Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Just a very quick post, too busy to post a lot and too tired. Will try to catch up tomorrow.

Charlotte cut her 12th tooth! Her lower left first pre-molar. So she has all 4 first pre-molars and all eight incisors!! No wonder she can eat whole pieces of meat and raw broccoli and apples right off the core. I need to get out her baby book and look these teeth and milestones up and write them in there.

Also she LOVES to grab things to "share" with anyone whose hands she can put things in, and she is a big fan of giving kisses. I love when she gives e a hug, then plants a baby kiss on my lips. She'll pull away, smile, and clap, she's so proud of herself. Anything that results in Mommy and Daddy smiling and saying, "Thank you, Charlotte!", she loves to do and claps when she does.

For Christmas one of her gifts was a counting book with beads. I've been showing her the numbers, saying them, and moving that number of beads. She now recognizes 1 and 2. Not too shabby for a baby just over a year old!

Bedtime now. I'm so freaking tired.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Almost Christmas!

Well, in the wedding rush Cody thought he paid the Internet bill, but didn't. When you've got FIOS, a day past gets it shut off. They're right, it wasn't paid as thought, so we're waiting until payday on Friday and iPhoning it until then.

Today has been semi-productive. I got a dress in the mail, actually made headway in housework thanks to Charlotte playing with the packaging for Cody's birthday present (I got him United Cutlery's Anduril, Aragon's sword as king), and now I'm relaxing for the first time in months. I've got smocking to do tonight, and not much else until after Christmas.

Back in ballet in January (also taking oceanography through the local college), then a couple more dresses for little miss Margaret, a Don Juan outfit, rainbow wedding gown, regency flannel gown, and some other stuff.

Also the post office told me that the overseas office has record of delivery on that order, signed by the client. So now she's basically threatening to drag me through mud if I don't pay her. I'll take a rep hit before caving to blackmail. So now I'm actually going to ignore a now-ex client. I hate doing it, but the other option is caving to blackmail, and I know I shouldn't.

I think we're among the only people who didn't pack under the tree with packages. It's been hard. I love shopping for people. But, until Charlotte is old enough to understand the fun in doing for others, we don't want to set her up for thinking the world is about her and buying her things. So far she does thing sharing us fun. We've turned it into a game, and she'll grab anything to give someone, and she will also share if asked, "Charlotte share?" Then she claps and smiles all proud of herself.

A few days ago we were watching the Michael Jackson documentary "This Is It," and she bounced up and down a couple times, turned in a couple circles, stuck her arms out to her sides, and gave a little yell. We were so proud. :-)

And one set of wedding pics is in the mail on the way to us! Can't wait to get them!

And we got a new cat. A grey Balinese, a large boy named Loki. More on him later with pics.

I'm tired of thumb-typing, so more later.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Tooth #11

Tooth #11 has come in, her lower right, is, whatever's fourth from center, the front-most molar-type tooth.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Today is Cody's 28th, and tomorrow is my 30th!! Oh no! I'm about to be OLD!! Actually in a way, it feels like the start of a new book in life. The 20's saw many very hard times in my life, from loss of a parent to homelessness to near-death. Then it got very good at the end - Cody, baby, got my family and brother back, married... and those good things I am taking with me into a new decade. I can cut the rest loose and breathe.

Getting married!

It is also Cody's birthday today! Happy 28th to my fia- I mean, husband! Sounds so weird still to say that!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Fairy Tale

Click HERE for the full write-up

Me and Charlotte

Her dress was a miniature version of mine, but all in one piece and with no boning or train. Otherwise the exact same design and fabrics!!

My brother and Charlotte

Sunday, December 5, 2010