Sunday, May 25, 2014

Oh Peas!

We've been slow (lazy?) about moving G's diet along.  With Ava, we were so good, so structured!  There was a schedule, a plan, a METHOD to how new foods were introduced to her.  Green veggies first, then the orange veggies, and then fruit can be introduced - there IS a reason for this, I promise!  The green veggies aren't as sweet, and they need to be accepted first. If you start with the sweet stuff first, they might never fully accept the green veggies. 

With G...not so much.  "Oh, hey, do you think that maybe he should start eating veggies?"  "Yeah."  "Cool."  And's taken 3 weeks (maybe more?) for the green beans to get the all clear.  He likes them, he's not allergic, it's good.  We can move on!  We then tried sweet potato puffs to work on his coordination.  He's not coordinated, and let's just leave it at that.  But, he doesn't mind chomping on them once they are in (and stay in) his mouth.

And then we tried peas.  Oh, those peas were baaaad news.  There were tears, gagging, and an all-around sense of despair and misery surrounding the event.  The sad thing is that we need to go through this several more times (with peas) as it can take up to 10 times for a baby to accept a new food.  Sigh.

Green bean happiness!

Oh, the horror!  Why, Mom, why, do you make me eat these pea MONSTERS!

Still not happy about the peas, but deciding he might be too hungry to waste energy on all of the tears...

Meanwhile, this little girl was happily eating her non-pea meal.  It appears as though their roles reversed momentarily.  No worries, we got everything quickly flipped back to normal where Ava is sassy and G is smiley.  All is right with the world.  Except the peas.  They are SO not right.

We've had a pretty nice long weekend so far...Friday night kicked off with an impromptu bonfire and drinks at the neighbors.  I was so comfortable sitting by the fire, I didn't get up for three hours!  We were hoping to catch some of the meteor shower, but at 12:30am, I just couldn't make it any longer.  I gathered up Ava (yes, she was still up at that time...the other kids were sleeping) and we headed home on the short walk across the yards. 

This same group had talked about having a bonfire last night, but I think we were all too exhausted.  We cooked up some s'mores after dinner, and headed in.  Pretty sure this entire family was all sleeping by 9:30pm.  :)

Today, we're going to enjoy a nice breakfast, run some errands, maybe check out the pool (it opened on Friday!) and then we're getting together with the neighbors for a BBQ later this afternoon.  I'm happy that we have moved into a neighborhood with such nice people...but I'm a little bummed.  Two of the families have put their houses on the market, so I know it's short-lived.  We'll enjoy their company while we have it!  And, one of the families is moving within Rosemount, so they're only a few miles away.  The other family is moving to a neighboring city, AND, their new house has five fire pits (5?!?) so we're already planning an "old neighborhood" get together.

I thank God every day for the technology that we have in our lives.  I can't imagine what it would be like to have a baby, and not have a monitor for that child.  Stepping that up, I can't imagine what it would be like to not have a VIDEO monitor.  Things like this make parenting a bit easier... I love seeing all of the positions he sleeps in.  Face down, that's gotta be comfortable, right?!  Ha!

On a more sobering note, we're hoping to get out to Ft Snelling tomorrow to visit Scott's dad, as well as his grandparents.  We talked about it a little last night, and he doesn't enjoy going out there (makes him really, really sad), but he knows he needs to.  It's important to check in on Bruce, even though he's in our thoughts every day.  Ava's on board, she's excited to visit and pay her respects.  We'll see how it goes...

Happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Bob Song

"Momma, I want to listen to the Bob Song."  These are words I have heard frequently over the last few years.  And it made me start thinking about how the things that we learn (incorrectly) in our childhood will "haunt" us for years into the future.  For example, the Bob Song.  Let me explain...

There's a house in California that does an amazing Halloween light show, set to popular music, each year.  In 2011, the song of the season was Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO (watch it here.)  Ava and I were watching the light show on my iPad one night, and she started asking questions about the four jack o'lantern faces that were the primary focus in the light show.  We named each one (Nancy, Bob, ummm, something, and something else...I don't really remember.  Jack, maybe?) and had a little backstory about them.  I think Nancy was a nurse or something like that.  In any case, Ava LOVED watching the video, and from that point forward, this song has been known as the Bob Song (in honor of one of the faces in the video.)

On Friday, Ava requested to listen to the Bob Song while I was driving her to school.  I had a little flash forward to the future, when Ava and her friends are talking about this song from their childhood, and everyone else refers to it as Party Rock Anthem.  And Ava calls in the Bob Song.  Cute as a 5-year old, potentially awkward as a 16-year old.  So, while it seems silly to always correct Ava when she misspeaks, or totally mispronounces something, in the long run, I think it's for the best.   Personally, I still struggle with the London Bridge it "London Bridge is falling down..." or is it "London Bridges falling down..."  For the longest time, I thought it was the 2nd one.  Turns out that in fact, it's only one bridge that's taking a tumble!  Quite a thing to relearn when you're in your late 20's... 

And there's my pointless story of the week!

I had a fantastic time last week in Florida with my friend Emilie.  For several days, we stayed in a hotel right on the beach in Daytona, and then spent a day/night in Orlando.  We were going to go to Universal in Orlando, but we were having such a good time just chilling out, that instead, we hung out by the pool in Orlando and enjoyed some more sunshine and warmth.  I flew home on Sunday, just in time to spend Mother's Day with my two amazing kids.

What a great view from our balcony in Daytona Beach!

G and I spent all of Monday together (no daycare), and then Tuesday, I had the entire day to myself, while Scott was at work, and Ava and G were at school and daycare.  I got so much stuff done - it was great!  And then I spent the next three days at work, not getting caught up, and wishing that somehow I could hang out on a beach while working every day.  Or, maybe just hang out on the beach...without the working part...!

Ava had a great week with five green days...way to go, kid!  She's also reading more and more, which is so fun to see.  Instead of having one of us read to her each night, she snuggles up with a book before bed, and reads to herself.  That is a REALLY big change for's weird to kiss her goodnight, and not always read a story to her.  I checked in on her last night, and she was hard at work, reading Sleeping Beauty.

This past week, I signed Ava up for her two summer activities...swimming lessons, and baton twirling.  The last one makes me cringe, as I'm pretty sure we're going to end up with some injuries.  Or some laughs.  Maybe both?  As long as we don't set the ends of the baton on fire, I think we'll be ok...

Garrett's had a bit of a cold this past week, so when we took him in for his 6-month appointment this past Thursday, we opted not to give him his shots.  So, we'll need to haul him back to the doctor's office some time this week.  Fun, fun!  He's growing well, and he is so, so strong!  He's not crawling yet, but he's so close when he's on all fours.  When you sit him upright, he wobbles a bit, and then falls over.  But, when you stand him on his legs and hold on to his hands, he is solid when he stands there.  He's even taking a few steps, with help.  It's hard to believe he's over six months old.  Where does that time go?

Slightly red hair??

We've got a super busy weekend...lots of work, an Origami Owl party for Ava, G and me, and a lunch and massage for me with a good friend.  We even had an impromptu bonfire/s'mores party last night with a few of the neighbors - lots of fun! These days are just flyin'!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

On the Bright Side...

There are some weeks where it's best not to relive some events that happened...and this is one of them!  What a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad week that I had at work.  It ended with me working from 1:30-3:30am on Friday morning...and it didn't get any better during the day on Friday.  It's a darn good thing that happened on Friday and I've had a few days to recover!

But, we've had a pretty good weekend so far!  I had a chance to do a few fun projects that I've had brewing for a was so nice to take time to do something that makes me happy.  I forgot how much I enjoy being creative and crafty.  On Saturday, there was a trip to the park, a friend's 30th birthday party, and then a visit with the neighbors while the guys were watching the UFC fight.  I was exhausted by the time I got home and promptly fell asleep by 10pm.  Such a night owl! :)

Today, Scott and G are going to visit Great-Grandma while Ava and I head to the Mall of America to check out the Barbie and the Dreamhouse "exhibit".  We're meeting our friends Lynda and Isabel, so it should be a fun time!

The rest of my free time is going to be spent getting things in order before I leave for Florida on Wednesday morning.  Emilie and I are heading to Daytona Beach for a few days, and then to Orlando for a day.  I fly back home on Sunday, but she'll stay in FL until the following Wednesday.  I would have liked to have stay that long, but it just wasn't feasible with daycare/school, etc.  Plus, I know I'll miss my family!  BUT, when I get home, assuming that everything at work is going well enough, I am taking that Monday and Tuesday off, and will be at home, all by myself, to get more house stuff done.  Yippeee!  My spirits have been so lifted since we organized the laundry room...I just feel a million times better when things are put away and look neat! 

We've got plans to lay down sod sometime this month, and as a nice surprise, Charter came and buried the cable in our yard yesterday.  I'm searching for a cute table/chair set for our front porch so we can enjoy some time outside in the morning sun.  We're all ready for summer to come!

Ava had a decent week at school...they had a field trip to a nature center, and she managed to get 3 greens, 1 yellow, and 1 red (grrr) day.  G was supposed to have his 6 month appointment, but Scott rescheduled it for a few weeks from now - it's late enough in the evening that I might be able to meet them.  Little G also tried green beans for the first time this week...he liked them better than the rice cereal, but I think he was still a bit disturbed by the taste and texture.  (Although, he's smiley, as usual, in the pics below.)

Oh!  We also had a very nice day with my parents before they left last was rainy and stormy, so it was a great time to stay inside and visit with them.  I'm already looking forward to the next time we see them!

Time to get moving...with so much to do, these weekend days start early!