Friday, December 31, 2010

Quick 5

Well, that's it folks.  2010 is coming to a close and I am neither anticipating nor dreading the new year.  Something about small children makes each day seem like just another day.  I'm feeling less than inspired about today's quick 5, but in the spirit of writing I'm just going to write.

1.  Christmas with my family was fun this year.  Lots of babies.  Lots of noise.  While it was great to spend Joya's and Naomi's and Zeke's first Christmases together, I'm a little sad that this year was the Marsh year, only because I know how much fun next Christmas is going to be when the babies are a little less, well, baby.  They sure were cute though.

2.  I love reading end of the year lists.  I've thought about doing a year-long reading list, but I seriously read three to four books a week.  Okay, maybe two to three.  But still, even if it's two a week, that's 104 books.  That's a lot of record keeping. 

3.  Joya did not sleep through the night last night.  So while we're very close to that phase, we're not quite there yet.  It may have something to do with a slightly stuffy nose she was dealing with last night, which makes paci sucking difficult.  I think we can thank Zeke for sharing the snot.

4.  My mom got a laptop for her birthday, and I've been introduced to a new way to use mine: cooking.  I'll admit that I rarely think outside the box, so it never occurred to me to use my laptop during cooking.  I would find a recipe and dutifully print it off our desktop so I could follow the recipe as I cook.  My mom got her laptop last Sunday and immediately busted it out in the kitchen to read a recipe.  I'm all about it.

5.  The elephant in the room is now all the packing I have to do for our move.  Packing and unpacking is always so overwhelming to me.  I'm just trying to keep my eyes on the prize: a bigger new place.  How do army families do this all the time?

Happy New Year everyone!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Sisters

Alaina - 2 months

Joya - 2 months

Friday, December 17, 2010

Quick 5

You know, this quick 5 is really a good idea.  It kind of forces me to focus on my week a bit more, rather than letting each day go by in a blur.  I find myself filing things away for possible quick 5 topics.  So thanks, Becky, for helping me to live life a bit more intentionally.

On with the show.

1.  I love that recent pic of Joya.  Scroll down and you'll see it.  It's currently our desktop background.  However, when Lee saw it he said "I don't know if she looks cute or like Smeagol."  I'm sure Joya will love to hear that when she gets older.

2.  I'm growing my hair out.  I fully recognize that the hairstyle I've been sporting for the last year or so has not been in style.  I also fully recognize that as far as fashion goes, I'm usually about three or four years behind.  Anyway, now I'm growing my hair out, and I'm sure that everyone who sees me thinks "There goes a girl who is growing out her hair, bless her heart."

3.  Our apartment smells.  I mean it smells awful.  The cold weather has forced our smoking downstairs neighbors to smoke in their house.  And now our place smells like smoke.  Actually, it smells just like smoker's breath.  It reminds me of my fifth grade teacher, who was a heavy smoker.  We always held our breath whenever she'd come over to whisper to us during quiet work time.  Anyway, now my house smells bad and no amount of air freshener or candle or reed diffuser can conquer that smell.  It just adds to it.  I'm praying the Lord protects my babies' lungs, because if we can smell the smell, I wonder if we're also breathing in the poison.  And worst of all, our home doesn't smell like our home anymore.  We need to move.

4.  I was going to write about the woes of having just one car, because Lee's car was being fixed yesterday, but the guy got it done in one day.  Lee's car is now safe to drive, after four years of driving an unsafe vehicle.  And I only had to live one day without a car, which wasn't really bad of course.  We don't go places every day anymore.  One night Lee took my car (that has the car seats in it) to worship practice and he asked me what I would do if I had an emergency but he had the car.  I said "call 911."  Lots of families are one-car families.  I'm so thankful we're not one of them.

5.  I decided not to do Christmas cards this year.  I sent out Joya's birth announcements instead.  I really wanted to do that, and I didn't want to send out two sets of cards.  So Joya's birth announcements trumped Christmas cards this year, because Joya is only born once.  I figure I am sending something out, so people will still get mail.  We'll catch up with Christmas cards next year.  I am enjoying the ones that have been coming, though.  It's one of my favorite parts of Christmas.

That's it!  Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Another Episode of "The Joys of Toddlers"

A conversation held not too many minutes ago:

Alaina: "I want to smell you."  sniff sniff

Me: "What do I smell like?"

Alaina: "Beefaroni!"

Me: "I do NOT smell like beefaroni!"

Alaina perplexed: "Beef is yummy!"

Big Girl

Joya had her two-month check-up yesterday.  She's a big girl!  She weighs 11 pounds and is 23 inches long.  That's the 75th percentile for weight (up from the 50th percentile at birth) and 90th percentile for height.  I have to put away most 0-3 month clothes already.  They are all high-water and three-quarter sleeves now.  I have a feeling this girl just might pass up her big sister as far as height goes. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Quick 5

Happy Friday!  Happy December, even though it doesn't feel like December as I see 60 degrees in the forecast and zero chance for snow.  I'm not sad about the no snow right now.  It's beautiful and messy and I don't want to deal with it.  Anyway.

1.  I just want to say that Pepsi Max is the bomb.  I don't know what they did, but it's a fantastic zero calorie, zero sugar soda without the hard core taste of aspartame.  The taste is still there in the background, but it's not a dominant flavor.  I bought a 12-pack of it during the last pop sale just to try it, and now I'm a little sad that I have two 12-packs of Diet Pepsi to work through before I can buy more Pepsi Max.  If you're looking for a way to go diet soda but cringe at the thought of the taste, give Pepsi Max a try. 

2.  Tonight is our first real adult Christmas party.  Lee's previous work always had their Christmas parties during the day on a Friday and spouses weren't invited.  But this year his new job has an ultra-swanky party that even I was invited to.  I haven't dug through my drawer yet to see if I have a pair of hose to wear, but it's that kind of party.  In Downtown Denver. 

3.  Which means the girls will be staying with my parents for the evening.  It will be my first time leaving Joya for more than an hour.  And I'll have to leave a bottle.  Lee gave her a bottle last week and she took it just fine.  Apparently my girls don't care where or who their food comes from.  Alaina never had a problem either.  A little sad, but also very freeing.  And it must be a second kid thing, but I am feeling no feelings about leaving Joya either.  With Alaina I was really freaked out the first time I left her.  Joya can just deal with it.  :)  Don't worry, I'll have my cell phone on me just in case. 

4.  Alaina loves having yogurt for breakfast.  Sometimes I cave and give her a second carton when she's done with the first.  But mostly I try to hold her to one a day.  Lately as she's spooning the creamy goodness into her mouth, she'll declare "Mmm!  Calories!"  I do NOT talk about calories.  EVER.  I don't know where she gets this stuff.  I'll have to blame the Gillett girls, since that's where she picks up most of her other stuff.  :)

5.  And the biggest news for last...we were approved for the town home!  We were pleasantly surprised when we went to see it last weekend.  The space is incredible for the amount of rent.  And, as an added blessing from the Lord, our unit will back up to a greenbelt.  I was praying that our new place would have a good location, i.e. not backing up to a busy street.  There is a horse field nearby, but I'm prepared to deal with it.  So moving date is set for January 22.  Only 6 more weeks of lugging girls up and down three flights of stairs.

15 more days until Christmas!  Are you done with your shopping yet?  I am.  :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Christmas Traditions

I grew up "moving the mouse" to count down to Christmas.  This year is Alaina's first year helping to "move the snowman."

She also likes to pretend the little snowman is a telephone.

I love seeing four stockings hanging on the mantle.

Not a Christmas tradition, but a nice shot of Joya enjoying her very best friend, the singing/blinking star.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Quick 5

1.  My dear friend Becky has been doing a feature called the Quick 5 on her blog for a long time now.  She usually posts it on Friday and uses it as a quick update on her family or whatever else she is thinking of.  I love it.  And so, inspired by her, I may just steal it and make it regular feature here.  I think I may be able to come up with five things to say each week.

2.  Joya is so smiley.  I was hoping that by naming her Joya she would be a little person filled with joy.  Well, she just may be.  It is so cute, except when she's smiling at me when she's supposed to nursing.  Then it's just messy.

3.  I caught Alaina starting to climb up our bookshelf this morning.  Scared the life out of me.  That bookshelf is not stable enough for a 28 pound toddler to climb.  I gave her a lecture and prayed that the Lord would protect her life, since she is filled with foolishness, and I can't watch her every second of her life.

4.  We're going to go look at a town home tomorrow.  Not to buy, just to rent, but I'm excited about it.  I have searched the entire Denver-metro area (via internet) and have not found this amount of space for the amount of money they are asking in rent.  I'm hoping it will work out.

5.  Which means we might be moving mid-January.  I think moving is a little like childbirth.  A crazy amount of not-fun work, but you forget about what it truly entails mere months after the event, and so you are willing to do it again. 

Hmm.  This quick 5 is not as good as Becky's but it's my first one.  I'll get better at it, I promise.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Oh Toddler

A conversation held in our house yesterday:

rustle, rustle, rustle

"Alaina, what are you doing?"

"I busy!  Stay there!"

Of course I had to go see what she was getting into.  It wasn't anything bad.  This time.  But the whole exchange unnerved me.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

One Month Stats

I took Joya to the doctor today for a slightly unnecessary well-baby check-up.  Our lovely pediatrician told me at our four-day-old check-up that I really didn't need to bring her in until she was two months old, but she would be delighted to see us if I wanted to come in sooner.  Well, I was concerned that Joya wasn't getting enough to eat.  Not only do I have to practically force-feed her, but when she does nurse she only nurses for a grand total of about 8 minutes.  I'm not kidding or exaggerating either.  So to the doctor we went.

Joya now weighs 9 lbs, 11 oz.  That's about a 2 pound weight gain since her initial visit.  I'd say (okay, the doctor says) that she's getting plenty to eat.

She also was 22 inches.  I think.  Joya wiggled around a lot, and at first the nurses thought she had grown 3 inches, but that's crazy.  They settled on 22 inches.  All I know is that she is long enough to fit in a 3-month outfit.  She doesn't exactly fill it out yet, but her toes reach all the way down to the bottom of the little feet. 

And, Alaina touched a fish in the exam room.  It was a good check-up.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

The girls and I went to Kohl's yesterday.  I had something I needed to return, but it turned out it didn't come from there.  No worries, because it's "fun to walk at Kohl's" (according to Alaina.)  She's right.  Especially now, when everything is decked out for Christmas.

We ended up back in the home section, looking at Christmas decorations.  And I found the perfect ornaments for the girls this year.  And they were 40% off, so I ignored the fact that it was only November 8th, and bought them.

I love them.  And I'm actually a little sad because Joya's Baby's First Christmas ornament is way better than Alaina's.  I think I might have been in panic mode when I bought Alaina's, because it wasn't the greatest, but it was one that said "Baby's First Christmas."  Oh well.  It is what it is.  I love Alaina's ornament for this year, so maybe that will make up for it.

In other sad news, I don't think we'll be able to put up our Christmas tree this year.  Our tiny place has gotten much smaller with the introduction of Joya and all the paraphernalia she comes with.  Adding a tree would cut Alaina's already tiny play area in half.  So because they are young, we will probably just forgo that joyous tradition.  We'll have to admire the ornaments as they sit on the counter this year.

Aren't they great?


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Growing By Leaps And Bounds

Today at lunch, Alaina used a big girl cup for the first time.

Also, after room time, I found her with her pants completely off.  She's never done that before.  Thank goodness she left her diaper on, because it was dirty.

She's getting so big.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Instruction Time

Most instruction comes in the form of Mommy or Daddy instructing Alaina in some way.

"Don't drink the bathwater.  It's full of dirt from your body."
"Please leave your food on your plate.  You don't need to take it off and put it on the table."
"Pick up your crayons when you're done with them."

But last night, Alaina had some instructions for Daddy.  We had been watching The Magic School Bus, which I'm sure you all know features our favorite teacher, Miss Frizzle.  Alaina could not stop talking about Miss Frizzle at the dinner table.

"Miss Schizzle?" asked Daddy.
"Miss Rizzle," Alaina replied.
"Miss Dizzle?"
"Miss RIZZZle."
"Miss Wizzle?"
"Miss RIZZLE," Alaina waved her fork in emphasis.

"Yes, we know it's Miss Frizzle," I replied.
"No, DADDY, Miss Rizzle," Alaina said.

She was very calm during this whole exchange.  And it was very important to her that Daddy say it correctly.  It was very hard for him, since he was laughing so hard, but he got it eventually.  And Alaina finished her dinner.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Dreaded Day

We knew it was only a matter of time.  We knew that these past four months were something of a blessing and completely out of the ordinary.  But it's finally happened.

Alaina has figured out how to get out of bed.

It started yesterday with room time.  I used to just stick her on her bed with various toys and books, put up the bed rail, tell her to "have fun," close the door and leave.  And there she'd stay until I came to get her.  Then yesterday I started hearing funny sounds.  Sounds of a door being opened and closed.  I peeked around the corner at her closed door and saw a little shadow of someone running around her room.  I left her, only to hear her in the kitchen a little while later. 

Then last night, after I had put her in bed, I heard the same sounds.  I turned on the hall light and her door shut very quickly.  I gave her a stern lecture about staying in bed, and she did.

Then this morning, the room time is going about the same.  I had to tell her to at least stay in her room until room time was over.

This is a mixed blessing.  I'm glad she's learning new things and growing up.  I'm glad she's able to get herself out of bed, since caring for a newborn doesn't always allow me to rush to her every need anymore.  But I will miss knowing for sure if she's in bed or not.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Birth of Joya Shae Kimble

Facebook has made things weird.  For up-to-the-minute news, check there.  This blog probably won't ever tell you something you didn't know, but it is a means to chronicle the life of our family.  So here is the story of how Joya made her entrance into the world.

Wednesday, October 13, I had my 40-week check up at the OB.  It consisted of an hour long non-stress test, which we passed with flying colors, an ultrasound, where the tech told me the baby would be 8 lbs, 11 oz, and a lovely pelvic exam, when my doctor told me I was 3 1/2 cm dilated.  Life was still all about the waiting game.  We scheduled an induction for Monday, October 18, just in case the little girl decided to make my womb her permanent home.  Home I went.

That night, I made spaghetti for dinner, wearing an apron to cover my huge belly and protect my sister's favorite maternity shirt from being spattered with red sauce.  I walked to the mailbox while Lee gave Alaina a bath after dinner.  I took the long way, hoping to work some magic.  We put Alaina to bed, and I settled in to watch Survivor.  I began to have contractions, like I had been every night for the past two weeks.  These ones were definitely stronger than the ones before, but nothing to write home about.  I began to time them.  By 8:30 I noticed they were coming between 7 and 9 minutes.  My OB had told me that she thought my labor would progress quickly, and that if I noticed they were 7 minutes apart for 20 minutes, I should get my priorities in order and get to the hospital.  Well, these were coming between 7 and 9, but definitely sometime in that time frame.  I called her, and she told me to go in.  We called Mom at 9:00 to come stay with Alaina, and left for the hospital around 9:45.

Once at the hospital, I was hooked up to the monitor.  For about two hours my contractions were only coming every 8 minutes, and my L&D nurse Molly said that we'd watch for another hour and then they'd probably just send me home.  That was my worst nightmare.  I knew that the contractions had been coming regularly since 7, so I was definitely in labor.  I didn't want to go home for just a couple of hours and come right back.  So I decided to walk.  I walked like a mad woman up and down a long, dark, quiet hall for an hour.  During my walk a few of the contractions were strong enough to slow me down a little, but I wasn't sure how far apart they were, since I had a hard tell telling while I was walking.  At 1:00am I went back to the room, and after a check found I was 4 cm dilated.  Also, the contractions were now coming every 5 minutes or so.  Since I had made a little change, they admitted me and told me I could have an epidural whenever I wanted.  I decided to wait until 4:00am, since the contractions were just uncomfortable, not horrible.

I made it to 4:00 and asked for the sweet, sweet epidural.  I had a lovely lady anesthesiologist, and within 40 minutes I was numb and relaxed enough to sleep.  Which was good, because I am NOT a night-owl, and laboring did not allow for sleep.  They gave me some pitocin since my contractions had slowed down a little.  And they told me to sleep.  So I cat-napped for a couple of hours.

At 7:00am, my doctor came in to check on me.  I was 5 cm at that point, and she broke my water.  After she left, I was able to nap again, only to be awakened at 9:00am by some terrible pressure.  I called my new L&D nurse Audrey in, and she said I was 9+ cm.  We were shocked that it only took two hours to go that far.  She began preparing the room for the birth and told me to hold off on pushing the magic epidural button if I could.  Then began a long hour of contractions every 2 minutes and that awful pressure.  She said the OB said to call her when I was just about to give birth.  I began to think the OB wouldn't make it, but those L&D nurses are pretty smart.  At 10:10 Audrey had me do some practice pushing and by 10:15 said she was going to call the OB.  The OB showed up at about 10:25, and at 10:31, Joya showed her little face.  There is nothing in the world like the instant relief of finally pushing out a baby.

Joya howled her little lungs out for a good half hour.  The doctor got me all stitched up and the nurse got me all cleaned up, and the room was pretty quiet by a little after 11:00.  Just like that.  I was so amazed at how fast everything went this time.  Alaina's birth took forever, but Joya's came and went.  The nurse told Lee to order lunch, and I had a delicious cheeseburger while we called our family.

And now she's here!  She's one week old, and we're still making adjustments.  I am still remarkably sore and have very little energy to do anything other than feed and diaper my girls.  I had a good case of baby blues for the first five days or so, but I think even those are gone.  I think I can see beyond where we are and look to how things might be in the future, when I have energy again.

Joya really is sweet and as undemanding about food as her older sister was.  We're currently working on getting her days and nights straight, since she likes to be awake for a good hour or two in the middle of the night.  And she does NOT want to spend that hour lying in her bed.  But the beauty of staying home is that in the morning I put Joya down for a nap between 7:30 and 8:00, and Alaina has room time around 8:30, and I get a good 45 minute nap in.  It really helps.

So begins life with two girls.  I'm still a little nervous about how it's all going to work, but there's nothing I can do about it now.  Dumber people than me have had two kids...surely I can handle it too!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Because I can't get enough sleeping pictures.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Quick Alaina Cuties

Alaina has a new game: try on Mommy's shoes.  She goes into my closet and digs the shoes out that I haven't worn in a long time...heels, flats, crocs.  She shuffles around the house in them.  Yet another thing you don't have to teach a little girl to do.


At lunch, this came out of Alaina's mouth:

"Fluffy puppies are SOO cute. 
Baby Naomi is SOO cute.
Apple Ben is...big and strong."


Alaina has named one of her stuffed bears.  I've been waiting for this day.  I walked in her room after her nap and she was playing with a bear that Grandma Kimble gave her.  She saw me and announced, "This bear is Radar!"  Radar is the name of Big Bird's bear.  She then referred to him as "Radar" for the rest of the afternoon. 

She may be all Two, but she is pretty cute about it.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Dragging Her Into A Rut

For breakfast, we like things quick and simple. Instant oatmeal, yogurt, toast, cereal or a bagel are all the typical choices around this house. For more elaborate breakfast meals, we wait until dinner. We often have pancakes and sausage or scrambled eggs and hash browns or biscuits and gravy for dinner. I have more time to make it at that time of day, and it works for us. Especially on Saturdays or Sundays.

Last Sunday we had blueberry muffins for dinner. A nice lighter meal. Yummy in the tummy. Later in the week, Alaina was having yogurt for breakfast. When I give her yogurt, I always offer her either toast ("like Grandad likes it"...with grape jelly) or dry Cheerios. She wasn't too interested in either of those options, so I had a flash of brilliance. We had a couple of leftover muffins, so I gave it to her with her yogurt. I thought it was a fun treat; let's face it, muffins are really just cake disguised as breakfast.

Well, she refused to eat it. She kept saying "I eat breakfast." Because she's never had a muffin at breakfast, only for dinner. She thought I was trying to get her to eat a dinner food. She asked for toast "like Grandad likes it" instead.

I know I get in a rut in how I do things. Most of the time I like it there. Apparently, though, I've dragged her down with me, to the point where muffins are now dinner food and cannot be served for breakfast.

Next lesson: how to teach your child how to think outside the box. Since I often have a problem with this one, I'm not sure how to teach it to her.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Girl and Her Tutu

Thanks to Grandma Kimble, Alaina has her first tutu. Of course she loves it. You don't have to teach little girls how to love tutus. I see hours of dress-up in her future.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

What She Does When She Wakes Up

She still doesn't know she could get out of bed if she wanted to. And if any of you tell her, I'll cut off your thumbs and shove them up your nose.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

My Little Artist

That, my friends, is a crayon drawing on the window. I always wondered when that would happen. I try to be careful and not let her use crayons when she is not getting 100% supervision, but she found a crayon that had somehow escaped the latest clean-up. I was making dinner, and Lee asked me if I had noticed her little work of art. I hadn't. We told her it was a No-No-No...a phrase that always lets her know when something is not good. She sobbed as if we broke her little heart.
It was bound to happen. It was only a matter of time.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Mommy/Daughter Date

I've been feeling so sorry for Alaina lately. On Tuesday we spent the day at my mom's house, where Alaina spent the afternoon running around their nice backyard. We got home at about 8:00 that night, and I put her to bed. She didn't move a muscle until 8:00 the next morning. I know this, because her covers were in the exact spot that I had put them the night before, which NEVER happens to my little night-wiggler. In fact, on Wednesday she slept in until 8:00, went back to sleep around 9:00 during her room time, and took an almost 3 hour nap in the afternoon. All that fresh air and exercise wore her out.

I know that she has so much energy. I have almost zero. So today I took her to the mall to see the puppies. We weren't there very long and she didn't get to walk too far, but I hoped that it would help burn off a fraction of the energy that seems to ooze from her pores. It's so hot out today, or we might have tried the park, although I'm not sure how much walking I can do at this point. She does her best to run around our tiny place.

I also took her to McDonald's for lunch. This is really only the second time I've ever done it, but I wanted to give her a treat, because she really has been very good this week. And I don't know how much of that we're going to do once Baby Sister comes.

I think I'm starting to grasp the parental desire to shower your child with every good thing imaginable.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Ah, Innocence

Last night after dinner, Lee got the urge to watch a few choice scenes from Turner and Hooch. I hope you've all seen that movie; it's a Tom Hanks classic.

Alaina was sitting and watching with us, and we were pointing out the big, gross dog and his drool. Well, at one point, Hooch busts out of the room he was locked in and D E S T R O Y S the house. Lee laughed and we said "Bad dog!" to let Alaina know that it really is not okay to destroy a house. Well, the scene is a little long as you see everything the dog gets into. After about two minutes, Alaina started to cry and yelled "No no no!"

It was so sweet to see her bothered by something on TV. I will mourn the day she loses that.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

My 2-Year-Old

Alaina is a 2-year-old. It is hot. I'm pregnant. And so, here are some things that Alaina does that I think are cute:
  • She loves to sing.

  • She loves to jump.

  • She just had her very first dentist appointment and acted like a champ. She wouldn't sit in the chair unless I was in it, but she let them count AND clean her teeth. She loved the water and suction.

  • She likes to tell me she'll "be right back."

  • She likes to greet strangers if she thinks she is going to make eye contact with them.

That's all I can think of for now.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

One of my favorite pics, taken on our excursion to the mountains in June.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Growing Like A Weed

Yesterday, these sandals fit just fine. I promise. Now her little toes are practically hanging over the edge. When we got home from errands today, she was saying "Owie! I have an owie!" I took off the sandals and found a little spot on the top of her foot where the too-small sandal was rubbing the skin away.

Hope the second-hand store has some sandals this late in the season. Looks like we have our errand planned for tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Day 2: A HUGE Success

Day Two of potty training went REALLY REALLY well. You can read all about it:

Or you can avoid the gory details and just know that sooner than I dared to dream, I will have a potty-trained little girl.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Day One of the Potty Training Saga

I'm too pooped to write about here too. I blogged about it on my other blog. Check if out if you want.

WARNING: Graphic language used (words such as "poop" and "pee")

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Case of the Missing Shoes

Last night I was sitting on the couch with my feet up, trying to keep Alaina from crawling all over me. So I set her to work, putting away things. Her favorite chore right now is putting things in the trash. Her second favorite is putting away MY stuff. So I asked her to put my sandals in my closet.

These are the black flip-flop type sandals I wear every day. They are dear to me. And this morning I couldn't find them. They were not in my closet.

Once I asked her to put away my shoes and found them in my clothes hamper. So that was the first place I looked...not there.

So I went to get her out of her room this morning, and thought maybe she put them with HER sandals. She's very good about putting her shoes where they belong when I ask her to. But alas, my sandals were not with her sandals.

She does have two hiding spots that I always seem to forget about. Checked them both, both were empty.

Now, our apartment is not that big, and is relatively clean (for the most part.) I have my piles and stashes, but they are all up on counters that Alaina can't reach, so I knew they had to be somewhere low to the ground. I grunted my way onto all fours and looked under beds and dressers to no avail. So I decided to look in the closet again.

I admit it...I have a shoe organizer that I don't really use. Scratch that; I use it only for the shoes I am not currently wearing. The shoes that I wear most frequently are in a pile in front of the shoe organizer so I can just slip them on without having to get them out of their little cubby hole. Anyway, my sandals just weren't in the pile. I dug through it several times. So I crouched down and began to look in each of the cubbies...

...and lo and behold, there were my sandals! Both of them! In the same cubby! Not only had she taken my shoes to the closet like I asked, but she put them AWAY away, where they belonged.

She puts things away....I put things in piles. I might have to have her do all the picking up around here from now on.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Cow Appreciation Day 2010


We don't go out to eat much. In fact, we usually don't go out to eat unless we have a gift card. And even then, we'll hold onto it until we find a coupon to use WITH the gift card. I know, I know...our frugality goes to depths that you probably didn't even know about. Hopefully it's not unhealthy.

In the spirit of not paying for food when we go out to eat, we dressed up as cows on July 9, 2010 to participate in Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-a. Chick-fil-a had been advertising that if you came dressed as a cow, head to toe, on July 9 you would get a free meal. At first I didn't want to because free food usually equals BIG crowds. I have a strong dislike for big crowds. It's why I don't make more of an effort to go to things like Rockies games, even though I really enjoy them. But Lee and I decided that we should dress up and go for an early dinner, around 4:30 or so, and maybe we'd beat the dinner rush.

So I came up with cow costumes for all of us, using a combination of the cow kit provided on Chick-fil-a's website and stuff I had at home. And we did it. We decked ourselves out. I felt silly getting in and out of the car, but as soon as we stepped foot in the Chick-fil-a, I felt at home. There were cows EVERYWHERE. It was busy, but not line-out-the-door-around-the-building-down-the-block busy. (We've participated in something like that once, just to get free burritos from Chipotle. Still not sure it was worth it.) In fact, we only had to wait in line like you normally would when you go to Chick-fil-a. We stepped up to the counter and the kid smiled at us. I asked "What do we get?" because if you weren't dressed up enough you'd just get a free sandwich. But all three of us were wearing black and white only, with contrasting spots. We had on ears and Lee and I sported the noses found on the website. The kid said "Anything you want." So we had full meals, all for free.

Chick-fil-a is amazing. Free Chick-fil-a is MORE amazing. We're already looking forward to Cow Appreciation Day 2011.
*This post is dedicated to my old, dear, long-lost friend, Erin (Green) Bradley, who was the founding member of the Heiferette Club. Every moo in my heart belongs to her.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Big Girl Bed Adventures

Well, we've made the switch. Last night we put Alaina in her big girl bed for the first time. We set up the bed on Monday and put her new bedspread on it, which she loved. It's covered in flowers and butterflies, and she calls it "beautiful." Then on Wednesday we put up the bed rail, so Wednesday night was the first night for the new bed.

She did great. I'm pretty sure she has no idea that she could get out of bed if she wanted to. She stayed in it all night and I got her out of it when she woke up this morning. She is currently napping in the bed and has made no moves to get up either. I am okay with this.

I know this is a big milestone, and I can't believe how ready she was for it. Does this mean she'll be as ready when we start potty training in the next couple of weeks? (That is, if I can work up the courage.) She has surprised me about a lot of things in her little life. Time will tell.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

She Doesn't Miss A Thing

Soon, like in the next couple of weeks, we are going to move Alaina to a twin bed. I'm tired of lifting her in and out of that crib. But that will mean that she'll be able to get up on her own, and that makes me a little sad. I love going to get her from her crib in the morning. She is usually quite happy, just hanging out until I come rescue her.

She used to comment on whatever I was wearing when I'd come to get her. She'd mention the color of my shirt, or whether I was wearing sandals or if I was barefoot. Now, pretty much every time I go in to get her in the morning, she points at my protruding belly and says "Baby sister!"

I guess the size of my belly now eclipses every thing else about me.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Why Does She Do This?

All week, Alaina's afternoon naps have been around an hour and a half. I put her down at one and get her up around three if she's awake. She's been waking up between 2:30 and 2:45 pretty consistently, but I let her play in bed until 3:00.

Today it is 97 degrees outside. I want to go swimming. The pool is less than 50 yards from our front door. I can hear children splashing. It is 2:54, and Alaina has not made a peep. It seems that every time I want to take her swimming, she chooses to make her afternoon nap a three hour ordeal.

I know she loves swimming. So WHY does she do this? I'm hot and fat and I needs me some pool time!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday Alaina!

You are 2 years old! I can't believe how much fun it is to have a 2-year-old. I had no idea this is what life would be like when I was looking at your sleepy, squishy face two years ago. You are growing and learning; you are fun and funny. I love that you love people and that you feel free to greet strangers with a cheerful hello and a smile. I hope you never lose that, and I hope to teach you how to temper it with discernment so you can be free to love strangers without putting yourself in danger. You are going to be a big sister this year, and I think you are going to love having a little sister for a playmate. You will have so much to teach her.

Daddy and I love you very much. We pray that God protects your life and protects you from evil. We pray that God will draw you to Him at an early age, and that you will hate sin and get caught when you're guilty. We pray that God prepares friends for you that will encourage you in your walk with Him. And we pray that you will be a woman of influence, and not one who is easily influenced by the world.

Happy Birthday, Sweets. You make our life happy.



Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday and a Shameless Plug

Dressing up on a snowy day.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Remember this face?
Alaina - 8 days old

Friday, January 22, 2010

No, I Did Not Give Her One

This morning during breakfast, Alaina was whining. She had eaten most of her peach instant oatmeal, and was sitting her in chair just whining away. And she's a toddler, so there were no words, just annoying sounds. I said, "Honey, I can't understand you when you're whining. You'll have to use your words. What do you want?"

She looked at me and said, "Cookie?"

I don't know where she comes up with this stuff.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

I Think She's Teasing Me

Alaina is a pretty smart cookie. She can count to 11. She can recognize a circle. She can tell you what a cat, dog, duck, bird, chicken, pig, horse, cow, sheep, lion, gorilla, monkey and an elephant all say. I think she finally knows the difference between up and down and on and off. And she can also recognize the letter "A" and the letter "B."

But every time I draw or point to the letter "C" she says "circle." Every. Time. To which I usually respond, "No, that's a 'C.' A, B, C." Yesterday she replied, "A, B, circle."

I think it might be her first joke.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Goodbye, Baby

Alaina is officially getting old. She did so well in her booster seat at Grandma and Grandpa Kimble's that we put away the high chair yesterday. She now eats at the table like a real person. She also wears real, velcro little girl sneakers. And of course, the potty-training began yesterday.

Goodbye, Baby Alaina. We've loved having you and we'll miss you. But we also love this new Little Girl Alaina. We can't wait to see everything you learn to do.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Welcome 2010!

Happy New Year! We've been spending the last two weeks in Kansas City with the in-laws. It's been a quick, relaxing, enjoyable holiday and we're as bummed about leaving as we are looking forward to being home and starting our new year.

You're never going to believe this, but I've actually started another blog. No, I'm not abandoning this one or even my other one. This new one is called The Pumpkin Pie Patch, and I plan to make it about all things mommy. My idea for it came because I plan to start potty-training Alaina next week, and I'd like to blog about it a la the movie Julie & Julia. I'd also like to get into product reviewing and blog giveaways, and I needed a not-so-Kimble one in order to do that. The Pumpkin Pie Patch will have a little less personal info on it so I can really send it into the void. I hope you all read it and even publically follow it, so more people will be inclined to. The more people who follow it, the more inclined companies will be to let me review products and giveaway their stuff.

My sister-in-law's husband (my husband's brother-in-law? my brother-in-law? I never know what to call that guy) has also introduced me to book reviewing. I haven't done any yet, but there are several websites to sign up on that will send you books to review. I plan to do said book reviews on the Victoria Kimble blog.

So check them out. Tell your friends. And happy new year.