2 years, 4 months, 8 days, 21 hours, 25 minutes old
Tonight Ali woke up around 1:30 saying that she wanted to "snuggle water." Apparently she was thirsty because I got her a drink and she instantly drank the entire cup. I think the real issue may have been that she had pooped in the time between Ashley saying good night and Ali falling asleep, which I can only imagine would be quite uncomfortable.
With the girl hydrated and changed, I set out to refill my own water. Then I sat down to check craigslist office space postings. I'm not sure what exactly followed, but here I am a couple of hours later, saddened and appalled at the lack of ourlittlekid updates this year. As many of you know, we've been extremely busy with weddings and school and life and such. There are a few extenuating circumstances which also contributed, but I think we should be able to jump back in as time allows. My first order of business will be to try to get up a video blog from Dot, as well as filling in some of this year's experiences with pictures and memories.
But first, I need some sleep…
1 year, 9 months, 20 days, 12 hours, 40 minutes old
Yes, we have an update. For the record, there have been one to two attempts that have gotten deleted and, well I get frustrated and step away. For like a week. And the longer the hiatus grows the harder it is to return. This better make it to see the bluish light of a computer screen other than my own.
We are amazingly well. Loving the city. Loving the beautiful house we are blessed to call home. Loving being near family and friends. Loving the weather and the time of year. Loving the funny, sweet, big/little girl Ali has become. Yesterday it was over eighty degrees here! Warm enough that we brought out the kiddie pool and let the girl have a ball.
Just for the record, some new set-up has been rigged in an attempt to keep me from losing aforementioned posts. And I can’t see whether the pics are working or not or how they’re sized, so please bare with if it’s awful!
More, more, more pics of the adventure! And hopefully more of others’ to come.
Life is very good.
1 year, 8 months, 12 days, 17 hours, 30 minutes old
So there are a few things I’ve been meaning to post for awhile now. And as I sit here to do so, I realize they share a common thread: Ali is becoming quite a little artist.
Let’s begin with her recent foray into photography. As anyone who has been around us knows, daughter is quite adept at using our iPhones. She grabs them (now usually accompanied with cries of "Pictures! Please! Pictures! Please!"), unlocks the screen, scrolls through the programs to find the pictures or the apps we’ve downloaded for her to play with, and can entertain herself for quite awhile. Every so often I would find a bunch of random text in the notepad and more frequently my icons would be re-arranged. Since we’ve moved, she’s learned how to delete pictures (although its not clear she understands what she’s doing, she clicks the little trash can and then confirms the deletion) and paradoxically seems to delete ones she likes. Then, one day I discovered these:
It seems our little kid has become quite the Bourke-White, as a whole series of "Shopping Cart" pictures have appeared lately. Here’s one of my favorites (brief appearance by my foot in upper right):
Now that she can take pictures and subsequently delete them, who knows what kind of Ali art has already been lost. And yes, we let her play on the phones sometimes during long shopping trips (on long Costco runs or about the time we hit the curtain section in Ikea and she’s all played out). Which brings us to our next item of business, her easel. From Ikea. See what I did there?
Ali has loved coloring for quite awhile now, and has recently gotten very into colors. She likes to point out the colors of everything and is often more excited about the color than the item itself. We’ve been wanting to get her an art setup for awhile now (her table and chairs, previously for coloring, are now the domain of "eating" whatever she makes in her kitchen), so when we saw an inexpensive easel, we snatched one up, and she has really been loving it. Here are a few of our masterpieces:
She likes to do some side by side drawings where she takes one side and you take the other. She really likes the multicolored pacis, and Cookie Monster and Elmo are the only characters I can even remotely draw, so they tend to pop up a lot.
Well, I had to cut this post off once to head out earlier and now I’m super tired, so the rest will have to wait.
1 year, 7 months, 25 days, 13 hours, 54 minutes old
Yes, we made it! And a day early at that. HUGE thank you to my mom who more or less made the entire move smooth with her help. We were glad we ended up being ready a day early b/c there was snow in the mountain the day we were supposed to leave. The house is GREAT, working out better than I even hoped. Ali has done splendidly, I think she likes it too. The neighborhood seems very nice and we’ve had a couple girls say they want to babysit! Ha, good luck.
Still so busy though. Most of the unpacking is done, we were lucky not to have a lot but that means a fair amount of shopping. Browsing, debating, then purchasing. Or, in some cases, ordering. Give us a month and we hope the house will knock your socks of even more than it already does. But, more than that we hope this will be a great home for our family at this point in our lives. Anyway, just got the internet installed this evening, thought I would give an update. Now on to math homework. Or browsing for a duvet cover
Here are the only pics I have. Ali enjoying her new room (see those windows? They are fabulous and EVERYWHERE. No curtains though which is the current project) and my fabulous new kitchen.