Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Monday, August 29, 2005
Puppy (aka TY's Whiffer) when he was brand new. Causality of being the beloved friend of a toddler has meant several trips into the washing machine (on delicate cycle, of course). Let's just say Puppy's not as fluffy or as colorful as he once was, but no dog is more loved.
Today marks the 2nd ba-ba (aka binky) free day for Caitlin. We were encouraged by our pediatrician at Caitlin's 2 year well baby visit, to "phase out" her pacifier use. She never takes her ba-ba to day care but seems to cling to it on her "days off". We worked hard getting her down to only naptime and bedtime while at home. Over the weekend, she used it less and less until yesterday, she went the whole day without mentioning it...so...Ben and I decided to permanently rid Caitlin of her beloved safety object. Last night was a bit hard, she kept asking for ba-bas but, we just kept repeating that, "Babas are all gone, honey. You're a big girl & you don't need babas anymore." While it brought many tears, we held firm. Finally, at around 10:45 p.m. MDT last night, Caitlin surrendered to the Sandman. Tonight was a similar battle--tears, a mini tantrum and finally exhaustion. Day 3, here we come! In the words of the Doodlebops, "We can do it, we can do anything!" I just hope that the next few night are a bit smoother. Phasing out is hard work!
Thank you Babas for soothing our daughter for the past 25 months. There are days that we couldn't imagine not having your assistance. You have ended trantrums, stopped tears and brought smiles to Caitlin's face. We admit, she looked awfully cute with you in her mouth. Now, Caitlin is a big girl and doesn't have a need for you anymore. Rest in peace, dear babas!
Friday, August 26, 2005
This is a pitiful plea, I know, but humor me!
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Monday, August 22, 2005
This is the story of our adventure up to the resort town (yes, I think it's becoming a trend) of Crested Butte, Colorado. We met up with my parents here in Montrose and drove together up to Gunnison, home of Western State College, where my brother Matt is a freshman. After swinging by Matt's dorm to pick him up, we headed up to the mountain town. We strolled leisurely thru town stopping at an artist co-op (I saw so many pretty things!), toy store (see picture & description below) and a dog/cat supply store that boasted treats such as gingerbread men and Boston Terrier Cream Pies. I wanted to eat lunch at a place called Pitas in Paradise (my brother was even on board with me), but we ended up going to a chinese place where I tried Thai Ice Tea for the first time. It was sweet and yet, a bit smokey.
After lunch, we strolled back down to the car, looking at Crested Butte reality along the way. A shack on the outskirts of town goes for a much as a nice home here in Montrose!
We wrapped up our trip with some TCBY and a snooze (don't worry, my mom was driving) on the way home. Ahh, it's so nice to have these little getaways!
I was dying for a pital, falfalel or something Greek! 1880's original architechture--beams.
We stopped in this really neat toy store and Caitlin immediately found this litle shopping cart. She threw quite a fit when we made her put it back so we could leave the store. She will probably see something very similar under the Christmas tree this year.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
As the price of gas in Montrose hits a record high of $2.69/gallon for regular (85), we're told by our wonderful Montrose Daily Press staff to "grin & bear it". Good advice and I normally, I would heed to it. It's a little difficult though, when it costs $34.50 to fill up a 12 gallon tank. I drive 40 minutes (32 miles) to work each way, so I go thru about a tank of gas a week. Yes, I'm feeling the pinch! I only run to the pump when the yellow warning light comes on. I swear, if gas gets to $3/gallon, I'm going on strike! I will be demanding a state vehicle or mileage reimbursement. No more leisurely drives for this librarian!
Monday, August 15, 2005
Hotchkiss, CO--beautiful mountain veiws from the "highway"
A working coal-refinery outside of Austin, CO.
Paonia resevoir--see the boat?
More views of the West Elk Mountains--hardly any snow this time of year.
We had a great time yesterday! Ben & I dug out the Colorado map and decided to take a journey to Aspen, CO. After verifying the route, we stopped off at Safeway for some speciality sub sandwhiches, drinks and cookies and hit the road. Our route took us thru Hotchkiss, Paonia and many little towns in between.
Caitlin & Ben posing under "The One that Got Away" at the Redstone Park.
Daddy & Daughter
Throwing big rocks in the river is f-u-n!
We stopped in Redstone, CO to eat our lunch. I remembered, from years ago, there being a park right by the Crystal River. It was a beautiful, sunny day and we all had fun playing in the park and "skipping" rocks in the river. Redstone is a really neat town with a unique history. Read about the history here.
We arrived in Aspen around 3 o'clock and spent quite a few minutes searching for a free place to park. After paying $43 ($2.61/gallon) for gas, we needed to be as economical as possible. We strolled the streets of Aspen and then decided to check out the fare for the gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain. The views are incredible from up there. Unfortunately, the fare was $20/person and we'd only be up on the mountain for about 35-40 minutes before closing. That works out to about $1/minute! We decided it wasn't worth it, this time and will come back when we have more time. Instead, we headed back "downtown" and walked around some more. We saw a bear made completely out of nails and a really cool water feature that the kids loved playing in. We stopped for ice cream at Maggie Moo's on Durant Ave where I had an concotion called Strawberry Skyrocket and Caitie had blue cotton candy ice cream with mini M&Ms mixed in. Yummy! Maggie Moo's wrapped up our trip to Aspen (this time). Finally, Ben got to see the setting of Dumb & Dumber. Going to Aspen seems to be a rite of passage for us "Western Slope" residents.
Friday, August 12, 2005
To the bike path!
Caitlin officially learned how to pedal her trike for long distances last night. We spend close to an hour going up and down our street and over to the bike path that runs behind our place. Soon, we'll all be able to go bike riding together! I can't wait!
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
The conference, on a scale of 1 to 10 would get about a 6. We librarians enjoyed a session called, "Everything you need to know about the Intranet" which explained the ins and out of the new Correctional Libraries intranet. I picked up a few pointers and had fun catching up with my collegues. After the session, friends Patti, Jeanne, Miriam & I took to the streets in search of dinner. Patti led us to Guiseppe's, an Italian restraunt housed in an old train depot. We ate and chatted while watching freight trains go by. I tried vanilla gelato for the first time--very yummy! When then headed over to the Citadel mall in search of pants that would mimic our new uniforms (we are only allowed 3 pairs for free) and shoes (for me). I struck gold on shoes, finding a Sketchers sale at Mervyn's. Finally, my feet can walk in comfort!
On Tuesday was the day-long in-service. The guest speaker this year was Charles Fay from the Love and Logic Institute. If you have not read Parenting with Love & Logic, I highly recommend that you do so. There are also audio CDs and books on the stages of parenting as well as teaching and marriage. Dr. Fay's presentation was very entertaining and he had everyone laughing for a good majority of the day. I, however, had trouble staying awake due to a sinus cold that was kicking my butt. Thankfully, a 24 hour sinus tablet did the trick, along with some Oriental trail mix--spice it up!
I headed home to Montrose around 3:30 in the afternoon on Tuesday, arriving at the homestead a little after 8pm. I ran into some cool mountain thunderstorms, stopped for Cold Stone (their blueberry creation is amazing!) in Canon City and chicken fries @ BK in Salida (not worth all of the hype). I even saw a bighorn sheep and several deer along the way. They all seemed determined to act as a natural road block!
All in all, it was a good get-away...I got some much needed alone time as well as "girl" time with my friends. I need to do both of these things more often.