Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I'm it

Paula tagged me. Who could say no to Paula?

1. Were you named after anyone? A family my mom knew growing up. The mother was named Cynthia. The daughter was Marie. I've never met them.
2. When was the last time you cried? A little yesterday when I got annoyed that I have no idea where we'll be living in 6 months.
3. Do you like your handwriting? Not really.
4. What is your favourite lunch meat? Turkey!
5. Do you have kids? Why else would I have a blog?
6. If you were another person would you be friends with you? I hope so.
7. Do you use sarcasm a lot? I'm working on this since I learned that the Hebrew meaning of sarcasm is "tearing of the flesh." Ouch.
8. Do you still have your tonsils? Yes
9. Would you bungee jump? No, thanks.
10. What is your favourite cereal? Anything with almonds
11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Yes
12. Do you think you are strong? Only by the grace of God
13. What is your favourite ice cream? Birthday cake from Bruster's
14. What is the first thing you notice about people? How they speak
15. Red or pink? Pink
16. What is the thing that you like least about yourself? My sweet tooth.
17. Who do you miss the most? John Boy
19. What color pants and shoes are you wearing? Jeans and socks, no shoes.
20. Have you ever re-gifted? Yeah, Oprah says it's ok.
21. What are you listening to right now? The soothing electronic hum of my computer.
22. If you were a crayon what color would you be? Periwinkle
23. Favorite smells? Fresh air, Grandmother's kitchen on Christmas Day, lilacs
24. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? Granny Jeanne, my other grandmother
25. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Yes, she's quite lovely. (Who would say "no?")
26. Favorite sports to watch? Olympic sports, ACC basketball
30. Favorite food? Most anything with chocolate. I don't believe people who say they don't like chocolate.
31. Scary movies or happy endings? Happy endings.
32. Last movie you watched? In the Land of Women - really lame, don't bother.
33. What color shirt are you wearing? grey t-shirt with a Navy cardigan on top.
34. Summer or winter? I like both! The in-between seasons not as much.
35. Hugs or kisses? Hugs
36. Favorite dessert? Go back to #30
37. What book are you reading now? Simply Christian by N.T. Wright
38. What is on your mousepad? Don't have one.
39. What did you watch on tv last night? I didn't watch TV last night.
40. Favorite sound? Anna's laugh
41. Rolling stones or Beatles? Beatles
42. What is the furthest you have been from home? Jordan
43. Do you have a special talent? Picking out cute shoes for Anna
44. Where were you born? Virginia

I tag Moments Along the Way and Oh Those Walter Boys.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A 4-Part Update

An update of what we've been doing in 4 parts. No photos for any of it. Raise your hand if you're surprised!

Part 1. Happy Hearts

We had a lovely Valentine's Day. We received many sweet cards in the mail from friends and family. Anna's favorite card was from her friend Kathleen. When she opened it she exclaimed, "Aww...piddy!" The Valentine mailbox that Grammie sent has been a new favorite toy. It even has a flag to put up when the "mew" is ready for pick-up. This will be something we can use for Valentine's Days to come. We also got cards from Dada which, by some minor miracle, actually arrived ON Valentine's Day. He also managed to have tulips sent for me. I always thought Holland had the corner market on those pretty posies, but apparently Afghanistan can grow them, too. (Yes, I know they didn't actually come from Afghanistan....the nice DHL man that delivered them grew them himself!)

Part 2. A Surprise Visit

Saturday morning we got a call from Grammie (Ghee). She was on her way to visit! We love visitors, and surprise visitors are even better! What's funny is that Anna had sort of prophesied the visit just moments before the phone call at breakfast when she asked, "Ghee here soon?" Then, what do you know? Of course, I couldn't tell her Grammie was coming until about 10 minutes before I expected her to arrive. The little girl has big problems with delayed satisfaction...especially when it comes to Ghee. But, it sure made for a fun weekend. We got to be outside and swing (fing fing), kick the ball, and we had a yummy dinner at Elizabeth's Pizza and then "ice keen" at Dairy Queen. Grammie sure knows her way to a little girl's heart.

Part 3. Let There be Heat!

We're having issues with our downstairs heat pump. Come to find out we've always had these issues in the year and a half we've lived here, but how should I have known that? I had just resigned to always being cold downstairs (and my friends thinking I was just cheap)until Papa said something about having it checked when he was here last weekend. Sure enough. We have BIG problems that could take a while to resolve. Something about a check valve...coils...freon...something blowing up... This puts a lot of things into perspective. For once, I'm thankful the winters here are so mild read: boring. I'm also thankful for our home warranty plan whose necessity I've always questioned. I'm thankful the upstairs heat works great and we stay warm at night. And really, it's not that big a deal to brave the 60-65 degrees that greets us for breakfast each morning. Anna enjoys her warm milk and gets to wear cute slippers. It makes my hot tea especially comforting, too. Don't worry, friends who are coming to visit soon, it will hopefully** all be resolved by the time you arrive.

Part 4. A Full House

Tonight I skipped a ball planning meeting so Anna and I could have 14 people over for dinner. This is the one many of you will be angry with me for for not having photos!! I'm ducking as I type....tonight we had a mini Schweinfurt Hospitality House reunion with the Mikkelsons, the Humphreys, and the Baptists. It was quite a party and it was quite loud! Anna didn't know what to do with herself, so she joined right in. She was a great sport about having this hoard of big (little) people descend upon her toys in a matter of seconds. We had a great dinner, some good conversations catching up, and only 3 cups of milk were spilled. Nicole got some good photos with her super-duper camera, so when she gets those to me, I'll share them. More fun visitors to come soon. Stay tuned...

**There is no guarantee the repairs will be complete in time for your visit, and we do not offer breakfast in bed...unless it is for the hostess. :-)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

To Dada


Yesterday I helped my baby go potty, but she didn't earn a jelly bean.





Later, Mimi and I put out some old trail mix for the "chee-chee's." Mimi calls them "squirrels," but I can't say that.




This morning, we had a guest for breakfast and the poor "teet teets" (birds)were glad they didn't have to fight him for their seeds.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Sprucing up the Blahhg

I hope these changes are a welcome sight to your web-weary eyes. I was bored with the look of our blog, so I did a little makeover. I didn't create the design, for I haven't a creative bone in my body, but I'm really good at clicking a mouse!

We're excited about Nanny and Papa coming this weekend. We do love visitors, you know!

And just to make you smile, here's another one I could add to my previous post:

This afternoon Anna was sitting on the counter in the bathroom as she normally does when I'm trying to make myself presentable. She reorganizes my make-up bag as I do my routine. I had the flat iron in mid-sweep when she looked up at me and sweetly said what sounded like, "Hooey up, Mimi!"

Friday, February 01, 2008

She Makes Me Laugh

It's been a pretty normal routine lately. Nothing too extraordinary or exciting has happened, but my little Anna has really been making me laugh lately, and that's fun:

  • Last Saturday we went to Raleigh to visit a couple of our favorite people, Aaron and Suzanne. They call each other "Honey," so it wasn't too far into the day before Anna started calling them both "Honey." We made great sport of it and kept asking her to say their names. Once you laugh at a toddler, you know what happens. At the end of the day as I was putting her in the car, it was big fun for her to keep saying, "Bye, bye, Honey" to both of them.
  • The other day we were in Food Lion perusing their Valentine card selection. Anna saw one with a monkey sticking out its tongue. I saw her studying it, but kept looking at the cards. At one point I turned to her and she was mimicking the monkey with her tongue out. I busted out laughing in the store. It was so cute! Such a shame I didn't have my camera. As stated above, once you laugh at a toddler...well, at home for lunch she was still doing her monkey face. Here's a photo.



  • Being a good southerner, I've been trying to teach her so say, "Yes, ma'am." It comes out, "Yes, man."
  • She loves to play with crayons. Notice I didn't say, "she loves to color." This didn't make me laugh, but my inner toddler giggled a little. Thank goodness for Mr. Clean Magic Eraser!! (It really works on furniture, the fridge, floors, walls, cabinets....don't ask me how I know.)



I could go on with more of Anna antics, but I'll stop for now. It's Friday night and Friday night is Netflix night for Mimi. Tonight it's "Babette's Feast." Sounds like it'll go great with popcorn popped freshly on the stovetop...my favorite! Anyone care to join me?