Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Up to speed

I know...it's been a while.
I still haven't found my cable for my camera. I know it's in the garage somewhere, but I'm a scaredy-cat and don't like to be in there when I KNOW that there are mice in there. ICK! I will find it soon. And when I do...be prepared for a photo post dating back to June :D

I wanted to wait until I could post some photos to write a post, but I just couldn't stay away!

We were VERY SUCCESSFUL in having fun while our cousins were in town three weeks ago. We went to the zoo, seaworld, disney, outlet mall, mt. soledad, seaport village, and needed a few days to recover from the "fun."

Reagan started back to school last week. Part of me is mourning our summer because it feels like it just went way too fast. I loved having her home. In our pj's. Just hanging out. As the oldest, she and I don't get as much "one on one" time as I would like. So, I was trying to make an effort to get the two little ones down for naps at the same time so she and I could do "big girl" stuff. I miss that time now.

She seems to like first grade so far. I'm holding my opinion until the year gets going more. So far, I've been unimpressed with the homework. It seems like busy work to me. For example, Reagan is reading at nearly a second grade level. Her homework sheet this week has "sight words" on it that I'm PRAYING are just review. And the sentence she needs to "master" without help was "The cat sat." Seriously? Again, just praying it's review. If it continues to be too easy, we may have to ask for additional work for her that is actually a challenge. *sigh*

The saga as of lately has been our mice issue. I had one dart out from behind the trash cans about a month ago. I figured he was gone until I saw him (or another one) again later in the garage. We set some traps in the garage and caught two. Then I started seeing bits of drywall and wood shavings coming out from under our cabinets. Nesting in the cabinets. Fantastic. A few mornings I could even hear them "gnawing" on something next to the dishwasher. So we set traps under the sink. It took a few days but finally caught one there. Then, there was one dropping in the laundry room. Set a trap there and caught another one. Well, B set the traps. Not me. I really should stop reading all the stories online about people dealing with mice because it freaks me out. But I want to know where they are coming in so I can "plug" it up! Especially before Fall sets in and they REALLY try to find some warmth! I've read stories about people living with mice for years and years on end. I don't think my psyche can handle that! I don't want to be near the kitchen....or the laundry room...or the garage. Which tends to put a damper on cooking, cleaning, laundry, and unpacking :) I wonder when I will feel comfortable again. I wish I wasn't so allergic to cats :D

On to something more joyous! The baby has started talking a bunch! And cutting teeth. I prefer the talking. She got four molars in two weeks and now is working on those eye teeth. She says "mommy" and "daddy" clear as can be, as well as "more", "yaya", "uh-oh", "ball", "baby" and "bye bye". But last week she started saying "two three" and then jumping off of anything she can climb (ottoman, couch, chair, kitchen table)! Now, whenever I am doing anything, if I hear "two three" i have to stop and go running to catch her. It's a fun game. really. :) At least she gives fair warning. But I do love her unconditional trust that I am going to catch her. She just leaps. Puts her arms in the air and jumps. I wish I had that same unconditional trust in Christ. But I am guilty of questioning sometimes. I know it's a journey to becoming the person that God wants me to be. And I appreciate you all coming along with me!

I promise to post more frequently now that you all are up to speed. Really. I do. :)


  1. UGH! Mice - that's no fun! I am seriously allergic to cats too, but our dog seems to like to hunt anything! She brought a dead one in a while back - thank goodness the baby gate was at the top of the stairs or it would have been in the kitchen!! I'm allergic to her too but tolerate it.

    First grade! That does sound the review that usually happens this time of year - but agree that homework is just busy work. And don't hesitate to ask for more of a challenge - we have! I have a week and a half left - trying to make the most of it, but Sophia is throwing up this morning so today is OUT. . .

  2. Yay!! You're back!!

    Do you have steel wool tucked around the pipes coming into your house - like under the kitchen sink? That's what the pest guy told us to do when we had evidence of a few under the house. It helps keep them from coming in.

    I sure hope Reagan's work is just review. It is early in the year after all. The teacher is probably still evaluating everybody to see what kind of range she has. Still - don't let it go on too long. It can take a while to get what you think Reagan needs. (Not that I know anything about that at all... ha ha ha ha)

    Oh - and 'yay for talking'! : )


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