Feeling a bit like the teacher in Peanuts…

October 30, 2008 at 8:22 pm (Uncategorized)

Why is it so easy for Sunshine to tune me out?  I know it’s her way if exerting her independence, of pushing her boundaries.  But good Lord, sometimes I feel like my head is going to explode.  I know yelling is not the answer.  That just makes it easier for her to tune me out.  But it’s definitely my first instinct.  So how do I get her attention?  Jumping up and down just makes her laugh.  The vein popping out of my forehead doesn’t quite seem to inspire her either.  She simply asks me to count to 10.  Any idea how infuriating that is?  

I really feel for Ladybug.  I don’t like her watching it.  She absorbs everything.  She sees so much more than Sunshine did at that age.  I wonder how this will affect her.  

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She Speaks!

October 28, 2008 at 4:13 pm (Ladybug)

I’ve written before about Ladybug and her amazing use of body language to communicate.  Her lack of speech doesn’t really bother me.  She’s not frustrated.  She really communicates very well.  I’ve long suspected that she’s capable of saying far more than she lets on.  This morning, it happened.  

Ladybug and I were putting together a puzzle.  It’s a fabulous magnetic animal puzzle that doubles as a book.  Got to love Melissa and Doug, and thank you Auntie Sharon.  Anyways, her favorite is the monkey.  She can OOOHHH  OOOHHH, AAAHHH AAAHHH with with best of them.  Today I asked her where the panda was.  Not only did she point to the panda, she said “PANDA.”  I asked her where the zebra was.  Same thing.  She pointed to the zebra and said, “ZEBRA.”  Of course when I clapped and cheered, she looked at me like the floor show portion of this morning’s entertainment was over and dashed away oohhh ooohhhing like a monkey.  (Perhaps I need to learn to be a little more low key when she hits little milestones.)

I don’t think she’ll be reciting Dickinson anytime soon.  But it’s a start.  

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Apples, Pumpkins, and Memory Loss

October 27, 2008 at 11:03 am (Uncategorized)

Wow.  This weekend was amazing.   Thinking we had nothing to do on Sunday, we decided to travel to the North Georgia mountains for a lovely day of apple and pumpkin picking.  We started off at 9:30 am for a nice 90 minute trip north.  A little excessive as we could have done this closer to town, but the mountains are beautiful at this time of year.  The directions seemed great, until our first leg of the journey landed us at a chicken coup, literally.   Sunshine felt the need to warn us not to hit the chickens as we made a 5-point turn to get out of there.  A little warning, Googlemaps is not so accurate in the north Georgia mountains.  

We finally pulled into the apple orchard at nearly noon.  One hay ride later we were in the orchard.  We had a picnic lunch, a jug of apple cider, a large bag for apples, and two children who were ecstatic to be out of the car.  Oh, and a piece of fried apple pie.  Oh my that was heavenly.  What an amazing time.  The girls loved the apple pie.   Sunshine was so excited that she could actually reach some of the apples herself.  Ladybug loved picking apples with Daddy.  
Since my directions to the pumpkin patch were actually from the chicken coup instead of the apple orchard, they didn’t really work.  Thank goodness I have a good sense of direction.  It was a slightly roundabout way to get there that involved a dirt road barely wide enough for a car, but we arrived at Grandpa Jones’ pumpkin patch.  The website wasn’t as accurate as I might have liked, but the patch was cute.  It took me a while to convince Sunshine that using a portable potty wasn’t going to be the end of the world.  But finally, we made it out into the fields.  We were provided with a lovely straw-filled wagon which the girls loved.  Very handy for lugging those pumpkins around.  Our rule is that each person can pick their perfect pumpkin.  Your perfect pumpkin must also be one that you can carry by yourself.  I picked a beautiful, squat Cinderella pumpkin.  Ladybug and Sunshine each chose small green and white striped pumpkins.  Daddy chose a beautiful orange carving pumpkin.  It was a perfect day. Until we received a call from our friends.  
We received a call from some very good friends of ours at around 4:30.  They were at our house for dinner.  We were not.  I had forgotten that we’d invited them over.  We were almost two hours away, and never would have made it home.  I felt terrible.  Still do.  I don’t know what’s going on with my brain.  I’m usually so good at keeping track of everyone and everything.  These days it seems like I could completely forget my children if they weren’t adhered to my leg.  And between school functions and other planned events this holiday season, I desperately need to find a better place for my calendar.  Perhaps stapling it to the front of my shirt would be best.  

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Some more of our favorite pics from yesterday…

October 27, 2008 at 10:53 am (Uncategorized)

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Because it’s important.

October 24, 2008 at 9:51 am (Uncategorized)

I promise I won’t do this often, but this time… it’s important.  I could barely make it through this post the other day.  Wiping away tears, I forwarded it to several people.  Today I thought I would post it so hopefully it might reach more people.  I’ve been reading Catherine’s blog for a long time.   Here was where I first learned of her nephew, Tanner, and his struggle with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy.  If you can help, or if you know anyone who can, pass this along.  It’s important.   

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