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 halfzero.net. 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

Zombies!




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.

What?!

Hyperventilating!

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...

*silence*

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 - http://www.goodreads.com/ 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