Monday, August 30, 2010

Quilt Fabrics

I've been thinking about how I want to decorate Mackenzie's room when she transitions to a twin bed. It won't be any time soon, but you know me I'm always thinking about the future and what comes next. I've talked to my Granny about making Mackenzie a quilt and I've started looking at fabrics. I'm trying to stay in the pink and brown range for 2 reasons.
1.) the painted letters on her wall are pink and brown to match her current bedding.
2.) her room in the new house is painted pink.

I realize both of these can be changed fairly easily, but why go to that much hassle if you don't need to? Anyways, my first thought was some sort of cherry blossom or floral pattern like these:

Or I could have simple pink and brown with splashes of color like this:

Then I found these, which may work better because it adds more colors to the mix so we don't have sooooo much pink and brown.
I like all of them, but depending on the pattern of the quilt, some may be too busy. I really need to see all of the fabrics in person before I can decide. Maybe after we move I can go look at fabrics at a store. See, this is why I think so far in advance! ;)

What do you think about the fabrics?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

All boxed up and no where to go!

Friday we got a call from our Realtor saying that the lender of the person buying our house is delaying the closing on our house. Basically, they can't get all their ducks in a row before the scheduled closing on Monday. Now, we won't be closing on Monday, which means we won't be closing on our new house on Wednesday and won't be moving on Thursday! Not only did they delay the closing, but they didn't even give us a delayed date. We are all just left hanging waiting for them to get their act together and produce the closing documents. It's is very frustrating to say the least.

I spent quite a bit of time on Friday calling all of our utility companies for both houses telling them not to connect or disconnect services on the dates previously requested. The worst part was not even being able to give them a new date, so I get to call them all back again whenever I find out we're closing. Yay for me. I also had to call the movers and Mackenzie's current school to tell them she'll be staying longer, but again not having her "last day" finalized yet. I think the only people I still need to call for this first round is Mackenzie's new school telling them her start date has been pushed back. And we probably need to call the furniture people to tell them we can't pick up our furniture this next weekend as planned because we have no room in this current house for another sofa and chair. This is sooo much fun to do!

This weekend I was supposed to pack up the rest of our house and we were going to live out of suitcases and eat off paper plates for 4 day until we moved, but since plans changed, I haven't packed a single box! A lot of our stuff is packed away, but I'm not packing the rest of the stuff until we have somewhere to go!

It will all come together soon, I know, but for now I feel like we are in limbo and just waiting for the phone to ring and tell us to close on our house. Ring! Ring! I'm ready to move!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sweet Shop Birthday Party

We just got back from a birthday party today. It was Mackenzie's friend Emrie's 1st birthday.
This is pretty much all you saw of Emrie whenever she was out of her high chair. She's just learning to walk, so she was everywhere either walking or crawling. I love the skirt!

Mackenzie also got to play with one of her other friends Liz.

Once I got Liz to look at the camera, Mackenzie looked away.
Now neither one of them want to look at the camera. They are both too interested in the floor box. I think Mackenzie was waiting for Liz to get off, so she could step on it. A floor box - how exciting! Oh to be a toddler again! ;)
Mackenzie and Emrie were very interested in baby Karleigh.
The take home goody bag was candy - lots and lots of candy! I tried to get Mackenzie to try a sour worm, but she licked some of the sugar off and wanted nothing to do with it after that.

She did however want all the other stuff in the bag.

I thought she might not take a nap with all of the sugar she had, but she was asleep by the time we got home and is sleeping now. I think I'll wait until Brandon gets home from school and then we'll all dive into the candy bag again! YUM!

Friday, August 27, 2010


Mackenzie likes to count to 10. This is how she counts:


Sometimes she adds "yay Makiki". Makiki or Kiki is how she says her name. Did you notice that she skipped the number 8? She skips it everytime! She rarely even repeats it when we try to jump in after seven and correct her. For whatever reason she doesn't like that number.

Whenever she counts it reminds me of my Papa and how he would "count your birthdays" on your birthday. Whenever he "counted", you were always 1 year younger than you really were. Of course now, at 30, I would love that, but as a child you are always looking for the next year.

Maybe someday soon, Mackenzie will add the number eight back into the sequence of counting to 10, but for now, know that "eight" is not allowed! ;)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Saturday morning Fun!

This morning when we were sitting in the ER, I looked over at Brandon and said, "How many alcohol related injuries do you think they have every weekend in the ER?"

Before I move on I should probably tell you why we were in the ER in the first place. Remember my post from last night at 11:30 when I said Mackenzie was sick and that hopefully her fever would go away in the night or sometime today? It didn't! She actually got worse and couldn't keep fluids or medicine down. When we called the pediatrician to make an appointment at the after hours clinic, they recommended we go to the emergency room. So we loaded her up at 5:45am and went to the ER. After some anti-nausea medicine and some more tylenol, she was examined, which included her first X-ray (boy was that fun!), diagnosed with a viral infection (deja vu?) and sent home 3 1/2 hours later.
This time we left with a prescription for the anti-nausea medicine which seems to be working wonderfully. We are still on the strict regimen of tylenol and IB profin and hopefully the fever will go away in the next day or two. We'll see how tonight goes, as that appears to be when she does the worst. She's still "feisty" as the nurse said, which is a good sign that she's doing ok, just not feeling well. She said they would rather have a crying child than a child who doesn't really respond to anything. They definitely had a crying child. The other patients in the ER were probably hoping we would leave soon! ;)

That brings me back to my original question to Brandon.

Case Study 1: When we first arrived at the ER and were waiting in the waiting room, a young man (do I sound old when I say that?) came out with his girlfriend and told his other waiting friends how bad his mouth hurt using a few choice expletives. His friend said, "hey...there are children in the room." He looked at us and then said he was leaving. His other friends got up and I heard his girlfriend say, "he's still intoxicated". It was 6:00am. I have no idea how he hurt his mouth, but I'm pretty sure it had something to do with the fact that he was drunk.

Case Study 2: Once we got to a "room" or bed with curtains all around, you could hear most everything that was being said unless they talked very quietly. I heard a nurse ask a patient, "So, you finally woke up? How many beers did you have?" The patient I think said 10, but I don't know for sure. The nurse then said, "That's a lot of beer." The doctor later came in and I think I heard him say they were going to X-ray his leg or hip or something. Who knows what happened to him.

This is about the time I asked Brandon my question. But then I was in for a real treat with the next patient!

Case Study 3: I heard a woman (mom) tell this story several times, "Well, Bubba (I did not change the names - I promise) was drunk and Jeff (her son) tried to take the keys away from him and drive home, but Bubba wouldn't let him, so Jeff climbed in the backseat." From what I heard, the truck missed a curve and ran into a telephone pole, breaking it and totaling his truck. Her son already had a cat-scan for a cut at his head, had broken his wrist and now they were waiting for another cat-scan to see if his spleen had ruptured.

All of this in the 3 1/2 hours we were there. And those are only the cases I heard! I have no idea how many alcohol related injuries (not just deaths) there are each year, but based on my small amount of time in the ER, I imagine it's a very large number. Crazy!

Friday, August 13, 2010


Mackenzie's been sick since Tuesday night. Actually she had a fever Sunday night, but was back to normal Monday morning, so to school she went. Then Tuesday night she woke up and had a high fever. We went to the doctor Wednesday and they said it was some sort of viral infection. After 3 days at home and 3 restless nights, this is what I've learned!

1. I do not like viral infections because all you can do is wait it out. There are no antibiotics to heal you - you can only alleviate pain and fever, not the bug.
2. Keep consistent with the tylenol and IB profin dosage. Do not wait longer than the 4 hour or 6 hour timing for each dose.
3. I do not like sleeping on the couch with Mackenzie and it does not go well when all 3 of us sleep in the same bed. I can't wait until we move and we get our spare bed back!
4. Mackenzie is hit or miss with getting her to take her medicine. Sometimes she takes it without incident. Other times, not so much. (My mom is laughing right now thinking about all the times I wouldn't take my medicine! Not an evil laugh, but a laugh nonetheless.)
5. There is only so much childrens' television I can take when Mackenzie wants me to sit with her on the couch.

Last night we were up at 2 and 5 am, but then went to sleep in the bed once Brandon left for school. We slept sound until 8:30. She slept in her bed until 2:00, but then was on the couch with me after that. I'm staying up right now so I can give Mackenzie her medicine at midnight (on schedule) instead of waiting for the fever to come back full force at 1 or 2 am and she's crying because she doesn't feel well. I'll set my alarm for 4 am and go to bed on the couch to get some sleep before the next dose! I feel like I'm back on maternity leave again and she's only 1 or 2 months old. Hopefully the fever will go away tonight or tomorrow, otherwise we'll be heading back to the doctor.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Saturday Brandon and I went furniture shopping for our new living room. This is our living room sofa that we needed to coordinate with.
You will have to use your imagination with the following images to get a mental picture of what our new furniture will look like. We ordered it Saturday, but it won't be ready until just after we move into the new house.

First, here are the fabrics we are using. The lighting wasn't very good, but the fabric on the far right is our current leather sofa (we bought it from the same place a few years ago). The fabric on the far left is our new sofa and the fabric in the middle is for our new chair.

This is where you have to use your imagination...her is our new sofa.

So, imagine the green striped fabric on the seat cushion and backs. The paisley fabric is going to be used on the accent pillows.

Now for the chair...
Imagine the paisley fabric on the seat cushions and back with the green striped fabric on the accent pillow.

Now for the layout...The new chair and sofa will be opposite from each other with our current leather sofa perpendicular to the new furniture. If you use the image with the current home owner's furniture, then our leather sofa will be where her sofa is; our new sofa will be where her chairs are and our chair would be in front of the built-ins.

I can't wait to get it all put together once we move in! Now all we need is a rug and the living room will be finished!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Dress up

Mackenzie has always liked putting on my shoes. She especially likes my heels. I think she likes to hear them click on the floor in the bathroom.
She always walks to Brandon's closet to look at herself in the mirror.
Then this weekend, she received some dress up jewelry and skirt from her Nana. We already had a pink tulle skirt that she wouldn't put on or even touch. Somehow the new purple dress up skirt helped her overcome her fears of the pink skirt. Now she has to wear both of them at the same time.
I don't have a picture of it, but she also got a plastic fireman's hat from Firehouse subs Saturday night and she's worn that a few times with the skirts. I guess we are finally getting into "dressing up". Now I have soooo many ideas for Christmas! ;)

Sunday, August 8, 2010


We finally sold our house!!! We waited 99 days, but when the time is right, it works out perfectly!

Day 99 - showing at our house
Day 100 - received an offer on our house
Day 101 - looked at houses
Day 102 - finalized offer on our current house
Day 103 - made offer on new house
Day 104 - finalized offer on new house

It was definitely a crazy week, but we are so excited! We close on our current house on August 31; close on our new house on September 1 and move on September 2! YAY!!!! Here are some pictures of our new house. Once we get moved and settled in, I'll post pictures with our actual furniture, but for new these will have to do! ;)

From the street.
Living Room and Kitchen beyond.

Mackenzie's future room - already painted pink.
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