Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Boo Day!

Happy Halloween! And if you want to see something really scary, give your baby one of those teething biscuits for a couple of minutes.
Eeeeek!She loved it though, so I'm sure we won't wait until next Halloween to give her another one.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

And now we pause for a word with our sponsor.

Oh, hi everyone! Good morning!
Hang on a sec, I have some work to do.
See me working?!
Work, work work. Busy, busy, busy.
See ya later!

Have a busy day!

Monday, October 27, 2008


It's cold outside!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008


First I got a box of treasures from my Mom and Dad.
Then I got a treasure box full of treasures from Mark and Ruby.
And of course, last but not least, I always have my biggest treasure.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Happy + 4 Years.

Four years ago we stood in front of our friends and family and made a vow. We weren't very solemn about it, but we were very serious about it. Our vow share our lives together is the biggest and best commitment I've ever made. I love you, Doug. Happy 4 Years.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

A Lovely Weekend.

There was a big box full of birthday goodies and presents for Harper too. (Thanks, Mom and Dad!)

There were doughnuts delivered right to my front door. (Thanks, Ruby!)

There was a three hour (THREE HOUR!) nap with Harper. (Thanks, Harper!)

There was birthday cake and an awesome birthday card. (Thanks, Doug!)

There was time for collage art. (Thanks, everyone!)

There was a yummy dinner for Jill's birthday. (Thanks, Jill! Heehee! Happy Birthday! Thanks, Ruby and Mark!)

There was a baby who went to sleep without any fussing for two nights in a row. (Thanks again, Harper!)

You guys ROCK! :)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The most amazing thing.

The most amazing thing happened tonight. The night before last, I thought I'd see what happened if I put Harper in her crib for bedtime while she was still awake. She fussed for about 10 to 15 minutes and needed two soothings to get to sleep. I thought, "Hey, that wasn't too bad."

Last night she fell asleep early while she was having her bottle and stayed asleep when I put her in her crib. She slept until 7:30 AM this morning. I thought that was pretty amazing.

But now for the really amazing part. Tonight I thought, "Well, let's try this whole put her in her crib thing again." At 8:45 PM she seemed sleepy. I took her upstairs, put her in her crib, and walked away. Not a peep. She just went to sleep. Well, she did manage to do a 180 degree turn before she did, but she didn't make a single fussy sound. I had to go check on her she was so quiet.

Amazing. I am so lucky.

Good Day to Thee

Or something Renaissance-y like that. We went to the Renaissance Festival today. It was enjoyable, and it was fun to have a family outing. Harper liked the whole thing after she got going except for the cheering at the jousting. Every time the crowd yelled for the jousters, she startled and cried. We moved a little further away, and all was well. Some photos below of our day:

At first, Harper wasn't too sure about the whole thing.
After a little coaxing, she thought she'd at least give it a try. Here we are looking for food. Can you believe they sell burritos at the festival? I deemed them not Renaissance-y enough, so we had to look for turkey legs. (Guess what we ended up eating even after we found the turkey legs? Chicken fingers and curly fries. Go figure.)
Here we are pre-joust. All smiles.
Hanging out at the Dungeon of Doom. We didn't go in, but thought we needed a castle-y photo of Daddy and Baby.
Another Daddy/Baby photo-op.In the end, we just wore the little princess (who got a pink butterfly wand as a souvenir) out.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Dinner Time

We started with the standard rice cereal.

Not too bad, she said. But then we got crazy with some prunes. Harper would like to know what in the world we were thinking.

Sadly, we don't have a good answer for you, Baby.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Yummy + Updates

Someone has been eating new foods! So far Harper has eaten some rice cereal and apple sauce, and she's been drinking some diluted apple juice. She makes some pretty funny faces, but last night she seemed to actually be enjoying her rice cereal and kept coming back for more with a big gaping "FEED ME" mouth.

Other notes:
- The photo above is the "before" photo. I'll try to capture the messy "after" photo next time!
- Yes, those are boxes in the photo above. BUT THEY ARE EMPTY!
- If you can see the pink dots on her face, she was bitten by rabid mosquitos! They're so thick around here that you can't go outside without being eaten alive.
- We've been trying to sit down together for dinner every night. Ok, we've only accomplished that two or three times since we moved in, but that's something!
- Harper has been talking even more. Sometimes she says "Mama" but she has no idea what she's saying. One day... one day...
- Harper has been having a constipation problem lately. It was before we started any foods, so we've introduced the tiny drinks of apple juice to try to help.
- She likes The Backyardigans. I try not to have her watch any TV, but... {sigh} I suppose if I'm going to be desperate enough to let her watch something, the Backyardigans seem to be a good choice except that the girl characters can be a bit finicky and arbitrary in their attitudes. She'll probably get enough of that from her mother.
- We are slowly making it through the unpacking; however, I find that I'd rather do art stuff than unpack. What a surprise.
- Speaking of artwork, I'm trying to work on a book that my friend Judy's husband Clay wrote. It's slow going because I'm not used to doing so much of the same thing (20+ pages), but one step/drawing at a time.
- And still speaking of artwork, I joined a collage challenge group. It's been a lot of fun so far, and it's exciting to try something new!
- Unless the weather is bad, we're going to the Renaissance Festival this weekend for my birthday. Maybe not everyone's cup of tea (including my husband's), but I think it will be fun. :)

Ok, that should be enough of little updates for today!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A New Friend

Look at my new little friend who arrived today! Her name is Sally, and she's another of Syd McCutcheon's fabulous sock doll creations. Sally is supposed to be for the baby, but hopefully Harper won't mind if Sally hangs out with me for a while.

Syd also sent Harper a photo of her adorable grandaughter, Maddie. Harper says, "Hi Maddie! BIG HUGS!"

P.S. Can you see her adorable little polka-dot purse? SO wonderful! Thanks, Syd!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Black + Blue = Worry

I fell down. AGAIN. Only half a flight of carpeted stairs this time, but it still hurt. And I'm sure I'll have some lovely bruises to show for it. I can be pretty tough (when I want to be), but I got upset about this one. I didn't get upset because it hurt (cause it did). I got upset because I just fell the other day, and now I fell again, and I can't help but think that I might fall while carrying Harper.

I have the capability to worry about all kinds of bad things that might happen to my sweet baby. I actually had a thought (not a dream, mind you) that an alligator might eat her. It's part of the insane worrying that starts almost the instant you find out you're pregnant and probably doesn't end (ever).

I'm going to try to be more careful. Unfortunately, the kind of careful that is required here involves thinking about every single step I make throughout the day. It's too easy to forget and do something like, oh... I don't know... WALK. {sigh}

Sorry if this wasn't the most coherent post. I may have knocked another screw loose in the fall. After losing brain cells during labor (I'm convinced this happens), a loose screw is just one more thing to worry about.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

GOOD morning everybody!

Harper slept ALL night last night. From 9 PM to 6 AM. AND I DID TOO. She hasn't slept through the night for about two weeks. As an extra bonus, yesterday evening she took a nap from 6 PM to 8 PM, AND I DID TOO. I feel like an almost rested person today. YAY! That calls for a trip to IKEA, a home improvement store, and an office supply store. We'll see if we get our to do list done today. We can always hope!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Too tired to blog.

How can that be? Oh wait... that could be because of unpacking, work, baby, squeezing in time to do collage stuff, shop for supplies (where the heck did the whole 10-pound bag of sugar go? did I give it away?), and even more stuff...

More blogging one of these days, promise.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Happy Five Month Birthday!

I can't believe it either!

Friday, October 3, 2008

This is going to hurt.

This morning Doug and I got up early to get our Ohio drivers licenses. We tried to accomplish this a few weeks ago, but we went on a Monday, and silly us, the office isn't open on Mondays.

I took the drivers test and passed, but evidently there is someone in the state of Arkansas with the same name as me. She happens to be 6 feet tall and weigh 200 pounds. I could have matched her for weight a few months ago, but I'm afraid I can't figure out a way to grow four inches. She also happens to have failed to appear in court for hot check charges, and as a result, Arkansas revoked her drivers license.

Why is this my problem, you might ask? Ohio doesn't want to give me a license because her name comes up when they put in my date of birth. Actually, after talking with the folks in Arkansas, I found out that we don't even have the same date of birth. We share the same birth day and year, but not the same month. Yep, you got it, somehow they have October and December confused. So, you might be thinking, "Why can't you look it up by SSN?" Well, guess what, that's not how they do it.

So, this morning I got to talk to the Arkansas suspended license office (three times), the Benton District Court, and the Prosecuting Attorney's office (twice). Everyone was very nice, but it took a whole lot of talking to get the Prosecuting Attorney's office to send a clearance letter to the folks in Ohio to say that I am not, in fact, the woman in Arkansas who writes bad checks. Actually, they're sending it to me so that I can send it to the Ohio BMV. All the better, I suppose.

Hmmm... I wonder if they'll let me write a check to pay for the license fees.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Out of Sorts

I haven't really stopped for a long (long) time to reflect. I think I've been afraid to. If I had stopped to really think about my life during the last year or so, I think I would have lost it.

We've been through a pregnancy, a birth, the first five months of our daughter's life (those all get counted separately because I want credit for surviving all of them!), Doug's huge job change, a month apart, a 2,000+ mile move that happened in about twelve parts, a rescinded house purchase agreement, a house sale, and a house purchase. Adding all of those events to just the normal ins and outs of life could have pushed us to the edge.

I'm proud of myself for making it through the tough times without falling apart too often, but I feel like I lost some of my life by not thinking/analyzing/reflecting. Sometimes it's OK to float through life and not think about it too much, but a year is too long to shut yourself off. I'm a little scared to look back and really think about the last year, but I'm determined to do so in order to get some of it back.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

There + Back Again

We went to Kansas for a long weekend and made it back again. It was quick, but we had a good time, and we really enjoyed seeing everyone. Harper was a trooper once again and patiently survived yet another journey.

We had a family photo shoot on Sunday. Deb (the photographer) managed to wrangle all five children - ages three and under. I've been racking my brain trying to think of reasons that I can't post the site and password on here. Can't think of a good reason, so... if you want to see the photos, click here. When it asks for a password, enter zmgbh. I think they're only posted for two weeks, so take a peek now if you want to see them.