Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Disney Live

Last Sunday we were fortunate enough to take Hanna to see Disney Live in Salisbury.  For day leading up to it I kept telling her we were going to go see Mickey and Minnie {or as she says Mimmie and Mimmie}.

It was our first time visiting this particular venue and we were really pleasantly surprised.  Tickets weren't that expensive and parking was free.  Yes, you read that right.

As soon as we got there we decided to go find our seats because we honestly didn't know what it would be like inside.  Finding our seats was easy.  So Stephen went to get some snacks.

Hanna was angel waiting patiently for the show to start.  That was partially due to the fact that she napped the majority of the 45 minutes it took to get there. {No complaints on that here!}

The show for the most part was really good.  I think that Hanna was a little to young for it.  She isn't familiar with all of the princesses yet so the parts they were in didn't hold her interest as well. She just wanted to see Mimmie and Mimmie.

And this is a picutre of the $20 light up wand that Daddy got suckered into. Grandpa thinks Daddy got off cheap!

I am glad we were able to take Hanna to see the show and I look forward to many more of these experiences with her :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Where's Ollie?

Day 4 - Ollie spent Sunday watching over things from the kitchen

Silly Ollie!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Weekend Recap

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 
We had a low-key Thanksgiving weekend and sometimes that is all you really need. 

Our Thanksgiving Day started out with the arrival of this little fella.  
We know him as Ollie but you may know him as your Elf on the Shelf.
For those of you who don't know about this, you should definitely check it out.
Ollie will be living with us until Christmas Eve and then he will be returning to the North Pole until next Thanksgiving.
{Stephen has requested you ignore the wires.  It's on his list of things to do!}

Once we read the book Ollie brought we had some breakfast and started decorating for Christmas.  I don't know if it is because Hanna is older now {and says Ho Ho Ho so well!} but I am really looking forward to Christmas and doing holiday type things with her.

We headed over to Grammy and Grampy's for dinner after naptime.  We had a wonderful dinner with lots of family.

Friday we did not do any crazy Black Friday Shopping.  Nope. I was snuggled in my bed until 7am.

Friday night we had Grammy, Grampy, Aunt Car, Uncle Mike, G-Mom Mom and G-Pop Pop over for dinner. I wasn't in the mood for left over turkey so I made mac and cheese.

Saturday we went to the park but we didn't stay to long.  It was pretty windy {it's only 2 short blocks from the beach} and Hanna didn't have a hat and silly Daddy had shorts on.  While Hanna was napping I ordered stuff for her birthday parties and I ordered our Christmas cards.  I love productive naptimes!

Today has been a quiet day too.  Hanna has a little cold so we are laying low in hopes that it will go away and not turn into anything major, after all we are having a house full Saturday and Sunday. Hanna is currently taking a nice nap and I am thinking I am going to do the same.....

What's for dinner?

I found this recipe today when I was trying to come up with something different for dinner tonight. You can only do some many different things with chicken!

Chicken Casablanca Slow Cooker Recipe From Crock-Pot

I'll let you know how it turns out. The true test will be if Hanna eats it...though she usually eats everything!

Happy Sunday All!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fight for Preemies

As I sat and watched Hanna “help” her Daddy fold her laundry tonight, I couldn’t help but think how far we had come. She is such an active little girl and for those who are just meeting her, they don’t know she was a preemie unless we tell them.

It came as surprise when I was told I needed to be induced. Luckily my labor progressed very quickly and Hanna was born just over 6 hours after I arrived at the hospital. The hardest part for me was when they took her to the ICN and I hadn’t really had a chance to hold her. I was told to rest and that I could see her later {after all she was only going to be in there for a few hours…} and by midnight I was getting really anxious. I had a wonderful nurse who allowed me to walk {!!} to the ICN to see my beautiful daughter.

What started out as a few hour ICN stay turned into 11 days. We were fortunate to have a fairly uneventful ICN experience when Hanna was born. Those 11 days felt more like an eternity {and for anyone that has had a child in the ICN you know what I mean}.

Hanna was sent home on a heart monitor that she needed to wear for 3 months. At the end of those 3 months she was discharged from the high risk doctor and I’d like to say that it has been fairly smooth sailing since. Yes, she has had her fair share of viral infections and even a bout of pneumonia but that has nothing to do with the fact that she was a preemie.

Not every family has an easy ICN experience like we were fortunate enough to have. One in eight babies is born to soon. Premature birth is the #1 cause of death during the first month of life. These babies need people to fight for them because they shouldn’t have to. To learn more about how you can help, please visit the March of Dimes.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Today marks the three year anniversary of my Grandmother’s passing. It is also my Grandfather’s birthday. It is fitting that she chose to “go home” to be with him on his birthday.
I miss you both very much.

Proper Park Etiquette?

This morning Hanna and I went to the park. Under normal circumstances I usually leave with some great photos and that makes for a happy Mommy.

Unfortunately there were no photos today. I left with a frown and some questions that hopefully won’t offend anyone.

There were two young girls {my guess is 4/5ish and 6/7ish} that were there with their Grandmother. The Grandmother was not friendly AT ALL. And she wasn’t overly concerned with making sure her granddaughters were being well behaved.

The youngest girl, Maddy was a huge fan of Hanna’s. So much so that she like to hug her by grabbing her at the throat and pulling her in closely to rub foreheads. Awesome.

The oldest girl, Samantha was more interested in pushing Hanna out of the way to go down the slide before her. Awesome.

And yet the Grandmother never corrected them or asked them to stop. Never.

I started saying “let’s take turns” or “Hanna you can go once the other girls have gone” and you would think that would maybe make her speak up. No.

She did talk to me twice. Once was to ask if Hanna’s name was also Maddy. Then to tell me how cold she was.

At what point is ok to ask another parent/grandparent to control/discipline their child? At what point is it ok to ask a child not to do something when it is affecting your child?

I am quite certain we will be frequently visiting this park {it’s a block from the beach!! :)} and I want to make sure I am up to speed on toddler park etiquette.

I wouldn’t be lying when I said that I was happy to see them leave. It was nice to have the whole park to ourselves until the next little girl arrived…..

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Weekend Recap

Saturday we went to our first Punkin Chunkin. What an experience! It was cold, muddy and the stroller really wasn't an option. 

I was amazed at the people and things I saw.  I can only describe as really being a place not for children.  The "tailgating" that people do is unbelievable.  One group had a leather sofa next to a fire pit.  There was another group with a port-o-potty on the back of their truck.

I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.

The crowds {or well the people that are actually there for the Chunk} go crazy when the pumpkins go flying.  The noise when the pumpkin explodes at take off is even louder.

We watched a few pumpkins fly then we made our way down to the vendors. There were some inflatables for the kids to play on.  Hanna LOVED the slide.  I went down with her the first time and I did not like it.  It was a gentle reminder of how much I fear heights and falling. Stephen thought she would like to go down the slide on her own. You can judge for yourself but I don't think she liked it to much.

We randomly bumped into some friends from Jersey.  It was so great to see them and to catch up.

I don't have any other pictures from the Chunk.  I know you are sad :(

Monday, November 8, 2010

Reality TV

I am thinking about giving up TV. Crazy, right?

Don’t get me wrong, I love to watch TV. I have certain shows on certain nights. Thank goodness for our dvr and the ability to watch missed shows on the internet.

But lately I feel as though some of the shows are becoming too real. They are more graphic and push the limits as much as they can. Some of it is quite disturbing to me. I think it is because some of the stories they portray really happen to people and everyone knows someone who knows someone.

I’ve talked with some friends about this quite a few times in the last year. Most of them are moms and they all agreed that shows affect them differently now that they have had children. Any storyline affecting children sends us into tears. Pets too. Why is that? Blame it on hormones I guess.

I remember watching Meet the Fockers when I was pregnant and having a panic attack over the storyline. Silly I know. Even sillier because I had already seen the movie and I knew what happened.

Then there was the episode of American Dad {not a show I normally watch; in fact it was the first and last time I ever saw it} where the parents got divorced because he found out she had been with a lot of men before they were married. They divorced so he could sleep with another woman. The storyline got so crazy that someone ended up in jail and he married the women he divorced his wife to sleep with. Someone may have died too. I can’t remember exactly because the show gave me nightmares for 2 days. Now if it comes on when we are watching TV, the channel has to be changed right away.
Last night we were watching one of my favorite abc dramas from last week. The story line had me crying and gave me such anxiety that I was up for hours before I could fall asleep. The prank calls to my husbands cell phone at midnight did not help any either.

Maybe it’s just me but I don’t think TV shows should do that to me. Granted all of the Explorer episodes I watch don’t leave me feeling this way. {Although that fox can be rather sneaky}

Does anyone else feel this way?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Your Three Words

Punkin Chunkin Weekend

What is that exactly?

Don't ask me....just yet.

It's the big to-do around here so of course we are going to check it out.

If you want to see for yourself click here.

It is sure to be lots of fun after all the rain we had yesterday!


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fight for Preemies

I love the month of November.  Yes, the weather gets cooler {but not usually to cold, depending on where you live that is} and of course there is Turkey Day!! But November is even better because it is Prematurity Awareness Month. 

As you may know from reading the blog, our family is big supporters of the March of Dimes.  They do great things and are really trying to find answers as to why premature birth happens.

Novemeber 17th is National Fight for Preemies day. To join the fight go here,  sign up and then spread the word.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Trick or Treat or Not

Would it be wrong to say that Hanna didn't go trick or treating because I she doesn't need the candy.

Saturday we went to my parents for the day.  Stephen dressed Hanna in her costume {If I try to do it, she cries}and we took some pictures.  Aunt Becki took her to the neighbors to "trick or treat" a day early.

Sunday we went to Rehoboth for the Sea Witch Festival.  What a great way to spend Halloween!!  As Hanna says "Beeeeeeaaaaaccccchhhhh!!"

Stephen took Hanna for her first pony ride.  

 I love to watch her facial expressions.
Hanna has decided that she loves the sand. 
I think that is going to make for a really fun summer.

We were really excited to watch the horses run on the beach.