Sunday, March 30, 2008

Pictures

Here are some random pictures of Peanut for your viewing pleasure. She will be 21 months old in a few weeks! I can not believe she will be 2 before we know it.

Here she is putting her shoes on her baby doll.
Getting Dressed

She helped me make carrot cake for our Easter supper with Dobbie and Papa. Love those pig tails.
Baking

She had quite a group of friends to watch Charlotte's Web with the other morning.
Movie with Friends

Daddy read her new book from Dobbie to her.
Reading with Daddy

We spent some time outside yesterday afternoon playing in the warmer weather and raking.
Playing Outside
Playing Outside
Playing Outside
Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend.
-Mama

Friday, March 28, 2008

Prayer

I stumbled on a truly amazing blog a few weeks ago.  It is audreycaroline.blogspot.com.  If you have a few moments, I urge you to read some of the posts.  The testimony found in these blogs is amazing.  I urge you more specifically to pray for this family as they go through this immensely difficult time.  The honesty and strength that Angie writes with is incredible.  They need prayer warriors RIGHT now.

-Mama

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Trash Girl

I remembered a funny story to share with you all about Peanut. The dust has settled and my brain cells are working again...refer to previous post if you are lost. Yesterday while Peanut was eating breakfast I was packing up her diaper bag and picking up toys, I found one of her little magnet farm animals to her Leap Frog Fridge Farm Magnetic Animal Set laying in the living room so I took it back to it's home, the refrigerator only to discover that there were NO animal magnet halves on the refrigerator. Where could they be? She typically takes them off and puts them in the laundry basket if it is nearby but it was full of clothes not animals. Hmmm....just then Mommy instinct took over (I love it when that happens) and I looked at the trash can sitting so temptingly in the corner of our kitchen. No, she wouldn't have put them in there. I opened the lid only to find a sheep's rear end sitting on top! YUCK!!!! So as Peanut sat in her high chair eating breakfast and I picked through the yucky garbage looking for lost animal halves, she got a lecture on the NO-NO's of putting things in the trash. She just kept eating and smiling at me. I wonder if she was smiling in agreement or in utter joy to see Mama going through the trash looking for her buried treasure. We are missing a horse's rear end and a pig's head, so if you see them in any of your dumpster diving, let me know. I am wondering if they have already been sent to the garbage dump! I think we're going to hang our garbage can from the ceiling now.
Be sure to check out the next post to see pics of the cutest little girl in the world!
-Mama

CUTE

So bear with me, I don't have alot to say today. Peanut and I have been busy cleaning this morning, so my brain cells are clogged with dust and grime. Maybe not grime but dust for sure! She is eating lunch in her pj's so I have a minute. What can I say? We clean best in our pj's right after we get up. I downloaded the newest pics of Peanut and they are to die for. Well, I think so...I know so! I have to share them with you. They were taken on Monday. Dobbie invited us all over for Easter supper. Yum! We had ham, baked sweet potatoes, buttery bubble bread, and homemade carrot cake.

Easter Baby Piano Player

Piano Player Piano Player

Piano Player Piano Player

And one more! The big finish...
Piano Player
This definitely how any proper young lady should play the piano in a dress, don't you think?
-Mama

Monday, March 24, 2008

Piano Playing with Dobbie

Dobbie took this picture of Peanut's hand on the piano keys when they were playing on it last night.  So sweet.  Peanut loves to play the electric piano with Dobbie!  She loves pushing the different buttons on it to create all the different beats, sounds, and instruments.  Now, let's see that reminds me of someone I know.  Who could that be?

-Mama

Sunday, March 23, 2008

He is Risen!

Easter Bunny!
Peanut had her first taste of Easter fun this year. Well really it was her second taste but she was more into it this year at 20 months when last year she was only 8 months old. She was only 8 months old last year. Wow! Anyways...let me wipe these tears so I can continue. :) She went to her first Easter egg hunt at a church right around the corner from our home. It was held inside as it has been cold here and had snowed the night before. She figured out what to do pretty quickly and started finding eggs to put in her bucket. She was very interested about what was inside these fascinating plastic eggs.
Easter Egg Hunt Easter Egg Hunt
Now Peanut has not had candy very much in her life...probably only once or twice in fact. How did she know that what was inside those eggs needed to be eaten and that it was yummy? How? How do they know these things? I gave her a small raspberry 3 Muskateers and hid the rest!
Easter Egg Hunt
We had to stay with Grandma later in the day so Grandpa could go to an appointment so we colored Easter eggs. Peanut was fascinated that the white eggs were changing colors! It was fun to see her oooo and ahhh over them. She had fun eating them too!
Coloring Easter Eggs Coloring Easter Eggs

Coloring Easter Eggs

Yummy Eggs

This morning Peanut was very excited to find a basket of goodies in the middle of the living room floor! She had fun going through the fun things. Inside she found a book called What is Easter?, a movie about Peter Rabbit, a peeping chick, and a toy rake and shovel. There was also a stuffed puppy from Dobbie and Papa and chocolate bunnies. Oh, so much fun! She even twisted my arm and we had one small piece of chocolate before breakfast.

Easter Morning

Easter Morning
Easter Morning
Now a couple of fun pics from the past week. On Wednesday while at Grandma and Grandpa's Cora was very busy. Grandpa has a shelf that he puts his plastic bottles and glass jars on for recycling. I was busy cleaning up the kitchen after supper and noticed that Peanut had been walking back and forth from that shelf to the living room numerous times. I discovered that most of it contents and some tupperware were gone. I followed her to the living room to discover that she had been piling it all on top of Grandpa who was laughing. She worked on this for at least a half hour. She even found a box of canned pop and starting bringing cans of pop to him. (If you go to Grandpa's anytime soon beware that some of the canned pop might explode when opened due to a 20 month old, running with it and dropping it. Sorry!) Here is a picture of Peanut with her creation!
Here Grandpa Here Grandpa
We went shopping with Dobbie on Friday night. I found the cutest sunglasses for Peanut and had to try them on her. There was a mirror for her to see herself in and she loved it. But I quickly realized that sunglasses would not last long in her hands so we did not purchase them, but it was fun to model them for all of the 10 seconds that would keep them on her face.
Glam Glam
We hope that you all are having or had a WONDERFUL Easter! He is risen indeed!!!

"After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God's angel came down from heaven, came right up to where they were standing. He rolled back the stone and then sat on it. Shafts of lightning blazed from him. His garments shimmered snow-white. The guards at the tomb were scared to death. They were so frightened, they couldn't move. The angel spoke to the women: "There is nothing to fear here. I know you're looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised, just as he said."
Matthew 28:1-6 (The Message)

I shared the lyrics to a song that has meant so much to me these past couple of weeks. I would also like to share a video that was made to this song. I found it on youtube and it is very meaningful for Easter. If you click on the title it will take you to the video...All I Can Say.
-Mama

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Most Wanted

This past week my preschool class took a field trip to the local library. I was living in fear that my "most wanted" poster would be hanging in the entrance as I had a pretty big library fine and have had it since last summer. Whoops! What a good example I am to my students if the librarians come and escort me out during a field trip for not paying fines....so I got online and paid my fine! Getting online is so nice because then you don't have the embarrassment of the librarian actually knowing what you owe or saying it out loud for everyone to hear! Now that my fine is paid the library could probably add another wing with those funds. Ok, it wasn't that bad...but now I feel relieved and I can once again join those who borrow from the library.
SO....on Saturday Peanut and I headed to the library to take advantage of the library. What fun we had! Peanut is quite a friend machine. She loves kids and playing with them. She had a ball in our library's playroom. Her first pal was a 2 1/2 year old boy who was very shy but warmed up to playing with Peanut. His mama and I had a nice chat...which takes me out of my comfort zone. I'm pretty shy like that little boy and need to warm up a bit. :) Being a mama brings so many women to the same level. It's amazing how having a child gets you into the "mommy club" immediately. A child can break the ice so quickly and so easily. It's so nice for me to have an incredible little "ice breaker"! After the little boy there was a 3 1/2 year old little girl who was very extroverted. Peanut stayed constant and wanted to play with her too. Peanut isn't pushy and does her own thing if not given the attention she is seeking. We picked out a book about colors and a Praise Baby dvd. (I really like this line of dvds. We don't have any but can get them from the library.) I also checked out a new book to read, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I was also able to fill my magazine addiction with Everyday Food. It is my favorite little recipe magazine put out by Martha Stewart. It has the best ideas and recipes. Love it!!!
Outside Work

Today Peanut and I awoke to some surprises. My first was that Peanut had slept almost 12 hours overnight and did not wake up when Daddy left for work at 6:45. The next was that there was a bag of dark chocolate candies sitting by my bed obviously from Daddy. When we got downstairs there was a cute doggy sippy cup sitting on Peanut's high chair. Peanut loved it and wanted to use it all day. Thank you Daddy!
Outside Work
Peanut and I spent 2 hours outside working in the back yard. It was a mess out there. We raked leaves and sticks. Picked up sticks. Cleaned out flower beds. Divided some daylilies. Looked for rocks. Peanut loves being outside so much. I was surprised when we came in to see that we had been out for 2 hours. The only reason she started wanting to come in was it was past lunch time and she was hungry. I think we could have stayed out much longer if not for hunger pains.
Outside Work
We also got to see all the grandparents. We spent Saturday evening with Grandma and Grandpa and tonight with Dobbie and Papa. Oh and we got to see our friend Shannon on Friday! We hadn't seen her since Daddy's birthday. :( It was good to catch up. So it was a great weekend!!!
Outside Work
One last thing...another yummy recipe. This one is SOOOO easy and yummy.

Easy Cheesy Enchiladas from Rachael Ray
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
2 t. chili powder (I would use only one next time, see picture below.)
1 t. cumin
1 -14 oz. can fire roasted crushed tomatoes (I couldn't find fire roasted so I used 2 cans of tomatoe/green chiles combo, Rotel.)
1/2 chicken or beef stock
3 T. canola oil
12 corn tortillas (I used 10 flour.)
4 scallions, chopped (I left out.)
3 T. cilantro, finely chopped (I left out.)
4. c. shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375. Heat olive oil in small saucepot over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until tender, 7-8 minutes. Add tomatoes and stock, reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes.
While the enchilada sauce is simmering, soften the tortillas: Set up two skillets next to each other on the stovetop. Place one over medium heat with the canola oil and heat the other empty skillet over low. Using tongs, soften each tortilla 15 seconds on each side in the oil, shake off any excess then transfer to the dry skillet to keep the tortilla warm. Repeat this process with the rest of the tortillas. As you soften each one, place it underneath the last tortilla you browned. Eventually, you will end up with a stack of 12 softened tortillas in the same skillet.
In a bowl, combine the scallions and cilantro with 3 cups of cheese. Fill each softened tortilla with about 1/4 cup cheese and roll it up. Set the rolled tortillas in a row in a baking dish. When all the tortillas have been rolled, ladle the sauce evenly over the dish and top with the remaining cup of cheese. Bake until bubbly and brown on top, about 15 minutes. Serve with salad and spicy refried beans alongside.

I added a can of black beans to the cheese mixture. I think I would use 2 cans next time...we like black beans! Also I would only use 1 t. of chili powder as it was kind of spicy. Peanut thought so as you can see in the picture. She kept opening her mouth and saying, "Ahhh! Ahhh!" But she kept eating so she must have liked it.
Spicy!
-Mama

Friday, March 14, 2008

For Granted

Daddy has been busy recording a local band all week, so my computer time has been zilch. It has been nice to not find myself lost in blog reading for way too long, but I have missed being lost in blog reading for way too long. Ha! Now Daddy is at work and Peanut is sound asleep. We're still working out the glitches in the world of sleep and time changes. Oh boy!

Anyways...I did pick up my journal and start journaling again. I had not written in it since June. So it had been a while. There were some things on my mind that I needed to write down and I would like to share if that is ok with you.

Taking things for granted.
This past Wednesday Peanut and I made our weekly visit to Grandma and Grandpa's. As we sat down for coffee and cookies as we always do, Grandpa told me that Grandma is really beginning to fail more. The hospice nurse came to see her on Tuesday and told Grandpa that her breathing is labored and has slowed down quite a bit. She also has some rattling in her lungs. Grandpa is in a hard place as trying to get her to eat is very difficult but if he isn't able to get her to eat that will create more difficulties. Right now her diet consists of juice, nutritional drinks, poached eggs, yogurt, anything that is liquidy and will slide easily down. Even so, it is difficult for her to swallow these things. My mom was never a small person. Weight was always a struggle for her, so to see her now is difficult. Her legs and arms are just bone with skin draped on them.

Alzheimer's is an awful disease as are many of them. It has robbed my family of an amazing woman and friend...a woman with a quiet spirit and amazing talent such as writing, drawing, painting, gardening, cake decorating.

Going through our own personal loss I saw even more the fragility of life and that it should never be taken for granted. It is precious no matter how long or short a life is. Each moment should be lived because we do not know what His ultimate plan for life here is or how long that life will be.

I wish so much that things were different for Grandma. I want Cora to know her Grandma, for them to make cookies together, garden, decorate cakes, paint, to just be together. I hate the reality which is she will not know her (who she was) and may not even have a memory of her at all. It breaks my heart. I have wanted and needed her so often these last 10+ years of my life but Alzheimer's has robbed us of those times. There have been no phone calls, no lunch dates, no cards in the mail...the things that I took for granted for the first 20 years of my life.
My heart aches for my mom to see the state that she is in. I know the Lord will call her home sooner than later. I do not know how much longer He will wait but I do know that she is ready to go. As hard as it is to let go and say goodbye, it's even harder to see her like she is now. It would only be out of selfishness to hold onto her now. She will go to a much better place because of the faith she had in her Savior, a place where there is NO Alzheimer's or pain. A place where she will be able to walk and talk again. A place where her son Scott will meet her and they can be together again and wait for us to join them one day too.

I love my mom so much and I miss her so much. Don't take life for granted. Let bygones be bygones. My mom is heavy on my heart these days and it is my prayer that I will be near her when she draws her last breath as she was with me when I drew my first. I love you, Mom!
Do You See What I See?

Spring!

Daddy's Hand

All I Can Say
David Crowder Band

Lord I'm tired
So tired from walking
And Lord I'm so alone
And Lord the dark
Is creeping in
Creeping up
To swallow me
I think I'll stop
Rest here a while

And didn't You see me cry'n?
And didn't You hear me call Your name?
Wasn't it You I gave my heart to?
I wish You'd remember
Where you sat it down

And this is all that I can say right now
And this is all that I can give

I didn't notice You were standing here
I didn't know that
That was You holding me
I didn't notice You were cry'n too
I didn't know that
That was You washing my feet

-Mama

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Sanity Regained Just in Time for Daylight Savings Time

I am a time change moron! All week I have been thinking that the time change would help our sleep situation. Then tonight as I changed our bedroom clock ahead an hour it hit me...this is NOT going to help. Peanut will be going to bed an hour earlier rather than later!!!!! If I had figured that out, I would have been easing her into an earlier bedtime routine. I guess I will ease her in after the fact. I hate the time change! (Sorry, Honey!)

By the way, we have had a much better couple of days in the sleep department but that will all be changing, won't it?

Now for pictures, what you're all waiting for. We had Peanut's friend and her Mama over on Monday. The last time the girls were together was in the fall. They warmed up to each other pretty quick and enjoyed playing together.
Pals
Pals
Playing piano with Dobbie!
Prodigy

Turkey dog stuck to her nose! (She tried to get more to stick after this accidental stick.)
Stuck

I had to run to the preschool with Peanut on Friday. She got lots of attention from the kids.
Sunglasses

Peanut helped me vacuum the house today.
Vacuuming

We get the crayons out every once in awhile to "play" with them. Peanut likes to take them out of the box, drop them from her head, crawl on them, put them back in the box, and so on. We haven't quite gotten the hang of coloring yet. ;)
Crayons Crayons

Today on our trip to Wally World I found a cheap new movie for Peanut, Milo and Otis. She loves animals so I figured it would be a fun one for her. We put it in tonight to watch after supper. Peanut did in fact like the animals. In the midst of playing she would come over and go, "Oooh!" while watching the animals. Our cat on the other hand was completely enthralled by the movie. He laid in front of the tv and watched the entire show! I should have popped him some popcorn. It was so funny to watch him watch the animals.
Chillin'

Peanut has also accomplished a new trick...walking backwards! We watched her the other day as she figured this out, taking slow backwards steps. She got quite a kick out of herself as did we. Also if anyone needs a friend to talk to on the phone, give us a call. Peanut LOVES talking on the phone and can be quite a chatterbox.
-Mama

Thursday, March 06, 2008

What Is Driving me to Insanity...

1.) The fact that my daughter who has been a perfect angel sleeper has become a horrible sleeper since she had the flu.
2.) That my daughter thinks it is ok to wake the whole house up between the hours of 5 & 6 a.m.
3.) That my daughter wakes up through the night crying her head off. (Thankfully she falls back to sleep except for one night when she was up from 2-4 a.m. BUT she does scream and wakes everyone up including the cat!)
4.) She does not go to sleep sweetly and compliantly anymore. She fights it and cries!
5.) She only wakes up crying in the morning or after naps. She rarely wakes up smiling or happy.
6.) That I do not sleep well anymore because I live in fear of her waking up.
7.) Little noises are waking her up....I strove to make sure she was not a light sleeper.
8.) DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME!!!!! That is this weekend people...we're already having some serious sleep issues and this does not fail to mess her up anyways! My only hope is that we spring forward so maybe it will actually help this time.
9.) Should I call the doctor or not? I never know what to do. Is this just a horrible phase and it will pass? Maybe I should schedule an appointment for me before I have a nervous breakdown!
10.) WHAT IS GOING ON?????
11.) AND I have high quality Mary Kay concealer but it isn't doing a thing for these crazy circles under my eyes. Ugh! Maybe I should just get some Benjamin Moore paint in yellow concealer color!
12.) AND my brain feels like mush!

Ok, so she did have the flu, but she slept fine during that unless there was vomit or diarrhea involved. Maybe that screwed our wonderful schedule up. I also see 2 new teeth peaking out so maybe that is it.

These are the times that I feel so ill-equipped to be a Mom!!!!! I don't know what to do. These days my prayers consist of, "Lord, please give me patience. Please wrap Peanut in Your arms and give her a night of peaceful sleep. Oh and a restful night for me would be awesome too."

This is also Drill Sargent Mama weekend. We have been so busy and on the constant go. Bedtimes have been a bit off as have naps...not this weekend. Mommy is laying down the law and we're getting back on track. So if you think about it say a prayer for us! We're going to need it. I must regain my sanity. Isn't it crazy that a small 23 pound person can make me feel like I need to be put in a looney bin. WAIT...you get to sleep in the looney bin, don't you?
-Mama

Monday, March 03, 2008

Come On

Ok, come on Back Door's Dear Friend, join us! We need your kind in cyberspace. It's so much fun! I am in complete agreement with Back Door. I know who you are!
-Mama