Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
The best pint of Guinness in the world - at the Sky Bar at the top of the Guinness Factory. Straight from the source, baby - it's amazing!
I love the turtle Guinness ads - just for me!
Cheesy and traditional but so much fun (but not for those who have a fear of heights; the grass you see is 3 stories below) - Kissing the Blarney stone!
One of the most spectacular places that I got to visit - both in beauty and history - the Rock of Cashel
Me overlooking the northern portion of the Cliffs of Moher
I'm having so much fun reminiscing about Ireland that I might share more stories and pictures, we'll see! =)
Thursday, March 13, 2008
So now I have some pictures to post... from our triple birthday party and from our concerts last weekend.
The cute little birthday girl in her cute little birthday dress.
Remember the story of Catherine bribing her Auntie Val for some food? My mom caught a pic of it - yeah! The book in Val's hand is one of the things that she was bribed with.
The Seattle Bach Choir, singing at Trinity Lutheran Church last Saturday night.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
The finals aren't the only thing that have kept us busy around here. We had 2 performances this last weekend with the Seattle Bach Choir, including a dress rehearsal Friday night. Stephen and I have a parenting class that coincides with Catherine's 1 year checkup tomorrow night and Stephen has a board meeting tonight. I was even supposed to work a couple of shifts in the midst of all of this, but that's not going to happen. Not to mention the drama-drama that's come up in the last week (no need to get into that at all).
Well... now you see why I haven't posted anything in the last couple of weeks. So if you've been hanging on to my words, desperate for any sign of an update (ha!) - there you go. But you're going to have to wait until after Thursday for more info. That's when I should return to "normal".
Sunday, March 2, 2008
I had an experience this morning with Catherine. Most Sunday mornings we go to the store together to get the Sunday paper and coffee (the coffee is for me, not for her!). Since she's started walking more, I let her walk on her own when I feel it's safe enough. I'm teaching her that if she wants to walk on her own, she needs to hold my hand when I tell her, and if she doesn't want to hold my hand then I pick her up and carry her. This morning she let me hold her hand all the way to the sidewalk, and because I deemed it safe enough, I let her walk on her own after we got out of the parkling lot. She climbed up the curb all by herself and then crawled for a little bit, which was kind of cute. She got up and ran over to the table and chair that were outside to check them out and then ran towards the store entrance. Not a problem - typical for her. I was right there and she was having fun. But I got some weird looks... the kind of looks that said "how awful - she's letting her toddler run around like mad - she should control her child better". Normally I don't let this get to me, but I started to doubt what I was doing.
Skip to this afternoon - I'm working and looking through some general information about toddlers on babycenter. And I find an article offering advice on toddler's impulses to run away. In the article they discuss why toddlers are prone to doing it - it's boosting their sense of independence and they love that thrill of freedom. And in reading all of the tips for dealing with it, my responses are "yeah, I do that" "well of course" and "sure, that works sometimes" to many of what was listed. Wahoo! And I figured it out all on my own, just knowing her and responding to what she needs!
But my favorite part: it gave me confidence that I am on the right track, letting her be on her own when she is safe and close by. I have no problems helping to boost her independence and confidence - I am at the same time teaching her that it is not always OK and she needs to look to me or her daddy for direction about when it is OK. At least that's my goal. My hope. Oh... we'll see. Every day is new.
By the way... it's not like I base my parenting on what I find on the internet - but I agree with much of what is on the site and I trust the content... and let's face it - we moms need confidence anywhere we can find it some days!
Ah... life with a toddler.