Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The first lookout point in Zion's is this. It was a neat huge rock but more importantly is the wildlife on it. Livy spotted it (look closely) and called out pig! No not a pig but a Big Horned Mountain Sheep.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Eduardo spent months planning out our trip, only to find out a few weeks before that we couldn't go for the entire week. Disappointed, we came up with a great trip for shorter Spring Break. Our never-ending winter was still in full-force at home, at least it seemed, and I was ready for sunshine. Let's say I was grateful I took my heavy coat!
Day One we drove down to beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah at an elevation of over 9,000 feet! We followed that morning's winter storm all the way down and was greeted with plenty of snow.
This was one of the only nice photos of the canyon before the snow started up. I have fond memories of Bryce Canyon as a teenager when I went with a youth group from church. I wish that Eduardo and my family could have seen the Bryce Canyon that I remember.
Although, I'm sure that this is a trip that they will NEVER forget. Our travel companions consisted of my mother, Livy, myself, Eduardo and my little sister Kachena.
On Day Two, all bundled up we stopped at Red Canyon on our way out of Bryce.
Our drive continued sometime to make our next stop at Zion National Park, also in Southern Utah.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
***Update*** I talked to the nurse this morning and they requested I go in for more blood work. I say more considering I had blood draw last Tuesday for the usual beginning pregnancy workup. I should have the results tomorrow. It test will tell me one of three things, If I had Fifth Disease (aka Slap Cheek) earlier and now immune, if I have never had it and not immune or if I have it now. Let's hope that all I have is a cold and that I had Fifth Disease as a child.
Friday, April 10, 2009
I have divided the alphabet, colors, shapes and numbers into different months and put various flashcards and books into Ziploc bags. I want to continue to review what we have already learned and add to it. I have one bag for each month and plan on focusing on one letter for a two week time period. Some months will have 3 letters, but should still work out fine. We do one color, shape and number a month since they are less than letters. (We are working to number 10 for now.)
I don't sit and drill Livy with these things. The bag is perfect to take in the car when we are driving an hour to grandma's (naturally I'm not driving when I do this) or while I'm making dinner Livy likes to look at the pictures and in a way play school with me. She'll ask what certain things are. I think it is important for her to drill me and remember the pictures and letters that I tell her as it is for me to ask her what the objects are.
Now details for the bag contents. These are all things I have had around the house with the exception to the sandpaper letters that I purchased at a local educational supply store.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Due to the rain and snow, our outside hunt turned into a trick-or-treat. The teenagers and grandma went into various rooms in the house and the younger grand kids went around collecting their loot.
Olivia and I ready to start our trick-or-treat for eggs and surprises. Notice the sand pail being used as a basket. Every year my mom find some fun bag, basket or bucket for the girls to use. I love that it will be used for lots of sand fun this summer.
This year's craft, the girls made foam flower necklaces. Livy loves doing crafts! Of course, she loves taking them a part when we get home too. I believe all the children made a necklace or magnet for their mom's. You can see the one Livy made me in the first photo.
And no party is complete without food. I provided deviled eggs and my homemade potato salad. Unfortunately for me, there were no left-overs!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
To top everything off I am having some issues with my once good little girl. She is still good, but is trying every fiber of my fatigued body right now. She is being destructive and is not sleeping well. She used to sleep from 730pm to 800am and nap from 1pm to 245/300p. Those were the days!
Now she is fighting me about going to bed. We go through our bedtime routine and get her in bed by 730pm. Perhaps because it is still light out she thinks it is time to play. She will destroy her room or even sneak down to the playroom. I have to check on her every few minutes until she is asleep. I should add that there is A LOT of time out right now, but it isn't phasing her. Last night she finally went to sleep at nine. Would that mean that she will sleep in this morning? NO! It means we get up at 6am!
So today she gets to deal with me! Olivia has already called me "Angry Mama" and unfortunately it fits. I am expecting her to get cranky at 10am and have to fight her to stay awake until a proper nap time only to fight her to sleep. Once sleep, it may only be a 45 minute nap.
Any advice for a tired, cranky and now angry mommy?
Tuesday, April 7, 2009