January 17, 2007

...and MORE ICE!

Fountain today...

It's beginning to thaw out (finally) and no more precipitation is heading our way. I have never seen so much ice in Central Texas!

January 16, 2007

We have **ICE**

We don't get much ice, sleet, or even snow in Central Texas, however, we are feeling the effects of this winter storm which made its way here yesterday - as you can see from the picture of my fountain outside, taken this morning. The city shuts down if there's even the smallest amount of sleet, probably due to the fact that most people here don't know how to drive in bad weather conditions.

The ice is starting to melt, but will be short-lived since we have more precipitation heading our way in a couple hours. I was going to made quick run to the neighborhood store to pick up some milk. Looks like I won't be going anywhere though. My car door is frozen shut. I hope this clears up soon. I'm gettin' cabin-fever.

Isn't this a sweet picture? Gotta love Domi!

January 14, 2007

Hau`oli ~ Laki ~ Mahalo

These are words in Hawaiian that describe how I feel.
Happy. Lucky. Having Gratitude.
Why you ask?

Because we're going to Hawaii!
In three weeks!

How you ask?
Since Mike was one of the top dogs in the company this year, he won an all expense paid trip for him and a guest (me) to go Maui and stay at the Four Seasons. Woot!

Now here's the kicker.

We assumed we could take the family (at our expense) since we don't have childcare for Sophia (and besides, I would go crazy being away from her for 6 days at this young age anyway and she has mega separation anxiety right now). Well, the company declined it. Mike pleaded his case with every possible head honcho up top, but no dice. Since this was a company sponsored trip, no one under 18. Period.

So, I came to the realization that I would stay behind with the kids and some lucky dog would take my place :big cry:

Mike wouldn't have it and the company offered him cash in lieu of not going with the rest of the company. And we're takin' our own trip! Granted, we're not staying at the Four Seasons since we need to stretch this money out as much as possible to afford to bring the kids, but we are staying at a lovely waterfront hotel on pristine Mokapu Beach on the Wailea side of the island. None of that makes any sense to me right now since I've never been to Maui, but I did as much research as possible in the short amount of time I had.

What's even better is that Mike's parents are joining us (and that's a good thing, because I love my inlaws). Oh, and I can't forget about my brother in law. He's comin' too!

Now, I'm immersing myself in further research - and getting lots of input from other mommas who have flown long distances with their littles ones - on how to survive 9 hours total on a plane with a 10 month old. We've already caved and bought a seat for Sophia. I just hope she gets use out of it. I just don't want to be that family with the wailing baby on the plane, ya know? I'll never forget the story my mom told me when she flew back from Germany to the States with me at age one. She said I screamed almost the entire time.

January 05, 2007

Milestones ~ 9 Months

Today Sophia turned 9 months and along with growing, comes increased mobility (eeek). She began rolling herself out of a room at 4 months, and at 8 months, mastered the quick crawl and also began pulling herself up on things. She also quickly figured out how to get back down (a skill that is difficult to learn because infants tend to get "stuck" after they pull up onto something).

So now, I'm pleased to see Sophia has figured out how to manuever down a step we have in our house. The first time she was crawling around in that area, she didn't know what was coming and thunk, down she came - cheek first. No injury - just a spooked baby and an upset momma.

Today, as I was taking pictures of her, she took notice (depth perception kicking in here) of the step and figured out how to get down. Yay! The shots I caught are of her doing it the 2nd time (the first time, I was waiting to catch her, but nope - not needed).

Standing with her push-buggy.

Yes, I know - her bootie looks huge. It's her bulky cloth diaper underneath.

Beginning her descent

Halfway there

Made it! Can you see her joy of accomplishment???

January 01, 2007

New Year's Eve 2007

Lots of laughs. I love movement pictures.

The Infamous RANCID Bad NUT!


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