Monday, September 29, 2008

1ST BOO BOO!!!

Well it happened today. I knew this would occur at some point, but I didn't think it woud happen already! I guess this will start to prepare me for what is to come with having a boy. Dane got his first ouchie today. What is ironic about the whole thing, is that all day I kept thinking to myself that Dane has really started getting into everything! I mean EVERYTHING! I was pretty worn out by lunchtime today, because I was having to watch him like a Hawk! So anyway, we were in the guest room and I was trying to put away some things, I had Dane in there with me with toys all around. He crawled over to the window sill which is pretty low to the ground, and pulled up like he does so often now. It happened in slow motion...and I couldn't get to him quick enough. But when he lost his balance he hit his eyebrow on the edge of the window. It immediately got red and began to swell up. He cried pretty hard, but once I picked him up the tears went away pretty quick! So, I did like what any other new mom would do...I called my mom! :) Anyway, I put a ice pack on it and it actually looks a lot better already! Poor little guy! And Poor MOMMY!! I'm not sure if I will ever be ready for all the boo boos that may occur in the next few years!

Before the incident!












Poor little baby!


OUCH!!


Don't worry...this isnt when he was crying about his head!! haha I was trying to take a picture and he wanted my camera so a little tantrum happened when I wouldn't give it to him!! :)


Don't need the ice pack on my head...I want to eat it instead!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Balls of Fun

I'm in the process of trying to fix up Dane's playroom. I want it to be filled with stuff that he will have fun playing with, and will entertain him for longer than 2 seconds! I ran across this at Target the other day and thought Dane would enjoy it. I actually thought I was getting just a circle that the balls would go in, but I guess I grabbed the wrong box. Once I got home I realized that I had grabbed a car that you fill up instead. I actually like this one better, so I'm glad that I had a blonde moment!! Anyway, he seemed to have fun in it...he kept kicking his legs like he was in the bathtub. Pretty cute!
Does anyone know where I can get some large cubes that are made out of a soft material that can be stacked for climbing or used for storage?







Teething Biscuits

Who ever invented teething biscuits were pure genius, however, you would think they could come up with way for them to not be so messy! I bought some recently for our Boston flight, I figured anything I can do to help the 3 1/2 hr flight go by fast. It does keep Dane entertained for a good 45 mins which was great for the flight. Today I needed to get some cleaning done in the kitchen so I thought this would be a good way to distract him for a little bit. Dane loves them!! But, they are disgusting! Once he starts chewing on them they tend to get mushy so he can eat it. He had it in his hair, ears, nose, belly button, in the creases of his knees and everywhere else he managed to put his hands. I wanted to take him outside and hose him down with the water hose...but I didn't!! :) He was carried to the bathtub immediately afterwards though!

Be sure to click on the photo to make it larger to get the "real" effect! Yucky!!

BOSTON...A WHOLE NEW WORLD

Let's see if I can sum up our trip to Boston without writing a book...I have so much to talk about and lots of pictures to show!

ASTRO is a radiation therapy conference that happens every year, and this year it was held in Boston. My job offered to pay for me to attend, and all my expenses that went along with it. Traveling is not fun when done alone, so therefore I made Kevin go along with me...he didn't resist! We were going to leave the lil munchkin with grandparents, but decided later on that I didn't want to be gone from him for that long.

I had no idea that I would have as much fun as we did. The weather was absolutely beautiful! It was a bit colder than we are used to, but we loved every minute of it! Nothing like the hot and humid weather that we have here in Houston. We tried to see as much of Boston as we could. While I was at meetings, Kevin and Dane went to all the historical attractions around the city. They did the Freedom Trail that took you on a walk around the whole city and ended up at the Constitution Boat, cemeteries that had been there since the 1800's and old churches. The first day we got there we had the whole day to walk around and sight see. We went downtown to the Quincy Market which was one of my favorite stops. It was filled with every type of bistro, cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, nic nac shops, home shops and much more. Boston as a city has so much character. All the buildings have an older feel to them, everything is in walking distance and people sit outside at all restaurants.

We were able to also visit the Boston aquarium which was totally awesome. This place was huge with lots to look at. My favorite was the penguin exhibit. They were so cute! One night we decided to take a train into Salem to see all the witch museums. We went to a place that had re-enactments of witch trials and a dungeon that showed how the prisoners had lived. It was really an interesting thing to learn. So many people were falsely accused of being a witch, and were put into cells that were big enough to only stand in. Salem was a neat town, with a lot of character as well.

I think we walked around the entire city of Boston. There was just so much to do and see. We also went down to Harvard University to look around the campus. The campus wasn't as big as I had imagined, but it was a pretty campus.

To be honest I loved Boston! If it didn't have cold winters I might consider living there! It would take time to get used to the subway system, but I loved how much character the city had. We saw a restaurant that had a sign that said they have air condition...can you imagine Houston's business's not having AC?? But in Boston it isn't needed. The weather is amazing. Something else that I thought was weird was that Boston's main soda is Pepsi! I couldn't find a coke or DR pepper anywhere!! Major with drawls!! :) I wish that Houston had the same feel that Boston had. I loved the fact that everything was easy to get to, there was so much to do, and there was so much character, and not to mention the northern accents...love it!!

We definitely couldn't hide the fact that we were tourists. Kevin walked around with a backpack that had all Dane's belongings in it and I had a camera attached to my wrist. I wasn't able to hide my Texan accent either...as soon as I would speak people would say "you aren't from here"!! One thing is for sure people aren't as friendly in Boston as they are here in Texas!! I did feel at times that I was wearing my invisible clothes because I would get pushed or shoved and then get no response like a simple excuse me or sorry! Anyway, besides that we had a great time and Dane did awesome the entire trip! He was extremely happy and enjoyed being outside!

Boston Slide Show

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

1st Tooth


If you look real close you can see Dane's 1st tooth coming in. Only about half of the tooth has come in so far. The teething process has not been a fun process to say the least!!

WE ARE BACK!!!

we made it back from Boston late last night. We had a really good time, but are glad to be back. I have tons and tons of pictures to share. Depending on if I can get home early enough tonight from work I will try to upload all the pictures so everyone can see how our trip went. If not tonight then I will definitely have them up by tomorrow!

By the Way we have one amazing little traveler!! Dane did excellent on this trip!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Stand Up!

Well, it is time to break out the tool box! Recently, Dane has started pulling himself up on everything he can. For some reason, it had not occurred to me that he may be able to pull up in his crib even though he can pull up on everything else. I laugh when I type this, because it sounds silly for me to be surprised! But this whole process has definitely been a learning process for both me and Kevin. This afternoon I was folding his laundry and Dane was getting into everything, so I put him in his crib to play. I turned around to find him standing up with a huge grin on his face. I think he was so proud of himself. So I put him on his bottom, ran to get the camera ( of course), and he did it again and again! Oh Boy! So guess what Kevin will be doing first thing tomorrow...yep lowering the crib to the lowest level.
My next day off I plan to baby proof the house with all the safety gadgets and make our game room into Dane's playroom. He will have a big room to crawl all over the place, and I won't have to worry if there are things in there that he can not play with. If anyone has any tips on baby proofing the house, or have any ideas for playrooms throw them this way!



Tuesday, September 16, 2008

He came and He's Gone!

Hurricane Ike that is! So we rode out the storm here in Cypress. We were not in an mandatory evacuation zone, so there was no urgent need for us to evacuate. However, I will never "ride" out a storm coming towards Houston again. It was a terrifying experience when Ike finally came through Houston. The wind was so loud and strong that I really felt like it could rip off our roof at any moment. I made Kevin stay up with me because I couldn't sleep, and was terrified that something bad was going to happen. Kevin was real sweet, and kept assuring me that we would be fine. About 3:30 a.m. is when we lost power. I always thought hurricanes moved pretty quickly, but we had hurricane winds and rain for several hours.

We only had a little bit of damage to our roof, which caused some leaking into our attic, and then our bedroom. We do have a nice hole now in our ceiling in our bedroom...long story. But none of this compares to the damage that Orange and Bridge City suffered. The governor said that the Orange area was #2 in damage following Galveston...Funny how the media isn't really talking much about that...just about how Houston doesn't have power. Pretty much several areas of Orange, and the whole city of Bridge City was under several feet of water. Hundreds of families are without homes, and many more lost everything they own due to the rising water. If you want to check out pictures from the Orange area you can check out this website: www.kogt.com The pictures are so disheartening. Please keep everyone in those areas in your prayers! They have a long recovery ahead!!

We totally take for granted everything that we do on a daily basis with the help of electricity. I never thought I would ever say this...but I was looking forward to vacuuming!! After leaving the doors and windows open, our floors looked so dirty from the dust that would blow in. The first couple days with no power was a bit miserable, but God gave us a cold front that was awesome! We woke up Monday morning and our thermostat said 66 degrees!! It definitely made the last couple days pleasant.

Today around 11:00 our power came back on!! Thank you LORD!!! I seriously let out a big ol scream and ran to check out different switches to make sure I wasn't dreaming! Hopefully, all of Houston can join the light club soon as well.

Hurricane Fun

Here are some pictures that show what we actually did from Friday until Tuesday during Hurricane Ike. Kevin and I joked that we felt like we were on the island of the TV show Lost. Without power we had no way to interact with the outside world. We felt like our little neighborhood was all that was out there. :) We weren't able to watch the latest news on hurricane Ike, leave the neighborhood, and we had very poor reception on our cell phones, so it would take calling someone 20 times before it would go through. When Target opened up several days later I can not tell you how excited I was to go just to get out of the house for a little while.



watching movies on the portable dvd player (Thanks Dr. Van!!)

Laying around naked to cool off

Swinging every hr or so
( check out video farther down!)


playing with the flash light...one of Dane's favorite moments! He was so intrigued!



playing with all his many toys


Taking a break


Pulling up every time we turned around!


Crooting...once again see video down below

Crooting

This weekend, Kevin and I kept ourselves entertained by watching Dane "fetch" the truck keys. Dane no longer does the army crawl that he had gotten so good at. Now he actually pushes up on his arms sometimes to move and then he will try pushing on his legs other times. He hasn't quite figured out how to do them both at the same time...but he isn't that far away! We decided to call this movement "crooting" since it is halfway between scooting and crawling. He would only do it if we threw out something that we normally don't let him play with, for example Kevin's truck keys or cell phone. He got a lot of practice the last few days since there wasn't a whole lot to do without power. I couldn't believe how well he has gotten! and yes...he was half naked 90% of the time that the power was out...poor baby was hot...until the cold front! Thank you Lord for that!
video

SWING SWING SWING

Here is a video of Dane swinging in his new swing. I bought this a few weeks back, but we haven't had time to put it up until now. Once the hurricane hit we thought it was definitely perfect time for it. We put it in our courtyard, which actually turned out to be a great spot. It stays pretty shady there, and we actually got some nice wind. Dane loved it! It helped in the moments where it was so hot, and Dane was getting fussy. We spent a lot of time swinging during this long weekend!! I'm so glad that I bought this! Anything that can entertain Dane for longer than a few minutes is a great buy!!
video

Friday, September 12, 2008

And we Wait...

Everything that can be done to prepare for the storm has been done. We have enough food and water to last for a while if needed, both vehicles are in the garage, important paperwork and photos are in a safe place, Dane's play pen is downstairs for him to sleep near us, all laundry and cleaning is done and now it is time to just wait. That's all we can do at this point. I'm already starting to get a bit stir crazy knowing I'm stuck in the house for a while. Kevin has totally taken advantage of this time to get ahead with studying for his masters program. Every channel has the latest news about Hurricane Ike, and frankly I'm just ready for it to make landfall. Galveston is not looking too good, and it is still hours from when Ike hits. We defintly need to be praying for all the hundreds of people that will have damage to their homes.




No hurricane yet, Mom!











I couldn't resist...I had to go ahead and play dress up with the cutest purchase I have made thus far. YEEHAW!!!



Thursday, September 11, 2008

You have to love Hurricane Season!

Seriously, what is the deal with all the hurricanes! Growing up in Orange I only remember preparing for a hurricane 1 time. I had to be 10 or 11 years old. I'm not even sure if we actually evacuated or not...I just remember taking things down from shelves and putting my TV face down on the floor. It is so funny the things we remember as children. Of all the things to remember about that hurricane (not even sure the name of that particular hurricane), I remember being so concerned about my personal 13 inch TV that was in my bedroom, and if it would make it though the storm!! My TV did survive, thank goodness...not sure how devastated I would have been if not! haha

In the last 3 years, Orange has been threatened by 3-4 hurricanes! It is just so weird that I lived in Orange for 18 years, and never really worried about hurricane season. Did we just not have the technology back then to tell us all the information about the hurricanes?

So anyway, Ike is on it's way. Kevin and I have decided to stay here in Cypress and ride out the storm. Today I went and filled up the truck, went to Kroger, and spent about an hour and half waiting to check out. Everyone was in panic mode. It is amazing to me how people act in a crisis. I saw people fighting over Gatorade, people skipping in the check out lines, moms pushing to get baby food! Pure craziness!

I had been looking forward to this weekend for a while because it is my turn to get a long weekend at work! What are the odds! Oh well. SO I took advantage of the fact that everyone was doing hurricane stuff, and headed to the mall. I needed to get Dane some pants and long sleeve shirts because we leave next Saturday for our Boston trip, and I think it might be pretty chilly there. The mall was empty, it felt a bit creepy actually! But, I didn't have to fight crowds...and they just happened to be having baby sales in every store!! :)

So, pray that hurricane Ike does not do to much damage here, or in Orange! Hopefully, we will still have power and I will be able to post during all the madness. Everyone be safe!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Peek-A-Boo

One thing that Dane loves to do is play on the couch that is in our media room. He is now able to pull himself up using the armrest, so recently we have made a new game out of it. We usually get on the other side of the couch and hide. When he is starting to pull up we will jump up and yell peek-a-boo. He thinks it is so funny! He usually lets out a big squeal, then cracks up. Ahh, it is so much fun to be a baby!!