Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
We went to The Factory to walk around and to eat lunch. They were having a Living Green Expo there today so it was interesting to look at the exhibits. We ate lunch at Constant Craving. It was delicious. I had a tarrgon chicken salad sandwich and Carl had turkey with cheese. We had these homemade cheese wafers that were so yummy. Of course, we had dessert! I picked out some molasses cookies and they were amazing! Soft, sugary with a kick of spice. Maybe they sell those by the dozen because they would be a perfect Christmas gift. After lunch, we walked to the Farmer's Market. It was fairly large and there were a lot of vendors with a variety of goods. We bought some fresh okra and some cinnamon rolls from an Amish family. Can't wait to try them out in the morning. Oh wait, I already tried one and it was very good. However, Lindsay makes WAY better cinnamon rolls and she's not Amish.
We came home for Evie's nap and I napped too. Evie's not sleeping is starting to catch up with me. I hope she continues to do better. All babies eventually sleep through the night but I thought she'd be okay by now.
Carl took Evie on a walk while I straightened the place up and then we went to church. We decided to try the 5:30 service at the Church of the Good Shepherd. It was a wonderful service but very few people were there. We met everyone and were given a personal tour of the church. The priest told us that the most popular service is at 9 in the morning. We might try that next week. Evie did GREAT! She loved the space and the music. Evie was entertained by her spoon. She did spit up in the middle of church - carrots all over herself! I was trying to get Carl's attention and keep the carrots from flying. It was funny! Evie received a compliment as the best behaved 7 month old that the greeter had seen in church. It was probably a fluke but we were proud of her. She will be in the nursey at the 9:00 service. The sermon was about tradition and it was excellent. Especially since I did not consider the service traditional at all. The basic point was that traditions are important but we should not let our traditions get in the way of positive, productive change. He gave the example of how people who have been in churches for many years often think candles must be lit in a certain order or a special song must be sung on Easter. Those things are nice and tradition is good but we cannot let it define everything! He attended Seminary at Sewanee. A place that I want to visit while we live here. He was in a tiny church while in school and everyone was sitting on one side of the church. He said he was much meeker back then so he did not ask why. Finally, after several weeks, he decided to ask. One of the parishoners said, "Oh, that's because the old coal heater used to be on that side of the church and it got so hot we all sat on the left side. This made sense to Randy so he asked how long ago the coal heater was there. It had been gone for 38 years! Perfect story to make his point.
Evie just went to sleep and Carl went to get us a pizza. We are breaking tradition tonight and having pizza. Friday night has always been pizza night but it did not work out last night. Traditions are important!
Friday, August 28, 2009
2) Have an idea what you are looking for before you get there so you do not have to rummage through everything there. Think about what type of prices you are willing to pay because some things are not deals! I was looking for sleep books (imagine that), pj's and a smocked dress for the holidays. I found all of these items but decided not to get the dress. So the costume was a bonus.
3) Inspect everything carefully before you purchase. I found some damage on the dress that I liked so it was not a good purchase.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Evie and I went to storytime this morning and the story was If you take a Mouse to School. That was always one of my favorites to read on the first day to my sweet little first graders. Evie seemed to really enjoy it!
Teachers you are doing important work and making a difference in the life of a child! What an awesome responsibility. I think it will be a little bittersweet for me in the morning. It's my first time not having a first day of school in my life but at the same time I feel so blessed to be able to stay home with my little Evie. I'll be teaching when I am 80 to make up for this time at home but it is worth it. Wish I was still in the area so I could drop in and read a book or grade some papers - that might just do the trick. Make this a great school year!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
What a beautiful day it has been in Nashville! We took Evie to the fair today with our friends the Onello's. It was so much fun and the girls enjoyed being outside. We went to the Wilson County Fair. It is the best fair in the state of TN. Also, it is the 49th best fair in the United States. We did not know what to expect. It was not quite the scale of the North Carolina State Fair but it was WAY better than the South Carolina State Fair. We had corndogs, Italian sausages, funnel cakes, popcorn, and lemonade. YUMMY - fair food is always good. Carl and I missed the ham biscuits that we used to get in Raleigh. Ham biscuits don't seem to be very popular here in TN. We were pooped after the fair and needed some rest. Evie and I rested in the car so we caught our second wind.
So we decided to head to Tootsies on Broadway. That area is a happening place - lots of people, lots of music and lots of fun! Evie had a great time at Tootise's. Guess what she played with - a straw! Tootsie's is known for being a place where singers get their start. The bands were signing autographs for all the tourists just in case they hit the big time. We did not stick around long but it seemed like a great place to hang out. Everyone has told us about Tootise's even our pediatrician from Charlotte. Well, it's going to be another early night for us.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Land of Nod came through for Lindsay! They will deliver her dresser by next Thursday and refunded her $100 shipping and handling fee. She lives in a remote area according to the delivery company. I would feel okay ordering from Land of Nod but maybe they could give her some incentive to purchase from there again. A gift certificate would be the perfect way to secure future business from the Horton household. Let's just hope the furniture arrives in good condition. If not then it will the 4th time, something has arrived damaged.
Evie has been on a great schedule most of this week eating every 4 hours and napping around 8:30 and again around 12:30. She went down around 12:30 today and woke up because the grass was being mowed by the lawn service for our neighborhood right outside her window! Let me tell you she was MAD! Evie was screaming and crying and not ready to wake up. So, we tried playing but she was still sad. So, we tried a walk and she slept for a few minutes but she was still sleepy. Then, we went for a car ride and she woke up happy! I have learned that if Evie does not wake up happy then she will not be happy again until she has had some more sleep. She's like me cranky when hungry and tired!
We went on a search for a sound machine this afternoon. Her Sleep Sheep is fabulous and has worked really well but we are in a small condo right now and all the sounds are keeping her from sleeping soundly. Another mommy suggested Bed, Bath and Beyond - they had a lot of choices but the one that plays continously was $60 - not ready to spend that. I need to look around a little. Walmart and Target might be good places to look!
We are looking forward to a weekend at home. Too much travel is hard on babies and parents. It was so nice not to pack for a weekend trip or worse - unpack from a weekend trip. It's supposed to be a beautiful weekend so we plan to get out and explore our new city.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The pictures do not do this justice but trust me this is a really cute idea! Wish I had come up with it but it was a MOPS project.
fabric of your choice
craft glue stick
Steps to Make Your Binder:
1. Choose your cloth, wrap around binder. Secure edges like you are wrapping a gift. After you are sure it fits, go outside and spray the adhesive all over the binder and the cloth. Wrap around the binder - smoothing the fabric as you go.
2. Cut a piece of ribbon and secure inside the front and back cover. It does not need to go all the way around because the paper will cover the ends.
3. Choose two pieces of scrapbook paper and spray with adhesive. Put in front and back of notebook.
4. Keep notebook open to dry.
Easy and cute! HINT: Get a coupon from the Sunday paper for Michael's because the adhesive is $10 a can.
I did not take my camera with me over the weekend so we had a little photo shoot right before it started raining. Evie was very cooperative once I took her sign away. Guess, I will just have to remember that it was her 7 month picture.
Evie HATES the vacuum cleaner. She puts her hands up and cries unless I hold her. Now, that's a workout holding her and trying to clean the house.
Lindsay found that her dresser for Baby James was damaged in transit. This makes 3 different pieces of furniture that have arrived damaged! She used The Land of Nod - a reputable company known for quality items. Carl and I had a great experienced with the company but I am not so sure I'd order from them again.
Evie slept much better last night. She went to sleep around 7 and woke up at 12 and 5 but then went back to sleep until 7:30. I feel great today. Five hours of sleep in a row feels like a full night of sleep after the last few weeks with Evie but it's all worth it when I see this face in the morning. Notice her Glow-worm and her Raffi. She falls asleep with Raffi and then plays with the Glow-worm once she wakes up. What a cutie!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Evie wears a size 2 diaper and her clothes are 6-9 months old. Her footed pj's do not fit unless they are 12 month size. She can't stretch her legs out.
Evie LOVES to eat. She eats pears, apples, bananas, squash, carrots, green beans, peas and carrots. Her favorite way to eat is with her mesh feeder and she loves grapes and watermelon. She still eats every 3 hours or so. Mommy wishes we could stretch that out but it's not happening. 3.5 hours is the longest she can go.
Evie likes tags especially paper ones. She eats them. Paper is one of her favorite things to play with. She enjoyed playing with a Junior Mint box on our recent road trip.
Evie loves dogs especially Hattie, Murphy, Gracie and Carney. She likes to pet them and will even let them kiss her. Their toes are especially interesting to Evie and she likes to reach for them.
Evie likes to go out and about. Shopping is fun for her in short increments. Evie still sleeps best in her crib. She naps in the morning for 1-2 hours and again in the afternoon for 1-2 hours. She usually sleeps in the car on road trips. Evie loves her new carseat because she can see out the back of the car and experience the world around her. Evie likes to go out to eat but does best at lunch especially if we can sit outside. Straws, plastic lids and napkins entertain her while we eat.
Evie likes people but needs to warm up to you before you can hold her. She also really likes her Mommy these days and does not let me leave her sight. It's sweet but I want her to be comfortable with other people too.
Evie is so happy when she wakes up from her naps. I love to hear her squeal and see her kick her feet. Once she can use those feet to move - she is going to be really fast!
Evie is still not sleeping great at night! We have had her in 4 different beds in the last week so I am sure that does not help. Hopefully, she can settle back down and sleep through the night again. Mommy is so tired and needs to sleep!
We are enjoying her more and more each day. Happy Birthday, Evelyn Claire!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Evie tried two new foods today: carrots and grapes. YUMMY! She really liked the carrots and ate the whole jar. Maybe an extra full tummy will help her sleep. At Lindsay's shower, one of the girls told me to put frozen grapes in Evie's mesh feeder to help her mouth feel better. Evie thought the grapes were really cold but she wanted more after she mushed up the first set. Evie was wiped out and fell right asleep tonight.
I LOVE the picture! My SIL, Lollie, had this Christmas ornament made from Evie's birth announcement . Carl and I both thought this was such a special gift and we can't wait to have ornaments made from our Christmas cards in the years to come. Think how wonderful it would be to have all the cards from your family made into ornaments. You could see your family grow and change over the years. Carl wants me to figure out a way to make these. Such a creative and special gift! Thanks Lollie for thinking of me.