Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The first thing I wanted to start doing with him is building gingerbread houses. We had a lot of fun with this. Growning up, we used graham crackers instead of actual gingerbread most of the time, but that was so you could decorate your house any way you wanted to. So that's how I did it with Bear.
We finally made it! Here we are on the Pink Pig's little sister. You can see Priscilla the Pink Pig (the real one) in the background. He had a lot to look at as we rode!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Gone are the days of curling up on the couch and snuggling my boy for hours on end. He is too big for that now. There are too many things to dump over, eat, pull up on, inspect, and just generally get into. But today he has put his head on my shoulder or chest and just sat. We've watched too much TV because that's what you're supposed to do when you're sick, veg out in front of the TV. Ironically enough, it was VeggieTales that we watched all day. We laid down on the couch and he got so still that I thought he had dozed off. He hadn't though, just taking it easy and being lazy. He took a long nap while I get a few things done. I am very sorry that he's sick because I hate to see him uncomfortable and miserable. But since he is sick it has been nice to hold him, stroke his hair, and smell him.
The Bear is going through a Mommy phase right now. He wants to know where I am and cries when I walk out of his sight. I hate that for all the snuggling he and I have done today, he wouldn't let Danny hold him any longer than usual. Sorry about that, Danny. I love this phase and hate it. I love that he wants to be with me, gives me big, slobbery kisses, smiles a brilliant smile when he spots me, and can't crawl over to me and climb up my leg fast enough. I hate it because I feel so guilty when he cries when I leave him at daycare. He doesn't cry everyday. Maybe once a week. I know that soon, either next week or in a few years, he will be a Daddy's boy. They will hunt and fish and do stinky boy stuff without me. He won't let me give him sugars or laugh like crazy when I make funny noises for him. I will hate even more for this phase to be over. I will have to remind myself to look back on these sweet days when he would rather catch bugs than sit and snuggle with me. Those days will come all too quickly.
Gotta love that sweet face and easy smile. He does make me work for it sometimes when I take his picture, but this particular day he was lovin' the camera. It surely loves him.
Here's hoping that he feels better tomorrow. I always have a huge internal debate anytime he's sick: take him to the doctor or let it run its course. I never know for sure if I've made the right decision. Guess that's called parenting, huh?
Sunday, December 12, 2010
1. Take the Bear to Disney World
2. Run in (and finish) a 10 K
3. Finish the damn hutch
4. Enter a really good picture in the fair
5. Sew a dress I'll actually wear
6. Sew a quilt (even if it's just a baby quilt)
7. Learn to open champagne
8. Finish the Bear's baby book and birth scrapbook
9. Finish our wedding album
10. Throw Danny a kickin' 30th birthday party
11. Learn to use Photoshop
12. Take a long weekend just Danny and I
13. Finish the Bear's crocheted baby blanket
14. Learn to make creme brulee
15. Take riding lessons and become comfortable with riding
16. Have most of our last credit card paid off
17. Start Bear's "Rules for Life" book
18. Be a stay at home mom (or at least only work part time)
19. Go to the Atlanta Aquarium, World of Coke, and the Bodies Exhibit
20. Learn how to jump start a car
21. Find and join a church
22. Learn to skillfully apply eyeshadow
23. Find a flattering red lipstick. And wear it. In public.
24. Get the patio set up as an outdoor living space
25. Finish this list...done
26. Make a video of Bear's first year
27. Get props and backdrops to use for photos
28. Hang pictures in our house
29. Do that "list of questions for your parents"
30. Do better about keeping up with a journal
So there ya go. Thirty things I want to do before I'm 30. I love to make lists because it makes me feel like I've really accomplished something when I look back and have a bunch of stuff crossed off. And would you look at that? I've already done number 25! It took me a while to think of 30 things that warranted going on to the list so I wasn't sure I'd actually ever finish it. I'm already on my way! See, crossing something off helps to keep me motivated.
I've got two bonus things that I'd love to get done and may give myself extra credit for in case I don't get something else done.
Bonus #1 Organize our home so that it functions better for the way we live.
Bonus #2 Throw myself a kickin' 30th birthday party.
Those are pretty big. My house overwhelms me so we'll see if that gets done. I've always thought it was kind of tacky to throw yourself a birthday party but I just might get over that. We'll see. If I accomplish everything on this list I'll throw a party just to celebrate that.
Anyway, I'll keep you posted on the progress of the 30 before 30 list. This should be interesting. And just because no post is complete without a picture of the Bear...
Saturday, December 4, 2010
They are classic contemporary. Classic without being stuffy and too frilly. Contemporary colors and graphics. I've really thought about using a card that has places for multiple pictures on it so that I can put pictures of the Bear throughout the year on it. He has changed so much over the year that I'd thought our Christmas card would be a good place to reflect that. I haven't decided for sure whether I'll do multiple pictures or just one or two. I'll have to really decide which card style is my favorite: simple or lots to look at. Click here to pick your faves.
I'd bet that grandmas and grandpas would love a calendar for the fridge at home or desk at work. Or a coffee mug to boast the pics of the grandyoung'uns.
But as beautiful as their holiday cards are you've also gotta love that Shutterfly is giving you 50 free cards just for blogging about your favorites.
Hope everyone is having a great week. Get over to Shutterfly and click around for a while. Prepare to be inspired.
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Thursday, December 2, 2010
And our first Thanksgiving as a family...