Thursday, July 30, 2009

2 y 9 m

This kid...

  1. just converted his crib to a toddler bed, and sleeps in it all night long, no complaints.
  2. thinks he's 6.
  3. has gone potty on the potty twice in the past two days.
  4. calls his big brother his best friend
  5. likes to sing "I like to move it, move it!" at the top of his lungs. In the grocery store.
  6. flirts shamelessly.
  7. is a tried-and-true Mama's boy. And I love it.
  8. thinks his Daddy is a super-hero.
  9. lives on milk and dry cereal as his only means of nutrition.
  10. looks like an angel when he's asleep.
  11. thinks his tantrums are big and scary but has nothing on the sort his brother threw at the same age.
  12. apologizes midway through most of his tantrums.
  13. is sensitive.
  14. doesn't know his alphabet in the right order.
  15. copies anything his big brother does or says.
  16. knows that he's about to be three.
  17. misses his Grammy, and tells me so.
  18. knows just about any shape that you ask him to name.
  19. will tell you that blue is his very favorite color in the whole world.
  20. is one of my life's greatest loves.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Happy Anniversary honey! Looking forward to a real date night tonight - woo-hoo!! Love you to pieces.

Monday, July 27, 2009

5 armed creature

This morning I asked Holden, age 2 years 9 months, to pick up the pieces of the game he was playing, before moving onto his next victim. Without a blink he replied (in his ever-so-sweet-still-babyish-voice):

"Can't, me don't have 5 hands!!"

Good grief.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Play Ball!

Thanks to Uncle Al, we scored some awesome seats to last week's Rockies game - just above home plate. The evening was perfect for a ball game. We ordered loads of snacks and yummies - you can't beat a ball park frank, seriously. We got a great view of Dinger and all the MLB action. Shawn even ran into two friends he hadn't seen since high school (man that makes us sound old) sitting just a row in front of us. And by the time we got home at 10PM the boys just fell into bed, no complaints. Good times. Good times.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

With his feet firmly planted...

Jackson starts Kindergarten two weeks from tomorrow. I'm in disbelief and denial, to say the least. I'm not ready to send my baby off for a full day of education! I'm not ready to be without him all day long (an hour or two I could stand!)! We had a choice in which school to send him to, and after much discussion, we signed him up for a lottery for a nearby Magnet school. We love this school, and were ecstatic when he got in. But it is mandatory full day Kindergarten. And while I think it is going to be so good for my little curious learner, it is going to be a big transition for all of us.

In anticipation of the big day, we went out today for a little school shopping. I have such vivid memories of my mom taking us school shopping. Each of us three girls got our very own "shopping day" where we would go solo with mom to the South Plains Mall for shopping and lunch. I remember it vividly, and I loved that I got some time with my mom all by myself. And I felt like such a grown up getting to pick where we had lunch, and ordering for myself (and not having to share anything on my plate with either of my sisters!). I initially thought with two boys that back to school shopping would likely be very different than shopping for 3 little girls. I *thought* they would be less concerned with styles and fashion and labels. But as I discovered today, I may be in for a shock.

Upon arrival at one of my favorite shopping locals - Kohl's - I discovered my son definitely had a very specific shoe in mind. He wanted lights. Flashing lights. And though he is 5, he has well outgrown the baby shoes we used to buy him that would have a light up cartoon ambulance or police car. At the age of 5 he is a size 1 boys shoe - no more "baby" sizes for him. I discovered, too, that boys' shoes in boys' sizes don't offer a lot by way of light up shoes, but they do offer a higher price tag. One pair of light up shoes were available, in fact. And what a pair of shoes they were (are... you know where this is going). The shoes were (are) covered with "emergency" vehicles and light up just like a police cruiser in flashes of red, white and blue. They were (are) from Skecher's and they had a price tag to match. I was in sticker shock, to say the least. $49 for a pair of boys sneakers??? And not on sale. Not on sale? At Kohl's??? They are the sale mecca!! I hemmed and hawed. I even called Shawn and left a voicemail for him to call me back. I could NOT see paying that kind of money for a pair of sneakers for my 5 year old son. But his face was filled with excitement. He was beaming. His eyes were pleading. I'd never seen him want anything so badly in his brief little life. So of course, I acquiesced. How could I not? He wanted them so badly. And his closet is filled with clothing thanks to his Grammy's skillful end of season sale shopping, so I don't have to buy him any clothes. And he has Crocs that fit, so he won't need another pair of shoes right away. And in the end, I wanted him to have them. They ARE cool. They do make him happy.

So I indulged. Call me crazy (I know my sister is in complete disbelief right now...but remember, I won't have to buy prom dresses or wedding dresses for my boys!!). I just did it. And I kept my receipt, so if (when!) they go on sale in the next two weeks I can get the sale price. Win-win for everyone. And also, if I may add, Jackson beamed up at me as we went to pay for the shoes and backpack (Transformers, 50% off - bargain!). He and I both stopped in the middle of the aisle, holding each other's gaze and smile. He then lunged into me with the biggest smile and warmest hug I've ever had. Happy tears, for both of us - I'm not kidding. This was more than just a pair of shoes. It was my way of sending him off into the big world with his feet firmly planted on the ground (and lighting up when he walks).

The shoes

The backpack...Kindergarten here we come!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Go Web!

Spiderman is big in our house. HUGE. Whereas at the age of 2.5 Jackson was way into Bob The Builder and Thomas the Train, Holden sort of bypassed that brand of toddler entertainment thanks to his older brother's increasing obsession with super heroes -- Spiderman in particular. Much to my mother's chagrin (and maybe others out there who agree with her that they are a tad on the violent side, I don't see it), both boys have seen all 3 Spiderman flicks (with varying opinions on which is the best), and patiently await the release of a fourth (oh please oh please...). I don't put superheroes up there on the "cute" scale - not like Bob or Thomas. But they are fun to imitate in pretend play, and there's nothing cuter than seeing this cute little fellow fling his arms out pretending to shoot out a spider's web and proclaim to one and all "GO WEB!"

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Pictures from Texas

So back into reality. Today we spent the day sprucing up the yard a bit. There's not much to the landscaping in the new place, and though we have loads of plans for it, they are somewhat on the back burner, likely until next year. So we spruced up what we have, and enjoyed the Colorado sunshine. I'm excited for the week ahead, which includes us meeting Jackson's Kindergarten teacher, and a family trip to see the Rockies play. I loves me some ballpark hot dogs!

Any who, here are a few more pics from our recent rendezvous in Texas. I'm loving being back in the great (cooler) state of Colorado, but of course I miss my family a great deal, especially after such a fun trip as this past one. But I'm glad to hear Mom is healing well. And my nieces are off to various camps. And Kimi's back in Dallas. Etc. Life goes on I suppose. Maybe I can talk them all into a visit this fall (hint! hint! Thanksgiving is open...)!!

Holden's special day. We had him Baptized at my home church, St. Christopher's. Father Haney has since retired but we were fortunate to have a wonderful service with their new (very witty) priest, Father Edson. Holden was so angelic during the service, despite a big dousing during the ceremony. I am so glad we were able to have it done at the same church where I and the rest of my family were all Baptized. It just feels like "home" there.

My sisters and I. Debbie (oldest), Kimi (youngest), Me (middle child syndrome)

SILLY kids. My niece Emily, Jackson and Holden, playing at OP's pool.
And impromptu game of duck-duck-goose (or goose-goose-duck to Holden). My nieces Allison, Micaela and Emily.
Our family at Holden's Baptism.
The cousins
Em and Jack - 2 peas in a pod. 2 months apart, and they look like twins.
A whole heap of crazy kids

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Oh I know how very behind I am. Very. I keep saying I'm doing this blog for my boys, so they have a chronological history to remember their youth. But here I am completely ignoring the old blog for 2 weeks. Would it help if I explained I've been busy? Busier than I have been in a long time. That I was in Texas for a week helping my mom recover from knee surgery? That I photographed my first wedding on July 4th (congrats Amber and Chris!)? That my niece and nephew were visiting prior to my trip to Texas? That I really need to work on potty training my almost three year old? That Jackson starts Kindergarten in 3 weeks? That life is just flat out crazy sometimes? Yes, well, that is my excuse. That's all I've got for ya, though.

I'll have a multitude of pictures to update from our various goings on. BUT I came home to a dead computer yesterday. Sad. Shawn can fix it, and in the mean time I have his laptop, but I can't do any of my photography on it. And I'm itching to upload pictures from Texas. And Holden's Baptism. And get moving on editing the wedding photographs. And just catch up on all my favorite blogs. Oh yeah, and update this blog as well. So soon. Soon.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Discovery of the Day

I've been cleaning the house this afternoon. The boys didn't nap due to a late (totally fun!) playdate, so I let them hang out and watch a movie in the later afternoon. I just walked into the living room/family room to discover this completely unplanned, un-posed moment between the two. Seriously. Ridiculously cute. I ran for my camera. I love these boys.