Week in Review

June 29, 2008

Yep!  I changed the look of the site.  I noticed that if I clicked off the main blog page, I couldn’t get back; so, I changed to the “skin” you see now.  Let me know if you like it.

So, as I mentioned a few days ago, this has been a busy week.  Zoe had her 1-year check-up on Monday.  She had some blood drawn to check for anemia (she’s good), and her lead levels (no problem) and then had a booster for pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (helps against meningitis).  Her pediatrician does not vaccinate for chicken pox or the MMR at the 1-year check; they generally do it at the 18-month.  So, she got off easy this time around.  Her “stats” are:

Height: 27.25 inches (5th percentile)     Weight: 17 pounds, 7 oz (4th percentile)

My mom, aunt, and uncle also were in town.  Check out the previous post for more info about that.  Kirk went to Chicago for work Thursday and was home Friday evening.  Saturday morning, Zoe decided to sleep in to (gasp!) 8 AM!!  It was wonderful sleeping in, and since she slept in as well, we skipped her morning nap and went to the pool instead.


 Amy ready to catch Zoe as she “jumps” into the baby pool.







Zoe shows off the elephant watering can.






Kirk and Zoe playing in the “big” pool.






Zoe hangs out in her float.  Because of the way the float is made, I can use her float as a kickboard.  Zoe loves motoring up and down the pool watching everyone as I do a little bit of kick work!



June 26, 2008

We’ve had a couple of busy days.  My Mom/Joan/Gramma Joanie came to visit on Mon and just left a little bit ago.  My Uncle Andy was in town on business, and since my Aunt Freda (my mom’s sister) had not met Zoe yet, she came with Uncle Andy and hung out with mom, Zoe, and me.  We had a great time, and Zoe enjoyed showing off and flirting with everyone.  Thanks for coming and for all the goodies, everyone!



Grand-aunt Freda and Grand-uncle Andy




 A cool tidbit about Aunt Freda:  She designs and makes fabulous ballet costumes.  You can check out some of the costumes she’s made as well as her business at www.fredatutu.com.  And one of Aunt Freda’s daughters (so my cousin), Emily Bromberg, is a dancer with the Colorado Ballet!  See here:  http://www.coloradoballet.org/index.cfm?go=c.page&id=44.

Week in Review

June 23, 2008

Hey everyone!  This week was spent trying to get back onto schedule after our great vacation to Vegas.  Zoe played hostess at one of our playdates and then decided to take an early nap halfway through all of the fun.  Zeke is (finally!) neutered and spent the week running into the wall and the backs of my legs with his elizabethan collar.  Kirk left early Friday morning to go to the NC Bar Convention in Atlantic Beach, NC, where he was elected Secretary for the Young Lawyers Division, and returned home on Sun at lunchtime.  Ollie and I did our usual; Ollie slept, and I did laundry, made Zoe her meals, and ran errands.  I know, it’s not incredibly exciting, but hey, this is what we do.




 Zeke wearing his elizabethan collar and checking out the Sunday ads.




This is what our living room typically looks like on Sunday mornings:  Zoe’s toys strewn on the floor along with the Sunday paper, which Zoe “reads”.  The only thing missing is Ollie sleeping on the couch, and Kirk and I sitting on the other couch reading the paper.




 Playgroup on Wed, 6/19 at our house.  Zoe’s “twin”, Kate, is Zoe’s oldest “friend”.  Her parents and Kirk and I met during our Bradley birthing class.  Kate turns one in the middle of July.





Zoe, Kate, and Ava splash around in the pool.

Zoe’s 1st birthday coincided with Father’s Day this year.  Everything was kept pretty low-key: cards for the daddies in the group, cake and a few presents for Zoe.  It took awhile for Zoe to figure out that she could get down and dirty with the cake, but once she did, she had a ton of fun!


Zoe and Kirk watching the Bellagio fountains show. 







Watch out cake; here I come!







Hmmm…I’m not so sure about this.







Daddy, that cake is really yummy!






BTW. that is a bruise you see under Zoe’s left eye.  She decided to “walk” (really lunge) into the coffee table and misjudged the distance.  So, instead of grabbing the edge with her hands, her cheek decided to try and grab instead. 

Hey everyone!  I’m actually writing from Vegas today.  Kirk, his parents, and his brother are at the wrestling trials, and Zoe is next door trying to go to sleep.  Since this week was spent primarily packing and getting ready to come out here, there isn’t a whole lot to report .  Zoe did excellent on the flight here; she took a short nap and then played the rest of the 4 1/2 hour trip.  Although she has woken up at 4 and 4:30, she has gone back to sleep both mornings until a more appropriate time to wake up (between 5 and 6) and is eating and sleeping at her normal times.

Reviews of stuff:

1.  The hotel: We’re staying at the Flamingo https://www.harrahs.com/casinos/flamingo-las-vegas/hotel-casino/property-home.shtml, which is in the center of the strip.  It’s been perfect so far.  The rooms are nice, clean, and nothing special, and the overall atmosphere is pretty relaxed.  Most people walk around in their swimsuits and coverups or t-shirts and shorts.  I think the casino minimums are kinda high so Kirk and everyone else has gone elsewhere.  The pool is awesome!  The main pool has all sorts of ledges so Zoe can sit on the ledge and crawl around; we haven’t tried the slides yet, but we might do that tomorrow.  The only slight issue: the adult-only pool cranks the music up at 2pm until ~5pm (I can tell what the songs are from the 12th floor), and our room faces the pool.  So, if you think you might want to stay here with itty-bitties, and they don’t do so well with noises at naptime, it’s probably not the best place to stay.  Besides for the noise in the afternoon, the resort is quiet (for a Vegas resort) but bustling and is very child friendly.  In fact, this morning when we went to the pool, there were about 10 kids under the age of 5 playing and swimming around in the little section we were in.  It’s also a great place if you don’t have kids because of the reasonable room prices, the casual atmosphere, the ability to get away from the kids at the adult-only pool, and it’s central locale.

2.  Date night.  Kirk and I went out on a date Thurs night while Grandmommy & Grand-daddy stayed to hold the fort down.  We ate at the restaurant, Shibuya (http://www.mgmgrand.com/dining/shibuya-japanese-restaurant.aspx) for dinner, which was fabulous.  We had a flight of “premium” sake, chu toro (fatty tuna) sashimi appetizer, Alaskan king crab and veggie tempura, snapper sushi, shrimp tempura roll, and the green tea cake.  Everything was excellent; however, I wouldn’t recommend the shrimp tempura roll because the shrimp were overcooked.  After dinner, we saw the cirque du soleil show, KA (http://www.mgmgrand.com/entertainment/ka-cirque-du-soleil-show.aspx), which was amazing.  The show is different from a traditional cirque show in the fact that it actually had a plot.  If you like the cirque shows because there isn’t much of a plot, and you dislike Broadway shows for the same reason, this show probably isn’t for you.  

3.  Girls morning.  Nancy/Grandmommy and I went to Caesar’s Palace spa, Qua (http://www.harrahs.com/qua/) for a 1-hour massage.  Both of our massages were excellent, and it was nice to be pampered without having to worry about the crumb-cruncher.

So, that’s it for now.  We have some cool pics that I’ll put up when we get home.



Countdown to Vegas!

June 10, 2008

YEAH!! Vacation-time!  We are leaving on Thurs morning sometime between 9 and 10; I’m not exactly sure of the time.  The trip is two-fold: Kirk, his parents, and brother are going to watch a family friend at the wrestling Olympic trials (good luck, Jared!), while Zoe and I peruse the Vegas strip and hang out at the pool, and Zoe has the chance to enjoy her 1st birthday cake (Happy Birthday, Zoe!).

Be on the lookout for lots of pictures from the trip!

Check out Jared: http://www.themat.com/bios.php?page=showbio&ContactID=559   


June 10, 2008

Okay.  This is for all of you out there who are parents and/or babysitters.  When Kirk and I have gone out in the past, we’ve left around Zoe’s dinnertime (5:30pm) and have returned before 11pm.  My question is, are we responsible for providing dinner for the babysitter, or is the babysitter responsible for thinking ahead and either eating before babysitting (that’s one early dinner) or bringing something to eat for dinner? 

Let me know what you think! 

Week in Review

June 8, 2008

I’m gonna try to write weekly; it might not be Zoe related or even family related, if we haven’t done anything interesting, but there will be at least something new to look at weekly.  Here’s the lowdown of the past week.

1.  Daddy in charge. Last Friday night, a few of my friends and I went out on the town while Kirk stayed home with Zoe.  We had a nice relaxing meal at a local restaurant called Upstream followed by watching the movie, Sex and the City.  I had never seen an episode of the series when it was on HBO, but I have to admit, I can see why people enjoyed it so much.  The movie was pretty predictable, but I thought the acting was good, and it was nice to have a relaxing evening out with friends.  According to Kirk, things were pretty uneventful on the homefront.  Zoe ate dinner then had a bath and was asleep by 7:30. 

   Amy and the girls out on the town.

2.  Zoe starts walking.  I’ve already written about this; you can check some of the other posts.  She is now walking ~ 10 steps and is able to take a couple of steps, regain her balance, and keep walking a few more steps.  I’ll try to add a video of her first steps soon.

3.  Holy heat.  Charlotte is in the middle of a heat wave; in fact, we set a couple of record highs this past week, and I think yesterday the forecasters were calling for near 100 degree weather.  We’ve tried to stay cool by going to the pool in the afternoon, but the baby pool now feels like a warm bath.  (I’m sure the pee isn’t helping either!)  

Have a great week everyone!


 Happy girl

If the shoe fits…

June 5, 2008

We have found a shoe that fits!  It’s actually considered a “prewalker” shoe according to the Stride Rite website, but personally, I would rather Zoe have this shoe anyway.  As you can see the toes are reinforced — perfect for all the ups and downs and climbing that she’s doing, plus it will give her great traction when she is walking.

Shoe shopping

June 3, 2008

Since Zoe has decided to test the waters with walking, I thought it would be a good idea to look into getting her some shoes.  So, this afternoon, the family loaded up into the car and went shoe shopping.  Zoe had a great time crawling around the couple of stores we visited, but we left empty-handed.  Why, you ask?  Well, it seems that Zoe has inherited her mommy’s foot size, and the shoe companies don’t make walking shoes small enough for her feet.  Apparently, her feet are the same size as roughly a 6 month-old’s.  Oh well, I guess she’s gonna be a barefoot, redneck toddler this summer.  Maybe we’ll hunt some more…

On another note, today is Grandmommy’s birthday.  Happy Birthday, Mom/Nancy/Grandmommy!!