Thursday, November 29

New Onesie


Enough said!

Sunday, November 25

Our week

The first cold day!
Ryan, Uncle Josh, Aunt Ramona and little Beth on Thanksgiving day.
Thanksgiving dinner! Beth slept through it!
This is the only pic from her eating Thanksgiving dinner...from Gerber...For some reason she turned her nose up to the good stuff!
Playing with her daddy's old toys

We saw so many deer!












We had an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving week! What a lot to be thankful for!

Tuesday we drove to see Ryan's parents for the week. Not only did we get to see them but two of Ryan's uncles and Josh and Ramona also! Beth really perfected her walking this week- every day she became noticeably more and more steady. In fact, she even tried running a couple of times when I chased her on the floor! It was a fun week of some serious playing with her Daddy's old baby toys. She was very fascinated by the deer and squirrels that came up close to the house. In fact, she had a close encounter with a young buck through the window- she was with Grandma and the buck started walking toward the window and it scared Beth! Sort of odd that the buck came so close though!

The weather finally cooled off on Thanksgiving day, it was a beautiful day outside! Ryan played some soccer with his brother and Beth toddled around in the yard. She was bundled up so tightly though that it was hard for her to walk!

Her 4th tooth has finally cut through, and no sign of any others to come soon. She has really just been in the happiest mood all week! She is such a delight to be around right now!

Monday, November 19

A better walking video

Race photos

Here are some professional photos from the 10K I ran about a month ago (I just got them a few days ago). It won't let me post them directly here so you have to follow the link!
Kreutz Photography - Capture The Excitement

Pics

Random cute pictures...



Sunday, November 18

Another tooth

We've got another tooth coming in! She's cut 4 teeth in the past 4 weeks- the top two front and two bottom ones. It seems the top ones are coming in faster than the bottom ones. She's going to be so cute for Christmas with her 4 little teeth. :-) It really hasn't been that awful. It seems when the teeth are actually about to break through the surface she's been mildly fussy, but other than that no other symptoms. And it's nothing Hyland's Teething Tabs can't help!

Friday, Beth and I went to have her Christmas photos taken at Portrait Innovations. I was very pleased with them the first time we went and this time wasn't as wonderful, but still waaaay better than the stupid JC Penny incident. I bought one pose of her sitting next to a Christmas tree. She wasn't in the best of moods so I only had a couple of good ones to choose from. The photographer told me where to put her down, so I put her there and he immediately started making this high-pitched "HEEEEEY BETHANY WHERE'S THE BABY?" noise, and she burst into tears! Sometimes men scare her but she definitely had something to be scared about with this guy. I calmed her down and he hid behind the lense of the camera for the rest of the shoot while a female employee tried to get Beth to look at her. It was really funny from my point of view, and I guess the photographers are used to stuff like that since he didn't seem too offended!

I don't have a scanner or else I'd the photo up here...But most of y'all will be receiving a copy of the picture in the mail soon anyways!

On a sadder note, Beth took a pretty bad tumble yesterday. She fell outside on our concrete driveway and scraped up her pretty little head pretty badly. I didn't want to tell y'all this but 1. I know at some point every baby takes a bad fall and 2. Her photos will show the ugly bruises. She's acting just fine and as happy so Ryan and I aren't worried there's anything wrong other than her scrapes.

Well I've got to upload pictures from the camera because I have nothing new to post right now! I'm trying to get a good video of her dancing because it's evolved and it's so darn cute!

Wednesday, November 14

Beth's favorite games

Right now Beth's favorite games are "Take Everything Out", Pat-a-cake, and Peek-a-boo. Take everything out is a fun one, this consists of removing everything from whatever the chosen object is- cabinet, suitcase, wallet, laundry basket, toy box, diaper bag... You get the idea. It makes for a very happy baby but a very messy house! She has her own cabinet in the kitchen the she's allowed to pull stuff out of- all the other ones have child-proofing on them. So several times a day she'll go in there and have at it. :-) Pat-a-cake and peek-a-boo are well-known games, but Beth likes to lift her shirt up over her head for peek-a-boo. She did this at Bennigan's today and really cracked up the people sitting next to us!

Today, Ryan took the day off since he had some left over vacation days, and we sort of bummed around and did a little bit of shopping. Beth got her first winter coat and Ryan got some new cleats since he's joining a soccer team. I'm so happy about that for him! But anyways, Beth really doesn't like to be held while we shop now, usually I let her push the stroller but today she just wanted to walk on her own. Everyone stops and says something along the lines of "Ohhhh how precious!" and we smile and continue walking at .00005 miles an hour!
Beth's cabinet!
Artsy shot
Another artsy shot

Saturday, November 10

A special day

This morning I was able to slip away for a bit (my wonderful husband watched Beth!) so I could go with my grandma visit my grandfather. He has been diagnosed with Pick's Disease- similar to Alzheimer's. He lives away from my grandma now, in a home with several other patients where he receives 24 hour care- so today I tagged along to go visit. I'm so glad I did- it's so difficult to see someone you love so much in a state like that, but I loved being able to see him. :'-) Please pray for the sick, those who love them, and their caretakers.

Today we also went into town to a Romanian festival- my future sister-in-law invited us (she's from Romania!) so we went and listened to some spiffy music, ate some YUMMY food, and had some delicious wine. It was really neat to hear Romanian being spoken all around us, it's a beautiful language but I have absolutely no clue what anyone is saying since it's so different. I did learn how to say, "How's it going" but I'm not even going to attempt to spell it!




Thursday, November 8

"Safe" toys

At this point I'm sure everyone has heard of the seemingly hundreds of recalls of toys this year, mostly due to the lead content in the paint. With Christmas (and a birthday!) coming up, I've asked around and compiled a list of websites of toys NOT made in China. Some are made in the US and others in European countries, which I hope should all be safe for our children to play with.

http://maplelandmark.com/
http://www.holgatetoy.com/
http://www.turnertoys.com/made-in-USA/american-made-toys.htm
http://www.ubah.com/ecommerce/default.asp?sid=A1269&gid=38390911 (sold by a friend)
http://www.unclegoose.com/
http://www.oompa.com/ (some are made in China and some aren't)
http://www.planethappytoys.com/
http://www.choochootrack.com/
http://www.woodentrain.com/ (for the train lovers out there)

http://www.parentdish.com/2007/11/04/websites-with-american-and-european-made-toys
http://www.coolmompicks.com/safertoy07/
http://www.parentdish.com/2007/08/29/buying-made-in-america-toys

This blog talks about some manufacturers: http://www.momgogreen.com/2007/08/toy-origins.html

Please feel free to add more links in my comments if you know of any!

Wednesday, November 7

Movies

I keep meaning to blog about this! If you have not already gone to see the movie "Bella" then go! Right now! It's a fantastic film that stars "The Mexican Brad Pitt" and has a non-Hollywood feel about it. This movie will change lives if it makes enough money to open in all theaters. So please consider supporting it now!

Tuesday, November 6

Sunday, November 4

She's walking!

Bethany Grace has taken her first official steps! On several occasions, actually. Mostly they're from one thing to another (from the dresser to a box or sofa to the table) but they've been unsupported, on-her-own steps! And she doesn't want to do anything else, actually she's beginning to despise being held. I never thought I'd see that day! At mass on Thursday she was all about walking along the pew instead of sitting in our laps (we were the only ones in the pew so we let her walk up and down) and today at the mall she walked behind the stroller, pushing it. We were moving as slow as snails but she got the biggest kick out of it and of course everyone thought she was adorable!

Here are some of our Halloween pictures...

Pumpkin guts!

Our first carved pumpkin!


The cutest kitty cat

We went trick-or-treating with a turtle!

Beth and my grandmother. This was the day she was sooo happy!

Thursday, November 1

Happy All Saint's Day!

It seems my "tricks" from yesterday arrived a day late...

Today I woke up a few minutes later than normal because Ryan got Beth up with him and took care of her while he was getting ready for work. He put her in her jumparoo when he was leaving for work, so I had to get out of bed and get her when she started fussing. I scoop her up and realize I have poop on my arm- here we go. Half asleep, I bring her into her room to take off her diaper, haul her naked booty into the bathroom and realize there's poop down her leg and on the bottom of her feet. ??? So I wash her AND myself off, change her clothes and head to the laundry room to start the necessary poopy laundry. We go back into my bedroom and I think, hmm, it still smells in here. I investigate- yup, there's not only poop in the jumparoo but it's smashed into the carpet. Yes, it ran down her leg and she jumped in it for who knows how long. (Keep in mind I've been awake for all of 10 minutes at this point.) I clean. And clean. I've never cleaned poop from carpet before, it's not easy.

Our day continues, Beth is in a particularly good mood. Soon there's another dirty diaper, this time not a blowout. After her nap, another dirty diaper... In total, my poor girl has had 8 dirty diapers today (including a very noisy one during Mass this evening...which required a trip to the car since I had used all of the diapers in the diaper bag). Her little bottom is as red as a lobster, my sweet love. I don't know what is wrong, I'm guessing it's something one of us ate, hopefully it'll be better tomorrow.

Back to the rest of my day. We visit with my grandmother for lunch and Beth was in the sweetest mood, so happy and talkative! We came home and my cousin came over to help me out- she was going to watch Beth for an hour so I could mow the yard for my husband as a surprise. I head outside to start the old beast of a lawnmower and the pull cord thing snaps back, so I think I'll just pull it as hard as I can and it'll start. Nope. I pull, it snaps back, and I punch myself in the face. I'm not even kidding. There's blood pouring out of my nose, which is surprisingly numb, I think I've chipped a tooth, and my hand is POUNDING (it looks like I've popped a blood vessel in my thumb). My first thought (I'm so vain) was what am I going to look like with a broken nose? I come inside and stuff kleenex up my nose and call my mom who reassures me that it's probably not broken since the bleeding eventually subsided. (However, it's remained stuffy and sore for the rest of the day. Luckily not swollen so my ego is fine, thanks.) I put some ice on my thumb and the swelling went down- I have a pretty deep cut and the knuckle is a bit sore but again, not broken so I can handle it.

Needless to say, the yard didn't get mowed.

We closed the day by going to Mass to celebrate the saints who have gone before us. Beth behaved like a saint herself during mass, she's had a rough day but has been so happy and chatty today. I took some good photos but I haven't uploaded them yet, I'll get them up ASAP!
 
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