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.