Saturday, October 29, 2005

Sweet Treat

Cornbread! like cornbread!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Abe Lincoln

I drove myself down to Springfield, Illinois to see the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. I went for a work thing, so didn't go with Zak or Maddie. I was very surprised by how cool it was.

Yes, I'm a dork, I said a museum was cool, but it WAS! If museums were that much fun when I was a kid, I would probally want to go to more of them today. There were movies and replicas of the White House, Ford Theater, Abe's childhood log cabin, and mannequins that looked real.

The movies were in 4-D Holavision (which is actor plus special effects that creates a mock reality for the audience), but the term Holavision really only made me want to sing Gwen Stefani's song, "I ain't no Hollaback Girl" for the rest of the day and yell out "Holla!" to my co-workers I was there with.

I'm not nearly as cool as I sound, really.

Anyway, of course the museum had a gift shop, because this is America people! And we must make money off of EVERYTHING, including dead Presidents. The museum had what you'd expect...lots of Abe Lincoln crap, um, I mean artifacts. However, I found something that I couldn't resist buying for The Girl. A red, white, and blue (with glitter!) sippy cup that says "Future President" on it. I can't wait to hear her one day ask for her "Presidential Cup." I wonder how old she'll be when she can say "Presidential?" We'll work on that this weekend.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

My nipples are NOT microphones!

More about my nipples in a sec...

You know when you're just being silly and there's a great song on the radio and you pretend you're Madonna and grab anything that looks like a microphone and start to sing into it? You may even do a little dance too, if you're cool like me. Well, I like to do this at the grocery store (where they play AWESOME piped in music). Zak gets SO embarrassed, and hushes me when someone is in our aisle. I'm not sure if if is because I can't sing, or he doesn't like to rock out at the grocery store like I do. I mean, life's too short not to have fun while you're shopping!

Back to my nipples...
Since Maddie is babbling all the time, she tends to do this before and after nursing too. So, babbling at the breast usually means she isn't interested in eating, and that equals danger for me. When she doesn't want to eat, she wants to chew. ON MY NIPPLES. Did I ever mention that she had TWO TEETH. No bueno.

Zak thinks its cute and he encourages her. She'll look up at him and coo and "dada" and "hiya!" When she does this her 'lil chompers are like 2 millimeters from my nipples and it looks like she's talking into them like they're microphones. Then she'll quickly look a way from him and grab my boob with her monkey paws and come at me with her mouth wide open!

Do ya think maybe it's time to wean...?

Monday, October 24, 2005

Justice Prevailed!

I went to Game Two of the World Series! Thanks MARK!

Part of the reason I went is because Zak wasn't feeling well, and you know that when men get sick (or just have a sore throat) the WORLD CEASES TO REVOLVE!

Fine by me because I WENT TO THE GAME!

Zak's weekend was not so good, not only does he have a sore throat, but the Red Raiders got their asses whooped, and the Astros lost, TWICE.

Did I mention that I WENT TO THE WORLD SERIES?

Woo Hoo!

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Horray for Terra!

My dearest little sister-in-law, Terra got a job!! Yay!! (pictured here when the Madster was 2.5 months old)

Hey, it's not easy being fresh out of college, with a fashion merchandising major might I add, and to get a job... in YOUR DESIRED INDUSRTY!

I helped Terra with her resume, and her objective said something about the "Actions Sports Industry." Hmmm, I've never heard of such a thing for someone who wants to be a surf bum her whole life! But, it sounded good, so we kept it on there. Plus, she has like 7 years of experience working in a surf shop. She even told me about a website called Malakye that is geared to people who want to still be kids for the rest of their lives, but still make some cash while doing what they love. I am totally all for that, and actually a bit jealous!

She moved her sweet Texas bum all the way to Northern California, since you don't find many surf jobs in the middle of Texas, and got TWO interviews from TWO separate major companies in the surf industry after just sending in TWO resumes. This girl is L-U-C-K-Y (and talented, smart, and beautiful).

She got a job offer from one of them, and started her first day on the job this weekend at the Cold Water Classic.

Congrats Terra, best wishes in your new job, in your new city, starting your post college new life! I hope to see you this weekend! Love you!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Indian Giver!

Do you know anyone who is an Indian Giver? You know, someone who says you can have something, then takes it away? I do!

"Hey, honey, guess what? Mark just got two tickets to the Astros vs. Sox game ONE and TWO for this weekend! He's going to fly from New York for the weekend and stay with us! We didn't have any plans, did we?"

"COOL! No, we didn't have any plans. I'm sure Maddie will be happy to see her Uncle Mark! I can't believe he got tickets to game ONE and TWO! I remember you told me earlier in the day that you were NOT interested in Sunday's GAME TWO (when I had the chance to get tickets of our own) because you had to catch a flight out of town early Monday morning. Does that mean that I get to go to GAME TWO with Mark, and you stay home with Maddie?!"

"Um, sure! You can go to game TWO."


Later that night....

"Honey, since you don't really like baseball, and I am a HUGE Astro's fans, you really don't want to take Mark to game TWO on Sunday, do you?"

"Oh, yes I do. You told me I could!"

"Well, I changed my mind. I want to go to BOTH games." Because I'm the kinda guy who wants to deny my wife the ONCE IN A LIFETIME chance to attend a World Series game, so I can attend TWO games.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Go Tech Go!

As you all know, we are a Red Raider house...Maddie included. Pictured here in her cheerleading outfit. If you look closely at her left hand, she was just giving the "Guns UP!"

Tech's football team is undefeated, or as Zak likes to say, "we're undefeated." This is no small feat considering how sucky we were back in the day.

As far as I'm concerned, the best part about going to TTU games in college was the bourbon in our cokes (that we smuggled in flasks, hi dad!) and the occasional upset of UT or A&M.

We're proud of our Red Raiders and can't wait to watch them upset Texas this weekend. Although I am sure I'll be accused of a major jinx with that statement.

Guns Up!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

After 303 consecutive days

Last night was the first time I have ever slept under a different roof than Maddie. I went out of town for just one night for work.

People asked if I "was okay" and "how are you coping?" They asked these questions as if I was being sent for another tour of duty in Iraq!

Here's how I managed to do it:

1. Made plans to go out for the night with friends
2. Came to my hotel after work and lounged about
3. Had dinner with 3 work friends in a fancy restaurant so dark we needed an extra candle on our table to see each other.
4. Ate dinner at a normal pace, instead of NASCAR mommy speed.
5. Drank 2 bottles of wine and one martini (yes, we shared the wine, not the martini)
6. Had appetizers!
7. Had dessert!!
8. SLEPT though the night!

I'm nursing, so I needed to pump...that's the only part that sucked. It takes me like 30 minutes to pump what Maddie can eat in 5 minutes. So, I did have to wake up earlier to fit in a pumping session. BUT, "earlier" meant waking up at 7:00 am instead of the usual 5:30 for Maddie to eat. So, technically...

9. I SLEPT in--on a work day!
10. Did I mention that I got a good night sleep?

Monday, October 17, 2005

10 months old

Dear Maddie,
Today you are 10 months old. You are such a big girl, but still small enough to cuddle with. I tell you what a big girl you are a lot and we even have a song about what a big girl you are. We sing it, and clap, and spread our arms wide to show just how big you really are. At the end, you laugh hysterically, and we do it again.

This was big month for you, developmentally, that is. You began to crawl, you can pull yourself up from sitting to standing, you can also stand up (if you hold on to something for balance). We think you will be walking in another 6 weeks. You are also very curious, and will just entertain yourself with new areas of the house you still are exploring. We have (kinda) Maddie Proofed the house, but you still have readily access to not safe the liquor cabinet!

You can say several words, Mama being the most frequently uttered. Sometimes you make a whole sentence out of my name..."Mamah, maaaa, mam, mmm, mmm, ah, amaammaa! MAMA!"

Another very popular and very funny word is, "Wha?" You say it after we call your name or when we talk to you, and you always put a question mark at the end of it. We are pretty sure you're saying, "what?" I try to get you to say, "excuse me?" or "pardon?" or "yes?" instead because it is so much nicer than "Wha?" So far, you don't really care. I think this is a preview to your teen years when I will get a real "WHAT?!" with an eye roll and annoyed tone.

You also say, "NaNah and BaBa," but we aren't sure what you mean. I also think you say, "Dug" with a hard "g" which just may be your word for "Dog." We can't tell. I love it when you just put together some nonsense words into a complete sentence, and the three of us carry on a conversation.

This picture (above) is of you and your daddy walking in the park. Your Daddy really wants you to say "Dada" more than you do. You know the word, but just don't say it very often. Your dad thinks you just consider him to be the chauffeur and the poop cleaner upper. Once you say it, and mean it, you will melt his heart forever...actually, you already have.

This month we took our first airplane ride together, and went to see your Grandma down in Austin, Texas. Your grandma bought you a special swing for her trees, and you LOVED it. You also go on the swings with Ms. Tippi and the other kids you play with everyday.

You are still a very tiny girl, and I imagine you always will be a skinny little thing. You have a bit of a pot belly when you sit up, and I like to squish it to make you laugh. You're still tall for your age, but fit into your 6-9 month clothes.

These pictures of you, in your super cute poncho (hey, it's the style now), were taken at the Morton Arboretum. It was a beautiful fall day, and the colors were changing. That is one of our favorite things about Chicago...the color changes. Anyway, they had some caramel apples, and of course, we got two (because your dada doesn't like to share). You gnawed on a bit of apple and really liked it. You drooled all over the place! yum! sugar! You've got quite the appetite, and eat all kinds of fruit, veggies, and breads (and not sugar). I have only given you pieces meat in pea sized bites...just to see what you would do. You like it, but I am going to keep you a vegetarian for a few more months, or at least until you get more teeth! Why? Because I am the mother/wife/boss, that's why.


Sunday, October 16, 2005

Oh, the landscaping...

We just finally finished our front and side yards. FINALLY. After living here for three years, we've made the front yard look like 2005 instead of 1975. Major improvement. We would have NEVER bought this house if the inside looked 1975, but thankfully, it was redone (i.e. we were flipped) prior to us buying it. So now the whole house looks oh so this decade. The new plants will have time to grow for another 10 days or so until Chicago becomes the Frozen Tundra for the next 5 months. I won't post pics until the spring when it'll be at the peak of gorgeousness. It's amazing to me how much enjoyment I get out of my yard...worth every penny, honey. :)

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Bill Maher

Do you know Bill Maher? He used to have a show called "Politically Incorrect" on ABC until he got fired, I think. He's a bit too free thinkin' for the Red States to handle.

Here is a link to my favorite part of his new show "Real Time with Bill Maher" that is on HBO. It is a segment called NEW RULES.

SUPER DUPER funny. Here are some of my favorites from his show:

"New Rule: When I ask how old your toddler is, I don't need to know in months. "27 Months." "He's two," will do just fine. He's not a cheese. And I didn't care in the first place.

"New Rule: The next major destructive storm must be called Hurricane George. You've earned it, buddy! Congratulations. You are officially a Category 5 president."

"New Rule: If your razor has five blades, it's not a razor, it's a weed-whacker. With the new Gillette Fusion razor, the first blade lifts the stubble; the second severs the hair follicle; the third slices your skin; the fourth scrapes bone marrow; and the fifth was used by O.J. Simpson to kill his wife, and he wants it back. "

"Okay, New Rule: No more gift registries. You know, it used to be just for weddings. Now it's for babies and new homes and graduations from rehab. Picking up the stuff you want and having other people buy it for you isn't gift giving, it's the white people version of looting. "

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Bath Time Fun with Dad!

Maddie LOVES to take a bath. She loves it so much that she screams at me when I take her out of it. She'll stay in there forever if we'd let her. In these photos, Mad and Dad were being silly and Dad was letting her stand up in the bath (something that I don't let her do!).

As you can see, she likes to eat anything....including this washcloth that Zak used to clean her butt with minutes before! She likes to teeth on it. If you try to take it away...again, she's a fuss bucket. She's showing her temper more and more every day, and usually it is because she gets into something she isn't allowed to have. We're in trouble!

Friday, October 07, 2005

What kind of mother are you?

What kind of mother would allow her child to chew on a dog's bone? I don't know about you, but I think someone should call Child Protective Services! :) Maddie, like all other babies, wants to have exactly what she isn't allowed to have....including Miles' old nasty bone. She crawled away from her expensive, colorful, loud, plastic toys, only to go after this bone! She screamed when I tried to take it away, so I decided to take pictures instead. Here she is looking at it...
Here she is going in for a big bite...I am sure it feels great on her teething gums! Only if it didn't have dog slobber and dirt on it!

Here she is savoring the taste and wondering if she should keep knawing on it. Funny, after I let her play with it, she discarded it and went back to her loud and expensive plastic toys. I think I won this battle, or maybe she did? Who's keeping score anyway?

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

If you're happy and you know it, SCREAM and SQUEAL!

Maddie is very excitable these days. When she's happy, she just squeals out loud in a very high pitched voice. If sitting, she'll sit up really tall, stretch out her legs and arms, bend back her toes and yell with delight. Sometimes when she does this, from sheer excitement, she falls right over.

Last night we were playing peek-a-boo, and I was across the room, hiding behind a wall, Maddie was on the kitchen floor. She got so excited, she fell backwards and bonked her head on the tile floor. She turned beet red and screamed. I felt SO bad! She recovered with some hugs and kisses, and went back to playing. Later that night, she turned over two 2-liter bottles of soda that were on the floor and pulled out 3 cokes from a 12 pack that was also on the floor. I'm amazed at how strong she is. She rolled the bottles and cola cans across the floor, watched, then chased them down.

Needless to say, we have begun to "Maddie Proof" the house. We've put locks on the kitchen cabinets, but the problem is she isn't really interested in going in there yet and those things are HARD to open! They're more annoying right now than helpful!

She still is the smiley-est baby on the plant. Everything we do gets a big fat smile. So rewarding! She even breaks out into a smile when she hears the camera turn on. Already such a ham. I wonder where she gets that from?

Monday, October 03, 2005

political blog?

This blog is not about politics. As in...."Honey, please don't be all political on your blog, it's supposed to be about Maddie." This phrase was uttered after the Hurricane Katrina Bush Fiasco.

ANYWAY...did you hear about Bush's nomination for the supreme Court? She's his personal attorney who's never been a judge. Ever. I guess the SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is a good "entry level" job for an attorney wannabe judge.

I'm just praying a man will soon jump out from behind the tree and exclaim, "Hey, America, you're on CANDID CAMERA!!"