Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Just a quick post to say Merry Christmas! We're in Rhinebeck with my parents and are having our first white Christmas in years! I'm thrilled, to say the least! I've been dreaming of a white Christmas for years. And I really wanted one for Braeden's sake. All he knows is NC snow. I want him to know NY snow. And this year I finally got my wish. He hasn't been out in yet, but tomorrow is going to be our snow day.

Mom bought him boots, snow pants, and a new Carhartt jacket. She also knit him a hat. He should be all set. We're looking forward to making a snowman, having a snowball fight, and going sledding. I'll admit to having an idealized vision of how snow play will go...I'm not naive enough to believe it will be perfect, but I'm hopeful that Braeden will have fun!

We had a fantastic Christmas. Kind of slow and lazy, actually. Not nearly as frenzied as the ones I remember from my childhood. We opened stockings this morning, and I think Braeden would have been content with just those things. He got a tiny garbage truck he's wanted for months, a smal combine, and a Unamog matchbox plus some candy, a toothbrush, and a snowman Pez dispenser. Then we had breakfast and put Gage down for a nap. And it was finally time to move into the sun room and open presents.

I've got pictures, so I'll post those tomorrow or the next day. Abi and Jeremy got here around 2-ish and we opened more presents. We ate dinner--roast beef, yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, gravy, and peas--around 6:00.

Like I said, tomorrow is snow day. I think one day we might take Braeden to see the Tale of Despereaux. This is a big deal because we've never taken him to a movie. A couple of his friends have been, and I've talked to their moms about it. I thought it would be fun to do it with MeMa and P-Pa. One day mom, Abi, and I are going to do something. A girl's outing. We haven't decided what...shopping at the outlets in Lee, MA or a trip to Trader Joe's in Danbury, CT. The big joke this year is that all the presents came from Trader Joe's. Silly.

Anyway, it's past time for bed especially since Mat and I have slept like crap for two nights now thanks to Gage's third ear infection in a month's time. Poor kid.

Monday, December 22, 2008

We're still here!!

I know it's been a while (bad blogger!), but things have been more than a little crazy around here.

Both boys got sick at the same time. That just shouldn't happen. One of them should be considerate enough to wait until the first one is done, right? Well, no. Apparently they didn't get that mommy memo.

Braeden had a bad cold. Lots of coughing and congestion with a sore throat. He coughed so much at school one day he threw up. Gage had a very yucky nose and was running a low temp. I took them both to the doctor (and learned that 2 boys + 1 appointment time = 2 copays or $50!!). Braeden just had a cold. $25 to have that confirmed. Huh. Gage, on the other hand, had his second ear infection in the same ear as last time. It was early, so we weren't seeing any symptoms of it like last time.

Gage finishes up his 10-day course of antibiotics tonight. We used the probiotic again for a few days and he had no yucky side effects from the amoxicillin. Phew.

We told Braeden that being sick meant he could watch lots of cartoons, so we've been hearing that for the last week or so. "Sick kids get to watch a lot of cartoons." You try telling Braeden he's not sick any longer. See how far you get! :)

As the kids were starting to feel better, I got sick. It never fails. Sore throat, headache, and fever. I had to leave early on Thursday after our office holiday luncheon. Came home, changed into my jammies, and took my temp. 103. I felt like such crap I couldn't even bring myself to care. I sat in the dark living room on the couch under a blanket with NCIS on the TV. Whatever I was watching ended, NCIS came on, and I couldn't bring myself to change the channel. If that's not a sign of how sick I was, I don't know what is.

I stayed home Friday as my temp was still high in the morning. I felt a lot better by the end of the day, though.

Saturday we celebrated Christmas at Mark and Jenn's townhouse in Charlotte with Mat's parents. Mark and Jenn did a great job entertaining us and the two kids. They made mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, green beans, and a really nice salad for the grown-ups. I was really impressed with the thought they put into the menu. And they even seemed not to care when Braeden spilled an entire glass of juice on the table or when Gage threw mac and cheese everywhere. :)

The boys got some really good presents, and it was nice to spend the day together. Pete and Carol leave for AZ after Christmas, and we'll be in NY starting tomorrow, so we won't all be together again until the spring. We gave Mark and Jenn a gift card to PF Chang's for Christmas. It's what they asked for, and who are we to disappoint. They laughed when they opened it, then handed me our present. A gift card to PF Chang's. As soon as Mark told his brother that's what they wanted, he groaned remembering they had already bought one for us. Silly.

We'll be leaving around 4:00 tomorrow morning for Rhinebeck. Maybe I'll post from the car. Maybe not. We'll see how the trip goes. Braeden will be great. It's Gage we're worried about. Hopefully he'll do a lot of napping!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

In the holiday mood


If you're not interested in Christmas decorations or my arts and crafts then just stop reading now!

We are really into Christmas this year. And I think we owe it all to Braeden who is sososo into Christmas this year. We put our tree up right after Christmas, and it's really beautiful this year. I've had to come to terms with Braeden's constant redecorating, though. He LOVES taking ornaments off the tree to play with them. Every night I find a handful in different places that I return to the tree. And every couple days I reposition a bunch of ornaments so that the tree is more evenly covered. It sounds anal, and I suppose it is, but I think I'm being really relaxed about everything. :)


Mat tried to let Braeden put the star on top of the tree, but Braeden was too afraid he would fall from up there. I snapped the picture quickly before Mat lowered him to the ground and put the star up himself.


We hung our stockings in front of the fireplace and decorated the mantle with candles and a few of my favorite things.


Braeden really liked helping me decorate. Sometimes it was tough to think of ways he could, but this was the perfect project for him.


Remember the sleigh Braeden and I bought? Here it is filled with pine cones.


This is the mitten garland I've been working on. These felt mittens are so easy to make and so very sweet. I love them!


Braeden loved playing turkey fields at Thanksgiving. Now he plays Christmas fields.


I finally ordered our Christmas cards. Needless to say they'll be going out a little bit late this year. I had some crafting to do before I could take the pictures. I should have gotten it done in November so that I would be ready as soon as we put up the tree, but then it wouldn't be me.

I'm in the middle of a great project that I think will make really wonderful gifts. And that means I can't say anything more about it here. I'll try to remember to post pictures after Christmas!

And it wouldn't be Christmas without some holiday baking...I made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies today. I'm bringing most of them in to work tomorrow. I'm going to my first cookie swap Wednesday with some of Keno girls. I'm planning to make raisin molasses gems for the swap. I need to make 6.5 dozen!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Random nonsense

Since I'm at work and pumping, there are no pictures for this post. And I doubt the post will be very interesting. How's that for a lead-in?

I just put some of the pump parts down and realized there's dried breast milk on my desk. And on top of the milk? Dried mocha that must have been on the bottom of my travel mug this morning. I chuckled, mostly because it totally doesn't bother me. Then I remembered to e-mail Mat and apologize for the mocha mess in the cup holder of my car. :)

This is the first Christmas that I'm knee deep in Christmas crafting. I've never really been crafty before, so this is huge for me! Unfortunately I think my eyes are bigger than my stomach. So to speak. I have one project only half done that MUST be completed TODAY. I don't want to give it away because it relates to my Christmas cards. Cards that haven't even been ordered yet. And instead of finishing that project up, I've been making felt mittens. I'm totally in love with them! I'm working on a mitten garland to hang on our bookcase. It's going to be adorable! And I've been waiting to take pictures of our Christmas decorations until I finish the garland. I also have dreams of making balsam sachets. I've got the fabric. And the balsam. All I'm lacking is the time and follow-through to get them done. A big handicap for the project I MUST finish and the sachets is that they involve sitting at the sewing machine in the morning room. I can, and do, work on the mittens in front of the TV. It's not hard to see why the mittens are winning the craft war.

Braeden and I went shopping Sunday morning. He hates getting left behind, so I've decided it's easier just to plan to take him with me. And I'm totally incapable of saying no to that boy. And he totally knows it. :) We went to JoAnn's first for more mitten-making supplies (I broke two really old needle threaders trying to get embroidery floss into a too-small needle eye!). We bought a present for MeMa, gDiaper inserts for Gage, and something for Mark and Jenn. We stopped on the way home for coffee and donuts at Dunkin Donuts. Braeden is always happy to stop there or at Starbucks. He's like my partner in crime with this stuff!

One of the places we went was Costco. Braeden loves to go there and expects to find samples each time. Yesterday he got a cookie and a cup of hot chocolate. He also sang Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the top of his lungs throughout the store. I thought it was cute and never once thought about shushing him. It was so loud in there anyways, what's one more voice. Most people thought he was cute, and anyone who didn't needs to get in the holiday spirit! I was just impressed that he sang most of the words correctly. Not all songs come out as well...he has a hard time with Jingle Bells especially the one-horse open sleigh part. The other couple of songs he's great at singing are Frosty and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. I really ought to get some video of him singing...

Friday, December 5, 2008

Why I don't pump my own gas

So last night I stopped in to get gas on my way home. All the pumps were filled which surprised me. And there at least 12 pumps at my gas station. Gas was the same price it had been that morning. It wasn't Friday, or the start of a long weekend. As far as I knew there was no scare about rising prices.

I waited a few minutes, then pulled up to pump. Pumping gas is kind of a big deal for me. I don't do it that often. Mat and I have an agreement about the cars. He handles maintenance. And to me, that includes getting the gas. But I knew I needed it and I was getting home early, and since I drive right by the gas station on my way home it made sense that I stop.

So, I pull up to the pump and get all my crap together. We use speedpass, but it tends not to work at this station. Maybe it's all stations these days. Whatever. It's a pain in the ass. So I flip the switch to open the gas tank door. Turn off the car. Get my keys with the speedpass. Dig out my back-up credit card. Put my phone in my pocket. Take my gloves off. Realize I've parked awfully close to a post and very carefully ease my way out of the car. Then I watch a white minivan pull in to the pump next to me. My eye is automatically drawn to the front passenger seat.


Can you see?

That's a baby sitting on the lap of the woman in the front seat. Sitting on a pillow, actually. On the lap of the woman in the front seat. And you know what? The woman is wearing her seatbelt. She's buckled in but she's carrying her GodDamn baby on her lap on a pillow. In the front seat.

I had to take a picture. I didn't even hide the fact that I was taking a picture like I usually do. And then I considered calling 911. I honestly did. I was shaking I was so crazed about this.

After all this, I finally get down to business to pump my gas. And found out there was gas all over the handle of my pump. And now it was all over my hand.

And on top of that, the pump is running incredibly slowly. A woman pulls up behind me and I tell her I'm pumping a gallon every minute. The woman at the pump next to me lets me know it's not just my pump that's slow. Then I feel something whack into my leg.


A grasshopper has flown into my leg. And for some reason, he thought this was a good place to camp out. A grasshopper!

He didn't seem at all concerned as I tried not to freak out. The woman at the pump next to me leaned over to see. But the thought of a bug landing on her leg freaked her out and she had to go back to her pump. Me? I took a picture so I could post it on the blog. Then I used the napkin I was using to wipe the gas off my hand to shoo the grasshopper off my leg. And then, because I'm me and can't stand the thought of the little guy getting squished (even though he grossed me out by landing on my leg), I used my napkin to coerce him into hopping onto the platform where the pump is.

So, in case you're having a hard time following...first, there was the baby on the lap. Then my gas hand. And then the grasshopper on the leg. Fast forward 15 minutes, and my tank is now full. With 13.8 gallons. And I have to put the pump back in the holder. And that means getting my hand wet again. Yuck.

Amazingly enough I somehow have a couple wet wipes in my glove box with the Dunkin Donuts napkins. That's the one bright spot of my stop at the gas station.

And that's why I don't pump my own gas!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Pics

Too tired for words so all you get are pictures tonight...

Speaking of tired, how sweet is this sleeping baby??


Bean burritos are soooo messy...


Gage drinking from his sippy.


Here's Gagey playing in the pantry while I make dinner.


Gage loves to play with Braeden's tool bench. He really loves to use the circular saw because it makes a loud noise and the fake blade spins around and around.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thankful for Turkeys

We had a good Thanksgiving this year. It's becoming my tradition to host my in-laws for the day. Last year was the exception when Mat, Braeden, and I did turkey day by ourselves. Thanksgiving is one of my most favorite holidays, and it makes me sad not to spend the day in Rhinebeck. Because I love this day so much, I like to host it at my house so that I can have it exactly the way I want it. :) Well, if I had it exactly the way I wanted it, the turkey would be shoe-leather dry. But for Mat, I dp what I can to keep it moist.

Here's a picture of Braeden playing turkey fields with my centerpiece.


And a picture of my Thanksgiving table Carol took.


I really need to buy some nice trivets so I don't have to use all of my weird, mismatched pot holders. I wanted to put the butter in a dish, but Mat absolutely wouldn't let me. He thought I was nuts for even thinking about it. I also know I need a gravy boat...I used a bowl with a ladle instead. A gravy boat would have been much more official looking. Oh, and I should work on my father-in-law about not drinking his beer from a can at a formal meal like this one. Beer in a can is fine for pizza or sandwiches. But glasses should be mandatory for Thanksgiving. And tupperware cups like the green one? Yikes. Should have made Mat use a real glass. We do own them, even though I almost always use plastic. And Mat should too since he has a tendency to break the real ones.

But the best part of my Thanksgiving?

These...

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Snow!

We had our first snow and I dressed Braeden up and sent him out to play. We take what we can get in NC, even if it's a light dusting. I seriously hope Rhinebeck gets walloped with snow while we're there for Christmas. Braeden is used to NC snow. He has no idea!

The most snow was sitting on top of our pine straw, so that's where he went to make his snowballs.


He was happy but cold!


Showing me the snow on his mitten (from the dollar section at Target!!).

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My (?) holiday decorations

Two posts in one day? Unbelievable. Or as Braeden would say Un.be.lieve.able.

It's time to post about holiday decorations. Bet you didn't see that one coming! Braeden is really into the holidays this year. And I am so so so excited about it!

Braeden started talking about cornucopias one day. Mat and I weren't sure he even knew what a cornucopia was. When we asked him, he informed us that it was a horn-shaped basket filled with things you're thankful for. We were humbled. And confused. Where did he learn that? At school? Then I caught the Moose A. Moose interlude between episodes of Blue's Clues one morning. Ohhhh, there's the cornucopia! Moose sings songs and does puzzles. He's pretty funny. And those songs get stuck in our heads...we all sing lines from them whenever it seems appropriate. I sometimes catch myself about to do it at work and have to remind myself that none of my coworkers have babies. They totally won't get Moose A. Moose!

So, Braeden and I bought a cornucopia. If it were solely up to me, the cornucopia would live on the dining room table as part of my Thanksgiving centerpiece complete with gourds, pumpkins, baby pumpkins, and my fake fall leaves. Oh, and the adorable stuffed turkey that gobbles that I bought last week at Swoozie's (when I used my coupon). Braeden likes to play turkey field. He can play turkey field for a very, very long time. When I watch him play, I always think this is going to be fun for a few minutes but then 30 minutes later he's still playing.

The other thing the cornucopia is good for?


Yep. It's a hat, too. :)

Today Braeden and I went to the grocery store for a few last-minute Thanksgiving dinner items. We also stopped at Michael's for a basket to hold the rolls I bought at Great Harvest Bread Company when I left work today. Along with the roll basket, Braeden found this gold wire sleigh with accent beads. It was pretty. Pretty tacky. But they did have a much less tacky version that I thought could be a lot of fun. As a Christmas decoration.

Braeden had other ideas.


He's Santa, ho ho ho-ing all around the house and distributing toys to good little girls and boys. With a pretend Santa hat on.

If I can wrestle the sleigh away from Braeden, I've got a bunch of ideas about how to fill it. Surprisingly enough, none of my ideas include Braeden's diggers, the drawers from the dollhouse dresser, the star ornaments from our new Toot & Puddle Christmas book, or the boomerang man. Weird, huh? I'm thinking very prettily wrapped presents. Although to accomplish that I'll need my sister to fly down here and wrap some empty boxes for me. Or pine cones if Mat can find the time to go exploring and find some. I'll post pictures when I get it together. If I get it together. :)

Boss sloth

"I'm the biggest sloth that you see says sloth."

Braeden is always repeating stuff he's heard on the radio or TV (whack the badger, Barack Obama, or the Queen song). Lately he's been saying something really weird. And I had to listen to him say it about a hundred times before I could get it straight. I had no idea where he got it from, but Mat was able to fill in the blanks for me.

He's been repeating (in his own garbled way) a line from a rap song he's heard on the radio while driving with Mat. What's the line?

"I'm the biggest boss that you've seen thus far." It's from a song called the The Boss by Rick Ross. A really bad song. A song about some big guy who sells drugs and makes lots of money. If you're really interested, you can watch the video for yourself at youtube. I honestly debated whether or not to even give you the link, that's how bad I think it is.

Braeden's line is much cuter!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Hot cocoa


I forgot I had taken a couple pictures of Braeden at Starbucks! He took his hot chocolate very seriously which I just thought was adorable!

One week without a post and this is what you get??

Fresh off a month-long daily blogging challenge and here it is a whole week since my last post. What can I say? I've got pictures (at home) to post and there have been funny and sweet things to write about, so why haven't I blogged?

I just finished pumping and got almost three ounces. For those not in the know, that's not much at all. I started to beat myself up about it, but then I thought about Braeden. "You get what you get and you don't get upset." So. Three ounces. Fantastic. Fan-fucking-tastic. (I always remember my mom saying it's like not really swearing when you incorporate the swear word in the middle of a regular word. I think she got that from a former principal she worked for. He had been my principal when I was in elementary school. We were all terrified of him which made it all the funnier when I met him again as an adult.)

Mat's in PA for a couple days giving a talk at Lafayette College. He left yesterday afternoon and gets back tomorrow night so it's just me and the boys for now. I've got to say I LOVE it! And that's no slight to Mat because I love having him around and I love watching him with the boys. But the boys and I have so much fun together...we're definitely on laid back, schedule-free mommy time without drill sergeant Mat around. (Said with love, baby!) I wasn't planning to set an alarm this morning but Mat convinced me to do it. I figured Gage would be my alarm clock, but my phone beeped at 6:00 and we were all still sleeping!

I fed the cat and tiptoed upstairs to wake up the baby. I didn't want Braeden to wake up until Gage and I were ready. I brought the baby down and nursed him. I even set the alarm again for 6:20 so I would be sure he and I didn't fall back asleep. He did (so sweet) but I didn't. I HATED getting up though. We were snuggled together under the covers, it was dark in the bedroom, and quiet in the house. I would have loved to fall back asleep for another hour or two. Instead I changed his diaper and went upstairs to wake Braeden. After breakfast, cartoons, hair straightening, another diaper change, packing three bags, dressing two kids, and no yelling, we were out of the house at 7:45. Take that, Mat!

We had our first snow of the season last week but that will get its own post later over on Braeden's blog. With pictures of a cute kid playing in a dusting of snow and thinking he's hit the snow jackpot! Since we didn't get any snow two Christmases ago when we were in NY, this kid thinks a dusting is a lot of snow. I am wishing and hoping that we'll have a "real" white Christmas in Rhinebeck this year! He wants to build a snowman and throw snowballs. I want to take him sledding at Mills Mansion and show him how to make snow angels.

What else do I have to post about...there's the cornucopia story but that will have to wait for another time since the picture is on my home laptop. There's also a funny story about sloths but I can't remember exactly what Braeden says so I'll have to get him to repeat it for me. Slowly. And I'll need Mat to help with the translation.

Oh, Gagey is getting another tooth! It's the incisor on the right that's coming in, so soon he'll have all four top front teeth. He's getting better at standing on his own. It seems more deliberate now, like he knows he can stand unassisted so he does it. I've tried sitting a few steps away from him and holding my arms out to him to see if he would try to walk to me. But every time I do that, he drops down and crawls to me instead. I'm totally fine with him NOT walking yet!

I was very excited on Friday to come home to a package! Fluffy mail...diapers! I got another GAD, this time the outer is chocolate brown and the inner lining is baby blue. It is so pretty. I absolutely love it! This one makes three GADS in our stock, and I'm pretty sure three is just not enough. (Gage wears the medium long...in case anyone was interested in doing a little shopping of their own!) And I got a medium Thirsties...it's time to size Gage up from the smalls he's been wearing since March when I ordered him his first cloth diapers. We have five small Thirsties that I plan to sell, but I need to wait until I have the diapers in house to replace them in our day care rotation. The medium just looks HUGE. Even Mat thought so when I showed it to him. This was after he mocked me for going on and on about how soft the lining was in the GAD and how squishy the lining was in the Thirsties. And I am still waiting for my two bumGenius! diapers in the new colors. In fact, I just e-mailed the mom to ask about them. I want those diapers and I am tired of waiting for them!

Monday, November 17, 2008

I love mail!

Today was an awesome mail day! No diapers, but maybe Thursday. :)

However, there was still really cool stuff waiting for me when I got home tonight. Unfortunately I can't post about all of it here since some of it will be for Christmas.

I received two packages containing things I ordered from etsy. I LOVE etsy. It's one of my favorite ways to kill a little time and the site of some of my most favorite, most hoped for items. I've got an etsy wish list a mile long!

The first package had some Christmas gift tags, some really cute tags. The second had something that will probably end up as a gift so I can't post the details here. But you can click here to see the shop I bought this something from. I'm thinking I'll keep some and give some as a gift because I really, really love what I bought. That way I can enjoy the something just as much as the person who receives the gift. And if that isn't the spirit of Christmas then I don't know what is! ETA: I did keep some!! YEA!!

Then there was a 20% off coupon at a Greensboro shop that sells personalized things and all kinds of gifts. Just for being a member of the Greensboro Children's Museum I can save 20% shopping there on Thursday. And the museum receives 10% of the proceeds. It's a win-win! Except for Mat. Everyone wins but Mat. Poor guy.

Then there was the envelope from PF Chang's. While I was talking to Mat about it, I remembered that a while back Emily and I had lunch there and our waiter asked us to fill out a survey. And I guess just for filling out the survey I got a 10% off card to use through January 4. Cool, right? I've been wanting their Dan Dan Noodles and now I have the perfect excuse to go there!

I think the universe was kicking on all cylinders today...PF Chang's and Swoozie's (the Greensboro shop) are spitting distance from each other. I can feel it already...Thursday I'll be doing a little Christmas shopping at Swoozie's then picking up takeout from PF Chang's. I can already tell it's going to be a great day!

Yuck!

This is just unbelievable!

I just received a message from one of my favorite diaper sites listing a 10% sale on wraps and pouches in response to an utterly reprehensible ad from Motrin. Click here to see the ad for yourself. It will only be available for a short time, so watch it quickly.

In response to the ad, I sent the following message to Motrin:

While I certainly appreciate the apology on the homepage concerning the ignorant ad you ran on babywearing, I wanted to be sure my voice was heard.

You say wearing your baby seems to be in fashion as if if babywearing is something akin to pairing uggs with a short skirt. Supposedly it's a real bonding experience? How condescending is that? And yes, there is research that confirms that babies worn in a sling, pouch, or wrap do cry less.

All this to say nothing of the flip attitude of the woman reading your ad. The entire thing, from start to finish, is demoralizing to PARENTS (not just moms) who make the choice to do what's best for their babies. If you're wearing your baby correctly, it doesn't put put a "ton" of strain on any part of your baby. A worn baby is more secure than one carried in your arms. And it's easier on your joints and muscles to wear the baby than it is to carry the baby. Babies sleep better in a wrap than in a stroller. They receive human contact from their parent or caregiver in a wrap that they wouldn't in a stroller. Babies in a wrap are better able to see and interact with the world fostering better intellectual and emotional development than a baby in a stroller.

I'm overwhelmed at the insensitivity displayed by Motrin in preparing, approving, and running this ad. Oh, and the part about how wearing your baby is what makes you look like an official mom is shallow and insensitive to all of the PARENTS out there who choose to wear their babies. Apparently we all look tired and crazy and are desperately in need of motrin to "fix" us.

This commercial is completely out-of-line. I appreciate that you will no longer run it, but I can't not question a company that would run it in the first place.

When I visited the Motrin web site, they have an apology for the ad on their homepage. But frankly, it's too little too late for my taste. You can see the apology here. And if you'd like to register your own complaint with Motrin, click here to complete the online form.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Holiday Spirit (Early!)


Gage can stand. By himself. I hardly know what to say. He can only do it for a minute or so at a time before he falls forward, has to sit down, or needs to grab onto something. He's so funny when he does it. He plants his feet shoulder width apart and bends a little at the knees when he does it. Adorable.

Aside from how fast (too fast!) he's growing up, Gage is doing great. He seems to be totally over the ear infection, and has just one more day of antibiotics left. He's eating more solids, both at school and at home. Tonight the whole family ate my homemade mac & cheese and peas. So fun.

This morning I got dressed after nursing Gage and putting him down for a nap. I was planning to go out by myself in search of some holiday decorations. When I told Braeden I was going, he very earnestly told me he wanted to go too. And I really couldn't say no. I sort of wanted to just because I was looking forward to moving quickly around Michaels and Pier 1 where stuff is breakable. But I just couldn't say no to that face.

We stopped at Starbucks first. I had a mocha and I ordered a kids hot chocolate for Braeden. He was so excited! There were a few orders ahead of us and the woman making the drinks is really slow, so Braeden was getting impatient. In a cute way, though. Finally she called mine then we watched her finish up his with whipped cream and chocolate sauce on top. We sat together on a bench and drank some of our drinks. He took it all very seriously.

I had a brainstorm as we were getting out of the car at Michaels. I asked him if he wanted to ride in the stroller, and he said yes. Fantastic. I didn't belt him in, but he did ride most of the time. I was looking for pine cones, getting a jump on my Christmas decorating. Unfortunately the only ones to be found had that disgusting fake cinnamon smell. We did find some good stuff, though.

Like a tiny Christmas tree for Braeden's room! He was so excited when I asked him if he wanted a tree for his bedroom. Then we picked out mini ornaments to go on it. I steered him towards the non-breakable ones, so we bought little drums, an assortment of things (a snowflake, a stocking, Santa, a reindeer, and more), and five little train ornaments. I was looking for a tiny garland or tinsel but didn't see any. It wasn't until we got home and decorated the tree that we realized we had forgotten to get a star for the top. Oops.

After Michaels we went to Pier 1, still no pine cones. But we did buy a couple of ornaments and enjoyed looking at all of the Christmas decorations.

Oh, I almost forgot. At one point during our shopping, Braeden started telling me that we were looking for intermints. I thought and thought. Oh, right. Ornaments. :)

This afternoon Braeden and I made cookies. Apple spice cookies from this Better Homes & Gardens cookie books I've had for years. They're okay but nothing we'll make again. Mat likes them, not that that means much. He's eaten just about everything I've ever made. There are a few notable exceptions...I will always remember my terrible take on teriyaki chicken. I know Mat remembers something else, but I can't think what that is. Maybe he'll post in the comments. Probably not. Oh, I do remember making peanut butter cookies with reduced fat PB. Never do that. Never. Never. The artificial whatever in the PB means the greasy cookie just spreads everywhere.

Late Saturday afternoon Mat took Braeden outside to play while I made chili. I wanted Gage to stay where I could see him, and since he's always so interested in the pantry, I figured what's the harm.


What a mess! Luckily for me, Mat picked it all up!

Friday, November 14, 2008

How sweet!

I have to brag a little...I have the sweetest little boy in the world. Of course, he would be highly insulted to know I called him little!

Yesterday I had to drive to Garland, NC for an alumni luncheon with my boss. Round trip we were in the car for FIVE hours! My boss likes it cold, and since it was raining we were running the defrost. On cold. By the time we arrived, I was very cold and could feel an ache in my neck and shoulders which I figured was from the driving. I had to excuse myself from the table a few minutes into lunch because I felt sure I was going to throw up. I managed to buck up and make it through lunch (without eating anything else). We got back in the car and left Garland around 2:20. We returned the car on campus around 5:10. Then I still had to drive home.

I met the boys in the driveway and helped get them inside. I changed into my comfy clothes and climbed into bed with Gage. I nursed him (since I didn't pump at all yesterday!) then Mat took him out to the kitchen and I fell asleep. I slept until Mat woke me around 8:00 to nurse Gage again. Then I went back to sleep until I woke up at 4:40 this morning feeling so much better! I think I was just really tired and probably a little dehydrated.

Anyway, I'm sorry you had to read through all of that just to get to the part about how sweet my kid is. After I nursed Gage this morning, Mat took him upstairs with him to get Braeden up and dressed. Since I missed Braeden last night, I slipped upstairs while he was brushing his teeth (naked, by the way). He saw me in the mirror and came running to the gate so happy to see me. Then he said, "Are you feeling better, mommy?"

Is that not precious??

He also tells me to drive carefully when I leave for work. In the mornings he asks me if I slept well. And when I come home, he asks if I had a good day. :)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

MORE vacation pictures!

Mom sent a CD of her pictures from our vacation in Virginia Beach...

My dad spent a lot of time sitting just like this with Gage balanced on his lap. The condos are pretty small, so they have mirrors covering a couple walls to make it seem bigger. Sometimes you forget they're there until you catch a glimpse of yourself...makes you want to sit up a little straighter. It's a nightmare for people who try hard not to be in photos. Like me.


MeMa, P-Pa, and Braeden at the Neptune statue.


Gagey and me...aren't we sweet?!


Here's my sister Abi, her husband Jeremy, and Gage.


And a really great picture of Aunt Abi with Gage.

Baby's got a new set of wheels

Can you believe it? The challenge is over and I'm still blogging.

Yesterday afternoon we went to Baby Depot to buy a new umbrella stroller. Mom had bought us one three years ago and gave it to us when we met them at Virginia Beach. We brought it with us this October to the beach and Braeden climbed in one day. The stroller broke, so I guess it wasn't meant to carry a 35-pound kid. We really wanted to get a stroller that Braeden could still use but weren't sure we could find one. So it was funny that the first stroller we saw was weight-tested to 40 pounds. Perfect. Especially because we've been talking about taking Braeden to NYC at Christmas and we knew we couldn't do it without a stroller.

Gage played with the wheels while Mat put the stroller together.


Then he got to go for the first ride. You can really see his teeth in that picture. Actually, he's got a third one coming in on the top.


Braeden woke up from his nap and peeked out of our room while I was wheeling Gage around the room. So then I took him for a ride around the house. I wish I had thought to take his picture...next time.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Whew! It's been a loooong month!

Well, this is it. The last day of the month-long blogging challenge. I'm not really surprised I made it...once I announced I was doing it and Emily got on board, I knew I had to do it. I had pride on the line.

I was worried enough about Gage this week that I stayed home with him Friday and took him to see the doctor. Gage weighed 15 pounds 13 ounces, the same as he did when I took him for his follow-up check for his hemoglobin level. I was a little disappointed, thinking he would weigh more than 16 pounds now. But since he wasn't eating as much this week, I figure he lost a little weight since he's been sick.

His decreased appetite was one of the reasons I took him to the doctor. The other reason had to do with his diapers. They weren't wet. And the poop. Oh God. The poop was disgusting. Nasty colors, disgusting smells, and explosively messy. Just not right.

I explained why I brought him to the doctor and she started checking him out. She checked his left ear, and it was fine. Then she checked his right. And she said the words I had NOT been expecting. Gage has an ear infection. Inconceivable, as they would say in the Princess Bride.

She wrote us a prescription for amoxicillin and gave us sample packages of probiotics to counteract the digestive issues antibiotics can cause. Probiotics are good yeast. We sprinkle one pack on his food in the morning and at dinner. He gets a dose of amoxicillin at both meals as well. She also suggested we give him pedialyte to help with the dehydration. And just like Braeden, he won't have anything to do with the pedialyte. Her final advice was to nurse him as often as he wants it. No problem there.

Gage was great all day on Friday. He and I had a perfect day together. He took great naps, was a charmer at the doctor's office and at Target while we filled the prescription, and played cutely with me around the house. By the end of the day, though, he had crashed. Mat, who had tons of ear infections growing up, tells me they hurt a lot more at the end of the day. And he definitely wasn't eating anywhere the amount he normally eats.

He was much, much better today. He ate so much better, took great naps, and was in a good mood. I had to work this morning--we had a board meeting. I HATE giving up part of my weekend for work. And I really hate that I had to miss Alex's birthday party at Kidsport. Remember when we went there for Matthew's party? According to Mat, Alex's party was pretty much the same. I still hate that I missed it, though. And since Mat was a single dad at the party, he wasn't able to get any pictures. :( Oh well. There will be other parties.

So. Where do we go from here? I started blogging for two reasons. I wanted to share Braeden and what was going on with him and us with our family and friends. And I wanted to have a place to record memories of him. Cute pictures and videos, funny stories, the good and the bad. When I decided to start this challenge, I had been feeling like a bad blogger. I wasn't blogging enough, partly because I felt like what I had posted had to be important or meaningful. But so much of the good stuff, the stuff I want to remember forever, is just the silly everyday stuff. That's what I was missing and what I was regretting.

I think you can expect to see more blogging from me and definitely more posts about the little stuff. And if you think I'm slacking, let me know. I live to please. :)

Friday, November 7, 2008

ears

Just a quick update...I did stay home with Gage today and took him in to see the doctor. And I was so glad I listened to my gut. He has an ear infection! I'll post more tomorrow, too tired tonight to write more.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

thursday

Looks like we need to reboot the modem so I'm posting with my blackberry. It's okay, though, because I really don't have much to say.

I'm worried Gage might have a bit of a bug. I don't want to go into all the details now but I'm going to keep him home tomorrow and see if I can get him in to see the doctor.

I'll update more tomorrow.

If you're looking for something more exciting, check out Emily's blog for new video of Will!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

What goes in must come out

It's so funny because I went back tonight to check to see when we began this challenge...Emily's wondering too. We started on October 8, so I guess that means we're blogging through Saturday. We can make it the last few days!

I can't remember if I posted about this or not...About a month ago I was changing Gage's poopy diaper when I found a small piece of plastic in the poop. It was almost an inch long and it was the rubber that coats electrical wire. I was shocked. I called Mat in to see it and he said that he had noticed a broken light or two in the baby room at the day care. So then I was pissed!

Why would they keep the broken lights in the room?? It reeked of carelessness. Gage had just eaten the rubber coating, but I couldn't stop imagining if he had eaten a piece of wire instead.

Mat talked to the people at the day care when he took Gagey in the next day. And I called and talked to them as well. I have no idea what I was looking for them to say. I guess I wanted a guarantee that they would be more careful. Or an explanation for why the broken lights were still in the baby room. Or some kind of change in policy about repairs.

I also called the doctor's office and they told me to just watch his diapers for anything else. And since there was nothing else, we just went merrily on our way.

Anyway. Emily, I totally understand. And I'm sorry.

president elect

Wow. What a night! I hardly know what to say.

I've always felt proud to be a Democrat. I've never shied away from the word liberal or considered it an insult. But I've never been as proud as I am tonight.

Obama was not my guy. I voted for Hillary in the primary like I voted for her when I lived in NY. I was disappointed that she didn't win the nomination. As a woman I felt saddened that this would not be the year I saw another woman run for president. But I have faith.

But even though I came late to his party, I feel overwhelmed with emotion tonight. I'm proud of what he has accomplished and proud of the efforts of the volunteers who devoted themselves to his campaign.

I can't wait to tell Braeden tomorrow morning that Barack Obama won the election and will be our next president.

Historic.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day

I met Kay Hagan tonight! Kay is running for the Senate against Elizabeth Dole. I did phone banking for her a couple weeks ago. Anyway, she was on campus tonight encouraging people to vote. When I came out of the university center on my way to the parking deck I saw her and smiled. She smiled and asked if I had voted. I told her I had and that I had voted for her. I also told her about volunteering for her. She thanked me, shook my hand, and asked me my name. It was nice to meet her after spending a few hours making calls for her. And she's so tiny in person.

The kids voted today at school. Barack Obama won. He had Braeden's vote!

One of the times Braeden and I were baking together I let him smell the vanilla and my unsweetened cocoa powder. So after that one time, smelling the vanilla has become one of his favorite things to do when we're working in the kitchen. It's part of the story about how the vanilla got spilled Sunday when we were baking snickerdoodles. So this weekend he started saying he was the flavor man. He had to smell the vanilla, cocoa, and sprinkles (!) because he's the flavor man. He said, "I smell stuff. And I taste stuff." How ridiculous is that?!

Mat and I are watching election coverage tonight. I'll probably post again later since things are certainly going well so far! Oh, and I stopped on my way home from work tonight at Starbucks for my free coffee. Yum.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Artistic ability

Would you look at this?? At not even four, my kid is a better artist than me!!


Here's Braeden tracing his name from dots his teacher made as a guide. He draws B's for us all the time. He's also getting pretty good at M, Z, L, and T.

Back at the beach

Mom sent me a couple really great pictures from the beach this weekend. She's sending me a CD as well, so there's a very good chance you'll see more pictures posted here soon.

This is a really great one of mom with Braeden and Gage. I wanted to say this was taken our first night there, but the room seems too bright. So I guess this was Saturday morning. When the kids go on the Tumblebus, they get a stamp on their hand. Actually, for the last four or five months Braeden has come home with a stamp on each arm. I think they do the stamp on the arm so it will stay longer. For whatever reason he came home that Friday we left for the beach with a stamp on each arm and one on his forehead! (Click on the picture to see it bigger.)


I love that both boys are wearing hats and that everyone is looking at the camera and smiling!

I think this picture of Gage was taken on our last morning at the beach. He's wearing a new Giants outfit from MeMa and P-Pa. A waffle onesie and sweatpants--so cozy.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The weekend

The line was a lot longer than we expected at the Fire House, but the waiting wasn't so bad. There was an antique fire truck outside that Braeden liked looking at. Then there was the man behind us in line who exchanged high fives with him and even did the "too slow" thing that I remember from elementary school. There was a sign (like an upside down V) that Braeden sat under. And then there was this woman in front of us. I looked down to see what he was doing and realized he was standing in front of this woman leaning against her legs. I think he thought he was leaning against me! When I said something to him, he looked up, saw it was another woman, and said, "I like leaning against her." I looked at the woman worried she would be angry, but she just laughed. I was glad we got caught in line with nice people who liked kids!

When we finally got inside, the voting went pretty quickly. Mat held Gage while I took Braeden with me. Our voting is done on touchscreen computers that are set around waist height. Just right for Braeden! He loved pushing the buttons. And in the end he got a sticker which he put on his cheek. He was pretty happy...he didn't even mind not getting to see the big, modern fire trucks.


For lunch today we all had grilled cheese sandwiches. Or grilled trees as Braeden likes to call them. Gage ate almost half a sandwich. And yes, P-Pa, it was potato bread.


I had to reschedule my hair appointment for next weekend but was able to get to my facial after a quick trip home to nurse Gage and eat a yogurt.

This morning Braeden and I made snickerdoodles. I used a recipe I found on a new blog I'm loving. Braeden loves to hold the measuring cups and spoons and add ingredients. He also cracked the eggs and turned the mixer on and off when needed. He managed to spill about a third of my giant, Costco-sized bottle of vanilla on the floor, but we won't talk about that. (Even though it means repainting part of our kitchen wall that's now stained a vanilla color.) He had a hard time making balls out of the cookie dough. I showed him how to roll the ball, but he really just flattened dough. His hands seem a lot warmer than mine too, so that didn't help matters. But he liked to try to roll a ball, then he liked to give me his squished dough in exchange for a nice ball. And when he was done holding the ball, he liked to drop it in the cinnamon sugar. Oh, and he liked eating the cookies when they were done!

And now I'm watching my Giants play the Cowboys. My guys are having a great season! Two weeks in a row I've gotten the game. Amazing, right?

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Early voting

I had to reschedule my hair appointment thanks to the long line at the fire house. It took over an hour but we voted! I'll post more about it tomorrow including pictures.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!


What a wonderful Halloween!

This was the first year Braeden really got it. He put his doctor costume on right away and was ready to go. We got Gage dressed in the orange, black, and white striped onesie with the little spider. Then we were off. We must have gone to 10 or 12 houses before heading back to our cul-de-sac. Only two of our neighbors had their lights on. We tried anyway, but they didn't come to the door. Braeden was disappointed for about 4.2 seconds then dragged me off to the next house.

He was great about saying trick-or-treat, happy halloween, and thank you at each house which made me very happy. And if people asked, he would tell them he was a doctor.


When we got back to the house we turned our outside lights on so that the trick-or-treaters would know we were home. The first time the bell rang, I passed out candy to the kids. After that, Braeden decided it was his job to pass out candy. And he was amazing. And so darling. He insisted on giving two pieces of candy to each kid. He would ask kids how old they were (or as he would say it, how many are you). He would tell kids he liked their costumes. He even told two little girls they looked cute. Near the end, when we were running low on candy, I told him he needed to give out just one piece to each kid. So when he handed out the candy, he would tell them he could only give them one piece. He took his job very, very seriously. I was so proud of how grown-up he was.

Hold your applause...

A couple of housekeeping things to get out of the way before my real post...

In the video, Gage is walking with the hungry hippo. Mom bought it for Braeden when he was around this age. She got it at a yard sale for a couple of bucks but it sells new for $30 at Target. Mom gets the greatest baby stuff at yard sales, especially one sale at a local church. I went back to see if I had video of Braeden pushing the hippo around and couldn't find any on youtube. I did find this post from December 27 (good date!) on his blog about him starting to use the hippo. It looks like Gage is getting going on the walking thing earlier than Bray did.

About the socks...size small, blue & green color combo. :) Braeden and I were snuggling last night and he remembered he didn't have the socks, so I sent him to the top of the stairs to call down to Mat who brought them right up to him. He also had them on this morning. He's a boy obsessed! And what kind of mommy would I be if I took them back now? He would be bereft! So you see, I really REALLY need those new socks!

And now on to the big news...Gage started clapping! He started doing it a week or so ago, and it's so cute. It's one of those random things he does sometimes, so it might be hard to catch it on video. Maybe this weekend I can sit him down with Braeden. If Bray claps, maybe Gage will follow suit and I can capture it on film. We've got lots going on tomorrow so this might have to be Sunday's project.

Tomorrow Mat and I are going to the Gibsonville Fire House for early voting. Braeden should be psyched to spend a little time with the fire trucks. I'm on the fence about early voting. I love getting it done early and (hopefully) avoiding long lines and wait times on Tuesday. The Fire House is a lot more convenient than our regular polling place. And it's fun that we can go all together as a family. But I think I'll miss out on that rush, that feeling of excitement you get when you vote on Election Day. I guess it won't matter too much; the important thing is to vote, right? Well, that and voting for the right guy to win!

Remember the last time we voted?? This time I promise there will be pictures! Oh, and for the presidential four years ago they had a kids voting booth...I hope they have one of those. I know Braeden would LOVE to vote. And we all know who he'll be voting for!

Did I tell you he's started saying that John McCain is a bad man? Guess who he got that from? :) And do I feel bad about it? Not in the least. He is a bad man and he would be a bad president. And don't even get me started on his running mate, a woman whose name I don't even want on my blog!

I'm getting a hair cut tomorrow and a facial! My favorite spa has hired some new people, so they're booking appointments at 30% off to give the new people exposure. Nice, huh? And I am so excited to have a few hours of "me" time tomorrow. As much as I love my boys and our special weekend times, it will be soooo nice for a few hours of quiet.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

At the dentist

Braeden was perfect at the dentist this morning. He got his teeth cleaned then flossed. And he got a fluoride treatment. There were a bunch of flavors to choose from and he picked orange. They tried to do x-rays but his mouth was too small to hold the thing.

The glasses are to shield his eyes from the bright light they use. He liked the chair that moved up and down and reclined back, but he didn't like having to lie so far back on it. I think he was worried he would fall off, but I held his hand and that relaxed him. They also had Spongebob on the TV when he walked in, so he was happy. In fact, that explains the super-intense look on his face.

At the end of the visit he had his pick of toothbrush. He had to decide between Shrek and Diego. Tough choice for a boy who loves both, but ultimately he picked Diego. It well with the Dora toothbrush we already have.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

These feet were made for walking

If I were you, I would turn the volume down pretty low on your speakers before you watch this video because some of us, and I'm not talking about Mat and Gage, are a little bit loud.


How cool was that??!!

After dinner Braeden and I were sitting in the big chair together watching Dora while Mat gave Gage a bath. I put my foot on his and he kept asking me what it was. It took me a minute to realize he was asking about my sock, my super-soft slipper sock. So I took them off and put them on his feet. He was walking around calling them his boots. He was way too cute in them not to take his picture!


Of course the socks were incredibly slippery! And that just made them more fun.


He never fell down, but he came close!


And he wore them to bed. I might never get my socks back. It's a good thing I've fallen totally in love with these LL Bean socks!! These would make an excellent early Christmas present. **hint, hint, mom**

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Preschooler food anxiety

Short post tonight...

I asked Braeden what he wanted for dinner tonight and he said macaroni then went to the pantry and pulled out a box of mac and cheese. I agreed to make that and thought we would have hot dogs too. But there was only one hot dog in the freezer. So Mat and I had hamburgers with our mac and cheese. And I steamed broccoli. I told Braeden he had to eat one piece, and he agreed.

We sat down at the table, and he wolfed down his mac and cheese and his hot dog. He drank his chocolate milk but still hadn't touched his broccoli. His one tiny piece of broccoli.

I asked him nicely to eat it. He reminded me that the last time I made him eat broccoli, he threw up. I explained that it wasn't the broccoli that made him throw up, it was the fit he threw. I told him he couldn't leave the table until he ate it. I told him he wouldn't be able to watch cartoons if he didn't eat it. And finally I told him I was taking his plate away and he could get down but I would not turn the TV on. Once I got up, he started acting like he was going to eat it, but he kept messing around with it.

So I took his plate and cleaned off his hands. He began to cry because he finally realized he wasn't going to get to watch cartoons. Mat suggested we dip the broccoli in the cheese sauce and Braeden agreed to eat it.

He was standing up in the kitchen when I fed him the piece and he started to chew it. He coughed a few times and we knew immediately that he was trying to make himself throw up. I told him not to do it, to stop. But instead he threw up on our kitchen floor. We were so, so mad at him!

We cleaned him up and sent him to time-out. Mat cleaned up the floor and I went to check on Braeden. He was doing fine but we made him stay in time-out until it was time for his bath.

I just can't believe he did this again.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Eating and sleeping

Tonight we gave baby Gage pinto beans after his yogurt. Like everything else we put on his tray, he had no idea what to do with them. I put one in his mouth and he spit it right out. But I persevered. And he ended up loving them! He must have eaten 20 of them.

It's funny to me that he isn't more into finger foods. He loves being fed purees but just isn't that interested in feeding himself. He still loves mozzarella, puffs, and cheerios. He'll eat toast and pancake but that's been about it. So pintos are a really big deal! And since he loves to be fed, I went to town this weekend cooking for him. I baked two kinds of squash, butternut and some kind of funny acorn squash shaped thing. I boiled up sweet potatoes. Then apples. And tonight I cooked corn. He hasn't tried it yet, but I hope he'll like it.

I finally broke down tonight and ordered a couple more diapers. :) Like you really had to twist my arm, right? There are four new colors of bumGenius diapers and those are our workhorse diapers. Gage always wears one at night and we send them to daycare because they're so easy for anyone to use. The only problem with them is that they used to come in just five colors--pale blue, spring green, soft yellow, white, and pale pink. And finally bG has come out with four new colors that are more vibrant shades of the existing colors. You can see the new colors here. Unfortunately bG didn't realize how high demand would be for the new colors so they're backordered everywhere. But I placed my order for ribbit and moonbeam, and when they're finally available, I'll get mine. I can't wait!

After I snuggled with Braeden in his bed, I went to open Gage's door. (His room gets really, really cold at night with the door closed.) We gave him a blanket a few nights ago. It's tucked in tightly on three sides so I don't worry about him getting wrapped up in it, but I seriously doubt he'll stay covered all night long. He moves around so much during the night. Tonight he was lying on his side under the blanket. Clutched between his arms was the taggie blanket I made him and one end was covering his face. He looked so silly. Very gently, very slowly I moved the blanket off his face and slipped quietly out of the room.

He's been waking up pretty consistently around midnight since we came back from the beach. A couple of nights we've had to bring him down to bed with us so that I could nurse him. Then he stayed in bed with us which makes both him and me very, very happy. Mat's always worried we're going to start something we can't stop, but I just can't bring myself to care. And honestly, if I worried about that I would miss out on all the good stuff!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Game day

When I lived in NY I could see all the Giants games but since moving to NC I only get to see a few games each year. Today was one of the games I got to see...Giants v. Steelers. It was a tough game but the Giants played tough defense, lucked into a safety, then FINALLY got into the endzone and pulled out the win in the end!

Braeden played outside while I watched the game with Gage.


He's young, but he's already a big fan!


Braeden ran in to give me these little white flowers from our front yard. He usually brings me one tiny bloom at a time, but today he came in with three bunches. They're weeds, so it's nice that he pulled them from the yard. And of course it's so sweet that he wants to bring me flowers. He LOVED that I put them in a glass. And I'm sure he would love to know that I posted a picture on the blog. :)