Saturday, September 20, 2008

This and That

I'm in Las Vegas visiting my mom and I don't have much time to write, so this is going to be a short picture post. Enjoy!

Here are pictures of my sisters and I peeling and freezing green chile:

Here's one of my niece and nephew beating up my monkey. (They were just "petting" her, it looks much worse than it actually is.)And here's my little monkey eating rice cereal for the first time!

I'll write a post when I get back from Vegas. Until then, have a great weekend!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Family Moment Monday - Scavenger Hunt

Motherhood for Dummies hosts Family Moment Mondays, check her out to get more ideas on how to spend time together as a family!

When was the last time you went on a scavenger hunt? If it's been awhile, you are missing out! There are so many variations that make this a great activity to do for all ages. Below are some of the most common types of scavenger hunts.

Backyard Scavenger Hunt - This is a great variation for even the littlest ones in your family. Make a list of items that can easily be found in the backyard andgive each person/team a bag to collect those items in. Examples: a blade of grass, a circular rock, a leaf that has started to change color, etc.

Newspaper/Internet Scavenger Hunt - Want to play with family/friends that live far away? Gather a list of pictures and articles or websites that can be found online or in a newspaper.

Tourist Photo Scavenger Hunt - If you are visiting a new city, make a list of touristy things to see and do . Take a photo of each item (this is a litle easier to play with a digital camera). Examples: Standing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, standing on Broadway, etc.

Food Scavenger Hunt - Go to a local grocery store or farmers market and try to find a list of exotic or interesting foods. If you want, you can even have your family help you grocery shop by making it into a game of who can find the most items the fastest (while still being courteous to other shoppers of course!)

The best part about scavenger hunts is that they are free! You can play any of them as a race, or just for the fun of it. Any variations that I missed?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

My Daughter After My Husband Changed Her

Yes, her onesie is on outside of her pants. His reasoning?.................
"It keeps the pants on better!"

Friday, September 12, 2008

Dear Baby

I am very proud of the accomplishments you have made in eating rice cereal. I'm glad that you recognize that when food goes in your mouth you have to make the motion of chewing.

I also understand that teething is very painful for you. I remember what it was like when I got my molars and I know it is not fun.

But please, mommy's breasts are not to be chewed on! You don't have to chew to get food out. If you want a teething ring I'll give you one. I know you don't have any teeth yet, but goodness gracious those hard little gums of yours still hurt like the dickens!

So please. Do. Not. Bite.

Your Booby-Bruised Mommy

Thursday, September 11, 2008

September 11 Prayer

O God of love, compassion, and healing, look on us, people of many different faiths and traditions, who gather today at this site, the scene of incredible violence and pain. We ask you in your goodness to give eternal light and peace to all who died here— the heroic first-responders: our fire fighters, police officers, emergency service workers, and Port Authority personnel, along with all the innocent men and women who were victims of this tragedy simply because their work or service brought them here on September 11, 2001.

We ask you, in your compassion to bring healing to those who, because of their presence here that day, suffer from injuries and illness. Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy. Give them strength to continue their lives with courage and hope.

We are mindful as well of those who suffered death, injury, and loss on the same day at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Our hearts are one with theirs as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.

God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world: peace in the hearts of all men and women and peace among the nations of the earth. Turn to your way of love those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred. God of understanding, overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy, we seek your light and guidance as we confront such terrible events. Grant that those whose lives were spared may live so that the lives lost here may not have been lost in vain.

Comfort and console us, strengthen us in hope, and give us the wisdom and courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace and love reign among nations and in the hearts of all. Amen.

-Pope Benedict XVI upon visiting Ground Zero

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Monkey News

Updates from yesterday's pediatrician visit:
*weight - 10lbs 12oz (Yes at 6 months!)
*height - 24 1/2 in.
*shots - 3 (Lots of tears, but also good news that she doesn't get any at her next visit!)
*teething status - the doc didn't see any teeth but I think Michaela and I know she's teething!
*food - After telling the doc she started rice cereal last week and was doing well, he encouraged me to start her on veggies. (We've got to get her weight up!)

In other news, we found a house! It is beautiful! It has 4 bedrooms, a huge kitchen, a huge backyard, a fireplace, is on a cul-de-sac, in a great neighborhood with several parks and we are signing the seller's counter-offer tomorrow. I'm so excited!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Family Moment Monday - Messy Scrapbooking

Motherhood for Dummies hosts Family Moment Mondays, check her out to get more ideas on how to spend time together as a family!

Scrapbooking is something that it seems that every mother wants to try to do, at least while their children are young. The problem is that finishing (or starting!) that ever allusive baby book tends to get lost in the hustle and bustle of round the clock feedings/diaper changes/meal making and other general chaos that is life as a mom. It is actually a little bit ironic that scrapbooks are meant to be a way to record your children's lives, but at the same time are supposed to be perfect, beautiful creations that in no way reflect the hectic reality that we often live.

So I am a big supporter of messy scrapbooking. There are lots of ways that you can scrapbook, both in the traditional sense, and by thinking a little outside of the box, without having to sacrifice large chunks of time and energy (not to mention expensive supplies.) Here are a few ideas:

*If you don't have time to scrapbook now, but would like to try in the future, don't rely on your memory. Keep a running word file with all the things you would like to scrap, and any ideas for layouts you might have. This will make the actual task of scrapbooking much more manageable and enjoyable in the future.

*Instead of a scrapbook, try a scrapjournal. Keep a nice journal in an accessible area and whenever something important or cute happens in your family's life, record it there. Anyone can contribute: you, your husband, children, aunts, uncles, grandparents. You can even make sections for firsts, funny things family members said, etc. If you wanted to use a large 3 hole binder you could also insert page protectors to put in pictures and children's artwork or school certificates.

*If you want to use a traditional scrapbook, try simplifying a bit. There is no need to use a million little pieces of embellishment, in fact some of the most beautiful scrapbooks I have ever seen are simple layouts on white pieces of paper. Use special paper sparingly to add a decorative punch and remember that the most important things in a scrapbook are the pictures and the writing.

*Speaking of writing, for those of you who have horrible handwriting (like me), don't stress about buying stamps or sticker letters to keep your scrapbook looking perfect. Employ child labor and get your little ones to write headings or decorate pages. It will add a special touch and the messiness will be part of the charm.

There are lots of other ways to preserve memories with little fuss. Our blogs in a way are a great way to do this also. What is another way that you "scrapbook" your family memories?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Mommy Moments

I had a mommy moment yesterday. You know what I'm talking about, one of those moments that every mommy goes through when you stop and ask yourself "When did this become my life?"

Yesterday as we were house hunting Michaela was exhausted (having missed her morning nap due to home inspections) but unwilling to fall asleep. I couldn't figure out why she wouldn't just fall asleep! I found out after we saw our second house and had just started up the car when I start to hear gurgling and retching. Oh no! She then proceeded to throw up all over her carseat, her clothes, her lovey, and her daddy's hand!

I quickly pulled the car over, armed myself with a package of wipes and her emergency spare outfit and went to work making things better again. And that's when it hit me, "When did this become my life?" Not in a negative way or anything. It's just that pre-mommy Andrea was never prepared for anything! I was a procastinating, impulsive kind of gal. When did that girl become this woman who was not only prepared to tackle a minor disaster, but also did it so quickly and instinctively? It is so funny how much these little moments define my new mommy identity!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Catching my breath...

Whew, this last week has been crazy! To all my bloggy friends, I'm sorry for the lack of activity here lately, hings in the real world have been stealing all my time away from the blogosphere! Here's what's been going on here in Monkey World.

We sold our house! Yup, we got an offer last week, counter offered and it was accepted. This, after our house was on the market for a whopping 3 weeks! It kinda threw me and my husband off a little bit because we hadn't started searching for houses for ourselves yet! So last week and this week we have been searching Albuquerque and Rio Rancho for a beautiful home that is move in ready in our price range. I've got to tell you, there is not a whole lot out there! Sigh. We will be searching a little bit more tonight, so keep your fingers crossed that we find our dream house! The good thing is that my sister invited us to stay with her until we are able to move into the next home, so we don't have to live on the streets for a couple weeks!

Another thing that's been keeping me busy is that I got a new job. One of the blogs that I read asked for women to sell advertising for them, and I signed up! I like what I'm doing and in a weird way, I'm sort of using my useless English degree. I'm still trying to figure out the balance between working at home and raising baby so if there are any WAHM's out there, please share some advice love!

Anyways I'm trying to get back into my bloggy groove this week, so stay tuned!