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Thank you for the information. I know that you are well-informed, so I know that you do not mind me asking. Clove oils sounds interesting. I am happy to hear that it works. You will have to attach a picture of her tooth.teeth.

 

It is always interesting how much energy little children have. Although they take naps, it still does not make me think that their little batteries recharge that fast. I think the energizer bunny goes into their rooms at night and installs super-charged batteries in them. LOL!!!

 

You have no idea, just how much I appreciate hearing about all of MacKenzie's adventures and growing pains. It is wonderful to be a cyber-part of her life.

 

Last night, as I was walking on a flat surface, I fell off my shoe. As I was losing my balance, I compensated with my opposite knee, and twisted it about two hundred seventy degrees. Oh, did that hurt. Well, now I am unable to walk. The worst part, it was not as if I was walking in super high heels, these were flats, with only about one=quarter of an inch from the bottom of my foot to the ground. So, you ask, how did you almost fall off your shoe? I wish I knew. But... it goes to the top of the list as one of the more stupid things I have accomplished.

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No news from Memphis at the moment. This coming Saturday I will be in Miami for a week.

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Rain, rain, go away, please come back another day.

 

We have three roof leaks, and all I do is attempt to protect our wood floor, keep the water dripping directly into garbage cans, and then keep checking the plastic on the floor to make sure there are no holes. This goes okay, until a new leak appears. At the moment, I am out of garbage cans, plastic buckets and containers. Hopefully the roof repairman will soon be here.

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Good morning Florida!!! I am waiting for a gorgeous sunrise. Yesterday, the sun popped up, as big as Jupiter on the horizon. Of course, I did not have my camera in hand, to document the gorgeous sunrise. But... today I am ready. Only about one hour to go.

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Well, we are loading the truck on Saturday. Hopefully, we will get a ton of boxes and furniture out of the house and into the truck. Then it is just a matter of getting up early to start on the drive Sunday. I will let you all know how I am doing with a packing update later.

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Update...

 

The truck was loaded on Saturday, and after feeding my squirrels, woodpeckers, cardinals and titmouse birds, I was on my way. Driving up Florida, into Georgia, I finally arrived into Alabama. Last night I stayed overnight in Alabama. Today I continue my trek west.

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Hey my brother used to work at Nellis once upon a time! Enjoy the show! Glad to hear you're safe and sound.

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As you might have guessed, I stayed for both days of the air show. The first day was sunny and gorgeous. The air show was good. But... Sunday was overcast and the air show was phenomenal! They included a display with six or eight jets, three helicopters, jeeps, men on the ground needing to be airlifted, and it was absolutely incredible. If only this display had been during the sunny skies. Although, I did not mind the fact that I could not get a great sunny picture at all. Just the coordination of the maneuver was impressive.

 

How long was your brother at Nellis? Is you entire family Air Force? Save you, of course.

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We took a couple but they are on hubby's phone. She was belle from beauty and the beast. So cute! I'll have to find them later.

My mom was and my brother was he was there for a year or two. It sounds like you had a blast!

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Yes, the air show was terrific. My friends from Poland came to the USA just to attend the Nellis Air Show. It was terrific to see friends and enjoy the displays.

 

We want pictures. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so please take pictures of our favourite little girl.

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baby girl down the slide!

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That is a wonderful photograph!!! She looks like she is just enjoying herself so very much. Thank you so very much for sharing this with us.

 

You must be happy to be home with your sweet little girl. It seems like she is growing up so very fast. I am so pleased that you are together with her whilst she is in stage of her life.

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She LOVES slides lol welcome back! Did you habe a god drive home? Yeah we love being able to play and watch her learn and grow. She learned to climb onto the couch, and she's mastering stairs, and she has learned a few new words in the last few days!

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Today was such a wasted day. I have spent all day trying to figure out why Lightroom wants to recognize some of my files and not recognize other files. So, I have attempted to totally remove Lightroom and re-install it. That was a disaster. It did not want to uninstall. WHAT??? I am using the Adobe Lightroom Uninstall. GRRRRR!!!!

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Oh I just hate it when that stuff happens! We've had that problem with other programs on our pc but not Lightroom.

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My December and January have been alright. Working on writing (other stuff. still upset about the jack thing, I don't want to go back to it just yet bc I'll throw a fit) and drawing more. Now that munchkin is on a reliable sleep schedule and Sean is doing his gaming streams, I can devote hours every day to creative outlets!

 

I've also been doing research for my writing (because accuracy) so now I know how much it costs to have a collagen count test done for Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Also, I know a TON about Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Yay!

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Creative outlets are a great source of nourishment for the soul. I am so happy to hear that you are drawing more. This is terrific. The writing is hard because you have to get the inspiration from deep inside and I do not believe that always comes so easily. Where as, with drawing, you can practice or doodle, and then if sparks start flying for a painting, drawing or other medium, you are ready. Something else many people have not considered, is how much research is required to make a story believable. People notice if there are flaws in the research more than they focus on the story.

 

We need our image update. Photographs of your art, the HampsterDance little girl and anything else you wish to photograph.

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Mackenzie enjoying toddlerhood to its fullest!

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And some of my artsies.

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Has Mackenzie figured out where the food goes? LOL!!! You have to feed her double, some for her face and clothing, and some for her to actually eat. LOL!!! She is so very beautiful. And, she is growing so fast. I can not believe how time is flying.

 

Thank you for showing me what you have done. The drawings are getting better and better. Keep up the great work!!!

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She's usually a pretty clean eater lol so we don't waste much food. And thanks for the encouragement!

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Very pretty! You're a great photographer.

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Thank you so very much for your compliment. But, I have to disagree with great. I was a lucky photographer. Plus, the initial weather was uncooperative, and then the moon moved away from the high cirrus clouds, and was in a clear space for a little bit.

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I mean in general, H. You post such pretty pictures here all the time. You clearly take time to find good subjects, and take the best shots you can. :)

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Topazia, you just made my day. Thank you so very much.

 

The birds are all around Florida now, I need to go down and take a bunch of pictures. I told a friend of mine to visit the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, and she came back with more images of alligators than birds. But, she was excited to see all the different varieties of birds there. Some of the alligator images were of these monster-sized alligators. They were so huge. I went searching for an image I had taken about five plus years ago, and could not find it. It was an image of about thirty sets of eyes, all looking at me. These eyes were of only alligators, in this one water area of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. They were hiding in the mangroves, out in the middle, just everywhere. It was the creepiest photograph I have ever taken. I will search again for this photograph. All I could think, was that they were looking at me as dinner. It still makes me shudder. Alligators are very fast on land, so I hopped into my car quite rapidly.

 

One time I rode my motorcycle down to the refuge, and parked it too close to the water. I saw a baby alligator, and instantly knew to get away from that area. If there is a baby, there is a very big, protective mother. Anyway, I backed up very slowly, leaving my bike where it was. Out of the mangroves came another few baby alligators and the mother. She was circling my motorcycle, giving me the impression that she was deciding if it was a threat or dinner, and all I could think of, was if she knocked it over, I was in big trouble. I might not be able to pick it up. Anyway, I just kept moving back until I was at a safe distance, not to be perceived as a threat to the mother alligator, and waited for quite some time, until the mother and children finally went for a swim. It felt like forever. After they were in the water, I got back onto my motorcycle and got out of there. From then on, I drive the car.

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wow, those are some harrowing experiences! I don't have any scary encounter stories. I'm glad I made your day! :) It's true!

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Now that time has passed, when you think back, you laugh about the situation. But, at the time, there was this chain of thought, oh how stupid I was. When you look into the lagoon and look at all these pairs of eyes staring at you, that is so creepy. I should have taken a picture.

 

Now for other news, not much is happening. Of course, that is good. The only things I am working on, are boring. Data input and tax preparation. And no one wants to hear about that.

 

More pictures in the next post.

 

How is our favourite little girl? She must be making your life so very interesting. Please keep us all up to date with the Adventures of MacKenzie. (Hint, hint... your next children's book series.)

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She's so awesome! She's got 12 teeth now. And her vocabulary is growing every day. And tonight she had a night terror and wouldn't wake up until I yelled for Sean. he didn't hear me, but it solved my problem! It was instant. she was screaming and flailing with her eyes half-closed, not responding to anything, and then I shouted, then silence. a little girl looking at me calmly, if a little confused and scared because of her bad dream. :( But after a quick field trip to Daddy for a kiss, she went right back to sleep.

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Twelve teeth!!! WOW! They are coming in fast. It sounds like time for another picture. If you would please.

 

With a writer mother, she should have an incredible vocabulary. She will be writing her first novel by the time she is four.

 

Bad dreams, I wonder what evil, scary things could enter a little girl's dreams. Did you ask her about it the next day? Did she remember having the bad dream? Or, did you just decide not to ask her? It just never occurred to me that little children have bad dreams. That sounds so dumb, but I would like to think that children do not have bad dreams until they are older. How old is she again? After thinking, it is a good thing her father does not work during the night. I wonder if the reason that MacKenzie was confused and scared, was because you woke her up and she had no idea of her dream. All these type considerations interest me. The great news, is that she went right back to sleep after her father gave her a kiss. We know who is daddy's little girl.

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She's only 18 months. She can barely say shirt lol let alone tell me a story. I don't know what she could have dreamed. I dream of fantastic things. like, fantasy fantastic, like what the word actually means. I've dreamt of a plane landing next to a tea party after a bunch of birds flew into a friend's room (whom I've never met in person). And other random stuff. I'm sure she's dreaming of things she can't explain.

 

She's done the whole sleepy screaming thing a couple times. Usually she just lost the pacifier, but if not, picking her up vertically helps. as a last resort, shouting for Sean has always hushed her right away. But I don't want to do that if all she wants is her pacifier and a cuddle, so I only call out for him if I can't get her quiet in ten minutes. It's just the phase of development she's in; most kids her age start having sleep troubles off and on between now and 5 or so.

 

Her vocabulary is pretty good for what she understands. She doesn't say much yet. She's just about on the cusp of her word count exploding, though. And her speech will start getting clearer soon. Lately she's more interested in learning physical tricks, like one-foot, spin, "jump" (squat then tip toe bc she's afraid of falling), dance, itsy bitsy spider moves, peekaboo, body part locations, and she's just starting to learn twinkle twinkle moves. She does that in phases, too. She learned to clap and wave and high five really close together, then learned a couple words and no more tricks, then more tricks and a slight plateau on words, etc. She'll definitely be creative, though. She's already got such a silly sense of humor and is developing a flair for overreacting. Like, we blow on her face or tap her shoulder and she'll throw herself down like she's been shoved. It's a joke, she laughs, and it's hilarious.

 

sigh... she's also in hitting phase. she knows what "OW" means. and she says it when she smacks your face or pinches your arms or throws a toy at you. Definitely a toddler. And I love her to pieces <3<3<3

 

Yeah, she adores dada. She's picked up grandpa (bappah) and grandma (mamma) recently so we're stoked she's learning other people's names.

 

that shell is gorgeous, Horatio! What kind was it, do you know?

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Eighteen months already???? Time has passed so very fast. Pretty soon she will be in school.

 

That is so very interesting that children have sleep troubles between her age and around five years old. It makes me curious as to the reason this happens. So, the screaming is when she is asleep and has lost her pacifier? Very intriguing. I am certain that some child psychologist has a study on the sleep and dreams of children. It would be fun to read these studies, if it was at all possible.

 

MacKenzie is accomplishing so many things each and every day. I can see just how much your interaction with her has helped her learn and develop. How wonderful that MacKenzie is developing a great sense of humour. This is a great outlook on life. You are seeing all these wonderful developments in her life. The sacrifice that you have made to be home with your daughter is truly magnificent. I have friend, and she plans on putting her daughter into day care as a baby. Her job is so much more important than her baby.

 

Ha, ha, ha... she says ow when she hits or pinches you? That is hilarious. We need a mother-daughter picture and a father-daughter picture... please. You can start her early on selfies. It is so much fun seeing her learn different people and their associated names.

 

This is so exciting to hear. It sounds like you are going to get mother of the year award. I applaud you for all your efforts.

 

More in a little bit, but I have to get off the computer for a bit.

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She's also been teething her molars. they're soooo big! I have truly loved being home with her so long. I really need a job, but I don't want to leave her again.

 

I understand why some people put their kids in daycare... sometimes that's the only way they can afford to pay all the bills. But I have family and friends who can watch her for free, so daycare is far from my thoughts. Yeah, she'd get socialization, but there's so many germs and I don't trust people. If I can find a good recent one of the three of us I'll put it up.

 

I don't care if I get mother of the year. I just want her to be loved and happy.

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also, you monster! you ran over a unicorn!

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I would love to see a recent photograph of the three of you! That would be outstanding.

 

Unfortunately, my friend does not need the job, she just says she needs it. The truth is, she really wants to move up the corporate ladder and her baby is one of those accoutrements that she feels she must have. It is quite distressing. She is will be paying most of her paycheck into day care, so the little extra money that is leftover, is really not needed. The true reason is because she does not want to alter her career for a child. I totally admire you because you have put your daughter first.

 

LOL!!! Yes, I am a unicorn killer. All in the name of washing my car.

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Howdy!

Just dropping in to say hello! I'm currently en-route to Kona to compete in another triathlon. I think the last time I was here was when I was training for my first one last year - so I guess that's what made me drop in.

 

Hope everyone's doing well! Doesn't look like we have too many active members anymore. Still glad to see that Topazia and Horatio and clinging on. :)

 

Sorry to hear about your MIL, Topazia.

 

Until next time! Which hopefully will be before I do another tri.

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TBFOF!!!!! Whoo Hoo!

 

Good luck in the triathlon. You are superb, being in such good shape. Traveling to Kona for the triathlon is incredible. You need to stay in touch with me. Do you still have my email address?

 

What are you doing these days? Who are you working for and what are you doing? Are you happy?

 

Would you please fill me in on all of the above?

 

Good luck!

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