Thursday, July 31, 2008

Not Again...

We have had yet another wonderful week complete with standard issue ER visit. This time it was not me. Nalley woke up from her nap on Tuesday afternoon burning up. I thought she was just hot from sleeping under her lovie blanket but she was super clingy too. Not typical Nalley.

We've made 2 trips to the ER, one Tuesday night, we didn't end up staying b/c the tylenol had lowered her temp enough that it "wasn't high enough to be alarmed about" according to the ER admissions nurse. We went back last night after I got home from my "play date" with Lisa, whom I met a little while ago. She is super sweet, super talented, and we have so much in common. She had asked me over to "scrap" and chat and eat some delicious snacks and I really wanted to go, but didn't really know if I should. Shayne insisted that I go and he would call me if anything happened. So, I did, and had a great time!!! Thanks Lisa, you are too much fun, and your kids are FABULOUS!

When I got home, Nalley's fever had spiked to almost 103 and I was worried. We set off to the ER, for the second night in a row...I was determined to find out what was wrong and get my sweet baby better. We got there at 12:30 a.m. and left at long night in some uncomfortable chairs, going on NO SLEEP and a 1 year old that is miserable and was a totally typical trip to the ER... Nalley has an ear infection and also another possible infection that I can't pronounce, or at least not without it sounding like I'm saying something vulgar. The ER doc said that they've seen lots of these cases recently, so he put her on some strong antibiotics. She seems a bit more chipper this afternoon, but still clingy and totally not herself. Still not eating or drinking very well, but we've resolved that she can have ANYTHING she wan't, if she'll eat it...I probably let her eat straight from the sugar bowl at this point. She did eat a few frozen peas this afternoon...turned down all of her other favorites like apple muffins, cookies, weird kids. We're crossing our fingers for a non-eventful, ER-free, happy, healthy, sunny slice of summer next week...

Friday, July 25, 2008

Where has the week gone?

My goodness...this week has gone so fast. I guess I can blame it on VBS, a trip to the ER, more projects than I can shake a stick at and general summer busyness. I thought that summer vacation was supposed to be carefree and relaxing...I guess that is for the kids.

Maybel was in VBS all week and had a total blast. The last two years we have sent her to day camp. That was great the first year, she had a blast and went for 2 weeks. Last year we signed her up for the max. (3 weeks) that each kid is allowed to go. They do something great everyday like go to the park and ride bikes, go to the water park, to the zoo, to the movies, etc...what kid wouldn't have a blast. We signed her up for 3 weeks so that she wouldn't feel left out with Nalley coming on the scene and she would have something that was totally her thing to look forward to. She cried EVERY morning before we left saying that she didn't want to go because she would miss us too much. WHAT????? You would rather be at home INSIDE with a screaming 2 week old??? Turns out, yes, she would because she was jealous that the new baby was getting more attention than her and getting to spend more time with us. It would have saved us all $110 bucks a week. So, she didn't want to go this year either, for the same reasons, that she would be jealous if Josh got to stay at home with her mom and Nalley got to stay at home with me...okay...whatever. She told us today that VBS (which cost us $15 and a bag of candy) was WAY more fun than day camp. Good to know.
Each day at day camp they made a craft and did a science experiment. Maybel had a great time doing these things and eagerly brought them home to show off. Tuesday they painted a canvas bag. We stopped off to get a coffee and before I even got a sip, she had spilled it all over her bag, Nalley's white sun hat and the blueberry muffin we bought to accompany our mid afternoon coffee. She was in TEARS because of her bag and her newly acquired "tattoos" that were inside. The next day she brought home a cup with some dirt and a seed in it to grow a plant at home. We were unloading the Costco loof and left Nalley in the floor to play while we came in and out. Her 1 year old curiosity got the best of her and she proceeded to spill the cup and eat the dirt. We walked in to find her with mud ALL over her face and in her mouth. NICE! This of course brought Maybel to tears again. Poor girl, nothing she has brought home has made it past dinner time, and she lost the "rain maker" they made...that's okay, she doesn't need any rain because there aren't any seeds to grow...

I made my very first article of clothing on Friday night. I've sewn quite a few home dec projects, etc...but NEVER any scares me. I found some instructions here for a pillow case dress. What could be easier, I thought, no fitting, just a little elastic and a few straight hems. Well, it was fairly simple, but I underestimated exactly HOW simple. It did turn out pretty cute, after I realized that I'd put the needle in the sewing maching BACKWARDS...duh! No, I don't sew a lot...what?, you're surprised? Here is Nalley modeling it. We were planning on taking some pictures of the girls wearing their matching dresses from the Luau because we just didn't get any that day. This is the ONLY picture I got of them before Nalley melted down from hunger, it was after all, lunch time...the girls' gotta eat! I'll be smarter next time. The rest of the weekend was busy so we didn't get another chance and Maybel goes back to her mom's tomorrow...there's always next week.

Whew...I feel like I've written a novel...that's what I get for being a bad blogger. I'll try to do better.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Biking, Baby Break and Awesome Grandparents!

Yesterday Shayne went mountain biking with Tim & Christine to Ingolf. I knew it would be too much for me with all of the technical aspects of the ride. In addition, the last time Shayne and his buddies went there, they were on the trail for 5 hours. Yesterday was no different and they came back with tales of mud drenched bikes and bodies, worn to the bone tired...not my idea of a FUN day mountain biking, but Shayne was in heaven!

Shayne had it set up for his parents to keep Nalley yesterday while we were out. Since I didn't go biking, I wasn't sure if they would still want to keep her or not. But they graciously offered to keep her anyway and give me 4 hours to do whatever I wanted. I just can't tell you how nice that was. It is only the 2nd time in over a year that I have not had Nalley with me and have not had anything planned...that needed to be done. I mean, I have had breaks from her before, but always to run an errand, go to the doctor, etc...I am soooo grateful to Brent and Wendy (and neighbor Dianne) for that wonderful break. With my mom and dad being 1500 miles away (sniff, sniff) and me not being the type that is very comfortable asking for help, even when I am desperate for it...the day in and day out responsibility of caring for a baby, even a GREAT baby like Nalley, can take a toll. I know that EVERY mother out there has felt overwhelmed before. I guess that's just a lesson to stubborn me to suck it up and just ASK for the help. That is the independant part of me that doesn't want to rely on or burden anyone else...silly, I know!

Nalley ADORES her Grandma & Grandpa!!! She can be in a cranky mood or whiny, or tired but ANY time Grandma walks into the room, she lights up like a lightbulb, throws her arms out and almost jumps to get at her. It is the cutest thing ever! And Grandpa makes her belly laugh with his funny voices and sweet little ways with her, it is precious. They have always had a way with Maybel and spoiled her rotten. She has always spent lots of time with them and been very close. Grandma started taking her to swimming lessons when she was 18 months old, (and to Starbucks around that same Maybel quickly became Grandma's shopping buddy! Now Maybel is scared to stay over night there because she got sick once (over 2 years ago)...and she's getting her indepence now too. But it is adorable to see the process start over with Nalley because at least for now (until she gets to be 8 or the world revolves around Grandma and Grandpa.

It also makes me a little sad to think about all that my parents are missing out on with Nalley! They would give anything to be able to see the girls regularly. But no matter what, my kids will never get to spend the same amount of time with them or get to know them as well as they do with Grandma and Grandpa. It was the same for me mom's parents were 10 minutes away and we saw them all the time. My grandmother came to see me everyday as a baby and we stayed with them almost every weekend...they were a stable fixture in our lives. My dad's mom on the other hand, lived 8 hours away and we saw her 1 or 2 times a year. We loved her, but just didn't really know her that well. It is easier to stay in touch these days with internet, digital pictures, free long distance, etc...and we try as much as we can. It is way easier with Maybel because she can call Nana and Papa and write them letters, etc... With Nalley though, I just point to their picture all the time and tell her who they are. I guess that will have to do until she's older. We're all looking forward to the fall when we go down for Thanksgiving. It will be a good opportunity to spend some quality time with Nana and Papa!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Classic Beauty

I was playing around with some actions in Photoshop yesterday and really liked how this picture turned out with its' vintage feel. The picture is from Nalley's Luau...hence the lei around her neck, which by the way, she kept on all day long and never pulled at...I was super impressed.

I had fun playing around with this LO and using several of Laura's things along with other stuff from the May Songbird Avenue kit. I have soooo much scrapping to catch up with...I'm feeling a little behind.

In other goings on at the Murray house, Nalley has had a bad reaction to her 1 year needles. The chicken pox vaccine has left her with an ugly red spot where the injection was and a bad case of the whiney cranks. After battling her from 1 a.m. on to go to sleep for the past week, she finally had a great night's sleep and wasn't up at all last night. Praise the Lord!!!!!!! She's napping now and I really hope we're on our way to some reasonable happy medium. I do feel bad for her, I know she's not feeling well, but Mommy needs some sleep and a little peace without a clingy baby at my heels...just for a few minutes.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Nalley's First Birthday Luau Party

We threw a Luau Pig Roast for Nalley's first birthday this past Sunday. The day started out overcast and ominous, but turned out to be a beautiful, mild day. It wasn't too hot and there was a perfect breeze for most of the day. It was so much fun.

Brent and Wendy were generous as usual and offered their backyard as our mainland oasis. They have a beautiful backyard and pool and it was the perfect setting for a wonderful party. We rented a special Barbeque and bought a 70 lb. pig from Danny's Whole Hog, it was highly recommended by several of our friends. Shayne cranked it up at 5 a.m. and there were a few glitches along the way, but all was well for an afternoon feast. We finished off the meal with a gorgeous cake from High Tea Bakery, it was delicious.

My fantastic in-laws helped so much with all of the prep work and things looked great. They gave us a awesome surprise when they flew in Shayne's grandparents from B.C. to share the day with us. Sadly, Shayne had to leave for Toronto on Tuesday and hasn't gotten to spend much time with them, but the girls and I are making up for it...we LOVE when they're around.

We had a great time celebrating our little angel (actually Shayne's grandmother has pointed out that Nalley looks like a little cherub, she just needs some wings) with lots of our friends and family. It was a wonderful party, but as I have said several times lately (and I mean it), Nalley is having hot dogs and s'mores for her birthday next year...this Luau was a LOT of work. But, the whole reason that we did it was because the FIRST BIRTHDAY is a REALLY BIG DEAL...right? She'll never have her first birthday we did it in style.

The girls had matching dresses that we picked up in Maui while we were there in March, they looked soooo cute!!! And look at those headbands...I'm usually not a headband fan for babies...just not, but this was my exception, and was cute!

The pig...Wendy kept saying, "can't we just call it pork?"...

The spread of was good

The hybiscus cake, it was so pretty and sooo yummy...or "num-num", as Nalley would say!

Nalley walking over to open her gifts.

We're in tissue paper heaven...

I guess she really liked that card....

I made 12 gift "buckets" for party favors for the was a Hawaiian Luau theme, we couldn't just have it in a bag...we needed some sand pails and shovels. I also made homemade sugar cookies to put inside of each bag, they had Nalley's inital...too bad I didn't get a goody bag.

How sad is it that she won't remember any of this? Thank goodness we got so many good pictures of the day...I'll just have to get busy scrapbooking the memories for her.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Photography Course and One Year Needles

Since diving into the scrapbooking world, photos, good photos are now of the utmost importance. After all, you can spend hours on the layout and design of one page to have a mediocre (at best) picture of the wonderful memories that you've tried to capture. It just doesn't make sense. So, my amazingly wonderful husband bought me a new DSLR camera a while back, you can read the post here. I soon realized that I was overwhelmed (I knew I would be) at the lack of knowledge I had on the whole photography/camera world. It just goes to show that yes, good equipment does make a difference, but so many are quick to sell short the skills of a photographer and give all the credit to the camera...not the case.

Around the time I got the camera, Jessica Sprague announced that she was going to offer a Photography 101 class taught by Candice Stringham....yay for that...I was so excited. There were only 200 spots available for this online class, so I registered for it the second that I got the e-mail reminder that registration was opening. It started on Monday and our first lesson is on shutter speed. Our first assignment was to capture a motion shot with a fast shutter speed and one with a slow shutter speed. Here is what I got. Nalley playing at the park in the swings...her FAVORITE. We did it first thing this morning before her appointment for her 1 year check up. I knew we'd be at home for the rest of the day, recovering from her needles. She cried so hard, I felt just terrible. But they're over, no more for another 6 months.

This is slow shutter speed:

This is fast shutter speed:

Still no teeth. Shayne and Wendy said they saw top ones yesterday and I thought I saw a bottom, side one, but this morning her doctor said no...nothing up top and the thing I saw was a gum cyst...nothing wrong, just happens from them gumming everything...what else is she to do without any teefs?

Everything else at her appointment was great...she's healthy and abovc average in both her height and weight. Average for 1 year is 20.5 lbs and 27.5 inches. Nalley is 21 lbs. and 28.5 inches. I weighed her last week on her birthday and she was naked and 20.5 lbs., today she had on a jean jumper and that 1/2 a pound? I am impressed, everybody talks about how BIG she is, well not really compared to most, I guess...only in the cheeks!