Growing Up and Minor Flooding

Tonight was a busy night. The first big adventure was converting Sarah’s crib into a toddler bed. If we had our way, I’m sure we would have waited, but Sarah forced our hand. Last night I woke up to some terrible screaming. It seems that Sarah had tried to climb out of her crib, but got stuck halfway as was straddling the railing. She was holding on for dear life and very scared and upset. So that meant that off came the railing and wheels, and on went the short side railing with the easy access opening. It means that she will be waking up and getting out of her bed. But that is better then her falling on her head.

As for the flooding, I just came in from a massive downpour. It has been raining off and on all day long, and extremely hard at sometimes. So much so that our gutters just couldn’t keep up (they probably need to be cleaned again). In any case the water was streaming off the roof in to the front bushes. Where it was pooling up. So with Fern holding a flashlight and me in my swimming trunks and old rain jacket (not waterproof any more). I’m crawling under the bushes digging trenches with a hand shovel. It definitely helped. Now do I think water would have gotten into the house, unlikely. It would have needed to rise about 6 more inches before that happened. It was already starting to stream out of the flowerbed and away from the house. I just helped it along.

Tulips and Easter

TulipsWhy didn’t we do this 13 years ago? Thanks to my mom, we have beautiful tulips around our front tree to welcome in Easter. (Click on the image to see more pictures)

This has been a crazy, busy weekend. It started on Friday, which I took off (I needed a mental health day). Even though the day was forecast for rain, we went hiking and had great time.

On Saturday, we got up and rushed to church for an Easter egg hunt, games and crafts. It was beautiful day, and we played outside for a while. Then Ellie and Sarah helped me shop while Fern worked on food for Easter. That was followed by a trip to the local park, dinner, bath, house cleaning and Easter egg hiding rounded out the day.

Today started very early with getting the girls up, Easter egg and basket hunting. Then we left for breakfast at one of Fern’s house at 8:30 (we were only 10 minutes late). Church at 10:30, and then home to cook the food for Easter dinner at our neighbors. I squeezed a nap in while the kids were playing. It has been a great weekend with near perfect weather.

Happy Easter to all!

What a Week

Who would have thought that we would travel from one extreme to the other so quickly. In my previous post I talked about what a great day we had. Well the very next day, Sunday, was one of the worst ever. Ellie was amazingly difficult, she argued and fought over everything. She scream, she cried, everything she did pushed every one of my buttons (and I’m usually extremely patient and tolerant).

All of those emotions carried over into Monday. The day didn’t start off well either. Well actually it began in the middle of night when I finally came down with the cold that both girls had battled last week. I felt physically terrible, and was very depressed emotionally. Looking back, I remember just sitting in my office for 45 minutes staring at the wall not realizing what I was doing.

The cold continued to drag through Wednesday night. I was tired, sore and lethargic. Thank goodness for Advil. I took the edge off so I was able to function and think. The only downside being that Advil wrecks my stomach. Anyhow, I am feeling better today, and I’m looking forward to going to bed soon and a better day tomorrow.

Monkey Girl and the Ice Cream Man Cometh

It was hard to believe that today was nearly the end of January; it was so warm and sunny. We had a really good day today. It started off with Ellie’s swimming lessons this morning. She is really amazing. Just over three week ago she hated getting her face wet while taking a bath. Now she swims really well (in fact I think she’s the best in her class), and even puts her head under the water.

On the way home we stopped so that I could get a haircut and the girls did some grocery shopping. We each did our own thing for lunch, and then I helped Sarah take a nap. Or was it the other way? In any case Sarah and I both slept for about 2 hours. Shortly after waking up, we hear the Ice Cream Man coming by in this truck.

That prompted us to get the girls outside. We went for walk (and Ellie rode her bicycle) up to the playground near the community center (that is the one with the swings). While there each girl experienced a first. Sarah went climbed up and went down a slide by herself, and Ellie, otherwise known as Monkey Girl, went across all of the monkey bars all by herself. (Note these are the one that I can do and even my feet don’t touch the ground).

When we got back, Ellie and Sarah played outside with the neighbors while I went shopping to by the ingredients for a dinner that Ellie and Fern saw on Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals yesterday. Fern had invited Chuck and Joy over dinner. Fern made Rachel’s The T2: Turkey Chili-Topped Turkey Chili Burgers with Red Pepper Slaw and Funky Fries, and it was amazing. I ate way too much.

What a fabulous day, it was more like a late spring day then the middle of winter. The house is now quiet as the girls are all asleep. What peaceful end. Good Night.

Happy Thanksgiving

A Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. We finished dinner a couple of hours ago and I am still stuffed beyond reason. We had a wonderful meal with most of our family plus friends. The kids were great, the food was awesome and we have so much to be thankful for this year. We are so blessed and we so often take it for granted. Hopefully we can keep this spirit of thankfulness and compassion going and figure out was to share our abundance. Well it back to watching the kids and slipping deeper into the post dinner coma.