Ahh... we have endured another round of "catch the cold" in our house. I think we were sick for about 3 weeks... but alas... we are all healthy now. We love daycare, but man we better have buff immune systems once we are done!
Steve's doing great at his new job. We attended his company party last week and I got to meet all the people he works with and a lot of people that he didn't even know because he's so new! We had a lovely dinner and were entertained by a magician! (or rather by the couple we were sitting across from who made fun of the magician the whole time!.... what... we were too far away to actually see the magician... )But we had fun! Thanks to Mom and Dad for babysitting our sick baby that night.
Steve's new job is interesting... it's definitely an adjustment.... meeting new people, getting used to how their work environment works... especially being brought into a company that is actually stable and has been around for a long long time. You enter not knowing the years and years of history between these co-workers and all the politics of the past... to be honest we are still settling in and seeing if it's a good fit.
I've been dancing away at school! We've been working with some guest choreographers the last couple of weeks and it has been an adventure... It's weeks like these that make me look back on where I was a few years ago right after my injury. I never believed that I could even seriously take class again. And here I am doing all sorts of crazy contemporary choreography and partnering and things I honestly still have a hard time believing I can do. Life changes... It's wonderful.
Lilly went to Nursery after several weeks of not going due to sickness... and she's standing here telling me about it right now... She went potty while in nursery, then told me that she drew a picture, and that there is Jesus Christ in nursery.... (cue breaking heart!) We love this girl so much!
Oh I'm awful and keeping this thing updated.... oh well...
Lilly is big and potty trained...
She isn't accident free, but they are few and far between... usually because Steve and I weren't paying attention or something. Freaks me out a little bit... I remember thinking I didn't really ever want 2 kids in diapers.. but I never contemplated having no kids in diapers for a long time. We still have a while to go before another one comes, so when that does happen we will be like new parents again.. oh the joys of creating a family.
Anyway.... random thought aside, the point is that Lilly is big. She's getting bigger and older every day (duh smarty pants...) but I guess when you have a baby you wrap your head around the idea of having a baby... kinda having a hard time wrapping my head around having a little girl. But alas, I have one, and she happens to be the best thing God ever made. So we are enjoying her sweetness. And her boogeryness.... but mostly just the sweetness.
Her hair is getting long. It's comfortably at her shoulders, On a good day they'll stretch out the loose curls and go farther... and her bangs lay comfortably past her nose... I thought the longer her bangs got the easier they would just sweep to the side, but no... she likes them to tickle the top of her lip. Can't stand clips to pin them back or pony tail holders... what's a mom to do... I have to be sneaky by putting on a favorite show. Among her favorites right now are Strawberry Shortcake, CareBears, and Pink Kitty-Kat (pink panther and friends). All on Netflix.
Anyway, she's lovely.
We have some bad habits that we would like to get rid of though... I know these bad habits are completely 100% my fault... can't be a perfect parent.... but we can try.
Lilly has really crappy eating habits. They started because she was always such a small girl. She has only been above the 10th percentile in weight once since she was born. The doctors had always told us to make sure she eats, even if it's crap... that girl needs food. So when we put veggies in front of her, and she said no, we put french fries and breaded chicken nuggets in front of her. And she ate.
Then when we were busy and didn't even give her the choice of veggies, we just put french fries and breaded and fried chicken nuggets in front of her... and she ate.
(side note... Lilly is naked from her bath today, and standing on top of a really tall chair doing the Lilly shake dance right now... oh I love her...:)
Anyway, then we fed her sugar, and candy, and suckers, and chocolate with the holidays and the potty training... and she ate.
... don't judge us....
Now, although everyone had always told me she was tiny and that she needed to eat... I never really felt like she was unhealthily small... just that that was the way she was and it was fine... who knows... maybe everyone elses kids are just fat? (no.. I'm not calling your kid fat. calm down... sheesh.) But since the doctors said give her what she will eat, I did.
Now I've finally come to the conclusion that my baby is small and that's just fine. I would so much rather her be small and have healthy eating habits later, than normal now and crappy eating habits later.
sad story... she already has bad eating habits.
Any ideas on how to change this? Just never give her fries again? no more candy on the face of the earth? the only option we have is brussell sprouts and grilled chicken and you eat it or you starve? I know what your're thinking though... she wouldn't starve, she would break down and eat the good food... but you dont know that... she's kinda extreme... she would probably resort to eating and thriving off of her boogers. (which I'm sure are salty and creamy... it's the only green thing she will eat!) ewwww... don't be gross....
Although I can't complain a ton... She will eat almost any fruit. And she loves green juice which has lots of fruit and veggies in it... so maybe she is getting it somewhere...
Anyway, any ideas on changing eating habits? I hope one day I will put down a plate and she will go... MMMM.... I love the cucumbers!! and she picks out carrots to eat out of my salads rather than the croutons...
Oh ladies and gentlemen... we had a lovely holiday...
Lately our parents have been visiting us quite a bit and it was lovely to leave Lilly with them on Christmas Eve to go finish my shopping. We have decided we love spending time together... we should do it more often.
After shopping we did our tradition of making cornflake Christmas wreaths and I got fancy this year and made starburst candy canes and ribbons... they were delish!
We enjoyed Christmas movies, baked chicken, cokes, treats, martinellis, new pajama's, and big truckload of Christmas spirit! Steve and I slept out in the living room and waited for Santa. And man he delivered!
Christmas was lovely... It lasted forever. Lilly would open a present and then need to play with it... it easily took 3 hours to open all our presents... Santa kinda spoiled her... we saw the "brat-o-meter" hit extreme heights the more presents she opened. Gonna have to talk to Santa about that and make next year a little easier.
We spent a few hours playing with our toys and then headed up to my sisters to talk to my bro the missionary extraordinaire! We had a great time hanging out and playing!
Steve started a new job the next Monday... It's a transition but it is a step up and he is very excited about the challenge and the opportunities! Wish him luck!
We took a trip down to Vegas to visit our friends for new years... we've spent the past 2 new years with them and we've had great years so they might be our good luck charms...
Ex Caliber... The big Castle
Las Vegas Dice.... Adorable until they took off their costume and lit up... killed the magic...
This Elvis dude... holy cow... made a snide comment about Roy's fancy green pants... but don't worry... Roy dished it back, I mean, who's the dude walking around making a living in an Elvis jumpsuit.... and who's going to make fun of whose clothes?
The freemont street video thingy... it was like a bad acid trip... not that I would know but it was weird.. We couldn't decide if Lilly was scared or amazed...
Then we went home and Roy and Steve played video games...
After we left we spent some time in St. George with Brandon and Heather! Got to play around with her new light kit! This is Heather and her adorable Lucas!
And then we drove home... to a nice clean beautiful apartment... wonderful holiday!
Steve and I tied the knot July 7, 2007 and have been living and loving life ever since. Steve works and travels as a superhero for computers and I dance my heart out every day at UVU. We have a beautiful, crazy, weirdo daughter, Lilly that we just can't get enough of and LOVE with all our hearts!