Monday, February 22, 2010

Catching Up: Atlanta, First Tooth and Lent

My snow buddy!

My parent's backyard


Playing with Gigi!

The Lake

I'm so hot mom! The circus is exhuasting!

Charlie loved his glow sticks!

Madi and Mac watching the elephants

Eli loved the circus too!

Playing with Cooper and Brady

Mac and Madi. Love Charlie's face in this pic! He's so cool.

Just hanging on the plane!

Danny learning to ice skate

Hello all! Hope you had a great Valentine's Day! Seems like we were all frozen during the month of February, but hopefully March will start the thaw!
I know I have fallen off the blogging wagon and haven't been doing what I said I would do. See, it's my fatal flaw! I start off great but get distracted and then it takes awhile to get back on track. Maybe I should make more realistic expectations to update you weekly or bi-weekly instead of every few days. I think we can all agree I am not interesting enough for numerous postings.
So, Charlie and I spent Valentine's weekend in Atlanta. I was meeting a few friends in Atlanta to celebrate Kim's engagement so Bob and I postponed our Valentine's date so I could be there. Unfortunately, the South was hit with snow the day we arrived and 2 of the 4 of us couldn't get to Atlanta. Kim and I spent a great day, just the two of us. We decided on her wedding dress, ate great Mexican and rented a movie. It was a lovely day! Charlie spent the day being spoiled at my parent's, so everyone was happy. The snow, although it threw a kink in my social plans, was beautiful and my parents and I had a great time playing in it with Charlie. This was the prettiest snow I have seen in Atlanta since I was a kid. My parent's backyard is absolutely gorgeous when snow covered!
Valentine's day my family went to see the circus. I wasn't sure how this would go since it started at Charlie's bedtime. He was awesome! I think he had more fun than anyone. He bounced and laughed and waved his arms throughout the entire show. I have no idea what happened in the rings, I watched him the whole time.
While we were in Atlanta, Charlie's first tooth broke through. He was such a tough guy! I didn't realize it was happening until it was visible. So many times before I thought he was teething and he wasn't, so I've stopped worrying about it. It took 10 months to get it, so I am sure the next tooth to break is coming soon.
I returned to Chicago just in time for Ash Wednesday. Prior to Atlanta and definitely while I was there my eating and workouts were not where they were supposed to be. So, I am using the added motivation of giving up sugar for Lent to help me make these changes. I have cut out white bread, white rice, potatoes, sweets, pizza and other take out, processed foods, and alcohol (except occasional red wine). I am on day 6 and I feel great! It really hasn't been hard. For whatever reason, I am not having cravings like I did in January. It helps that I put more options in the house for getting through the day.
I am back working out, which feels great. My weight is back up a few pounds, but I am not worried. This time, I will achieve my goal!
The pics above are from Atlanta and Bob helping our friend Sergio teach his son to ice skate. Below is a video of Charlie laughing at his new puppy that my mom gave him. He LOVES this dog. Thanks Gigi!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snow my goodness!

Hope you enjoy these pics! I had a great time taking Charlie out into the snow!

The past two days Chicago received about a 8-12 inches of snow. Last year, we got a ton of snow but it came in smaller amounts that just piled on top of each other. This is the most snow I have EVER seen fall in one day. It was so cool to watch it blowing around and covering everything with a beautiful white layer. Today, starts the beauty turning into gray sludge.

The last decent snow we had, I didn't take Charlie out and get pictures so I made sure to do this this morning. He was hilarious! He really didn't know what to do and was so bundled he couldn't move if he had wanted to. Plus, the guy shoveling our back drive was much more interesting at times than mom and the camera.

All of this snow just reminds me that I am a Southerner. I just watched it fall and fall yesterday wondering why there were so many people out and about. The Trader Joe's across from our condo was never without a full parking lot, Lincoln Avenue was as busy as it ever was, buses and trains were right on schedule. I am not used to snow not shutting down the world and people crazily rushing to stock up on milk, bread and eggs. No one skips a beat. I am definitely getting more and more used to the weather, but it still takes so much for me to want to get out.
I can't wait to be in Atlanta this weekend to have a small break from the bitter cold. There was even an earthquake last night, but we didn't feel it. Bob's brother lives 4 blocks from us and he felt it. Luckily, it was small and there is no damage anywhere.
Hope all is well. Happy Valentines Day!!!

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Charlie Walker

I have mentioned many times that Charlie is on his own schedule when it comes to being mobile. My mom gave us a walker at Christmas time and we have been letting him play in it since he is now too tall for his jumper. He loves being upright and independent, so this is the next best thing to the jumper. I know these walkers get a lot of criticism, but don't worry, we don't have stairs and he doesn't stay in it for long periods of time. It is really neat to see him move around and go where he chooses to go. It is definitely a preview of what's to come and how much harder it will be when he is moving around on his own. For now, it's great exercise.
This video is Charlie coming down our hallway and then clapping when I get excited for him. He has learned to clap at the word, "yay."

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Off track....

Good evening everyone!
First thing first, we checked Charlie's kidney today and it is considered stable. Not any better, but not any worse. This is a good thing. A great thing would be that it would go away, but for now we are thankful that it isn't getting worse. So, we wait another 3 months and then check it again. The urologist said today that we may just be doing this dance until he is 5 years or so and then they just determine that this is how he was made and nothing will ever come of it. For now, we have to monitor it so that we prevent any damage being done if it were to ever get worse again. Thank you for your prayers. Let's spend the next 3 months praying that we see improvement come May.
So, I am off track. I know it's only been a month, but the last two weeks have not been great. Last week I wasn't on top of things and this week I came down with a big cold. I am realizing how much I am controlled by how I feel and it effects my eating habits and ability to want to workout. I am hoping that by the weekend I will be over this cold and back on the plan.
Bob and I booked our flights to go to Spain in April, so I REALLY want to look my best for this trip.
Hope all is well. Charlie and I head to Atlanta next weekend. We are getting away for a few days and spending time with my family. I am getting to spend the day with 3 of my favorite people to celebrate Kim's recent engagement. I am excited about a day with girlfriends while my parents keep Charlie.
Good night!!!!

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Monday, February 1, 2010

February 1st - 10 months old

This is Charlie's new winter hat. He looks like Elmer Fudd hunting wabbits

Cruising around with his buddy

Happy Valentine's Day bib from Grandma

He's clapping. He loves to clap no matter what is in his hands.

We weren't great about taking pictures this past month, but these are a few of Charlie at 9 months. I can't believe that he is 10 months old today and I am already thinking about what I am going to do for his first birthday. I know it will be April 3rd, but not sure of the details and I think I have plenty of time to figure it out.
My goals are going well. This past week was not good as far as workouts. I only got in 2 runs, but I am up to running 3 miles without stopping on the treadmill so at least progress is being made. Bob and I registered for the Shamrock Shuffle last night, so there is no turning back! I am volunteering at the grade school Bob attended and it's where Bob's mom taught for 20 years to help with their spring musical. I am very excited to get to know the kids and help out where I can, especially with their singing. They are doing Seussical the Musical, which I directed the last year I taught. Such a fun show! Bob and I went off by ourselves Saturday to see the St. Olaf Choir perform and it was so nice to hear a great choir and connect to that world again. I also appreciate that Bob is willing to sit through that with me.
If I could ask for prayers this week, we go in Thursday to check Charlie's kidney again. We had such great news in November and we are hoping that they continue to find that it is getting better. If it's not, then surgery will be back on the table. I will let everyone know Friday how things went and what the Doctors say.
Hope all is well!

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