Friday, May 30, 2008

Memorial Day




After spending the morning on Memorial Day at home relaxing, we decided we needed to get out and do something. It was a beautiful day, but not such a good one for the pool or beach so we decided, against what we thought was our better judgement, to go to Sea World. We were thrilled to discover that it was not that busy! I think everyone was next door at the new park Aquatica, their water park. We spent most of the time in the kids area. We had told Savannah we were not doing any shows because we were not going to be there and the shows end up being a lot of waiting. Savannah has wanted to ride this crab ride FOREVER. I truly thought she was not old enough. Of course, I didn't know if I was ok with her riding it, but I always said no because I really thought she was too short. So, while waiting for Brian and Savannah to finish riding on another ride, I walked over and realized she was in fact tall enough to go on the ride. It is basically a mini tower of terror, for those of you who are familiar with that ride. After standing in line for a while and watching it going up and down over and over, Savannah definitely seemed a bit nervous. She was holding Brian's hand with a very concentrated look on her face. If there was a little bubble above her head it would have read "what have I gotten myself into now!". It was really cute. However, about half way through the ride she was all smiles. She really enjoyed her first experience with this ride :)

Friday, May 23, 2008

Not now...


We are currently having a much needed thunderstorm. I say much needed because of how dry everything is. If you have been paying attention to the news, or you live in this area, you know that we are battling fires off and on again this year. The one concern with a thunderstorm is the lightning that comes with it. Sometimes this can actually create more fires, which defeats the purpose of the rain we are getting with the storm. So, I hope that the rain helps soak up the ground but that the lightning is forgiving and does not leave behind any new fires.

Savannah and I always have the same discussion whenever it starts to rain. Being four, she does not understand the importance of having rain every once and a while. To her, it is just an annoyance that takes away her outside time. So, the discussion always goes something like this:

Savannah: Why does it rain?
Me: Because God wants it to.
Savannah: Why?
Me: Because that is how the trees, grass, flowers (etc) get fed. The rain gives them water.

And it becomes a very circular conversation from there as anyone who is used to talking with a child in this age group can understand. So, later today (after already having this conversation at least once) she was sitting at the table working very hard on a picture that she was making for Daniel (yes, her crush from the gym, but that is a different story :) ) and it started to thunder. Now, along with her curiosity with storms, she also has developed a fear of thunder. She wants us to close the blinds whenever it starts. So, I was amazed she didn't say anything about it. However, after the second roll of thunder, she looks up from her work and says "not now God, I'm trying to concentrate." I just looked at her for a second, trying to process what she said, and then tried not to laugh. I still have to chuckle a bit because I think that it is a pretty cool connection she is making there, however, it also makes me stop to think. How often do we do the same thing? How often do we say, "not now God" when we really should be going to Him, not pushing Him away?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Anyone for a Party...

While we were walking through Publix today picking up shrimp for dinner tonight, Savannah decided that she wanted sushi for dinner. She has pulled this before and wouldn't touch it, so I had my reservations. However, Brian really likes it so I decided to go ahead and get some. Well, she actually ate one! She said she liked it but I am not sure if she did. Here are some pictures: She did eat it, not spit it out.

This time of year is a very busy birthday party time. We have birthday parties almost every weekend. Savannah decided to throw her own birthday party this evening. Winnie the Pooh got the distinction of being the birthday "child". She made a birthday cake (from playdough), I let her put a real candle on it and I lit it, she helped Pooh blow it out, and she even cut the cake into pieces for all of the guests. You cannot see the guests in the photos because they do not reach the table top. The guests were Cinderella, Gus and Jaq (Cinderella's mice), the Slinky Dog from Toy Story, a Cabbage Patch Kid, a turtle, a Teddy bear and her bath tub Little Mermaid doll. Quite the party! She even wrapped a gift for Pooh, all by herself! Of course, she also got to unwrap it :)

Monday, May 19, 2008

No internet...

We have been without internet since my last post. I have felt like one of my hands was tied behind my back! I cannot believe how much I rely on the internet to keep in touch with friends, keep up with the world, check the weather, talk to Brian (via IM), and just, in general, survive. Ok, so maybe not that bad, but I really do miss the internet when it is gone. It is funny how quickly we start to rely on something. There was a day (gasp) when I didn't even have a computer, much less the internet. How did I get by? Can you remember no cell phones? How about microwaves? I can remember getting our first one. (Boy do I sound old!) It is amazing how much technology has grown in 20 years. DVD players, CDs, even VCRs (which are becoming a thing of the past). What comes to mind when you think of this topic? I know I can remember mom talking about her first TV. Now she has one in almost every room, and in more than one house! I wonder how many she has total? I know we have way more than we can use.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Busy, busy, busy...

I am realizing that I am neglecting my blog. It just seems like there is always something to do or someplace to be! This is such a busy time of year as a teacher because everything is coming to a close. However, there is a lot to be done before we can come to a close! Everything starts to go so fast. I am excited about summer coming. I am really excited about getting to be just mommy next school year. I will miss teaching, and I will miss the interaction with the teachers, but I am ready to be just a mommy again for a bit. I can't believe Savannah only has one more year before she goes to Kindergarten! Boy has the time flown by. It is funny because I can remember thinking that some of those lovely stages she went through were never going to end, and now, here we are, and they seem like they were so long ago. Of course, we are now in new stages that are not always pretty, but, in just a little bit of time, I will be looking back at this time thinking how quickly it went by.

So, an update on our lives since Monday. Brian and I are playing in the orchestra at church this weekend, so that means practicing. We only had one practice, so that was not so bad. I am do glad that I am able to play every once and a while. It is a major stress reliever for me. I got a guitar for Christmas but have not been working much on learning how to play it. I need to really concentrate on that because I think it would give me something to help relieve stress. Wednesday was Teacher Appreciation at our preschool. I have to say, we were spoiled this year! The head room mom was a hair stylist and worked at a local salon. She had a bunch of her old colleagues come in and give us manicures and massages. I have never had a massage before. Boy was it nice! Although, it was funny to have someone touching me :) Each teacher and assistant got a gift basket from their class. We got wrap around towels, body lotion, body cream, shower gel, nail polish, a candle, tea, a bunch of manicure and pedicure stuff, a $20 gift card to the spa the ladies worked at and a $20 gift card from some jewelry place. Wow! Lots of fun stuff. It was nice to be able to leave the classroom for an hour and relax. One thing I love about working at the preschool is how well they treat you. I will miss that! Brian did not have practice on Thursday so we got to hang out as a family. That was nice.

Savannah and I were really busy the second half of the week. She started learning the j sound at speech, which she cannot do at all! This one will take a while. On Thursday, after speech we went to the gym, then meet some friends at the pool and then, after a brief rest at home, we meet a new friend at the park! Goodness! Savannah's new friend is so much like her. They really get along well. It is neat to watch them play together because they approach things the same way. She is the first child I have meet who is so like Savannah. They played together today for almost six hours and could have kept going! I don't think she has been able to do that with any child before :)

Savannah started something new at the beginning of the week. Every night during dinner we normally sing "Daddy's blessing". She calls it this because when it was taught to her, she was told it was the one daddy did when he was little. Well, about three days ago, she counts for us (she always counts to 5 before we sing) and then she lays her head down and she starts to pray (instead of singing). Brian and I just looked at each other. It was really quite exciting. I am not sure where she learned to do this at dinner because we always sing. She is really cute and says the sweetest things. She has various things she thanks God for but she always thanks God for mommy and daddy :) It that doesn't put a smile on your face, what will? Also, on the dinner note, Savannah is doing so much better at dinner. This is another knew thing for this week. She sits and talks a lot, but she sits the whole time! We have started a piggy bank reward system. Any time we see her doing something we make a big deal out of it and give her penny (or whatever coin we have available). Once the bank is full, she gets to go buy some candy. The one thing we are doing is not bribing her with it, meaning, we do not say "if you want to earn a penny, you need to do this". It is more of a "I noticed that you did this well, here is a penny". She seems to really respond well to this. One more thing she started about two days ago is cleaning her room! She enjoys making the bed. I am really enjoying getting to see these big girl moments. It is nice to be able to recognize the positive and to enjoy these moments.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mud/Water Days

Monday was Mud and Water Days at preschool. Boy did the kids have a lot of fun! Savannah was talking about this one for quite a few days (a sure sign that she was really excited). She remembered that there were umbrellas last year and apparently really liked playing with them. She continually asked me whether there would be umbrellas or not. I was happy to see that they did have them! I am sure she was happy too :) Here are some pictures from her fun day:On a completely different note, Savannah has her first crush. A couple of weeks ago, after going to the gym, she started talking about someone named Daniel. She talks about him a lot, especially if she knows we are going. After a couple days of this, I started asking her who Daniel was and came to the realization that he is one of the adults who watch her in the kids area of the gym. The next time we went in he was there. All she could talk about going into the gym was whether he would be there or not. Then, we got there and she started her shy, hide behind daddy act. So we jump tonight, she is no longer shy about it. She can't wait to go see if he is there. So, I guess that crushes start early! Who would have thought it at 4 :)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

From the Mother's Day Tea...

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Happy Mother's Day to all you mom's. I hope you had a wonderful day!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Finally...

We have finally hit a major milestone in the Hill household...no more diapers! Savannah has finally graduated to wearing underwear at night! So far she has not had any accidents. She even stayed dry while we were on the cruise. Unfortunately it also means she wakes up early every morning now. Oh well. However, imagine our surprise when we walked into her room last night and saw this:

It is hard to tell from these pictures, but Savannah has put on diaper after diaper over top of her pajamas. After having a good laugh, getting Brian and then having another good laugh, taking a few pictures, I then proceeded to take off the diapers. Can you believe she had 13 diapers on! What a little stinker. I guess she felt she needed some extra coverage that night :)

Friday, May 9, 2008

DCL Pics

Here they are! The long awaited pictures from the Disney Cruise. We had a really good time. I hope you enjoy a little glimpse into our trip.
Savannah at Castaway Cay. We were finishing lunch on the island and she started playing around the table. Brian was able to get some really good pictures of her.
Savannah really enjoyed the Oceanears Club. They had a dress up area. Here she is dressed up as an Incredible. It was nice to have someplace for her to go and play while we ate dinner. It takes up to two hours to eat dinner, which is a really long time for little ones!
Brian and Savannah saw some fish while they were swimming at Castaway Cay. One was huge! Brian jokingly said it was almost as big as Savannah. It probably wasn't that much smaller than her.
This is the farewell celebration in the main lobby. Savannah enjoyed seeing all of the different characters in one place at one time.

DCL Pics

Savannah enjoying Castaway Cay. She made a couple of friends and they made a sandcastle together.
This time around Savannah was old enough and tall enough to ride down the Mickey Mouse slide. She had a good time, but only went down a few times because she was cold waiting in line.
This is the first day on the ship. We are actually were still docked.
Hello Savannah! We are waiting for Papa so Brian took advantage of the stairs to get this picture. We did a lot of walking up and down the stairs the first two days because she wouldn't go in the elevator. We finally talked her into it.
Daddy and Savannah swimming in the Goofy pool (the family pool).

DCL Pics

Donald Duck is silly!
Daisy Duck greeted us as we entered Castaway Cay.

Mickey Mouse greeted us at the port before we boarded.
Minnie Mouse greeted us in her swim wear.


Pluto was another character we saw on Castaway Cay.

Pics from DCL

We waited in line to meet the Princesses the day we were in the Bahamas. Savannah was very patient. It took about 45 minutes to get up to where the Princesses were. Cinderella was the last one she met.
Aurora was the second princess she met. Savannah made sure to show her the picture on her shirt of "herself" (Aurora).
Savannah really likes Snow White right now. She was excited to meet her. Recently Savannah received a Snow White dress from one of her friends. I didn't think to bring it!
We ran into Chip and Dale out on deck 9.
Savannah loved this picture of the Little Mermaid. It was behind the elevators on the deck where our room was. Her picture spans about 3 decks. You can see it as you go up and down the elevator.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Anchors away...

We are back from our three night Disney cruise. We had a wonderful time! For the most part, the seas were calm and the weather was beautiful. We took a lot of pictures and had some chances to relax. We will update with more info once we have a chance to sit down and do it :) Hope everyone had a good weekend!