Sunday, January 31, 2010

Funny Thing

A funny thing happened today.  As we were walking out the doors of the church I was ready with my key chain remote for the van--we have one of those magic, electric side doors that open with the touch of a button--but just as I had pushed the magic button on my handy remote, we paused a minute to talk to some friends.

After we finished that, we walked over to the van to load up.  Derek was carrying Cadence.  When he got over to the side door, he stopped suddenly and got this really shocked look on his face.  It took me a second to figure out why he was so shocked.  I thought he had seen me push the button, but obviously he hadn't!  He was freaking out inside because he thought he hadn't closed the door when we arrived at church three hours earlier and it had been snowing and wet!

I had to laugh a bit as I held up my key chain remote.  I had to convince him that I really was trying to do something nice rather than stopping his heart!! :D

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Way Back When Wednesday - Teacher, I Invited This...

"Look, teacher, I invited this!"

"Are you sure you invited it?" I asked my excited student as I looked at the intricate piece of origami in her hand. 

"Yes, I invited it, it's new!  I made it!"  She replied.  She had obviously missed my stress on 'invited,' and thought I doubted the veracity of her claim.

"So, you called that and asked it to come over to your house?"  I tried to give her another clue.

"Um..." she looked confused for a second and then realized that she was using the wrong word.  "Oh, INVENTED!" She giggled.  "I invented this!"

***I should mention that this student"s hobby was origami and she was rather good at it.  And she had excellent English.  When she made mistakes they were usually like this one--mistaking two difficult and similar sounding words***

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I told you I have no self control!

Here's another super cute video of Cadence.  Or at least I think it's super cute!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Getting to know you...

I need some quirky and fun getting to know you questions.  I'm coming up with a blank.  Any ideas?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Cadence Videos

I decided that I don't like the look of having YouTube videos on my P365 photo blog.  So from now on, all  incredibly adorable videos of Cadence will be posted on my personal blog, IdahoCheneys.  It's open to the world, you don't need an invite.

Cadence's Latest Trick

This is her latest trick.

Can you hear the little thumps of her hands and feet hitting the floor? Oh, and please ignore the asinine giggling coming from behind the camera...

Saturday, January 16, 2010

My Baby's Baby Talkin'!

One of my blogging buddies Amanda at posted this sweet story about lullabies and her husband.  I posted a quick comment about my husband with our baby and it inspired me to share and extended version of the sweet story with you...

One morning when Cadence was just a few weeks old, Derek was giving me a couple extra hours of sleep after he got home from his early morning delivery job.  It was so nice!  At that time I was getting up just about every two hours to feed her and then it took me about 30 minutes to fall back asleep.  So I was getting maybe an hour at a time.  And Derek was sacrificing his after work nap to help me out!

In those early weeks, we were both still getting used to having a baby around, i.e. what to do with her.  That morning I had the door closed so I could get some sleep even if she was crying, but I could hear some cute baby talking out there.  At first I thought it was my dad talking to Cadence.  He's a baby talking pro and LOVES to talk to Cadence.  But the more I listened, I realized that it was Derek baby talking to her! 

Back then he thought baby talking was silly and probably embarrassing.  If he had thought anyone could hear him, he wouldn’t have been doing it!  It was so sweet to hear!

Now he baby talks all the time with Cadence.  Even in Japanese and Korean!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Shoulder or Messenger?

Derek and I had an amusing conversation last night.  We were telling each other what specific things attracted us to each other in the beginning.  Derek's were very sweet.  One of his reasons was I was studying German (he lived there as a child). 

Mine were a little weird.  The thing that I said that garnered the most attention was that his "messenger bag" attracted me to him in the beginning.  At first he was surprised that a bag would attract me to him (It wasn't really the main thing.  I just remember it was part of his general first impression).  Then he had a problem with my terminology. 

He insisted it was a shoulder bag because it was a laptop bag and he hung it over his shoulder and across his chest.  I was sure it should be called a messenger bag because when I hear "shoulder bag," I think of a woman's purse with a long strap.

So what do you think?  The bag in question looks something like this...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Way Back When Wedesday - A Prayer Answered

I was not a very good problem solver as a kid.  When presented with a problematic situation, I worried too much.  Worrying prevents problem solving.

For example, in 6th grade, we were required to bring our own pencils and/or lead to class.  No exceptions.  I don't remember what the consequence was if we didn't and I don't remember if there really weren't any exceptions to that rule, but I do remember being really worried about some unknown consequence of not bringing my own pencil--or in my case, lead.

I was especially worried on the day of a big test in my science class when I couldn't find any lead in any of my mechanical pencils or in my pencil case.  What was I going to do?  I was sure my teacher wouldn't give my any lead or even an old fashioned pencil, and therefore wouldn't be able to take the test.  Even worse, I didn't notice my lack of writing utensil until after the test had begun so I couldn't ask a classmate for help.

At that point, I honestly couldn't see how there could be any solution to my problem.  As I panicked, I said a short, silent prayer.  I prayed that somehow I would receive the help I needed to get something to write with.  After finishing my prayer, I nervously shifted my feet as I ran though my options one more time.  I felt a small bump underneath my left foot. 

I was so relieved when I looked down and saw that the small bump was actually a piece of lead!  And not just a useless broken reject from an earlier class; it was a full piece of lead!  I gratefully loaded it into my pencil and took the test.

Now I know that in the big picture my pencil lead problem wasn't really even a problem.  My teacher probably would have helped me out.  But the experience strengthened my testimony of prayer in a big way.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Video Update

Sorry guys, guess I didn't realize that private meant private. :)  I changed it so now everyone can watch!

Yet Another Video... She's Too Cute!

Another Fun Video

Also from this morning. And believe me, there's more coming! I tend to go overboard with new and fun things (like my camcorder and Cadence)!

Yes, she does have a cold but I don't know if that's why she's so growly.  She makes the same noises when she's happy and when she's not.  You have to look at her face to tell the difference.

Tummy Time!!

Fun tummy time today!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Just one of those days at Wal-mart!

Well, it was actually turned into an evening, but "days" sounded better...

Derek and I had a few free hours yesterday afternoon (This never happens anymore by the way!!) so we thought we'd make the best of it by doing what?  Walking around Costco and Wal-mart!  I know, we're super exciting...

And amazingly, this time we didn't find anything to blow money on at Costco.  Usually they have at least one or two splurge items that seem to be marketed at us.  But this time Costco didn't have our entry item (our reason for shopping there in the first place), so we couldn't rationalize buying a two pack of SD cards, DVDs or books.  Our entry item this shopping trip?  Romaine hearts.  Costco always has a big pallet full of romaine heart multi-packs.  But not this time... maybe it was a sign.

So we left Costco and made our way to Wal-mart.  We found everything we needed (plus more) and Cadence did great!  Then we decided to get in line to check out and pay.  Since the store was super busy every line had at least four or five customers in line.  And of course we pick the wrong line.  Someone had dropped a check in between two parts of the register and conveyor belt just when we were going to be next in line.  The checker informed us that there would be a long wait and temporarily closed the line. 

Hoping to get out of the store sooner, we hopped over a couple of lines.  We were back to where we were in the beginning but thought that it would be faster.  Nope!  We waited and waited and WAITED until finally an employee noticed another line with only one customer in line and escorted us over. 

By that time Cadence had HAD it!  She was hungry and SCREAMING! After paying, I went over to the bathroom to make her a bottle.  Or try and make her a bottle.  The sinks were those convenient automatic kind so the water would stay on while I held the bottle underneath.  Very frustrating.  I ended up going to the drinking fountain and felt like such white trash as I set up my can of formula and bottle.

Got that all filled up and tried to shake it up.  That wasn't working for me either.  All I succeeded in doing was get most of the formula powder stuck in the top and splash half-mixed formula all over my shoe.  And of course I was being my dorky self wearing pink crocs with socks.  Pink crocs with socks + spilled formula = soggy toes until I could get home to change.

I bring the bottle over to Derek and he tells me that Cadence's completely soaked up her back.  Great.  Forgot I put a cloth diaper on before we went shopping.  So I take her back to the bathroom--she's still screaming by the way--strap her down to the changing table, and try to change her entire outfit. 

Did I mention the changing table wasn't in a stall?  It was in the middle of the bathroom so everybody that walked in and out got to see me trying to take care of the screaming, beet-red faced baby.  That only took forever. And of course, she stopped screaming as soon as I picked her up off the changing table!

When we were finished and all clean, we met Derek in the McDonalds there in the store to eat a hamburger.  Unfortunately he had ordered two cheese burgers (I can't stand cheese burgers, but they were the good deal ended up being not quite as horrible as I thought).  I handed Derek the baby, he fed her, and I tried to decompress.

We won't be going back to Wal-mart for a while. 

Derek was very sweet and offered to do Cadence's night time routine so I could have some "me time."  It was great.  The best part?  I found the two of them asleep in the rocker.  Cadence with her hands folded, and Derek seated upright with his head flopped forward.  Too cute!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

I Heart Faces

I'm going to participate in my very first I Heart Faces Photo Challenge!  This week's challenge is "Best Face Photo."  This picture of my daughter was taken on December 28th, 2009. 

Check out those gorgeous grey eyes! Just like my husband's!!