Friday, February 26, 2010

Kylee-8 Months Old

Kylee had her "8 month birthday" last Thursday. With every month that goes by, it becomes more and more difficult to take her picture in the rocking chair. She is so squirmy and curious these days and can't sit still in one spot for very long. She army crawls all over the place and this week has started getting up on her knees. I'm sure it's only going to be about another week or so before she starts truly crawling. Yikes!! She already scouts out all of Chad's choking hazardous toys or the toy he is playing with at that moment (which does not go over too well with him!). I'm hoping our basement will be finished within the next few weeks before she becomes too mobile.

Pulling off the wicker pieces (inevitably to stick in her mouth)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Valentine's Day 2010

Sorry its been a couple weeks since the last posting but you know how I mentioned bad things usually come in three's...well that particular week it was at least 4, maybe more. While searching the internet that Friday, somehow our computer got infected with a virus and stopped working. We're not much of the "techy" people so once we try to back up the old files (hopefully we still can), we'll get it repaired. In the meantime, we are fortunate enough that we're able to use one of John's Grandpa's old (but new) computers..if that makes sense.

Anyways, we had a wonderful Valentine's Day. I worked that weekend and brought home doughnuts Sunday morning...which is ALWAYS a bit hit!!! After I woke up and showered, John and I took the kids to Abuelo's mexican restaurant (my favorite!!). I thought Chad would be horrible because he hadn't napped all day but he ended up falling asleep in the car and slept sitting up in the booth for the majority of dinner. Kylee was good as usual and loves sitting in the high chair.

After dinner, we went to John's parents' house.
Kylee and I with her new toy
A couple cute pics of the kiddos from a few weeks ago

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

One CRAZY Day!!

I've always heard that "bad things usually come in three's" but what I didn't know is that the Colts losing the Superbowl was the Number 1 of 3. A few weeks ago, I was summoned for jury duty. I was to be at the Hamilton County Courthouse at 12 noon yesterday. I left my house about 11:45 and once I finally found the specific parking lot and a spot and then trudged through a foot of snow, I arrived at my destination a little past noon. Thank goodness I wasn't there any earlier because the 61 of us potential jurors (12 people make up a jury mind you) sat in a waiting room for 2 1/2 hours before things got started. Then to make a very long and boring story short, most of us had to have individual interviews in the courtroom with the Judge and Attorneys from both sides and then we all got interviewed again as a group in the jury box. I was one of 33 jurors left and I finally discharged from the case at 8 pm and could go home. The only food and drink they served during that whole time was cookies, pretzels, and water!!

Since I came home so late I parked John's car in the driveway as to not wake up Kylee with Oliver's barking. I was playing with Chad inside while John wheeled the trashcans out to the end of the driveway. I saw I had two missed calls from I called him back in which he told me "my car is all smashed in and the police are on there way." I thought he was just joking until I went outside and saw the damage to the car, a metal "slow" sign down and tire tracks going across our front yard missing our big tree by about 2 feet, and a trailblazer parked across the street. How crazy is that? John said the kid driving looked about 17. John asked him where he was going and he replied "driving down 131st Street and hit an icepatch." The kid claims he wasn't going very fast but tell me how you can knock down a metal post and sign, drive through about 7 inches of snow all the way up our front lawn, across our driveway, and cause $2,250 damage to our car? Police report was filed, we got the estimate done today, and hopefully the other insurance company will handle everything. What an ordeal!!! I'm sure glad that day is over!!

Damage to John's car while parked in our driveway
The hit made the wheels turn left
Tire tracks and metal sign through front yard

Stop sign on 131st Street. Granted we're the first house in
the addition but how do you go from driving down that road
and end up hitting a car parked at the top of a driveway?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Back to the Doctor....

Well...round 2 of the cold. Kylee battled a runny nose all last week and last Thursday Chad had a snotty nose, cough, and low grade temp. He stayed home from preschool last Friday and still had a yucky cough all weekend. By Monday, Kylee had developed the same cough and cold and Chad sounded wheezy. So off to see the nurse practioner....again! Chad had a left ear infection and now taking antibiotics and both have to have Albuterol nebulizer treatments 2-3 times a day until the cough disappears. Chad thinks its fun to set up the nebulizer and pour the medicine in. He holds it himself and does great for the first 5 minutes and gets a little distracted the last 5. But all in all, he does great. Kylee, on the other hand, does not enjoy the treatment whatsoever but I think her cough is already improving.

"Here Daddy, you want some too??"

Kylee with her mask on...surprisingly not crying
Chad at 7 months getting nebulizer treatment

Stage 2: Framing Completed

Over the past week, John and his Dad finished framing our basement. Although it's one step closer to being finished, I still find it difficult to visualize how it will look once completed. The main purpose of finishing the basement is so the kids can have their own play area and space for all their toys without them being spread all over our house. We decided to take a day trip to West Chester, Ohio to visit IKEA on Wednesday. Chad stayed home with my Dad and we took Kylee (who was an absolute angel) with us. We got a few ideas and came home with a tv stand, end table, and a bookshelf/storage unit with bins; along with some other odds and ends. Of course my favorite part of the whole trip was eating lunch at La Rosa's, which is a signature pizza and italian restaurant in Cincinnati.
Main area

Back of basement
Bottom of stairs