Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sora the Conqueror

 One of the worst things about living in such a remote area for a worrisome mother, is that the nearest hospital is 45 minutes away (and I've heard lots of awful things!). On Monday night, Sora's battle royal with croup began full force. She was pretty happy during the day, but became super clingy in the evening. She ended up falling asleep in the carrier at 6:15. The fact that she wanted to be in the carrier at all was a pretty big giveaway that she was sick. Anyway, we listened to her breathing all night long from two rooms away and I was pretty worried. Thanks to the magic of the internet, I had diagnosed her with croup, but most of it said there wasn't much the doctor could do. I called for an appointment anyway, since we have a big trip that I don't want Sora to miss this weekend.

The doctor looked at her for a minute and confirmed that she had croup (I'm a genius). She was having such difficulty breathing that the doctor was on the fence about whether to send us to the hospital. I told her how far away we lived, and that helped her make a decision. Thus began Sora's first overnight hospital journey (and mine too) since she was born.

Sora was a champ! She had three nebulizer treatments, which she hated, but the rest was pretty easy breasy. She was already sounding way better by 9 p.m. Overall, I'm sure she would have recovered on her own eventually, but it was SOOO nice to go to the hospital and make her feel better almost instantly.

You can see in the picture that Sora's Clifford came with us. One of her biggest annoyances at the hospital, other than the nebulizer, was the light attached to her toe. She got to take it off to go potty, so she was going very very frequently!

I know that we are so super lucky that this is the sickest she's really ever been. I can't imagine being a mom who has to spend any more time in the hospital, and I am so glad that I have such a healthy kid!

Sora has watched a ton of videos over the past few days, probably more than ever before (put together)! I just discovered that you can stream Mr. Rogers, so Sora has met a new friend. She has also slept a lot, going to bed yesterday at 5 p.m., and taking several naps. She seems almost completely back to normal today, so it looks like our weekend trip is still on. Yeah!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Not too sick to play

So, our blog has been quiet this week which has pretty much reflected our life. Sora and I stayed home most days last week since the car was in the shop, and we had a very quiet weekend.  We did a lot of tot school last week, which I've been blogging about on my craft blog, to spare you the details of our boring daily life. Sora is currently obsessed with play dough and pulls it out of the tot school trays on an hourly basis. She has play dough scissors that she is in love with, as well as rotating cookie cutters.

This morning, Sora woke up with a nasty flemmy voice and breath and cough. She still had fun at her play date, of course, in true Sora fashion. Hopefully she'll be better soon, but it's sweet to see her on days like this when she just wants to be held. After dinner, we went to go watch the kids here at camp, and Sora chose to be in the carrier rather than walk or stroller. We haven't used the carrier since we came home from our vacation this summer! We walked around for a while and by 6:15, she was out cold. We put her to bed around 6:45, and she's still asleep. Poor sick kiddo!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pumpkin Patch

 Our play group went on their annual trip to Delzer's Pumpkin Farm this week! Sora was crazy excited and loved doing everything.

We went on a hay ride, complete with people popping out in scary masks to wave at us (they do a much scarier version on the weekends for the big kids). Sora was pretty leery of them. She was excited to see them and kept asking about them, but when they got too close, she wasn't happy.



She also got to go on a train ride.
 And, we got a free pumpkin (with admission cost). I bought some extras to can, and Sora loved picking them out and pulling them in the wagon.



There was also a petting zoo, mini corn maze, real corn maze, haunted grainery (the only thing she didn't really like), and lots of kids she knows from playgroup to play with. To check out how much Sora has grown, here is our trip to Delzer's last year, and our trip to another farm the year before (and a trip when I was pregnant).

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fire Station Tour



Not surprisingly, Sora loves fire trucks and hates firemen.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Adventures in Appleton

Kyle decided that we should have an impromptu weekend away in Appleton. What a great idea! It is supposedly 1.5 hours away, but it seemed much faster than that. Of course, we had so much fun that we forgot to take many pictures. You'll have to believe me when I say, for example, how amazing the YMCA was. They had a "splash pad" room which was a large glass room with random warm water spraying around and a slide (which Sora was too short for). Kyle and Sora played there for a while while I worked out. She loved running around counting the water spouts, and apparently counted one spot with 14 spouts perfectly multiple times. That's my little math lover! While Kyle worked out, Sora and I played in a giant McDonalds-like play structure. Sora was the only one there, so she had it all to herself. The adults locker rooms at the Y each had their own cardio room, weight room, sauna, hot tub, and lounge area complete with attendant. Not to mention, the Y had 3 pools. Shmancy indeed. We'll definitely be back another time. Sora equates the Y with swimming, so whenever we mention going, she gets crazy excited.

After the Y, we headed to the kid's museum. Sora is in love with kids museums (who isn't?) and in most of the stories she tells, she and Annie Ring (and sometimes Charlie and a few other kids she knows) head to the children's museum which is sometimes closed and sometimes open. Anyway, since there isn't one in Green Bay, Sora only gets to go on vacation. We remembered our camera to document all the fun we had.


The traveling exhibit was all about being eco-friendly. It was super cute! Sora enjoyed shopping at the farmer's market, washing a Smart car, and picking apples from the tree.
 She slid down the heart several times.
 Here she is dressing up like an earth saving super hero.
 Of course, washing dishes was her favorite, even with pretend water.
 Shopping at the faux Goodwill. Since she shops at thrift stores so regularly, I'm not sure there was much novelty in this for her.
Fireman Sora (for Uncle Rick)




Of course, she also loved the water table area, which was the one thing she chose to revisit before we left. It was a very cool museum overall, and again we will definitely be back.

After a quick swim in our hotel pool, we went to sushi for dinner, where Sora devoured every roll we gave her. Kyle wanted to check out a local brewery, so we had desert there while Kyle enjoyed some good beer. This morning, after our hotel breakfast, we hit the mall, the second largest mall in the state (although not that big in reality).

Appleton, we'll be back soon! And we'll be armed with our camera next time!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Maleah's Big Announcement

After much deliberation and hard work, I have finally opened an Etsy shop! Join the fun by getting in on the 20% off grand opening sale. Just use the code "GrandOpening" for the discount. If nothing else, go give me some love by becoming an admirer :).

Here is a sneak peek of items that are on sale at the shop:





Sunday, October 2, 2011

Cranberry Fest

Last year, we never really ventured more than an hour away from our home in Wisconsin, and there were so many places we still haven't seen! This year, it's our resolution to go a little further occasionally to make sure we see it all before we head off on some other adventure in a few years. Our first long day trip was to Eagle River, about 2 hours north, for their annual cranberry festival. 
 The highlight for Sora was riding around in the yellow bus (first a shuttle, then a tour). One of her favorite songs is Yellow Bus by Justin Roberts.

She was also fairly attentive and very well behaved during the tour itself. It took way longer than I had anticipated, but it was pretty fascinating to see the cranberry bogs in harvest. Because we went on Sunday, they weren't actually harvesting, but there were 36 bogs in various stages of harvest so we got a pretty good sense of it all.


 Sora was even patient during the wine tour and tasting. It was the perfect winery for Maleah - all of their wines were semi-sweet or sweeter. We bought some cranberry wine for Thanksgiving.
 The rest of the festival was filled with arts and crafts and a flee market. There were some cranberry foods (although less than we expected). Here is Sora enjoying a cranberry brat.
We also stopped at a great toy store and got some Christmas shopping done. And we learned a lot of fun cranberry facts that we can spout off in the future to look very smart. Something to look forward to, should our next conversation with you involve cranberries!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy Fall

Sora and I celebrated the best season in the Northwoods by visiting the Mountain Fire Tower. Of course, I didn't get any pictures of the tower itself, but you can get a good idea on this site of what it is like.  It's really really tall. I'm not sure how tall it is, but it's way up there.

Here is the beautiful fall view from the top (one for each direction):



 I'm not sure how well the colors came out, but there were some beautiful greens, yellows, reds, oranges, and purples in the trees. The tower is a little freaky though, and I was scared Sora would fall down the stairs all the way to the bottom, so we didn't stop to smell the roses too long.

Here is Sora at the bottom. She's holding her new friend, Casey, and wearing mittens because it was only 40 degrees out this morning. Welcome to fall!