Busy Weekend, and Warning!

Victoria and I had a very eventful and busy weekend. Starting with visiting with Manna and Katie Thursday (see previous post), we then went to dinner with my mom and dad, Jeff, Marie and the twins on Friday. Going out to dinner is proving to be an interesting experience these days, as Victoria no longer has any desire to sit still for long!

Then Saturday, Victoria and I met up with Patti and her daughter Katie, some friends we met online. We hung out in Birch Run, did a little shopping, and the girls got to bond a little. They were both a little shy in the beginning, but by the end of the short afternoon together, they gave kisses goodbye!

Okay, now on to the warning: For all those we visited this weekend, beware: Victoria has been sick today. No fever, but she had her first real throwing-up experience. Not fun. So sorry in advance to anyone we may have passed it on to. :(


My wish

My wish (or, rather, one of many) for Victoria is that she will have friendships that survive time, distance, and all other obstacles. I hope in grade school, she has that one friend she rushes home from school (where they just spent the day together, shared a locker together, etc.) only to call that friend on the phone and talk for hours.

Friendships are a precious gift, and I hope she learns not to take them for granted.

I also hope Victoria and Katie have the same sort of friendship their mothers have.



Well, my mom was nice enough to send a few photos of Victoria having fun without us. She looks like such a big girl standing on the couch!!!

Meanwhile, back at our house... I've made three trips to the hardware store to get paint, supplies, more paint, as the first coat of paint (a whole gallon of it) wasn't the color I wanted. Today has been spent repainting. However, I had to take a break from painting to take Rod to the doctor. The good news is it's apparently the 24 hour flu bug and nothing more serious. But this is the guy who never gets sick! I guess the timing for Victoria being away for a few days was perfect. I wouldn't want her to have to deal with the flu, too.


Another Minor Change

I decided when the second ticker (adjusted age) hit one year - which it did yesterday - that I would allow myself to get rid of that ticker. There really isn't much difference between Victoria's adjusted and actual age these days. In talking to moms of kids around both ages, she falls somewhere in the middle.

So. How are we celebrating this non-event? Victoria went to Jaja and Busha's house for a few days (after spending the night in Frankenmuth with Busha and a few second cousins). Rod's doing the usual - working, sleeping, etc., and I decided to take on painting a room or two while I had a free day.

Back to work!!!


Not much change around here

Just checking in to let you all know not much has changed the past few days around here. Last night Victoria was up from about 10:30 PM until 2am-ish. She had only one nap late this afternoon, and still isn't asleep for the night (it's now 9:40 PM) - normal bedtime was 8:30, latest.

Not quite sure what's going on, but we're all ready for things to get back to some form of normal...


How was your day?

Ours? Well, don't ask... this pretty much sums it up - complete with tear-stained cheeks and runny nose.


Happy V Day!

What?!? The "V" isn't for Victoria?!?
Ah, well. Happy Valentine's Day, then!


Funnies for Today

I just got this forward. I'm not a fan of forwarding things, so I figured I'd post it here and share!

Dust & Fleas
These have to be original and genuine - no adult is this creative!

MELANIE (age 5) asked her Granny how old she was. Granny replied she was so old she didn't remember any more. Melanie said, "If you don't remember you have to look in the back of your panties. Mine say five to six."

STEVEN (age 3) hugged and kissed his Mom goodnight. "I love you so much, that when you die I'm going to bury you outside my bedroom window."

BRITTANY (age 4) had an earache and wanted a painkiller. She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a childproof cap and she'd have to open it for her. Eyes wide with wonder, the little girl asked: "How does it know it's me?"

SUSAN (age 4) was drinking juice when she got the hiccups. "Please don't give me this juice again," she said, "It makes my teeth cough."

Drew (age 4) stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked: "How much do I cost?"

MARC (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad: "Why is he whispering in her mouth?"

CLINTON (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried. When his Mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, "I don't know what'll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my wife fit in?"

JAMES (age 4) was listening to a Bible story. His dad read: "The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt." Concerned, James asked: "What happened to the flea?"

TAMMY (age 4) was with her mother when they met an elderly, rather wrinkled woman her Mom knew. Tammy looked at her for awhile and then asked, "Why doesn't your skin fit your face?"

The Sermon I think this Mom will never forget.... this particular Sunday sermon..."Dear Lord," the minister began, with arms extended toward heaven and a rapturous look on his upturned face. "Without you, we are but dust." He would have continued but at that moment my very obedient daughter (who was listening!) leaned over to me and asked quite audibly in her shrill little girl voice, "Mommy, what is butt dust?"


Ugh - had to give in

Well, the time finally came. Every time we log into Blogger, we get the message about upgrading to the new version. For the past few months we've avoided switching (my primary fear was that during the upgrade there would be some weird fluke and all old posts would be lost for good). Today I logged in and was given one option: Upgrade now. So you may notice some minor changes as we try to figure out the "new, more user-friendly version!"

On a side note, Victoria and I made a stop my Morley to say Hi to the gang. She had a great time (though didn't really want to walk or talk for them!)



As the ticker gets closer to what would have been Victoria's first birthday going by her due date, I thought I'd post a little "Where is she now" in terms of development. I guess Victoria is falling somewhere in the middle of her actual and adjusted ages. People always ask if she's talking (yes) and walking (kind of).

Here's the rundown:

I finally got a video of her walking - Click HERE for that. She's getting to the point where I don't need to coax or lure her to get her walking on her own. She'll be in the living room and she'll just let go of the couch and walk toward something she wants.

As far as words go, she can't quite get Mama yet, but here's the list of what she can say (some all sound alike, but in context mean different things):
tickle tickle
moo (if you ask her what a cow says)
book (or bookie)

Things she understands: she can point to head, ears, eye, nose, teeth, toes. She knows what No means, but hardly ever stops what we're telling her to stop (pushing buttons on the tv, dvd player, dish receiver, tuner, etc, pulling everything and anything of the coffee table, end tables, anything else that's within reach, playing with vertical blinds - just to name a few). She loves to read and be read to. No matter what she's doing, if I ask her if she wants to read a book, she comes right over.

She gives great kisses - and kisses everything - people, books, her reflection in the mirror, in the oven door

She can dance (video here).

And she loves playing with the radio and the light switches on the counter (don't worry - neither of the switches controls a garbage disposal!).


Giving In

Olly is finally starting to submit to Victoria's playful attacks. You can see his ears show that he is none to pleased with her choice to tackle him.


A Year Ago Today

This was the photo from a year ago today. What a happy day it was.