Wednesday, May 19, 2010

what a difference a (school) year makes

Eight months ago, I was balancing a newborn on one arm and a baby faced girl on the other.



Man, how quickly things change.



Yes, she is incredibly taller.... but she has grown in so many different ways.



On this last day of school, she played "beauty shop" with her best school friend, Ella, was bitten on the finger by her arch enemy/ love, Danny, learned a new song in music class and by the time I came to pick her up, she had already blabbed to each of her teachers what she had picked out for them as thank you gifts. Such a character, that girl.



School has been so amazing for her... I love that kids this young can form such strong bonds with each other. We have made some great friends in this experience.



And today, while she graduated from her two-year-old class, my dad, her Pop, officially graduated from college. She video chatted with him once she got home and excitedly asked him "are you done TOO?" She told me later that she is proud of him. I am too... of both of them.

Hello, summer!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

winding down

I spent the morning at Lily's preschool helping out with their annual water day, celebrating the end of the school year. I remember seeing it on the schedule back in September, thinking it was soooooo far off... and here we are.













Of course, this means that we have only one more week til summer...

I'm looking forward to Jack's first trip to the pool, flip flops, the smell of sunscreen, bbqs, mornings at the splash park, Schlitterbahn, lounging on beach towels, watching my boy take his first steps, swings in the hammock, fro-yo runs, swim lessons, messy projects, camp-outs (we might get brave enough to try this year... or we may stick to our backyard :)), sunflowers and exploring new places together.

Can't wait.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

my day
























Lazy morning, secret projects, gospel brunch, dancing to live music, exploring together, surprises, handmade cards, flowers, fresh air and berry cool... my sweet family made me feel so loved and appreciated today. It was the best Mama's Day ever.

to my mom


It wasn't always this way.
There were many years... mostly when I was a teenager... that I clashed 98% of the time with her.
Even while I was in college, we weren't all that close.
But then something happened, and she became one of my best friends.
I think it's because I finally appreciated her concern for me. Valued it.
I get where she was coming from even so much more now.

I'm sorry that it took me so long, mom!
Remind me of all of this when Lily is a teenager, okay? :)



Mom,

You are the most thoughtful person I know.
* You remember and acknowledge every important (and even not-so-important) date and always make people feel special because of that.That is something I really aspire to.... and to have a house as clean as you have always managed. :)
* You have amazing, longtime friendships and are so very loved.
* You look fantastic.
* You make me a better mom.
* You help me with the projects that no one else wants to take on... and you make sure they get finished.
* You make me stronger. The morning that I had Jack, when I looked at you terrified and told you what was happening, you held my hand, rubbed my forehead and (even though I know you were also terrified) said confidently "You can do this."
* You continue to teach me about the joy of creativity and the value of knowing how to do things on your own.



* You have been a cheerleader of my kids (and me)from the minute you found out I was pregnant. Thank you for always being so encouraging and for loving them so deeply. I love when you say "they are my heart." I know that's true. You're an amazing grandma.
* You visit often but are always so respectful not to overstep.... you manage to give us space while you're here and spoil the kids with attention and love, and you are so much help. You remind Mike and I to laugh more. You come at the times when you're really needed. I love your visits.


* You put so much thought into the packages you send Jack and Lily. Lily opens them and squeals "How did she know??!!" You just do.
* You listen to me like no one else does.
* We have so much fun together.



Thank you for being the wonderful, amazing mom that you are.
I love you!
Wish that we could be together today to celebrate.

Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 7, 2010

the mama tea

Making the decision to have a child--it's momentous.
It is to decide forever to
have your heart go walking around
outside your body. - Elizabeth Stone


Jack and I had a lovely surprise when we went to pick up Lil from preschool this week.



Someone was thrilled to see his sister. She and her school best bud, "the OTHER Lily," kept yelling "HEY! Look at my baby!"



She and the rest of the class were so excited to treat all of the moms to a "fancy tea."



They each brought us plates of goodies and cups of tea (iced and sweet, of course, because we live in Texas). Jack was all over it.



Since I spent years helping kids make gifts like these I've been looking forward to receiving them for the longest time. They are so sweet, made with so much love and I cherish them.



All week, I've been thinking about this song. I've been singing it to Lily and Jack since before they were born and it always makes them both smile.
They didn't have you where I come from
Never knew the best was yet to come
Life began when I saw your face
And I hear your laugh like a serenade

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I'm never, never giving you up
Above everything, I always wanted to be a mom. I am so thankful to be living the life that I imagined...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

cinco de jack



He is 10 months old today. I know I say this every month, but this time I'm really serious: please make him stop.



My boy is still deliciously squishy. And quite stuffy, too. His nose is driving him crazy. I think he's about to get a few more teeth... the 2 he has are not sufficient in helping him to eat that steak we've been promising.



Nothing is safe in our house. Nothing. We have makeshift barriers everywhere. He is particularly interested in shoestrings, cords, drawers, wires and outlets. It totally freaks me out.



He still adores his sister, but she is easily frustrated by him and how he "gets in my stuff." When she takes something away from him, he lets us know. He's pretty feisty.



He talks to Mickey Mouse. Loves baths. Hates clothes. Knows instinctively how to make a car noise and pushes things across the room while making said noise. Loves to eat. Eats pretty much everything we do right now. Has a major fondness for sweet potato bites. And pizza crust.



And at the risk of totally jinxing things.... he has become a fan of sleep again, but not without effort. Mike and I committed to one full week of working on his sleep and it has totally paid off. We now have 2 children sleeping all night and the evenings are ours again. Fabulous doesn't even describe it. We're all happier and healthier. I don't miss this scene at all:



We've started planning his "big" party but he'll have a few with family before that happens.... lots of visitors in the next month or so. We are all excited.



He gives us so much to celebrate.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

chillin

We needed a day to relax around here.



And so, we did.



And we liked it.

Monday, May 3, 2010

wild woman

This child.



She is a mess. A big one.



She flew through the kitchen this afternoon with a wooden train whistle in her hand, announcing that she was off to "scare away some pesky birds!"

She may or may not have heard this from me... those stinkin' birds have infiltrated our very high front porch overhang and refuse to go away. It's driving me batty.

Anyway...



not even 2 minutes later I hear a crash against our glass storm door and a very loud scream.... I fly around the corner and find blood gushing out of her mouth. She tells me that her tooth feels "wiggly." I check and it is.

According to her dentist, this should resolve itself (really?). I however, am in need of a very long bath now that she and her brother are in bed. A margarita might be good too.

Whew. I love that girl but she sure does wear me out.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

the standard

When we met, I considered her a kid....because I was a whopping 4 years older and wiser. I was also in charge of her, since she was one of the kids at the summer camp where I worked. I was 21 and very important. :)



A year or so passed and she was suddenly my neighbor, living on a little island off of San Diego and working as an assistant in my office. We had nothing in common and I won't claim to even know how it ever happened, but somewhere along the way we became family.



Over a decade later her friendship continues to be extraordinary. It is without competition or jealousy. It is about the kind of honesty that sometimes stings but ends up being appreciated later. She is the most real person I know and makes me laugh until I cry. We just go waaaaaaaay back and she has been there for me in the good, bad and (very) ugly.

I can only hope that my kids are lucky enough to have the same type of friendships in their lives. Ours sets the standard high.

Love you, Kace. Thanks for a wonderful weekend!