Friday, February 26, 2010


Well - in all the hub-bub of getting babies into the world, and busy work weeks, theater openings, etc. I neglected to say Happy Birthday Hubster on the blog.
Dain's 31st birthday was February 21st - and we had a nice family celebration together pretty much all last weekend - my parents even joined us on the big day for lunch out.

Here's a photo of my two guys on Dain's official big day:

And, if you remember LAST year's blog (look back to February 2009) - D and I made Dain a present last year - a piece of mixed media artwork. I decided this might be a fun tradition - so we made another this year. I decided to include something about that year in each piece from here on out - so you'll notice the year, and the "1" and picture - which made from parts of D's first birthday invitations. Obviously a major milestone of our year. D wasn't as easily cooperative with the handprint this year - but it turned out fine.
I am not as proud of it as I want to be - but I'm glad that we followed through on the idea...and Dain liked the part of his present which were tickets to the Mariners game for our trip to Seattle just as much I think :)

Welcome Haven

My newest niece, Haven Alyse, is here!

After long process - my sister-in-law got her out just shy of 42 weeks gestation!!

Haven arrived on Thursday night late - following a long labor and c-section. 8 lbs. 13 oz. and 22 inches long.
She's BEAUTIFUL - and both mommy and baby are doing great. I talked to Stephanie for quite a bit today - and although tired - she's doing great and was so wonderfully new-mom-excited telling me about every detail of Haven's new personality and voice. I was tearing up - wishing I could be there with my best friend! I could hear little girl in the background even! She's been getting plenty of cuddle time with Stephanie, Dan and my mother-in-law, Denise, who was present for the whole thing.

So happy to report that she's here and strong and healthy no matter what it took - and gorgeous! I can't wait to get out there in April and meet her in person!!!

PIC COMING SOON!! Watch for another post!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

New Niece Coming Soon!

My new niece - who Dain and I call "Wishing" (her last name is Wells) - will be here soon!! My sister-in-law/b.f.f.'s water broke at 1:00 a.m. Seattle time so she's on the clock to get her out before they go in after her at the 24 hour mark.
For now - I'm getting regularly texted updates from my mother-in-law who's at the hospital with her. I can't wait to know she's here and safe and sound. She's expected to be a 10 pounder - so she'll probably be sleeping through the night before D is! :)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Go Dog Go and others...

Go Dog Go
by P.D. Eastman (of the Dr. Seuss family of books) was one of my husband's favorite childhood books. And if you've ever met me, you know that resurrecting childhood memories/toys/books is what I'm all about.
Because of this we got a shiny new hardcover version of the book for one of my baby showers from my mother-in-law. I was beyond thrilled...however...paper pages were not our friend (until recently) and the book is about 50 pages (believe it). So we were thrilled when Uncle Evan and Aunt Marcy gave D the board book version for Christmas (apparently it was one of Evan's favorite books as a kid too!). This shortened version is a favorite of D's - and BETTER, in my humble opinion, than the long version. The long version has no real story, no cohesiveness, it's random, non-rhyming and has no iambic pentameter like other Dr. Seuss books (my mother the English teacher is loving that I just said that - however she's hating my punctuation and run-on sentences). However Dain still loves/loved the long version - and D seems to love it too.
Both versions are now in rotation for our nighttime/naptime books. We hit one or the other several times a week. Thursday night was one of them. The minute I closed the book after finishing, I hear sleepy D make noises that sound like "dog go". I immediately sat up a bit and tested him, saying it to him - and sure enough he said "go dog go". I was thrilled, but thought it was a fluke so I didn't mention it to Dain.
Friday mornings I take D to the babysitter's house after Dain leaves. I was getting D rallied and said "let's go", and he quickly replied "go". I tested it again - and said "go dog go" and he immediately smiled and said "dog go". For the first 5-10 minutes of our car ride, he repeated it over and over and over. I immediately called Dain to report it. Officially the cutest thing ever.

In other news we got yet another book I love. I had a credit at Borders so D and I headed over today with the plan of buying yet another of the "How Do Dinosaurs..." books as he loves them so much and has perfected his dinosaur roar. However after we looked through all the books and board books, it seemed D was too tired to stay. But we suddenly found a book he couldn't stop looking at - and that I flipped through and realized the story was one of the best I've read.
It's a mom and dad "fish" (all the illustrations are painted stones - amazing) passing on their "wisdom" to their young child fish - including important things like not having to follow the crowd, appreciating art everywhere, and making the world a better place. Apparently people give this as a graduation gift, and I understand why in the "Oh the Places You'll Go" type way. I'm hoping this rubs off on D. I love it - and he loves it so-far.
Man - we're going to have a to get MAJOR bookshelves - I have a list about a mile long of books that I want D to always have access to...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Some Photos

I haven't updated in awhile again - I know I'm horrible...been working on more for the theater - and just keeping busy in general.

However I do owe some new pictures - and thought I'd share some from the experimental photos I took while testing one of the settings on our new camera that I hadn't explored.

Here you go - not really anything exciting - but some cute pictures of my cute boy:

Friday, February 12, 2010

Dear 15 Year Old D

For 15 straight months...I'm going to set an alarm to go off in your room at random times, multiple times a night. It's only fair.


Okay really, I won't. However - can you tell that my 15 month old is reverting back to his old ways of being up 2-3 times a night? (He had been down to one, at 4:30 or 5:00 in the morning which I was super happy with). I think the poor thing might be getting a molar, or having a tummy ache, or getting used to not nursing to sleep (although he IS getting a bottle instead now - and I'm going to wean him off the last nursing in the morning starting this coming week so I'll be totally done breastfeeding).
All in all - I really don't mind. I like getting more time with him any way I can get it. Until I can find a way to be home more during the week - I cherish every moment I have. and, there's something so wonderful about feeling needed.
I wonder if 15 year old D will really "need" me for anything. Besides money and a ride to wherever he wants to go.
I give myself a mantra a lot - that someday I'll miss this. He'll grow out of this, and it's such a short period of time. I already feel like it's all going so fast. It's becoming D's world and I'm just living in it...and loving every waking minute. :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Shake Shake Shake

Mild earthquake rattles Chicago area



This farm field on Plank Road in Elgin near Hampshire was the epicenter of an overnight earthquake in Illinois, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (Stacey Wescott/Tribune)

A mild earthquake shook northern Illinois this morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 3.8-magnitude quake at 3:59:33 a.m. centered in a farm field on Plank Road in Elgin near Hampshire and 3.1 miles underground. Initially, it had reported the magnitude as 4.3 with an epicenter about 5.5 miles east of Sycamore.

The quake was felt over a wide area -- from Wisconsin to Tennessee -- but there were no reports of any damage so far, according to the Kane County and DeKalb County sheriff's departments, which are closest to the epicenter.

"We got hundreds of calls," said DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott. "But we have no reports of damage or injuries."

The magnitude and epicenter were revised after the U.S. Geological Survey studied the "wave forms" from the quake, said Amy Vaughan, a geophysicist with the geological survey in Golden, Colo.

"The information was better understood," she said.

The nature of the fault activity that caused the quake was unclear, Vaughn said. Past quakes that have affected southern Illinois have been in the Wabash Valley or New Madrid seismic zones.

The fault systems in northern Illinois are not as well understood as those in other regions where earthquakes are more common, and more investigation will be needed to determine the cause of this morning's temblor, Vaughan said.

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck near downstate West Salem on April 18, 2008. That quake was the worst to hit Illinois since 1968.

By contrast, the earthquake that leveled Haiti on Jan. 12 registered 7.0 on the Richter Scale, meaning it was about 1,600 times the magnitude of the one this morning. Many of the numerous aftershocks to hit the island were approximately the same magnitude as the quake that hit near Hampshire today.

Reports of tremors came in from Villa Park, Western Springs, Minooka, Batavia, Naperville, Elgin, Oak Lawn, Des Plaines and even Crown Point, Ind. In Chicago, reports came from the Northwest Side and Logan Square. The USGS has received thousands of reports from as far north as Madison, Wis., and as far south as Bourbonnais.


Emma Stewart, 8, goes to check on her 23 chickens in Maple Park after the earthquake. (Stacey Wescott / Tribune)

"The whole house shook," said Walter Mockus of St. Charles. "The chimes that hang were all ringing. It was so loud, I thought a plane had gone down."

"It was 4:02 a.m. and I was in bed and felt the whole house shaking," said Bob Bulmash of Warrenville. "But nothing fell down. It lasted about 3 to 5 seconds."

In Naperville, Julie Hannon said the quake shook her out of a sound sleep.

"When you feel an earthquake, it makes you wake up right away," said Hannon, who said she had experienced several quakes when she lived in Japan. "You could feel a shaking and you could hear a rumbling."

"I heard the plates I didn't wash from dinner rattle," said Alice Fabbre of Joliet. "The house shook, but it was very short. At first, I thought it was a snow plow going by."

"It shook me out bed. I was was sleeping and the whole bed was shaking, it was that violent," said Rex Covington, who lives in Plato Center Township, about five miles west of Elgin. He estimated the tremor lasted 5 or 6 seconds.

"When I called 911, she said they felt the shock too and said their whole building in Geneva shook."

In Oak Lawn, Ron Cerevic, who lives on the second floor of an apartment building, said it felt "like someone hit the side of the building."

"The glass shower door shook violently," said Tracey Fry of Carol Stream. "It sounded like someone was in the shower pounding on the door."

-- Staff report

Saturday, February 6, 2010


So I never got my post written about our trip to Shedd Aquarium a few weeks ago - and now looking at the pictures...I don't really have many. I had the new camera on the wrong setting - and the lens was smudged so all my photos turned out pretty crappy.

I do have this pic we got of D:(No it's not a real turtle).

I was reminded as I was taking it of a photo I took of my niece on that very same turtle a few years ago. Actually, I remember now that I was 5 weeks preggo - and my sister & niece/nephew didn't know yet. My mom did and kept whispering questions about how I was feeling all day. Ha - funny the things I remember. Anywho - here's Amelia-cakes in that same spot, circa early 2008.
Time flies when you're havin fun.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Oh you who know me know that I'm not in to Valentine's Day...or most extreme holiday celebrations (minus Halloween, which I love!). However - this year I decided I at least need to get something for my little Valentiney!

Of course - the number one thing in D's life are books. So - his gift seemed natural. However, I didn't know HOW great of a present I'd find until I realized that one of his favorite book series' has a love-themed book.

The "How Do Dinosaurs ________" books are hilarious and D really likes them. Mostly he likes that he knows dinosaurs, knows what dinosaurs say (just ask him!), and knows there are mommies and daddies in most of the books too. (HUMAN parents for the dinosaurs no less).

Here's what we bought D for Valentine's Day...and I broke down and read it to him tonight to soothe his crabbiness as a result of more teething. It worked (along with a touch of Motrin to help the poor guy). It worked and he loved it so much that after the FOURTH time through it I put it up and had to distract him with a different old favorite book.

I don't know if we'll get him anything else. After the success of this gift...who needs anything else? :)