Sunday, July 26, 2009

life is precious

Every night when I lay Kate down I thank God for the beautiful gift He gave me and Eric. I ask for His favor and thank Him for watching over Kate.
I could not imagine my life without Kate. She brings us so much joy everyday. Her beautiful smile and sweet little giggles light up our life. I am beyond thankful that Kate is a healthy little girl (besides the bout of RSV and countless ear infections.) At the beginning of the summer I started to follow MckMama at My Charming Kids. Even though I have never met MckMama I feel connected to her. I feel I can relate to her as a mom and as a person. She has four beautiful children, a loving husband (whom she calls Prince Charming), and is an AMAZING photographer. MckMama’s youngest son, Stellan, has a special heart. (You can read his story here and here.) At the moment Stellan has been hospitalized and is fighting to get his heart to beat at a regular rhythm. If you have a moment and believe in the power of prayer, could you please say a prayer for sweet Stellan, MckMama, and their family?

Thank you,
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Friday, July 24, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

days like these

When I have a day such as this...
I feel blessed to have Kate's sweet smile and wonderful sense of humor to keep it all in perspective.
Thank you, sweet girl!

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Monday, July 20, 2009

not my child monday

Welcome to Not Me Monday! Not Me Monday is a blog carnival created by MckMama at My Charming Kids. This is not a normal Not Me! Monday. This week is Not My Child!" Monday. “It is a chance to share the horrendous, embarrassing, or regrettable things that there is no way our precious children were caught doing!” Enjoy a few Not My Child moments! Kate does not have a new trick that involves her nose and her shirt or dress. Nope. Not My Child! Kate knows you should use a tissue and not an article of clothing. Kate did not decide to throw her biggest public fit on the day we went to visit her daddy at work. Our section of the restaurant was not filled with guests trying to enjoy their lunch and her daddy’s bosses were not present to witness the event. Once we called it quits and packed up Kate did not scream at the top of lungs in the atrium. Not My Child!

Kate did not say “bye” in a rather loud voice and wave to every man who walked into the restroom at Kaiser. And when those very same men exited the restroom Kate did not say “hi” and wave. Not My Child! Kate does not attempt to play or drink out of the dogs’ water bowl at least once day. She knows the dogs' water bowl is only for the dogs. Not My Sweet Child!
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

proud momma

I am one proud momma. But this is not a Kate moment. This is my moment. I am so proud of the picture above. Kate was "discovering" my camera this afternoon. She wanted to look into lens, have her picture taken, and then see herself on the small digital screen. I happily snapped away. When I saw this picture on the camera's digital screen I knew it would be "a good one." When I loaded it onto my computer I noticed Kate had a dirty face. I pondered to myself... "Do I just crop it, do a quick fix, and put it up anyway? Everyone knows all children have dirty faces sometimes, right?" "Do I choose another one?" What to do, what to do. Because I loved the picture SO much I decided to dig a little deeper into my photo editing software (Photoshop Elements.) I checked out the Guided Editing tab. Within that tab they had a whole section on how to remove tear marks, scratches, blemishes, etc. It was easy to use and Kate's messy face was gone. I was impressed! I explored some of the other sections. I found another section that walked me through step by step on how to make my photo look old fashion! Wow! Who knew all these neat little tricks were hidden under a tab called Guided Editing. I am sure that will tab will get a lot more visits from me!
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life is good

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seventeen months - july 10, 2009

Seventeen Months Old Amazing! Kate is talking up a storm. Sometimes she seems to be telling us a whole story and we have no clue what she said. Other times we can pick out words and phrases. I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of all the words she knows. Here They Are: 1. Daddy 2. Momma 3. Doggy 4. Ball 5. Milk 6. NeeNee(Binky) 7. Please 8. Thank You 9. Outside 10. All Done 11. Hi 12. Apple 13. George-y 14. Pretty 15. Bird 16. Baby 17. More 18. Uh-Oh 19. Bye 20. Banana 21. Bubbles 22. Nose 23. Eye 24. Belly 25. Elmo 26. Lovie It has been fun to watch her build and develop her vocabulary. We can't wait to be able to understand all the stories she tells! Kate has also started to run! She has been enjoying art and being outside. She also has a great love for animals, cars, trains, and trucks. She is at such a fun age! I can't wait to see what will capture her attention next!

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living history farms

Kate's First Tractor Ride
On the Trail to the Farms Leading the Way (Upside down!)
Baby Pigs at the 1850's Farm
Checking Out the Baby Pigs
The Oxen
"Our Oxen are Awesome!"
Whoa! Those guys are big!
Ducks in Mud I have loved Living History Farms for as long as I can remember.
I have spent many summers at the farms... first attending the weekly day camp then becoming a day camp counselor.
I was delighted and thrilled to share my love for farming history with Kate and Eric.
Eric enjoyed seeing how farmers truly farmed on Iowa land.
Kate enjoyed all the animals.
Her favorite was the work horses at the 1900 farm.
(I did not take any pictures of Kate with the horses because they were in a dark barn and I did not want to spook them.
Tiny Baby + Spooked Horse = Not a Good Idea.)
And I loved it all!

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yummy - july 9, 2009

Enjoying a Dirt Cup Dessert at Mimi's Cafe.
Chocolate pudding and crushed Oreos are yummy!

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road trip warrior - july 8, 2009

We took a ten hour family road trip to Iowa.
I was a little nervous about how Kate would do.
Would she sleep?
Would she get tired of sitting in her car seat?
Did I bring enough things to keep her busy?
To help with the drive and maximize the amount of time Kate would spend sleeping we left around her nap time.
She slept some but spent a lot of time awake just hanging out in her car seat. She was happy chatting or taking in the scenery passing us by.
We were very impressed and relieved by how well Kate did during the long car ride.
Kate is a road trip warrior!
I guess this means we need to hit the road more!

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(The picture above is of Kate at rest station taking a fruit snack break.)

chillin' - july 7, 2009

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Welcome to Not Me Monday! Not Me Monday is a blog carnival created by MckMama at My Charming Kids. MckMama's purpose of Not Me! Monday "was born out of my desire to admit some of my imperfections and reveal a few moments I'd rather forget." I thought I would join in the fun! I hope you enjoy my moments of imperfection! I did not seriously consider sanitizing Kate's mouth after she attempted to drink out of the dogs’ water bowl. Not me! I did not give the dogs three large milk-bones for breakfast because I was too lazy to go out to the car to get their dog food. Not me! Lastly, I did not allow Kate to shred a tissue into teeny tiny pieces because it kept her occupied for over a half hour. Not me!

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urgent care - july 5, 2009

There are many firsts that we go through as parents.
The first time your baby smiles.
The first time your sweet little one says mama or dada.
Their first tooth.
As parents, Eric and I, look forward to many of Kate's firsts.
Urgent Care was a first I had hoped to avoid.
No one really wants to bring their child to Urgent Care.
But on Sunday Kate took her first trip to Urgent Care.
Kate had started to develop a cold.
Runny nose, congestion, a cough every now and then.
No fever. Never really cranky.
Just a little picky about what she wanted to eat.
On Saturday afternoon she started to have some lovely goop come out of her eye. I thought for sure she had pink eye. And of course she managed to come down with it on the Fourth of July.
(Kate always seems to time her illnesses this way.)
I called in to talk with an after hours nurse.
We went through a whole list of questions and she believed it was not pink eye but an ear infection that was backing up through her eye.
Oh joy.
She felt that Kate did not need to make an emergency room visit but did need to see a doctor the next day.
So bright and early on Sunday morning Kate and I headed out for our first Urgent Care visit.
Kate was happy, smiling, saying hi to everyone...
(I am sure this not typical of most children waiting to been seen by Urgent Care doctors.)
The doctor look her over...
checked her eyes, nose, ears, tummy.
"It's not pink eye, it's another ear infection."
I was relieved that it was not pink eye but super bummed Kate had another ear infection.
This is ear infection number six.
Armed with some new antibiotics and doctors orders to make a follow up appointment in two weeks we headed home.
Our Urgent Care visit was not horrible...
we could have been there under much worse conditions.
But still I was hoping this was a first we could have avoided.
Kate was worn out from her visit. She fell fast asleep about five minutes into our drive home.
Sweet, sweet, little girl.

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