Monday, May 29, 2006

Long Awaited Photos of the Tucson Children's Museum!

Sorry about the wait, folks! We've just been so busy!

1st picture is of B looking at a cool machine- like sculpture that was constantly revolving a number of marbles all through it. Everytime the marbles would be lifted back up to the top and dropped again she would crack up laughing! As you can see, she was so intrigued by the way it worked!

In the music room we were using a drum stick to play a few instruments like a couple different types of xylophones and a chair, shown above. B figured out how to put the drumnstick through this narrow slit in the bench. She did this many times, each time bending over to pick up the stick from underneath the chair, occasionally busting out laughing at her own antics.

Finally, the 3rd picture shows our up- and- coming musician playing a tamborine with a maraca. Fabulous!

We had such a fun time at the museum. We'll definitely be going back and probably be looking to become members some time in the near future. It also has a big red fire truck, a fake coral reef the she loved to crawl all around, a room for kids 4 and under where we played for a while, and a HUGE mechanical T-Rex that, though scary at first, was one of B's favorite things by the time we left.

We spent most of the time walking around, holding hands with B leading the way. Some of the time she crawled from room to room choosing which cool thing to play with next. We both really had fun and can't wait to go back. Who knows, by then, maybe she'll even be walking all by herself!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Having trouble posting.

Pictures from the Tucson Children's Museum soon to come!


Black cherry ...........Delicious!!!!!!!!
(What's your favorite flavor?)

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Haute Couture

B will soon be starting her job as editor-in-chief of her very own high fashoin magazine. Some of the subjects to be discussed in the upcoming issue will be...

The latest in popular music...All the hits.

The most trend setting hairstyles of today.

Facial skin care to keep you looking young, especially masks and peels.

How to stay cool this summer.

Look for it at a newsstand near you!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Remember when...

Anna first arrived...

Anna first smiled...

Anna first fed herself...

Anna went to the mountain and fell asleep in the car...

Anna went to San Diego?

Remember when...

we first realized we were gonna be in trouble?!

In case your wondering.....

(I thought this was kinda fun to put on the blog)

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Not herself ...

Proving that anyone can have a bad day, our daughter is toughing out the remnants of a cold.

For the last two days B has had a fever but, today, though her fever was gone, her cough was worse than ever. Having a terrrible cough is such an awful feeling and, I know, so confusing for this 14 mo. old girl. I actually had to cut her dinner off early because I was afraid that she would choke on her PB&J samo.
I am just grateful that she is getting over the sickness (not running a fever), though there still may be a tough road ahead.
While Kim was over for dinner this evening (Mike cooked out pork chops, delicious!) B was such a good girl, as usual. She attempted to do some things on her own. She walked around with her corn popper, ate PB&J and crackers, smiled a lot and told us about her sickness. The photo above represents a much needed break that she took between activities.
Mind you, it was her choice to crawl/walk around in the 1st place. If it had been up to me I'd have used this opportunity to hold my independent girl for as long as possible. She did lay on my chest with eyes closed for quite awhile. I'm so heartbroken that she is sick but, I do cherish that time I was able to spend with her. It's nice to have that validation of the comfort she feels with her mom (esp. on Mother's Day).
So, though she's not herself, she's still the most amazing daughter I could ever ask for.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Big Top Imel

Recently, we got a free kid's ticket and a buy 1 get 1 free adult ticket for the circus here in town. Mike and I decided that would be a really cool thing for all 3 of us to see. We considered going multiple times over the weekend since I had three of each kind of ticket. Ultimately, we didn't have enough time to see it more than once but, when we went today, what an experience!

The show, run by a gypsy- like group of travelers, got started late and B was pretty antsy. I think that Mike and I were both worried for a while that the whole effort was going to be a bust. I was walking around with B ( B also walking and holding my fingers, her fave thing to do) and worrying that this would not last much longer. She would literally do this for hours in a row if allowed to do so. But, if I try to pick her up or get her interested in something else she gets really angry. So, time is passing and I'm appeasing her. Finally, I decide to take a walk to the car to get the stroller and kill some time at almost 2 pm. I was hoping that this would be like when you go to the bathroom at a restaurant and you come back to find your food on the table. As B and I were heading out, the music started playing. I looked across the crowd to see Mike waving us back. So, we returned. I was so excited to see how B would react.

Now, of course she responded well to the music right off the bat. Bobbing her head and waving her arms, we hurried back to our seats. And, to make a long story short, she loved the show! It was awesome. She of course loved the animals, which we figured would be the case based on our frequent zoo visits. But, the coolest part was how in tune she was to the tricks being performed by the people. She liked the clowns and dancers most of all, laughing and dancing whenever they were out. She was intrigued by all of the goings on the entire time. Her pre- show restlessness was completely cured by the entertainment. We even got her a lighted souvenir that she waved while clapping and hollering at all of the appropriate times.

What an awesome little person.


though I know you all really enjoyed my story, here are some photos of our daughter enjoying the show.

Friday, May 05, 2006


Well, wish me luck. I got the promotion that I was vying for. I feel an extreme sense of relief. I know that I deserve it and that I am capable of doing a better job at my new restaurant than what I am able to do now. I was told by my regional that all of the selling points I had used to describe myself in my interview with him he had already been told by both my incoming and my outgoing General Managers. This really made me feel very good and confident about my future in this field.
I think that the other location will be suited really well for me. I'm looking forward to going back there as that is where I started when I first moved to Tucson. The sales are a lot higher, which is the right kind of 'stress' under which I like to work on a more frequent basis. The location is WAY closer to the house, more time with B and less $moo-la$ on gas ($3.00 gal.). And, it's a promotion which will guarantee me a raise when review time comes, and virtually guarantees that I'll get hired wherever I apply come next year.
I'm kind of nervous but very, very ready so wish me luck!