Wednesday, January 31, 2007

the job hunt update

Thank you to everyone who has been praying for us. Finally, I heard from the school that gave me an interview a few days after Christmas. Got an e-mail this afternoon. The good news is that I haven't got an out right rejection, just yet. The bad news is that I didn't make the little list of people they're inviting to the campus this time. If somehow things don't workout with those candidates, I'm in the next group.

Neither one of us have gotten any other leads for jobs for the upcoming academic year. Your continued prayers would be much appreciated. This is certainly an opportunity to trust that the Lord will provide, as he always has. I've always been rather nervous about prospects, but, especially now that we have a little one in tow, I really don't want to be left in a lurch.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Isabella wearing Daddy's bandana


Manda was visiting with Isabella and me Thursday of last week, before Tonya came. She put Troy's bandana on Isabella. My camera was acting funny and wouldn't take any shots for the longest time. I think the bandana looks quite becoming on her, don't you?!



Sorry I haven't been keeping up with posting as much recently. Between taking care of our home and our little munchkin and getting ready to teach, finding time to post has been rather hard.

She's our little bundle of joy, continually surprising us every day.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Isabella is 4 months old!



As of tomorrow, Isabella will be 4 months old. Such a sweet, sweet baby. Can't believe I delivered her into the world four months ago!

Praise the Lord that we ended up with a healthy baby. I can't thank our friends and family enough for prayers, especially when she was in the NICU. Though we still haven't received all the bills for her birth, can't put a price tag on her health. We're thankful not only for the interceding but also the great hospital care and technology used to assist in her recovery. She's definitely a fighter. You can still see that fighting spirit.

After her last feeding, followed by her burping, she was on our bed. I was showering her with kisses. She just kept laughing and laughing. Some of her laughter including screaming with gleefulness. Troy was sitting nearby, witnessing this adorable behavior. In fact, her laughing was so adorable, we called both sets of grandparents so they could bear witness ot the cute laughing. Love you, love you, love you dearest Isabella.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

I survived, I survived!

Many new moms often talk about the importance of celebrating the accomplishment seemingly small tasks, such as changing a certain number of diapers in a day or having done one other thing besides taking care of the baby. Well, I survived my first day back to teaching! Taught 3 classes this morning. I made it, I made it.

Ready or not, here I go!

The first class I teach on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, is at 7:45 AM. For two days now, I've been doing trial runs, setting the alarm clock for somewhere between 6 and 6:30 AM. The idea was to nurse Isabella and attempt to put her back to sleep. What I observed was that once I started nursing on one side, I'd fall asleep. So, last night, I went to Target to pick up an alarm clock with two alarms on it (we already have one in our room, but it's on Troy's side of the room. No need to wake him up to fiddle with the clock for my sake). I set the first alarm for 6 and the second one for 6:30.

Well, this morning, a different sort of alarm went off at 5 AM. Isabella. I nursed her, and well, she's asleep at the moment. Since she's fallen asleep, I've freshened up for the day, gotten dressed, washed the dishes from yesterday, and had breakfast. Can't believe I've been awake for over two hours now, and it's only 7:16 AM! Got to run in ten minutes. 'Til later.

P.S. The alarm clock I got last night is super cool! Immediately after plugging it in, it set itself - the date and the time. I had to change it from EST to CST, but still, cool stuff.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Isabella in one of her beds


Here's our little munchkin in one of her beds, the Pack 'n Play.

kissing and laughing


I had gotten through changing Isabella and was kissing Isabella all over. As I kissed her, she just kept laughing, laughing, and laughing. Called Daddy in to see the show, and she showed Daddy just how amused she was!

Nighty night Isabella


family picture with Richard


Monday, January 15, 2007

we start working tomorrow

Classes start tomorrow. Troy teaches tomorrow. Poor unfortunate soul. He had hoped that he would have a TWR (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) schedule. But, due to various class cancellations and schedule rearrangements, he is teaching five days a week. I don't teach my first class until Wednesday morning. Back to work we go.

Troy's teaching five classes. I'm returning part-time, teaching three classes. The chair of our department is fantastic. He rigged our schedules so that one of us can always be home with the little munchkin.

So far? I've got syllabi prepared and that's it. Hopefully I'll have time to prepare Friday's lecture some time tomorrow. Please Isabella! Give Mommy a little break.


Friday, January 12, 2007

Getting to know your friends and family

Welcome to the new edition of getting to know your friends and family.
Okay here's what you are supposed to do, and try not to be lame and
spoil the fun! Just copy (do not forward) this entire e-mail and paste
into a new e-mail that you can send. Change all the answers so that
they apply to you. Then send this to a whole bunch of people you know,
INCLUDING the person that sent it to you.

1. What is your occupation? teacher / professor

2. What color are your socks right now? I'm not wearing socks. I avoid wearing socks, especially when I'm not wearing shoes.

3. What are you listening to right now? my baby turning every now and again (she's asleep).

4. What was the last thing you ate? Domino's pizza.

5. Can you drive a stick shift? No, got a few lessons from a girlfriend and from my then boyfriend (now husband).

6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? purple.

7. Last person you spoke to on the phone? my sister.

8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? yes.

9. How old are you today? 31.

10. Favorite drink? caramel apple cider.

11. What is your favorite sport to watch? gymnastics.

12. Have you ever dyed your hair? I've highlighted my hair.

13. Pets? current or past? I currently have one pet, a goldfish named "Benny."

14. Favorite food? That's tough. Sushi, especially my friend, Junko's sushi.

15. What was the last movie you watched? Wedding Crashers.

16. Favorite day of the year: Christmas.

17. What do you do to vent anger? Call a good friend or my sister and talk.

18. What was your favorite toy as a child? a homemade Cabbage Patch doll, named Stacy.

19. What is your favorite fall or spring? Is this an inclusive 'or'? I'd like to claim both. In a place where leaves change colors, I love fall. But, I also love how everything comes alive in the spring.

20. Hugs or kisses? Love them both.

21. Cherries or blueberries? Fresh and ripe, I love them both.

22. Do you want your friends to email you back? Yes, though this isn't being sent in the form of an e-mail, technically, I'd love to see how people respond.

23. Who is most likely to respond? Don't know.

24. Who is least likely to respond? Not sure.

25. Living arrangements? With husband, daughter, and pet fish.

26. When was the last time you cried? Is this a confession? Less than an hour ago, when I was talking with my sister.

27. What is on the floor of your closet? clothes baskets, a rubbermaid container with folded clothes stacked on it.

28. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending this to? n/a.

29. What did you do last night? Can't remember.

30. Favorite smells? Delicious food, my baby, Amarige de Givenchy perfume.

31. What inspires you? Good people, people of good characters.

32. What are you afraid of? Not having done the right stuff, the truly important stuff, in this lifetime.

33. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? Cheeseburgers.

34. Favorite dog breed? labs.

35. Number of keys on your key ring? no idea.

36. Number of years at your current job? 1.5.

37. Favorite day of the week? don't have one at this point.

38. How many states have you lived in? Three, perhaps.

39. Favorite holidays? Christmas.

40. Ever driven a motorcycle or heavy machinery? I've ridden a motorcycle, but I have not driven one.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Holding her head up on her own!


Here's some evidence that Isabella has a stronger neck now. She can hold her own large head up for a bit. Go Isabella!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Isabella is all smiles here!


Isn't she just adorable?

Actually getting her to smile for the camera has become quite tricky. She'll smile for me off camera, easily and frequently. Put a camera in front of her, and she just stares at it, usually.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

daddy and isabella, a sweet moment

She's definitely going to be Daddy's little girl, I think.


Richard holding Isabella

This is the first time Richard's held Isabella for any given time since he has come to visit. She was being amazingly wonderful, even when he held her in a position she dislikes ordinarily, the cradle position.





By the way, Isabella is sporting a onesie that we picked up at the mall the day I came back from Washington, D.C., on December 29, after she pooped out of the onesie she was wearing.

isabella at bed time, in her own space, on her belly

Here's our little precious girl, who has been sleeping in her own space, on her own bed, for about a week now. She's also sleeping through the night; yay!


Sweet, sweet sleeping babe.


Awwwww. Is she melting your heart, too?


visit to the basilica with richard

Took Richard on a trip to the basilica in San Juan in the afternoon of New Year's Eve.




Thursday, January 04, 2007

Christmas Eve pictures

These pictures, taken at church on Christmas Eve, are taken by and provided by our friend Katia Brown. The dress Isabella is wearing also was a gift from the Browns.

More pictures will come very soon, I promise! Stay tuned.

To the movie theater we went!

Troy, Richard, Isabella, and I went to the dollar movie theater the night before last. I know, I know, crazy, crazy parents. Yes, we are. We went to see Marie Antoinette. Went without a hitch. I nursed her once using the fantastic nursing cover my sister got me for Christmas. Brought the Baby Bjorn for when she was fussy tired and I needed a good way to put her to sleep. Didn't really miss any of the movie. Stood at the back of the theater rocking Isabella back and forth. All in all, she did quite well. The movie? Well, the costumes were quite impressive. Kirsten Dunst wasn't at all convincing as a Marie Antoinette. Oh well.

interview follow-up

i just got an e-mail from the chair of the search committee for the university with whom i interviewed, less than a week ago, in washington d.c. the school seems to be very much interested in me; and the department, dean, and provost will decide whom to invite for a campus visit. this decision will be made late at the end of next week or not long after that. we covet your prayers on this matter.

don't know what our future holds for us as of august of this year. we also found out that a good friend of ours, whom we know from columbia, missouri, will likely be accepting a tenure-track position at a school that's approximately forty minutes to an hour from the school with which i interviewed. on the one hand, we have some desires to stay another year (we love the people in our department, we have grown attached to our church family, and we have formed friendships else wise), but a tenure-track position, should it be offered to me, would be hard to turn down since they're so hard to come by these days.