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Saturday, April 24, 2004

I took Tabitha to see The Wiggles perform at Universal Ampitheatre on Thursday. When the tickets went on sale, I sat by my computer and waited until 10:00am on the button to get into the Ticketmaster site and had them purchased by 10:00:10. So I was able to get front row seats, which to my kid, is a very big deal. When we got there, I was awed by just how close we actually were. Our seats were about 5 feet from the stage.

They started their show a bit late and it wasn't easy keeping her entertained for the extra 25 minutes, but it was so worth it. Tabitha loved the show. The guys all looked like they were having such a good time and I love seeing Tabitha so thoroughly happy. You know, I've taken her to 4 other kids' shows and this one at age 5 is probably the one she was most into. The little kids all enjoy the shows, but they kind of just sit there awestruck. As a 5 year old who knew what to expect (though we've never seen The Wiggles before) she was just so into it and dancing and singing and just having a good time. I thought this would be our last kids' show, but maybe it won't be? Anyway, it was a great time and I'm so glad we went.

Today we are going to the Renaissansce Faire with some friends. I haven't been in years, definitely not since Tabitha was born, but our friends go every year so we'll just let them lead us around. Last night I was telling Tabitha how we'll see people in costume dressed like Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses but they are just dressed up and she says to me "But I'm a real princess, right?" LOL Yes, Honey, you are :) I think she'll have a great time and I'm really looking forward to it.

I haven't mentioned, but I created a new webpage. It's pictures of all the characters Tabitha has met at Disneyland. Plus there are also pics of Tabitha in all her Disney costumes. You can find it at http://tarazandra.com/tabitha/disney.

Posted by Tara Zandra @ 07:01 AM PST

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

After lessons today, I had it in my head to try and find more of the Gifted & Talented books that Tabitha loves so much. We are currently using 3 of their books for lessons, plus Tabitha finished one book a couple months ago. So we hopped the bus to Barnes and Noble but were outta luck. They only had 3 G&T books, two of which we have and the third is too advanced for her. I'll probably just break down and order them. I did pick up a Kumon Mazes book and Tabitha chose a Scooby-Doo chapter book and Scooby-Doo Look and Find book. She's BIG into Scooby right now. After the book store, Tabitha talked me into Baskin-Robbins, so that was a nice way to spend the afternoon. Right now she is multi-tasking, which means she's playing a computer game, eating a snack and reading her new book at the same time :)

Posted by Tara Zandra @ 07:09 PM PST

Announcement time. As you know, Chris left TGG, where he had been working for the past 10 years or so in various capacities, last June. He started working at CC, which is about 4 miles from home. Well, a few weeks ago, his old boss called him to see if Chris was interested in a possible new position at his old company (which has recently been acquired by a national retail computer company). Chris was interested as he felt there was room for advancement as opposed to his current job where he feels like he'll never be able to move forward. Also, he has the potential to be able to work from home one day a week which is really good, considering his commute is going to go back to 60 miles round trip. Today Chris was offered the new job and he accepted. He put in his notice and two weeks from tomorrow he will offically be the Regional Loss Prevention Manager for TGG and CUSA. Something new to adjust to, but that's the fun of life.

Posted by Tara Zandra @ 06:53 PM PST

Monday, April 19, 2004

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It's been a long week. First Tabitha was sick, then I was sick and then Chris was sick. Plus we've still been busy as heck. Way too many plans and it's been a relief the past 3 days to have nothing going on. The picture up top is Tabitha with the Easter Bunny (obviously) at the egg hunt we went to the day before Easter. The current photo to the right was taken on Easter at my in-laws' house.

I wanted to get back into updating this site, but I don't wish to recount the past week in detail. In short, we went to the zoo Easter morning for their Spring Fling then went to my in-laws' for Easter dinner. Tuesday evening I took Tabitha to Kids Club at the mall where the volunteer at our table was overly concerned with how we did the craft and was making me nervous as she watched us too carefully. Wednesday, Tabitha went to day camp at the ranch where she takes riding lessons. It was for three hours but Chris and I stayed in the area rather than come home and had a lovely breakfast together and did a little browsing at some of the shops. Thursday morning Tabitha had her riding lesson. She takes her lesson with another little girl right now, but I'm not so sure it's for the best. I'm going to give it a couple more weeks and then decide if we want to go back to private lessons. Friday, Chris and Tabitha had tickets to see the band They Might be Giants. They had a string of good luck and ended up getting backstage passes and got to meet the band. Pretty darn cool :)

Whew! This week is going to be full as well. At some point I need a vacation, lol.

Posted by Tara Zandra @ 08:14 PM PST

Saturday, April 10, 2004

How cute is this?

"To: Easter Bunny
Hi! In 2003 Thank you for the ! I can't wate to see watt you giv to me. Happy Easter!
Love Tabi!"

Tabitha wrote the above note to leave for the Easter Bunny. She wrote in a couple weeks ago and put it in an envelope without showing me. Tonight I read it and my heart just melted. I mean, she thanked the Easter Bunny for last year, for goodness sake :)

We took her to an egg hunt this morning. As per the norm it was over in about 9 seconds. Tabitha isn't the type who grabs all she can. She prefers to choose just the eggs she wants so she only ended up with 8 eggs. She was a bit sad at her total but as soon as we started to open them up she forgot about that and was just thrilled with the various candies inside. All kids got a little something too and Tabitha got a stuffed bunny. It's actually pretty nice and she's pleased with it.

We dyed eggs this afternoon and baked the last of our Easter themed cookies this evening and then I put her to bed a bit early. It seems she might be coming down with another cold. I think we're going to have to break down and get the child checked for allergies. She had a string of colds last year at this time too and it was suggested we get her checked. But we decided against it and then she didn't have any more runny nose type illnesses for the rest of the year. But now I think we'll get her checked.

All the eggs are ready to be filled which I'll do in a few minutes. Chris is going to be late tonight, but I'm going to wait for him to hide the eggs with me. I had been planning to do the hunt outside, but it was so cold, dreary and drizzly today that I'm afraid it will be more of the same tomorrow. So, an inside hunt it is. There's something like 77 eggs to hide. I hope she finds them all, lol. Only 12 are real eggs though.

In addition to hiding eggs and filling Tabitha's basket, the Easter Bunny also wrote her a letter which will be placed in the special carrot and placed outside her door. That way she'll see the carrot first thing, open it and read the letter and it tells her to come wake us up. I don't think she'd hunt for eggs without waking us, but I don't want to take any chances.

Tomorrow will be full and fun! Happy Easter everyone!

Posted by Tara Zandra @ 09:27 PM PST

Friday, April 9, 2004

We had our Easter party at Mommy and Me class on Wednesday. I think it went very well. Since my child is one of the older ones in the class, it was easy for me to be one of the parents who hid all the eggs. "Hiding" may be a bit strong of a word as we mostly just scattered them everywhere and mainly in plain sight. The little, little kids got to go out first and then the 3 and older crowd went out to hunt. Tabitha was pleased with all the goodies inside the eggs, but when we go home last night, we found the dog smelling of chocolate and surrounded by colorful, foil wrappers. Thankfully, it wasn't enough chocolate to really hurt her, but I'm sure she doesn't feel too well today. I don't know how she made the Laffy Taffy go down.

We had a field trip this morning to one of the local children's museums. The experience solidified my reasons why I don't go to these types of places with large groups. But Tabitha had a good time and I took tons of pics, so it was worth it.

We have stuff going on for the next few days. I'll include pics after Easter.

Posted by Tara Zandra @ 09:05 PM PST

Tuesday, April 6, 2004

Tabitha had her riding lesson yesterday instead of today because her instructor has a dr. appt. Her instructor mentioned that there's a girl that was taking her lessons with a friend, but the friend dropped out and she wanted to know if Tabitha was interested in taking a joint class. We agreed to it so we'll start with her next week and lessons will now be on Thursday mornings. I think it may be good in that Tabitha always love meeting a new person. It may not be good because the girl is only 4 and I think Tabitha does better with older children. We'll see how it goes and we can always go back to private lessons if we choose.

We also went to opening day at Dodger Stadium yesterday. The Dodgers didn't do well and we were seated with as many jerks as possible so it wasn't a very good outing. After we left, we came straight home and had dinner and then Chris and I took Tabs to my in-laws' and he and I went to see "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." Arty, but very enjoyable for us.

Today, we all woke up rather late and didn't get a move on until 11:00am. We decided to walk to where we have lunch with my mil which is a good 2 mile walk. She drove us home though since we walked a lot yesterday and our legs are a bit sore. We'll probably head out in a couple minutes and see about a picture with a giant Bunny.

Posted by Tara Zandra @ 01:50 PM PST

Sunday, April 4, 2004

Chris is playing catch with Tabitha outside. The dog is watching them at the window. And I'm in the kitchen taking care of what needs to be done. Life is good.

Posted by Tara Zandra @ 06:31 PM PST

Saturday, April 3, 2004

Tabitha had her second gardening class this morning. This time I know she enjoyed herself because she was very exhuberant when we picked her up. Last time she was quiet and that kind of worried me, but it seems my fears were for naught.

While she was in class, Chris and I took that opportunity to help the Easter Bunny and do some shopping at Target. I'm pleased with what we got, though I didn't get a couple things that I wanted. I'm glad we went today as opposed to waiting until later this week as originally planned because the pickings were slim.

After lunch, we took Chris to work and then I picked up my sister and we headed over to my aunt's house. Another aunt and uncle and a cousin were in town for a brief visit so we went to see them. One of my uncles had never met Tabitha and all the others very rarely see her. It's a shame since I live in the same town as one aunt and uncle. When I was a kid my mother went visiting to various relatives, but alas, I don't have my mother's knack for that and I neglect some family members. I need to work on that. Anyway, it was a lovely visit which ended in dinner out at one of my favorite restaurants and I'm glad I went to see everyone.

Tabs is in bed, but I'll have to get her up to go pick up Chris in an hour or so. We'll be busy for the next four days, as always.

Posted by Tara Zandra @ 08:21 PM PST

Thursday, April 1, 2004

There was an exceedingly large thunderclap a minute ago that shook the house. Tabitha said she knew just what to do, paused her show, and ran to a doorway as if it was an earthquake! I was laughing pretty hard at that one.

Posted by Tara Zandra @ 06:03 PM PST

Tabitha and I went to a field trip yesterday to the Santa Anita Racetrack. Seems like an odd choice for pre-schoolers, but what they hey, we got to spend time with our friends. That said, the only good thing about our time there was being with our friends. Tabitha said, and I quote, "This wasn't a field trip, this was a boring journey." We took a 10 minute tram tour where the guide spent most of her time reminding the kids to be deathly still so as not to spook the horses and the remainder of her time was mentioning supposedly famous trainers and where they house their horses. Um, yeah, that's real interesting. Not to mention that every other word was "Seabiscuit." I didn't see the movie for a reason and don't care if Santa Anita is where he won some fancy title. To make matters worse, the weather said 69 so we wore long sleeves and it was probably closer to 77 so Tabs and I way too warm, especially since we stood in the direct sun for a while. After the tram, the kids got to line up and pat a horse for 5 seconds. Tabitha was less than impressed considering she's learning how to *ride* one. Anyway, this wasn't our worst field trip ever, as that distinction goes to the Post Office tour of 2003, but it definitely wasn't good.

Right now my child is pretending to be afraid of the so called "storm." She is in her bed, under the open window, under her covers and screams everytime there is thunder. I told her to come out with me if she's scared and she refused. She wont' close the window either because she likes the sound of rain. She's just having fun hiding, the silly goose :)

Posted by Tara Zandra @ 05:01 PM PST

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