Monday, September 22, 2008

It really is "stay in week"

I can't stress that enough!

There are so many of my favorite shows returning to television this week, I can hardly stand it! Only 1 cake on the books this week, so we're free to clean up the house (thank goodness), hang out and watch tv!

The Office, 30 Rock, Grey's, Hero's, DWTS...

So excited!

On another front, my highschool's homecoming game is coming up in the next couple of weeks. I can't believe it's 10 years since I've been in highschool! Hopefully we'll all be able to get together for the game.

I'm also already starting to plan Rylee's birthday party. I know it's early but I have to get a head start now since we've been so crazed the last couple of months.

I've so been wanting to blog about my what's going on in the world politically, what's going on with me socially, but I'm having a hard time doing it. I've never really been the type of person who doesn't speak their feelings but for some reason, that's exactly what I'm doing.

Just not really sure if I'm ready to subject myself to the judgement that would accompany it all. Maybe soon. Maybe sooner than later. We are all allowed to our own opinions after all. I suppose anyone who would base my character or their friendship with me on an opinion that I have would probably not be worth it anyway.

It's coming soon.

In the meantime, the weather is starting to change around here and I'm loving it. It no longer feels like the center of the earth when you walk outside and THAT is a very good thing. I even had to wear a jacket the other evening!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

New Development

This month is definitely turning out to be the craziest of the year so far!

I have a ton of pictures of things and events we've attended in the last two weeks but they'll have to wait until the next post...

But there's a new development at our household.

Rylee had to get glasses!

I had been noticing her right eye slightly moving inward towards her nose when she focuses on something (mostly when she's focusing on me). It's actually been happening for about 4 weeks now. I pointed it out to Rodney two weeks ago and it took him a while to see what I was talking about but he did finally see it.

Anyway, I made an appointment with a pediatric eye doctor that my pediatrician recommended bright and early Friday morning. The doctor's assistant did a few tests and told me she could see what I was talking about. The doctor came in and did some of the same tests and a few different ones as well. They said they needed to dialate her eyes to see if it was a glasses issue or something else more complicated. They doctor told me that they were having a hard time recognizing the problem in Rylee because she was so intelligent (they really did say that!) that she was noticing the problem and immediately correcting it. She said that kids Rylee's age are not able to control the reflex that forces their eyes to move inward but somehow she's figured out that it's happening and she's learned to control it.

So they dialated her eyes and we watched The Jungle Book for half an hour. The doctor came back in, put a big mask on and did a few more eye tests. She confirmed that Rylee would need glasses and proceeded to find her prescription. She said that it was really great that I noticed this in her so early because most people don't notice until their children are 5 or 6 years old. She commented that because I caught it so early we might have a chance to correct it and keep it from turning into Amblyopia. We go back in early December to check the progress - if nothing has changed, she will have to do patch therapy and maybe even have surgery.

I asked if this could have been caused by her hair in her face (the swoopy bangs) or sitting too close to the tv and she dispelled both of those things saying they were myths. She said that some people are just born with eye issues and that's just the way it is. It's very weird for me though because I have always had better than perfect vision and so has Rodney. We know nothing about any of this!

What seems so weird to me is that her prescription is REALLY strong. Her doctor said she's farsighted in both eyes but her right eye is significantly worse than the left. Even the optician where I got her glasses mentioned that the prescription was strong for her age.

It seems crazy to me because she's never squinted, never had trouble recognizing things, never not known a color ... she's known her colors, numbers and shapes since before she was even a year old. How could she have been seeing things when her prescription is so strong? Does anyone have experience with this? I just don't understand how she wasn't falling flat on her face without the glasses.

Does this mean no more ballet or tumbling? Is gymnastics totally out of her future?

Someone help!

Anyway, I bought her the glasses that I thought fit her (and our) personalities the most. A pair that goes with her wardrobe well, I think.

These pictures are from my friend Tricia's daughter, Kelsey's birthday party at Oogles 'n' Googles.

(Her eyes are still dialated - they said they would be for about 3 days)

I totally cried in the doctor's office. I'm crazy, I know!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Gone but not forgotten


I had this big post all typed out and ready to go - all I needed to do was add a few pictures I'd be done.

Just a few pictures

That's when Safari decided to play a little joke on me and crash.


an unexpected error has caused safari to close

What unexpected error was caused by updating my blog!?!?!

Anyway, no long update today. Short and sweet. Mostly pictures.

Here are a few that were taken at the Lott's Anniversary party at the Dallas Arboretum...

Some shots of the cake once it was on (finally) the table):

Some exterior shots of the grounds:

Rodney's in the background work, work, working:

I regret that I didn't get as many interior shots or shots during the party that I would have liked. I think I was just so relieved to get there with the cake in one piece and without any major casualties that the rest of the night just sort of floated away from me.

Rodney did manage to get this shot of me and Amy P though:

That was a very fun night and everyone loved the cake. I'm pretty sure there were people that had 4 or 5 pieces! A few of the boys nicknamed the cake "lemon dream." Super cute.

After the party wrapped around 12 we decided to go out to the Arcadia bar with a few people. It was a pretty big deal because ever since Rylee was born, we don't do after parties as often and everyone is always giving us grief about it. We let Rylee stay the night with my in-laws and everyone knew that so ... we had no excuse. It was actually a lot of fun though. And so weird to be back on Gaston! I don't think I have been back on Gaston since we moved out of that apartment (the one that looked like Melrose Place) when I was nearly 7 months pregnant. But seriously, being back in the Lakewood neighborhood brought back some SERIOUS memories.

Last week brought two trips to the AAC. The second of which was for the Tom Petty concert. Charlie Tango rented out a suite for the evening so we partied in style that night. We had some really great food and the entertainment was wonderful, of course!

Pictures from the suite:

This picture is funny because Deedle neither drinks nor acts like this anywhere!


Campos (hamming it up), Nicole and Russell, Charlie Tango employees extraordinaire!

From the back of the suite

Me, eating a carrot (in hand)

Tom Petty SOOOOOO played a Traveling Wilbury's song. It was the highlight of my year so far. Absolute all time BEST supergroup there ever was or will be. Most people don't know of them oddly enough - Tom Petty, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan!! Anyway, he played "Heading For the Light" and it was AWESOME.

We had a great time and everyone seemed to love the suite. Hopefully they will make good on getting one for the year!

I thought this was going to be a short post but it's turning out to be pretty long - last half of the update coming soon.