Saturday, August 30, 2008
Any and all visiting relatives join us for the fun. Did I mention the rides?
We try to catch a couple of concerts. Jason and I joined our parents' generation at the Chicago concert. Make fun if you must, but those old guys were rockin!When are days aren't filled to the brim with family and festivals, we relax:
Then, we find somewhere else to go! This year, we went up to the zoo:Where George was beside himself with excitement because he got to go on his first train ride:Did you know that, occasionally, dinosaurs show up at the zoo? They're loud!
And that brings us to Labor Day weekend. Class lists have been posted and kids are wavering between nervousness and excitement. Next week, this playground will be full, and my house will be much, much quieter.
Let's hear it for September!!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Laying on the bed with Daddy. In the same position, eyes closed or open at the same time, pretend yawning together, stretching together, being together. Jason had a shadow/echo most of the weekend. It was fairly humorous to have conversations with him, hearing the continuous echo below and slightly behind him on a two second delay.
This is the first time J's been gone and George has been able to verbalize his curiosity about Daddy's whereabouts. They talked on the phone (well, Jason talked, George recited from videos that include phone calls); and when we picked him up at the airport, well, it was beautiful. We may hate the separations, but maybe, just maybe, they serve a purpose in encouraging verbalization and awareness of life outside George's head. Regardless, I love seeing the bond between my boys.
Monday, August 18, 2008
That's a happy face, I promise! She just recently started
collecting these little kitty charms and just about inhaled all
the oxygen in the room when she saw a new set!
Ahhhhhh, espresso and chocolate bliss.
Thank you, Bethy, you are amazing. The house is quiet as the kids play with their new toys and my mouth is happy.
My vow is to return this favor in some way. To Bethy certainly, but also to some other mother going through a transition of some kind. To someone who needs an unexpected present to turn the tide of an ugly day. To someone, like me, who needs reminders that little things bring big smiles. To children that have stresses in their lives that they can't articulate, who need a chance to open a present and just play every once in a while.
Thank you for rescuing my day, my friend.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Of course, now he wants his own "coffee" to make. Namely, milk and chocolate sauce that he can stir together into chocolate milk. Fair trade for the labor, I think!
I haven't featured Emma much lately. Not for lack of love, I promise! Simply, she's just cruising through the summer with not a lot going on (including, thank goodness, no attitude problems worth stressing about). And she's entering the phase where she is very picky about the pictures I take of her. In fact, she'll be pretty upset if she sees that I've posted this one, but I think the look on her face is priceless:
Can't you just hear her??? She's saying, "Moooooooommmmmmmm, I don't want you to take my picture again!" In this instance, it has something to do with her MP3 player. Apparently she doesn't like to have her picture taken when she's wearing it. Not sure why, but obviously I'm a horrible mom who ignores her!
Speaking of her MP3 player, I love her play list and it completely defines who she is and her influences. Everything from The Little Mermaid's Kiss the Girl to Hannah Montana's I Wanna Be A Rock Star to Pink's Let's Get This Party Started to Van Halen's Jump. (She can tell the difference between Van Halen's two lead singers, by the way. Can you?)
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Anyone that knows Jason will understand why George is identifying with orange. It has a lot to do with the shirt being worn in the photo above. I have a feeling I'll be shelling out $16.95 plus shipping for a smaller version. I love the Internet.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
1. Shave legs
2. Apply lotion
3. Allow little black cat to rub all over freshly lotioned legs
4. Leave house without checking legs
Awesome website link stolen shamelessly from Molly: Love Food Hate Waste
Filled with recipes for using leftovers and other food buying and storage tips. We are always drowning in leftovers (well, at least, when Jason's home and I actually cook), and the recipes on this site look like ones I'll actually make, so I'm thrilled to find it.
Notice anything missing?
The top gap is new as of this morning. There are at least two other wiggly guys in there. I've been teasing her about her new lisp all day. Good thing I have that new recipe site, I'm going to have to get creative with the blender if she looses too many more!
Saturday, August 02, 2008
The rest of the day was spent enjoying this special boy as he played (mostly) nicely with his sister and a cousin, gave out hugs like they were going out of style, and careened around corners on his Big Wheel at top speed. Like a normal little boy.
I went to bed as soon as the kids were settled that night. Maybe next year will be easier. Right?