Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cookies in the Nose

Kaylee has been congested for quite awhile now. Tonight I brought her downstairs to try and get some stuff to clear out her nose. Instead of saying I was going to clean the boogers out I said gookies (sp?). When we got downstairs, Kaylee started asking about cookies. I couldn't figure out what she was talking about but she was definitely not having cookies before bedtime. Later as we were laying in her bed, she started sneezing and coughing again. She then informed Naomi and I that she had more cookies in her nose and she needed to get them out. Ah-ha, on comes my light bulb, when I told Kaylee I was going to get the gookies out of her nose she thought I said cookies. Hence why she was asking about the cookies. Poor kid, now she thinks there are cookies in her nose :o)

Sing It Again Sam!!

As part of the girls nightly routine, we play a CD from an LDS singer with primary and other lullaby type songs. Tonight the girls were having trouble falling asleep so I asked them if they would prefer me to sing to them. Of course, they readily agreed to that suggestion. After singing some of their favorite primary songs, Kaylee had a request. She wanted me to sing Ariel's song. I am sure that really does not surprise anyone. After I finished singing "Part of Your World", Kaylee wanted me to sing the drum song. I was clueless as to what that was until she started doing the beat at which point I figured out it was "Under the Sea." I really should have known that. I did pretty fair at singing "Part of Your World" off the top of my head but "Under the Sea" was a different matter. Good thing there is internet. So I printed it off and sang both of the songs to the girls. And then Kaylee kept requesting "Part of Your World". I finally had to stop because my voice was going hoarse.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

We're like pigs not bears

Last weekend, Naomi and I were out shopping. It was pretty cold and we were on our way home. I was thirsty and was thinking a cold drink might be nice but then hot chocolate would be good too. I asked Naomi which she would prefer and she said she wanted hot chocolate. When I was asked her why, she responded we were like pigs. To me this came as a total shock and so I said What? And then Naomi said we are like pigs not bears. Pigs have skin and bears have fur. So we were like pigs because we have skin not fur. Isn't the logic of a four year old interesting? In a nut shell, she wanted hot chocolate because it was cold outside and we were like pigs not bears and don't have fur to keep us warm!!

After the trial of your faith

On December 2nd, David was pulled into a meeting at his work and was told that if he did not find another position in the hospital he was out of job December 31st. That day was fill the temple for our ward. Even though I felt rotten, we decided that we really needed to go to the temple. The next day he went in for his personal human resources appointment and was told his last day was actually December 19th. This is not the news that you want to hear any time but especially not right before Christmas. David was pretty upbeat about it and started applying for jobs immediately. He applied for 7 jobs that had just opened up at his hospital, a job at MHMRA and a job at Apex Hospital. Two hours after faxing his application to MHMRA, they called him up asking him to interview. He interviewed with his hospital last week and this past Tuesday he interviewed with MHMRA. For me personally, I was struggling with my faith.

Then this past Sunday, I was informed that there was a drip in the upstairs bathroom. During work on Monday, I called the home warranty company and not knowing how bad the drip was said it was not an emergency. When I got home, I went to check in the bathroom and the sheetrock was coming down. Not a good sign. I called the warranty company back and changed the problem to an emergency. I was told that I really needed to turn the water off because the warranty company will not pay for any secondary damage. But by the time I went to be I had not heard from a plumber yet. The next morning, I called the warranty company back up and found out that my work order was picked up and I was given the name of the company. When I called the plumber however they said they could not come out till the following day, Wednesday. I told them that I really needed someone to come out that day because we really needed running water. They suggested I call the warranty company back and try to get another plumber. I called the warranty company back and was told that if I had my job redispatched it might take even longer for a company to come out and I might as well keep the appointment that I had. One of my students overheard my arguing with the company and said that her dad was a plumber and he might be able to help me. Her dad came over later that night and said he couldn't help us our pipes were bascially rotted (we have galvanized pipes). So we went another night without water. The next day the plumber came to take a look at the problem. I was at work so I called home to find out what was going on and I called just as the plumber was telling my dad the bad news. Our claim was denied because our house was not grounded properly. Therefore instead of spending only $55 to fix the problem we had to pay for the whole thing which was $400.00 plus the $55 service call fee. By this point my faith was being really tested. I had a few moments of self pity. At one point my dad said at least I was not Job from the Bible. I still had my family.

David and I spent a good deal of time on our knees and reading our scriptures. We especially focused on Ether 12. If you have not read that chapter in a while, go back and read it. The common theme in there was that the individuals mentioned received their blessings after the trial of their faith. Our faith was definitely being tried.

Our blessing did come. Friday morning, I got a text message from David. MHMRA had called him and he received a job offer. The job pays a lot better than his current job and he will only have to work M-F, no weekends. We have been truly blessed by the Lord. And as Ether 12 says we received this blessing AFTER THE TRIAL OF OUR FAITH. I know that the Lord is ever mindful of David and I and our family. And I am truly thankful for this new door he has opened for us. In fact, if everything goes like we plan it will be a smooth transition from his old job to MHMRA. Now we have to get on our knees and thank the Lord for his blessings.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

In the Mail

My holiday hostess apron is complete and in the mail. My partner wanted an apron that she could wear for more than just Christmas. I saw this fabric in the store and I thought it would be perfect. Here is a picture of the finished product.

Starting Young

As I was finishing up my holiday hostess apron for my partner, Kaylee decided she wanted to help. Since I was just sewing a straight line for the ties, I sat Kaylee on my lap and had her help. She did a pretty good job at "helping" me guide the fabric and removing the pins. When Naomi saw Kaylee helping, she wanted to help too. I definitely have budding seamstresses on my hands.

Kaylee helping me sew

Naomi helping me sew

Payback Time

You know when your younger, your parents curse you at least once that you will have a kid just like you. When I was little, I had an affinity for sticking things up my nose. (What little kid doesn't?) I can remember at least one time as a kid that my parents actually had to bring me to the ER because they couldn't get whatever I stuck up my nose out. I think that was the last time I did that. So today was my payback. I was in the front room doing something when I heard Kaylee tell my dad, "Grandpa I have a bead in my nose." What??? I go into the playroom to check it out and the poor kid is traumatized. She keeps wiping her nose trying to get it out and is very close to tears. My mom and I try to have her sneeze but instead of sneezing she is breathing in. We get the pepper but that is not working. And I start having visions of the ER and flashbacks to mine own object stuck in the nose experience. My mom finds some tweezers and I hold Kaylee down while my mom extracts. Luckily she got it out. And mind you this was not a small bead. After we got the bead out, we asked Kaylee if she was going to do that again and she said no. Somethings you just have to learn the hard way!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Day Late

Well, my apron was supposed to be in the mail today but circumstances were not cooperating with me. My carpal tunnel started to act up in my right hand. Arghh! And then you know you should stop sewing when you break two needles one right after the other. But don't worry Shawnee my apron will be in the mail tomorrow. All it needs is the waistband and ties. I personally think it already looks pretty darn cute.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Copy Cat

Last night while I was sewing my apron for my apron swap, Kaylee stole my tape measure. She then put it around her neck and said, "look, I grandma." Isn't it funny how kids pick up on the littlest things? (P.S. When grandma sews, she always wears her tape measure around her neck!)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Toddler Language

When Kaylee was first learning to talk, it was hard to understand her. She is getting better about pronouncing her words even though sometimes if she can't pronounce a word correctly she mumbles and then continues. There are two words however that Kaylee constantly says wrong. We try and correct her but she still insists on saying them her preferred way. For instance Kaylee is not naked she is "baked". When she wants a bath, she will come up and say she wants to get baked. If we are not fast enough getting her into the tub, she will run around the house chanting baked, baked, baked. The other funny word is when you ask her if she is wet. Kaylee will say, "No I not wet, I drive". We have tried to correct her and have her say dry but she insists that she drive. Oh boy, is she going to be a handful when she turns 16.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Two Reasons Why I Love Being a Mom

Reason One: During Naomi's prayers tonight, Naomi blessed me that I would not forget to wake her up tomorrow morning and give her a hug and kiss before I left for work. And then she asked Heavenly Father to help me so I would not miss her too much while I was working.

Reason Two: As I was valiantly trying to get Kaylee to fall asleep tonight. She kept giving me hugs and saying I love you. I would say I love you too now shh go to sleep. And she would go but I love you. (P.S. she is still up 2 1/2 hours later.)

Dyed in the wool True Green Celtics Fan

On November 4th, David and I went to the Rockets/Celtics game at the Toyota Center. (Thanks Shane for the awesome birthday present for David.) David was totally pumped up to see his favorite team play live at the Toyota Center even if he would be cheering against the home team. And of course David could not pass up the chance of dressing up in his Celtics gear. To balance it out, I wore David's T-Mac jersey. We really enjoyed the game. It was pretty close a time or two but at the end the Celtic's won 103-99. Poor David, he did not want to cheer too loud because he was surrounded by a sea of red. The first picture is of Kevin Garnet shooting a free throw. The other picture is of David but it did not turn out that well.

Logic of a Four-Year Old

A week ago, I mentioned something about how we weren't going to have much for Christmas this year because money was tight. Well, Naomi overheard and said Mommy you don't have to worry about the Littlest Pet Shop Set that I want, I put that on Santa's list and he is going to get it for me. Oh, the sweet innocence of childhood. Okay Santa, Naomi is expecting that Littlest Pet Shop tree house I hope you can get it for her.

Too Busy to Use the Toilet

I know the title is kind of weird but it fits.
Question: What do you do with a two year old that will only sit on the toilet for two seconds, before she wipes, and flushes? (And no there is nothing in the toilet after two seconds!!)
Answer: I have no clue! That is why I am asking the question.

I have been trying to potty train Kaylee for awhile now. I am not as diligent as I should be with it but I have been truly busy with school and don't think it is fair to ask my mom to potty train her. (After all she has potty trained 6 of her own.) Anyway, I have been working with Kaylee and she has the routine down but does not want to do it herself. She knows that you sit on the toilet for awhile, wipe with toilet paper, flush, and then wash hands. (She instructs everyone on this.) But my big problem is that she will only sit on the toilet for maybe two seconds before she wants to wipe and flush and wash her hands. I have actually gotten her to pee once in the toilet but that was because I had her reading a book. (Is that where bathroom readers got their start?) In my humble opinion I really think that Kaylee thinks peeing on the go is more convenient than sitting on the toilet. Kaylee is my on the go girl and constantly active. The only time she is in the same place for more than two minutes is when she is watching Ariel. Hmm, maybe I should move the toilet in front of the tv and have her watch Ariel while sitting on the potty. If anyone has any good suggestions to my dilemma, I would love to hear them.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Cookie Monster

Kaylee munching a cookie and modeling her new matching apron

Today I made oatmeal cookies with the girls. (We got to use our new matching aprons for the first time.) After they came out of the oven, I left for about an hour to go to a visiting teaching interview. When I came home, the cookies that I had placed on the cooling rack were all gone. I asked David and he said don't look at me I only had two. We started doing the math. I ate one, David ate two, and Naomi ate two. This meant that Kaylee had helped herself to SEVEN cookies. And she wanted another one. Hmm, someone is turning into the cookie monster.

Halloween Party

Our ward had a Halloween Party at the church last night. The girls really enjoyed themselves. They had a chili cook-off and then they had carnival games for the kids to do until it got dark. Once it got dark we had trunk-or-treating in the parking lot. Kaylee's favorites were the duck pond (although throwing the ducks back into the pond was more exciting than actually getting a prize) and of course trunk or treating. Naomi's favorite activity was the cake walk. We did not get any pictures of the girls trunk or treating because I had the camera and I was too busy chasing Kaylee around the parking lot that I did not have time to even hand the camera to David. So sorry Grandma no pictures of the actually trunk or treating. :o(
Kaylee and the duck pond
Naomi and her cupcake from the cake walk

Monday, October 27, 2008

Mom and Me Aprons

Jennifer had asked me if I made the girls fairy costumes. Even though I can sew those were way above my sewing capabilities and I bought them at my favorite store Children's Place. However, my sewing machine has been getting a good work-out lately. I just finished making three aprons for a mom and me apron swap hosted by Shawnee the hostess of the Flirty Apron Swap Blog (can't figure out how to do links yet) . I made two kids aprons and one adult apron for my partner. And in return she will be sending aprons for the girls and I. I had a lot of fun making these aprons. I hope you and your girls like them, Kelli. Here are some pictures. All of the aprons are pretty much the same with some minor variations. For the adult apron I used jumbo ric-rac and for the girls I used medium. For the youngest girl's apron I put a ruffle on the bottom.
This one is my favorite. I love the ruffle
A close up view of the buttons. Pretty cute!!
Close up view of the pocket
Although the apron is way too big for Kaylee, she wanted to model the apron for me

More Zoo

Are you getting tired of zoo pictures yet? We went to the zoo again this past Saturday. This time the girls and I went with Grandma and Aurora since Aurora had not gone to Zoo Boo yet. Here a few pictures from this trip. Naomi and Kaylee wents as leopards this time (last years outfits) and Aurora was a rock star.

In front of the Zoo Boo sign

In the pumpkin patch

By the reflection pool. Don't they look happy!!

An Interesting Sunday

Q: What do two baby blessings and four confirmations before a primary program make?
A: A very wiggly group of primary kids.
Yesterday was our Primary Sacrament Program. It was Naomi's first time to participate. All in all she did a great job. She was a little leary of being on the risers due to her being afraid of heights. But she handled it quite well. I only had to go sit by her a couple of times when she had to stand to sing. She was very reverent compared to some of the other little kids around her. She only had one line but did great. I was kind of worried that she would get shy and not say it but she had her part memorized and said it perfectly. Her line was, "I have a divine destiny."

Practice Makes Perfect

To most individuals this just looks like a pile of papers but to Naomi this is a masterpiece. Naomi has been learning to use scissors this past week. One day when I came home from work, Naomi was cutting a piece of paper into these tiny pieces. She was very proud of her little pile of paper. She was quite upset when I threw them in the trash because she was going to use them as decorations for her birthday party invitations (which of course is not till January). Aren't kids wonderful?

Friday, October 24, 2008

A Child's Prayer

Kaylee has trouble sitting still for prayers and so we usually have her say hers first. We have started holding her during prayer to try and teach her that she needs to sit reverently for all prayers. A couple of nights ago, it was Naomi's turn to pray. I was holding Kaylee down while David was helping Naomi with her prayers. At one point Kaylee started screaming let me go which distracted Naomi. David prompted Naomi to bless Grandma then he interjected ignore Kaylee. So Naomi said bless Grandma, ignore Kaylee and continued her prayer. David and I got a real chuckle out of that.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Fairies at the Zoo

Okay I know this is the third Zoo post in three weeks. I can't help it we LOVE the zoo. This Saturday we went to the zoo because the zoo was holding their annual Zoo Boo. It was truly great fun. The kids can come dressed up in Halloween costumes and there are lots of different activities to participate in. We missed the costume parade but the girls colored animal face masks, got Tatzoos, Trunk-or-Treated at various stations around the zoo, picked pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, painted their pumpkins, and even visited the lost species graveyard. The zoo was decorated for Halloween with pumpkins around the reflection pool and a lot of the animal enclosures had jack-o-lanterns in them. We had a really enjoyable time. Kaylee loved seeing her favorite animals again but I think the winner for her was the free candy she got from the Trunk-or-Treat stands. It was also a nice opportunity for the girls to wear their Halloween costumes more than once. The girls love their fairy costumes and got a lot of remarks from lots of people about how cute they were.

Katy Tiger Football

This weekend Katy had their homecoming game. I try to go to all of the football games to support so many of my students that play on the team. I have not been able to attend any games this season so far, therefore homecoming was a must. Katy was at the top of their game as usual. I don't know the final score but at the end of the 3rd quarter when we left. Katy was winning 54-14. As you can tell by the picture Naomi and Kaylee are die-hard Katy Tiger fans. They love going to the games and cheering on the Tigers. FYI: For those that have no clue what the girls are wearing those are football mums. I don't know the whole tradition behind them but in Texas students wear them for homecoming. The colors on the ribbons denotes either their school colors or their dates class (i.e. freshman, sophomore, junior, senior). Some of the mums can be quite extravagant. I thought it would be cute for the girls to wear mini-mums this year to the game. Everyone who saw them thought they were adorable.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Happy 7th?? Birthday David

No David is not 7 he turned 34. But there is a really strange but good reason the pie has a 7 on it. David had requested a pie not a birthday cake this year. I knew 34 candles were not going to fit on a pie so I decided to put the number candles on instead. I was pretty sure I had a 3 and a 4 but when I went to put them in the pie all I could find was a 3, 5, and 7. Boy was I in a pickle, so I used my noodle and thought well 3 plus 4 equals 7 so that is what he got on his pie. David thought it was cute and it worked. David had a great birthday and enjoyed all of his presents. And he is definitely going to enjoy going to the Rockets vs Celtics game in November. And yes just in case you are wondering he will be wearing his Celtics shirt not his Rockets shirt.

Another Trip to the Zoo

Since my parents have a grandparent pass to the zoo and they put my name on the pass as well, David and I took advantage of it and brought the girls to the zoo together this past Saturday. This is one of the few times that we have brought Daddy to the zoo with us. Usually daddy is working and we go without him. It was really nice to share the zoo with David. David did work this past weekend but as soon as he got home we loaded the girls up and raced to the zoo. We got to the zoo before it closed but not before we had a little run-in with the law. When we arrived at the zoo, I was trying to find out how to park and was not paying as much attention as I should have to the crosswalk and I went through the crosswalk while a man was on his way through. Nothing happened but the cop that was in his car right there got really mad and flipped on his lights and followed me into the parking lot. The cop gave me a pretty good tongue lashing but luckily I did not get a ticket or a warning. I feel absolutely horrible. I honestly did not see the person in the crosswalk and I did not think I was going as fast as the cop seemed to think I was. Next time we go to the zoo I will make sure I am going extremely slow and watching that crosswalk!!

Okay, now to the fun part the zoo. We only had about an hour at the zoo so we only saw highlights. The first place Kaylee wanted to visit was the fish. (Hmm, is mommy rubbing off on her??) After the fish we visited our next favorite animals the giraffes and elephants. We had enough time to see Naomi's favorite the leopards and the ocelot. All in all we enjoyed ourselves. We also enjoyed the fact that it was not too crowded and not too hot being that it was so late in the day. Thanks Mom and Dad for putting my name on the membership!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

A Trip to the Zoo

Last Saturday the 27th of September, the girls and I went with my Dad, Jenny, Shane and Aurora to the Houston Zoo. We really enjoyed ourselves. Kaylee called most of the small carnivores tigers. (Hmm, is that because Mommy teaches for the tigers?) The big hit for both girls was the elephants and the giraffes. The girls went back to the zoo this past Thursday with Grandma and Grandpa. It was supposed to be homeschool day but that was postponed till January. But they went ahead and went anyways. My dad commented that it was very hard to keep up with Kaylee. In fact, he thought they had lost her at least once. When I asked if they had brought her little puppy leash, my dad got a startled look on his face and said that would have been a good idea. Next time I think they will remember her leash!!

Is this the same girl?

Naomi has always been a very fashion conscious girl. About a year ago, Naomi had a meltdown because her panties did not match her pants. But now Naomi has reached the stage that she wants to choose her own outfits and dress herself. It is interesting to see the outfits that she puts together for herself. In fact, a lot of them do not match at all (see the picture above). When I have remarked on that fact, Naomi answers, "Oh, Mommy that doesn't matter." Is this the same girl that up to just recently would cry if the pinks she was wearing did not match exactly? While it makes the dressing process much easier now, I do cringe at some of her outfit choices. Oh well, she will grow out of it soon right?!

Saturday, October 4, 2008


All I can say is wow. This was truly one of the best movies I saw in a long time. David and I brought my parents to see it last night. We all enjoyed it. I laughed, cried, and was truly touched. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who has not yet seen it.

I was on national TV

Ok, so technically I was not on national TV but my class was mentioned. The football team for the high school that I teach at played a team from Florida today. The game was televised on ESPN-U. One of my students that I taught in Biology and now in Aquatic Science, received the Honor Courage Committment Award. ESPN showed a shot of him at the game and posted a box of statistics on him at the same time. One of the items was his favorite class and it said Aquatic Science. I know it seems trivial but to me seeing my class up in the statistics box as his favorite class made me feel on top of the world. It made me feel that maybe I am making a difference in some of my students lives.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

New Glasses

Naomi's glasses came in this week. We got a call Tuesday that they were in and so we decided to go get them Wednesday. After school wednesday, I picked up the girls from the house and then went and picked David up from work. Then since David knows downtown a little better than I do (he brings patients downtown quite regularly), he drove to the eyeglass place. Naomi loves her new glasses. Our only problem is that now that both Aurora and Naomi wear glasses, Kaylee wants some too. :o)


This is my first tag. Arielle tagged me so I thought I would be a nice sister and do it. The rules are to answer all questions with one word only. Here are my answers:
1. Where is your cell phone? bed
2. Your significant other? David
3. Your hair? wet
4. Your mother? hardworker
5. Your father? laidback
6. Your favorite thing? my girls
7. Your dream last night? Forgot
8 Your favorite drink? water
9. Your dream/goal? all aquatics classes
10. The room you’re in? bedroom
11. Your hobby? scrapbooking
12. Your fear? failure
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? content
14. What you’re not? perfect
15. Muffins? blueberry
16. One of your wish list items? cricut
17. Where you grew up? Maryland
18. The last thing you did? shower
19. What are you wearing? jeans
20. Favorite gadget? straightener
21. Your pets? tons of fish
22. Your computer? old
23.Your mood? stressed
24. Missing someone? my friends
25.Your car? dirty
26. Something you’re not wearing? make-up
27. Favorite store? Archivers or any fish store
28. Like someone? David
29. Your favorite color? Green
30. When is the last time you laughed? Wednesday
31. Last time you cried? yesterday

So I fudged a little. Some questions I needed to answer with more than word. This time I won't tag anyone.
PS Arielle I got your hint about your computer.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Frog Update

Well, the custodian came in first thing this morning to rescue the frog. Unfortunately the frog was gone. So somewhere in the pipes of my school (or a toilet) the frog is happily swimming.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Frog in the Drain

Here is a post that will hopefully put a smile on your face. Well, as most of you know I teach two sections of Aquatic Science at my high school. This year for the first time I was able to scrounge around and get enough tank parts so my students can actually set up and run either a saltwater or freshwater tank. I will have a total of 10 student tanks running plus two of my own personal ones. Some of the goals of this project are for students to be able to determine how many fish can go in their size tank and which fish/other aquatic animals are compatible to have in the same community. Well, my first group brought their fish in after school today. In their tank, they have two albino frogs, two catfish, a suckerfish, and a needlefish. The boys mentioned that the needlefish is aggressive and eats minnows and small goldfish. Hmm, sounds a little dangerous to me. Since I have no experience with needlefish, I did a little research on the internet about them and found out that they are very aggressive. Then I went to Petsmart to pick up some more tank supplies and talked to the fish lady there. When I told her exactly what they put in the tank, she said gave a frightened look and said that I need to get the frogs out of the tank or else they will be eaten by the needlefish. So back to school I went on a rescue mission to save the two albino frogs. When I got back to my classroom, the frogs where still there. Yea!! Okay so now here is the tricky part rescuing the frogs and putting them in a new tank. In my infinite and very tired wisdom, I decided I could just scoop up the frog with a net and put it in a new tank. But one small thing that I forgot was frogs are not like fish and they JUMP!! Okay so I tried to rescue the first frog and it leapt right onto my counter. Oops, so then began the great frog chase. I chased it around my counter for awhile before it jumped into my sink. As I chasing it around the sink, I noticed there was a piece of paper towel where the drain is and thought if that paper moves the frog might go down the drain. Now any sane person would have stopped and plugged the drain. But did I do that. NO. So wouldn't you know it the frog went down the drain. I went and retrieved a flashlight and saw that the frog was sitting in the bend of my pipe. It looks like some of my students dumped some rocks down the drain creating a little pool of water that he is floating in. Now what to do? I tried putting more water down the drain hoping that it would fill up the drain enough for the frog to swim out. No such luck. I looked at seeing if I could take the pipes apart myself but alas no tools. The only other option was to leave the frog in the drain and send an email to have the custodian come in first thing tomorrow and help take apart the drain. Of course knowing my custodian he will laugh and give me a hard time first. He may even grumble a little about having to take apart my sinks. I am crossing my fingers that the frog is still alive or I owe my students a new frog.

PS I wised up for the second frog and he made a successful transition to a new tank.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Naomi's Eye

The day before IKE hit, we brought Naomi to see the second pediatric opthamologist. Well, the good news is that we don't have to have any more diagnostic testing. The bad news is that Naomi is definitely blind in her left eye. The diagnosis is hypoplasia (sp?) of the left optic nerve. Unlike the first specialist who thought the nerve never fully formed. This doctor is 100% sure that her nerve never developed in her left eye. However, she told us that she can do everything that a normal person can do including driving. The only restriction is that she can not play any small ball sports (i.e. baseball, tennis, racquetball, softball, ping-pong, etc). Of course, Naomi is perfectly fine with that. The reason for that restriction is since she is strictly monovision she has no depth perception and catching a small ball would be extremely difficult. Therefore, it leaves her susceptible to getting hit in her good eye. And if that were the case any damage to the right eye would make her blind. Also as a preventive measure, the Dr. wants Naomi to wear safety glasses at all times. She said Naomi might not wear them because she might not see the purpose in them but she wants us to try and protect her right eye as much as possible. The safety glasses look just like regular glasses but they have very heavy duty polycarbonate lenses. We went to a really neat place to order them and let Naomi pick them out. Naomi was very opinionated when it came to her glasses and she wanted light pink. We were supposed to get them last week but due to IKE we are not sure when they will arrive. We will post a picture of her in them when we get them.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

My Princess Apron

My flirty Apron arrived a couple days ago. Thanks, Marcel. One of my dream vacations was to go to Disneyland with my girls. I think my girls might like the apron more than I do. In fact, Kaylee thinks it's hers. As seen in the picture of her and my apron above.

Flirty Apron Swap

When I was wandering around the internet this summer looking for an apron pattern. I ran across the flirty apron swap blog. I thought it would be fun to join an apron swap so I signed up. The theme for the swap was what you wished you did this summer. One of my partner's dream vacations was to go to Italy and see the history there. Here is the apron I created for her. It is hard to tell but the apron has columns, cathedrals, and statues of gods printed all over it. And the whole fabric has a marble tile look to it. The second picture shows the souvenir I got her and one of the Italian recipes that I found in the magazine I am sending to her too.

Late Night Police Visit

Kaylee has reached the age that it is no longer fun to go to bed at a decent hour. In fact, she prepares herself for her late night parties by taking a nap between 5-7pm at night. Even though we try to prohibit her late naps she seems to fall asleep on the sly. Last night Kaylee got a short nap for about 5 minutes but that was enough to have her bouncing off the walls wanting to have a tea party at 11 o'clock. I finally brought her up the stairs kicking and screaming that she wants to have a tea party. Next thing I know my mom was knocking on my door telling me that about 4 policemen just came to the door because that got a call that a baby was in distress. My mom explained that it was just a 2 year old not wanting to go to bed and wanting to have a tea party. Talk about embarassing.


I have been reading blogs for over a year now. And decided to finally joing the blogging craze. I don't know how often I will update and post pictures but hopefully it will be more frequent than our weekly's that I used to send out sometimes bi-monthly.