Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I'm Missing You

Well, I will be home tomorrow evening from my conference but it seems like a year away! I am so far away and helpless. Erik is SUPER DAD and being great, but Jenna has a serious case of missing her mommy! This makes me so sad, for her, and him, and me! She apparently asks about me all the time. Erik gave her one of her toys and she started crying and said, "My mommy got me this."

She is so distraught that she has actually made herself sick. She doesn't want to do anything and just lays in Erik's arms and cries, and isn't eating and now has a fever. If my daughter does not want to have ice cream and watch Cinderella something is wrong! I feel so bad and helpless. I know in the scheme of life this will not be a big deal, but right now it's breaking my heart.

I checked on trying to leave earlier and with my options I would have to pay $600. If I NEEDED to I would do that in a second, but I know she is in good hands with her daddy, and I will see her tomorrow.

Jenna - I love you with all my heart and will see you soon! You are lucky to be with your wonderful daddy who loves you so much!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hurry up and wait...

I am sitting in the airport to catch my flight to go to a conference for work. I am sad, as this it the longest and furthest away I've ever been from Jenna! I miss her and Erik already.

It seems I was in a rush to get ready for this trip and in a rush to drive here, and of course, it's a rush to go through security. I am traveling with all carry-on so I had a bin for the laptop, a bin for shoes, a bin for liquids, my suitcase, my purse, my laptop bag. Gesh! It seems like a lot for a few days away. So, now of course, I sit and wait for my flight to leave.

I just hope my time there goes as fast as my time getting ready to go did. I'm on a countdown to see my family again on Wednesday evening!

Wish me luck and wish them luck! Love you Jenna! Love you Honey!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Dear Jenna - 28 Months

Dear Jenna,

You are now 28 months! Closer to 2.5 than to two years old. Everyday you amaze me and make me laugh. You are getting so big, physically and emotionally. We are all so thankful that we are having some nice weather days, you love being outside and absolutely LOVE swinging! I think your new play set was a good investment.

The things that come out of your mouth are so funny. It's a blessing to see the world through your eyes. You are a carbon copy of a little adult and you pick up on so much. Just last night, we were eating soup and you said to me, "I told you it was very hot!" You've taken our bedtime routine and now do it to me sometimes. If I pretend to go to bed you will come over and rub my back and sing songs, then say, "Good night, sleep tight Sweetie."

You have a new passion for dinosaurs. You talk about them often and you always say, "They have a LONG neck and a LONG tail and three LONG fingers!" I don't know exactly which dinosaur you are explaining, but you enjoy them.

You are a confident and compassionate little girl. I hope these characteristics stick with you as you get older. Life is full of challenges and I hope you will continue to have the right attitude, with the exception of the occasional tantrum of course. You will go far! You are also right there to be a cheerleader. We are working on potty training and if you are in the bathroom with me, you are always offering a positive pep talk. "Great job Mommy, You on the big girl potty! Wipe your butt!"

Often times you will say, "Look at me, TA DA! I beautiful." You are always there to lend a helping hand. If a cartoon character needs help you are right there saying, "He needs HELP, Don't worry, I'll help you, I'll get you!" Yesterday you and daddy went to the store and you heard a baby crying. You started yelling back to her, "She needs HELP, I'll get you! HELP! She's crying!"

I know every parent says every age is their favorite, I am the same in saying this stage is so much fun. You are learning things everyday, becoming your own person and continue to be a light in our lives!

Love always,

Your Mommy

Friday, April 17, 2009

Something in the freezer

"I need something in the freezer!"

This is a line we are hearing quite often out of Jenna. Now, I would think most "normal" two year-olds would be referring to ice cream, Popsicles, even Tatar tots. Nope, not Jenna. She wants an ice pack or "quack quack ice". Quack quack ice is a frozen teething toy.

Every time she gets hurt or even gets her feelings hurt, these are the words we hear come out of her mouth. She will get the ice pack and put it on her toe, finger, head, whatever, and then say, "Aah...there, that's better!"

Where the poor child got this from...SCHOOL! They have frozen wet sponges in the freezer in plastic baggies for when kids get hurt. She loves it!

So, now who's laughing that I had yet to get rid of the teething toys in the freezer even though my daughter is almost 28 months old?!?! It's a much better alternative to real ice, which melts and makes messes!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Not Her Calling...

A few weeks ago Jenna and I went to a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio for a friends birthday party. I thought she would love it and she told me she wanted to paint a bowl and was all excited. She picked out a sparkly pink color and a light green color. She was into it for about two minutes then decided she liked the snack and dessert table more! I guess painting is not her calling! The bowl proudly sits on our counter for now.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Broken Record

Just last night Erik said to me, "Remember when we couldn't wait for Jenna to talk?!" Seriously, we were so excited, and MOST of the time it's SO fun and she is talking so well. But...sometimes she doesn't know when to stop. It's like that quote:
"You spend the first two years teaching your child to walk and talk and the next 16 telling them to sit down and shut up!"

Well, Jenna is literally a broken record (Jenna, when you are old enough to read this blog, I will probably have to explain to you what a record is!)especially when she wants something. She will repeat it over and over and over and over (you get the picture). And even if you offer her a legitimate answer like, "Honey, we are in the car right now, I don't have quack quack ice (that is a whole other post)as soon as we get home I'll get it for you."

She doesn't even listen and register that in a few short moments she will have what she wants. I try to tell her to have patience, obviously that word is not in her vocabulary yet!

Monday, April 6, 2009

The 11th Commandment

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Please take a moment to watch the video below. It's something no one wants to think about, but I bet if you were to find out your local statistics you would be surprised at how close to home this is happening. Please give the children in your life an extra hug!