Thursday, November 27, 2008
Hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving day! We decided to keep it low key this year and just do our little family's own Thanksgiving dinner this year. It was Amelia's first Thanksgiving, which she celebrated with some pumpkin risotto I had made for her. The rest of us enjoyed a great turkey Paul did with herb butter, andouille sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, a salad and white chocolate cranberry cookies for dessert. I felt guilt free eating all these goodies since I attended a 'turkey buster' pilates class this morning! Alex was a big helper with the cookies and mashed potatoes! He is my little chef in training.
On this day I give thanks to having such a beautiful and happy family. Although we are far from the perfect family, we are happy and quirky in our own little ways and for that I am thankful.
Tonight we are busting out the Christmas movies and then tomorrow it is shopping at 5 am (Target here I come!) with my friend Carin and then when I get home time for Christmas decorations! I can't wait for the Christmas season that is now upon us!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Alex has been such a good sport since Amelia has been born (7 months ago!!). He loves his baby sister so much. As I type this he is entertaining her with animal voices on the floor and she is laughing at him. I have been pleasantly surprised at how well he adapted to sharing his mommy with his sister. That being said, he still has his moments when he requires some one on one time. My schedule has been getting busy and is due to get busier next week when I officially assume the role of Clinical Program Manager at work. So today I took off early and picked up Alex from pre-school. We got a mocha and hot chocolate and then hit the bookstore. Alex has been
OBSESSED with the story of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf so we found him a "three little pigs" book that he wanted. The lady cashier who rang us up told me my son was the cutest, which of course upped his charm 10x more and he offered to read her the book. I think I have a ladies man on my hands.... It was a great afternoon and Alex even threw his arms around me, gave me a kiss and said "I love you so much," unprompted by me at all! I can't believe what a great little man he is becoming.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
As anyone with kids out there knows, there is no longer such a thing as sleeping in on the weekends. Something Paul and I used to love. Instead we have evolved to getting up at 7 (if we are lucky!) and making breakfast and then lazying around the living room in our pajamas. We read the paper, (the kid's destroy the ads when we are done) drink coffee and maybe do some laundry. I have come to love these lazy days. Although it somewhat goes against my Type A personality of getting things done, I try to calm my OCD tendancies and live in the moment with my family because I know all too soon it will change again and I will be running the kids to soccer practice or birthday parties.
We are especially lazy today because we celebrated Thanksgiving last night with Paul's parents and my mom in Turlock. Due to our busy schedules we celebrated early and had a lovely time. So I am working off my turkey and ham hang over by being extra lazy today. I fixed Alex his first 'warm' cocoa this morning and Paul made us lattes, a great morning. I wish all of you your own lazy day. :)
Sunday, November 16, 2008
This weekend my cousin Kimberlee (Kimberlily to all of us) visited with her daughter, Olivia Grace. Yes, Olivia Grace and Amelia Grace, they are destined to be best friends. They are 6 days apart (Olivia was 6 days late so she is younger) and had a great time together this weekend as did I with my cousin who is like a sister. I HATE being an only child and feel so fortunate to have such wonderful cousins. Kim has always been like a sister as we are only 4 months apart and grew up playing together constantly. Now we have entered motherhood and are so thrilled that our girls are so close in age and will be so close as they grow up. We will be making the effort despite living 3 hours apart.
Speaking of wonderful cousins, my other cousin, Sarah, came over who is also one of my closest friends and helps me keep my sanity on a daily basis. Sarah also happens to be my kids favorite babysitter. :)
Paul and I are working hard to instill a strong sense of family into Alex and Amelia. Alex was so excited his cousin Kim and Olivia came to visit. He really does love babies and is so good with both little girls. He had a great time playing with his "Aunt" Kim as well. He and Amelia both had a busy weekend - as did I. Hope everyone else out there had a good one as well. :)
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
After viewing some of my favorite blogs (check out my list!) and seeing how great the postings are I have decided to enter the blogging world. Hello fellowe bloggers and blog readers, I am glad to be here. I made my husband promise not to call me a dork or laugh at me (he did both) but I think this will be a great opportunity to share photos with friends and family of our good times and to provide updates on our lives. We may not have the world's most exciting life, but we are happy which is all that matters to us! My goal is to update this blog weekly with photos and journaling. Hope to see you all around! Feel free to leave me comments!