Friday, December 31, 2010

Baby's First Snow

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Girl of Many Loves

She loves her Minnie... and Mama's coffee.


Scarlett can blow raspberries, sing soprano and grab her feet -- but she still refuses to roll over. She's darn cute, though.

Awesome Mommy & Me Class and Not So Awesome Plumbing Problems

Scarlett made it through an entire Mommy & Me Yoga class without having a meltdown! Hoorah! Of course there was another little girl there who cried a lot during the last half, so that was probably why Scarlett did so well. When other babies cry, she is like "Eh, they got it handled. I can chill out." It was so much fun this time, though, because she's so much more playful and vocal now. I actually think the toys she got at Christmas stimulated her brain, because she's been a lot more playful and exploratory since she got new toys. Now if I could just convince her to roll over...

Our downstairs is covered in water. There's a clog somewhere in the pipes and water is coming up from the drain under the washing machine. This house has had so many plumbing problems, it's crazy. It makes me happy we're just renting it right now.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Week Wrapup

Isn't it funny how when you have a bunch of time off from work, you don't ever actually get to relax? Especially around the holidays. At least the holiday stuff is fun!

Wednesday Scarlett and I went to my parents' house so I could help my mom build a cookie tree. This is something she did every year when I was growing up, and it was a fun tradition I wanted to start back up again now that I have a daughter of my own. We spent the day cutting dough, baking and then decorating the towering pile of cookies until it was a sugary masterpiece. It was so much fun, and it was an awesome centerpiece for dinner on Christmas Eve.

Thursday Scarlett and I went down to Colorado Springs. Jeremy was working down there so I planned to meet him for lunch. Unfortunately he came down with a stomach bug, so he was resting at his parents' house, waiting for the meds to kick in when I got there. We ended up having a short lunch with his parents at Garbonzo's, and then he headed home. I went to Josey's house and visited with her, Garrett and Connor for the afternoon. Those boys are a riot. Finally I met Jen at the mall where she had gathered the 6 other (Mehring) grandchildren, and we got a picture of all 7 grandchildren with Santa as a Christmas gift for Janet. Poor Scarlett was so exhausted on our way home that night she started howling at I-25 and Colorado, and by the 58th Street exit she was so hysterical I had to pull off the road and check on her. She NEVER cries in the car. I felt so bad for her because she was obviously ready to be home. But two more days of travel were to come...

Friday we went to my parents' house to spend Christmas Eve. We put Scarlett in her holiday dress and did family pictures as soon as we got there (because clothes don't last long on her before they are covered in spitup). Then we opened presents. Jeremy got a remote control helicopter that he was having way too much fun with, and Scarlett got this musical activity center thingy that she went nuts over immediately. I got some great clothes, jewelry, and Drew bought me Punky Brewster on DVD. LOL! We had dinner after that, and I stuffed myself silly on butternut squash lasagna and then raspberry bundt cake. Poor Scarlett started getting a little traveler's tummy, but she held up pretty well for yet another late night.

Saturday we headed down to the Springs to spend Christmas day with Jeremy's family. As usual it was total chaos and everyone got spoiled rotten. It's always a fun time. :) We got a new toaster oven, gift certificates, clothes, and Scarlett got a ton of adorable clothes and toys. One of the gifts from Jeremy's parents, too, is going to be a big family trip somewhere in the world next year -- but we're not sure where yet. I'm excited to see where we end up going this time -- but really I'll be happy to go anywhere.

Sunday we all attempted to recuperate. We're still working on that part.

And finally, Monday I went to Flatirons Mall with my mom to spend some of our Christmas money. I came home with yet another stack of books to take up residence next to my bed. Maybe this week I'll shrink that stack a little...

We watched Inception last night. Wow. That movie was one long mind trip. Great, though! Oh, and I bought Elixir, the YA fantasy novel written by Hillary Duff, and I started it last night. So far the writing is eh, but the premise is promising. I was so iffy about getting it just because of the author (yeah, yeah, insert snob joke here) -- but I gave in to peer pressure. It's gotten pretty good reviews.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve 2010 Pics

A few pics from Christmas Eve at my parents' house. I swear I will write a real blog soon!

Yummy Santa

The Mehring Family

The Ladies...

Eskimo kisses!

Gimme gimme gimme...

Jeremy let me open one gift today. Sooo pretty!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Cat Comic That Made My Day

I especially liked the Batman cat.

Funny Pictures - Cat Comics
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Bah Humbug

I hate this time of year. Call me a Grinch, call me a Scrooge, but Thanksgiving is like the starting pistol and we're off to a hellish December. The crowds, the traffic, the search for the perfect gift, the financial stress, the rush to wrap up work in time for my company's inevitable furlough (which, by the way, we are forced to use vacation time for thankyouverymuch) -- it all leads to MELTDOWN.

At least this year I'm giving myself a bit of a break. With the new baby and Jeremy's business still not bringing in a steady income, we just don't have the time or the money to do everything we usually do this time of year. We didn't even put up a tree (though I did ask Jeremy to put up some lights on the outside of the house -- pretenses in place). And I refuse to feel guilty that I'm not baking Christmas cookies or hanging wreaths, especially with Jeremy currently gone for 4 days a week.

Scarlett doesn't care that I don't have the halls decked -- what she cares about is that Mommy is spending time with her. And isn't that what the holidays are supposed to be about? Spending time with loved ones? Next year when she can appreciate the tinsel and nutcrackers, I'll go all-out -- but this year is all about nuzzling her little head while I knit in my big squishy recliner and watch claymation Christmas movies.

We did get the baby some fun little toys and pretty clothes for Christmas this year, even though she won't understand that they're special. And frankly her favorite toy, still, is a blanket (she likes stuffing them in her mouth and screaming) or the strings on my sweatshirt. But as Jeremy put it "It's her first Christmas, we gotta spoil the hell outta her." He even insisted on picking out a baby doll for her ("Every little girl needs a baby doll, Jessi.")

You know what I want Scarlett to give me for Christmas? The gift of rolling over. She turned 5 months old today and the kid still has no interest in rolling over. I really think she will be walking before she rolls over. Seriously. She sits and stands with minimal support, but trying to get her to roll over is like pulling teeth. The only motivation that works to get her interested in being on her tummy is getting Tyr to lie on the ground next to her, just out of her reach.

Friday, December 17, 2010


Let the voting begin. Is she a future writer, graphic artist or code slinger?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Fingerless Gloves

Latest knitting project. Awesome for reading and typing if you're prone to cold hands like I am.

Of Mice and Abs

I am trying so hard not to freak out. But I can't help it. I'm so grossed out I could cry. We've got mice. So far the signs are mainly in the garage -- chewed-through dog food bags, poop everywhere. And mice themselves don't gross me out. But knowing they're there, seeing the fecal evidence but not seeing them, it somehow makes the situation CREEPY. Jeremy said he'd take care of it, but he doesn't get back home until Saturday night. So I have to live knowing they're haunting our garage. And no, I'm sorry, I do a lot of stuff myself around here, but cleaning up mouse poo and killing the intruders is where I draw the line.

In happier news, 4 months and 3 weeks after giving birth, I can now do full sit-ups again. Go me!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Scarlett's Smiles

I rarely get Scarlett's smiles on film because she goes deer-in-the-headlights as soon as she sees a camera (or phone, for that matter). So here are some rare shots...

Girl after my own heart

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Scarlett Update, Guests and Chad's Birthday

Scarlett refused to nap Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday this week. She'd cry because she was tired, then scream when I tried to put her down for a nap, and then cry because she hadn't slept enough. Not fun. Thank goodness on Thursday she was back to her normal napping routine.

In other Scarlett news, she's at the age now where she wants to touch everything. She doesn't usually grab too terribly much, but she loves to touch. She's particularly fascinated by faces and phones. And if you let her, she will grab your face pretty hard. It's pretty darn cute. She's also doing what I call the "mermaid squiggle", where she squirms from side to side like a fish. She really likes doing it in the bathtub and on the changing table, and she gets very serious about it. Scarlett is continuing to go to bed very easily, too. Even if she's not acting super tired, we can put her down at 7pm on the nose and she immediately turns her head to the side and goes to sleep. She never makes a peep, and it would take a tornado hitting the house to wake her up. Well, until around 3am, that is... she still regularly wakes in the small hours of the morning.

Della came to visit me Thursday night. I was dying for some adult girl time, so I was thrilled to have her company.

I met Heather (my piano teacher) for coffee/lunch on Friday. Mojo's is such a great place to meet friends and catch up. Their coffee is fantastic, their food is fresh and tasty, and they have a plethora of baked guilty pleasures that I can't resist. Also, big cushy chairs next to a fireplace. You can't go wrong with Mojo's. Scarlett did great, as usual. She played in her carrier for the first 30 min or so, then Heather scooped her up and Scarlett chewed on her coat for a while before passing out for a 20 min nap in her arms.

Jeremy came home Friday night. He took Saturday off of work so we could take Scarlett to see Santa. We headed to Boulder in the early afternoon on Saturday and visited Santa at the visitor's center on Pearl Street. We were in luck, there was no line at all. I walked Scarlett over to him and introduced her, and she immediately reached out and touched his beard. She wasn't afraid at all, just curious (and thankfully she didn't grab his beard because it was real!). He held her for a few minutes while we snapped pictures. I realized after the first few pics that one of her socks was falling off. Typical Scarlett -- she's my one-sock wonder.

After Santa, we walked to Starbucks and got a couple of coffees and a scone to share while we waited for Matt, Katie and Kenzie to join us. When they arrived, we did some wandering through the shops on Pearl Street. Jeremy was thrilled because he found candy cigarettes and chocolate-covered bacon at Powell's Sweet Shop. Ew. But I got a blood orange caramel dark chocolate bar, so I was in heaven. We went to Aji for lunch, and we were disappointed that their menu was so much smaller than the brunch menu we had the last time we went there. But the food was still amazing. We went back to our house after lunch and we all hung out, played with the baby until she went to bed, and watched Monster House. With how loud we all were, I was amazed that Scarlett didn't wake up -- but she never made a peep. Jeremy and I are lucky parents!

My brother Chad's birthday was on Thursday, so we met my family for lunch to celebrate today. We went to the Elephant Bar in Centennial. The baby was having a rough day today -- she wasn't feeling well, and she kept crying out of nowhere. One second she was smiling and playing, and the next she was crying. I did my best to keep her quiet in the restaurant, and she's not a super noisy crier anyway, but it sucked. The food was awesome, though, and it was so nice to see my family. I can't believe my baby brother is 27 now...

Saturday, December 11, 2010

First visit with Santa

Scarlett reached out and tried to touch Santa's beard when I walked her over to him. I was worried she'd grab it with her Kung Fu grip, but she just ran her fingers through it. LOL

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Brave Face

Scarlett and I spent the night at my parents' house in Castle Pines on Monday night so I could avoid Denver rush hour Tuesday morning. I took the day off yesterday and spent it with my loved one after her lumpectomy. She was pretty tired, drugged up, and sore, so basically Scarlett and and I just kept her company. When she was awake and feeling okay, I brought the baby over to sit with her. She is a pillar of strength.

She and I are a lot alike. And I should have remembered this yesterday because she enacted one of my own faults. She acted like she was in okay spirits until her husband walked in with food for us -- when he came over to talk to her you could suddenly see the strain in her face and voice. She was obviously putting on a brave show for me. I can't blame her; I do the same thing in front of people, letting myself be weak only with Jeremy. But I wish I had pushed her a bit harder to rest.

Today I'm back home working in Lafayette and Jeremy is back working in the Springs. The baby is acting out a bit -- spoiled from all the attention yesterday and tired from not enough sleep. Luckily my workload is reasonable so it's not stressing me out too bad.

Jeremy is coming home Friday night and Matt, Katie and Kenzie are coming up to join us in visiting Santa in Boulder on Saturday. I have some (adult) girl time on my schedule over the next few days too, which I desperately need.

Monday, December 06, 2010

A Few Pics from Thanksgiving

First, my favorite one (yes, that's spitup):

Dinner #1 at the Mehrings'...

Dinner #2 at the Zimmermans'...

Chillaxin with the uncles...

Friday, December 03, 2010


Tonight is one of those nights where if I don't get my thoughts down on (virtual) paper, I'm never going to sleep.

Someone close to us has cancer. I don't want to get specific because I don't know how private they want to be about it, but this person is very close to Jeremy and me -- and it's terrifying. We found out about a week ago, but for me it's just now really setting in.

After Peg's death earlier this year, then Margaret's, this last one is making each instance feel like a lightning strike. Closer and closer, the lightning keeps smashing into my world and reminding me how fragile life really is.

Every time I allow myself to think about it, my thoughts loop back around to Scarlett. The idea of her growing up without a mother gnaws at me. Is every mother worried about this? Or is it just me?

One of the reasons I have always wanted to be a writer is the legacy of it. Should one of those lightning bolts strike me, my blog, journals, and various publishings will be a piece of me for my loved ones to hold onto.

I finished Wuthering Heights tonight. Heathcliff's love for Catherine, as twisted as it was, never wavered -- and it drew both of them to their doom. That combined with my loved one's impending surgery and chemo has propelled me into rather morbid thinking. I apologize for the darkness of this post.