Friday, November 30, 2007
But I probably shouldn't spend this much time on the computer, though I enjoy it. So I'm sure the daily blogging won't continue in December, but maybe a little more often than my average "every 3.3 days"... I hope everyone else will continue to post often!
In the true holiday spirit, we went out as a family to participate in a festive winter activity: Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo. Picture this: sometime between Christmas and New Years you go to the zoo, at night, in order to see thousands and thousands of strands of lights. So of course, it's cold. You can still enjoy the inside exhibits, and they have lots of holiday festivities. It was really fun, and we went with Pam, Craig, & Jack. I was amazed at how well Katy did (ha! no pun intended), because she was up waaaay past her bedtime. But they had a blast, and now I'm even more in the Christmas spirit. Now if I could turn that mood into the motivation to get some shopping done, we'd be making progress...
It's hard to move in all this gear...
Apparently these "Bubble Boy" contraptions are all the rage in England. :)
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I'm not one to decorate for each season (though I wish I was, I always think it's so pretty, I just haven't ever done it), so maybe that's why I love decorating for Christmas. It's the one time of the year that there's a little variety in the house, and it brings warm homey feelings. Here's a look at some of the new additions to our Christmas cheer...
A fourth stocking for baby brother...(he doesn't need a full size one, obviously)
My growing Willow Tree Nativity scene
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
So I won't share the family picture we selected for the card, because that would be anticlimactic for those of you who get a card, don't you think? But here are a couple that we also thought were good (these are pre-crop, so the prints look a little better than this):
Monday, November 26, 2007
So I was happier overall with my experience at Portrait Innovations, but I did spend more money, maybe about 30-40% more than I would've at JCP. But here were the highlights:
*I think it's impossible to go to any portrait studio this time of year and it not be busy. But even though it was busy, I didn't feel stressed. There was plenty of room, entertaining toys for Katy, and you got to SIT in front of a large monitor to review your pictures.
*They were really good at getting Katy to smile. I was nervous because of her recent anxiety, I thought she'd be so scared she wouldn't cooperate, but she did great. They were really good with kids.
*They encourage you to bring an outfit change and take lots of poses, so you are sure to come up with something that you like. (I actually brought a 2nd non-Christmas outfit for Katy, intending to get some generic 18-month shots, but I didn't like any of them, so I ended up with all Christmas poses, but that's fine)
*You get your photos in 20 minutes, rather than 3 weeks later at JCP. Plus, this place is much closer to my house than JCP, so when Katy was tired and hungry and I decided not to wait, I was able to run over there the next morning and pick them up - convenient!
*There were lots of props and different backgrounds, so you could come regularly and not get bored.
*They do have a $9.95 deal similar to JCP if you only get one pose. But if you go up from there, it's more expensive, like I said. I really like how JCP has the mix and match sheets for $3.99 each. That's just a darn good deal - you can walk outta there with a large stack of pictures for $30.
So many of you will see the results of this session in at least one form in a Christmas card soon enough. I'm not sure the next time around what I will decide - was it worth the extra money?
Sunday, November 25, 2007
1) Rearrange the master bedroom to accomodate everything that is currently in Brian's office.
2) Move everything from Brian's office into the master bedroom.
3) Move the current guest room furniture into the former office.
4) Set up a "big girl room" in the old guest room.
So I'm spending a lot of time on craigslist these days, looking for some of the items that we need to make all of this possible. And it occured to me that if I'm going to give someone money for their used belongings, I'd love to give it to someone I know. So does anyone have or know of anyone who'd like to sell any of the following items?
*Dresser for Katy's new room, preferrably white or off-white
*Crib - we have an extra mattress, so all I need is a frame that meets current safety standards
*Double stroller (front to back, that you can put a Graco infant car seat into) (ok, so this isn't for the Great Room Exchange, but I'm also looking for one of these on craigslist)
*A rolltop desk, not too large, because we don't have a huge space
I know many of you who read this blog are setting up for your own growing families, so it's a long shot that anyone will have anything, but I thought it was worth asking...
Saturday, November 24, 2007
*Katy slept very well, including naps, at both my Dad's and my grandma's. She's a much better traveler than this time last year. And I only packed 2 small bags for her.
*Katy is obsessed with animals, and absolutely loved my Dad's dog Scout. Just look at that smile.
*We got lots of hang-out time with family, including 7 grandparents. We are so very fortunate to have all this family.
*I got to stop by and see my friend Cindy and her family. I love seeing them, and it brings back a lot of good memories from growing up. Plus it was fun to see how Katy interacted in her home. She gave kisses all around as we left.
*My grandpa dug out this swing that he built when my mom was little. Katy's time at my grandparents' was a series of swinging, eating, and chasing the cat...
*So Katy loved Rosie the cat. She chased it just like she chased the dog, but the cat was less than thrilled. At one point she followed Rosie into the other room, and I went behind her, because I was nervous that she was annoying the cat a little too much. And good thing I did: as Rosie ran under a coat rack and Katy reached under to pet her, the cat started to hiss. I reached over and scooped her up, but not quite quickly enough. The cat went nuts, scratching, hissing, and snapping at her. She managed to scrape her paw across Katy's temple before I grabbed her, and it scared both of us into tears. But I am really thankful for this. First of all, I'm thankful that I was right there to grab her, that the cat missed her eye, and that I got a really good warning about how I need to teach Katy to be careful around animals. I don't have any pets, so I don't think I'm as careful as I should be about them. This little incident really freaked me out. Unfortunately, it had no effect on Katy. She continued to try to chase the poor animal and chant "kee kat, kee kat, kee kat." So I have some work to do...
*Brian got to watch alot of sports. This is really relaxing for him so I'm glad that he had a good time. He and my grandpa had quite the set-up, so they were sure not to miss a beat...
Friday, November 23, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
I spent my entire morning ringing my hands and twiddling my thumbs, waiting for my appointment around lunchtime. The time finally arrived, we got there 2 minutes early, and they informed us that things were really backed up. If you regularly visit an ob/gyn office, you know that's a bad sign. So we waited a painstaking 1.25 hours in the waiting room. Brian tried to distract me with lots of hype about tomorrow's big game, but I was really anxious. Come on, let's go!! But finally, the results are in...
Backbend or somersault? Looks like it hurts...
She asked us which one of us had big feet, because apparently these are huge
This one's a little hard to make out, but right in the middle is a nose (one nostril on top of the other) and lips to the left
Thursday, November 15, 2007
21 weeks with Katy, pulling my shirt snug to get the full effect
21 weeks with #2, no shirt pulling necessary
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I should've just left well enough alone. Why did I have to go on and on about how happy I was with my cake server? I should've kept my big mouth shut.
About an hour after I posted last night, I opened the door to the basement stairs to put my beloved cake server away (I keep some bigger things that I don't use everyday down there). I don't know what happened next, but somehow I dropped it. Again. This time down the stairs. I almost cried when I got to the bottom of the stairs and saw this:
Do you think they'll send me a whole new dome for free?
P.S. Thanks for all the advice about the fish. I think you effectively talked me out of it.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
As a wedding present (or perhaps a shower gift?), I received the Sterilite Cake Server, model 0200.
I love this item. I didn't realize before I owned one how often I needed to carry baked goods (cakes, cupcakes, muffins, etc.) from point A to point B without smooshing them. I didn't realize a couple weeks ago as I was using it that it would all come to a tragic end.
As I was carrying the Sterilite Cake Server (empty, thanks goodness), I lost my footing, tripped, and dropped it. One of the little side latches snapped off and broke, and I was no longer able to properly close my Sterilite Cake Server. This tiny problem made my cake server...essentially useless.
The cake server retails for about $20, I think, so it's not like this was a huge deal, but I was really bummed. So I thought I'd take a chance and go to the Sterilite website. I filled out a short online form explaining my problem, and guess what arrived in the mail today? A brand new side latch for my Sterilite Cake Server. Remember that it was broken because I dropped it, and I didn't have a receipt because I got it as a gift over 2 years ago. But no questions asked, my cake server is good as new. And even though this probably cost the company about a buck fiddy, I am so happy.
So happy, that I had to tell all my family in friends about my positive service encounter at Sterilite.
Monday, November 12, 2007
A new family is born...yay!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
So does anyone have any experience owning fish? We had a tank when I was a kid, but I don't remember the upkeep. I just don't want to get into a situation where you are constantly putting money into it, or you have to find someone to come and feed them everytime you go out of town (we travel alot, as you may have noticed). And what's the deal with bowl vs. aquarium? Do the fish in the bowl just not require the air pump or something? Why do they get the short end of the stick?
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Here are some stats about Katydid's first year:
(note: for statistical purposes, October = October 27-31, 2006 & October 1-26, 2007)
Number of posts in the first year: 113
Least posts in one month: September '07 - 5 posts
Most posts in one month: May '07 - 14 posts
Average number of posts/month: 9.4
Average time between posts: 3.3 days
Post with the most comments: Check out Katy's new shirt: 8 comments
Number of posts without any comments: 28
Some of Katydid's firsts:
First post, October 27th, 2006:
Okay, so I see this Sonic commercial on TV, it goes something like this:
Guy: I'm gonna put something on my blog about this milkshake, I think the readers would really like to hear about it.
Wife: You mean your mom?
Guy: Yeah, she's one of the readers.
Wife: I think she's THE reader.
Guy: Well, she said she was gonna tell her neighbor about it, so....
And I'm cracking UP, and I think, you know? I think I want to start a blog. Pam and Kelsey have one for their babies, and I love checking in on them. So Mom, if you're the only reader, ENJOY!! If anyone else checks in, bonus!
So for now, I'm just gonna see if I can post a picture, but I think it will be fun to keep a journal of life with my funny little 5 month old.
First photo, October 27th, 2006:
First video, January 15, 2007: (there was only a link, I hadn't figured out how to put it directly into the post yet)
Thank you, Stadium Hat!, November 19, 2006
All bundled up, December 7, 2006
OT clinic from IKEA, March 5, 2007
One exciting milestone and one scary one, April 5, 2007
Movie review - as if I know, May 31, 2007
A lesson learned, August 10, 2007
First comparison, October 5, 2007
Here's to another good year of blogging!!
Friday, November 09, 2007
What were you doing ten years ago?
1) Taking gross anatomy (yes, real cadavers)
2) Living in a town house with 3 guys and 3 girls (we had separate bathrooms, thank goodness)
3) Doing step aerobics 4 times a week
4) Walking 30 minutes each way to class everyday (no car)
5) Learning how to eat without a dining hall pass
What were you doing one year ago?
1) Finally catching my breath from becoming a mom
2) Starting a new part time job
3) Remodeling our kitchen
4) Going to a young mom's Bible study
5) Helping Katy learn to sit up
Five snacks you enjoy:
1) Wheat thins and colby jack cheese
2) kettle popcorn
3) BBQ Baked Lays
4) chocolate chip cookies and milk
5) a bowl of cereal
Five Songs you know the lyrics to:
1) hakuna matata
2) Sin Wagon by the Dixie Chicks
3) many songs from Moulin Rouge
4) Fast Cars and Freedom by Rascal Flatts
5) Billy Jean by Michael Jackson
Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:
1) Give a lot to the church/charities/good causes
2) Buy a nice house in a fun community with good schools
3) And hire a decorator and a chef
4) Stock Brian's new garage with top of the line tools
5) Buy a vacation house where our families can get together often
Five bad habits:
1) Getting fast food for lunch
2) Impulse buys
3) Staying up too late
4) Checking my email too often
5) Automatically turning the TV on after dinner
Five things you like to do:
1) shop on craigslist.com
2) bargain hunt
3) read magazines
4) visit family
5) relax with Brian and Katy
Five things you will never wear again:
1) poufy bangs
2) pegged jeans
3) a bikini (not that I wore alot of these before)
4) Umbros when I'm not playing sports
5) hi-top sneakers
Five favorite toys:
1) this laptop
2) my digital camera
4) my cell phone (and bluetooth headset)
5) my video monitor
Five things you hate to do:
1) Clean the bathtub/shower
2) Decide what's for dinner
3) Balance the budget (that's why Brian does it)
4) Take long car trips with a toddler
5) Go to the grocery with a toddler
I'm supposed to tag someone else to do this, but since I just tagged everyone I know for six things a couple weeks ago, I'll just leave this one open. If you'd like to do it - consider yourself tagged!
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Also, I added a poll in the right hand column. I thought it would be fun to see what people think the baby's gender is before we (hopefully) find out next Friday. So you can vote right up until the appointment!
Today is Brian's 33rd birthday. We were able to get Aunt Mel to babysit last night, so we went out to dinner and went to see Transformers (obviously Brian's choice). And as much I was sure I wouldn't like it, it was acutally pretty good. I mean, predictable and a little cheesy in parts, but it was funny and the effects were cool. Plus I was surprised how much I remembered about those little boy toys from the 80's. When the purple semi-truck pulled up, I was thinking, "hey, that looks familiar...oh yeah, Optimus Prime....it all comes back to me."
So here's a few pics of my husband to celebrate the beginning of his 34th year. I appreciate every day that I have with him!
You can take the boy out of Ohio, but you can't take Ohio out of the boy.
Crazy Uncle Brian
Resting with newborn Katy
Jason and Brian celebrate another Buckeye victory over Michigan!
Singing Happy Birthday to Daddy at our life group dinner this week. Happy 33rd, Brian!
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Actually, while I'm talking about Brett's blog, he had a really good post recently about how to subscribe to feeds of blogs that you check regularly, and how to get updates emailed to you, etc. It was so helpful that I thought I might put a link to it on here.
In other baby news...guess what today is? The halfway point of my pregnancy. Can you believe it? (Well, ok, even though 20/40 weeks is halfway, technically you aren't really pregnant for the first 2 weeks and you don't even know until you're 5 weeks, but according to medical terminology, I'm halfway). It's going so fast, and hearing about Brett and Abigail's new little one is starting me thinking about the whole newborn thing. Yikes...am I ready to do this again? I guess I better be. I have my ultrasound next Friday!!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
Katy, apparently, has been having a Smartie Party of her own behind my back (as evidenced by her braininess - notice her hamming it up at the end of the video).
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Also, thanks to everyone who commented on my last post. I do feel a little better about it, I think it's an anxiety thing, but I'm definitely going to bring it up at our appointment.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Katy had 3 different opportunities to dress as a lamby this October...
The debut was at the MOMS Club Halloween party in early October. She was so hot by the end...
Then our neighbor Brooklyn (born the same day as Katy) invited us to a nearby nursing home for trick or treat and a party
Our little lamby was a big hit with the residents
Finally October 31st was here... Grandpa stopped by to see her costume before we headed off.
We worked for an entire month to teach her to say "baaa". She had it down by the end.
Once again, we went with Brooklyn, Katy's BFF. She learned quickly to reach out for candy at each house. She said "dat doo" in response about half the time.
By the time we reached our final destination (Aunt Mel's house), our little lamby was exhausted. I can hardly wait to see what she dresses as next year!
I hope you had a wonderful Halloween as well. Be sure and check back tomorrow, because it's officially NaBloPoMo!