A Fresh Start

Happy New Year! Do you like my new pic on the blog? This year that little trist will have taken place 20 YEARS AGO. Craziness!

I am not looking forward to getting back into the school routine, the laziness has been very nice.

David worked hard on the scout fundraiser all day on Jan 1 & 2, raking in piles of dough to support his program, but stretching out the illness he had before that due to many hours of exertion outside, so he’s all cuddled up in jammies today doing crosswords.

Lucy is a little firecracker–since she is underweight and has problems with dairy and soy, she is nursed whenever she wants. Because when she cries hard she starts to have lung issues and wheeze, she is sometimes placated regardless of whether or not it is the best idea. She wakes up at night, wants to nurse and sleep with me all the time, is still easily toted in an infant carseat and still sleeps in a boppy in her crib (for that three hours a day she will stay in her crib–2 napping and 1 at night). Somehow through all of this she has come to feel that she should have whatever she wants whenever she wants. I’m trying to explain to her that she is 19 months old, not 6 months old. Her church behavior today was, I feel, a preview to many sabbath wrestling matches to come.

Noah has been a little bored over the holidays sometimes and has watched too much TV. Potty training is not going so well again, and I thought we’d turned a corner. He sleeps great, I’ll give him that. And he’s hilarious and sweet and adorable. I need to write down the things he says more often, he gets me laughing almost every day.

Sophie has really enjoyed being home, it has been so nice having her around. She wrote a fully illustrated book about Santa Claus yesterday that was just wonderful, with creative pictures and spelling. She’s just a joy.

I am embarrassed to say that all I do in my spare time right now is blog. I’d forgotten how much I love writing. Where am I blogging? You might ask? I’m blogging a tiny bit on suburbanharvest.blogspot.com and two other sites that aren’t yet open to the public, but will be soon. I’ll tell you about those more next week, when one will be ready and I’ll shamelessly ask you to send it to everyone you know. Although I’m very entertained by and learn a lot from several blogs, there is something so egotistical and voyeuristic about blogging. Still, for writing addicts like myself, the ability to self-publish is dangerous. I’m posting like crazy, loving it, and don’t even have public sites. Silly, silly Valerie.

Benjamin has had some great time hanging out with his dad, he really thrives on that and is starting to turn a corner in his development where he wants less to romp and play as to be with his dad. For instance, on the 31st, I decided to take the kids to the zoo while David did fundraising prep. Ben chose errands with dad. Here are some zoo pics:

Sophie (with conspicuously missing teeth) and a lion, who had just roared! I never thought I’d hear a lion roar in the zoo! It was loud and intense and amazing. Noah was a little freaked out.

Here is a koala. They were all out and easy to see. I’d been to the zoo a lot but never had seen the koalas well. The ones I took of koalas and my kids were blurry, so here’s just a plain one.

A parent and baby giraffe!

Noah attacking a hippo on the zoo playground.

Sophie being a monkey, as she is wont to do.

Now for the major event of the week, the big fat Rose Bowl Parade! Tuesday we popped up and went over to our friends the Hunter’s who live by where we used to on the parade route–they saved a space for us. I was going to put some float pictures in here, but theirs are better and she has a good description of the excitement, so pop on over there for the parade pics, then come back and see my people pics.

Ready? Ok:

Eli and Noah both used this phone booth as a fancy VIP Seat for the parade. This is me, Sophie, Noah and our friends Thomas and Kath Chamberlain. The Chamberlains crammed with us in our van to drive over and we had a grand time.

Me and Lucy, both covered in cookie goo from Lucy’s 10-minute cookie-eating project.

Sophie and Ella, having wiggled their way into a front spot between all the people who stayed overnight.

Ben and Addy Hunter. Sad story, really. Years ago Ben settled on her for his eternal mate, but Addy has other plans.

Emeril Lagasse! Charisma, cooking skills, complicated recipies. Reminds me a bit of a gangster. But I was excitedly compelled to take a picture, so all my aloof coolness is betrayed to reveal I do get excited about the occassional celebrity–if they are related to food.

I’m reading some great books, I’ll tell you all about them on my other blogs later. Wishing you all a very happy new year!

6 replies
  1. Nancy says:

    Hi Valerie..
    I also love reading your view of life.. re lucy… boy… I did some booboos with tommy re the letting them tell you when and where they sleep and eat.. and just stuff…he kicked his poor nursery school teacher the first day I put him in there… BUT I did have 2 much older daughters to keep him busy during sacrament meetings… so alll seemed lovely… hindsight… the sweet daughters NEVER paid attention to the speakers… but MOM did… so all seemed well ;)… and yet they live and thrive… and love you anyway..
    oh… woody and I were married in 88 also….(second go round…in 68 the first time… oh well..
    love to your family

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  2. Nancy says:

    Hi Valerie..
    I also love reading your view of life.. re lucy… boy… I did some booboos with tommy re the letting them tell you when and where they sleep and eat.. and just stuff…he kicked his poor nursery school teacher the first day I put him in there… BUT I did have 2 much older daughters to keep him busy during sacrament meetings… so alll seemed lovely… hindsight… the sweet daughters NEVER paid attention to the speakers… but MOM did… so all seemed well ;)… and yet they live and thrive… and love you anyway..
    oh… woody and I were married in 88 also….(second go round…in 68 the first time… oh well..
    love to your family

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  3. brieanne. says:

    so that is the first I’m seeing of the pre-children val & dave. please share more! so fun. Glad to hear you had a fun new years week and can’t wait to see the new sites (i did get your email btw but of course have been lost in blogland and ignoring emails lately. sorry, i will reply!).

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  4. brieanne. says:

    so that is the first I’m seeing of the pre-children val & dave. please share more! so fun. Glad to hear you had a fun new years week and can’t wait to see the new sites (i did get your email btw but of course have been lost in blogland and ignoring emails lately. sorry, i will reply!).

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