Sunday, April 29, 2012


Last weekend we found a great little park that is 0.4 miles from where our new house is. It also had a really nice play area for Norah. We even ended up meeting some of our new neighbors there.

 Norah was joking around when we told her it was time to go. She put our "beach" bag on her head.
 This is what we have been doing this weekend. Packing AGAIN! It seems like to short of a time period since we last had to pack everything up. At least this time we don't have to drive half way across the U.S. It amazes me how much stuff we have accumulated in our short time here and how much stuff we were actually able to stuff into this little place. We will be closing this week sometime, hopefully around Wednesday or Thursday, then we should get the keys late Thursday or Friday morning. So next weekend we will be moving into the new house.
Even Roman is getting into the moving spirit. Glen has been working with him on getting used to his carrier. Last time he had to ride in this thing he pooped everywhere. Let us hope that there is not a repeat performance.
We got Norah's EEG results back from the pediatric neurologist. There was no indication of epilepsy or "spikes" that would indicate seizure disorder. Yeah! They and we are hoping that it was a one time deal. She has been doing fine other than a slight stuffy nose this weekend that I think may be due to allergies and us stirring up a whole lot of dust while packing.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Many Faces of Norah - Age 6

Sometimes when we are in the car we give Norah the iphone so that she will be still and quiet for a minute so that we can figure out where the heck we are OR just have an adult conversation without someone calling "momma" or "Daddy" no less than one million times (i am NOT exaggerating). Today after we got home from going to the park we found these pictures on Glen's phone. Apparently while she was being all nice and quiet in the backseat she was also practicing the many faces of Norah. Hilarious!

I often wonder, what is going on up in that head of hers. Does she have some kind of running internal dialogue. "Oh, I like that face." "I could use that sad face on Daddy. I would totally get whatever I wanted." "That is a good face for when I want to look distant and like I really don't care." "So that's what the underside of my tongue looks like." There is no telling.


P.S. Eleven more days till closing! I can not wait to get out of this apartment. They have even stopped mowing the grounds at the apartment so now it looks all neglected. Yeah!


Monday, April 16, 2012

We Got It!

The earnest money has been dropped off and the paperwork signed. Now we just have to wait 20 to 30 days for closing to take place. I am not going to post a picture of the house until after we close. Just being superstitious or paranoid I guess but still with the market the way it is out here right now I don't want to jinx anything before our names are officially on the closing papers and we have the house keys in hand. Glen and I are once again home owners.

I can say that the house is approx. 3000 square feet if you count the garage and it sits on a big lot (unusual for out here).

Wish us luck and a speedy closing.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Belated Easter Egg Dying and Other Tidbits

Norah loves dying Easter eggs.
 I need to go scoop up some more egg dying packets while they are on discount. Usually if we are going to boil eggs we go ahead and let her dye them no matter what time of year it is.
There have been no repeats in the seizure department. We did start her on some supplemental vitamin D and she has been getting Tylenol most nights before she goes to bed, just as a precautionary measure. She already gets a multivitamin and fiber gummies each day. Her bed is still in our room pushed up against ours. It will most likely remain there till she's 30. We are being very careful with bath times and do not ever leave her in a room by herself. We have an appointment for Monday at the neurologist. Hopefully they can let us know if this was a one time thing that really is not explainable OR that she has epilepsy and we can get her started on whatever medication that she needs to make sure we control it to the best of our ability.
We have put in a bid on another house. It is HUGE y'all! It is also an excellent price per square foot for this part of the country. The owners are meeting with their real estate agent tomorrow and we should know by noon or 1 if they have accepted our offer. Poor Glen had to go look at the house and make the offer by his self as I was at work and could not get off. I got to actually look inside the house today because they were having an estate sale. He did a great job. We bought a little table and chairs for Norah from the sale. They were perfect for her and Glen thought that it would be neat if we get the house to have something from its previous owners in there with us. From what we know of them they were good people that loved their children. Kind of a nice thing to know about the place we might be raising our child in. Good energy or karma or what ever you want to call it. I am all for it.
In other news I am being trained to be charge nurse so that the regular charge nurse can have a day off once in a while. I was on my own Friday. Things went well but it was hectic. We only had two rooms going and I was still making endless phone calls trying to juggle patients and surgeons. Someone would run late, which throws off the whole schedule of things, especially when you have many different surgeons working one right after the other in the same OR. It all worked out in the end and even though it made my brain hurt i think I may kind of like it. Now it's just a matter of learning more about who usually runs late, who prefers to work with whom, who I can trust with very little supervision to do what needs to be done and who I need to constantly check up on and give instructions to. I received lots of good feedback from staff and physicians. That means a lot to me. I want to make sure that they can count on work being a good place to go not a drudgery. We may work our butts off but we can have fun, get along and help each other out at the same time.
 I should have used all mason jars for the egg dying. They seem to work the best.
 This was her favorite egg. Pink! I am shocked!
 She was telling me about the colors of her eggs here. We are starting to notice her saying more words that Glen and I can understand without her having to sign them. There are even some that we can understand with our backs turned to her. YEAH! Progress!
 Careful sister, those eggs are hot.
 We had to add a little glitter of course.

Glen made this one. Hahahahaha!


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

SAM and Easter crafts Part 1

Norah is doing well. We are still trying to get into the First Time seizure Clinic at Children's Hospital. Apparently they don't consider it as big a deal as we do. I hope everyone had a Happy Easter. We had lots of fun this last weekend before and after Norah's event.

 We made some Easter bunny crafts.
 Saw a BBQ truck shaped like a giant metal pig with sunglasses on.
 Went to the Seattle Art Museum on Thursday. The first Thursday of the month here is known as "Free Thursday" A group of the museums and other attractions have free admission on that day. Yeah! We love free.
 They had cars hanging from the ceiling.

 Cool masks.
 The alligator one in the back has an umbrella hat on.

These things are called the Catepillar Men. This is an acurate representation of my personality when I don't get enough sleep.
More to come.

SAM Part 2

More from our day at SAM (Seattle Art Museum).

 Doesn't it look like she or he is serving up a tray with some candy peeps on it. Have I mentioned that peeps are my favorite Easter treat. Especially if they have been in the freezer.
 This isn't a very good picture focus wise but I love the light that was coming in through this window.
 Glen and Norah being art critics. Really? This is art.
 They had a room where they were playing music. Vinyl record music.
 This HUGE rat is sitting on a guy who is in bed. I'm not sure what it is supposed to represent but it's pretty funny and interesting to look at.
 This was made out of a whole lot of what we thought of as dog tags. Each had a name on it.

 This guy was toiling away.
 Rat booty!
 Cardboard boxes hung on a wall. Art? or the symbols of someone being a genius to get a grant to hang dirty cardboard up on a museum wall as art? Hmmmm? I wonder.
 Hey, We know that guy. Pretty sure he didn't wear lipstick.