Archive | October, 2008

How I feel about…

21 Oct

There have been a few things on my mind lately.  I need to keep a notebook with me so that when I think of things to blog about, I write them down.  Because usually, by the time I get home and have time to sit down to blog, I have completely forgotten my interesting topic!  Blame Mommy brain. Here goes:

1. Daddies.  I think it is so adorable that my little girl turns all the men in her life into mush.  Her father, my father, Dave’s father, all of her uncles…they just melt to pieces when they see her!  It is way too cute watching these big, tough men turn all gentle and speak in baby-talk to Ella.  I know my daughter can light up a room, but seeing the smiles on the faces of these guys when Ella is there is priceless.  They love to play with her and see her smile and laugh.  It is very sweet and I’m glad that my baby is so loved! 

2. The “St. Louis High School” Thing.  I have heard just about enough complaining about St. Louis not being a friendly city to move to if you aren’t originally from here.  Now, I AM originally from here, so perhaps I don’t have the best perspective on this topic.  Forgive me if I am missing something.  Yes, many people from St. Louis will ask you where you went to high school (I went to Lindbergh).  Apparently, this offends “outsiders” who are living in St. Louis because by asking this question, native St. Louisans are judging you & what part of the town you are from.  And if you aren’t from ANY part of the town, then there is no reason to talk to you.  Because people in St. Louis are only friends with people they went to high school with and we are all “clique-y” and have no interest in welcoming new people to our circles of friends.  Pardon me, but this is complete BULLS***!  

I am PROUD that I went to Lindbergh.  I loved high school (though I know not everyone does) and I want my children to go to the Lindbergh schools.  I do have friends now that I was friends with in high school.  But I also have friends that went to high school in different parts of the city & county and I have no prejudged notion that their high school defines who they are any more than mine does!  I have asked people that I meet that are from St. Louis where they went to high school.  And it’s not because I want to judge if they are rich or poor or if they are smart or dumb.  There are people of all kinds in every school district here!  When I ask that question (and I have always assumed that when I am asked that question) it is to find out what you have in common with that person.  Perhaps you know someone else who went to that school.  Perhaps you have family or friends there now.  Or, like me, your parents are teachers & you have an interest to see if they’ve crossed paths.  Or maybe you played sports against them.  There are endless possibilities. 

I also have several friends (including my husband) who now live in St. Louis but did not grow up here.  I have never heard them say they feel like St. Louis is a cold and uninviting place, that people don’t want to talk to you or be your friend because you are an “outsider” and their group of high-school-for-life friends is full.  I’m sure there are rude people here.  I’ve met several.  But just to say that St. Louis sucks because people are unkind and unwilling to be friends is a dramatic over exaggeration of something that is not a real problem, in my opinion.  If you feel that I’m wrong, please let me know.  But tell me WHY and what exactly you’ve encountered to come to this conclusion.  

3. See, now I’ve already forgotten what else I was going to blog about.  I will find a notepad for my diaper bag & blogging will go on!  Until then, here’s a pic of Ella in the end zone @ Uncle Chris’ game @ Missouri State’s homecoming.

A Few Good Videos…

15 Oct

The End of the World


Sarah Palin “playing” the flute


Undecided?  Not if you live in St. Louis!


I hope these videos make your day a bit brighter!  I laughed…a lot.

Well wishes & new adventures…

14 Oct

Thank you all for the encouraging words during my wisdom-teeth-extraction-adventure.  I ended up being really happy with the local anesthetic vs. the general.  It took them forever to get to me, but once they did, and my mouth was numb, the actual pulling of my wisdom teeth took less than 3 minutes.  Very easy.  The two scariest parts were the needles and being able to hear them scraping around in my mouth and on my teeth.  I had a little pain after everything wore off, but mostly it was in my jaw at the injection sites.  Plus, I got to eat ice cream for a couple of days, so…no worries!  I’m glad they’re gone so I don’t have to worry about them anymore!  :-)

Ella had her Parents As Teachers 14-15 month evaluation last week.  Of course, she is awesome.  She is above average in all the categories they have with her only lacking slightly in problem solving (no, I’ve never seen her try to use a stick to get something out from under the couch) and some fine motor skills (she doesn’t stack 3 blocks on top of each other, only 2…because she pushes down on it like a lid, so she doesn’t get to 3).  She has begun to quack when she’s holding her duck which is funny & cute.  She also gives kisses to pictures in books or photos in albums.  It doesn’t really matter who or what the picture is, she will give it a kiss!  She has discovered magnets off the refrigerator.  Dave took her around the house to help her see what the magnet would stick to.  Ella’s favorite game right now (besides being chased) is to go get things and hand them to us.  Coasters, magnets, every little toy out of her toy bag, books, ANYTHING.  She collects all of one item and hands them all to us.  We say “thank you” and hand them back.  Repeat.  It is funny and cute, and maybe a little OCD.  

In light of Ella’s new discoveries, I’ve been looking for blocks (yes, just blocks…not legos) and those alphabet magnets.  I haven’t been able to find them yet, so if anyone has any suggestions for where I can look, please let me know!  

We traveled to Springfield to watch Chris’ football game on Saturday.  It was a last minute decision, but we had a lot of fun!  The drives weren’t too bad, the weather was absolutely beautiful & the Bears won!  We saw Chris catch a few passes & Ella had fun listening to the band.  She danced a lot to the halftime show.  If I can figure out a way to upload video from my cell phone, I’ll share!

The Autumn Leaves of Red & Gold…

9 Oct

This past Sunday, we ventured out to Eckert’s Fun Farm in Millstadt, IL.  We went to get a pumpkin and start a tradition with our little family.  We got so much more!  The price of admission was a bit expensive ($6 each with a coupon) but worth it for a once-a-year outing.  We saw the “Jack-o-Lobber”; a giant cannon that launched small pumpkins about 1/2 mile.  We also watched the pig races, which were cute, but hard for Ella to see since she wasn’t right up front.  There were several rides and places for kids to play, though Ella did not this year.  She’s a bit small still for most of the rides and since it was the weekend, the place was too crowded to let her climb around without getting trampled.  

We rode out to the orchards and picked a few apples (which are YUMMY) and then a nice pumpkin.  We have yet to carve it, but I will post pictures when we do.  We also ate lunch there.  It wasn’t terribly expensive, but we could have saved by bringing our own.  The pulled pork sandwiches were very tasty, though!  They also have lots of smaller booths with other farm-like food: ham & beans, succotash, kettle corn, home-made ice cream, apple cider, etc.  

It was a really nice day and I’m sure we’ll do it again next year.  And Ella will probably enjoy it a bit more, though she had a great time this year (as her long nap afterwards proves).  

I’m also getting my upper wisdom teeth out tomorrow, so wish me luck!  I decided to just get the local anesthetic since I got sick from the general last time.  I don’t think there will be any problems, I just don’t like the needles!  :-P

Happy Autumn!

Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice…

4 Oct

My days staying at home with Ella are far from perfect or always happy.  But I’ve been savoring the days and moments with her lately.  She is so much fun right now; a smiley, happy, playful girl.  She laughs so much and is learning things so quickly.  She has learned to say “cracka” to indicate that she wants some sort of food (everything is “cracka”), she nods and shakes her head to let us know if she does or does not want something, she gives hugs and kisses and pats and snuggles.  Her fine motor skills are improving rapidly; she stacks things constantly and is great at putting on lids and putting coins in the piggy bank.  She is funny and her laugh is contagious.  Even when it’s something we probably shouldn’t be laughing at to encourage her.  She is so sweet.  She sits nicely to watch Wheel of Fortune or read books.  She pats the dog gently (most of the time!).  I love watching her learn and be fascinated by the way things work.  Ella loves to play with anything we are doing, so she has already developed an interest in computers and music and XBOX controllers.  

Every day is different and, though not always easy, amazing.  I can’t wait to find out what Ella will do next and what I will learn from her.