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Terrifically Two

It’s been awhile since I’ve written about Charla and the new accomplishments she’s having. It seems like the last month her vocabulary and understanding has exploded. She comes up with phrases where I didn’t even know she knew some of the words she says!

Along with this explosion in vocabulary comes a new found desire for control and doing things her own way. One of her favorite phrases at the moment is “don’t talk about it”. She will also tell me, very loudly, when she doesn’t want me to do something or how to do something. I know this is all part of her growing up so I try to not get angry, but after awhile I end up telling her that if she wants me to play with her, she needs to stop telling me what to do.

She has started singing songs too. I love listening to her sing. Jingle Bells was her favorite song during the holiday season. She also really likes Twinkle Twinkle, ABC’s and a Dora birthday song she heard on one of her Dora DVD’s. While she’s singing, she also enjoys dancing. She puts on her dress up clothes and tap shoes and dances on the hardwood in her bedroom. When she does this, she tells me she’s a princess.

When she wakes up in the morning, she picks a few books off her bookshelf and will lay in bed reading to herself. A few times I’ve listened in and she’ll tell herself the story according to the pictures. I know this is the first step towards reading and I’m so excited to watch her knowledge grow! I’ve tried to get her to “read” me a story but she says she can’t read.

She’s also maturing more with coloring and painting. She is starting to try to stay in the lines when she is coloring or painting a picture. Her favorite colors to use are black and brown. I have no idea what that says about her personality but I find it very amusing. Especially since her favorite items to color in are eyes and mouths. There’s nothing I like better than hanging a picture of Dora on the fridge with both her eyes and her mouth completely blacked out!

I love watching her grow and learn new things. How I wish I could freeze time and stay here for a little while. The saying “terrible twos” just is not accurate. I LOVE this age! Sure we have misbehavior and back talk, but we also have playing pretend, goofy smiles and lots of squishy hugs and kisses. If this is “terrible”, I’ll take it any day.


Add a comment December 31, 2010

Ready For the New Year

I make New Year’s Resolutions. I love them. There is something about the clock turning to 12:00, the first day of the year, that makes me feel like anything I set my mind to is possible. Naturally, they do not all turn out the way I had imagined. Over the years, I’ve come to realize that it’s not about setting a goal and sticking to it like it’s written in stone. It’s about setting a goal and working towards it with baby steps.

Over the last month, I’ve put some thought into what I want my resolutions to be this year. Becoming a mother has changed my outlook on life. Before Charla my goals would have been something about losing weight, eating healthier and exercising more. These are all good goals and things that I still aim to do, but life has gotten a bit deeper to me than just surface things. I want to work on what’s inside as well as what’s outside.

Lately, I have been very inspired to work towards making my life as full and meaningful as possible. I want to enjoy the moments and fully be there, making memories. I want to be happy and positive, even if things get a little rough. Of course I know that life cannot always be fun and games, sadness and anger are emotions that everyone needs to deal with. Perhaps though, I don’t need to deal with them quite as often as I do.

Another resolution I have is to look for the beauty in life. I have a passion for creative outlets and photography happens to be one. This year, I want to take pictures of all the beautiful things I see on a daily basis. Things that I otherwise would have walked right passed and not paid any attention to. I want to put these images in an album to look back on and remember the wonderful, little things of 2011.

I’m ready for a new year, new beginnings and a new outlook on life!

Add a comment December 30, 2010

A Merry Christmas

Christmas was amazing!

Charla woke up on Christmas morning and, as soon as I went into her room, she asked if Santa had come. We went out to the living room to see and sure enough, there was a mountain of presents! Her eyes were huge. She immediately noticed the scooter since it wasn’t wrapped and wanted to try it out right away. I convinced her to unwrap her other gifts first. After unwrapping each gift she would declare that she wanted to play with it after breakfast. I don’t think there was a single gift she was not excited to receive.

After breakfast she had a little bit of time to play with some of her new toys and then we needed to drive over to my parent’s house. It was a little rocky there at first. All the excitement was a bit too much and she got overwhelmed. I think she also had a bit of a headache because her sinuses were super stuffy with the recent cold she had. Tim went to get her some Tylenol and about 30 minutes after getting a dose of that, she was fine.

She got all her presents from Papa and Papa Jack last weekend. But she did get a few books, a My Little Pony, a My Little Pony puzzle, a Dora hat and a sled, from other family members. She was thrilled. She got to try out my brother’s old air hockey table and she loved it! The hockey puck was flying back and forth between her and her aunt, it was funny to watch. Charla had to stand on a chair to reach the table and her legs would kick up behind her as she hit the puck. She must have played that game for almost a hour.

I’m so pleased with the way our Christmas turned out this year. I really couldn’t ask for anything more. However, today something more did happen, Tim got hired for a job. A real, permanent job! One we will actually be able to count on for awhile and make a budget. Things have been so up and down for the last 3 years the way this economy has been. This job is very needed and we are truly blessed.

Add a comment December 29, 2010

Christmas Eve

I am so excited, our third Christmas as a family! I went a little nuts with the shopping this year. However, it really makes me happy to watch Charla open her presents Christmas morning.

When I was a kid, my brother and I would enter the living room to find two piles of presents under the tree. One for me and one for him. There would be wrapping paper everywhere when we were finally done opening them all. Breakfast was all but forgotten as we played with our new toys. Most of the time, I got exactly what I wanted plus more. This is what I want Charla to experience. This is what I want Charla to be able to pass down to her own children.

Tomorrow morning, after the gifts have been opened and played with, we will drive over to my parent’s house. There, the entire family will come together to enjoy the day. I plan to soak up as much of it as I can. There’s  no guarantee what tomorrow will bring, so enjoy the here and now. Memories, those are my gifts for the holidays now that I’m older. And I plan on getting a lot of gifts this year!

Add a comment December 24, 2010

During the Winter

Winter in Wisconsin can be a lot of fun. We build snowmen, go for walks in falling snow, sled and slide on ice. One of my favorite moments of the winter so far has been walking in a soft snowfall and then coming inside for some hot chocolate.

Winter can also be a time of cold, boredom and frustration. January is especially difficult. It’s the coldest month, there’s nothing special during the month to look forward too and it feels like it lasts forever. If tanning wasn’t so bad for the skin, I would be laying in a bed at least twice per week to feel the warmth and suck in the ultraviolet rays. When I was a teenager I tanned a few times and loved it. However, I just can’t justify doing that kind of damage to my skin.

So, I have to find other ways to occupy myself and keep up the positive mood. Movies and television is something I enjoy. I have a few select shows that I watch each week and Tim and I rent a movie each weekend. I’m not a channel surfer though. So, if one of my shows isn’t on, I don’t sit and mindlessly watch something I don’t care about.

My next favorite thing is reading. I always have a book going. Ever since I was 4 years old and beginning to read, it has been one of my passions. If I don’t feel like reading, I might visit a few websites online. I used to be online more, however, I found it to be a huge time sucker. I would go on and before I knew it, 2 hours had passed. I simply don’t have enough free time to abuse like that.

Recently I’ve started baking more. And scrapbooking. Writing in this blog has also started taking more of a front seat.

So, winter will pass. I will try to enjoy it the best I can. Spending time with my family and doing the things I love.

Add a comment December 23, 2010

What is Meant to Be, Will Be

I’ve put the topic of trying to conceive on the sidelines now for awhile. It has still been a part of my life but I have tried very hard not to let it take over. I think I have succeeded for the most part. However, it has been 14 months now of trying and I figured it was time to get checked out and make sure everything is working the way it should be. Yesterday, I called and made my appointment.

I know it’s important to know if something is not right with me. However, I don’t think it’s going to be as simple as a thyroid issue, pop a few pills and I’ll be knocked up. More than likely, this is something that Tim and I will need to discuss. Do we want to do infertility treatment? How much do we want to spend? When will we know enough is enough? Should we just adopt? What is God’s plan for us and our family? As you can see, I have a lot of questions. None of which will be answered easily.

I’m not an overly religious or spiritual person. I’ve never been 100% certain where my beliefs lie. One thing I’ve always been a firm believer on though, is that life is a journey. We all have different roads we need to travel. What we learn on those travels is what helps shape us to be the people we are. This journey has taught me that there are some things that are out of my control and, being the control freak that I am, this has been a tough pill to swallow. It has also made me a better person and a more understanding person.

I place a lot of  trust in the fact that what is mine, will not pass me by. If I am meant to have another child, I will. It may take a little longer but once it happens, it will be exactly the way it should be. If Charla is meant to be an only child, I will make the best of that and enjoy her to the fullest. If Tim and I are meant to adopt a child, our eyes will be opened to that and we will find the perfect child for our family.

What is meant to be, will be. However, in one of my confirmation classes, the Pastor said something I have never forgotten. He asked, “When are you finished with a prayer”? Of course all of us answered “when you say ‘Amen'”. No, this is not correct. You are done with a prayer when you act on it.

Add a comment December 22, 2010

Get Together

I absolutely love Christmas now that I have a child. When I was a kid, it had all the magic that Christmas should. But as I got older, it lost a lot of its charm. When it was just Tim and myself, we didn’t really do anything special. We put a tree up and decorated a bit, but we never bought each other gifts to unwrap. Having Charla has brought back all the beauty.

Yesterday my parents, brother and sister-in-law came over to celebrate. We started this small get together the year Charla was born. It has been a very enjoyable time for everyone. We give gifts, talk and eat. We will still get together on Christmas day, but then extended family members will be there so it will be more busy, less relaxing.

Tim and I haven’t given Charla her gifts from us yet. I think we will do that tomorrow. She’s supposed to go to school tomorrow, but I’m going to keep her home because the poor thing is sick again. I took her to the doctor this morning and he said she keeps getting different viruses. I know this is a normal part of childhood, her immune system needs to mature. But I think it’s been an entire month now since she hasn’t had either a runny nose, cough or fever. Starting January, she’s going to be in school Monday through Friday mornings. I’m both looking forward to this and dreading it.

More on that later.

For now, I’m going to enjoy the holiday. I’m going to cuddle with my poor, sick baby on the couch and watch some VeggieTales. And I’m going to savor all the snuggles I get.

Add a comment December 21, 2010

Thursday Afternoon Shopping Trip

Tomorrow night is Charla’s very first Christmas Program. I decided to take her shopping this afternoon to find a cute Christmas outfit. The last 2 years, I had gotten her a pretty dress. This year, I didn’t want to spend $40 on something she was going to wear once, but I did want her to look cute.

First, we stopped at Target. I can usually find all sorts of cute things at Target, so I was very excited. Upon entering the store, Charla took off her mittens and hat and put them in the shopping cart. Okay, no big deal. We walked over to her section and I looked and looked and looked some more. I double backed and kept looking. I could not find a single thing that fit what I was searching for. Most of the Christmas dresses were short sleeved. Who ever heard of dressing your child in short sleeves when you live in WI and the high temperature for the day is 15F?!

I ended up leaving empty handed. As I was leaving, Charla wondered off. I parked the cart and went to retrieve her. When I turned around, I remembered that her hat and mittens were still in the cart. Well, someone had already taken it! I was not happy. Not only had my shopping trip been totally unproductive, but now I needed to shop for more than just a dress!

Our next stop was Kohls and I wasn’t too impressed there either. However, by then my patience was shot, we had been shopping for an hour and Charla hadn’t had a nap this afternoon! I grabbed a cute dress and a new hat and mittens.

Charla is very pleased with her dress. I tried it on her when we got home and she ran around the house saying she’s a princess. She will definitely look cute in her program tomorrow (as long as she doesn’t completely lose it on stage). And I learned a valuable lesson: hat and mittens always go in my purse when they are not on my child’s body!

Add a comment December 17, 2010

Creative Juices are Flowing

Last night, I finally started Charla’s scrapbook! I got the scrapbook as a Christmas gift when I was pregnant. It’s a really cute Noah’s Ark design. I also received some templates and cute baby paper. I was so excited to make the pages for it. And then, Charla was born! There was no time, and what little time I had, I didn’t want to deal with creativity.

I’ve always been a creative person. I like doing crafts and making things, especially if I can give them away to people as gifts. However, I lost that a bit after having Charla and needing to be on the ball all day long to keep her happy and entertained. After a day of trying to creatively get Charla to eat her veggies, clean up her toys or get dressed, I really didn’t want to sit down and pour out more creativity.

Then, this weekend, it just dawned on me that I’m ready. So I sat down on the floor, spread out photos and decals, frames and stickers, and went to work. It took me an hour to do the first page. I had to let my creativity flow again after being on lock down for almost 3 years. It felt good though and the page I came up with is something I like and can show Charla.

My plan, is to do one scrapbook for each year. Tim asked me how many years I would do and I don’t have the answer. When would I stop? After kindergarten? After elementary school? Perhaps once she’s a teenager? Who knows. Or maybe years will start getting combined. I could always do a scrapbook for elementary school, one for middle school and another for high school. I think once she gets to college she can start making her own. 😉

These books aren’t just for Charla though. They are for my parents, for Tim and I and, one day, for Charla to show her baby. I want to make them unique to her. So, I have a bit of catching up to do. Although, I’m not going to rush the process. After all, I waited 3 years to start, I might as well savor the  journey.

Add a comment December 13, 2010

Snowy Days

Winter in Wisconsin is cold and snowy. Some winters are more cold and snowy than others. The last few winters have been especially cold and snowy. The year I was pregnant with Charla, we reached record snowfalls. School was canceled so often that kids had to make it up a bit during the early part of summer vacation.

Before having Charla, I wasn’t a fan of the snow. I hate driving in it, hate shoveling it and hate tracking it into the house on my boots, hat, coat, etc. Even when Charla was born it was a nuisance. The first year it was almost impossible to get her outside the entire months of January and February. Last year, she was still too cautious with walking to be able to do anything fun outside.

This year, my appreciation of snow has changed. I love taking her outside and go for a walk, go sledding or throw some snow around. Tonight, all 3 of us took a walk in the snow. We’re due to get 3-4 inches tonight and when we went outside, the snow was coming down at a pretty good rate. After our walk, we played in the backyard. Then we came in for some hot chocolate.  Hopefully tomorrow we will be able to make it to a sledding hill.

On Saturday we are possibly going to get a snow storm of 12+ inches. After this storm, we could be facing some bitterly cold temperatures. So, I want to make the most of getting out before this hits. I think Saturday calls for some movies and cookie baking.

Add a comment December 10, 2010

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