The past few weeks we’ve had trouble with our water heater. Sometimes we have warm water…sometimes we don’t. It seems like when Matt takes a shower, there is warm water, but when the girls and I need to bathe, it’s only lukewarm or cold. That’s merely a coincidence, but ironic.

A plumber came out and looked at the water heater yesterday and discovered that the lower element (whatever that means) needs to be replaced and can’t get the part in until tomorrow. In the meantime, he turned the higher element (again, whatever that means) up as high as possible so we would get a little hot water.

We have a gi-normous bathtub in our master bathroom and since the hot water shortage, the girls and I have been bathing together. I filled the bath as much as I could with what little hot water was available. I put Grace in the tub and then Alyssa. As I was getting ready to hop in, I looked down and saw poop floating in the tub. Alyssa had pooped in the bathtub and contaminated the entire tub.

I was totally disgusted and so was Grace. Alyssa was like a cat pawing at fish – she was chasing the poop around in the bathtub and trying to grab it with her hand. Grace grabbed her and said, “Alyssa, come here. I’ll save you!” I tried scooping the poop out with a cup and in the meantime had to drain the water.

You know what this means…the only hot water we had now has poop in it and is going down the drain. Bummer. So, the girls and I got cold sponge baths and quickly got out of the tub.

What a mess. I can’t wait to get the water heater fixed – hopefully tomorrow.

Oh, and for those of you wanting to know about the “ice storm” we had last night…we had a tiny bit of ice on Matt’s car, the mailbox, and garbage can, but the roads were fine. Whew! Problem averted.

Ice Storm 2009

January 28, 2009

All day the weather forecasters have been talking about the “ice storm” that is approaching the Austin metro and surrounding areas. I love how their idea of an “ice storm” is “less than 1/4 inch” of ice.

While that is not a lot of ice, it’s a big deal in Central Texas. Yes, we have ice trucks and some sand, but I don’t think we have enough to handle any real ice accumulation.

We left some friends’ houses about 10:15 pm and the rain was coming down. We were getting wet while trying to get the girls in their car seats. As we were driving home (luckily we live a mile away), Matt turned on the windshield wipers and sure enough – the rain was starting to freeze.

It should be interesting to see what morning brings. I’ve heard that the city shuts down when “bad weather” strikes. Unfortunately for my husband, he parks his car outside, so he may have to use a spatula to scrape his car because we’ve misplaced (aka thrown away) our ice scraper. 🙂

That’s what I’m doing today. Cuddling up with a warm blanket and drinking coffee. Yes, I know I’ll get more comments on this post…it’s only fair. My “thick” Missouri/Illinois blood has quickly thinned to Texas blood. It’s in the 40’s and I’m freezing. I know, instead of everyone commenting on that…I’ll just say it…I’m a whimp…it’s nothing compared to the negative temps up North…yadda…yadda…

Anyway, on a cold day there is nothing I like better than snuggling up with a blanket, drinking coffee and reading a good book or watching a movie. This morning I enjoyed some good coffee…while the girls are napping, I’m snuggled with my blanket…and tonight Matt and I are going to snuggle with a blanket, a warm beverage, and a movie – 24!!! So excited.

I love coffee. One – because it’s delicious. Two – because it’s warm. Three – because it’s caffeinated (most of the time number 3 is the most important!!).

In Alyssa’s 9 months of life, she has had periods of weird sleeping patterns at night. Sometimes she sleeps through the night…sometimes she wakes every 4 hours…and sometimes she wakes up in the middle of the night and wants to hang out for a few hours! (thanks, honey, for getting up with her!!)

The night before we moved into our current house (about 6 weeks ago), Alyssa woke up at 2:30 am and was ready to hang out with Matt for a few hours. Not crying. Not unhappy. Just awake. While I was lying in bed trying to figure her out, it hit me. Maybe I drink too much caffeine and it’s affecting her (I’m still nursing). I had been watching for signs of fussiness and kept adding a cup of coffee to my morning routine to test her out. But it hit me…maybe the coffee was keeping her awake at night!

Well, I was right. The next morning I only had 1 cup of coffee. When she woke up in the night to nurse, I fed her and she immediately went right back to sleep!!! Praise Jesus!! It has been that way ever since. While I miss my multiple cups of coffee, I don’t miss being awake for a few hours in the night – and I don’t think Matt does either.

According to our pediatrician, Alyssa should be sleeping through the night. He said I could feed her right before I go to bed and she could go 8-10 hours after that. Well, that hasn’t been happening. On Tuesday morning she didn’t go back to sleep after waking up around 6 and I could tell she was still tired. We put her in bed with us and as soon as she was under our blankets, she was OUT and slept until 8:45!!! So, we’ve started wrapping her up with a thicker blanket at night and she’ll sleep from 10 to 6:30 or 7!!! Hooray! Mommy finally gets some sleep.

So, we’re all enjoying a warm blanket and just a little caffeine in the Flener household!

To all you Mid-Westerners

January 22, 2009

We love Texas. We love our friends, church, neighborhood, the culture of the city and most of all…the weather! (The only thing we don’t like is our family being 15 hours away!!)

While you crazy mid-westerners were “braving” the sub-zero temps, we were out on walks to the playground and enjoying the Texas sun. I have the news on right now and just saw that the high for today was 80. That’s right, 8-0. The 7 day forecast looks pretty sweet too. The highs are in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. One day the high is ONLY in the 50’s. I’ll take it. (the weather-woman just said that tomorrow’s morning low would be “chilly” – how does 43 sound?!)

We’re definitely enjoying the balmy January weather and wondering if we could ever move back to the mid-west. I guess if that’s where God calls us, then we’ll go. But, we may hibernate in the winters. 🙂

Time Alone with a Computer

January 22, 2009

On Wednesday nights Matt goes to a discipleship group with some guys from our church. All day I’ve been looking forward to a little time alone. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE time with my hubby. In fact, it’s my favorite thing to do (and spend time with our girls). Monday night some friends of ours offered to watch the girls so we could go on a date. FABULOUS! Since my “love tank” is full from the date, I needed a little “Mommy time.” I got the girls down to bed around 7:30 and crashed in front of the TV to watch American Idol. This was enjoyable, however, not what I had looked forward to. What I really wanted…

…was to break out the borrowed laptop and get caught up on my Internet surfing!! Now, 2 hours later, my “computer tank” is full. 🙂 I read blogs, checked craigslist for a few items, and cleaned out my e-mail inbox. Ahhh…it feels good.

I’m glad to live in the age of technology and have such luxuries.

Computer Withdrawals

January 15, 2009

So, our Mac laptop crashed. The Apple store says the hard drive is not recoverable unless we send it away and pay possibly thousands of dollars. Fortunately, all of our precious photos are backed-up on the Internet.

My biggest issue right now is not having access to a computer or the Internet! I didn’t realize how much I love checking my e-mail, reading blogs, and checking different websites throughout the day. I even keep our family calendar and recipes for our menu on-line. So, I’ve had to get creative with our dinners because I don’t have access to the recipes and hope we don’t miss an important appointment without our calendar.

Every night I only get a few minutes on a computer. I find myself desiring to “surf” as soon as I get the chance. Is it an obsession or a necessity in my life. Not sure. But, I’m definitely realizing how much of my life (recipes, calendar, communication, etc) is enhanced by the Internet.

Oh, and I do get e-mails and facebook status updates on my cell phone – Whew!

A week ago, Alyssa was perfectly content crawling on the floor, eating a few jars of baby food (per meal) and being a baby. Not anymore!!! Just in the past few days, everything has changed! You wouldn’t believe it!!!

She is…
– solely eating table food now. Since the banana she had at Nana & Papa’s house over the holidays, she isn’t a big fan of baby food. She’ll eat anything we put in front of her (corn bread, cottage cheese, Cheerios, bread, roast, veggies, peaches, etc).
– She signs “more” now!! I think she’s been doing it for awhile now, but I finally picked up on it Tuesday. When she wants more, she bangs her fingers of one hand onto her tray. Just today she clasped her fingers together and banged both hands on the tray. Sometimes she did both signs (one right after the other). It’s pretty cool! Last night we took dinner to our friends (who just had a baby). We fed Alyssa cornbread and she was violently doing the “more” sign after each bite. She did the same thing this afternoon when I gave her cottage cheese.
– She can walk with her walking toy and shopping cart across our living room! Every once in awhile she falls, but she’s getting better. It won’t surprise me if she’s walking by the time Minima & Bapa come in February!!
– While I was folding laundry today, I let her stand holding onto my leg. She’s so brave & has no fear – she let go with both hands and stood by herself for 30 seconds! (I know because I counted to 30!!!) Like I said, it won’t surprise me if she’s walking when Minima & Bapa come on February 13th!!! 🙂

We took Alyssa to the doctor for her 9 month check-up on Wednesday. She’s now 20 lbs. 11 oz. (75%), 28 1/4 in. (75%), and 46 1/2 cm head circum. (95%) – she has the Flener dome!! 🙂

I can’t believe in 3 months she’ll be one! I’m trying to enjoy month #9 and the “baby steps” she’ll take along the way.