Monday, December 31, 2012

Dear Little Deer {342}

Dear Miss Dinah,

Tonight we learned that Dinah means 'deer' in Italian.
So in Italian my blog would be, 'Dear Little Deer...' :)

Playing at the childrens' play place in the mall:

We walked around the mall for a while, running some errands that Ms. Carrissa had. We stopped by a photo vender while Ms. Carrissa put little Leo in the sling to be fed and this poster caught my eye:

It says, "We must be willing to let go of the life have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." 

It's an interesting thought...

You and Auggie brushing your teeth, a favorite pastime:

Out to dinner this evening. Wonderful food, but a long wait time, so we bought bouncy balls and hung out in the entryway. Lots of giggling, bouncing, and fun. You didn't really nap today and were so tired that you fell asleep on the way to the restaurant. You ate a big meal though, and fell immediately to sleep in the car. You wouldn't even wake up as Daddy carried you in the house, and remained a sleeping little rag doll as we put your PJ's on. Get some rest, little one. We have a long trip tomorrow -- although I suppose you can sleep all day in the car if you like :)

I love you,

Mamma <3

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Chivalry {341}

Dear Miss Dinah,

Abby and Lana are 2 of the most well behaved dogs I've ever met. They are very tame, and extremely patient and they do not beg for food at all. They will just sit very attentively, very nearby till someone happens to drop something their way.




We went to church this morning with Mr. Corrado and Ms. Carrissa. Today was "family service" which means that they did not have any nursery classes. There are TV's and comfy chairs in the foyer area so we just sat out there for the service. It was funny because slowly as the service went on, more and more families with young children would sneak out of the service and into the foyer, until it was baby/toddler central! You spent the entire time walking the halls. There were many and they were long and inviting to energetic little legs.

Getting ready to leave, waiting for friends to come out and load up into their car. You push a button, and push a button, and push a button...

This afternoon we went over to Auggie's grandma and grandpa again to watch the GB Packers game. They were playing the Minnesota Vikings in what proved to be a pretty exciting game.

A view from the back porch, beautiful snow - not melting away nearly as fast as it does at home:

Hanging out and drinking a strawberry flavored water Daddy got you earlier.

Although they live in Wisconsin, Auggie's grandfather grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and only got one television station which broadcast the Minnesota Vikings, so he is a Vikings fan :)

Mr. Corrado and Daddy continued to work on their energy project.

You and Auggie took turns riding the little horse, which was Ms. Carrissa's when she was a girl. Oh, and it was so sweet, at one point, you got on and Auggie pushed you around, with absolutely no prompting :) How chivalrous.

You were pretty worn out again today by the time we got back home. We read a little and then lied down in your crib. I rubbed your little back and head as you fell swiftly to sleep.

I love you,

Mamma <3

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dinah and Sn, BFF {340}

Dear Miss Dinah,

We were up at 6 am again. Mr. Corrado and little Auggie were up too. Corrado said that Ms. Carrissa was at the hospital! He said that she woke up at 2am and little Leo was running a pretty high fever. She called the nurse to told her she should bring him in. After running some tests, they decided it was the flu, and they finally got home around 6:30. We all ate breakfast and then they all went back to bed and we stayed up, of course! You did, however take a nap later in the morning, which was nice.

Pictures from a snowed in family:

That is a bush down there in the left hand corner.

Daddy was out running the snow blower at this time. Also, Corrado had just cleaned our car off only about an hour ago!

Auggie wakes up and asks Daddy to read with him.

We went over to Auggie and Leo's grandparents' (Ms. Carrissa's parents) house for lunch. We had pancakes, bacon, and ham which had actually been prepared for breakfast, but of course we were running late this morning because of Leo's middle of the night adventure.

After lunch, Daddy and Corrado road snow mobiles out on a trail for about an hour. We got bundled up and road sleds around the driveway and then did our own version of "snow mobiling."

You LOVED it.

I'm convinced that if you were cold at all, you had no realization of it at all.

Daddy was out taking these pictures of you before he left, here he has the camera flipped towards himself at first accidentally - he thinks he's taking pictures of you :)

 Later on, you and Auggie stayed to play with the grandparents and Ms. Carrissa and Mamma went out for a bit. When we came back, you were back at it outside with Daddy!

You call snow, "sn" and pout up your mouth and wrinkle up your nose to make a funny face while you say it. 

But again, you love it. Despite all it's biting coldness, you love it. Oh you even ate some off your glove from time to time. Daddy said you'd been out about 30 minutes by this time, and you still didn't want to come in.

When we finally got home, we made some dinner and I gave you a bath. You and Auggie both love baths. You say, bah! And he says, tub! And you both just love standing there watching it run. Auggie is also a sweet little buddy. He loves to just quietly be around whatever we're doing. If we go away to read a book, get ready for bed, or change a diaper, Auggie will just creep quietly into the room and watch what's going on.

Oh, also, Leo slept most of the day, waking to nurse occasionally and his temperature has slowly gone down.

You got so tired in the middle of dinner that Daddy finally took you to go brush your teeth, read a book, and go to bed. You were asleep in less than 2 minutes. 

I love you,

Mamma <3