Thursday, January 31, 2008
Correction & Trivia
Speaking of my toe, it is now quite black and blue but it isn't hurting when I walk too much anymore. That's a relief!
Next, my mom said it was time for some more trivia. I have not done trivia in awhile. So, here we go:
Join our past winners list by answering this question:
According to a very recent survey, this is the number one lie that women tell!
Here are the past winners:
Gabbi x 4
Tara (in Cali)
The man song
I was organizing my scrapbooking stuff. I removed some papers from one side of the plank making it lopsided. It tipped over and landed right on my foot. Afterwards, JB started lecturing me about the concept of physics and gravity. Did I understand that if I made something lopsided, it would tip? This was a tad bit of annoying. Obviously, if I would have known it was going to flip, I wouldn't have removed the papers from one side. Isn't that why they call it an accident? And, you know how it is when someone starts lecturing you when you are lying on the ground, squirming in pain, trying to only say good words, your dog and husband peering into the closet staring at you while you try to figure out how to get your toe to stop hurting so bad. You aren't exactly accepting of "advice."
The truth is ... I know this wouldn't have happened to JB. I wish I could look inside his head. I bet there are like, line drawings with the laws of physics and gravity going into effect with every step and decision he makes! It is true that for every one time he goes down squealing in pain, I probably go down ten. Too bad I didn't pay better attention in Mr. Cox's geometry class!
The reason for my work around the house ... well, I'm trying to get this nursery somewhat in order. I'll have to take some pictures sometime today to let you see the progress or lack-thereof.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Good news abounds
The first bit of good news, it's my Tante Jan's birthday. I think she is 29, but I am not sure. Is this right Jan?
We also found out that JB has a four day weekend in mid-February. Monday is President's Day so the base has taken Friday as a "family day." There have been other family days, but the residents only get the day if they are on an outpatient rotation whcih JB, by luck of the draw, usually was not. This time he is! So, we can go to Jacksonville that weekend without him having to take a vacation day. Fingerprints here we come.
I also found out how to send my employment letters to Minnesota to be certified. Rachel is going to handwalk them into the building for me so that they can get certified immediately instead of me having to wait weeks and worry that they'll be misplaced. How awesome is that?! Now if I can find someone to help in the capitals of Florida (my place of birth), Kentucky (our place of marriage), and North Carolina (JB's place of birth), things will be even better.
In addition, our great friend Nicole, one of JB's classmates at Mayo will be in Jacksonville that weekend so we'll get to see her. Her fiancee, Bay, is working at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville right now so she'll be in that weekend visiting. How cool is that?
We actually have a packed February. Our great friend Tara is coming to visit next week. She'll be in from Tuesday until Sunday. The following weekend we'll go to Jacksonville. The next weekend, I got word that Josh and Sarah and their two boys are going to come and visit. How cool is that?! And then two weekends after that we are going to North Carolina with Matt and Tiffany. JB and Matt are going to take their Boards (a test for doctors). There isn't a testing site in this area so we all decided to make a long weekend of it and head to North Carolina. This should be fun as well. Quite a busy February.
The only bad news in my life right now was the news that JB is on call this Sunday ... Superbowl Sunday. I was a bit bummed about that. However, I am hoping that I can go up to the hospital and watch the game in a room there and hang out with JB inbetween work. If he is way too busy, Sarah is having everyone over for a party so maybe I'll walk the three houses to hang out at her house.
With this busy schedule, I better keep up on work. Gotta go!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Speaking of dog class, what a fun time! Scrubs actually learned how to run through a tunnel to a spot outside of the tunnel and then run back through the tunnel to me all without help. All I say is "tunnel", "spot", "tunnel", "come". He actually was a "tunnel professional" already from his day's in puppy class, but I was really impressed how quickly he picked up the "spot" request. He also learned how to walk up and down an A-frame. Some of the dogs were very afraid, but Scrubs went up and down quite willingly. He has no fear at all which can be a good and bad thing.
Some people have asked me what we plan to do with these agility and obedience classes. The bottom line? Have a good dog. Some people will eventually go into agility competitions. I am not sure I will ever get involved in that, but it really helps to teach Scrubs to pay attention to me and see me as the pack leader. With the new baby coming a lot earlier than we are originally planning on, we thought this was especially important. And, he really likes it. It's a lot of fun, and we have some good laughs at the things the dogs do at the class. One of the little puppies who is a service-dog trainee, would stretch as far as he could on the A-frame to get the treat but not let his feet leave the ground. It was so adorable.
I also talked to the dog trainer about Scrubs' tendency to steal items and then hide from us. She asked if we were sure that Scrubs knew what he was doing. We almost started laughing. As soon as he steals one of these items he runs around where we can see him, pouncing, and waiting for us to stand up and try to get it back from him. There is no doubt he knows. Ask my mom and dad. They witnessed it firsthand. She suggested a "penny can". This is a can filled with pennies that makes a really loud noise. She said if we can startle him, he would probably drop the item and come running to us where we can praise him for leaving the item. We will try it. I'm not sure it will work, but it is worth giving it a try.
I know it may seem that I am a little obsessed with my dog. I used to try to pretend I wasn't that obsessed with Scrubs, but you know what, I am. This dog completely turned my life around in a very dark season, and he is truly a member of our family. So if I want to talk about him on my blog, I plan to. I hope that's okay with everyone!! :)
Monday, January 28, 2008
The good things
- Figuring out where I need to send my employment forms in Minnesota to get certified for the adoption. I now have (drum roll please) an address. Now I just need to figure out the details of getting them there.
- Getting nine hours of work in to pad myself for the week ahead.
- Only needing to yell at Scrubs one time to get down off the couch and quit "frolicking" with the cushions. It isn't quite frolicking, but hopefully, you get the idea.
- Making dinner! Yes folks, you read that correctly. I made dinner. I even, actually, deviated slightly from the recipe. Imagine!
- A successful jog with doggie running pretty decently along side me.
- Tricking Scrubs into getting his gentle leader on so he didn't have a chance to run from me. He never saw it coming!
- Emptying my suitcase. I haven't actually put away the clothes yet, but the suitcase is empty.
- Somehow talking JB into going to dog class with me tonight. Scrubs is starting the 3rd level class . . . agility. Should be a good time. I plan to talk to our dog trainer about how to prevent the grabbing-things-I-shouldn't-and-hiding-on-the-other-side-of-the-dining-room-table behavior. Although, JB and I did create a bit of a contraption with the dining room table to prevent him from staying on the opposite side from us. This is so frustrating!
- Doing my devotions. I have to start my day with this, otherwise, I never do get it to. I never quite got on a routine at my parents, but a fresh week = a fresh start.
So here's to little successes!
Oh, and if you haven't noticed, I have a new contest on my blog where you can guess the stats of the baby. Then, when the baby is born, the computer tells you who won. Coolness. Please put your guesses in!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Okay okay .... ultrasound photos at long last
We received our paperwork from Immigration. It is moving along nicely. As soon as this step is done, we can then compile the documents for our Dossier.
Next step: fingerprints.
We received the paperwork from Immigration to get our fingerprints done. How hard can this be? Well ... pretty hard. We have to go to Jacksonville. Yes, that's right. The Jacksonville as in the five-hour away Jacksonville.
And we can't go on a Saturday or Sunday. We have to go on a Monday through Friday from 8am until 3pm.
This means that JB is going to have to take one of his five remaining "May baby" days off to drive five hours to Jacksonville and five hours back. Everyday we don't get this done is another delay in getting on the waiting list for China.
I know it will all be fine and get done in God's timing, but sometimes it all just seems so overwhelming and so much. I am so thankful for the May baby. I cannot imagine my frustration if it wasn't for the fact that we will have our hands quite full already.
In other news, JB and I had a wonderful evening last night. We watched the movie Equilibrium (I really liked it!), ate some leftovers, and went to bed around 10pm. JB wasn't sure how he would sleep as this was his first attempt to flip-flop his sleep back. He slept badly. He was awake from 1am until 5am. Poor guy.
I, on the other hand, had a different problem. I was awake at 5am since this was 6am Fort Lauderdale time. So I made my way out to get a few hours of work for RLSF done. At 8am I started wondering why I hadn't heard Scrubs yet so I made my way into the bedroom. Scrubs was awake all right and had obviously given up in getting JB to wake up. He instead found something else to pass the time -- tearing up one of our devotional books. I guess he doesn't think Moments for Couples is very important to our family.
We went to church. It's the first Sunday we've been in town together and JB has not been on call in about six weeks. Afterwards, we came home and took Scrubs to "fam camp" a huge field around the block from our house that he can play with his frisbee and chase us. He loves going there.
Speaking of Scrubs: Jodi you are right. The dog HATES his "gentle leader" leash. It's always been bad, but it's gotten much worse. He has started hiding from me when I bring it out. Today he hid in the very back of his kennel, and I had to climb in it to get him out. I have ordered another kind of leash that isn't quite as good as the gentle leader but will hopefully do the trick in walking this leash-pulling dog. Only problem is they were out of stock so I have to wait 6-8 weeks for the thing. Ugh!
We also stopped at Target and Publix. Target for baby hangers to hang up some of the gazillions of clothes we have received (Thanks Funky Monkey and Ray & Gabbi). Publix to get food since we went to have breakfast this morning and had no eggs, no milk, no toast, no oatmeal. What has my dear husband been eating for two weeks?!?
Tonight, more relaxing. JB is on a great rotation for the next months. Yippeeee! Family time. Scrubs also starts a new dog class tomorrow night: agility.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
We love to tie this Scrubs around Scrubs' mouth and legs so he has to try to work it off. It kills three minutes so it is well worth it.
Tara -- recognize that rope. It's moving onto its last leg.
Grace and Nate chillin' with the pup
Check out this video of Grace getting Scrubs ready for a party. You need your volume up to catch some of Grace. Too funny. I have one more video that I'll load later.
Friday, January 25, 2008
It's been a wonderful visit! Despite my little 'bout of illness, I have enjoyed getting to spend a few weeks at home with my parents. I have had to work forty hours both weeks while I was here so that dampened my ability to frolic as much as I would have liked, but overall, I still got to spend some quality time with family as well as Joan and Bri. I got to spend time with the Kits also but not quite as much as I would have liked.
As I write this, my darling puppy Scrubs is growling (sort of like Chewbacca on Star Wars) at a sprinkler littering the porch with water. I'm sure he'd like to go out there. No can do Scrubby. Remember yesterday and your little escape antics? Not gonna happen mister! Growl away Chewbacca man!
Yesterday, Joan, Bri, and I went to lunch at Chili's. We were hoping to have dinner together one night and possibly include Chris. Chris is Bri's boyfriend and the birthfather. I have never met Chris. However, we just couldn't come up with a night that would work for everyone so yesterday, just the girls were able to have lunch together. They also came over to meet Scrubs. Bri loves dogs and hopes to get a German Shepherd of her own after the baby is born. Scrubs was very tired so he was very well-behaved and gave Bri a good picture of a good dog. Now if she can just come back when the other part of Jekyll and Hyde is out and about.
I am so proud of Bri. She is doing so well. I know this is hard on her, but she is two-thirds of the way there. Keep up the good work Brianna. Little XY will be here before you know it. I know for Bri, she can't wait for May to get here. While I sort of feel the same way, a big part of me wants May to not get here too fast. I have a lot to get done before that!
I will be returning home in April for a long weekend. Their friends and family plan to have a shower for Bri and me (giving Bri things to get ready to have her own apartment) on Saturday. And then on Sunday, my mom plans to have an open house for me as well. It should be a fun weekend, and it will be the last time I see Bri before our little guy joins the world.
We joked yesterday that we plan to make sure little XY likes mustard since Joan and then Bri both despise mustard. I plan to smother his face in it and take a great big photo to share with both of them!
Anyways, next post will be from Eglin tomorrow. Tonight is JB's last night on call. He made it through nights ... well, almost!
See you from northern Florida folks!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Give Scrubs an "A+"
This morning, around 7:30am, Scrubs climbed up into bed with me and just snuggled. He was so sweet, so calm, so wonderful. What a great dog!
At 9:00am I was chasing him down the sidewalk in my bare feet, my contact lense which had been on the tip of my finger somewhere in the grass. Scrubs had found a crack in my parents screen, made it a little bigger, and climbed out. He then decided to run away from me -- not so funny when you consider the busy intersection by my parents' house. I managed to catch him only because he decided he had to stop to go to the bathroom. Thank goodness for drinking a lot of water.
I gave him some choice words, threw him in his kennel, and continued chewing him out. All the while he just sat there, whining softly, as if he had no idea why I was so upset. And all the while me saying a thankful prayer that I happened to look out the window just as he broke through the screen.
Fast forward another hour, and we arrived at my old alma matter for Grace's show-n-tell. Folks, Scrubs had everyone fooled. He was AMAZING. He just laid there, ate snacks, and let thirty (?) four-year-olds come up and pet him. Grace was a great helper and so excited to be showing Scrubs off. He didn't jump, he didn't lick, he just sat there like this was old hat. Are you kidding?! Is this the same dog that just snuck out the back of the porch and left me running in my bare feet, my white shorts filthy dirty only an hour earlier?!
On the way back to my parents', I stopped at the dog park, and by the time we made it home close to noon, Bri & Joan were right in front of us at the stoplight. They came to this side of town to finally get to meet Scrubs and to have lunch with me since our schedules didn't match up for dinner. We went to Chili's and had a great time. Scrubs tried to show them some tricks, but he was so tired from his active morning, that he just sauntered into his kennel and went to sleep.
I am back home, and he is sleeping again.
It's a love/hate relationship. That's for sure.
Happ birthday JB!
A few other notes about this picture. Joia wanted to point out that the decorations on the roving birthday skeleton were not her's to be proud of. That was Matt. No one is really surprised by that fact.
There are also some Bratz dolls on JB's desk. This is a funny story. JB and I went to the store one day, and he told me he needed some little polio pads of paper to keep in his doctor's jacket pocket for when he needed to take notes. I scoured Target and emerged with just what he wanted. The only catch was that they were Bratz doll polio pads! John was not impressed and told me to put them back immediately. Since my Dutch blood was proud I had found these in the dollar section (there is a reason the expression "going Dutch" means pay for yourself and no one else -- we are cheap!) I decided to get my way. I asked JB if he was afraid to have Bratz dolls on his polio pads. He informed me he was not afraid and Bratz dolls did not challenge his manhood. I also reminded him that he saw children half the day. They would like the Bratz dolls. John agreed (more to end the argument) and decided that he could handle having Bratz doll polio pads.
When he got to work, he put them in a drawer of his desk. Enter Matt two days later, looking to borrow something (it doesn't matter what) from JB's desk. He opens the drawer, sees the Bratz doll polio pads, and the rest is history. JB is now teased unmercifully. So, that's why the dolls reemerged during the desk decoration! What a good sport JB is.
Today, John Mark is 32 years old! Can you believe it. Even harder to believe is that I started dating him when he was 17. Almost half of his life ago. Woah. Happy birthday best friend. I love you.
P.S. Oh and this post needs a couple of P.S.'s. First of all, if you read the comments on yesterday's blog, Funky Monkey thinks she knows the baby's name. She's going to email her guess to Joia who, does not, I repeat, does not, know the name of this little guy. She will simply hold the results . . . anyone else want to guess?
P.S.S. Scrubs is supposedly making his Pre-K debut today. I wish I could take pictures, but I am sure I will be so focused on making sure he behaves I won't be able to. This should be fun, and it will win big niece Grace popularity points.
P.S.S.S. I was at Ray and Gabbi's house until, like 11pm last night (I know -- woah for the early bird, me.) They gave me so many things for little boys . . . quite honestly folks, I have more clothes than I know what to do with. The only clothes I probably did not get from them are winter clothes since Nate was raised in Fort Lauderdale. So if you feel the need to find cute baby things (Ummm ... Rachel?) then I would vote for six month old clothes for fall and winter because otherwise, I am really set until this kid is two years old. Seriously. Clothes galore!!!
Okay, once again, happy birthday husband from far away!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Poor hubby & official notice
am, however, ready to see him again, and get back to our house in Eglin.
I have heard that it was a good two weeks for me to come. Apparently the temperatures on base were abnormally cold during the last few weeks. Here in Fort Lauderdale, it sticks in the good ol' seventies. Nice and warm. Today, the air is on. I won't even comment on what the temperature in Rochester has been. Okay, I will. It's been in the very negative degrees. Even veteran Minnesotan Rachel emailed me telling me she was freezing. Not good. Not good at all. I do not belong there. That's for sure.
In other news . . .
It's official. I have decided to resign from my position at Mayo Clinic. This was a very difficult decision eased only by the fact that I have worked away from the office for the last seven months so I have a bit of a transition of leaving my co-workers.
I have always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. Our plan was that when we got pregnant (back in 2003 -- ha!) I would quit work and stay-at-home. Instead, life played things out a bit differently. I have rationalized the money we have spent on infertility treatments by telling myself that had we got pregnant right away, I wouldn't have worked at all. In the end, we came out on the up side if you count the fact that I have worked five years longer than we planned on me working.
I will still do some work with RLSF and other free-lance organizations to help pay for our China adoption, but the fact that work for them is much less time-sensitive means I can do the work when the baby allows. Mayo's work is much more time-sensitive and not as flexible due to the deadline-driven nature of the work. I also think Dr. K needs to have someone in office -- something I obviously cannot do. I also have to do twenty hours a week to keep my benefits. I do not have to do a required number of hours I have to work for RLSF.
I have so enjoyed the last four and a half years that I have worked for Dr. K. and the Cardiovascular Department at Mayo. I was so blessed to have a job I could walk three blocks to each morning through the underground subway from my condo to the Guggenheim building. I wish I could do everything in life I wanted to and not feel overwhelmed or tired, but that isn't possible, so things have to give. Resigning from this job was my first step toward acknowledging that, in fact, we plan to be parents in May.
May baby here we come.
P.S. Oh and Funky Monkey, you keep saying you know the baby's name. How will we know you were right? I think you should have to email someone else so we can have proof of you being right or not. Something tells me you may be right. You seem to have a sixth sense about these things. :) And yes, everyone ... the name will not be revealed until the little ones makes his debut. (Bri does know and she approves!)
P.S.S. Don't let little Tara in Cali trick you all into thinking she needs to know the name. She just doesn't want to wait. Ha ha ha ha ha. I hold the power. How nice! :) I know what you are thinking Tara: "Is this helping or hurting?" he he he he he! (that's me laughing!)
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Check out that stork!
Monday, January 21, 2008
In honor of Martin Luther King
I am feeling better today and wanted to post a few MLK quotes in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day yesterday which I was too ill to pay attention to yesterday.
- Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
- Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
- Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
- I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
- I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.
- I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
- In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
- It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.
- The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- The time is always right to do what is right.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Wendi's mom (aka "Lady Di") speaks!
One of Wendi's blog stalkers had asked some questions back on January 2 about George and me. She wanted to know about our early years and how I handled time alone (of which I had much for quite a few years.)
Saturday, January 19, 2008
That being said, I've had a really difficult time thinking about who to vote for. I have a few key issues that I always vote by, and it really seems that there may not be a candidate who supports these positions to vote for.
I saw this link of my friend Lesley's blog: http://www.dag.nl/Nieuws/kieskompas.htm. Guys this is fantastic, and I think EVERYONE should try it. Seriously. You answer the questions, and then it tells you who you are most closely aligned with. It will tell you overall who you are most aligned with and then issue-by-issue who you are most aligned with. Really, you should do it! I consider myself a member of one party, but have always said I am not determined to vote in that party. This told me, honestly, where I belong, based on the issues, not based on the person.
Bravo Lesley! Loved this!
Weekend well underway
After a good play at the dogpark, I made Mac-n-cheese for the kids at my mom's and then we headed back to their house for a very easy go-to-bed routine. I was quite impressed. Grace asked me to deal with a shadow on her ceiling and check for monsters in the closet, but otherwise, she went to bed without incident. Nate, also easily slid into his crib (complete with tent to keep him from climbing out!) He also gets an "uh-oh" in his mouth, one in each hand, and a sippy cup near his side. I wonder how many words people have for "pacifier". What do you call an uh-oh?
Side note: I think the sippy cup on the bedstand (which Grace also had) is a fantastic idea. You eliminate the "I need a drink of water" request when you can just call back "You have some in your sippy cup!" Brilliant! These parents today are soooo smart.
I actually spoke to Ray today, and he said that both he and Gabbi were feeling sick and were not even getting to enjoy the parks. In fact, they are probably heading home early today. I was very disappointed for them. They finally get an evening away, and they are both battling illness. How un-fun is that!?
Oh another sidenote: When I picked Grace up from school yesterday, her teacher came with her to the car and asked me if I have a Dalmatian. Grace is one of those kids that understands and knows everything. She is so on top of things. And she had obviously informed her teacher that I had a puppy (which she calls her puppy.) Anyways, her teacher told me that they are doing a unit on firefighters or something like that and could Scrubs come into school for a sort of "show- and-tell" for the lesson opn fire fighters. Yikes! I'm sure Scrubs would love it, but I'm not sure how excited he may get with dozens of five and six year olds petting him at the same time. I'm also not sure how nervous I would be about the event. I told her Gabbi could talk to her next week. I also told Grace I'd have to talk to Uncle JB to confirm whether Scrubs could handle his first show-and-tell. We'll see. Grace keeps telling me this is happening for sure. :) I don't think "we'll see" means the same thing to her as it means to me.
As for me, I'm smelling the brownies in the oven Grace and I just made! Yum! I also don't think Grace has any idea how long forty-five minutes is. No, they aren't done yet Grace!
A kindred spirit!
The Rules of Eating Chocolate
1. If you've got melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly.
2. Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices & strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.
3. The problem: How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in a hot car. The solution: Eat it in the parking lot.
4. Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It'll take the edge off your appetite and you'll eat less.
5. If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge. Calories are afraid of heights, and they will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves.
6. If I eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate, is that a balanced diet? Don't they actually counteract each other?
7. Money talks. Chocolate sings.
8. Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives make you look younger.
9. Q: Why is there no such organization as Chocoholics Anonymous? A: Because no one wants to quit.
10. Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done.
11. A nice box of chocolates can provide your total daily intake of calories in one place. Isn't that handy?
12. If you can't eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer. But if you can't eat all your chocolate, what's wrong with you?
Friday, January 18, 2008
Bonding with Nate-dog
Ray and Gabbi headed out of town this morning for a night in Orlando and some fun at the Magic Kingdom and Island of Adventure. At 7:15am I took over for them -- trying to do all the things that Gabbi normally does in a day.
First up ... take Grace to school. Kids strapped in, Grace's sunglasses on, and Nate's juice cup and cheerio cup in hand, and we were off. (These are cool -- the kids can get the cheerios out but they don't spill -- wild!) We made it in time to not get locked out of the hallway and have to go through the front office which Gabbi informs me is an accomplishment. I met Grace's teacher, stored her bag, put her snack away, and then realized -- I went to first grade in that very classroom. With Mrs. Harden. The room was so much bigger back then. Today it is K-4 class, but back then, it was for big six-year-olds.
I have some crazy memories of first grade in there. The most embarrassing being that I once wet my pants and stored them in my desk. Okay, that isn't entirely true. I wore shorts under my dress so no one could see my underpants. (All the girls did this.) I was playing outside and didn't want to take the time to go to the bathroom. When I finally acquiesced to the urges to relieve myself, I made it to the bathroom, but couldn't get my shorts off in time. Not knowing what to do, I took off the shorts, put them in a paperbag, and put them in my desk. I meant to take them home with me that afternoon but forgot. I remember the look on my mom's face when I told her I left them in my desk overnight. What was the big deal? But she didn't think this was a great idea. She told me to take the bag out of my desk as soon as I got to school the next morning and put it in my bag. I did this. I remember that Mrs. Harden crinkled her nose when we did "desk checks" that day. It took awhile for my desk to smell good again.
I also remember a day that nearly all the kids in the class got in trouble but me. Apparently they built a trap for other kids to fall in. I came back from recess and everyone was getting in trouble and crying, and I had no idea why. I am not sure where I was during the fun times in the sand, but I remember being relieved that I had been distracted elsewhere.
Anyways, enough memories of first grade. The room looked completely different than it did when I was in there, 26 years ago (holy cow!) but Grace enjoyed showing me off a bit.
Nate and I then took off. I scooped him up only to realize his pants were all wet. Okay, upon further investigation, it wasn't wet. It was more involved than that. I managed to change him without too much trouble in the back of mom's van which I am borrowing for the weekend. It went okay.
During our drive to and from school, we listened to a CD with Bible songs. There were 60 tracks. Folks, I knew like 99% of the songs. I haven't heard some of these in ages. "The Lord told Noah, there's going to be a floody floody . . . I am a C. I am a CH. I am a CHRISTIAN . . . MMMM and wide, MMMM and wide, there's a fountain flowing . . ." I was really boogying with the kids. Grace seemed impressed that I knew so many songs, but when she was gone, I think Nate just thought I was strange.
My parents' house is actually inbetween Grace & Nate's house and the school so we stopped home for a bit to let the dog out. We took him to the dogpark. Nate seemed to enjoy throwing the ball for Scrubs although Scrubs didn't seem impressed with the length of Nate's throw. We then let Nate play on the slides on the kids section for a bit, and then we headed back to my parents' house. I got the stroller out and the three of us took a walk. Walking Scrubs with a stroller is a million times easier than walking him solo. The stroller, and not my arm, takes the brunt of his tugging. It was great!!!! I look forward to walks with dog and stroller in the future.
We are now back at Nate's house, and it is time for him to take a nap. It's been a fun day so far, and Nate has been wonderful. I don't think he is going to like me disrupting his play session for a nap. I also think he doesn't like turkey. Gabbi warned me this might be the case. I put cheese, crackers, and carrots in front of him with great big smiles. The turkey was not taken so well. It got thrown pretty far! :)
Okay, off to tackle nap time.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Yesterday while walking Scrubs around my parents' neighborhood, another neighbor with a dog asked me if I ever took him to the dogpark. I asked him which park he was referring to, and he directed me to a dogpark not 2 miles from my parents' home. I took him out there this morning (the dog not the neighbor). There weren't any other dogs, but he had a wonderful time running and fetching a tennis ball, finally trying to take a nap at the park. He just woke up now, three hours after the return from the park. I may even head out there two times a day with as close as it is.
Last night I had dinner at Ray & Gabbi's. Gabbi made a great chili. It was wonderful. As a reminder, Ray is JB's younger brother. He and JB's older sister Elizabeth are the only two siblings living in town currently. Robbie is in college in Central Florida, Matt is in Iraq, and Katie is on Catalina Island. Mom and Dad Kit. were there also. Great to see them all. They gave me a rundown of things I need to know as I am going to watch Nate and Grace on Friday and Saturday while Ray & Gabbi take some time away in Orlando for the evening. My mom is going to help me with Scrubs as managing him in a foreign environment with two kids might be a little much. My mom is awesome! She hasn't been feeling so well while I have been here, but today she said things are looking up.
The other important item of note is that it is currently 78 degrees in Fort Lauderdale. Eglin is 48 and good ol' Roch is weighing in at 4 degrees. Yikes! My goodness. Four degrees?! Did I really live there for four years. Wow. Four degrees. Enough said.
Tara, I'm sorry for the absence of photos. I'll try to think of something. I know this is painful for you. Good luck handling it for two weeks. I know you can get through it. For those of you don't know, our good friend Tara is actually the next visitor booked at the Kit. B & B on Eglin AFB in early February. We can't wait to see her.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Settling into life in 'Lauderdale
So let me back up a bit since I have just flown through my recent blogs.
The cruise was, wonderful. This was our first time cruising on Norwegian. Our other cruise had been on Carnival. Kudos to Norwegian for figuring out how to keep the main pool deck from being overrun by children: they made a kids' pool in the pack and made the adults' pool start at 5.5 feet! No kiddos there -- ever! In fact, I really enjoyed this cruise as there were a lot less children and a lot of older folks -- they are so interesting to talk to! More kudos to Norwegian for "Freestyle Dining." I loved this! We could eat at anytime we wanted in a variety of restaurants -- some free, some a few extra dollars and completely optional. JB and I did two pay restaurants -- a sushi place and a French place. Both great! Other than that though, Carnival wins out. Carnival's food was much better and so was their entertainment.
Yes, JB and I participated in the "Not-so-Newlywed" game. There was a couple married a week, one married one year, us (nearly ten years), and then a thirty year couple. We finished second by one question! (And I have to say that two of the questions they give the winners credit for were a bit controversial!) If I would have remembered how annoying it is when JB flosses with items that shouldn't be flossed with, I think we would have won ... or at least tied. When they asked what his most annoying habit was, I said burping. JB guessed flossing. Bummer! But overall, we got a majority of the questions correct, avoided too much embarrassment, and then found out that they were going to show reruns on the cruise television channel the rest of the trip. We kept getting stopped by people who were there or who saw us on TV with a phrase like, "Hey! There's the ten year couple!" It was fun.
I also got pretty badly burnt on the second day and was mad about that. For one because I had a pre-melanoma removed when I was twenty and made the decision I would never be a sun-bunny again! And then, I got into a book I was reading, the breeze was blowing, and it wasn't hot, and I thought that I was a-ok. Only to discover when I went inside, a nasty burn across my chest. Uggggh!!! Painful and bad for me at the same time.
I love running on the deck. I have, actually, taken up running again. My feet issues have not improved much, and I think I have convinced JB that not running isn't helping and that I think it is, in fact, the amount of time I spend in flip-flops that may be the problem. So we decided to try a month of returning to running and eliminating flip-flops from apparel to see if my feet feel better. We'll see what happens. I was happy to see that all my long, fast-paced dog walks had paid off, and I wasn't really that out of shape. I could run two miles without any problem at all. I like to run at least four, but after taking a few months off of running, this was good.
Didn't Jodi do a great job on the blog while we were gone? And a great job with Scrubs. We were so blessed to have her taking care of our little pup while we were gone. I really missed him and was glad to have him back, and then we came to Florida and were in a new house, with all new smells, and it only took me two days before I was at my witts end telling him to "leave!" He has found a new game which is "find something I know I am not supposed to have and run around furiously until Wendi gets up to see what I have and then try to get her to chase me." I have given up catching him (I can't) and have turned to treats. He will almost always drop the item for the treat if he views the treat as "worthy." I thought this would be encouraging him to take things, but JB reminded me that he's just a dog, and he is probably not thinking more than one step ahead. He isn't smart enough to think "If I steal this, I'll get a treat." He thinks if he steals it, he gets my attention and then he thinks if he leaves this he gets a treat. So I have turned to this option. It's working out okay.
I hope to post pictures for you all soon, but I, unfortunately, can't post pictures from my Dad's computer. I'll get to that when I can. I will share the ultrasound pictures as soon as I am physically able. We are so happy that little ___ is healthy and that his femur bones look to be a perfect length. She is measuring one week behind which is completely normal.
JB was sad to see me go but shortly thereafter, as soon as he started doing nights, he realized how little time he had. His first night included chest compressions on a newborn, so he was pretty stressed when I spoke with him. He's only home for about eight hours, the amount he needs to sleep, so there really isn't anytime to see him anyway. Getting out of town is for the best.
Okay, hopefully that update will suffice for a bit. I'll try to be a little better about my updates.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Sorry ... the sleep is done!
The ultrasound was wonderful. I’ve always dreamed about getting to see my child on an ultrasound. I suppose, in a roundabout way, I got to do that today. He had his mouth open the entire time and was moving around a lot, especially his left arm and hand. Oh, and there aren’t going to be any surprises at this birth. He is definitely a boy!
The best news of all? The small femur measurements that were giving the doctors cause for concern at Bri’s last ultrasound were measuring right-on track today! The baby looks healthy and is moving like crazy and keeping Bri awake at night. He is 1.7 pounds and doing great.
Some of you have asked me about height and "features" of Bri and Chris. Bri is about 5'9". Chris is about 6'0". They are blonde/brunettes with light colored eyes. Folks, we could actually have a newborn son who looks a lot like us. I never thought this might happen, but it really might happen.
I think I may have dinner next week with the entire family including Bri and Chris. If I can get a picture or two, I'll be sure to share.
In other news, I am trying to get a lot of work done to recoop from our vacation while watching the dog in a new house. I have yet to see any of the Kit. family. I think I may shoot for tomorrow. Even though I am here and it feels like it should be vacation, I recognize that it is not vacation and work must go onward.
Today was a great day! Yay!
Waiting for JB to wake up
I will quickly say that the appointment went great; however, I don't want to post more than that until I am able to give JB the details on seeing little ___ first. Since he's going to be the Dad, I think he's due that much.
So after I talk to JB, I'll post the details of the appointment here. Check back soon!
Monday, January 14, 2008
In Fort Lauderdale
Tomorrow I go to see our little baby boy on ultrasound with Bri! I can't wait!
Is that enough !!!!! for you?
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Home (for a moment)
A. We are home from our cruise.
B. I am leaving tomorrow at 5am for Fort Lauderdale.
C. Jodi did a fantastic job on the blog while we were gone.
D. JB and Wendi finished second in the "Not-so-Newlywed Game" on their cruise.
E. A total of 17 naps were taken in the course of the 7 day cruise.
F. We swam in a waterfall in the rain forest in Guatemala.
G. We toured the Mayan ruins in Belize.
H. We snorkeled in Honduras and Mexico.
I. We ate dessert two times a day for one week straight.
J. Jodi took fantastic care of our little Scrubby while we were gone.
K. We had an AMAZINGLY RELAXING vacation.
L. Wendi got burnt the second day sitting in a breezy, apparently shady spot. Carelessness! She was very mad at herself for this.
M. Foot cramps while snorkeling make for a lousy combination.
N. All of the above.
If you answered "N", you are correct. I don't have nearly enough time to talk about our cruise as much as I would like. I will summarize by saying, we had a wonderful week together. Things went amazingly smooth and we were blessed to have a week of R & R together aboard the "Spirit".
We got off the ship at 8am this morning in New Orleans. We picked Scrubs up from Jodi's at noon and have been doing laundry, repacking, getting stuff together for me to work from Fort Lauderdale, etc. Tiffany is going to take me to get the rental car so JB can do some stuff around here. I spoke with Joia briefly but time will prohibit me from connecting with her ... bummer! I miss everyone so much, and now I am leaving tomorrow again.
Anyways, later this week, I'll post more details, but for now let me share just a few photos with you. We honestly did not take very many ... when there are just two of you, I find you aren't quite as motivated. But here are some shots to share.
JB eating escargot (sp?) for the first time. It was HORRIBLE but he loved it.
Wendi eating the only kind of martini I'd ever get near -- a lobster and scallop martini (it's food served in a martini glass)
The waterfall in the rain forest in Guatemala
A view in Cozumel (ship in background). These are the famous long arm shots you take when there are just two of you. You can still see my mask marks from snorkeling!
More Mayan ruins. JB climbed them. Wendi was a bit bus-sick and sat this climb out. That's JB on the top!
Here is what JB actually climbed. You can't see him from this view.
One of our only shots in Honduras. We weren't there very long. The cruise gave us $50 each to spend on the ship due to the fact we got in so late.
JB in the rain forest swimming.
Okay, off to get ready more for my drive to Fort Lauderdale tomorrow. I'll be sure to post more later. Thanks Jodi for holding the fort while I was gone. What an amazing trip and an amazing blessing to have our little Scrubs in such good hands!
One last time
- Welcome Home John & Wendi!!!!!! Hope you had a WONDERFUL trip!
- Scrubs is going to be so excited to see his Mom and Dad!
- Scrubs is a a lot of fun to be around. He has a ton of energy and has to release that energy every day so be prepared to get all the energy out.
- Updating a blog is pretty cool. I wasn't sure how it would be, but I enjoyed it.
- Definitely do not place addresses on your blog. This makes sense and I just did not think about it.
- I really enjoyed staying on base. It was so nice to see Sarah and Tiff and go on morning walks with them.
- I got a good start on my exercise routine.
- I miss having a dog around, but plan to wait to get one later. They are a lot of work.
- A fenced in backyard is perfect for anyone that has a dog. I highly recommend John and Wendi put their fence up. I'll come help!
- Thanks to Tiffany and Sarah for making dinner and making me feel so comfortable and welcome on base.
- Thanks for letting me stay at your house while you were gone, John and Wendi.
- Thanks to all of John and Wendi's family and friends. Happy I could write on the blog to update you. I really enjoyed talking to everyone.
I hope everyone has a great day!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Scrubs hates his gentle leader
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Not an early morning!
I also hosted the weekly lunch today. Sarah and Tiff were the only ladies that could attend since Wendi and Joia are out of town and the other wives kids were not feeling well. We were planning to meet Wendi's house, but Sarah asked if we could walk over to her house since Della went down for a nap at 11:00. Last minute changes work out great when you live so close. I joked with Wendi last week about Scrubs and I having a huge party while she and John were away. If anything happened I was just going to blame it on scrubs! Just kidding! As you can see, it really wasn't a party, just our weekly lunch gathering. I attempted to make my Mom's chicken and dumplings. Tiff, Sarah, and Cliff said they were good so I'd like to think they were telling the truth.
Have a great day everyone!
I'll blog a little later about Wednesday since I'm writing about Tuesday on Wednesday.
Monday, January 07, 2008
First nights at a new place
Tonight is my first night staying at Scrubs house. I know Scrubs feels more comfortable in his own home so I imagine we'll spend our nights here. Since I was staying on base tonight Tiffany and Matt had me over for an excellent mediterranean chicken dish. It was Awesome! Tiffany, Matt and I decided it was a John dish. John is a great cook, as you all know, and if he's impressed with a dish then it's a good dish. He would be impressed with this one! I had a great time chatting with Matt and Tiffany and playing with William. Thanks so much Tiff & Matt! I headed back to 208 to take Scrubs on another walk since he was kenneled for several hours today. I felt bad for leaving him, but Wendi said I could do it. If his Mom says it's OK then I guess it's OK. We'll play extra hard tomorrow!
I'll chat with y'all tomorrow!
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Hello to all of Wendi, John & Scrubs family & friends!
This morning Cliff and I took scrubs for a walk and let him run loose in this huge field close to his house. After the walk we took Scrubs to our house. So far it has worked out pretty well. Scrubs is really a good dog! Our neighbors dogs went crazy once they knew Scrubs was on the other side of the fence. I was so proud of Scrubs! All he did was smell through the fence. He did not bark once! Our backyard is completely fenced in so it works out great for Scrubs and us. He ran many laps from one side of the house to the other. I think he thoroughly enjoyed himself. Scrubs will be staying the night at our house tonight since tonight is the last night Cliff will be home at night for a week. He's working nights and will be sleeping during the day. I know you all have heard Wendi talk about John working nights. It's not the best rotation, but it could be worse.
I wish you all could see the list Wendi typed up for me. It lists everything I need to know in order to take care of Scrubs. I'm very grateful for the list, but it's funny to read as well. Scrubs eats more than any dog I've been around. I grew up with dogs living outside and they would eat a mixture of dog food and table scraps. I know they say table scraps are not good for a dog. However, once I have a dog of my own I do not plan to feed him/her table scraps. I'll definitely go by the book. OK, back to Scrubs diet. In one day he eats 5 cups of dog food, 7 dog biscuits, peanut butter to hide his medicine (for his skin) which is 2 benadryl 3 times a day and 2 antibiotic twice a day, and snacks that include apples, carrots, cheese and bananas. He also gets another kind of treat for good behavior and going to the bathroom. Scrubs is well taken care of! He's so lucky to have Wendi and John as his parents.
I'll update you all tomorrow on cute Scrubbers! Have a great night!