Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Our future Frank Lloyd Wright

T has been making these gravity-defying towers lately. He does it all by his lonesome, and seems especially motivated to make new creations because we let him photograph the results.This one reminds me of one of those Easter Island heads.

And now it's a parking garage!

Yet again.

And finally. A church, perhaps?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Holiday Happenings

When we first moved here, Ry and I were wandering around and happened upon this house. We marveled at the sheer Griswald-ness of it all. Every Christmas season, we talk about that house and make noise about going to see it again. We never have, until this year. Apparently, it's been a tradition for this guy for many many years. It almost didn't happen this year due to a pretty nasty yard accident.

We decided that T was old enough to appreciate this house this year. And dude, he did!
He thought this was just about the coolest thing we'd ever done. So much so, that he quickly confiscated our camera and didn't give it back until we were getting back in the card. Most of the pictures from here out are courtesy of T.

Now I know why I couldn't find a used play house on craiglist. They're all here! Each house has a little display inside.

The train room.

Anyone who has been around me during Christmas knows about my love of giant, inflatable, lawn art. As such, it was only appropriate to get my picture in front of this particular display.

Ree. Ree. Ree.

And T's last picture, on the way out. Seriously, I've never seen anything like this. I can only imagine the power bill in January. Also, it's an electrician's nightmare. Everything is strung together with extension cords plugged into each other and dangling precariously above and behind the displays. Still, you have to give him an A+ for holiday cheer!

Friday, November 26, 2010


I know it's a day late, but we had a busy day yesterday. I'm not any less thankful today than yesterday however, so here we go.

I'm thankful:

  • To have two beautiful, healthy, sweet boys.
  • To have a loving, kind, thoughtful husband who is both my best friend and an amazing father.
  • To have a adoptive family who takes us in for all major holidays when we're not traveling or visited by our own.
  • That I didn't have to cook a huge dinner yesterday.
  • To have supportive, loving parents, siblings and other assorted family.
  • To be able to talk with my Dad about precautions for people "who used to have cancer."
  • To be excited about my future career.
  • To have a snug little home.
  • To have more love in my life than I rightfully deserve.

Monday, November 22, 2010

It's funny how things work out

When I decided to go to nursing school this year, many of my friends and family asked what would happen with F and breastfeeding. My answer? I'd start school and then see what happened. Secretly, I always thought that meant that F would likely end up weaning around 9 months instead of 13 like his big brother. Certainly, he was nursing a lot less often once he started daycare and I started school.

Somehow though, I think that my being away from F for 3 - 4 days a week is going to prolong our nursing relationship. He's been nursing 3 times a day for the past several months. We dropped the morning nurse two weeks ago, when I decided that extra sleep was more important for him than the milk.
I mean, seriously, the kid doesn't need the extra calories.

We'll probably continue on with the twice a day schedule for a while. I don't feel the overwhelming desire to be done like I did with T. To be fair, T was never a comfort nurser. He was a "get on, get full, get moving" kid of baby. He didn't seem to notice that I stopped nursing him. His belly was full ... so life was good.

F on the other hand, likes the snuggling and the cuddling. It's part of his routine and I think he'll be much more resistant to stopping. As much as I'm ready to wear bras that don't look like they came out of the 1954 Sears catalog, I'm in no hurry. I am also going to visit my sister in CA for 5 days in January. Pretty sure the well will be dry upon my return. The clock is ticking.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Just another day

I turned 31 last week. For the first time, it was really just another day. I had the boys until noon, when I dropped them at school, got a hair cut, and went to the hospital to do my patient look ups. We are assigned a patient for our clinical days. We have to know everything about that patient for the next day's clinical. I got to the hospital around 2:30, and since the nurse had my chart, I started in the computer.

Ninety minutes later, I went to grab my chart, only to find out that my patient had just been transferred off the floor. Totally awesome. I called my instructor, who gave me another patient. After another 90 minutes, I got done with the hospital part of my look ups and headed home. It was pushing 6 pm when I got there and Ry had made dinner reservations for 7 pm. My sitter, being one of my classmates, was also running late, and I heartily considered calling off the whole affair. Instead, when she showed up around 7:15, I put F to bed and away we went to dinner. We had a lovely time, but I had to limit myself to a single glass of wine, since I had several hours of work ahead of me.

I finally got into bed around midnight. The alarm went off at 5:45 the next morning. Truly, just another day.

My stepmother got stuck in my head at 37 years old for the first 5 or so years of her marriage to my dad. She had another big birthday this year, so she'll probably get stuck there for a while. I find it interesting that this phenomenon is beginning to happen to me as well. T and I went to a birthday party this weekend. I was chatting with some of my friends when someone asked how old I was. "30," I responded without hesitation. "Wait, I had a birthday last week. I'm 31!"

T was a big confused by the whole thing. After all, he had made me a birthday card, and helped me open presents, but there was no cake.

But hey, I got some great artwork out of the deal.

Happy 30-something to me.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Have I mentioned that I love Fall?

It's by far my favorite season. I love the cool days and cold nights. I love the sound of the leaves crunching under my feet. I love fires and s'mores and Thanksgiving and gorgeous fire-hued trees. And I love that my family loves it too.

This post is kind of a recap of the past week or so. I am both too lazy and too busy to separate these into individual posts. So, here you go.
We had more raking fun. This time, since Ry helped out, it was actually productive and we got the backyard cleared. Of course, we had lots of leaf fun first.

Look who's so proud of himself! Of course, he couldn't go anywhere, but he was still very satisfied.

Thank goodness for big brothers. They actually help a brother out, instead of just laughing and taking pictures.

And then tonight, after an impulse stop at the grocery store to buy s'more makings, we broke out the hats and jackets and enjoyed a gorgeous fall evening.

T showed off, and broke, his newly acquired helicopter.

And there was much s'more-age.

Ok, there was wine in juice glasses first, but there was definitely s'more-age.

And the whole family got in on the fun. Mmmmm. S'more-age.

Bouncing Big Boy

F had his 1 year check up Monday. As predicted, he's a bit on the large side. He weighed in at 24 pounds, 10 ounces and 31 inches long. That puts him in the 75th percentile for both. For reference, T was about the same height and two pounds lighter at a year.

He's right on track developmentally. He's still *this* close to walking, signs like a superstar (mostly that he's hungry) and want to do whatever his brother is doing. He's the sweetest boy I've ever met and I can't wait to see what kind of little person he is going to become. Boyhood, here we come!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

He works hard for the money

We were walking into Target the other day. As we crossed the parking lot, T started spelling. "T -- A -- R -- G --." A woman standing in the door, stopped to watch him finish. "E -- T! That spells Target!" She gave him a big grin, reached into her pocket and handed him a dollar. "You earned that!" she said. It made my day.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Birthdays and other milestones

My baby turned 1 Wednesday. *Sniffle.* How would I describe F at this this moment? Joyful. He is ready to laugh, ready to smile, ready to play and ready to love at any moment. My little F is just beginning to hero-worship his big brother. T is also learning to love to play with him. I am beginning to see how two kids may be less work than one in the next year or so. They entertain each other! Who knew?F is my snuggler. He'll stop what he's doing, crawl over with a big smile on his face, and bury his chubby little face in my shoulder many times during the day. Yesterday morning, after his morning nurse, he snuggled in bed with me for a good 45 minutes. He laid on his back, side, belly, other side, and finally on my chest before dozing. Ahhhh, baby snuggles.

F has taken a step and a half, from the couch into my arms. He doesn't seem in a huge hurry to walk, but has gotten really good at standing on his own. He also doesn't say much, but is a baby sign-language champ. We always know when he's hungry and when he's done.

This may surprise you, but F is a champion eater. He chowed a slice of quiche that his brother gagged down yesterday. He hasn't met much that he won't eat, and even tried the pumpkin guts during our annual pumpkin lobotomy day. Tomorrow we'll find out what percentile he falls into, but since he's just shy of 25 lbs, I'm guessing "big."

He shares his brother's love of all things electronic. One of his favorite toys is the TV remote, which he grabs, points at the screen, and then looks at us, as if to say, "What's the deal?"

I'm in love. I look upon the end of his infancy with melancholy. I look forward to seeing what kind of child my chubby cherub is going to become, but I know my arms will feel empty when he's off running after his brother. Happy Birthday my little love.

And, now, some gratuitous cake pictures:

Want. Want.

Um. Yum.

Heh. Cake.

Get. In. My. Belly!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Monday, November 01, 2010

Mommy, I want to rake!

The other day after I picked up the boys from school, T had a request. He wanted to rake. Why? Well, to put the leaves in a pile to play in of course! So, rake we did. And he had a blast. He kept insisting the pile wasn't big enough, so I had to bury him, just to prove that it was (and to keep my hands from blistering).

He lost interest in the pile pretty quickly, but we played outside some more. Doesn't he look sweet and vulnerable and beautiful in this picture? It's the un-posed pictures that best capture our boys. He was explaining a game they had played that day at school. It's pictures like these that remind me that he really is just a little boy.

Then, he had to play in the leaves some more. It's a good thing it was bath night, because I found leaves in places they ought not be.

F woke up, and wanted to join in the fun. Yes, he's barefoot. The school took his shoes off for a craft involving bare feet and green paint and it was 78 degrees out. So sue me.

He chased T's soccer ball all over the yard. He's this close to walking, but I don't think we're going to get there before his first birthday Thursday. That's OK by me though. He's slower on the ground.
Much fun was had by all. If we didn't exactly help Ry rake, we did make a few areas in the yard that will need a bit less raking. Maybe not. But we definitely had fun.
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