Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween Snow White!

This past Saturday was our community's Trick-or-Treat night and Emily has been looking forward to it for over a month. We surprised her with a Snow White dress and wig several weeks ago and she fell in love. We did some prep work to remind her that people would come to our house and we would give them candy. There would be some kids in funny masks and if there were scary faces, we just reminded her that they were just pretend and there were just kids under them.

Here's a look at the evening.

Ready to great her public...

At Emily's request, Nanny dressed up as the
"Apple Witch" and joined her for the evening.

It was a long, chilly night, but Emily had a blast!
She met a few scary folks early on and something
must have clicked a little later because she started
waving at them all and shouting, "Hi Funny Face!"
She got so comfortable that she nearly shouted,
"Hi Funny Face!" to a few folks who didn't even
have masks on. Awwwwwkward! :-)
But nothing a quick change of topic couldn't fix!

At the end of the night, Papa (aka The Prince)
decided to get in on the Snow White action
while sporting a little Buckeye fever...

Too funny, but a little scary. The bow
adds a nice touch I think.

Happy Halloween!

(Oh, and yes, Emily did get to go around to our neighbors,
but I think she actually preferred to hand out candy as opposed to raking it in!)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Papa's Birthday and Halloween

This past week has been a flurry of activity. On Wednesday evening we met Aunts Shell and Laura for Papa's birthday dinner. Posted below are a series of pictures from the evening. Initially, I was trying to get some good pictures of Miss Em but the activity at the table in the background was just as entertaining...

And, lastly, Emily has taught Nanny and Papa the sign for "I Love You".
Papa's fingers don't work quite like they used to and Emily likes to help
him get it just right. Luckily, the meds he's been taking for his arthritis
also help lessen pain from 3-year old "helpers".

Happy Birthday Sam! We love you!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

It's Saturday!

Em still has a drippy nose today and a tickle of a cough. We've had a pretty lazy day today. We did some cleaning and some laundry and a lot of sitting around doing nothing! Mmmmmm-hmmmmm.

This afternoon Tom was playing around with Emily and asked her, "Emily, who's the boss?" He was anxiously waiting for her to say something along the lines of, "You are, Daddy." However, following her own script, she start by half-heartedly pointing at her daddy and then twirled around quickly and said, "Mommy!" That's my girl. She makes me giggle.

A few hours later, Tom decided to pick up the game again and said, "Emily, say 'Daddy, you're the boss!'" but it came out slightly transposed. "Daddy, you're bossy!"

Only our Emily. Teehee!

Friday, October 23, 2009

A Day at Home with Sickie

Emily came home last night with a drippy nose and a slight cough. Normally, I wouldn't be too concerned because we had just spent Sunday evening outdoors at a cookout and it IS starting to be cold season. However, we've had the flu running rampant in our county and surrounding counties and most doctors are calling it H1N1 since it's supposedly too early for your typical seasonal flu. A few people I know have been diagnosed with H1N1 so I felt it was probably wise to err on the side of safety. Em was supposed to go to speech therapy this morning, then to the sitters (who was going to take her along to a MOPS meeting this morning where there would be a bunch of other kids) and then I was going to pick her up in the afternoon and take her to physical therapy. (How's that for a run-on sentence?) I decided it might be a smart call to stay home until we know what's really going on.

So, what did we do today?

We did what every good mom would do with her sick kid... We read books, drank homemade hot chocolate, made homemade playdough, knitted a few hats and wrote letters on recycled homemade paper to all of our friends and family. Seriously? Are you buying any of that because I just might have some swamp land in Florida to sell ya!

We (Emily) got to have a Disney movie marathon complete with Snow White, Mary Poppins and a dash of Beauty and the Beast. We also threw in a few PBS kids shows for a sprinkling of educational value. I did make a pretty yummy lunch for her and made sure she drank lots of fluids. In conjunction with the fluids, we also kept working on potty training throughout the day. (Would love to hear any great ideas for potty training! It's been dragging on for over 6 mos. now and almost seems to be getting worse instead of better....)

While Emily was watching the boobtube, I did a little tech work, tech support and tech professional development. While I was taking a few tech calls, Em decided to mock me and even spent a good deal of time repeating EVERYTHING I was saying.

Here's a picture of her phone:

I know -- it looks like a giant wooden spoon (it is),
or a golf club but it gets great reception!
Due to her great imagination, mere seconds later
it became a shovel/pick ax like the Seven Dwarfs use.

During the course of the day, I also did some laundry, some dishes and some cooking. I enjoy reading blogs that feature recipes. The people that write these blogs tend to call themselves "foodies". Sounds a little cheesy to me. Today, I'm going to be a food blogger. Today, I'm a flogger!

Or not....

Our church was supposed to take treats to a local nursing home this Sunday but have decided to postpone it until everyone is feeling better. I wanted to try making some new recipes for rice krispy treats (using a crock pot!) and popcorn balls. The results are in!

I love using Fruity Pebbles in Rice Krispy Treat recipes. So... fruity! And... chewy! And... just plain yummy. I read online recently where a lady slowly melted the marshmallows and butter in a crockpot while she was making supper and then mixed everything together for some great treats. What a brilliant idea! No constant stirring the stuff on the stove. Simply melt, stir and mix it all together. -- Or so she said. It took quite a while for my stuff to get its melt on. It finally did and I was very hopeful that my yummy, fruity, sticky mess would turn out scrumptious. It glopped out of the crock just like I thought it should have. And, it spread onto my cookie sheet like I thought it should have.

After about 15 minutes it had cooled down to room temp and I found a knife to cut my yummy, fruity treat. Unfortunately, it required a little more pressure than I remembered. As a matter of fact, it took a LOT of pressure to cut through it. And, when it did cut through, it pretty much shattered into a bunch of shrapnel. Seriously. It hit me in the face! I deemed this particular attempt worthy of roofing shingles and unfit for senior citizens. I'm blaming it on stale marshmallows and not on crock pot user error. I decided it wasn't worth messing with and it quickly found its way to the trash can.

UPDATE 10/24/09 - I took a 2nd whack at making Rice Krispy Treats today and they turned out great! Nice and soft and chewy and the recipe came straight from the Kellogg's website. Yummers!

I've been itching to try a Caramel Apple Bar mix and finally got my chance this afternoon. We picked a mix up while we were on vacation in Tennessee that simply required adding an egg, apples, and some melted butter. I know my husband loves apple stuff and I've been anxious to make this. I added a few (optional) chocolate chips. The verdict isn't in on this one yet. I sure looks yummy but we're still stuffed from supper and haven't cut into it yet.

UPDATE 10/24/09 - We tried this one after Em went to bed last night. It was okay. I was really surprised that with all the apples, caramel nuggets and chocolate chips that I put in that it was actually rather bland. I melted some butterscotch chips this afternoon and drizzled them over the top. Maybe that will make them a little bit sweeter. Or, warm them up and load 'em up with vanilla ice cream and caramel ice cream topping!

I hear the folks at the nursing home surprisingly really like popcorn balls. I wasn't quite ready to spend a lot of time on popcorn balls so I decided to try a recipe called Honey Krunch Popcorn. It's basically caramel corn but made with a combination of honey and brown sugar. I read through the recipe and it sounded like it would work pretty easily. The only thing I was wondering was whether it was going to end up being a crunchy or a soft and chewy snack.

I started with 6 cups of popped popcorn.

In a saucepan, I melted 1/4 cup of honey with
1/4 cup of brown sugar and brought it to a boil.

I drizzled it over my popcorn, mixed it all together
and then poured it out on a cookie sheet lined with
parchment paper. I then baked it for 15 minutes
in a 300° oven, stirred it and baked it for 15 more minutes.

The results:

...another fine product for the trash can to sample!

The popcorn didn't really burn, but ended up having that almost burnt popcorn taste.
It was actually just starting to smolder when it was time to take it out of the oven!
The flavor wasn't that bad, but it wasn't that great either.

I'm thinking this just isn't a good week to try new recipes. Earlier this week, I made baked chicken breasts that turned out pretty good and planned on making scalloped corn to accompany them but I was missing some eggs. I found another corn recipe that involved corn (obviously -- or maybe not with the way my luck has been going!), cream cheese, butter and milk. I plated the food (Isn't that what they call it on the Food Network?) ...and served it up. My sweet, lovable husband knows I always want his honest opinion on the stuff I make because I want to know whether I should ever bother making again. Part way through the meal he says, "The chicken is good, but I don't understand the corn." I had to laugh... I didn't understand it either. Food improv just isn't my thing this week.

Enough confessions. Now you all know that contrary to popular belief I'm not Martha Stewart or Rachael Ray. Flogger out!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Grandma I's "Tell Me Your Memories"

For Christmas 1995 I gave both of my grandmas a booklet that I picked up at a Hallmark store. It was called "Tell Me Your Memories". There was a page in the booklet for every day of the year and neither grandma fully completed their books for me but they did a great job for their ages at the time. Grandma Isler reached a point where she didn't like to write because her hand was so shaky but some of my relatives would ask her questions when they went to visit and would help fill in the blanks. Both of my grandmas have passed away and we still have some of their memories because of these neat little booklets. I love reading their handwritten responses and remembering times spent with them.

Here are Grandma I's responses:

Grandma I.

What was your day and date of birth?
Dec 22, 1913

Where were you born?
At home, County Line Rd, Marion-Crawford, Grand Prairie Twp.

Do you know any other circumstances of your birth (who was present, who delivered, etc.)?
My twin brother was born 8 hrs. before me. The doctor was Dr. Baker (Kirkpatrick). My great-aunt Lizzie Kelly - a nurse (Grandma Mapes' sister) was there.

Name your brothers and sisters and their years of birth.
Frederick, Howard F. Lusch (Feb. 25, 1912), Charles Donald Lusch (Dec. 22, 1913), Janet Ruth Lusch Lawrence (Oct. 13, 1917) {Grandpa Mapes - Charles W. M, Aunt Jeanette Marble, Howard Mapes}

What was your mother's full name?
Gladis Emma Mapes Lusch, born May 25, 1886

What was your father's full name?
Fred Jacob Lusch, born June 18, 1888 (?) in Marion

What was your mother's date and place of birth?
I think Grand Prairie Twp. They lived near the Brush Ridge Cemetery.

What was your father's date and place of birth?
June 18, 1888 in Marion, Ohio.

Tell a family nickname that you had.
None - just Dorothy.

Tell of any other nicknames in your family.Charles was called Chuck by school friends.

What did your father do for a living?
Dad was a bookkeeper and farmer. Kept books for Farm Bureau and later managed in Marion also sold F.B. Insurance. Moved to Upper Sandusky (1935-36). Managed F.B. Landmark and sold Nationwide Insurance.

Name the towns you lived in before you were 20.
We lived on a farm in Claridon Twp. and visited grandparents and cousins in Marion.

Name the childhood addresses you remember.
Mud Pike - Marion Ohio
R.F.D. 6
Columbus-Sandusky Rd. (*Note: apparently all were known as ST. RT. 98)

Tell a fond memory of your Grandpa.
Grandpa Mapes wanted us to sit quiet and listen. Don't run in the house. Keep hands off well (stairways). Don't sit on arms of furniture. Sit. Sit. Clean up your plate. He was a good guy but not much for fun.

Tell a fond memory of your Grandma.
Grandma Lusch was quiet and nice. She liked to stay home. Grandma Mapes taught us a lot of good things. I spent some vacations at their house. Also got to help her "clean house". She made it a good time to talk and learn how to clean. They had a big house in Marion, "modern" plumbing. 254 S. State St., Marion, Ohio.

Tell about a favorite Aunt.
Aunt Jeannette (Mapes) Marble - We spent summer vacations at their house. They had 3 girls. Aunt Hester (Lusch) Harraman, Aunt Kathryn Lusch. They all lived in Marion so that was different and fun.

Tell about a favorite Uncle.
Dad's brothers - Oscar, Harold, and Eddie Lusch. They talked and teased a lot.

Did any relatives ever live with you?

When you needed punishment as a child, which parent corrected you?
Mostly just "talked to". Either Mother or Dad. Mother was more often available.

What type of punishment was dealt you?
"A talking to"

Tell about the naughtiest thing you ever did.
Who me??

If you got caught, describe the consequences.

A promise for the next time.

Relate an experience or memory of a cousin.
Betty Mapes Garver (Uncle Ralph) moved here from Nebraska. She came to visit at our house. She was Janet's age. She watched milk the cows.

Did your mother work outside the home?
Chores and garden

What did you and your brothers or sisters fight about the most?
Whose turn it is to do certain chores.

Do you remember the first movie you ever saw and who starred in it?I was told it was Mrs. Wigga in the Cabbage Patch.

What was your favorite meal as a child?
Ham, browned potatoes, coleslaw, escalloped corn, devil's food cake and peaches (home canned)

What were you doing to first smash a finger?

Car door was shut on it.

Tell about a big fib you told. Not me!!

Did you ever hop a freight train? Explain.
No. I rode a passenger train to Chicago World's Fair (1933?) from Marion. We got on at the station.

Tell of a nickname given to you by friends or classmates.
"Dot". Girls on basketball team. We all had nicknames.

How did you get the nickname?
Dot - short for Dorothy, I guess.

Who was your first girlfriend?
Girls in my class and Vera Mae (Smith) Seckel, Marguirita Eichhorn (Speir)

Tell about the Valentine Day festivities at your school.
We made valentines for almost all in our room. Teachers made or covered a box like mailbox. Valentines were drawn out and delivered.

Tell about a special valentine you once gave.
We made most of our valentines from art paper. Cut out flowers and hearts and put on with homemade paste.

Tell about your first date.A double-date my parents were not to happy with but I never went with him again. We went from my girlfriend's house.

Tell about your first kiss.
Must have been from my mother or dad. I don't remember too many kisses.

Tell about family reunions in your childhood.
Lusch family met every summer at Garfield Park. Sometimes we went to cousins in Tiffin and Marysville Retterer reunion usually at Garfield Park. We took enough lemon for lemonade made there in a big crock. Ice cream was made and a lot of cousins and friends came to help eat it. There was a shelter in the park.

What do you remember as your favorite subject in school?
Reading, spelling, simple math (arithmetic), home economics, history and English.

What do you remember as your least favorite school subject?

Science (biology and physics)

What is the biggest problem you remember having in Grade School?
Fractions. Division.

What is the biggest problem you remember having in Jr. High School?
No jr. high. Just 1-8 and 9-12. We had to take an 8th grade test to get into H.S. We studied for it. Had Mr. Banning for our teacher. I did well.

What is the biggest problem you remember having in Sr. High school?
Physics as a Jr., Latin II - Soph.

Describe a place you liked to go to be alone.
? To our/my bedroom. Walk along the creek. Riffle Creek run through our farm on 98.

Tell of a place that you discovered or built as a "haven" for your gang.

No gangs, just visited some friends, played games like card games, played croquet in our yard.

Tell about a favorite "hang out" place for you and your friends in Jr. or Sr. High.
Farm kids did not do those things. Had chores and plenty to keep busy.

Tell about the best pet you ever had.
We had very nice dogs and cats.

Tell about other pets you had.
We always had cats and dogs. We liked border collies or collie dogs and cats lived at the barn.

Tell about being in a school play or program.
I had parts in a lot of school programs. In high school, junior and senior class plays and played as a "black" maid in Jr. play! Black make up. Can you imagine? Not 1996.

Tell about a school principal you remember.
They were all good to me.

Did you ever pretend to be sick as an excuse to stay home from school?

Do you have a good story about yourself cussing?
We were threatened if we said "darn". That means the same as "Damn", etc. Occasionally I did but not so Mother or Dad heard.

Tell about how you spent your Saturdays during the school year.
Helped with housework. Baked and cleaned. We went to Marion Saturday evenings to get groceries. Stores closed at 9:00.

Tell about how you spent your Sundays.
Sunday School when weather was good. Picnics, ball games, croquet, card games. Visited the grandparents and aunts, uncles and cousins.

What was the naughtiest or meanest thing you remember doing in school?
Not me??

What was your favorite radio program?I liked music. Band and vocal. We did not have a radio except one run by battery till we got electricity R.E.A. about 1929?

What was your favorite movie as a youth? Why?
We didn't go to many, no money. - Maybe went w/ Mapes', it was just up State Street. ORPHEUM theater on W. Center St., Grand Theater on N. State.

Tell of a difficult school essay or term paper assignment.In my day, they must have called it something else.

Tell about your first smoke.
No first.

Do you remember your first pizza?
Box mix in the 60's.

If you went to college, tell which college you chose and why.
Marion Business College. We did not have any courses at Claridon to prepare for a job so I took a business course and got a job at Farm Bureau helping my dad. There I was given a job as bookkeeper - until I got married 1937.

Tell your major and how you chose it.
Did you ever hear of Major Bowls (on radio) (amature hour) {I suspect G'ma didn't understand this question....}

Did people wear green on St. Patrick's Day?
Not because I was Irish. Wore whatever we had.

If you ever hitch-hiked, explain. No. In my day we walked to visit neighbor kids or to pick strawberries. Had no bicycle. Just good exercise.

What do you remember as your favorite time of year? Why?
Probably - summer or fall to get back to school or to see the friends.

Describe some household chores you had as a child.
Lots of dishwashing, dusting, sweeping, and bed making...

Describe some outside chores.
Planted sweet peas on St. Patrick's Day or Good Friday -- which ever when it was dry enough.

What bones have your broken and how? None.

Did you ever need stitches?

Tell about an experience at the doctor's.Had to get a small pox shot so I could play basketball (1930). Required in all schools.

Name your best school chums.
Vera Mae (Smith) Seckel
Marjorie (Seckel) Gulliford
Louise George
Ester Haley Tittlebaugh
Hazel Trout Bauer

Tell about a practical joke or prank you played on a person.
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you..."

Have you ever hunted or tried to capture a wild animal?
I went with my brother to set and check traps for muskrat, mink, or coon along our creek (Riffle). It runs through our farm. Did not go often.

Did you ever try to adopt a wild animal?
Only stray dogs.

Relate a favorite spring memory."Last day of school" meant you probably wouldn't see most of your friends until next fall.

Did your Mom or Dad ever find something you had hidden?
Maybe a book or 2 I was not supposed to read. They thought it had too much "love stuff" in it. (Sex)

Share a memory of going to church as you were growing up.
We went to church in Marion with Grandma Mapes when we visited her. When weather was good Dad drove us there. We had a good teacher I remember (Aunt Matt Howser, grandma's sister)

Share a memory about a church social activity.
Church was not social.

Tell about an Easter Egg hunt.
The "Easter Bunny" always took care of that but one year after they were carefully hid - some hogs got out and found most of them.

If your family went to Easter Sunrise services, tell about it.
Some friends always had new Easter clothes but we were told that was not what it was all about.

Tell about any other Easter tradition.
Easter eggs and baskets were fixed for us. Sometimes we went to Grandmother Lusch's / Aunt Kathryn and some Lusch cousins were there.

When you played make-believe, what did you pretend?
We played house and I was the boss.

If you could return to your childhood, what would you do differently?
Try to set in the front so I could see the blackboard better.

Is there anything you would do differently as a teenager?
There is quite a difference between 1925 and 1996. We had some fun and were kept busy. We lived on a farm and did a lot of things with our family; played ball, croquet, and card games - Flinch, Muggins, Rook and Euchre.

What is the best book you ever read as a child?
I liked a book when I was a teenager called "A Girl of the Limberlost" G Jean Stratton Porter.

What is the biggest physical problem you had to deal with?
Try to keep our bedroom in order. {At least I "think" that's what it says and I won't speculate on what that means! j.h.}

Did you have any superstitions?
No! Fine a penny, pick it up, all the day you'll have good luck.

Where were your best hide-and-seek places?
Under our (Janet & my) bed.

Tell about the first time you were ever behind the wheel of a car.
Learning to drive in the lot around the (Brooder) house. (Baby chick)

Do you have a story about a big surprise?Having a daughter and having (2) sets of twins.

What childhood fear do you remember?
A Dog.

Tell about a May Day tradition.
Decoration day parade in Marion.

How much do you remember paying for an ice cream cone?.35 / 4 Leaf Clover Isaly, North Prospect St.

Did you have a treehouse?
No, but we did have an "out house". Do you know what that is?

Did your Mother ever make a special gift for you?Mother made most of our dresses.

Tell a favorite memory of your mother.
She could make the best pies, devil's food and angel food cake and she was a very good cook and very particular about housekeeping, laundry and gardening.

Tell about some good advice your mother gave you.
Little children love each other for love is of God.

Relate your family Mother's Day traditions.
Mother's Day must do something for grandmothers.

Do you remember any childhood songs or rhymes?
Home, Home on the Range.

Name some popular hit songs from your youth.
Carolina Moon
Springtime in the Rockies
Tennessee Waltz

What was your favorite singing group or band?
Wayne King
Guy Lombardo
Bing Crosby

Tell a favorite singer and a song that he/she sang.
Kate Smith sang God Bless America.

What kind of dances did you do as a youth?
Charleston, Waltz, Square Dance -- but I didn't dance.

Tell about your first dance you ever went to.
Chrystal Lake Park - north of Marion

Tell about your high school prom or formal dance.
For Jr. Prom we entertained seniors at Harding Hotel ballroom. I don't think dancing was permitted at school (Claridon).

Describe the military experience of someone in your family.
A couple uncles were in 1st World War and 2nd World War. My twin was in the Air Force in 1943-45. I believe a mechanic on planes - mostly England. (Charles D. Lusch)

Share a memory involving a war during your childhood or youth.
World War II - Young people were drafted. Some food rations. Many things were saved to be recycled - to replace rubber and metals for planes, etc.

Share another memory involving a war during childhood or youth.
1st World War - I was too young to understand "why" uncles were going to Army Camp. Food things rationed. 2nd World War - "why" Charles went to England.

Tell about your graduation exercises or traditions.
We had baccalaureates on Sun. before and graduation - we did not wear "gowns" - white dresses. Had a speaker and music.

What year did you graduate from high school?
1932 Claridon High School

How many students were in your graduating class?
11 -- Charles Lusch, Charles Howser, Walter Schwaderer, John Gruber, Georgia Kraner, Louisa George, Ester Haley, Dorothy Lusch, Cecil Palmer, Glen Pallen (?), Harold Smith

How many students attended your high school?
11 in my class - 9th
18 - 10th
4 - 11th
16 - 12th
49 plus or minus

Did you play a musical instrument?
Piano (some)

Tell of the closest friend you had during your childhood.
Vera Mae Smith (Seckel)

Tell about hot dog or marshmallow roasting.
4-H Club meetings

Did you ever go on a snipe hunt?
Yes - a neighbor's party!

What was your first job?
Helping take care of cousins when they were babies - Mostly housework, dishes and diapers.

Tell about going to a circus or chautauqua.
Grandpa Mapes took us to Elks Circus in Marion several times and I went with G'ma to the chautauqua at Garfield Park. She liked to go and I saw a lot of good shows. 1 week each summer on my vacation. I was probably 12-14 years old.

Did you go fishing in your childhood?
No. Just in the creek by our house.

Do you remember having a favorite candy? How much did it cost?
A neighbor Charlie Fetter showed us how he pulled taffy. He had a big hook on the wall doorway. When it got so he could handle it he pulled it over that hook " 'til is was ready".

Do you remember having a favorite snack that you made at home?

Tell about the best Christmas present you ever received.
Roll of pennies every Christmas from Grandpa Mapes.

Tell about the worst Christmas present you ever received.
When I didn't get anything.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Just the Facts, Ma'am

Nothing really exciting has happened in the last week so I'm really struggling with what to write about today. The only thing "new" is that Emily worked up to wearing her braces all day (off at night) for about 3 days before she started limping. There were no red marks on her legs or feet and her toes look fine too. We gave her a break for a few days and when we tried putting regular shoes on her, she decided to limp then too! Tomorrow is a new day and we're going to attempt our Super Legs! again. (That's what we call them.)

Today's entry is just about facts. About Emily.
  • As of today - 1,248 days old.
  • Weight: 33.5 lbs (but feels more like 50!)
  • Height: 39 inches (and that's on flat feet!)
  • Not a big fan of bugs
  • Loves ice cream
  • Will pick a dress over play clothes nearly any day
  • Likes to put mousse on her forehead every morning
  • Adores hand-me-downs from her friends and cousins
  • Has a daddy-inspired addiction to orange tic-tacs
  • Has an obsession with birthdays and celebrates mine at least once a week
  • Head-over-heels adores her big brother
  • Still isn't potty-trained but tells me every day that she's working on it.
  • Once told me her tummy was tired (what does that mean, anyway?)
  • Pronounces Lucky Charms and Yucky Bombs
  • Is a routine girl through and through
  • Likes to put her hands up and say, "Weeee" as we go over train tracks and bridges.
  • Moving up to wearing 4T and 5T but we actually have to make sure they're long enough (I never had that problem!)
  • Shoe size is a 7 1/2 or an 11 1/2 wide... depending on the day.
  • Favorite game: Hide & Seek (and hiding in the same spot again and again)
  • Favorite drinks: milk and lemonade
  • Favorite movie: Snow White
  • Favorite books: God and Me, any Clifford the Big Red Dog books, The Way to Wyatt's House, Snow White
  • Favorite songs: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and ABC Song

Saturday, October 03, 2009

The Packing List

Emily is getting ready to spend the night with Nanny and Papa at their camper tomorrow night. Tonight she was so excited that she decided to help pack her own bags. Here is the list of things piled in our living room so far that she "thinks" she's taking with her tomorrow. (Good luck fitting it all in the camper!)

  • 3 baby dolls
  • 1 Barbie doll
  • small black teddy bear
  • 6 small sheets of notebook paper
  • jump rope
  • dump truck
  • bull dozer
  • purse with pretend dog food inside
  • microphone
  • Fridge Phonics musical part (no letter included - - yet)
  • photo album of Kazakhstan trip
  • tiny stuffed red panda
  • small sticker booklet with no stickers left
  • 6 books ("Moo, Baa, La La La!", "Bear Snores On", "My Day Picture Book", "Clifford's Puppy Days", "The Fussy Princess" and "Just Go To Bed")
  • a purse with 2 Prayer Bears inside
  • flute
  • Raggedy Ann piggy bank
  • dolphin teething toy
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • sippy cup with milk left over from supper
  • play dog toy with carrier, leash, comb, jacket and food bowl
  • toddler's MP3 music player (that might need batteries before it makes the trip)
  • and finally, ONE used fabric softener dryer sheet.
Do you think she'll be disappointed when I tell her in the morning that she has to take some clothes, shoes and toiletries with her?

Friday, October 02, 2009

Brace Yourselves...

Okay, lame title. I know. But, come on. You knew this entry was coming!

Emily's braces were ready on Monday morning so Tom and I took Emily for her fitting. She did really well and was once again very brave. Mr. B was able to do his work and we walked out of there with 4 new pieces to add to Emily's wardrobe... 2 braces, a night brace and a knee immobilizer for night use. More pictures will come later, but I wanted to give you a quick sneak peak at the amazing difference in her walk and how quickly she has adapted to these things.

After work, we had a meeting with a new babysitter and her family. We went out to eat and then hit the shoe store to find a new pair of shoes that would fit over there braces. I knew we would need bigger shoes, but I never would have guessed that we would go from a size 7 1/2 to a size 11 1/2 Wide! That's 4 sizes, baby! (And she can still walk in them without tripping over her own feet!)

Monday night was my first attempt at putting on the braces. I quickly learned my mistake of not holding them open wide enough to make it easy to get her foot in there. She held it against me the rest of the week. :-/

We are working our way up to wearing these more and more each day and I've let Tom take the lead in putting them on since he's much better (and patient and calmer about it than I am)! She wore them for 4 hours this evening and did pretty well. We haven't started with the night brace or knee immobilizer yet but will integrate that into the routine once she's used to wearing the braces for longer during the day. The night brace is much more padded so it should be comfy, but she's not used to keeping her feet at that angle for so long.

Just wanted to share the video with you guys. After the braces were put on, you can see that she wasn't able to pivot quite as well as before... but keep in mind she's been used to pivoting on her toes for over 2 years now and she's wearing shoes that are literally 4 sizes bigger than she's used to! And, less than a week later and she's already working on steps and other obstacles. This kid never ceases to amaze me and is adapting to these things faster than I thought possible! Way to go, Emily!

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