Saturday, February 9, 2008

Saturday Musings

I keep meaning to blog more, but I keep not doing it. When I finally sit down to do it, I think, "Oh that's not important enough. No one cares about that little thing." But then I realize that that's exactly what I love reading on other's people's blogs: all the little, day to day stuff that you don't think to write down normally. Since I love that stuff so much, everyone else must feel the same way. ;-) So you're all going to read about seemingly inconsequential things. Hehehe. ;-)

Jilly is such a little goober! She is so obsessed with singing and music. She just loves it! She enjoys Singing Time in Primary, whenever she's in there with me. It's especially hilarious because she'll be all excited and giddy, bounce along and pay close attention. Then she'll actually try to join in and sing along. But she waits until practically then end of the song, and keeps singing after it's over. Hehehe, she's just a little behind.

No, she's not walking yet (much to her mother's chagrin). The lazy baby gained 2 pounds in a month, and I'm not that strong! So she doesn't get carried too much. Her problem just lies in her confidence. You'll see Jilly cruising around the apartment, on furniture, her car, and her parents' hands and legs (yes, legs). She'll stand up, lean against something so she can have her hands free to play. You'll even catch her rocking back and standing by herself for a few seconds (sometimes up to 30). But without fail, she'll notice what's going on and immediately lunge to grab onto something. If she can't find something to hold on to (usually because her mean parents let go of her in the middle of the room) then she'll just sit down. *sigh* I wish she'd walk already, but what can you do? My real hope is that she'll walk by the time we go to Texas, or even while we're there. If she walks before hand, then I don't have to worry about her crawling on the disgusting airport floors. If she walks while we're there, then her grandparents and aunties and uncles and cousins, can experience that First with us. But if she's not walking by the time we get back, I may need to trade her in for a newer model. ;-)

I don't know if I've mentioned our plans yet, but we are going to Texas in March! We're so excited!!! It's been over two years since Steve and I were there, and Jilly has never been there, let alone met her grandparents. So we'll fly down on Tuesday March 4th and come home Tuesday March 11th. We're able to take vacation time for the trip and fly for free (but standby) on Southwest, thru my work. Because of all that, it's not going to cost us too much, which means we can go. Sweeeeeeet. We'll fly in and out of San Antonio, and spend most of our time there. However, we will go up to Houston for a day or two to check out Becky and Kevin's allegedly sweet house. ;-) We're hoping to see some friends who we've missed a lot lately and introduce our little one, not only to those friends, but to what it means to be a Texan and true Texas BBQ, not to mention procuring some necessary Spurs gear. (Side note: Trey & Jen- I'm not sure if you read this, but if so, we must see you when we're there! We suggest a family dinner with your boys and our girl at Salt Lick. Counter offer? ;-)) Like I said, we're so freaking fracking excited about this trip.

But there are some worries about it. And they pretty much all have to do with the aspect of travel. As mentioned, we'll be flying standby. There are NO direct flights on any airline I've ever heard of, between San Antonio and Seattle, which means we'll have to make at least one connection somewhere. Which exponentially increases the travel worries. Then add that a 15 month old. A particularly independent, non-walking 15 month old, who only likes to sleep in her bed, not her in her parents' arms. We're looking at a 7, 7 1/2 hour trip, right during nap time. Oh joy. -_- I can hardly contain my enthusiasm. I have a sneaking suspicion that Jilly will make a new friend, called Mr. Benadryl. ;-) And Bunny Lovey will surely be joining us. Combine those two things, with her bottle, and I think we'll be able to convince her to nap on the plane. Please pray for us that it works! ;-) And since it's all standby, there's always chances of getting stranded somewhere. But that's the price we pay for flying for free. And we purposely planned to fly in the middle of the winter, middle of the week, with a day of cushion room, if needed. So hopefully that won't be an issue. I can't say I'm looking forward to dragging all her stuff through the airport either. Because of being standby, I don't want to risk being stranded somewhere without her car seat. So we'll be bringing the car seat as well as the stroller, diaper bag and the baby, all through security, check in, and then check them (well, maybe not the kid) at the gate. Actually, I'd prefer to bring her car seat on the plane, if we can. Again, pray that we'll get three open seats each way! :-)

Changing gears, the past few days have been interesting for us and will continue to be for awhile. I've starting training in the Service department at work. This involves me being there a few hours, at times I'm not otherwise working. Sounds simple enough, but it's so not. The Service department is open 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday thru Friday. We only have one car. We have a baby who needs to nap in the afternoon. Steve works 30+ minutes from our house and I work 20 minutes from our house, and the two places are not exactly next to each other. If I want to work during the day (the only choice) I have to drive Steve to work at 5:30am, thus waking up the baby as well, spend an hour on the road, come home, get Jilly to the babysitter's then go to work. If I work in the morning, then I'll work for a couple hours, pick up Jilly, get her home for something resembling a nap, then wake her up so we can go pick up Daddy by 2:30pm. If I work the afternoon, I can drop her off to take a nap at Granny's, but then I only have about 90 minutes to work (after Erin's lunch) before I have to leave to pick Steve up. Then add to that, if I'm working in Service Mon-Wed, I then pick Steve up, pick Jilly up, take them home, then turn around and go BACK to the work I just left! Crazy. Luckily, I think we're figuring out a couple other solutions, like my mom and sister driving me to work, then letting Jilly nap at their place and Steve picking me up after my shift. I'm glad this will only be a couple weeks until I'm not working both daytime and evenings! :-) But on the bright side, I got a taste of what the new job will be and I'm going to like it!!

Let's see.... Anything else? Oh yeah! Stalkers- announce yourselves! Hehehe. I've become a blog stalker. I'll follow links on my friends' pages to other people, usually people I know, and then read their blogs even though I haven't been formally invited. Yup, I'm a stalker! And this time I know I'm not the only one. So! If you're blog stalking me, and I know you, then PLEASE! Leave a comment so I can stalk your blogs too! Plus, it's nice to know that people care about us enough to stalk us.

Okay, I think that's pretty much it now. Have a wonderful Saturday!



Sariah in Vancouver said...

I don't think I count as a stalker. lol

Jilly is so cute! I hope she starts walking for you soon! You're gonna have so much fun in Texas! And I'm really happy for the opportunity you have with this new position. :)

ailene said...

Okay, I admit it... I'm a stalker... :) (Okay, I only JUST found your blog recently... this is the first entry I've read on it)! Unfortunately, I don't have a blog you can stalk. Sorry!