Sunday, August 30, 2009

Bye Bye Baby Hair

So it's a little uneven, but I think I did a decent job aside from that.

I saved her baby locks (or lock) in a baggie.

And so it begins...

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Back From the Dead

*Pictures are taking forever to upload so I'm going to post this now and get the pictures up soon*

Sooo...I'm noticing that my last few titles have had something to do with zombies or otherwise returning from an absent state. Well, what can I say. This is one busy little household!

I understand that I haven't updated in a while. It really does bother me. Occasionally I lose sleep at night but since I suffer from a degree of insomnia anyways, it doesn't effect me all that much. Well, it's come to my attention that some people have not heard anything about Lily since she was practically a baby and she is anything but! In my quest to pursue a Masters (what was I thinking?!) get my book review blog off the ground and rolling and chase the actual toddler around the house, this blog has fallen slightly by the wayside.

Hopefully I'll update this more, but I can't promise anything. I would love to say that you'll get at least weekly updates now but with school, that's going to be a hard promise to uphold. I will try though; that's a semi-mostly-kinda-hoping promise.

Okay, so Lily updates. I am attempting to see where we left off, but wouldn't you know, for whatever reason I can't access my own blog. We have the address routed through the server upstairs and apparently since my internet also goes through that server it's having issues with showing me webpages based off of So, I'm going to wing it and just tell you everything Lily is doing now and you can figure out what's an update from May. It's like a fun game. Or something.

So my Lily bug is quite the handful now. She has a whole bunch of words now with her favorites being "No, no," and "Goggy" (doggy). She can tell Tweak to "Speak" although he doesn't listen and she calls for "Mama," "Mommy," "Dadda," and "Daddy" when we aren't within her line of sight. She also knows how to go dead silent when she's doing something that she's not supposed to. Lately one her favorite sayings is "Ih awww" which sounds a lot like "it's on" without the consonant sounds. Basically it means turns this off, turns this on, or turn this down. Rarely does she tell us to turn anything up. Usually this is in reference to the radio.

Speaking of the radio, Lily loves music. She will often sing along with me in the car. Pink's Ave Mary A is a big hit and Lily likes to sing along to the "Hellllp meeee" parts. Sometimes she gets the consonants, sometimes she doesn't. She always gets the tune and whichever vowels she feels like singing. She'll sing along with pretty much any song that has a repetitive sound that she can mimic but her latest favorite is Do You Wanna Date My Avatar featuring Felicia Day of The Guild. Lily will kind of mumble through most of the sounds while holding the tune, but in the chorus she belts out all of the "-ar" parts. It's really cute.

Songs that she likes to sing on her own include her ABCs, Twinkle Twinkle and Frarajaca. She'll sing along to London Bridges if we start it as well as Baa Baa Black Sheep.

Lately Lily has been doing quite a bit of dancing and she loves to jump. She can't jump very high (after all, she is our daughter) but her little hops are adorable. She loves to climb on everything. The chairs, the couch, the table. It doesn't matter if she's fallen off before, it does not detour her. Pretty much the only thing that detours her is...wait, nope, there's nothing that detours her. We pretty much spend all of her waking hours when she's with us chasing her around and watching to make sure that she doesn't get into anything she isn't supposed to. We have been using timeout for a few months, but really, it's pretty difficult to get a toddler to understand the concept and stay where you put them. Usually her one minute in timeout is preceded by a few minutes just trying to get her to stay there.

Another new developments include using the potty occasionally. She does have a potty seat that goes on the potty but in my opinion it isn't shaped very well and hurts Lily's rear end if she sits there for any length of time. Let's face it, kids sometimes end up sitting there for a while before going. Plus, she isn't able to get on and off the potty on her own. So we went out and bought her a potty seat. This has been working much better although I'm not a fan of emptying it. So far she has only gone pee in it and that is just fine with me. Most mornings I try to get her out of her crib and immediately strip her down for the potty. Usually if she has a dry diaper she will sit there for a while and then go. Often she just wants to walk around and play. She's only peed on the floor three times so far and ended up crying hysterically each time. We tell her it's okay and rush her to the potty, but I don't think she likes to make a mess of herself.

At the moment (and it's a 10:55 pm moment after I worked most of the day) that's about all that I can think of. Lily will be two next Saturday the fifth (a week from today) and I still have no clue what to do for her birthday or when to do it. I don't know what we're getting her because I don't know what she would want to play with. I know a little trike like thing with a big parent handle might be nice or more pretend toys (dolls with diapers and bottles, etc.). Perhaps I'll get her some more trucks or a Leap Frog something or other. Sigh. How did this rush up on me?

Questions? Comments? Leave them below!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Whatever. No, I am not the walking dead. In fact I did not even die! I've just been...busy! With other typing. So I've been neglecting my duties updating all my loyal readers on the comings and goings of Us and our Bug.

Speaking of the Lily Bug. I'm sorry, but who told her she could grow up? Seriously! Today, while ending our Skype conversation with Alabama Grandma, Lily realizes that it's goodbye time and says "Bye" with perfect articulation and blows Grandma kisses goodbye.



First it's using words. Then it's potty training. Next thing you know we're going to have some hormone driven teenage boy on our doorstep with Papa cleaning his rifle on the front porch. Ahhh! This is so not happening!

Deep breaths. Calm down. Eat another cupcake.

Phew. Okay. Where was I?

Along with finding new words all the time - "Bye" may seem simple and innocent, but I assure you it is not - Lily has been, how shall we put it, asserting herself and her opinions. Loudly. On the ground, kicking and generally flailing. In private and public. Seriously though, when you have dumb parents that refuse to give you a cookie or let you finish off their 16 oz smoothie, what's a girl to do? Oh yeah, and that awesome stretch of pavement in front of the driveway that cars like to do 50 mph on - parents won't let her play on that either. That really ticks her off. I suppose it is our fault. We don't let her do the "fun" stuff so she lets us know. And then reminds us of the injustices. Loudly.

Ahhh, temper tantrums. Comes with toddler territory, right? Well, she isn't a toddler! Sure, she just turned 20-months-old, but that child has not been toddling for months now. No, instead she climbs over the couch, up the stairs by herself while her parents close their eyes for a much needed blink or up onto the coffee table when they're watching, just to remind them who's really in charge. No toddling there. None whatsoever! Okay, dark chocolate time.

Aside from the temper tantrums, and oh are they plentiful, life has been going pretty well. Honestly, the tantrums don't even bother us that much because the only way to stop them is just to let her have them. If she's unwilling to cooperate, we leave her there and allow her to cry until she stops and gives us an "all done," indicating that she's ready to go on with life. Like blowing bubbles.

I guess that brings us back to words, doesn't it. Lily's words are stinking adorable and I'm not just saying that because I'm her mother and the adorable obviously transfers over...


Okay, fine, maybe she gets it from her Papa's side. Whatever. Back to the point. Adorable. Over the past year we have gained words and then lost some again. Her first word was a very articulate "Kitty" before she could even walk. That went away for a few months while we learned "Ya," "No," "Nnnnooo," "Dadda," "Mamma," "Yum," "Yummyama," and "Mo" for more. We've occasionally played with "Gamma" for Grandma and have also added "Itty," "Apo" for apple, "A errr," for cracker, "Kitty" again, "Woof woof" for a time, "Woot Woot" with arms raised in the raise-the-roof motions much to my delight, "Shoooo" for shoes, "Hot," "Coe" for cold and "Thhppbbbtt" for Shut Up Parents And Leave Me Alone.

Quite the repertoire.

When Lily isn't talking, screaming or sleeping, she's having fun. This can be found in the form of playing in her toy box, pushing her stroller around with her baby, removing the baby and giving her sippy cup the seat of honor, taking all of our canned food out of the cupboard and lining it up on the floor, staring into Mama's book light as she contemplates the meaning of life or just being stinking cute. She loves it when we vacuum and thinks it's the most hilarious thing in the world. It's actually kind of difficult because she chases the darn thing trying to get in front of it. She loves to push buttons - even the ones on the remote and enjoys giving the dog's toys back to him. He's not actually supposed to put the toys down. At all. Or she'll come and stick them right back in his mouth. He spends a good deal of his time sleeping anymore. Coincidence?

Let's see, what else? Lily is ginormously huge now weighing in at 30lbs and 34 inches at her doc appointment mid April. My baby is almost three feet tall. When did that happen? Psh. She's now in 2T clothes and I imagine will grow out of those this summer. We've been extraordinarily fortunate to have inherited quite a bit of handmedowns from glorious friends. What would we do without you guys? Go broke I imagine.

Which moves us into the adult babies of the house. M and I are doing well. M is loving his job and has somehow made me be okay with him reserving on a weekly basis. He does half shifts, usually averaging 5-8 hours per night. Although it isn't a full shift, he still does see some action. Occasionally. On very rare instances. Okay, really, the guy's a softy. If you get pulled over, you want him to do it. Me? I'd be handing out tickets left and right, mainly in revenge at having been given two that I don't feel I deserved. Again - Psh.

Work has been going well for both of us. These are difficult economic times and it looks like that finally hit our county. We're looking at either potential layoffs this summer or being forced to take a day or more of unpaid time off each month. I would love to have the time off, but each day is close to $100 out of my pocket. I can't afford that. On the other hand, I don't want anyone fired because I only really know four girls here now and two of them would get fired because of seniority. And yes, I use "fired" incorrectly. Laid-off. I'm too lazy to go back and correct it. Either way, people may be out of a job.

M and I seem pretty secure. M is a very valuable member of his team and they couldn't function with one less person. I am one of two people in my three person department. Yep, you read that correctly. We need three people to run and we have two. Have had only two for about a year now. We got a person and then he got a better paying job. Put his two weeks notice in after working 2 days. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted!

That's probably part of the reason why work is just blech for me. I'm burnt out I think. Proactively burnt out. I know that I'm the only person that's doing what I do and I have been for the majority of my time with the county. It's really hard to do something when you know that because you just physically don't have the manpower, there's no way you can get caught up. Almost makes you just want to quit trying. Almost.

Which leads me to my last bit of info for the night. Yes, it's all about me because M isn't here to update for himself. Mwahahahahahaha....

Huh? Right - me. So I start my new Masters program on Tuesday. I'm going for an MBA with an emphasis in accounting. I think I'll be much happier with this program and the university. I'm going with University of Phoenix because it is all online. The classes are going to be hard and it's going to be long and painful (one class at a time, but for the next 2 years straight with no breaks), but hopefully if I do end up having to look for a job, the degree will help. I just couldn't stay with teaching anymore. Feel free to email me and I'll explain.

Aside from that, I've been trying to find my sanity in my reading. I used to love to read. I guess I always did. Problem was that in college, I just didn't have the time! When you have 5 classes that all want you to read a chapter in their book each night, it becomes impossible to eat or sleep much less anything else! January I made it my resolution to go back and do something that I love. This was it and I am bound and determined to keep it up. Nothing makes me happier than taking a few minutes to relax with a good book. I really needed it!

On the subject of books; I decided to do something productive with all the time I spend reading. I usually read on the way to and from work and then 2 hours in the evening after Lily goes to bed. M plays video games. It's amazing how much we don't watch TV anymore and frankly, I don't really miss it. So, with all this time I've been spending reading, I decided to start up a new blog and use it to string out my thoughts about the various stories I've discovered, dived into and loved (or not loved). You're more than welcome to take a look and frankly I encourage it!

A Journey of Books

I'm very proud of my little baby and update it regularly. Hush! Don't give me stuff about not updating this. It's much easier to give my thoughts on something I'm reading than give my thoughts on my daily life. Somehow the book is a more concrete thing to discuss. That's my reasoning anyway.

The blog is a special place for me. It has daily themes and is full of other fun stuff like contests and author interviews. In addition, I put my reviews of the books I've read up there. Right now I have about half of the books I've read in 2009 up. Each book now as I read it gets it's review posted that night but a lot of the books I read before the blog started still need their reviews typed up. I'll get to it. In the meantime I've having tons of fun. I've got a couple contests for books going on right now as well as an Author Interview of Michelle Pillow on Friday the 8th. In June I'll be participating in Host The Host blog tour as a means of promoting Stephenie Meyer's The Host. More information can be found HERE. I encourage you to check in June as I'll be giving away three copies to some lucky readers! Also, I have a contest going on for a copy of Charlaine Harris's newest Sookie Stackhouse novel, Dead and Gone and a great Mother's Day Contest sponsored by The Hatchette Book Group. I'm having great fun with the blog. I've got tons of books to read, both books that I bought and books that publishers have sent me. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Okay, I think that's about it. I'm going to head to bed here since I've been typing this for a few hours now. I'm going to randomly stick some adorableness in here. Don't worry if the pictures make no sense. They are just cute for cute's sake.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sorry to interrupt this broadcast...

Yes, I know, it's been a while! What can I say, life has been busy busy busy!

What's new in the land of the Browns? Not much really. Well, maybe...who knows! You see my problem in updating!

Since I last posted I have quit the program of study that I was in and have switched to a different university (online so it will work with my schedule but the classes will be much tougher) and an entirely new course of study. Instead of Bilingual Education, I am now going to pursue my Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. There were many things that went into this very difficult decision, not the least of which were the attitudes at the university I was previously attending. Aside from losing the ability to utilize Evening Care (it's really nice to have a date night out), I won't miss anything from them. Don't get me wrong, they ROCK as a university especially for my undergrad degree - but as a graduate school? Yeah, not so much. Especially the education program. My new program starts in May and it's going to be tough but I think I'm really going to like it and hopefully it should help ensure that I'm able to get a job should that ever become a concern of mine.

Moving on...

In work news, all is well for me I suppose. Work is work. I love doing the office work, love creating new materials and helping to keep our information updated and easily accessible. I don't so much like the inspections. It's more that it's just hard to find the motivation to leave my climate controlled office and go out into the freezing sleet and rain. Oh yes, it is STILL snowing. Geez!

Mike's work seems to be going well for him as well. He's bumped up in the reserves so that he is now able to go out on his own. This works much better for our schedules as he can make his nights as short or long as he needs and doesn't have to rely on anyone else as far as to when he can go out. He absolutely loves it. One part of me hopes that he keeps his job with his IT guys and the other hopes that he gets a police job. He'd be quite happy with either although anyone that knows him knows what an adrenaline junky he is. Hard to get so worked up over computers...except when he's breaking them!

Lily is doing well. She continues to grow everyday. I'm worried that she's going to be taller than me in another week or two. Perhaps I should start feeding her coffee and junk food. ;) Her hair is getting quite long and now touches her shoulder in the long spots. We still pull it up on top of her head. We use her rather tall sprout to test the weather for us now.

She is currently wearing 2T clothes. She probably fits best in 3T for her tops and 24months to 2T for her bottoms (pants especially with her long legs). Someone tell my baby to stop growing!

She now says mamma, dadda, icky, keeee (kitty), dah (down), hup (up), mmmmooooe (moo), moe (more), ahh doe (all done), no, nnnooo, nooooo, nnnnnno, yeah, yah, nanna (banana), e e e e e (1 2 3 4 5), et (x), eyoeyoeee (l m n o p), E I E I O, yum, mommy and anything else that we can convince her is worth saying. She also signs please, more and all done although the last two are signed less and less now that she says them.

New things we've done recently: Gone to visit Grandma in Alabama and had a BLAST playing on the beach while eating shells and sand and visited our aunty Kelly, uncle Josh and their kiddos. We had cake and ice cream at a birthday party (or two) while Mom sat back and cringed. We heat most of our foods although we aren't fond of most meats unless it is expensive steak. We LOVE our fruits, veggies, bread and mashed taters though so momma and dadda don't complain too much.

I think that's about it. I've been down in the slumps at times but I will try to knock myself out of it and update more often. I've been reading a lot lately and that really helps. I discovered an awesome site - that helps me keep track of the books I'm reading, I've read and ones that I want to read. I've found some pretty amazing books through there as well. :) You should be able to look me up if you feel like friending me. *Since when did "friend" turn verb?*

Okay that's it for now. A certain someone is updating our server (read: he bought a new one and is trying to figure out how to turn a toaster into a mercedes in terms of what he wants it to do) so it might take a while until the gallery is uploaded. I'll let everyone know when it is though.

As always, sorry if I missed an important event, person, place or thing. :D

Thursday, December 25, 2008

It's Christmas

It's Christmas morning and as my gift to you, I am going to actually post! I know, right?! What could be better!

This won't be that long of a post but I figured there are at least a few things I could update you on, the first being that we made it to my in-laws'! Some of you might be thinking - ahhhh, the in-laws, it's always difficult to make it there, sometimes even impossible (nudge nudge wink wink). Naah, I like mine! When I say we made it here, I mean we survived the snow and managed to race ahead of the snow storm. Phew! It got a little dicey there though. I had to leave work early to go get my Lily bug and the dog. As many of you know, we now have a Trailblazer, which is a big step up from our 98 Saturn and 91 Escort. It has four wheel drive. Well, apparently that doesn't mean much when you haven't shoveled your driveway and there is 2.5 feet of snow built up with more coming. The Blazer only wanted to drive sideways into the driveway so I parked it (sideways) and me and my happy self plodded through the knee deep snow to the front door. See, our carport provides awesome shelter from the snow so we never have to worry about getting through the snow to get to the car. Plus - all the roads had been and were being plowed so we didn't have to worry about that either. It just didn't occur to me apparently, that we were going to have to be doing our own snow removal and that we would actually need to have a semi plowed driveway to come and go. Needless to say, when we get home we will be buying a shovel and shoveling our driveway. We will also be shoveling out our two other cars (which are currently non functional anyway) because they have been plowed in. So back to the story of getting over here! I did manage to get what I needed from home and kicked on the four wheel drive (high) to get out of the driveway. Picked up M and away we went! It was snowing when we left and at one point the roads were covered but eventually, once we crossed over the river (and through the woods) the snow stopped and it was bare roads, even through the pass, until we got here. Christmas Joy!

So that's our journey over. It's really not that fascinating. Lily did a great job of sleeping for the majority of the time. Normally we stop for fastfood on the way over but I always feel blech after eating it so this time I packed bread, peanut butter and strawberry jelly. I made a sandwhich on the road for all of us and Lily added some Cheese Nips and milk to the mix. Let me just say that I will DEFINITELY be doing that again! It was so nice to not have a bunch of fried food and the sandwhiches were so convenient! We didn't end up eating more than one a piece, but if anyone had gotten hungry throughout the rest of the trip I could have easily sat there and made another sandwhich for someone! Plus, we didn't really need to refrigerate anything like we normally would if we had brought stuff for meat sandwhiches. Great idea. I'm so proud of myself! Lily was too I think. She munched her sammy and then proceeded to pass out while I watched Ocean's 12 on the portable DVD player. Mike did a great manly job of chauferring me around...I mean, driving his family. Yeah whatever, I mean chauferring.

That gets us to Tuesday night (we pulled in around 11pm ish). Wednesday day was spent playing with Lily, playing Guitar Hero when she slept and doing some last minute Christmas shopping. We had to pick up a few things for the in-laws (thanks for not telling us what you want!) ;D and we had to pick up a few things for the Christmas Eve party that night. I thought we would only be gone an hour or so, but true to form (at least to my form), four plus hours we finally got home with gifts in tow. We laid Lily down for a short nap, I baked 6 dozen cookies (premade and formed sugar and chocolate chip from Pillsbury), we woke Lily up, got her dressed in her Christmas dress and off to the party we went!

The Christmas Eve party is fairly new for us. It is our second time going and man it is such a blast! I come from a very small family so huge catherings of sometimes 50 people is just so fascinating to me! The dynamics between all the family members is great to watch. The party is hosted by M's uncle's significant other and is a family tradition for her. They rent out the local grange for the evening, make stockings and gifts for the kids, play bingo for presents and eat a ton of great potluck food. SO MUCH FUN!!!

Aside from me having a ton of fun, I'm pretty sure Lily did too. She got to meet a lot of new people and had a huge floor to run around in. There was even another girl there about her age and Lily spent a lot of time following her around. We did have to do a lot of supervising, however, because Lily apparently has no issues with just poking eyes or mouths or noses if she's curious about them. :) She also got a little bossy at times and belly bumped the girl if she wanted her to go somewhere else. Hilarious. :D There were a couple touching moments where she wanted to hug the little girl and kept holding her arms out to her. We would see that and pick Lily up for a hug, but the girl had no clue what Lily wanted so didn't hug her. Lily didn't quite grasp that she could just wrap her arms around the other girl and hold on to her for a hug. Perhaps it's better that way. I'm not quite sure I'm ready to have a belly bumping pro wrestler baby just yet!

Aside from the cheeky shannanigans, Santa and Mrs. Claus came out to do presents which I thought Lily would enjoy. I think she was remembering the Santa at the mall that Momma made her sit with so she didn't quite get as close to Santa as I had thought. She did, however, go up to him and receive her present along with Dadda's help. There were some older girls that wouldn't come close (little did they realize what a close familial relationship they have to Santa) so I was proud that Lily at least walked up to him. Lily's stocking and gift were fantastic and I know she'll have fun continuing to dig into it today.

The rest of the evening went pretty smoothely. We did some more running around and spinning around. Lily loves it when you pick her up by her chest, hold her out in front of you and spin around so that her legs fly out behind her (sort of like Superman). We did that so many times that I'm getting dizzy justing thinking about it! After much spinning, running and chasing we finally sat down and played some Bingo. We all left with some great gifts and I am very happy to say that one of Lily's cousins (through M) left with one of the gifts we brought - a Sea Monkey set. Sea Monkies! Gotta love them!

We got home about 2.5 hours after Lily's bedtime. Needless to say, she laid down quite easily (which is actually pretty normal for her) and we wrapped a few more presents and stuck all of them under the tree before turning in ourselves. Sometime around 1 am I fell asleep and sometime around 5 I woke up. I can never sleep on Christmas Eve/Christmas morning so I finally gave in and just got up. Here is where you now find me - sitting on the couch, typing away with a slight headache, a very tired brain and a surprisingly large hunger pain in my stomach. Perhaps I shall finish up here and go scrounge some food up for myself.

Oh, and before I forget - congratulations to B, K and their son, M. They recently welcomed their newest little boy B! Also, congratulations to all the mommy's and daddy's (K & A and K & J!) who are celebrating their first Christmases with their little ones!

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like ...

Oh, it's been ages...again...since I've posted. Let's cut out all of the excuses and get down to the good stuff.

Thanksgiving was fun. My little Turkey enjoyed her Turkey although she did sleep a tremendous amount at Grandma and Grandpa B's house.

The day after Thanksgiving we went Black Friday shopping (we being Grandma B and myself). I got some GREAT deals and even got some presents for M to wrap for me! :D Yes! The majority of our Christmas deals were, however, found on of all places. We started taking advantage of their great deals on the day after Thanksgiving and since then bought pretty much all of our Christmas presents from them. It is SO nice to get packages in the mail too! It's like Christmas, but twice!

Soon after coming back from Thanksgiving we decided to get off our rears and put up the Christmas tree. It was interesting because I was sick, Lily was sick and I'm pretty sure we had jut gotten our friends the W's sick while they were visiting. Below is the progression of the tree!

Of course Lily helped - she had lots of fun taking the branches and carrying them off to different parts of the house. She also had lots of fun watching slyly as we went back through the branches, wondering if we put the wrong sizes in the wrong sections because we just kept coming up short with the number of branches we should have for the current section. :D You can see in the finished picture that some of the ornaments look a little out of whack. We have had to move some away from curious fingers and when curious fingers are flying all over the tree, one tends to throw ornaments wherever they will stick. :D

With Christmas comes presents and who brings the presents? Why, Santa of course! To commemorate this momentous occasion, we had to take Lily to go meet the big man in red! Well, we thought she was meeting the big man in red - she thought she was meeting a serial killer! We managed to get a few...interesting shots.

What else, what else! Aside from working, working, working, I have also been coughing, coughing, coughing! I've been going on almost four weeks of coughing now. I've been through antibiotics and while they helped tremendously I still get occasional coughing fits (usually when I laugh) and then I can't breathe. Not so much fun. M has been doing well. He is currently being oblivious to the world, sucked into the video game he is playing. That's the nice thing about having a wonderful daughter that goes to bed at the same time without a fight every single night. We actually get evenings back! :D

Speaking of my wonderful little Lily bug, I think she's going to be something quite special when she grows up. Some days she likes to be a dentist and inspect each of my teeth for me, other days she is an artist and paints the most wonderful masterpiece on her face using tomato sauce, sometimes she is an animal imitator (usually cockatiels) and yet other days she is a mad scientist. We have the blackmail - I mean pictures - to prove it!

What else is in the news? We got a ton of snow this week. When I say a ton, I mean - holy moley! We had about a foot, where we work had about 18 inches and 30 minutes north of that had 24 inches with more snow the more northern you go. In my department, everyone not living in town was told that we didn't have to come in, but that we still had to take vacation for it. M had to go in anyway so I went. It was a nice, quiet day! This snow has meant two things - the first being that I am SO GRATEFUL that we now have a vehicle with four wheel drive. The second being that it means we can go sledding! We have not gone sledding the entire time we have lived here, but I figured we might as well go now so as to get Lily in the habit of totally loving it! We went today with some friends to a local playground with one killer hill. Lily had fun being drug around in the sled, M had fun going down the hill over and over and I had fun going down the hill once while praying that I would flip over and go rolling down the hill while my shirt flew up or my pants fell down. Luckily, neither of those happened! We did sled for about an hour, went inside to warm up for a bit and then decided to come home and watch The Truman Show with friends. Good fun times!

At one point Lily fell down and, like a turtle, got stuck and couldn't get up.
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