Tuesday, May 30, 2006

New Video...

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Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day 2006

What a beautiful weekend we had here! It was sunny and warm-to-hot this weekend, perfect for spending most of our time outside! We went to a bbq on Sunday (thanks to the Durhams) and spent today playing outside in our NEW sand box! Yep, Mama went out and bought the kid a sand box (don't worry, it's got a lid...no kitty litter box in the back yard for us!)

Sitting in the new sand box!

This is the second time we were in the sandbox...the first time we were in our little skort outfit that Daddy dressed us in this morning. Then Mama realized that it would be easier to hose her off if she was in her bathing suit! We did a LOT of hosing off today! Leda was loving it!

It really was a great weekend. Leda's doing a lot of neat things now...she climbed up on the couch tonight without our help...the first time she's done that! Of course, her Mama and Daddy sat on the other couch and laughed at her as she got frustrated (hey, it was funny! Besides, it just made her try harder!) I'll have to find some time this week to write up the past month (since, I realized, I didn't do the 13 months installment!)

Playing in the sand!

Video from the sandbox coming soon! It's hysterical...I do believe that this afternoon in the sandbox was the first time this child has sat still for 10 minutes straight! She loved it! And, yes, she ate some too! ;-)

Loving my sand box!

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Another Video

I found a video of Leda from Christmas Day that I just thought was too cute to not post to the video blog, so it's there now. And yes, that would be the dog in the background, watching TV...how we got a dog that watches TV and a kid that doesn't is beyond me!

Flashback: Christmas Day 2005

Thursday, May 25, 2006

New Video!

The video is up!

Leda and Daddy play with the hose

Leda drinks from the fountain

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Finished! Well, mostly....

Here's my finished project - my "buddha garden." It's a big hit with the kid and dog!


I am a little unhappy with the big empty space behind the fountain. I think I am going to be looking for something to hang there. The "trellis" idea didn't turn out the way I expected. Of course, it's early in the season! I guess we can always hope the ivy and the black eyed susan viney thing might grow fast enough to take up that area. Ha!

Anyway, as I said, it's a hit with the kid and the dog. Duff has already partaken of a nice cool drink on a hot day. Apparently, the kid thought it was a good idea...

Drinking the fountain water

Don't worry, no chemicals were added.

She then decided it was time to drink out of the hose...she ended up getting mostly soakin wet!

Wet Face!

Oh, and there are videos! Will probably be a day or two before they are up!

Monday, May 15, 2006


What a boring blog this has become! I've been too darn tired to update it in the past week. Chasing a one year old is tiring, especially on your own!

As of this afternoon, however, I am no longer a single parent, YAHOO! One Lap is over and Brock is home. Of course, he goes off to do poll watching all day tomorrow into the evening, so, again, tomorrow evening, I am a single parent...actually, tonight, I was too (although Brock did make dinner before he headed out to his meeting!)

But Wednesday! Woo Hoo... I think I might go out shopping and leave baby home with daddy! ;-)

I did finish my fountain project this weekend. Barely in time for the torrential downpours we have had in the past couple of days, so I didn't get any finished pictures...will have to post that later in the week when it is nice out enough to take some pics.

So, really, sorry for the boring site, but being tired and busy doesn't give me much time for being creative! I promise, I will post something fun soon!

Monday, May 8, 2006

Is David Blaine an idiot or what?

I can't believe I am wasting this hour of my life watching David Blaine try to drowned himself. Dude, this guy's got a death wish.

And, that music they are playing in the background...dude, so cheesy.

I seriously can't believe I have been sucked into this...okay, he's out, it's fine, he's alive...he has just waved to the crowd!

I think this is probably the worst waste of my time since watching Barry Manilow on Dancing with the Stars on a Friday night!

And, yet, I feel good that he didn't die.

But, dude, enough with the stunts that could get you killed. Geez.

Leda's New Chair

Half from Mama and Daddy, the other half from 'Uncle' Chris! (Thanks, Chris!)...
Leda's New Chair

Notice, she's already drooled on it!

She is loving the chair...
Leda enjoying some water in her new chair

And Mama likes it better than the folding chair that she was playing with since she got it for her birthday...it's a lovely chair, but a little unstable for inside...much better for outside in the nice soft grass!

This one she can climb into all on her own, she can sit there and drink her juice, and as you could see in the first photo, her little people can rest in the corners!

Show Off!
Yummm, Good!

Lucy the Elephant

I remember visiting Lucy when I was a kid when we would go to the shore with my Nani and Poppie...I can't wait to take Leda to see her...hopefully she can make it until then... I just heard she was hit by lightening over the weekend and it caused $35,000 damage!

And, I think I heard last week that there is some dispute about some money (duh!) and that there was a threat to take Lucy "on the road?"

Can you imagine? A six-story elephant rolling on down the highway?? Talk about seeing pink elephants!

Saturday, May 6, 2006

Spring/Summer Project, 2006

Two years ago, when I quit smoking, I started "gardening." I started a patio pond, with fish and a water lily, and I started planting containers (hanging baskets mostly). I did plant some in the "garden" we have around the patio, but I tend to leave that up to Brock (I gotta have someone to blame if it looks bad! ;-)

Well, last year, I didn't add fish to my patio pond, and, in all honesty, it really didn't get enough attention as I was dealing more with the infant we had in the house at the time than the outdoor beautification of the house. This year, with a toddler (it kinda scares me a little to call my BARELY ONE YEAR OLD a toddler, but, basically, that's what she is!) I decided a patio pond wouldn't be prudent - with the possibilities of drowning and all (not to mention all the wonderful things that might make it into the water other than the kid, like toys, rocks, sippy cups, etc!).

But, I really liked the sound of flowing water out on our patio. I decided I was going to purchase a fountain this year - something that would be easy maintenance, pretty, sound nice and kid proof!

So, the other day, I purchased my fountain. It's a large urn that sits on a base and the water flows out the top and down over the sides. It's very soothing and absolutely no reservoir that the kid could drown in (well, there's a reservoir, but the kid can't get to it!!)

Spring/Summer Project, 2006

Spring/Summer Project, 2006

As you can see, I am going to be building a wall around the base of the fountain to hide the ugly black plastic. I only purchased enough stone pavers to see what it would look like to start with, so the wall has a bit to go yet. My buddha's will have their very own garden...I am thinking of putting an arbor behind the fountain and have something viney grow up behind it and we'll put some other potted plants around the wall when it gets done. And, I will need more buddhas! Laughing, happy buddhas!

My Buddhas look happy!

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Single Parenthood

Only two days in (actually, Brock left yesterday morning) to a two week single parenthood and I am exhausted! Of course, that could be because Leda's been a bit clingly with me as of late (like three weeks! Geez!) and won't let me do anything without trying to hang from my pants until I pick her up...nope, that can't be it...it must have been the bath I had to give her tonight, by myself. Nope, can't be that...must be the talking in her sleep at 4 and 5 o'clock in the morning. Yes, I do believe the kid, she takes after her daddy and talks in her sleep!

I heard her babbling away in her room around 5 (a whole HOUR before my alarm was to go off) and I lay there praying for her to go back to sleep...she babbled on and off for the next two hours. I figured, around 6:30 I could jump in the shower and she'd be okay. Not a peep out of her...about 5 minutes after I got out of the shower, I heard her babble again. I went in not a whole 5 minutes later and the kid, she was passed out cold...I swear, she was babbling away in her sleep! How crazy!

Anyway, we are on our own for the next two weeks. We have lots of plans...planting the garden, building our patio fountain, going for lots of walks, finding lots of interesting ways to make Leda eat veggies!

We had our visit with the doc on Monday (our one year visit) and he pronounced her a very healthy one year old girl - with long legs! She's in the 75th percentile for height and weight - really, what does that mean, anyway? She's 29.5 inches and 22.4 pounds. And both Baby and Mama did very well when the nurse gave the two shots...baby cried for about two seconds!

Latest pictures...Hopefully I will have time to do some updates in the next couple of days!

First Spagetti DinnerWe think she liked it!
Sitting in her chairHanging out in the chair

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