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Monday, November 28, 2011

Where did the last year go?

Remember last year when Trev and I took Ivie's Fall pictures and she looked like this?

I simply cannot believe how much she has grown and how fast the last year has gone. More often than not lately I find myself wishing I could somehow turn back the clock, or press the pause button on her little-ness. My baby is growing up, and even though I am so excited to watch her grow into herself, I am saddened by how fast this time flies. And I often find myself wishing I had written more down, videoed more. But there are things I am sure I'll always hold in my heart. I hope her tiny voice saying "gobblegobblegobble" when she wears this "Turkey" dress is one of them.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Dear Santa,

All I want for Christmas this year is to NOT sit on your lap. I'd rather quickly snatch your offered candy cane and glare at you. I do NOT believe my mother when she tells me you are "jolly." You have jingle bells all over you, and--quite frankly--you freak me out. However, Santa, I would like jingle bell songs with my daddy,and make Christmas-ornament faces with my mama.
Maybe I'll consider sitting on your lap next year.
Ivie T.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Ivie's favorite thing about dinner? "Cheers" with Daddy

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Just me, myself and I....

It's funny, after becoming a mother, you are virtually never alone again. I am either at work, home with Ivie, with Trevor or with other moms and kids.

And while I still get together with friends when time allows, even that has changed somewhat. After all, we all have kids and have to hang out/chase them. Or, if I am meeting up with a childless friend, it is usually for lunch in the thick of the day when all of my resident babysitters are still studying history in their fourth period at the local high school. So I have Ivie in tow. It is pretty rare when I work things out to get out without my two-foot-tall side kick.

So I was really excited for this Saturday. I invited a girl I haven't done anything with as a friend in a really long time to go and hit up a pottery painting session. But then Saturday morning came and she called to cancel. Which was fine. Things happen.

I was disappointed though. So I put out some other feelers, but -- like me--most of my mom friends were strapped down and unable to escape at a moment's notice, and my non-mom friends were out of town or busy with other commitments.

I thought about trying to find a babysitter and dragging Trevor along with me. But he wasn't really feeling it. I waffled on keeping the pottery date at all, but finally decide to go.

Just with me, myself and I.

And, surprisingly, it was wonderful.

Before Ivie, I used to do things by myself all the time. I've always treasured my independence. One pf the things I am most grateful to my husband for always honoring.

Oddly though, when that independence is sort of stripped from you by force of nature, it takes a while to rediscover it.

And, to be honest, if I wasn't planning on gifting some folks with pottery pieces come Christmas, I probably wouldn't have gone. I really didn't want to go by myself. I had really been looking forward to visiting with another adult in a space where I didn't have someone constantly asking me to lift them up or get them a drink of water.

However, the three hours that were entirely mine, to myself, in the pottery studio were LOVELY.

Sure - there are times when I'm "alone" at home while Ivie is napping. But it isn't the same. She's still on my brain and at least 80% of my human capacity for hearing is dedicated to listening for the inevitable squawks coming from her room.

I was the only person working at all on Saturday, aside from the studio owner. It was quiet. It was nice to let all my thoughts just float away and sit by myself in my own silence. Truth is, I've forgotten how good that can feel.

So - I have a date with myself to go back soon. And yes, I'll post pictures of my masterpieces when they are through. :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Alright, well - the title seemed to go with the only recent picture I have on my computer at the moment, a shot from this year's Halloween party.It also has to do with the idea of making my blog public again for a little while.

I've taken a hiatus from blogging for the past 6 months. I've been wrapped up in my privacy for the last few months, but miss the connections of this online community. I've been quietly following many of you, but not making too many comments. Of course, I know that in online communities you only get what you give, so I'm ready to start giving a little more.

Prepare yourself to be updated.(Just to throw another Halloween Party Pic out there for good measure! We had our annual murder mystery group again this year, and the theme was a masquerade, with every couple assigned to come in a particular color.Obviously, we were Mr. & Mrs. White...and, yes, that is my real hair.)