Sunday, December 31, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
2 boxes of uncooked regular lasagna noodles
1 16 oz container of ricotta cheese w/ fresh minced oregano mixed in
10 oz frozen spinach sauteed in 3 cubes of basil pesto
3 quarts of pasta sauce
2 cups milk
some shredded Parmesan/Romano/asiago cheese
1 lb grated mozzarella
1 lb ground beef cooked up with garlic
Mix the sauce into the ground beef and heat
Mix the milk into the ricotta cheese
Spoon some red sauce into the bottom of the 13 x 9 baking pan. Lay down a double layer of lasagna noodles. Spoon on a layer of white sauce. Spoon on a layer of spinach - use half. Apply a light layer of the aged cheeses. Spoon on a layer of red sauce. Add a new double layer of noodles and press them down into the other layers - get out all the air bubbles. Layer white sauce, the rest of the spinach, the aged cheeses, red sauce, noodles then press down. Add the last of the white sauce and the last of the red sauce and top with a layer of the aged cheeses and the whole pound of mozzarella cheese.
Cover with foil, place on a cookie sheet to catch overflow and place into a preheated 375 oven for 1 hour. After the hour, remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 15 min - until you see it bubbling around all the edges and the cheese on top is melted and lightly browned. Let rest for 10 min after removing from the oven before cutting. Makes 12 servings.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
We've got dinner with friends tonight at a fancy new steakhouse, III Forks. I'm sure that Joe will be stressed about driving with us in the rain but it's not supposed to get below 40 so the streets will be just fine - except for the holiday drunks out on the road and we'll just avoid them.
Friday, December 22, 2006
Only one creature was stirring, & she was cleaning the commode.
The children were finally sleeping, all snug in their beds,
While visions of Hot Wheels & Barbie, flipped through their heads.
The dad was snoring in front of the TV,
With a half-constructed bicycle propped on his knee.
So only the mom heard the reindeer hooves clatter,
Which made her sigh, "Now what is the matter?"
With toilet bowl brush still clutched in her hand,
She descended the stairs, & saw the old man.
He was covered with ashes & soot, which fell with a shrug,
"Oh great," muttered the mom, "Now I have to clean the rug."
"Ho Ho Ho!" cried Santa, "I'm glad you're awake."
"Your gift was especially difficult to make."
"Thanks, Santa, but all I want is time alone."
"Exactly!" he chuckled, "So, I've made you a clone."
"A clone?" she muttered, "What good is that?"
"Run along, Santa, I've no time for chit chat."
Then out walked the clone - The mother's twin,
Same hair, same eyes, same double chin.
"She'll cook, she'll dust, she'll mop every mess.
You'll relax, take it easy, watch The Young & The Restless."
"Fantastic!" the mom cheered. "My dream has come true!"
"I'll shop, I'll read, I'll sleep a night through!"
From the room above, the youngest did fret.
"Mommy?! Come quickly, I'm scared & I'm wet."
The clone replied, "I'm coming, sweetheart."
"Hey," the mom smiled, "She sure knows her part."
The clone changed the small one & hummed her tune,
As she bundled the child in a blanket cocoon.
"You're the best mommy ever. I really love you."
The clone smiled & sighed, "And I love you, too."
The mom frowned & said, "Sorry, Santa, no deal."
That's my child's love she is trying to steal."
Smiling wisely Santa said, "To me it is clear,
Only one loving mother is needed here."
The mom kissed her child & tucked her in bed.
"Thank You, Santa, for clearing my head.
I sometimes forget, it won't be very long,
When they'll be too old for my cradle & song."
The clock on the mantle began to chime.
Santa whispered to the clone, "It works every time."
With the clone by his side Santa said "Goodnight.
Merry Christmas, dear Mom, You will be all right."
Sometimes we need reminding of what life is all about. Especially at times during the Holiday season, when all we seem to do is clean and bake and shop and.... you get the picture. So stop for a moment and hug that little one that is so special, whether he/she is 2 or 22, child or grandchild, or perhaps even someone who is in a different category.
They all are gifts that God put in your life ... and such a gift should always be treasured.
So, why not send this on to the all the Mom's you know, for they will no doubt need this at this time of year.
I don't know the author of this as it was a fwd of a fwd of a fwd, so I consider it ok to post.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 68. North wind around 5 mph becoming east southeast.
We WILL be at the park all day, even will try really hard to get there before noon!
Oh how I love the weather in this town!
And oh how I love ELO, listen to this song and try to tell me that this isn't one of the greatest bands EVER!
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
December 17, 2006 8:39 AM
1 - The majority of the Biscuit Brothers' songs are traditional folk songs such as Comin' Round The Mountain (that was the one that they redid into an xmas song at Whole Foods), Oh Susannah, Old McDonald, Bingo, Froggy Went A Courtin', Wahbash Cannonball, Eirie Canal, Skip To My Lou, I've Been Workin On The Railroad, etc. We have a book of Folk Songs here at home that we've been singing together out of since Giselle was about 2 years old so she was already familiar with many of the songs before she ever heard the BB sing them.
2 - The BB are targeting 3 to 8 year olds for music appreciation - during the school year they do shows during the day at all the local elementary schools.
3 - Giselle didn't start going to any 'kiddie' shows or listenting to the music until she was a month shy of 3. That's when we started going to Sara Hickman shows and listening to Sara CDs (Paul was 4 months old) and Giselle was into it from the start. Yes, prior to that she loved to dance to Enrique Iglesias and Paulina Rubio but she wasn't looking for anything more than something to dance to. With Sara (and subsequently Joe McDermott and the BB) she could actually participate with the musicians while they were performing - actually become part of the show. That's why Giselle is so into these 3 performers - she actually knows them and they know her. They give her hugs and remember her name and recognize her when we run into them in 'non-performance' situations. She enjoys the Wiggles (we started watching them when she was 4.5) but it's just not the same as with the local folks.
4 - Paul knows them all (Sara, Joe & the BB) but it's only recently that he sings the Sara & Joe songs. He has the BB songs all memorized but that is mostly a result of having an older sister and mom who listen to the CD alot in the car. We've seen the BB enough in the last year that he treats them like they are neighbors who sing songs that he already knows.
5 - The two of the them still love to dance and 'sing along' to the Latin Pop & Rock that we listen to in the car (104.9 fm). Paul recognizes all the Juanes songs and Giselle can identify even brand new Julietta songs whenever they come on the radio.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Oh well, live and learn!!!!!
And Gayla said that if the lids sealed onto the hot jars and formed a vacuum then I did it right and the other sauce is perfectly fine - no botulism!
Tonight's show was at Whole Foods and was the last of the year for us. In the meantime we'll have to live off of our DVD's and TiVo to tide us over.
The free show ended up costing us $30 for dinner from the Whole Foods carry-out bars - a meal of 1 chicken enchilada, beans, rice, sour cream and 2 strips of fajita beef for each kid, a bowl of fruit salad, some Greek orzo salad (really good - black olives, feta, orzo, cilantro, pine nuts, olive oil, and some kind of vinegar), some spicy sauteed zucchini and 1 small cup of gelatto ($30.26).
So we made one of the semi-premade gingerbread houses from Wilton. We started it on Saturday - 'glued' on the walls and roof, finished decorating it on Sunday and ate the entire house on Monday. That's the trick on them - eat them immediately instead of letting them sit around for 2 weeks.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Last night's 5k is now over. We made a point to get there early so that we were part of the first folks to cross the start line - I felt that we lost a lot of time each year slogging through the walkers - and we crossed it within the first 20 seconds of the start (special thanks to Kathy for lending me her double jogging stroller!).
At mile marker 1 I was keeping a 12 min mile but by mile 2 I had dropped to a 13 min average. I ended with a time of exactly 42 min which I was content with due to the fact that I haven't 'trained' since I ran the TOL 5k last year. Oh and when I say ran I mean walk really fast - I don't care for the pounding that jogging does to my body so I walk really fast with a little trotting now and then. But since we finished relatively earlier than usual I fully expected there to be bananas left when we finished BUT NOOOOOO! We saw people eating them but they were all given out! What's the deal? EVERY year they run out of bananas within the first 45 min and I REFUSE to eat those nasty ham & cheese, chicken salad, pimento salad, & turkey & cheese sandwiches that they offer. The cookies were all gone too. My only option AGAIN was to eat a whole bunch of candy canes while the kids had some kisses and canes. They could at least make PB&J sandwiches for us vegetarians but of course they don't. So once again I left the race feeling stiffed somehow.
The lights were OK, you know, for as much money as Dell makes from this town they sure could do a better light display, especially in their designated section!
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
I am The Wheel of Fortune
Good fortune and happiness but sometimes a species of
intoxication with success
The Wheel of Fortune is all about big things, luck, change, fortune. Almost always good fortune. I am lucky in all things that I do and happy with the things that come to me. I should be careful that success does not go to my head however as sometimes luck can change.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
She is so proud of herself for realizing how easy it really is!
Friday, December 01, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006 Starts at 6:30 pm
This year the Trail of Lights Festival will include the AT&T Trail of Lights 5K event. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2006. The course runs through Zilker Park and the awesome Trail of Lights, with more than 180,000 lights. The entry fee also includes a "Trail of Lights 5K" long sleeve t-shirt.
Awards will be given to the top 50 overall male and female entrants.
Entry Fee will be $22 if received on or before Wednesday, December 6th, $25 if received on or after Thursday, December 7th. $17 for children 11 & under.
Packet Pick-Up and Late Registration will be at RunTex Riverside: RunTex Riverside, 422 W. Riverside Dr. Phone: (512) 472-3254 The hours for packet pick-up will be: Friday, December 8th (11 a.m. - 6 p.m.) Saturday, December 9th (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) Registration is only at RunTex Riverside on Friday and Saturday.
Parking A detailed map and instructions can be found in your race packet. Please READ!
personal note from Natalie: Register in person at RunTex NOT online (online registration costs an additional $3 per person).
The trick is to just register your kids and not yourself - and get the t-shirt in a larger size so that your kids can wear it when they are teenagers.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 29. Northwest wind between 15 and 20 mph becoming calm. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 56. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 62. Calm wind becoming east between 5 and 10 mph.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. North northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 54. North wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 30. North wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. North wind around 10 mph becoming southeast.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 39.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 61.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
This is a shot of one of Finc Pura Vida's tables at the Sunset Valley Farmer's Market 2 weeks ago. On the other tables we had: Bok Choy ($2/bunch), Diakon Radish ($2/bunch), turnips ($2/bunch), Burgundy okra ($3/lb), green okra ($3/lb, Calafornia Wonder bell peppers ($4/lb), rendered organic lard ($3 sm jar, $5 large), Black Beauty eggplant ($3/lb), Rosa Bianca eggplant ($3/lb), French Breakfast radish ($2/bunch), Black plum tomatoes ($3/basket), Big Boy tomatoes($2/lb), Ayote squash ($1.50/lb), organic beef, organic pork, organic raw milk, organic chicken eggs ($3.50/dzn), organic fresh whole turkey ($4.50/lb), Lebanese cucumbers (sale $2/lb), and I think that's it. Of course everything is certified organic. Oh, the Arugula label got cut off of the picture (it's $6/lb) and all the greens are $2/bunch also. The herbs are $1/bunch!
Monday, November 27, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Medscape Medical News 2006. © 2006 Medscape
November 14, 2006 — The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Roche Laboratories Inc have notified healthcare professionals regarding safety labeling revisions for oseltamivir phosphate (Tamiflu capsules and suspension) that warn of the potential risk for neuropsychiatric events associated with its use.The warning was based on postmarketing reports (primarily from Japan) suggesting that patients with influenza receiving oseltamivir, particularly children, may be at increased risk for self-injury and delirium. Although the role of the drug remains unclear, patients receiving oseltamivir should be closely monitored for signs of abnormal behavior, according to an alert sent yesterday from MedWatch, the FDA's safety information and adverse event reporting program.Oseltamivir is indicated for the prophylaxis of influenza and treatment of uncomplicated acute illness in those who have been symptomatic for no longer than 2 days. It is approved for use in patients aged 1 year and older.Adverse events potentially related to use of oseltamivir should be reported to the FDA's MedWatch reporting program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, online at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch, or by mail to 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Needless to say, I didn't make it to the stores to finish my grocery shopping. Joe generously suggested that we could delay Thanksgiving until Friday, what a great idea!
But while sitting around all day I did manage to change the provider of all of our homeowner's insurance policies, thus saving us a few hundred dollars now and potentially saving us thousands of dollars if anything were to happen to the rental houses.
I would like to thank the makers of TiVo for making this sick day not as miserable as it could have been. And also our satellite provider DirecTV for providing us with the Disney Channel, the Family of Discovery Channels, and Noggin. And an extra special shout out to Joe who was the one to get us hooked up with all of this years ago, you are THE MAN!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
It's insane here currently - closing on one house in less than 2 weeks, maybe another by the end of the year, getting ready for Thanksgiving here not at a friend's house, getting school done every day, getting the green house up before it really frosts, getting 2 weeks of laundry washed AND put away, getting rid of a crib-full of clothes leftover from the homeschool clothes swap (Suzanne what size are the kids wearing?), cleaning up play-dough every morning in the playroom, getting the yard ready for winter, thinking about what the heck is going on for Christmas and how I'm going to shop for Giselle (the girl who wants EVERYTHING - well not really, just more Bitty Baby stuff, an American Girl (I say not till she's 8), more Polly Pockets, more My Tiny Pets, and a Yorkie puppy), getting all the last of the summer/fall produce frozen and put in the freezer, and did I mention closing on 2 houses?
But just as I was shutting down the kitchen for the night (oops I forgot to tend to the 2 sinks full of dishes from lunch - we had a visitor (Gayla got off of the farm for the day and dropped by for a visit) and I made spaghetti w/ a killer sauce - Giselle had 3 servings) Giselle & Paul came dancing out of the bedroom and proceeded to ballroom dance around the living room for 5 min. I got some on video. It was a nice end to a crazy day.
Oh, and the guy at the HEB checkout charged me for 2 books of stamps but only gave me one. I only asked for one so I didn't notice until I was checking the receipt 15 minutes ago that I paid for 2. They said to just come buy the Business Center and they'll give me the 2nd book.
We hit WalMart & HEB today but we still have to go to Bark N Purr tomorrow to get more dog food and to Wheatsville for our biweekly shopping there and maybe even to Whole Foods if Wheatsville doesn't have Turkey parts. Oh, and HEB to get my other stamps!
Friday, November 17, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
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Wednesday, November 01, 2006
They ate all the candy they could last night and again this morning after breakfast then even before lunch they traded what was left for a stuffed dog and a pull-string powered truck. After dinner Giselle regretted her decision to trade in her candy so quickly for about 2 minutes - I had originally told them that we wouldn't do the trade until tonight but they insisted on doing it this morning.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
The owner of this car spends too much time and money at fast food places.
The owner of the first 2 cars has a very loving wife who totally understands that as the over-worked sole-supporter of a family of 4.5 (the dog counts as half) he deserves rewards and 'ME time' whenever he feels it necessary!
For Joe's 40th we took him to dinner at Trudy's South where we had some suprise guests join us. We then blindfolded him and took him to Peter Pan Minature Golf as a suprise family gift. Afterwards we went home and enjoyed a lemon tart from Central Market and opened his presents. Joe said that it was his best birthday ever! Great, how am I going to top THAT? I guess we'll just have wait till 50 to try and top 40.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Paul was screaming because he had just woken up from a nap and wanted to nurse. It was hot and we were sweaty. There was one really fun car that the kids wouldn't leave. Finally we did leave and went to eat some mini cream puffs at Vespaio's store/cafe (next door to the restaurant).
We drove home and stopped for 30 min at Joe's car show - he was showing 2 of the Caddies at the Oak Hill Cruise n Blues Car Show.
I'll post pictures of it all later today.
We might do our annual train ride today or in 2 weeks.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
So I have this pair of shoes that is now, hmmmm, 24 years old. I wore them to church on Sunday and thought that I'd take a picture of them. Well, I didn't really wear them to church - I wore them to the playground at church where Paul and I play while Giselle is at Sunday School. So the shoes, I bought them to wear with a teal taffeta dress that I bought to wear to my sister Joan's wedding in the Fall/Winter of 1982. I was the maid of honor! I recycled the dress for my Jr/Sr Prom the following Spring. Of course for that I wore my black patent leather shoes and a fuchsia taffeta sash instead of the teal sash I wore at the wedding. I've managed to keep these shoes when all other 'old' shoes have been given away because I didn't like them any more or chewed on by a dog or worn out beyond all use. I like these shoes and I'll be crushed when they wear out. Oh wait, I do have a pair of red lamb leather heels that I bought in 1984 that I still have too! It's neat to see Giselle dress up in my shoes just like I used to do with my mom's shoes, although my mom had WAY more shoes than I have now.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
For Immediate Release – October 11, 2006
AUSTIN--- Austin Water Utility (AWU) officials want customers who notice any unusual taste and odor in their tap water to know that their drinking water is completely safe.
A similar taste and odor fluctuation resulted from a blue green algae die-off in the City's raw water supply in October 2004, and AWU officials believe the same cycle is occurring now. The 2004 episode lasted about two weeks.
"The water is absolutely safe to drink," said Jane Burazer, AWU Assistant Director for Treatment, adding "The algae bloom is a product of weather conditions, as well as river conditions."
She said AWU is feeding powdered activated carbon at its drinking water treatment plants in an attempt neutralize compounds that cause taste and odor variances.
"AWU will continue to monitor and test water from the lakes as it is treated and distributed to our customers," Burazer said. Check the Austin Water Utility web site: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/water/ for updates as they become available.
Friday, October 06, 2006
With the help of some dental floss and a door knob, Giselle has lost her first tooth. The other tooth is almost all the way in already. The top two teeth feel like they are next to go.
This is the beautiful tooth box that we made to hold all of Giselle's teeth in - complete with the first tooth (circled in red)!
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Here're my pictures of him, posted again.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
fresh chicken pieces and carcass simmered for 12 hours
salt & white pepper
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
This is what I have to pry apart to get into bed at night. They scootch towards the middle looking for me in their sleep, they run into each other and then are satisfied that they have found a warm body to be near. Once I'm in there, they're content with feeling my breath on their face or being able to reach out and touch me with their hand or foot. I love being able to snuggle with them like this every night - it lets me know that they will always be my babies no matter how old they get!
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Roasted Fall Vegetable and Ricotta Pizza
Being from the South, I already make my egg salad per their recipe plus I add celery
Bats and Cobwebs
Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup
Red and Black Bean Pies
Ginger Pumpkin Bread
Apple Brown Betty
I wonder which one Suzanne will make first!
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Friday, September 15, 2006
Sunday was Sunday School and Free Museum Day - we went to The Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria to see the Biscuit Brothers with all of our friends.
Monday was shopping at Walmart, Central Market and HEB day.
Tuesday was go to Sam's to repair a nail in the tire day and we went to the Austin Zoo.
Wednesday was Homeschool Day at Pioneer Farm.
Thursday was a La Leche League meeting.
Today was Homeschool Park Day.
And tomorrow is Market Day again for us and Classic Car Show Day for Joe.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
I guess that I learned to accept that it's just part of life with kids with a high metabolic rate and a 12-hour sleep time of 7:30 pm to 7:30 am - heck my blood sugar freaks out if I go that long without eating or drinking so I can just imagine what it's like for a growing kid. For that same reason, I never leave home without some snacks packed in my purse, a reserve of snacks in the car and some more snacks in the water bag that also has 4 24oz bottles of water.
Friday, September 08, 2006
Here's proof that a 36 inch 34 lb child can still be easily carried around in a sling. A sling, by the way, that I made myself (from a pattern from Elizabeth Lee Designs). It's the Classic Sling pattern and I follow the instructions with the exception that I leave out all the padding 'cause it's too bulky and hot for Texas.
When he was first born I carried him in a plum colored fleece sling that I made from the same pattern.
That spring I switched to a lovely floral material that we used until he was 1.
Actually, just last month I carried 46 lb 48 " Giselle around in the striped sling while at HEB - no picture of that.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
1 - Saturday - He tripped and fell while running at the farmers market and scratched the palm of his right hand. He always wears long shorts to the market to keep his knees from getting scraped in these falls so those were unharmed.
2 - Sunday - He was chewing on the string to his binoculars and then pulled it back and forth in his mouth giving himself a major rope burn on each side of his mouth. He looks like the Joker from Batman.
3 - Tuesday - He was stabbing the etch-a-sketch with a pen, it slipped and he stabbed himself in the finger.
Oh, and the day before the sprinkler accident he got stung by a bee on the bottom of his other foot.
Dick Nichols Neighborhood Pool 8011 Beckett Road
Dates September 5 - March 29
11am - 1:30pm Recreational Swim and Lap Swim - Swim Lesson (9/5-10/12)
5:30pm - 7;30pm Recreational Swim and Lap Swim
6pm-7pm Youth Fitness Program
1pm - 4pm Recreational Swim and Lap Swim
Monday, September 04, 2006
Media statement released by Australia Zoo – 4 September 2006
At 11am today, the 4th September 2006, Steve Irwin was fatally wounded by a stingray barb to his heart whilst filming a sequence on Batt Reef off Port Douglas for his daughter’s new TV series.Emergency services were called from Cairns Rescue Base and met Croc One, Steve’s rescue vessel at Low Isle on the Great Barrier Reef.The Croc One crew performed constant CPR during the thirty minute dash to Low Isle, but the medical staff pronounced Steve dead at approx. 12 noon.
His producer and closest friend, John Stainton said on Croc One today,“The world has lost a great wildlife icon, a passionate conservationist and one of the proudest Dads on the planet. He died doing what he loves best and left this world in a happy and peaceful state of mind. Crocs Rule!”
I've watched all his shows so many times that I feel like I knew him. The love that he had for his family, friends and all animals should be copied by everyone. This world has lost a great person. My heart goes out to Terri because, from all that I've learned of them over the years, theirs was a true life-long love that should have continued for another 40+ years.
Thank you Steve for sharing yourself with the world and you will be missed greatly by the occupants of Casa de Galletti!
Death as perplexing as fame
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Giselle's first adult/big tooth has made an appearance but it has neglected to eject it's predecessor prior to it's emergence. We have to manually wiggle the old tooth all the time for the next week to get it to come out on it's own or else the dentist will have to step in for an assisted removal. The funny thing is that it's her top 2 teeth that are totally wobbly!
Two months ago we met this wonderful mom & her 2 kids. Her oldest is 2 months older than Giselle and at the time that we met her she had just lost her first tooth. Giselle was so excited because this gave her hope that she too would start loosing teeth soon! Two weeks later, after her first dentist appointment she decided that her 2 bottom teeth were wobbly. I humored her slightly but also reminded that she was 2 months younger than Leia so it might be a little bit longer before the teeth actually came out. A month ago while eating vegetarian corn dogs, Giselle bit down on the stick by accident and said that it hurt her top tooth so it was not much of a surprise when last weekend she noticed that her top teeth had gone wobbly. It was highly exciting but not a surprise. Paul refuses to wobble it for her, he politely says "no thank you" whenever she offers to let him feel it. But here she is, at the same age that Leia was when we met her and IF Giselle's teeth had cooperated she also would be missing a tooth right now.
Now Giselle is all over me to finish making her Tooth Box - a pretty wood box that she painted and I'm lining for us to keep all of her baby teeth in. I'll be sure to post pictures of it with it's first resident when the time comes.
Friday, August 25, 2006
Thursday, August 24, 2006
We started using this last night before bed - a friend who used to work for J&J recommended the silicon sheets.
Neosporin Scar Solution : Frequently Asked Questions
The Pediatrician advised using either the silicon sheets or Mederma. I got some of that too in case the sheets don't hold well to a sweaty forehead.
You decide and let me know - is this a bee or is it a fly? It was on our back porch the other morning - I guess he got 'cold' during the night and needed to warm up because he was letting me move him all around with a toy shovel. By the way, he was HUGE! I'm talking at least 1.5 inches long and .5 in wide!
THIS IS A ROBBER FLY BEE MIMIC LAPHRIA SP. AND I'VE SEEN LOTS OF THEM SINCE THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN 2 YEARS AGO
So I have this fuzzy cactus that when it blooms it has fuzzy flowers too. It's called a Stapelia Hirsuta aka Hairy Carrion Flower, carrion flower because the flower smells like rotting meat - to better attract the flies to pollinate it. But the flowers totally look like some alien lifeform.
Don't talk to me about it being hot where you live, this is a picture of our thermometer that hangs outside of our back door (in direct sun from 4 pm until sunset). This picture was taken 3 days ago at about 6 pm and be aware that the high and lows were just reset 2 days before.
Current temp was 104, daily high was 122 (in the sun) and the low had been a chilly 76.