Saturday, November 1, 2008
A few other updates...Sean is taking a few steps, but not really walking yet. He is almost 17 months. Maggie has lost another tooth and is loving Montessori school. For Halloween, Maggie was a flower fairy and Sean wore an old witches hat and got pulled around the neighborhood in a wagon during trick-or-treating. I've been teaching an astornomy class online and its taking up all my free time...well, that and sleeping. Glen picked out a "new" car for us which I love. Its a 2005 Dodge Caravan and its red. We had to increase the size of our car since we have a new little Hestenes coming soon.
We went to the train park today and Sean *loved* riding the train. We went a few months ago and he was indifferent. But today, he was sitting up and smiling and waving to everyone as we rode by. He has really been into saying "hi" and "bye" when people come and go. He also says "no" a lot, but not many other words. He continues to be a very happy and easy going baby who prefers dad. *sniff* :)
Not much else to report that I can think of.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Working on the tree house.
Making monster bubbles.
And finally, Maggie and the trampoline. I was tired of her jumping on the couch while watching tv. (When things get intense, she gets jumpy....literally) So the trampoline has really helped.
I know I don't have a lot of pictures of Sean in this post. We'll focus on him next time. He does have 2 more teeth (total of 7) and now says "hello", "bye bye", and "uh oh". Everything else he just gestures for in his cute baby way and says "dah" and then waits for us to give him what he wants. He is still a crawling speed demon with no interst in walking. And the mosquitos love him. He probably has 30 to 40 bites on him right now. Mosquito repellant makes his skin break out in hives, so our only hope is to leave all the fans on high and hope the mosquitos are blown away.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
I used my time wisely. I cleaned the bathroom (finally), graded some tests, and completed some assignments for my online class. Sean and Glen kept busy outside and in the laundry room. Sean definately prefers daddy these days. When I finally brought him in for lunch around 11:30 am, he fell asleep after only 2 bites! Right in the highchair. So I put him straight to bed where he slept for almost 4 hours!!! Yes! Glen and I got lots done today. :) And amazingly, Sean went to bed ontime as well.
Looking forward to the next 3 days off. Hooray for long weekends.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Maggie, Sean and Glen are all outside in the backyard right now on this lovely Saturday morning. I am online (of course) and just booked the Candy Cane Inn for a quick visit to Disneyland in October. Driving out the 17th for just the weekend. I thought we would wait until Sean was out of diapers, but I was out voted. So off we go! Should be fun!
In other news, I went to wash a load of diapers this morning and the washing machine is broken! Wah! So Glen is going to go out this afternoon (after Maggie and I get back from her ice skating class) to go and scout out a new washing machine. We are still working with only one car. He is hoping he can fit a new washer into the back of the Taurus. I don't think it can be done and since the VW isn't working, well, we might just have to pay to get it delivered.
We are loving life without homework for Maggie. Yay Montessori!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Sean isn't adjusting as well to his new surroundings. He is back in daycare while we are at work and SCREAMS when I drop him off. He is soooooooo not happy. It totally breaks my heart. However, the daycare worker told me today that he finally had a good day. He was happy and took a good nap and ate his lunch, so maybe there is a silver lining. He gets picked up ASAP (between 3 and 3:30) and thank goodness for our half days on Fridays. ;)
Looking forward to this weekend as a good buddy of mine has moved back to town and is having a house warming party. It will be good to him and meet his fiance! Maggie, Sean and I have a playdate with some friends to check out the new children's museum in Phoenix as well. So busy weekend.
And Glen finally got my panty built! Woot!!!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Maggie and Grandma Nancy had just made a little tooth fairy pouch to put her teeth in about 2 days ago. Here it is tied to the door knob of her bedroom awaiting the tooth fairy tonight! (I never noticed how dirty her door was until I looked at this picture!)
We are not hiding it under the pillow because I know I would wake her up if I tried to retreive it. Plus, being on the doorknob, perhaps I will actually remember to take the tooth and leave her a suprise. I'm not sure the going rate for teeth these days. I asked Maggie what she thought the tooth fairy would leave her and she said a dollar so I think that is what I will leave. ;)
Monday, July 14, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
On top of that, Maggie has not lost any baby teeth yet, but her adult teeth are coming in right behind the baby teeth. It looks kind of like shark teeth. The dentist said he would have to pull the baby teeth out at the end of the summer if they don't fall out. Waaaaahhhhh! Is this necessary so soon? Can we let them hang out a little longer? I've been trying to get Maggie to wiggle her teeth so those baby ones will fall out, but they just aren't loose. So more dentistry may be in our future.
Oh, and did I mention she has 7 more "spots to watch" on her teeth which may become in need of fillings? Why is this happening? The dentist said I need to have her "cut back on the sodas". I looked at him dumbly and said she has never drank a soda in her life. And I cut her juice consumption down to almost nothing last year when we first learned Maggie was having tooth problems. We are brushing like mad, use a brush on flouride gel (the $27 toothpaste). What else can we do?
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Maggie helped me set it up and then I taught her how to use the Telrad to sight her object in the sky and use that to slew the telescope to the correct position. It didn't take her too long to find the moon.
She learned very quickly and was soon off to view a nearby star. It was about 8:30 at night and not too dark yet. Plus with brush fires, pollution, thunderstorms, and city lights, the seeing wasn't all that great. Maggie had a great time regardless, and it was fun for me to see her getting so excited. I think, when the weather is a little better, I will let her stay up a bit later so we can view something other than the moon. The moon is cool, and a great first object, but I think she is ready for some planets and maybe a few bright double stars. We will leave the fainter objects for viewing outside of the city lights.
Friday, July 4, 2008
We had fun making a 4th of July feast. Below is our jello flag. Very tasty.
And we also tried our hand at an appetizer we had at a dinner party last week...little smokeys wrapped in bits of crescent rolls. Oh so bad for you but oh so good. We ate them as a main dish though. ;) Here is Maggie making sure that each one has a flag toothpick.
Next Maggie decorated the stroller and her bike. And we went for a "parade" around the neighborhood.
Next Glen brought out the smoke bombs. Fireworks are illegal in Arizona. We couldn't even find sparklers. This is the best we could do. Oh...and we were eating pop rocks too. So that was like having fireworks in your mouth.
Finally...its dark. We walked down to the duck pond in order to see the town lake fireworks. We had stocked up on glo-sticks at the dollar store and had lots of fun with them while we were waiting for the show to start.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Although you might not be able to tell from the picture below, Maggie is standing in a waterfall.
We've also gotten into the habit of grilling chicken in the backyard. Glen has figured out exactly how to cook it so everyone in the family is happy, including Sean. :) We've also grilled a lot of eggplant. Our CSA keeps delivering eggplant and none of use particularly like it, but its tolerable when grilled.
This past week we've been visiting a lot of public pools to go swimming. Grandma's pool is infested with algae and the chemicals she had to put in there to kill it make us not want to go there for awhile. Unfortuneately, the high chlorine at the public pools is really making Maggie's eyes irritated as she swims underwater with her eyes open so much, and wont wear goggles. The splash park was a nice change to give Maggie's eyes a break. However, Glen and I were still hot. Well, we got a few splashes to cool us off.
Friday, June 27, 2008
And here is a picture of our little zoo camper. (If you click on the picture, you can see her face and shirt in more detail) She got to tie-dye her own shirt and all the campers got matching hats and water bottles on a shoulder strap. I was worried she might be too hot at the zoo, but they did indoor activities in the afternoon and had time for lots of water play...even set up a water slide for the campers. We also have a brush fire currently burning in south Phoenix near P.I.R. and there is a TON of smoke blocking the sun and cooling it off a bit. We were brushing ash off of our hair the other day at the pool.
Today was family fun night from 6-8pm at McClintock Pool so we went! They have a water slide Maggie loved and a kiddie pool as well as a regular pool. Glen, Sean and I hung out in the regular pool while we watched Maggie compete in the cannon ball competition off the diving board (she got extra points for cuteness and was probably the youngest kid up there and won some bubbles). We also watched her in the "dance off" where all the participants won beads. Everyone got a raffle ticket upon entering the pool and we won twice! (diving rings and splash balls). Maggie and Glen enjoyed snow cones and we all had a great time. Got home late! Everyone is peacefully sleeping now though. :)
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Glen spent the day fixing the vw, fixing grandma's pool pump, and fixing 2 flat tires on his bike that he got enroute to grandma's house. Poor guy. After the kids were in bed he went out again to try and buy a fuel line hose or something. He's is happiest when he is working on something though, so his plate is full.
Sean and I went to "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" this morning at the library. Its a program for little ones that involves singing and shaking musical instruments, and throwing scarves around. Sean mostly sat and watched. He will probably be more into it next year. Then we came home and he took a nice long nap. Then we picked up Maggie from zoo camp. Glen was still busy, and grandma's pool is out of comission for the time being, so I took them both to Eldorado Aquatic center. We had a blast. Maggie went down the water slides many times (even though she didn't meet the height requirement) and Sean loved the zero-depth entry to the kids play area which meant he could crawl around on his own in the water. It was later in the afternoon, around dinner time, so there weren't too many people there and the buildings cast shade onto the water. It was really nice. Oh...and since we came an hour before closing, they let us in for half price. Yeah! We will be going back.