Today we got out of the house....and I was so ready! I don't mind being snowed in typically...but Ana Kate has been so full of energy this week, it's been tough. We had planned on going to church last night but I had a headache yesterday that became a full blown migraine by the afternoon, so we just stayed home.
We headed to Fayetteville to do some shopping and then we met Whitney and her boyfriend (Josh) for lunch. We browsed through several stores and then headed home. Whitney and Josh came back home with us to hang out and Whitney decided to spend the night tonight. She asked Ana Kate if they could have a slumber party and if she could sleep in her bed and Ana Kate said 'No way!'. She's a stinker!
Pictures were quick again tonight. Ana Kate has chocolate in her mouth (and all over) in almost every picture....but she was happy!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
We woke up to even more snow! I'm not sure of the exact totals...but it has to be 9-10" in spots. I bundled Ana Kate up and she built a snowman with Daddy....her first snowman! She was more interested in playing with a stick in the snow...but she had fun. It was pretty cold, so we didn't last long outside.
I wanted to mention that a precious little one from Vietnam will be on Dateline NBC tomorrow night. The agency we adopted through is run by a local couple (Marvin & Carol) that we go to church with. While we were waiting for Ana Kate they learned of a child abandoned in Vietnam with some serious medical issues. They were able to secure a medical visa for baby Quynh and later adopted her. Her medical issues required many visits to Arkansas Children's Hospital and several surgeries. She is doing better than anyone expected and is such a sweet and beautiful girl! The Dateline story is about the residents at Arkansas Children's and follows some of the stories. I'm not sure how much of Quynh's story will be shown, but she is featured in one of the 'teasers' for the program. Quynh is shown toward the end of this clip. It will be on Dateline NBC on Sunday (Jan. 31st) at 6pm central time. I hope that they include Quynh's entire story because it is truly amazing! She has come so far since we first met her...she is now walking with the help of a walker!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Since I don't have much to say today I thought I would throw in an update on some of my goals for this year:
- I am happy to report that I am keeping up with my daily Bible reading and I am really enjoying it! It makes my day better and reminds me of what is truly important.
- My food journal has been pretty non-existant this week. I didn't keep up with it last weekend and then I kind of slacked off this week too. I haven't really been eating badly....but I can tell a difference.
- Exercise....still haven't gotten around to it. I still have big plans...
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Pictures were pretty difficult today...cloudy all day and a toddler that didn't take a nap. I can't wait for another sunny day at the park! I chose the above photo because it was interesting and you can see part of her relection in the window....not quite the angle I was after, but its ok. I also thought the one behind the curtains was interesting as well.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I had so much fun at the movies last night! We only had a group of 6, but we practically had the theater to ourselves. It was nice to go out with friends and relax! We saw Leap Year and it was really good. It's a very cute and sweet romantic comedy. Someone said afterwards that is was predictable, but I really enjoyed it. Of course, Amy Adams is one of my favorite actresses, so I pretty much like any movie she's in. When I got home Ana Kate was awake but apparently had napped the ENTIRE time I was gone. So I had quite a hard time getting her in bed last night.
They are predicting a bad ice/snow storm for tomorrow in our area. I'm not sure if I believe the forecasts yet, but we went to the grocery store tonight just in case. Last year we had a really bad ice storm (you can read my post about it here), and this one is supposed to be similar. We did fine last year though....so I'm not too worried about this storm.
Pictures were taken in less than 2 minutes tonight....so not very good. I waited too late to take them and she just wasn't interested.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Ana Kate must have caught a cold from one of the kids at church because her nose has been running nonstop since last night. Speaking of which...I mentioned we had a rough day yesterday, but I forgot to say she had two shots at the doctor's office. I don't really think she felt bad, but it could have made her a bit crankier than normal.
I put her to bed last night at 9 and she fell asleep within 5 minutes...but by about 10 she started crying and I noticed how stuffy she sounded. The continued crying and congestion resulted in her throwing up all over her bed and herself. So we had a bath and bed changing and laundry late last night. After her bath I rocked her and she fell asleep quickly. This time I made sure to lay her on her side so all that drainage wouldn't make her sick again. This isn't anything new necessarily, Ana Kate has always had a light gag reflex and if she cries for very long she will start gagging...but it hasn't happened in a long time and Doug usually will help me either by taking care of her or cleaning up. But he was out of town for work last night and it was so much harder. The bath seemed to settle her down though, so I was able to clean up everything while she was in the tub. She seems to feel a lot better today, but her nose is still running and her cheeks are very chapped.
Ana Kate has been really funny lately. First she has been calling me Candace a lot...usually when I don't answer fast enough after she calls for Mommy. She has called Doug by his name for a while, but only uses it ocassionally. I always thought it was funny...until she started doing it to me. So I tell her my name is Candace, but you call me Mommy....and she usually giggles and says it again. The interesting thing is she pronounces it better than many adults. Second, she has a little baby dolphin stuffed animal that is her favorite and I noticed the other day she was placing it under the barstools. Then she would say, 'Oh no...the baby dolphin is in trouble. To the rescue! I'll save you baby dolphin!'. She would do this over and over and it was super cute!
I only took a couple of pictures today because baby girl is just not feeling 100% today. I am getting this post done early because I have Mom's night out tonight with my MOPS group! Yay! I'm so excited....we're going to the movies to see Leap Year. I can't even remember the last time I went to the movies....at least 2 years. So I'm off to get ready!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Not much going on today...and not too much to say. Another lazy Sunday, which was perfect. We went to the park this afternoon even though it was a bit chilly. Ana Kate practiced playing catch with her Daddy and just ran around having fun.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I went to Fayetteville this morning so Whitney could cut my hair. She did a really good job...she's a perfectionist! When I got home Ana Kate was so excited to see me...she kept saying, 'Mommy's home! I love you!' SO, SO sweet!! She is such a sweet baby girl! We didn't really do much else, it's been raining all day and it doesn't look like it's going to stop anytime soon.
We had church tonight and taught the toddler class....which is always fun. We really had an amazing service tonight! I enjoyed it so much I think I will download the podcast and listen to it again!
Limited photos today...hoping to take more tomorrow.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I got my new camera today! Yay!! I'm just now starting to play with it and figure it out, so I'm really excited! I can't wait to see what I can do with it. Pics were really quick tonight....uncooperative girl and I was in a hurry. We actually watch tv on Thursday nights...so I'm heading downstairs to relax on the couch for a couple of hours.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
She LOVES playing with phones. Sometimes I'll see her pushing buttons on her play phone and when I ask what she's doing she'll say, 'I'm checking email Mommy.'
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Still doing the food diary and I did weigh myself this morning and I was 5 pounds lighter than I thought. So...that made me happy, but I would still like to lose another 5-7 pounds before summer. I suspect I lost that weight in the past couple of months, but just wasn't weighing myself. I do like doing the food diary though because it keeps you accountable and it makes you really look at what's in the food you are eating. Not really exercising much yet, but I have big plans!
I am officially up to date with my Bible study! Yay!! When I bought this particular one year Bible they had it in two different translations, the NIV (which I like) and the NLT (New Living Translation). I hadn't read the NLT before, but I got it, and so far I really like it. I am really getting a lot out of my daily reading!
Pictures were kind of blah today....I chose the above picture because I love her eyes. Her expression is a little funny though...I think she was saying something to me when I took it.