Tuesday - Kinda boring. Papa made dinner and I got to relax in the evening. Nothing much to report.
Wednesday - Papa picked Super O up from daycare so Mommy could have some "grown up" time. I went out with a bunch of people from work and came home way too late. Super O went to dinner with Papa at the truck stop, one of her favorite restaurants in the world! She had a grilled cheese with fries and ate like a truck driver. Kinda fitting considering where she was :)
Thursday - Papa had dinner ready when we got home again. We were a bit late because we stopped at the farm on the way home. Now, it was the first time I've seen my farmer guy since Saturday, so I was jonesing for a fix :) I'm glad we stopped because he had two new calves, one was born on Wed & one was born late morning on Thursday. The younger of the two was waiting for dinner, so we got to feed it a bottle. I know that may sound like nothing to most of you, but I was really excited. I've never gotten to do anything like that before. Super O was more interested in playing with one of the barn kittens. Oh yea, I also got a "probably" on another date for Friday. When a farmer says "probably" to a date in early fall when he's trying to button up everything before it gets too cold, it's a good day! We got home and went to wash the kitten and calf off of our hands before dinner and Super O started saying "Mow" (pronounced like cow). At first I couldn't figure out what she was saying, then it hit me. She was saying "meow" like the kitten. She's been saying it for days now. Her animal vocabulary now consists of "woo woo" for a dog, "moooooooo" for a cow, and "mow" for a cat.
Friday - Friday was a very good day! We stopped at the farm again and I got a definitly on the date! His sister and brother-in-law decided to join us. The brother-in-law was actually there and I had met him before but I was a little nervous about meeing his big sister. I am a big sister and I can be very protective of my little brother at times. The plan was to go to the raffle drawing for Super O's daycare. I had to be there by 9pm so I could emcee the drawing, so farmer guy agreed to just meet me there when he finished his chores. They ended up getting there at about 9:45. I couldn't believe how excited I was to see him. I think I'm really falling for this guy! We stayed out having a good time until about 2am, then I drove us back to his house. We sat in the car talking until 4am!! The whole time we were talking, all I could think about was "is he gonna kiss me??". Alas, he did not. Somehow we ended up talking about it and he said he didn't want to rush anything, so he was gonna wait until the time was right. Isn't that just too much!! In this day and time (did I really just type that), with everyone rushing to do everything as quickly as possible, he wants to wait for the first kiss!! On the one hand, I can't wait for it to happen but on the other, the waiting just makes everything all the better. So, we ended the date with no kiss, which was fine by me :)
In the meantime, Super O was staying overnight with Nini . Nini's husband wasn't feeling well, so Nini came over at about 7:00 to play. At one point, they were sitting on the couch and Nini was tickling her. Super O would laugh and crawl to the other side of the couch and call my name like she wanted me to save her. Nini kept telling her to say "Mama help". I'd look at her and say "What to you want? Use your words to tell me." Finally, she looked at me and said "hep". Let's see, with the addition of "mow" and "hep" I think her vocabulary is up to around 50 words now!! Pretty soon, we'll be wishing we could get her to be quiet!
Saturday - After getting about 5 hours of sleep, we had a pretty lazy day. We watched a few movies and took a nap. Around 4:00 I decided to go out to the farm and see how my farmer guy was doing. Super O wanted to go see the Mow (kitty) anyway. He looked pretty rough, but he said he didn't regret staying out so late. Did I mention that I think I'm really falling for this guy? We fed the calves again, which was cool because it freed him up to do other things. He wants me to come back today and help with the calves. I told him I'd have to see how the day goes. Don't want him thinking I'm gonna drop everything and run over there whenever ;)
So...that's the week in a nutshell. Sorry for the lapse in posts, but sometimes life just takes over.
He got here just as we got home this evening. He stopped at my brothers house and they all loaded up and headed over. When they got here, Super O's cousins were the first in the house and she kept looking at the door saying "Papa" with a question in her voice. Where was he?? I told her to look out the window and she saw him!!! Finally, he made it into the house. Super O's Papa was here!! This mythical person she had been hearing about was actually in our house! She gave him a big hug and was his best buddy all evening.
I should end this now. It's rude to make blog entry about a person when they're sitting across the room from you :) More to follow...
IT WAS FABULOUS!!!
As I posted before, he's very shy. We went to a local restaurant/bar for dinner and drinks. He drives this huge Dodge Ram diesel pick-up truck and I'm a sucker for a man with a big truck :) The ride there wasn't too bad, I was able to keep him talking about his brother and sisters. We got to the restaurant and it wasn't too crowded, so we were able to sit down right away. We ordered drinks, perused the menu and whatdaya know...he starts talking! We talked about his dairy farm and more about his family. He asked questions about my job and Super O. He thinks she's just the "cutest little thing". He ventured into the "how could her dad leave her" arena, so I gave him the quick version of that. There was no awkwardness or forced conversation. I think the alcohol helped a bit though...
After dinner, we went down the road to another bar/banquet hall for a few more drinks and to just talk more. Turns out he hasn't been out in about a year, so I think we were just enjoying being in the company of a member of the opposite sex. How pitiful are we :) One of his good friends was at a wedding in the banquet hall and came out to the bar, so we sat and talked with him for a while. It was nice seeing him interact with other people. He's not as quiet as I originally thought. I think he's just shy around girls. Anyway, we ended up leaving at about 12:30 because he had to get up at 6:00 to milk.
I had driven to the farm and left my car there, so we went back to his house. On the way, he was telling me about an addition he just added to the barn for the calves, so we went in so he could show me. Now, I don't know about you, but I've never ended a date by tromping through a barn full of dairy cows. We stayed in the barn for about a half hour just talking and petting the cows (I know, heavy petting on the first date). When it was time to go, he noticed I had stepped in a little somethin', so he sprayed my shoes off with the hose. I know, it doesn't sound very romantic, but for some reason it was very cool. He is very dedicated to his farm and I'm very interested in the whole dairy industry (I have to be, I live in Wisconsin). There were a few times I got the feeling he wanted to kiss me, but he never did and I didn't push the issue.
That's the skinny. I really like this guy and get the feeling he feels the same way. The good thing about it being October is that he'll be done with all of the "farm" work soon and will only have to take care of the cows for the winter, so he'll have more time for a personal life. He's very into snowmobling and I've never been on a snowmobile. He's gonna take me this winter!! I guess that's a good thing, right? He's already making plans for us a few months down the road...
He has the most amazing eyes. They're very piercing, but sparkle when he smiles. I think I'm off the deep end...
I'll keep everyone posted on how things go. I have a fund-raising function at Super O's daycare on Friday night. It doesn't start until 9:00 so I'm gonna ask him if he wants to go with me. Maybe I'll get that first kiss...
I HAVE A DATE TONIGHT!!!!
I haven't had a date in two years, and I'm not sure what to do!! I'm really nervous! I don't really know this guy very well. He's my landlord's son (a dairy farmer) and very shy. I've been trying to get him to ask me out for about 3 months and it finally happened. My birthday was on Monday and his was on Friday, so he's 3 days younger than me. I know...I'm robbing the cradle :)
Anyway, I'll let everyone know how it went tomorrow. Wish me luck!!
I see people in uniform when I'm out shopping or at McDonalds and I realize that they could be on their way to Iraq or Afghanistan...or maybe they just got home. When I see them, I want to walk up to them and say "Thank you for fighting for my little girl's freedom!", but I tend to be emotional and I get choked up very easily. I don't want to look foolish. Maybe I should just do it. Do they want to hear things like that? Or do they just want to blend in and be like any other person waiting for their lunch?
Anyway, I was surfing around and came upon a milblog (short for military blog). I started reading some of the posts and as expected, I got choked up and actually cried a few times. It doesn't matter how I feel about the war, or how I feel about the people living in the middle east. It doesn't matter if the politicians running this country are morons or the smartest people in the world. We have men and women who have given up their lives (literally and figuratively) to fight for our freedom! Men who have children they've never met. Women who left children at home with their husbands or parents or friends. People who don't necessarily believe in what they're doing, but who believe in the people who are doing it. These are the heroes of our time. These are the people we should be looking up to. These are the people I will teach my daughter about. Those are the people I want to thank!
If you want to read thoughts and stories from our soldiers, visit The Sandbox. I also have a link in the side bar if you don't bookmark it. There's also a link to Operation AC - US Military Service Members Virtual Carebox. This is a website that allows you to "adopt" a service member. They need everyday things just like we do...homemade brownies, cigarettes, magazines, potato chips, movies, music, you name it. If you can manage it, adopt a service member and bring a smile to a soldiers face! Let them know that someone at home is thinking about them!
First there's Elliott. He's a twin and his brother Chad is also in the class. Chad is very rambunctious and doesn't talk to me much, but Elliott is a lover. He's always talking to me and hugging me! He likes to draw and he makes me pictures for my art walls at work. Yesterday when I picked Super O up, there was an envelope in my mailbox. It said To: Theresa - From: Elliott - Happy Birthday! I opened the envelope and there was yet another self-portrait of himself. I wish I had a scan of the picture so I could post it! Anyway, I started talking to Elliott and the subject of cows came up. Elliott's father and uncle own one of the largest dairy farms in the area and apparently, one of their cows had twins! The conversation went something like this:
- Elliott (very animated): One of our cows had two twins!!
- Me: Twin calves?? Like you and your brother?
- Elliott: Yup!
- Me: Did you name them Chad and Elliott?
- Elliott (with that "grown-ups are silly" tone): NO!! They're girls!!!
Did I mention how cute he is??
Then there's Kennedy. She just turned 5 on Monday, so she's about 14 months older than Super O. Kennedy likes to mother Super O. It's really quite funny. She's big for her age and Super O is small for her age, so it looks like Kennedy is really a few years older. A few times a week, when Kennedy sees me coming, she will take Super O by the hand and say "Olivia, your mommy is here" and walk her to me. She also "catches" Super O when she goes down the slide. Well today she told me her version of a joke. She was playing with Ethan (I call him Why Boy...I'm sure you can guess why) and her joke involved him. Here goes...
- I was holding this pillow and pretending a kitty was under it. Then I showed Ethan there was no kitty and he said "Silly Kitty!!"
That was it. It was completely silly and made no sense, but she told it with such gusto that I had to laugh! She's quite the character.
Lastly, there's Ethan. He's such a tough little boy with a very soft side. When he cries, he goes into the corner so nobody can see him. He's also quite the little lover and gives me lots of hugs. As I mentioned before, I call him Why Boy. He's gotten a little better now that he's started Pre-K, but he still asks "Why" a lot! You'd like an example of a typical conversation with Ethan? Okay...
- Ethan: Why are you wearing your coat?
- Me: Because it's cold outside.
- Ethan: Why is it cold outside?
- Me: Because winter is coming.
- Ethan: Why is winter coming?
- Me: Because summer is over.
- Ethan: Why is summer over?
- Me: Why do you ask why all the time?
This usually stops him. He looks at me with his head cocked to the side like a puppy. Why do I stop him? Why don't I just answer the questions? Why are you asking me why?
There's several more, but those are the main players. Chad (Elliott's brother) really likes Super O and she seems to calm him down. When they go for walks, the teachers usually pair them together. He looks out for her and she keeps him in line so he doesn't run off from the group. They're like yin & yang. It works for me! Owen was her best friend in the toddler room, but he's made other friends since he came to the pre-school room. Rebecca is another friend from the toddler room. She just moved up to the pre-school room, so Super O is showing her the ropes. The rest just treat me like any of the other moms so I don't know them very well.
So, there's a look into Super O's circle of friends. She absolutely loves her daycare! The teachers are fabulous, the other staff is wonderful, the kids are fun....what's not to love??
Nothing special planned. Just normal day stuff...go to work, cook dinner, entertain Super O. I guess birthdays really aren't much when you get older!
Grandma Nini found a pumpkin patch that has hay rides, a corn maze and a petting zoo. She decided we should take the kids around noon. Well, I was ready to forget the leaves by this point, so we loaded up and went. Super O loved the corn maze so much we went through 2 times. I bet it took us at least 20 minutes to walk through it! She kept tripping over the stalk trunks sticking out of the ground, but she kept on going.
Here's the best part! I've been trying to find the perfect dog for us for about 2 months. I think I may have found it today! The farm has two 6 month old female Chihuahua/Bichon Frise mix puppies. I know it sounds funny, but the pups are adorable. One has longer curly hair like the Bichon and the other has short hair like the Chihuahua, both are white. They're $200 a piece which is not a bad price for pups in this area. Since I don't have the money right now, I gave the lady my name and number and told her to call me if she still has them in 3 weeks. I'll have the money then and I figure if she still has one or both of the pups, then it was meant to be!! Super O liked the pups, but she was more interested in the pot bellied pig and the bunnies. If the pups are still available, I'll go back and see how she is with them before I bring one home. Keep your fingers crossed that we'll be able to get one!!
We stopped at another place that has the wierdest pumpkins and gords I've ever seen. We found a perfect carving pumpkin and a smaller pumpkin with an acne problem. Our day wasn't over at this point. When we got home, we made a scarecrow with one of the leaf piles. I'll take pictures tomorrow and post them so you can see our cool fall decorations.
Super O went for her first language therapy session today. Her therapist, Chris, was very impressed with the progress she's made. Since she last saw her, on 9/25, she's been saying about 4-5 new words regularly. Her big ones are this and that. I'm very proud of her. We're moving onto using two word sentences like "eat food" and "bounce ball". When she uses a word, I'm supposed to add a word to it to make it a sentence. This method works best when the child is completely at ease, like when they're playing. Chris was doing it with her while playing with Play-Doh. Super O doesn't play well with me. She wants me to do something, I do it, then she changes her mind and gets mad at me so I decided to try the Play-Doh route. We stopped at the store and got a 10-pack and some tools.
After dinner, we broke out the Play-Doh. I had soooo much fun with her. We put some music on, hits of the 80's on the cable music channel (she loves 80's music!), and went to town. We made snakes, a snow man, cut-outs of our hands, a road, and bunches of balls. We played for an hour!! I can't remember the last time I played with her like that. I tend to get bogged down in the stress of our life. Between work, bills, housework, dealing with the speech thing and everything else I have to do I sometimes forget to take a few minutes out to appreciate my beautiful gift, Super O. She is such a funny kid! Of course, we used the play time to work on language. At one point, I made her a purple snake with blue eyes. She can say blue and eye so when she pointed at it's eyes, I said "blue eyes". She repeated me and ended up saying it about 5 or 6 times!! Then out of nowhere she pointed at the floor and said "home". I responded "O's home" and "Mommy's home". She repeated "O home" and pointed at herself, then "mama home" and pointed at me! She surprises me each and every day!!
I guess I learned a valuable lesson today. No matter how hard life is or how bad my day was, Super O is the most important thing! By the time we got home today I had been gone for 12 hours and was running the whole time. I just wanted to sit and veg out, but I can't do that! I have to keep going until Super O goes to bed. It doesn't have to be hard. If I just take a few minutes or an hour to stop and just play with her, everything drops into place and I realize why I do what I do. I do it for her! I want her to grow up to be a strong, independent, caring woman. I can only do that by showing her how it's done. She makes me a better person and in turn, I can teach her how to be a good person. It's a cycle. I'm glad I was 32 when I had her. I'm smart enough now to appreciate the gift that she is and the job that I have to do. I love my daughter more than anything in the world and the rest is just gravy...
I just had to add this second one to tell about Mama's Little Helper. We went to the laundromat today, which is my most hated place to go in the whole world! Super O was feeling pretty good and Super Nini was taking a nap, so she had to go with me. Now, as you might imagine, a laundromat isn't the most exciting place for a 3yr old, so we got some snacks and had her coloring book and crayons. She was really getting bored by the time the dryers stopped, so she decided to help me. She's really good at getting the clothes out of the lower dryers. This really helps me out because it hurts my back to keep bending down to get the clothes. She decided to try her hand at folding. Now, if she was traveling this would be a good thing because she rolled everything up. It was so cute!!
When we got home from the laundromat, she helped me put everything away. Then it was time to do some dishes. She helped me rinse for a while, then got bored. She went into the living room and a bit later she came back into the kitchen trying to get my attention. I told her I couldn't look right then because I was elbow deep in the dishwater. She left and I went about my business. A while later, I was straightening up and went into the living room. Oh my...Super O had picked up all of her toys and cleaned the living room!! That's what she wanted to show me when I was washing dishes! I felt like a heel! She was so proud of herself and I was too busy to look! I stopped what I was doing and gave her a huge hug and did high fives with her! She's such a big girl now! As a side note, I did redeem myself when we vacuumed. She got to push the big vacuum (not just her little toy one) and I let her coil the cord when we were done.
So, the house is clean...the laundry is done...Super O is sleeping...and mommy is ready for bed too :)
Wish us luck! The last few times she got this particular sickness, it took her out for a few days!!