Sunday, May 31, 2015

Only 5 More Days...

Even though this was only a 4-day workweek, it felt like we packed 7 days worth of work into that time frame.  I've warned my closest family and friends that this next month is going to be hell for me at work.  Mid-July cannot come soon enough!

Last weekend, Scott picked up some veggies to make fresh salsa.  He hasn't made salsa since we moved out of SSP in 2013, so this was a wonderful treat to have.  I think next year we'll get our garden planted, and we'll be back in the fresh veggie and salsa business!

G managed to keep his teeth out of all of the other kids at daycare this week...hooray!  Except then Ava tried to take a toy away from him yesterday, and he bit!  One of my neighbors mentioned she had a kids book about biting, so we're going to have a little sit down with G, and see what we can accomplish!

Ava's first grade class had their end of year celebration on Thursday afternoon.  She and I went to the school library, and hung out under the steps to read through her year portfolio of work and artwork.  (I realize that sounds weird, but they have this cool nook area that kids can use to read.  Not sure if was built for an adult size person, but there were 6 of us packed in there...)  Ava was very proud to show us her work, and is very sad to no longer have Mrs M. as her teacher next year.  She's absolutely thrilled that there are only 5 MORE DAYS until school is out.  Ava has big plans for us this summer, mostly involving the pool.  I picked up her packet of info for Summer Power, and they have a very full summer of fun activities planned...that girl is never going to be bored!!

Sitting by the pond, eating our cookies during the celebration!

Enjoying a beautiful night on our new deck!

While Scott was working yesterday, I spent several hours sorting through G's clothing, and just about fell over when I realized we already had clothes for him when he's 8 years old.  EIGHT.  In any case, that kid is set for his wardrobe!  And I feel like I accomplished a ton.  So, win win!  Plus, we went for a nice walk yesterday afternoon, played at the park, had a great dinner out as a family, and then joined our neighbors for a bonfire to top off the fun evening.  Good times!!  Thank goodness summer is finally here!!

And off to work I go.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

18-Month Mischief

It's a darn good thing that G is such a cutie.  His favorite things these days are to poke at the dogs, yell for the dogs at the top of his lungs, run with sharp objects (note to self: do not put the screwdriver where he can reach it), bang on the fireplace with his tee ball bat, and look innocent while deliberately doing the opposite of everything we say.

We have our hands full with this little guy!  The good thing is that he's super healthy.  He's in the 85th percentile for height, and 40th percentile for weight.  He eats and eats and eats, but does a lot of running, so there are no cute little fat rolls on this guy.

We're enjoying seeing how he differs from Ava at each stage in his growth.  They may look alike, but they are very different people!  Good thing, because I don't know if we could handle TWO Avas! :)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Mother's Love

I never understood how much I could love someone, 100% unconditionally, until I had my children.  That doesn't mean I don't love other people just as just means that I grasp the "unconditional" part a little bit more now.

Ava is a constant challenge - she always has been, and she always will be, but I see so much of me in her, and vice versa. I find myself emulating her actions, her questions, and her way of looking at and analyzing life.  She always looks on the bright side of things, even when a situation isn't going very well.  And she is so, so generous and willing to share with people...her food, her hugs, her time, her non-stop chatter...  Ava is also the best big sister to G.  Jealousy isn't a trait that she acts on...she is G's constant cheerleader, 2nd mother, and is always on the lookout for ways to make him smile.

Simply put, she is AMAZING.

G is coming into his own.  As a baby, he was sheer perfection, never giving us any trouble.  Without a doubt he was (and still is) my own personal angel.  I would not be where I am, without him.  There is something to be said for the timing of events in our lives, and he came along at a time when I needed him the most.  Is that a mother's bias?  Maybe, but not in this case. 

The rest of the world sees this little man, who loves throwing/kicking/hitting/carrying balls.  Give him a ball, and he's happy!  He's still an easy little guy, but now he has a glimmer of mischief in his eyes.  We tell him no, and he looks at us and laughs, and then carries right on with his naughty activities.

But, he is also AMAZING.

I am so lucky that they were chosen to be my children - I couldn't have done any better had I been given the opportunity to handpick them myself!

Scott and Ava conspired all week to bring my breakfast in bed this morning.  And, we went out to a lovely little Italian place for dinner last night.  This is exactly how, and with whom, I want to spend my Mother's Day!

And, of course, I wish a very Happy Mother's Day to my own mother - someone who I can always count on, through think and thin...she'll tell me like it is, but will be there to wipe away the tears when the reality gets to be too much for me to handle.

And also a very Happy Mother's Day to Scott's mom - we are so fortunate to have her in our lives.  She is one of the most giving people that I know, and the love she has for her family is apparent.  A big thanks to her for raising Scott to be so loyal, hardworking and generous. He is one in a million!

Now, this mother is going to go pamper herself with a long, hot shower.  And maybe some bon bons!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Grandparents with Cameras

I honestly don't know what we did over the last few weeks, except I know that it was really busy and there wasn't much downtime.  There was work, and birthdays, and haircuts, and decks, and lost teeth, and gatherings with neighbors, and yoga, and little boy bite marks, and cake.  Oh so much cake.

Remember Ava's concert a few weeks ago?  Here's a pic of her leading the group saying "hello" in a plethora of languages!  
(Thanks, Grandpa Doug for the picture!)

And during my birthday weekend, the kiddos were with Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey, and they went to a park!
(Note, I "stole" these pictures off of Grandma Deb's Facebook page!)

And then my parents kidnapped Ava for dinner one night, and Ava and Grandma Karen got crafty.
(Hey, I wasn't there so clearly I didn't take this picture!)

So, I think the real question is, am I ever present behind the camera, or do we let the grandparents do everything with the kids, while we lay around eating bonbons all day?


My workplace had a "spring break" party on my birthday, so I had the chance to celebrate with a hundred of my closest friends.  One of my work friends made me a cake, and brought it in to share while at the party. And then there was singing and candles, and the whole nine yards.  And it was very fun!

That very same evening, my parent came over for cake and ice cream (this was the 3rd cake in 3 days, mind you) to help me celebrate the kickoff of my last year in my 30's.  And there was more candles and singing, and gift openings, and cards that I never ever ever want to read out loud in front of my parents, ever again.

We didn't have the right candles, so we used Roman numerals...Happy XXXIX birthday to me!

A big thanks to my Aunt Stephanie for this card.  Let's just say that it states that the birthday is a celebration of how I came to be.  Literally.

My friend/neighbor Emily and I have been to a couple of yoga classes in town, and this one last week was intense.  We decided that we were never, ever going to go to that particular class again.  Ever.  And the next day I was stretching, and I pulled a muscle in my back, which I blame on yoga somehow, even though I was sitting on my couch while stretching, so I certainly wasn't doing any yoga moves!  Darn you, yoga!

Ava's had a wiggly loose tooth for a bit.  I forgot how funny loose teeth look before they fall out.  This one was just hanging out in her mouth, sitting at a funny angle, and causing her great angst while eating.  I took Lucky to the vet for a checkup on Thursday night, and when I came back, Ava's tooth had popped right out!  Of course the Tooth Fairy came to visit that evening, and left her a $1 gold coin, which she was pretty excited about.  And we can already see the new tooth poking its way through her gum!

Grandma Karen and I took little G to get his hair cut, and you would have thought we were torturing him horrendously.  There were tears and fears, and everything else that you would except when approaching a small child with sharp scissors and blades.  However, in the end, it turned out great.  And now he looks like quite the little man.  (Just in time for us to get his 18-month photos taken today!)

I'm not sure what he had on his hands when he did this, but check out this 'do - it was sticky!
We can consider this a "before photo"...

And here's my little G with a big boy haircut - such a difference!

Outside of all of this, Scott and my dad have been working very hard on the deck, but it seems like at every corner, there have been challenges to face.  We haven't had good luck with materials, and have made several trips back to Lowe's to get new parts.  The latest "fun thing" is that yesterday, after pouring the concrete for the base of the steps, it never actually cured.  Hours later, after the forms were removed, the concrete crumbled into dust.  What??  Little things like this keeping adding to the frustration...but it WILL look great when it's done!!

Enough rambling for today...I need to get back to my life of doing whoknowswhat!