About Joys and Trials

"Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me." ~Micah 7:8 (KJV)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas is just about here.

Almost Christmas here. Planning on getting a few last gifts for people this Friday. Hoping Sean won't have to work that night, because if he doesn't we're going to go see the Hobbit. Can't wait to see it. I already want the soundtrack, and that's just from watching the trailers.
Been watching Doctor Who lately. Just started finished the 10th doctor, and on to the 11th. I'm torn between which I like most, the 9th or 10th, and not sure what I think about the 11th yet.
My results from the sleep study were normal, although they did say it does take me quite a while to fall asleep...which I already knew, and don't like. Follow up with my doctor about it is going to have to be put on hold, as well as that dental work I need done. Sean's gotten into academy here, and that's going to cost quite a bit, though it'll be well worth it, but between the fees for that and the dermatology appointment that I have in January, and whatever tests will be done at that time, we can't quite afford to follow up with the sleep study.
I'm pretty sure Ayla's growing again. Going to have to make naps a must each afternoon for a while. Sanatra's getting so big, and still such a chunker. He managed to scratch Jessa's eye today, so she's not been online much. Hoping that recovers quickly....although she managed to fall down the stairs today, as a result of her eye hurting. She winced from pain, closed her eyes, and didn't stop moving, thankfully it was only a few stairs, but now she may need a doctor visit for both her eye and her foot that was injured in the fall.

Ayla's got several songs she sings or hums a lot lately. These are the ones I can think of...I had counted six earlier, but now I'm drawing a blank.
1) The Itsy Bitsy Spider
2) Ode to Joy (Beaker style from the Muppets)
3) When He Cometh (aka Jewels)
4) Mahna Mahna 
5) Jingle Bells

Ayla's learning to peel a boiled egg, she's able to do it after I get it started. Lately she's been asking "why you say no (insert object or end sentence)?" She's figuring out the concept of friends versus sisters, thanks to some help from the new Tinker Bell movie. 
I really need to get her piano lessons. She was standing with Mom, our friend Paula and I as we were practicing the song we're going to be singing next Wednesday night at church, and had her foot tapping right along with ours keeping time. She's learning so fast, it's still scary at times. 
Still dealing with the biting of her toe and finger nails, not sure how to curb that habit, but am always open to ideas. She is doing awesome with the potty training, though we've had a few accidents, she's been sleeping most nights in panties instead of a pullup and waking up dry. She's been pretty clingy lately when I take her to the church nursery, even though she'll talk up to that point about needing to play with her friend Bella. Hoping that stage passes quickly too. 
Other than that, not much else is going on. I hope we'll get to see the Hobbit this weekend, and looking forward to spending time with family. Jessica's birthday is tomorrow...I guess that means she and Bubby both need two gifts. December birthdays....sigh. Sean's in that category too, so guess I'll have to figure that out soon. Jessa's going to be 22, Bubby's going to be 21, Sean's going to be 28, then Ayla's 3 in January, and I'm getting closer to 24. I still find that hard to believe. Doesn't feel like we're that age already...can't believe my brother is going to be 21. Time's just flying by. That's it for now. We'll post again come January, cause we don't buy into the 12.21.12 end of the world time stamp, so have a great December 22nd, and a very Merry Christmas (or whichever Holiday you celebrate)!!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

December is here!

"Jingle bells, jingle bells" is what Ayla likes to walk about saying since we got back from Thanksgiving at Grandma's in Oklahoma. Preparing for Christmas, and I bought some jingle bells for her, as there was a dozen for a dollar.  Bought a little 4 foot artificial tree. Had to buy ornaments for it, as only 4 of the ones I owned were light enough to hang on it. So all my other ornaments are still in storage until the time we get a bigger tree.
Fits perfectly on my little octagon table. Decided we're not going to do much of Christmas here. We'll be celebrating with Sean's family on the 22nd, the 23rd is church, and then going to do brunch and spend the day with my family on Christmas day. She'll live with two Christmas's. Not going to buy her anything till after Christmas, so we know what she gets from family, and I'll probably have to go through her old toys again to make room.
Singing the 26th with Mom, and our friends Paula and Trish at church. Only about 2.5 weeks to learn a new song, but looks like the one I found, we're going to learn pretty well.

Going in for my sleep study tomorrow night. Mom's taking Ayla during that. Should be done before church Wednesday night. Taking a few movies and books to keep me entertained during the test Wednesday.
Started watching Doctor Who, beginning with the 9th Doctor. I've found I can't watch it while Ayla's awake, as even though she doesn't get what's going on, some of the episodes may freak her out, so finishing up what I have from the library Wednesday. Going to have to see if mom and dad's library has any Doctor Who, as mine goes from 9th Doctor to 11th Doctor. Kinda defeats the purpose.

I think Ayla is growing again. She's moody, and with a growing vocabulary, she's able to express herself better, though still as adamant as ever about what she wants.

As promised, we got the family pics taken, and had a few taken of Ayla and Sanatra together. Hard to believe that little chunker is 5 months now. So here they are.

 Ayla's learning the concept of friends and sisters thanks to the new Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings movie. Ayla is still a huge mommy's girl, but she's very loving when she's in the mood.
Jessa's birthday is coming up soon. We've decided before New Years, we're going to have mom babysit, and we're going to get away for a day. Probably just window shopping and spending holiday money, but we need a day to us, and neither of us would do much aside from clean if we were to spend the day at home.
Looking forward to it, because as much as I love my family, I need a day to get my sanity back sometimes.

Even though we're into December already, we'll be lucky if we get any snow. December 3rd was a 73 degree day. December's month forecast is averaging days in the 40's, subject to change, especially since our weather people don't seem to be able to forecast the weather, I'll believe we'll have snow when I see it falling and sticking.

That's about it for now, I think. I'll have to get Jessa to post soon, specially since Sanatra is 5 months now, and half Ayla's size. *^_^*