Thursday, December 30, 2004

Big New Year's Eve plans!

Well, first let me say that we are party animals those of us in this house. ANIMALS! OK, that's a lie. We are no such animals. The last time John and I partied, we were on a cruise ship two and a half years ago, in the ocean among friends and colleagues of John's with few cares in this world. Instead, this time we are going to fix a nice meal at home and those of us over the age of 20 months, are going to struggle to stay awake until midnight, ring in the new year, and then fall over into bed.
I cannot believe our baby is getting ready to start her second year out among the rest of us. Where did the time go?
See ya' father time, welcome baby new year! Here we go again...

Monday, December 27, 2004

What a Christmas!

So many gifts! John's favorite was a tie between his new Polartec pullover and his Star Wars DVDs. My favorite was a tie between my new watch and my Dept. 56 White House. Lauren got so many gifts I don't know if she has a favorite. She got balls, books, clothes, an easel, and lots and lots of toys. She is a very lucky little girl. We are a very lucky family. I hope you had as great a holiday as we did.
We are truly blessed.

Friday, December 24, 2004

Merry Christmas to everyone from our house to yours!! Safe travels to you!

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

NOT a fan of snow!

In Lauren's relatively short life, we have never had a measurable snowfall. That is, until last night. This morning after breakfast, we bundled up our snow baby in sweatpants, turtle neck body suit, socks, snow bibs, hat, heavy jacket and tennis shoes (I should have gotten boots!) and headed out. She immediately started making that noise where I know she hates something and will soon be crying, but I showed her the snow in my hand anyway. Unimpressed is an understatement. She did, however, find the dog running through the snow to be worth the torture of being out in the cold.
I think we will try again later. Maybe I'll bring in some snow and put it in the tub to play with...I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Santa times 2

We saw Santa for the first time this week at the VFW children's Christmas party and she was a bit shy at first and then, once almost everyone had left, gave him a smooch and offered him a bite of her cookie. We saw Santa (busy guy this time of year!) again today at the Elk's children's Christmas party. Today, she was shy for less time and even offered him some candy cane and then had a conversation with him as we happily snapped photos! She is getting brave in her old age.
Semi-sad side note: When Santa had to leave today, she got teary eyed and said, "He gone?" and I told her he was going to go rest for his big trip this Friday night and he needed his rest in order to bring her lots of goodies. She seemed to accept that fact.

Rest up Santa! You've got a long week ahead!

Tuesday, December 14, 2004


Another ear infection/eye infection. She is doing better today and should be her "old" self again by tomorrow. I can't wait for eating to return...

Monday, December 13, 2004

Sick again...

Again snotty nose, matted eyes, not eating, not feeling well. Sleeping at night is good, naps are long, her patience grow very short very quickly though. She's not putting up with much bull these days either. Peditrician's appointment later today should tell us what's up, again.

Dentist appointment
This morning, we had our second dentist appointment with Dr. Miller in Newburgh. She hated it, but her teeth look great. No cavaties, no weak spots. Great pearly whites!!!

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Welcome to pantsless Thursday!

Guess who just figured out how to take off her pants? You're right! Lauren! Now, do I go buy baby suspenders?

Monday, December 06, 2004

What does that mean anyway?

No means no right? WRONG! No can mean no, yes, now, later, hot, cold, no, hungry, full, thirsty, sleepy, no, food, drink, outside, inside, no, more, get the picture.
However, in our house, no is said by head shaking and "Uh uh."
"Do you want to get a drink?" (while she shakes her sippy cup)
"Uh uh"
"Do you want to go for a walk?" (while she drags my by the hand down the driveway)
"Uh uh"
"Do you want to go potty?" (while she is sitting on her potty)
"Uh uh"
Watch out Nancy Drew! I am getting to be a pretty good detective myself.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Playing for playings sake

I hear other mothers say how their child knows colors, shapes, letters, number etc., etc., etc. I let Lauren play. I let her run, play, cuddle, flip around, jump, sing songs, read books with her and occationally we talk about shapes and colors. Should I feel bad? Hope not, because I don't. I want her to have fun. Children her age learn through play. When did learning become everyone's focus? College applications, at least from what I remember, don't ask questions like: At what age did you know the difference in sage and spruce? When did you realize that all squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares? When could you count to 1,000,000?
Come on! Let kids be kids.
I know mine is. And I love her for it.