October 28, 2010

No Toys = Not So Bad

Happy Birthday to my firstborn Graeden! 

Seven years ago today I was still on my baby birthing high even though I birthed you au natural. This high was all about I am woman hear me roar and what I am capable of accomplishing. What a rush! I have never felt anything like it since that day. Not even with the births of your siblings. 
I love that you chose Red Robin for your birthday dinner. You've got class. Your uncles always chose McDonald's when they were young. Of course they don't have corn dogs at McDonald's, so would never have been a valid choice anyway.
Making taffy with you this afternoon was fun. And sticky. Really sticky. Does anybody want any? We have plenty and will definitely share. Come knock on my door on Sunday evening and I'll give you some.

I'm happy that it wasn't so bad for you not having a friend party with lots of presents this year. I truly hope that you and your brothers will learn to appreciate your toys and take good care of them instead of breaking them within 24 hours of receiving them. Maybe then we can have parties again. Although 3 of the 4 punching balloons that Jett gave you are popped...so I'm not sure you're learning all the lessons I'm trying to teach you. I'm pleased that your Nana took you and your brothers to Suessical Musical for your birthday and that you love the theatre. I do, too.

And I really love that you love your new microscope. It made me smile to see you running to get the fingernail clippers to get a clipping to look at close up. Now you can see how gross and dirty your nails truly are. What was really cool was to see one of your hairs up close. It was like a sliver of silver. And Danica's brown hair looked golden. Seriously awesome. I love you Buddy.

October 21, 2010

Fuzzy Jack-O-Lanterns

A couple of weeks ago we carved pumpkins. Don't say anything about it being too early. The timing was just right...meaning Tymon had a short break from school and was able to spearhead the project.

Carving the pumpkins is not super exciting for me...but eating the seeds are. So while they carve, I separate seeds from pulp and roast them up.

Graeden's smiley guy seems to be the best one in terms of no fuzz...Elliott and the neighbor decided to kick his apart (since it was soft and moldy anyway). Luckily tomorrow is trash day and these will definitely be in it.

October 17, 2010

New Neighbor

When Becky's husband Mike told me that Becky was going to be Evan's neighbor, I didn't realize he meant next door neighbors. What an honor.

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October 9, 2010

Rest In Peace Dear Becky

Somehow my clever post about spilling gas in my car and Tymon covering up the smell with a suffocatingly stinky and moldy carpet for me to dump seems absolutely insignificant when the world has stopped for Becky's family. She past away yesterday. 

And for the record, I do believe that she beat cancer. Cancer could not rob her of her eternal optimism, endless faith and love of life. And let's not forget her smile. When her world came crashing down on her she kept on laughing and pushing forward. What an amazing example for all of us.


October 7, 2010

Sleeping Like a Baby

Sleep hasn't been that great for me lately. Kids sneak into my bed in the middle of the night and need to snuggle. And by snuggle, I mean sticking their feet into my back or their head into my side. I'm a little bit bitter that they get to take naps everyday and I don't.

The odd part about Jocelyn naked on the couch is that there is a clean diaper next to her...like she tried to change herself. But where's the old diaper?

Do you laugh or cry when your husband walks over to the diaper changing station and says, "well, there's one here that's full of poop"?
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