Stefani's most-fantastical-reads book montage

Crooked Kingdom
Six of Crows
Yellow Brick War
The Wicked Will Rise
Charm & Strange
Their Fractured Light
These Broken Stars
Big Little Lies
I'll Be There
Red Queen

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Monday, May 31, 2010

So. Sick.


I am so bloody sick. Addison had it. Derek had it. Now it's my turn. I spent three hours being violently sick this morning, passed out twice from throwing up so much, and have lost 6 pounds in a day.

Also... I will very likely not eat tacos again for a very, VERY, V-E-R-Y long time.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

::retracts claws and takes a deep breath::

It's a bummer that I don't blog about marital discord. Because this one would be a doozie.


Derek has been puking and in bed ALL DAY. He just left to go watch the fight on PPV with the boys. Um. WHAT? So, I'm home with a sick baby and a bitch of a research paper that I won't get to even start on until after she goes to bed. I have nothing else to say.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Okay, my blog has just gone through it's first major make-over... new header, a button, and a siggy... you all have NO IDEA how tech savy I'm feeling right about now!!

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

The terrible towel...

We were getting Addison ready for her bath and Derek walked out of the laundry room with one of her pink, hoodie towels on his head... We haven't laughed this hard in a long time - sometimes you just need to let loose and be silly...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

8 months...

Eight months (okay, I'm a wee bit late)... it seems overnight Addison went from this little peanut who needed us for everything to a little crawler.... here's the update...

Length: 27 inches
Weight: 16 pounds
Loves: crawling! shiny pop cans! pulling mommy's hair! sitting up! baths! binks! doggies! kitties! mum-mums! playing with daddy! dancing! singing! talking! fuzzy blankets! tags!
Hates: being in the backseat alone... pooping... broccoli... the nose sucky thingy... diaper changes...
Newest moves: crawling, sitting up alone, holding the bottle...

My baby girl is crawling... howdidthathappensofast????

We went up into the mountains with Derek's parents to scout camping sites for next weekend. On the way home, Addison started singing to us...

Who would have thought that one of the hardest parts of baby proofing the house would be teaching Raja how to get from the side of the gate with the kitty litter box to the side with the food and water bowls? It took more than half the container or kitty treats to get her from one side to the other. It was quite the feat for her - she's not the most athletically inclined feline on the planet.

Monday, May 17, 2010

A weekend away...

This past weekend was a busy one for us. I had signed up to walk in the Beat the Bridge for Juvenile Diabetes Run a while back. My parents and Derek agreed to go with me and as we were making arrangements for staying in Seattle, we ended up getting a deal at the Hilton in Bellevue that we couldn't say no to. So we changed our plans and decided to make a weekend of it. Derek and I got home around 3pm on Friday and loaded up the car. It never ceases to amaze me how much STUFF is required to travel with a baby!! We packed the CR-V to the limit and headed west. The drive normally takes us 2 1/2 hours and we rarely have to deal with traffic. Just our luck, road construction signs started popping up just before the summit and we spent AN HOUR going 3.9 mph. Not. Cool. It was about this same time that my bladder announced that it had reached capacity and I was wiggling around in the passenger seat praying for a rest stop sign... If we had been stuck any longer I seriously would have attempted peeing in one of Addison's diapers! Thankfully, just past Easton, things started moving again and by 8:10pm we were checking into the hotel.
We got our room and found out that it wasn't the king sized bed we thought we were getting and since Derek is 6'3", a king bed is a necessity. I took Addison and went off in search of the bell-hop cart thingy and to swap our room while Derek continued lugging up all our stuff. By the time he had everything up to the 5th floor, I had arranged to change our room. The front desk attendant told me that she had a room on the 8th floor, gave me the card key, and off I went. As I was heading back to our room to get Derek and move rooms, I looked down at the actual key which read 636. Okay, so I'm thinking she made a mistake in telling me the 8th floor... no biggie. I get back to our original room and knock... and knock... and knock. Nada. (Mind you I'm toting Addison around this whole time and she's wiggling and dancing and trying to get her hands on everything in sight!). So, I figure Derek must have headed up to the 8th floor to wait for us... so up we go. Sure enough, there he is. We wander down to room 636, try the key, and get the red light. Hmm... try again. Same result. So I look closer at the key-holder-packet-thingy and see that she has crossed out 636 and written 809. ::head-wall-head-wall:: So, we get BACK on the elevator and go BACK to the 8th floor where we finally find a king sized bed waiting for us. Sheesh! We unpacked, fed Addison, got her ready for bed, and collapsed for the night... Seriously, vacations are hard work!!
Saturday morning was beautiful and we got up early and got ready for our day at the zoo. It seemed like everyone else in Seattle had the same idea and parking was a nightmare, but once we got in it was a lot of fun. Addison was pretty alert for the first half of the adventure but she konked out and took a nap by noon time.

A few family photo ops from the zoo... I love her little sun hat!!
These next three pictures are some of my favorite from the weekend... she was so good the entire time. She slept through the night, didn't cry with all the crazy schedule changes, and had smiles for us the whole time.
After we got back from the zoo we decided to take Addi swimming for the first time. We stuffed her in her little suit and headed down to the pool... it was 73 degrees out and the water was perfect for swimming. She LOVED it. I told Derek he has to install a pool now because she had so much fun. Yes, I wore a bikini. No, I didn't let Derek take any pictures until I was fully submerged.

On Sunday we got up EARLY (double ugh) and got ready for the "race". I may have grown up in Seattle but somehow I forgot that getting somewhere important is almost ALWAYS impossible. We were staying 15 minutes from the UW campus (such an unfortunate location for the race, in my WSU opinion). I forgot to consider the thousands of other other people who were also headed there across the 520 floating bride. We got stuck in traffic. Again. We got to the stadium, rushed up to the starting line, and started walking at the tail end of the group. Thankfully, my parents were punctual and had enough time to get our t-shirts and numbers for us. It was a perfect day for the walk, overcast, 65ish, and no wind or rain. I love doing big fundraisers like that, there's something about seeing that many people come together for a good cause that gives me the warm fuzzies =]
On our way home we stopped in North Bend to do a 'little' shopping at the outlet mall... Addison got spoiled rotten at Baby Gap, Gymboree, and Carters... and I got spoiled rotten at Coach!! Addison loves Coach almost as much as her mommy... as the center picture below proves =]
I still think that it should be required to have a day off after taking a vacation... we got home, unpacked, and tried to relax but we still haven't gotten caught up on our sleep (or laundry) yet.

Moments of silence...

I was going to post about our weekend in Seattle and Addison's 8-month milestones but a friend and co-workers 3 year old granddaughter was killed tragically at daycare. So, for today, I'm just going to say prayers for her family and be thankful for each moment with my loved ones...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

My 1st Mother's Day...

Loved the orchids from Derek, adored the necklace from Addison, but that little girl in the pink polka dotted skirt is the best gift a momma could ask for...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sweet Relief!

I have been in the most horrible, awful, excruciating pain for the last few weeks. I went in to have a crown done and the tooth that was being worked on got massively infected. I went back when the pain got to be too much and my dentist decided that a root canal was in order. So he sent me home last week with antibiotics and pain meds and told me to come back in a week for the procedure. The pain got worse and worse and spread all throughout the left side of my jaw and up to my ear. I took Vicodin. I took Percoset. I added in Advil. I used a heat pack. NOTHING WORKED. On Tuesday night I was to the point of begging Derek to take me to the ER because I was sure I was going to die from the pain. Honestly, I'd put it up with my spinal headache in college and labor contractions - it was agonizing. We went in for my root canal on Wednesday morning and had decided to do sedation dentistry since I am nearly impossible to get numb. I took my pills and my dentist set about trying to numb me... I lost count of the shots but he said that he gives me at least 10x more Novocain than he gives his next most difficult patient. He also mentioned that I could go to UW and be studied for my ridonculous nerves. Awesome for me. Or not. So, he finally got me numb and the drugs kicked in and off he went drilling into my head... I vaguely remember talk of puss, bad smells, and a shock when he drilled into a part of the nerve that wasn't numb yet. Then Derek put me in the car and took me home to sleep it off. I can't say I feel 100% yet because I am still sore from all the work and shots but I feel a million, bazillion times better today than I have in the past week. It's amazing how draining constant pain is on your mood and emotions - I feel like a whole new person today!

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