Sunday, May 30, 2010

Dear Joe,

I wanted to take a moment to tell you how very much you are loved! Your sister has really been stealing the show lately and, well, I feel a tad bit guilty that in recent months I've only blogged about your less appealing characteristics. You are a sweet, charming little boy and I want you to know it!

Let me tell you a little bit about love choo-choo trains. You dance spin moves anytime the Thomas theme song plays. You love smoothies. You eat smoothies with a straw from a cup without spilling a eat yogurt with your hands and then cry because your hands are dirty. I don't get it...I just feed you lots of smoothies. You win the blue ribbon for sleeping like a champ. And snuggling. You often choose hanging on my leg while I cook dinner to a little TV time. You give big, big hugs and wet open mouth kisses. You know the letter "O" - I didn't believe it, but you do! You take your time in life....I really, really admire that.


Water Table Buddies

Maggie is your best friend. You adore her, but she REALLY, REALLY adores you. Every morning her favorite thing is to run in your room and say "Hey, little buddy!". The lady at the Y told me that when I leave you two there, she constantly looks and asks for you. She thought it was do I! Don't forget to thank her one day for teaching you to talk. Daddy and I would like to take the credit, but you are so much more responsive when she asks....hmph!

Thanks for being my little buddy this year while Maggie was in preschool...I will really miss you next year! I loved our library outings or quiet walks or just watching you play with your trains. I know you hate shopping carts and grocery stores, but a Mom's got to run errands! You were always such a trooper while Mommy had coffee with friends at the bakery. Don't think I didn't notice how you charmed the ladies behind the counter with your sweet's no wonder when we walked in the door every week the first thing they said was "Hiiee, Joe!". Smitten, they were!

You are growing up so fast and becoming more of a little person every day. You have opinions about things and are finally speaking up about them. Just stop eating off the floor, and I think you'll be perfect!

Sloppy Joe

"I'll eat you up, I love you so!"
Love you bud,

Friday, May 21, 2010

Done and Done

I did it!!! I sewed an hour a day for a week to make kiddo clothes. I made 3 dresses for Maggie - one is too big, one is too small, and one is completely improperly sewn and....adorable! Put it on a sweet little 3-year old singing and dancing her heart out at her end-of-year preschool program and you've got two VERY proud parents.
Watch Out World

Watch out world...
Here I Come
Here I come!

Ta Da

But, let's face it, she could've been wearing a trash bag and she still would've made us laugh and smile. Just see for yourself...

Here's another one for you..."Leaning on the Lord's Side". And if you think the title is gets even cheesier...try "skiing on the Lord's side".

So along with my sewing challenge, another year of preschool is done. Boy, am I happy it's done! I'm ready for summer, family time, vacations, picnics...freedom! Maggie had a great year in preschool but there were times when I felt like she just deserved to have a little more fun! We're going to do our best to make sure that happens!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


In our house, a strawberry is a "dabee" thanks to Maggie coining the term way back when. We picked two big buckets full of juicy red (and organic!) sweetness on Monday morning.


The outing was a constant reminder of the time we went dabee picking 2 years ago when I was pregnant with Joe. It was kind of weird...the day, the perfect weather all felt the same...but there was a new first timer. He caught on fast!

Searching Low

First Timer


Maggie refuses to eat a berry at home. She says she "only likes them in the field". And, boy, did she love them!

Dabee Pickin

It's hard work taking in all that fresh air and sneaking/stuffing berries when Mommy's back is turned.
Wiped Out

Yesterday Mark and I celebrated 8 years of marriage! Wowza!!! Eight years???? Really??? Doesn't seem possible. Then again, it felt like eons since we'd eaten at one of our favorite and perfectly authentic Mexican restaurants for dinner. And, we were so happy to see that the kids loved it too! Lucky us!

Celebrating 8

Two days and all of these wonderful interruptions and I'm almost done sewing Maggie's first dress. She's flitting around in it right now. I just need to hem it and it'll be done! I wish it turned out a little more full, but other than that it's pretty cute. Here's a peek for ya...

Almost There

And, finally, a conversation:

Maggie: "Mommy, you member (remember) when you and Daddy get married?"

Me: "Yep, of course!"

Maggie: "You wear a pretty white dress?"

Me: "Yep!"

Maggie: "I'm gonna wear a white dress one day"

Me: [sniff, sniff]

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Blogger's Chest

Ever since I started blogging, I've found that I'm constantly logging ideas, memories, moments that I plan to write about, but I just can't find the time to do it. So they sit there, on my chest, nagging me like the plants outside drooping for water, or the 4 loads of laundry piled by the washer, or the little girl crying "Mommyyyyyy, i want some milk, i want some milk, I WANT SOME MILK!!!". At the moment, my blogger's chest is full and heavy. And, there are just some things that I HAVE to write down. Things of old, things of new. And I do plan to write about them...but not just yet!


First off, I'm going to take on a little challenge which I hope to blog about over the next week. Over the past 6 months or so, I've become obsessed with sewing. It is my one hobby/outlet that I love to do whenever I get a break from the kiddos. I remember when I first played around with my sewing machine...I picked it out as a birthday gift the year I had Maggie, thinking maybe I'd learn to hem a pair of pants, make a curtain...that kinda thing. It sat in the box until literally the day before I had Maggie. I had nested the whole house to pieces and decided it was time to figure out how to use this thing. So, I called my dear neighbor down to help me. She told me first things first, we had to learn to wind the bobbin and thread the machine....okaaaaay. So, there we sat thumbing through the sewing machine manual trying to figure this all out...the whole time I was sitting there I was having contractions. I was very uncomfortable and just couldn't deal with the technical terms being tossed around and I recall thinking..."sewing is just NOT going to be my thing...this is way too complicated...we can't even thread this stupid machine....". Well, we got it threaded and I sent her home and later that day called the doctor about my contractions. The next day Maggie arrived. : ) It took about 3 years for me to really get it...and now that little baby is a twirling girly girl who loves dresses! I've been planning out dresses in my mind that I would like to make for her, but I just haven't been able to make that jump. I read a lot of blogs for inspiration and one of my favorites, mentioned Meg and how she's doing a kid's clothes week challenge. The challenge is to sew an hour a day, making clothes for your kids. Cool, I'm in! I will be happy to successfully make one thing that fits, but if things go well, she might just hit the jackpot. I didn't forget about Sloppy Joe either...he's got a pair of shorts on the list.

So, there you go, a long-winded explanation about blogging/sewing to tell you that I'm going to sew some clothes for my kids this week. The point is that once I get through this week, I'm gonna get back to blogging and get all of that "stuff" off of my chest.

Before I go, I can't forget that today is Mother's Day! My Mother's Day gift was an entire day at home to myself, which I enjoyed yesterday! It was really nice!! Today I really just wanted to be with my family and well, be a Mom. Maggie was, quite frankly, pretty rotten today. I won't tell you how she treated me on Mother's Day, but it wasn't pretty. She's in a funk and she'll get out of it I'm sure. It really doesn't matter, because I am blessed to have her. I can't imagine a greater life than being a Mom to my two little munchkins. And, I am forever thankful to my Mom for showing me the way! Happy Mother's Day!!