Sunday, November 16, 2008

Because I'm Feeling Guilty...

since I haven't been good at keeping up with the blog. Things are crazy busy and there have been ups and downs but overall things are grand. Progress is slowly being made, boxes are disappearing, and I've started compulsive list-making again. There are some awards I need to give out and my very first meme (yay) coming up; just don't know when. But they're coming!

Ella is growing up and her personality is becoming more defined every day - she's sweet, funny, pigheaded, and a total chatterbox. She has enough hair for me to fix into ponytails...but just barely, and that's what makes it cute. Never thought I would be into that, but there you go. I am. She's really gotten into imaginative play and will diaper, feed, and push her baby doll and stuffed animals around in a chair that she uses as a pretend stroller. She keeps running into stuff, though, and I'm not sure if she's just imitating her mother (ahem) or if she's inherited my total lack of depth perception.

The cat is almost limp-free and is totally digging the house and windows and stairs and places to hide. She sometimes will tolerate Ella for very short periods of time, which is progress I suppose. We installed a cat door between the kitchen and icy-cold veranda, and she seems to love going in and out. It makes a horrible sound but I'm learning to cope with it, just as I'm learning to cope with our squeaky stairs and the fact that the cat's nighttime prowls are quite audible. And squeaky. But on the plus side, it will be harder for Ella to sneak out when she's a teen, right?


Beth said...

I like the way your mind works! Turning an annoying squeak into a surveillance system for your daughter when she gets old enough to get into real trouble is both sneaky and creative. Good on you!

Anonymous said...

Oh, it's good to see you blog again.
Enjoyed the visit tremendously and look forward to the next one.
Oh, the little one, what do you say? She is adorable and to see and hug her was wonderful.
I'm glad to hear you are making progress and it will be a lifetime project. There will always be some
thing to do. So just enjoy the moment.
I will never forget the I love You.
Have a great one.

KathyUSA said...

I miss you blogging more often too!!! I'm always looking to see if you've been on.

Oh how I remember sneaking out once. As I left, I heard the kitchen floor squeek. Mom was watching to see what I was up to and caught me on my way out. he he

Papadesdeux said...

Personally, I'm not going to count on anything like squeeky stairs. I'm putting a frigging ball and chain around their ankles and ... OK, maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. They still sleep with their doudous. But planning ahead is good. Right? I mean, they will grow up, eventually. Can you tell I'm nervous?

Betty C. said...

Thanks for your comment. I think you've got a few years to go before worrying about your daughter wanting to spend a year in the USA!