Wednesday, October 31, 2012

To Myself

I have the whole house to myself.  My son is at a friend's house, my daughter is at preschool, and my husband is at work.

Usually when the kids are gone, my husband and I have time together.  This morning it's just me.

This is a rarity, and something that I crave...until I actually get it. 

I always imagine that the quiet of the house will feel so soothing.  In truth it makes me a little anxious.  I keep checking the clock to make sure I'm not late to pick up anybody.  I keep jumping when I hear sounds, like it's an echo of a request made of me and I have to get to work. 

I know I've forgotten how to fully relax.  I mean, kids are just so relentless.  In the best possible ways, but still, it's easy for a mama to get used to being so busy and so needed. 

One thing I know for sure is that I will not be doing any dishes or emptying the trash cans.  I'll be reading my book, watching tv, or filing my nails.

Possibly even just sitting on the couch and staring into space, allowing a thought to begin and finish all in one go.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Princess Pig

The kids felt that Alice needed a Halloween costume too.  After some thought, they came up with quite a perfect idea.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Birthday Roundup

It feels like we spent ages celebrating our boy turning 9, and that's a good thing.  I like a birthday that lingers.

First he had 4 boys over to stay the night.  This was my first time hosting a sleepover for more than one child.  It was so fun, smelly, hilarious, messy, and awesome.  Growing boys eat a ton, and I spent most of my time preparing food and cleaning up after it.

Lego cupcakes

There was no shortage of balloons.

Funny faces


Next came the day of his actual birthday.  At tae kwon do, this happened:

At home we had peach crisp for dessert. 

Then this past weekend we celebrated with a family dinner.  He wanted Harry Potter cakes.  I tried my best.

Hagrid's Hut cake, next to his Lego Hagrid's Hut.

Monster Book of Monsters


I also made butterbeer, and some Hedwig balloons.  He played outside with cousins and aside from his sister feeling sick, it was a wonderful day.  He had one friend stay the night after all the family left. 

Since turning 9, he's been getting up early and taking a shower first thing.  He gets dressed all the way down to his shoes.  I'm not sure, but I think 9 is going to be a pretty cool year.


Monday, October 1, 2012

He's Nine

At 7:40 this evening, my son will turn nine years old. 

He went from this:

To this:

Things he likes:  Legos, Harry Potter, turkey sandwiches, parties, getting up early-before the rest of the family-and enjoying the quiet house, stay at home days, the fireplace, swimming, orange juice, tae kwon do, The Andy Griffith Show, sword fights and adventure games with his guy friends--family and pioneer games with his gal friends, cursive writing.

Things he doesn't like:  Being interrupted, being rushed, when one of us is gone at dinner time, using an eraser, when his dad and I dance in public.

He is an amazing person, and I love him so, so much.  Every day I'm thankful that he came into our family.  I hope he knows how much of a blessing he is.