Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Reminiscing

I was going through some pictures on my computer, in efforts to get some organization, and ran across this gem.

This picture was taken just about a year ago. Isn't she absolutely adorable? So much changes in a year! Especially in a baby year. Last year, we were worried about getting enough 'tummy time' and this year we are worried about getting everything 'Karrington proof.' When you go from 27 to 28, there doesn't seem to be that much of a difference. Going from 3 months to 15 months definitely is a BIG difference. Forget tummy time, she is walking and at moments running, trying to climb stairs, eating by herself, trying to put on her own shoes and socks, and telling me when she has a "shoo-wee or poo poo." We have a sweet little girl with an ever growing vocabulary. I am excited to see what this next year holds for our little family.

Monday, September 27, 2010

B-I-B-L-E...yes that's the book for me...

One of my favorite moments as a mom happened today. I called Anton when I was about to leave work and could hear Karrington in the background. He put the phone up to her ear and I said "hi." She knew it was me, but really wasn't saying anything. So...I started to sing one of our new favorite songs: The B-I-B-L-E. Yep, a golden oldie. After I finished up singing, she yelled out "Bible." What a proud moment! I just love that kid!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Cutest of All

I know all of you moms probably think that your kids are the cutest. I know I think that about my own. It's a natural thought. Geoffrey and Amanda (my younger bro and his wife) just got their wedding pictures. This treasure was among them. Love it...

Friday, September 24, 2010

So MANY things...so little time

I have big aspirations for my Saturday off. Some of it is daunting, but definitely needs to be done! 
The first thing on my to do list tomorrow is LAUNDRY. I missed my laundry day last week. Boy, does that mess up my wardrobe. I had to dive deep into my creative dressing mind to find a few outfits for work this past week.
Next, organize Karrington's room. We were given some little girl clothes (I won't mention how long ago) and have yet to go through them. Her poor room is full of boxes.
After that, I really need to go to Target. Not for any reason in particular. I just haven't been in a while and am feeling the need to go. I am sure to find a good deal.
I'll probably break some time in that schedule to meet the whole fam for Saturday donuts. (Don't worry, I don't participate in the eating, just the fellowship. If I was going to blow the 'eating plan' it definitely would not be on a donut).
Then, when I am still in the middle of doing those things, Anton and I will venture out to the South Plains Fair to do our 7 hour shift at Trinity Church's booth. Fried Snickers anyone?
WHEW! You tired? because I sure am and I haven't even started any of this. It kinda makes me want to take a nap. I guess we'll see how tomorrow actually turns out.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Ugly Ganglion

OH Yes, you read that correctly, a ganglion cyst has decided to grace us with it's presence on Karrington's left wrist. I can't say that I am very excited about this little evidence of a very active little girl. A few weekends ago, my mom was holding Karrington and discovered a bump on her wrist. As a normal mother, I was ready to overreact and take her to a clinic or the ER right away to see what we were dealing with. As a normal father, Anton assured me that she wasn't going to die and would be okay until Monday when I could take her to see our pediatrician. Monday rolled around and, of course, I called her doctor (whom we absolutely adore) and made an appointment. Turns out, the bump is a lovely ganglion cyst (which is rare in children under 10). The cysts can just appear or can be the result of a hard fall (which is very possible in our case). Fortunately it isn't bothering her and (supposedly) it will go away on it's own (in due time, of course). I was relieved that it wasn't anything too serious, but it still isn't very fun having a huge knot looking bump swell out of the side of Karrington's wrist.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cinnamon Toast

In desperation to add some variety to Karrington's morning breakfast routine, I remembered an old classic my mom used to make for us regularly...Cinnamon Toast. Although simple, it's absolutely delicious. I changed up a few things though. I made sure to use real butter instead of spreadable margarine, honey instead of white sugar, and whole wheat bread (without high fructose corn syrup) instead of white bread. Anton would say that all those substitutions make for a cardboard like breakfast, but based on Karrington's reaction, it was delicious and will definitely become a regular at our breakfast table.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Her new favorite game

During our morning, afternoon, and evening routines, it is always inevitable that the refrigerator door will open. As soon as the door opens, Karrington climbs right on in. She loves to climb in and start pulling things out. Within a matter of seconds there can be ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and whatever else is in reachable distance on the kitchen floor. This morning, I opened up the fridge to grab the mayonnaise and when I went to return it found Karrington sitting very comfortably on the edge of the fridge, cup in hand. She's one crazy girl.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

We Walk Again

This morning, we laced up our Nikes and participated in the American Diabetes Association walk. Like the other walks that we have participated in, we gladly walked in honor of people in our lives who live with diabetes. Just to name a few, Anton's Grandma Bossio and his Aunt Bobbi, Lexi and Lauren (5th grade girls from TCS), and my Grandma Winkler, who lost her life to diabetes. The walk was a 5K and had a great turnout. It was a beautiful morning and Karrington had a great time riding along in her stroller and checking out all of the kids and dogs who were joining in on the walk. The trail was set up with several hills, so pushing a stroller with a 25 lb little girl became a little bit of a challenge at times. Needless to say, I am probably going to be sore in the morning.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Incident Report #3

Today, we received a third incident report for Karrington. She hit her head, again. Apparently, we have one of the most clumsy kids around. I think I might stick an ice pack in her back pack for the rest of the year.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Gettin' Crafty

For some time now, I have been wanting to make some type of decoration for Karrington's room involving her initials or whole name. So, on Labor Day I ventured over to Hobby Lobby and looked around for an idea. I stumbled upon some wood letters that I thought would be great. But...what was I going to do with the wood letters? As I browsed some more, I came across some textured paper. What a great idea...so I glued the textured paper to the letters and added some cute ribbon. Wallah....Karrington's initials in pink and black and ready to be hung in her room.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Pretty in Pink

Karrington has taken to jewelry. But, not just any jewelry. Bangles, such as these, with large rhinestones. I have three of these such bracelets in pink, red and black. Anytime I am wearing these, Karrington thinks that SHE needs to be wearing them. I find it very interesting how little girls take to these things.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Basketball Family

This weekend we ventured down to Midland, Tx. Some of our great friends/mentors live down there with their two precious kids. One of our reason's for going was to see Carter play football. We have never seen him play and he happened to have a game on this wonderful three day weekend. We left early Saturday morning with plenty of time to get to the field early and check out the sites. Still being fairly new parents, we did not anticipate the work that would be involved with taking a one year old to a football game in the middle of the day heat. Not even 10 minutes after getting to the field, I soon realized that this was going to be a long afternoon. We arrived at 11:15 am. The game was supposed to start at noon, but didn't end up starting until a little after. THEN we found out that they don't play four quarters in 4th grade football, they play FIVE! Yes, five. It was about the actual game 3rd quarter (which was actually the 4th quarter we had watched) that I informed Anton that this makes me perfectly okay with being a basketball family. Basketball is inside. I don't have to worry about sunscreen, bug spray, and finding shade.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Incident Report

When we picked Karrington up from her day care today, we received our first incident report. Ahhhh...poor baby! Apparently she was bending over to pick up a toy and fell head over heels. She hit her lip and bit a hole in each side. Fortunately it didn't go through, but it still looks like a pretty nasty cut. On the inside, at least.

This motivates me even more to put her in gymnastics or ballet or something that will help with balance. I know that she is still getting used to the whole walking thing, but with two flat footed parents, we need to be proactive in the coordination department. I have had input from several different moms. One told me that Karrington is definitely not too young to go into gymnastics right now. I know, gymnastics for a one year old sounds a little overboard, I thought so too. But, if it helps, then why not? Besides maybe we could do gymnastics and ballet. Ballet doesn't start until she is 3, so we can start one now and the other later.

Anyone have any other ideas as to what might help with balance and coordination? We are open to all ideas. I KNOW that I don't have all the answers! That's for sure.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Grandparent's Day

After totally spacing Grandparent's Day last year, I have made sure to know exactly what day it falls on this year. Sunday, September 12th is Grandparent's Day. Though I am still working out gifts and celebrations, it is on my radar and I'm pretty proud of that!