Tuesday, September 23, 2008

7 Things

I'm bored. Here are 7 things about me.

1. I'm not a big fan of knick knacks. They are nice to look at, but they also take up space, aren't child friendly, and are a pain to dust around. The few I have, are sentimental.

2. I keep chocolate in the fridge. Mike makes fun of me for this, but it melts slower when I eat it, and I can savor it longer.

3. Clean sheets and a new toothbrush are a couple of the little things in life that make me smile.

4. I feel uncomfortable in dimly lit rooms.

5. Often when I tell Natalie I love her, I say, "I love you, love you." Once just isn't enough.

6. People who can't make parallel left turns tick me off. Don't come into my lane! There is a reason for that painted line.

7. I have never taken a single puff of a cigarette. Neither has Mike.

7 1/2. Tanning isn't for me. My skin is white. This is what I was born with and I feel comfortable in my skin. I even wear sunscreen in the summer **gasp!**

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

92 Pounds of Love

As I'm watching Natalie on the monitor, it's dawning on me that we may not have a nap today. She is attempting somersaults on her toddler bed. I don't know if I should laugh, or cringe and wait for the 'THUD!' At least Cole is getting some rest. He's dreaming and kicking my chair as I type this. I have no clue how he can sleep on top of dozens of Natalie's poky little toys. I guess he finds it a peaceful alternative to being pounced on unexpectedly by her.

I'd say they definitely have a love-hate-aloof relationship. Natalie is either determined to pet him, kiss him, and sing praises to him, or she is shoving him out of her way, and yelling at him for stepping on her toys. Cole, on the other hand, either ignores her completely, tries to stay away from her, or is laying next to her, licking her, sniffing her hair and ears (which makes her giggle)

This dog has never been anything but gentle and tolerant of Natalie. She will even pet him and stick her hands in his food bowl while he's eating! (which we try to intervene here) But his reaction? He steps back and waits to resume eating until she moves her hand.

The day she learned to crawl was the day Cole waived goodbye to peace and quiet. She has pulled on his ears, tail, and tongue. Put her hands in his mouth to grab at his teeth, stuck fingers up his nose and under his eyelids. She uses him as a step stool to get up on the couch, and tries to ride him as a horse. All of these are things we have intervened on, by-the-way.

Sniffing her toes:

Checking out the new baby:

Always next to Natalie:

Multi-tasking (guarding her and catching a nap)

Discovering the feel of fuzz:

Puppy toes:

I caught them holding hands/paws:


When she was an infant, he would lay as close to her as possible. He would whine at us if she cried. When Natalie was toddling, she kept getting over by the fireplace at my parents house, and we kept bringing her away. We were so nervous about that! When she got over there again, before we could reach her, Cole put himself between her and the hearth and stood there. He's barked at a family member that accidentally spooked her one time. He's even chased off a pitbull that got too close to us when we were on a walk. He wouldn't allow that other dog to get one toe inbetween himself and Natalie. There are so many of these stories that have awed us. Those of you who have owned labs (or retrievers) probably aren't surprised. As you can see, there's a lot of sweetness between these two.

Reading to Cole:


Sharing her blanket with him:

She loves to sit in between his front legs:

Window watchers:

We feel so fortunate to have this dog. I can remember being pregnant with Natalie, and crying many times b/c I thought we'd have to give our high-spirited dog away once the baby came. I was sure he'd trample the baby. Ha! It's obviously the other-way-around.

Monday, September 15, 2008


Natalie loves playing with our ipod. The ear buds are too big for her ears though, and won't stay in.

What are you listening to Natalie? Nothing. The battery needs recharging. Ha! She sure does look intent though.

This Week in Pictures

Our faithful gentle giant:

Natalie's sick day:

Sound asleep:


I think I'm getting Natalie's cold! Monnies don't get sick days.

Sunday, September 14, 2008


An hour after Natalie's bedtime, she was still restless and chattering. I went in her room to re-tuck her in, and noticed her socks were off. I told her to keep her socks on, picked them up and noticed they were soaked! She had pulled her socks off, then chewed on them.


Who knows why! I am still laughing about it. Needless to say, I put dry socks on her, and left the other pair out to dry. LOL!

Friday, September 12, 2008


Oh. My. Goodness. Natalie is feeling better today, and unleashing 3 days-worth of pent up energy! Now I'm the one left exhausted.

It's so good to see her back to her ornery self again!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Under the Weather

Natalie came down with a cold yesterday. She was only a little congested, but I knew it would be a rough night. The first night always is. So I pulled out the huge container of our sicky-meds, and got everything ready. The fever meds, cold meds, medicine droppers, vapor rubs, vapor plug ins, etc. She finally slept sound from 2am-7am, then again from 7ish-11am. She has a runny nose today, and a low fever that doesn't seem to want to break. I'm thankful that if she had to be sick, it is (for once) in the middle of the week when the pediatrician's office is open.


I'm thankful for vapor plug ins! Although I think they are a little bit pricey, they are potent, and WORK! My sinuses clear instantly when i walk into her room, and I know it gives her comfort too. We were especially thankful for them before she turned 2 (before cold meds)

I also like the vapor baby rub. It (surprisingly) does not irritate her sensitive skin. It smells nice too, and doesn't just have that strong menthol/eucalyptus scent. It has other fragrant oils in it as well.

Since Natalie cries when we wipe her nose with a tissue (thus creating MORE snot) we gave her an old soft cloth diaper so she could wipe her nose herself. I even keep one on her pillow b/c she tends to use her pillowcase as a tissue as well. She has warmed up to this idea very well...no more tears, or snotty sleeves!

I'm so proud of her for taking her medicine. Many toddlers hate it...she certainly doesn't like it either. But she will take it, without a struggle. No spitting it back out, no gagging, no crying. She whines and makes faces after she takes it, but its quickly resolved after a sip of juice. This is a big improvement, and I'm proud of her.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Lost Pictures

This was a picture taken by Mike earlier in the summer. It is one of my favorites. I believe it was taken on my 25th birthday. We were in Branson, watching the fountain/fire show on the landing.

This is another picture taken a few months ago, just after Natalie's 2nd birthday. She is holding her beloved Baby Bear.


Can't say that I mind getting mail like this:

One more to go before we are DEBT FREE!!!!! God Bless Dave Ramsey.

Friday, September 5, 2008


This afternoon, we realized we needed to make a shopping trip for a few things. Natalie was cracking us up with her fascination with everything in the store. When we walked down the candy-aisle, she had to touch EVERY bag of candy within reach. She didn't beg for it, or want to pick it up, just wanted to touch it. When we walked past the yarn, she found the brightest, fuzziest one and had to feel it. (When we were at the furniture store last week, the only thing that nabbed her attention was a bright red leather sofa--it was so shiny I could see my reflection!)

I was walking ahead of Mike and Natalie with the cart, when something caught my eye. It was a tiny bird hopping along, not 10 feet from me. A sparrow. There is something about sparrows I have always liked. I can remember my mom chuckling at me when I was younger b/c I wanted to stop and stand in the parking lots to watch them. I motioned for Mike to hurry and bring Natalie closer. I watched her face and it was obvious the moment she spotted this little bird. We probably spent 10 minutes watching, Natalie chattering excitedly about it the entire time. When it flew away, Natalie said "bye bye!" and then we resumed shopping.

Some people might see a bird inside a store gross and unsanitary, but we saw it as an opportunity to observe and enjoy our daughter's delight. I love the little unexpected blessings we encounter everyday. We are reminded in the Bible that even the small and seemingly insignificant things in life have value and purpose. God uses sparrows as an example of this, only to contrast it with His amazing love for us. It is both uplifting and humbling. Maybe this is why I've always liked sparrows.

Big Girl Panties!

Natalie has been making great strides in the potty training department! She will go on the potty almost every time we put her on it. The other night we put big girl panties on her for 4 hours, and she stayed completely dry the entire time!!

This is Natalie in her chair (I tried to keep her off of the sofa...just in case)

The other night, Natalie discovered that there are random toys that found their way under our sofa. She had fun searching with a flashlight.

Skeeter Syndrome

Poor Natalie has inherited my allergic reaction to mosquito bites. We use lots of ice and benadryl/hc cream. It brings new meaning to the word "ice cream" for her.

This just breaks my heart to see her little legs like this. I've gone through this enough to know that it gets very sore, sometimes painful. If you're unlucky enough to get one around a joint (knee, elbow, ankle, etc.) the joint gets very stiff, and the movement only agitates the swelling. (With Natalie, we can't use most bug repellents on her to prevent bites b/c her skin is so sensitive) This is why we don't play outside after 6pm.

Have you ever noticed there are certain people that attract mosquitoes and other people that don't EVER seem to get a bite?? I've known all my life that I attract them, and now apparently Natalie does too. **which just plain stinks for those of us that have Skeeter Syndrome!**

If anyone knows of a bug repellent for sensitive skin, please let me know in the comments section. (SSS doesn't work, her skin will break out) Thanks!

Baby Girl

Mike and I found out this week that the (2nd) baby we lost, was a girl. This was confirmed with the chromosomal tests that were done a few weeks ago.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Happy Birthday Pop!!

Or in the words of Natalie, "Happy Day Pop!" We spent the evening at Nani and Pop's house, enjoying great food, and great company.

Our colorful dinner:

The fun-yet-obnoxious birthday candle:

I think Natalie enjoyed the cake the most! What do you think??

The birthday boy, sharing his cake: