Wednesday, October 27, 2010

It's Ironic

Whenever I have a lot on my heart, I go silent on the blog.

I've been feeling off lately.

I'm sure your thinking "you say that every week?" Probably because lately it seems to be true.

I feel like I have a hundred different blog post to write about, but when I sit down to actually blog, I just can't seem to get any of it out. That's my excuse for the lack of readable material on here.

Plus, I haven't been picking up my camera lately. That's my excuse for the lack of pictures of our lives.

Actually, I shouldn't say those are excuses. They are the real reasons.

Olivia is completely draining me lately.

Emotional and physically.

I should be embarrassed to tell you that today at lunch, I cried about how worried I was that Olivia was going to be labeled in school as a trouble maker, hyperactive, or bad. Yes, I've lost it. I'm crying about something I have no clue may or may not happen at earliest five years down the road.

It spawned from our trip to story time this morning. I've taken Olivia to the baby story time at the library twice and she acted like a complete nut. Running all around, not listening to the story, climbing on tables and chairs. All the other babies her age...sitting and listening to the story. So....I took her to the older preschool age story time this morning. My thinking was that seeing the older kids (who she loves), she might sit and listen. WRONG!!! She ran around, pulling books off the shelf, yelling if I tried to hold her. Though thankfully I didn't see the librarian or the other mom's rolling their eyes, I was still a little embarrassed.

I feel like we're walking that fine line of "what do we let her get away with because she's still a baby and when do we discipline her?" Though people tell me she's advanced for her age, I struggle with the fact of she's still only 13 months old and what does she really understand. It's just hard, because when I look at other babies her age, they are just soooooo much more calmer than she is, so I don't know what we should expect out of her behavior.

I'm just so worried that I won't have control over her in a year or two. I don't want her to be "that kid" or want to be known as the parent with the unruly child. We do discipline her when she does things out of anger, but I don't want to get on to her for things that are just her personality and who she is.

Plus, her molars are still coming through. In fact, my child who always refused baby food, has now only eaten baby food and applesauce for the last 42 hours. Evidently, it hurts so bad, she won't eat table food. Her appetite has always been low, even lower over the last month. The past two weeks, she basically quit eating all together. So yesterday, I gave her a leftover jar of baby food and the child ate the entire thing. She's probably been starving for weeks now. Yes, she's also been doped up on Tylenol and teething tablets. I feel so bad for her, but it's really getting old now. All I have to say is that molars are no joke folks! Bless you all who are about to hit that stage.

There are other things on my heart, but I feel it's best I keep them off the blog. Nothing major, just stuff that's been bugging me lately.

We're going on a little trip this weekend. I'm hoping to come back from this little trip feeling refreshed and at least a little relaxed. Plus, after this weekend, Halloween will be over. I've never been a huge Halloween person. My favorite thing about Halloween, is when it's over, it kicks off the Holiday season for me. I love Thanksgiving and Christmas!!! I'm excited about the holiday season this year, since last year I was far from excited.

We will not have access to internet, so I'll be back next week. It took all I had to get this post out, so I have no scheduled post.

I need to get busy, I've yet to pack a thing.

Monday, October 25, 2010

This,That, and a fairydog update

It's Monday....

I've decided that regardless if you work in or outside the home, Mondays still are no fun.

Today has been one of those Mondays. The best way to sum it up is that David and I just fought over who gets to cook dinner and who gets to watch over OK. I won that fight. OK has seemed to be off the chain the past few days. I keep telling myself that she's still getting her teeth and to blame it on her molars (the top two are coming in), but I'll be honest, the whining is getting old. Please Lord, can we be done with the molars soon.

Our weekend was a good one. We had a bunch of exciting plans, but in a way, they all were a bust in one way or another, but we had a great time regardless. It started with our date night Friday night. We had planned on attending what we thought was a haunted play put on by our local theater group, but it turned out just to be a haunted house that the local theater group was in. We decided to skip on that since us, nor the Pope's, are haunted house people. There's just something about people in scary costumes jumping out at me that doesn't settle well. The night however, was not a total bust since we ate at a local restaurant several people had recommended and it was fantastic. We ate at Angelo's in downtown Griffin if any locals are interested. I don't have one complaint about it. The food was plenty and delicious.

Our Saturday plans also turned into a bust. That afternoon we headed downtown for the market hatch craft fair. It was a tiny craft fair and they had a bunch of cute stuff, but honestly, it was nothing that we couldn't have made ourselves, so we headed out empty handed and with no new ideas. We returned for the Griffin Grub festival after the guys got off work, but they only had about four local restaurants as vendors and only one of those where giving away free samples. We love our little town of Griffin, but evidently they need some lessons on how to host a "taste of..." festival. We instead ended up at one of our favorite pizza places down the street.

We had the great idea to stick the kids all on one side of the table.

We learned however they are not quiet ready for that yet.

And Olivia has to have the highchair with the seat-belt.

And Matalie and Josie cannot sit next to each other.

And this one, like always, was on his best behavior.

Sunday after church, we headed out to celebrate our little friend Cash's 3rd birthday at the Scarecrow Party at the UGA Gardens. I didn't get any photos because I was too busy trying to keep OK happy. She was tired, hot, and not impressed with the activities. Though the older one's had a blast, Olivia was still a little too young for the fun. Hopefully in a year or two, she'll be more into it. We hung around a little while, but then said our goodbye's and headed home. I however was very impressed with the gardens and would highly recommend them.

David started his last vacation of the year today. Since it's his ten day vacation, we're taking bets on who gets sick of each other first. HA! We started his vacation with taking OK to school and then catching a movie. That is now one of our favorite things to do to pass the time while she's at school. We always catch the first showing, so it's only $5 and no one is there. We went to see Secretariat and really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to watch a happy ending, feel good movie.

Finally, an update on the fairydog!!!!

Thanks for all the suggestions on what our fairydog could possibly be. One person actually got it right (closet blog reader Amy~she sent her fairydog suggestion over fb). Over the weekend, we did a little more research and we're pretty sure we've figured out what it is. Nicole stumbled across a picture of a squirrel fox on Saturday and asked me if I thought it could possibly be one of those. I told her honestly, I couldn't remember. I think we had spent the last few days staring at so many different animals, I think they all started to jumble together. Monday afternoon, she sent me a text pic of our actual fairydog. Yes, she jumped out of her car and chased it down to get a picture. I honestly laughed out loud when I pictured her running across that field after this thing. After a little more comparison of pictures, I'm pretty sure it's some type of squirrel fox.

So unfortunately, we didn't discover a new species, but evidently there is a tribe of them! Nicole reported she actually saw two of them today, but they were smaller than the one we saw originally, so we think there is at least one more. The one we both saw is about the size of a Jack Russell terrier. Maybe it's some type of squirrel fox on steroids? Either way, all the websites I've read said that they are rare and I read somewhere that their mostly seen in Florida. So, it doesn't look like we'll be getting our names in an encyclopedia any time soon.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Turns out, I'm not the only crazy one...

Technically, I'm not sure who's story this is to tell...

I saw it first and took the time to make a detailed picture description, so it could be mine.

But, it occurred near Nicole's homestead, so she could count it as her's.

Either way, I have nothing to blog about, so I'm going for it.

The story actually begins a little over a month ago, I was leaving Nicole's one afternoon and talking to David on the phone. I was giving him one of those "hey, we're on our way home so get your girlfriend out of the house calls." Just kidding....but I was calling him to say we'll be home soon. When I went to turn onto the road they live off of, a giant animal that I had never seen before ran out in front of my car. All I could say was "OMG...I just saw the craziest thing. I swear I just saw a meek rat but it had a huge tail." David informed me that meek rats do not live in Georgia and that it was probably a huge squirrel.

But, I knew what I had just saw and have never in my 28 years in Georgia have ever seen any animal like it. I kept swearing up and down to David that it was some kind of meekrat, he just said I was crazy. After that evening, it was dropped and I started thinking that maybe I actually was crazy and seeing things, so I didn't say anything to Nicole about it. Every time since though, when leaving Nicole's, I've looked to see if I saw this crazy animal again. No such luck.

Fast forward to this past Wednesday. Nicole, Amy, and I are standing in line at church to pick up the kids from nursery and Nicole starts to tell us a story. She begins with something like "I saw the craziest animal..." I immediately got excited and started describing it to her. She is standing there in shock that I knew what she was talking about. We then proceeded to jump up and down because we were so excited that we had both seen the same thing and I'm sure we succeeded in scaring the other parents in line behind us. Apparently, Andrew chalked her up as crazy too!

Andrew and her did a little research on the internet, but couldn't find anything that remotely looked like it. Andrew did however deem it a "fairydog." So when a friend mentioned we had just seen a fox or something, I decided to make a picture description of what we saw. Which goes to show my life has hit an all new low now that I'm busy googling "small mammals" on a Thursday night. Oh, how Thursday nights have changed since the college days!

I sent it to Nicole on Facebook and she agreed that it was the exact same thing she had seen.

(images via google images)

We're now even more determined to find out what this darn thing is. I'm pretty sure we've stumbled upon some type of hybrid animal or something and we at least deserve our names in an encyclopedia.

I'm more happy to know I'm not losing my mind or at least I'm not alone on losing it!