Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Outfit #2

When I went to pick up Karrington this afternoon, I found her to be in a different outfit than when I had put her in this morning. Before her teacher was able to explain the situation, my mind rushed through the many possible reasons why she might have needed a change of clothes (all while being very thankful that I had remembered to put an change of clothes in her bag). Did she have an overfull diaper (#1 or #2)? Did another baby spit up on her? Did she spit up? None of these were the case. I had packed her blackberries for lunch and she decided to squeeze them so much that the juice made it passed the bib to her outfit. Wonderful!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Great Teething Machine

As of this week, Karrington is racking up number 11 and 12 teeth. Yep, she's a super teething machine. With these two she has been particularly whiny. I am chalking it up to vacation recovery plus teething, but then again who really knows. Number 11 has definitely broken through, but number 12 is being a bit stubborn. All I know is that baby Orejel, Hyland's teething tablets, and a little infant's ibuprofen do wonders at bedtime.

Monday, June 28, 2010

A Cheap Date

For the first time in our marriage Anton suggested we play a board game. I was so shocked that I didn't know quite what to say, but soon enough "yes" came out. We dug through the house to find the box with our board games in it. Once found, we opened it up and Anton gave me two options: Life or Monopoly. Considering Monopoly takes entirely too long and that Anton considers himself the Monopoly king, I decided that Life would be the better option. He pulled the game out of the box to discover that we had never opened it, which is sad considering how long we have had the game. Anton put the game together and got everything set up. I think that playing board games is a lost art. We had a lot of fun as we wished that some of the events that happened to our Life pieces would happen to us. Though we aren't millionaires and retiring, it's okay! We get to experience life together and not in separate cars and that's how we like it.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Planning Baby's 1st Birthday

The countdown to birthday numero uno has begun. The other day I realized how close Karrington's birthday really is. I have gone back and forth on how big of a deal I want to make it. Though I know she won't remember, I want to make it the grandest celebration of all. However, I will probably stick to something simple. Thanks to my weekly Baby Center update, I have some great tips on baby's 1st birthday. There were a couple of tips that I took to heart...
  • Invite people baby is most familiar with
  • Plan the party around nap time
  • Have the party at familiar place.
These are all great tips. I would hate for Karrington to be clinging to me the whole time because she is nervous with all of the people. I have made sure to invite her two cousins. They make her feel comfortable in any situation. Also, nap time is very important. No/little nap equals cranky Karrington and miserable everyone else. We will make sure to take a long nap on party day.I think I have the beginning of a good 1st birthday party for KP.

One step, two step...

One step, two step...Yep, that's right. Karrington took two steps today. After being cheered and applauded on by her crazy parents, she realized that it might be a good idea to keep trying. She pulled herself back up and tried again. Though two steps was today's max, I am sure that she will make small improvements each day. We are going to have a toddler in no time.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

An afternoon pick-me-up

Once again Sonic happy hour has provided me a very much needed boost during my afternoon slump. As soon as the clock said 2 PM today, a lady in the office announced her pending trip to Sonic for happy hour (all drinks are 1/2 off). I happily gave her my order (to find out that I was the only one who partook of the offer).  - a large diet coke. It was a wonderful treat and definitely helped me make it through the afternoon.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Orange Chicken

During our visit to Vancouver, Anton discovered (thanks to our SIL, Gretchen) Panda Express' Orange Sauce. It comes in a large bottle and can be purchased at Costco. This was a great discovery seeing as we do not have a Panda Express in the grand metropolis where we live and Anton loves their Orange Chicken. A visit to the restaurant was a necessity during our trip. Upon the grand discovery, we ventured to Costco and purchased two large bottles (which were the reason Anton's bag was searched on the way home). And tonight, we had our version of Orange Chicken for dinner. It was delicious!

Back in the Nest

We have landed back home from a long week of travels. It was a long week full of lots of activity and excitement. Family gatherings, baby showers (yep, that's more than one), a trip to the zoo, father's day celebration, several days worth of wedding activities, and a family portrait. It is safe to say that we now need a vacation. Unfortunately, we just used all of our vacation time on that trip. So, we will have to try and take a few weekend staycations over the next month. Of course, that will be after we catch up on all of the laundry, restock the fridge and pantry, and get the house back in order all while working full time. Whew!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Another Day in the Barn

The other day my mother-in-law, Jan, mentioned that she thought Karrington had said 'e-i-e-i-o'. I thought it was interesting, but didn't pay much attention to it. Today, in the car, I witnessed the 'e-i-e-i-o' for myself. Intrigued by where she might have learned the song, I started asking those who are close in her life. I found the source...my mom. (My mom, Linda, watches Karrington several days a week, while I work) My mom sings Old MacDonald with Karrington while teaching her animal noises. Apparently this is also where she learned to say 'Meow.' It's all pretty stinkin' cute and crazy how she catches on to such things.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Best Passenger Ever

Karrington has successfully completed her 10th take off and landing. She is an expert at his flying thing. As we get ready to take off, she gets a bottle. Sometimes she falls asleep right away. Other times she plays for a few minutes and starts to get restless. This is when we pull out the pink blanky. She cuddles up to me and dozes off. It's pretty much...awesome. Hopefully, take off 11, 12, and 13 will be just as great.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Party Planner???

Planning a baby shower that will take place 2000 miles from where I live has been a challenge. However, I know that it is going to turn out great. I have solicited some great help and know that they will pull through for me and the soon-to-be mama. I must say that I am proud of the invitation. After a little internet browsing, I put together a few ideas that I found and came up with something that I think it pretty cute. Maybe I should go into business...=)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Kitchen Sink

This week has brought great enlightenment to me. I am teaching a cooking camp with 5 boys and 2 girls, grades 3 & 4. Today I must have been really aware of what was going on, because I realized that all the boys asked to go to the bathroom when it was time to clean up. I chuckled to myself when boy #5 asked me. The reason I find this so fascinating is because Anton has done this to me twice in the past week. As soon as the faucet turned on, he had to go to the bathroom. Coincidence? I don't think so...Cody, Robby, and Geoffrey (my three brothers) used to do this "bathroom" thing every time it was kitchen cleaning time in the Winkler house. Funny...I wonder if any other women deal with such things.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

1, 2...10 Teeth

Upon further investigation, the teeth that Karrington started working on a couple of weeks ago are molars. Yep, molars. One on each side of the top of her mouth. What under 1 year old gets molars? Not to mention having 10 teeth all together. Crazy!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Keeping Things Cool

The last few days it has been in the 100's. Hot, Hot, HOT!!! In efforts to help Karrington to keep cool, my mom bought her a couple of sunsuits. They are great and so cute. I can't imagine what it would be like if I walked around in a sunsuit. I can imagine that it would be pretty sickening. Good thing we don't have to worry about that happening.


Sunsuit by Carter's
Imagine this in pink...so cute!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Up, Up and Away

In exactly one week, we will begin our vacation endeavors. We will be traveling to Portland for a week or so to visit family and be involved in my baby brother, Geoffrey's, wedding. Though we know the trip will not be entirely restful as we have had to put together an itinerary of places to go and people to see, we are excited. The one thing that I am not entirely excited about is the flying part. Not that I'm afraid or hate flying. I am not sure how it is going to work with Karrington. We have flown with Karrington several times since she was born (3 to be exact). She has been a great little traveler, weathering the take off and landings like a champ. This time, however, might be a little more adventurous. Now days she is a little more wiggly and loud than she was before. This makes me a little nervous for flying.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Is it too early?

Today I received my babycenter update telling me that Karrington is 11 months old. I can't believe that I didn't remember. I am usually on top of that kind of thing. The email was exciting and stressful at the same time. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I LOVE birthdays. I am so excited to give Karrington her first birthday party. I have to ask myself, though, is it too early to plan? It's not like she is getting married or anything, she is just turning 1. Though we will not do anything overly extravagant, I do plan on having a fun and exciting 1st birthday party for our little princess. Here is a cake idea that I am thinking about trying. 
This is not just a regular ole cupcake. It's a full sized cake shaped like a cupcake. Pretty cute, huh?

Tag, You're It!

I was tagged by Gretchen from That Mama Gretchen (my wonderful sister-in-law) It's a picture game and here are the rules ...

Go to your photos -- the 8th folder -- the 8th picture -- tell the story.
 
Karrington and I were reading Sandra Boynton's Moo, Baa, La, La, La. It is a cute little board book full of pictures of animals and the sounds that they make. She loves to sit in my lap and read books. It's fun bonding time and great for building her vocabulary. My favorite part is when she tries to mimic the animal sound that I make.

I would love to tag someone, but I don't have a lot of blog friends...oh, well.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Bye Bye Ken Griffey Junior

Today is a sad day in our household. Ken Griffey Jr announced his retirement. Just days before Anton was going to see him play. Last year the Seattle Mariners acquired by free agency Ken Griffey Jr.Anton was so excited to see him back in a Mariner's uniform. He wanted, so badly, to see him play. We had planned on him going to a game on Father's Day of 2009, but decided that it would be best for him to stay close just in case our little Karrington decided to come into the world earlier than predicted. Since we will be in the northwest in a few weeks, I was planning on sending him, along with his dad and brother, to a Mariner's game. Needless to say, Anton is very sad and told me that he has never seen Ken Griffey Jr play. It was at that moment that I felt the need to share with him that I had gotten to see KGJ play. (back in the day) Then, I sympathetically told him that he would have to live vicariously through my experiences.

School Days

Karrington had her first day at "school" today. My mom usually watches Karrington while I work, but with my hours growing to full time I signed her up for "school" a couple of days a week to give my wonderful mother a break. It was a huge relief to hear that Karrington had a great day. She played well with all of the kids and ate all of her lunch.She didn't scream or cry. The one problem, that really only effects mommy and daddy, is that she didn't take a nap. Our little social butterfly was too interested in what was going on around her to rest her little eyes and body. Hopefully she will get used to the routine and will surrender to nap time in the near future.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Allergy Testing...OUCH!

It seems that whether I live in the wet and rainy northwest or the dry and dirty West Texas panhandle, I will have allergies. About a month ago, I had to make an appointment with an asthma and allergy specialist. Both of those things had gotten way out of control. After getting the asthma back under control, they decided that I needed to have allergy testing. I just have one thing to say...OUCH! Within less than one minute, my back was itching like crazy. I have decided that this is the best way to torture someone. The nurse told me that it would take 20 minutes to see the results. She came in to check on me at 17 minutes and decided that there was plenty of reaction to read the results. So, I am pretty much allergic to everything...great!
(In the picture: the top row is environmental stuff like trees, weeds, and other plants. The bottom row is food)