Tuesday, March 27, 2007

For Catzilla

Here is a pic I took this week of Big Fat Kitty (aka Leah).
She was very happy napping next to the crocheted yarn blanket we were sitting on to read books near the redbud. As you can see, she was stretching her paws out as close as possible to the blanket. Whenever we go outside all the kitties follow us.

Here is a pic of Big Fat Kitty as a baby. As you can see, she is pitty-patting on her favorite afghan. I gave her the afghan when she was a baby (handed down from when someone gave it to me. I didn't make this one). Big Fat Kitty is the reason this blog is called KittenYarn. Every time I get yarn out or any afghan, here comes Big Fat Kitty to help or lay on my lap. These days she is not very happy with all the other kitties around, but has formed a peace alliance with them as long as they stay outside and she is the only one who gets to come in. ha ha

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Spring is Here

Well, my crocuses, daffodils, and grape hyacinths have been blooming, and though they are fading now, they have been beautiful. I just peeked out the window and noticed my hostas poking through the soil. Hurray! I love baby plants.

The girls have enjoyed playing outside this week, too. One day, we took our books and things outside to sit outside next to my redbud (where the crocuses and daffodils are) and read. I brought their watercolors outside and let them paint a picture after we read books. It is spring break lots of places, and I think Dancer Girl wants one, too, because it has been difficult to get her to concentrate on finishing her schoolwork! ha ha. Isn't that true of all of us? Don't we all want to go out in the sunshine and enjoy the fresh air after feeling stuck inside all winter? Well, at least I do. I will have to make a point to include more picnic lunches and story hours outside next week. Things like that.

We went to the local Dairy Queen last night and they have picnic tables in an adjacent vacant grassy lot. After the ice cream was gone, the girls ran and ran, and then picked any little flowers they could find. As soon as we got back into the van, Little One said with a very serious look, "I miss Dairy Queen."

Little One's birthday celebrations went great, and lots of grandparents and her little friends arrived to eat and play with us. What a great time we had! She is very proud to be a big 3 year old.

Dancer Girl has been amusing everyone, even total strangers lately. When people ask her how old she is, she keeps saying, "I am 5 and 7 quarters." So funny. I tried to tell her that would make her almost 7, but I guess she is a little young for really understanding fractions that well. Math is still her favorite subject, though, & is becoming a really good reader, and loves to draw and paint. Gymnastics and ballet are still going strong, too.

Baby brother is growing and growing, and my belly is getting bigger and bigger. I am 30 weeks, and measured 31 weeks at my OB appointment yesterday. Doc said everything looks perfect. I have been consistently been measuring at least one week larger so I am wondering if baby boy will get here before my June 1 due date. My original due date was May 17, so the possibility is there.

My brother-in-law is supposed to be coming sometime today to help husband move furniture around, dressers and stuff. We had one in the play/school room we were using for storage, but now we need to move it out of there and we are rearranging both bedrooms to make room. I will be glad when all is settled, and everything has a place. Dancer Girl and Little One got sooo many books for Christmas that we have not had room for them on their bookcase. The ones that don't fit have been piled in the corner, sad to be left out, waiting for the day when we get a taller bookcase, ha ha.

Well, everyone else is still asleep, and my tummy is starting to rumble, so I guess I am going to go find breakfast for baby brother, ha ha. Maybe I will even watch a little TV (something that is not PBS, Nickelodeon, or the Disney Channel) before the Saturday cartoons start.

Hope everyone has a great Saturday!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Happy Birthday Sweetie

Today is Little One's 3rd Birthday. Here are some pictures of her from the time she was born. Enjoy.

Newborn Little One with Dancer Girl and Dada

Dancer Girl and Little One (2-3 months old)

Little One (about 6 mos) with Dada

Little One at Dancer Girl's 3rd birthday party with Aunt, Abandoned in Pasadena, Grandpa's sister (Tomas)

Little One, age 1

Little One, summer 2005

Little One, 2nd Birthday, 1 Year Ago

Me and My Girls Last Month

Friday, March 09, 2007

We Picked Daffodils

My beautiful girls!

Happy 11th Anniversary to Us!
We give God credit for helping us have a great and adventurous marriage so far!
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Sleep Deprived Funny

Well, I thought this might amuse some of you. It was funny to me in a head slapping, You should have had a V8, kind of way. It has been a draining week. We have all had a stomach virus, though mostly mild and not long lasting effects for anyone except my husband.

Dancer Girl was sleeping with her head on my lap and Little One was sitting on the other side of my lap. I kept smelling something that made me wonder if one of my sweeties had an accident or had a relapse of the dreaded body emptying stomach virus. I sniffed the air. I peeked in pants. Nothing.

Only later when I walked into the kitchen did I realize my faux pas...

I haven't been to the store in a couple of days and have been running out of some basics....bread, eggs, flour, sugar, etc. So I decided to go ahead and make something in the crockpot, a ham and bean soup. (yes, you can start laughing already). I had ham in the freezer from the one I baked at Christmas. I got the beans soaked and ready and threw all in the crockpot and then forgot about it.

Unfortunately, beans and ham cooking smells surprisingly similar, in a weird sort of way, to the bathroom smells associated with stomach virus stuff. Granted, I haven't been sleeping much, and have spent way too much time on my hands and knees on the floor in the bathroom... wiping, scrubbing, cleaning, worshipping at the green altar called my toilet.

So, here is the big hint of the day.....

It is not a good idea to make a big pot of ham and bean soup after everyone in your house is recovering from a stomach virus.

Well, the soup will still be good, and everyone will recover....perhaps I just need to get out and get some fresh air.....it was kind of funny, though

(I keep picturing myself sitting on the couch covered with children, sniffing the air, trying to figure out what that terrible smell was....)

on a springtime note....my little yellow crocuses are blooming under the redbud tree, and I am very happy to see them

Friday, March 02, 2007

Heading to the OB for lots of lab work, normal stuff. Then after this, I will start going every two weeks....it sure is going fast now. Last weekend got my bedroom decluttered, and you can actually see carpet and tops of desks where things were stacked before. Also got the changing table completely cleaned off (told my clean laundry and coats they would have to actually reside somewhere else, ha ha). Gearing up for Little One's 3rd birthday party in a few weeks, will have to find her a new nickname cause baby boy will be the little one. Actually though, she has been acting more like a baby lately than she has in a very long time....don't think she is purposely doing it, but part of her must realize that new baby will spend lots of time on mommy's lap, nursing and snuggling....will be trying to squeeze in lots of extra snuggles to both my big girls before baby brother gets her at the end of May or beginning of June.

hope everyone has had a good week....

Update 3-3-07: OB appointment went well, measuring 28 weeks....Biggest surprise was seeing college friend Mama Lamba from Ewes Gnus in the waiting room at the OB office. We got to catch up a lot, and I got to see her beautiful new baby girl, Hannah. What a sweetie! It was so good to see her and her husband. Had some good laughs and hugs :)