Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Missing My Dad

It was six years ago today that my dad lost his battle with cancer. I still get tears in my eyes just thinking about him and how much I miss him. And while I always knew he was a great dad, I don't think I really appreciated everything he did for us until I became a parent. My dad was a professional violinist and taught grades 4 through 12 as his full-time job but also played in the South Dakota Symphony and Sioux City Symphony for about four decades. He loved his work and playing violin...but he loved his family so much more. I know how busy his schedule was and yet I don't remember a dance recital or theatrical performance of me and my sisters that he missed. He was always there cheering us on and telling us how beautiful we were and how wonderful he thought we were. I think I took those compliments for granted at the time but now know they were helping to create who I am today. And now, as I've watched my husband become a father... I realize how much of "daddy's girl" I really was. Our 2-year-old, Sydney, is a HUGE daddy's girl. There are some things that she will only do with daddy...like tickle tortures or rough-housing or climbing up his body. All things that I used to do with my dad. And I know that there'll be things that she'll only talk to Dad about someday... just like the things I only wanted to share with my dad. And even at her young age, I am struck by how much she desires his approval. Just like I used to do... and still do with my dad. The selfish side of me so wishes that Dad could have met Sydney (although I know they'll meet again someday)...she is so like him sometimes. AND she has his big ears! :) I just know they would have been best buds! The tears come even as I write this... but I always try to turn the sadness into an opportunity to remember the good times. I am so grateful that I had a great dad... and just as grateful that Sydney will have the same experience. Dads mean so much!! Love you Dad!!!
This is an oldie but a goodie... Can you guess which one is me?!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Father's Day!!!

So much fun to celebrate Father's Day with a 2-and-a-half year old!! Sydney was so excited to paint a t-shirt for Daddy! A huge thank you to the very kind people at Firefly Studio who helped us "make" a shirt for the best dad in the world!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

6 and a half months pregnant

Spoiler alert... this post is all about pregnancy! So if you're not interested or simply don't want to know too many details... stop reading!!
For the rest of you, just wondering if any of you moms ever experienced really bad leg cramps and back pain starting in the fifth month of pregnancy. With my first pregnancy, I didn't get a lot of those symptoms until seven or eight months. But this time, it's been pretty fierce. And the worse part is I was very sick until 5 months pregnant (just like with pregnancy number one). But last time I got a little bit of a break during the second trimester. :)
So, any great remedies for really excessive leg and foot cramps? Not just your run-of-the-mill charley horse but pain that goes through every toe. And for the back pain, have any of used the "belly band"? It has been a life saver for me! Lifts the baby up just enough to take some of the weight off of the back. If I forget it even one day... I can tell a big difference.

I really do LOVE being pregnant! (Especially after finding out that I was "medically infertile" years ago... ha!!) So I certainly don't want to complain about any of this miraculous process... but I'm always looking for some good advice at the same time!!

Thanks in advance!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Pool time!!

So glad to have the pool open!!! We've already been there several times and Sydney LOVES it!! As a baby, she was very cautious around water and didn't want to play in it too much. But now, she could play in it all day! It's so much fun to see her giggle when she gets splashed...or splashes mom and dad!!!