Thursday, October 30, 2008

We're Off to See the Wizard...

Happy Halloween! The girls have already been trick-or-treating twice this year, so we’ll just have to see if they get to go again Halloween night. Richland Northeast had their annual “Trick or Trunk” on Sunday afternoon then Airport High hosted “Trick or Treat Lane” on Thursday night. There is a gracious plenty candy for the girls—and maybe a couple of pieces for me as well.

The pink eye is coming full circle. After both Savannah and Ava had gotten over it, I became the lucky victim early last week. I went to the doctor before it got completely out of control, so it wasn’t too bad. That was the first time I had ever put any drops in my eyes independently. All of that stuff creeps me out—I swear I don’t know how people can handle regularly using Visine or putting in contacts. It appears that the pink eye may be in the early stages of getting back to Ava, but she’s got a prescription, so it should go away quickly. I took Savannah in for her one year check up (yes, she turned one last month, but when I called in mid-August, the first appointment available was at the end of October) and we were just so lucky to find that she has a double ear infection. I don’t know what’s up with this child and ear infections. Ava has never had one; this has to be at least Savannah’s third. Of course, I should count my blessings that she hasn’t had all of the issues Ava had when she was her age. We practically lived at the doctor’s office the first year and half of her life.

Sorry to cut this short, but it’s getting late, and I’ve got a few things to do before I go to bed. I’ll leave you with a few pictures of Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Surprise, Surprise! A New Post!

Yes, I realize it’s been a little while since I last posted. (Two months is a little while in the grand scheme of things, isn’t it?) But it certainly is not because I haven’t thought about it. There’s just one teensy issue that stands in my way: time. Good grief! Where does it go? I’m staying crazy busy between working, taking care of the girls, and keeping up with my graduate work. If it weren’t for my parents helping me out so much with the girls, I probably would have been committed by now. I swear I’ll never understand why anyone would voluntarily become a single mother. (Though I am beginning to understand why there are such jobs as personal assistants and personal shoppers.) I am fully aware that there are plenty of moms out there who do the lion’s share of the work when it comes to taking care of children and things around the house. But here’s the deal: I didn’t sign up for that gig. Mike and I always split things pretty evenly. (Well, maybe I did have the better end of that stick…he did always used to tell me that when he died he wanted to come back as me!) Don’t start thinking that I’m about to have a nervous breakdown or anything, because that is not the case. It’s just that I don’t get much down time. Of course, I may have some opportunity for that on the horizon since all of my sisters gave me babysitting coupons for my birthday!

So what’s been the big news over the last couple of months? Savannah turned one year old in September, and we celebrated her birthday at the happiest place on earth. That’s Disney World for those of you who live on some other planet and are not aware of such a happy fest. The original plan was for us to go back during spring break, but that did not work out for obvious reasons. My mother and two of my sisters, Cindy and Janet, went with us. It was a blast! We had dinner with princesses on the big day—we talked with Belle then Cinderella, Jasmine, Aerial, and Alice in Wonderland all came to our table during dinner. I think Savannah’s favorite is Cinderella; Ava is a bit partial to Belle. As far as rides go, Savannah enjoyed “It’s a Small World,” and so if you’ve got your volume turned on on your computer, I’ve got the theme song playing, so you, too, shall suffer by having it in your head the rest of the day! Ava loved “The House” (more commonly known as The Haunted Mansion) and Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom as well as “The Ball” (a.k.a spaceship Earth) at EPCOT. While we were at Magic Kingdom, Ava had an appointment at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique where she received some hair extensions. They only lasted about a day and a half, but we got a glimpse of what she will look like in about twenty years when her hair finally grows out.

Ava started back to pre-school after Labor Day, though she has missed a ton of days. I was becoming concerned that she was on the verge of becoming a dropout! She was sick the first day of school, so she didn’t go. We were out for our trip to Disney and then upon our return she got a fabulous case of pink eye. It ended up being a pretty severe case; the poor thing looked pitiful. After that was over, she developed a stomach bug. She’s been okay for a week or so now, so hopefully, she’ll stay that way. We thought Savannah was going to get away without catching the pink eye, but a few days after Ava’s eye cleared up, Savannah started showing signs. We were able to get her some medication that same day, so it didn’t get out of hand.

Sorry I’m not reporting on anything else…but if you check out the time I posted this, you’ll see it’s a little late, and I have to get up early to go to work in the morning. I do appreciate you all who keep checking back to see if I’ve posted anything. I’ll try to do better and not wait two more months before the next update. Until then, check out some of pictures from Disney World…