Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas 2009

This year we went to Page Arizona for Christmas to celebrate the holiday with Dana's family. It was Aiyana's second Christmas and I really thought that she would not get very excited about it since she doesn't fully understand what Christmas is all about yet. Boy was I wrong about that one. Aiyana woke up early Christmas morning because she could hear her cousins opening their gifts by the tree. She got super excited and started running down the hall and shouting then running back into the room where Dana and I were laying down and still hoping to get more rest. It was so cute. So we quickly got up and headed off to Grandma and Grandpa's (Dana's parent's) house so that Aiyana could open her gifts. She tore into the gifts like she had been doing it for years. For Christmas Aiyana got some cool new sunglasses, a big sister t-shirt, a bath toy, some barrets, a book, a winter coat, UGG boots and a baby doll.

On Christmas Eve, Santa made a visit to the little ones and brought each of them a gift. Follow the pictures below to see what Aiyana thought about that. You can click on the picture collage to get a better view.

We had a good time visiting family in Page. Aiyana even learned how to play the piano. Here are a couple of videos. One is of Aiyana and Dana playing a duet on his mom's piano. Aiyana got really into her performance... she's so talented ;o). I also included a video of her opening one of her gifts. She loves to wear every ones sunglasses so Dana and I thought we should get her some of her own. You could tell that she felt so cool with them on.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Hodge Podge of Things

It's nice to see a bit of green in the winter. Our palm trees are looking great and our oranges are just about ready to be picked... all four of them that is. The navel orange tree is not very big yet, but when it gets bigger it will provide us with a lot of yummy fruit. Aiyana tried to pick one of the oranges today, but the stubborn thing wouldn't come off the stem. I guess that means it needs more time. My dad brought us over a barrel cactus from his property up in Cave Creek. He is starting to clear some of his land to build a house and he thought that the barrel cactus would have a nice home with us. We have it in a pot for now, but I plan to transfer it into the ground in a few months.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Bath Time

Aiyana went through a phase where she hated her baths, but now we are back on track and she is really enjoying them. Actually, we have a hard time getting her out of the tub now. Dana bought Aiyana a basketball hoop and some balls for bath time and I think he gets the most enjoyment out of his new gift to Aiyana. She likes to watch daddy shoot hoops, but notice how she ducks every time he throws the ball? Too funny. Daddy's determined this little one is going to be a baller. I'm thinking she should follow in mommy's footsteps and join the dance and cheer team ;o). Actually... I don't care what she decides to do as long as she runs track ha, ha.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Aiyana is 16 Months Old

Oh how fast you grow little one. Aiyana turned 16 months on the 29th of November. She is my little toddler now, running around and into everything. I will miss the days where it is only about her. Soon enough, there will be a little sister added to the mix. Life will be even sweeter with two precious little girls around. Aiyana I love you so much sweetheart.

I am so grateful for her kisses, her uh ew's (love you's) and her tight embraces. My favorite part of the day is picking her up from daycare and seeing the excitement on her face as she runs towards me with her arms up for me to hold her close. Oh how I love that part of my day ;o).

While in Novato for Thanksgiving my sister-in-law recommended a photographer friend of hers to take pictures of my belly. Laurel kindly snapped some shots of Aiyana too. These pictures would be the first professional shots we have had taken of Aiyana and Laural did an excellent job. I will post some of the pregnancy photos later as I have yet to buy the rights to all of the pictures. I will receive the cd soon, though, and I will post more later.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Our Trip to Novato for Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving this year we made the 11 hour drive up to Novato to see my new nephew Mason... and of course everyone else, but we all know that once a baby is born... it is all about the baby ;o). I enjoyed our time in northern California and I must say that the fall is beautiful up there. I miss the colors of fall living in Phoenix, but I got to see the fall foliage in Novato so that was nice. Dana and Aiyana and I took a walk in my brother's neighborhood and we saw some stunning views of the hills. Aiyana even made some of the trek on her very own little legs. Check out her walking next to daddy like such a big girl.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving spread with a 12 lb turkey, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, stuffing, green beans and shallots, cranberry sauce, biscuits, sweet potato casserole, banana bread, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie and chocolate pecan pie. Here's a picture of my brother, Zach, and I right before we pigged out.

We had fun playing in the park by Zach and Mary's house. Aiyana especially enjoyed the slides. Here's a picture of my brother's family. Mason looked so cute and cozy in his bear outfit.

On Saturday we celebrated Christmas and exchanged gifts. We also attempted once again to get the two grand kids to pose in a picture with my mom. It wasn't easy, but here's what we managed to capture.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

King Shiloh

I am happy, but very sad to say that I found my buddy Shiloh a new home last weekend. It all happened so fast and while I was in the midst of my third sinus infection this pregnancy. My head was in a fog, I had company, my house was being painted and I was out of sorts when I got the phone call on Sunday. A nice lady named Rollis wanted to come and take a look at my dog. I cried briefly when I got off the phone with her, but reality hadn't sunk in yet. Rollis' granddaughter had found Shiloh's ad on Craigslist while viewing the Arizona listings. Rollis just lost her Bloodhound only a week before. She was considering a new canine friend and she was especially interested in a German Shorthair Pointer. Her granddaughter found Shiloh (he's an English Pointer) and thought that he might just be the one for her grandma. I guess she was right. Rollis came over on Sunday and seemed to really take to Shiloh. So Shi Shi went home with her and I sent along a few of his things. I cried after they left, but again only briefly.

What was wrong with me??? Here's this dog that I rescued from the Humane Society. I searched and searched for the perfect companion after my previous dog Pachelbel was put to rest. When I found Shiloh... I couldn't resist adopting him. Shiloh was my buddy for three years. I worked so hard to train him... he is obedient, he doesn't smell like dog, he hardly ever barks, his coat is beautiful and he loves, loves, loves people. Why wasn't I more upset? Well... now I feel the pain and now I am sad. I went through his things tonight because I want to give Rollis more of his stuff. I cried really hard when I folded the handkerchief he wore around his neck after his first bath from the groomer. I continued to cry when I saw his motorized Spiderman toothbrush and the collar with his name engraved on the tag. I cried when I went upstairs and saw that his body mold is still on the dog cot that sits at the foot of our bed and I am crying now thinking about how much more sadness is yet to come.

So why did I do it? Well... there are a lot of reasons, but mainly because I feel overwhelmed and I feel like I don't have the time to give Shiloh like I use to. Life was much different three years ago when I was single, living in an apartment, without a spouse and without children. Now I have a toddler, a five bedroom house to maintain, a full time job and a baby on the way. I did this for Shiloh, even though he loved Aiyana. I wanted him to have more walks and less time spent alone in a house. We travel so much and we are so busy. Shiloh no longer got the attention he needed and deserved. So I decided it was best to find him a home.

I love him very much and I will miss him dearly, but I know Rollis really appreciates his company and it sounds like he has it made with her. I couldn't have asked for a better home for him. She takes him for walks twice a day, sleeps next to him in the living room at night and takes him on many of her outings. She is home most of the day and when she does leave the house it is only for short periods of time. It's all too perfect for Shiloh.

King Shiloh was found battered and abused, left on the city streets to fend for himself. He was rescued and given a second chance and I am proud to say that I made a difference in his life. I hope Rollis will give him even more and he will live a happy canine life for the rest of his years.

Here are a few of the many pictures I took of King Shiloh throughout the years.

This picture was taken right after I adopted Shiloh

He is a handsome English Pointer

Yes... I took him to visit Santa, but he was sort of my child at the time.

This picture makes my heart sink the most... he loved Aiyana and she loved him. Her first word was "dog" and it was quickly followed by his name "Hi, Hi (i.e. Shi Shi)"

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Mason Robert Timmerman

Welcome little Mason Robert Timmerman!
7lbs 6 ozs
20 1/2 inches
blonde hair & big hands

This is my brother's baby boy ;o). Congratulations Zach and Mary... he's a cutie and I can't wait to meet him.

My Mom's Visit

Oh my gosh... Do I really have time to blog? The truth of the matter is that I don't, but I'm making time, squeezing it in when I should be doing other things like, getting Aiyana up, eating breakfast, doing laundry and visiting with family that is here from out of town. Sigh.... so this too will be a short post because I have another one that I have been wanting to create in addition to this one.

My mom left earlier this week for Novato California to see my new nephew, her new grandson. My mom was here for about three weeks looking for a house. Yay!!! My mom is going to live near me and I couldn't be happier about it. I really have dreamed about this since I moved to Arizona three years ago. I can't believe it is actually going to happen. My mom put an offer on a house that was on short sale, but because the lenders are slow around here she may not hear anything back for months. So she will continue to search in the meantime. I guess that means that her move here is not official, but I know she wants to. When she does, I will have both my mom and dad in the same city as me... Who would have ever thunk it?

I really enjoyed my mom's stay, but like always the time flew by quickly. This time it wasn't as hard to see her go because I know I will see her in a week for Thanksgiving. Dana, Aiyana and I will be making the drive up to Novato again for the holiday so Aiyana can see her new baby cousin, Mason. I also know that my mom will be back for the next Timmerman baby to be born in January. Then she will be back to officially move here at some point.

We didn't take as many pictures during this visit, but my mom captured this video of Aiyana listening to the card that she got for her on her first birthday. I have been meaning to turn on the video camera and record this because Aiyana just loves this card. She will wake up and immediately point to the shelf that it sits on and she says "was that?" It has become a routine to listen to it every morning. I typically sing along with the song part and it seems that Aiyana has started to copy my moves while I am singing ;o). Too cute.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween 2009

Aiyana trick-or-treats like an old pro. That little stinker would grab huge handfuls of candy. We are so proud ;o). I'd like to say that we taught her well, but this was her first time ever trick-or-treating. I dressed her as Tinkerbell and I put her hair in a bun. Right after I fixed her hair she would look at her reflection in the mirror with the biggest grin and tilt her head from side to side as if she were admiring herself. What a cutie pie.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Aiyana's Grow Stick

Isn't it wonderful? A lady from my church, and her husband, have a business where they make these grow sticks to keep records of your child's height. Their business is called Papa's Grow Sticks. These are perfect gift ideas and can be made with a personalized touch. The packaging was great and the stick included all the supplies you need from marking your child's height to mounting the stick properly on the wall.

Here is the bag I can use to store Aiyana's when she is too old to have it hanging on her bedroom wall.

Aiyana's new room is a princess frog theme so the grow stick was decorated to match the theme of her room.

Here it is in puzzle form. The pieces fit together to make one long grow stick.

I will include a picture of it hanging in her room when I am ready to post all of the pictures of her cute new bedroom.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Aiyana is 14 Months

14 months and she is walking everywhere. She started walking more than she was crawling when she was about 13 1/2 months. She is an active little one so this would be the only picture I got of her sitting still and smiling in that cute little sun dress, at least it was a good shot. I hate to say it, but Aiyana has entered a stage of temper tantrums and I really do hope that this is just a stage ;o(. It might be due to the fact that she gets one less nap now that she has been moved to the toddler room at daycare. Hopefully things will get better and she will start to adjust. The good news is that she is no longer scared to leave our side which is a phase she went through when she was 13 months. For a couple of weeks there she was terrified if we put her down to let her play while we went to the restroom or took some time cook a meal.
Things Aiyana likes...
1.) Playing outside
2.) Dancing
3.) Holding a ball
4.) Dried mangos
5.) Getting into the cupboards
Things Aiyana dislikes...
1.) Getting a bath
2.) Having her hair combed
3.) Having her shoes taken off after daycare
4.) Barrets
5.) Juice

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Long Time No Post

Catching up... we've been sick. Blah... I am sick of being sick and sick of dealing with sickness and the RSV season has only begun. I hope this means that we are immune to all of the junk floating around for the rest of the season. You sick people STAY AWAY from us! That is a demand ;o) After an urgent care visit for me and a Goodnight Pediatrics visit for Aiyana we have been sent home with antibiotics that make our tummies upset, ear drops, decongestant, steroid nasal spray, Motrin and extra strength Tylenol between the two of us. I even had to take Oxycontin for a day because I had such a severe sinus infection that it caused the worst headache I had ever had in my life. With Aiyana in a new daycare and having just switched her to the snot nosed toddler room and me with a compromised pregnant immune system, we are not a good pair and it seems that we are just swapping viruses back and forth. Hopefully this will be the end of the sickies for a while though.

On a more positive note... Dana and I had a good time last weekend on our trip to Palm Springs California for his friend's engagement party. Check out the wonderful view from his future father-in-law's house. He lives on a beautiful PGA golf course.

This weekend we celebrated Dana's big 3-0. I pulled together a surprise birthday party for him at Maria Maria's Restaurant in the Tempe Marketplace. We followed up with a night of games at Dave & Busters. Might I add that Dana is the hardest person to throw a surprise party for. I won't even begin to explain how much work it took to keep this from him and to keep him at bay with the plans for his birthday. There were 18 guests and it was a wonderful evening. Here is a group shot of everyone who showed up. Derrick and Jen are missing because the Little Zahne is about ready to arrive so Jen wasn't feeling up to sticking around for dinner.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Plants are Growing

We are entering my second favorite season in the valley of the sun, Fall. Fall was my favorite season in Iowa, but Spring has taken over as my favorite season here because of the sweet smell of the orange blossoms in the spring time. Fall lands a close second because it means the days are still warm, but the nights are cool enough to allow me to open my windows. Take a look at how our plants are doing as we enter the fall months. Our Washingtonia Palms are fanning out like crazy and they are much taller than they were when we first planted them. Our navel oranges are turning orange and our key limes are huge. We have more limes than I know what to do with. Key lime pie anyone? Lastly, I noticed that our Agave plant decided to mother a child... isn't it cute? I am waiting for it to get big enough so that I can pot it over the winter. Then I will re-plant it in another location in the early spring.

Navel Oranges

Key Limes


This fall I look forward to planting some Ocatillos in our backyard. My plan is to plant them on either side of the Washingtonias. I love the vibrant orange blooms on the ocatillos.

Jana's Mom

My friend Jana's dear mother passed away recently and Jana asked her mom to show her a sign when she went to heaven. Before she passed, Jana asked her what she would send and her mom said a rainbow. Jana hasn't seen a rainbow in a long time, but she saw one only days after her mom entered heaven. Check out her blog post.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Pay It Forward

I received a gift today from a blog post I responded to in May... Thanks Rebekah!!! It is a neat idea so I thought I better keep the idea alive.

{The Rules}
1. Be one of the first THREE bloggers to leave a comment on this post, which then entitles you to a handmade item from me~something crafty or yummy, who knows?!

2. Winners must post this challenge on their blog, meaning that they will 'Pay It Forward,' creating a handmade gift~anything, for the first THREE bloggers who leave a comment on their post about this giveaway!

3. The gift that you send to your friends can be from any price range and you have 365 days to make/ship your item. This means you should be willing to maintain your blog at least until you receive your gift and have shipped your gifts.

My gift is a re-usable shopping bag with a coupon organizer. I use coupons so it is perfect.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Look at this BOO-tiful little girl ;o). This shirt is a perfect daycare shirt as it wont show many stains. I had to take a picture of her in it... she looked so darn cute this morning. Lately Aiyana has been interacting with me more when I sing her songs. She especially loves the songs that have hand gestures. She tries to sing by herself and as you can see in the video below, she occasionally gets upset when I am not singing with her or if she cannot do it right. Here's a video of Aiyana trying to do the Itsy Bitsy Spider all by herself. She typically applauds afterwards and says "yay", but she didn't do that in the video. It's not her best performance as she is post daycare and quite cranky, but you will get the picture.

A Chocolate Lover's Dream

Chocolate Overload Cake - I made this for a co-worker of mine's birthday. We all take turns buying, or making, cakes for each other's birthdays at work. I volunteered to make Yvette's. She LOVES chocolate so what better cake to make her than one with lots of chocolate. This one is a double layer Devil's Food Cake with a chocolate buttercream filling, fudge frosting and semi sweet and white chocolate chips on top.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Hodge Podge of Things

Last night my friend Jenny came over and gave Aiyana a present. It was a horse scooter that plays music and Aiyana just loves it. Here's a video of her trying to ride on it. I'm sure she will eventually figure it out ;o).

My dad came over to visit yesterday and as soon as he walked in the door Aiyana threw her arms up for him to hold her. Here's a videos of him swinging her around.

Last night we had our Third Annual End of Year Spine Unwind Party. This year was the biggest year with around 70 guests. A spine surgeon I work for puts on this party every year for the people who work on the spine team at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Here's a picture of most of us that work in the operating room, surgeons, physicians, technologists and nurses.

Here's a picture of the neuro spine team. Left to right: Dr. Jarrar, Me, Dr. Williams, Yvette Sabel & Zack Thompson. Mary McKay and Dr. Buchhalter were not present.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Iowa - Aiyana's Last First Birthday

Okay, okay... we went over-board on the birthdays with Aiyana, but I couldn't miss the opportunity to celebrate Happy Joes style. I really wished to have her first birthday at Happy Joes and I got my wish... a little late, but we did it. We went for the lunch buffet at the Le Claire Happy Joes and the wait staff was wonderful. They asked us what pizzas we wanted on the buffet and even put in a giant chocolate cookie pie for us. I LOVE Happy Joes Pizza.

I know it seems so cruel to honk this horn around the little ones, but it is part of tradition and yes... typically they cry. It wouldn't be a Happy Joes birthday without the horn, though.

Iowa - Walk Along the Mississippi

One of my favorite things to do in the Quad Cities is to walk along the river on a nice evening. The weather was beautiful during our trip back to Iowa.

I-74 bridge just before sunset

Downtown Davenport from a distance

Iowa - Baby Shower

My mom hosted a baby shower for my sister-in-law and I and she did a wonderful job. The house was decorated so nicely and the food was plentiful and good.

This is a diaper cake that my friend Tabby made for me.

Here is a picture of some of our guests. Kelly Farmer's little girl took this picture.

Iowa - Family Pictures

It is not a trip home (back to Iowa) if we don't coordinate some sort of picture taking session. This year it was out on Sunrise Golf Course behind my mom's house. We had fun playing with the sunset and taking pictures of our silhouettes.

In this picture, Mary is 32 weeks and I am 21 weeks pregnant

The Family - Zachary, Joey, Dana, Mary, Alisa, Me & My mom

Big Hugs