27 February 2008

I'd like to thank everyone....

Well my dear friend Cheryl surprised me the other day by bestowing upon me an award!

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This goes to all those who comment faithfully. Comments make my day so by doing your little part you have brightened my day! So thank you to:

Melissa
Cheryl
Emily
Jen
Rachel
Marcie

Thank you all! If I missed someone I'm sorry. Feel free to snag this and display it proudly on your blog!

26 February 2008

O What a Beautiful Morning...Oh What a Beautiful Day

"I've gotta beautiful feeling, that everything's going my way." Could today be any more gorgeous?

It was in the mid 80's with a light breeze and for the first time in months I had a glimpse of spring and summer. I took Rachel to preschool and ran some errands. When we got home I should have put her down for her nap but I was so itching to just get out in the sun again and soak it all up!

So we went to the spray ground so I could relax and Rachel could just run around and have fun.



Today has been one of the best days I've had in weeks. I had so much energy-perhaps that is due to the innumerable amount of chocolate chip cookies I've eaten today, but let's not go there. I laughed without reservation. I played and wrestled with Rachel in our living room.

I hope that the sun keeps shining and things keep getting better!

25 February 2008

It's a "Pigeon" explosion

We discovered a book last year at the library that quickly became one of Rachel's favorite books. The Pigeon has Feelings, Too! by Mo Willems. It's about a pigeon who doesn't want to show his happy face just because the bus driver tells him to. After having it read to her a few times she had much of the book memorized.

A friend of mine then told us that she had two more of the pigeon books that she would let us borrow. Rachel was in heaven! She had me read these books over and over again so I finally just sent them back to their owner. :) I could only read about the pigeon so much.

Well last time we went to the library Rachel found this book again and of course we had to take it home and this reignited the pigeon passion. On the back of this board book are the covers of the other books that she read last year. So Rachel talked about getting these books for days. I had some money left on a half.com gift card so I decided to check out whether we we could find these pigeon books on there. Lo and behold we only had to pay a buck for two books. We got The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog and Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Last Friday the first book came and so we read all about the pigeon and his hot dog. Today the second one came and Rachel was so excited! I haven't seen her that excited about getting something in the mail ever.

So now all she wants to read are the pigeon books. I have to say that they are great books to read to kids and I'm so glad that Rachel loves books so much. She'll be sad when we have to take The Pigeon Has Feelings Too back to the library but at least she'll still have her fix of the Pigeon.
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Oh and for the record I watched HSM 2 this weekend and it wasn't that great. I thought the songs were pretty annoying. And I don't really think Troy Bolton is super hot, I just thought that was a cute title that would suck all you my readers in. :) And it worked! (cue the guy with the evil laugh)

20 February 2008

Troy Bolton is so hot!

I must have been the last person on the planet that didn't know who Troy Bolton was....until Monday. I finally watched High School Musical. And yes, just the first one. I realize I am almost 2 years behind on the HSM craze so it probably will be another year and a half before I watch HSM2. I have to say I was impressed. The songs were cheesy and the dancing was even more cheesy but it was enjoyable.

But I just have one question: Can they not kiss on the lips on the Disney Channel? Troy kisses Gabriella on the cheek when they are done with their call-back performance and then they try after the game but they never actually kiss. Not that I'm upset by this, on the contrary. I think it's great that there are clean family shows out there that I'm not embarrassed to show my kid--not that kissing makes the show inappropriate. I need to get back to my point. But seriously what is the harm in little kiss? You could tell the kids liked each other. We don't have the Disney Channel so the only exposure I have to their shows is the 10 days I was in Arizona watching Hannah Montana and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.

Enlighten me all you Disney Channel watchers...

19 February 2008

On Creating

I have an innate urge to create. I wouldn't call myself crafty or anything but I've always had a hobby where I make things. I started cross stitching when I was about 10 or 11 and started sewing a few years later. Since then, I've learned how to knit, quilt, make bread and a few other things that never really caught on.

When Spencer and I decided to try for our second baby my urges to create things really increased. That is when I decided to learn how to make bread. When I got pregnant last summer I stopped making bread almost immediately. It was like as a woman I wanted to create something and finally getting pregnant really satisfied that internal desire.

As soon as I lost that baby the urges started up again. That is when I took up knitting. I've been knitting for a few months--even though I was pregnant--but the last couple weeks my appetite to make things has voraciously returned.

But instead of making crafts I have been baking and making things that aren't good for me or my family. :) I know that Spencer is happy about that but my teeth and my waistline are not.

Then on Sunday I got my most recent longing to make something. I was watching the second part of Pride and Prejudice with Spencer--yes he watches it with me--and finally decided I would make something from the Jane Austen era. I've been thinking about it for a couple weeks and just made the plunge and bought the things that I need last night. I'm sorry I'm being so vague but I can't say what I'm making in case any girls from my book club read this but when it's done I'll show you all. Right now we are reading Emma and for book club in a couple weeks we are going to watch the movie and have an authentic English dinner.

Making things gives me satisfaction and fulfills an inner desire. I'm so excited for this most recent project to give me purpose and help me to be happy.

More snow day pictures

Here are some of the pictures my friend Annette took at the snow!






18 February 2008

New Addition

I've been wanting to get a fish for a few months but just never made the committment. Well on Saturday we decided that we should get one so we headed to the pet store. Rachel was set on getting a "Nemo" and it's pretty cruel to parents how they strategically place the salt water fishes right in the front. We had to even more strategically guide Rachel over to the goldfish and Betas. After consulting with the pet store guy we decided a Beta would be the best bet for our family. Rachel picked out her favorite fish "that wasn't too skinny" (the one I picked out was too skinny she said). She named him Red Fish. So I give you the newest member of our family, Red Fish:

15 February 2008

Snow Day!

So on Tuesday when I dropped Rachel off at school it was 85 degrees on the High School marquee. Then yesterday it said 45 degrees. The weathermen thought there was just a small storm that would bring light drizzle coming. Boy were they wrong! This was the freakiest storm I have ever seen in San Diego.

It was pouring rain here and it didn't stop until about 4 o'clock. Since it was so cold I knew there had to be snow in the mountains but until the afternoon I didn't know how much snow or where. Normally the snow level in cold storms is around 5-6000 feet. That puts it in the Laguna and Palomar mountains and a little lower if we're lucky.

This time the snow level was at 1500 feet. I used to live in the town that is at 1500 feet and can only remember one time in my life that it snowed--when I was in 6th grade. That would put it like 1989 or something. And I'm just talking about "Did it just snow?" kind of flurries. When we were watching the news yesterday they had stories of all these people stranded and sliding off the road because there was three inches of snow--in one day!

So of course I had to go. Rachel and I went with some friends and we headed up there today. We drove through Ramona and started to see it on the low foot hills. I stopped at the last house we lived at and there was still some snow on their yard. Then we headed a little further and as we went more east there was more snow on the ground. We stopped only a few miles out of town on the side of the road. It was so funny because when we got there there was no one around. The snow looked completely untouched. But within 5 or 10 minutes a car stopped and a family got out. Then more and more cars stopped and when we left there were probably 10 cars parked on the side of the road. There was so much snow and we had a blast! We made a snowman, and threw snowballs at each other and even slid down a hill! Here are some pictures! (this first one is what it looked like when we pulled over and the last on is what it looked like when we left) (Oh and I'll probably post more since my friend that come with us took way more pictures than I did)







14 February 2008

12 February 2008

Purging

Rachel's cousin is 6 months older than her and her parent's last child. Consequently over the past 3+ years we have been the recipient of all Josie's grown-out clothes. At first I kept everything--whether I liked it or not. Then as the clothes started piling up, I started to be a little more selective in what I kept. I rifled through the bags, chose what I wanted and either took the rest to D.I. or gave it to my friend to rifle through for her daughter. Still that left me with LOADS of clothes that I've been keeping in bins in Rachel's closet for the past 3 years.

I have 7 bins full of clothes. About 6 months ago I went through and got rid of a bunch too. We've also saved lots of baby stuff in anticipation of our growing family. Our apartment is cramped to say the least.

Well after recent events and the realization that it will be at least--and I emphasize at least--one whole year before we can bring another child this family, I decided we didn't need all this stuff.

I went through the clothes today and ended up with 5 bins that I'm taking to the neighborhood consignment shop. (If you know me and want to come take a look before I take it there, you have two weeks.) We saved the crib too but I was wishy-washy on whether I wanted to use it for future kids anyway. So due to it's age and stability, into the trash it goes.

I've also decided I'm done with my stroller. I've been holding out on buying a new one since I was planning on buying a double, but now I decided I'm not walking a whole year plus some with a crappy hand-me-down stroller with no brakes. Off to craigslist.com I go for that.

Grief can make people do interesting things and for me it makes me want to buy things and purge things.

08 February 2008

First day of preschool

Like a devoted mother I didn't take a picture on Rachel's first day of preschool yesterday. Oh well, maybe I can get one on Tuesday and pretend it was the first day! :) Preschool actually started last Tuesday but if you've been reading my blog you know how the last two weeks went. She missed the first 3 days but we finally made it yesterday.

All the way there she kept saying how she was excited to go and then s we pulled in the parking lot she told me she didn't want to go anymore. I told her she'd have fun so we got out of the car and headed in. Now if you don't know Rachel personally she is a very adjusted little girl. Never had a problem in nursery. Only went through a small separation anxiety phase--would cry for a couple minutes if we left her with people--and is pretty friendly and trusting.

So as soon as we got in the class room she hung at my side for a minute then as soon as she saw the toys she was off. I never heard from her again the whole class time! (The teacher wants the parents to stay and watch the first day of class). So I'd say it was a success.

Now this weekend she is off to spend some time with her cousins. She loves her cousin and is so excited to go. I'm sure she'll have as much fun there as she did at preschool.

07 February 2008

And the political race gets more interesting

Romney has dropped out of the Presidential race. I'm actually kind of disappointed by this news. I kind of feel like I threw my vote away now. I thought he might actually have a chance. I'm not completely sold on McCain so now I don't know who to vote for.

06 February 2008

So Cal Blogger Meet-n-Eat

Hey ladies, some of us Southern California bloggers are going to be getting together at the end of this month. If you want to know more check out S'mee's blog for more info. Hope to see you there!

05 February 2008

Selling Stuff

For a month or so I've been thinking about how I can make some money since I got fired from my job. I found out about Usborne Books from another blogger when she did an internet fund raiser.

So after thinking about it I decided that this might be something I would like. So I signed up on Saturday. Feel free to browse my site, and if you like what you see feel free to buy something too! :)

I hope to see some of those that I know at my first party coming soon!

I never dreamed this would happen twice...

Well the last week or so I've been having a bit of anxiety in regards to this pregnancy. I felt different but then a day so later I started to feel fine about it. Regardless I contacted my midwife and asked her if I could come in for a heart beat check.

She couldn't find the heart beat.

I am just at a loss for words. I was 14 weeks last Friday but she said the baby measured about 12 weeks on the ultra sound. I never dreamed I would be going through something like this--let alone twice in less than 6 months.

I was finally feeling confident, like this was really going to happen. Deep in my heart I really felt like we were going to have another child in August. I couldn't have been happier.

Now I just don't know what to do. Part of me feels like giving up and not trying again. Just being happy with Rachel. That part is overshadowing any feeling I have toward being pregnant again. I just don't know...

Thanks for all your well wishes. I hoped I wouldn't have to do this again.

02 February 2008

And today, Rachel has broken out in hives from her medication. This is the best week of my life....