Sunday, November 29, 2009

High Hopes

A few years ago, I had what is now referred to as "The Perfect Thanksgiving Weekend." It was chock full of family and fun and completed projects and impromptu happiness.

Here is the problem.

Whenever you have one of these types of experiences, comparisons will be made.

The year after "The Perfect Thanksgiving Weekend" I was moody and grumpy and had no fun at all (of course, I soon after found out I was pregnant, so I chalk that one up to hormones). Last year was good, but we were trying it out with Baby Boy and all his spit up and, get the picture. So this year I was really, really trying to just let it go. See what happens. Enjoy the weekend for what it is and quit writing little compare and contrast paragraphs in my head.

I did pretty well.

We managed to fit in all the old (dinner with the family, tree lighting downtown, a trip to the Peanut Shop, our niece's birthday), and some new (paintball for Dr. Dad, Black Saturday shopping for me).

What I am learning is that every year is unique. It's fun to reminisce but not so fun to have expectations that may not be met.

I am also learning that remembering to be thankful is not always easy, but it is important for my personal well-being. It does me no good to blog about being "lucky" if I don't ever stop to remember why I'm lucky in the first place.

And I am.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

16 Months

Dog! Goldfish! Dora! Quack! Down! Up! No! Snack! Kitty! Elmo! Sister!

So many new words, so little time has passed!

You are so busy.

Busy getting teeth. Busy chasing the Cat and Dog. Busy tackling your sister when she gets home from school. Busy fighting your first goopy cold of the season. Busy eating all our food. Busy waking up at 3 am every night for the past two weeks. Busy reminding us who is boss.

We are exhausted and excited. Proud of you and perplexed by you. Wondering what is in store as you march toward month 17.

My guess is: we will all be busy.

Friday, November 20, 2009


Last weekend, Baby Girl was escorted by her Daddy to the annual Cinderella Ball.

She gets to wear a pretty dress, put flowers on her wrist, and dance with her Daddy.

He gets memories to tuck away for a day, not too far in the future, when she doesn't save all her dances for her Daddy.

I love that they get this special night together.

I think they love it too!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Happy Birthday To You

Happy Birthday to you, Dr. Dad.

Thank you for being such an awesome husband, father, and all around good guy.

We love you very much!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Baby Boy

At the doctor's appointment today, Baby Boy weighed in at 22 pounds 6 ounces and is 32 inches long.

Still only 15 months old, but after another haircut...

I'm gonna have to change his name to Mr. Man.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Yoda One for Me....

First we carved the pumpkins...

Some of us (Dr. Dad) got creative. That is Moose A. Moose from Nick jr. The other is a Baby Girl original design.

Baby Boy wasn't too sure about the goo inside...

Then we had the First Grade party...

A big costume parade with the whole school was the highlight of the day.

Finally it was time for Trick or Treat!!!

I think Dr. Dad has been waiting his whole life to have a Star Wars moment like this.

Baby Boy seemed to really enjoy his short time as a Jedi Master.

Baby Girl was Rosetta from the Tinkerbell Movie.

We had Dr. Dad's family over and braved the chilly weather...but the kids never seem to mind when candy is involved!

As you can see from the picture, Disney and George Lucas were well represented this year.

Hope your Halloween was a good one!