Friday, May 30, 2008

Rubberbands, anyone?

Remember when Emma dumped all her hair rubberbands/clips/bows out? She put a couple on her wrist, turned her hand purple? Well, she's at it again. Not the purple hand part, though. I moved them into her closet, up on a shelf, all neatly organzied in plastic drawers. She climbed up in there and dumped them out.


What a mess. I should mention I'd just bought a pack of 300 of them, so it was an even bigger mess. I made her help me clean them up, which of course took forever. So I told myself to move the bins that enabled her to climb up there and get them. Then I forgot. And she dumped them out again. They're now in our bathroom.

I'm still finding those teeny tiny rubberbands. Found 7 this morning.

In other news, heading out to CKC Buffalo tomorrow with Felicia and Marie. Should be fun!

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Ten on Tuesday - Memorial Day edition

1. We watched the parade in my hometown yesterday. I don't have any actual parade-watching photos, but this was taken afterwards. Michael took Emma farther down the street so I couldn't take any pictures of her.Although I got one of her running back to us. And usually they have a soldier from every war represented and I take a picture of that but this year they weren't there.Here are the pictures from last year.

2. Shelby's going to be a bubble model.

3. Mackenzie hung out in the stroller at the carnival. She seemed quite content.

4. Emma rode rides at the carnival - the swings (not sure what she's doing here. I think she was "hiding" from me and the camera.), flying elephants, merry-go-round and the trucks.

5. Of course, she had to play on the playground.

6. Here's little blondie at Michael's game on Sunday.

8. And Emma playing on the playground at his game. She did this all on her own, no coaching. She was shocked when the bridge moved and made the appropriate face.

9. Emma's new bike. Surprisingly, she can't quite reach the pedals, at least not enough to pedal and move. But she loves it.
10. A sleeping update - Mackenzie slept through the night both Sunday night and last night! Woo hoo! I didn't even have to get up to give her the binky. Of course, I probably just jinxed myself. And tonight she'll be up three times.

ETA: Apparently, I can't count. Thanks, Mary, for letting me know I forgot number 7. :)

7. Emma won't try cotton candy. Attempted it on Saturday at Blossom Time (the carnival we went to after Michael's game) and she wouldn't try it. She actually seemed somewhat frightened by it. So sadly, I had to eat the whole bag myself. It was hard, let me tell ya.

ETA, again: Also, I should state it was a weekend full of baseball and carnivals. Saturday, alumni baseball game Michael coached then the carnival there. Sunday, Michael played baseball. Monday we went to my mom's for the parade and carnival. I was reading over my post and felt I should explain all the mentioning of baseball and rides and carnivals and such.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ten on Tuesday Wednesday Thursday.

1. Mackenzie has been rolling onto her stomach in bed a lot. The problem is when she does this, she turns, and always gets her legs stuck hanging out the side. Then she can't get out. And she cries until I come to her rescue.

2. Emma says 'lay up' when she means 'sit up'. I find this really cute. Example: I lay down on the floor and she immediately says, in her very bossy voice, "No Mommy! Lay up! Lay up!"

3. At 11:30 Tuesday night I was sitting on Emma's bed with Mackenzie on my lap while they laughed at each other. Why? Because they'd both woken up - Emma completly freaked out and Mackenzie wouldn't stop crying so we all just hung out for a while. And that's the short version.

4. I Zumba'd last night. Fun and funny at the same time. You should try it.

5. I got new sheets Tuesday, washed them and got them on the bed. I love them. Haven't bought new sheets since our shower, 5 years ago!

6. Saturday was Claire's first birthday party. I love this picture of Emma and Claire. It's not the best as it's off-center and Emma's cut off but it's so cute.  

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7. Motts for Tots juice boxes are ingenious. I always water down Emma's juice. It's just too strong. So I've never bought juice boxes. That and it's cheaper to buy a big bottle of juice. Then I saw these at the grocery store - although now that I think of it my friend Lisa might've had them at her house a couple weeks ago - they're juice boxes but with water added, perfect for toddlers. A mom had to have invented these.

8. For the first time I did not watch the American Idol finale last night. I barely watched it at all this season. Although I did enjoy a couple David Cook songs this season. I'm glad he won.

9. I had a meeting for VBS last night. I'm teaching kindergarteners this year. I'm a bit overwhelmed by all the info right now but excited.

10. Emma spent 50 minutes on potty this morning - and never went. We gave up.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Last Wednesdsay...

I took this picture up in Mackenzie's room. Moments before, they were both looking up at me and smiling. Then Emma saw the camera and the "Mommy, don't take a picture"s started and she tried to get away. Mackenzie just looked at me in surprise as if she'd never seen me before.

That evening, Michael built Emma's first fort. Did you make blanket forts when you were a kid? I did all the time. Mine were either multiple "rooms" in the living room or a giant one using the dining room table. Emma was all about the fort. Or, as she called it, the fork. Although a couple times she attempted to walk on it. Seriously. She thought she could climb up on the chair or piano bench and step onto the fort. Thankfully, I caught her in time. That would've been ugly.

Battle update: The last two nights have been better. Saturday night Mackenzie woke up once, I put her binky back in and she went back to sleep until morning. I had 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep and it was awesome. Last night she didn't wake up until 5:30!!! And I think she might've gone back to sleep with just the binky replacement but I was so tired and not wanting to hear crying for an hour that I fed her. Looking back, shouldn't have done that, might've set me back a bit. BUT, I feel I have won the latest round. Now we'll see how tonight goes...

Friday, May 16, 2008

The battle lines are drawn

It's me versus this little one


when it comes to sleeping through the night. And so far she's winning. Like, it's not even close. Wednesday night she fussed and cried for an hour. I went in a couple times, put her binky in. I shut our door, turned on the TV to drown her out. But in the end I couldn't do it. I fed her. Then we both got some sleep. Last night I decided I was just too worn out to deal with that, so I fed her when she first woke up. But tonight we will battle again. Mommy-who-is-tired-of-getting-up-in-the-night vs. 6-month-old-who-wants-to-eat-out-of-habit. Who is more stubborn? I would've thought it was me, but Mackenzie sure puts up a good fight.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Ten on Tuesday (posted on Wednesday)

1. I took these pictures of Mackenzie at Michael's game tonight. In the first one, Michael was holding her after the game. I took the other two during the game. She's sitting up so well! Tonight she sat up for the longest period yet.

2. The whole getting-Mackenzie-to-sleep-through-the-night thing hasn't been going as well as I'd hoped. But Sunday night, we had a breakthrough. Mackenzie only woke up once, around 1:30 am, and I put her binky in and she went back to sleep. But then last night didn't go as well. She only drank about an ounce before going to bed. Then she woke up three times and the last time, around 3 am, I fed her. I figured she might actually be hungry. And she was. She slept until 8 am after that.

3. Emma seems to be afraid of the dark. At least when she wakes up in the middle of the night. I need to replace the bulb in her night light and she woke up and completely freaked out. I'm not sure I'd like waking up to a pitch black room either. I moved the nightlight from the bathroom into her bedroom and all was fine. The chocolate milk helped too. Although it wasn't really chocolate. She hasn't seemed to figure that out yet. She calls all milk chocolate or strawberry whether it is or it's plain.

4. Emma helped Michael cut the grass Saturday.

5. I made banana bread tonight. Michael and Emma love it. Me, not so much. Although I do enjoy how yummy it makes my house smell.

6. Some of my favorite shows were cancelled and I'm bummed. Moonlight and New Amsterdam are not coming back next year. Neither is Shark, and I liked that, too.

7. I finished reading Stephenie Meyer's new novel, The Host. Oh, is it good! If you read it, let me know what you think!

8. I finished up 3 more pages tonight! (including one about picking out Emma's first Christmas tree. Yes, that one would be about 2 years old.)The to-be-finished pile is slowly getting smaller.

9. I do not have a free Sunday until July 19th. Seriously.

10. Tomorrow I'm making on of my favorite childhood, and adulthood, dishes of my mom's. I've yet to make it so it tastes like her's. Maybe this time I'll get it right.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day

I had a fantastic Mother's Day. It started off with cards and a present from Michael and the girls. I did the layout on the cover of the current Simple Scrapbooks and my so very thoughtful husband framed it for me. Tonight he hung it in my scrap room. I love it. It's not something I ever would have done. I love that he really thought of me. That he picked out something meaningful. That he got a gift that reflects on something -scrapbooking - so very important to me. That he knows me. I love him.

After church, Michael's parents and my mom came over and we went out for a late lunch. My sister sent a gift with my mom, a sort of charm bracelet. It's made of 4 tiny picture frames, if that makes sence. I printed out the pictures tonight and once I get them in I'll take a picture of it. I'll take a picture of the frame too.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from today.

Tomorrow (or, knowing me, Tuesday) I will post some of the humorous attempts at getting the above pictures. No surprise here, they all contain Emma making funny faces or throwing herself around. :)

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Turning Blond

We've been noticing lately how blond Mackenzie's hair is. Obviously, I knew it was a lot darker when she was born but it wasn't until I pulled up this picture:

That I realized just how dark it was. That picture was from December 14th, she was about 6 weeks. This picture:

Is from Wednesday. So much lighter! Lighter than Emma's ever was. Maybe they won't look so much alike after all. :)

PS, Thanks to those who commented on my Ten on Tuesday post. Thanks to you, I don't feel like a complete idiot for asking people to leave a comment. I thought for sure I'd ask, no one would respond and I'd look stupid. That being said, I know there are a lot more of you out there who read this! For example, I wonder who's in < insert Australia, Iowa, Delaware, Connecticut and a number of other places here> and do I know you? How'd you find my blog? Do we have mutual friends? It intrigues me. Seriously, it does. :)

Happy Mother's Day!
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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Ten on Tuesday

1. We're getting Papa Johns Pizza Thursday for dinner. Why? Because a large 1-topping is only 23 cents! Thank you
Papa Johns for making fun of LeBron.

2. Abby is back from Uganda. Marty, Abby and Claire came over Saturday night and we got to see lots of pictures of cute little Malachi.

3. We made progress with Mackenzie on the whole sleeping through the night thing. Thursday night, I didn't feed her. She fussed on and off for 20 minutes and I gave her the binky twice but she went back to sleep. That was what happened the next few nights, with her crying for 10-15 minutes each night but going back to sleep. Until last night. She was up at 1:30, 3, 3:30, 4:30 and 4:45. That's when I broke down and fed her. Hopefully tonight goes better.

4. Happy belated National Scrapbook Day. I didn't scrap much but I did buy 92 pieces of Bazzill. They were 4/1.00 at my lss. This made me extra happy since I scrap 8.5x11 and have to buy 12x12 and cut it down. Paying .25 cents a sheet makes me feel a bit better about wasting so much cardstock. I think I'm good for a while now.

5. Have you guys tried Stumble Upon. One of the coolest sites ever. Basically what it does is finds sites that interest you that you might never find yourself. You select your interests, download the toolbar and then start exploring. It's so fun. If anyone wants to try it, my username is esweeney. You can see what your friends like, recommend sites, rate them, etc. It's addicting. Some of the things I've seen so far: a dollar bill folded into a shirt, a sandstorm in Iraq,and a google-ish site for the Bible. Plus...

6. Bembo's Zoo It creates animals out the letters in its name. Tomorrow I'm going to bring Emma down so we can play. You have to try it out. It's amazing.

7. Gave Mackenzie Zwieback toast for the first time yesterday. She definitely liked it.

8. Found her turned around in her crib after her nap today.

9. For those who took the poll in yesterday's post, Mackenzie is on the left, Emma is on the right. Almost everyone got it right. I know they're not exactly alike, but it amazes me how similar they look. I wish I could put my finger on what it is that's different. But I can't. If anyone knows, please share.

10. I'd love for those of you who read but don't post comments to leave one here. I know you're out there! (See, you voted in the poll so now I know you exsist.) I'd really love to know who you are and check out your blogs if you have one. So, please, please, please leave a comment! Not to leave out those that do usually leave comments - please leave a comment, too. :)

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, May 05, 2008

Who's who?

Can you tell? One of these was taken Thursday and the other back in August 2006.

Cast your vote:

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Half a year already

Mackenzie is 6 months old today! She had her check-up this morning and she's 15lbs, 9 oz and 25 1/4 inches long. She's grown about 3 pounds and 1 1/2 inches since her 4 month check-up. She's on a pretty good schedule, now. Sleeping 12 hours at night, usually going down without a fuss, eating 4 times a day and napping twice a day. The only negative is she's still waking up to eat at least once in the night, usually between 1 and 2 am. Her pediatrician said today I really need to break that habit, since she doesn't need to eat at night. Eastier said than down when breaking said habit requires letting her cry herself back to sleep and Emma's room is right next door. We're going to try tonight, though.

She doesn't have any teeth yet, but with the way she's drooling and chewing on things, they've got to be coming soon! She's getting closer to sitting up, can roll both ways and still loves her feet. She likes to be in her exersaucer and we just tried the jumper the other day. Once she figured out what to do she loved it.

Took some pictures today. Although she wouldn't smile for any of them. Could be those 3 shots she got today - they made her a tad fussy.

(The pictures that were here will be back in a few days.)