Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Got teeth?!?!?!

Well, it's finally happened... Maddie has two little bottom teeth coming in. Saturday Jason felt something sharper than normal in there and lo and behold, you could see the white little stubs. She's been a little cranky, but nothing terrible. I give her Tylenol at night so she can sleep. She's got teething toys that she's using a lot, as well as mom and dad's fingers. Hopefully I can get a picture of them soon. So cute! I hate that it causes her pain, but I guess that's just part of life.

Jason is going to Toronto today and will return late Friday night. They had originally wanted him to go for a week and a half, but luckily it was trimmed to three days. If he was going to be gone for that long, I would have taken Maddie home to KY. I'm too much of a wimp to be out here by ourselves for that long.

I really hope that the construction going on behind the house winds up soon on "Terranea." They have been working on "temporary" buildings since Maddie and I moved out here in October. They've spent more time and money on the temps than most do on a permanent building. They haven't even begun the work on the golf course and hotel. They've been clearing out the old Marineland of the Pacific area. All kinds of noise beginning at 7:00am every freakin' day. They can work later now that there is electricity in the buildings. They've been cutting tile lately which sounds like a huge dentist drill. That's pleasant. They've also been cutting down all the palm trees and bushes in the area. Lots of chain saw noise for that. Lovely... If I only had a bazooka.

Better go for now. Maddie is ready for breakfast. Cereal and formula awaits!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Saturday's Walk

I can't believe it's February and we're able to walk around outside with short sleeves. Back home it's like 8 degrees and snowy. I guess it would take a long time for me to get used to the weather out here. It's beautiful and all, but hard to recognize as "winter."

Saturday we took a walk down Palos Verdes Drive to the lighthouse area. There is a nice building recently built nearby that is for whale watching and other activities. There is going to be a whale watching event on March 3rd that we hope to attend (if good weather). We actually saw a wedding party walking around the area taking their pictures with a photographer and lighting crew. There were a lot of people out since it was such a gorgeous day. It was 84 degrees and sunny. Maddie wore her hat to keep the sun off her little noggin. She seemed to enjoy it and she started falling asleep on our way back to the house. We saw two little lizards on the walk there. They were sunning themselves near the sidewalk. I didn't even jump into traffic when I saw them. ICK. I am such a wimp when it comes to anything lizardy. Such a girl in that regard...
Here are some pictures to show our little jaunt.

As we returned home, the Good Year blimp was out and about. It circles overhead quite often. I suppose it's for advertisement but I thought it was mainly used for sporting events.

Maddie is still beginning her foray into veggies. We've had carrots, peas, and now sweet potatoes. She seems to like them all. I think carrots were her least favorite. She did that shuttering thing a couple of times when given bites of the orange mush. We also introduced good ol' prunes into her cereal to help things along. That's what Dr. Segall advised to do and boy did it work. BOY did it work... She's so funny to feed because you can just tell she's thinking about her new found tastes. She also likes to "fake" cough to get a laugh. The last couple of feedings, she's sneezed and sprayed me with oatmeal cereal bits. That was lovely. She thought is was hilarious. She also likes to give me the raspberries with food in her mouth. I definitely don't wear nice things while feeding this little stinker. These pics are of peas and carrots, respectively.

On the following Sunday, I was washing bottles and saw an odd site out the window. It was a bride and groom on a motorcycle with their photography crew taking pictures in the cleared out area behind the house. It was very gloomy and cooler that day so I'm not sure why they chose to take their pictures outside. The bride had a very short dress on and a very LONG veil. The groom had his motorcycle leather jacket and jeans on so he didn't quite match his bride. It was so windy, the veil kept flying out behind the girl as if they were actually riding. Maybe that's what they were going for. Made me think of our wedding with the motorcycle...
I guess I'll close for now. Maddie is sleeping and I'm going to take the opportunity to get dressed and prepare to run some errands. Have a great day!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Grammy's Birthday!


Maddie and I have been up several times in the night/morning so I'm taking the opportunity to do this post. I don't know what her deal is, but she went to sleep around 1:00am and has been up at 3:00 and 5:00. She has been sleeping pretty well lately, so I have no idea what's going on with her. Not teething that I can tell. It's going to be a very long day...

We hate to be away for Grammy's birthday, but we'll be able to celebrate in the end of March when she comes out to visit.

I'm going for now. Hopefully she'll go back to sleep for a while.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day!

Maddie's first Valentine's Day!
Grammy sent her this little dog and a Valentine book. Mommy and Daddy got her a teddy bear and two books. One is the "First 100 Words" and the other is a pop-up of animals. So cute!
We don't have anything planned. Jason got in from Toronto late last night. We were afraid the weather would keep him there or in Chicago, but luckily he got home. It's nice and sunny here, the usual. I never have seen such a warm February in my life, but I've also never lived anywhere but Kentucky either. So strange not to have seasons....
Hope everyone out there has a great V-day!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Ah, Monday...

Well, Jason has gone to Chicago and then Toronto today and tomorrow. That means Maddie and I are on our own. I really hate when he has to go. I know many moms who take care of kid(s) by themselves all the time so that makes me feel wimpy. It just helps so much when he comes home to know that I can think of something else for a few moments other than what Maddie is doing or what she needs at that very second. Just a little breather. We'll get through it. Now, if the electricity goes out again, I'm loading Maddie and Lexie up in the car and we're heading for the hills.

Maddie just started carrots as her first veggie and we need to go to the store to get some more today. We also need the usuals, formula and cereal. She seems to like carrots but the bad thing is that it stains her bibs and anything else she touches after she's eaten. What a mess! I know that's part of feeding a baby...

It's really pretty out today. I think it's supposed to be in the upper 60's and clear. It sure feels strange to be outside during February and not be covered head-to-toe in winter garb. It's nice and all, but there's something to be said about being snowed in with a pot of chili and watching movies. Very cozy!

Ice storm of 2003 in Kentucky

Friday, February 9, 2007

1st Blog ever...

Welcome to my first blog posting ever. Holly shared hers and told me how to begin my own. She thought it would be a good way to keep everyone informed of our days 2,200 miles away from home. Although it's really pretty out here in California, I really miss everyone at home. Maddie and I get through the days, but December 2008 seems like a very distant reach.
We hear that our ol' Kentucky home is very cold and snowy. I don't exactly miss the cold weather, but with no season change, it makes it feel like time stands still. It's almost like the movie, "Groundhog Day" where the guy wakes up and it's the same day, every day.
I'll attempt to keep up this posting business. I'm learning so it may take awhile to figure it out enough to make it look like I want it to.
Hope all is well with you. Stay warm!