Monday, April 27, 2009

Happy Tears

Just a few minutes ago I was puttering in the kitchen when Kate walked in on the verge of tears. My first thought was that Jack had offended her in some way (easily done!), and then I was flooded with guilt as I remembered that I had intended to fix her a snack and had gotten side tracked (also easily done!).

"Kate, why are you upset? Are you hungry?" I quickly asked, "Do you need a snack?"

Kate burst into tears and said, "No, Mommy, I'm... just... so... so... happy. That's why I'm crying."

She sobbed into my shoulder for a minute or so then took her snack and ran happily off to play. Knowing my daughter's feels such joy in life brings me to tears. Like mother, like daughter.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Happy Belated Birthday, Jack!

Jack's 4th birthday was over a month ago. It was kinda at the height of my feeling blah about blogging. I feel a bit guilty that I didn't write a birthday post about all the amazing things my big boy is doing these days. Jack...
  • is the most amazing sleeper I have ever known. The boy will sleep ANYWHERE, and once he is asleep, it is almost impossible to wake him up. One of these days I'll do an entire post of all the crazy places he has slept.
  • is definitely a mommy's boy (and I love it!).
  • loves to ride his "two-wheeler" (aka "my motorcycle") and make obstacle courses in the back yard
  • loves cars, trucks, trains, cars, trucks, boats, cars, trucks, motorcycles, cars, trucks, planes, and cars and trucks
  • is not big into coloring and drawing, but loves to make projects. Several months ago he was making "emails" for people by making collages of anything and everything he could find to tape to paper (rocks, grass, leaves, junk mail, receipts, etc). Now he is very much into gluing anything and everything to paper.
  • knows all his letters and sounds and is sounding out simple words.
  • loves to read books.
  • is holding his breath and bobbing under the water on his own
  • likes to play with his sister even if it means dressing up and putting on lipstick
  • is starting to pick out his own clothes to wear. He definitely is showing a preference for shirts with numbers on them (because those are "racing" shirts")
  • loves to watch NASCAR on TV (much to his mom's chagrin!). He especially likes to find the "Jack" car (aka the Jack Daniels sponsored car)
  • likes to wear mismatched boots. Crazy boy.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Al Fresco Dining

The season of outdoor eating for our family officially started on Thursday night (we had Skillet Gnocchi - a new favorite in our family). We'll probably have another cold snap or two causing us to move back inside, but for the next several months we'll be eating most meals outdoors.

Matt and I started eating outside regularly right after we got married. Our first house together in Indiana had a great screened in back porch looking out onto a private, lush backyard. In cohousing we had a great back deck overlooking the community garden and loved eating to the sounds of the community. Our new home is made for outdoor meals as well. We have a flagstone patio off to one side of the yard and a terrific view of the mountains. I'm guessing it will only be a few more weeks until we'll be dining with the scent of lilac bushes. But the best part about al fresco dining in Colorado? No bugs!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

Hope you are enjoying your day. I'm feeling the urge to blog coming back. Soon.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Are You Still Blogging?

I've gotten this question a lot in emails, from friends, and even from my mom!

I guess I'm taking a little vacation from the blog, but I intend to start blogging again at some point, even if it is just to post family photos. Getting settled into the new house is still a bit overwhelming to me, and the rest of life hasn't really slowed down enough to allow me to catch up.

I think of things on a daily basis that I want to blog, I just can't quite find the time (or the cable that connects the camera to the computer to download photos!). Maybe this is the kickstart I need to start blogging again. We'll see.