**Psst, in case you were wondering who to cheer for during the playoffs, the Kansas City Chiefs made it! Gotta give props to all my Missouri peeps! They play the Indianapolis Colts next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. PST on NBC in the first Wild Card game of the weekend. Go Chiefs!! (Sorry Kris, can't cheer for Indy in this one. But I guess I will relent and cheer for your Sea-chickens against Dallas during the other Wild Card game on Saturday. Go Hawks!)
Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Posted by Double A's Mom at 12/30/2006 09:57:00 PM
- Washington Redskins must beat New York Giants (televised tonight on NFL Network at 5:00 p.m. PST).
- New Orleans Saints must beat Carolina Panthers (tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. PST).
- Philadelphia Eagles must beat Atlanta Falcons (tomorrow at 1:15 p.m. PST).
- St. Louis Rams must beat Minnesota Vikings (tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. PST).
Cross your fingers! Miracles do happen!
Posted by Double A's Mom at 12/30/2006 12:15:00 PM
Friday, December 29, 2006
Posted by Double A's Mom at 12/29/2006 07:28:00 PM
- I need a designated amount of time every week to do things that are impossible or becoming impossible to do with a toddler i.e. working out, going to the grocery store, doctors' appointments, etc. If the rumors are true about TPS, my husband is essentially going to be unavailable during the work week to help me with this stuff.
- Aaron needs to become comfortable being taken care of by other people and being around kids his own age.
- I believe that the CDC can supplement and certainly build upon the concepts we are trying to teach him at home.
- I FEEL GUILTY!!! O.K., I don't work so why am I paying for child care? Will Aaron think I don't love him anymore because I'm taking him somewhere so someone else can take care of him?
For me, what it all comes down to is allowing him experiences that I feel I can't give him or enough of what he deserves. These include interaction with other kids his own age, benefits of caregivers trained in early education, a defined structured setting, etc.
Most importantly, though, it helps out in the fact that I cannot be the sole "on" person in Aaron's life anymore. By that I mean the person who plays with him, reads to him, sets up activities for him, etc.; basically, the person who tries to zap his seemingly boundless energy with playtime. I just don't have the energy to be that for him 24-7, especially now that he's entered into toddlerhood, and that's just not fair to him. My plan is to take him to the CDC three days a week for two and a half hours each day in the morning. I truly believe the time that remains for me will definitely be more fulfilling for both me and him as opposed to having him all day everyday and being exhausted just going through the motions. I look at it as pre-preschool. That is my hope anyway.
Thanks for allowing me to put my mental dilemma into words. Any thoughts or suggestions? Leave me a comment.
Posted by Double A's Mom at 12/29/2006 11:40:00 AM
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Monday, December 25, 2006
For Christmas dinner, Daddy fried a turkey for the very first time in his life (and he didn't burn the house down, thank you very much!) and I made yummy potato casserole and broccoli casserole (staples in my house growing up. Stop gagging, Dad!). It all turned out really well!
P.S. Check out this post from exactly a year ago today:
P.P.S. A few words for everyone at Fisher Price, Playskool, Mattel, etc. Why do we need a freakin' jackhammer in order to break into the boxes which contain your toys?!? Holy crap, it took Santa 45 minutes to set out Aaron's Little People Farm last night! Honestly. I get the whole make-it-look-awesome-in-the-box thing so that kids will see it in the stores and make their parents buy it for them, but still! Why must it be such a pain?!?
Posted by Double A's Mom at 12/25/2006 10:15:00 PM
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
I tried to find a "before" picture of his scraggly hair but I couldn't find one; however, those of you that have seen Aaron in the past few months know what I mean by "scraggly." Miscellaneous hairs sticking out everywhere and that one gigantic curl in the back that started to look dangerously close to a fool's tail. None of that in this hiz-ouse!
By the way, check out this shot of my handsome boy. With that smirk, is he not the next George Clooney? And you know this!!!
Posted by Double A's Mom at 12/23/2006 06:27:00 PM
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Posted by Double A's Mom at 12/17/2006 11:43:00 PM
Posted by Double A's Mom at 12/17/2006 05:54:00 PM
This is the front of our house.
Our gigantic backyard. There's hardly any grass in it but, you know, whatever! The kids are going to get lost forever back here!
The view from our back door. You can't tell right now but the view is really pretty in the morning with the sun coming up.
I'm not sure if it's just my profound inexperience concerning living in the desert, since we've been here a grand total of two weeks, but I actually really kind of like our house. We have been inundated with horror stories from previous TPS classes about old, rickety houses that have been besieged with spiders, mice, scorpions and other lovely wildlife, but, so far, we have not come across any of these things. We have taken the necessary precautions, such as spraying the crap out of both the inside and outside of the house for bugs and cleaning everything in sight before we use it. I think we have gotten pretty lucky with the house we were able to snag. It seems to be extremely clean compared to the others we looked at and it backs up against a road in the middle of base instead of the desert, which should hopefully keep the wildlife situation under control. We are about five houses down from the playground on our street, so we should be able to frequent that quite a bit.
So far this living on base thing hasn't been too shabby!
Posted by Double A's Mom at 12/17/2006 04:09:00 PM
Friday, December 8, 2006
Getting ready to shove off from Kris' house in Washington. Can you see Aaron peaking out from the window? Maybe he was afraid we weren't planning on taking him with us?
The kids making themselves comfortable in the hotel in Medford, OR - the place we stopped the first night.
The second day of driving, including views of Mt. Shasta in northern California and a sleepy, cranky boy.
We reached our destination in southern California after a third day of driving. Check out the TLFs on base! They are super-nice and a lot better than I was expecting (No more TLF nightmare stories from Illinois, Lis!). By the way, it was bathtime, in case you're wondering about the nakedness.
We are staying in the TLFs until our things are delivered to our house next Friday (Growl...almost two weeks without my own stuff). We are moving into a house on base for the first year (mandatory for TPS students), then will move off base afterwards. The housing on base here is, shall we say, less than desirable (I'm talking like 65-years-old with lead paint, asbestos and wildlife concerns) but we are trying to make the best of the situation. We plan on painting the walls (the same color as in our house in WA. So lame, but comfortable in the familiarity) and I think we can definitely make the house livable once all of our stuff is in it and we make it our own. Stay tuned. Those pictures will be coming in the next few weeks!
Posted by Double A's Mom at 12/08/2006 02:18:00 PM
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Posted by Double A's Mom at 11/30/2006 08:47:00 AM
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Posted by Double A's Mom at 11/28/2006 10:51:00 PM
Monday, November 27, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Posted by Double A's Mom at 11/26/2006 08:36:00 PM
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Bethanie and Emilie getting their hair done.
Aaron and his daddy before the ceremony.
Aaron, up close and personal.
Aaron being tortured with squeezies from me.
Emilie and Papa.
Emilie and her momma.
My nephew Stiehl and his daddy waiting for the ceremony to start.
We have re-learned "Touchdown" in the past few days.
Aaron stuffing about five french fries into his mouth. He's turning into such a boy!
Preparing for his debut. Let's get this show on the road already!
First picture (at least on my camera) as husband and wife.
Papa and Aaron.
The Remembrance Candle lit for my mom.
The head table at the reception (Emilie looks so pleased).
Posted by Double A's Mom at 11/25/2006 07:06:00 PM