Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Sarah is smart, generous, loving, considerate, funny, creative, serious, concerned, beautiful, conscientious, friendly, and incredibly unique.
I LOVE YOU SARAH!!!!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Anyway, by the time we got home, she said it was starting to hurt BAD. I got her some Tylenol and put her on the couch with an ice pack, hoping she would go to sleep. I headed upstairs with Abby to help her build a fort in her room, and when I came down 15 minutes later I found Sarah curled up on the couch in tears. Why does a 5-year-old get migraines? Why?
I moved her into my dark bedroom and tried to help her fall asleep, but she felt nauseous and sure enough she threw up just minutes later. It hurts me to see her suffer with migraines. I know, all too well, what she's going through, but I was 19 when I started getting them. To think that she's only 5, and facing this already. It makes me so sad.
The good news is that she did finally fall asleep, and she said she felt a little better before bedtime. She still didn't want to eat, and the lights were bothering her, but I think the worst of it has passed, and I'm hopeful that she'll be fine in the morning.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
On school mornings, the girls go upstairs around 7:00 to brush teeth, make beds, and get dressed. I know I'm very lucky because they are usually able to do all of those things by themselves with no issues. But today...well, Sarah came downstairs to tell me that I needed to go check on Abby. I started up the stairs and saw the problem: Abby had on white tights with pink and purple hearts, a sleeveless blue dress with flowers, and a sleeveless white shirt with a pink pattern OVER that dress. I wish I'd thought to get the camera, but trust me, her seasons, colors, and layers were all wrong. I'm really not picky about what they choose to wear, generally speaking. The tights don't have to match. The colors don't even really have to match. But this was just WAYYYY to much. So I told her to change, and I think that's when her head spun around. She pitched a royal fit for the next 20 minutes. I had to mark her behavior chart twice (which upset her even more, of course, but what's a mom to do?!!!) Ultimately she went to school in a pink short-sleeved shirt, a pink fur-lined vest, and pink pants. I don't think it was a win-win or a lose-lose. We'll just call it a draw. As she was walking out the door, she gave me a big kiss and said "I'm sorry Mommy. I love you." And so of course all is forgiven. But to avoid another difficult morning, we've decided to pick her clothes out at night.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Abby is magical, sensitive, smart, hilarious, beautiful, loving, friendly, outgoing, adventurous, determined, confident, cautious, trusting, graceful, and very, very special. And I'm not saying all that just because I'm her mom.
I LOVE YOU ABBY!!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
This morning Perry took the girls to Krispy Kreme, and then he and the girls took a dozen doughnuts to some friends for a Saturday morning surprise. Random acts of kindness - what fun!
Tonight we went to CPK for dinner. Abby opened up her kids' menu and asked "Is this a labyrinth or a maze?" Now, how many 5-year-olds know what a labyrinth is? (Thank you Grandmother and Grandfather!) One of her favorite things to do at Middle Earth is to walk the labyrinth. Usually we walk it in silence, with just an occasional laugh when we get confused, but the last time we walked it, we talked about all the things we were thankful for. That was a really great walk.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
So what did the doctor say? Well, he couldn't do any lab work, because she has STREP! Ugh. Right then we decided that she's definitely not a complainer (he asked her 3 times if her throat hurt, and she said no each time). So when she gets better we're going to do some blood work and see if we can find out what's going on. I wonder if she has allergies. Whatever it is, I hope we can figure it out soon and help her feel better.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
This morning she was talking about watering some tiny plants that they planted at Daisies. Sarah said she'd go get the "Winn Dixie cups" from the bathroom (you know, the little Dixie cups!) It reminded me of how I always thought that 18-wheelers were called "Big Mac trucks." I think I was a teenager before someone set me straight.
And tonight, when I kissed her goodnight, I told her to have good dreams. Maybe dream about the circus, I suggested (because that's what I dreamed about last night, for some random reason). She said maybe she'd dream about me. Awwwwwww!!!!
I needed that. Abby and I had a really rough day.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Yesterday I finally moved Abby's bulletin boards out of Sarah's room and into Abby's. I guess I'd been procrastinating because it made their separation seem so final. But they're both so happy with their sleeping situations, I knew it was time. Anyway, Abby's room looks really great. She needs a few pictures and maybe a little table, but it's looking really cute. Sarah wanted to know what we were going to do to her room, and I asked if she'd like to take down Abby's old bed and get a bookcase. She was thrilled. So today we went out and found her a really cute bookcase, and lamps for both rooms. Their rooms look so grown up now, and it makes us a bit sad to know that our little girls are growing up so fast.
Our New Year's Resolutions are going pretty well. I have been exercising, not as much as I need to, but I'm trying to figure out what's going to work for me. I'm just glad I've started trying to build the habit. Sarah's room is spotless, and so is Abby's closet (ha). Sadly, we haven't had any dinner parties yet (Sarah thinks we need to replace the kitchen table first, since I ruined ours doing iron-on transfers), and Abby hasn't made it to outer space, but I have tried 3 new recipes this week. Beef stroganoff wasn't a winner, but the girls liked the noodles and the meat (just not the sauce), so I might try it again with a different recipe. I also tried a broccoli/potato frittata last night that Perry and I both liked (OK from Abby and Yuck from Sarah, but she's not a big broccoli fan).
And finally, to end this rather random post, a blogging friend of mine challenged other bloggers to describe our husband's eyes. She wrote this beautiful piece of flowing prose, and I told Perry that all I could come up with was "blue." He laughed and told me that his eyes are green. Wow - I should be ashamed!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Be more intentional with my time; set goals each week
Exercise (note that I didn't say "exercise more" - I really need to START exercising)
Expand our dinner repertoire - we've gotten into a rut, and I want us (especially the girls) to be more willing to try new things
Nurture my friendships
Keep room clean
Have more dinner parties
Don't whine or cry (boy did she blow this one last night!!!)
Have more play dates
Go to outer space
Keep closet clean
Be more intentional with his time with the girls (teach them things)
To help with the dinner resolution, I created a chart and hung it on the wall. Whenever I serve a new food, we'll write it on the chart and we'll each rate it "yummy," "OK," or "yuck." Last night I served whole wheat three cheese tortellini, and it got 3 yummies and 1 OK. Not bad. The girls were excited to try it because they wanted to vote. I'm hoping to try something new at least 2 nights a week, more if possible.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
So, I just put together a little slide show to remind me of some of the highlights. Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.
Friday, January 2, 2009
As I watch Alabama get trounced in the first quarter of the Sugar Bowl, I want to post about our dinner conversation tonight. I think this was our first family dinner, just the 4 of us, since the Saturday before Christmas. I've really missed our conversations. So tonight I started talking about New Year's resolutions. I always make some, and I haven't formally written any down this year, but I have been thinking about them. When I finalize mine I'll post them. But I was talking about them at dinner, and the girls were asking questions and trying to figure it all out. Sarah said she'd resolve to keep her room clean, and also wants us to make a family resolution to have more people over. When I asked who she wanted to come over, she said, "Debbie & George and their family, Sue & Bill, Turner & Clay and all their family, and Heather." So it looks like there will be more family nights and playdates in our future. Abby said she wanted to play on the water slide more next year. ha!
Perry and I have a new addiction. It's called Blokus. I bought it for Sarah and Abby (and it's the 2-person travel edition, not the full-blown game), and Sarah likes it, but Perry and I love it. It reminds of the cribbage addiction we had early in our marriage.
I'll post some holiday pics later.