Sunday, January 06, 2008

Super Big Muscles!

I think I take for granted how cute and innocent my sweet Thing2 is because she is the second in line. I forget how much I cherished every little conversation with Thing1 at that age. I am really hoping that healing of body will bring peace of mind and the ability to savor each moment...each memory made as its being made. So here is my first in what I hope will become a regular chance to reflect on our day to day activities.

Today for lunch was spaghettios and sandwiches, fruit for dessert. Nothing special, a fairly typical lunch at home for us. Thing2 sat at the table after Thing1 was excused and finished drinking her milk. She kept announcing how much was left (just a little, one more drop, etc) while I was cleaning up in the kitchen. When she finished her milk I asked if she was done with her spaghettios. She said yes, that she was feeling very full. Then came what I absolutely love...

"In fact," she said, "Look at my super big muscles!" (I look over and she's "flexing" her arms so hard that her body is shaking.) Of course this receives my typical response, "WOW! You are growing so strong!"

Thing2's response: "I know! I have been eating lots of fruits and veggies!"

You know, this conversation seems so typical and happens frequently in our house. I guess its not so much of what was said, but how she said it, and how sweet it is to hear her use phrases ("in fact") that aren't typical for a 4 year old, but she knows because she is imitating our adult conversations.

After that she said she'd like to save the rest of her spaghettios for Daddy, who might be home this afternoon. I told her I didn't think they would taste as good for him, and she said, "So will they be foochi by the time he gets home?"


Disclaimer: All animals were occupied by squeaky toys during the making of this entry.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Sleep study for the beagle???

I'm sitting here watching a rerun of Grey's Anatomy and enjoying the silence. DH got to come home tonight, as he ended up in the big city this afternoon. Yeah! What a nice treat in the middle of the rotation.

Its quiet in here, the t.v. is really low, and somebody is snoring. Thing1 & Thing2 are in bed reading, DH is in the study, and the only other living thing in this room is the beagle. She's sprawled out in her doggy bed, snoring louder than the television. I looked over at her and her eyes are open. So, is she asleep with her eyes open, or so out of it while she's awake that she's snoring? Does the vet's office have a sleep lab? It doesn't bother me that she snores while I'm on the computer or watching t.v. The only time I'm bothered is in the middle of the night, when I'm trying to sleep, too. I usually blame the snoring on DH. I nudge him (ever so gently) and tell him to roll over. But, as you know, there are many nights that something is snoring in my room and DH is hundreds of miles away. Guess who it is!! And if I nudge her or say her name she just ignores me. The snoring never stops!

The best solution is to kick the dog out of the room. However, she is somewhat spoiled (rotten) and must sleep next to her master's bed (even if he's not there). I tried keeping her in a crate in the kitchen but she howls. And if I put her outside, she barks allllll night. She likes to communicate with the Irish Setter next door, but she has a braying beagle bark that is fairly obnoxious. AHHHH!!! or shall I say WOOOOOOF!

The beagle also has an ear infection. Looks like tomorrow I'll be making a trip to the vet. I guess I'll ask her about the sleep study! :-)

Disclaimer: All animals were sawing logs during the making of this post.