Friday, July 31, 2009

Crazy Eyes

Here is a picture of my sweet, sleeping daughter.

Why do babies sleep like this, with their eyes partway open? How? It's creeeeeeepy!

(Click on the image to enlarge it, if you can't see her terribly disturbing eyelid position.)

Aaaah, this is better:


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Lora Loves: Daytime Summer Thunderstorms

I think it's because of the lack of expectation. When it's raining outside, nobody expects me to pack a picnic or go on a long walk. Don't get me wrong, I love doing those things. But when there's thunder, it's like a free day off. A pass to just lie around and not feel like I should be doing something else.

Also, the house feels so cozy. We turn on the lights, and they glow yellow. We wear pajamas until noon. We eat sugary sweet food, like pancakes or muffins. We watch cartoons.

The loud thunder propels the kids directly into my arms, and I get lots of hugs and kisses.

Yesterday was like that. I eventually took the kids to the movies while my guy worked on the bunk bed he is building for Bee. (The sound of power tools in the garage is another fixture in our house on a rainy day.) When we came out of the theater, the sun was shining. It's such a contrast, to go in with everything wet and to sit in the dark for two hours, then to come outside to the blinding hot sun.

Today was sunny and warm, and I was glad for it. I like my thunder one day at a time.


Monday, July 20, 2009

Hometown County Fair

Saturday we drove up to my hometown to go to the county 4-H fair. We've been to the fair in our current county, but it does not compare to the one where I grew up. I grew up in a farming community, and that means that 4-H is very popular. This fair has many many animals, and the exhibit building that houses the other projects is stuffed full.

They sky was grayish, but it only sprinkled in short bursts and then the sun would come out again.

Let me give you a closer look at something special:

The milk barn. There is just something about the milk, especially the chocolate. I'm a milkaholic anyway, but others agree with me. I swear it, it's true! When I was a kid, it was 25 cents for a small, and 35 cents for a large. Now there is only one size which costs a dollar. I had two.

We looked at my nephew's projects in the community building. He did Electricity, Drawing, and Archery. He also shows swine. Here is one of his pigs.

I loved 4-H. I was involved in it for 8 years. Over the course of those years, I showed swine, dairy cows, and rabbits. I did ceramics, photography, collections, arts&crafts (I latch-hooked a pillow.), and I'm sure other things I'm forgetting.

We ran into my sister. We needed to nurse our babies.

We saw some cow butts.

We ate some fried vegetables.

What a way to prepare vegetables. The fair will find a way to get rid of all the nutrition in any food. But, these sure were delicious!

My son stayed the night with his Grampy, and the three of us drove home.

My husband and I spent the next 28 hours munching on the baby. On Sunday, I went to a movie ALONE while he played with Goose. Then when I got back, he went to the movie, while I played with her. It took all day to see that movie, but it's one way to avoid a babysitter.

Our son came home late last evening, and boy was I glad to see him! He had so much fun with Grampy. They rode tractors, 4-wheelers, and the bulldozer. They went to the fair again, and watched my nephew shoot in the archery competition. He ate junk food, and drank a caffeinated beverage. In short, he was in his glory.


Friday, July 17, 2009

First Ponytail!

My little sweetie wore her first ponytail today!

I love little Pebbles Flintstone ponytails.

In other news, she also received and lost a new toothbrush today. She received it because she lost her old one. She likes to walk around the house brushing and chewing on them. But, we found the old one, so she is still in possession of one toothbrush.

At the park today, she climbed up the steps by herself and went down a big slide by herself. When I caught her, she said, "Uh-oh."

She is already asleep for the night, and it's 7:02 p.m. So I look at pictures of her so I won't miss her as much.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Another Zoo Post: The Back Of The Head Edition

Here's how excited we were to be back. Look at the beautiful gap in that smile!

First we stopped at the Gardens to visit the butterflies. One landed on Bee's belly.

She was enthralled with this huge one.

Next we went through the Oceans area. We watched some rays and jellyfish. Then came shark petting, which is always a huge hit.

After that, we arrived at the penguins just in time to watch them eat. I cannot believe how such tiny penguins can swallow such huge fish.

Back outside, we played at the playground and then decided to cool off at the water park area.

Next up were the giraffes. I love giraffes. They are so elegant.

Rhinos were next.

For 3 years I've been a member of the zoo. I've never been able to get to the elephant bath in time to see it. Possibly because it's in the morning at the far end of the zoo. But yesterday we finally made it!

The kids waited patiently.

It was really amazing to be so close to an elephant.

We saw some lions, baboons, and Alaskan brown bears.

But one of this kid's favorites is still the goats. I think he likes the hands-on aspect. He adores the chickens too, but I didn't get a picture of that this time.

We had time for one more thing, and so we went to the underwater dolphin dome. The kids really had fun there, it's such a special place to be. Surrounded by water, but not in water. Like a cave, but with dolphins swimming around your head.

There was lots of loving going on in the dolphin dome.

Oh yes, quite a lot!


Monday, July 13, 2009

Vintage Stylings

In 2003 when I was pregnant, my guy and I went on a date to a nearby town called Nashville, IN. It's often called Little Nashville. It's an artist colony, with many shops and galleries. There are places to get homemade ice cream and candy, restaurants, live music, and even a dollhouse store. We ate dinner, looked at some log homes, bought some candy, and ended up in a cheesy dress-up/vintage photography studio.

Being pregnant, I felt I should dress up as a prostitute.

So a few weeks ago, we went back to Nashville with some friends. We decided we needed a new portrait, with our whole family. This time we went for a prairie theme, and I love it.


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Jenn's Wedding

I have been a blog slacker this week. But I've had a good reason. Yesterday I was a bridesmaid in the wedding of a very dear, lifelong friend.

It was a beautiful ceremony, and I managed not to trip.

The reception was beautiful. Cocktail hour included sushi, which pleased us immensely. So much so that we couldn't eat all of our dinner, even though dinner was delicious as well.

My husband snapped this picture of the bride and me. The pearls were a gift from her. She got them on her trip to China last year. Hand-knotted, and beautiful.

They weren't going to cut the cake until 9:00, and my mother-in-law had agreed to watch the kids until 8:30. Plus, as a nursing mama who hadn't nursed her baby in almost 10 hours, I really needed to get home. So we left early, and that's okay. I would have loved to taste the cake though, it was green.

The wedding was very sweet, with many personal touches and small details. We brought home a bag of candy from the reception for the kids. They were thrilled to see us in our fancy clothes, and my son asked me to dance. Then he asked me to marry him, and for his mamaw to be the bridesmaid. It was all very cute.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009


I sat down to tell you the story of our fireworks experience this year, wherein my husband was sick, and so late at night I alone took our two children to a city 25 miles away that I had only ever driven past before, and we couldn't find a place to park but finally did, and walked 2 blocks past a cemetery and saw a dead squirrel and we watched 15 minutes of fireworks and got back home at 11:41 that night.

But really, that's the whole story. I keep focusing on the cemetery part. In usual daylight settings, I really enjoy cemeteries. I love the history of them. I like wandering in the grass, soaking up the silence, and looking at the beautiful headstones. I like the old sections, with crumbling words and sinking stones. I like the new sections with color pictures and poems. I like cemeteries so much that on vacation, I even schedule visits to local resting places.

My favorite cemetery that I have been to is Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. We went in October of 2007. I could have spent so much time there. It is a vast place. There is no way you could see it all in one day. But we saw a lot. Here are some pictures.

I was 14 weeks pregnant.

Yep, he went with us.

So big, it had street signs.

My favorite picture of the place.

So in the daytime, with other adults present, I enjoy it. At night, alone except for the kids, I felt scared. I'm not sure what I was scared of or what I thought might happen. I saw a mylar balloon floating above a stone, and it startled me badly. I watched too many scary movies in my teen years, I suppose.


Friday, July 3, 2009

The Two of Us

My husband took this picture this morning. I don't know how we even slept like that, but co-sleeping is such a perfect thing.

She had her first popsicle a few days ago. I think I'll give her another one today.