In the last few weeks, the girls have been very lucky to get some generous gifts from their grandparents.
First, my mom took Bella back to school shopping and got her a whole new wardrobe to go with her new preschool (and some matching outfits for Tater too). She wore one of the new outfits to orientation yesterday and said she thought she looked like a princess. Thanks Grandma!
Then, the girls got a really cool playhouse from Grandpa and Grandma Cindy. We had it delivered on Thursday and Steve spent all day today putting it together. He's almost finished, just needs to work on the doors and windows and put down the roofing material tomorrow. Both girls love their new cottage and spent quite a while tonight singing on the porch. After Papa finishes it tomorrow, I'm excited to get to work on furnishing and decorating the inside. Thank you Grandpa and Grandma Cindy!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Bella starts a new preschool next week after having the last two months off. We got along well for most of July but August has been a little rougher. I wasn't feeling well for the first half of the month and now, the togetherness is just wearing on me. I really think our personalities are just too similar to be together all the freakin time. So, I'm counting the days until she goes back on Wednesday.
She has orientation tomorrow where she'll get to meet her teachers and see her new classroom. I've already made her first day of pre-k outfit for her and she gave her stamp of approval which is hard to come by these days. She gets to take her own snack (yippee-I was consistently disappointed by the crap parents brought at her old school) so we went shopping for her first lunch box and a cool thermos.
I know she'll love school and make friends easily. She's been at the same school for the last two years but we decided to move her to a new preschool this year, partly because we thought she needed to get used to having a new teacher, friends, and classroom every year. Her old teacher is itchin' to have Matea in her class but I think I'll keep her at home for another year. I kinda like having her around.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
We had a playdate yesterday that I was more excited about than any other playdate we've ever had. I found my old college friend, Beth, on Facebook and learned she has a 17 month old son so I insisted that we get together immediately.
I hadn't seen Beth since my wedding 8 years ago but it felt like we'd been friends this whole time and we just picked up right where we left off. Her son, Luke, was so much fun and I think he and the girls interacted really well. He was really big on kissing and the girls were happy to play along. See how serious he looks as Matea makes a move? That's his standard pre-kiss facial expression. He was sweet, silly, and just overall a wonderful little boy and I hope we can see him again soon.
Beth seems like a wonderful mom who has faced so many obstacles with Luke's health but is raising a really amazing little boy.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Back from a weekend in the valley. A bunch of relatives from Steve's mom's family were in town visiting so there was a mini renuion (and by mini, I mean like 40 people). The girls had a lot of fun playing with their cousins, swimming, and hanging out at Great Grandma's. We even got to see our old cat Maui who we shipped off to live at my Grandma's house two years ago before Matea was born. Bella still talks about Maui a lot so she was really excited to see her and Matea kept saying, "He likes me!".
And for those keeping up with my health issues the last few months, I have my "procedure" this Thursday and should have results next week. I had an appointment this morning with the Gastro Doc's nurse and she also felt that all signs point toward Crohn's disease.
We really are beach people now. I just can't handle the heat, makes me feel sick. Both girls complained about the heat this time (and it wasn't even 100 degrees!) and on the way home, Bella said, "I just think we need to visit Nana and Tata more often when it's not so hot."
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Yesterday was our 8 year anniversary and Bella was really excited. She spent all afternoon making cards, I think Papa ended up with four different ones from her. Then she insisted on wearing some of my jewelry to go to the library in the morning because it was a "special day".
We took the girls to McLintock's for the first time to celebrate the big day. Don't need to do that again. I didn't think we'd need reservations at 5:15 on a Tuesday but after waiting an hour, I realized I was wrong. We finally got to our table and the girls were starving and very much on the verge of a melt down. Luckily, our food got there quickly and we were out of there in a mere 2 1/2 hours.