Friday, August 27, 2010

Still Alive ;)

Here is a quick post - and yes, I know it is 6:15am. We are surviving here. Jeremy is doing a great job of being #1 daddy while I get dinner together. Madison is having a blast at the baby sitter's house. She always seems happy when I get there - and, thankfully, very excited to see me... it is a good feeling :) School is good. I have almost all boys I am working with this year. Although it is early, they are making a great impression. I like them; they have said a lot of positive things; they seem to be ready to work. We had meet the teacher night last night from 6-8pm - brutal. I met two parents and got some work done while I was there. Now, I need to brush my teeth and wake her up so we can get on our way. Have a great Friday.

Monday, August 23, 2010

First Day of School (kinda)

Well, I headed in to school for my first day of this week.  Granted, it was a district meeting day and I didn’t have to be there til 8am, but still… the year has begun.  Madison got all dressed up for her first day in this super cute outfit from her great-Aunt Brenda.

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She had another great day with the sitter.  There is a little girl there named Maci who is only 2-1/2 months older than Madison.  Apparently, they played well together – Maci giving Madison toys, and throwing one at her head… oops.  I think it will be fun to see how they get to be friends as the year progresses.  I work with her mom at school.

We went for a walk after school, and I managed to make supper.  Our friendly and destructive groundhog visited our deck again.  I snapped a pretty good shot of him.  Jeremy wishes he would just make himself scarce.  Maybe this winter….

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Sunday, August 22, 2010


Yesterday it poured down rain.  Jeremy rain out in it quickly with Madison, who wasn’t too sure what was going on.  Someday, she’ll be begging to play in the rain…. probably after she can walk and talk! 


I tried to get her smile, but she is on one side of the camera or the other in the pics.  The reason: I couldn’t be behind the camera or she quit smiling… so you get what you get.


Short post, but she is starting to make noise and I have a little more baby food to make (already made the equivalent of 27 4-oz jars of vegetable varieties yesterday… working on fruit today).  Here’s a last “What are you doing?” picture…


Friday, August 20, 2010


This past week has been a week of visitors, and I have little photographic proof…

Anyway, Jeremy’s sister (Jennifer) made a surprise visit with her boyfriend – or should I say, fiance!  Yes, that is why they traveled all the way from New York City.  It is very exciting news. So, they were here, along with Maynard and Gloria on Sunday over Monday.  DSC_1041

Monday I enjoyed a relaxing (and hot) walk with Tara.  I will miss doing this as often as we had now that school will be starting up.  I’ll just have to make time – gotta walk anyway, right?  Monday evening, my parents came for the night and then Madison day (they rotate Tuesdays between their grandkids, so this was her day).  We had a tasty cajun shrimp and pasta dish. 

Tuesday, I went in to school to move my stuff from one room to another.  It was my first trip in.  I am not necessarily dreading this year, just wishing that I could do half days instead of full days.  I think that would be a better arrangement, but I think I am stuck with this full-time work thing.  Tuesday night we went to small group and tried to watch an educational video with two 2 year olds and a 7-1/2 month old entertaining everyone in the middle of the room; still got something out of it. 

Wednesday, Maynard and Gloria returned (travel bugs!) with Jeremy’s aunt and uncle from Indiana who hadn’t met Madison yet.  It was good to see them.  I snuck out of the house once more to do some work at school.  We went out to eat at the Rusty Bucket that evening. 

Thursday I had a teacher work day all day; so, Madison had her first day with the sitter.  Our sitter is great.  She gave me a page, front and back, of notes about the day; she played and snuggled with Madison all day.  Madison did a great job.  I got teary eyed in the morning, but managed not to break down completely. 

Finally, today, we have had no new faces in the house – although she did meet the mechanic when we picked up the car and was a little unsure of him!  This weekend will hopefully be a little quieter as I start school this coming week and am looking for a little down time before our lives get messed up once again.  Hope ya’ll have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dinner Party

We had an unplanned dinner party tonight.  (That may sound a bit more high society than I mean…  And yes, it was unplanned – look how spontaneous I can be all you doubters named Sandy!)  Anyway.  Madison had a great day – two really good naps.  She was happy all day; what a blessing and a delight.  Tara and Grace were going to come and go walking with us around 4pm, but Grace has had a cough for quite awhile, so they made a late doctor’s appt to check it out.  I told them to just come over for supper.  I had been super productive today – cleaned bathrooms, made the casserole for supper during the afternoon nap, swept the kitchen floor, went to Meijer to get medicine… You get the picture.  When I was younger, I pictured myself just having people over spur of the moment, and it happens so rarely.  Part of the problem is that I get all hung up on making the perfect things and get stressed about actually proposing the invitation to someone (childhood fear of rejection? fitting in? being accepted? being good enough? anyone care to psychoanalyze???).  It was nice to just have something ready and be able to share that with someone and just feel comfortable.  Tara, Todd (her husband), and Grace all came.  Madison was a show-off :)  Grace was adorable and well-behaved.  And we adults had some normal conversations (I think).  Tara brought some delicious homemade applesauce.  I’ll have to do this again sometime….

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


The little lady was exhausted last night.  After only a half hour morning nap, I wasn’t surprised.  I was surprised she fell asleep while drinking her bottle.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have her ready for bed; so, she had a little wake up time while getting her pjs on.  It’s not often we cuddle like this (I know she isn’t aware of it… I’ll take what I can get!)  Here we are... 


Monday, August 9, 2010


The end of July and August have MANY family birthdays for my side.  I have 2 nephews, 3 neices, 2 brothers, and my dad with birthdays; we just celebrated August, but it was my chance to say happy birthday to the July kids too.  (Unfortunately, the cards I had so painstakingly picked out for the grand event stayed on our coffee table in Columbus – guess I’ll be getting those in the mail!)  So, my sister-in-law’s parents hosted a fabulous birthday night.  They have a beautiful view out their backyard, a large blow up pool, farm animals, battery operated four wheeler for kids (my parents brought theirs too), amazing grilled ribs, fresh from the garden corn on the cob, and just fun.  It was a beautiful evening and a good time to gather.  Although my little lady was not a fabulous napper, she was a trooper during the evening and had a lot of fun too.  Here are some photos of the night.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Back to the Norm

We are back to business as usual in the Yoh house.  Madison had a little naked time on Monday because she is happy like that.  I wanted to get a picture of her eating her toes, and I did that successfully; it is amazing how they can bend!  I also took the classic playing naked butt crack picture…. cute, I think :)  Madison was exhausted after her big days of new people and went to bed at 7:20 last night – much to the excitement of an exhausted  Jeremy who was taking care of her while I went to book club.

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It is now August which means I officially have to start thinking about school – prepare myself mentally, and go in a few days to physically prepare my room.  Ugh.  I am not really looking forward to it.  I never really look forward to it, but once it starts and about 3 weeks have passed, it is business as usual and not so bad.  Have a great week and stay cool; it looks to be a hot and humid one this week. 

Grandparents and Biking

Jeremy started his bike trip on Thursday morning. So, Wednesday night we headed to Wooster. His dad was nice enough to get up before the sun and take Jeremy up to Cleveland to start the ride. (He is the biker on the far right in the yellow and white shirt.) Jeremy made it from Cleveland to Wooster by about 2pm (left at about 7am). While he was biking, I left Madison with Grandparents Yoh and went to see my brothers' families. I watched the kids jump on the trampoline and collected nuts for them to haul in their little trucks. I had lunch with my dad at the house. Grandparents Yoh had a great time with Madison. Gloria had a new toy for Madison to try out. You can see it in the picture below. I returned and welcomed Jeremy back from the biking world and checked in on Madison. I left about 5pm to go hang out with Sandy. We at a yummy vegetarian meal and some ice cream, watched Whip It, and just hung out. It was nice. I felt like a single lady!


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Friday, we hung out til about noon at Yohs house before going to have lunch with my brother's family. It was fun to talk with them. I surprised my mom at work with a grandbaby visit. Then, we headed home. We made great time til we were about 20 miles from home. As we were passing a semi, I heard this loud noise and assumed it was the truck. But as we got passed him, the sound became louder, and I realized it must be us. I put on my flashers and headed to the side of the road. My back passenger side tire was unraveling - blown out. (See picture for proof) I called AAA and they arrived in about 30 minutes. The guy put my tire on, and I hopped in the car ready to get back on the road only to discover the battery was now dead. I ran back to catch him, and he jumped my car for me, too. Jeremy actually beat us back - biking - from Wooster to Westerville! (100 mile day... you won't catch me doing that, but I'm proud of him!) We don’t have many pictures of Madison sitting which is one of her newer developments. She mastered that in about a week or week and a half. It was fun to watch. Notice how big her diaper bum is! We have had to move her up to the next size of cloth diapers which will last till potty training time – they are big :)

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Saturday, Jeremy took off for Springfield, Ohio, for the third leg of his trip. He made that trek by about 2pm (left around 8am). He got soaked along the way, but pushed through to finish the day. Madison and I hung out. She had a good morning nap, followed by a short afternoon nap. That always means she is more needy – can’t play well by herself. I was in the middle of making peach crisp when she woke up. Thankfully, reinforcements (my parents) arrived shortly after to entertain her while I finished up. My mom and I took Madison to the zoo. It was a beautiful day for it. She enjoyed the aquarium because she could actually see the fish. Most of the other animals don’t even exist to her because she isn’t old enough to pick them out. We enjoyed the animal viewing. We had Chipotle for supper and played a bit before tucking her – and shortly after, us – into bed.


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Sunday, we headed to second service at church long after Jeremy left Springfield for the last leg of his journey. He rode to Cinnicinati today. He had to wait around for the bus to bring him back to Columbus, but said that it wasn’t too bad – they had mobile shower units for them, pizza, gaterade, music, etc. We picked up the cross-state biker about 7pm in Dublin. During church, we put Madison in the nursery again. She made it without crying for two hours… only one short spell they tell me; she was fine when I got there. We had spaghetti and lettuce (from Sandy’s garden – yum!) for lunch. My parents stayed until about 5:30pm which was nice. It was a good few days, but a bit hectic. I sure appreciate all the help from the Grandparents. I realize how much I appreciate when Jeremy gets home from work – just to have adult conversation/interaction and a short break from being primary entertainer. These last four days gave me (almost) all day breaks.

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