Monday, November 30, 2009


Ryan flew in from Tokyo this morning. He and Veda have been bonding all day. Well except for the few hours that Ryan tried to cure his jet lag... Veda just walked around the room pointing at the sleeping guy on the couch and laughing. She couldn't even concentrate on her lunch as seen in the photo above. Uncle brought her a stuffed Cat Bus as seen in her movie Totoro.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Lucas + Veda Sitting in a Tree...

While in Scottsdale we paid a visit to my college roommate Steph, her husband Chris, 20 month old Lucas, and 12 day old precious baby girl Elle. I didn't even get a picutre of baby Elle but Veda and Lucas really hit it off. Steph asked if Veda could have a cupcake which I agreed to with much hesitation. Only because Veda and cupcakes usually means we need a hose nearby and Steph proceeded to sit them down in the LIVING ROOM! As expected Veda just wanted to mash hers between her fingers and stuff it in her face while Lucas sat patiently nibbling on his treasure and watching Veda like she was insane. Afterwards be picked up each plate and each sippy cup and politely delievered them to his Mom for clean up. What a gentelman.

Turkey Day Wrap-Up

We are back at home and glad that we have a Sunday to relax before starting the week. Kel and Chris cooked up a top notch Thanksgiving feast. Chris gets an A+ on the juicy turkey but Veda was especially fond of the stuffing balls that Dad rolled for her. She spent the afternoon digging up palm trees in the back yard with Grandpa - another Laabs tradition;) Gary is running out of places to plant trees though so we'll have to come up with more hard labor projects to keep him busy... and yes Veda qualifies as hard labor!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Woo Woo

Kel and Chris have a pigeon problem and therefore a pigeon poop problem. The pigeons aren't afraid of the Scare-a-owl and neither is Veda... she just can't understand why he doesn't like her yogurt covered raisins. We got her to say Woo woo - couldn't quite get the Who who.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

We've Arrived

Aunt Kelly borrowed lots of toys from her co-worker but Veda was most facinated with the calculator she found in the kitchen drawer and also the bars on the stairs. She went from bar to bar sticking her head through each hole... very strange but in the end I think she figured out all the holes were the same.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Grandpa Bull!

Dad - Hope you have a great birthday! We will be thinking of you. Thanks for all your love and support and for being Veda's number 1 babysitter:) Kathy, Todd and Bean!

Clean Up Aisle Eight!

We are on our way to Scottsdale tomorrow afternoon for Thanksgiving fun with Todd's family. I hope they are ready for Veda. She's a pistol these days and requires constant entertainment. I use to take her to the store just because she enjoyed riding in the cart and it gave me a moment of serenity. Not now... she cries and thrases about until you let her run around the store. I eventually give in and just chase her around doing aisle clean up. Here's a peak at our last trip to target...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Dear Santa...

Xmas is right around the corner and since next weekend is the biggest shopping weekend of the year I thought I would send you my list;) XO - Veda P.S. Mom says if I don't stop whining I'm going to be on the naughty list...

Photo frame magnets for the fridge (for pictures of all the relatives so I can learn their names)
Play kitchen/house (Mom is on the hunt on Craigslist)
Play food for my kitchen
Play dishes for my kitchen
Little People stuff (the brand not midget stuff)
Remote control car - not the kind for big kids but the kind for toddlers (the neighbor has one and I love it - I can't figure out why the truck moves when I push the button but I like to chase the truck and it keeps me busy and confused) like this one
Curious George's Xmas DVD - or any Xmas DVD cartoon
Everyday dresses in 2T or 3T
Little Tikes Wagon (again Mom is hoping for a Craigslist deal)
Learning toys to make me smarter

Friday, November 20, 2009

Strange Days

I love the movie Parenthood. Especially the kid who likes to bang his head against the wall just for fun. On our walk home from the park Veda stopped, sat down and then laid down on the sidewalk. Then after a few moments of contemplation she got up and followed me home.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Funny Feet

These socks are all the rage in Tokyo. Toe socks make it easier to wear socks with your sandals;) I picked up a few pairs of holiday toe socks while we were overseas as well so some of you might find them in your stockings. Veda kept playing with her big toe when I put them on her and we all know she loves ducks!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Veda is Giving Away Walks for FREE

Thank goodness for my nighbors Tom and Kathy. They know Todd is gone all week and I have my hands full so they have been taking Veda on their daily walks and volunteering to watch her during my appointments. V loves the attention and doesn't look happy to see me when I come to retrieve her.

Where's Dad?

Todd has been out of town since Monday and doesn't return until tomorrow night. Every morning when I bring Veda into our room she looks at me at says "Dada"? Although she was happy to help him with his luggage when he left - we are anxious for him to get home.

Monday, November 16, 2009

15 Month Check-Up

Veda weighed in at 26.14 lbs (91%), her height is 33 inches (97%) and her head 48 cm (95%). The Dr. said quote, "she's enormous." Tell me something I don't know... I've already had to pack away some of her 18 month clothing (Target brand runs small anyway) and her 2T clothes fit a little too perfectly. She had two shots today and wasn't exactly an angel for the Dr. but we made it out alive.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Weekend in Review

It's been a long weekend. It's amazing how much energy it takes being around a sick person. Remembering to wash your hands every time you touch the remote, a door knob, or the refridgerator door. Todd was miserable all weekend but had the worse of it today. He stayed in the bedroom with the door closed. He's off to Philly tomorrow for work... I'm glad his germs will be on the other side of the country but think he is going to be sorry he's going.

I had another productive weekend at the garage sales;) I've decided it's worth every penny to bring home new toys for Veda on Saturday morning. They keep her busy through the weekend and then she's bored with them about the time the next weekend rolls around and that just gives me another reason to shop for bargains!

Friday, November 13, 2009

It's Here... I think...

After a visit in Scottsdale with Uncle Chris and Aunt Kel who were both deathly ill, Todd appears to have brought home the bug. Complaining of aches and chills and a heavy chest, he scurried off to work because he has a day packed full of meetings. I'm thinking/hoping he'll be home early to jump in bed and work on getting better - good thing we have nothing on the agenda for the weekend. I guess now we find out if the vaccinations worked for V and me.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


According to my weekly emails from the baby is 10 and a half inches now - the size of a big carrot. The surprising bit is that the baby only weighs about 3/4ths of a lb. How is that possbile when I just gained 3 lbs in one day!? Yep - the scale doesn't lie - I don't think - I may have broken it as I was jumping up and down in frustration. I can handle a lb a week but 3 lbs in one day? I didn't even have heartburn yesterday...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Christmas Spirit

I figured if Target can have their Xmas itms stocked then it's time to decorate. I don't remember the last time I decorated. We are always gone most of December... this year is no exception. I put out a few raindeer here and there (by the way did you know Raindeer are for real?!) and a few mini xmas trees that light up - these are a fan favorite. I'm a mom now so I feel like I have to do this kind of stuff for Veda but it makes me feel warm and fuzzy too. Todd isn't really going for the Xmas CDs I've been trying to play in the car though... it might be a little early for that. The photo above is at the Mall - I'm not crazy enough to put up a tree with a 15 month old. We are in for quite an adventure with the trees at the Grandparents houses.

Monday, November 9, 2009

I guess Veda isn't quite ready to tackle a granola bar on her own;) The fake fruit was a big hit until she started eating it... and making progress. whoops.

Saturday, November 7, 2009



Another successful morning at the garage sales. I found this little doll set for $13!! I thought it would be a little too "old" for V but she can't get enough of it. Mostly she just likes the table because she thinks it's just her size... not really Goldilocks;) The second photo above is after she had stuffed her 15th goldfish in her mouth... really is that necessary?
Before I hit the sales I stopped at Starbucks and ordered an egg nog latte... I only mention this because it was AMAZING and I think you should try one too;) We spent the rest of the morning watching the Hawks... sigh... it's been a good run and now we'll cheer on the Nitty Lions in hopes that we will still get to the Rose Bowl... somehow... how great would it be if all of Iowa came to visit us in Southern California?!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Happy Hump Day

Yep - it's Wednesday and the half way mark of my pregnancy - 20 weeks. Well actually a little past half way since I'll have the bean by C-section at 39 weeks. I'm packing on the pounds and experiencing never ending hunger. Halloween candy doesn't help. I tried freezing the large bag of snickers I bought to hand out (but never did) thinking that I couldn't eat them as fast if they were frozen... ha! I'm feeling the bean move a bit now, experiencing pain from the ligaments stretching and pulling in my abdomen, and gasping for breath by the time I reach the top of the stairs (which probably has more to do with the 25lb toddler I'm hauling around). Symptoms are definitely presenting earlier this time around - by 39 weeks I'll need a forklift and an oxygen tank.

Busy Bee

Veda spiked a little fever yesterday of 100.8. Probably a reaction to her shot the day before. Luckily she is as good as new this morning. Even yesterday a fever couldn't keep her from emptying the pantry - after she cleaned out the fridge and threw all my nicely folded dish towels on the floor - I should know better;)

I participated in a conference call with our benefits office this morning to go over 2010 enrollment. Holy smokes... all the co-pays went up. It will now cost me $300 if I need to go to the emergency room rather than $100. The normal person probably wouldn't think much of this but the emergency room is like my mecca when I think about what might happen if I pass another kidney stone... I guess I'll have some decisions to make if/when that happens! I miss my benefits at the U of Iowa... people don't know how good they have it!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Mission Accomplished

We were in and out in an hour and a half! Not bad. It was rumored that the clinic accross town had four hour lines so we choose wisely. Veda didn't mind the wait (for the most part) and just flirted with everyone else in line. Unfortunately - V has to go back in another four weeks for her second dose... ughhh - hope the hysteria has simmered and we won't have to wait again.

What to do?

So I think Veda and I are going to head out today and brave the lines at the Ventura County Health Clinic in Oxnard to get our H1N1 shots. It doesn't sound like our Doctors will get their shipment anytime soon. Anyone see the 60 minutes piece last night? I just don't want to risk either of us getting sick and with the news of more and more people in our area falling ill... it's just worth it. We were joking while handing out candy Saturday night that all the parents are going to have to sterelize their kids' candy in case someone handling it was sick... where will it end? I don't buy into the hysteria (well sort of I guess) but I really just don't want to have to go on Tamiflu and I really just don't want to get the flu... I'm too busy for the flu;)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Trick or Treat!!

Yes - Veda actually went trick or treating... Dad pushed her in her stroller which is kind of cheating. Pregnant Mom (who stayed back and handed out candy with Melissa at the house) needed V on her A game to get as much chocolate as possible (mission accomplished). Apparently it's not weird to have a 14 month old getting candy when she can't even ask for it herself - or eat it for that matter. My cousin's five year old son Connor made sure his sister Savannah (pictured above) and Veda were not left out... he would say trick or treat on their behalf. At one home he was overheard saying "Hey Granny... the little ones need some candy too." He meant this in the most affectionate way of course. Todd's favorite was the guy grilling hot dogs for trick or treaters... now that's my kind of treat.

We also learned a valuable lesson this week. When it's 80 degrees outside you can't carve your pumpkins the week ahead or they will rot - quickly - like they start growing hair in 24 hours! It's not like Iowa where you can carve them three weeks ahead and they will be frozen solid on the front porch.