May 21, 2013
I wanted to post a few blogs this past weekend, but I was suffering some sort of stomach bug. Nothing worse than spending the night in the bathroom, revisiting what you ate previously that day every hour or every other hour (I was trying to say that as best as I could without the horrible imagery). I am feeling mostly better…I say mostly as my stomach is still a little sensitive, but nonetheless my daughter and I are going on vacation.
Tomorrow morning my daughter and I will be leaving here bright and early to start our trip. First it’s a twelve hour drive to pick up my sister and her husband. Then it’s a five hour drive to Disney World in Orlando where we’ll spend four days in each of Disney’s themed parks. My sister Jil and I have coordinated events and maps and things to see and things to do, so all and all we’ll be busy.
Starting today and into next week I’ll have a Disney theme blog post. I’ll share pictures and stories of our trip. I hope it’ll be inspiring or helpful, hopefully both.
All packed and ready for our trip to Disney World
May 17, 2013
My daughter Dublin has been taking speech therapy as well as PT therapy and OT therapy. Since I had pulled her out of daycare for the summer her therapist have been visiting her here at home.
I’ve never seen them while they were working with her, usually I would catch the end of their session. At first Dublin didn’t want anything to do with them. I guess it was the change of scenery, but she knew who they were and have been working with them for months now, so they weren’t total strangers. It took her a little while to finally begin her therapy session and I was there to see what all they do with her.
There was a few games Dublin would play on a tablet and I was quite amazed at how well she was doing. It made me smile so big watching her. I was beaming with joy deep inside, thinking how smart my baby girl is. Then it was time to work on repeating words and sentences. Some words came out clearly, while other words were more of a mumble. Still I could notice a difference in how she talks now from when she first started her therapy sessions.
The other night I was wide awake thinking of my birthday coming up in June, I’ll be 34. But that isn’t what got me, it is the fact that my little girl is growing up way too fast. I started to realize how old she really is and that she’ll be four soon; December. Then not too far from now she’ll be starting kindergarten. I tossed and turned most of the night, unable to sleep. I would see baby’s in the store and just smile and think how I remember my little girl being that tiny, it seems like it was a few months ago. But just recently I noticed she had grown a few more inches and could no longer fit in a few pairs of jeans.
I’m glad I am able to spend as much time as I can with her during the summer because the time that I’m in school is spent doing way too much homework and very little time with my daughter. We have four more days until we leave for Georgia to pick up my sister, then we’re off to Disney. I know she’s anxious to go and so am I.
May 12, 2013
I’m a huge fan of Star Wars and Star Trek as well as several other SciFi shows and movies. Actually, I’m just a geek…and I love it! I read in today’s newspaper that JJ Abrams is going to be the director of the upcoming Star Wars episode 7, coming out in 2014. JJ Abrams has made a well known name for himself as the one behind the wheel in the last Star Trek film, as well as the upcoming Star Trek film coming out next week. So what better person to direct the new Star Wars film than JJ Abrams? I personally think he’s the man for the job. I’m looking forward to seeing the newest Star Wars film as always.
May 12, 2013
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you mom’s and even to those single dad’s out there that play the duel parenting role.
May 11, 2013
It’s been many years since I’ve taken a vacation. Every year I would read facebook status from friends and family who are going to the beach during the summer or taking a trip somewhere. Meanwhile my daughter and I are at home with no plans to go anywhere.
This year there was plans to take a trip to Pennsylvania at the end of June for a family reunion, but those plans fell through. Since I still had money saved up, I still wanted to go somewhere. My youngest sister called me and asked if I wanted to take my daughter to Disney World and I was more than happy to say yes. I was the age my daughter is now, three, when I first went; actually it was my only time I have ever been. Thirty one years later I’m sure Disney World has changed…a lot!
Since my sister’s husband is in the military he can purchase discounted tickets, which makes going to Disney that much better. I immediately got online and begin planning the trip. Disney has a website you can visit and plan your entire stay; which parks you want to visit, which rides you want to ride, an entire checklist, plus you can print out a map with your checklist added onto it. I also made a packing checklist too while I was on the computer so that I wouldn’t forget anything. I’m not sure who’s more excited about going, me or my daughter. I just can’t wait to see her face when she meets her favorite Disney characters.
I’m even planning on making a special trip to the beach, as she’s never been. I grew up on the beach and miss it more and more each day. It’s hard being so far from the ocean. I’m sure she’s going to be just as giddy as I am when she sees the ocean and plants her feet into the sand. She loves swimming and playing in the water so I know it’s going to be a great time.
I’m looking forward to our trip and will post pictures in a later blog.
What are your plans for the summer? Taking a trip or spending some time off at home relaxing?
May 11, 2013
Today was my first day beginning my summer break. I took my last final of the semester yesterday and felt confidant that I aced it. I gave it a few hours before I checked my overall grades and saw that I made an A in that class which is Cultural Anthropology. Anthropology is what I decided that I would be majoring in. I’m even more excited to see that I received another A and a B in two other classes. I’m still waiting to see what I received for one more class, but I have a feeling I did very well. My GPA even went up, which makes me happy. I even registered for five more classes for next semester.
Now with school being over I can relax and enjoy being stress free for awhile. Most importantly, I can now spend the time that I want with my daughter.
Today she told me that she wanted to go outside and play, well, not in so many words, but with gestures and with her putting her shoes on and running to the door. I grabbed my purse, a bottled water, put my shoes on, and went outside. Instead of playing on the swing set in our backyard, I decided to take her to the park down the street.
One thing I can tell you that if you ever decide to go to the park with an energetic three year old, wear tennis shoes and not flip flops. My calf muscles burned after running around the playground with her for a half hour. She then wanted me to take her for a walk around the foot path trails that go around the perimeter of the park. I decided that the half we walked was at least two miles.
It did feel good to go for a walk, especially after several months of sitting being a computer researching and typing essays almost daily. From the lack of exercise I noticed that I had put on a few pounds, which is something that I am not comfortable with. I haven’t had much luck in losing these extra baby pounds due to my lower back pain, so putting on more weight makes me feel even more depressed. I am planning on doing a lot more walking this summer, though I plan on having my little girl with me.
May 5, 2013
It can be nerve wrecking sometimes when you cannot find the recipe you’re searching for. I’ve spent over an hour so far just looking for the right recipe for a Chai tea frappe or smoothie. Each recipe I find has a long list of items that I would have to buy. But why buy all those things when you can buy the Chai mix in liquid or powder form? To which I already have.
I had finally found a recipe using the Oregan Chai mix, but everything was measured in ounces. Using a chart I figured the comparison from ounces to cups.
1/2 cup of ice
1/2 cup of chai tea (liquid mix)
1/3 cup of yogurt or milk
blend and enjoy!
All this just for a Chai tea frappe or smoothie lol!
If anyone has a better recipe that you prefer, please let me know in the comments below.
May 4, 2013
Happy Star Wars day to you all and May the fourth be with you!
May 1, 2013
I saw my daughter playing with a toy dinosaur while we were in the kitchen. I went up to her and asked her, “What’s your dinosaur’s name?”. She looked at me curiously. I then asked her, “Is his name George?”
“No, not George,” she replies.
“Is it Phil?” I ask.
“No, not Phil,” she tells me.
“Is it Bob?”
“No, not Bob,” she says shaking her head.
“What is his name?” I ask her again.
She looks at me and clearly says, “Dinosaur.”
“Oh, dinosaur,” I replied. I smiled at her and did a mental facepalm, thinking that I should’ve known that.
April 29, 2013
I’m glad my daughter loves to share. She’ll share her toys and her food with me or whomever. She’ll walk up to me and say ‘Ah’, to get me to open my mouth. When I do, she’ll put something in my mouth and I’m thankful that it isn’t gooey, already chewed up, or ridden with dirt from the floor. It’s actually fresh and straight from the bowl from when I first poured whatever it is that I had given her.
I am glad that my daughter doesn’t mind sharing and I love her for that. She even shares with her toys, sometimes putting them into her bowl of whatever she’s eating, especially if it’s cereal.
These are toy gorillas in her bowl of cereal
April 27, 2013
You know you’re a mom when you get excited hearing for the first time, ‘Mommy, I have to go potty!’
My eyes got wide and I smiled the biggest smile and said, “Yay! Let’s go potty!”
We run to the bathroom where she pulled her pants down and sits on the potty. I sit on the tub a few feet away, looking off into space, giving her privacy.
A few minutes passes and she decides to stand and pull her pants up. False alarm.
“It’s okay baby,” I tell her. “We’ll try again in a few minutes.” We calmly walk back into the kitchen where I continued preparing breakfast. Pancakes.
This continued several times through out the day. Still no success, but we still continue to try.