Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Molly's visist with the Opthamologist

Ummm...I am left a little confused as to how Molly's opthamology appointment went yesterday.

They always have her do some flash cards (to see if she can see the stripes; eventually the stripes almost match the background and you can no longer see them), then they have her follow a light around and then dilate the pupils and do another exam. It was an hour and half; not fun with Maggie and Gavin running around.

At the end of all the tests, the doctor says, "You are an interesting child, Molly". My goodness, my heart just sank. What did she mean?

Apparently most children get progressively farsighted up to age 4. Molly has gone the opposite of that and is now slightly nearsighted. She continues to have mild strabismus (turning in of the eye) that, in my opinion, is getting a little worse each day. The last thing the doctor said was, "So, I am comfortable holding off on the glasses for another 6 months. She has the potential to go either way."

So, we will follow up in 6 months or before if the strabismus worsens. So, I guess we wait and see if we need glasses?

I am thankful that we have dodged this bullet so far. I am thankful that we do not have to do surgery. So all is good?!

Monday, November 24, 2008

We mustn't forget about Maggie!


I wasn't kidding when I was wrote that Maggie makes sure that she is not forgotten. Oh, I no longer worry about Maggie not getting enough attention. She cracks me up! When Molly was working on walking, I'd put my hands in the air and say, "Molly, walk to mommy!". It was soon after that that Maggie would say, "Maggie, walk to mommy!" and she would run up to me and give me a big old hug! Geez, Mags, you've been walking for 20 months now but GOOD JOB!!

Today we (as in Maggie and I) were working with Molly on cup stacking. Maggie took pride in showing Molly how it is done. Then, she (Maggie) took them, stacked them and said, "Look, mama! Maggie did it! Maggie did it!" Of course, I said, "Good Job, Maggie!" Again, she's been cup stacking for a year now, but Good Job, Maggie!

She's so darn sweet!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sibling Night Out

For those of you who don't know me personally, I have two brothers and a sister. Once we hit adulthood, we started going out together every now and again. Well, for whatever reason (most likely due to our inability to stop reproducing) we took a break for a few years but now we are back!

Do to some of our schedules (my schedule working every third weekend, Rudy's job, and Dan and Jeremy having drill one weekend/month) we had to reschedule a few times but we finally got together. Our plan was to go out to dinner and then to the comedy club for some laughs. We started out trying to find a restaurant that didn't have an hour wait. Guess where we ended up??





Too funny! Not quite sure how we ended up there. We sat at a cool wood table that was shaped like Minnesota. (No, it doesn't take much to amuse me)


Everything was going good up until we went to the Martini Lounge after the comedy club and they made me the strongest martini I have EVER had. Let's just say the night went sour for me after that. Why is it that I am always the "naughty" one on sibling night out? I think I will be the D.D. next time. I will keep myself out of trouble that way.

All in all, it was a fun night. Thanks, guys!

Now for the introductions...
My sister Carie and her husband, Dan



My brother Jeremy, and his wife Lea.


Me and my hunny bunny


The baby of the family, Rudy
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The four of us siblings


...and all of us!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Girls, girls, girls!!

Tonight Austin had a school dance. It was a great theme put on by R.A.D.D (Rocori Against Destructive Decisions; a student led organization focused on spreading an anti-drug message).

When I went to pick him up, I watched him walk out with THREE girls. No boys were with him. Oh boy, oh boy! My little boy is growing up. Sigh.

A random thought...

So, we live in a small town. We bank at the credit union here in town. When you walk in, you are greeted by name. Not just some of the customers, ALL of the customers. We joke that they have picture flash cards of all of their customers and in their downtime, they quiz each other.

Anyway, today I went there to make the van and truck payment. I, of course, am greeted with, "hello, Tracy. How are you? How are Mike and the kids?". So, they know us pretty well then, right?

You see, I paid for Mike's truck payment (which is in his name only) and my van payment (which is in my name only) with one check from MY checking acocunt. It was accompanied by Mike's truck statement and my van statement.

The kicker: They handed me my receipt and put Mike's in a sealed envelope and sent me on my way.

Are they serious?? I can walk in with my husbands statement and pay with my money but I can't view the freakin' recepit?? Does anyone else find this odd or is this just me?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I'm on my way!

Molly is in the process of "perfecting" her walk. She now takes 10 to 20 steps independently. She will go from sitting to standing all by herself. She will pause or use furniture to stablize herself. It's so refreshing to see her once again, become Miss Independant.

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Two year old perspective..

Last night while reading Maggie and Gavin a story book, Maggie kept grabbing the book from me:

Me: "Maggie, no no"
Maggie: "my storybook ,mama"
Me (getting a little frustrated now): "No, no Maggie Jean! Don't touch!!"
Maggie (with a very concerned look on her face): "Why? Is it hot?"

Monday, November 3, 2008

Two year pictures

OK--so I don't have a scanner so I had to take pictures of the pictures. They are not the best in the quality department but you can see how good these actually turned out.






This was my favorite one! It's just a bonus shot (Maggie's with the "2" didn't turn out)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Little Miss Busy Bee!

Whoa! I am exhausted! Little Miss Molly has kept me quite busy this morning. She is really advancing in her Independence and learning new skills every day--I just love it!

I was in the office picking up while Molly was suppose to be eating breakfast. I walk into the kitchen to find Molly performing her new trick:


She was standing there saying, "Hi, mum". Naughty, naughty...


Oh, the tricks don't stop there! I let her out of her highchair, she crawls (the stubborn buck won't walk even though she knows how) over to the TV, turns it ON, yes, she knows how to turn the TV ON, looks up at me and says, "babe". She wanted to watch Baby Signing Time. So I turn it on...


And Baby Signing Time it was until....



10 minutes later, she is throwing all of the bibs out of the bib drawer in the kitchen. I said to Molly, "No, no, Molly; you need to pick those up and put them away. You know what happened next? She did it! OMG--she did it! She's so darn smart!

Molly putting the bib away..

...and then closing the drawer


I just love this little girl!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween 2008

What a beautiful night! If I had to guess, it was in the 50's last night for trick or treating! It was a perfect night weather wise.

We had a Pirate Princess, Batman, and a Butterfly....



We started off with going to my friend Tina's house for the annual Halloween dinner for the kids. She has a little tiny dog that Maggie is just in love with...

My sweet butterfly...

This house was super "scary" and Maggie wouldn't go near it. She kept saying, "I want to go home, mommy! I don't like this. Let's go, mommy please??" I was able to capture her in front on the scary stuff once she was a certain distance away...


Mike stayed home and handed out candy with Miss Molly (she was too tired) and I took Maggie and Kooper around. I lost Gavin shortly after the scary house. He did finally return with his friends 2 hours later with 50# of candy!

We then got together with some neighbors and played the Wii. I have not laughed that hard in a very long time. Watching adults act like little kids was just too funny! It was a lot of fun!

Happy Birthday, Pam!




To my wonderful sister-in-law:
Today is your birthday and I worry that you are working. You need a day to yourself so if not today, promise me you will take time to yourself one day very soon. You are one of the most giving and selfless persons I know. I learn so much from you.

Don't you just love being 29 forever?? I miss you and I wish we could see more of you. On your next day off, lets do lunch! The kids love their Auntie Pam....

Happy Birthday, Pam!!