Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Night Night"

Parenting isn't always easy. Some days are really rough and I wish for a "do-over." Some days my little sunshine is a little black rain cloud. And then there are days when her preciousness just hits me and melts my heart.

Today she was sitting on the couch, surrounded by her usual mountain of books, reading cheerfully and energetically. Suddenly, she said, "All done, the end!!" snapped the book closed and then announced, "Night Night." She climbed off the couch while looking around until she found what she was searching for. "Friend!!" She gathered her big Violet and small Violet into her arms, and walked over to her bedroom door. I opened it for her and she stood in front of her crib waiting for me to lift her in. And then she quietly lay there pressing buttons on both Violet's to play music.

It's sooner than the usual time I put her down for a nap but I guess she just really wanted to lay down early. Even now she's still in there pressing buttons, playing music, but I guess she's tired and she wanted to be in there.

It's just too cute, I had to record it to remember on the hard days.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

M is for Mischief

Oh boy, are we in for it?

Madeline and I got back from the grocery store today to find the railing leading to our building had a nice stinky layer of fresh black paint on it. So I carefully ushered her into the house, gave her a cup of milk and left her on the couch with her books so I could run back to the car for the groceries.

My arms loaded, I came back to open the door. Only it wouldn't open. She locked me out!!! Snickering, I rattled the door and knocked. I heard her come to the door and I said, "Madeline, please unlock the door," and the little imp started laughing at me!! Big, huge baby chuckles. After that, I couldn't contain my laughter.

Cracking up, I walked into the apartment office, asked for the key to our apartment, explained what a model parent I am, and walked back to unlock the door to find the little dear innocently sipping her milk.

Yes, I have learned my lesson. Next time, she sits in the crib and I always take my house keys with me.

Silly, precious child!

And so it begins...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The End of an Era

It was bittersweet watching the space shuttle land in Houston today, for one last time.

The shuttle program has been a part of my history. I remember the excitement of watching the shuttle launches in class and at home. I remember the terrible Challenger and Columbia disasters. And it was sad when the program was retired. I know they outlasted their original timeline, but still.

Even more sad, after the many years of work JSC put into NASA, Houston, Space City, was not deemed important enough to house one of the actual shuttles. All we get is a replica.

So we say farewell to a piece of history. It's amazing how far we've come.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

From Busy to Busy

I'm always happy to have summer come because I figure I'll have time to relax since regularly scheduled activities stop for the summer. And every year I'm wrong. Summer flew by, weekend after weekend filled with activities or visits to family. And before I know it, the fall is creeping in and regular activities are starting.

Wednesday we begin the new and improved FPU. We aren't quite ready to lead at our own church again but we want to check it out. Since we have a lifetime membership we just picked a class in our area, in fact, right down the street. It will be interesting to see how Madeline does in an unfamiliar nursery, I'm sure she will be fine.

Choir has started back up again and sadly I didn't really miss it this time. It's not a huge commitment but I guess I'm just in a rut.

Confirmation starts up in a week or so. I haven't heard anything about us being guides again this year. I suppose I should ask.

Mom, Jessi, Kay and I are all going to Women of Joy at the end of the month. It should be a great time to spend with them as well as perhaps a spiritual spark to wake me back up.

And in one short month my baby will be 2. I still can't believe how fast time is going by. More on our plans later.

Then our 9th wedding anniversary is coming up. Which reminds me, I need to book a B and B to use the gift certificate Mom and Dad gave us for Christmas. We were saving it to use in the fall and we need to use it before it expires in December. Our anniversary is a good excuse. It also reminds me that we need to plan a trip for our 10th. We need to figure out where we want to go and make a plan to save money over the next year.