Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My Valentines

Valentine's Day is over and that means it's time to concentrate on the next holiday(s).  This is how we count the time.  St. Patrick's Day, Daddy's birthday, Easter, then summer.  Hayden is convinced that summer is just around the corner because there are only a few holidays left before then.  We've had some nice weather lately, which makes me think he may be right.  But this is Idaho, and it's never safe to bet that winter is over.

Noah has a habit of getting out of bed a few (sometimes 10) times at night before he falls asleep.  Hayden is snoring away almost immediately, but not the younger one.  He's the Clark of the family.  Wants to be part of whatever perceived party is going on downstairs.  We've tried to remedy this by putting him back in his crib thinking we may have moved him to the bunk beds too soon.  We've threatened to move him to a different room.  We trudge up those stairs multiple times hoping every time is the last.  He sneaks down the stairs, mostly hiding his face so we can't see him, and usually ends up at the couch before we know he's up.  I'm really reluctant to encourage this trend, and we usually try to rush him back upstairs A.S.A.P.  But how can I say no to snuggling on the couch with him and watching "American Idol"?  He seems to get a big kick out of it, and we have some interesting conversations.  The other night, he looked over at me and said, "Mama, should we have another baby?"  I'm not sure there is any other two-year-old that's quite like this one.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Vader's Funeral Pyre

Something tells me this kid has seen the movie one too many times.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Sunday Crossword: A Family Affair

One of our favorite weekend activities is the crossword puzzle in the newspaper.  Five-year-olds don't really fill them out properly, but they are careful to fill in every square with a letter, then sit back and say, "some of those clues were really bad."  I'm not sure where he heard that.

Someday I'll look back and wonder what happened to the little guys that used to run around the house in their footsie jammies singing the Star Wars or Indiana Jones theme songs at the tops of their lungs, and making my life miserable with all the Legos strewn about.  So for now, I will try to savor these moments, and the obsession that comes along with them.  This is how a typical morning goes:
   "Are you ready for breakfast?"
   "Have you seen my Darth Vader helmet?"
   "No, did you bring it downstairs?"
   "Are you ready for breakfast?"
   "I'm just missing the helmet, I have the lightsaber."
   "Okay, we'll find it later, are you ready for breakfast?"
   "I have to finish my set, I need Darth Vader's helmet."
Somehow I don't think we are having the same conversation.

I finally caved...

...and decided to start a blog. I'm horrible at keeping a journal, and I DON'T scrapbook (a big sorry to my kids, maybe someday I'll get out those boxes of paper and keepsakes and organize them). For now, this seems like the best venue to record our life as a family and hopefully keep our loved ones up-to-date.  This is our family at this point in time.  I know it will change so very quickly.