Wednesday, January 23, 2013

indoor outdoor fun

On Sunday, Craig and one of his friends were working on Liam's room, and all Liam wanted was to be in the middle of all of the action. A few weeks ago when they started work on the room, Liam and I met up with one of my friends and her daughter at the Outdoor Campus, and I knew we'd be back. It turns out this weekend was the right time. Since it was so cold and windy outside, we weren't able to take the sled out on the hiking trails, but we did have tons of fun crawling through the tunnels, looking at the animals, and checking out the fish (Liam's favorite part).

check out that hair

watching fish

turning around to yell, "it's a fish!"

Monday, January 14, 2013

scenes from a weekend

This weekend was pretty great. On Saturday night, we ventured out into the snow for a little anniversary date night. Craig lost his wedding band in the snow on Friday night, but I love him anyway. We both agreed that we thought I would have been the first to lose my ring.

We got the biggest plate of mussels for an appetizer and enjoyed a pretty amazing meal. When it came time to pay, our waitress told us that Craig's boss had taken care of the ticket. Craig texted him to thank him, and he told him to go buy himself a new ring with the money he would have spent. Some day, I am going to pay all of these good deeds forward, but in the meantime I'm pretty thankful for all of the amazing people we've got in our lives.
Sunday was spent doing some work on Liam's room and playing "Nomas" (Thomas). One of our friends gifted their older boys' train set to us for Christmas and putting them all together has been one of Liam's favorite activities since. I don't know the names of all of engines and neither does Liam, so we've just settled on calling them all Nomas.

It's weekends like these that make me thankful to have these two in my life.

P.S. For the past few months, I've been putting away a few dollars here and there for a new camera. I'm hoping to have enough by the end of next month. In the meantime, I apologize for the poor photo quality.

Saturday, January 12, 2013


+Planning to finish Herland after our book club conversation Thursday night. 

+Laughing at  the idea of naming winter storms. I woke up yesterday and scoffed when there wasn't even a dusting of snow on the ground. Of course, Gandolf had to show me by forcing me to trudge through five inches of snow while wearing ballet flats in order to get to my car and drive home from work.

+Loving how funny Liam is becoming and wishing I kept better track of the funny things he does. Case in point, a couple of nights ago, he went running past me with his stuffed Cookie Monster in hand yelling "Tookie, Tookie, Tookie..." I knew he was up to no good, so I followed him and caught him just as he was dunking Cookie in the toilet. Of course Cookie needed a bath. (Also, am I a bad mother for thinking that's funny? I had to hold back the laughter as I was saying, "No, Liam. We do not put Cookie in the toilet.")

+ Wishing I had HBO after listening to this interview on my way home from work yesterday.

+Looking forward to our anniversary date night tonight. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

i've created a monster

sunday morning rock show--just before he threw his guitar on the floor like a real rockstar

Liam doesn't watch a lot of T.V. Occasionally, we turn on an episode of Sesame Street, Dinosaur Train, or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse while he plays, but really he just likes the music and never sits still for an entire episode.

A few weeks ago, Liam was in a funk post-daycare, so I thought it would be fun to have a little dance party in our living room with music from YouTube. Eventually I found myself watching as Liam was spinning around in my living room, wearing one of my scarves, yelling "ABC, ABC."It's since become a regular thing in our house--listening to Elmo and India Arie singing "ABC..."--so regular that Liam's first words some mornings are Daddy? Mommy? ABC?

Then, to save ourselves from going insane over ABC, Craig and I slowly started expanding Liam's YouTube repertoire. Everytime Liam sees my computer, he yells, "ABC? Bus? Ahh Ahh Ahh? Hot Dog?" (I must admit that I cringed a little when Craig introduced the Barney. I grew up in a (mostly) one T.V. household with a sister who was 8 years younger than I. Needless to say, we ended up watching a lot of Barney.)

This is such a tough one for me--I don't watch a lot of T.V. (aside from a few trashy reality shows and Parenthood), and I never really wanted to let Liam watch much either. I like that he enjoys the music and dancing, but I don't want him to get too addicted to these videos. (And, I'm not going to lie--I'm a little sad that my little boy who once loved Otis Redding is turning to Elmo and Barney and Mickey Mouse.)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

be mindful

Until yesterday, I was almost certain that I would not be writing a resolution post. The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized that my resolution this year, and always, should be to be mindful. Mindful of how I'm spending my money. How I'm treating my family, friends, and coworkers. Mindful of what I'm reading and how I'm spending my time. How I treat myself--both physically and mentally.  I know this goal blows all of the goal-setting rules out of the water. It's not specific or measurable or attainable or time-limited. It is relevant, though.

So often, I throw caution to the wind and spend money on things that will neither make me happy nor fulfill some specific need. I don't spend as much quality time with Liam or with Craig as I would like. And I know that I'll never be perfect, but I do hope to be more mindful of the impact of my actions as I approach day to day tasks.

A few of my favorite resolution-related tasks from around the web yesterday include:

-I love these resolutions and think #4 is brilliant.
-It's so important to remember this.
-I love Elizabeth's monthly goals (modeled after Kate's from 2012), and I think I'm going to take a similar approach to my 30 by 30 list, which already needs a few modifications.