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Can’t Quite Fake It

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

When Maddie was at the fair last week, she decided that she was going to pretend to be asleep, complete with snoring action.

And then at the very end, while her mother walked all over the universe to find the correct exit, she really fell asleep.

I don’t think that she’s fooling anyone with her “I’m sleeping” act just yet. I’m pleased that she still has her “sweet cheeks” when she falls asleep in the stroller or car seat.

The Sunday Somethings, 16oct11

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Something I’m thinking: I’m thinking about when we will have our next games night. I love that we’ve been able to have one almost once a month. We should be able to fit in one more before our New Year’s Eve party.

Something I’m hoping: I hope that I’ll be happy with the image quality of the new point and shoot camera that I ordered. My goal is to leave the SLR at home for our cruise as it would be a pain to lug around. It would likely be left in the cabin the majority of the time that we’re on the ship, too.

Something happening around the house: Gabe has been busy! Last week, he nearly finished the deck, and this week he painted the utility room (with awesome colors from the bonus room) and installed an organization system for the alcove. It’s the best thing ever! We’ve been wanting to do that for a while, but we hadn’t gotten a chance. We have two shelves at the top for items we barely use, a place to hang coats on hangers, and two drawers for hats, gloves, and scarves. We also have a place to hang our keys and two sets of hooks on the opposite wall – one set for our every day jackets and the other for the kids’ every day jackets. The kids were excited to hang their own jackets on their level. I love it!

Something I’m reading: I finished Rebel Angels, and I started on both Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and The Sweet Far Thing (the last book in the Gemma Doyle trilogy). Miss Peregrine is quite interesting and different so far. I look forward to the book club discussion in a couple weeks. I better get moving on it, if I’m going to finish in time.

Something Gabe is reading: Mistborn. Still.

Something I’m watching: We’re getting ready to watch Amazing Race in a few minutes.

Something I’m playing: King of Tokyo (several times), Die Burgen von Burgund, Quarriors, Palazzo Paletti (first time in a long time!), Die Mauer, Trivial Pursuit 6, and Medici.

Something tasty: Homemade banana bread! Gabe has been buying more bananas than he thought we would need the past several times he’s been to the store. He has been secretly hoping that we wouldn’t be able to eat them fast enough, and that I would make banana bread. It worked out for him this time!

Something both kiddos are doing: Both kids are helping me in the kitchen quite a bit these days! They love sitting on the counter, pouring in ingredients, and stirring.

Something Maddie is doing (43 months old): Maddie had a dental appointment and did great! She’s a wonderful little dental patient. She’s so wiggly. The child cannot sit still! She falls out of her chair at dinner at least once a week. We have started to make her stand when she can’t sit properly in her chair. That seems to help a little. She’s excited about going to the fair. Maddie gobbled up pureed butternut squash like it was pudding tonight. She also loved the butternut squash muffins that Cullen, Maddie, and I made together. When she helps me in the kitchen, she says, “we have our own bakery, right?”

Something Cullen is doing (20 months old): Cullen is more attached to Annabelle than ever. Twice this week, he cried all the way to school because he couldn’t hold Annabelle. Maddie lets him play with her a lot, but it’s her doll. We don’t force her to share the doll. The last four nights in a row, he has insisted on having Annabelle in the crib with him. He’s very sweet with the doll. I think Santa is going to have to bring him his own Bitty Twin. He tattled on Maddie twice this week. Both times it involved Maddie hitting him, once in the car with a stuffed animal and once at home with a broomstick. Both times were accidental. Cullen exclaimed, “Mommy! Maddie hit me!” His ability to communicate is incredible. He’s using more adjectives, prepositions, and articles. He often says things like, “close the door” instead of “close door.”

Something I’m doing towards my goals: I signed up our Team for 2012′s Walk MS event. I guess that’s step one when it comes to the fundraising.

Something I learned: I installed the OS upgrades for both my MacBook Pro and the iPhone. I’m still getting used to the new gestures on the MacBook. I also learned that when you put “7pm Event Name” on my Google calendar, it picks up the time (I already knew if you put @ place name, it would update that part). I’m not sure how I missed this previously, since it gives an example of it under the prompt. I have been finding it annoying that I would have to edit the whole calendar entry in order to enter a time, so this will save me a lot of hassle.

Something I’m looking forward to: I’m looking forward to getting my new camera, hopefully in time for the fair with Maddie, a food tour in downtown Raleigh with my girlfriends, and our anniversary dinner!

Something random: Is there a fruit or a vegetable that cannot be made into a tasty baked good?

Something captured: The kiddos in their coordinating Halloween jammies (they also glow in the dark!). Cute!

Others writing The Sunday Somethings: Audrey

Maddie’s 33-month letter (a little late)

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

It’s been a busy few weeks for us, so I pretty much knew I wasn’t going to be able to get both letters done on time. I can’t believe that Maddie is closer to 3 years old than two and a half. I guess I better get used to saying that she is “almost 3″ instead of saying “two and a half.” Here’s another letter to Maddie. I’ve been working on it since the 20th when she was 33 months old. It might take you until the next 20th to read it all. (more…)

Mommy/Daughter Day at The State Fair

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Maddie and I joined our BFFs Keira and Shannon for a fun day at the fair! I don’t think that I had been to the fair since 1998. I haven’t missed it, honestly. I know everyone raves about the fair every year, but I don’t think it’s going to be a yearly tradition for us! I guess I’m just not a fair person!

I am very glad that we chose a weekday. The weather was perfect, and we weren’t the only ones with the idea to go during the day. I’m sure the crowds we saw do not compare to the weekend and evening crowds! We were at the fair for about 4 hours or so. That was plenty of fair to me, maybe for the next decade. I have a feeling that I’m going to have to make a few more trips for the kids…

We did have a wonderful day with our friends, and I’m glad that we went.

We started with a walk from the parking lot to the entrance. We entered near the Village of Yesteryear, so we took a little walk through that building and the Antique Farm Equipment. It turns out that neither of these things are very interesting for a toddler (who knew, right?). Maddie kept asking, “where’s the fair??” She enjoyed the Children’s Barnyard a bit better.

We encountered the pony rides, and Maddie and Keira both wanted to ride the ponies. Maddie was very excited about riding the pony, but then she was so scared that she was shaking once she was actually on the pony. I thought that we were going to have to exit before the ride, but I got her calmed down enough to enjoy it.

I told her how proud I was of her afterward, and she couldn’t stop talking about the pony ride. When we got home that afternoon, she ran into the house shouting, “Daddy, Daddy!!! I rode a pony!!!!”

We were not tempted by the vast array of fried foods, nor did we seek out this year’s Krispy Kreme burger (seriously, a burger with Krispy Kreme donuts instead of buns).

We headed to Kiddieland next where they have a good number of rides and games for little kids. We scoped out our choices and selected a few rides.

Shannon, Keira, and Maddie rode the Wiggle Wurm. The girls were very excited about the ride!

Maddie was a little nervous on the ride, and Keira helped her feel safe by putting her arm around her. Keira told Maddie that she would protect her. It was very sweet.

After the ride, they held hands and hugged each other. Those girls really love each other!

We rode the carousel next. This is how Maddie looks while she’s riding rides. She did this at Disney World, too, and I could never tell if she was enjoying it or not. Afterward, she would often say, “I want to ride it again!!!”

I rode Jalopy Junction with the girls next. The girls especially enjoyed pretending to drive with the steering wheel and pressing the button to make the horn sound.

We had lunch next. Maddie and I shared some overdone fried chicken on a stick and a cup of fries. More than half of the fries were burnt. I was very disappointed with my terrible choice of lunch. Oh well. So much for the food. Maddie and I both enjoyed the giant lemonade that we shared, at least.

We walked around the Midway a bit and ended up at the petless petting zoo. Maddie always likes seeing animals, and they even had some alpacas. Someone near us gave Maddie a couple of carrots that she could use to feed some goats. We made sure to wash our hands afterward!!!

We had a wonderful fun-filled day with our friends. It was nice to have a special mommy/daughter day! I look forward to more of these in the future.

The Sunday Somethings, 24oct10

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Something that makes me happy: Celebrating our wedding anniversary (four wonderful years and counting!).

Something I’m thinking: I think I ate too much dinner. We had meatloaf and potatoes in a crockpot. It was yummy, but it’s pretty dense.

Something happening around the house: We carved pumpkins today!

Something I’m reading: Still reading bits and pieces of Enchanted, Inc. here and there. I’m excited that Gabe has been reading The Hunger Games series. He will probably finish the trilogy before me.

Something I’m watching: We started watching Shutter Island last night, but we weren’t able to finish it. I hope we’ll finish watching it tonight after The Amazing Race.

Something tasty: We went out to dinner to Acme Food and Beverage Company for our anniversary. It was great!!! I especially loved my appetizer which included heirloom tomatoes (best tomatoes I’ve ever had!), mozzarella cheese (I made a rare exception to the no dairy as I didn’t feel I could pass up that appetizer!), deviled eggs, and pickled something…squash? regular pickles? I am not sure, but it was all very, very good.

Something Maddie is doing (32 months old): Maddie and I went to the fair with Shannon and Keira. I think the most memorable moment for Maddie was riding the pony. She was so scared while doing it that she was shaking, but then afterward she couldn’t stop talking about it. When we got home, she couldn’t wait to tell Daddy. This is a good season for Maddie as she’s very excited about pumpkins. Ever since we went to the pumpkin patch, Maddie loves pulling into the driveway and excitedly points out the pumpkins on our front porch. She thought the pumpkin carving was interesting today. I made the Pooh pumpkin just for her.

Something Cullen is doing (39 weeks old): Cullen turned 9 months old this week. He has his 9-month appointment this week. He has started crawling on his hands and knees a bit more, though still finds that he is faster doing the army crawl. He’s started resisting his antibiotic. This is particularly frustrating since we will be giving it to him every day for who knows how long. I hate that we’ll have to fight him daily to take it. He had some exciting new foods this week: saltine crackers, blueberry muffin, multigrain cheerios, and pancakes (technically, he had a little bit once before, but this time he had a bit more).

Something I’m doing towards my goals: I’m getting caught up on organizing my photos (not specifically listed on my goals, but still related to my goals). I’m also formulating a plan to run a 5k next year. I’m excited about the idea! I hope I can keep my motivation and complete it next year.

Something planned: Book club, play date, a trip to the museum, and Halloween fun!

Something captured: Keira, Cullen, and Maddie at a Halloween festival on Saturday.

Others writing The Sunday Somethings: Audrey

The Sunday Somethings, 17oct10

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Something that makes me happy: We had a wonderful weekend spent mostly outside enjoying the perfect weather.

Something I’m thinking: I’m thinking about all the photos we took this weekend with our visit to the Life and Science museum, neighborhood block party, and the pumpkin patch today. Whew, big weekend!

Something I’m hoping: I hope the weather continues to be nice at least through Tuesday when I’m taking Maddie to the State Fair!

Something happening around the house: It’s very convenient that the neighborhood block party happens right in front of our house!

Something I’m reading: I started reading Enchanted, Inc by Katie Chandler. I wanted to read something light before starting the next book club book, The Secret History. I haven’t been allowing myself much time to read lately.

Something I’m watching: We are giving The Event a try and thinking about dropping some shows (potentially including that one since we haven’t invested much into it yet!). We’re keeping up pretty well with Glee and Amazing Race. Somehow, I can also keep up with 90210. We’re behind on most of our shows, though.

Something I’m playing: A little Carcassonne on the iPhone and a little Angry Birds. Not much else.

Something tasty: We had some purple sweet potatoes, though Gabe and Maddie didn’t think they were tasty without a load of brown sugar. Cullen and I thought they were good.

Something Maddie is doing (31 months old): Maddie did great this week with her dinners. We have been putting all sorts of foods in front of her for a long time. She has often refused foods outside of her comfort zone which includes most fruits, almost anything with cheese, and nearly any junk food. She does eat peas, but this week she really gobbled them up when I referred to them as a “special treat” and called them “pea pops.” Neat trick. We had pot roast this week, and she ate carrots, potatoes, celery, and even a little bit of beef. That same night, she had some fresh applesauce (made specially by Mommy!). For dessert, she had pureed pumpkin. She was interested in tasting what I made for Cullen. She ate a whole bowl of pumpkin “sauce!” I was very impressed. Tonight, she ate purple sweet potatoes, though she protested until Daddy added enough brown sugar for her liking. She actually ate pork chops which was very unusual for her. I have to admit that I initially bribed her with a marshmallow. I try not to do that often, but what can I say? It worked, and she ate more pork without bribing. I think the trick is to get her to try tasty things and the rest is easy. When I asked her how she liked the pork, she said, “it tastes like chicken!” I swear, I haven’t taught her to say that. So funny! Maddie’s favorite part of the museum on Saturday was the butterfly house. Her favorite part of the block party was the toddler bounce house. It’s hard to say what her favorite part of the pumpkin patch was, but I would say it might be a toss up between the hay jump, the “cornbox” (like a sandbox but with corn instead), the hay ride, and selecting pumpkins. Big weekend for a little girl!

Something Cullen is doing (38 weeks old): He started his daily antibiotic for his kidney reflux this week. He’s been taking it well, which is a relief since he’ll be taking it for at least a year or much longer. Cullen enjoyed some new foods this week: peas, pumpkin, and purple sweet potatoes. Unfortunately, I accidentally consumed dairy for lunch on Saturday and Cullen spit up several hours later. This is the 4th time that this has happened, though I wasn’t 100% sure at first that my lunch contained dairy. I called the restaurant to confirm and my salmon cake indeed had heavy cream. Darn! I was hoping that he had outgrown the dairy sensitivity by now. I guess we’ll hold off on giving him dairy directly for a little while longer! Little Man has been crawling on his hands and knees a little but still prefers the army crawl. He’s been waving more, too.

Something I’m doing towards my goals: I recently worked a little on our 2010 photobooks. I marked off some of my goals that I had already completed but forgot to mark.

Something I learned: Despite their constant resistance, both of my kids need naps. Ok, so this isn’t completely new to me, but lately Maddie has been resisting her naps. This weekend showed me that she still needs her nap, regardless of what she might think about it.

Something I’m looking forward to: The State Fair with Maddie, a Halloween festival, and our anniversary.

Something random: The State Fair this year has a new food item: a burger that uses two Krispy Kreme doughnuts as the bun. I think that the original KK burger used one doughnut instead of two, but a photo that I saw of the fair burger looks like it contains a doughnut on each side of the burger. I did a little research, and I’m seeing that the KK burger started at a minor league baseball club. While I will admit it probably doesn’t taste as bad as it sounds, I will be skipping this at the fair (or anywhere else). No thanks!

Something captured: Cullen and Maddie at the pumpkin patch today.

Others writing The Sunday Somethings: Audrey