Sunday, December 30, 2007
Today at church Boo discovered the joy of drinking water out of her sippy cup and then spitting it back out. And of sticking her tongue out and making a really loud buzzing sound. I guess church, where your play is limited, is a prime place to make new discoveries like that. She enjoyed handing all her books and toys over the bench to the little boy sitting in front of us. He was delighted. I heaved a sigh of relief that she was not using her usual method of disposing of boring toys by chucking them at poor Molly's head. Towards the end I smelled something...bad day to forget the wipes. Lucky I have Anne to bail me out. She is superwoman. Boo and I hung out in nursery with Cannon today. The babies...I mean toddlers...loved singing time. Boo got really into the speckled frog song.
Having worked with several kids with sensory issues, my heart goes out to these parents and kids and the challenges they face. I was excited to find this site: Soft (clothing for all children) that is developing a line of clothing with the needs of kids with sensory integration issues in mind.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
PS - Check out their other videos on YouTube. There are some great pieces, Teen Sensation medley is oh so funny. And I am partial to Back Home in Indiana.
We had a Christmas Day that was just about perfect. Boo had a great Christmas morning. She got a table and chairs, some books, a darling outfit (pink and brown, my favorite!), a magna doodle, and some art stuff. She loves to draw with (and eat) her new crayons and chalk. I was hoping the day of drawing on the wall would not come so soon, but it accidentally did. Boo was walking around with some crayons in her hand and happened to brush up against the wall in just the right way so that a crayon made a small mark on the wall. She paused, and considered this, and then her eyes lit up and she went right for the wall, crayons raised up and ready to make a REAL mark. Fortunately, Jer was close enough to grab her and we are hoping she will forget this new idea.
After presents we watched the Disney Parade, and then Boo napped while Jer and I read. That's what I love on a Christmas day - reading my new book by the Christmas tree. Later in the afternoon we got to call Peter O. in Switzerland and had a great talk with him. Boo ran through her words and animal sounds for him, I hope he enjoyed hearing her voice. It was so good to talk to him.
We went to the Ownby's for a fabulous Christmas dinner. It was great to spend the evening with such good friends. We had a traditional German rice pudding for dessert that was really good. It was a long day, Boo fell asleep on the way home.
After Boo went to bed we finished the day with The Bourne Ultimatum. I liked the first two Bourne movies ok, but I really liked this one.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas holiday! We had a lovely Christmas Eve and Christmas. Jer was ill on Christmas Eve, but fortunately was feeling better and able to participate in our festivities on Christmas Day. I was busy Christmas Eve with last minute preparations - I thought I didn't have too many, but they certainly took up the whole day. But I enjoyed it all, as they were all fun Christmas-type errands. Boo went to bed early and Jer and I had a nice Christmas Eve dinner of orange glazed cornish game hens. I thought I would have at least one more year before Boo became too excited to sleep on Christmas Eve, but it happened this year. She is usually a sound sleeper for 12 hours at night, but around midnight she popped up and was jabbering and wide awake...must have been listening for Santa!
Christmas morning was so much fun. Boo loved opening her gifts, and as I watched her I kept thinking, "What a GREAT fine motor activity this is...we will have to open gifts at least once a week!"
I will post more on our Christmas activities with some pictures and VIDEOS :) a little later, but for now I am grounding myself from blogging until the house is cleaned and my classes are finished.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
On Friday night, Jer and I took Boo to see the Christmas lights at the zoo. Boo loved the Christmas lights. She would look up at the lights in the trees and say, "Wow" over and over. Much more impressed with the lights than with the snow.
We didn't get too far into the zoo before she spied the gift shop. She ran in and headed straight for the stuffed bears. Ah, that child loves bears.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
She loves to ask "Where is it?" When Jer or I walks out of her sight, she raises her hands and makes a questioning sound. She loves to hide her toys and snacks and then ask "Where is it?"
I love the way her pony tails stick straight out!
Monday, December 17, 2007
We took a break around 11 am to take Boo to the library to see Santa. She was tickled to see him and kept saying 'ah-oh' (her word for Santa). She didn't want to sit on his lap, but would walk up to him and take his jingle bells and touch his soft sleeve. I got a picture on my phone, but haven't figured out how to transfer it to the computer. When Jer gets home I'll see if he can do it.
It started snowing Saturday morning, and church was cancelled on Sunday. So we had a nice day on Sunday just staying home. They day flew by, and we ventured out in the evening to go to advent at a friend's house. It was a nice evening of Christmas scriptures and songs, eggnog, and Anne's spinach-artichoke dip (the bestI have ever had).
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Speaking of S-302, I talked to Keith yesterday, currently the only Hall living in CP. He will be celebrating Festivus tomorrow - can't wait to hear how that goes. Em will join him there next month (different apt.). I hope we can keep our Hall streak running for a few more years - someone needs to be there to take care of Burke.
I can't believe I found a picture of Campus Plaza online. The internet is AWESOME. Here is SOUTH COURT. Where Becca beat all the boys at basketball. Where we had CP dances with the grand finale polkas. The basketball standard is covering the big windows of S-302. Oh the big windows. Those big windows could be a blessing (I'm not sure that's what you should call gossip-gathering/spying on cute boys)...or a curse (sometimes you see things you don't want to see). Jeremy lived in the second floor apt. on the very left of the picture, James lived in the corner on the third floor, Sara lived in the next one over. Oh what good memories of CP! Kim, remember when we sat under the table in girl-Jessie's apt and ate three hot dogs each at 2 am? Rach, remember sitting on the bench with Sarah Meehan and thinking up code names? And Dave and the peanut butter song? Remember all the awesome people that lived in CP? I could go on and on with this, I may have to blog about this another time when I am not supposed to be studying. Tell me your CP memories!
And wouldn't you know....YouTube has it! So here is the opening sequence of the first season of "Scarecrow and Mrs. King". The vacuum part is right towards the beginning.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
This is a much more interesting post that teeth and candles.
Check out Vintage Hem, a business co-founded by my cousin, Janine Hansen Ottley. A description from the website:
A Vintage Hem slip is a new staple in a woman's wardrobe. Unlike traditional slips, Vintage Hem has designed a slip that is meant to be shown! The slip itself is comprised of a traditional lingerie fabric with an elasticized waist and a taffeta embellished hem. Our most popular styles include polka dot, tulle, and raw silk. We are delighted to help you make today's fashion more wearable by adding length, layers, & style to your wardrobe with Vintage Hem. Be the first to wear a Vintage Hem for the holidays or give this stylish new product as a gift for Christmas!
Also, here is a link to a short news story, and see the video in the top right corner of the page. Janine & Cord's daughter, Hannah, is the last model in the video and also the little girl in the picture above.
Yesterday I went again to the dentist. As I lay there looking at the ceiling while they did their thing, I counted up my dentist visits since August. This will make seven. All for one little tooth. Not that I want other teeth involved, but it seems a little unfair that this one little tooth gets all the attention. :)
One more visit in January, and then I will (cross your fingers) be done.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I recently finished reading Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. A few people had recommended it and most reviews on barnesandnoble.com were very positive. I saw reviews such as: "Best book ever written". "No book will ever live up to this one."
So I was a little disappointed in Twilight. It was certainly interesting young adult fiction, definitely not the best book ever written. I went from interesting to sappy to interesting to predictable. My sister clued me in to Stephanie Meyer's website, and I enjoyed reading the alternate perspectives (Midnight Sun, Miscalculation) much more than the actual book. I guess it wasn't that bad however, because yesterday I picked up the next book, New Moon, from the library.
Unfortunately, New Moon, is pretty bad. The last half of the first chapter was great, but the chapter following was a let down. I'm about halfway through now and it is boring, boring, boring. If I hadn't been sick I think I would have stopped reading it. But at the time it was too much to get up off the couch and get a new book. I did like the four blank month chapters though. I thought that was clever.
Has anyone else read these books? Does New Moon get any better? I really wanted to like them, I need a fantasy replacement for Harry Potter.
Friday, December 7, 2007
I was a little disappointed. No cute video or pictures of the first snow. But last night we got two or three more inches! Another chance! So this afternoon after lunch we went out again. This time being forced to be out in the snow was just tragic. She cried and cried, great big tears rolling down her cheeks. I guess she didn't like the feeling of walking in the snow because she didn't try to walk back to the house, she just stood in the snow, crying. How sad, and yet at the same time...how funny. I couldn't help giggling. I held on to my hope that soon she would be excited to be out in the snow, and proceeded to build a small snowman, with Boo bawling beside me.
Happy at last!
Oh, and before any of you smarties tell me that the reason why she was crying was because she was sitting in the snow, she didn't sit in the snow until she was happy.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
I came across this recipe in search of a recipe for Thanksgiving rolls. I ended up using this for Thanksgiving and the rolls turned out great. Yesterday I used the same recipe but shaped the bread into round loaves and it also turned out really well. After trying it a couple of times I think I may like it even better than my 90 minute bread. It is not difficult or time consuming so I thought I would share. I wish I could point you to the source, but I have not been able to find this recipe site again. So here it is, with my adjustments.
WHOLE WHEAT BREAD OR ROLLS
2 tbsp. yeast
2 c. lukewarm water
1/4 c. honey
3/4 c. olive oil or canola oil
2 fresh eggs
6 c. whole wheat flour
2 tsp. salt
Dissolve yeast in water and honey for about 5 minutes. Place all ingredients in mixing bowl and knead until it loosens from sides of the bowl. Place in large oiled bowl, cover and let rise until about double. Be sure it is in a warm place. Remove and shape into loaves, rolls, or buns. Bake at about 375 degrees until browned. (12 min for rolls).