Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

I want to wish everyone a safe New Year and a happy, wonderful 2010.

Although 2009 was not awful, it was not the best either. There are two members of my family that we lost in 2009 that will be missed tremendously in 2010. My wonderful, sweet, thoughtful grandmother and our loyal, funny, quirky dog Spencer... you are missed but never will be forgotten.

Here is to a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

23 Months!

Today, Griffin is one month shy of TWO. It is so hard to believe that my baby is going to be TWO. But when I think about it, he is already acting like a 2 year old. When Griffin does not get what he wants, he will throw himself on the floor for a little temper tantrum. It is so cute, but I am sure as he gets a little older and they become a little more frequent, it will not be as cute.
This month has been a little more difficult than most. He has constantly been sick either with an ear infection, a horrible cough or cold. He had the tubes put in last so this will hopefully stop the ear infections. His sleeping has not been the greatest and hopefully this will improve as well.Even with all the goings on of this past month, he is still the sweetest, cutest little guy ever. He is so happy and energetic. He is starting to talk A LOT more... if only we could understand him. He still loves to run and climb and now he is jumping... which is so adorable.
He still loves Blue and Einsteins. He likes building things and pushing trucks. He loves to read and loves to color and draw. He enjoys dancing and playing with his big brothers. He likes outside and has enjoyed playing in the snow.
I really seems like yesterday, that he was this little baby and to think in one month, he is going to be a two year old. Happy 23 months, sweet Griffin. We love you.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Our Hockey Star

We are so proud of Nolan. He has become quite the hockey player. Since he was able to talk, he has been dedicated to playing hockey and he has amazed us with his perseverance. Nolan has become an excellent skater and an aggressive hockey player. Yesterday, he played in his first tournament and he played very well. We are so proud. He is a great defensive player but also a great offensive player, scoring 2 goals. Way to go, Nolan!!! Keep up the good work and strong commitment to hockey.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Day

We had a wonderful Christmas. It is so nice having family that I enjoy spending the day with. The boys were up before the crack of dawn so excited about the day. Nolan loves, loves, loves his salt water fish tank he received. He has 3 fish (Santa, Rudolph and Comet) and hopes to had a 4th one this week.Trevor has been documenting the holiday on his new camera. He is talking about starting a blog and uploading his videos to youtube... ha.
We have also found that Trevor may be the only family member with some musical talent or at least musically talented on RockBand. He is doing great on the guitar. He may need some lessons in the future.
Griffin had fun opening presents. It did not matter who they were to or what was inside. He has been loving his basketball hoop and all his cars.I love Christmas and hate to see it end. I so look forward to it every year. I love the food, the company and the holiday spirit. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Chirstmas Eve

Merry Christmas

to all

and to all

a good night.

Surgery

Griffin did great in surgery today.

He is now home sleeping peacefully. I am thinking about joining him.

Glad this surgery is behind us and hopefully it is the last one for a long, long time.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hair

How can a hair cut turn this sweet, adorable little boy into...

a wild, crazy, active boy?

Look at him, I guess he is still sweet and adorable and he has always been a wild, crazy, active boy . Still, does he not look about 6 months older? I hope the curls grow back and fast!

The Count Down

The count down has begun (actually it began about a month ago, but it has grown in intensity).

Trevor and Nolan are counting...

2 more days of school until Christmas vacation.

3 more days until Christmas Eve

4 more days until Christmas.

and this happens every. single. morning.

Hopefully Santa is also aware of how close Christmas is. I am sure he still has lots of presents to wrap... hopefully he will find time before Christmas Eve!

And speaking of counting days, tomorrow is Griffin's surgery so if you think of it in the morning, please say a little prayer for him. I am sure all will go fine but positive thoughts will not hurt. Thanks!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Cookies

Every year my mom makes delicious Sour Cream Cookies. Every year she makes an insane amount of them and she has us decorate every single one of them. The boys had a great time decorating them this year. For the boys, the more frosting the better. We call these overly frosted cookies, Ashleigh cookies (after my sister because she loves the frosting)! Now we will save them for Christmas Eve. Maybe Santa will even get one or two of them.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

O' Santa


Before After Griffin is not so fond of the jolly man in the red suit.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Impossible?


Why is it

so IMPOSSIBLEto get a decentpicture of my boys?
(I was trying to get a picture of the 3 boys, but Griffin would have absolutely none of it without daddy in the picture. But still... no good pictures...arghhh!)

Monday, December 14, 2009

35

Yesterday was my birthday. For me it is a hard one to swallow, 35! As my husband put it, I am now in the 35-50 yr old bracket... not sure I am ready for that. But ready or not, I am now 35. I had a great birthday weekend. Thanks for all my birthday wishes on facebook, on the phone and in person. I had a great day. The best part about my birthday, other then spending it with family and friends, was this delicious coconut cake... it is my favorite! Thanks Debbie, Mom, Rob and boys.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Borrowed Time

I was driving the other day and thinking/ talking to myself about Trevor turning 9 in a few months. Well, I am okay with 9, it does not seem that old until I started thinking a little more. Nine years old is half way to 18... wow, 18! Then the 18 got me to thinking that he will be heading off to college and most likely be out of our home for good except for vacations and possibly Summers (if he is anything like his parents, he will probably not be home over the Summer much). This is where I got very sad... I am almost half way done with parenting him in my home. The first 9 years have gone by at lightening speed and I can only imagine the next 9 will go by at least that quickly.

This has not only left me feeling very sad and overwhelmed, but has also got me thinking about how our children are not ours. We only have them on borrowed time. We have a finite amount of time to teach, encourage and raise our children. (I know parenting never ends but the raising of children in your home does end.) My biggest hope for Trevor, and all my children is that the grow up to be happy, strong, productive men. I pray that I doing my part to help make them the best they can be, but it is a huge task and I make mistakes daily. I am very proud of my children and I give them 99% of the credit for that but I like the think that 1%of that is because of the way Rob and I are raising them.

All this to say that when Trevor is asserting his 8 year old new found independence or Nolan is having a melt down because things did not go as he had planned or Griffin is wide awake at 2 in the morning.... I must remember this too is fleeting. At times I am frustrated but I must remind myself that this is borrowed time and before I know it I will have not have the laughter or the pitter patter of little feet in my house everyday. I am working on enjoying not only the good but also the trying times, too.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A familiar road.

Yesterday, Griffin went to the ENT. He has had many ear infections since his tubes from last November fell out. His ear infections are usually resistant to treatment and require high doses of strong antibiotics. The medication leads to a number of other problems like a horrible diaper rash. It was decided that he will have tube surgery again. His doctor said it is a no brainer when it comes to Griffin. I am not sure when the surgery will be. The doctors first open surgery date is January 7th but he is trying to get him in sooner like this Friday or next Wednesday. At first this had me panicking. But after thinking it through, the sooner the better. He currently has milky fluid in one ear that is not yet infected but is bound to be given time. This is a familiar road. Griffin in his short life has already had 2 procedures/surgeries under general anesthesia. This does make it easier, but it is still my baby and I do worry. I know he will be fine and this is a quick, easy procedure. It is necessary and he will feel much better after the surgery. I just wish he could understand. I am sure it is scary for him to be in the sterile operating room and he does not understand why he can't eat the morning of his surgery. We will get through it again and hopefully this will be the last time.

The snow is falling today and they boys are thrilled that school is cancelled. We are supposed to be getting quite the storm. I don't have my camera because I left it at my moms so there will be no pictures of our winter wonderland.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Let it Snow,

Let it Snow, Let it Snow!Last night we got our first snow of the Season. The snow is so beautiful and festive. Even though I am not done shopping, I am ready for Christmas. I love the snow. Maybe it is still a novelty to me since I did not grow up around the snow. The boys love it as much as me, maybe even more!
Griffin helped daddy shovel the walkway and he looked absolutely adorable doing it. When daddy would stop, he would tug on him to get him back on track!
Outside was the only time Griffin was happy today. He is not feeling well and he is letting us know. Looks like tomorrow we will be visiting the doctor again.
Trevor enjoyed practicing snow boarding. He is really dedicated to snow boarding. He just loves it.

Love this face with the missing teeth and big grin! This boy was made for the snow.Trevor took Griffin down the hill in a tube. It looks like he hates it but he actually loved it once he started down the hill. This picture just cracks me up! Nolan was not out with us. He was in a mood and did not want to put his snow pants on. He went out later in the day but I was not home to get a picture. This snow does not look like it is going to last, but we look forward to many more snowy days (especially days when daddy is off, so he can shovel the walk!)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Red Claws

Last night was the first home game for the Red Claws (a basketball team that feeds into the Celtics). It was so much fun and we are so excited to have another local team and another sporting event to go to. Unfortunately, Griffin was not feeling great and did not make it through much, if any, of the game. Rob left with Griffin. It is a bummer that they missed it... oh well, there will be more games. Nolan spent the night at his "best bud's" house. So, that left just Trevor. He was really into the game. He wanted the Red Claws to score more than 100 points and they did! I was pretty psyched because there was a player that went to JMU, my Alma mater. Not that we were there at the same time because he was less then 10 years old when I graduated... but still cool. He only played the last minute when the Claws were up by over 20 points. I was cheering hard for him. After the game, Trevor got a few autographs. The players were so appreciative of the fans and engaging with the kids. It was really nice to see. (I am so mad that I did not take my camera. There were so great opportunities for pictures. I don't know what is wrong with me, but I need to get back into picture taking mode.) We will definitely be attending more games! Go Red Claws!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Our Christmas Tree

Today Kelly is hosting Show Us Your Life - Christmas Tree Edition. We have 4 trees in our home.
Our main Christmas tree is in our family room. We cut this tree down every year on Thanksgiving weekend. I love live trees! I love the smell of the pine.This tree is decorated with all of our favorite ornaments. I try to stick to a red and gold theme but we have all different ornaments on the tree from hand made ones by the kids to Lenox snowmen.
Every year my mom gets us a Poloniase ornament. This one is the first one I ever received and also my favorite.Rob's mom gets us the White House ornament every year. She started this tradition in 1999, the year we married.And every year I purchase a picture frame ornament to put the kids picture in. Lately, I have been waiting until after Christmas to buy them on sale. This one I got at Pottery Barn last year.We also put a tree in the playroom. The playroom tree has a Lionel train that runs around it. Trevor and Nolan also each have tree in their room. They put all their favorite ornaments on it and Santa delivers one present to their trees to open first thing Christmas morning. Maybe after Christmas this year I can find a tree for Griffin.
Enjoy the season!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas Blog


If you are looking for a little holiday cheer for your blog, head over to Jamie's blog. She is giving free premade holiday blog templates!

Sleep.

Griffin has decided that he no longer needs to sleep between the hours of 1am and 5am. He is not fussy or uncomfortable. He is actually quite the opposite-- he is giggly, squirmy and happy. Rob and I are not happy. We are TIRED. I have a million things I need to do but I have no ambition to do any of them for I am too tired. I feel bad for Rob. I know he is tired but he has no choice, he must go to work. I hope this is not a new trend for Griffin. Griffin, please, please for all of our sanity, SLEEP at night when you are supposed to like the rest of us do!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Elf of a Shelf


Today our elf, Clark, arrived from the North Pole. He is responsible for watching the boys behavior and report back to Santa every night. Clark appears in a new location every morning after arriving back from the North Pole. This morning, for his first appearance in 2009, he showed up sitting in the top of Christmas tree.

I hope that the elf will remind the boys that Santa is watching. So far it seems they forget rather quickly that Clark is watching. Well if it does not put a little fear into the boys to behave, it is still a fun family tradition. The boys love to wake every morning to see where Clark is watching for the day. And I can only hope that it will help remind the boys that even though they are beyond excited about the holidays, it is still important that they are on their our best behavior... we will see.... a mom can dream can't she?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Tree Lighting

We went to our towns Christmas Tree lighting last night. It was the perfect evening for the tree lighting. The weather was warm and the holiday cheer was contagious. There was a light parade and Santa came to the lighting on the ladder of the fire truck.
The boys had a great time making snowman soup (hot chocolate with marshmallows and kisses) and reindeer food to sprinkle on the lawn Christmas eve.
Griffin had fun laughing at the boys as they ran around him.
We are now officially in Christmas spirit mode. Nolan is asking every single day if Christmas is coming soon... he is going to be coming out of his skin by the 25th.
 
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