Monday, December 22, 2008
Have a Merry Christmas!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Which was fine with me--it kinda creeped me out.
We put up Christmas decorations and lights. The house is festive and fun. Since our cat Diego ran away last summer, we haven't had to limit the ornaments to unbreakable. We also don't have to flush the cat out of the tree every time we come home (he would sleep in the upper branches).
We woke up today to the news saying that the temp in Denver was -18 degrees. Yes, that's 18 BELOW zero. Anthony's car wouldn't start. And since getting into his work place is like trying to get into the oval office, a coworker of his had to meet us at the gate to drive him in. Tessa spent the whole morning on hyper drive about it all. She kept asking Anthony if "Daddy's blue car was broken?".
Well, that's about it! If I don't post before the 25th, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I was partially awake last night when I heard a loud noise in the house. I had just flopped over in the bed to lie on my other side and gotten my "nest" of pillows readjusted in all the right places when I heard it. So I did what every red-blooded American girl would do. I shook Anthony until he woke up and told him he needed to go check the house because I had heard a noise. As he stood up, we heard, "Daddy?" spoken softly outside the door. The loud noise I had heard was Tessa shutting her bedroom door as she left it. You see, when we first moved Tessa to a big-girl bed, we put safety child door knob covers in the inside of her room. She was too young to wander the house at night--but she was very capable of doing just that. Since then, Tessa has developed a very healthy fear of the dark. Apparently, the dark is where dragons are. She usually won't go into a dark room and certainly not a dark house alone. So we removed the doorknob lock. The last month, she has slowly come to discover this new freedom. And that leads us to last night.
We have officially begun that stage of parenting where your child comes into your room at night and asks you for a cup of water, or says they are scared, or tells you they are about to throw up. It's like being promoted in the field of parenting. (haha)
For Thanksgiving today, we cooked our little family a nice small feast. Before we ate, we made special hats together to wear. Anthony was a pilgrim, I was an Indian, and Tessa was a turkey. I know she spent over an HOUR playing with the glue, scissors, and construction paper. You give that child an art project and she goes to town!
My favorite dish was the deviled eggs. Tessa loved the rolls. Anthony said it was all great, but he ate seconds of the green bean casserole.
Now we are plunked on the couch digesting our meal while Tessa naps hers off upstairs. We are truly a blessed family!!
Hope you are having a great Thanksgiving with your loved ones today!!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Maybe I've said too much...
Friday, November 14, 2008
Princess = Princa (prince - ah)
Belle = Bale
Beast = Peas
Ariel = Arrow
Snow White = Nose White
Sleeping Beauty = Slippin' Booty (my personal favorite)
Cinderella = Cinarera
I was driving Tessa to school the other day when the light for our turning lane turned green. The woman in front of me didn't notice the change, so I said--rather impatiently (HUGE SHOCKER)--"Green Arrow"! Tessa was listening in the back seat and said, "No, Mommy! It's a RED Arrow". It took me a minute to realize that she was referring to Ariel and her red hair. And I had to concede the point.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
We actually got her to stand still long enough to get this shot:
And then she was OFF!!!
This was Tessa's Tinkerbell Pout. See how it compares to the original.
Jumping around to stay warm became a must. Note the red nose. Sorry about the blurry shot--I will learn how to properly use my camera one day...
There may have been four other Tinkerbells, but ours was the cutest!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Once it was all over, she was fine and went on to have a happy day. I, however, could not get the images out of my head. I spent the rest of the day spoiling her so she wouldn't cry. Of course, keeping a toddler from crying is like stopping the sun from setting. And (coincidentally) as the sun set, she fell pretty hard on her bottom. Fortunately, her crying didn't escalate beyond the normal. But I was on edge until it was over.
After calling the doctor and doing some googling, it turns out Tessa's episode was pretty normal. Well, as normal as freaking your mother out can be. However, I am pretty sure it will take me a little while to get back to "normal", myself.
Monday, October 20, 2008
And here are some pictures from Anthony's family visiting:
Tessa received a princess dress-up outfit as an early Christmas present from her Aunt and Uncle Hawley. Obviously the gift was a total bust (hahaha).
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
1. Use markers on the paper, not your arms and face.
Apparently, Tessa was trying to draw on lipstick. The teacher turned to grab a towel to wipe it off, and when she turned back around the whole class was painting their lips. What can I say--she's a born leader!
2. Do not spit in the teacher's face when she tells you to do something you don't want to.
I still haven't found the words to say about this.
3. When the teachers say don't run, they have a reason.
Tessa's teachers had to file an accident report on her because she was running in the music room (even though they called her name and told her to stop) and fell and hit her head pretty hard. They were supposed to be hopping in a circle while shaking their maracas, but Tessa got too excited and lost control. Can you say "Windham"?
Somehow, she has also begun to realize that the closet is a dark and scary thing at night. She told me yesterday morning that there was a dragon in her closet. I had to open it and show her it was gone. Where did she learn that????
Anthony and I are busy learning, too. Anthony is learning how to be a supportive husband with a pregnant woman in the house all over again. He is also learning a lot about corporate worship. He is on a committee that was set up to reevaluate worship in church and what it should be about, etc. Meanwhile, I am learning about teen Bible studies and what makes them work. I am also learning fun ways to decorate pumpkins. I kinda don't like the whole scary carved face thing, so I am trying some non-traditional approaches. I will take pictures and post them soon.
Otherwise, it's the day-to-day around here!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
She would lie flat on the floor when someone walked by--I guess she thought they couldn't see her or something.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
And I guess the other two problems are the dogs and Anthony. See, our neighbors have this grape vine that gets fruit this time of year. Then the raccoons come to eat off of it at night. The dogs go berserk barking at the raccoons. Anthony runs down to make the dogs stop barking before the neighbors can't sleep either. I have been letting Anthony get out of bed and deal with this problem because, well, it's hard to get up and down in your third trimester. But I am about to take matters into my own hands. Anthony thinks he can run off the raccoons. He comes into the bedroom after being out in the yard and running around the house panting and giving me a play by play at 2:30 in the morning. "And there was this one big one.....And I got a rock.....Just hung there looking at me!!" I keep telling him that raccoons will not be run off by suburban men carrying rocks when food is involved. I pleaded with him to just bring the dogs in the house. But no. He has to outsmart the raccoons. He actually mentioned something about a man defending his territory. Here is what the raccoon said:
So we'll see how it goes tonight. Anthony might just be sleeping in the basement where he can better "defend" his territory.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
1. I can't sleep unless the covers are just right. I am not one of those people who flings their body into the bed and doesn't care whether their feet stick out or the comforter is half on the floor. In fact, one of my favorite ways to relax is to take a nice hot bath or shower, slip into some cozy pj's and then slide between perfectly clean 1,000 thread count, wrinkle free, perfectly placed sheets on a perfectly made bed. This is always followed by a few moments to myself to read a book before my husband flings his body into bed and maneuvers half the comforter onto the floor with his careless tossing and turning in the night. Oh well.
2. I have amazingly vivid dreams that are more like movies with entire plots and a slew of characters. Anthony has always enjoyed our lazy Saturday mornings where we wake up together and I can relate the latest blockbuster in my head. And he should, since most all of his dreams (that he remembers) involve violence and peril. Which gets boring after a while. And might account for his careless tossing and turning in bed at night.
3. I like to take my sandwiches apart to eat them. I have been this way since I was a kid, and I'm not sure how it got started, but I will make a sandwich and then sit down and take it apart eating each ingredient one at a time. This doesn't work with PB&J, but most everything else. Anthony will pause in eating his own sandwich to watch me eat mine. He thinks it's funny and will tease me to no end about it. Tessa also likes to take apart her sandwiches. She even manages to make it work with PB&J. Anthony swears she inherited that from me.
4. I have a degree in Mathematics and I am married to a Mathematician. Anthony was three years ahead of me in college, so I would sometimes pick his brain for help in my more difficult classes. That was not so good for our relationship. It's one of those things I don't tell people about, and it usually surprises them to know.
5. I think Sophie Kinsella was channeling me when she wrote the Shopaholic series. Mostly. I know the Becky Bloomwood character is a little bit more ditsy than me (please let me have this one). Plus, she is in no way a Christian, but otherwise we are the same person. That probably revealed more about me than I wanted.
6. This is hard! Ummmmm.....My favorite smell in the whole world is Home Depot. Seriously, when I walk into one, my nostrils automatically flare while I breathe deeply the aroma of wood, dust, and potting soil. It almost gets me high I love it so much. I'm craving the smell just sitting here writing about it.
OK. That does it for me. It wasn't as easy as I thought! I tag Melanie H, Christina M, and Nicole P. Have fun!!!!
Friday, September 5, 2008
I'm sure Tessa did many other things to charm the pants off her teachers in the following two hours. They just didn't mention anything. Probably because there were too many cute stories to choose from.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
The Tuesday morning Women's Bible Study has also started at our church. It is off to a great start. Plus they give us free baby-sitting. I mean, you really can't beat that! I am very excited about my group--it's small and intimate. And I think everyone in there is ready for a closer walk with the Lord. It's so much better to step out of ones comfort zone with others beside you.
Well, that's all for now. I hope y'all have a blessed weekend!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Our Life Group has started a short study of the book, The Shack. It is going to be a challenge to many people in that group--including me. I think it will get people thinking about blurring some of their harsh black and white lines into grey. Which is always a good thing, but a little scary at first. Like, for instance, the book asserts that Jesus comes to get us off whatever path we are on to save us. In other words, our response is only that--a response to the work He already did. That will be a change from the "Be baptized for the remission of your sins" thinking. It might lean us towards the "Be baptized because Jesus' blood has washed away your sins". The only real difference is that the power and glory is shifted from us to God (where I think it should be anyway). Still, like I said, this is grey matter and hard to know the exact dimensions of. Salvation is a great mystery of eternal workings and power. I can't wait to get to heaven and see salvation from God's point of view.
Pray for me. Anthony might be catching my cold. I would say pray for Anthony, but I will be the one wanting to kill him. I must resist the urge....
My Women's Bible Study starts up Tuesday. I am leading Blackaby's Experiencing God. I've never done the study before, but everyone who has raves about it. So it should be a great avenue to gaining a more personal relationship with the Lord and other women in my church as well.
Tessa met her pre-school teachers yesterday. Her class age-group spends a lot of time on potty training. They try to get everyone potty trained before the class ends. I think it's wonderful to have other people helping me potty train her. Like teammates.
Well, today and tomorrow mark the last two days of summer vacation for me and Tessa. Our time together will drop from EVERY day, to Thursdays and every other Friday. She is going to love the change, and SO AM I!!!!!!!!!!! I just know I will be a different person with some "me" time. I might even have nice fingernails, eyebrows and hair just as a result of more time for "me". ;)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
2. My voice comes and goes.
3. Tessa found my wallet in my purse and snuck it out onto the deck and casually threw all of my cash into the back yard. Then she opened the change pocket and (one-by-one) dropped each coin through the deck boards. Then she took out each credit card, bank card, etc. and buried them in her sandbox.
4. I didn't find out until way too late.
5. While running around the yard after my money, Tessa got my glass of water from the table and stuffed a scarf into it and then dumped the whole thing onto the couch.
6. I didn't find out until I sat down.
7. While I was squeezing out the scarf in the sink, Tessa removed all of the books from an entire row of our bookshelf and THREW them around the room.
8. I knew she was doing this and hid in the kitchen.
9. When I finally went to pick up the books, Tessa rolled her baby's stroller out onto the deck and filled the cloth seat up with sand from her sand box.
10. I went to peel potatoes for dinner in the kitchen and heard a strange sound. Like sand.
11. I walked in on Tessa grabbing two huge handfuls of sand out of the stroller and throwing them backwards over her shoulders all over the living room.
12. Daddy got home late tonight and didn't call ahead of time.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
The ultrasound picture is blurry, I know. If you can't tell, little Boy Todd is sucking his thumb. He is already taking after his daddy (who was a notorious thumb-sucker). He wouldn't mind that I told you that. Probably. OK, don't tell him I told you, OK? OK.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I was unloading the dishwasher this morning when I heard a crash come from the living room. The crash was the sound of Tessa falling in her haste to get to me in the kitchen. She was yelling,
MOMMY MOMMY MOMMY MOMMY MOMMY!!!!!!!
(Yes, Momo is gone...sigh). She burst around the corner and said,
Look at that! See that?
and she pointed inside her mouth. I looked inside wondering what I would see (I'll be honest here, I was a little reluctant to know). I didn't see anything, but I said,
WOW! What is that?
To which Tessa swelled her chest out and replied (with obvious pride),
I looked again, still seeing nothing, but I asked,
Did you eat a bug?
And Tessa leaped in the air and yelled
with a huge smile on her face. Trying to suppress my laughter, I said,
Oh! What did it taste like? Was it yummy?
Tessa looked at me seriously for a moment and then said
Bug was dirty. See that?
And she pointed in her mouth again. I explained to her that she shouldn't eat bugs or other dirty things she might find on the floor. While explaining this, with little point I'm sure, Daddy called. He was on speaker and immediately Tessa began jumping up and down in her excitement to tell him about the bug. When Tessa gets excited, she sounds like
WafimstasruksfordurtysanthesgubanthesBUG! See that?
So usually, the person listening will gather about 2 words--just enough to get the gist.
JONAS BROTHERS = NOT COOL
My new camera is supposed to get here tomorrow, so I am anticipating that. I can't wait to start snapping pictures everywhere. It would have been so easy to get a picture of Tessa holding her mouth open and pointing inside this morning if I had a working camera. Another exciting thing happening tomorrow is the big ultrasound that will reveal whether we are having a boy or girl. I am 22 weeks pregnant right now, so it's a few weeks later than usual. Oh well. We are pretty excited. I will be sure to write about it then.
Oh yeah, and then there was the Jonas Brothers. I took Tessa to the Great Clips by our house to get her bangs trimmed again. She remembered the routine exactly. From hopping into the chair, to sitting really still. She did great. Her favorite part is at the end, of course, when they give her a sucker. Before they even offered, she hopped around and yelled sucker. So I reminded her of her manners--hahahahahahahahaha (sorry, I had to get a hold of myself there)--and she said please and thank you in her charming way. The hair dresser then asked her if she would like a poster of the Jonas Brothers. Tessa just stared (she has Proverbs 17:28 down pat). So the lady handed her a rolled up poster. Tessa held it in her hand a few moments looking from it to the sucker in her other hand and back again. Making her decision, she handed the poster back. I'm sure she felt like it was a no-brainer, but maybe was trying to not hurt the lady's feelings. So we left Great Clips plus one watermelon flavored dum-dum, and minus one Jonas Brothers poster. I think we got the better end of the deal. ;)
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
When Anthony got home, he took his cabin-fevered family to the mall where we could run amok through the stores and go up and down all the escalators. I actually freak out about escalators. I keep having images of Tessa's foot getting sucked down through the iron teeth. Or a part of her clothing. I always have to hold onto her when we hop on one of those. She hates it and wants to do it all by herself, but that is one of those things I won't bend on!
We spent some time in the Disney store. Tessa enjoyed pointing out all of the princess gear to her daddy. A funny note: she calls the prince on Cinderella "daddy". And he doesn't have a goatee.
I picked up a hot chocolate for the ride home. It tasted sooooo good. Of course, I only drank half of it. I asked for a small, but I guess they only had one size which looked like large to me. When we got home, I put the half-full drink on the counter and went to take a shower. When I got out, I could hear sounds of tickling happening in Tessa's room. Anthony was changing her into her pj's for bedtime. I walked in and saw that her shirt was COVERED in chocolate. As was her face and neck. I guess I hadn't pushed the drink far enough back on the counter. Anthony said she "might" have had a drink of my hot chocolate. I looked down at Tessa and asked her if she had some of Mommy's drink. She said, very cheerfully, "YES!". I asked her if it was good, and she chirped out another "YES!". There was no shame in her voice or knowledge of wrong-doing in her eyes. Just a complete admittance of a very enjoyed beverage.
I am about to get off this computer to go watch a movie with the SO. We love our new TV--we are literally the last people we knew who hadn't succumbed to the huge TV urge. So it's still new and fun to watch movies in the dark. Bye!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Then we strolled around the tiny houses peeking in and out of the windows:
After wandering in and out of the houses, we settled for a while in the playground where, if I remember right, Tessa learned to slide with her Memaw and Papa. Today's play time was mostly involving her Daddy:
And most of it was pleasant. :)
The rest of what was left of the evening after we got home was spent playing hide and seek and other fabulous 2 1/2 year old games. Daddy just put Tessa to bed, and now we are going to pretend to be grown-ups until we can't stay up anymore (which is in, like, and hour). Hope y'all are having a blessed time this weekend with your loved ones!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
It's been two days with no calls. It seems like the end of the line for Diego (or Diablo as my grandmother calls him). It's saddest when Tessa asks about him. But so far, she has contented herself with tormenting Kitty. She has been bitten twice. Where did that girl learn such stubborn ways?
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Anthony was out of town last week on business in D.C., but he brought home a present for Tessa. She was so thrilled to see him and talked nonstop the rest of the evening.
I have been playing around with painting. As in canvas. I actually really enjoy doing it more than I thought I would. And I found I had more "talent" than I thought.
Tessa started teething again. She is getting her two-year molars. (cringe) So far, it has only been crankiness and a few...uhhh...diaper...ahem...problems. That is why the following shots are of a near naked Tessa. Trust me, no more details are needed.
OK. Sorry. It's hard to pick just one. Tessa loves her cowboy hat. She wears it every time she goes outside. She also likes to dip it in the pool and then put it back on. You know--for a quick cool down.
Anyway, that's all from the Todd household. Hope your summer is going well!