Monday, February 28, 2011

Quick Lucy Update

I know I need to get my Prayer Part 2 post up, but I just haven't had enough time to devote to it.  So here's a quick Lucy update instead.

She had her 9 month check up today. Here are the stats:
Weight: 17.5 lbs
Height: 28"
The doctor said she's right around the 50th percentile for both.  Pretty average.  The doctor also said she sees a tooth coming in!  Her bottom left.  Although I don't see it at all.  Haha.  I actually had a dream last night that all of a sudden she had 3 teeth and I was so sad I didn't document any of them coming in.  She has a bad cough, but the doctor said as long as she doesn't spike a fever she'll be ok.  Poor kid.

After the doctor we went to Target where I finally bought her a convertible carseat.  I noticed when we were in Traverse City this weekend that sometimes the straps of her infant seat slip off her shoulders because she's getting too big.  They're loosened and raised as far as they go, so it's definitely time to move on up.  (The height limit is 27" anyway.)  I got the Cosco Scenera (on sale) which seems so cheap, but everything I've read says it's just as safe as many others.  And she can stay rear facing in it until 40 lbs - although she'll probably be in 4th grade by that time.

I also bought her some sippy cups with handles at Target.  She likes to gnaw on the cups she has now, but can't really figure out how to hold them.  I want to wean her by the time she's 1, so she needs to start getting comfortable with a cup.  She loves the new ones already and holds them much better.

Speaking of weaning . . . I was a bad mom today and totally forgot to nurse her. Lol.  I nursed her at 11:45, then her doctor's appointment was at 3 and I got distracted by Target and all that and totally forgot to nurse her again after 4 hours like usual.  I decided I'd see how long she'll go.  She's just now starting to get fussy (5:50 - so 6 hours!).  I've been wondering for a while if she's ready to start dropping a feeding.  It looks like she might be . . .

Well now she's trying to climb up the couch to get to me, so I better go tend to her.  :-)

Sadie

Saturday, February 26, 2011

7 Quick Takes Saturday

Thank you for all the interest and comments on my prayer post.  I got a few facebook messages, too.  I'm hoping to write an entry soon about what I learned.

Now for the quick takes. (I had fun with the pictures since I'm using a fast internet connection.)

1. I felt bad after posting on facebook that I randomly lost 3 pounds this week. I don't want people to think I'm bragging. So here's a little consolation: my stomach is still a wrinkly, flabby, elephant-butt mess! You will not see me in a bikini this summer!

2. My blonde moment of the week: Our garage door has some major problems.  It gets stuck while it's opening/closing, so we usually have to push the button a few times to get it to go all the way.  One day this week, Lucy and I were headed to the grocery store.  I pushed the button and it started to go up, but then got stuck.  I put Lucy in the van, climbed in, and pushed the button in my van.  When I looked in my rearview mirror, I could see outside, and I didn't see any of the garage door, so I zoomed backward.  *Crash!*  Lol.  Apparently it hadn't gone up all the way and I smashed into it.  Oops! Never fear. Justin fixed it when he got home, and it's not too damaged.  Just a little dent. 0:-)


3. I read a book this week!  I used to be such an avid reader, but I haven't read much in years.  However, one of my favorite authors (Lynn Austin) came out with a new book recently, so I picked it up last time I was at the library with the kids.  I read it all in 2 days and enjoyed it so much.  I've missed reading.  (The book was called While We're Far Apart in case you're interested.)  


4. One day this week Lyla was playing with a toy lion.  She was wearing footie pajamas and suddenly started unzipping them and saying, "Time to eat lion!"  She put the lion up to her stomach and said, "Drink your milk." Haha.  That was the first time I've seen her do that.  (And she totally thinks Lucy drinks out of my stomach.)  I used to nurse my dolls too. :-)

Random picture of Chase and Lyla.
5. If you're my facebook friend, I'm sure you noticed I was trying to win a contest this week.  It was so intense!  My friend, Stacie, is a fabulous photographer, and she was giving away a free session.  She took Lucy's 6 month pictures and I'd love for her to take some 1 year photos in May.  All day Thursday I was lobbying for the win (from my phone because I was at work).  It was so exciting.  And I won!!!  Woohoo!  Can't wait!


6. Lucy pulled up to her standing for the first time yesterday.  We were at Niki's, and she has a really low couch, so Lucy could pull up.  Of course, once she was up, she couldn't get down and just toppled over.  Haha. (I don't have a picture of that one. Bad mom.)

7. We're in Traverse City this weekend with our awesome friends Paul and Missy. When I was at my parents' earlier this week my mom said, "Oh by the way, we're going up to Traverse City this weekend."  Haha.  I was like, "So are we!"  We might go wine tasting with them later

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That's all, folks! Have a great weekend!

Sadie

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Sacrilegious Prayer Post I Previously Deleted

I posted this a few days ago, then immediately took it down because I was scared of people's responses.  I've gotten quite a few facebook messages about it, though, so apparently many of you have already read it and wanted to respond.  So here it is again.  I actually just finished a book that addressed a lot of my questions, so I might make a follow up post.  But I (think) I would love to hear your input.  Be nice. Lol.

My Problems with Prayer


Let me just preface this by warning you this may come off a little sacrilegious.  I'm a little scared to even post it.  But I'm just being completely honest and searching for answers.  I'd love some feedback on this one.

I think prayer is very useful for communicating with God.  It's essential for praising Him and thanking Him, and I'm grateful that Jesus' sacrifice allows us to "approach the throne of grace with confidence . . ." (Heb. 4:16).  I even think prayer is effective for seeking direction from God.  Should I go this way or that?  Although I think hearing God's answer can be difficult . . . that's a whole different post!

The biggest problem I have with prayer is "petitions."  Philippians 4:6 says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."

Lately I've been overwhelmed with all the petitions I feel the need to present before God.  At small group last month, we committed to really pray for each other.  I taped the prayer requests to my bathroom mirror and have been trying hard to pray diligently for my friends.  But I can't just stop there.  Between us, Justin and I have 9 siblings, 3 siblings-in-law, 6 nieces and nephews, 4 parents, and 4 grandparents.  Then there are our other friends who aren't in our small group.  I have one cousin who just moved to Alaska, one stuck in a dead-end job, and another having debilitating migraines.  Of course, I feel like I should be praying the most for my own husband and daughter.  And I haven't even touched the world's needs: the victims of Haiti's earthquake, children dying of AIDs in Africa, girls being enslaved by the sex trade in Thailand.  It's exhausting!!

And lately (here's where I'm treading in dangerous waters), I feel like my efforts are futile.  The passage in Philippians continues, "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:7).  God doesn't promise to grant our requests.  He only promises peace.  I guess I should take that and be happy, but I can't help but wonder, Why bother praying if God is going to do what He wants anyway?

Can our prayers change God's mind?  I've always heard that God is unchanging, His ways are above our ways, He is sovereign and knows what is best.  And I don't doubt that!  But then why ask Him for anything?

And does it matter how hard we pray?  That's something else I struggle with.  I usually get a line or two out for each family member: Lord, keep Libby safe driving to and from school, help her make wise decisions, provide for her a godly husband.  Lord, give Luke direction and clarity in Florida, give him safety, provide for him a godly wife.  I pray almost exactly the same thing every night.  Is God bothered by my lack of creativity?  Are my siblings sufficiently covered in prayer if that's all I pray for them?  What about Lucy?  How do I know that I'm praying hard enough for her?  How hard do I need to pray for my prayers to be effective?

I feel awful even asking this because I have seen God answer prayer.  He has provided for us so much in the past year.  We've been blessed beyond measure - always being able to pay our bills despite our financial disarray.  We've been safe and healthy and have enjoyed grace well above what we deserve.  But I've also seen Him say "no" plenty of times - and not just for shallow things.  I've seen Him say "No, I will not cure that woman of cancer.  No, I will not heal that sick baby.  No I will not save that person's marriage."  And it's then that I begin to wonder if prayer really makes a difference. :-(

Essentially, I'll pray because I'm commanded to.  Because Jesus did and He commanded that we do the same.  But I'd still appreciate any input you have on the issue! :-)

Stumped,
Sadie

Saturday, February 19, 2011

7 Quick Takes Saturday

1. Valentine's Day - I am not one of those people who writes this day off as a "Hallmark Holiday," but neither do we go all out in celebration of it.  Mostly just because we're broke.  Anyway, this year, Justin made me dinner: steak, twice baked potatoes, and maple glazed carrots!  He got out the cookbook and everything!  It was muy delicioso! We ate by candle light after Lucy went to bed to make it oh so romantic. ;-)  Oh, and our gift to each other was a new antenna to go on the roof that is supposed to help us get more than 2 TV channels!  Woohoo!  Lucy got hair clips and yogurt melts. :-)  


2. On Tuesday, we went to Kohl's to take advantage of their Valentine's Day markdowns and my sister's 30% off coupon.  I want to be one of those moms who goes all out for holidays with decorations and crafts and the like. :-)  This year Lucy didn't really care, but next year we're going to deck out the house!  So we got some decorations for super cheap.  Woohoo!

3. Lucy is eating tons of people food lately and loving it.  We had chili a couple days ago and she loved the kidney beans.  Last night she was a bottomless pit.  We fed her a jar of green beans, kidney beans, turkey from the chili, carrots, cornbread, grapes, and yogurt melts!  She gobbled it all down with abandon.  (And made a huge mess!)


4. She also really got the hang of clapping this week.  She does it all the time now and is so proud of herself. :-)  She's also been pulling up on her knees a ton.  Mostly to get into things she's not supposed to:

This is the one cupboard at Chase and Lyla's house without a  lock.  Fortunately it's just plastic bowls and plates.

5. I got a new phone this week.  It has a touch screen which I'm still getting used to, but so far I really like it.  Of course, I had to leave it at work yesterday.  It's such an odd feeling not having my cell phone.  I was driving home when I realized I didn't have it, and my first thought was to call Beth and ask her if I left it there. Uhh, how am I going to call her without my phone?  Then I thought I should text Niki to let her know I didn't have it and not to text me.  Duh, can't text without it.  So weird.  Anyway, I actually don't have to work Monday or Tuesday next week, so I'm going to go pick it up today.  I'm not going to live without it 'til Wednesday!

6. I've been loving having my own coffee maker.  Some people say to give up pop and caffeine and you'll notice an influx in energy.  I'm doing the opposite with the same result - adding more caffeine to my diet has given me so much more energy!  Haha.  I honestly am not as tired during the day.  (Maybe it's the placebo effect, but either way - it's working!) And I don't have any trouble falling asleep at night. My only complaint is that I feel like I smell like coffee all day.  It doesn't matter how much gum I chew or what I eat.  I think the smell is coming out of my pores!

7.  I read in the Rockford Independent that the new Goodwill in Cedar Springs opened yesterday.  I'm excited to go check it out today!  My new thing is that I'm going to start buying Lucy at least one book a month.  Last month I got her a few "Baby Faces" books from the dollar store.  She loves them.  This month I'm looking for lift the flap books, animal sounds books, and body part books (haha - as in: where's your nose?).  I read her a lift the flap book at work sometimes and she loves it!  Most books don't hold her attention as long as that one does.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures in this post.  I literally took a nap in the time it took them to upload. Lol.  Until next time . . .

Saturday, February 12, 2011

7 Quick Takes Saturday

1. We've been watching 30 Rock via Netflix.  Not as funny as "The Office," but I'm enjoying it.  Kenneth is my fave. :-)

2. The kids were really sick this week.  Lyla's fever got as high as 104* at one point and even 4 days into her sickness, her fever only got as low as 99.5* and she was still refusing to eat - which is a big deal because she's usually a voracious eater.  I'm just praying Lucy doesn't get it. Ugh.

3. It was an awful week.  I had to work 4, ten hour days, the kids were sick and cranky, and it was yet another week of temperatures in the teens.  Blech.  I don't know how much more of winter I can take!!! Thanks be to God, we're supposed to have a heat wave next week.  40 degrees here we come!!!!

4. Something that helped me through my awful week was . . . coffee! I finally bought a coffee pot on clearance for $20 last weekend.  I had to get the manual out to figure out how to actually make a pot of coffee, but it was a success!  I even figured out how to program it to start while I'm in the shower every morning and bought a travel mug to bring it to work with me every day.  And my fabulous sister gave me some free caramel white chocolate creamer.  Delicious! And chock full of caffeinated goodness!

5. Fun fact about me: I wear tights under my jeans every day in the winter. I cannot stand being cold!

6. I made Valentines with Lyla yesterday while Chase was at pre-school.  She picked out a sticker or die-cut and glued it onto the page and I thought of a clever phrase to go with it.  She put a princess crown on her dad's card, so I wrote "You're the King of my Heart."  She covered her mom's card with little jewels so I wrote, "You're a Real Gem!" For her oldest brother Austin, we cut out a heart from red felt and wrote "With Heartfelt Love."  For brother Brandon, she picked a die-cut of the moon, so I added "I'm Over the Moon for You!"  And in similar fashion, for Chase she picked a star die-cut.  I suggested a few more star stickers, and wrote "You're a Star!"  Oh so creative. ;-)

7. Lucy clapped on her own today for the first time.  My little prodigy. :-)

Sadie

Thursday, February 10, 2011

9 Month Update!

3/4 of the way to a year!!! Here's what Lucy Lou has been up to.  I feel like this was a big month for her.  I have a lot of notes written down. (Sorry about the spacing issues - stupid blogger.)


Sleep
As mentioned in my previous entry, Lucy is finally sleeping through the night!!! We are done with the dream feed and done with CIO.  She is just plain sleeping for 10-12 hours at night.  It is amaaazing!  She's actually a great sleeper.  She usually takes a morning nap around 8:30 and an afternoon nap around 1:30.  Most of the time she lays right down and goes to sleep without a fuss, and usually sleeps about 2 hours.  At night, Justin puts her pajamas on, then I nurse her, sing the same 4 songs, do our bed time prayer, and lay her down awake on her belly.  She has one binky in her mouth and 2 in her bed (one for each hand).  I cover her with her blanket and she scooches her knees until her booty is sticking up in the air, then tucks her arms underneath her, turns her head to the side and goes to sleep.  So precious. 



Eating
Thanks again for all the suggestions in that last post.  I'm feeling a bit more confident that I'm doing the right thing.  :-)  Right now she's eating 3 meals a day.  Some of her favorites include bread of any kind, yogurt melts, cheese, and lil crunchies.  If she doesn't like something or gets bored, she starts throwing food on the floor.  (She and Lola are becoming fast friends because of this.) She's also good at picking what she likes out of whatever's on her tray.  The other day I gave her cut up green beans and cheese.  She pushed all the green beans out of the way and ate every single piece of cheese.  Another funny quirk: she only eats with her left hand. I have no idea if this is any indication of her future "handed-ness," but I'd be very surprised if she's left-handed.  No one in our families is left handed.  
Some new things we've tried recently: blueberries, grapes, grilled cheese, and turkey. (All winners!) I bought an avocado, cut it open and tasted a bite . . . and nearly puked.  It was so nasty!! It tasted like bad breath.  Did I just get a bad one or what?  Gag. I also bought some broccoli, but I haven't tried that yet.  


We're still feeding her baby food 2-3 times a day.  When does that stop?


Milestones
Lucy has made some big strides this week.


1. Waving - she's been working on doing something with her hand for a while, but just finally figured out how to open and close her fist to make a waving motion.  I'm not sure she totally understands the purpose of waving, but she loves to wave at anyone and anything (Lola, Justin, the fridge, the floor, etc.)  She's so proud of herself.  She loves all the praise and attention!


2. Talking on the Phone - she just started putting the phone up to her ear.  It is so adorable!! There are a ton of toy phones at Chase and Lyla's house and anytime she finds one, she puts it up to her ear and kind of cocks her head to the side.  I love it!!


She is babbling all the time.  I still don't think she's really saying any words, but her most common sounds are dada, baba, and yaya.  She also likes to whisper tata and papa.  Any time she's awake in the car she is talking to herself.  I can't wait for her to start saying some real words!


One milestone she still is not close to achieving: teeth.  Not even a hint of teeth on the horizon! I finally dug out my baby book and discovered that my first tooth didn't pop through until 3 days after my first birthday! So she probably has a ways to go as well.  Fine by me!


Personality
Right now, Lucy is a major Mama's girl.  I have to be in her line of vision at all times.  Church is where this becomes most apparent.  She usually goes into nursery fine and is distracted by the kids and new toys for a while.  But I always get called out of the service after about an hour.  And then when church is done and I bring her out to see my family, she just clings to me and bawls if anyone tries to take her from me.  Even at home, she won't let Justin hold her half the time and twists herself out of his arms to get to me.  I love that she loves me, but feel bad for all the people who love her and want to hold her! Hopefully it will be a quickly passing phase. 


In our monthly installment of "what Lucy's afraid of this month" we have: dogs.  I think it started New Year's Eve at Paul and Missy's house.  They have the sweetest golden retriever, Nina.  She's such a good dog, but got excited every time someone opened the front door and would start barking.  Lucy startled and cried every time, but loved Nina anytime she wasn't barking.  Since then, though, she freaks out anytime she sees a dog.  Her arms and legs flail, her eyes get huge, and she starts shrieking.  Poor scared baby.


The number one thing I have to say about her personality, though, is that she is such a sweet, happy girl.  She is usually so content to play on the floor with her toys.  She always has a big smile for me, and has the deepest laugh.  She's super ticklish and loves to play peek-a-boo.  She's a very fast army crawler.  She loooves Lola.  When she gets excited she seriously pants like a dog.  Haha.  She's starting to enjoy reading books - especially touch and feel books.  


Her new thing is opening the kitchen cabinets.  (Locks are bought and waiting to be installed.)  I've been working on telling her "no" firmly and removing her from the situation when she opens the cabinets or plays with the computer cords.  But she looks up at me and smiles and it cracks me up!  Haha.  


She is seriously the light of my life.  I can't believe she'll be 1 in 3 months!!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

7 Quick Takes Saturday

Thank you for all your input on my "eating" entry below. I definitely appreciate it! Now, on to the quick takes:

1. Justin and I enjoyed a snow day on Wednesday thanks to the much anticipated "Blizzard of 2011."  It was like a Saturday in the middle of the week!  Lucy was up at 7:30, so there wasn't much sleeping in, but we enjoyed cinnamon rolls, then snuggled on the couch watching "The Blindside" when she went down for her nap.  There was hot chocolate, cleaning, and tromping through the 18 inches we reportedly got to take pictures of the snow.

2. We are getting our "new" fridge today.  I am so excited!!! We have been living without a fridge for 12 days and it is such a pain! For a while, we had things out on the deck, but with the aforementioned blizzard we moved everything to the garage so it wouldn't get covered in snow.  It works for some things - the cheese stayed cold, the condiments are fine.  But anything liquid just froze - namely the milk.  So we bring the milk inside to thaw, but then I feel like it's been sitting out too long and has gone bad.  Haha.  We've been eating out a ton just because it's impossible to meal plan.  I did make lasagna on Monday, and we ate it for dinner the next two nights too! Haha. All that's to say, I can't wait to have a functioning fridge again!!!!

3. I got Family Circle magazine in the mail yesterday.  I never subscribed to Family Circle.  This is not the 1st time something like this has happened.  A month or so ago I got an email thanking me for my order of FamilyFun magazine.  It had my name and address but no payment information.  I checked my credit card statement - I was never charged for it.  I've yet to receive that one, but supposedly it's coming.  So weird.  I don't mind!  I love magazines!

4. This week I put together something that I call the "naughty bowl" for Lucy.  Haha. It's a plastic kitchen bowl filled with things she thinks are naughty.  Isn't it amazing how even babies know what they're not supposed to play with?  This particular bowl has my old cell phone, an empty Altoids container, a coaster, and puzzle pieces from a chunky puzzle she's never seen before.  She loves it!

5. Oh! I can't believe I didn't think of this 'til number 5.  Lucy is FINALLY sleeping through the night!!! One night this week I fed her at 7:30 as usual, and just went to bed instead of dream feeding her.  I was worried she'd wake up around 4 screaming to eat, but honestly I don't think she really nurses in the night because she's hungry - it's mostly just a habit.  My suspicions were confirmed: she did not make a peep all night and I had to wake her up at 6:30 to feed her before work!!  My other worry was how it would affect me, but I had nothing to be concerned about.  [TMI coming up.] I was definitely full, but not painfully engorged and I hadn't leaked at all during the night - just another reason I don't think she was eating much during the dream feed.  Woohoo!!

6. I am actually going to combine numbers 6 and 7 because this next one is going to be very long.  Fasten your seatbelts.

Last night, Justin, Libby, Lucy, and I went to Rio Grande.  As I was getting Lucy out of the carseat in the freezing cold, my phone started ringing.  I couldn't reach it so I just ignored it and checked it when we got in the restaurant.  It was Niki.  So I put in our name and sat down to call her back.  I could tell as soon as she answered that she was upset.  But I just figured she was mad that her kids did something naughty or her coupons didn't work at the grocery store, so I jokingly said, "Oh man, what's wrong."  She answered, "Ty got in a bad car accident."

I immediately felt the blood leave my face and my heart drop to my stomach.  My first thought was, "We're already in Grand Rapids. We can be to the hospital in 15 minutes."  But she quickly followed her first statement with, "He's fine."  Whew! Talk about relief!

God totally saved our Tyler (my oldest nephew for anyone who doesn't know).  The whole situation is colored with God's care.  The accident happened about a quarter mile from my parents' house (he was headed there) and my mom happened to be home at the time.  She made it to Tyler before the police even got to the scene.

Ty got caught in a snow drift (the roads are still bad out by my parents' house), hit some ice and spun out of control.  He hit an oncoming car head on, sending him out into the cornfield.  The other guy's car was so smashed it required the jaws of life to remove him from his vehicle!  But both Ty and the other guy walked away with cuts and bruises!!!

The driver of the other car was super nice and understanding and even told the police he was impressed with Ty for running right over to him to see if he was ok and apologizing profusely for hitting him.

There is so much more to the story about how God worked in so many different areas, but it was a very bad accident that could have had much more catastrophic results.  We are so thankful Ty is ok, and so thankful he won't have to live with the guilt of killing someone else.

So thank you, thank you Lord!!
The other car

Ty's Jeep

Friday, February 4, 2011

Eating

As Lucy nears the one year mark, I'm starting to stress about weaning her from breastfeeding to table food.  I have no idea how that even begins.

Everything I've read says at this stage of her life, table food isn't important for nutrition - she gets all her nutrition from breastfeeding and any table food she eats is just to get her used to textures and tastes.  So . . . when does that change?  Do I just start feeding her more during meals?  Even when she has a pretty big meal, she still nurses right on schedule (every 4 hours).  So it's not like she gets full from the table food.

Where does baby food fit into this equation? She's not crazy about it.  Sometimes she gobbles it right down, sometimes she refuses.  I'm worried about her eating enough fruits and vegetables if she won't eat the baby food.  She's her mama's girl and she just wants carbs.  She gladly eats a whole piece of toast or a whole pancake for breakfast every morning.  She loves bread, gobbles down puffs, and eats cheese with abandon.  But she's not crazy about fruit or veggies.  Although I don't really know what to give her.  I've done carrots, green beans, and peas.  Most of them ended up on the floor.  I even made sweet potato fries the other day, but she was not a fan.  Any other suggestions?  Oh, and give me suggestions for serving them, too.  Like don't just say "avocado."  I've never eaten an avocado in my life.  Do I peel it? Cook it? Cut it into pieces? Strips?  I'm kind of a veggie novice . . .

So I guess I'm not totally concerned with the actual weaning process yet.  I'm just confused about how to introduce full meals into her diet to take the place of nursing sessions when the time comes.  Thanks for any advice you can offer!

Sadie

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Blogging 2.0

Well folks, I've decided to make the transition.  I figured out my picture issues, and just spent an hour customizing this page, so it's time.  I'm ridiculously sad about leaving my old blog behind.  But I think xanga is becoming a thing of the past, so I'm trying to move on.  It will always be there for me to look back on, right?

Anyway, here's the new and improved blog.  It will be the same old content you love, though!  Haha.  The monthly Lucy updates, Quick Take Saturdays, and ridiculous ramblings of a new mom and seasoned worrier. Both of those titles will be combined in my next entry: feeding woes.  So stay tuned.

In the mean time, update your favorites, bookmarks, and readers.  Let's get this party started!

Sadie

Let's Try This Again!

I found something in the settings called "advanced editor" or something like that.  It's supposed to make inserting images easier.  Let's see!

Ooh, this has an "add caption" option.

So that worked pretty well.  Let's try picture number 2:


Woohoo! 

Oh, these are just random pictures from my photobucket account so I don't have to upload new pics on our dial up connection.

Well, now that I've figured out the pictures, I think I might be ready to commit to this new blog.  It's a little sad to leave all my old posts, though.  Is there any way to bring them over here? 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Testing, Testing, 1,2,3

Trial run of the new blog.

The thing I don't like about blogger is the photos. So I'm going to try them again:




































See, this is what I don't like. I can't get the captions to line up with the pictures!
























So confused. And so annoyed.

Any help?
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