Sunday, November 30, 2008

OK - here's a TON of pictures... (I put numbers below each picture to make it easier to tell me which ones you want copies of)

Josephine posed on her own :) Isn't she such a ham?

When it came to taking a picture of all three of them, Veronica and Maureen were not so cooperative...


I think this is the one I'll put on my Christmas greeting cards.


Still in pajamas!
She took her shoes off!

Does she look tired of posing for pictures to you, too?
Hello all! I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!

Poor Maureen, on Thanksgiving night, woke up coughing, w/ a runny nose, sore throat and fever... her symptoms came so quickly. Earlier that day, she seemed perfectly normal. Anyhow, she's doing better. She has no fever anymore, but she's lost her voice and still has a runny nose. Both Michael and I are feeling sick now, too. I don't know if it's the same thing or not, but we both have a sore throat and just generally don't feel well. I have no fever or coughing though, yet, anyway! We'll be lucky if Veronica and Josephine don't get sick!

Anyhow, I managed to take Christmas pictures yesterday. Some inside and some outside. I've weeded through the pictures to find the best ones and will post them sometime today or tomorrow. I will be choosing one pose to put on Christmas greeting cards, and maybe some others to make wallets, 5X7 or other sizes. If anyone wants copies, let me know. Either Michael will make copies at his school or I will get copies made at Target. You can get a collage of pictures made, too, at Target or Walmart. I'm not going to JCPenneys or Walmart for professional photos... it's just too expensive and too stressful!

We will take more pictures with their dresses on next time we're in LA, at the St. Tammany Trace and probably at Church on Christmas day. Every year, the "Trace" has tons of Christmas decorations outside, which would make for cute backgrounds for pictures. It might be cute to have a collage with different backgrounds...

On a different note, it might snow tonight through tomorrow morning! The kids are happy :)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

This is the piece that the "Schering-Plough" foundation bought (about 3' x 4'). MCA's president's wife bought 2 smaller paintings similar to this one ("Louisiana landscapes), with different colorings. Michael sold a grand total of 12 paintings (out of 18)! We are thrilled, of course! Yeah, Michael! I hope we have this kind of luck with Michael finding a job for the Fall of 2009!

Here's a short video to show how crowded the walls were of paintings, and the floors with sculptures, pottery, jewelry, ect.... Michael took another video after this one, later in the night, and it was like 3 times more crowded, from wall to wall... he could hardly walk around! But one of his friends said a few words not suitable for children, so Michael wanted me to upload this one :)

The following video is one that he had to make for his Postmodernism philosophy class. Michael can spend a lot of time explaining every little detail... after he explains it, the video makes a lot more sense and has more meaning. I didn't really "get it" until he explained it to me... I couldn't tell you all that he said - I don't have the brain for it right now and it's late! Maybe he'll do it sometime later. I gave him the idea for the piece of music he chose...

Friday, November 21, 2008

Doesn't she look cute? Her attitude has changed a lot since last week... I think now that she can see better she understands why she needs them.

I don't know why the pictures are slightly blurry/fuzzy.... our "new" camera seems to be going downhill already. Or maybe we have the settings set wrong or something... don't know!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Is that not the cutest little baby in the cutest jacket?
This picture was taken almost a year ago (december, 2007) at Michael's parents' home. We must have taken the picture while their was no "memory card" and the picture saved on the camera, itself... I just discovered the picture a few days ago by accident, but I'm so glad I found it! Isn't it hilarious?

Veronica will be 17 mo on the 21st of this month... she loves to count several times a day 1-10 and I wanted to catch it on tape. For whatever reason she decided to throw her cup at me in the end.

We pulled down our Christmas decorations last weekend... we will be gone for a lot of december, in LA, and then meeting midway to visit my parents, so I figured we could pull it out now so we can enjoy it more.

Jeanne, this one's for you :)

this is a cute singing bear that my parents bought for Josephine when she was a baby, and is still enjoyed by everyone!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Josephine needs glasses. I'm perfectly fine with it, I think she looks absolutely adorable in the pair of glasses we chose... Josephine is NOT fine with it. Although, since last Tuesday, she's slowly accepting the idea a little more. However, when we were leaving the eye doctor she was saying things like "I'll NEVER wear them!" and "I'm going to break them when I get them!" My sweet, darling Josephine, going to break her glasses?!? My, my, my... I never knew she could say such harsh words! Anyhow, at first, when it came time to pick out glasses, she said she wanted some pink ones - of course! Then when I found a couple pink ones and it was time to try them on, she didn't want anything to do with it. So I picked the pink ones I thought would look good, forced her to try them on, had an eye doctor person/helper?? check to make sure it was the right size, and that was that. Her vision is 20/50 and her prescription is -1.25 in both eyes. I suppose she's taking after me and many members of her family.

I hope to post a couple pictures later on today or tonight. It's time to fix lunch for the kids...

Monday, November 10, 2008

Josephine lost her tooth last Saturday... or rather, it was pulled by Michael :)

Every Saturday morning/early afternoon I go to the library by myself... and then, sometimes to Walmart to get some groceries. This past Sat., while I was gone, Josephine asked Michael if she could watch a movie. Michael said "Sure, but you have to let me try to pull your tooth out... if it doesn't come out after the first try, i won't ask again today." Basically, Josephine finally said yes, Michael tried one time, and got it out on the first try! Michael said she cried for less than a minute, it hardly bled and Josephine said it didn't hurt much at all. I think the only reason she cried a little was because she wasn't expecting the tooth to actually come out - I think it kind of shocked her... we'd tried many times over the past few days, gently wriggling and pulling on the tooth. ANYWAY, it was a big moment for all of us. The first lost tooth of our oldest child! It seems silly to be excited about it, but I think it's like a rite of passage into being a "big kid," and I can't see my little Josephine as being anything other than "little!" Anyway, the tooth fairy came and gave her some money and a cute little note saying how proud she was of her. Josephine was very excited on Sunday morning and showed several people the next morning at her CCD class.

On another happy note, it's my birthday today! I'm a whopping 29 years old, almost to the big 30. We didn't celebrate today, it'll probably have to wait until this coming weekend. Michael is completely swamped w/ schoolwork and trying to apply for jobs.

Well, I'm off to fold clothes and then go to bed.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Josephine saw the dentist this past Monday- basically, he said everything will be fine and we can let her two teeth fall out on their own since they are already so loose.

On Tuesday, all three children went to the doctor for check-ups. Josephine may need glasses (after the results of a preliminary test at the office). She will see an eye doctor this tuesday and will find out for sure then. Maureen may need speech therapy- she will see a speech therapist (once the pediatrician calls me w/ an appt. date) to be evaluated. I actually brought the issue up with the doctor, and after he asked her several questions so he could hear her speak, he agreed that he could not understand her as much as he should be able to for a 3 yo. They did a hearing test and her hearing was fine, so we'll get her evaluated and go from there.

All three kids got their fingers pricked and all three got shots. I was also by myself, so let's just say it wasn't a very pleasant experience. Plus the visit lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes from the time we got there to the time we left the office. Anyway, such is life with kids! Josephine and Maureen have low iron again (what is the deal with that?!), have been put on iron medicine, and will be checked again next month. Finally, I remembered to write down all three of their weights and heights, and now I can't find the piece of paper I wrote it down on! I remember their weights - josephine is 42 lbs., Maureen is 30 lbs., and Veronica is 23 lbs.

Anyhow, I will let you know how the eye doctor and speech therapist visits go!
Veronica was being SOOO fussy, crying incessantly, pulling and hanging off my legs, because she was so hungry... I was trying to fix everyone elses' plates, too, so we could then sit at the table and all eat at the same time. Anyway, I was running out of patience and just put her plate on the floor, assuming she would sit or stand and eat... She laid down and finished her plate (grilled cheese sandwich, cut up) laying on her stomach like this! It looks like I'm feeding her like an animal!
This picture doesn't do justice to the beautiful scenery that is actually around here... Everywhere you drive, there's SO many different colors to the leaves, it's so pretty. I think fall is a new favorite season for me, next to spring. I think I said the same thing last year, but it's like snowing leaves outside lately!
Here's our pumpkin... sorry, the picture is very dark.