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.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

22 Months.

Griffin is 22 months today. I seem to have finally turned a corner. Before every month older brought tears to my eyes, but not this month. I have started to look forward to who Griffin is becoming. His personality is really starting to explode. He is saying more, having true interest in different things, and his attention span is lengthening. I am not so afraid to lose my baby when I think of the future and the wonderful things we will be able to do as a family when Griffin is a little older. Don't get me wrong though, I do miss the sweet innocent little baby, but just not as much this month! Griffin is still into everything. He loves to climb. He will use anything he can find to climb on in order to add a few inches to him. He loves trucks, big trash trucks that come down the street and little toy trucks he can push along the ground. He is starting to love Little Einsteins and he throws his arms in the air to blast off. He is happy 99% of the time and is a little love bug. He is so cuddly and loves to give hugs while patting your back... so cute (please Griffin, never out grow that!). He loves to play ball and amazes us with his arm and kick. He is very accurate (maybe I will have me my football player?). Griffin is a big, big boy. He is wearing 3t tops and continues to be at the top of the chart in weight and height. He has started with his Winter sicknesses. Hopefully this year it will not be as bad as last. He is going to the ear doctor in a week or so to see about putting tubes back in his ears. I think this will really help. I have a sad little boy in this picture. This is when he was sick with croup and double ear infections and it shows! I do not have many pictures this month. I have been a bad mom and have not been taking pictures lately.As I always say, we are so thankful and blessed to be Griffin's parents. If I loved him any more I think my heart would explode out of my chest. He is sweet and fun and oh ,so cute! We love you, Griffin! Happy 22 months!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

I am Thankful.

There are many times I feel down, get frustrated with life and ask why me, but in truth I have so much to be thankful for.

I have a wonderful husband who loves me and absolutely adores his children. He is an amazing father, better than I could have ever dreamed. I have a mother and father in law that enjoy their grandchildren and make a point of being involved in their activities. They are warm and have always made me feel welcome. I have a sister that is incredibly busy, but if I needed her for anything would be there in a minute. She is incredibly giving and generous. I have many wonderful friends that I know I can call on anytime. I have friends that are family and have been for many years, Debbie and Kelsey. There are not words to describe the relationship, nor words to describe how much they mean to me and my family. I am blessed that they moved across the country to be closer. Just thinking of my mom brings me to tears, she is the most amazing person I have ever known. She is so giving and thoughtful. She is fun, smart and caring. She has always been supportive and this past year she has been a tremendous support to me and my family. She is wonderful to my boys and they think she is the greatest! I have three wonderful, relatively healthy, beautiful children that have given me every grey hair I have, but have also put a smile on my face every. single. day.

Thank you to all my friends and family. I am blessed because of all of you.

I am truly thankful!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Griffin is Thankful.

If Griffin could talk, he would tell you that his is thankful for Blue's Clues, large trucks, his strong legs and things to climb on, gold fish, books, juice boxes, Noni's spaghetti sauce, his brothers,
apple and orange juice, ride-on vehicles, Little Einsteins, outside, balls his toys, his fun daddy, Motrin for ear infection pain, big kisses, baths,expensive electronic devices, guacamole, his entire family, crayons, coloring books and his mommy!And we are so thankful for Griffin. Just think, without him there would be uninterrupted sleep, chairs pushed into the table, TVs without fingerprints, decorations on bottom selves, less doctor bills. But there would also be less warm hugs, less laughs, less sloppy kisses, less fun and not nearly as many smiles. Griffin, we are thankful for you (and both your brothers)!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Trevor is Thankful.

Trevor is thankful for everything. He is not into specifics, but when I pushed him... he told me he is thankful for his family, family vacations and our dog. He is thankful for books, food and soccer.Trevor says, "Basically, I am thankful for the world!" I guess that sums it up.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Nolan is Thankful.

Me: Nolan, what are you thankful for?

N: My brothers.

Long silence....

Me: anything else?

N: my big brother and my baby brother.

Me: I am glad you are thankful for your brothers. Anything else?

Long silence...

N: Nope.A few minutes later...

N: I am thankful for turkey.

(Really, this is where I am expecting that he is going to say, oh, yeah, I am thankful for my mom or my family or something along those lines... but no, turkey...really?)

Well, it is good to know where I rank.

Friday, November 20, 2009

A little about C.C.

Every dog has her day and today is C.C.'s day. She is getting a blog post dedicated to just her. Kelly is hosting a blog hop about pets and since I don't talk about C.C. much, today will be her day.
We got C.C. as a puppy back in April of 2008. Trevor and Nolan had been wanting a dog and we really wanted them to have the experience of having a pet. So that started our search. I had a few criteria that had to be met when it came to picking a dog. I wanted a female dog (I needed another girl in the home) and she could not be tall enough to get her nose on the counter tops (gross) and she needed to not shed (I did not need additional house work)! I had always like Soft Coated Wheaton Terriers and the breed meets my criteria so we decided to get a Wheaton. Trevor named her Cookie Crumb so we call her C.C. for short. She is very energetic and she loves people. She is great with the kids and very protective of the boys when Rob rough houses with them. She is a great dog and we love having her. I do wish she was a little calmer and a little less crazy, but all in all she is a great companion.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I Caved.

The boys, especially Nolan, have been asking to put up their bedroom Christmas trees and the playroom tree. I really wanted to wait until after Thanksgiving. But since they have been asking and I am not having Thanksgiving at my home, I caved. Last night, the boys and I got out their small bedroom trees. They have had these trees since they were little. The decorate them with their own ornaments and their first Christmas present on Christmas morning is under their own tree.

I also put the tree up in the playroom. The Lionel train is set up under the tree but the tree is still without decorations. I just was not into dragging that box up last night. So the boys are thrilled. I just hope this does not make them even more hyper with holiday anticipation!
Thanksgiving weekend we always go cut down our Christmas tree for the family room. I am looking forward to that. Hopefully the weather will still be in the 50's and dry. It is always easier looking for a tree when you are not hiking through snow and it is always nicer bringing a dry tree into the home. It is starting to look like Christmas in the Gava home.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I have not felt much like blogging lately. I have not even been in a picture taking mood, hence the lack of pictures in my blog. I know something is wrong when I don't have my camera in every one's face. I have been feeling down lately. Maybe it is lack of sleep, maybe it is stress. I am not sure what is going on but I am tired of feeling this way. So to try to get myself out of my slump, I got up and put on a skirt and nice shirt. I decided if I looked nice, maybe I would feel better. And I do feel a little better.

I am going to volunteer in Nolan's class today and that is always fun. He lights up when he sees me come to help in his class. He is so kind and considerate in his class and his teacher always raves about him. Of course, this makes me feel proud.

I also have to take Griffin to the doctors for a follow up on his ears. Along with a his ears, I have a list of things his pediatrician needs to check. He is still coughing, he has a horrible diaper rash and my biggest concern as of lately is that he is limping. He is limping on his right leg. It seems like something is wrong with his hip and this has been going on for over a week now... yikes! I was hoping it was just a pulled muscle or something but I would think that would be better by now. I am worried that it may be related to his leg injury in California. We will see what his doctor has to say, hopefully everything will be fine.

As for me, I am going to make a huge effort to have a good day and be happy. My life is great and the positives far out weigh the negatives in my life and I just have to keep that in perspective!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Three in a Row.

Three weekends in a row we have at least one night with little to no sleep.

Three weekends in a row we have made a visit to the doctor either on Saturday or Sunday.

Three weekends in a row we have had one child with either the croup and/or an ear infection.

Three weekends in a row we have had to fill prescriptions for steroids and/or antibiotics.

Three weekends in a row I have had one child in extreme pain.

Lets not make it FOUR... please, please!

It is a little scary that it is not even December and we are already starting with croup and ear infections. Every Winter it is rough! We are regulars at the pediatricians. We are affectionately referred to as the "Ear Infection Family" by the staff. I hope this Winter is going to be different, but from the looks of things we are in for a rough couple months. I wish there was a discount card to the Pediatricians! We need one!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Christmas in November?

Griffin got an early Christmas present from his TG yesterday.

I am in love with his present... they are so cute!
Griffin was not instantly in love like I was...but he has come around and he is quite happy in his new Uggs. He has had fun stomping his feet and kicking rocks around.
Now if he would just stop curling his toes so I don't have to hammer them onto his feet. I am also hoping that he will keep these on his feet. I have a terrible time keeping shoes on the Griff Man's feet... he loves to be shoe and sock less... maybe okay in the Summer, but it is not okay in the Winter!
Thanks TG. We love the new Uggs and we love, love you!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Before we know it...

Christmas will be here.

I hate to think about it already, but if I don't I will be in panic mode for the month of December. I really want to enjoy the season with my family and friends. I don't want to be worried about shopping for those hard to get family members.

It is time to take the bull by the horns so to speak and start my shopping.
How great would it be to have the majority of it done before December! I have only purchased 3 gifts for 2 different people. I am going to try to get every one's gift except for the kids by December... a lofty goal I know but I will try.

In other news, Griffin seems to be doing a little better. He is still coughing and I am not too happy about that but he seems to have improved some. He goes back to his doctor next week for a follow up. He has been super cuddly and sweet. He has spent much of the day in my arms with his head on my shoulder... oh how I love this!
The boys are home from school today in honor of Veterans Day. We are spending a lazy day at home.

Monday, November 9, 2009

This and That

Wow, I have been absent from my blog for awhile. I wish I was absent because I was on an exciting trip or that I have been doing something amazing. The truth is I have been busy with life, which is good too. I have many times intended to post and just never got around to it. So here is the update as to what has been going on... (don't get excited like I said nothing to outstanding, just everyday life).

I was so excited this weekend because we had little on the calendar and it was going to be a relaxing, quiet weekend. Ha, I should have known better. We did have hockey on Saturday morning. I stayed home and cleaned but Nolan had a great time.We also had an appointment to take some baby stuff to a second hand store. This is always so hard for me. Hard to say goodbye to those baby days, but I must keep reminding myself that even without the stuff cluttering the basement, the memories will always be with me. Rob was happy to see a square inch of the basement floor that we had not seen in years. Saturday night I had a little get together with some of my favorite friends and family. It is always so nice to share conversation and wine with friends. Then last night, we had Trevor's end of soccer celebration. I am always relived to see the season end but I am also sad. We saw a great slide show of the season and ate way too many desserts. I did not take one picture all weekend... I am ashamed to say!

As for the unplanned. On Saturday night I started to notice some bright red cheeks on Griffin. I always refer to those cheeks as ear infection cheeks. Rob, Griffin and I were up all night Saturday night. Griffin was miserable. He was very croupy, coughing like crazy and having a hard time breathing. He spent much of the night outside in the cool air trying to clear his airway. Sunday morning we went to the doctors. Griffin was still sounding croupy and I was concerned about an ear infection. The doctor confirmed that he did indeed have the croup along with double ear infections, ouch! He is now on steroids and antibiotics. It is impossible to get him to take the medicine. It takes two of us, one to hold him down and one to squeeze his cheeks and administer the meds. As horrible as that sounds, it is working. Last night he sounded much better and he SLEEP! I have to take him back in two weeks for a follow up to check on his ears and his lungs... hopefully the worst is behind us. (This pic is before he got sick because like I said I did not take a single picture all weekend.) We also got some unplanned yard work done and got to watch some football.

Today after the big boys head to school, Griffin and I are going to have a day of rest. I must go now and torture my baby with some medicine.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Poor Lucy.

Griffin has been on a destructive path lately.

This morning Lucy, my favorite wooden goose, was the victim.

For the 9000th time this morning, Griffin climbed up on the kitchen island. For the 9000th time, I went to sweep him off the counter with a firm "NO"only this time Lucy got sweep to the floor and she broke in 2 places.
Poor Lucy. Lucy was a gift from my mother for my 5th wedding anniversary. I had always wanted a Lucy and she has graced my kitchen table for the past 5 years. My kitchen will not be the same without Lucy!

I am upset with Griffin. He has been into EVERYTHING lately, climbing and breaking things! I don't remember the other boys being quite this destructive. Maybe it is just my selective memory or maybe Griffin is more of a monkey. I repeatedly remove him and tell him no, but I think it is becoming a game for him. Soon there will be nothing left for him to break. I do hope that he learns very soon to play with his toys and to leave mommy's things alone!
It is really hard to get to upset with this adorable little face though. Hopefully this is just a phase, a very quick phase!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Trevor's Soccer

U-9 travel soccer played their last games on Sunday. Trevor had a great time playing this season, he learned a lot and made some new friends. He is really enjoying soccer. He is going to continue to play this Winter on a Friday night league and he is going to learn some more techniques in a foot skills class. We are very proud of him and look forward to watching Trevor continue to play, grow and enjoy soccer. Way to go, Trevor.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween

I hope everyone had a fun, safe Halloween. The boys had a great time, even Griffin enjoyed going house to house. As always we went to the cemetary to see the hundreds of pumpkins lighted up and it was amazing. I wish I could get a picture of it, but they never turn out.
Now I am off to get ready to spend the day at the soccer field for Trevor's last soccer games of the season. I will miss watching soccer but I will be very happy to have a little bit more of the weekend back.