Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Holiday Baby Syndrome

A phrase I learned this week.

BEWARE: Your child may catch this contagious syndrome if they:

- have a high intake of sugar and crackers instead of regular meals
- have a lack of sleep, both at night and during nap time, or no nap at all, for more than one day
- no schedule for more than one day
- attend many parties with lots of people and lots of running around, especially after multiple days in a row

What could happen? You could end up outside with your child in the freezing cold, trying to get them to calm down as they have a MAJOR tantrum, the worst you have ever seen! Or maybe you end up taking your little one out to the car, in the middle of the winter, in just their diaper! (actually the diaper was half off as she didn't want it on anymore) And it takes TWO people to get your child into their car seat.

I think this is why God makes kids so cute, so you know you will still love them, even after they scream, scratch, take off their clothes, and resist EVERYTHING!

Any suggestions on how to avoid Holiday Baby Syndrome would be much appreciated!

Hope your holidays were calm, cool, and collective!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hi-ho, hi-ho it's off to work I go!

Next week is a big week. I (nicole) am going back full-time at a new job. I have already been there 2 days training and just know I am going to LOVE it! I am going to miss my lazy summer days hanging with my little girl. But after much prayer (okay, ALOT of prayer) and thought, I know that this is meant to be. Please pray the week goes smoothly, for all of us!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday Ellie

Ellie's favorites at 2 years old:
Show: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Food: Macaroni & Cheese
Color: "mink"
Song: ABC's which somehow turns into singing Ring around the Rosie
Game: Ring around the Rosie (will do this all day if you let her)
Team: Michigan Wolverines
The latest things she knows: Going on the potty, recognizes shapes (circle, diamond, square, heart, star, triangl), counting to 13, singing most of her abc's, says MICHIGAN! when she's sees the U of M "M", GO BLUE!, jumping, she loves to jump, I'm sure there's a ton I am forgetting
Activities: Playing with her new kitchen, playing outside, slides, dolls, reading books, singing & dancing
Schedule: Wakes up around 8:30am/9am, naps around 2, and goes to bed around 8:30pm/9pm depending on what's going of course, some times later.
Personality: Ellie is very strong willed and knows what she wants, when she wants it. She has lots of energy and talks A LOT! She speaks in sentences sometimes, and repeats everything! She doesn't like people telling her what to do, but if you give her a choice, she is usually okay with that. She seems to exhibit a "leader" personality. She is such a sweetie and loves to give hugs and kisses.

Ellie is going to start "school" tomorrow! Mommy is returning to work so Ellie is off to a great daycare. I'm so excited for her to start and think she will love it.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Potty Time Celebration

Ellie decided to take off her diaper this morning all by herself and go in her potty! woohoo! She has gone 3 other times since we have moved. So proud of Ellie! I lost my camera, otherwise I'd post a pic of our big girl!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Moved & Settling In

So I've been slacking with this blog. I need to do some updating since a lot has changed recently, though most of the people that actually do read this already know.

A few weeks ago we moved to Ann Arbor, yes, the maize and blue country! Mike has been working in Ann Arbor since last November and we finally sold our house in April. (we had it for sale for 6 months, which really is not too bad considering the market, but it still felt like forever since Ellie and I were away from Mike during the week). I have a whole new respect for single moms! It is really hard to be the only parent and never get a break. Work was considered my "break" away from mommy-ness. =) (Thankfully Mike's parents, who lived about 3 minutes away, did watch Ellie for me when I needed help on occasion. My friend Jenna and my sis-in-law Brenda watched Ellie a little bit longer on the days I worked. Also, thanks to my other friends and fam that watched Ellie in a pinch!)

Now our family is back together 7 days a week. Mike was coming home just on the weekends for those 6 months. Luckily we have some great friends (Thank you SO much Dan & Jen! You guys are awesome! ) who Mike was able to stay with during this transition. We are now living in an apartment for the time being, while I look for a job and we figure out what area we want to live in. It is a bit of a change for me being home all day during the week since I am used to working, as well as not knowing a ton of people or knowing my way around the area. I know how to get to the major stores, so that's all that matters for now I guess. =) I do know for sure that I am not cut out to stay at home! I love being with Ellie, but it is just not my calling to be home every day, ALL DAY LONG. I am a busy body and just need my own time to challenge my brain once in a while I guess. Hopefully something will happen soon with the job situation. But it is nice to be able to go to the beach with Ellie whenever so I will enjoy it while it lasts. I am glad that it is summer and we can be outside a lot. I am so excited to be in Ann Arbor, back with my wonderful husband, and love the area so far.

Here are a few highlights from the past month or so....

Packing was a lot more fun for Ellie and Maizy than for me. =) Those stuffed animals on the floor had a hard time staying packed for some reason.

The scary thing is that it almost didn't fit in the door when delivery guys came. I almost had a heart attack and REALLY hated that we were living in an apartment at that moment! Luckily they took the legs off and we were good to go. I took this picture so that I will know how we are going to have to get it out when we move. That day will be fun, I just know it. ha!

Memorial weekend we had a lot of fun. We took a trip to the John Ball Zoo with Grammy & Papa Raska and Ellie's cousin's Keaton & Kyndra.

We went on a 40ft. yacht from Grand Haven to Holland and ate at Boatwerks for dinner that same day. Thanks for the fun Jerry & Kris! As you can see, Ellie was loving her life jacket.

Here is Ellie at Mike's aunt & uncle's house on Memorial Day chasing bubbles and being very patriotic about it.

Until next time...

Thursday, April 15, 2010

First Finger Painting Experience

Forgot to add to the last post what the easter bunny brought Ellie....a Radio Flyer Scoot About! (I liked the name so we had to get it!) She loves it!


Egg hunt at Grandma & Grandpa's the weekend before Easter.

Ellie in her Easter dress! (and my feet! =) )

Our little cutie!

Easter pic in front of our house. I insisted we get a photo in front of our house since we may not be living here much longer.