Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Heckler

Tracey motivated me to write this post about one of our dear pets, Heckler. Heckler, our fat cat, lives up to his name, asking loudly for what he wants and continuing to heckle until he gets it! A few weeks ago, I opened the fridge. and Heckler started peering in. I went to grab the camera, and by the time I returned, Jenelle was cracking up because this is what we saw ...

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I guess he wanted some grapes? (Sorry the first picture is so blurry! I was laughing so hard that I could barely hold the camera straight!) Once I take a picture of the hole in the window screen that he tore so he could escape, I'll post that too. Heckler is one mighty determined feline! Norma can vouch for this, since we tried not to pet the kitties while she was here (since her dear husband is allergic), and they did not allow her to abstain. Hmm ... I wonder if Dobson or anyone else has written anything good about strong-willed pets ...

Friday, October 24, 2008

Where we were this morning ...

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... 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:
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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):
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Lee and Jocelyn both saying "Moo" to the cow:
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Jocelyn had the choice of looking at the camera or looking at the cow ... you can see which she chose:
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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!
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Have YOU hugged a painted horse today?
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Who knew livestock could be so exciting?
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Loving the petting zoo!
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She could not get enough of the goats!
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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!)
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She loved the camel, but she was a little too intimidated to pet it. The goats were more her style (and size)!
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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:
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Still loving the painted animals!
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Riding back to Daddy's office on Mommy's shoulders!
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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Some pictures of beautiful Leiana!

With her mommy: I love the big smile on Jenelle's face!

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With her daddy: I love this one too; maybe because Derek usually refuses to hold babies, so it's rare (and very sweet) to see him hold Leiana!

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And a couple with me (after I played with some color effects)
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Monday, October 20, 2008

Welcome to the outside world, Leiana Arwen!

Here at the Dingle house we're rejoicing that our best friends Derek and Jenelle have now gotten to meet their sweet little girl! Leiana Arwen was born this morning at Rex at 5:49am weighing 8 pounds and 1 ounce and with a length of 21 inches ... surprising Derek, Jenelle, and the doctors since they didn't think she'd be that big! They are all doing well, and we look forward to meeting our "niece" soon!

This has also taught us that Lee should pay attention to his messages ... the Schmidts called us a couple of times from the hospital, but - not wanting to wake us - called Lee's mobile phone. When Jenelle called the house this morning once she deemed that it was a decent hour to do so, I totally threw her off by getting excited that caller ID said she was calling from Rex; she thought, since Derek had left a couple of messages, that I would know she was there! When I called Lee to chide him for not checking his messages, he looked at his phone and here's how the rest of the conversation went:
Lee: "Oh, yeah, I have a couple missed calls. One at about 1 am ..."
Shannon: "Yep, that would be not long after they got to the
hospital."
Lee: "What? They got there in the middle of the night
and had the baby by 5:30am? You need Jenelle to tell you how to do that!"


(Yep, we arrived at the hospital to have Jocelyn at 2:00am ... and she was born at 9:21pm.) So, Jenelle, evidently I need instructions for how to have a shorter labor in April. Lee has confidence that you can help!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Debate BINGO!

The N&O ran an article about playing gubernatorial (man, I love that word!) debate bingo, which got me thinking ... how about presidential debate bingo? Since I'm a nerd, I'm playing. Yes, by myself. Here are the blanks filling my squares ...
  1. One free space, as usual
  2. Uses the word "maverick"
  3. Uses the word "change"
  4. Uses the phrase "middle class"
  5. Compares Wall St and Main St
  6. Obama calls McCain the wrong name (hey, it happened in the first debate!)
  7. Mispronunciation of a foreign leader's name
  8. Uses the phrase "pork-barrel spending"
  9. Uses the phrase "reach across the aisle"
  10. Mentions "earmarks"
  11. Mentions God
  12. Uses phrase "straight talk"
  13. Mentions bin Laden
  14. Discusses stance on abortion
  15. Uses phrase "drill, baby, drill"
  16. Talks about Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae as if they're people instead of companies
  17. Uses phrase "golden parachute"
  18. Tells personal story about a soldier
  19. Tells personal story about someone losing his/her home
  20. Tells personal story about someone dying without health insurance
  21. McCain refers to Vietnam experience
  22. Obama claims that 95% of Americans will have tax cuts under his plan (funny that no one outside of the Obama campaign has been able to figure out where he got the figure 95% from...)
  23. Distinguishes between "bailout" and "rescue"
  24. Uses word "entitlements"
  25. Picks nose (okay, I'll put this one on a square that won't hinder me too much ... but, hey, it would be funny!)

Wow, it was hard to come up with a list that long. Hmm, I bet someone else has created one of these ... let me google ... yep, I didn't have to make my own list! Oh, well ... it was fun! Okay, now I need to draw my board and wait for the debate to start so I can play! If you read this before the debate starts, feel free to play with me. :)

Edited to add: I did realize that when I wrote these that this is a domestic policy debate. But they tend to bring the war into it either way, so I still added some of those. As of 9:30pm, I'm not doing so well in the game, though. It could be that I'm not paying enough attention since I'm Facebooking and doing homework at the same time...

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
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Smelling a dead flower
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Watching bugs (which she calls "bubbas") on the stones
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Making sure that I saw the "bubba"
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Loving the flowers!
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Smelling some ...
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Smelling some more ...
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Trying to decide which one to smell next ...
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Smelling once again...
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Just burying her head in the flowers to smell them all!
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Making sure she doesn't miss ANY!
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Showing me another "bubba" (see the ladybug to the right of her thumb)
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Taking it all in
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Monday, October 13, 2008

I love carbs!

Yes, I love my carbohydrates. However, today my OB informed me that prednisone (the only thing they'll let me take for rheumatoid arthritis while pregnant or nursing) makes it difficult for my body to metabolize carbs (which explains why I've gained as much in this pregnancy - at 14 weeks pregnant - as I had when I was about 30 weeks pregnant with Jocelyn - yikes!). Thus I have to majorly limit carbs until I'm done breastfeeding. To understand what this means for me, consider what I typically consume on any given day:
  • Breakfast: a large bowl of cereal
  • Lunch: pasta, soup (often rice-based), or a sandwich
  • Dinner: varies, but usually carb-heavy
  • Snacks: sweets or pretzels
  • Drinks: Milk (yep, it's on the carb list - and I usually drink 2-3 gallons a week on my own), soda (not diet because I was trying not to have sweeteners during pregnancy), juice, or Koolaid

Yep, pretty much everything I eat is carbs. In Lee's words, "so they basically told you to fast." :)Plus my pregnancy cravings are typically carbs too (sweets, fries, etc.). If you have any good carb-free recipes or suggestions for carb-free snacks, please leave a comment or email me! Now I'm off to research carb-free options online ...

Monday, October 6, 2008

BugFest!

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 ...
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... these creepy crawlies!
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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!
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Sadly, this is the closest we got to a bug-touching picture, but I promise you she touched a lot of different bugs!
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Checking out the bees
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And, since we were downtown, we took a few pictures on the ground of the capitol. Lee and Jocelyn examining some piece of weaponry
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"Wow, Mommy, he's big!"
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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!