Tuesday, March 31, 2009

cute new pics

She's a real Air Force baby
One day while I was at the gym, Cameron called and said Malone fell asleep...while eating her lunch.
How cute is this?! I caught this picture in the 5 minutes she was watching Baby Einstein. *RIP: Moo-moo. We hope you're enjoying your new home somewhere in Victoria, BC.

Party Tricks

Malone has learned some new tricks. She's officially a cool kid. Not only is she cool but has good manners too. She can high five, pound and shake your hand. We're working on reading next week :0)

The "hi" at the end was for Grandpa Jay and Grandma Claire.

Monday, March 30, 2009

New times



Oh Canada!

We went on vacation! Yes, it was only 4 days. And yes, it was not to a place where the sun shone and we could feel the sand between our toes. But we'll take anything we can get. This time we got Victoria, British Columbia. We had such a good time hanging out with some good friends, eating lots of good food, and seeing the sites of BC. Canada, you were good to us.

Cameron and Malone on the ferry
Us at the Parliament Building
Malone loved our fluffy bed. We love you Marriott!
At High Tea with our friends, Glenn and Holly It was a little cold
Our little fam at the Buchard Gardens Daddy and his girl

Monday, March 9, 2009

Reading List 2009

2009 can effectively be called the Year of Reading for me, or lets hope so in anyways. I have always enjoyed reading but over the past few months my appetite for it has increased as hopefully my appetite for brownies has decreased....maybe...

So without adieu, in no particular order, here is my 2009 reading list...so far:

*Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer- My friend, Glenn recommends this book on his Top 10 reading list and says the following about this book: "It's a little book jammed with insight into life with God. It will make you uncomfortable with your walk with God as it currently is. And that's a good thing."

*Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster W. Cline and Jim Fay- My friend, Melanie highly recommended this book series. As we enter a new phase of parenting with Malone, I want to be informed, creative and resourceful. This book is part of that quest.

*Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte- I know it is shameful how few of the classics I have read. I can hear my friend, Laura Caldwell gasping now that I have never read this romantic classic.

*How Then Shall We Live: the Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture by Francis Schaeffer- This one made my husband's Top Ten list and said the following about it: "A book for anyone that wants to know how our present culture got to where it is today and the people, ideas, and moments that acted as the catalysts. Schaeffer makes history incredibly relevant and interesting." Sounds good to me.

*Shepherding a Child's Heart
by Ted Tripp- I have heard so many good things about this book. Amazon said this about the book, "Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child's heart into the paths of life. Shepherding a Child's Heart gives fresh biblical approaches to child rearing."

*Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer- A Christian must-read, or so I've been told, about the attributes of God.

*The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel
by Jasper Fford- Recommended by my mom. My mom reads cool stuff.

* Jesus Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacharias- Written by apologetics scholar, and recently, CNN tv host, Ravi Zacharias "contrasts the truth of Jesus with founders of Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, strengthening believers and compelling them to share their faith with our post-modern world." One of my favorite classes in college was Comparative Religions. I think this book will be in the same vein.

* Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell- I'm actually currently reading this one. I have loved all of Gladwell's books (Tipping Point, Blink) for his interesting sociological insights. My favorite tidbit of this book so far is the correlation Gladwell makes between the most successful Canadian Ice Hockey players and their birth dates. Super interesting.

I also want to read a Russian author (maybe finish Anna Karenina), an autobiography/biography and some more on current events.

Any suggestions on what else I should read? I'm up for anything, fiction, non-fiction, classic, non-classic, etc. Share the wealth of wisdom!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thankful for today, NOT yesterday

You should be thankful that I am writing you today and NOT yesterday. Let's just say, it was a little bit of a rough day. Luckily, today is a much better day so I have enough clarity of mind to not break down and cry describing my day. Yay!

Malone had been having a super high fever since Monday night (when she woke up every hour). She was ok Tuesday so we thought it was just her incoming molars (super ouch!) because she had no other symptoms. No runny nose, no cough, thank heavens no throwing up...nothing. She was fine, until about 11:30pm, right around the time I had just been asleep deep enough to enjoy it. She woke up, and consequently woke up again every 20 minutes the entire night. So finally, I just got my pillows and some blankets and slept in her room with my arm through the slats of her crib. My arm fell asleep, my hips fell asleep, but Malone...she did not fall asleep. Poor Malulu, she was miserable. Finally, I took her out of her crib and she slept for about 2 hours in my arms on the floor.

Where was Cameron during all of this? That's what I thought too. Well, he just got back from being overseas and was a tad jet-lagged. They give the pilots some sleeping pills to regulate their sleep a bit since they are all over the time zone map. Since she was fine on Tuesday he thought it would be fine to take one Tues night because he was at 4, 356 on the sheep count. Hence, he was so deeply asleep that an incident including a sippy cup, Motrin, stairs and being awake/walking cannot be recollected. Yikes.

So after the night of no sleep, Malone was uber cranky, and so was I. Then the doctor said to bring her in but they had no appointments available. I was wanting to eat yummy food at playgroup that I shouldn't (more on that later). And then Cameron called and said he was leaving again MUCH sooner than we had anticipated. I just wanted to throw my arms in the air, slouch to the ground and throw a mini 2 year old tantrum. That's allowed sometimes, right?

But today is much better. Malone and I went to the doctor and she's at the tail end of a virus. YAY! She slept through the night last night. YAY! She made me laugh really hard during lunch. YAY! And I get to go on a date with Cameron. Double YAY!

So, in return for listening to my whining, I will share some videos/funny pictures.

Funny thing #1: Here's what I was laughing at so hard today during lunch. I turned around and saw Malone. Notice anything strange. Hint: She's got a new 'do.

I was laughing... then she was laughing...
then she wasn't laughing anymore

Funny thing #2: Malone discovered Cameron's hat. I won't divulge into what importance that hat has to Cameron, but let's just say that Malone sees it a lot. And this day, it looked pretty cool to her from inside of it.

I'm surprised she could even figure out what she was playing with. She can't see.

Ummm...just walking around with a hat over my face

Clearly she is not impressed that I stole the hat from her.