Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
We headed up to Osceola, WI today (about an hour and a half drive) to take a fall leaf-viewing train ride! It's just the beginning of the leaf-watching season, and we had a lovely time. We sprang for the 'first class' tickets, and were treated with a light lunch in the first-class dining car (Alex brought some of her own treats along as well) as we took off.
After lunch we moved to a passenger car- the train was so long that even though there seemed to be quite a few people in the ticket office, we rarely shared our car with another person! Alex enjoyed watching the scenery roll by, all the while practicing her 'up' and 'down' concepts.
The train ride was just under 2 hours, and we had a very sleepy baby on our hands afterwards. We decided to tempt fate, however, and stop at a 40 acre pumpkin patch we'd seen advertised on the way up. It ended up being a great idea, and lots of fun! If you picked your own pumpkins they were only $3 / apiece, regardless of size!
Dave and Alex in search of the Great Pumpkin.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
All of a sudden I heard her giggle, and poked my head around the corner to see what she was up to. She had managed to climb into the rocking chair all by herself, and was rocking away!
I wish I would have had my camera this morning at the vet. Copper had a re-check (GREAT news- her eye is totally back to normal pressure!), and Doctor Horter had a child's play vet bag for Alex to play with. She LOVED the stethoscope, and insisted on wearing it around her neck. Grandpa Bob- she may be following your footsteps into the medical field!
She has also been spending a lot of time playing with her little mouse house from Grandma Jones. She'll peer into the opening and repeatedly put the mice in and out of the door! Too cute!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The other benefit of the re-model is that the cats have their bed back in the sun. Unfortunately for Huxley, Alex has decided that whenever he is in bed, she belongs there with him. As you can see in the below video, we're working very hard on being 'gentle'. Luckily, he's a good sport.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Because she was so good, Alex got a darling outfit at Janie & Jack (yeah- like she really cares....but there is a really good sale right now!) for Dave's cousin Leah's bridal shower in October. She'll be the best-dressed baby there! Argyle sweater vest, velour knickers, pink shoes-- I love baby clothes....
Monday, September 22, 2008
We went to Kindermusik class, and then just hung out around home. Oh- did I mention that she did not nap until 3:40pm! Sigh......
Sunday, September 21, 2008
On my birthday (Saturday), Grandma and Grandpa Jones took us to the Farmer's Market, where Alex listened to music, petted lots of puppies, and had her first taste of a cherry danish. She checked out the produce, and enjoyed the crowd.
She spent the afternoon helping Daddy put together the first third of her Christmas present from Grandma & Grandpa Jones and Grandma Mary and Grandpa Bob-- the oven for her Retro Kitchen Set!! How fun!
After a very nice dinner with some surprise guests in attendance, we headed out to play Miniature Golf. It turned into a late night for Alex (8 pm), but she was quite content to sit with Grandma as long as she got to hold a golf ball every so often!
The next morning we met Grandpa Steve, Sue, and Great-Grandma Lois for breakfast. Alex ate half a pancake and half an egg, and kept everyone entertained with lots of smiles and stories.
Friday, September 19, 2008
We had a great time- Alex was a little overwhelmed by all the new things at first, but she warmed up to the play areas and really enjoyed herself. We got there right when they opened, so we had a lot of the museum to ourselves for the first part of our trip!
This evening we're headed to Des Moines to cheer on Auntie Rorie in her Homecoming Court! We may not update until we return on Sunday, so aideu until then.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
We start every day out with a wagon ride with Copper. I try to have Alex dressed in her finest fall apparel in case of paparozzi, and today was no exception :-)
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Auntie Carrie came over for baby-time, laundry, and dinner (I believe in that order), and spent some good quality time reading with Miss Alex. I think they read the "Colors" book at least 8 times....in a row. Then we met Daddy at Red Lobster for an early "happy birthday, Mommy!" dinner. I discovered that Alexandra shares a love of coconut shrimp with her Mommy.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Sunday morning we got up bright and early, thanks to Alex and Copper getting up at 6. We lounged around in the camper for a while and then got geared up to go hiking. It was the first time since Africa that Dave and I had been on a trail, and we were excited!
Overall, a fantastic (if slightly rainy) first camping trip for the Marotz family.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
It's not great news- but it's nothing with her good eye, so that's reassuring. The vet last night thought that her lens had luxated (come detached) and the pressure was building. Today, our Opthamologist said that the lens had not come totally detached yet, and she thought that the bleeding was probably caused by a head bump (there was a storm yesterday and Copper was running around like a nut). However, her pressure is rising in that eye (which the former ablation surgery was supposed to contain). She recommended either enucleation (removing the orb entirely) or trying to maintain a normal pressure with eyedrops-- knowing that enucleation would be the route if things did not come under control.
Originally, Dave and I agreed that we would just have the eye removed, and we were all set to have it done today....until we learned that it would cost $1200. So we're on the 'maintaining with medicine' path for right now. It doesn't seem like she's in any pain-- she is acting just like normal, so hopefully we can keep a lid on the situation for a while. Wish us luck.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
For those of you reading this entry in book-format, I am truly sorry that I'm not able to relay the genius apparent in my rendition of "Schnappy Wants a Block". For the rest of you reading online--- enjoy the video.
What can I say-- it was a slow day...