Sunday, October 25, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Big ONE

Yesterday was Maybear's first birthday. We kept singing happy birthday to her at random points of the day she thought it was pretty funny. I took her to the farm country down at Thanksgiving Point. She loved it. The goats were her favorite followed by the chickens. Did you know you can buy chicks there? For two bucks, that's almost the price of eggs. Crazy.

About an hour before Zach got home Maybear was standing up against the couch and fell which she has done before and has been fine, but this time her mouth was bleeding from what looked like her teeth. I had no idea what to do so I called my mom in a panic. Luckily she just bit the top of her mouth. Scary though! She has had such a rough time the past couple weeks. She got a stomach bug on top of her acid reflex stuff, a yeast infection, she fell off the bed, caught a cold, and bit her mouth. Hopefully things can only get better right?

We bought her some wooden blocks and some new books but her favorite present was this shopping cart from my parents.
We ate some cake. She wasn't too impressed with it. I think she was pretty upset I took away the shopping cart to put her in the high chair.

Wow, what a year. It is crazy to think that this time last year I was in the hospital with my little 5lb 14oz baby, and now she is trying to walk! I am so thankful that I have her as a daughter, she is the biggest blessing in mine and Zach's life. She is such a ray of sunshine and always makes us smile. It's honestly hard to believe that God would trust us with such a wonderful little girl, but I'm glad he does! I've learned so much about myself this past year and Maybear has truly pushed me to become a better person. I know I've made mistakes with her, and unfortunately I know I'm going to make a lot more but hopefully she'll forgive my shortcomings. I'm so excited for the adventure that lies ahead. I'm excited to see what Maybear does with her life (but she should definitely take her sweet time growing up). Ha! I'm sitting here crying at the computer so I think that means I should probably end. Your mom and dad love you Maybear! Happy Birthday!
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Missouri Trip

Scott is back! Hurray! Maybear and I packed our bags and flew to Missouri for his basic training graduation with my mom, dad, and Scott's girlfriend. Zach had to stay behind and work :( can't win them all. The trip itself consisted mostly of flying, driving, or trying to get some sleep. Maybear did SO good. She only fussed a little on one of our plane rides and did really well in the car until the last day when we got lost forever and all of us were pretty grumpy then.

We got to spend the day before graduation with Scott. We went to this engineer museum (that's what he trained in) and then spent the rest of the day relaxing. Maybear took her first big spill off the hotel bed you'll notice her poor nose is bright red in the family picture. You will also notice my dad is missing because he was catching up on sleep (he drove us to our hotel the night/morning before).
The graduation was very nice. I enjoyed hearing 100 some odd guys do a cadence together, it's pretty cool. I'm so proud of Scott! It's amazing to listen to some of the things they had to do. I think he's grown up and changed so much in the last 4 months. He told us that he always gets in trouble because he can't help smiling. You'll notice in the close up below he's the only one with a grin. It's good to know that some things never change. Welcome home Scott!

P.S. Happy Birthday to my sweet little girl! Don't think you got out of reading a big long post about the festivities of the day and how wonderful she is, it's a comin'

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

My Halloween Adventures

Last fall I threw away all our Halloween decorations because they were so darn ugly. I like decorating for Halloween so I couldn't go without getting some new ones. We're on a bit of a budget though so I had to try to pull out some creativeness (which for me is a task). First of all I hit up Dollar Tree and they actually have some pretty decent stuff that is already made. Below though is what I came up with. For those of you who are super good at these kinds of things try to keep your laughter at a low chuckle. :)

I saw a ghost like this at Shopko for $30 bucks. I already had the dowels (for the legs) toilet paper (also for the legs), and the sheet (you can buy them for $3 at Wal-Mart and I had a ton left over to use for something else) and some shoes that Maybear doesn't fit into anymore. I spent $3 at the dollar store for the underneath head (which is actually a super ugly skeleton head), the socks and the mask.
I decided I kinda hate the mask though so it's just a ghost now. I don't know. Any opinions on which looks better? Seriously tell me what you think. I used masking tape to put it together, it's been knocked over a few times and still survived but I would definitely go buy duct tape if I were to do it again.
I saw a sign at Thai Pan that was $25 that said pumpkins and gourds and had an arrow. Loved it. Here is my creation. I got the board at Robert's with a 50% off coupon and their paints were on sale so it cost me about $5. You can't see the "hand written" stuff in this picture but it fixes the "Pumkin" and tells the price and says they're big etc. I got some frames at the dollar store to put some pictures of Maybear playing in the leaves below it. Unfortunately it's not up yet because Wal-Mart doesn't understand the meaning of 1 hour photo.
This one is not as grand as the original but for a $17 dollar difference I can live it. It was a dollar each for the leaves, the vase, and the candle. Plus I have some leaves left over to do something with.
The last thing I am sooo proud of. I don't sew. But I decided to make Maybear her costume this year. With help from my oh so patient mom and sister-in-law it's done! Hurray. It's a lion, just in case you can't tell what it is. I would put a picture of her modeling it up but she HATES it. I've had to put it on her twice to measure stuff and she screams. Ha! Hopefully she gets over it before Halloween. The bow in the mane is removable so we can use it for a boy if we ever need to. I haven't really been keeping track of the cost but I probably could have bought something cheaper, but the learning experience...priceless.