Amy, we've created a monster....a Smashbox monster! ; )
Working the bows...and the gloss.
We were super excited!
It was actually cold in AZ tonight so I got to wear my boots!
I love this picture.
Tonight was the Celtic Thunder Concert that we have been waiting months to see. They are a group of 4 Irishmen and 1 Scott and my parents discovered them first on PBS. When Alexa and I were on the farm this summer we got hooked too. If you ever get a chance to see them, they are really fantastic. Alexa and I always listen to the CD in the car and she knows all the songs. She was really excited tonight for her first real concert. She took a two hour nap this afternoon since she knew she would be up way past her bedtime. The concert didn't start till 8:00 and she usually goes to bed at 7:00. She was the youngest person at the show by far and as usual people were quite taken with her( which she hates). She really enjoyed the music, knows all 5 guys by name and liked to give a little scream for her favorite numbers. She fell asleep with 3 songs left to go in the show. It was a really fun night with my folks too. Robert couldn't make it because he was home with the stomach flu...oh yes, the bug visited us this Thanksgiving. I spent all of Wednesday sick in bed...well let's clarify that by saying "sick and wanting to be in bed". I felt worse as the day and night went on and by late Wednesday it felt like a bus ran over me. I was so worried about being sick on Thanksgiving ( thank goodness I was not hosting but I was cooking so I needed to be functioning) that I was stressed on top of it. I managed to get up Thursday morning and cook/bake most of what I was supposed to, shower, get Alexa dressed and myself and get over to my parents. Then 2 minutes after we sat down to eat, Robert gets up and announces that he is sick, grabs the car keys and leaves immediately. I managed to eat a little, Alexa had no interest in eating which is rare for her. Finally my mom just looked at me and said " Why don't you guys just go home." So my dad drove us home and that was Thanksgiving. Robert is still recuperating and thank goodness Alexa did not get the worst of it. I am feeling much better and I hope we are all back to normal tomorrow.
Today we met our frineds Jenna and Jay at the park. Jenna had asked me if I would photograph Jay so I jumped at the chance. I'll take all the practice I can get. He was a great subject and it was fun to shoot someone else's child. His energy is totally different than Alexa's and it gave me the chance to try some new things. I think I get in a rut shooting Alexa ( a trillion photos will do that to you) and this was refreshing.
For Christmas I am getting a new camera ( I guess I was a good girl this year; ). I can't decide between the Canon Xsi and the Nikon D60. The Canon seems like a no-brainer but the Nikon was a nice fit when I tried them out. If anyone has any thougts about either of these or shoots with one, I would welcome any comments.
Yes, that's my dog on my kitchen table. Sometimes I feel like I live in a loony bin! Alexa spotted her after I had cleaned up from dinner. She said "Mom, Georgie's on the table." So of course I grabbed my camera and Georgie got to pose for some pictures, which is funny because I could tell she was into it...then we all had a good laugh. (and then I recleaned my table)
Alexa eyeing that little cup of butter on her plate...when I wasn't paying attention I caught her eating that straight out of the dish and right in her mouth!! Ugghh...gives me willies thinking about eating butter!
Amy and I cracking up...we're like two Chatty Cathy's together.
Today we met our friends Amy and James and our previous adoption social worker Marcy, who is also their social worker for their current adoption, for brunch. Marcy is actually the one who introduced us to each other. Marcy and her husband Warren are moving back to the East coast so it was a farewell brunch of sorts. Marcy was fantastic throughout our adoption and I know James and Amy are sad to say goodbye to her before their adoption is completed. We are all hoping Amy and James don't have too much longer to wait. They will be such fantastic parents. ( Alexa adores them!)
Tonight Alexa and I were talking about her birthday in February. I asked her what type of theme she would like for her party and she said " I want a 'Dancing with the Stars' party." Hmmm....might be a tough sell for the preschool crowd.
The other day Alexa asked me what a guardian angel was. I told her that everyone has one and when you really need her she will quietly be there to help you. I do believe in them because I know for a fact there were times in my life when I had to have one there with me or things would have been different. I remembered this photo that a friend sent me a couple of weeks ago. It was taken in the Vatican. I showed this to Alexa and told her that maybe this is what a guardian angel looks like. She looked at it for the longest time and said, " She gets mad at the light because she doesn't want anyone to see her." I said well maybe just once and awhile it is okay if people see her so they will believe that she really exists.
No photo today..just feel like writing. Hmm...my first thought is "Yea! Halloween is over!" I love holidays but the minute it is over I'm all about getting the crap put away. Same goes for Christmas. December 26 is clean up day and I am out in the garage getting the boxes to pack it up. It just makes me feel all itchy and nervous to have it in the house too long. Boy, I must be a joy to live with.
A couple of weeks ago I posted about Alexa's tummy being upset a lot and I just couldn't figure it out. Well I did. It hit one day when I was on the phone with my mom talking about it. Ever since Alexa was a baby she has had bloody noses in the nighttime. The first time it happened she was just 1 and I walked in her room in the middle of the night to find her covered in blood. Her entire footy pjs were red. It scared the crap out of us. We took her to the doctor after it happened a few more times and she has had her nose cauterized twice to make a scab to stop the bleeding. The dryness in the desert is awful and this is what is most likely causing it. It only happens in the winter and at night. It's quite traumatic for her to have it done so this year when they started up again I said no more. I will not put her through that again. So every night I put the saline nose drops in and put a little Vaseline in her nose and she has the humidifier on at night. So far so good..no more bloody noses. So, back to the tummy aches. What I believe was happening is that she was dripping blood down the back of her throat and into her stomach and this was what was causing the tummy problems. It hit me when she began to spit the blood out and I was thinking, that is not normal. She has not complained of one tummy ache since the bloody noses have ceased. We all feel better and she is sleeping better through the night as well.
Alexa is doing great in school. She seems to love it and has made a lot of friends. She still prefers the boys as friends, not sure why but if it works for her, great. She is getting really good at writing her name and is trying super hard to count to 100. ( she can make it to 60). She loves to draw, paint and make collages. She is still very much into dinosaurs and can name many of them. She loves playing with her babies and usually assigns me a "daughter" and I have to be its mom all day. She still has boundless energy and cracks us up with her sayings like " You can say that again." or "My pleasure" when you say thank you for something. She has religion class at school and it is so cute to hear her talk about Jesus. I'll never forget the time when she was just 2 years old and was in the shopping cart at Safeway and yelled out "Praise the Lord", right there next to the ice cream. I think I almost peed in my pants that day. It was so random.
My favorite holiday is approaching..yes Thanksgiving and this will be my first time eating turkey again in 20 years. I recently started eating meat again after 20 years of being a vegetarian.Which by the way, no one told me that I would pack on 10 pounds when I started eating meat again...goodness, it's not like I chow down big Macs now. So bring on the bird! I am going to skip any and all decorations for Thanksgiving and just go straight to Christmas. However this does not apply in any way to all the cute and wonderful things Alexa makes in school or at home. Happy November!
The Chief's costume... well, we'll just let that speak for itself...and the desert mermaid before the party got started.
The mama, not in costume and Alexa.
This photo cracks me up. Look at all their faces..what a silly bunch of princesses.
My mom trying to get some food in Alexa. She was way too excited to eat. She just wanted to play with the girls.
My dad was the official griller.
The highlight of the evening is when the whole party piles on the top of two of our firetrucks and we get a scary ride through the desert. Here is one of the ghouls that chased us after the ride was over. Everyone really does it up good!
Ohhh, scary! The rest of the guys were scattered throughout the neighborhood, including a headless horseman ( yes, on a real horse) and several other chainsaw and axe wielding monsters. This was the first time that Alexa rode. She was scared at first and I would cover her eyes when it was too scary but by the end of it she was really having fun and knew that it was just silly fun.
I am a fortysomething mom of an amazing daughter that we adopted in 2006 from Hubei China. Alexa is 10 years old and lights up our lives everyday. I am married to my best friend, have 3 crazy dogs and love my life near the beach. We are soaking up life in CA in our new home and welcome you into our piece of paradise.