Monday, May 26, 2008

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Lizzy's Letter Puzzle

I haven't put a video of Lizzy on here yet, so here is one I took today of Lizzy doing her letter puzzle. Even though she is only 18 months old, she knows all her letters by sight - both capitals and lower case, and she also knows the symbols for the numbers 1-20, and can count out objects up to 13. She also knows the colors black, brown, white, yellow, green, orange, red, purple, and blue, as well as the shapes square, circle, triangle, heart, star, and moon (crescent). Because of her favorite video, Baby Galileo, she can also recognize the planets by sight - Saturn is her favorite planet, followed closely by Mars!
video

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

18 Month Checkup

Lizzy had her 18 month checkup today. She is very healthy! As she has been since birth, she continues to be tall and skinny - around 5th percentile in weight, and 90th percentile in height! A healthy BMI for her age is between 14 and 20, and Lizzy is at 14. She sure doesn't get that from me! It's those wonderful tall and skinny Gale genes she got from her dad! We'll see if Rachel follows suit, or if she decides to look like Mommy! Lizzy only had to get 1 shot, so it only took 2 suckers to calm her down! Ha ha ha! She remembered the doctor's office and started screaming and clinging to me as soon as we walked in! I have no idea how the doctor was able to hear her heart beat and breathing through his stethoscope with all the screaming she was doing!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Tagged!

I've been tagged by Celia!

Here are the rules:
* Each person has to list 6 facts about them
*List at the end of your posting who you have tagged

1. I LOVE to cook... especially Italian food and baked goods. I really enjoy trying to recreate good dishes I've had in restaurants. I've even thought of going to cooking school, or being a caterer after my kids are older and it's boring to be home. However, this is lost on Jason, who is an extremely picky eater, and doesn't like just about everything I ever try to make. He wants plain grilled meat. With salad.

2. I also love to read - I read 2 to 3 books a week, sometimes more. It helps to be a very fast reader! I'm always on the lookout for new stuff to read. Lizzy seems to have inherited this trait - her books are her favorite "toys" - often her toybox goes untouched while she brings me book after book after book, saying "read it please!"

3. I'm really scared to have 2 kids - especially when Lizzy has a hard night. I think, "How am I going to handle being up every 2-3 hours with a newborn if Lizzy is also having a bad night?" It scares me.

4. I am a trekkie - I own every episode of every series of Star Trek, and all the movies. That's all 7 seasons each of Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, plus all 3 seasons of Original Series, and all 4 seasons of Enterprise. There are 10 movies, too, and I am SO excited to see the new one out next summer. I also have a little combadge I can wear while I watch... Jason took me to Star Trek the Experience in Las Vegas when we were on our honeymoon - it was GREAT!
I really want to make little Star Trek outfits for Lizzy and Rachel to wear on Halloween this year... so cute!!

5. I love camping. Most girls don't like it - but I really do. Tent camping with a camp fire, hiking, and being dirty. It is great. We haven't gone since Lizzy's been born, and I miss it. Jason is too chicken to try camping with babies. He says we'll wait to go again when our youngest is 4 or 5. Until then, it's hotel vacations for us.

6. I hate cleaning the house - especially vacuuming. Cleaning and vacuuming feels frustrating to me, because you get it all done, and it looks nice... for about 5 minutes. I do the cleaning because I know it makes Jason feel happy when he gets home to see a clean house, but sometimes it frustrates me because if I clean earlier in the day, it just gets messed up again, and then Jason can't even tell that it was clean by the time he gets home!

I now tag Chandie.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Fun in Palm Springs



Here we are in Palm Springs, California! We are here for a week. We have a gorgeous condo so we can cook our dinners and breakfasts in the kitchen and eat out for lunches, when Lizzy is happy - she does NOT do well eating out at dinner time! Lizzy loves the pool, and the waterslide. Palm Springs is actually not on the beach - it's in the desert, a 2 hour drive from the coast, and so it's REALLY hot here, with highs in the low 100's during the spring and fall, 80's and 90's in the "winter" and 120-130 in the summer! Luckily, there is air conditioning and the pool area has covered cabanas with misters and fans, and of course the pools, which are always nice and cool. So, we never actually notice the heat.