Net Working? and Luxury

December 26th, 2008 by kelly

This post is a test.  I am trying to get Wordbook to work.  It’s an application that shows a WordPress icon on Facebook and announces there when I’ve posted an entry here.

We’ll see what happens….

In other news, we had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed gathering with relatives.

But now the kids are asleep, Paul’s out for a drink with a guy friend, I’ve finished a round of tidying, and am about to curl up with a good book.

Ah, luxury!

New Ritual

December 21st, 2008 by kelly

As I’ve been settling in to the new routines involved with having a new child and a new, more demanding job, I haven’t had much time to post here of late.  But that doesn’t mean that we haven’t still been having lots of fun here, amidst the busy schedules…

For example, one of the highlights of my weekdays is picking the girls up from daycare.

And one new ritual that has evolved, as we do this, is that every day, just before going outside, we end up with Sarah’s car seat at the bottom of a certain flight of stairs near the door.  Emma, meanwhile, repeatedly jumps from two steps up down to the landing where the car seat is.

Both girls take incredible delight in this routine.  Somehow, seeing one’s big sister jump excitedly down steps is enormously entertaining for a seven-month-old, who laughs, waves her arms, smiles, and squeals in delight.

And for a three-year-old, apparently, having an excited, wee audience for stair-jumping antics is a fun that’s hard to beat anywhere.

So we do this every day, just before putting on Emma’s coat.

It sounds simple, and small, and it doesn’t last very long. 

But it’s a very sweet part of my day.

Santa Clause is Coming – New Lyrics

December 21st, 2008 by kelly

Emma has been learning many many Christmas songs at preschool. Here is one of my favorites – her version of Santa Clause is Coming to Town:

You better not shout, better now cry, better not hit, I’m tell-win you why. Santa Clause is coming to town.

He knows you when you’re sleeping.
He sees you waking up.
He knows if you’ve been bad or not
so hmm hmm hmmm goodness sake.

You better not shout, better not cry, better not push, better not hit.

Santa clause is coming to town!

Wonderful Halloween!

November 2nd, 2008 by kelly

We had a lovely Halloween day!  First, we loaded our two black and white kitties up in their car seats for a ride to daycare, where all the children wore costumes all day.  All the classrooms participated in a school parade inside to show their costumes to one another, and Emma even got to march in a ‘parade’ around the block, too, while all the kids from her class played rhythm instruments. 

After ‘school,’ Emma trick or treated in our neighborhood, and announced that this was the best Halloween ever!  We had lots of fun. 


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First Tooth!

November 2nd, 2008 by kelly

There was a lot of crying, drama, and a diagnosed earache for Sarah this week.

And two days this week, including on Halloween, Dad, and Mom, respectively, even had to pick her up early from daycare after getting the first-ever calls that she had a temperature and wasn’t feeling well.  

But the day after Halloween, Daddy found a little Tooth in her mouth!  Her first one!  It;s still short, but definitely through the gum.

A check of the records shows that she got her first tooth at just about the same age her older sister had gotten hers.

She’s feeling better now.  And now we know that a lot of the fussing this week was probably about that.

Congratulations baby.  We’re proud of you!

Battle of the Yard Signs!!!

October 21st, 2008 by kelly

Who will it be?  Barack/Biden, McCain/Palin, or Original Landscape by Hawks Nursery?  The suspense on my street is getting thick!

 Battle of the yard signs

Eat Your Hearts Out, Other Trick-or-Treators!!!

October 21st, 2008 by kelly

Two Little Kittens!

Another Day

October 20th, 2008 by kelly

Turns out that my friend didn’t forget our mom/kid playdate!  She just thought that the 18th was a Sunday, not a Saturday.  So she showed up on Sunday and wondered where the H-E-double-toothpicks I was!?  So we both had that experience this weekend.  A real bummer.  But we’ll get together another time.

In other news, our new neighborhood has never seen the likes of the cuteness that is going to spring forth from our house this Halloween night. 

I’ll post a picture of them trying out their costumes soon…..

Tomorrow is another day

October 18th, 2008 by kelly

Wasn’t that a Scarlett O’Hara line…?  Normally, I would Google it to confirm, but I’m too tired for that right now.

Anyway, it’s the same sentiment that my mother always expressed as “Everything always looks better in the morning.”

And since I know that’s generally true, I guess I’d better get to bed.

It was kind of a rough week on the office front, and then, today, I got stood up for a mom/kid play date. 

Well, stood up isn’t really an accurate description.  I’m sure my friend would never have been a no-show on purpose.  And we made the plan to meet up at a playground with our kids quite a while ago, and didn’t confirm since then – I almost forgot about it frankly, myself.  It’s partly my own fault for not remembering to confirm, and for not having her home number.  But still.  I was so looking forward to this little social get-together with an old co-worker who left our old firm before I did, and with my two kids and her two kids.  

The funny twist is that, although I never knew of her until I started that job four years ago, I learned after meeting her (and learning that her maiden name was the same as my husband’s last name) and doing some genealogical calculating, that she is Paul’s 4th cousin, and therefore that our kids are 5th cousins!  Her ancestor came from the same tiny Austrian village from which Paul’s ancestors hail – and which we had the pleasure of visiting a few years ago.  I know – that’s a pretty distant relation.  But it’s still funny how that connection – even though my ‘family’ connection to her is by marriage – still makes us feel some kind of an urge to keep up to date with one another.  We have a lot of lifestyle issues in common, as well, though.  We’re working attorney moms, who had children (her second, my first) within two days of one another, and can relate about having one the exact same age.

Anyway, she’ll see the e-mail at her office on Monday morning, and feel terrible, I’m sure.

I’m not taking it TOO personally.  I know that life is busy, and that I’d forget every obligation I ever made, almost, if I didn’t write it down.  But even so, I just felt kind of bummed. 

Still, the girls and I played at the playground for about an hour or so.  It was a beautiful Fall day here in Wisconsin.  Then we did a little grocery shopping (Sarah slept through all of that), and then came home and shared a little dinner with my dear old Mom, who kept us company while Daddy Koog is away on an overnight golf/casino trip with some pals.

Nice that he has such good buddies. 

I wish I had more local lady friends.

And From the files of “You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me…”

October 13th, 2008 by kelly

In other law firm news, Paul found a current press release from a local law firm (with offices in Wisconsin and Minnesota), that reads as follows.  No, I’m not making it up:

Wessles & Pautsch, P.C. Proudly Changes Name to Wessels Sherman Bailey Joerg Liszka Laverty Risch P.C.!

All I can think is ‘poor, poor, miserable receptionist…’

It appears from their website that they’ll be going by ‘Wessels Sherman’ for short, but still, man.  That’s a toungue twister even up here in Wisconsin where we’re used to pronouncing funny names.