Friday, May 25, 2012

Smart Cookie

So a co-worker was trying to come up with a gift idea for a couple of her son's teachers and asked if I had any ideas.  I turned to no other than Pinterest, of course.  There weren't many that suited, for what she was going for, but then we found one.  One that was pretty simple.  Seemed affordable to do.  And that suited her son's personality.  So we went for it.  She bought the cups.  And I pretty much did everything else for her.  But we all know I enjoy these types of things.   Now all she has to do is bake the cookies and fill them.  Because we also know that I am no good at cooking or baking.  Here's how it turned out...

The tags say "With you as my Teacher...I'll be One Smart Cookie"



Print out the text (downloaded from blog listed below)...

Cut them out...

Cut slits to make it look like a tag and hole-punch...

And paint the edges slightly...

Then just thread the ribbon through the holes and around the cup and they're good to go just add cookies!

And this was the Pin that caught our attention.  That inspired us to do this project.  Found on  Thanks for such a cute idea!

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And we're headed to the beach tomorrow!!  So I'll be back in a week to share all about it.  
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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hi-Lites, Lo-Lites and Some Things in Between

Once again, I've skipped a week.  But that's okay.  I didn't have time to even think about putting a post together for it.  We've been busy as usual.  But in trying to catch up, here's our hi's, lo's, and some things in between...

Me and Keira went on a field the Zoo

The past couple of weeks, Alyssa has been doing this...

And has been pulling up more...along the sofa, in her crib, on her exersaucer...she might just be walking quicker than I had thought.

This week, Keira thought it was funny to unwrap all of my unused tampons, and wear them as bracelets.  So I walk into her wearing about 4 or 5 tampons around her wrists.  She has no clue what they are.  So I guess I could see where she would think that.  Oh my.

We had a wonderful 4 year anniversary!

And a great Mother's Day!

Only 1 week until the beach!  I can't wait to be sitting right there.  On that very deck.  
Beyond excited!

I got some blondies for Summer!  But I plan to be adding a bit more.  I want be blonder.
They actually barely show up in this picture.

Yesterday morning, the morning after we had such an ordeal getting Keira to bed...when she cried and cried until her eyes were swollen...I told her that she needs to start sleeping in her big girl bed.  That when she cries like that, it really hurts Momma's heart.  So she told me that I needed to go get a check-up at the doctor.
Bless her heart.  

This week, Lyssa has been saying "Momma" and "Dadda" alot.  Like non-stop.  And she has the sweetest voice.  I just love listening to her.

Alyssa did not sleep at all last night.  I think she is coming down with something.  Runny nose and cough.  My poor baby girl =(

Prayers for Fred...our most recent update: Unfortunately, Fred can no longer have surgery right now.  The tumor on his liver is too close to a major artery, plus it has a major vein running through it.  They will start a very strong chemo next week.  After 3 months of chemo, they will do an MRI/scan to determine if the tumor has decreased in size enough to do surgery at that point.  If so, they plan to remove 50% of the liver.  If not, they will continue with more chemo.  Please keep Fred and his family in your prayers.  They need strength.    We know that God will get them through this.  That with faith and prayer, God will give them strength as He unfolds His perfect plan.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Just Another Phase...

Going to bed has been an off and on struggle for Keira...really since she was born.  She was one of those babies that required to be rocked at least 20 minutes, and laid down very softly in order not to wake her.  And if she woke, you could try patting her and holding her tightly, but that didn't always work.  You often had to start all over.  She has always wanted to be with us when she slept.

Finally, at about 1.5 years old to 2 years old, somewhere in there, we could put her to bed awake.  That was huge.  And it was wonderful!  I really appreciated this phase.  Before, she had always had to be completely asleep before laying her down, so that she wouldn't know she was going to bed alone.

Then came the phase about the time Alyssa was born.  Nap time and bed time was a huge struggle.  Up until that point, we had always shut her door.  But being over 2 years old, she was starting to climb out of her crib and come to the door...which she knew how to open.  So there she came, tip toeing down the hall every nap time and every bedtime.  So we put a child safety knob on the inside of her bedroom door so she couldn't open it.  Instead of coming down the hall, she would scream and cry at the door...forever.  We would try comforting her, re-tucking her in, talking to her...but none of that worked.  As soon as we shut the door, you could hear her get out of her bed, come to the door, and just cry.  And we got to the point that we would just let her.  She would cry for over an hour sometimes, which feels like an eternity when your mommy and daddy.  It was heart-breaking.  Finally, we tried leaving her door open, explaining that we would try it but that she must stay in her bed.  It worked.  And it was wonderful...while it lasted.

Then came another phase.  Getting up in the middle of the night, telling us a truck woke her up, or a storm, or that she's thirsty, or that she needs a snack, or that she can't find her passy.  Excuse after excuse.  Sometimes I don't even realize she has sneaked into our room but there she is, balled up by my head, occasionally falling off.  And now, not only is she coming into our room in the middle of the night, she is refusing to go to bed altogether.  We literally re-tuck her in at least 2-3 times every night. Or she will scream and scream until you come back in there.  She will go to sleep perfectly if you sit in there with her for a few minutes.  She just doesn't want to be alone.  And it's so sad.  I hate to spoil her to sitting in there every night, but it's so much easier than threatening to shut the door and re-tucking her in over and over.

Last night, she said she was scared which is often her excuse. And maybe she really is scared, but she screamed and screamed.  We tried leaving her room light on to see if that helped.  If she is scared of being in the dark, I would be happy to leave her light on every night.  I am scared of the dark.  If I didn't have Scott in my room, I no doubt would have a night light.  We finally let her get into our bed to rest because we were watching Greys, and we really didn't want her watching that last night.  But she still was hysterical. She screamed and screamed.  By the time we finally came back in to go to bed, her little eyes were swollen from crying so much.  It's so heart-breaking.  Yet very frustrating.  It's hard to tell whether she is scared of something or whether she is just spoiled.  I hate enabling her to be spoiled by giving into her and sitting in her room until she falls asleep, but at the same time, the thought her actually being scared breaks my heart.

So this is one of our struggles with Keira right now.  Her sleep is being affected, our sleep is being affected, and it's just hard to deal with.  I feel so bad that she hates being alone so badly.  I want to come up with the perfect solution. One that won't make her go hysterical but one that won't spoil her and cause us to sit in her room for years to come.  Believe me, I love her getting into our bed.  I love that extra snuggle time with her. And sometimes, if she wants to come in our bed, if she's scared of a storm or a nightmare, or just wants to be with us on occasion, I will welcome her. But I don't want her refusing to get into her bed at night, she can't sleep with us every night.  So we'll be trying to figure out a solution that works for her.  Hopefully, this is just another phase.  One that will pass.  So that she can soon sleep in her own bed.  Willingly and without fear.  And until then, I hope we can comfort her without spoiling her.  And understand her without getting upset with her.  And realize that it won't be like this for long.  It's just another phase...

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Field Trip to the Zoo

Last week, we took a field trip to our local zoo with Keira's preschool.  It was our first zoo trip for the year.  Keira had fun there, but I think her favorite part was riding the school bus for the first time...

The "Raff" is Keira's favorite zoo animal 

Lunchtime with the class 

 Keira's best friend at school

I can't believe how big she is getting.  That we are going on field trips.  Something that you think is so far down the road when they're babies.  But it's not.  It comes so very quickly.  But I'm so very thankful that I have a flexible job that allows me to be a part of these things.  We had a great time!