Thursday, December 31, 2009

Another year gone by....

Thinking of a year ago today...and its almost crazy. 

Nathan was still in the baby room at daycare, and now he is two rooms higher (from baby to waddler, from waddler to toddler)!  He's gone from a crib to a bed, from a bottle to an actual cup, from walking to running and jumping off the couch, and so many other things!  What will another year bring?  Who knows, but I'll pray that we all continue to grow healthy, wiser, and closer to God.

Here are a few pictures from our Christmas - Nathan got new Thomas pj's and is so cute in them:








 

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tired of this....

Christmas was lovely....I will post more on it later I guess.  I haven't even downloaded the pictures.  why?

I have the stomach flu.

Chris had it yesterday, I have it today, and am praying that Nathan does NOT get this one (no!  Its not from him, can you believe it?!)

I am already tired of Powerade, pretzels, and the bathroom.  'nuff said I am sure.

I will share with you though one of my Christmas presents - a special gift from Nathan.  We stayed overnight at my parents on Christmas Eve, which, we usually do, but this year I was hesitant as Nathan is getting older.  Anyways, it was a great decision, as once Nathan was exhausted from opening gifts and eating cookies (around 10PM) we just tucked him in bed and he fell right to sleep.  We all snuggled in later and didn't have to brave the snow and cold at a late hour.  It was really nice. 

So, on Christmas morning when I was getting him dressed, he stood up so I could pull up his pants, and he gave me a hug and kiss and said "i love you mama".  My eyes started to well up, as it was completed unexpected. 

A true Christmas gift I will always remember. 

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve!

I love Christmas eve.  When I was little, my mom would force us to go rest or take a nap during the afternoon...I remember laying awake, too excited to nap, wondering what could be under the Christmas tree for me?! 

Of course, first came church, which was always so exciting in itself - when we lived in Fridley, I got to be in the Christmas pageant...I was also one of many angels, and we sat up on the altar almost the whole mass.  After church, we came home and Mom would start to get dinner ready...although, none of us were hungry...because either before dinner, or after dinner, or during, a loud knock would sound from the front door..and we would all scream and run to it, because it was Santa! 

In would come a big jolly Santa, with a loud and perfect "ho ho ho! Merry Christmas!"  We would all sit around and sing a carol or two with him, and then he would ask us questions and I remember them being very funny, and then he would hand us each a gift. The most magical part was when Dad would say, "let's watch them fly away!" and we would all go to the window (always facing away from the driveway you know) and Dad would say..."There he goes!  Did you see it!  His red nose! that was rudolph!" And we were always so mad because we missed it...and he would say, "you have to watch closer next year...they are really quick those reindeer!"

And then we would all get our appetites back, and run to the kitchen and eat cookies and whatever Mom hadn't put away yet (lovely things like chicken drummies, or a meatball, or a few chips and dip)...and then we all would exchange gifts. 

I am so excited for tonight.  I love giving people presents, and this year I made some very special ones. 

Merry Christmas! 

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ice Fishing and Downtown Fun

Yesterday I went ice fishing.

It sounds awful...doesn't it?  Sitting out on a frozen lake, all bundled up, fishing?  But it's so fun!  You can actually see the fish in the water take your bait...or nibble on your hook...and Bam!  You got him!

Yesterday my dad, kevin and I went, and Kevin also put out three tip-ups (to catch toothies or bass).  It was so exciting to watch for the flags on the tip-ups to fly up - when you saw one, you yelled "flag!  flag!" and you run out of the fishhouse as fast as you can and throw off your gloves and hand reel in the fish -  its frickin' cold!  I reeled in a bass!  It was huge, and it scared me...when it flopped out of the water I reverted to my girly instincts and screamed and ran back into the house giggling.  I don't know why..it was big and slimey and my hands were cold and for some reason I found it all hilarious. 

Nathan's cut by his eyebrow is healing nicely...and we had a good safe day yesterday.   :-) 

Chris' brother and family have a flight out of New Mexico tomorrow morning, expected to land here in Minneapolis 11AM.  We will have to see if they make it...if they don't, I know Chris' parents will be pretty upset.  They have twins, so its not like they are going to sit in an airport trying to wait for another flight for days.  It seems odd to me to fly on the 24th anywhere, but maybe it was out of necessity. 

Today I am taking my mom downtown to lunch:  M&S Grille, one of my favorite places.  It just happens to be in the building I work in (my work moved a year ago). 

Today a special prayer goes out to all of those suffering through difficult times.  I see the stories on the news...heart-wrenching stories...and it just has to be such a hard time of year to be going through such worry, anxiety, and loss. 

Monday, December 21, 2009

Mama said there'd be days like these....

I just seem to be going from one thing to the next today....when I came home and saw Chris, who I made stay home since he is still fighting a cold that really did him in, he was holding a bottle of Nature's Miracle - only he was upstairs.  I said, "where did he pee?" And he answer, "the family room". 

Many tears, and I mean, many tears later, I talked with my brother Kevin, who then called Dad, who then called me and gave me my options.  I felt a little better after that, so I decided to pick up Nathan early from daycare.

We got home and I was making him some dinner, he started crying badly and he had fallen down.  That happens a lot, but as I look at him there is blood all over his eyebrow, pouring down his eye, over his face...oh man....

A few minutes later and I could see it was not as severe as I first thought...a nice cut right on his eyebrow...the bleeding stopped pretty much after five/ten minutes, but it still isn't totally done seeping here a couple hours later. 

My dad stopped by, so I made him look at it.  I was glad for his opinion, he said he definately didn't need a stitch and even if you got one it probably wouldn't do much.  I didn't even think the stitches he got this summer helped that much, so that was good to hear.  I really didn't want to rush to Urgent Care by myself tonight. 

Anyways, we are trying another round of antibiotics on Roary to make sure no infection, but I am pretty sure this has now become behavioral, one of my worst fears when it comes to cats.  My favorite cat and family pet growing up (his name was #2) also had issues like this and had to be taken away.  It felt today like it was all coming back again, only this time, I was the bad guy who is ultimately going to have to make the bad decision.  I hope not.  I hope this other stuff works.  He is also going to go on anti-anxiety meds for awhile. 

Argh. 

Friday, December 18, 2009

Butternut Squash Muffins

I still have a lot of squash.  I have a whole container cooked up in the fridge that did not go into squash soup last week, so, tonight after dinner I decided to make them.  I never have before but I figured it would taste like a pumpkin/bran/carrotcake muffin or something.

Nathan decided to help.  He is slightly distracting, however, I can't blame it on him.  Here are the ingredients:

1/2 pound peeled, seeded and cubed butternut squash
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon butter, melted

I wish the recipe was written like that above, because yes, I did forget to add the sugar.  These things are disgusting!  Chris says he will eat them if there is frosting...umm....i really don't think so.  They taste like spice but with no flavor...does that make sense?  Probably not.

So much for squash muffins.

Worst Christmas Songs Ever

There are a few songs I hear on the two local stations that play Christmas music that drive me crazy...I don't even know if you can call some of these songs "Christmas" songs anyways, but here is my top ten worst list (the first four I heard last night all at the same time too).

1.  Feliz Navidad  (turn channel immediately on this one...)

2.  Jingle Bell Rock (why do they play this song?  its so annoying...play the real jingle bells, please!  I mean, the lyrics are "jingle bell time is a swell time"...who wrote this?   as Nathan would say, YUCK!)

3.  Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (who does this?  no one.  I mean, in our house, you can't even get around the Christmas tree let alone dance around it...  another channel turner...)

4.  Christmas Shoes (Granted, the first time I heard this, I thought it was touching, but now this song makes me want to vomit.  seriously.  if i hear it one more time, I may...)

5.  A Wonderful Christmas Time (I think some Beatle sings this, but its just horrid.  When this song comes on I immediately call my sister hoping to get her voicemail - its a little game we play where we like to leave horrible Christmas song voicemails to each other....it makes songs like these somewhat bearable!)

6.  Last Christmas (Seriously, someone actually wrote and sung this horrifically sappy song.  I wouldn't go out with this person either ...especially after hearing this song!)

7.  Do they know its Christmas?  (Why do a bunch of drugged-up rich pop stars think they can tell the rest of the world they shouldn't enjoy Christmas because there are starving kids in Africa?  I am pretty sure most middle class families, especially Christian ones, give more as a % of income to the poor world-wide than the bums who sing this song do!)

8.  Happy Christmas/War is over (This song reaks of political agenda. I think its another Beatle or something.  But I find it disgusting that he is singing freely about Christmas yet forgets that sometimes war is a necessarily evil to ensure that freedom.  Heck, even the Obama himself said that the other day).

9.  Same Old Lang Syne (It took me forever to figure out the title of this song, but its the one that goes, "met my old lover at the grocery store...."  Seriously, this is a holiday song?  Need I say more?)

10.  All I want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth (true, while this song is a "classic", its just stupid - I would rather hear Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer...at least that is funny!)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Busy day thus far...

I have hit a tired spell...so I thought I would blog for a few moments here rather than closing my eyes and ending up napping.   I want to finish wrapping presents today...I am usually done by now, but I wrapped most of the ones for Chris' family, which I normally don't do. 

Nathan and I went to Bachman's this morning to get a nice plant or gift for our family friends I have known all my life, who are ill.  I have never been to Bachman's in the winter around Christmastime and it was wonderful!  So many lovely Christmas things...trees everywhere all decked out...live plants, beautiful creations...its better now than it is in the summer!  They had these little wooden trains, cars, trucks, planes that are hand-made locally, so I bought three of them for Nathan.  He loves them - so I will have to wrap them up while he is sleeping now so he forgets about them. 

Anyways, we got a nice card and a little Christmasy plant for them and dropped it off.  They were both home and surprised to see us but I think it brightened their day some!  Charlie, their dog, sniffed Nathan and he giggled, and then they were playing chase.  They have lots of trinkets and Christmas decorations so its not a house to run around in, so I had to pick Nathan up.  Anyways, they packed up some Christmas cookies for us when we left and Nathan enjoyed one before we went to JCP's for some last minute Christmas shopping. 

I wanted to get one more thing for my sister and my mom...which, I found something I really think my mom will like (took forever for me to spot something) and then of course it is like the most expensive thing there...$60, but on sale for $45.  I got it anyways, because she's my mom and deserves it!

Other than that, we came home and had lunch and now I am doing laundry (washing sheets) and cleaning house.  We seem to have a pattern that on the days I work, nothing gets picked up or put away or thrown out.  Then, on Thursday, crap is everywhere and the house needs a thorough scrubbing.  I would say I am 50% done. 

Sleigh Ride is on (the instrumental classic version) - this is truly one of my favorites!  Quite possibly THE favorite Christmas tune -

One week until Christmas Eve!  Its so close!  The last Sunday of Advent is this weekend...crazy!  wasn't it just Thanksgiving?

 

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Is it bad I am ready for bed by 7 PM?

We all have the lovely cold Nathan gave us, which he got from daycare.  This one is all about congestion: you can't breathe at night, you can't breathe through your nose, you cough because your throat is either clogged or suddenly too dry, and of course somehow your nose is still running!  Which, how can it be, its totally clogged! 

So, yes, I was a bad parent tonight.   Chris is out again tonight (we were both out last night), and I was tired after dinner.  So tired.  And Nathan wanted to play cars/crash! and Trucks!  and Color!  And beads!  And I wanted to take a bath.

So I did.

I got him a graham cracker, turned on the movie Cars, left the bathroom door open, and soaked in the whirlpool for 30 minutes.  Heaven!

Although, getting out of the tub on a chilly winter night, sucks.  I kept sitting there waiting for the right moment...go now!  no....now!  maybe it will be warmer....now!  Finally, I was like, let's just get it over with. 

And now i have been bumming in front of my computer...when I should be wrapping presents and setting the house to rights.   But I am tired.  and its cold.  and my nose is running. 

so I can just lay here...right?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Umm....its cold out.

I didn't really think it was cold out, until this morning....when I was downtown, and the wind blew.  If you work or live in Minneapolis and are downtown in the winter, you understand.

You would think with all those buildings, it would always be nice and warm and not windy.  Its the exact opposite...the wind is always stronger downtown, almost to the point somedays where you can be blown over.  I have seen women being pushed before, its funny. 

But today, the wind blew.  It was frickin' freezing!  You know its cold when Christopher zips up his coat and his fingers are frozen and even he admits he should have put on his gloves. 

brrr.  makes me want to get under the covers and never get out.  ever. 

Tired of the whining!

All you Jingle Bell Nazis out there...this is for you!:

Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tails ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing
A sleighing song tonight


Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh


A day or two ago
I thought I'd take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
We got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh yeah


Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

Monday, December 14, 2009

Julie and Julia...and other musings...

I liked that movie...but a line or two in there reminded me that blogging is rather egocentric, unless you have a purpose, and that if you get hooked on blogging, its probably not a good thing.  Although, too much of anything is bad.

Everything in moderation!  (except for butter.   and bacon.    and cheese.)

I remember once a boy told me, or told my friend, I was "spiraling toward mediocrity".  It was his waying of saying he no longer thought well of me.  I haven't thought of him or that comment in years, but I think when I do something that the "masses" do, I feel like that.  That I am, "spiraling towards mediocrity" and soon will become one of the mindless lemmings roaming the street. 

No!  I won't have it!  (Quick!  Turn on a re-run of Andy Griffith!  Anything not mainstream!)

We have finished our first, albeit smaller, tin of Christmas cookies.  Its 10 days before Christmas, and I feel like I have already gained a pound or two, despite the running Monday/Wednesday/Friday.  On Friday I did an 11 minute mile and almost puked...did I really run a 10 minute mile back in February?  Oh how it seems so long ago.  I just want to get to my goal of a 5K in 30 minutes, but I know that isn't going to happen unless I sign up for a race...because, why run a 5K anyways?  Boring.

Nathan says "ut oh Dada" - which means, "my tv show is over.  please turn on another one."

Gotta go!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Worrywart: Exposed

On Friday night I freaked out.  I don't know why.  It just happens sometimes.  I read something, or hear something, and take it to the extreme. 

Nathan wouldn't tell me which t.v. show he wanted to watch.  I read that to get your child to learn more words, you need to ask them questions other than yes or no ones.  So, I said, do you want to watch Max or Mickey?  All that kept coming out of his mouth was "boingboing".  What the heck is that?!  I started to worry. 

Of course, online, there are all these parents with 2 year olds that can say like 150 words and talk in complete sentences.   What the heck does that mean anyways?  Do they say things like "Mommy, I would like a drink of orange juice please."  Or do they say, "Mama, mo juz pease?" like Nathan does?  and 150 words?  Holy moly.  I panicked and wrote down all the words Nathan commonly says...not the ones I have heard him say once or twice, and with Chris' help, got to around 60 or so.  I felt better then, because our doctor said so long as he saying like 30-40 and using two word phrases "let's go" he is fine.  But its just that there are so many other kids that seem to talk so much better than he does around his age so I cannot help but worry.  That means I am a good parent, right? 

On another note, I finally finished my table toppers this morning! They  kind of look busy in the picture, but they really aren't.  Yes, those are Nathan's feet!



Nathan and I went sledding on Friday over to Grandma's.  He was his usual little energetic self, and I needed to expend some of that.   No one was over at Grandma's so we let out the dog and down the hill we went.  He thought it was great fun the first time.  But, then he had to walk up the hill.  He didn't like that:

I laughed when he fell down.  Too funny not to!  He enjoyed the shovel for about two minutes:


Apparently it really wore him out though, not only did he not say a word on the way  home, he didn't take a drink of juice or move a muscle.  I forgot how exhausting it is to walk in snow when you are little:


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Well, I guess it IS the perfect day for pinkeye!

Yesterday morning Nathan woke up with very crusty eyelashes...he couldn't hardly open his right eye.  I said to Chris, "I think he has pinkeye!"  Chris thought I was overreacting.  But, daycare calls a few hours later, a trip to the doctor (which was worthless since they neither confirm nor deny it) and eyedrops and his eyes look better already this AM.  Last night green goo was coming out of them still, but nothing this AM.  He is so hard though to get eyedrops in!  We practically have to pry his eyes open!  Dang kid. 

I am glad he is better though...and even happier that the commute looks horrid this morning (last night it took an hour and a half on the bus) and I get to stay home in my pj's.  Hopefully Chris and I won't get it...I keep washiing my hands and Nathan's, and reminding myself not to touch my eyes!

Since I am home though, I may take advantage of the fact I have to take Roary in to the vet for his follow-up appointment.  I am happy to report there have been no peeing incidents since we started him on the meds.  On top of that, Chris and his dad one night last week blocked off the laundry room.  I couldn't believe they finished it in one night, but the next thing I know, the door was up and the cats now go in there at night.  Its nice because if they get sick or have another accident, it won't be on the carpet or couches.  I don't think they like it yet though.  :-)  Gigi was quite upset when her secret escape/passageway got cut off.  She has been hissing at Chris since. 

Have you got all of your Christmas shopping done yet?  I am doing a bunch more of the little things on Saturday...using my Target 10%, doing my once a month food stock-up, plus, getting stuff for Christmas dinner, stocking stuffers, and a few other secret items.  Muhahahahahahahahah! 

I mailed off my Christmas cards to those living in different countries, but haven't done any of the domestics yet.  I haven't received any this year either. Maybe people aren't doing cards?  Kind of sad if not...

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

I love Christmas...

And I simply don't understand why people turn into such scrooges this time of year.  It's time to celebrate! 

I love the Christmas lights, the cookies baked, the ornaments on the trees, the stockings hung, the presents wrapped....its been snowing lately, let's have more!  We need a white Christmas, and its only 20 days away! 

Each thing is a wonderful reminder that no matter how crummy the world gets, Jesus came to save us!

I am so tired of hearing that putting up lights is too much work, or that the snow is "cold" and that they hate shoveling, or that since they won't be home for Christmas Day, there is no reason to decorate. 

Its the Advent season people!  Prepare!  Put up some lights - put some JOY in your heart - its okay!  You will feel some much better when you do....as one of my favorite Christmas songs says "You need a little Christmas!"

Haul out the holly;
Put up the tree before my spirit falls again.
Fill up the stocking,
I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now!!!!


For we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute,
Candles in the window,
Carols at the spinet.


Yes, we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute.
It hasn't snowed a single flurry,
But Santa, dear, we're in a hurry;


So climb down the chimney;
Put up the brightest string of lights I've ever seen.
Slice up the fruitcake;
It's time we hung some tinsel on that evergreen bough.


For I've grown a little leaner,
Grown a little colder,
Grown a little sadder,
Grown a little older,


And I need a little angel
Sitting on my shoulder,
Need a little Christmas now.


For we need a little music
Need a little laughter
Need a little singing
Ringing through the rafter


And we need a little snappy
"Happy ever after"
Need a little Christmas now

Friday, December 4, 2009

Even 31 year olds can still have fun...

This is the first year ever where I have felt like the number I was turning - 31 - is old.  It just feels old.  "How old are you?  Oh, 31...".  Maybe it's because 30 was so close to 29 it felt younger?  Who knows. 

It was a great day...despite having to work this morning, I got my hair cut and styled, had taco bell for lunch, Red Lobster for dinner, coffee, and went to the Wild Game.  Nathan is safe and secure at Grandma's and spending the night there, so all is well.  Christopher and Nathan got me a Wild Jersey (I love the new green ones) so I wore that tonight and it rules! 

I finally did manage to get a decent picture of Nathan, and to find some others that worked after I "cropped" all of the other people out of them, so Christmas cards will be started tomorrow.   I thought I only needed like 30 of them, but after I counted how many I sent out last year, I had to order 50!  Good thing Target has reasonable prices on things. 

Well, time for bed now..this is very late for me (after 11PM!)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas photo

I've gone through all my pictures from 2009.

Nathan is either moving, turned around, playing with toys, eating, or is with someone.  Not a single picture of just him sitting and smiling nicely.

What is a girl to do? 

Maybe no Christmas cards this year.  I don't have the energy.  at least right now, I don't.

Oh, and I am also annoyed tonight by our president.  I am sick and tired of him being on tv all the frickin' time!  He doesn't need to address us in yet another tv commercial to tell us what he is going to do...I mean, its obvious he is so vain he thinks everyone constantly wants to see him.  What do I want?    I want to watch The Biggest Loser and then go to bed at my normal time.