Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Maddi at 8 months:
She sits on her own and wiggles, squirms, and scoots to get where she wants to go
Says Mama, Dada, Drew, Boo Boo, and hungry regularly
Screams her head off if she's left alone
still doesn't sleep through the night
Has one tooth
LOVES whatever Mommy eats, especially fresh fruits
Is rather attached to mommy
wants to be held all of the time
Is coy, and buries her face in mommy's shoulder when strangers say hi
loves sitting in the laundry basket while mommy does laundry
Stares at strangers, and only shares her smiles & giggles with those she trusts
loves to make random noises & giggles when you mimic her
has happy hands... she wiggles them like crazy when she's excited
has GORGEOUS blue eyes
loves to sit and watch brother play with cars
loves music & being outside
pulls up on people to stand. If we didn't hold her all of the time, she'd probably be a little more mobile :)
I absolutely love this age! She's able to interact with us and express herself, and I cherish every moment that I get to learn and grow with her.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
We found some coupons at www.chattanoogafun.com/coupons and then hopped in the car. There's just something about spontaneity that excites me, and I love having a hubby that knows when to shake up the monotony and throw in a surprise when I start feeling the humdrum of motherhood.
Then we went to the children's museum downtown.
This children's museum was AMAZING. It was like Sci-Quest, the McWayne's Center, and Early Works all crammed into one. They had an amazing water area; a huge jungle gym; science and invention exhibits; an energy, robotics, and magnetism area; a baby play area; a pretend store; a pretend clinic complete with microscopes, x-rays, a miniature exam room, and a full sized skeleton; a dinosaur exhibit with live reptiles and a huge sand area to dig for fossils; an art studio, photography, sculpture, and textile area where kids could observe and create masterpieces; a music and theater area with instruments to play and displays to explore the history of music and instruments; then the second floor was a special Curious George display with a story room and tons of creative games and displays from episodes of the show. I could go on and on and on, but I just don't think I can do justice to its awesomeness.
After the museum we went to the Mellow Mushroom for dinner before heading home. It was the first time that we'd eaten there and it was soooooooo good.
Well... Maddi is waking up from her nap, Sean is working, and Drew is at school... just another day, but for some reason it's okay today because I feel renewed, refreshed, and ready to tackle the laundry and the pile of invoices on my desk with a smile on my face.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Several things have happened recently which have caused me to contemplate my mortality. Well... not my mortality specifically, but just the concept of life in general and how fragile it is. I've seen babies born too soon, but thrive and grow against odds in their new little bodies. I've reached out to friends facing devastating illnesses, and I've grieved with friends who are mourning the loss of loved ones. I guess I've just been reminded that each day is a beautiful gift, and no matter how hard we work or how much we plan, each day is in God's hands. So, with that in mind, I've recommitted to cherish the simple things... like making cupcakes and wiping off gooey faces and sticky fingers. Each day is a gift from God to me.