Thanks for stopping by! We were a family of three, until we added one more (cat, that is), making us a family of four. In 2012, we added four more...one husband, two girls, and a dog. We have a full plate as a party of eight!

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Travelers Are Home

We are weary, but home and safe. It's such a long drive from here to Mom and Dad's house. Often we break it up in two days, leaving in the afternoon and driving about four hours and leaving the other eight for the next day. It makes it more relaxed. But this time we were traveling with Hannah Cat so we did it all in one day. A little car sickness (Gloria), a little crying (Gloria and Hannah Cat), three viewings of The Sound of Music (thanks, Dad...), and 600+ miles later, we are home.

On our way into town, I did something I have never done before...I called and ordered curbside pick-up at Outback. After we unloaded the car, all I had to do was put it on plates. Honestly, we could have eaten it out of the styrofoam box and been perfectly happy. Now, Gloria and Hannah Cat are racing back and forth, from one end of the house to the other. Gloria is dragging a new cat toy behind her and HC is perfectly happy to oblige by chasing it with reckless abandon. They've both crashed into the door, only to take off again.

Lots of unpacking to do. First order of business though is to get Gloria bathed and in bed. Lots of things to write about from our trip. More in the next few days. Pictures, too.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

All I Want for Christmas...

is my two front teeth...(according to Gloria)

I was at magee's house. I was wigling my top tooth. then I puld it out in the bathroom. The frst time the Tooth Frae came I got 4 qortrs. the 2nd time the tooth Frae came she gave me 8 qotrs.

That's right...Gloria is now missing three teeth--two top ones and a bottom one. The Tooth Fairy was extra busy at our house, having to come two nights in a row this week. Guess she gets a break for a while now. ;)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

We Made It...and Another Lost Tooth

I am glad to say that we made the trip with minimal whining (and even less napping). It only took us 11 1/2 hours total, including stops. Gloria was thrilled to see her cousins and they have been running around and playing non-stop since we got here. Hannah Cat only cried a few times and was otherwise quiet for the ride. I took her out of her carrier after we arrived and the poor thing was trembling. She promptly found a bed to hide under, but has ventured out a few times only to race back to the safety provided by being under a bed that noone else can squeeze under.

Last night, I had finally finished packing and was getting ready for bed. I heard footsteps in my bedroom and then "Momma?" I turned around to see Gloria holding out her hand with another tooth in it. "I just was wiggling it because I can't sleep and when I pushed it back it came out." It's a bottom one, and there are still three other loose teeth in her mouth. We decided that it was too late to make it on the Tooth Fairy's list of stops for the night and are hoping that she makes a stop in Memphis tonight!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Somehow we did it!

The bags are packed and ready to go. All we need to do is get up in the morning, pack the car, coerce Hannah Cat into her travel crate, and off we go. Ummm...yeah...easier said than done, I'm sure! Hannah has spent lots of time in her new crate today. However, it has all been of her own accord. I'm sure that when we try to put her in it tomorrow it will be different story!

Earlier today, we were attempting to pack Gloria's suitcase. I say "attempting" because the cat kept getting it and refusing to get out. I thought I was going to have to get the other suitcase out to pack and let Hannah have the first one. Remind me again why we have this cat???

Making a list and checking it twice

I think I know how Santa must feel with all of his lists this time of year. I'm a chronic list-maker. This week I've been making my list of things to pack. I keep thinking of things and writing them down. Sometimes I find that what I am thinking of is already on the list. Today, we are working on conquering that list. So far, so good. Just taking a little break for lunch, a video (Gloria), and some internet time (me). Then it will be back to the list...

Funny story about lists...a few weeks ago we ran to the grocery store to pick up a few items. Gloria usually carries the list and a pen so she can cross off the things we have tossed in the buggy. On this particular day, eggs were on sale so I was picking up a box to put in the buggy. Gloria looked at the list, looked at the eggs in my hand, looked at the list again, and said "Momma, we can't get those eggs. They aren't on the list! You said we were only going to get the things on the list today so put those eggs back this instant."

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Written by Gloria

Making cookis .

One day I was making shrgr cookis with forusting, Pink shugr and sprekls . I put one on the left of the wax pappr . I made 15 cookis. summ were stars, candy canes and more. then we ate one for desrt. The end

yummy!!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

One More Week

  • One more week of school before a two week vacation.
  • One more week before driving 600 miles with Gloria and Hannah in the back of the car.
  • One more week to think of all the things I need to take to Memphis with us.
One more week...but what a busy week it will be with school, homework, field trips, dinner with friends, class parties, packing, wrapping gifts, and who knows what else. Gloria says we only have to live one more week until we go to Maggee and Hada's house. What busy living it will be! But it's fun and I'm thankful that we get to live this week and all the rest of the weeks in our lives.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

All She Wants for Christmas...

...is a new front tooth!

Yep...Gloria lost a tooth this morning. She has had 5 loose teeth for quite a while, but no major wiggling going on. This morning I was awakened at 6:02 with "Momma, I was wiggling my tooth and I got a kleenex and I thought it might come out so I wiggled it some more and it really did come out." It's one of the top front ones. Now she has a gaping hole up there and she is worried that Hannah will try to catch the tooth fairy when she visits tonight.

The one next to it is also loose. Knowing her, she'll work on it over the next few days or weeks and it will be out before Christmas. Then we really will be singing "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth!" (and Josefina and a book and a watch)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Words I Never Thought I Would Say

I have 7 different creches. Each one is from a different place and each one is so unique. I have two Guatemalan creches: one I purchased on my visit trip over Thanksgiving in 2003, the other a gift from my mom at the beginning of Advent in 2004. Another one is made of stained glass. Yet another one is pottery from the mountains of North Carolina. There is the wooden hand-carved one from Israel. The newest one is from Alaska. I love having them all out right now. The only drawback is that they are rather fragile. It's not Gloria that I worry about. She adores them all and loves to look at them. If she handles them, it is very gently and with such care. When she wants to play with them, she gets out her stuffed set. That leaves Hannah. And sure enough, last night I had to get her off of the top of the piano while telling her, "You may NOT play with Baby Jesus." Well...I came home this afternoon to find the Baby Jesus from Gloria's stuffed nativity set downstairs and Hannah curled up around him. I got scratched when I tried to take it from her. I guess she CAN play with Baby Jesus after all!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas

Well, I got brave today and put up the Christmas tree. I knew Gloria really wanted us to do that. But I was hesitant because of Hurricane Hannah, the resident disaster on four legs. So far...so good. She sniffed it a few times and when she looked ready to mess with it...a squirt of "Bad Cat Spray" took care of it. She has chewed on a piece of the garland and batted at the lights that are wrapped on the banister. But, again, "Bad Cat Spray" to the rescue. The true test won't be tonight because she curls up on my bed for the night as soon as I go to bed. Rather, it will take place tomorrow when we go to church. Will I come home to find the tree on the floor? Only time will tell...

Gloria had such fun decorating the tree. We were able to take our time and talk about many of the ornaments that we have. Some were mine from years ago. She loves the silver snowflakes. Some have been Christmas gifts in recent years or have meaning for us as a family. Some are preschool made with a picture or a tiny hand print. Fun times. Good memories.

Friday, December 5, 2008

She Knows Her Plurals!

This evening, we were reading Frosty, The Snow Man before bed. It's a really old version, with an original copyright of 1951 and a reprinting in 1971. One line reads "Tommy brought floppy galoshes and a scarf for the snow man." Gloria stops me and asks, "What's a galosh?" I couldn't help but laugh!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Uses for a Cardboard Tube

Random? Absolutely!

Background: Tonight while cleaning up the dinner dishes I used the last paper towel. In replacing the empty tube with a new roll of paper towels I handed the empty one to Gloria and asked her to put it in with the rest of the recycling. "No. I think I want to play with it," she replied. I asked her how many ways she could use that cardboard tube. Lots of ideas and lots of giggles ensued. Here are a few:
  • A microphone
  • A megaphone (to cheer for the Tigers or the 'Dores)
  • A drumstick (two would be better, and the step stool makes a great drum, as does the wall or the floor, but NOT the cat's back!)
  • An airplane
  • A telescope
  • A pair of binoculars if you cut it into two shorter pieces
  • A "head bopper" ;)
  • A baton
  • A cat treat hider (We've done that before...great entertainment at Hannah's expense)
  • A tower
  • A whole bunch could make a city
My brother used to like the long ones from wrapping paper because they were great light sabers a la Luke Skywalker! I've used them to make rain sticks during a weather unit with second graders. Surely there are more uses? Ideas, anyone?