Friday, February 29, 2008
Lilypad Princess is thrilled to be at her Nana and PopPop's house. She has her own bedroom and bathroom, complete with toys, bookcase full of books, crib, bed and toiletries. Nana even had a dress-up dress for her (one of Auntie La's old dresses that fits LP perfectly, it's the green on in the basket pictures). She had a yummy breakfast with Nana this morning, complete with one of Autie La's old basketball shirts to keep the milk off her clothes.
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We made it safely to Tulsa. We left on Wednesday morning and spent the night at a friend's house in Columbus. Lilypad Princess had a great time, she loves her new friend Natalie in Columbus and wanted to bring her to Tulsa with us. Two more flights on Thursday went smoothly and LP went running for her Nana as soon as we saw her in the airport. LP's first impression of Tulsa: there are monkeys at the airport. Actually they are some kind of noisy bird that sound like monkeys yelling, but LP hasn't stopped talking about the monkeys yet. We're going to have to take a trip to the zoo I think.
Lilypad Princess was so tired after the trip that she fell asleep on my lap, and didn't wake up at all as I carried her upstairs, changed her diaper, put on her pajamas and put her to bed.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Time 4 Sleep has some beautiful beds. They carry all different styles, Light Wood, Dark Wood, Upholstered, Leather Beds and many more. I think that the Antibes bed would match the set now, allowing me to keep the rest of my furniture, but upgrade to a king size bed.
They also have some adorable children's beds. Lilypad Princess is still in her crib, and we recently purchased a twin bed for when we are ready to move her, so we will skip the toddler bed stage. But some of these beds could cause me to think twice they are so cute. They actually take a twin bed mattress, but are low to the ground like a toddler bed. The pink jeep and blue jeep are my favorites, but the fire engine and grand prix car are adorable as well.
Monday: 35 min. water aerobics, 15 min. lap swim, 2 rounds of circuit machines
Tuesday: 1 hour Y Pump class, 20 min. Arc Trainer
Thursday: 1 hour Y Pump class
Friday: 90 min. shoveling snow
Online shopping is much more my speed. I can stay in my pajamas, have a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate while I shop, avoid the crowds, and have everything delivered right to my door. But Black Friday shopping can be overwhelming; trying to figure out which stores have the best deals, what time their deals start, etc. Now there is a website that keeps track of all of this for you. The site posts the thanksgiving ads as they are released, so you can plan your shopping ahead of time. You can even enter your email address to be notified when the 2008 Black Friday ads are posted. Their ads from 2007 include ToysRUs, BabiesRUs, Amazon.com and Target.
During the rest of the year, another page on their site takes you to current daily hot deals, for example this morning there is a laptop for $1000 after $200 in rebates. There is another page for coupon codes, so be sure to check for coupons before you make any purchase online.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Only 77 days left until we visit Mickey, Minnie, Cinderella, and Snow White! We still haven't really told Lilypad Princess much about it because it is still "so far far away" but I am getting excited. I can't wait to see her reaction to seeing Cinderella's castle in person.
I read an article today about how "Oscar nominees could benefit from surgery". The article recommends a browlift for Johnny Depp and Botox and lip fillers for Cate Blanchett among other stars. How can you convince a child that she is beautiful when we can search for something to fix on stars that are already considered beautiful?
The website that has the news article also shows photos of some stars and newscasters in the UK that have used their Breast Enlargement services. According to another article on this site, 44% of adults in the UK would consider having cosmetic surgery. Is this going to become the norm in the future, everyone will have some form of plastic surgery? Well, I guess except for people like me who are too terrified of needles to consider it.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
This week I have witnessed 2 people in pain beyond anything I could imagine. This is one of the worst parts of being an adult, knowing these kinds of pain exist, and not being able to do anything to make it better.
Earlier this week, someone I "know" from an online group lost her 3 month old daughter. I don't think there could be any emotional pain worse than what she is going through. Her daughter was a such a fighter right from the start, and she is just such a strong, amazing woman. We were all praying for a miracle that did not happen.
Today as we were heading out to do errands, we passed a terrible car accident that had just happened. In fact, it was so recent that police, fire, and ambulance had not arrived yet. So Lilypad Dad pulled over and ran over to do what he could to help until they arrived. The man had crashed into a pole and was thrown from his car.
Lilypad Princess started to get upset as she watched her dad run away from our car, so I just told her that someone was hurt and daddy had to go help him. LP, in her childish innocence, told me that daddy was going to give him a bandaid to make it all better.
I wish that there was some way to keep LP from ever having to know that these types of pain even exist in the world, and to ensure that she never has to experience either one. I would love to go back to living with the belief that all it takes is a bandaid to fix anything.
Apparently this isn't just happening here in the US, but in Europe as well. According to a news article I read on a site about Uk Mortgages, this is becoming a common practice outside of London as well. According to the article, the reasons that people are moving out of London as are the same reasons as here, cheaper housing prices and a better quality of life.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Dress up was the hit of the night, even Buby got into the action with a red and white fur cape and a mint green tutu as a hat. Munckinetta was so busy changing from one outfit to another that I don't think anyone got any pictures of her in costume. Actually, this picture is thanks to Buby's mom, since I didn't really get any pictures while we were there, I was too busy eating all the delicious food!
For details of the party, including the menu and pictures of the yummy food and beautiful decorations, check out Blue House Mom's party recap post.
Here are three of the kids enjoying the best cheesecake I think I've ever had.
So I braced myself while Lilypad Dad got LP's attention, and took the scissors to the hair. One cut was all it needed, once the extra length in the back was gone, it sprung up into a bunch of adorable curls. There has been a lot less screaming since the cut and I will admit that her hair looks much better.
When we were looking for our house, one thing that was a negative for some of the houses we looked at was the lack of a garage. With a product like this, if you fall in love with a house, the lack of garage doesn't have to be a reason to pass on it, you can add your own garage as soon as you move in.
Our house has a large garage and plenty of storage space above, so we don't need a new garage for storage or cars, but I think this one would make a cute playhouse for LP.Of course at the rate we are growing into our existing space, it might not be long before we could use the extra storage room in our backyard. I could see using one to store the yard equipment like the lawnmower and snowblower, freeing up space in the garage, LP’s outdoor toys, freeing up space on our porch, and maybe using it as a place to hide presents if LP turns out to be a present finder like her Auntie La.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Total % of weight loss so far: 6.28% of my body weight
Total inches lost: 11.25
Monday: 45 min. water aerobics, 10 min. elliptical trainer, 1 hour swimming with LP (doing water aerobics/water jogging exercises and swimming during that hour)
Wednesday: off due to snow
Thursday: 2 rounds of the ciruit machines(am) and 45 minute cardio circuit class (pm)
Friday: 45 min. Aquajog class and 3 rounds of the circuit machines
Saturday: 1 hour Y Pump class (barbell class) and 20 min elliptical trainer
Sunday: off (and much too much delicious food at the Chinese New Year Party)
Friday, February 15, 2008
This was LP's first visit to Chuck E Cheese and she stopped and looked around in awe when we walked in the door. For a little girl who LOVES rides (and went on amusement park swings before the age of 2) CEC must look like paradise. But first we found her friends and they spent time chasing each other up and down the slide in the toddler area. Then she realized that "coins" would unlock the magic of the rides and off we went.
The first ride LP headed for was, of course, one that would take her high up in the air. I had to pedal for her to get her up there since her legs weren't long enough to reach the pedals, but I was able to step back long enough to snap one picture.
LP is definitely her mother's daughter, she discovered her love of skeeball. Although we are still working on rolling the ball, not throwing it up the alley.
Lilypad Princess and Barefoot Princess were thick as theives all day. We had to find two-person rides that they could go on together because they didn't want to do anything separately. One of the favorites was the roller coaster simulation, there was more than one ride on that and lots of giggles and smiles exchanged. I can just imagine these two on a big rollercoaster at Six Flags in a couple of years.
Once the kids were all all played out, Buby, BP and LP sat down to enjoy some pizza together. The kids are all big enough now that they can sit together at the table without mommies on one side to help them. Thank you BP and mommy for lunch!
It was a Snow White Valentine for Lilypad Princess this year. Although she had never seen the movie, LP has a love for anything Snow White. So she was thrilled to actually get the movie and insisted on putting it on right away. She cuddled up on the couch with Snow White, Dopey, and Grumpy (the new addition that was also a gift) to watch the movie with Lilypad Dad while I went to the gym.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Lilypad Princess has had a wonderful, busy Valentine's day. She celebrated with daddy in the morning, and her friends in the afternoon. I have plenty of pictures to share later. But for now, the Lilypad Family wants to wish everyone a wonderful Valentine's Day!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
It came, it came! My Fingerprint Necklace from Tina Steinberg came today and I love it. It is about the same size as a nickel, and LP's fingerprint is perfectly detailed. The fingerprint is very clear, all the ridge detail is captured, and the rest of the silver disk is smooth and shiny. LP's name and the date we made the fingerprint mold is engraved on the back.
The mold process was very easy, we did a few trial runs with playdough first, and wanting it perfect, I redid the actual print once. Tina Steinberg sends everything that you need to make the mold and ship it back to her, then about 2 weeks later she sends you a beautiful piece of keepsake jewelry. Lilypad Princess was excited to fit her finger right back into the silver print this morning. Here are a few detail photos, one for sizing and one so you can see the thickness of the disk. click on photos to enlarge
Monday, February 11, 2008
My goals for this week are to mix up the exercises a little more again, I didn't do any circuit classes last week and I don't know if that made a difference, and to increase my water intake. I've been better, but I'm still not where I should be with that. So those are my two short term goals for this week.
Monday: 1 hour water aerobics
Wednesday: 1 hour water aerobics
Thursday: 45 min. water aerobics, 25 minutes elliptical trainer
Friday: 90 min. water aerobics/aqua jogger classes, 1 hour swimming with LP
Sunday: 1 hour water aerobics
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Lilypad Princess wishes a very happy 27th birthday to her Auntie La! LP wanted me to let you know some of her favorite things about her Auntie La.
1. She blows bubbles with me (in my pool or soap bubbles).
2. She flies me like an airplane.
3. She loves the Yankees.
4. She makes a comfortable place to sleep.
5. She buys me noisy toys.
6. She makes a good horse.
7. She has no problem getting on the ground and getting dirty with me .
8. She isn't grouchy to me when I wake her up early in the morning.
9. She's my godmother.
10. My mommy says that I am just like my Auntie La whenever I get in trouble!
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Lilypad Princess and I had a little visitor during dinner last night. While we were at the table, baby ladybug decided to land on LP's plate. We left a little bit of the juice from the mandarin oranges out for baby ladybug, who was still hanging around this morning.
Baby ladybug must have really enjoyed the juice and wanted to thank Lilypad Princess for it, so she climbed up LP's arm, crawled around her neck, then headed down her shirt. LP was so proud of being able to hold baby ladybug, she actually stood still long enough for me to take pictures!
1. A shining sun and a day warm enough for just a sweatshirt in February.
2. Bringing Lilypad Princess into bed with us in the morning to nurse, cuddle, and delay the start of a busy day just a little with some family time.
3. Listening to LP giggle as she and Forster play with his toys. He is now her best friend, she loves to play with him and take care of him. Her chore is to make sure they both have food each day, and she even tried to brush him. He lets her do everything now.
4. Sending Lilypad Dad off to work with one of his favorite meals for dinner, knowing he will have a good meal in the middle of an extra long day.
5. Getting in my workout for the day before 10am, and having extra energy to get things done afterwards.
6. Counting down the days to a long awaited vacation - 20 days until Nana and PopPop's and 94 days until Disney.
7. Snuggling with LP in the chair, reading, talking about the day, and nursing before she goes to bed for the night. This time is my favorite part of the day, it is so relaxing for both of us, and no matter how hectic a day, we get to spend some quiet time talking about whatever LP wants. I look forward to it every night.
Thanks Blue House Mom, for really making me sit and think about the little things in my day to day life that make me happy. I tag Ashley, Jayme, and T with Honey if you'd like to do it too.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Since Lilypad Princess was going to be home sick, I ran to the library on my way for her medicine to pick up some new books. Two of the books I brought home were Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale and Knuffle Bunny: A Case of Mistaken Identity.
Both books star Trixie and her Knuffle Bunny and the trials that Trixie goes through when Knuffle Bunny is forgotten or switched. The first book features a young toddler Trixie, who hasn't learned to talk yet and struggles to tell her dad that Knuffle Bunny has been left behind at the laundromat. In the second book, Trixie has definitely learned to talk, and takes Knuffle Bunny to pre-K with her, where he is accidentally switched with another Knuffle Bunny.
Printed on olive-green backdrops, the illustrations are a combination of muted, sepia-toned photographs of a Brooklyn neighborhood upon which bright cartoon drawings of people have been superimposed. Lilypad Dad loved these books just as much as Lilypad Princess and I did. We are definitely going to have these to our permanent library.
Book image from Amazon.com
She came down with a sudden, high fever on Monday night, and Tuesday morning we headed to the doctor. About 3 or 4 hours after her first dose of antibiotics (only her second time to ever need them) the fever was gone, she was eating again, and back to her old, active self.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Weight loss this week = 4.7 pounds
Total weight loss in 3 weeks = 11.6 pounds
Here is what I did in terms of exercise:
Monday: 2 rounds of the circuit machines and abs
Tuesday: 45 min. Cardio Tone Circuit class and 20 minutes on elliptical trainer
Wednesday: 1 hour water aerobics class
Thursday: 45 min. Cardio Tone Circuit class, 10 minutes fast walking on track
Sunday: 1 hour water aerobics class and 20 minutes chopping ice and shoveling the driveway
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Lilypad Princess and I made our own individual pizzas for dinner, then held our own Lily Bowl. Using one of the pocket kleenex packs as the football, I played QB while LP was my receiver. Our field was the kitchen and the living room, and I found out I have a pretty good arm with a kleenex pack. LP would go out for the long throw, from the kitchen to the living room, usually just giggling as the throw hit the ground in front of her (she needs a few lessons on how the game is played I think). Then she'd scoop it up and run it back with a big hug tackle and a kiss.
I much prefer the Lily Bowl to the Superbowl and think we need to make this a yearly game.
During our trip to the library this week, Lilypad Princess and I picked up some new books to read including a few specifically bedtime related books. Now that we have had a chance to read them all, the definite favorite has emerged. It is read multiple times each night before bed, and I think will have to be made a permanent addition to our library.
Good Night, Animals by Lena Arro, Catarina Kruusval, and Joan Sandin tells the story of Bubble and Pearl’s campout adventure. As they settle into their “green cave” tent and darkness falls, they hear some strange noises outside. Each noise turns out to be friendly animals who want to join the campout in the tent. One by one, the animals rearrange to make room as mice and rabbits, a cat, dog, hen, sheep, and even a horse settle down for the night.
I know now where Blue House Mom and Munchkinetta get their generous spirit for always thinking of others.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Lilypad Princess and I spent most of tonight playing with her favorite toy of all, her imagination. Even with all of the wonderful toys we have, LP prefers to play with pretend ones. Tonight she was Cinderella dropping the breakfast tray when she learned the man she danced with was the prince. She rescued me from the sticky mud with a rope when I fell in. We reached for the moon, and when we couldn't quite touch it because it is far, far away, she used her trampoline to launch her into outer space.
image from flickr copyright Philip Ed
Friday, February 1, 2008
The book also has helpful hints for most things, such as a recipe for making your own Playdoh (#6 Every kid should play with playdoh)or ways to have an indoor camp-out if you don't have a backyard (#4 Every kid should camp in the backyard).
Some of the things LP has already done:
#35 Every kid should create a holiday keepsake. (Santa's cookie plate)
#5 Every kid should play in the bathtub until his skin wrinkles. (almost every bath)
#8 Every kid should catch snowflakes on his tongue and eyelashes.
#38 Every kid should have a collection. (magnets)
#39 Every kid should attend a live performance. (Sesame Street Live)
#37 Every kid should play dress up.
#69 Every kid should make a pizza
Some of the ones that will definitely be added to my list of things to do:
#77 Every kid should go to a baseball game with Grandpa. (definitely a Yankee game)
#86 Every kid should have a personal library card.
#24 Every kid should learn to swim (in progress)
#27 Every kid should take music lessons.
#36 Every kid should participate in a "-thon".
#45 Every kid should write a memory letter each year.
#56 Evert kid should create a board game.
I've been trying to eat as healthy as possible as well as going to the gym. But I haven't been able to curb my urge for a snack now and then. So my popcorn bowl has been getting quite a workout of its own lately.
The Nordic Ware Microwave Popcorn Popper produces up to 12 cups of fresh popcorn without any oil in less than 4 minutes. You just pour the kernels in the bowl, put the top on and stick it in the microwave. A couple sprays of a zero calorie butter spray, a little sprinkle of salt and you have a low calorie, no fat, whole grain, high fiber snack that is filling and satisfies that urge to snack.
photo from cooking.com
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