Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
But the anticipation is over. The Christmas celebration has officially begun.
Merry Merry everything.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
I've always been a believer.
One of those who believed in Santa way past the time when most kids had figured out it was really just mom and dad.
I distinctly remember a time in the 3rd grade when my best friend insisted that she knew it was her parents because she had found the packaging to the Barbie doll house that Santa brought her in, of all places, her basement.
I of course had a logical explanation to that:
I eventually did grow up, and through reading a very special book...accepted the fact that Santa had many helpers...aka parents.
Knowing that the wonder, the excitement, the awe and the belief are all coming for Charlotte brings me such happiness.
However...next year we might just take a baby step and work on liking him.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Minus my appendix.
Yep...certainly not on my list of holiday plans, but after a night of horrible stomach pains, I went in to the doctor on Wednesday to learn that I would in fact be heading into surgery that afternoon. Bye bye appendix.
The one up side to spending the night at Swedish hospital?
Another chance at their chocolate milkshakes! Yes please!
I'm taking this time to rest up, watch some Hallmark holiday movies on the iPad in bed and address our Christmas cards...I suppose there could have been worse times to get my appendix out!
Thank you to everyone for your sweet thoughts, calls and texts. And especially thank you to my girl Michelle for coming to hang with Charlotte while I was still in surgery, to Paul for hanging with her this afternoon when I really needed a nap...and to my wonderful husband for taking such good care of me and loving me so perfectly.
I love you.
Monday, December 12, 2011
She had her first Christmas program tonight. A Christmas concert! My girl! I actually got a little choked up as we pulled into the school parking lot.
With Martina McBride singing "Oh Holy Night" on the radio, the trees for sale in the parking lot lit by the big old school holiday lights, and the parking lot packed with parents coming to see their kiddos perform...I was momentarily overwhelmed.
How lucky I am that I get to be a mama...and go to such darling events as these.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I made my come-back appearance after a few years off (the weekend falls the same weekend as "The Messiah" concert that I used to perform in)...and I'm so glad I returned.
Remain in Christmas pj's all weekend. Only exceptions are for swimsuits for the hot tub.
Make and consume many different Christmas treats.
Go on a walk to try and walk off a few bites of said treats.
Work on Christmas crafts, while Christmas music and Christmas movies play continually in the background.
Dream up our "Million Dollar Idea"
Play games, continue to eat some more, drink some more...
And laugh non-stop all weekend with girlfriends.
Bake Off, you make this Christmas loving girl so very happy.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Now if we could just get her to stop eating all the books at school. Hmmmmm....
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
While it isn't like the old days from college (or like my mom the teacher) where we get an entire week off, we did have four days.
Four days of food and family.
Our tummies and hearts were full.
We did however throw a flu bug into the mix. It's a good thing Miss Charlotte is loved so much, or her aunties and uncles might have been less willing to hang out with us.
And here to Uncle Hans...
And not one to leave out the parents, we each had a day of it as well.
Thankfully there were lots of hands around to play when I was feeling under the weather. And thankfully we were cozied up at the island with our "Family Divided" to watch the Apple Cup (3/4 Cougs, 1/4 Huskys).
Complete with a betting game-board. Even Charlotte bought in for a few squares.
And with the close of Thanksgiving, we open the door to the most-wonderful-time-of the-year. Oh happy day!! Keeping with tradition, we went back to our favorite little tree farm in Redmond and found our tree. Cute, and little, and darling...we knew it was ours.
I had a little helper this year with the decorating.
Helper may be a loose term here...but having her explore and excite in all things Christmas that I pulled from the boxes made my heart skip a beat.
This is going to be so very much fun!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving friends. My heart is full.
Monday, November 21, 2011
And more of this...
The meltdowns have started.
With a vengeance.
And let me tell you, they can come out of no where. And most often only with us. School tells us she is "the happiest baby they've ever had"and she was great with Grammie.
I tell myself it's because she's most comfortable with us and we are her safety blanket where she can be herself.
But it's tough.
Nick and I plopped onto the couch the other night after Charlotte went to bed and we got the house back in order and agreed together that those infant days were most definitely the easiest of days.
Lack of sleep?
Sure. But some days I feel like I'd take that over the mood swings that are currently occuring in our house.
Who knows what it is...possibly the razor sharp molars that are still trying to poke through. Or maybe just getting back into routine after having us gone for 6 days. A stage perhaps? The terrible two's starting early? Or mostly due to the fact she can't communicate everything she wants quite yet, although she most certainly knows what it is.
Whatever it is, I've decided parenthood is no walk in the park.
But last weekend?
My happy, sweet girl seems to have returned to me. We had a weekend of family time, with no real plans to speak of...and it was wonderful.
We explored...made messes...
and we relaxed...
Oh, and we dressed like twins for church, ha!
And when the meltdowns came, they were short lived.
Challenges are good for us. It helps us appreciate even more those days that are easy and everything just flows. I'll take those challenging days because it means I am her mama. And she is my world. Even when she's a monster.