Sunday, May 25, 2008

Prepetual Motion

My boy is a little whirlwind. So, this week I discovered a great way to contain him... the master bathtub. It is big and deep enough that he cannot get out, yet can play happily with his trains while I get ready for work. Don't call CPS on me please. He also had some crazy hair this week, and so I decided to just go with it and turned it into a little mohawk. It suited him.

It seems he learns a new word each day, today he said "apple" as clear as a bell when I offered him apple juice. So, to keep up I added a list of his words to his blog some of these words are only understandable to Dan and I, but I have included them anyhow. His best word remains to be "bubble". He just adores bubbles!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Week in Review

It has been a busy and eventful week for us here. Monday morning started off with a bang, literally, as I collided with a tree when I hit the gas instead of the brakes while trying to park. Not a good way to begin my morning. Both the tree and our car have been better, I myself have been to the chiropractor and received a couple massages to try and keep my back and neck from hurting. That evening, a good friend from work dropped off a hand me down train table for Quincy and he has requested to take all his meals there everyday since. The boy spends every waking moment playing with those trains!

The weather has taken an incredible turn this week as well, with temperatures soaring into the 90's. We are just not used to the warmth having spent the last 6 months in a deep freeze. It is hard to acclimate to the change, and whats worse is the massive thaw of snow pack causing the rivers to swell and flood. We checked out Snoqualmie Falls this morning, and it was fuller than I have ever seen it before.

The highlight of the week however was when Jerrie offered to watch Quincy over the weekend to allow for Dan and I to spend some good alone time together. It was just perfect and I am so grateful to my dear sister in law for the offer! We had a delicious meal at a very nice restaurant where they DO NOT have kids menu's, and we both slept in on Sunday morning and went for a nice drive and enjoyed the sunny warm morning. It was a success, and despite some moderate difficulties with his sleeping (sorry for the 4:30am wake up Jerrie and Karl!) he did pretty well at his first sleepover away from us. We joined everyone back out at the farm Sunday afternoon to help celebrate Karli's 12th birthday, and ended the week off perfectly. It was a very relaxing and very nice weekend, I feel refreshed and ready to start a new week and looking forward to the upcoming 3 day weekend!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

A Happy Mother's Day!

Well, I feel quite loved and very much spoiled after this Mother's Day weekend and I wonder how I am so lucky? I was able to sleep in both Saturday and Sunday morning, which in itself is pure heaven for me... but then to top it off, I also received the most beautiful bouquet of roses and a perfume I had wanted for a long time. It was much more than I had expected, and I wonder if Dan realizes the precedent he is setting here?! I am well taken care of, and I know that Quin will be a great father and husband someday just through the example Dan sets for him.

I think back to two years ago, Mother's Day morning, when I took that first pregnancy test and knew it was official...I was going to be a mommy. So much has changed since then, life is definitely more complicated and at times far more challenging, but also so much more rewarding. I have so many great examples of mothers all around me, and I am grateful everyday to them. My own mother of course deserves the most credit of all. Showing us children love, and support in everything we do. I knew she was my mother and she had the authority in the house, but I also knew she was a friend and somebody who could help me when things got difficult. Even now as a mother myself, I know that she is there for me when I need her and surprisingly at 30 years old, I need her often. I also have been blessed with a sister in law who displays what I think most mother's only aspire to. A woman who does it all, and always with excitement, patience and unconditional love. I know that in her, I can see glimpses of the mother in law I never had the fortune of meeting, yet raised some of the greatest people in my life today. I am awed by my sweet friends Kristin and Erin, single mom's who are able to parent their darling girls along, showing strength everyday. I know they face challenges as mothers that I could not imagine and this gives me courage to keep going myself. My best friend Darla amazes me, as she generously takes on raising not only her adorable daughter, but also her nephew as well as an entire household of challenging teenage girls. She is a busy mom, but always good humored and I love her dearly. As I look around, I know I am part of an amazing group of woman and I learn from them each day. You just never really truly understand the sacrifices and love of a mother until you are one, do you? I read a quote today that I liked, Sophia Loren said "A mother always has to think twice: once of herself and once for her child". I thought that summed it up quite well. Happy Mother's day to all. Enjoy some of my favorite mommy pictures....

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Major Disappointment!

Quincy has continued to be sick all week... and we are unsure if it is due to the antibiotic the doctor prescribed or if he has a contagious virus. We hemmed and hawed all week long and with a few hours to go have decided it will be far less stressful and much more enjoyable for all if we just re-schedule our trip for later in June. The visions of a sick baby on the plane, and even worse for all of us to come down with the stomach flu while in San Diego, helped us to make the decision. I am quite disappointed as I REALLY was needing a trip somewhere warm and to spend some time with my hubby to refresh and reconnect. Oh well, next month maybe. If we can last that long.