Archive for May 12th, 2008

Happy Mother’s Day

Monday, May 12th, 2008

My second Mother’s Day was very nice, with homemade handprints and cards from the kids, and a pair of diamond stud earrings from the baba (and the kids, he tells me) purchased from my favorite jeweler.   I can’t post a picture of them here without posting a picture of myself, so I’m going to refrain, but they are very pretty and sparkly, at 3/8 c total diamond weight.  My jeweler assures me that this manufacturer sets the diamonds very deeply and firmly, and the backs that grab onto the posts are very stiff, so they don’t fall off.  Perhaps I can actually wear them without losing them!

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After church, Joe grilled some steak tips out on the grill, and I had fresh tomatoes in dressing for a side.  I managed to top last year’s supercalifragilisticexpialadocious expedition to Ocean State Job Lots with a trip to the nearest Walmart Supercenter with just my little daughter for company.  That really was a treat.  We shopped and laughed and bought lots of ingredients for low-calorie dishes so mama can continue her ill-fated, everlasting quest for svelteness.

In other news, we visited a local in-home daycare facility on Thursday, in hopes that we would like it, and that she might be able to take care of our kids on just one day of the week over the summer.  Daycare providers usually can’t do things like that; it is hard to find just the right combination of part-time kids so that you can still fill up your allotment and maximize your income.  It just so happens that she has someone on-board for the summer who has the day off on the day we need help, so it’s going to work out just right!  It was a nice home with a very kind and caring mama, so I think the kids will do fine there.  We’ll probably try to set that up in the next couple of weeks.

On Friday, both kids trucked over to Waterford School with Mama and Baba for their preschool screening.  How exciting!  They met the teacher, and sat and played with toys and interacted with a couple of other kids for about 30-45 minutes.  There was a speech pathologist there as well, listening for problems.  He won’t be there in the fall, but he’ll be passing his notes on to the next person, so they’ll be apprised of Will’s possible language issues.  The teacher thinks Anna seems very normal for a 3 year old, and anticipates that she will have her come just 2 mornings a week.  Four-year olds typically come 3 days a week, but if they need special help with socialization (check!) or language (check!), she’ll have them come 4 mornings to help accelerate their preparation for kindergarten.  And if that doesn’t work, Will could just stay another year in preschool and enter kindergarten when Anna does the next year.  Everyone we met seems very nice and competent, so I’m quite optimistic that it will be a good place for our kids.  When we bought our house in this town, everyone told us we were so fortunate that we would be able to send our children to this school, as it is the best elementary school in the area.  We weren’t concerned about that at the time, but now, we’re really happy the kids will have that opportunity.  We also thrilled we’re finally getting a chance to put some of our tax dollars to work in our favor!

Here are some random shots of Anna from this spring that I’ve never managed to get posted anywhere:

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Now, how am I going to convince Mr. Penn State that we need to move back to Oklahoma in about 12 years so I can send the kids to OU?

Some more swinging

Monday, May 12th, 2008

We’ve been blessed with some fairly decent weather the past few days, so the kids have gotten to enjoy their swingset a little more.  Is it too much to hope that summer might arrive sometime before July?

But first, a picture of the most wonderful dog in the world.  That’s my Porter!  He’s 12 now, but acts like a puppy most of the time.  He’s some kind of weird poodle cross, but when people ask me what he is, I just say he’s a “Benji-dog”.  Everyone seems to know what that is. 

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(If you’d like a larger version of this wonderful portrait of my wonderful dog, click here.)

Back to the kiddos:

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5-12-08-25.jpg Here’s a look that would curdle milk.  He’s in a time-out for sliding down the slide while his sister was still on it, and landing on top of her.  He outweighs her, so it’s not a very nice thing to do.  It wasn’t the first time for that infraction, as you might imagine.  I still cannot comprehend the tortuous machinations of the “little boy brain.”  It must be an absolute labyrinth in there, with many, MANY dead ends.

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But, never fear.  Will got plenty of time to play, and even tried out his new life as a dog for awhile.

Auntie Nicki visits

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Or Auntienee Nicki, or something like that.  Will never could grasp the concept of what Nicki’s name was, until the very last day, when Nicki finally had the brainstorm to ask him to call her plain ol’ Nicki.  Suddenly, he could do it.  Turns out he has somehow determined that “Auntie ‘Nee” (for Renee) is really all one word, and it is a generic term for aunt.  We’ll have to work on extracting the “auntie” from the “nee”.  Kids’ little brains are just weird sometimes.

Nicki had a very nice visit, I think.  I enjoyed having her here.  The kids had a ball, so much so that Anna was missing her naps and having evening meltdowns toward the end of her 5 day visit.  I think Anna’s terrible two’s were a breeze compared to what her three’s are going to bring us.  In any case, we didn’t do anything exciting while she was here; just our normal everyday routine.  Will got to help her make cupcakes (or “pupcakes” as Anna dubbed them) while Anna and I went to band rehearsal last Monday, and Auntie Nicki made dinner for us a couple of times, so Joe and I got to relax a bit more than usual. 

Without further ado, here are the much-awaited pictures from her visit:

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Our family isn’t quite goofy enough, so Auntie Nicki had to try to teach Anna how to hang a spoon on her nearly nonexistant nose.  She achieved it for a few seconds on one occasion.  Will was in his room doing time for some sort of extreme malfeasance, so he missed out on these festivities.  Since his nose is even smaller than Anna’s, I doubt he missed out on anything other than frustration.

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Anna modeling a cute little summer outfit that Grandma bought her before she ever came home with us.  It finally fits – she is actually growing!!!

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The requisite group shot.  Typical Winter family nonsense.  These were the best of the 824 pictures I took.  And, no, Will would not look at the camera for any reason that morning.  Will the Pill is not an inaccurate moniker. 

Even though Nicki isn’t in these shots, she was with us as we checked out the Powerhouse Mall in West Lebanon.  This adorable bench was sitting at the top of the stairs, so I had to make the kids pose on it.  I imagine that bench has been there for years, and I’ve probably walked past it 100 times, but until you have a monkey for a child, you just don’t notice things like this!

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We miss Auntie Nicki already.  We think she should come live in Vermont.  We have companies that could use her extraordinary accounting skills up here.  And we have less cold (albeit more snow) than Minnesota, so it might actually be a beneficial trade-off!

Are you kidding me???

Monday, May 12th, 2008

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Actually, this was April 29 (less than 2 weeks ago). With my usual tardiness in posting, I didn’t get the photos up until now. At least it didn’t stick, and there isn’t any more in the forecast as far as I know. But, we do live in the “north country”, and the first year I lived here, our final snow fell on May 18. We aren’t out of the woods yet!