Monday, July 28, 2008

We got the loan!

Some bank is actually crazy enough to give us a $400,000 loan (people in the midwest/south probably just choked or passed out at the cost...CPR maybe necessary) but $400K is a drop in the bucket for loans around here :)

Now we go out and get our construction loan (its so complicated I will just leave these details out) and hopefully in the next few weeks, we will officially start building our new home!

Here is a link to the property site.....the whole piece of land is divided into 3 pieces of property and we are the middle lot. Chad's BIL owns the lots and the first one on the end is sold, ours is ours and they are waiting on a buyer for the third lot. The middle lot was the biggest (and the nicest) so we took it.

Now the fun part begins......

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Binky Girls

I got to watch Gabriella on Friday afternoon and she was just a doll! Emma on the other hand.....threw a couple of fits but what else is new lol! They both love their binkys and when one didn't have it in her mouth, the other was trying to find it and couldn't wait to pop it into the empty paci-less mouth. It was just too cute to watch. They play a little better now then they did last month at her party and it was neat to see them interact with each other. They were pooped
out by the end of the day (see pic above) and that is when the cat got brave enough to make an appearance-he hid from the girls most of the day. Smart cat :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


If you have never lived in or visited Baltimore, then you probably never truly had a snowball. These are NOT SNOWCONES or fake imitations from Rita's Italian Ice. There is nothing like a snowball on a hot day. We went to Opies, which is about a 2 minute drive from my parents house.

Snowballs hold a special place in my heart for 3 reasons: 1-I grew up eating them with my grandparents in the summer, eating grape snowballs with marshmallow with vanilla ice cream. I so loved those days when I was little.
2-I got my first work permit ever when I was 16 to a snowball stand! I loved this job!!! Free snowballs anytime and I got paid a whooping $4.25 an hour to slave away in a little shack on the corner sweating out strawberry snowballs.

3-If I hadn't been working that night 15 years ago (probably right around this date and time) a lady asked if she could post a flyer about new Labrador puppies for sale....that night after my shift we got our dog Daisy, who sadly passed away to doggie heaven a few months ago (tears in eyes writing this). So snowballs to me aren't simply shaved ice doused in neon color syrups; they are a part of my being, especially in the summer.

My favorite is chocolate or egg custard flavors......until you have one, those flavors sound a bit bizarre. Emma had her first one of many last weekend. When I was little, I usually got 1 of 2 flavors-grape or skylite, the aqua blue color. I got Emma skylight and true to her Baltimore blood that runs through her from her me-mom and pop-pop, she LOVED it! Oh, and Lacy, the new dog loved them too. There isn't anything like it on earth. So if you happen to be in B-more, you must must must get a snowball in the summer-it'll be the best $1.50 you'll ever spend.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Pee Pee in the potty!

I got a new potty today.....the baby bjorn hot pink potty.....a little more "simple" than the one I already have. She tryed it sans diaper when I was in the bathroom and didn't do anything. Then in the living room she went back into the bathroom and dragged the potty to the living room. I then told her if she wanted to sit on the potty watching her movie, she had to take off her diaper and pee.......

She then proceeded to take off her diaper (she does this now and then), sat on the potty and PEED!!! I about peed my pants LOL because she just gave me this "I told you so look" and then started peeing while I stared at her with my mouth on the floor. She then stood up and said "done done?" and tried to put the diaper back on. Good thing I got some pull-ups today on a whim-on sale at Target.

She got 1 M&M which she didn't eat (found the remains on the floor) so I better find something else she likes instead. Who knows if this was a fluke or not but I guess I will be starting to sit her more on the potty each day.

Yay for pee-pee in the potty! Its hard to tell from the pic but yes, there is some light colored pee in the potty pic.

Monday, July 7, 2008

The perils of eating "freshly picked"

Ahhh.....probably from the fresh corn I got today-the guy told me he had just picked it from the field. Emma and I took a trip down to Pungo to go blueberry pickin'! Its about a 1/2 drive down there which seems like eons nowadays. I used to drive an hour to go to the mall when we lived in Ohio but now anything over 20 minutes is a hike LOL.

It was a walk to where you parked your car from where you pick and of course, I forgot the camera in the car and there was no way I was walking back in the heat to get it. I don't think you can tell from the pic but Emma has blueberry all over her face LOL. She wasn't the best helper-she had her own bucket and would pick about 3 or 4 into the bucket, eat them, and start all over again. And if I got too close to where she was picking (and putting them in my basket), she would push me away and try to reclaim those berries!
She had a good time sans sunscreen, which I also forgot at home and stayed close the entire time. We went to Pungo Blueberries Ect., where they also have BLACKBERRIES! By the time we were done picking our 2.6 pounds of berries, I knew better and called it a day. These are the pics after we were done (with the camera that was baking in the car).
I filled up another one of these size containers, plus a smaller one. Muffins are now baking in the oven.
I did end up buying some sweet corn and already picked blackberries at Henleys Farm my local Pungo standby and this is where I probably got my stowaway. About 3 or 4 years ago, I was in blackberry heaven and took a bite of one (these are huge) and when I looked at the half-bitten berry, there was a half of a grub squirming out....the other half was already in my stomach. From there on, I only eat blackberries in one bite so if there is something alive still in it, I don't want to know about it.
All in all, it wasn't too bad of a Monday!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Yesterday was a sad, yet exciting afternoon. Ms.Debbie has been with us since April 2007 as Emma's PT gal. And after a visit with Ms.Debbie and Ms.Jenn (Speech Eval)....we no longer qualify for the Infant Program (program for kids with developmental delays). Emma passed her speech eval with flying colors oddly enough. She can say about 50 words and was a little chatterbox during the test. We have to work on the "paci usage" and start doing time-outs with her when she is being bad LOL. Emma has also caught up with her peers for gross and fine motor skills :) When Debbie first met her, Emma couldn't even sit up on her own (9 months) and refused to try any solid foods. Emma also cried non-stop during our weekly sessions so it was draining on her and me. Today, Emma just chatted away with Debbie, looking in her box of toys for her baby doll and having a grand ol time playing with the therapists. I was trying to hold back tears because we have worked so hard with Emma trying to get her to sit-up, to be on her tummy, to eat, to crawl, to cruise, to walk, to color and to jump and its good to know our hard work has finally paid off!!! I feel as I no longer need to say "well she isn't doing xxx yet b/c she was 6 weeks premature". None of those labels apply to us anymore. We have "graduation" in August and unless something else comes up, we have our weeks completely free of therapy! Yay for Emma!