Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Grandpa, we love you and miss you. You are not forgotten - your memory lives on.
Tonight the boys and I will spend time with Grandma - we can't wait! She is an amazing and strong lady.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Here's the problem - I've tried putting them to bed earlier but they stay awake until 8:30 or 9; I've tried putting them to bed a little later but they still get up early. Last night they went to bed after 9 (late for them) and they were up at 6:40 a.m. What's a mom to do? I'm thinking maybe black-out curtains or shades. We are also thinking of regularly separating them at bed time. We have one in particular that used to be a champion sleeper who is now getting out of bed whenever he wants (yes, we have disciplined) and waking up his brother. Another thing I'm considering is teaching them to tell time :) - in other words, put a digital clock with the minutes covered and teach them at what number they may come out of their room. I think they are a little young for this but then they sometimes surprise me...
So I'm calling for all advice from you, my wise friends. Tired, cranky kids is just not an option. :)
Sunday, April 27, 2008
TUESDAY: Grilled Hot Dogs (the "healthier" kind - no msg, no nitrates etc.), Oven Fries, Applesauce (Andrew working late)
WEDNESDAY: Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, Fried Eggs, Yogurt (Andrew likely working late)
THURSDAY: Wycliffe Dinner
FRIDAY: Pizza, Fruit, Veggies
SATURDAY: An afternoon wedding and probably a snacky supper at home afterwards.
SUNDAY: Pasta w/homemade cream sauce - fresh herbs, asiago cheese, pepper, Salad, Fruit
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Congratulations! I hope you enjoy your prizes! Stay tuned, maybe I will have another giveaway this summer - we'll see. :)
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Anyway, if you have any questions about periodontal disease, feel free to ask. :) It's all very fresh in my mind! And if you smoke, please, please stop. It's not only bad for your health but it's also horrible for your teeth and gums - not that this is new news. :)
Tomorrow will be another 3 hours of continuing education (this time hands-on versus lecture) and then a staff appreciation lunch. I'm exhausted but I know it will be good. I feel that it is so important for me to keep up with the profession to give my patients the best care possible. I'm truly thankful that God called me in to dentistry!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The banner I made out of a broken story book that I purchased for 50 cents.
Blowing out the candles - he still has a hard time with blowing but he managed to get 1 or 2 out while spitting a little on the cake. :)
Monday, April 21, 2008
Three years ago today you entered this world many, many miles away and I became a mom for the very first time. I wish I could have been there but know you were born in my heart. God knew what He was doing and He gave you a beautiful smile - you call it your "broken" or "owie" smile but to me it was perfect.
Your dad and I are so proud of you. You fought to stay alive in your tiny, weakened body and courageously learned to walk. You were our hero as you went through a tough surgery to have your clefts repaired and still maintained your sense of humor. You almost never complained even though I know it hurt. You have worked so hard at learning to talk and you are making awesome progress. You are determined, funny, and brave. You make me laugh, you make me cry, you make me smile, you make my day.
I love it when you put your arms around me and hug me and tell me you love me. I love to make you smile and laugh and I love the way your eyes dance. I love to feel your face pressed against mine. I love that you love me and trust me and know that I'm your Mommy. I love that you still like me to rock you and the way you lay back to look in my eyes. I love to see you learn and grow. I love the way you play with your brother. I love the way you express excitement and the funny faces you make. I LOVE YOU and I'm so glad God put you in our family!
Happy 3rd Birthday, Calvin. You didn't grow in my tummy, you grew in my heart.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
It's bloggy giveaway time. What fun! Tomorrow is my son Calvin's 3rd birthday and in honor of that, I will be giving away 3 different prizes this week each with 3 items!
MONDAY: Out for Calvin's 3rd Birthday!
TUESDAY: Out for our church small group fellowship!
WEDNESDAY: Fish, Couscous Pilaf, Broccoli or Green Beans
THURSDAY: Egg & Potato Scramble w/Bacon, Toast, Fruit
FRIDAY: Pizza, Veggies, Fruit
SATURDAY: Burritos, Chips & Salsa
SUNDAY: Chicken and Beef Kabobs, Grilled Asparagus, Roasted Potatoes, Fruit, Angel Food Cake w/Strawberries and Whipped Cream (My Mom's Birthday!)
We had a great family celebration for the birthday boy today and I tried this macaroni and cheese from Ina Garten - it was wonderful! Thanks to orjunkie.com for hosting MPM every week. And check out my giveaways for this week!
Friday, April 18, 2008
Andrew woke up at 5:37, went to the bathroom, came back to bed, and went back to sleep. I noted that he got up and asked what time it was and then promptly fell back asleep to catch the final zzz's before getting up for work. 45 minutes later, we got up after hitting snooze a couple of times (a very bad habit) and Andrew mentioned that he had felt the house shaking which is why he had woken up early. Now, I must, as an aside, mention that my husband occasionally sleep walks, gets disoriented, and talks in his sleep. So with that information and having not felt anything myself, I laughed and said I was sure it was nothing. :)
Fast forward an hour. I arrived at work and my co-worker mentioned the earthquake that happened at 5:37 and that it was a 5.4 on the Richter Scale. I was so surprised! I called Andrew and let him know that he was right! Then he was the incredulous one and thought I was kidding. :)
At 11:15 I had my second to last patient for the morning when I felt the floor moving and my light started bouncing up and down. It lasted for several seconds. No big deal except that I work on the 17th floor of one of the taller buildings downtown and my car was parked in our underground parking garage! Yikes! I didn't like it. :)
Anyway, all is well. The 2nd earthquake or tremor measured 4.5 (I think). I guess we may have more? It's been quite the breaking news here in the midwest. It's just so uncommon and I guess that at least the 1st one was felt as far away as West Virginia. So that's the fun here. It's a beautiful day and I have much to do so I'll see ya later!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
On an unrelated note, I wrote about potty training here and while we started well, it quickly went down hill so we took a break. I'm pleased to report that Calvin is on day 5 of underwear (no pull-ups except at naptime and bedtime)! We have had zero accidents and that includes trips to the store, zoo, nana's house, and more. My goal was to have him trained by 3 and I'm hoping that we are there! He is very pleased with himself and we are very proud of him. I'm certain we will have accidents and tough days but we are so happy with his incredible progress! Patrick is uninterested so we will wait a little longer for him but hopefully by July 29 (his 3rd birthday), he will be trained, too.