Friday, November 30, 2007

Queen of procrastination

Yep, that's my official title for the evening. I have a craft fair starting tomorrow at the local mall and probably should be working on a few more things. However, we are in a winter storm warning for all day tomorrow, so even if we're actually there all day, I HIGHLY doubt it'll be very busy. So, therefore, I thought I'd treat you all to a few new Mallory pictures. Hmmm....working with hot glue and burning my fingers or sharing cute pictures of my little girl....quite the decision. :)

To start....all the way back to Thanksgiving. This is the clippie I made for her to wear for turkey day. It was a little on the big side, so I had to attach it to a headband, but the overall effect was there.

We spent Thanksgiving Day at Matt's parents' house with his family. Mallory's cousin Damien was there as well so Mallory finally got to be bigger than somebody and was able to get in her share of bullying. Actually, she didn't bully so much as just not want to share her toys. But, honestly, in this picture, she's not about to smack him...she liked to rub his head!

My parents came down for the long after-Thanksgiving weekend. No early shopping for them...although, I think they could have made the 4am Kohl's opening if they'd have tried.

We did our best to keep Grandpa Don from going stir crazy - found him all sorts of odd jobs. Including "official poopy diaper detector"...better ask him about that! :) He also played handyman and installed safety latches on some of the cupboard doors. Mallory was his oh-so-helpful assistant.

And this was my excitement for the weekend. TA DA! You have to look pretty closely, but yes that is really, truly a PONYTAIL!!!! Hooray! It might be a while before we can show off in public, because that little thing sure isn't going to survive a winter hat!

And I'll leave you with one last picture. Mallory can't have all the glory, so here are Chloe and Daniel posing so pretty. Too bad Mallory can't get the hang modeling or I'd have some even cuter pictures! *sigh*

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

15 month doctor visit

Mallory got to go visit the doctor today. It really was all fine until she had to have THREE shots! Poor kid - although she did get a nice big bag of fruit snacks from the nurse. Not quite the same as safe-t-pops, but it'll do.

She's a big girl! 28 lbs 12 oz and 31 inches tall. Although, with our genes, there really isn't a real big risk of her being petite....

Our Christmas list

Well, Mallory's and mine, anyway. I really don't have any ideas for Matt, so if you have his name, you're as outta luck as I am!

For Mallory: Apparently she's into idea where she got THAT from. I think Santa will be bringing her one, but also on her list is a doll stroller, high chair/booster chair, and feeding things (bottle, spoons, etc). New diapers - we're trying the cloth diaper thing while not in daycare. She JUST fits into a medium Fuzzi Bunz, so we're in need of larges. So far, I like the Fuzzi Bunz, but Happy Heinies or other all-in-one or pocket diapers are okay, too. Ummm....yeah, that's all I've got. She'll obviously be perfectly happy with anything, but we do have quite the stash of toys, books and clothes. Although, if buying clothes, please be sure to buy at least 24 mo size - unless it's meant to be worn right now.

For me: I'd like the new Taste of Home Baking book (the blue 3-ring binder), and since my new vehicle doesn't have seat warmers, I'd love a seat cusion or seat cover. I saw some really nice ones at Wally-world that don't actually go over the entire seat, so they don't have to be fitted as perfectly - more of a cusion that has elastic loops. And a matching steering wheel cover. Gift cards are always good, and I'm perfectly okay receiving cloth dipes for Mallory. :)

Now, those of you to whom we will be giving gifts...we need ideas!

I got tagged....

by Jill, so it's my turn to share 6 things about myself.

1. I am developing a serious computer addiction. It's name is Brenda and I'm a computer-oholic. I blame it all on my SK girls! :)

2. I have the not-so-desirable habit of LOVING to find new craft ideas, sewing patterns, etc, but not always getting around to finishing said projects. Come take a peek in my house if you don't believe me. For example, Mallory's birth cross-stitch (which will be super cute, by the way) still isn't done and she's 15 months old! And now I'm shopping for a stocking to make for her. Ugh.

3. I'm not the best housekeeper. I'll just leave it at that.

4. If I wasn't so severely in debt with school loans, I'd actually like to go back to school for nursing. It's one of those "if I knew then what I know now" type of things. (Please Mom, no heart attack!)

5. I'd love to have a little hobby farm! I'd like chickens, goats, maybe a sheep or two, a donkey, maybe a pony (no interest in a big horse at this point).... Too bad Matt wouldn't have anything to do with that idea. Sigh.....

6. I can curl my tongue in to a 3-leaf clover shape. Really! I'd take a picture, but that's kind of gross.

Okay, my turn to tag people.... Kasey, Amy, Christina (although I know you have a new baby, so I'll cut you some slack), Tessa, Carrie, Allie (you need to get back to blogging, girl!)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Another week gone....

I'm racking my brain to try to remember if we did anything exciting this week. Apparently not, huh? Well, I did do a pretty cool surgery on Tuesday involving removing part of a dog's foot...but out of respect for my father and his "sensitive" disposition...:) I'll refrain from going into details.

My other exciting news involves my new toy....I ordered myself a serger sewing machine! Yippee!! After all the compliments Mallory received from wearing her Halloween outfit, I went pattern hunting. I have LOTS of super cute patterns and ideas for more clothes - 'cuz everyone knows she needs more! If anyone has any helpful hints regarding learning to use my serger, send 'em my way!

Oh, and I have a bunch more pictures to share. The first is for Tessa - here's Mallory wearing her birthday outfit from you. Sorry the picture isn't better, but you know how well she likes to pose. :)

This is Mallory thinking she's a big girl and needs a whole piece of pizza! She did share it with her puppy, though, so that was nice. By the way, how does one get pizza sauce out of puppy fur?

Ooh, these come in my size, too!

Darn paparazzi!

My mom and dad are going to be visiting this weekend. In preparation for the holiday weekend, my housecleaning goal is one room per day. This afternoon I tackled the kitchen. Mallory didn't cooperate with a nap, so she spent the time keeping the kitties occupied.

I guess kitties really do like goldfish....especially cheddar cheese flavored ones!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Happy birthday to me

It's the big 3-1 today. Yippee.

My family went out to my favorite restaurant without me. However, they did call and sing "Happy Birthday" over the phone while they were there. Is that love or what? I hope someone ate some fried ice cream for me! *sigh*

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Passing along some pictures

I don't have much in the way of exciting news today, so I'm just going to post a few pictures that Tessa took during her visit.

Let's see...there should be something good in here!

Since Daddy's been out in the field so much lately, Mallory thought she'd see what all the fuss is about! (It's kind of hard to see, but the "popper" part is a combine!)
And this is the pig....

You I just dancing, or trying to escape?

Oooh, nice kitties!
Yes, the kitties have pretty much recovered from their surgeries and are back to wrestling and raising ruckus! I think Mallory is going to be their bestest friend...mostly because she figured out how to open their food container and gave them a (large) early supper. I think we'll be moving that out of reach! Mallory really likes them too, whenever she sees them (first thing in the morning, after naps, coming home, etc) - she claps and says "hi titties!!" (We're working on pronunciation....)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Well now I feel dumb!

I think I've finally figured out my camera. I've been having issues with it draining the rechargable batteries super fast (as in I could only take about 10 pictures before the battery died!) and with the batteries not recharging while on the dock. I even bought a new plug-in battery charger and I have 4 pairs of batteries...and they all did the same thing. I was starting to wonder if it was worth sending it in for repair, or to just shop for a new camera.

But then I decided to experiment. I learned that my camera dock only recharges the original Kodak camera battery - and doesn't work with other NiMH rechargables. PLUS, I think that setting the camera on the dock with "other" batteries in it actually drains those batteries. Who'd have thunk??

Anyway, I'm in a much better mood now that I've figured that out. Hopefully that also means that I'll be getting some more pictures to add here. Cross your fingers!

I also got the cutest little keychain digital camera from the Walmart clearance aisle yesterday! It's about 2x3 inches and does almost everything a regular digital camera does - video, self timer, etc. The only problem is that you can't see the pictures you take until you upload them to the computer. The best part it that it was $12!!! I'm hoping I'll be able to capture more cute and funny pictures of Mallory since I won't be quite so nervous hauling that one around with us. I can't wait to try it out!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Our last few days

As mentioned before, my sister Tessa was here visiting with her kitty for the last few days. Just so you can all rest easy, yes, Lolah did wonderfully through surgery (Tessa even watched!) and is doing just fine. See?

I think Lolah will be happy to get home. She really seemed to want to play with our kitties, but wasn't quite sure if it was a good idea. Oh, and kitty #2 has a name! "Daniel" in Daniel Striped Tiger - bonus points to anyone that remembers what tv show he was in. (Mom, you can't guess, because I know that you remember!)

Chloe and Daniel joined me at work on Tuesday for their big day. Everyone is officially "fixed". Oh, and if you were curious, Matt didn't say much at all about there being two kittens. He did ask why, but that was about it (at least to me...he might have said more to other people, but I prefer to be blissfully unaware of any of that!). Although, today he did tell me I should trade them in for a dog. Yeah, because I have time to housetrain a dog right now. Not sure what he was thinking....

I'm hoping Tessa will email me copies of the pictures she took while she was here. My camera has been having battery issues and besides, she got much better pictures than I did. I'll share when I get them.

I also hope that we didn't totally bore Tessa while she was here. She came to work with me on Monday (it was kind of slow, so not terribly exciting) and then joined Mallory and I for ECFE that evening. I had to work all day Tuesday, so she went down to Kasey's and visited Joshua for the day. Mallory stayed home from daycare today and we spent the day with Tessa. There was a quick trip to town to return some boots and to get Mallory a new winter jacket. It's really cute...I'll get a picture. Then home for lunch, playtime, nap....

Tessa left for home this afternoon. Mallory and I did some more playing, had supper, a bath....oh, and munchkin learned a new skill. I'm not sure I'm real impressed. Check it out.

Yes, she is sitting on TOP of the coffee table. Ugh.

Oh, and one more exciting thing for today! Mallory went down for her morning nap without a sippy cup!! We officially got rid of the bottles a couple weeks ago, but she's still gotten a sippy cup of water for naps and bedtime. She doesn't always drink it, but it's a comfort thing. I was pretty excited when I was able to put her in her crib and she went right to sleep today. She did take one for her afternoon nap, but she spilled most of it and then talked herself to sleep. We might get this nap thing down yet! :)

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Meet our newest family members

Mallory gets so excited when we see the kitties outside our house. But unfortunately, they don't seem so fond of her (actually, I can't pet them either, so they're not being picky). So, we (okay, I) decided that she needed a kitty of her own. I'm not exactly sure what Matt will say when he finds out I brought home two kitties, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. I'm pretty sure it will involve lots of eye-rolling! :)

Anyway, the calico one is Chloe and the orange one...well, he doesn't have a name yet. Anyone have any ideas?

And some more fun news....Aunt Tessa is here to visit!! Yay! She also brought her kitty Lolah along for the ride. Well, actually, she brought Lolah down for her (Lolah's) big surgery. Duh-duh-duh.....

Mallory thought Lolah's carrier was pretty cool, we might have to get one in a bigger size!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Happy November!

Mallory is continuing to expand her vocabulary. Today, she was repeating shapes to Jojo - circle, square, etc. I guess she especially liked "oval", it must be fun to say. That was the ONLY one I could get her to say tonight. *shrug*

Have you ever wondered what it is about spaghetti? It seems the one food that everyone likes to have on their head. Case in point....

Where to start?

Unfortunately, Mallory isn't feeling much better, tooth-wise. There are at least 2 coming in that I can feel. 1 upper molar and her last lower incisor. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the rest of them come right away, so we can just have a miserable week or two and then its over.

PLUS, mean little daycare girl bit my darling daughter yesterday. Mallory was being her angelic self, sitting waiting patiently for dinner in her highchair (I can type that with a straight face....believe it??) when little S walked up and bit her finger!! Good grief. S better beware....revenge is a dish best served cold, or so I've heard. :)

Our trick-or-treating didn't work out so well, either. :( Munchkin has had a little cough and hoarse voice on top of the teething woes, so I made a grown-up decision that we should stick close to home and try to get to bed at a reasonable hour. Sorry we missed Halloween with you, Joshua! In any case, we didn't get very far before my little giraffe (yes, the democratic process worked - thanks all that voted!) fell asleep.
After stopping at our landlord's house for some treats, Daddy called and needed us to drive him around since he was done combining a field. We then made a trip to try to see Great-grandma Lorraine, but she wasn't home, so we headed back to Grandma and Grandpa's house to beg some supper. Unfortunately, after that, Mallory was getting tired, so we aborted the rest of our trick-or-treating and headed home to bed.

First, a story or two....then, her new game of throwing herself onto the blankets on our bed. I think there was a bit of a second wind involved here! (Oh, and Grandpa Hanson....I made sure to appropriately censor the diaperless wonder - just for you!)