Thursday, February 6, 2014
One of the Girl Scout programs includes low line zip lining or what Anna refers to as zip locking. At first she thought she would be scared but now she is telling everyone about wanting to go zip locking. I already had it on the calendar so I guess it is good that she decided that she wants to go.
Did I mention she lost another tooth? About a week ago she was at Grammy and Papa's house playing with JM and out came her upper front tooth. I really do need to get a good picture. I love a cute little toothless grin.
So after the park today we went to the hospital where I work to pick up some contrast medium for my sister (Mother of the triplets). She has a hernia that needs to be repaired. She has been putting it off because she hates the idea of another surgery. I can not say that I blame her. The recovery will be difficult because she will not be able to pick up the girls for a few weeks. When we dropping it off Anna decided she wanted to stay. Okay we were all a little shocked because Anna has a hard time with the triplets at times. She jumped right in and started playing with them. I think now that they are moving around she is better able to relate to them. Jillianna (the baby, baby) is trying to stand on her own. They joke that she will be the first one who tries to move out.
My mother is going to Sloan-Kettering tomorrow for her yearly evaluation. I am staying home but that does not mean that I am off the hook I have baby sitting detail. I hope to get some homework done while I am there but lets get honest I would much rather play with the girls if they are up.
I am in the process of completing week # 5 of this semester. This class is only 14 weeks long so I feel like I am making some real progress. No homework is due the next two weeks. Hopefully I take advantage of this little break to work ahead but again lets be honest I probably will not.
Pictures, pictures, pictures...well for some reason I have not taken any recently. I so need to get a few good ones of Anna but did I mention it is cold...really cold here? So now I am off to write a crazy long paper on hypertension and play a little bit of Anna's my little pony game (mostly just collecting the coins so she can play the games) but I did not want to get too far out without writing a little something.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
I was never a Girl Scout growing up but I did have that secret desire to be one and wear that little hat. I bought Anna the hat which she dislikes wearing but I still love it. I am actually quite shocked by the opportunities that Girl Scouts in out area have available to them. I busted out the calendar the other day and quickly filled it up with programs that I think Anna will love. She has been to a few that the council has hosted and liked them all. What I did not realize the biggest challenge would be was the amount of money that certain events cost for the troops. Right now we have a grand total of 28 dollars in our bank account. That really does not go far when you figure in patches, journey books and craft supplies. We are making it work which I guess is a good thing.
Anna still has a fascination with horses. Even tonight she was the only one rooting for the Broncos. We are avid Seattle fans. I have to look around to find the pictures from when Gerard and I were in Seattle many years ago for the playoffs. Gerard became a Seattle fan when the team was first formed which is very funny since we live in Eagle country with the Giants and Jets fans all very close by.
Anna is really starting to read well. Her favorite books star an elephant and a pig. I have to say I enjoy listening to her read. I am certain that she will be a teacher one day. All of her cousin usually have to sit down when she conducts "class" It is officially 11 days until her next vacation!! I had wanted to go somewhere warm but my budget minded way of thinking says we should just stay home. I do want to plan at least one or two fun activities for her time off. When I looked ahead to my school schedule it appears to be a light week for me so I am excited.
I am thinking about having my blog printed. I know, I know I have said this before but this time I mean it. The triplets birthday is right around the corner. They have grown so big. We are planning on doing birthday pictures with them eating cake! It should be fun. Otherwise things are running pretty smooth around here.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
The second trip was far more traumatic for her. She had been playing nicely in the living room. I can hear her play from anywhere in our house because it is pretty small (which I love). I started to sweat and have abdominal pains. Gerard walked in from the gym at the same time (thank goodness he was home). With one look at me he knew I needed to go to the ER. I had a ruptured ovarian cyst. YIKES! They are painful. As Gerard was preparing Anna for our trip to the hospital I could hear her say "I can dress myself just fix Mommy!" Bless her heart. I was pretty much doubled over in pain the whole way there (thank goodness it was only a 10 minute trip). I could see my baby girl in the back seat with her little hand folded in prayer. Later in the week she told me that seeing me in pain was like a nightmare for her.
Anna has been asking some interesting questions lately. My sister lovingly refers to Anna as "Crabby Abbie" when she is not enjoying the company of the babies. She tells her that she really enjoys when Anna comes over but does not enjoy when Abbie shows up. I can not say as I blame her. So as we were driving one day Anna asked me "Why do you love me?" She really wanted an answer. She asked if I still loved her when she was "Crabby Abbie" too.
How do explain a Mother's love? I think this is a very hard question so I wanted to give her the right answer or at least a good answer. I told her that I love her heart. That she was a kind and caring child. I told her about examples of how I thought she was kind and caring. I think it is was a pretty good question. It is funny because we talk about loving her a lot. I guess she wanted to know what exactly we loved about her. I confirmed that I do love Crabby Abbie but that I do not love that behavior which is different.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
I gifted my sister a photo session with a local photographer that I have used in the past. I think the pictures turned out pretty nice but when she was putting together her card she realized that one of the babies had not been pictured.
This is Jenny and the girls. We always try to picture them in birth order. When it is a single picture it is very hard to tell them apart. So from left to right is Jacqueline, Jennalynn and Jillianna.
This one is my favorite however but I like weird picture or so I am told.
These are some of my favorites. I realized this morning that the setting on my camera were not perfect and I may force her to let me retake them...LOL
Monday, December 16, 2013
Today I got the pleasure of working the holiday shop at Anna's school. There is nothing sweeter then seeing a bunch of kindergartners armed with 10 dollars and a list of loved ones. When Anna's class came in she was so excited. She was bouncing in her chair. I can not tell you how much I enjoyed watching her be so excited to see me at school today. One of the other mothers took her shopping so everything was a surprise for me. I was pleasantly surprised by the shop and hopefully helped a few kids make some good choices.
When I picked up Anna she was busting at the seams. There was no way she was going to be able to wait to give me my present. Here it is. The most beautiful piece of jewelry I may ever own.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
You ask then why are you awake at 3 am. I simply can not sleep. I had to finish my final exam by this coming Sunday and I felt as though it was weighing on me. I woke up and took it. I passed the class with an A. That is done and completed and I feel so much better.
Earlier last night Papa came over to help with the Christmas tree. Gerard was only able to lift the tree into the stand then had to take a nap. I fixed the branches, Papa and Anna did all the ornaments. Thank goodness he came over because I was fearing that we would have a repeat of our first Christmas with a tree without any ornaments. Now I understand that it is not about the decorations but there is something so wonderful about a tree that is decorated.
This year as I helped to unpack my ornaments I felt a little sad for Gerard's Mother. She lost all of her ornaments in last years flood, she lost her Mother's Nativity too. Anna kept asking when I got this ornament or that ornament. I know I am blessed.
Here is a picture of Anna and Papa after the tree was decorated. More about the Nativity tomorrow.