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my old life

By Tara Zandra | August 22, 2006

I mentioned that last week Chris was working earlier and off work at 3 instead of 5. I had commented to him that if there was a way we could make that stick, I’d have my old life back. He used to be off early everyday and it was really hard to suddenly not have him home until well after the time we used to eat dinner. Several times I either thought or spoke out loud about my “old life.”

Well it’s really back now, my car broke down on Sunday and we can’t fix it for roughly six weeks so I’m back to no car. :sigh: It’s not that big of a deal, I’ll survive. The really bad thing is we’re basically disenrolling Tabitha from bowling. I simply cannot get there via public trasnportation. If I take Chris to work, he’s stuck waiting for us for a very long time to pick him up and then, of course, dinner would almost always be fast food because I wouldn’t want to start cooking that late in the day. Not to mention it would completely throw off both girls to have to awaken that early in the morning. All those negatives point to having to stop bowling until the next session, which I believe is January. Tabitha wasn’t happy, obviosly, but she did understand and took the news well. Hula won’t be affected because Chris is home during that time and we live down the street from the music studio for violin so we’ll just take the shuttle. That won’t be really easy because I’ll need Daisy’s stroller, but we’ll make it work.

It is just a short time and we’ve certainly been through this before.

Switching gears a bit (I hate transistion sentences), Tabitha and I baked lemon squares Sunday night. Yum is the best way to sum them up. They came out so good. Since I’ve been trying to get bake into baking and Tabitha loves to help me, I came up with a plan. Once a week she is to choose a cookbook and find a dessert for us to make. She’ll need to look at the ingredients and compare that to what we have on hand and make a shopping list. She was quite excited with that plan.

Last night after dinner we went into the backyard which we haven’t done in probably a month. The kids have so much fun back there and the dog loves the attention. Daisy definitely needs some sort of climbing thing though. Nothing big and wooden though, we have neither the skills nor the motivation to actually build one of those things ourselves. Just another hunk of plastic. Anyway, we’re thinking maybe for Daisy’s birthday since we usually try to do just one big gift for the birthdays.

I haven’t fawned over Daisy lately so I’ll devote a paragraph to her. Her language skills have beyond exploded. She can use complete sentences including talking in first person, “Oh no, I dop it!” when something gets dropped on the floor, and something *always* gets dropped on the floor with her around. She’ll run up and just want to give and get hugs for minutes on end for n reason. Then there are the times you ask for a kiss and she refuses with a “no kisses” which will turn into kicks if you go in for one anyway. She will quickly start to throw a fit when told she can’t do something (like watch another show) but she lets herself be easily distracted if we just put some effort into it. Naming body parts and doing animal sounds are still the best distractors. She knows shapes and colors and loves listening to Tabitha and I do spelling lessons so she can say letters along with me. She begs for her photo to be taken, but if it wasn’t her idea, it’s very hard to get her to look at the camera and/or smile. I think one of my favorite memories in the future is going to be remembering her looking around with her shoulders up in a shrug and her palms facing upwards “Where go? Where milk? Hereitis! Here the milk! Yay milk!” Of course, substitute shoe, cup and even Tabitha for the word milk depending on what she’s looking for. Her favorite tv shows are Wiggles, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins and JoJo’s Circus and she gets so delighted when one of them gets turned on for her. She talks back when a question is asked and will dance on ocassion.

My baby :)

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One Response to “my old life”

  1. Mandi Says:
    August 22nd, 2006 at 2:03 pm

    I’m sorry about your car situation. I totally understand how it is to be a one vehicle family. You have a great attitude about it.

    Daisy is adorable! I love to hear descriptions of little kids’ behavior. Thank you for sharing.

    I can imagine Tabitha will just love being able to bake with you each week. And that’s something she’ll be able to take with her as she grows. Great memories will be made. :)