Friday, August 8, 2014

New Adventures

We have been totally blessed and fortunate that I've been able to stay home with Alice. We knew it wasn't a forever thing and we are so very thankful we've managed to make it work this long. With her 2nd birthday approaching, we often discuss what I want to go back to work doing. When she starts school, I want to have something to do.

This is how that conversation goes...

My Beloved - So, what do you see yourself doing?
Me - I don't know! I feel like I'm not qualified to do anything anymore.
Him - Well, that's not true. Okay, what do you want from a job?
Me - Well....I don't really want a boss or to get up early. And I NEVER want to drive in Houston traffic. And I don't want to put Alice in daycare because I don't want her to need anyone else but me!! 

And then the tears start and my sweet Beloved says, "okay, so you're not ready. We can talk about this later." 

I'm 30(something) years old and I STILL don't know what I want to be when I grow up. 

Well that's not true, I do. 

I want to be Alice's mom. I want to be here when she gets home from school. I don't want to stress about who will leave work to pick her up if she gets sick. I don't want to be stuck in traffic stressing about getting to daycare on time. 

I want to be here for her. Always.

But I also want to earn a paycheck. And she isn't earning an allowance yet so she can't pay me. 

A few weeks back I was deleting my one and only TV credit off of our DVR. It's a credit I got for transcribing some interviews for a storm special on KHOU. I did a lot of transcribing in my job at the Rodeo so it's not something foreign to me. That got me thinking - I could do that at home! So I did some searching and jobs in medical transcription kept popping up. I mention this to Daniel who says they offer certification in that at his school. It's a three semester (for full time students) program and since Daniel is an employee at the college, I can take the courses tuition free. Praise the Lord! 

So we discussed it and I looked through the courses and before I knew it, I had applied for college. Again.

I said I would NEVER go back to school. Well, you know what they say.....

It will take me longer because I'm not going full time. But I should be finished by the time she starts school. 

Now, as for Alice. She is at the age where we feel she NEEDS to be around other kids. She longs to talk to them and watch them. And I need baby steps. If the first time she leaves me is the first day of Kindergarten, I might need to be heavily medicated. And by 'might', I obviously mean WILL. So this week we registered her in a Mother's Day Out program at our neighborhood church. 

I'm both extremely excited and totally terrified. But through my doubts, my heart is telling me this is where we need to be.

I debated about sharing. I have this crazy notion I'll jinx things. What if I'm horrible at school? It's been about a minute (more like 11 years) since I've been a student. What if I give up? What if I'm not a cool kid? What if Alice gets kicked out for biting? What if Alice who has never used a word in her life decides to use one of Mommy's not nice words with her teacher the first week?! 

But I decided THAT'S worth sharing too. 

This is my creative, sharing outlet. And I miss it when I don't have time to write. Maybe with Alice in school, I'll have a few extra moments to jot down our new adventures. And surely our adventures will be note worthy! ;)

So, here we go...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Month 22...a little late

We put her to bed and she wakes up a foot taller, I swear. 

Little Missy turned 22 months on the 20th. We took the picture then, I promise. 

We've had a VERY busy month and I mean to blog but things always come first.

She has discovered climbing - oh yay! There isn't anything "safe" anymore. She loves to help. She carries small bags in from the car, she will put her jammies in the hamper, I will give her things to throw in the trash. She attempted to help me sweep the other day but that was counterproductive. She will also pick up her toys when told! Sometimes this requires a LOT of drama but she does it! 

It amazes me she'll be 2 in a few months.

I promise I'll attempt to blog about our busy month. We have some new adventures approaching, I hope to blog about those too eventually. 

Right now, it's just a girl and her sheep while the baby naps and the Momma pays some bills, and does the laundry, and knits for a deadline that's next week, and showers, and.....

Now the Momma needs a nap....

Until next time....

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Zoo day!

A few weeks ago, Uncle Travis came to town before he had to start his summer classes. I mentioned I wanted to take Alice to the zoo and he jumped at the chance to go. I felt she was old enough to really see the animals and enjoy the visit. And I thought it would be a treat for Travis to go with her for her first trip to the zoo. He's missed so many firsts, this one would be fun.

So we packed up and headed to the zoo. On a tip from the zoo website, we waited until later in the afternoon to go and we missed most of the school crowds. 

It was so much fun!

She walked almost everywhere. And she LOVED finding the animals.
She would duck down to see under or stand on her tippy toes to see over.

And for some reason, the zoo has free roaming chickens. And Alice LOVES her some chickens.

It was fun to watch Travis have fun with her. She's finally old enough that can he play with her without fear of hurting her. 

And they both had a great time!

We even got to feed some Giraffes!!!

It was a perfectly lovely day. A little hot! But still lovely.

And magical. To see her find an animal and the excitement on her face was worth the heat. And the memories are priceless. 

Until next time....

Friday, June 20, 2014

Hello, Month 21!!

She was uncharacteristically agreeable today when it came to Sheep pictures although it took some convincing to get her to look at the camera. This is the only one with a sort of smile. The others are crinkled nose smirks. 

And note the one sock.

This child is always missing a sock. 

She will look at me, pull it off, spin it around her head and then chunk it. This morning she tried to dip it in to my coffee. 

No ma'am. 

And I can't put shoes on her to run around in because she thinks shoes = outside. And if you put shoes on her and do not immediately take her outside - there's a scene. A massive scene. 

I made the mistake of putting her shoes on before I put mine on one day. Bad idea. 

I've also made the mistake of not going to the restroom before I put her shoes on. She screamed the entire time I was in the bathroom.

I've had to learn to brush her hair BEFORE the shoes guessed it, a scene. 

The child enjoys her drama.

So the one sock has become her signature look. I think it has to do with traction. She takes one off so she can stick to the floor better so she can turn and run whenever she needs to. This system seems to work. 

And she's a little trouble maker. I have an entire album on Facebook dedicated to her shenanigans. 

Yesterday evening, I was working on cleaning our sink when I heard a plop coming from behind me. 

A brand new, never opened box of Q-tips - floating in the toilet. 

This took less than 5 seconds. 

There doesn't seem to be any water in the box so now we have to decide if that matters. It's touched the toilet! But it doesn't matter because we're out and I FINALLY remembered to buy more and heaven knows when I'm going to again. 

See. This is what parenting does to you.

It breaks you down so you don't care that you're putting potty Q-tips in your ear. 

Until next time......