Tuesday, December 23, 2008

BAD Santa!

We've been working on A in regards to Santa. We've been working on getting her ready to see him. She's actually starting to get excited about him and WANTS to go sit on his lap.

So we made plans to go today and see him at a local mall. We invited the grandparents to tag along and asked them to meet us at 11:30. They decided that 12:30 was the soonest they could meet and that they wanted to do lunch at a sit-down place first.

A normally naps from 12-2pm, so already I hate the plan. But I go along with it. We finish lunch and head across the street to the mall to find Santa. He's supposed to go on break at 2pm and it's 1:45 when we arrive. We run across the mall to the huge gingerbread throne, lugging 30lbs of toddler. Now remember, I'm almost 8 months pregnant and have just eaten a big meal. This is no mean feat, getting to Santa before 2pm.

We stumble to a stop in front of the throne at 1:55pm.

There's no line!

There's no Santa!

Santa left early. It's December 23rd, and Santa decides to go home early.

What gives, Santa?!?

Thankfully, A has since forgotten why we were running through the mall and does not pitch a tantrum.

The big day approaches!

We have had a great week getting ready for Christmas! We've done everything from baking christmas cookies to decorating the tree and everything in between that I thought I could handle with a toddler. Boy was it fun!

Here's Abby with our mini-tree. It's short and sweet and easy to set up, which is perfect this year. We also only put one small box of ornaments on the tree as I know I'll be the one responsible for taking it down next week. There's no point in spending hours decorating a tree four days before Christmas if I have to spend twice as long putting it all away next week.

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We also brought out last year's Christmas present: the Little People Nativity set. We plan on pulling this out every year after A's birthday and putting it away after the holiday. The button on the top of the manger plays music and that is by far the most played with part of the set this year. Each of the characters has a recessed area on the bottom and in theory, the angel is supposed to sit on the button and cause the music to be played. Usually, though, we find the donkeys and sheep up there.
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One of A's favorite tasks around the house is helping me pack up any boxes that are to be shipped. Usually this is when I'm selling some of her old diapering supplies or when I'm sending off a sewing order. A gets out her crayons and sets herself up to decorate the package. Here she is coloring Great Grandma's Christmas present.
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I hope the rest of the holidays are as much fun as this week has been!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Living in a Snow Globe

It really feels like we've moved to Alaska or are living in a snow globe this week.

We have had more than 34" of snow already when the average winter around here is about 50". We're ahead of last year's snowfall by about 8" at this point, and last year was a record-busting year with 101" of snow. The Farmer's Almanac is predicting 130" of snow for this year. We're due another 9" before Christmas, too.

Add to this, we've had below zero temps (Farenheit) for many days now. This morning when I woke at 6:30 am it was -9.7F. By 7am it was -5.4F. That's not windchill, either. Straight up temperatures!

Our entire winter philosophy has changed along with the weather, too. We used to keep the thermostat at 72F, which kept the room temps in our drafty old house at about 65F. So really, not that warm, but comfortable. After seeing our heating bill double since last year, we dumped the thermostat down to 63F this weekend. The room temp was then 58F. Brrrr...

A napped in a stocking cap, turtle-neck, fleece hoodie, sweatpants, socks, and slippers under two blankets. She seemed cozy enough but sure looked bundled up.

We ended up turning the thermostat up to 65F last night as 63F was just a little too cold in A's room. That seemed to make a good difference for the daytime hours and we let it drop to 63F again at night. A's little legs and feet were toasty this morning when I went to get her up, so I think she survived okay.

We will have to get a second space heater for upstairs when the new baby arrives, though, as I don't want that little one turning into a popsicle at night. Well, okay, I also can't imagine sitting up in bed in the middle of the night to nurse when the room is in the lower 50s. That would be insane, I think.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Update on the Oddness

Well, I contacted the customer service of the company that actually sent the book last week. On their records, I was the one to order it. They said that their info comes from Amazon and that I should contact them.

I went to Amazon and tried to send them an email asking who sent it. In order to email customer service at Amazon, you need to supply an order number. The problem here is that I have no order number as my most recent order placed with them was over 2 weeks prior to the order date that I would like to discuss.

I could call them and speak with a CS rep in person. In fact, I'm going to have to if I want to resolve this. The problem here is that it's 10 days from Christmas and everyone and their mother is calling CS. My issue really isn't pressing for time, but how weird is it going to look that I waited 3 weeks to contact them?

I don't really want to go to the trouble of sending it back. Post offices are just not much fun with a 2 year old in tow. I don't need a refund as I never paid for the book. It's not on my credit card or on my Amazon account. I just want to know WHY it arrived and that they aren't going to come after me three months from now requesting payment. Then I will happily donate it to a book drive.

And on a second odd note, we also recieved in the mail an SD card. It was taped into a manilla envelope with masking tape and then that envelope was inside a white envelope with all of our names on it. No packaging, just a card. ??? We won't put it into the computer to see what's on it because, hello, that could be disaster. But where did it come from?!?

Friday, December 12, 2008

Very Very Odd

I received a package in the mail today. That's not really that odd, given that it's December 12th. We're getting a lot of packages in the mail right now. What's odd is what was in it.

Inside the envelope was a copy of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. A new edition copy. The edition I hate. ???

My first guess was that my Mother in law had purchased it as part of my Christmas gift, as she likes to shop on Amazon. Maybe I put it on my Wish List there before I had a chance to read the new edition. Mmmmm.... Nope. I checked my list. It's not there.

I check the invoice to see if it says who ordered it. It says that I ordered it. On November 23rd. Why the heck would I have ordered it three weeks ago, when clearly a month ago I hated it??? I have no memory of ordering it. I have no charge on my card to say that I ordered it. I do not see it in my Amazon account as having been ordered.

Who the heck sent me a copy of a book that I clearly and publicly stated my dislike of?

Anyone want to confess?

Anyone?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

This Week's Recipe Success

Chad recently had a beans and rice urge so we decided to try out a few recipes found on the internet. After monkeying around with the first one until we were satisfied, we came up with the following recipe:

Coconut Beans and Rice

1 can red kidney beans
1 can coconut milk
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
4 scallions, diced
1/4-1/2 tsp tarragon
1 1/2 C uncooked rice
1 1/4 C water
1 tsp salt
1/2 Tbs sugar
1 can of pineapple tidbits (any size you like)
lime juice
spicy sausage (optional)

Drain pineapple and reserve juice. Mix all ingredients except lime and pineapple juices in a pot. Heat to boiling and turn heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes, covered. Remove from heat. Add lime and pineapple juice to taste.

We used a spicy chicken sausage with cilantro and full-strength coconut milk. It was pretty delicious, quick to put together, and something that I could cook even with Abby around "helping."

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

VBAC planned for early February!

We had our OB consult yeterday to discuss birthing options for our soon-to-be daughter. I absolutely LOVED the OB and the way she handled us. She actually looked at my chart, my OR report from the past C sec, asked us about our labor and delivery experience last time, and then discussed both studies and statistics with us. She related all the studies of risk factors and things you can do to improve success rates with the hospital we plan to birth in order to help us get a clear picture of what it will be like.

She said it all comes down to our preference as there is no reason why we couldn't be successful with a VBAC. In her words, "There's about a 70% chance that you'll have a successful VBAC, which if you think about it, is on-par with any other woman walking in there looking for a vaginal birth." I don't know if she'll be doing the delivery or if my Family Med doc will yet, but we'll decide that between now and February 2nd.

I will be required to wear a monitor the whole time. I will also be required to do all of my laboring at the hospital rather than at home, but that's okay, too. If we go postdates by a week or more, we may need to scrap the VBAC and go for the C sec, but I'm not too concerned about that. Either way, I'll have given my body and my baby a chance to try for a VBAC.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Nate

Despite the fact that A is 95% potty trained, we continue to reinforce the activity with videos and books. Her current favorite video is Elmo's Potty Time. After watching the DVD with A this morning, Daddy had a conversation with A about the words people use to discuss pee and poo.

"Is wee wee a better word than pee pee?"

"yeah. Wee wee poopoo."

"What about tinkle, can you say tinkle?"

"Tinkle!"

"How about urinate?"

"You're a Nate!"

"Good job!"

"A is a Nate!"

No, honey, you aren't a Nate... it's URINate. LOL.

A's New Daycare

I am head over heels in love with A's new daycare. I really cannot contain my happiness with her new setup. We've only been there two days now, but my goodness, the change in A's attitude!

Our new daycare does not allow more than 30-60 min of TV each day and that TV is PBS.

Our new daycare feeds A whole fruits, veggies, whole grains, milks, cheeses. NO Doritos, no juice, no candy.

Our new daycare provider plays with A all day long and does art projects with her! They read books. The dance and play hide and seek.

A hugs our new provider when it's time to go. She started this the FIRST DAY!

A tells our new provider when she has to pee EVERY TIME and lays down for a nap without crying.

A has earned ZERO time outs since switching and far fewer TOs at home in the evenings.

A giggles and smiles all the way to and from our new provider's house. She talks non-stop about the two other children and what they did all day.

I could not be happier. A could not be happier. It's bliss.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Today is A's 2nd birthday! Yeehaw! Happy birthday, A! She's had quite the week of celebration! We partied at Grammy's house on Friday with the family. Then at daycare yesterday they sang to her and gave her a gift (new crayons). AND on Saturday, we'll be partying at Papa's house with the rest of the family. Lucky girl!

She has received MORE than enough presents. We're hiding some, in fact. LOL. With Christmas just around the corner, it makes sense to put away a few items until the summer. She'll appreciate them more then.