Monday, March 7, 2011

I may have mentioned once or twice that our kids are just the sweetest and funniest little humans I know. More proof: after dinner tonight, Hannah went out of her way to thank me for a yummy meal, then she thanked me for putting away the ketchup and loading the dishwasher, too. Meanwhile, Noah is running around repeating, "these are not the droids you're looking for" practicing his best Jedi hand swish.
It's pretty mind-boggling, the capacity God gives us to love the littlest of people.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Brave Adventurers, July 2010

After a few timorous moments at the prospect of not sleeping in their own beds, the kids certainly warmed up to the idea of spending a few days at the coast with my folks. I only wish their daddy had been able to join us. Next time. Next time.

And a 1, and a 2...

When you are potty training a little one it's pretty ridiculous how much of your time revolves around being in the bathroom, or thinking about how long it's been since you've taken the little person to the bathroom, or trying to remember if a certain someone had evacuated his bowels yet today, or plotting out all the stops you need to make and where the nearest bathroom is in each location while you're out and about, just in case nature calls.

And in the case of Noah, nature seems to call frequently. I haven't quite figured out how to get him to understand that even though he thinks he's done peeing after a few little drips, there is likely more to be expelled. I mean, with Hannah I could explain what the sensation of a full bladder might feel like. I knew the signals to describe to her. But Noah and I don't share the same equipment. I'm at a loss for accurate descriptive phrases. And frankly, many times I just want to throw up my hands, shake my head and declare like Elaine does to Jerry and George, "I don't see how you guys walk around with those things!"

All in all, though, he had a great first week getting used to the whole deal. Then we went to the beach for several days and his whole game got thrown off, which is understandable. Be honest, we all like home court advantage. But this week, with renewed vigor, finding it way more effective to just bypass the pull-ups and go straight to big-boy training undies, we've had pretty good success. An accident here and there, including, ironically, one while I was in the process of typing this. (Apparently, the answer was no, a certain little someone had NOT evacuated his bowels yet today. And the washing machine churns...)

But as I was saying, we've been actively back at it for 3 days with more success than failure. I'm glad my kiddo is treat driven. All hail the power of the gummy worm!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Time in a bottle

So, what have we been up to since last I blogged? Let's see, we've been...


dance recital-ing

working in the yard

creating epic dino-scenes

munching things from the garden


wearing killer outfits

4th of July parading and barbecueing

bubble blowing

running through the sprinkler

tent building and reading to our cousin

listening while our cousin reads to us

and MOST importantly, laughing!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Visions of things to come (or, why I long for summer)

Despite the fact that I'm completely burned out on school, and this felt like the longest week ever, and I'm still getting over yet another cold in a string of seemingly constant illness this year, it is the smallest things on days like this that remind me of the amazing blessings in my life.

As I was getting ready to leave for work this morning and the kids came running up from the family room to give me hugs and kisses, Hannah proceeded to tell me that she had been "snuggling her brother with his blue blanket." Turns out he had asked to climb up and sit next to her in the comfy chair while they were watching Sesame Street and instead of sending him away with an insistent, "Noooo, Noah!" (which happens frequently) she let him climb up next to her and they cuddled up together and happily shared a few minutes of closeness.

When I got home from school Hayes and the kids were out playing in the beautiful sunshine. We were only a few minutes into a game of follow the leader (Hannah was the leader) when she noticed that the first of my roses had bloomed. We then spent the next few minutes making the rounds, smelling every single flower that is in bloom-- roses, delphinium, catmint, pansies, sweet woodruff, and vinca-- whether they are fragrant or not. Then we talked about all the others that (hopefully) will bloom soon-- clematis, sweet peas, nasturtiums, peonies, dahlias, hydrangea and many, many more roses.

Finally, after we enjoyed our dinner, we called Papa and Grandma and asked if they wanted to go get a special treat with us on the most beautiful, warmest day of the year. We all piled in the minivan and headed to the nearest Dairy Queen. I'm pretty sure there isn't a better reminder of what is truly important in life than a precious kiddo laughing and enjoying an ice cream cone.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Eve 2010 (in pictures)

The whole neighborhood came out and the rain stayed away for the annual Maywood Park Easter Egg hunt. Fun for the kiddos, fun for the parents and grandparents, apparently a little boring for the dog (as evidenced by her giant yawn.)

Then, we came back down the street to our house where all the big cousins proceeded to create this awe-inspiring paper Easter grass mess of hay and tractors (actually "combine harvesters," as Reid pointed out.) While the littlest cousin caught a few minutes of much needed shut-eye cuddled up with his daddy.

Tomorrow, a little church, a visit from Nana Peterson and then Easter dinner at Kyle and Hope's. In my estimation, a pretty perfect kind of weekend.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring Break breaks my heart

I love it, but I hate it. Really, spring break only serves to make me want summer break that much more. And with weather like we're having this week, it's feeling that much more heartbreaking to fathom leaving my amazing children each morning and going back to the drudgery of work on Monday. But summer is coming, summer is coming, summer is coming...

So, despite a bit of a health setback-- and by that I mean the inability to do more than about 25 minutes of anything before I have to sit down, rest and try to gasp for a little air as my lungs still heal from the nasty cold that knocked me on my tush for 8 FULL days-- I'm trying to make the most of this all too short stay-at-home-mommy time.

Today, inspired by Hannah and Noah's Monday night dinner conversation, we had (The First) Tie-Die Taco Tuesday. That's right. It's exactly what it sounds like. Uncle Kyle, Aunt Hope, cousins Reid and Jude and Papa and Grandma Reynolds joined in the festivities and it was so fun to hang out and eat a family meal now that the Reynolds side of the family is taking over Maywood Park.

I'm already brainstorming a whole list of themed family dinner nights for the whole summer and more fun excursions with the cousins. Job #1: Make the cousins some tie-dyed shirts for future spur-of-moment-Tuesday fun. Luckily, their mama was clever enough to put them in awesome, colorful Hawaiian shirts . Now that's una fiesta!