Adieu 2008!

December 31, 2008 at 12:04 pm (Baby, Family, Holidays, House, Parenting, Politics) (, )

I have to bid a fond goodbye to 2008.  It was a big year for me.  I went from “Leanna” to “Mommy” (actually Mama).  I have always had this quirk.  Please don’t laugh at me.  I prefer even numbered years.  No reason.  I just do.  So it is with a small amount of trepidation that I look forward to 2009.  There are a few things that I am looking forward to in 2009.  First and extremely importantly, saying Adios to Pres Bush and hello to President Obama.  I hope that the transition is smooth and that things can turn around in this country.  Second I am looking forward to hopefully being able to sell our house and move to a larger one with a yard for Alexis.  I am also looking forward to the possibility of baby #2 (and final baby).  Well, at least being pregnant not actually having baby #2 in 2009.

As for New Year’s Resolutions, I don’t do them.  I resolved several years ago to stop making resolutions.  I think they just set me up for failure.   So, I will just be positive and start fresh with all the promise and anticipation that January 1st brings.

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I’m 31 and Alexis is 10 months!!!!

December 30, 2008 at 11:02 am (Baby, Family, Holidays)

And I’m totally ok with it! Last year was a bit more freaky since it was the big 3-0! Now that that’s over I guess it’s ok.  My birthday, AKA Christmas, was great this year.  Not so much the birthday part, but the Christmas part.   Marc and I had set up a budget for Alexis and for each other, we went way way over that.  Like by double, for all of us.   I don’t think we realized how much stuff we had gotten for Alexis until Christmas morning when we put it all under the tree.  Some highlights include – FP Learning Home, Elmo Live, FP piano, Bounce N spin pony, FP crawl and cruise jungle, Little Superstar stage, a talking shopping cart, vtech easel, etc.  We put a bunch of stuff away and we will put it out gradually.  It is a little overwhelming.   What was a lot of fun was putting stuff together!! We went over to my mom’s house Christmas Day for a late lunch early dinner and after we got home started assembling toys.   We enjoyed that!!

On another note, I was so busy with  getting ready for Christmas that I never marked Alexis’s 10 month b-day!! No “official” pic right now.  But her accomplishments.  She is doing so much now it’s incredible.  She’s crawling around like a mad woman.   She stands up on anything and everything that’s around.  She cruises on furniture, her baby gate, whatever.  She lets go and can stand without support for up to 30 seconds at a time.  She is such a good eater, I have not found anything that she doesn’t like.

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First trip to Disney World

December 11, 2008 at 3:07 pm (Cooking, Home Improvement, Movies, Random, Sleep, Uncategorized)

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For Alexis, not me.   Marc and I go every year to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas.  We went the first year that we were together and have been going every year since.  We buy an ornament each year and have it personalized with our names and the year and its become a holiday tradition.  This year we bought 2 ornaments – one for Alexis that it Baby’s First Christmas and the one for us now says “Adlers” instead of just our first names since there is one more of us! It was cold this year, actually it’s usually cold.  It’s a nice change.

The trip itself was fun.  We arrived at the park at 4 when we’re allowed in.  Alexis first had a bottle then promptly fell asleep.  We went on some rides.  When she woke up we took her on Its A Small World and she was fascinated.  She was looking all around, squealing with delight.  It was so much fun to see her having so much fun.  Next we went on Winnie the Pooh and it was the same thing she loved it!! We then went to Toon Town which is geared towards younger kids and she had a blast in Minnie’s house and meeting Minnie.   Next was dinner at one of the fast food places in Disney.   She didn’t do too well with the dry burger that we had and my mom suggested taking her to the baby care place and seeing if we could get something for her there.  I didn’t know such a thing existed but she remembered taking me there when I was little.  Well this was an amazing place!!!  There were changing tables and high chairs and little people tables and chairs.  THere was also a store that sold baby food, formula, diapers, etc anything you cold possibly need!! It was great.  We got her a jar of baby food and even though she doesn’t usually eat the purees anymore, she scarfed it down, she must have been hungry!! My mom and my aunt hung out with her there while Marc and I walked around.  Then Marc and my aunt went on Thunder Mountain.  Next we staked out a spot for the fireworks show.  This fireworks show is one of the main reasons I love going so much, it’s amazing.  I have never seen anything like it.  It’s indescribeable.  There are fireworks all around you at some points – 360 degrees.  It’ s coreographed.  There are images flashed on the castle.  Alexis was spellbound.  I kept expecting her to jump or be afraid of the loud boom of the fireworks, but no, she was just amazed at all the colors and lights in the sky.   Next, I said I would stay with Alexis and the rest of them went on Pirates of the Caribbean.  I got a hot chocolate and sugar cookie (they are complementary and handed out at several spots throughout the park).  Alexis fell asleep in her stroller and I waited in the store for the ride to end.  I was noticing that it was taking a while when I got a call from my mom that the ride was broken and they were stuck.  I went to ask an attendant who confirmed that indeed it was broken.  Eventually it was working again and they got off the ride.  We then went on Thunder Mountain and watched the parade.  One final ride – the Haunted Mansion and then the park was closing and we went shopping. We ended up staying until almost 1am in the park before getting the shuttle back to our hotel.

The next day we got up had breakfast at IHOP and went to Downtown Disney where we did some shopping.  Alexis met Santa, went on a merry go round and the that was it.  We headed home.  It was exhausting b/c it was such a quick turnaround but we had a good time overall!!!!

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Bring back Merry Christmas!

December 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm (Holidays, Marriage, Opinion) (, , )

During “the holidays” this over-emphasis on political correctness drives me nuts.  I know that not everyone celebrates the birth of Jesus – I get it.  More than most probably since we are a 2 religion household.  We have a Christmas Tree and a Menorah.  We celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah in our house.  So, what is the harm in saying to a person buying Christmas wrapping paper or a Santa statue “Merry Christmas” or to someone buying a Menorah or dreidel “Happy Hanukkah”?  Why must it be Happy Holidays?  The big tree with lights and ornaments being lit in the mall is a Christmas Tree not a holiday tree.  That thing with 9 lights on top – that’s a menorah. not holiday candelabra.  Come on.  I don’t know anyone who would be offended by calling a spade a spade.  I hear it on the news, on tv, everywhere!  We can all be tolerant of each others differences and respectful.  But, we can also acknowledge those differences instead of mushing it all together.  And, if you don’t celebrate any holiday well then I’m sorry but you are in the minority and will probably be wished happy something between now and January 1st.

I certainly would not be offended if someone came up to me and said Happy Hanukkah.  It’s the spirit of the season.  Be happy and tolerant.  We keep the outside of our house neutral.  We have lights, but they are all white  – no santa, no nativity, no menorah.  Inside, we have decorations that represent both holidays.  We do not try to mesh them into one “Holiday” rather keep them separate and special.

So can we please bring back Merry Christmas?!! Oh, and Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa and hey Happy Festivus!!

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No more baby food

December 1, 2008 at 10:57 am (Baby, Cooking, Eating Out, Parenting) (, )

That’s what Alexis has decided.  For the past couple months I’ve been giving her little bits and pieces of table food.  Well, she has become so good at chewing and enjoying things that re not pureed that she won’t eat the baby foods anymore.  Even the Stage 3s which are chunky.  She closes her mouth, preferring to feed herself.   Ok, little miss independent (can’t imagine where she gets that).    I’m glad that she is such a good eater and it’s a lot more fun for me.  It’s also a lot messier.  So far her favorite seems to be rice and anything sweet.  Cinnamon toast, pumpkin pie, fruit, etc!

Ironically, she will eat yogurt.  Even though it’s baby food-like she seems to know that it’s not baby food.

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