Thursday, May 30, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The other day GGirl and I made cookies. It had been a while and she was very excited. She was particularly antsy to lick the beater off (surprise, surprise.) So, she stood at the sink licking off the beater while I portioned dough for the oven and the freezer. When the bowl was empty, I took the spatula and started in on the dregs of dough in the bowl. GGirl, with her tongue still twisted up in the beater headed over to get her mits on the bowl too. I kindly explained that she got to lick the beater and I get to lick the bowl. She continued to try to weasel her little fingers into the dough saying something about how much she "loved special treats". As I pulled the bowl away from her grabby little fingers for the third time I muttered, under my breath, something along the lines of "I'll special treat you." To which she replied without missing a beat and with an inflection of attitude that she is way too young to be demonstrating: "Any day! Any time!"
After picked my jaw up off the floor, I asked her what she meant. Her tone back to the happy four-year-old: "Special treats any day any time mommy, 'cuz I just love special treats!"
Ok. Got it. Phew.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
MMan is officially 11 months old. [Insert all cliches about how fast time goes by here.] He's sporting 8 front teeth and working on a couple of molars. The baby-face is slowly shifting to the face of a toddler and I'm alreading seeing glimpses of mischief in this little guy. If he's awake, he's on the move. He is a master crawler and with the introduction of shorts in the last couple of weeks, he has taken to the "hands and feet" bearcrawl method. He gets around quickly on foot too as long as there is a piece of furniture or cabinet to hover his hand over as he goes. If he's asleep, he's out for 3 to 5 hours at a time. This makes for great naptimes, and not so great nights. His giggles are just about the greatest thing and when GGirl gets him laughing, any of the frustrations of the day melt away.
He got to take his first airplane rides when we went to Colorado and travelled like a champ - even if he didn't sleep a wink on the way out there. I think he may have the early stages of FOMSS (fear of missing something syndrome) manifesting. I'm told it runs in the family.
Every day is an adventure and I'm having fun seeing the adventures with my little man.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
We've spent the last two weeks in a home-of-my-heart: Southwest Colorado. Friends who loved us, before HandyMan and I were an "us" and certainly before we even entertained thoughts of children pulled our children into the rivers of friendship that run deep and the swells of joy, laughter and camaraderie. Over two weeks we embraced the thinner, clearer air. We soaked up the sunshine. We absorbed the presence of friends who we only see once every few years. Our feet walked paths of memories through trails of our past. Face-to-face time with 'co-workers' who I talk to almost every day, but haven't seen since I started the job almost 3 years ago. I watched GGirl run around the grounds at camp, fascinated by all the space, campfires, golf carts. Time with my parents in a home-of-my-heart.
It is such an amazing blessing to step back in stride with friends who we've been apart from. It was a very blessed two weeks. Photos and stories to come.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The fun of new environments is new activities. GGirl has been introduced to sidewalk chalk this week. As our hostess arrived home from work, she was greeted with GGirl's charming face asking "Will you come outside snd chalk with me?" She has charmed help from most of the grown-ups and there is quite a mural out on the driveway!