Sunday, May 24, 2009

Princess Maisie

Maisie just adores dressing up in her Princess or fairy dresses, fancy shoes and of course one of her many tiaras. Some days she'll choose one favorite outfit but other days she'll change from one to another with reckless abandon. On the days that she goes through most or all of her outfits a debris field of organza, tulle, satin, taffeta, lace, sequins and the ever present sparkles litters the floor. Sometimes Maisie will add multiple necklaces, gemstone earrings and rings and if she's feeling particularly omnipotent a wand or even two as she'll turn me into a goonie or if I'm lucky a Princess or fabulous fairy.

We had fun this day as Maisie in all her finery served up a sweet little tea party for the two of us. We had a fun day together being all girly and posh.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Holy artichoke Batman!

Maybe where you live, you see these all the time but I'm used to fitting 3 or 4 artichokes at a time in my pressure cooker but this beauty had to be cut in half because on its own it was too large to even fit the lid. Oh my was it delish though, Eammon and I ate most of it with our dinner and some remained for my lunch the next day. YUM!!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Yes, I'm a bloggy slacker

This was our first week of summer vacation but because Maisie's school let out a week before our county's schools and two weeks before some surrounding counties, summer camps have yet to begin. We've managed to keep busy though playing with friends, gymnastics practices, swimming lessons, a little down time and tomorrow will be Maisie's final day of ballet for the year and they're having a junk food play party.

The picture is from today when neighbor K came over for a short while. She and Maisie had so much fun playing on the bar and trampoline, just giggling and having a great time.

I've been such a slacker lately with taking pictures and blogging, I need to get back in the groove especially as this blog is my journal/scrapbook and Maisie's story so that someday she'll be able to go back and see what happened in her life. I'm a good number of posts behind in posting to Maisie's bento blog so I plan to work on those posts tonight too. As far as reading blogs, I'm so far behind I may have to mark all as read and start fresh again because I may never catch up on that front.

Maisie's now in bed and relatively quiet, Eammon's out watching a movie with a friend and I'm all set to watch the season premiere of SYTYCD, woohoo, love that show!! My show's about to start so have a great night, Ta.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A very pink day

In this post back in April I asked if anyone wanted to place bets on whether Maisie would actually make it out on stage for her dance recital or whether she would freeze, continuously looks stage right to see what her teacher was doing or if she'd actually go out and perform like a little star. Well yesterday morning was the big recital and I'm pleased to say that my little poofy pink ballerina pranced out on the stage and performed like a little star...even if the performance was filled with three year old interpretations, unique timing and even a moment of deer-in-the-headlights-look. It did provide for some great laughs and all the little girls were thrilled with their performance. Watch the video and enjoy the laugh.

After Maisie's recital we changed from her poofy pink costume to her sleek and shiny pink Fireflies team leotard as we attended the Spring Beach Party Blast at her gym. Eammon and my father made it through the recital but begged off for the gymnastics performance so my Mom and I watched as Maisie and her teammates demonstrated their skills on the bars, balance beam, floor and vault. They each received certificates and then the three little friends showed their love for each other. Tia, Mara & Maisie all really look forward to seeing each other at their twice weekly practices and are always so cute together.

After leaving the gym we returned home and then my parents took us all out to our favorite Sichuan restaurant for a tasty spicy dinner to celebrate Maisie's performances. It was a fun day and at the end of the day the only one not tired was energizer-no-nap-Maisie who managed to go and go until she finally fell asleep after 9PM.

Maisie's really enjoying having my parents visit, especially the long walks she drags my father on. They go home tomorrow but in just a few weeks Maisie and I will travel south and stay with them so Maisie can get another Grandparents fix.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Same old same old

Today was Maisie's end of year party at school and all the children ate pizza for lunch then decorated visors and finally frosted and decorated cupcake ice cream cones. Maisie was acting silly as I took pictures, just having fun. What struck me though was the dress that she wore to school today was the same dress that she wore the first day of school back in August. Maisie seems so much older, more mature and to me, a lot bigger but almost all the clothing that she wore last summer still fits her and all the wonderful new clothes that I had set away for this summer are still too large. The dress she's wearing in the pictures is from Talbots and is a size 2. Maybe by the end of the summer she'll fit into some of the new clothes or who knows, it may be next summer before she'll be able to wear them.

In the sidebar I added a category, Maisie Videos. It's for easy access and contains some of my favorite videos of Maisie Miao Miao so go on over and check it out.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Birthday day

Thank you to everyone for all the birthday wishes here on the blog, on FB and through emails and cards. Oh my gosh though, was my birthday day a long one!

* 2:11am I awoke to Maisie screaming because it was pissing down with rain with thunder and lightning and she was terrified. I got her and brought her into bed with me and Eammon moved to and slept in the Princess bed.

* 4:09am Maisie finally calmed down and fell back to sleep.

* 6:59am Maisie was up for the day and grumpy. Shoot I was grumpy too as we both needed a lot more sleep.

* 7:40am Maisie and Eammon give me my birthday card, a more positive way to start the day.

* 8:00am Maisie put in time-out, the first of many for the morning. I was hoping that wasn't a preview of what was to follow for the day.

* 9:10am I took Maisie to school and just hoped that she would have a good day and
would be well behaved (which she always is at school). I went on my way happily running errands in my awesome birthday pressie car.

* 1:00PM I picked Maisie up from school and she had a good morning there and was tired. I was hopeful that she'd take a good nap.

* 1:30PM Maisie was down for her nap and quiet. Tim the gardener showed up so I stepped outside to talk to him for a few minutes.

* 1:40PM I heard Maisie screaming in the house so I ran in to have her tell me that her arm hurt. She was holding it tight to her body and in obvious pain. I guessed that she somehow dislocated her elbow as she's done it twice before and the way she was holding her arm was just oh too familiar.

* 1:42PM I called the doctor only to reach the answering service. Found out that the office was closed for lunch but would reopen at 2PM.

* 1:50PM I got Maisie into the car and we headed down to the doctor without ever talking to them or letting them know we're coming.

* 2:05PM We arrived at the doctor's office and told the ladies at the front desk what was happening.

* 2:12PM We were taken back to an exam room where the doctor arrived in less than 2 minutes. She examined Maisie and because of where Maisie was saying it hurt, the doc decided to send us for an x-ray just to be sure her arm didn't have a fracture. While we were at the doc's office she also listened to Maisie's breathing and cough and put her back on an inhaler and some more and different allergy meds.

* 2:45PM We drove just down the road to the x-ray facility. Everyone was so good with Maisie, taking their time and working with her to get the necessary x-rays as any movement to her arm pushed her to tears. We had a STAT order and they said that the x-rays would be read and called into the doctor's office within an hour.

* 3:35PM We arrived back at the house to wait for a call from the doctor's office. Maisie just wanted me to hold her like you'd hold a baby so we settled on the sofa to wait.

* 3:50PM I heard the tow truck from Tommy Nobis picking up my Volvo so I held Maisie at the front door and we watched and said bye bye to the Volvo.

* 3:58PM The doctor's office called to let me know that there were no fractures (yeah) and they told me to bring Maisie back to the office so that the doc could pop her elbow back in place. I got Maisie back in the car and we headed over.

* 4:35PM We were driving home with Maisie's arm feeling perfect as it held the red Popsicle that the doctor gave her for being so brave and such a good patient.

* 4:45-7:00PM Maisie helped Tim plant herbs and veggies. Out in the garden we now have basil, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, early corn, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, french beans, bell pepper, hot pepper, yellow squash, avocado, watermelon, some other types of melon and a fig tree. She then ran around feeling great with neighbors K & A. They ate Popsicles, played in the yard, the playhouse and on the climber & slides they had a great time together. Then so sweet, K & A's Mum came over with a birthday pressie for me, a signed copy of Giada's cookbook. LOVE it! I read through the entire book last night and can't wait to make some of the recipes.

* 7:00PM Eammon had asked me if I wanted to go out for dinner for my birthday but I really wasn't up for it and there was nothing that I was interested in eating. So he went out and picked up some Chinese food and brought it home. I tried just a couple of bites and it immediately didn't sit well and the nausea set in so I went to lay down. Eammon gave Maisie a bath and got her to bed by 8:00PM.

* 9:00PM I awoke feeling much better, thankful that the nausea had passed and that I had kept the food down. Eammon was tired so he headed off to bed and I settled down in the family room to relax and watch Survivor & Grey's Anatomy.

* 9:40PM Maisie awoke screaming from a bad dream. I got in bed with her to settle her down and thankfully she was back asleep within 15 minutes and I returned to my shows and also read my new cookbook.

* I didn't end up getting into bed until after midnight and thankfully Maisie didn't wake up until morning. Sort of a crazy day but thankfully Maisie's feeling 100% again.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Ain't she purdy!

Of course I'm speaking of Maisie AND my birthday pressie. All you smartypants who guessed a car in my last post were correct! I've been driving my poor old Volvo for almost 19 years and it did pass inspection just last week but it needed work, major a/c repairs, new wiper fluid motor, new brakes, tires, some belts and it hasn't had a working radio in almost 5 years. The cost of repairs far exceeded the value of the car and starting in August Maisie's going to a new school so I'll be doing a lot more driving and racking on the miles so it was decided that a new car was needed.

After lots of research and back and forth looking at different cars I finally decided on a Toyota Prius Touring in the lovely color of Silver Pine Mica which should hold up well here in Georgia as the color is oh so similar to pollen green which is so prevalent here. Oh my gosh though, coming from a car that I had to use a key to open the doors, an analog clock, a five year non-working radio and just the features of a 19 year old car, my new one rocks! First off, how cool is it that all I do is walk up to the car and because the key fob is in my purse, I just wrap my hand around the door handle and the doors unlock. Then without ever taking the fob out of my purse I just press the start button and the car is up and running and then within seconds the navigation system is letting me know that the bluetooth is connected and working. Also cool is that the car has a backup camera which I'm still trying to get my head around and I haven't even tried out the 6-disc in-dash CD changer.

I actually got the car on Sunday and I can't even tell you how much time I've spent just trying to learn how the features work. I'm having a great time though learning all about my new car and trying to figure it all out. So happy birthday to me and I wish everyone a great day today.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Catching air

We had another busy, fun and exciting week filled with Maisie activities. Nothing new added to the agenda but our usual schedule is so busy with varied activities it keeps us going. We did meet up with Kathy & Chani Friday morning for coffee which is always fun and the girls played together so well it was an enjoyable morning.
These pictures are from Friday morning before we went out. I had pulled out all of Maisie's summer clothes and as soon as she saw this dress she wanted to wear it. Maisie kept telling me how beautiful she looked in her twirly orange dress and I had to agree. She wanted her picture taken and was having a good time playing around as I took pictures. I especially love the second piccie as she looks so relaxed as she's hanging in mid-air.
In this third picture Maisie's showing off her twirly dress. She looks so stinking cute!

We had a nice weekend too and in my next post I'll share with you what I got on Sunday. All I'll say now is that it's big, shiny, sparkly and totally awesome. Go ahead I know you want to, take a guess.
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