Sunday, January 18, 2009

Alright January now that January is half over, I think I avoided the rush of the new years resolution. I've seen these floating around the blog world, so here is my take on it.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you've never done before?
I got paid (Maternity Leave) to stay home with my kid. Moved on from the "student" life.

2. Did you keep your New Year's Resolutions and will you make more for next year? I'm always a little leery to actually put them down in writing (at least for all to see). I'm sure I made some last year & probably some of the same again this year. It's always good to try to be better.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yep, there was quite a few & if they didn't they are probably preggo now.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Closer to Ryan was his Grandma

5. What places have you visited?
A trip to Utah, Mexico, Kimberly. I guess I'm not visiting Calgary anymore, so I've been back to visit E-town.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Probably complain less about my child who doesn't sleep. Work on developing a cure to get all babies to sleep through the night. I'd probably be cashing in on my millions right now if that was the case.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched in your memory and why?
The cheesy saying "we remember moments not days" comes to mind. I barely remember birthdays. I remember a few great moments of 08: laying on the beach by myself, selling and buying our house, the Saturdays I got to sleep in, leaving Edmonton, and finding out we were moving to New York for a few months.

8. What was your biggest achievement this year?
Achievements have taken on a whole new meaning as I am officially a stay at home mom. In other words so far no medal or trophies for the last stinky diaper I changed in record time, or that fabulous meal I made that one time. If achievements are joint (when your married I think they are) Ryan finishing law school was a great one.

9. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Not so much.. nothing that lasted more than a couple days

10. What was the best thing you bought?
Biggest and Best was our house.

11. Where did most of your money go?
Mostly to "stuff" to fill the house, which is fun but costly. And food, fun, bills just the stuff I'll be buying for the next 50 years.

12. What song will always remind you of 2008?
I swear since I got married I haven't really been that into music. I mostly found cool stuff from others. I listened to Mamma Mia way to much, and Yael Niem - I thought it was the song that made Sadie happy & dance.

13. What do you wish you would have done more of?
pumping iron ha ha. Ok I just want to be able to unscrew the lids Ryan puts on so freaking tight.

14. What do you wish you would have done less of?
I wished I had to drive less. I like to go places by driving and traffic and parking can be such a drag. Less facebook.

15. What was your favorite TV program?
Before Sadie and cable I really didn't have any. Now I am a little embarrassed at all the shows I watch. Office, Criminal minds, 90210, and dang it, I even tune into these reality shows, SYTYCD (just learned that abbrev.), AI

16. What was the best book you read this year?
Maybe another thing I wish I did more of this year. Kite Runner was good, & I am a fan of most of Jodi Picoult (was that this year) Twilight was good, but I still haven't even read them all.

17. What was your favorite film of the year?
hmm this is tough. Even the last one I went to, Seven Pounds I fell asleep in. but I still liked it. Don't tell Ryan I don't think he noticed (it drives him crazy that I can't stay awake in movies)

18. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I turned 28, yep that's what I did. Ok and went out for dinner and yada yada

19. What political issue stirred you the most?
I voted...

20. Who was the best new person you met?
I'm glad I've met some great new friends since moving here. I'm not one to name names but I am especially glad my friend Allaina is just down the street from me.

What?? a weekend??
Yeah I'm like 99% of the world & I look forward to the weekend usually doesn't matter what it entails. A weekend of sitting at home with the fam, or packing in fun outings with Sadie, or going out, dates. I'm game for a weekend after Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs Fri. (I'd take it sooner if it was possible). Well this weekend was non existent for us. WE were totally thinking that we were gonna have a fun weekend together. But sometime between my brief conversation with Ryan on Friday at 4:45 "yep just checking in at the office, & then I'll be home by 6:00" and 4:55 it completely changed. He managed to get home by 8:30. Then he was up and leaving WAY to early on Saturday & got home WAY too late that night. We went to church and he had to go back again. So much for any sort of a weekend. ughhh

Of course he would have like to be with us, but was sort of "stuck". I felt bad for him and bad for me.
I sent him these emails (yes I know cheesy). You did weird things when your home all weekend by yourself.
It is sick how many emails he gets. So even though he said they were cruel I know they were the best he gets.

subject: A GOOD email
I was just checking to see if you were home yet. hmmm just checking... still waiting. wanna play peek-a-boo? Oh dad just come home I will even give you a kiss! mmmuuh
a big slobbering one the only one I know.
do you miss me? I miss you
love you dadda -Sadie

subject: URGENT
Come home! How can you say no to the cutest girl ever!
We love you

Saturday, January 10, 2009

the LOOK

All parents are supposed to develop a 'look,' the one that you instantly shoot at your kid that can single them out in a crowd of a million. As soon as you hear them, see them, or sense them doing something they shouldn't. Your parent instincts kick in and you know just what you need to do. I haven't developed my 'look' yet. Yikes! Don't get me wrong she gets into things that she shouldn't and the words "no no Sadie" frequently come out of my mouth. But, so far I have neglected the 'look.' Until now, after Sadie's recent looks have been coming out she has prompted me to develop my own ' mom look.' This little girl cannot just throw these looks out & expect to get her way (although I think she could still work Ryan over pretty easy).
I sound like a really meany mom now. Really I know she can still get away with some stuff, I just can't let her know it, right?

Who is the crazy now? I don't know if I mentioned before the kind of sleeper Sadie is... (sense the sarcasm please) Basically it turns out she doesn't need a lot of it. She gets up wicked early. I don't mind getting up early but seriously its winter and NOTHING is happening that can't wait a few more hours. We usually wake up to cold, dark, dreary nothingness outside.

The other day crazy me got up with her lazed around (mostly me) ate breakfast, cleaned it up, got her dressed, and I showered & then we headed out to see the sun rise. PATHETIC, really! I guess I'm trying to make the most of it, sort of.

I should have some pretty productive days since they start so early. Unfortunately some days I spend too much of it wondering if and when she will go for a nap...

Monday, January 5, 2009

We loved the Holidays

We are all back and getting into our old routine (I hope). After being away I realized a few things.
No matter what time Sadie goes to bed she will ALWAYS be the first one up. I guess some kids can just get by on less sleep.
Many others will sadly attest that she is hands down the loudest screamer/crier ( I think my dad said decibels per kilo she wins hands down). Any challengers??
It is a good thing that we think she is also the cutest little girl ever!!
Really, I will probably forget all the rough times and just remember this adorable girl. I think that is the only way my mom had six kids.

Being the only grand kid in Ryan's family has some serious perks. SPOILED!

It is true that toys keep getting fancier, bigger, better, more expensive, but at the end of they day Sadie is thrilled to play with a box. (Ryan too!)

Christmas pyjama photos are a must... but why does it seem that the timing is always such that my child is the one crying. Thank you Alli, Sadie is not alone, but definitely more expressive.

She will fight/scream to stand her ground even if she is the smallest kid. Her biggest challenger is probably James. Fortunately they do get along quite well at times and she has learned a thing or two from him. James will give her hugs but she has learned not to always trust him. He came up to her said "sooorry" and then proceeded to take her toy.

Watching movie trailers with Grandpa or anyone NEVER gets old.

When its -30 the best time spent outside... is in the hot tub.

Rhonda made me the cutest apron and a matching one for Sadie. I love it! So here goes one of my new goals for the year is I want to learn to love to cook .... or at least do it better.

Lastly, it really is best to have Ryan around for the holidays we missed him when we played and he worked.
I loved our holidays, but have never been so ready to be back home.