Archive | November, 2012

7 candles. 7 years old. 7 years since you made me a mom.

29 Nov

tony 7 candles

Be still my heart.

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Ice, Ice Baby

28 Nov

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This weekend something relatively ordinary became something extraordinary.  (Isn’t that the best kind of extraordinary!)

We went ice skating.

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Our little family adventures are always wonderful but this one was so extra special because it was the first time ice skating for all of you.

One of the most amazing things about being a parent is watching your children react to the world around them and experience new things.  There is a sense of awe about so many things that would underwhelm an adult.  And when you watch your child’s amazement and excitement at things you didn’t even think twice to notice it makes you take a second look at everything around you.  It enables you to really focus on and enjoy the small things.  To see the extraordinary in the ordinary.  To find fun in everything.  How could you not?  Child enthusiasm is the most contagious of all the enthusiasms.

I love nothing more than watching each of you experience the joy of a “first time” moment. Multiplying it by three is a ticket to mama heaven.

In our lives right now, with a five year age gap between two of you, it is unusual that all of you will be experiencing something for the first time together.  These are really special moments.  Special moments where your excitement levels are off the charts.

And ice skating was one of these moments.

When you three had your skates laced up before you hit the ice for the first time, your energy could have practically elevated you off the ground.  Cammie barely noticed that Tony stepped on her finger with his blade of his ice skate.  [Ok, that’s not true.  She totally noticed.  But she didn’t let it bother her for longer than it took us to clean up the blood and get a bandage on her finger.]

You guys said ice skating was “totally awesome” and that you had an “amazing” time.

And so did I.

Afternoons like this past Saturday make me so grateful for the here-and-now and so excited for the future.

I can’t wait to have more of these “first time” moments as a family.  I’m dreaming of our first international vacation, our first RV trip, the first time we go parasailing or swimming with dolphins, the first time you dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean or look out on New York City from the observation deck of the Empire State Building, the first time we visit Chicago or see a Broadway play.

You three make life so, so good.

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28 Nov

Tony: Mom.  Being a nerd isn’t really a bad thing.

Me: You’re right, buddy.  Actually, being a nerd is awesome.

28 Nov

Hey, Tony!

Over the Thanksgiving break you had a project for school.  You had to decorate a cardstock turkey with a disguise so he couldn’t be found for the Thanksgiving meal.

This is what you came up with:

Pretty clever, buddy!