Sunday, September 21, 2008
So, this weekend marked the first annual walk in memory of Liz. I was so excited to be able to be a part of this event. The walk was held at Lake Calhoun - and Matt and maddy flew in from LA this weekend to participate with their families. I recruited Missy and Ellie to walk with Zoe and I. When we arrived at the Lake there were a lot of people there already - we were able to spot them pretty easily as the majority were wearing pink in honor of Liz's favorite color.
I spotted matt and maddy right away as Matt was holding Maddy above his head as he does quite often in the photos he shares on the blog. She was even cuter in person, but appeared much smaller than she does in photos.
It was a little overwhelming at first - I wasn't sure if I should go up and introduce myself, let him know I had a little gift for him and Madeline or just remain anonymous as I have done thus far. Just as I was contemplating this in my head - Gma Candee (Liz's mother) came over and said hello and commented on Zoe's GOA onesie. She was so nice - she has a great laugh! She fawned over Zoe for a couple of minutes and I decided to just ask her what I should do with the gift I brought - I told her what it was and she thought it was a good idea for me to go put it in the diaper bag so he could find it later. I now know first hand where Liz got her great spirit from - what an awesome lady! I am so glad that she came over and said hello - that meant a lot!
So, I put the gift in the diaper bag and then decided to go over and say hello to Matt and let him know it was there. I brought Zoe over and we said hello, said a quick hello to maddy and that was that. We were about to start the walk so I didn't want to take too much of his time and I still have a hard time with the whole face to face thing. It's strange when you read someone's blog for so long and then you have the opportunity to meet them - you would have thought I would be dying to talk to him and hold his baby - much like most of the other women there, but I just still don't feel like its my place. I can't quite put my finger on it because I don't think there is anything wrong with the others that have become his friends through all of this but for me I just haven't been able to take that step. Maybe some day - maybe next year at the walk after some time has passed it may feel more natural.
It was a beautiful day in Mpls today and a great day for a walk to honor such a beautiful woman. I feel fortunate to have been able to be a part of the day and to have seen some of Liz and Matt's family and friends. We look forward to participating again next year when I am certain that it will be an even larger event!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
It was a little more interesting this time - last time at her 6 month appt - I set her down on the floor and the girl just started snapping pics cause my adorable daughter was sitting there laughing and smiling like she had just won the lottery. She was not crawling so much at that time so sitting was good enough and she was content.
This time however, our child is mobile and she does not like to be told not to be! But, she was good - I wanted a couple of her standing cause she is standing all of the time and I thought it would be a good progression from the last ones when she was sitting in all of the shots - do I think too much about this - possibly - but I fear it won't end any time soon! So, the girl had brought in this cute little white bench - I put Zoe down next to it - she grabbed right on and stood there and smiled pretty for a few shots. Then we had her sit and she did okay for a few - then I popped in to a couple of pics with her - we hadn't had any of the two of us taken since her 3 month ones so we were due. They were cute - she told me to hold her so we were nose to nose - little does she know that when my child is that close to my face she attempts to eat it! But, they turned out quite well - in fact that was one of my fave's she is grabbing my face and her nose is scrunched into mine - it's actually very sweet - she appears to like me a little!
So, then we got her costume on - mind you, I hadn't tried it on her yet so this was new for all of us - it fit perfectly. We got some great shots - she attempted to crawl away so there are a few pics when you can't see her face but you can see the giraffe head and face - classic!
We got one pic of her in her super cute Twins outfit - she was pretty much done at that point. It was okay - we got lots of good ones as usual. As I tell most people - I could wallpaper my house with my baby's face - people would find it weird but I would so be okay with it. Seriously - she is that cute - I realize I may be biased - but I really do think she is that cute. When she squinches up her nose and smiles at you - it just doesn't get any better than that.
I will post some of the pics when I get them online.
So, this year we had a few new members to Norma's Crew - Zoe and Malaya and Chance (golden retriever). It was a dreary morning - kind of spitting rain when we got to Lake Calhoun - we all came prepared though - because we were walking regardless. Zoe was bundled up in her stroller, Malaya was bundled in her stroller and Kailyn rode atop her mom and dad's shoulders - taking turns. Once we got in line to start the walk it started raining harder - we got almost half way around the lake and it stopped raining completely and then was fine the rest of the walk. It was nice to just walk and talk to some friends. Tracy's younger brother Trent walks with us as well with his girlfriend Amanda. They are great people - they enjoy similar music and enjoy going to live shows - I have run in to them on more than one occasion - most recently at the State Fair for Tea Leaf Green at the Heritage Square stage. And we will surely run in to them again this coming weekend at the River Rocks Festival. Good people!
So, we are already making plans to participate in the Lung Run/Walk 2009 - who knows maybe I will be walking with number two on the way! Hehe!
Friday, September 12, 2008
When I was in high school and college the whole study abroad concept was just coming around. I had a couple friends that went on a couple trips - but other than I never knew anyone that took advantage of a study abroad. These days you are hard pressed to meet a person that has just recently graduated that has not done some sort of study abroad. It's an awesome thing - I only hope that when Zoe is ready for these types of experiences that we can afford to help send her.
My teeth are good - and I have promised to floss twice a day! Good grief - who has time to floss two times a day - we're about to find out!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
We decided to head to Chino Latino after a short stint at Stella's - we anticipated it to not be quite as crowded. On the way there you have to pace by the davannis - we lost a couple girls to that place due to the lovely aroma of pizza. Dont worry they found us later.
Had a drink at Chino and decided that I would be okay with going home. Rob was getting off work so it worked out perfectly. It was an interesting turn of events to have Rob picking me up on Lake Street after a night of drinking. Zoe stayed at my mom's over night so it was great to be able to just go home and be able to go to sleep! I know, I am so lame!
First and foremost I wanted Lauren to have a wonderful time at her bachelorette party - SHE DID and so did the rest of us! Now, bring on the wedding! We are so excited for the wedding weekend - Hok-Si-La here we come!