Wednesday, September 28, 2005

When will these mean bugs go away?

Mosquitos love Lauren, and me. We were outside yesterday for 10 minutes in the middle of the afternoon and she got 6 bites and I got 5. GO AWAY ALREADY!!
This is tourture for a kid who loves to be outside and with the beautiful weather we are having, she wants to be out all of the time. So do I.
I certainly don't want to bring on winter too soon, but a good hard frost would do us a lot of good and kill those buggers so we could enjoy outside again!

Friday we are going to the pumpkin patch with our friends, I'll post pictures as soon as I can.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Tiny dancer

When we asked Lauren recently what she wanted to be for Halloween, she said, "A ballerina like Trina" (there is a show on Disney called JoJo's Circus and her friend Trina is a, you guessed it, ballerina). So a ballerina she will be.
As a matter of fact, last year she went as both a ladybug and a ballerina since our temperatures varied so much in a matter of two days. One costume was built to keep her warm (the ladybug) and one was to keep her cool (a cheap ballerina costume from Old Navy complete with shoes).
Now comes the hard part. The shoes are her favorite part. This year. Last year's costumes shoes, on this year's feet. See where I'm going with this? She wants to wear them all of the time. She doesn't seem to care that they are too small. She loves them. She wants to wear them all of the time, including to bed (and for those of you following along, I allow the shoes in bed in order to get some much needed sleep).
I need to get her some new shoes so she doesn't get bunions.
Good thing she's a great dancer, and so darn cute!!!
I'll post pictures when the time comes for trick or treating in the final costume.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

3 nights and counting

Last night she slept all night in her bed, the two previous nights she got up only once. Yay!!! I think her Grandmomma figured out what was going on. Lauren was getting too hot, having bad dreams (like I do. Why didn't I think of that?) and then not being able to go back to sleep, would come in search of me.
Now with less cover, there seems to be more sleep.
Problem solved, at least for now.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Ah, the days of sleep...

Recently, just about the time I was getting really comfortable with Lauren sleeping in her big girl bed, she stopped. Stopped wanting to go in her room, let alone in her bed, and if you could get the first two things done, she certainly wasn't going to sleep there. Are you crazy? Sleep in her bed AT NIGHT?!?! COME ON!
At least that's what's what it seems. She will occasionally sleep in the hallway and on nights of desperation, sleeps on the floor of our room.
I don't want to think she's manipulating me into letting her sleep somewhere other than her bed, but that seems to be what's going on.
Grr! This is hard for me, but it seems to be hard for her as well.
I'll keep you updated.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Friday, September 09, 2005

Just a quick update...

We left for Chicago early Wednesday morning. Got in about 4:30. Walked and walked and walked and walked...I got up Thursday morning and went to the taping of Oprah. It was awesome and after it airs, I'll tell you all about it. I'll also let you know when it will be on, once I know. John and Lauren spent the day at the Shedd Aquarium where they had an awesome time. Lauren saw lots of "Dory" fish and the dolphins and beluga whales were among the favorites. Friday, we spent all day at the Museum of Science and Industry. It was cool, but lots of displays seem/look/feel old and several hands on displays simply didn't work.
Tomorrow, we are going to Michigan City to the outlet mall and the dunes and then to Indianapolis for the night. Home Sunday. I will post more later.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

9-4-05 020

9-4-05 020
Originally uploaded by The Joys of Motherhood.
First night in a big girl bed. I can't believe when I walk in her room, ther is no longer a baby bed. Where'd my baby go?

The recent disaster in New Orleans made me think about a lot of things. If we were in the situation, we would have gotten out, but would we have taken strangers with us? People we didn't know, people with less than we are fortunate enough to take for granted everyday?
We have so much. A home. Food. Clean water. Good health. All of our family, in tact and accounted for.
I feel helpless. I wish I could do more than donate money. I think about every mother and every child and how, though they don't need material items to be happy, they do need some things. Space to run. Swings to swing on. Trees to marvel, clouds to count, birds to listen to. Not military trucks, M-16s and MRE's. Not that they are not greatful for the help that FINALLY came, but they need so much more.
I have always known we are lucky. Now I know for sure.
We will be sending money and maybe a box of "stuff" for the refugees. We wish them a speedy return to a normal life. What else can you do?

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Please, do what you can.

Below is a link to a list of places you can donate to help the victims of Katrina. Please, keep these people in mind and do whatever you can. Every bit helps. Specials