Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Baseball is here! Yesterday was Alli's first game of the season, and she took right to it this year. I don't think she whined once! She even threw the ball to the pitcher without a lot of prompting from me - unless I was trying to video it! Then she wouldn't throw it in the right direction! She seemed to be having a blast just playing in the field. This how she usually entertains herself!
Here is how she throws!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I made a batch of hummingbird food this morning, and it was cooling on the stove (boil 4 parts water, 1 part sugar) when I heard little splashing noises coming from the kitchen. Since I used 12 cups of water, I used a large pan. Large enough that Alli could get her whole face down in the pan. She had sugar water all over her face, in her hair, all over the floor, down the front of her clothes.....if only I had the camera! I didn't dare go and get the camera - I would have had more sugar water everywhere. As it was, I had to give her a bath and mop[ the whole kitchen. Alli is very careful to make sure things are not hot on the stove, and the water was cool (I should have already put it out for the birds, and this would never have happened, right?) so she was just having a grand old time playing in it and drinking it. As I said, for sale, cheap!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Dad seems to be relapsing a bit though. He was up and moving around, but Mom said he isn't doing as much of that any more. He should have a physical therapist coming in later this week, and an appointment with his doctor, so hopefully, he will get motivated to get moving again. For him, it is definitely a case of use it or loose it, I think!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
The scouts broke out into their patrols (which means they are the same kids that drove from Redding, so we could have met them here for the same purpose) and did some "bonding" exercises. Alex is vying for a leadership position on the trip, so he had to plan one of the exercises. To add insult to injury, the "Redding Contingent" had to meet outside in the wind and the cold! This was the choice of the adult leaders of the Redding group, but they said the original room was too small, and had no chairs, so we would all be standing up anyway. (After driving for 2 1/2 hours, and sitting for 1 1/2 hours, I needed to stand anyway, and the metal table and chairs outside were too cold to sit on!) We managed to survive, so we just whined a lot - mainly to try to make the adults feel guilty. (I don't think it worked, but, as I said, we tried! They tried really hard to get us out of driving to the meeting, but couldn't talk the main leadership out of it!) I did have company for the trip - one of the other parent and scout rode down with us, so all in all, it was a good day - just a lot of sitting! We got home a little after 3:00 p.m.
It wasn't a total waste - I made two washcloths during the meeting! I took along some scrap cotton yarn, so they aren't the best colors, but they will just gt used to wash dishes, so it really doesn't matter! The first one (bright green) was made with a half-double crochet in the back loop, and the second one was a single crochet in the back loop. I think I like it better, but we'll see how they work out when used.
I noticed I didn't finish the story about or freaky weather! All those dark clouds, and the flooding in town, we got a few sprinkles at our house.
Downtown was a huge disaster - one man drowned, and lots of property damage. The underground parking lot at the old downtown mall had cars floating around in it! There were several evacuations of pre-schools and nursing homes, as well. I think downtown got over 4 inches of rain in a few hours - too much at once!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The baby ensemble was a hit at the baby shower, I hear. As usual, the baby booties captured everyone's admiration, and they are the easiest and fastest of the group to make!
Monday, March 09, 2009
Allison has discovered dolls! This may not mean a lot to you, but she has never 'played' with dolls before, and this is a big step for her. For her to 'play' with anything is good. That is a developmental step that she is missing. She still isn't playing appropriately for her age, but she is closer to the 18-24 month range (her 'development age) of 'play' activities. Mom sent home a doll she had at her house.
Also new at Mom's were two huge owls in the tree across the street. Steph went and chased the cats that were playing outside back in the house - they were beginning to look like dinner!
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Dad is still in ICU - they still don't like they way he is breathing. They say he is getting better, but still not good enough to get out of ICU. Since his surgery was last Thursday, he needs to hurry up and get "better"!
Friday, March 06, 2009
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
I have a house full of sickies! AJ came home (after a long trip home) with a touch of a stomach bug, and Ralph stayed home from work yesterday with what he said is the flu. He still worked, he just didn't go in to the office. Alli and I are stay far, far away from them, so we don't get it too!
AJ ended up having to go through Reno to get home on Sunday. The road was closed right in front of them. He got in a little after 7:00. What a long day for the driver! At one point they had to put on chains, so poor Bill must have been exhausted by the time he got home - 3 days skiing and chaperoning teenage boys, and then a long dive (7+ hours?) in bad weather. He is a saint!
Sunday, March 01, 2009
I left Susanville this morning around 10:00, and hit snow about 15 miles out. I was a little worried, since I still had a lot of driving in the mountains, and that isn't the highest part of the trip, but after about 10 miles of snow, it turned to rain. Good thing for me! Poor Alex though - we got a call from him about 2:30 this afternoon. He went with a group from scouts to Tahoe skiing, and they left today to come home. The car he was in was stopped - they closed the road right in front of them. The other car in the group made it through, but AJ's car is going to have to try to get home the long way - back to Reno and through Susanville. That will be at least a 5 hour trip - if the weather is good, and is isn't a traffic jam of people trying to get home. I don't know when we will see him now - if the weather gets worse, they may be stuck!