Friday, September 19, 2008


Thursday morning, Maizie had a 30-minute episode we shall entitle "The Great I WANT JUICE Tantrum of 2008". To finally put it to a rest, I used the last weapon in my mommy arsenal--bubbles. I think the pictures say it all.

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Why You Should Never Accept Invitations from the Georges

We asked Grant (aka FancyPants) and Amanda over last weekend and then promptly put them straight to work. Amanda gave Maizie her first haircut. It was driving me crazy with its scraggliness. Now it's even and cute! Maizie would freak out anytime I cam at her with the scissors, but she did great while Amanda worked her magic. Thanks, Amanda!

Next we made them help us remove our old guest bed and bring in Maizie new "big girl" bed. Jason and I made it for her (bed rails to come) and I have to say she's pretty pleased so far.

The we "forced" Grant to read her one of the longest books we have. Actually, Maizie took her night-night book directly to him cuz she knows a sucker when she sees one.

Just fair warning of what's in store when the Georges ask you over...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Better late than never, here are the pics from the ultrasound back in July. And we found out yesterday that we are scheduled for sure on December 10 at 12 noon! Perfect. Unless I miraculously go into labor early, that's when Flipper will be making his earthly debut.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

In Loving Memory

Our sweet Festicles (Fest-eh-cleez) took her last gulp of fresh gasoline on Monday, September 8, 2008. She was, by all accounts, a survivor—making it through a front-end collision and a total head transplant with flying colors—three flying colors to be exact. In her dying days, she lost the use of her motor skills and suffered an inoperable transmission failure. Festicles is survived by a doting father, Jason, a patient mother, Caren, an adoring sister, Maizie, who would often sing of "Daddy’s car" while riding in Mommy’s car, and countless friends and admirers, near and far. Festicles has requested that her major organs be donated (or sold on eBay). Interment will follow at Ace’s Auto Salvage on Spicewood Springs Road. In lieu of flowers, a mechanic’s fund has been set up for Festicles’ new sister, a 1981 Mazda RX-7, adopted on September 14, 2008.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Current Chaos

Here's a quick update on the latest goings on for the Georges.

On Monday, Maizie woke up snotty and fussy. I had an appointment at the tire store where we were told our Mazda (the "good" car) needed 4 new tires. My cell phone's speaker stopped working and would only dial the number "4". And then on Jason's way home from work, his beloved "Festicles" took her last gulp of fresh gasoline. Let's just say the stars were not aligned. At least not the good ones anyway.

Since then, my cell phone has returned to life, we found out we only needed 1 tire, and Jason already has an eye on some possible replacements for the Festiva, though we know no one could possibly fill her 12-inch rims. A copy of the obituary is soon to come. Till then, he can bike to work since it's only 4 miles away and the weather is starting to cool. I've been driving him for different reasons this week, but I think he's looking forward to hitting the pavement like he did for all of 2007.

Maizie continues to amaze and entertain us. Right now, she loves her stuffed bear and wakes up saying, "I want beer." I promise she means "bear" but it's a little weird to hear a toddler ask for some brew first thing in the morning. She can sing most of the verses to "Wheels on the Bus" and loves to rock her baby doll and sing her to sleep. She has started praying beyond repeating what we say at night. So far, the things that have made the list she comes up with on her own are: Elmo, Daddy's shoes, Mommy's hair, Beer.

Flipper is growing right on schedule (I'm not measuring 4 weeks ahead like I was with Maizie!) and is super active. He wouldn't cooperate with the PA today when she was trying to get his heartbeat. I could feel him moving away from the doppler every time. It literally took 5 minutes to get a reading. Still no name, but I'm sure we'll figure that out in time.

In other news, we are still actively looking for a subleasor for our apartment. We've had a few people interested, but things seem to fall through. We still have some time, but it's been a challenge keeping the place clean enough to show. Our house is set to close the last week of October! And we're also in charge of setting up an apartment for a family of 8 Burmese refugees coming to the states at the end of September. Oh, and I've also been working a lot more lately. Needless to say, we have our hands full. Preschool could not have started at a better time.

Anyway, I guess I had a lot to catch up on. Here are some recent pics of Maizie, etc.

We went to Abilene to visit Jason's sister and crew over Labor Day weekend. Here is Maizie meeting a little chick they have on their land.

Here is my ultimate multi-tasker. She is 1) taking care of a baby...kinda 2) helping me cook 3) dressing herself (notice the tank top pulled over the t-shirt) and 4) drinkin' some juice.

Daddy was watching Maizie while I worked one night and Maizie decided to organize the tupperware. She was super proud of her accomplishment. I love this shot.

Maizie and Mia playing at the park. This is 1 of 20 pictures we took Monday night. In every one, one of the girls is looking away. It's pretty close to impossible to get pictures of more than one toddler at a time. I thought Mia was pretty adorable in this one...

Our latest obsession. We'd like to paint before we move in, so our house is littered with paint swatches. Fun, fun. I guess this can give you an idea of the general direction we're heading in.

Thanks for bearing with my LONG catch-up post.

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