Monday, January 25, 2010
This trip has really sneaked up on us...last year, I was excited but soooo sad about leaving Ayla and thought about it for weeks in advance. I haven't really had time to dwell on it this year. It just hit me a couple nights ago when she was up at 4:30 in the morning that we would be leaving her for a few days. I think I'll miss her even more than last year, if that's even possible. I hope she isn't mad at us when we come home. :( A huge thank you in advance to all of our parents for watching her (and Kody) while we're away.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
On Friday night, Grandma and Grandpa brought pizza over and hung out with us for a few hours. On Saturday, Ayla went to Yeh-Yeh and Nai-Nai's house in the morning so I could attend a friend's baby shower. I love baby showers...celebrating one of life's most amazing events...what could be better? After I went to pick Ayla up, we went shopping (Nai-Nai included). I did some damage. I really needed to get some serious shopping out of my system and let me tell you, I did just that. I was supposed to be looking for shirts for Dean for his company trip to Cancun, which is quickly approaching (YAY!)...but I ended up finding all kinds of other goodies. Purses are my weakness. I certainly do not need any more, but I found two that I couldn't possibly live without. After shopping, my dad, brother, niece, and nephew joined us at our house for dinner (more pizza!) We topped off the evening with some Wii. You should see my brother bowl. Following a few warm-up games, he bowled a 299 (11 strikes in a row, I think). However, in order for him to achieve this impressive score, he had to flail about like a complete spaz. I can't believe he hasn't thrown his back out yet.
Dean made it home safely and a touch earlier than expected, which was a nice surprise. Today, we relaxed at home until after Ayla's nap. Once she was up, we went out to pick up a few more things we needed for Cancun. We were out for quite a while, but she did awesome. For dinner, Grandma, Grandpa, and Aunt Marla came over...Marla made soup. It was soooo good.
It was very nice to spend so much time with family the past few days...especially while Dean was gone. Ayla and I (Kody, too) appreciate the wonderful company. :) So, thank you.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
We were supposed to take off at 11:oo a.m. on Friday but that flight ended up being canceled so we got on another flight that didn't leave until about 5:00 p.m. Turns out, it worked out for the best because Ayla was able to take a great nap before we left.
She did sooooo well on the plane (there and back)...by the time we arrived, got our luggage and rental car and drove to the hotel, it was time for her to take a bath and start getting ready for bed. Not without a lot of running around and exploring first though. Within minutes, she found the mini-fridge...what a dream come true for her. She's obsessed with the fridge at home, so when she discovered one just her size and one that she could open by herself, she was thrilled.
She had the produce drawer pulled out in no time...
We stayed at an Embassy Suites, so it was really nice that we had two separate areas. It worked out perfectly for her naps and bedtime. After she was in bed, we ordered some pizza and drank some wine. :)
In the mornings, we ate breakfast in the hotel...afterwards, Dean took Ayla to the "waterfall" so they could toss pennies in and make wishes.We took her to the indoor swimming pool...it was a bust. We thought she would love it since bathtime is always such a hit, but we only lasted about a half an hour and the whole time she kept saying "out" and "down" and would give the "all done" sign. Oh well...at least we tried. I'm sure this summer she'll love swimming with her cousins at her Uncle Ping's house. Is this bikini not the cutest thing ever?After the pool, we headed to a place called Fantastic Fun...it's an indoor amusement park type place for little kids. Aside from falling off that darn bench, she had a really fun time!
After she went to bed this night, Dean and I stayed up and tried to finish the wine we bought for the weekend...we were not successful. :) It was a great night though...we just sat and talked about everything and anything. We don't do this enough...it was really nice.
On Sunday, we ate breakfast, packed up our stuff and headed out. We stopped in some shops on the way to the airport and then went to return our rental car.
She refused to nap on the flight home (no surprise) and held on until we were in the shuttle bus on the way to get our car. She started going all cross-eyed from trying so hard to keep her eyes open. It was so funny. We didn't even make it off the lot before she passed out in the car. She was a good 4 1/2 hours past her regular naptime.
It was such a great weekend...we had a really fun time with her and she was such a good girl the entire time. She even let us sleep all night both nights. We didn't do anything crazy exciting, but it was just the perfect little getaway as just the three of us. And a bonus? She started giving actual hugs this weekend. Before, she would just lean in, but now she uses her arms. It's so awesome. When those little arms wrap around my neck, it warms me to the very core of my heart. Love it.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
We brought Ayla to an indoor kids' amusement park and she was having a blast until she took a nose dive off of a bench. I looked over just in time to see her fall forward from a sitting position and land flat on her face. I picked her up right away...it took her a couple seconds to start crying. When I looked at her mouth, it was full of blood. She chomped down on the inside of her bottom lip when she landed. I feel soooo bad that I wasn't right next to her on that bench. :( She only cried for a minute or two and forgot all about it but still...I feel awful about it. She will probably have a fat lip to go along with the rug burn that goes from her mouth down to her chin. One battle wound after another...
That's all for now...just needed to get that off my chest. A full post with pictures to come...
Thursday, January 7, 2010
And on another note...
Ayla slept all the way through the night on Tuesday. It was glorious. However, we paid big time for it last night. She was up from 1:00 a.m. to about 4:00 a.m. We'd get her back to sleep and she'd only stay down for about 2o minutes before waking up and starting all over again. During the last round, she was absolutely hysterical. I was at a complete loss as to what to do to make her calm down. Finally, I gave her a bottle and she relaxed and I was able to get her to fall back asleep after a (long) while. I stayed home from work today because the roads were really bad and I had planned on taking a nap while she napped, but that never works out. There's always too much to do. It's not even 10:00 p.m. yet and I'm struggling. I need to go to bed...soon.
Despite the bitter cold and bad roads, Ayla and I made it to Pamida for another photo shoot for her. I'm not going to lie, I was pretty nervous that she wouldn't cooperate. The child does not stay still. The last time we went, she wasn't mobile yet so she had no choice but to sit there. I'm happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised and very proud of how well she did today. I stood her where she needed to be and she actually stayed long enough for several shots before she would slowly starting inching my way. We had to put her back a few times, but overall, she did great. Afterwards, she was walking around saying hi to everyone...it didn't take long for her to become comfortable with her surroundings. :) It'll be fun to see which image they choose...
We are headed to Denver tomorrow...just a quick weekend trip...just the three of us, just for the heck of it. We hear it's supposed to be in the 40's there this weekend. Heat wave!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
Happy 2010! We had a very quiet New Year's Eve...Dean's parents came over for dinner and we just relaxed. I think it was just what we all needed. Dean and I topped off the night with a few games of Wii Mario Kart. I struggled to get to midnight, but we managed to watch the ball drop in Times Square and we even made it to our midnight an hour later.
This past year has been both one of the most challenging and most fulfilling years I've ever had. Being a mom means never having a dull moment. :) I look at Ayla each day and can hardly believe how quickly she is growing. I hope 2010 proves to be another amazing year. I wish all of you and your families a blessed year filled with everything wonderful.