only one allowed to call her this, just so you know! It's Cora for the rest of us! If you forget, don't worry, I will QUICKLY remind you. Ha! We took his favorite dinner over from a local restaurant...ribs! And for dessert a coconut cream pie. It was a nice evening spent together. It's so neat to see your child so loved by your own parents! Cora is so blessed by having two incredible sets of grandparents who love her so much and whom we love so much!






And now to end...here are some cute pictures from our stop at the local park this evening. It's actually really hot here. I love the fall temperatures of mid 70's to upper 60's. It was pushing 90 here today and muggy! I am very ready to get back to fall weather and to open the windows up wide. I hate having the house all shut up with the a/c running but we needed it today.






I remember opening up a gift at Cora's baby shower and this outfit was in it. I remember thinking she would never fit into it! Augh!

Here is a pic from the other night of the beautiful Midwestern fall sky! Did I say how much I love fall? If you stop by anytime this fall, you'll probably find pumpkin spice candles burning or maybe even some delectable pumpkin treat.

(Some of the above pics are small and a little blurry. Sorry about that. They are the ones I got from my camera phone. Can you believe I forgot to take my digital camera with me? Oops!)
-Mindy