Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Yesterday, I had to go shopping for all the things the girls will need this week for school-party supplies, not school supplies, mind you. Allison and Rachel need party favors and Leah needs candy for their parties on Friday. The fact that I had to go shopping, meant I had to go to Target. I have a love/hate relationship with that store. I love their stuff, but cannot seem to walk out of there without spending too much money and wasting too much time. My neighbor and I call it going into the "Target Zone." I spent 1 1/2 hours in there and spent $100-ugh! I did save 10% with my coupon though ;-).
Today started out COLD! I know that 50 degrees is not cold for most of you, but here, we freeze when the temp gets below 60 degrees. Today when we got up, it was 50 and very windy. The windy made it feel quite chilly. Thank goodness I was able to pick up some coats for the girls at Target yesterday! Allison has not had a coat for the last year. She went through all last winter wearing a fleece jacket. Some days it was just barely enough, so this year she has a new coat. (coat in Florida terms is actually just a little more than a fleece jacket)
I was field trippin' again this week. Fortunately, this trip was to a local restaurant and not the lagoon this time. This was Rachel's trip. The kids went to Carraba's (sp?) and got to try their hand at making pizza, meatballs, and salad. They seemed to have a pretty good time. Rachel was really scared of the flames at the grill and would not even look in the direction of the chef when he was cooking the chicken, but she enjoyed the pizza dough, and her favorite part was getting to eat the food when they were done. Below are some pictures of Rachel's trip.
Rachel gets off the school bus. She really seemed to be excited about getting to ride the bus!
Rachel wears her homemade chef hat. I finally have a picture of her wearing her glasses. She will not keep them on at home, she she wears them mostly at school.
Rachel puts on her apron. Now she is ready to cook.
Rachel works with the pizza dough. This was by far the kids favorite spot in the kitchen. Notice Rachel is not wearing her glasses anymore. She took them off just a few minutes prior to this picture and threw them in the floor.
Rachel's class poses with the chefs who showed them around the kitchen. They were soooo nice to all of us. I could not believe how patient they were with the kids and how they really seemed to enjoy showing the kids around.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
The girls just before the start of the walk.
The rain begins to really come down on the way to the car. Of course it stopped as soon as we got to the car.
Friday, October 24, 2008
I would certainly not want to go across the country in something this small!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday was horseback riding for Rachel. She is so loving it!! I am glad that she likes it so much, because it is supposed to be really good for strengthening the muscles in her trunk. She is now giving the horse commands when prompted by the volunteers, and she is somewhat participating in the warm up exercises they do. Throughout the week, she is now saying, "Horsey?" after which follows "Ride?" When I tell her that it is not her day to ride she pouts. Unfortunately, she will have to miss next Saturday, because it is the day of our Buddy Walk. (We have not missed one since we found out Rachel had Down Syndrome. Actually, the first walk we did was about one month before Rachel was born-in Duluth, MN they have the walks in September because it is too cool in October. Here in Florida, we have the walks the last weekend of October and hope it is not too hot and humid, but I digress.) Anyway, the horseback riding and buddy walking happen at the same time so we will have to miss the horses on Saturday. I do not look forward to telling Rachel it is not her day to ride for two long weeks.
Later in the day on Saturday Leah and Allison went back over to the neighbor's house to swim again. Our pool is starting to get into the shade of the house and we don't have a heater, so it is starting to get a little cool. The neighbor's pool still gets sun and has a heater, so the kids can swim for a while. Rachel thought she wanted to swim in our pool Saturday afternoon after the girls got back home, but she did not stay in more than 15 minutes before she said she was done. Saturday afternoon was appeared to be "nature day" too. The girls came running to the back porch yelling that they had found a turtle. They had to argue about who could hold him the longest for about 15 minutes before I made them release it into the pond behind the house. A few minutes later, they came running around the house yelling that they had a frog. Sure enough, in the little bug box that they have, they had the biggest tree frog I had ever seen. He was a feisty little guy too. He was determined to get out of that little cage. The girls have caught a lot of lizards, frogs, and snakes, and I have never seen one try to get out of the cage like the Godzilla frog did. I watched the Alabama vs Mississippi game off and on, and when it was over we all loaded up and went to McDonald's for Happy Meals. They were so excited, because it had been "so long" since they ate there last. I don't know how long it has been, but I can say that McDonald's is still giving out the same toy as last time, so it has certainly not been long enough!!
Today was a picture perfect day! It was only in the upper 70s, and it was breezy. I finally got to raise the windows and let in some fresh air. This morning we got up and went to church. (Yes, Mike, I got them up and to church. We were later than you would have liked, but we girls considered it perfect timing.) After church we went to the nearby park to see a horse show. The organization that Rachel rides with on Saturdays was putting it on. We saw lots of pretty horses, but I guess we are not horse show material, because we got bored quickly. Since we did not have to pay to attend, we headed home after about 45 minutes. It was lunch time and we were all getting hungry anyway. This afternoon, I rounded up the girls and some of the neighbor kids, and we all rode bikes down to the community playground. They played on the playground and soccer field for a little bit. Rachel is getting much more independent on the equipment, but she really just wanted to swing today. I made her climb a few of the ladders, but after a while she got grumpy and refused to do any more climbing.
The only glitch in today occurred when Rachel wandered out of the garage while I was trying to get the bikes ready for the ride to the park. I had my back to the garage door and told Allison and Leah to not let Rachel leave the garage. Well, in the short amount of time that I was putting air in the tires of the bike, Rachel headed out of the garage and down the sidewalk. She made it several houses away! This is the second time she has done this to me. The other time she headed out the front door. Now all of our doors are alarmed, so that should not happen again. I cannot believe how quick she is. Each time she was out and down the sidewalk in a matter of a minute or so!!
Everyone is now in bed so I guess I better head that way too. I just remembered that tomorrow the girls are supposed to wear red to school. They are already asleep, have already picked out their clothes, and guess what......none of it is red! Darn it! I am supposed to have Rachel at school 15 minutes early tomorrow so that PT can see her-something about the therapist having a really hectic day tomorrow. I did not ask. That should be fun too. I have to have her at school by 7:45am. That means I need to get Leah and Allison dropped off at their school as soon as the doors open and then race over to Rachel's school. I am supposed to volunteer in Allison's classroom tomorrow morning too. At some point I have to find some time to run to the grocery store too!! Yikes, it is going to be a busy day!!Neighborhood Biker Gang
Rachel on the slide.
This is not going to end well.
We love this van. I saw it around town for months before anyone else saw it. No one believed me when I told them I had seen the Mystery Machine! Today it was parked across the street from the house. We did not see Shaggy and the gang, though.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Remember me saying that Allison is getting pretty good about picking out clothes that look good together? Well, I take it all back. Allison decided to wear Leah's clothes, so they were a little small. Her waist size is the same as Leah's, but she is much taller, so the capris were only knee length. It was something she had never worn before, and something that just looked sloppy. I have no idea why she picked it out! I tried to talk her out of it, but she would have none of it. I decided that it is her picture, not mine, and she needs funny pictures to look back on when she is grown up anyway. At least I still get to pick out Rachel's clothes!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
She is great about using the potty and will go every time I put her on it. She poops in the potty almost exclusively, but she still wets her diaper in between potty breaks. Yesterday, I decided to change the bribe and thought movies might be the perfect bribe. Rachel LOVES movies. We have had to cut her down to one movie a day, because she would watch them all day if allowed. I told her that if she wets in her pull up that she cannot watch a movie. An hour or so later, she was squatting in the kitchen floor. I asked her if she needed to go potty and she said an urgent "YES!" As she was walking to the bathroom, I noticed that her eyes were red. As we went into the bathroom, she started crying. I knelt down and asked her what was wrong and she just cried. I felt her pull up and it was wet. :-( She was so upset. I felt like the worst mommy ever!
I asked at school today to see if they needed any more diapers or pull ups. I never know if they change her there or if she stayed dry and is coming home in the same pull up she left in. They have a whole stash of diapers and said that she stays dry most of the time at school-little stinker! Today, when she came home from school, her pull up was dry, so she is currently watching a movie. I kept repeating what a big girl she is and that big girls get to watch movies. We will see how it goes. My only problem is trying to reward her and keep the number of movies viewed each day to a minimum. I may need to rethink this strategy too. If at first you don't succeed................
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
After kayaking we came home and cleaned up, went and picked up Rachel, and went out to lunch. It was a much better Monday than last week when I spent all day running back and forth to the dentist and school. Afterwards, I had to come home and change to fish tanks and start on laundry. After to running all over the place last week, I was seriously behind on laundry. I got the girls clothes done yesterday and am working on mine and Mike's clothes today.
This week will be a bit less hectic than last thank goodness. No dentists, no haircuts, etc. The girls all have their school pictures this week. Rachel's was today. I worked and worked trying to get her hair to stay in place, but I am afraid it was to no avail. When I picked her up at noon, it looked like it always does-sticking up everywhere. The pictures were at 9:15am, so maybe her hair looked okay until then. The teacher told me that they took off Rachel's glasses for the picture. I was not sure I wanted to do the picture with her glasses or not, but I had sort of decided I wanted them on. I put them on her before school and the teacher did not ask me what I wanted to do. I figured that if I did not tell her to take them off, that she would leave them on. Oh well, I was not sure what I wanted to do anyway. Rachel does not wear her glasses at home because every time she gets out of my sight she takes them off and throws them in the floor, so we don't have any pictures of her wearing them.
Preparing Leah for her pictures on Thursday should be interesting. I don't know what I am going to do to get Leah's hair to cooperate. She is in that "growing out" stage and it looks a little crazy-I know the pictures of her hair cut looked cute, but that was the work of the stylist. We cannot get it to look at all like that! I cannot wait to see what she picks out to wear for the picture. She certainly has her own style, and sometimes I can change her mind and sometimes I cannot. I usually let her wear whatever she picks out, but on picture days I have to say no to some of her ideas. Allison is starting to have and idea of what goes together and what doesn't so she will not be as big of challenge. She has also said that she might want to have her hair pulled back out of her face. I was always trying to get her to do that in the past, but without much luck.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Cheers to Me Allison says, "Hi!"Talking to GrandpaHappy BirthdayOpening the presents
Friday, October 10, 2008
Today is Rachel's 5th birthday! Can you believe that? It seems like forever since we lived in Minnesota, but I still cannot believe she is five. As I was getting her ready for school this morning I kept trying to get her to say she was five and hold up her five fingers. (As I'm doing this, I am thinking that it is going to foil my attempts to get her into Disney parks for free by telling them she is three!!) We took some cookies to the classroom this morning so that the kids can celebrate with Rachel at lunch, and I went to the store this morning after dropping her off at school and bought her presents. Yes, presents. Allison and Leah each want to give her a present too. I hope I remembered all my instructions from Allison-get her a present from each of us, get a chocolate chip cookie cake, and get some m&ms for the party. We are just going to have a little family party tonight. I will send pictures of the birthday girl soon.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Forgot to mention........in the pictures of Rachel, the beautiful golden retriever puppy in the picture with Rachel is NOT ours-thank goodness. Her name is Sophie and she belongs to Allison's friend. Since Jake died in March the girls have been hounding me (pardon the pun) to get another dog. I just cannot bring myself to accept the responsibility of a new dog. I would like to have one, but I don't want to have to deal with whatever psychotic behavior it will have (because every pet I get is psychotic!) and I don't want to have to clean up after it! I clean up enough kitty puke as it is with Conan around. By the way, the trim we gave him seems to have helped the shedding and he has not thrown up too much since then. He is starting to shed again, so I guess it is time to for him to get another trim. Maybe we can do better this time.