Archive for February, 2010

Just Cut Me Some Slack

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Me: Its time for your nap, Ivy.

Ivy: I don’t want to yet.

Me: You have to, its time to go nap now.

Ivy: I finked* about it and…no. I asked Jesus and he said no nap.

Me: Well you are still going to take a nap.

Ivy: Just cut me some slack, Mom.

Aaand that’s my daughter. Its no wonder I forget she is only 3 sometimes.

* (finked=thinked, meaning past tense of “think”)

Happy Birthday, Cel

Posted in Extended Family, Impossibly Cute, Sad Things | 14 Comments »

Ivy: Whose birthday is it?

Me: Marcela’s birthday.

Ivy: We can get her cake?

Me: No, I’m sorry but we can’t. She’s not here.

Ivy: She’s in church?

Me: She is in heaven.

Ivy: Let’s get her to come to my home! We can sing to her and get a cake.

Me: I don’t think we can do that.

Ivy: Yes we can! My love will just come out of my heart and float, float, float away and get into her heart, and then angels can get her and bring her to my home. And we can have cake!

Marcela, I hope you can feel Ivy's love and mine! I miss you so much!

Marcela, I hope you can feel Ivy's love and mine! I miss you so much!

Things You Can Toss

Posted in Family Outings, Health | 11 Comments »
Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough

Rings

Rings

A Salad

A Salad

Your Cookies

Your Cookies

Believe me when I say the above image is far more attractive than the one presented yesterday…first by Violet, and then by me. We went to Amelia’s 3rd birthday party at the pony farm, and on the way home Violet had a cookie tossing “episode” just as we were pulling up to the house. I ran inside to get a towel so I could extract her from the mess of the carseat. I started taking her out, but when the smell hit me I began to gag uncontrollably. Phillip came back out after taking Ivy in, and found Violet still in her seat and me with my eyes watering, making some very unpleasant sounds, and trying desperately to pull it together so I could get my poor daughter out of the car. He took over while I staggered into the front yard, still gag-gag-gagging.

Phillip started a bath for Violet while I ran around a little longer, trying to gain control of these spasms. Finally, hand over mouth, I ran back into the house and made it to the other bathroom, where I joined in Violet’s ignominious fate.

I have no idea WHY this happened to me! In the last 3 years of parenthood I have come across my share of disgusting bodily fluids. I have NEVER gagged or have been made sick. My stomach was ironclad, or so I thought. I often mocked Phillip for gagging while changing a dirty diaper. Oh yes, I mocked him gleefully.

But no more. He has banished me from making fun of him, and frankly I am feeling too sheepish now to poke fun. I have learned my lesson.

Here are some pictures of yesterday, before it all went awry.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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I’m not a fan of heart shaped boxes, teddy bears for grown women (shudder), or forced romance. Phillip and I “celebrate” at least a week or two after the actual date in protest of its commercialism, but still use the general time frame to remember to take time for each other. Since having kids this has been difficult, but when we go down to LA we will have family to look after the girls so we can spend some time alone together. To all our LA peeps: you are officially on notice for the weekend of the 26th! And as for today, the actual day of……

Now that's what I'm talkin' about!

Now that's what I'm talkin' about!

On The Move Again

Posted in Ballet, Extended Family, Health, Sad Things | 16 Comments »

We are headed to LA on Saturday. Stuff has been happening with my family. First we lost a close family friend a  few days ago. She had been friends with my parents since before any of us girls were born. Her name was Irma Crow. For the longest time I thought we were related, just based on the closeness of our families. I thought she was my aunt, and her kids were my cousins. Anyway, she had scleroderma and cancer. She suffered a lot and for a long time. But it still came as a shock when it did happen.

And then a couple of days later, my grandma ended up having to go to the ER because of how ill she felt. It turned out she had a host of other problems apart from the tumors they recently found (and probably as a cause of them). She had a bacterial infection in her blood that could have soon caused sepsis, she has gall stones, and her liver function was not up to par. She was also dehydrated. Anyway, it all sums up to something very bad. At her age, I cannot imagine her having much more time. The tumors are likely not treatable, because the cure is worse than the disease. The doctor figures 6 months at the most.

And yesterday my sister Natalia went under the knife to have a lump removed. Signs point to it being nothing, but with my older sister Marcela dying of cancer at age 31, any little thing seems terribly ominous. All day I kept thinking the worst. We won’t have the biopsy results until next week, but everyone seems optimistic.

The last few days have been hard, and although I am trying to keep my chin up for the girls, there are moments when it all just hits me very hard and I just feel this overwhelming sadness and depression. Yesterday in the middle of ballet, with all the activity and “Oh, how cute!” smiles all around me I kept tearing up and had to go outside several times to compose myself. It was very inopportune, but I seriously could not help it.

I think I would have felt better had I been to church on Sunday and taken Communion, but Violet was too sick and I had to take her to Urgent Care. I have been praying, but I really need to get to church to find some strength and solace in the Sacred Species. Maybe this Sunday I can make it to St Therese for the Extraordinary Form.

Anyway, I am looking forward to getting to my family but not to the upheaval traveling causes me. Travel adds a different stress while being close to everyone takes stress away. Funny.

Well, here are a couple of pics from ballet and other things that have been going on. I have been too closed up in my own world to post recently but I figured I better do it before I leave, or it will never get done.

Ivy's first official haircut

Ivy's first official haircut

The Princess and the Pea from last week's ballet class

The Princess and the Pea from last week's ballet class

A tender sisterly moment

A tender sisterly moment

Violet's first pony ride

Violet's first pony ride

Ivy was very excited about getting to ride a pony again

Ivy was very excited about getting to ride a pony again

Violet curled up in Phillip's arms and stayed like this for a while, just staring at him.

Violet curled up in Phillip's arms and stayed like this for a while, just staring at him.

This week was Little House on the Prairie

This week was Little House on the Prairie

I loved those little bonnets!

I loved those little bonnets!