Friday, March 31, 2006


Who here thinks that downloading two audio books online is worth $45?? (when the printed version is available for about $5 each)


Didn't think so.

High School

Last night was a trip down memory lane. In high school, I was in the choir. My choir teacher, Mrs. Hendrix, retired years ago and now one of her former students is the high school choir director. The current director is planning a surprise tribute to Mrs. Hendrix, and she invited as many of the choir alumni as she could to come back and sing at the spring concert. Mrs. Hendrix has agreed to direct one song. It's going to be a big SURPRISE that many of Mrs. Hendrix's former students are going to be there.... Anyway, last night was the first rehearsal. Just being in the choir room brought back so many wonderful memories. And OMG two of my dearest high school friends were there!!!!! I hadn't seen either of them in probably 15 years!!! We were always so silly on choir trips. Such fun, crazy times. It was so good to see both of them again.

It's kind of bittersweet. *sigh* How I miss the old days...

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

We made an attempt at Easter pictures today. Eh, not too happy with any of them. We'll try again in a couple days... Here are a few that are okay.

Monday, March 27, 2006


We had a pretty nice weekend. The weather was just perfect!!! Friday night we went out to dinner with our next door neighbors. Valerie was very well behaved. Normally she "talks" and "sings" trying to catch the attention of whoever is sitting by us. She was good and played with us instead. She kept putting her little hands over her eyes playing peek-a-boo. SO cute!!

Saturday we made a quick trip to Lowes to pick up stuff for our yard. I got all of our bedding plants and new mulch to re-do our flower beds. We started on that in the afternoon. I let Valerie "help" and she was filthy afterwards. She was litterally crawling around the mounds of mulch and shoving her hands in the dirt. She loved it but was a complete mess! I threw her clothes in the trash they were so dirty!!

Sunday Clint and Val went grocery shopping while I cleaned house. I started my spring cleaning and moved the living room furniture to clean behind them and ended up rearranging things a bit. We finished the yard in the afternoon and Clint grilled burgers for supper. Last night Valerie took MORE steps - finally! She really hadn't taken any since last week. I guess I need to "remind" her every so often that she CAN walk to encourage her to try more. Last night she was just thrilled when I'd hold out my arms and she'd come toddling in them for a big hug.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

I know I've posted before about the neighborhood Bunco group. For some reason, it took an entire year for them to include me. Since I've gotten put on "the invite list", I've gone to a few parties. Not many, but I do go when I'm able to. Well, last night was March's Bunco party at a neighbor's just a few houses from mine. I found out about it when someone asked me if I was going. Obvously I didn't go because yet again -- I wasn't invited. I know for a fact the hostess has my email address because I have gotten emails from her!!!! What's the point of having a Bunco group if you're only going to invite SOME of the members? If you volunteer to host, how crappy is it to CHOOSE which members of the group to invite... or not? Ummmm can we say, RUDE?? I'm SO tempted to send out an email playing dumb saying, "hey, when is Bunco this month?" Or better yet.... "Just making sure everyone has my email since I wasn't invited to the last Bunco." I PROMISE you that the next time I'm invited, I WILL REPLY TO ALL and say "Thanks for inviting me since I wasn't invited last time... I'm bringing such and such dish." I admit, my feelings are a bit hurt. More than anything, I would like to know the reason why I'm being excluded.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Happy Birthday to my husband, Clint!!! I love you very much.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

What a well baby!

Today was Valerie's 15 month well baby visit. Surprisingly the office was empty and we were in and out in less than an hour!!!!! She weighed in at 23 lbs 15 oz and is 32" tall. She's in the 75th percentile for both! I'm glad she's slowing down a bit because she was in the 97th percentile for a while. My little girl is so big and so tough. She DID NOT cry when she got her shots. *shocked* I was amazed. The first one made her scream for about 3 seconds and she kept trying to look at what the nurse was doing. It was like " OWWWW what was THAT?" The second one stung more than the first (according to the nurse), and her eyes filled with tears and she wailed. But by the time I leaned over and grabbed my purse from the chair, Val was fine!!! She's napping now, which is to be expected after shots.

Monday, March 20, 2006

pitter patter

She did it! She walked!!! Valerie took her first solo steps tonight!!!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Yesterday Clint's employer sponsored a Family Fun Day in Lafayette. Even though I still didn't feel well, we went. It was really nice, and had I felt better we would have had a great time. There was TONS of food, games, jump houses, clowns, a train ride... all sorts of things. I wish I would have felt well enough to walk around. Mostly I sat under a pavilion trying to keep WARM!! When we left home, the sun was out and it was in the mid 60s. I wore a t shirt, shorts, and sandals. When we got to Lafayette, it was cloudy, dreary, damp, and about 15 degrees cooler! BRRRR! Lucikly I had a sweater in the car for Valerie, as I had dressed her in shorts also. Minutes before we arrived, Clint was called on stage to be presented an award for all of his efforts in organizing the Fun Day. I felt so bad that we missed it, because if I hadn't been sick we would have been there much earlier. If I hadn't been sick, we would have enjoyed it so much more. :-( I know Clint put a lot of work into planning it, and I feel like I "ruined" it in someway by being sick. I know it's not my fault, but still... The day should have been much better.

I need to learn how to boost my immune system. I've been sick 3 out of the past 4 weeks! Twice back to back I was really sick. Ridiculous. Physically I'm so worn down and have no energy. I loaded the dishwasher this morning and it wore me out! That's pathetic. I need to start taking my vitamins again. I already exercise and eat right. I'm hoping this is the last of the illnesses for a while because I can't handle any more.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

I can't believe I'm sick again. I'm better today, but I'm so run down from being sick three times in a row. I have no energy. I used to NEVER get sick until I had a baby. Am I going to catch every single illness she does from now on?!?

Pictures from Tuesday....

And here she is, standing up all by herself... but still won't take a step!!!

And this is how she watches TV... (yes my house is a mess due to Hurrcaine Valerie!!)

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Shoot me now

I have the stomach virus.


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Happy Birthday to my dad, Jack!

We had a pretty nice day. The weather was perfect. Valerie is doing MUCH better. She ate more today than she has in the past 5 days combined. She'll be back to her old self soon. We spent most of the day at my parents' house. We took my dad out for lunch and even had the wait staff sing Happy Birthday to him. Valerie was in a great mood all afternoon. She would do her "monkey walk" on all fours, stand up and clap, then monkey walk a few steps, stand up and clap, repeat... She's on her way to walking for sure now!

I have some pics but the upload tool isn't working right now. I'll try tomorrow.........

Monday, March 13, 2006

Last night Valerie decided to vomit nasty sour *stinky* milk all over my living room rug. Poor baby. First time for everything, I guess. Nasty though. Her peditrician said there's a stomach bug going around, and that's probably what it is. There's not much to do except wait it out. I just wish she'd EAT. All she had today is TWO bites of a pancake, a few bites of baby cereal, half of a cracker, and an apple sauce cup. Her not eating is what worries me the most. I hope she's over this soon.

After our doctor visit, I went to the gym to renew my membership. My time was up March 4th, and I got a notice in the mail March 8th saying I had 10 days to renew. Today I'm told I still had to pay a late fee since my membership had expired. WTF? IF they're going to send out a notice, why don't they send it out a week or so in advance instead of waiting until after the fact?? My guess is so they can collect those late fees. How many people keep track of the exact date their membership runs out?? That was 6 months ago... I knew my membership was up in March, but I couldn't tell you the exact date. I almost told them nevermind that I was going to the YMCA instead, but I handed over my check.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Not again.

My throat hurts. :-(

THIRD sore throat I've had in a MONTH. It only means **I'll** be the one to wake up sick tomorrow.


Thursday, March 09, 2006

I hope Valerie isn't getting sick again. She barely ate a thing today. She slept much more than normal too. She usually gets up about 7:00, but today slept until 8:45! We went to the gym, where she fussed (see previous post.) We were home by 11:00, and she slept until 12:30! She was up for about an hour, and was sound asleep AGAIN before 2:00. About 3:30 she got up and went back to sleep about 4:30 until I woke her up at 5:00. She was burning hot, so I checked her temp and it was 103.3!! Gave her tylenol, tried to feed her (no go), then gave her a cool bath. She ate a little bit ice cream and we put some cereal in her cup of milk so she'd get something. After an hour or so, her temp was 99.3 and she felt normal when she went to bed tonight. If she's not better tomorrow we'll be taking a trip to Bayou Peds.... *sigh* I don't like it when my baby is sick.
Valerie has decided she no longer likes the daycare at the gym. ??? I don't know why. She usually played happily even if she was alone in there. For a while now, she'd have good days and bad days there. Sometimes she'd play and have a blast. Other times she'd scream - not cry - but just yell and I'd just leave if she didn't calm down. Yesterday and today though she cried real tears. Yesterday she kept pointing at the door like she wanted out! Today she cried until we took her out and walked around. As soon as we'd head in the direction of the playroom, she'd scream. Outside of the room, she was FINE! Smiling! Something in there is bugging her, but I don't know what. I don't know how to figure out what it is or make it better for her. It's not like I can just quit the gym - it's the ONLY thing I do for myself!! But I can't just leave her there and let her cry for an hour each day. She gets almost tantrum upset with the screaming and crying and nothing calms her down. The gym is the same as it always has been, so there hasn't been any changes to upset her routine. And as I mentioned some days she's perfectly content. I don't know what to do.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Where did my tiny baby go??

Just because....

I finally took a picture. Here's the new car:

Monday, March 06, 2006

We had a nice weekend. Saturday Clint nixed his plans and decided to just stay home and spend time with us. It seems he is always working, doing school work, going somewhere, etc. Even when he is here, he's not "here" because either he's glued to his computer (sometimes in his office with the door shut) or his mind is elsewhere. *sigh* To be honest, it's getting old and I always feel second choice. Anyway, instead of going door to door begging for donations for the Juvenile Diabetes Walk, Clint stayed home. It was a beautiful day and got some things done around the house and let Val play outside. Sunday was more of the same - gorgeous weather and us hanging out at home.

Not much else going on. I went to the gym this morning. Since I've been sick, I hadn't gone in almost two weeks. I've also been eating horribly. Being sick put me in the "eat whatever I want since I feel bad" mindset. In a week or two it will be time to renew my gym membership. That means it has been ONE year since I started going. I'm so sad about that because I still haven't lost all of my pregnancy weight.

I want to start on my spring cleaning. We seriously need to get rid of clutter. I want to go through EVERYTHING and dump what ever we don't NEED. I have to part with some of my clothes since my closet is stuffed. Most of it doesn't fit anymore anyway. I'm thinking about having a garage sale... not sure though.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Finally, I am starting to feel like one of the living again. I tried calling to see my doctor today, but they were closed!! WTF?? Ash Wednesday isn't a holiday. Oh well, I feel MUCH better tonight than I have the past couple weeks.

I remembered, but I forgot... five years ago today Clint's mother passed away. It doesn't seem like it's been that long.

We took Valerie to two Mardi Gras parades. SHE LOVED IT! Clint held her up close to the street. I just sat towards the back and watched. I felt pretty crappy. At first, Val wasn't too sure about it. Then she warmed up and was waving her arms and babbling. She had more fun playing with the beads after we got home. You'd think a parade passed through my living room with all the beads she put everywhere. ha.