Sunday, May 30, 2010

Last Soccer Game - new time

Our last soccer game of the season was scheduled for next Saturday (6/5) for those following our calendar. It has been moved to Friday (6/4) not sure on the time yet - either 5, 5:30, or 6 - and not sure on the location.

Come on out and cheer on Gavin if you can make it! If you haven't seen his team play this season, there is a HUGE improvement over last fall. They are looking really great out there, and the games are a blast to watch.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sam's 15 mo check up

Last week we had Sam's 15 mo check up. He is doing great! At 12 mo he was 69/68% weight/height, now he he 54% weight and 79% height! The Dr said he's just stretching out to his pre-disposed genetic proportions. Everything looked good, and his reflux and allergies seem to be under control. For the first time, in a long time (knock on wood!!) he does not have an ear infection, nor is he on the verge of an ear infection.

At 15 months (well, really close to 16 months) Sam is:
  • RUNNING. He's recently really gotten the hang of it, and now there's just no sense in walking somewhere if you can run!
  • Throws a giant enormous fit if he can't get on the baseball field and play after Gavin's game.
  • Likes to shoot the soccer ball into the goal after soccer games.
  • Loves veggies & pasta. So-so on fruit
  • Does not like ice cream
  • LOVES suckers
  • Would live in the bath/shower/wading pool if we let him
  • Is still a bad sleeper (but made it to 4 am last night!!)
  • Is very opinionated
  • Idolizes his big brother
  • Is showing interest in potty training (and has had a few successful attempts)
  • Still has baby blue eyes and blond curls
  • Climbs the slide on our playground
  • Gives the best kisses
  • Lets us know exactly what he needs - tries to climb in high chair when he's hungry, goes to the fridge when he wants a bottle, grabs his blanket when he wants to snuggle
  • Is a total Daddy's boy until it's time to settle down and go to sleep
  • Is such a wonderful addition to our family, I can't imagine what we did before him!

Very Best Mom Ever!

The other day I was sitting on the couch with the boys commenting on how did I get so lucky to have two great boys?

To which Gavin responded:

Mommy, you are the very best Mom ever!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

We're Behind on Pics

Games, Games, Games

If you want to see Gavin play this weekend, you have lots of opportunity. Soccer is almost over, so you only have 2 more chances to see him play.

This Saturday (5/22) @ 10:45 am on the Johnston soccer fields
Saturday (5/22) @ noon t- ball game at the Johnston little league fields

There may also be a scrimmage game Sunday @ 5:30 for t-ball - we will get confirmation today, so call before you come out to that one.

No games Memorial Day weekend, last soccer game is 6/5. Several more baseball games, mostly on week nights.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Potty Time

On Friday our day care lady sent me a text of Sam sitting on the potty at school. She said he told her "potty", went in there and used it! Two times that day!

Of course, we haven't been able to replicate it at home. Not that I thought we were anywhere NEAR potty training time. So I guess we'll let him use it at will and see what happens. I'm trying not to get too excited about the possibility of a diaper free zone in the near future. But odds are they may be gone by age 2 which is darn exciting!

He's 15 1/2 months now - so the first thing I said when I saw the picture was "he's not old enough to do that!"

Such a big kid

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Meeting Cousin Eisley

Do I have the two most gorgeous guys or what?

Monday, May 10, 2010

California Boys and BIG news

I'm having a really hard time getting pics loaded. If someone wants to come watch my little monsters for an hour or so some weekend while I sneak downstairs and work on the computer I can get it done!!

We had a blast in CA. The kids were SO well behaved and traveled well. Definitely loved the non stop flight to LA. We didn't get to my Dad's til close to midnight pacific time, and the boys slept on and off on the flight and in the car.

Tuesday we went to the beach and it was COLD! It was super sunny and toasty where my Dad lives but always colder at the beach. Somehow the boys didn't mind the cold and loved playing in the water, sand, and running along the beach. Tuesday night my cousin Heston, who is in LA working for Adam Sandler's production company, came over for dinner so it was great to see him!

Wednesday we went to the BEST.OUTLET MALL.EVER. Next time we are dedicating an entire day to this place. It was amazing and we probably didn't get into half the stores we wanted. ALSO we are so excited to announce that on Wednesday my brother and sister in law welcomed their first baby Eisley Christine! We have not had a chance to meet her yet, but are looking forward to it. We did pick up something special for her at the outlet mall. After the mall we headed to Santa Monica pier, but it closed a half hour after we arrived for a private function. It was once again a chilly day at the beach, so we weren't too worried.

Thursday we headed back to the pier so Gavin could ride the rides on the boardwalk since our trip was cut short the day before. Third time at the beach was a total charm. It was a fantastically perfect day. Sam and I spent some time on the beach while Gavin and Chad rode the rides. Sam discovered his taste for sand and ingested a fair amount (ugh!).

The boys had a blast with their grandpa and loved California. The trip back was also nice and smooth and uneventful. We could not have had a better experience, and three and half days was just the perfect amount of time. We were back at our house by about 9 Friday night.

Soccer and baseball games are under way! I created a calendar to keep it all straight. Email me for access to it and feel free to stop by and cheer Gavin on! He is quite the little soccer star and seems to be doing pretty well at baseball too.

This last weekend at the soccer game I overheard some parents from the other team talking about Gavin "that kid is really fast - yeah, he's really good". He is one of the older kids in his age bracket, but I can't tell you how overhearing that made me swell up with pride!

Sam has been ear infection free for almost a month and is definitely sleeping better. One of these days I will bite the bullet and start transitioning him into his race car bed that Chad picked up at a garage sale. Right before our trip we had to go back to the ENT to get one of his tubes unplugged - drainage from infection had blocked the tube. His language has just taken off since clearing it. Frequent sayings these days are "uh-oh" and "I did it!" and "bite".

And one final piece of BIG EXCITING news. No - we are not having another baby. I accepted a position at Pioneer - it is an amazing opportunity. The job is way cool, and I won't bore you with all the details, but email me if you are interested in hearing more. One of the best parts is the office is just a few minutes from my house and literally a block from Gavin's school. I start June 1st.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Promise of Motherhood

From the time we start thinking of having children, a certain promise of motherhood looms before us. Of big fat bellies, and the mad dash to the hospital, and holding your baby for the first time. Of taking babies home, watching them grow into toddlers, kindergartners, teenagers. Learning to drive, sending them off to college, watching them get married and start families of their own.

Yesterday I participated in the March of Dimes walk to raise money and awareness to prematurity. And I realized that so often this promise goes unkept.

So today, for Mother's Day, I want to recognize ALL the mothers out there. Those that have your children with you. But especially the ones that don't. Those that are anxiously awaiting their new arrivals, but especially those that are wondering if it will ever happen for them. Mothers that are holding newborns in their arms, but especially, especially those that are sitting by an isolette, wondering when they'll get the chance to hold them. Those watching their kids run around and those wondering if their kids will ever walk.

The promise of motherhood isn't exactly fulfilled in the way we all dream of in the beginning. The path for many is much more difficult than they ever could have anticipated. As we take the day to celebrate all the mother's in our lives, as a mother, please take a moment to stop and count your blessings. And take a moment to think of all the mothers that are struggling. And if I could challenge you to go on more step, think about what it is that you can do, in your community, to help those that are waiting for their promises to be kept.

Happy Mother's Day!