Tuesday, October 31, 2006
When Laura realized that Daddy was not getting dressed up, she took matters into her own hands. She picked out an orange shirt for him to wear. Then, while we were enjoying our morning chocolate drink, she decided to "turn Daddy into a pumpkin." So, we did. Jason was a good sport.
Monday, October 30, 2006
She also practiced Trick-or-Treating at Grandma and Grandpa F's house on Sunday. She loved eating the Kit Kats and handing them out to anyone who would ring the doorbell. Aren't Grandmas and Grandpas the coolest?!
Friday, October 27, 2006
or looking at this
we will probably be looking at this.
Poor little Laura has been super sick since Tuesday evening. She's had a massive fever and been throwing up almost constantly. Finally, today after our second trip to the doctor she seems to have turned a corner.
The Guster concert we had planned on attending tonight got cancelled because a member of the band had pneumonia. (At least Laura isn't THAT sick.) And we had rescheduled with our friends Andrea and Mike to go to a movie and dinner instead. Fortunately, they have kids and understand the need to stay home with the barfing boo. So, we will spend our Friday night enjoying the thrilling entertainment of The Land Before Time movie.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Last night, however, she discovered a much more fun way to get her chocolate fix...brownie mix! Melinda decided to make brownies for our FHE treat, and Laura was more than happy to help her clean the bowl and spoon. What a good little helper she is.
Laura also has been obsessed with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse as of late, so she arranged her letters on the fridge to spell MOUSE. (They've been scrambled since.) Which is pretty amazing considering she sings the song "M-I-C-K-E-Y how 'bout U-S-E".
Monday, October 23, 2006
We (mostly Jason and some help from Dad F) got the bathroom completely finished. We installed the counter, sink, baseboards, toilet, hardware (drawer and towel), shower curtain and mirror. Phew. That was tons! It looks beautiful, feels posh, and it’s wonderful to have 2 working bathrooms upstairs again.
Jason also did a lot on the Master bedroom. We found a screen on sale at Target that matched the refinished set from Mom and Dad. So, with Mom and Dad’s help driving the trailer, we picked it up along with two tables. We used the side tables as nightstands and the screen as a headboard and we love it. What do you think?
Laura would run from pumpkin to pumpkin. She would stop at a pumpkin and say, “I found one.” We’d respond with, “Do you like it?” She’d then say “Nope,” and run to the next pumpkin she found acceptable.
She turned her “little tiny pumpkin” that she carried on her lap the whole way home, into a Jack-o-Lantern, or as she says a “Pumpkin Patch” when we got home. When we told her it was too small to carve she improvised. She worked on it for 15 minutes to get it just right. She kept erasing with a licked finger. Here she is showing it off.
Laura is taking marvelous care of her “Pumpkin Patch.” She puts it on the porch in the morning and brings it inside in the evening when it’s “too cold” for the pumpkin.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
We also had book club this week. It was on Twilight and almost every lady loved it...some even as much as I did! We have switched from being church sponsored to being a neighborhood club. I'm enjoying the freedom of choice that gives us now. We had a lot of ladies come and I hope it just grows! More time with smart women is a good thing for me!
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
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I'm just hoping that she doesn't decide to dress up as a witch for Halloween. I'd prefer to stick with the costume that is already hanging in her closet!
Monday, October 16, 2006
and playing on the tigers!
After a long Friday of working, Melinda and I really enjoyed getting out of the house and spending some time with our girl.
Friday, October 13, 2006
We decided to tile in a different order than usual and it worked out beautifully. We finished with all the cutting and got it mortared to the backerboard. The next steps, grout and sealant, are a breeze. We were floored at how much we got accomplished today. YAY! Not much more and the master bath should be done.Naturally, my parents were a massive help. Dad is a whiz at the tile saw and Mom has an eye that is unequaled. Plus, they watched the Boo for us while we got messy in the mortar. Laura read with Grandma and particularly enjoyed the Grandpa slide. Thanks for all your help, Mom and Dad!!! I'm floored at what a good team we make while laying tile.
Final thing I'm floored about: I did something crafty. Yep, you all should be floored too. Mind you, it was with much assistance, but I did it. I made this board (stenciled, a true craft, not my usual vinyl lettering craftiness) for an Enrichment activity. It fits perfectly in the laundry room. I must be branching out. Are you floored??
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Tuesday morning she came in after Melinda had left to go walking with her friend, Karyn, and was FREEZING. She wanted to go down and play on the computer, so I told her she had to lay in bed with me and snuggle for 2 minutes to warm up before we went down.
Jason: No Laura. Two minutes, not two seconds
Laura: Well how long is two minutes
Jason: Well, we have to count to 60 two times.
Laura: Ok. (Counts to 20 and pauses)
Jason: (Just for fun) 21...
Laura: (Counts from 21 to 29 and pauses)
Laura: (Counts from 31 to 39 and stops, looking at Daddy)
Jason: (Now very proud of our little Smidge) 40?
Laura: (Counts from 41 to 49)
Laura: (Counts from 51 to 59)
Jason: 60!!! Nice work, Laura. What number were we counting to?
Laura: 60! We did it! YAY! Now can I go play on the computer?
So she was basically placating me so she could get what she really wanted; the computer. But I'll take my little moments with my girl anytime I can get them.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
The Master Bath has been put on hold while the furniture has been getting done. In other words, not having the cars in the garage was more annoying than only having 1 bathroom upstairs. Oh my, we are glad that the downstairs bath is finished.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Our friends Brian and Steph came with us and brought one of Laura's favorite friends: Whitney. They gave her a princess dress for her birthday and it hardly came off the whole time we were up there. Here's Laura blowing out more candles up there in the princess dress.Naturally, the river was the biggest hit with the kids. The weather was lovely on Saturday; nice and crisp, but not raining. Check out that carpet of leaves.Here are Laura and Whitney asking for "big rocks". It was all about the splashes this trip. However, little Tay got the biggest splash of all when the water was too appealing and he became the splash. And, here he is before the splash.Laura had a grand time and it was a wonderful end to her birthday celebrations. We're all sad the cabin is being closed for the season. But, that grin on Laura's face will make sure we come back lots next season.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
She has had a rough time falling asleep without them, but has not asked for them. All told, the separation has not been quite so bad as we had feared.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Oh how I love my brilliant, compassionate and funny little girl. I can't imagine life without her!