Monday, August 23, 2010
The first day went great. I really love my class so far. I had 22 on my roster, but only 17 came. I guess we'll see if the other 5 remember to come back to school! This group is very sweet, and I have a really good feeling about this year. As they were leaving, I heard a bunch of them say, "I like 3rd grade!" And that's what I want to hear.
I promise I'll post about Adelay next and include pictures. I know that she's the star of this blog! She's doing great, though. She's been back to her "old" self, and by that I mean bedtime is no longer a problem! Thank the Lord! She's going down, awake, with out crying. That's all I was asking for! Is that so hard? OK, maybe it is, but she's doing it again, so whew! If you're wondering, "How?" My response is "cry it out". When we were at my dad's, I felt awkward doing that. Plus, I don't trust the crib at his house. When we got back to our house, I was like, "See ya, kid!" during bedtime. I know she's fed, has a clean diaper, and is safe. She'd cry because she wanted to play, but it was time to sleep. So, even though it's hard, we let her cry it out. And it really did work for us. If she was still crying after 10 minutes, I'd lay her down, pat her back for a while, and leave. And after a few days, she got the hint. Again, I'm sooo glad she is sleeping "right" since school is back in session. It makes life a bit easier.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
For my last weekend before I went back to work, Rick was going to whisk Adelay away for me so I could have a weekend to myself, child and husband free, like back in the good old days (j/k!). He was originally going to take her down to Missouri to his family reunion, but he couldn't get his brother or sister to go with him, and he didn't want to brave a 7 hour car trip with a one-year old on his own. So they both stayed here, which was fine until 10AM on Saturday. While attempting to put Adelay down for her nap, Rick was poked in the eye by our precious daughter. Not just a little poke - this was a straight-fingered, 3 Stoogesesque, hard jab that hit him square on. His whole face shut down for a little while (aren't reflexes grand?) leaving me with the darling for a little bit while he tried to pry open his eyes again. I have to say, I was deeply impressed by how Rick handled the whole thing. If it was me, I'm just gonna be honest and say that I would probably have lost it. Now, this is only because I was already on the verge, but, anyways, Rick was so good natured about it and was still trying to comfort her, and he was just being great. And his eye SWELLED up, so I know it hurt! The lesson of this story is beware Adelay's fingers or your eye could be next.
The training for the marathon is going well. I know we've only been doing it for a week and a half now, so this may be a premature statement, but I think... I think I might be starting to like jogging!!! GASP! You have to understand that before this, I H-A-T-E-D it. I was that person who would awkwardly jog for like 5 steps before quitting if I was in a hurry to get somewhere. I didn't do the Saturday 6AM jog this time because Rick and I decided that he would go (but he didn't), and I would stay home with Addy. I really meant to get my jog in that day, but I was a bit busy doing some things, and didn't manage to squeeze it in. And I missed it! I felt a longing to go jog, and I even thought about doing it Sunday (but didn't). So when I went for the jog on Monday, it felt great! And I was sooo surprised! I hope this keeps up, especially now that work has started again for me.
Work is work. I feel blessed to have a job and that I actually love my job. It feels a little strange going back this year, though. It's just different than it has been in the past. No "new year tingles". Meh. I do love teaching, though, and I think this year will be great. Addy will be bouncing around between Rick, my dad, and Mamiyagi. Her schedule depends on if and when Rick finds a contract job and his hours and location. Until he finds one, though, he'll be shuttling her around or taking care of her at home.
Well, that is really pretty much it! I gotta go to bed! I have to actually get up by alarm clock again tomorrow! On Monday, I swear I snoozed it at least 5 times. The first 3 times, I didn't understand that it was an alarm clock that was going off. I might need to invest in a caffeine drip.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
After that, it was off to Grandpa's. I walked/ jogged on his treadmill because this whole triple digit heat makes doing that outside a no-go. Then, it was time to try PEANUT BUTTER!! I thought about 2 bites into it, "Maybe I should have some medicine on hand just in case... eh, she's ok." And she was! Whew!
Peanut butter... nam nam...
And THEN, after that, well, much later, we went to the mall with Daddy! She had fun feeding him and playing on the play stuff.
Feeding each other!
Yeah, my one year old drinks from the straw from juice boxes.
She's also unconventional (and STRONG) and climbs UP the slide (and, yes, she made it to the top and slid down!).
Saturday, August 7, 2010
After that, Addy had her birthday pictures taken at JC Penneys. I get these coupons for free sittings, so that's why I go there. Coupons work! It was funny because for her previous sessions, she'd be so good and cooperative. She'd lie down, look at the camera/ mommy, and smile (more or less). Today, as a walker, she was everywhere! She was twirling around in circles, running out of the area, not staying on the mark... it was funny. She was extremely happy for the whole thing, just not doing what she was supposed to! We have this gorilla we use, and she was kicking it, body slamming it... she used to hug it. Despite her rambunctioness, we did get a few cute ones. She is such a social little thing, though! As soon as we got in the studio, she was all about the other kids that were there. She'd point at them, "chat" with them, "chat" at them, walk up to them and smile - she even walked up to one guy and smacked him on the cheek. Not hard, just, a "Hey! Wake up" kind of smack. He laughed, so I don't really feel bad about it. But maybe he only laughed so she wouldn't hit him again... hmm... Anyways, I'm still always amazed at how friendly she is and how willing she is to just go up and be a friend. If this trend continues, I think she's going to be a lot like my mom. Nice and friendly, but a go-getter at the same time. I hope I can keep up!
Around 2, Rylin came over so his parents could celebrate his mommy's birthday. He was a great baby, and they had fun playing together. Probably the most... hmm... what would be the right adjective... I'll go with plain old interesting.... Start over. Probably the most interesting part of the afternoon was when they were on the couch together and Rylin made HIS move. Addy was sitting on the couch next to Rick, so I sat on the couch next to her, put Rylin in between us, and before I knew it, a slobber fest was going on right in front of us! These boys sure are bold! I think I see karate classes in Adelay's future.
Such a sweet baby boy!
Rick called her pants "60s pants". For obvious reasons. Flower power, all the way.