Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I forgot Sydney's hat, so she wore mine, which also was pretty cute on her. She's sporting her new puffy coat. Let's just say she's easy to spot from long distances with that thing. Don't look too long or it will burn your retina.
Gee, are these 2 related or what?!
Blurry Carson shows his tree of choice.
I don't know if you remember this picture from last year, but I do! It is without a doubt my favorite photo of the season. It was the morning after we got our tree and Carson wanted to help in the garage, so he put his flip-flops on (wrong toes) and went on out in his unders and pj top. He posed proudly and unashamedly by the tree, with not a clue that his outfit was less than modest!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Our little Miss has been a handful lately. It's funny to me to see that she's becoming the more high-maintenance one. If you would have told me that a year ago, I would have never believed it would happen. They would never admit it, but I can see her gma's and aunties are coming to the same realization. For instance, she is at this very moment trying to pry my arms off of the keyboard, has pressed CAPS LOCK, Ctrl, and Shift about 20 times and is whining/screaming at me in a high-pitched squawk that could be recorded and used for torture technique to extract information from terrorists. Oh, what's that? Maybe I should get off the computer and pay attention to her? OK, maybe. I'll be back.
Now I'm back. She's been given a granola bar, her absolute favorite snack, and is currently picking small crumbs off and leaving a trail all over our carpet like Gretel, for me to step on with my bare feet for the next several hours until I finally give in and get the vacuum cleaner out. But I'm back to typing for a moment!
You see, I've come to the realization that caring for children is not that hard. Now, don't throw dirty diapers at me, hear me out. I mean, if all I had to do was sit around on the couch and WATCH them, simply keep them out of harm's way, let them zone out on TV all day--that would not really be that taxing. But, silly me, I actually try to DO something once in a while, and that's when the children revolt. And by "something" I mean ANYTHING, from putting a stamp on an envelope to pouring myself a cup of coffee to getting dressed. Don't even mention the trouble I get if I have the nerve to attempt something so lofty as taking a shower, making dinner or posting a blog post. That's when the little buggers show me who's really in control here. (FYI, granola bar has been demolished and I've had to leave the computer approximately 6 times while typing this post to try to distract Sydney.)
So, in light of this realization, I've lately been making an honest attempt to, well actually, go back to that easy concept: caring for the children. Actually BEING with them, instead of having them in the house while I try to accomplish things on my list. Now, this is a constant work in progress for me, as I always have a list and it is always long. But the other day I was trying to update my blog and Sydney wanted to be between me and the computer, of course. So, I abandoned all hope of posting and just let her sit there for a while. She was being delightful and funny and I happened to have my camera in reach, so I tried to take a covert vid of the special moment...not only for all of you, but also for me to remember that sometimes it's OK to let the list go. Even if that means I don't blog or cook...or shower.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Kisses for Carson.
I would like to interrupt this post to tell you that Carson is standing right next to me. He said "I want you to write my name. Write that you love me. Write: 'I love Carson and so does Daddy.'" So, consider it written. ;)
On a totally unrelated note, we had a really fun afternoon yesterday when our new friends Jane (she's the mommy), Katelynn (she's 2) and Eli came over. Eli is 4 months older than Carson and they go to the same preschool (different class.) They seem to be very similar in personality and so far have had a lot of fun together. Jane and I seem to be very similar in personality and so far we have also had a lot of fun together. :) The feeling I get when I meet a new friend that I click with who has a kid that gets along with Carson is similar to finding an incredible deal on a the big Christmas gift you've been wanting to buy for months. It's so rewarding! The boys played hard then crashed on the couch to watch a movie...which was pleasant enough for us, then we could have a conversation that wasn't interrupted! I think you'll hear more about Eli in the coming months. Especially if all the playdates look like this:
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tonight at dinner, we had Panda Express. The kids love it. We've been working on getting Carson to eat more vegetables, even salad or lettuce. Tonight he willingly tried a large piece of cabbage. (I didn't have the heart to tell him that in with fried noodles of chow mein it doesn't really count as vegetables.) He said, in ALL seriousness:
"Mom! I ate salad and I liked it! [pause] Huh. Maybe I'm a herbivore after all."
Here's a cute random picture of Sydney this morning. This is after the supersize-sleepsack has been removed, but pj's are still donned. I thought it might be the start of a cute little photo sequence...
...but then she did this, which is a big no-no. I had to put the camera down and go put the chair in time-out. But not before I snapped one more pic, of course. :)
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
We've kind of started a tradition of going up to Beaverton to meet up with our little gang to have dinner at Nina's and then go to the church Harvest Party.