Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Now we just have to move around furniture, clean bedding and clothes, and finish decorating! More pictures when we make more progress (likely after our first and last 2008 summer vacation next month). But just having the blue paint makes the room look fabulous, and puts this momma-to-be at ease ... for now.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
While we were visiting Maryland, we went to visit Jenn at work -- a real estate office in Canton. While we didn't get a chance to take any pictures inside her office, we had a great time taking pictures of the building -- the old National Bohemian Brewery.
We were so lucky to have our own "Baby Boh" with us for the photo shoot!
Saturday, May 17, 2008
What a day! It's hard to even put the day into words, so Rich is going to post something here. In the meantime, we wanted to share some of our pictures.
Friday, May 16, 2008
For those of you interested in a few of our random pictures, you can see them online in our family photo album: Graduation Reception.
More pictures of our tea adventure available in our photo album: Mae's First Tea Party.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
To give you a better perspective, our mailbox is oversized -- at least 12 inches tall. Beautiful wildlife, but a major reason why we can't let our silly cats outside and why some of the neighborhood strays go missing. A little while later the hawk took off up our driveway and in between the houses after what was likely dinner.
Monday, May 12, 2008
This only confirms what we suspected -- the kid can walk, she just has to decide to. Unfortunately, all of these steps have caught us by surprise so no pictures yet. But, we're keeping the camera close for next time.
Friday, May 9, 2008
But, we are so happy to have her with us that we all took Mae to the NC Zoo in Asheboro for the first time! Having Robyn, a biology major interested in zoology, with us made the day extra special and extra interesting. It was like having our own personal docent who shared with us all kinds of fascinating animal facts, and taught Mae all kinds of animal noises! Luckily, the storms had passed us by and it was a lovely day but soemthing must have happened at the zoo the night before because half of the zoo was closed Friday due to a water main break. Whatever the problem, we read it was so bad that they had to close the zoo for the remainder of the weekend (lucky we got there when we did!).
What we did get to see of the zoo was pretty incredible -- they have these fantastic kids play areas that will be great when Mae is a little older. It was definately different than the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Zoos that we are used to, but still nice. In the center of the zoo, there is a beautiful caurosel, but we didn't get to ride it before it closed. Something for next time! All in all, if you are in or near Asheboro we recommend a visit!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Rich, Mae and I had a great time visiting with Rich's brother, Russ, and his family at their home near Detriot. We really enjoyed hanging out at their beautiful lakeside home and catching up with everyone! Luckily for us, our trip overlapped with Rich's parents -- also in town for Megan's graduation -- and Jenna's last day -- Cheryl's daughter -- so we all got to spend some time together. Good luck to Jenna, who this past weekend moved to Arizona. Also staying with Russ and Cheryl is their granddaughter, Emily, who is now one of Mae's favorite people! Poor Emily couldn't get two steps away from Mae without her crawling after her. But Emily and her friend Hope were so sweet to put up with little Mae's excitement.
While we were there, we got to see Cheryl's new salon -- MIXX -- in downtown Rochester. What a beautiful and glamorous place! Pictures hardly do it justice! Cheryl and Russ have put a lot of work into this new venture and it more than shows. If you are EVER out that way, it is worth a visit -- they have every kind of pampering service you can THINK of!
We had such a great time seeing everyone and catching up -- we were sad to come home! But we hope to be out visiting again soon (I hear from Megan there's an unbelievable scrapbook store that I somehow missed...)
Saturday, May 3, 2008
We are just so proud of Megan -- our fabulous graduate of Michigan State University! Rich, Mae and I flew out to Detriot to be with the family for the big event!
Megan with Omi and Opi
Friday, May 2, 2008
Here's mine: Mae and I spent the afternoon shopping at Babies 'R Us picking up supplies for the house, for our big trip to Detriot and for Mae's soon-to-be little brother. Part way through the adventure, as is the norm in such a large store, Mae needed a diaper change. So, we went to the ladies room to take care of business -- but Mae was in no mood. Nothing would keep her calm (and still) enough for a change. Except her Momma's keys. Oh, how she loves the keys.
Ok, I think, so I'll hand her the keys but worried that she might drop the keys (which are electronic) into the toilet. Sure, I knew better; but sometimes you have to learn the hard way. But no, she didn't drop them -- at least I thought she didn't. We got the diaper changed and got on our way back to shopping.
An hour later (this is a big store), we check out and go to the car... except, I have no keys. Not in the diaper bag. Not in my pockets. Not in Mae's pockets or even her diaper (sometimes it happens, so I checked). Not in the cart, not anywhere.
So frantically, I go back in the store (with the shopping cart full of bags) and frantically retrace my steps. No luck. And then, I remember the bathroom trip. Hmmmm... the bathroom... but where?
After completely checking the diaper pail (because these kids are fast, maybe she chucked them? Maybe she hid them in the dirty diaper while I was getting her cleaned up?), still no keys. Frantically searching and racking my brain and then I wonder -- could they be in the changing station? Didn't I have some trouble closing it -- or was that just the buckles?
For those that have not had the pleasure, the changing station (typically found in public restrooms) are these tables that fold out from the wall and have these belts and buckles to secure your squirming darling before taking care of business. They are secured VERY WELL to the wall, and are pretty indestructible as I can now attest having tried to DISMANTLE the one that I discovered holding my keys hostage.
It's amazing how in a flash you suddenly remember things you didn't know you had seen -- like my daughter dropping the keys near the joint as I put on her diaper and scooper her up before she twisted off the table. Immediately after this thought, the scary thoughts of having to call Rich and explain how I lost the keys or having to live in the Babies R Us because we can't get in the car raced through my brain.
Two fantastic store associates, a screaming Mae (mad she can't be part of the fun), three paper clips, a pen, several coins, an hour and a coat hanger later -- we were able to retrieve the keys (YIPPEE!!!). What a moment of relief!
And that's when I knew, I was a mom. And I also knew from this moment on, I can never let Mae hold my keys again. But, now I have a great "Mae story" for the future.