Saturday, November 28, 2009

A fall to winter catch up...


We had a truly lovely Thanksgiving with Shawn's family - Nana, Uncle Al and Coleen. We had traditional turkey, made by my mother in law, that was absolutely delicious, and Uncle Al provided a special dish - Sole Normandy (melt in your mouth yummy!). We are sure to remember for years to come that Nana accidentally used up the single lemon he needed to complete his dish. But we all left happy and full so it was obviously all a huge success.

Jackson, Daddy, Al and Nana went to a late evening Broncos game - Jackson's first. He was sacked out when he returned home late Thursday evening, but full of excitement giving me all the details on Friday morning.

We are now 100% gearing up for Christmas. Our house is fully decorated, and tomorrow we are heading out for a family day to see The Nutcracker ballet. We are all very excited. I love this time of year, and the wonder it brings to my boys' faces.

I am thankful and blessed and full of grace.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Jackson - 5.5

Sunday, November 22, 2009

surprises

Sometimes this kid really surprises me. Honestly, Shawn and I had nothing to do with his picture below, or the words he attributed to it. I am pretty sure I teared up when he showed it to me. So simple. So true. I hope this means we are raising a socially conscious young man. I dunno. But he nailed it.


And also, here is Jackson and his Daddy at Thanksgiving meal at school. We all went and had a great family meal together. Until it was time for recess and he abandoned us for the playground. Ah well, can't win 'em all.


I hope this kind of memory stays in his heart for a long, long time. I can remember how special it was when my Mom came to have a holiday meal with me at school. I now know of course she must have juggled her own schedule as an elementary school teacher to make that happen. Thank you for that Mom. This also reminded me of when my Dad sent corsages to me on Valentine's. I think I might have been a tad embarrassed at the time - I have no idea why I would have been, but I was a bashful child. I remember my teachers would ohhh and awww over it -- and now I get it. How thoughtful and sweet. Yes, those are the memories I keep so close in my heart, and I hope my boys will, too, as they grow up. And yeah, I took this picture, and yeah, it is blurry.

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I had to add this on a little after I wrote the above post. This kid, I swear, I love him so so so much. Even the days he pushes my buttons (which is often) and makes me shake my head in confusion, I love him to pieces. This evening the boys were watching a kiddie show before bed time. Shawn and I were in the same room but not fully paying attention. Jacksonn turns to me and asks:
"Mommy, are wishing wells real?"
me: No buddy, they aren't real. They're just on the show.
Him: But whales are real, right?
me: (totally confused) Yeah hon, whales are real.
Him: But not wishing whales, right?
me: Oh, yes, right, there are no such thing as wishing whales.

How can you not love this kid???

Thursday, November 19, 2009

swim lessons

OK, my apologies for going off. I guess I was burning some steam after taking the boys swimming yesterday. On that note, here's a pic of Holden at his swimming lessons from this morning. He's loving them! (click pic to enlarge)

*rant enclosed*

*With apologies, this will be a bit of a rant*

Dear Mom at the indoor pool,
I know, I know, Jodi Picoult is a great writer, and her books are hard to put down. I know having two rambunctious boys can be exhausting (truly, I know this). I know that curling up with a good book and blocking out the world sounds truly wonderful. I know that it is easy to get distracted from real life sometime. I know you are probably tired. But you know what? I'm not your babysitter. I'm at the pool for my own kids, not yours. I'm not there to discipline your two boys. I have two of my own that I'm trying to raise, and they keep me busy enough. It is not my job to keep your boys from ramming into my 3 year old on the baby water slide. It is not my job to tell your kids not to steal toys from kids smaller than they are. It is also not my job to show them my son's initials on said toys to prove they belong to my son and not to them. It is also not the lifeguard's job to tell your boys 4 times (yeah, I counted, sue me) to stay out of the water during safety break. Hey mom with the book - you have two boys, they are your responsibility. You are 6 feet away from them, seriously, you don't see all this going on?? Water can be dangerous. This is not the park where the worst that could happen is a kid gets clocked by an out of control swing. This is the swimming pool. Water? Drowning? Hello? Put down your book. Open your eyes. Watch your boys. Better yet, maybe put on a swimsuit and swim with them - just a thought. It is your job. Not mine. Thank you very much.

Sincerely,
Other-exhausted-mom-who-loves-to-read-Jodi Picoult-books-and-block-out-the-world-but-I-do-it-on-my-own-time-thank-you-very-much

Sunday, November 15, 2009

It is ON!

We have had a day of potty training success! I subscribe to the "wait until they are ready" school of thought for potty training -- or potty readiness, as our pedi calls it. I've been asking Holden for months now if he wanted to wear big boy underwear, and every day he says no. I say fine and move on. His underwear is ready. Treats are ready. I have even promised to buy him a zoo if he gives up diapers (a toy zoo, mind you...) Today, for some reason, he said yes to the underwear. So it was on. He has successfully used the potty 6 times, including twice with...well, I don't need to get too graphic, but hooray, the boy pooped on the potty, too! Thus far, knock wood, only one accident today. I'm ready to leap into this wholeheartedly 'cause I am SICK OF BUYING DIAPERS!!! Seriously. And come on, he's 3 now, let's get this party moving. I admit to having a pretty easy time potty-training Jackson. When he was ready, he went full force and never looked back. I'm so crossing my fingers that Holden will follow suit...stay tuned...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

I give it a 10

This picture doesn't even touch it. This is actually 2002, but it is as far back as I can find a picture of us together - mainly because there were no digital cameras before this point, and I'm too lazy to go into the basement to find a photo album and a picture and scan it into the computer. My point is... 10 years ago today I went on my last first date. Shawn picked me up in his snazzy Chevy Lumina and took me to see a play. We had some drinks, some dinner, lots of laughter, lots of easy talking, and a whole lotta flirting. And that my friends, was that. We were both smitten. It was all over from there. No more first dates for either of us. Just more dates adding onto more dates adding onto a shared apartment, an engagement ring, a wedding, a first house, a baby, a cross country move, another house, another baby, another house, no more babies, and still lots of laughter, lots of talking, lots of flirting. 10 years in a blink. I remember it like it was yesterday (I even remember what we were both wearing that night!). Love you schmoop - here's to ten times ten more years together.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Mom and Me


Mom recently came up for her annual Halloween visit - she comes up several times a year (thank you Mom!) but Halloween has become a tradition. She spends Thanksgiving in Dallas (where Kimi and fam live), Christmas in hometown of Lubbock (where Debbie and fam live) and Halloween here. I love it. She gets to see the boys all dressed up and excited for the day. She gets to be here for Holden's birthday (which I also love -thank you Mom!). She gladly stays at home to pass out treats so Shawn and I can take the boys out trick-or-treating. It is a week of festivities and planning between birthday and trick or treating, and a perfect chance for a Colorado visit. This year I treated Mom to tea at The Brown Palace as a thank you for all her help while she was here. She helps me a ton with the boys, and Shawn and I usually get a date night or two (or three!) in when she's here, too. We had a lovely time at tea - something she and I adore doing. I love the sweet formality of it. I love dressing up. I love pouring and tasting and stirring and chatting. I love remember my own time serving tea at Fortnum and Mason in London. I love my Mom. This is us heading out for our afternoon. My husband is many, many wonderful things, but honey, these were some crazy blurry shots (love you love you love you though!!). But it still captured mom and me in all our finery, smiling and ready for some clotted cream and Darjeeling. Thanks again Mom for all you are, all you do, putting up with me, and loving my family so. We love you, and we hope to see you again soon!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

BFF

Jackson's best friend at school is Linea. She's a beautiful little girl with the biggest brown eyes and precious dark curls you've ever seen. I can see why he loves her. He talks about her all the time, and shares little snippets of their friendship with me. Today on the way to school I asked him what made her his very best friend. He responded so simply: "Well, we have the same shoes." Ah, if only our grown up friendships could be so simple...

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Halloween '09 and a Birthday...

Birthday boy checking out his cupcakes
crazy monster cupcakes!
peanut butter spiders
mummy pigs in a blanket!
Bat wing chips and bloody salsa
more cupcake gazing...
Gidget the good witch!
Carissa -Bat Girl!
Birthday boy







This is from the day before - we took the boys to Trick or Treat Street in downtown Castle Rock. They were both Transformers. Holden switched to a Power Ranger for last night's trick or treating!

Despite the mountains of snow and 3 days of canceled school, by Saturday the skies were clear and sunny in preparation for a beautiful Halloween day - and a small birthday party for Holden! Jackson and I did some sledding in the morning, then we went into birthday/candy mode. We had a few of our closest friends over to celebrate Holden turning 3. The party was as much fun for us adults as it was for all the kiddos. The kiddos played a game of pin the nose on the pumpkin, ate monster cupcakes, and played hard! Trick-or-treating was done Mayberry-style with all the kids in the 'hood coming out for a beautiful evening of treats and no tricks. The weather was perfect, the moon was full, and so were all our bellies by the time we hit the pillow. An awesome day. Halloween is such a fun, low-stress holiday - and I especially like it when coupled with Holden's birthday.