Saturday, May 22, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

Playing catch-up...

So it was pointed out to me that I've been MIA on the blog.  And I guess, technically, I have.  The majority of my readership knows where I was (except for those in Estonia... I wasn't there).  Anyway, I had made plans to surprise my goddaughter Jolie for her 8th grade graduation.  Caroline and I were flying in Saturday and leaving out on Wednesday.

Unfortunately, plans changed and T joined us and we extended our trip.  My MeeMaw passed away on Thursday, so we left that night and drove into Benton and then on into BR on Friday.  It was sad why we were there, but it was good to see all of my family... extended family included.

We got a reprieve from all the insane weather here for a while and traded it for torrential downpours in Baton Rouge. Dad said it hadn't rained like this in a really long time, so he kept checking over his shoulder for tornadoes.  The weather was sure to follow us, right?

I do have lots of pictures to post... and I'll get around to it.  But in the meantime, I'm playing catch-up and trying to get stuff straight for the upcoming party.  Time is starting to move to quickly for me.  My 3 weeks is now almost down to 2!! 

So now that you know what's going on, are you happy, Stephanie?  :)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

And so it blows...

As many of you know by now, a "tornado swarm" hit the Oklahoma City metro area yesterday evening.  For those of you who want the short version, we are fine.  Those of you that want the long version, read on.

We knew there was a really good chance of bad weather yesterday afternoon.  They had been talking about the "unprecedented" computer models and severe blah blah blah blah... I'm not really sure the details.  I all drones together after a while.  I rely on my resident weather guru to keep me forewarned.  Not to be to confused with the my east coast weather guru.  Apparently I'm surrounded by guru's.

At 4ish yesterday afternoon, Stephanie asked if it looked like death and destruction.  Nope, it sure didn't.  The sun was shining.  I joked with my boss, finished up some stuff and left as it started to get darker.  It was looking darker by the minute, but not death and destruction.  I decided to head to school to pick up the baby.

The tornado sirens started going off when I was about halfway to school.  (I work about 5 minutes from there.)  I decided just to hang out at school with the baby until we got the all clear.  I even parked in an area that didn't have trees so if the winds picked up nothing would fall directly on my car.

I ran through the now falling ran to get to the door and walked quickly to her room, but the rooms were all empty.  They were already in their shelter areas.  So they directed me to her where she was.  They had just gotten in there.  Caroline was little unhappy to be sharing a space.

To get the 8 kids in her room to the secure area, they put 4 kids each in a rolling baby bed and 1 teacher takes a bed and rolls it into the room.  Let's just say that Caroline is one for her own space, so she wasn't exactly happy.  But I got there not long after and all was well.

We played for a while.  We crawled around the floor.  She enjoyed just watching all the kids in one room.  (There were 5 classes in one room.  It was a GIANT safe room and the kids are little.)  The lights flickered several times and I could hear the wind.  But things were calm.  I was calm.

Because cell phone coverage was non-existent, I called T from the school phones once I got there and made the decision to stay put.  He said the wind was blowing but things were fine at the house.  So we waited.

I checked the radar a couple of times and it seemed like the bulk of the bad weather was past us.  I didn't know a lot of details about what was going on.  I just knew that I was getting batches of texts - a bunch at one time - asking if we were ok.

So about 6, we decided to head home.  School was closing but they said they wouldn't kick us out.  I was comfortable enough with things to say that we were ok to go.  Driving home, I heard about the tornado that hit I-40 and Choctaw Road.  And it occurred to me that had I just picked up Caroline and left, we'd have been on the interstate at that time.  As Caroline slept in the backseat, I started bawling.

I pulled myself together and got us the rest of the way home.  The sun was shining on the car even though there were black clouds in the distance.  A rainbow appeared.

T's evening was a little different.  Once he knew we were safe and staying put, he ventured outside with the rest of our neighbors and enjoyed an adult beverage while watching the weather.  The wind was blowing, but he said other than the black clouds, it wasn't too bad.

Today brought more revelations.  Apparently, people in the back of our neighborhood didn't fare so well.  About a mile south of us, homes are destroyed.  We are very lucky to have been spared.  Thanks to those who checked on us.

I'll continue to play it safe with storms in the future.  Since a part of NW Oklahoma had a tornado warning tonight and they are predicting more severe weather tomorrow, it should make it an interesting week.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

11 Months (and a Mother's Day too)

Caroline is 11 months old today and is currently napping (knock on wood).  She was so tired but not even remotely interested in a nap.  I had to bounce and shush and she finally fell asleep with her arms wrapped around my neck and her face on my face.  Some days naps are easy like they used to be.  Some days it takes some work.

Yesterday, we went to the zoo for the first time.  It was beautiful outside (60's and sunshine, with just a light breeze) and that meant the zoo was packed.  The Children's Zoo was just redone last year, so I wanted to check it out.  I thought for sure Caroline would be excited about all the animals.  She was much more excited to watch all the people that were there.

We took her to ride the Kiddie Train.  She was so cute watching the train.  She was waving at everyone as they came back around.  When it was our turn to ride, she just stared at everything.  I managed to get one wave out of her towards Daddy who had the camera.  But for the most part, she was just checking it all out.

When we stopped, she clapped and was very excited after it was over.  It was absolutely so fun to watch her get excited over everything.  It was the best Mother's Day gift!

She is moments away from pulling up.... we just know it.  She can hold herself up if you stand her up.  And she can push up her legs from her hands and knees.  She just hasn't managed to put it all together.  Her feet are so tiny.  I often wonder how they are going to hold her up.

She is feeding herself pretty well now.  She is eating lots of different things now - cheese, crackers, fruit, pasta.  She loves bath time.  I can't wait to take her swimming at some point this summer.  I think she is going to LOVE it!!

We are full speed ahead on the birthday planning.  It's hard to believe she's almost 1.  But she definitely is... the next monthly update will be an annual update.

Now pardon me while I go cry because my tiny baby is growing up....

Saturday, May 8, 2010

School Crafts

Caroline goes to preschool/daycare. That's obvious since T & I both work. I've always been so happy with her teachers. They always work with her. They do crafts. They teach her new things.

I picked her up the other day to find a present for me. I almost cried.

How sweet of them to think of us. It made my day!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Project Birthday

As you may or may not know, The Doodle's 1st birthday is fast approaching.  The invitations were finally sent to the printer this week.  Now I just have to get those out ASAP next week when they come in.  Keep an eye on your mailbox becaus they are tres cute!  I'd like to thank Claudia for helping me with them.  I was obsessing about them and she took my ideas and input and ran with it.

That being said... now we have to do everything else!  I am making my detailed To Do list this week.  It will be an overly OCD list, with very minute details (makes it easier to cross stuff off and make me feel more productive).  If the list says "cake, food, invites"... you can't cross stuff off until the day of the party.  I like to see a detailed list so that I can know I'm making progress.  Like I said, OCD.  But that's another post for another day.

I'm calling on all my crafty friends for this party and the things happening already are exciting.  I can't wait to show you the results.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Fruit & Flowers or Linen & Silk

Thursday, April 29th marked our 4th wedding anniversary.  Wasn't it just yesterday?  It's funny how quickly time goes by but yet it seems like T's always been part of my life.  We met on Dec. 27, 2003.  We had our first date on Jan 4, 2004 and never looked back.

I think we knew by February that this was it.  He fit in my life and I fit in his.  It wasn't that we had found someone without issues.... we had just found another person that our issues fit together.  That and I think he liked partying with my sister and having me chauffeur them around all night.

We were engaged March 9, 2005 and married the following April.  And then we moved.  Here we are 4 years later.

The traditional anniversary gift is fruit or flowers.  The modern anniversary gift is linen or silk.  Well, we spent our anniversary at Big Cedar Lodge on Table Rock Lake in Missouri.  And there were lots of flowers around.  And I wore a linen shirt on Friday.  And I had some fruit at breakfast that day.

It wasn't all fun and games.... I was there working and T was working too (someone had to watch the baby).  But we had a nice time anyway.  We normally don't do anything more than exchange cards.  Last year we did go out to dinner knowing it would be our last anniversary just the 2 of us.

We had to run into town to buy more Children's Claritin because Caroline's nose was a faucet.  While there, we were walking down the card aisle at Walgreens.  We stopped and picked a card for each other. Then we gave each other the cards, read them and put them back.  We got the sentiment without spending the money.

Does it get any more romantic than that?