Melissa sleeping on her new nap mat

Saturday, August 29, 2009
In my last post Melissa's 1st day at preschool I said she didn't take a nap that day. I'm sure it's because she was not use to have other people in the room while she was resting and also her nap time at home is around 1:00pm. Nap time or rest time at preschool is 11:45am. I had bought Melissa an inexpensive nap mate from WalMart, but it was just one of those plan mats. My friend was telling me where she got her daughters nap mat and it wasn't over $100. That was the problem I was find was the custom made nap mats with a pillow and blankets cost around $100 or more. I wasn't about to spend that on a nap mat that may or may not get used. My friend told me about Custom Baby Boutique I ordered Melissa the ready to ship nap mat and had her name put on it. Custom Baby Boutique is awesome, I ordered the mat on late Wednesday night and on Friday afternoon I had it in my hands. I will be using them for future orders. Melissa was so excited about this new nap mat that she wanted to take a nap on it yesterday. I started laughing and said " you take a nap on the floor and not in your bed"? She took a two hour nap in her new nap mat on her bedroom floor with all her toys all around her. I told her " if I hear you playing I will take your mat away and put you in your bed". Melissa was a sleep in 5 minutes. I could not believe my eyes. Today she is taking another nap on her mat. I hope on Tuesday when she goes back to school she will want to take a nap on her mat. I will let you know how that goes.

Here are some pictures of Melissa's cool nap mat

Melissa's 1st day of preschool

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Melissa started preschool today, I also started back to work part time at the preschool. The preschool is at our Church Christian Learning Center or as we call it CLC. I'm a teacher, but I'm called a floater. Since Melissa might have to be pulled out of school later on this winter with cold and flu season it was best for me to be a floater so they won't have to fill my position while I'm out with Melissa. We pray Melissa won't have to be pulled out because she will miss school. It will be important that we keep Melissa healthy. She can't afford to get sick.
Back to Melissa's first day at preschool. She did great getting up and ready to go. She was so excited to be going to school. Paul and I have been talking about her going to school. Melissa did well with me dropping her off at her class. Her teacher Mrs. Leslie, Mrs Ann and Mrs. Judy are all nice and you can tell they have a love for kids. Mrs. Leslie has three daughters and her youngest is 2 1/2. Mrs. Ann and Mrs. Judy are older women with grown kids. As I said goodbye to Melissa at the door she walked on in and found her friend Brooke. Brooke is in her Sunday School class so it was great to know she already had a friend. As you all know Melissa is like her mommy and can make friends fast.
I had give Melissa her enzymes before her snack time and she was having lots of fun. She thought I was there to pick her up and she wasn't ready to go. When it was time to pick her up at 2:00pm Mrs. Leslie said she was wonderful and loves to give hugs to all her new friends even when two of them took a nap. That meant Melissa didn't take a nap so she took one on the way home. Learning to sleep on a Nap Mate is going to take practice. Melissa was also a big girl and didn't have an accident in her panties.

As for my day it was busy. I helped out in the 4 year old class today. It was fun being with older. I'm looking forward to next week we go twice a week so it should be fun!

Check out the school girls pictures
Before walking out the door
Walking up to School
Not wanting mommy to take her picture
On the way home from school. No nap today so she was tired

Miss Independent

Wednesday, August 26,2009

Melissa has become miss independent. I haven't posted about potty training in awhile so for those who don't care to read about potty training well this is good news. Melissa has had some moments where she didn't want to go potty and would not tell me. I have had days that I thought what was I thinking I wish I had kept her in diapers! I guess over the last 4 months with me on my knees asking God please help Melissa understand and for me to get through potty training. Last week Melissa surprised me and told me "no mommy I can do it" and shut the bathroom door. I was talking to her telling her "pull your panties down and get on the potty and go pee pee". As I'm saying this I'm thinking big mess to clean up. I hear the sound of pee going in the potty and I started screaming "Good Job Melissa" She did it on her own. It has been a week and yes she has had some accidents in the bathroom, but at least she is trying to do this on her own so I can't get upset. What a difference it makes in 4 months. I can't wait to see how she is doing when she is 2 1/2 in December.
Melissa is also doing well at nap time. She is keeping her bed dry during nap time. She is still having problems with nighttime, but I have gone to waterproof panties I found and it is helping us get some sleep. Melissa will wake up when her panties are wet and still go potty at night. I gave up on getting up three times at night. We both need our sleep. I know with age the nighttime potty training will get better.

Courtney's Graduation

Friday, August 21, 2009

Last Saturday our niece Courtney (Paul's sisters daughter) graduated from College. We went to Courtney's graduation. Paul and I are so proud of her and know she will do great out in the real world. She is having a hard time finding a job in this economy. No one is hiring or if they are she and 100 other people have applied for the job.

Courtney with her mom and dad
Courtney and Melissa

Courtney with Grammy

Courtney, Melissa and Grammy

Grammy and Melissa

Melissa goes to see the Wiggles live

Friday, August 21, 2009

Two weeks ago we took Melissa to see the Wiggles live. Thanks to our wonderful friend who gave us free tickets. She is also the one who got us free tickets to Elmo live. We wouldn't be taking Melissa to all of these special events if we had to pay for them. Melissa had a good time dancing and singing. Paul and I noticed she wasn't that into it as she was with Elmo.

Our Getaway

Monday, August 10, 2009

I have been so busy since this trip, but I thought I should post about our first getway since Melissa was born. Paul and I had our first a long weekend getaway in over two years. The last vacation we had just the two of us was when I was six months pregnat with Melissa. Since then we have had family vacations.

This was a must needed trip. It was so good just to spend one on one time with each other and remember what it was like when it was just the two of us. Oh don't get me wrong, I thought about Melissa all the time, but I knew she was in good hands. Melissa stay home and her DD came and took care of her. Paul had been working in Calfronia for three weeks and I got to join him at the end of the 2nd week. I packed my bags and flew to Santa Anna, Calfroina. I didn't know what to since I was flying by myslef. I didn't have to worry about anyone but myself. Oh it was a weird feeling. Paul was staying in Laguna Hills and we spent most of the time out on the beach. We love the beach and the sun! Laguna Beach is a nice place to visit. It has a lot of history to it. I was reading the history about Laguna Beach and it is the home of the artist. Laguna Beach has an Art Festaval from June-September. I hadn't every seen many artist before. One of my favorite artist Wayland has his on Gallery at Laguna Beach. I was first was introudced to Wayland's art work on my honeymoon in Maui Hawaii. I don't have a pieace of his work, but when I get a house and have the money I'm buying something from him.

Our weekend started out on Thursday, July 30, 2009. Paul had to work that day and by the time I flew in and got settled in at the hotel it was getting close to dinner time. So off we went to Laguna Beach area. We ate a place call Las Brisas it was good. On Friday Paul had to work so I had a day to myself. What to do, I haven't been by myself in two years! I slept in and headed down to the pool. I needed to start reading my stuff for my new job. That passed the time and then it was lunch time. Paul had a short lunch break so we headed to In-N-Out Burger. This is a must when you go to California. After lunch we I took Paul back to work and I had the rent car to do what ever. I did some shopping and just enjoyed the beautiful Calfornia weather. That evening we headed back to the beach area and had a good dinner at El Callejon. After dinner we walked around and did some window shopping. We did buy Melissa and I something. We got matching ankel braclets and toe rings at Shelby's. They had all kinds of neat items. Melissa is getting in to jewelry and I thought it would be fun for us to be matching.
Saturday rolled around and we headed to the beach. Our friends told us of a nice beach to try out. Laguna beach is so busy, if you just go either a little south or a little north the beaches aren't so bad. We spent the day at Treasure Island Beach. I hadn't been in the pacific water but I heard it was cold. Yes, it was cold but it didn't take long to get use to it. The ocean was ruff that day so the waves where strong. I didn't spend a lot of time in the water that day. I enjoyed laying out on the beach sleeping , reading and just doing a lot of thinking. After the long day at the beach we head for a nice dinner to Nick's the have good fish and chips. One of Paul's co-workers told us about a great place to get good milk shakes. We took a little drive to Newport beach and found the Shake Shack. I think this place was at one time family owned and had a lot more choice to choose from. Even Rachel Ray had this on her $40 a day show. We found out it was bought out to Ruby's Diner. I thought the shackes were good. The view from Crystal Cove was beautiful. Sunday was our last day of vaction. We got up that moring and head back to Newport Beach and took a Auto Ferry to Balboa Island. Come to find out we could have drove to this Island also. It only cost us $3.00 to take the Ferry. One thing about this Island is parking. I don't know what it's like on the week days, but the weekend its impossible to find a parking spot. Every parking spot has a meter so you have to pay and you only have 6 hours to park in that spot. I like the beach, the waves where bigger than Treasure Island Beach, but not as strong. I don't know if that makes since. Paul and I had fun playing in the waves and we got lots of sun that day. We finally got to see a sunset. All the other nights the clouds would roll in right before the sunset and we never got our sunset over the ocean until Sunday. Paul and I had a great time and we hope we can do this again in about 6 months. Since Paul travels so much he is always going to neat places.