Sunday, March 29, 2009
Kate and I both played with bumpers, which made it extra fun for me. Sadly the bumpers in the lanes didn't prevent me from still getting a few gutter balls. I'm THAT bad. We played with many of Kate's little friends. It was so fun to watch them do their little victory dances, slap high fives and bowl balls that barely made it down the lane.
Here she is...my little bowler!
I unpacked, divided and mailed all of these clothes to my sister (baby boy) and two sister-in-laws (baby girls) this last week. That is what I have been saving them for. Yet it was harder to do than I thought. Isn't it amazing how a small, tangible, physical piece of history can bring you back to the moment. The tiny little premie outfit that the girls came home in. The blankets I swaddled my babies so snugly in. Christmas dresses, favorite pajamas, gifts that meant something special and of course the totally amazing dress I found shopping with my Mom the day after coming home from the hospital. A soft little jumper that makes your hand want to fly up to your shoulder and stroke a baby's back. Only that baby isn't a baby anymore he is 10 and wouldn't fit on my shoulder if I tried.
Lets just say I cried a few tears. There was even a moment when I considered not sending anything. But I really do try hard to share...so inside the boxes they all went. Bound for places far away to start a new history on some other baby's sweet little body.
Isn't it just amazing how something like baby clothes can just bring you back...
I still hadn't found her. I went back to the girls room a third time with the intent to check their beds in case on of them had brought Sara into bed with them and then they had all fallen asleep. I was close. This is where I found her. Under Emily's bed.
Now mind you I have tucked up the dust cover to get a good picture. The only thing that tipped me off was a tiny pajamaed toe sticking out. Thank goodness for that toe too. I have a feeling I would have been searching for a long time if it didn't just barely catch my eye. Sweet, isn't it? Sweet if you don't think of the neglect that allowed a poor 15 month old baby to be so tired she crawled under a bed (probably couldn't get out) and fell asleep.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Me with My Grandpa Dewitt (it's the only baby picture not in storage under the house...I look like a piglet for sure!)
Not only is April my birth month which alone might be a strong enough reason to justify it's veneration, but it is also the month we usually celebrate Easter (The Lord's birthday aside). Commercially I LOVE Easter. I have always felt like it was "My" holiday. My Mother went into labour with me on Easter Sunday and if I hadn't decided to take so stinking long to show my head full of lovely locks...I could have been an Easter baby. I realize that every once in a while March gets all uppity and tries to lay claim to it for its own. That's just the way things are. Those with inferiority complexes always trying to steal the show from the stars. March, oh March...just give up already. But Easter is mine. My sixteenth birthday was on Easter. How cool is that! And this year Easter is the day after my birthday. I love dying eggs, I LOVE finding eggs, I love eating eggs. I love getting a new dress. I love candy. I LOVE EASTER.
This April is going to be extra special though. Emily and I are going to see PNB's production of Swan Lake. I have never seen it live. I am so excited. It is a classic. Not only is the music superior to ANY other ballet. The romance and story are unequaled. I am so excited. I knew they would be doing it this year. But I wasn't sure I would still be here. So that's one more tally mark for April...you rock!
But best of all. The Pièce de résistance. Something I (and the rest of my little clan) have been looking forward to since September of last year....drum roll please....WE ARE GOING ON A CRUISE!!!!!!! Just the thought of soaking in lots of glorious sunshine, visiting new places and getting to spend some good quality time with our friends the Flakes makes my toes tingle. In 14 days we will be boarding a plane to New Orleans and embarking on an epic adventure. I have to admit I might be looking forward to the kids club and prepared meals for a week the most. Maybe cruise ships are the real answer to every mother's dream. We are going to Progreso and Cozumel, Mexico to see what no Wilcox has ever seen before... In case you are keeping count, that's five stars for April.So I'm asking you what month could possibly be better than mine. And this April compared to all others is bound for the history books as the best of all time. VIVA April!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Dave is looking at two practices that are available. One in Camas, and the other in Battleground. Depending on the day he feels differently about which would be a better fit. And I don't blame him. What a loaded decision full of consequences. I don't envy him.
In order to help make the decision maybe a bit easier we went to Vancouver last weekend to look at houses and the two areas. We thought, "hey, if we can't find a place we would like to live than that will make it easier to cross a practice off the list." I was not convinced there was anything that I would be happy with in the Camas area, and so we focused our attention there. Dave was leaning at the time towards the Camas practice and so I really felt I needed to find a happy place there.
We saw like 15 houses. It was a whirlwind real estate frenzy. We had the awesomest agent who had everything all lined up. She had this super cool portfolio all made up for us with pages of information about each house. We liked a lot of them. But only loved three. Two in the Camas area and one in Battle Ground. We did visit my blog house. It was everything I had hoped it would be on the outside but the inside broke my heart. It was so poorly planned and OLD!!!! Dave says we could totally make it work with some elbow grease. But even after years of watching HGTV "Hidden Potential" I couldn't muster up a vision of change.
So here are our three favorites!
This one is in Battle Ground. It would be 8 minutes to Dave's work and all the schools are right down the street. The schools are good (they score mostly 8's on Great Schools.com). It is right on a river, nestled in the woods. The garage has huge finished living space upstairs with a kitchen bathroom and laundry. But I love how beautiful it is. And I must admit the play structure alone sales it for me.
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This next house is near the Camas practice. Though officially in Vancouver (the Fisher's Landing area) it is only 12 minutes to Dave's possible office. I have to say it is my very favorite. I would totally be giving up on our dream to have property, but the house is so amazingly perfect that it might be worth it! The schools are the best. It would be in the school district with release time seminary. It is also only like a two minute walk to the Columbia river.
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This last house is actually in Camas but it is so out in the boonies that it would also be about 12 minutes to work for Dave. But it is a really great house with an awesome 5 acres!!!! The schools are still top notch but no release time seminary. I think we would eventually close off the breezeway for more square footage downstairs. But this is a great house.
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Later that evening we met one of the Docs and his wife for dinner. They gave us a tour around town and took us out to eat. We really enjoyed there company. I got to see the practice which was fun too.
So on the plus side...
It was a vacant house. No one there to smell the evidence right after we leave. She did it on a cleanupable surface.
On the down side...
The house was vacant with no running water, TP, paper towels or any other of those handy things us Moms need when our kids throw us a curve ball.
So we used every wipe in the diaper bag. And borrowed paper towels from the neighbor. Windows were opened for fresh air and Sara was stripped down to her diaper for the next few hours until we passed a target to by new clothes.
All I could think was thank goodness she didn't do it on carpet. What would we have done? What would you have done? Seriously!!!!
We decided Sara was too much of a risk to enter anymore houses (wisely, since she threw up several more times that day). Dave and I took turns watching her outside or in the car while the other checked out the home for the rest of the day.
Our agent probably thought we were coconuts for not calling it a day. But it isn't very often that Dave has the day free and we have an opportunity to look around down in Vancouver. Plus it's not a short drive either.
I still don't know what we would have done though if there hadn't have been laminate. Sara should do commercials!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
What I am doing: catch-up on blog
What I’m proud of today: dave for trying
What I’m thinking about: creating clever answers
Who is home: me, kate and sara
Plans tonight: dinner with judy
My weekend was: relaxing thank goodness
What’s for dinner: judy's taco salad
Feelings about love: can't get enough
Feelings about life: sometimes real hard
What I need: chocolate, love, sleep
What I want: stuff, sleep, peace
What I have: stuff, stress, kids
My pet peeve: pillows on floor
My guilty pleasure: shopping on line
What you don’t know about me: struggling with faith
What I can hear: kids coming home
What I can smell: my stinky cat
My style: I need one
My hairdo: same since birth
My outfit: jeans, t-shirt, pj's
My mood: up, down, all-around
The weather today: chilly, blue skies
Thoughts on parenting: worth it all
Thoughts on marriage: best thing ever
Thoughts on politics: just real scared
Thoughts on celebrity gossip: I don't care
Thoughts on beauty: wish I was
Thoughts on sleep: always love to
Thoughts on writing: love to blog
My favorite appliance: does computer count
My favorite car: my honda odyssy
My favorite splurge: clothes, chocolate, camera
My favorite beauty secret: wish I knew
My favorite treat: brownies from Downey
My favorite everyday pleasure: surfing the net
Ten years ago: surviving arizona heat
Five years ago: new to military
One year ago: cuddling baby sara
One year from now: own dental practice
Five years from now: last kid, school
Ten years from now: out of debt
I’m famous for: planning, persistence, creativity
I’ll never be famous for: neatness, orderliness, scheduled
Who I am: sarcastic, honest, real
Who I hope to be: better all around
What I’m thankful for: family, nature, friends
Some sample pictures of photos taken in RAW and edited in Lightroom
Boy has that been a massive pain in the butt! I am still suffering growing pains. But just being able to get perfect white balance alone is enough of a carrot to keep me plugging along! I also love being able to use the great presets I have downloaded to my Lightroom program. I still don't know what I am doing. A few classes would be so totally awesome.
The camera upgrade is totally the result of my ever persistently biting shopping bug. I have been so good lately. After periods of trying really hard, I always get an itch to binge a little. So it didn't take more than a little advice from Troy (and a happy tax return) to send me to the Internet spending long hours trying to find the best deal on a new camera. I justify my probably not so necessary purchase by saying, "I am going to have the best vacation pictures ever! And video of our cruise this April!!!!" So in the next few weeks I am expecting a few packages on my door step.
-my new Canon 5D mark II
-the new wide angle EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens that will come with said camera
-a new 8GB memory stick
-Adobe photoshop C4
-an of course new field guides and DVD tutorials
I am so excited. So I jumped...a huge swan dive right out into the middle of the pool...no regrets...no looking back...just thoughts of one day maybe being as good as all of my friends! Here's to hoping!!!!