Thursday, December 16, 2010
I just thought that I would share the above video. To think that a couple weeks ago, Madeline had never been on a pair of ice skates. Now, only a handful of lessons later, Madeline has done away with the ice skating "walker" and is leaving the ice skating hockey-boy wanna-bes (you can see them at the far left when the video first begins) in the dust. You go, girl!
Monday, December 13, 2010
|Hot Tub Time With Lauren|
|Slushies And Popcorn With Julie|
|Playing My Little Pony With Tommy & Julie|
|Manicure From Lauren|
|Hugging The "Talking" Tree Good Night|
Sunday, December 12, 2010
|Enjoying gum for the 1st time on the plane|
|Notre Dame de Paris|
|Arc de Triomphe|
|David lit a candle at St. Joan of Arc|
So, David got home late on Tuesday night (after being gone 3 nights) only to have Madeline and me turn around less than 24 hours later to depart for Baltimore. We arrived Wednesday evening, had some dinner, relaxed a bit and also prepared for Marysia's Tastefully Simple party which was the following evening.
|Using chopsticks at P.F. Chang's|
|Another diner was also celebrating her birthday. "Crazy Aunt" wanted them to get a picture together. I forgot the flash :-(|
|A LEOPARD Santa ?????|
|UGLY feet posed with egg nog. Notice our matching PJ's??|
Saturday, December 4, 2010
|Melanie's front yard|
|A view from Diana's house|
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
|Dining Room "Family Tree"|
In general, I would say that I am a very nostalgic, sentimental person. A good majority (not all, but many) of our ornaments and decorations are items that have a very specific memory attached to them.
|Family Room Tree|
|Notre Premiere Noel|
|Childhood Manger & Nativity Set I Painted|
|Childhood Tree Topper - Maybe Next Year...|
May your Christmas season be filled with the warmth of happy memories and the making of new memories.
Monday, November 29, 2010
|A hand-me-down jumper from Tammy. Madeline wore it all weekend!|
|The Thanksgiving table|
|Rodeo Drive candle snuffer|
|"Tangled" in 3-D|
|Decorating the tree|
|Setting up the manger|
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
|Leo the Lion's "mug shot" - BUSTED!|
So, I was pleased that I had a few minutes more to work. I grabbed some dirty laundry, ran in the basement and switched loads. Came back upstairs, dusted, straightened and put some things away. All the while, Madeline played nicely. Until....."Mmmmoooooommmm, something is wrong with the sink!" I arrive, with Madeline wearing a hooded lion towel from her toddler days, the sink overflowed onto the entire vanity top. Now, why Madeline didn't shut off the water BEFORE the sink overflowed is beyond me. But, even better, Madeline tried to clean up the water on the floor by taking out some guest towels from underneath the sink. Good thinking on her part, however Madeline proceeded to leave the doors to under the sink open so that when the water over flowed it drenched ALL of these bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths. So NOW, I have all of these towels to wash now too.
|The sink only half-way through clean-up.|
And so my "productive" day was productive only in creating more of a mess to clean up. Grrrrr.... Well, I guess Madeline isn't as independent in her play as I hoped she could be. Oh well, live and learn. I guess I will be cooking AND cleaning on Thanksgiving.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Due to an accident, (not ours) traffic was backed up on the day that Madeline normally takes ice skating lessons and, as a result, we missed Madeline's normal ice skating lesson last week. Today, we were able to do a make-up session for last week's missed lesson. Today's lesson (because it was a make-up) was at an ice rink at a location different than Madeline's normal rink. Today's lesson was at Dwyer Arena, the ice rink at Niagara University. I went to NU for my teaching certification/Master's in elementary education. During my time at Niagara, I was never inside Dwyer Arena but that is where we were today. Niagara's campus is small but very pretty. I don't think I've been on campus since graduation. Even though it wasn't *that* long ago (I went back to school for teaching later in life & graduated in '03) it seems like a lifetime ago. So, it was kind of neat to go back. I must say, I have never been a huge fan of being a *student*, yet I really enjoyed my time at Niagara. I feel more of a connection to Niagara than where I earned my Bachelor's degree (Buffalo State College). I believe Niagara University gave me a great education and prepared me well for my own classroom. Maybe one day, one of my nieces or nephews will choose Niagara....OR, maybe Madeline will attend in the future. Until that day comes, I can simply say that I enjoyed my brief moment back on campus.
As far as the skating lesson goes.....for only her 2nd time on ice skates, I think Madeline did a great job. Yes, Madeline spent a lot of time on her butt, however, she also spent a lot of time standing and skating on her own AND without the help of an ice skating walker. Amazing progress in only two lessons! Great job, Madeline!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
|Birthday morning! 5 YEARS OLD!|
|Growing up so quickly!|
|Making pizza for a birthday dinner|
|Opening birthday presents|
|Measuring Madeline's height|
|Madeline's growth over the past 6 months & year|
|A Hello Kitty nightgown from Aunt Margaret|
How is it possible that a stay-at-home mom to only one child is so busy that there never seems to be enough hours in the day? Hmmm.....good question. It's not like I am sitting around, watching soap operas and eating bon bons. Yet, I could literally work myself around the clock. (A) How does that happen and (B) how did my mom function with six kids??
Since I am not as on top of the blog postings as I used to be, I am sure I have missed out on sharing numerous photos and stories. I will try to catch you up on the major ones. Since it has been over two weeks since I last posted, I guess my synopsis of events will have to remain short.
On the 4th of November we celebrated Madeline's 5th birthday. On Madeline's actual birthday, we had a fairly quiet day at home. Madeline requested that we make pizzas for dinner and we had an ice cream cake for dessert. After dinner, Madeline couldn't wait to open her gifts and she certainly tore into them! One of the items Mama and Papa got Madeline was a pair of ice skates (knowing that we were going to start her in skating lessons only 5 days after her birthday.)
|Our nighttime routine enjoyed after a long day.|
|Madeline overlooking all the water play at Great Wolf Lodge|
|Wearing wolf ears on our way home from Great Wolf|
|Madeline's 1st ice skating lesson (pic taken through glass)|
Since I haven't had regular postings on the blog, I know that I have left out a bunch of pictures. I decided to add a few of them here (even if they occurred prior to my last blog post). Hopefully, things will settle down here a little bit and I can keep you posted on the upcoming holidays and a child's prime "Santa years". (Side note: I LOVE the fact that I can use the "Santa's watching" line on Madeline. I have Madeline convinced that a little green light on my car's rear view mirror means that the "Santa-cam" is on. Hmmmmm......do you think this will work when she is a teenager???)
|A Fall walk along the lower Niagara River|
|Hard to see but Madeline & Grandpa holding hands on a walk|
|Madeline pulled her little table right next to Grandpa on our last visit|
|Having fun on a playground in Michigan City, IN|
|Enjoying Octoberfest on a recent date night|
|Madeline preparing designs for pumpkin carving|
|Madeline & Sobaka: Queens of the Playground!|
|Dress-up! YES, that is my 1988 Sr Prom dress! NO, I did NOT wear that fuzzy tiara!|
|Even Sobaka played dress-up|
|A Saturday afternoon walk with Papa|