Friday, October 24, 2008

Where we were this morning ...

... yep, at the church playground! These pictures are actually from two weeks ago, but I haven't posted them and I haven't downloaded today's pics, so they'll have to do! :) Today we were the only ones there - maybe it was a little too cold for the other kiddos, or perhaps they've caught one of the bugs floating around? - but Jocelyn thought it was a special gift to have all three playgrounds to herself. I did get some amazing pictures, though, because the overcast sky made for good lighting and because I wasn't chatting with any other moms ... so be expecting a post with those soon!

And now a bunch of cute pictures on the swing a couple weeks ago. I loved her facial expressions and couldn't narrow it down to just one, so here are several:

The fair!

Jocelyn had a blast at the fair yesterday! It sounds like a lot of our friends were there, but I think we left shortly before everyone else arrived, so we didn't see anyone!

Here's Jocelyn with her first taste of fair food (a corndog):

Lee and Jocelyn both saying "Moo" to the cow:

Jocelyn had the choice of looking at the camera or looking at the cow ... you can see which she chose:

These painted animals have been at the mall, roped off with signs saying not to touch them. Jocelyn was THRILLED to finally be able to touch them!

Have YOU hugged a painted horse today?

Who knew livestock could be so exciting?

Loving the petting zoo!

She could not get enough of the goats!

Pretending to feed the goat (she discovered that the goats would nibble on her fingers if she pretended that she was holding something, so she kept fooling the goats!)

She loved the camel, but she was a little too intimidated to pet it. The goats were more her style (and size)!

Note the chocolate on her face in this one (from the fried Snickers bar) as well as the piece of funnel cake in her hand:

Still loving the painted animals!

Riding back to Daddy's office on Mommy's shoulders!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Stopping to smell the flowers ...

When we were at UNC a few weeks ago, we spent a LONG time in the arboretum. Jocelyn is insisting upon smelling flowers (even pictures of flowers in her books) right now, so there were few flowers left unsniffed!

Smelling a pretty red flower

Smelling a dead flower

Watching bugs (which she calls "bubbas") on the stones

Making sure that I saw the "bubba"

Loving the flowers!

Smelling some ...

Smelling some more ...

Trying to decide which one to smell next ...

Smelling once again...

Just burying her head in the flowers to smell them all!

Making sure she doesn't miss ANY!

Showing me another "bubba" (see the ladybug to the right of her thumb)

Taking it all in

Monday, October 6, 2008


A couple weekends ago we headed downtown for BugFest! It was a hit with Jocelyn, and while I'm a little concerned that she now thinks that it's okay to touch any bug she sees, we skipped over the edible bug concoctions (still not so sure that they were edible, though people were indeed eating them) so we didn't teach her that it's okay to eat any bug she sees.

Jocelyn pointing at ...

... these creepy crawlies!

Despite looking a little concerned about the bug, she was touching it moments later ... and then when we were leaving and walked by this table again, she pointed and asked to touch it again. Eww!

Sadly, this is the closest we got to a bug-touching picture, but I promise you she touched a lot of different bugs!

Checking out the bees

And, since we were downtown, we took a few pictures on the ground of the capitol. Lee and Jocelyn examining some piece of weaponry

"Wow, Mommy, he's big!"

By the way, I've noticed that being sick does wonders for my blogging. I have now exceeded my highest number of posts in a single month ... and it's only October 6th!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

We don't need a dishwasher anymore!

We have one of our own!

Wanna join us for dinner sometime? Jocelyn will make sure the dishes are extra clean!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Sick girls!

The new dose of prednisone is still making me feel dizzy and lightheaded, but today was much better than yesterday. This is not an uncommon symptom, and it usually only lasts a few days, so I should be feeling better day by day. The wonderful part of this is that the arthritis in my joints feels a whole lot better, so the extra meds are doing their job. I can put up with the (temporary) side effects when the drugs work!

And poor Jocelyn was running a fever today, and it took us a while to realize it. I kept noticing that she felt warm, but I wasn't feeling normal either so I didn't think much of it. Finally we took her temperature at 4pm when Lee commented that she felt hot, and pobrecita (poor little one in Spanish) had a temperature of 103.5! Thankfully Tylenol brought it back down to 99, and we gave her another dose just before bedtime. She has already woken up once, but I think that was just because her diaper leaked. (How unpleasant to be sick already and then have your diaper fail to do its job!) Here's a picture Lee took of his sick ladies while she was awake:

By the way, I must give a huge shout out to Lee here. I know he is stressed out about his PE exam (only 20 days away!), but he has been a champ, taking care of his ladies without sighing or complaining. I'm so blessed by that man!

(By the way, if you haven't figured it out already, you won't see us at church tomorrow. The church nursery guidelines say that kiddos shouldn't come if they've had a fever within the last 24 hours, so even if Jocelyn - hopefully - makes a recovery during the night we still won't bring her. And since Lee won't leave us alone given how I've been feeling and since I've been feeling too shaky to drive, that means all three of us will be at Bedside Baptist tomorrow morning!)

And one final note: thank you for your kind messages via the computer and the phone! They are so encouraging, and we appreciate your prayers. Also, I haven't been answering the phone lately since talking on the phone makes me feel even more dizzy, but I plan to return your sweet calls once I can talk on the phone again!

The fountains at Triangle Town Center

I guess these have always been there, but Jocelyn and I didn't discover them until last week!

Look, Mommy! Water!

Noticing that there's another jet a few squares away

Learning that blocking part of the jet makes the water shoot HIGH!

Do you think she enjoyed it?

I don't know ... I'm just not sure that she likes it! ;)

Yes, indeed, she is drinking from it. I'm not so proud of this picture!

Soaked and loving it!

Eating an apple at home after all the fun!