Thursday, December 16, 2010

Let it Snow!

I have been waiting for a decent snow so that Aria and I could play in it. Not a vicious, horrible snow, but the snow that Iowa winters are known for-a lot of white fluffy snow and then the next day it is 40*. Well, it wasn't quite 40*, but it was in the mid twenties when we went out to play today.

Aria walked around for a little bit, and then discovered the joy of eating the snow. Ah, the soft, fluffy, cold wet snow-how delicious it is. Once she discovered snow could be eaten that is what she did when she wasn't throwing it around, putting it in her bucket, or making a snow mountain.

Then my rosy-cheeked little girl went out front with me to shovel the sidewalk. This is one of my least favorite things to do just because if I am at the front of my house, that's where I may actually run into a neighbor. Then they will bother me either with stupid questions or annoying requests that have nothing to do with anything.

Aria wanted to help shovel too, so I let her. She tried very hard and then told me it was too heavy and I got to do it again.

It's raining, Mama! It's raining! It's too cute to correct her.

The slide was covered with snow and Aria didn't want to go down it. Therefore, to show her how much fun it would be, I went down it. I slid down it, hit a patch of ice at the bottom and kept going! I slid on my knees til I reached the brick walkway. That didn't make Aria want to slide down it any more, I can tell you.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Another Random Monday

Today Rod gave me a day by myself where he took Aria to visit his mom and I could stay home. I did put away the laundry, pick up the bathroom, and then I basically sat around on the computer thinking about how I should nap and then never did.

I did end up napping when Aria did, which makes it an official lazy day.

Anyway, the list:

1. Rod's favorite Diego episode is the one where they save the strawberry festival by having an iguana poop seeds. I am so serious. They actually have an iguana poop strawberry seeds on the farm and then the strawberries grow. We laughed a lot.

2. Aria and I cut snowflakes today. I thought it would be fun since she likes using scissors anyway. I ended up cutting snowflakes and she would cut down the center of the paper and say they were cowboy pants. She had mama cowboy pants, baby cowboy pants, grandma cowboy pants. It was pretty amusing.

I also made lemon cookies which I am eating full force right now. They are delicious.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Holiday Stroll

If you are going on a Holiday Stroll, downtown, at Christmas, wouldn't you expect that stores would be open? You know, important stores like....the toy store?

That's just the kind of fail that is the Holiday Stroll.

Aria and I went to the holiday stroll today. I got a good parking place. We were dressed very warmly. There were a lot of people, it looked promising. However, it really was a disappointment.

There were good points. The large community Christmas tree was very pretty. They were giving away hot chocolate and cookies. People brought out their dogs which Aria petted. However, as far as the stores opening and having great deals-it was utter fail.

It's Christmas time and I really don't feel like buying carpet from Carriage House this Christmas. Nor do I want to buy Insurance. I don't want to visit Ruhl and Ruhl Realty. Those were the stores that were open along with lots of breakable shops, antiques, and pawn shops.

The book store? Nope. Closed. The toy store? Closed. The only stores that may actually benefit from a holiday stroll where there are lots of people downtown were the ones that we didn't visit at all. I'm sure I didn't miss them. I walked up and down the sidewalk while I was chasing Aria who liked the idea of running so that the cars didn't get her very much.

In conclusion, Holiday stroll is a waste of time. Will not go next year or any year afterwards. It's not worth it to walk around aimlessly and be cold. I can make hot chocolate at home and look at lights from my heated car.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

First Hair Trim

I gave Aria a trim tonight because the fact she had about five different layers of hair was bugging me. You don't usually notice because her hair is curly, but when there are strands longer than other strands, I have to fix it.

She was very good for me. She sat and watched Diego. She drank her milk and ate her dried cherries. I combed and trimmed her hair. I only cut about an inch and a half off of it, but because her hair does curl, it looks shoulder length even though when it is wet or straight it is past her shoulders.

Anyway, it is all even now except for by her face but I'd have to give her a bob for that and I don't want her hair that short. I thought a moment about keeping her first haircut and then I thought, "What the hell am I going to do hanging onto old hair?" So I showed it to her and then tossed it. She was less than impressed with it. After all, Diego was on.

I also finally made an account at Stuff. I will have about $16 from my first box, but you know, that's better than the big fat nothing I would get if I just took it to goodwill. They didn't take everything that I had in the box, but that's okay because that stuff I will take to goodwill.

I bought Aria long sleeved shirts while I was up there too.