Saturday, January 24, 2009

In Case I Don't Get Back...

Quick notice: My hard drive has crashed, so I will probably be making a post later this week when my new one arrives. Check back in a few days! All our files are backed up, so we're safe, but will be without a reliable computer for a while.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Avey woke up this morning with a funny sprout of hair sticking up for all the world to see. We tried to capture it on camera. Well, now I can say I've been to Washington, D.C. Well, sort of. I saw the Washington Monument from the road on the way to the hotel, and I saw the hotel. That's pretty much it. I spent pretty much all of my time in the hotel for the conference. Kind of lame, but the room was amazing, the conference was highly educational, and it was all free! Who says education doesn't pay?

I also got to spend a night in Chicago on the way home. I hadn't signed up for that, but United Airlines insisted on paying for my stay. In Dulles, our plane sat at the gate for an hour after we had boarded, so we arrived with 20 minutes to make our connection. I've never had a good experience in the O'hare airport, so I don't know why I expected anything better. The ten of us or so who were running to make the connection got there with 5 minutes to spare, and watched the plane right there, but they wouldn't let us on. I'm sure they gave our seats away.
That left us stuck in Chicago and there were no flights until the next morning. So we stayed in a very nice hotel in Chicago, and I didn't see any of that city either. Luckily, Kira had suggested that I pack an extra pair of everything just in case. Well, I was in case all right. Deep in case. I'm home now, but anything from rested. Thank goodness for Martin Luther King Jr.'s holiday tomorrow before I have to start the semester, again!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

An Experiment

Pay no attention to this post. I'm trying something out and needed this picture posted to the web somewhere...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

You Know You've Got a Toddler When...

...she hands you everything she can find and tells you "Thank You" when you take it. offer her broccoli and she shakes her head vigorously. church, you turn your head and she's wandered into the hallway.
...getting her into her car seat reminds you of trying to squeeze into those jeans from high school days.
...all of a sudden, one day you realize that she knows you better than anyone else.
This has been a wildly busy week. Daddy started school - an interim class that goes 9 to 2 Monday through Friday for two weeks. It's very interesting (on psychotherapies), with a fun professor, but it takes up all of my time! The worst part is that it's such a short time to absorb all that info, and I'm missing a huge chunk of the class this week. I haven't said anything before, but I'm heading to Washington, DC this Wednesday for a conference. I'm way psyched (pun!) to go, I just wish it weren't interrupting the class. So anyway, I should have some nice pictures posted next week. Oh, and no, I won't be there for Barack's inauguration.
Avey has been doing this thing lately where she won't let me console her at night or put her to bed at night. If it's a nap during the day, she's cool with me rocking her. But if it's bedtime, or if she's woken up in the middle of the night and Daddy comes in the room, she is MAD! She's not just disappointed it's not Momma; she is insulted that I would dare attempt to comfort her after dark. I pick her up and she screams for Momma.
Kira was flattered for about 3 seconds.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Back in Time

Kira's church calling is in the Young Women Organization, and they have youth dances periodically. Because she and I now rank among the geezers we aren't invited to the dances, but she has the opportunity to chaperone them from time to time. We were pretty excited when she signed up to chaperone the New Year's Eve youth dance this time around and decided to make a date out of it. So her parents graciously agreed to take Avey for the night and we figured we would pick her up the next year (ha ha). A big problem was that she was sick. She had been up about every 20 minutes the night before, probably because she couldn't breathe very well through her nose. Needless to say, she had a really hard time getting down for the night at her grandparents', but we left with our fingers crossed.
The dance brought back a lot of memories. I remember going to the same dances with my hair way too long, checking out all the hot babes to ask to dance, trying the goofiest dance moves I could think of, etc. This dance was only slightly different than those: (a) my hair was far too thin, (b) the only babe I was checking out I already married, (c) I tried even goofier dance moves than when I was a teenager. It was nice because my two youngest siblings were there as actual youth and helped us to blend in a little bit. The really wild thing was that I ran into some other chaperones my age whom I met at these dances years ago. One actually had dated my best bud from high school. Crazy stuff.

Anyway, we had a blast and some good exercise, but came to find out that Avey hadn't slept hardly at all the entire time we had been gone. Papa and Grandma had done their best, but Avey just wasn't feeling well and is starting to get some separation anxiety. By the end of the dance, she was asleep and we decided we should probably just go get her and take her home. That may have been the wrong choice because she would not leave Kira's arms until about 4am. We sure know how to start the new year, don't we?

Avey has caught up on her sleep big time since. She slept a straight 12 hours on the 2nd, and almost the same on the 3rd (she was up a while around midnight) and about the same last night. We slept in until about 8:45 this morning! We're hoping this pattern sticks!

Happy New Year Everybody!