I’m back! I know you’ve not heard much from me lately.
I’ve probably lost some of my frequent readers with my
lack of posting. Brian’s been so good about posting,
thought, especially with pictures:) It’s taken me a
while to get over our stomach bug, and I’m finally
feeling better. Besides that, it’s been a pretty quiet
week, and there’s not much interesting going on here in
Sweet Home Alabama. I’ll see if I can catch you up on
all the funny, interesting and mundane in the Toone
Rise and Shine
Analise is determined to make me an early riser. Since
the daylight savings time change, she’s been waking
around 5am, sometimes before. Aggggg… I can usually
bring her to our bed for a bit, and we doze while I pray
that we can stay snuggled under the down comforter until
at least 6am. That’s about the time she’s ready to get
up, though. I’m not sure what to do… she’s not
screaming to get up, but she’s in her crib, crying
unhappily. Maybe it’s a phase, like everything else in
toddler hood?? One small advantage is that she’s ready for a good long nap by about 9:30, just when I’m ready for some quiet time getting things done. Thank goodness!
Sam’s Sample Vultures
Analise and I discovered the wonderful world of Sam’s
Club this week:) I had forgotten all the samples they
have, and we enjoyed browsing the store over the lunch
hour both Tuesday and Wednesday. Analise has been a
picky eater lately, but she devoured everything we were
offered, from crabcakes to teriyaki vegetables to
chicken enchilada soup! Her favorite were the petite
quiches on Tuesday, and they were handing them out on
Wednesday too. The lady had just run out, and told us
to check back in 10 minutes. Since I really wasn’t
shopping, we wandered around through the Christmas
decorations and toys for a while, and kept coming back
within sight to see if the lady had taken them out of
her oven. No, no, almost… so we wandered around an
ailse and found a lasagna sample we hadn’t tried. When
we got back, she said, “You just missed them – they’re
already gone!” And I was feeling bad about circling
like a vulture watching for her to take them out of the
oven… I’m sure we’ll be back at Sam’s more often,
since we had such a fun time.
She’s saying a few more words lately, but more
importantly she’s got a whole repertoire of animal
sounds. Very cute!
She’s also full of kisses – for all her stuffed animals,
her Little People Noah and animals, for the air. She’ll
come up to me in the kitchen, wrap her arms around my
leg, and go, “MMMMMuh!” Love it. I have the sweetest
little girl, and she’s just in such a charming
Even her first real tantrum was cute! She wanted some
graham crackers, but not the one I handed her. So I let
her pick one, then she wanted another for her other hand
(of course), so I assented. Then, with a graham cracker
in each hand, she leaned forward with her mouth open to
grab the one in my hand. She wanted a 3rd cracker for
her mouth! I don’t think so… When I wouldn’t give it
to her, she proceeded to throw herself on the floor,
dropping her 2 graham crackers and cry for 5 entire
minutes. She didn’t want either of the 2 graham
crackers, and she was irate that I wouldn’t give her the
one in my hand. Poor girl. I’m sure it won’t be in the
future, but it was so comical!
She’s also learned where the belly is, and she takes
great fun in finding it on people. She particularly
likes my belly, which is a little jiggly. Brian’s very
very ticklish, so she’s found his belly to be fun, too.
Wednesday night during our group discussion at home
church, Analise was sitting on our friend Ben’s lap. I
saw her reach over and try to lift up his shirt to find
his belly! Watch out, everyone! Then she crawled
across all the laps on the couch… tooting all the way.
Ah, the fun moments she brings us!
We’ll be having Thanksgiving dinner here at our house next week, so I thought this would be the PERFECT time to use our antique china for the first time. It was given to us by Brian’s grandmother, whose birthday is our anniversary. Her husband was in Germany for World War II for their first anniversary and sent an entire set of German china back as a gift. Other servicement sent their wives sets as well, but they all insisted on repacking it themselves. Unfortunately, most were broken when they arrived, but because Grandma’s husband let the company pack and send it, hers arrived in perfect condition. I love it! It’s been carefully packed since she left her house in Virginia through a move to Alabama to Brian’s parents before we were married, to California for our first year and a half, stayed packed through our move back to Alabama in January. I’m finally getting to unpack it and see all the beautiful pieces. It’s 12 complete settings, with more serving pieces than you could imagine. I spent an hour on the internet trying to figure out the pattern name and how much its worth, but it’s nearly impossible to identify china simply by picture. Oh well, the sentimental value is priceless. I’m excited to use it this week, and I’m sure I’ll post a picture of my pretty Turkey Day table.
I’m going to post this, since I told my poor mom and sister I was going to do it yesterday. But I’ll probably be back this afternoon with a couple more blurbs and even a photo or two. Have a good day!