I had forgotten about this video! This is my nephew Stiehl. I took this while we were in Missouri in July. Isn't he cute? Check out those sausage legs!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
My new hanging plant. It looks kind of sickly, so the Lowe's lady gave me a discount. Hopefully I won't make it worse.
I hope the heat breaks soon so these plants will have a fighting chance. Because you know I have to keep up with this one, who thinks she can make her base house look prettier than mine. O.K., she can and she will, but I can at least try, can't I?
Posted by Double A's Mom at 8/29/2007 04:29:00 PM
Monday, August 27, 2007
We have some pretty interesting wildlife in our neighborhood, though. This morning, I went running along the desert on the outskirts of our neighborhood and had a coyote cross my path. It scared me a little bit but I just went very slowly the long way around him and he just stopped and watched me run away. There are also rumors of a bobcat in our neighborhood. This scares me a little bit too so I keep an eye on Reagan now when she's in the backyard. Then this was in our front yard this afternoon:
A roadrunner! How cool is that?
Posted by Double A's Mom at 8/27/2007 08:00:00 PM
They close the strip for the first part of the race! How awesome is that? If any of you have ever been to Vegas, you know what a treat it will be to run on the strip without traffic or pedestrians, just other runners. And the Blue Man Group is scheduled to perform at the starting line. I can't wait!
Posted by Double A's Mom at 8/27/2007 09:31:00 AM
Sunday, August 26, 2007
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Thursday, August 23, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Yesterday, in the car on the way back from town, Aaron said his first cuss word.
See, there's this certain song by Fergie called "London Bridge." And, of course, Mommy only downloads the true and pure EXPLICIT version of every song from iTunes. The song starts out with sirens and Fergie's singers belting out proudly "Oh Sh*@! Oh Sh*@!, over and over and over. This song came on and, all of a sudden, Bill and I hear from the back seat "Shi, Shi, Shi."
I won't lie to you. At first, I was quite proud of my little boy. But then Mommy mode kicked in and I changed the song.
Crap, there goes "Hollaback Girl" too! Oh, well.
Posted by Double A's Mom at 8/19/2007 07:38:00 AM
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I could write about what we did in a big, long post but I decided to use an idea I stole from Ginger's blog and put all the good pictures into a Google Picasa slideshow with captions. I hope you enjoy them! And once again, my disclaimer - Lisa took most of these pictures!
Posted by Double A's Mom at 8/15/2007 02:05:00 PM
- Go out to eat (and I'm not talking fancy, shmancy dinners, either. He won't sit through MCDONALD'S).
- Go to Mass.
- Go shopping.
- Ride on an airplane without 2-3 major meltdowns and many, many disparaging looks from strangers.
- On bad days, walk from the front door to the car without aforementioned major meltdown.
Aaron is also now in speech therapy. At his two year checkup, the doctor was extremely concerned that I could only think of about ten words that he used on a regular basis. The speech therapy with Ms. Gerry is going well, I think, as long as he takes a good nap beforehand (his appointments are normally in the late afternoon). The appointments are an hour long so I'm actually impressed Ms. Gerry can keep him occupied for that long. We are working on sounds right now like "b", "p", and "oooo". Ms. Gerry is concerned about his apparent inability to make his mouth physically do what it needs to do to make sounds, as in the part of his brain that controls the mouth might not be fully developed or may even be damaged. She is also concerned with his lack of eye contact when he's around other people as well as his short attention span (Really!?!). All of these things are terrifying me but I feel better that we're doing what we need to do now to hopefully help him. I really think once he starts talking, our mutual frustration with each other should slowly decrease. Some words that he is starting to use are "daddy", "doggie", "hi", "tower", "two", and "three". Still no "mommy", though. He does well with "t", "s", "h" and "d" sounds but not so well with "wh" and "m" sounds. We'll see how it goes.
Luckily, we are involved with several things through the base and TPS so that we are able to keep busy. Aaron goes to the CDC three mornings a week, which is working out really well. We still have tears when Mommy leaves, but I think that will diminish as he gets used to going on a regular basis again. I've had to pull him out several times this summer due to our travels. Tuesday and Thursday we usually find someone to play with in the morning, either at the playground or the Jungle Zone (the indoor playground on base).
So there it is. My life with a two-year-old. I love him, I really do. But this job is absolutely the hardest job I have ever had. I guess I'm going to have to rely on the hugs and kisses I get for my sanity until we start having some major breakthroughs.
**All of the pictures were taken by Lisa.
Posted by Double A's Mom at 8/15/2007 12:13:00 AM
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Duct tape. I was really hoping it wouldn't come to this but, after this morning, I knew I had to finally do something. This morning was the fourth time in two weeks that I've had to clean up Aaron's bed because he decided to take off his poopy diaper and play in it. I know, horrifying, right? I'm only going to tape his diaper on before naptime and bedtime because these are the only times that he gets away with getting it off; while we're out here thinking he's blissfully sleeping, he's in his room making the Mess of All Messes. So, any ideas as to why he's doing this? I've heard everything from "He must be ready to be potty trained" (Yeah, I don't think so) to "He's just bored" (Really? So it's fun to play with your dirty diaper?). Growl...
Thanks for the duct tape idea, Lis. You've saved me yet another motherhood headache.
Posted by Double A's Mom at 8/14/2007 01:35:00 PM
Sunday, August 12, 2007
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Thursday, August 2, 2007
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