Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving traditions...

I love Thanksgiving.

It's my favorite holiday. Oh, I love Christmas too, but there is something about Thanksgiving. I just enjoy the day spent with family and friends, making memories and remembering days gone by, just being. This holiday always seems less hurried, quieter, more relaxed. Oh, I'm still busy, don't get me wrong!

We are hosting my extended family for dinner tomorrow. I will be up at the crack of dawn, oh wait, probably before get that turkey stuffed and start working on those potatoes. B went all out this year and got a 19 lb. turkey! Yes, you read that right! It probably doesn't seem all that big to many of you, but I have a small family.

Today I was busy preparing my home and ran over to my grandma's to pick up some dishes that she gave me! I'm so excited about these dishes. They aren't anything all that special, but I've started collecting them and it's so nice to have some of the actual pieces that were hers. You know the kind...purchased inexpensively at the local Super Valu. But I got sidetracked here. When I got to my grandma's, I had forgotten that she and my aunt were going to be making Lefse today.

I just love Lefse. What a wonderful Thanksgiving tradition for us. We have it at Christmas too, along with the Lutefisk, but I don't get all that excited about that. I snapped a couple of pictures at grandma's. Please forgive the quality of the pictures. I did not have my camera with me, so I took these with my phone!

My grandma's recipe...yellowed and faded with age:

Grandma's Lefse Recipe

Some of the tools of the trade...

Making lefse...(tools of the trade)

Mmmmm....fresh Lefse. Nothing better.

Mmmmm...fresh lefse...nothing like it.

I'm thankful for many things, one of which is, family traditions. Oh, and it's snowing and it's beautiful! I'm also thankful for first snowfalls.

Still to come: Disney pics and pictures of my new (old) dishes!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me!

Yes, today is the day...a nice day to pop back on my blog after a long hiatus. I'm another year older and closer to 50!

I was woken this morning by two little girl's yelling, "SURPRISE!", like I didn't know it was my birthday. Very cute. I had cards and candy awaiting me, as well as, lots of hugs and kisses!

We headed to the pediatrician the morning for the girl's Well-Child check now that they are FIVE (still can't believe that!). They also received five shots each today. Boosters and then the flu shot. UGH! It was tough. Troopers they are, for sure! Lindsey didn't handle it well at all, but the office did a great job of taking one while the other was getting their shots. Lindsey went first and she was already worked up before she got up on the table. That didn't help at all. She was seriously almost out of control when it was over and only calmed down when Dr. Heidi came and took her for a walk. Then, Sydney came back in and she handled it really well, still tears, but nothing like Lindsey, and I really didn't even know when she was done. I could've had them do the shots in two different visits, but I said, no, just get them all over with. It's such a tough decision. I was debating in my head about it, but I could tell Lindsey was getting worked up already, so I decided to just spare her another day of shots. I think it was the right decision.

As for their stats, still teeny-tiny for five! Sydney was 40.5" (12th percentile) and 32 lbs. (3rd percentile) and Lindsey was 40" (7th percentile) and 30 lbs. (0.7 percentile) least she's actually ON the chart now, if you can call .7 on the chart! I think it's the first time ever for her weight.

Really, no worries though. We are past the tracking of all the calories and cals/oz. Believe me though, we have been there, done that. It's very strange to think back to that time, because when you are in to the day to day stuff, you really wonder if it will end. I thought I'd always be worrying about their intake, etc., but eventually, I just made a decision to let it go. It was hard. Very hard. It was something I could control, not really control, because obviously I can't control what they ate, but I was all about keeping track of everything, writing everything down in my notebook...and I just stopped. I stopped tracking. I stopped the Pediasure. I just decided that I need to trust the girls a little more with their eating, that they would eat if they were hungry, if I actually LET them get hungry. Prior to that, I don't think they ever felt hungry. Anyway, it was just time for us. It was stressful, but it was even more stressful, all the tracking and counting and worrying. It took awhile to really let go. It's actually kind of hard to remember what it was like sometimes. I guess that's just what a little time does. Anyway, back to the doctor visit...

Dr. Heidi also still heard a heart murmur on Lindsey. She heard it last year too and we were going to do an echo, but I never scheduled it. She said we could still do the echo or she could just write a referral and I could take her to Sydney's cardiologist and schedule it at my leisure, which is what we're going to do. I'm sure it's probably just an innocent murmur, but we're going to get it checked out.

After the trauma of all the shots, we went to the store to pick up some Tylenol and get a treat, and then it was off to McDonalds. Back home, change clothes for dance and we were off again.

Now we are just waiting for daddy to get home and we'll be heading out to dinner! YAY!

And I have SO MUCH to tell you all! I can't believe it's been almost a month since I posted anything. We have been busy. I went on a trip to Cape May, NJ and then we all went to:

Our first trip here...

I've started a new business. We were sick. Yadda yadda yadda...

Some happy news last week though...the Packers won AGAIN! Yay! Here we are sporting our favorite Brett Favre jersey's!

We love Brett Favre!

I still need to get my vacation pics uploaded and then I'll share with you all. Lots to talk about. It's good to be back.
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