Monday, December 31, 2007
We did have a bit of a scare last night. Sarah woke up bawling last night. She screamed and thrashed, and kicked, and nothing we did calmed her down. She wouldn't answer when we asked what was wrong. Finally after about ten or fifteen very long minutes, she calmed down. She still wouldn't tell us what was wrong--if she was sick, in pain, had a bad dream, or whatever. She held her Scooby Doo (thanks, Uncle Dave!) and chatted for a few minutes, then asked to go back to bed. She was sleeping peacefully after a few minutes, and she slept in late this morning.
Best we can figure, she had a night terror last night. A bit different from a nightmare, night terrors are more frightening for the person having to watch (I'll second that!). My mother says I had them frequently as a child, and they do seem to be somewhat hereditary. :-p But at any rate, we all survived, and Sarah is perfectly fine today. We are going to get out in a bit for some fresh air and gift card spending. Nelson is thinking of using his gift card to purchase a new camera to replace the broken one, so you may have fresh new blog pics real soon! :)
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Today we got news that she is doing a bit better now, which is a relief. But if you feel led, we would certainly appreciate your prayers.
We received some gift cards for Christmas, so we have been enjoying spending those. We used a gift card to eat a meal at Chili's, then headed to Bristol for Speedway in Lights. Bristol Motor Speedway decorates itself with thousands of Christmas lights every year (some of them animated) to raise money for charity. When we told Sarah we were going to look at the Christmas lights, she proclaimed, "Because Jesus is the Light of the world!" (At least something from the Advent study sank in!). We enjoyed looking at the many lights, then we stopped in the middle of the track at Christmas Village. This is basically a mini-carnival, with food and rides. Nothing fancy at all, but fun for the kids. Sarah rode the merry-go-round twice, then took a couple of train rides. We started to get really cold, so we also got some hot chocolate to drink. We will drive back to Bristol sometime soon to take Sarah to the ice-skating rink that is also set up at the Speedway. :)
We did some shopping today, still spending those gift cards. :) We may have them all spent before New Year! :-D
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
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Sunday, December 23, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
As a Kids' Community volunteer, I got to be backstage before the big event. Interestingly, even small children experience stage fright. One girl complained that her stomach hurt. Another had a mini meltdown. Sarah burst into tears for no apparent reason at one point. High stress for something that was supposed to be fun!
And then the big moment arrived. The children filed in single file--and one girl tripped on the stairs and lost a shoe. Brief moment of confusion, but she finally made it up onstage and the rest of the kids trooped up behind her. The director signalled the children to begin singing. They did, with one especially enthusiastic youngster singing louder than everyone else (and also a beat or two off from everyone else). :) Two girls on the front row began tussling over the same microphone. Sarah watched this for a few minutes (singing all the while) and decided that she too would like a microphone. She also decided that she would like her OWN microphone. Right in the middle of one of the songs, she waltzed past the other children and planted herself in front of a microphone at the end of the stage! I hope I am describing this adequately, but it was hysterical to watch in person!
Anyway, here are a couple of pictures from the big day. Later we will have some video. :)
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Here is Sarah, dressed and ready for her special breakfast rendezvous:
Sarah thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast. In honor of the Grinch's creator, Dr. Seuss, the restaurant served green eggs and ham. Sarah not only ate the colorful meal, she created her own drawing of it! Here's her picture of green eggs and ham:
In addition to the Grinch, the Cat in the Hat attended the event. Here is Sarah posing with the Cat...
And finally, the guest of honor, Mr. Grinch himself. Sarah was so excited to be able to "meet" the Grinch. She loves the storybook, and we read it together most days. She loves the animated half-hour special and requests to watch it on pretty much a daily basis. So getting to meet the Grinch was a real treat for her!
One last picture before we left...
Since our "real" camera is dead, we used Nelson's cell phone to take these pictures. I think they turned out well, though, and hopefully they'll give you a good idea of our fun breakfast this morning! :)
Friday, December 14, 2007
Unfortunately, though, vacuuming is a fact of life; you can only neglect it for so long. And today was vacuuming day. I warned Sarah that I would be vacuuming. She immediately covered her ears and bolted for her bedroom. This tactic worked great...until I was ready to vacuum in there. As soon as I entered her room with the vacuum, Sarah started screaming and crying hysterically. She was so distraught that Nelson could hear her all the way in the living room, even over the noise from the vacuum! I didn't make any attempt to vacuum the corner where Sarah was cowering in terror; I basically just did the "middles" in her room.
I finally finished the dreaded deed, and Sarah tearfully asked if I was done and if I had put the vacuum away. I told her I was indeed finished, and I sat and cuddled with her for a moment. I reminded her that the vacuum wouldn't hurt her. "It did a time or two ago," she responded.
"It did what?" I asked.
"It hurt my feelings," she replied.
"How did it do that?" I questioned.
"It doesn't when it's put away," she insisted.
"Does it scare you?" I probed further.
"The big one does," she confirmed. "The little one is okay!"
"So do you want me to use the little one?" I wanted to know.
"No, you've already used the big one!" she immediately protested, obviously not wanting to take the chance that I might continue the vacuum torture.
Sigh. So now I am left with two choices...leave the house in dusty, unvacuumed shambles, or send my daughter into terrified conniption fits. Neither option works that well for me, if you want to know the truth!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Sarah playing (bet you didn't know that laundry was so much fun, did you?)
Like father, like daughter...
Sarah looking sharp...(she LOVES these boots).
Sarah trying Mommy's pajamas on for size...
We have some video captured on the camera as well, but we'll have to figure out how to convert it to a format that the blog will accept. Stay tuned for that!
I haven't forgotten my promise to post pictures of our home, all decorated for Christmas. Unfortunately, our camera has died, so I can't take any pictures to post! :-p I have tried taking pictures with my cell phone, but they didn't really come out that great. :( So just use your imaginations for now! :-p
Guess what! On Sunday at church, Sarah's Sunday school class will be singing during the service! They will sing "Away in a Manger" (motions included) and "Joy to the World." I can't wait--I know it will be sooo cute. My parents will be attending, and my dad has promised to bring a camera, so hopefully we will be able to post pictures of that. :)
Sarah continues to enjoy our Advent study and "talking about God." She is always enjoying the toy bird my dad got her for Christmas. It's one of those that echoes back what you say to it. She is having the best time talking to the bird and hearing the bird squawk her words back to her. I personally am starting to find the darn thing a bit annoying, but toymakers don't have parents in mind when they come up with these things. Fortunately, it DOES have an off switch. ;) And I have to admit, it's fun to watch her get such a kick out of it. :)