Wednesday, December 11, 2002

First of all, if you're not on Tabitha's notify list, her site has been updated. You can check it out at tarazandra.com/tabitha. We went to Disneyland yesterday. Some of it was really good, and some things didn't turn out right. I had wanted a picture of all 3 of us with Santa. After waiting 40 minutes in line, the picture not only was directly at the sun, but the girl's finger had been on the lens. So we went back and showed them (gotta love digital cameras!) and they let us take another pic. Well, her finger isn't over it, but it's even more washed out from the sun than the first one. So it won't print well at all. I'm a little disappointed. We had them take our picture in front of the huge Christmas tree with their camera, but when we went to go look at it to see if we wanted to buy it, we were off center and it just wasn't a good picture of the 3 of us. So, we didn't get it. Lastly, I had wanted to get pics of Tabitha with the characters dressed in their holiday gear. Although the one of Tabitha and Mickey is adorable,
very few of the characters were wearing their holiday sweaters and hats. Reading back over this, all the problems with yesterday were based in pictures. Anyway, Tabitha did the cookie decorating and had more fun licking the frosting off the plastic knife than decorating which was fun to watch. The Christmas Parade was so cute and Lilo came over and gave Tabitha a kiss because she was carrying her Lilo plush all day yesterday. We stayed for the fireworks and it was really nice to see them while listening to holiday music. At the end of
the fireworks, it snows soap bubbles all over Main Street and Tabitha thought it was the best thing in the world. It brought tears to my eyes to see her so estactic and loving the snow.
Today was interesting. Chris was Santa Claus! Tabitha didn't say a word and neither did the other kids who know Chris rather well. The costume was just horrible and he had to sit on this tiny little chair and I just could not stop laughing. One of my friends finally told me to stop embarassing him and be quiet, lol. Afterwards, Tabitha asked Chris if he had been dressed up as Santa. He told her no, but we all talked about it later and explained that it was Daddy's turn to be Santa for the party. She totally accepts this because that was the theme for the Minnie's Christmas Party show we saw last week. We told her we didn't want any of the kids to know and wanted them to think it was the real Santa.
Just now, Tabitha was looking over my pictures with me and we came to one of her with Santa at a party we went to last Saturday and she says "There's me with the real Santa Claus." So she's still not questioning Santa, which is good since she's way too young to not believe. One of the moms told me that it takes a special guy to do this. She said her husband is a great guy, but he would never agree to dress up as Santa. I've always known Chris would be such a great Dad. He didn't even hesitate when I asked him to do it. And yes, he is a very special guy.

~4:23pm

Thursday, December 12, 2002

Today Tabitha and I got ready for her holiday party. We packed all the goodie bags and set up part of the game. We also baked cookies today as our Christmas activity. We made some slice and bakes that are the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree and also the cutest chocolate reindeer cookies. We made enough of them to serve them to the kids at the party. Most of the food is taken care of with the exception of the Mother's Circus Animal frosted cookies. Now that I'm ready to buy them, I can't find the red and green ones anywhere. I'm going to one more store tomorrow to look for them. I'll even settle for the red and green Oreo's. I also need to get drinks and Christmas donuts. I'm just doing finger food really. The kids will eat cheese taquitos, two kinds of cookies and red and green tortilla chips. Parents will also have the chips, savory French bread (made in my Pampered Chef bread tube) and Smoked Gouda cheese and Havarti with Dill cheese. I hope the kids have fun. I have 3 crafts, one game, food and a story if there is time or a lag in the party. My child is amusing me by playing dress-up and coming out as her character. I tend to let her stay up a little late on nights Chris works. She seems to have so much energy and is rather funny. I think I'll give her another 15 minutes then get her off to bed. And then starts my long lonely wait until Chris comes home. I don't like scrapping at night alone in the craft room. I'll probably sit at the computer and watch Game Show Network. He's off the next two days, thankfully. I don't know that there will be a post tomorrow, we'll be doing errands and then going to Chris's last hockey game of the season.

~9:20pm

Sunday, December 15, 2002

The party went really well! Tabitha had a great time with her friends. I did learn that pin the nose on the snowman game is apparantly not a good idea with this age group. Three of the children flat out refused to play, it may have something to do with the blindfold, or maybe the spinning around or maybe because the 3 that wouldn't play are usually timid children anyway. In any case, I won't do this type of game at Tabitha's birthday party, I'd like a game that all the children want to play. One (unplanned) activity that was a big hit was all the kids enjoyed playing with Tabitha's Little People Christmas village. I moved it to the coffee table and they all just gathered around and played. They also got out Tabitha's tea set and played well with that, so I guess her tea party birthday should go over very well. The only downer, for me, was I had 3 children no-show. I had to call the parents myself to get an RSVP of whether or not they were coming. Both parents said yes, and then don't show up. How completely and thoroughly rude! It's the second time for both of them, and I'm tired of it. They will no longer be invited. I don't like sitting around, waiting for people to show. We had one cancellation and the mom called that morning to tell us. That's fine! I don't mind so much that they didn't come, but that they didn't call and I don't have any apologizing emails in my inbox this morning either. These parents are my friends anyway, and Tabitha doesn't play with their kids more than once or twice a year, so it's really no loss to her.

~9:09am

Sunday, December 15, 2002

The party went really well! Tabitha had a great time with her friends. I did learn that pin the nose on the snowman game is apparantly not a good idea with this age group. Three of the children flat out refused to play, it may have something to do with the blindfold, or maybe the spinning around or maybe because the 3 that wouldn't play are usually timid children anyway. In any case, I won't do this type of game at Tabitha's birthday party, I'd like a game that all the children want to play. One (unplanned) activity that was a big hit was all the kids enjoyed playing with Tabitha's Little People Christmas village. I moved it to the coffee table and they all just gathered around and played. They also got out Tabitha's tea set and played well with that, so I guess her tea party birthday should go over very well. The only downer, for me, was I had 3 children no-show. I had to call the parents myself to get an RSVP of whether or not they were coming. Both parents said yes, and then don't show up. How completely and thoroughly rude! It's the second time for both of them, and I'm tired of it. They will no longer be invited. I don't like sitting around, waiting for people to show. We had one cancellation and the mom called that morning to tell us. That's fine! I don't mind so much that they didn't come, but that they didn't call and I don't have any apologizing emails in my inbox this morning either. These parents are my friends anyway, and Tabitha doesn't play with their kids more than once or twice a year, so it's really no loss to her.

~9:09am

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

A couple interesting things today. First of all, it is raining, no big deal. But an hour ago it was pouring in the front yard, and yet, the backyard was sunny and no rain was falling. I'm on some weird weather border for today. The other thing, and the reason I took a pic of my stuffed cows today, tomorrow I have a phone interview about possibly appearing on HGTV's "Ultimate Collectors" tv show! I was contacted by email a few days ago by an Associate Producer. I guess she came across my Moo Cow website and thought it was interesting. The phone interview doesn't mean I'll be on the show, but just someone showing interest is kind of neat. If I do get on the show, they'll come into my home next month. Let me tell you, I have been scrubbing my kitchen, which is where most of my cows are kept! I'm going to make it shine like it's never shined before. I keep a fairly clean kitchen, but if people are going to see it on TV it needs to sparkle, darn it, lol. I've never actually seen the show. It premiered Oct. 2, and I'm going to watch this weeks episode, which is on tomorrow morning. I'll keep you all posted!

~2:20pm

Tuesday, December 17, 2002 con't

My child does not see commercials. Ever. We have a Tivo and none of us watch live TV. Couple that with the fact that Tabitha rarely watches TV and when she does it's a Disney Sing-along video and you'll understand why she doesn't really get what a commercial is. This month I've been recording quite a few Christmas shows from the Family Channel. They all have commercials, so I've been quick with the fast forward button because really, they just annoy her. The other day I was on the phone or doing laundry or something and didn't fast forward in time. So Tabitha actually watched a set of commercials. No biggie, other than she keeps coming up to me saying "I brought the green bean casserole!" Makes me laugh everytime :)

~4:57pm

Friday, December 20, 2002

First off, my phone interview for the tv show is done. I'm not thrilled about the questions I was asked. They focused too much on the value of my collection, the most expensive piece I own, rare items. There aren't any rare items! I collect fricken black and white cows! These are not antiques nor is there any guide book on cow items. The stuff I own is kitchen items with a cow theme. Plus my Mary Moo Moo figures. I kept telling her that it's just a matter of personal taste and the collection is only valuable to someone who wants it. I mean, most of the things I have cost under $20. She was just irritating me because she asked about what a rare, hard to find item is that I'm looking for and I'd tell her there's no guide book of every cow piece on the market. It's just a matter of what you can find. Some things are found in catalogs, some at the swap meet and honestly, some things are from Target. Then she'd say "Okay, so what would be a hard to find item?" Arrggghhh! I'm not some freak collector. I don't walk down the street everyday wearing cows. My cell phone has a cow case, but only because I couldn't find a Disney one that I liked and I really didn't like the gold one it came with. I'm just afraid if I went on the show I'll come off looking like a complete idiot. I don't think she was real happy with my answers, so if her pitch to the network isn't very good, then the network won't want me on their show and that will be the end of it. If they do want me, I guess I'll do it, because it would probably be fun and really, what other chance am I'm going to get to be on TV?
Enough of that. Chris and I went to see "The Two Towers" last night. It was very enjoyable and I don't feel that it was quite as violent as "Fellowship of the Ring." We had watched "Fellowship" again last week, the big extended version, and since we were at home, I was able to get my personal Tolkein Guru (meaning Chris) to explain things to me that I didn't understand. Since a lot of that was fresh in my mind, it made it that much easier to understand all that happened in "Two Towers." I bugged him during the movie though. Every now and then I asked him a question and he kept signing to me to just watch the movie! LOL A few times I would ask a question and then the movie would answer it for me in a minute, I'm just impatient :)
After we picked up the child and put her to bed, she woke up 10 minutes later saying she had to use the restroom. I went with her because she was practically sleep walking and was probably going to need help figuring out the intricasies of a zipper at midnight. I get in there and she coughs a bit, then starts to cry because apparantly it hurt her throat to cough. Then the child hurled. Just lovely. That makes her cry more and she's crying and coughing and barfing and wailing "I don't want to throw up!" while I try to explain her body needs to and all will be well. *sigh Aren't you glad you signed on to read today's entry? LOL Anyway, she was sounding almost croupy (is that a word?) so we bundled her up and took her out into the cold air. It was raining so we couldn't star gaze, so we just stood on the porch and talked. Turns out she ate 2 cookies, chocolate, popcorn and Sprite at my in-laws' house last night. Yeah, that's what a 3 year old needs in the 2 hours she was their before bedtime. After that she slept through to 6:50am and then went back to sleep until just now. She says she's feeling fine, but she's always pretty chipper when she's sick. I'm going to cut out her dairy today to be safe, but other than that, I think it will be a normal day. We're off to have her picture taken in an hour. Tonight we'll be going to a Christmas show at a dinner theatre with my in-laws. The middle part of the day I think we'll stay home and take it easy.

~8:54am

Saturday, December 21, 2002

That's my new beautiful kitty in the pic up top :) It's kind of a Christmas gift from Chris because he really didn't want another cat but he eventually agreed it could be my Christmas gift. It's also from my Mom because one of the strays that she feeds is the mommy cat and my Mom also bought the litter box and scratching pad. My baby is 9 weeks old and just cute as can be. My mom called this one Belle and Tabitha wanted to name the cat Jewels, so I'm officially naming her Bella Jewels. She has to be kept separate from Mary for a few days though, she does have fleas and we have to wait for the Advantage to kick in. So, she's in the playroom and I made her a bed from leftover fleece when I made a couple diapers for Tabitha many moons ago. Nice and soft for her. She's fairly social and has a great purr, but she hasn't eaten or used her box yet. I'm sure she'll adjust just fine.
Last night we went to see a Christmas show at a dinner theatre. At one point, Santa calls all the children to come up on stage. At the show we saw a few weeks ago, only the kids in the first two rows got to go up and we were further back than that. So Tabitha was very happy to know she would get to go up on stage last night. Chris took her down stairs and let go of her hand and she went running to the stage. It was so funny to watch and also, I honestly had tears in my eyes because I knew how completely happy she was at that moment. It took a lot of control to not just flat out cry. Afterwards she talked with a few of the cast members and also Santa and Mrs. Claus. It was very late when we left and she conked out immediately and slept until 8:40 this morning. I could get used to that :)

~5:03pm

Monday, December 23, 2002

Ahh, Christmas Eve, Eve. I'd like to relax and bake today, but I have mucho errands to run. I didn't want to take Chris to work at 6:30 this morning, so my mom is going to lend me her car. I have to run out to Target, Whole Foods, then home, then to Stater Bros. I also have to squeeze in lunch and finish laundry. It's actually not that many places, but Whole Foods is 25 miles away and I have to come home to put all that stuff in the fridge before going to the regular grocery store. My sister is going to come along to keep me company, I think. I'm almost done wrapping, thank goodness! Last night we drove around and looked at Christmas lights. So beautiful! Next year I hope we can do a bit more lights, but I think we say that every year :)

~8:06am

Saturday, December 28, 2002

It's nice to be among the almost healthy again. I've been rather miserable the last week. Just about over it all though and Tabitha is also much better. We had a nice holiday in spite of the sickness in our house. Tabitha got enough toys to last quite a while. Chris and I both received nice things from our parents. We went to Best Buy today and he spent his entire gift certificate on movies. Guess we have to start watching them now, huh? We hit Target a couple days ago and I used half of my gift certificate. I also have one to Robinsons-May and Chris has one to Claim Jumper. A joint gift we received was Kingdom Hearts for the Playstation 2. We have been playing it every evening. It's been a long time since we've had an adventure game we could play together. He also got Fellowship of the Ring for PS2 and we're probably going to play that together as well. I got a Nancy Drew computer game, but that's just for me :)
We finally got Bella Jewels litter box trained. Well, actually, Mary trained her. We were getting no where, so we put Mary in the play room with her, much to her very vocal dismay, and in one day, Bella was using the litter box. We saw one accident yesterday, so we're still keeping an eye on her, but for the most part, she appears trained. Last night was the first night she wasn't shut into the playroom and she slept on our bed between our heads. Very sweet. I worry we'll have to buy a new duvet cover though because the bed is too high for her to jump onto it and she has to claw her way up.
I got started taking down decorations today. Not a lot, but I put a dent in the task. Chris is working late tonight, so I'll probably take a hot bath with a good book and catch up on emails. At some point I figure I'll eat, but I still have no appetite and nothing sounds good to me anyway.

~5:33pm

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

"Thank you for calling The Disney Store where you can save up to 50% at our after holiday sale, how may I help you?"
I heard this 8 times before they were actually able to help me today. Tabitha wants a tea party for her birthday party this year. Ever since she decided, I've been trying to come up with ideas for the party. At her Christmas party a few weeks ago, the kids found her talking princess tea set and had a ball playing with it for quite a while. That gave me an idea. There are only 3 tops to her princess set and we're going to have 6 children for her birthday. So I decided to buy the Mrs. Potts talking tea set as well. Turns out, impossible to find now. I got a list of every Disney Store in a 35 mile radius and started to call. The first seven stores were sold out. I finally found it at the eighth store, she said they had just got a shipment in. I had her put one on hold and Tabitha and I beat it out there quick. We only went about 25 miles so it's not that big of a deal. It was 33% off too, so at least I got a good deal! And we found Mulan sandals to go with her costume for only $5.00 so I picked those up as well. I think I have most of her party planned, just need to figure out a few more food items and we still have to buy stuff for it. But I no longer feel at a loss for what to do.
I hope everyone has a safe night tonight. We'll be staying home to celebrate. I have a new fondue recipe I want to try. We use the crock pot to melt everything and it uses cheddar, cream cheese and blue cheese, should be interesting. Chris is off work tomorrow and I'm not really sure what we're going to do, if anything.

~3:16pm