Saturday, December 29, 2012

the golden years + why i have the best sister ever

The Golden Years by Amber on Grooveshark

It's my golden birthday today. 28 was pretty great (cheesy, I know). It's going to be tough to beat. So far today, Liam sat still for approximately 20 minutes of Dinosaur Train so I could sleep a little bit later, he read No, David! to me (something he's getting really good at--"No! No! Shhh!"), and he's currently being a rock star playing his guitar.

On Tuesday, my sister gave me most of my gift-- a list of five reasons why I'm her favorite sister (I'm her only sister) and little gifts to go with each, including some old photos that nearly blew away during a gas station stop in Cactus Flat on the way home but were saved by Craig's valiant efforts, a CD, a cool "Grandma necklace", a book she'd pilfered off my bookshelf (that I'm fairly certain once belonged to a friend of mine), and I'll be getting a crocheted blanket in the near future. The little note is laying on my jewelry box and it has brought a smile to my face all week. I'm pretty lucky to have such an awesome sister.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

merry & bright

We had a pretty wonderful Christmas. Liam spent his weekend begging for and devouring all of the cookies he could get while his mama was in the giving mood and unwrapping more trucks than a boy could imagine. This kid is truly blessed to have so many family members who love him so dearly. 

P.S. I did a little guest post about South Dakota on Sara's blog this weekend. While you're there, stick around for awhile. I must admit I'm a bit jealous of her RV lifestyle.

Monday, December 17, 2012

2012 {by the numbers}

I truly wanted to write an actual Christmas letter this year. I didn't want to be that person who bored all of my friends and family with a month by month recount of our year, though. So, instead, I decided to do 2012 by the numbers. The sweater vests at our wedding belonged to Liam and our friend Brandon. And, what can I say? The kid loves applesauce and animal crackers.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Thoughts on a Saturday Night

Lately, Liam has started saying "thank you." It's one of my favorite milestones, and every time he says it, I try to let him know how much I appreciate that he says it. I know that one day the novelty will wear off. He probably won't say it as often as he does now. But, I want him to remember how important it is to be thankful.

Last night we had to do some grocery shopping. On the way home, Liam fell asleep in the car. When I picked him up from his car seat, he woke up but was still a little bit groggy. As we walked into the house, I looked down at him and said, "I love you, Liam." He looked up at me, still a little groggy, and said, "Thank you." All I could think about was how sweet and innocent he is, and how hard it is for me to bring him up in this world. As much as I keep telling myself that I can't keep worrying that he'll experience an unspeakable tragedy one day, It's something I've thought about all day today.

As Craig and I were talking about it this morning, he said, "That's why I'm glad we live here." I looked at him and said, "Craig, that town only had 27,000 people." It's one of those things that you wish you had never said. It makes you realize that it could be you. It could be your family. Some of those teachers were my age (or younger). Those students were just a few years older than Liam.

I've spent my day anxiously thinking about where I would hide my students if something had happened where I work. I've felt guilty, too. I've felt guilty thinking about those times when the mass casualty drills at work lasted longer than I would have liked, and I spent my time thinking "When  is this going to end?" and wondering how I would make up the class time.

Perhaps, President Obama said it best when he said, "This evening, Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do, which is hug our children a little tighter, and we’ll tell them that we love them, and we’ll remind each other how deeply we love one another. But there are families in Connecticut who cannot do that tonight, and they need all of us right now. In the hard days to come, that community needs us to be at our best as Americans..."

Monday, December 10, 2012

Liam, This Christmas


I love seeing you this Christmas. It's like everything is brand new and so exciting. As soon as the parade of lights started last weekend, you shouted, "Oh, wow!" I glowed a little inside as you watched in awe of the lighted trucks, fire trucks, and horses. 

I came home that night and told your dad we had to take you to see the reindeer at Storybook Island. You didn't let us down, pointing and shouting "Oh, wow!" as we walked around the park looking at the lighted fire trucks and choo choos and boats. I was a little worried about how you'd react to Santa, but you didn't show much fear until your dad tried to entertain you with a puppet in the gift shop.

The other day you saw your dream house when we went for a walk-- three blow-up snow globes, a Mickey Santa Claus, Santa and his reindeer on a teeter totter, and Santa and Rudolph in a blow up convertible. I hate to break it to you Liam, but I'm not going to be that mom who has sixteen blow-up Christmas decorations in her front yard. I do promise to take you by there again some day.

We've also been opening a different Christmas book each night. It cracked me up tonight when you said, "A book. Thank you."

Liam, I hope that you never forget to be thankful. I hope you never forget about the wonder and awe of Christmas. I hope it doesn't get old for you and that every Christmas is like this Christmas.



Linking up at Growing up Geeky.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

"Oh, Wow!"

A Christmas Carol ornaments inspired by this tutorial

Joy to the World printable

one of my favorite spaces: lantern and lighted garland in the front window
Here's wishing you all a wonderful weekend. We're going to endure the snow and cold tomorrow night to take Liam to see reindeer at Storybook Island. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

holiday photo time

A few weeks ago, Craig, Liam, and I trekked down to Western Nebraska, so Kim, a longtime family friend could take our family photos. Kim is the mom to two of the cutest little boys and one of the sweetest people I've met. Her experience with little boys proved useful as she caught Liam in some of the cutest poses as he climbed up and down ladders, wandered toward tractors and loaders, and stopped to listen to the choo choos.