Sunday, August 2, 2009

Who needs expensive toys?

Wonder how much money I , ahem, wasted on what was in those boxes.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Summer lovin'

Days are longer, school is out, the eyes are straight.........pass the sunscreen. Summer, summer time!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

No. Not everyone should be a parent.

The obvious- child abusers, drugees, murderers. But especially those whose children have to learn this the hard way- the selfish, the self-absorbed, those who never grow up enough to understand and appreciate the enormous responsibility that they have taken on. These parents are the ones that leave damaged children who spend too much time in their lives trying to figure out why they fell short. These parents are oblivious to the damage that they cause, never taking responsibility, only claiming that they "did the best they could".

Being a parent means loving someone more than yourself, putting someones else's needs above your own, and nurturing the being that you have brought into this world. Should be simple.

As one of these children, you grow up often feeling inadequate, undeserving, and constantly in search. In search of what makes things better. But nothing ever really does.

Until the day comes when it does get better. The day that you start liking yourself, in all of your imperfections and start allowing others to like you, too. At first, not everyday is a good day, but eventually the good days outnumber the bad.

Parenting has been healing for me and confusing. Healing because my babies fill my heart. Any empty space there has been filled, I would say my heart is now even overflowing. Confusing because my love for them is all encompassing, and I cannot imagine how any parent could not feel the same way.

Eventually, and unfortunately, you learn that you have to let any expectations of how you think your parents should act or feel go. The expectations you have for them, no matter how small, will never be met.

For now, I enjoy and celebrate the time I have with my children. Soaking them in. Hoping I am not loving them too much (is that possible?).

No longer expecting anything from parents that only disappoint.

You get there, it's difficult and unfortunate, but you get there.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

"Um, did your son have surgery today?"

Eli's surgery could not have gone better (short of him not having it). The facility, nurses, and doctors were fantastic. And Eli, well, Eli was Eli. As always, he pulls through better than you could have even hoped for. Once again, he was a fighter and champ. Absolutely no problems with his airway or oxygen intake. He was groggy coming off the anesthesia but that lasted as far as the ride home.

Eli's surgery began at 7 am, was over by 7:45am, and we were home by 9 am. Wow, we did A LOT during hours I (and Ava and Eli) are typically sleeping (note to self). Once we got home, Eli was all hyped up, none the worse for just being heavily sedated and having muscles cut in both eyes. I ran out once we got home to pick up his prescriptions, pick up some groceries, and of course, pick up the princess from pre-k. Vic called me on my cell while I was running about and asked "did your son have surgery today?". I thought I was leaving Vic to watch a groggy, hurting baby. What he got was a terror.

A terror we will gladly take any day.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

We have movement.......

In preparation for Eli's surgery, we have been going non-stop to doctor's appointments. One of those stops was for an ultrasound of his airway. In order to go ahead with the surgery, we wanted clearance from his pulmonologist due to Eli's history with his airway. Well, not only does Eli have a nice size airway BUT, but he has movement in both vocal chords. How much movement, we are not sure yet but are just so thrilled that the other vocal chord that appeared to be impinged by scar tissue is MOVING.

So, we are moving ahead with his surgery on Thursday. Yesterday, we got clearance from his pediatrician. Who also was helpful enough to diagnose him with keratosis pilaris and eczema. Nice.

Tomorrow Eli and daddy go to see the pediatric opthamologist who will be performing the surgery. We will get definite confirmation and find out if Eli will need surgery in just the one eye or both.

Keep you posted.

Is there ever a such thing as the perfect picture?

Okay. With a certain holiday coming up (all you dads, better get on the ball if you are saying-"what holiday?"), I wanted to get the perfect shot of my babies for a photo gift. Yeah, right. Try getting my two to sit still, let alone both look at the camera at the same time.

Day one, we shot pictures on our way into church (hey, we were late anyway). I dressed them in matching seersucker- Ava in pink and Eli in blue. Cute, right? Frustrating would be a better word.

Day two involved a trip to the zoo. Again, kids on the go and Eli's hat from last year is now a beanie. Next.....

Day three was a trip to the open space across the street. Better, not perfect, but much better.

After three days of shooting, I settled not on the perfect picture, but the right one. The one that best displays what I love so much about these two- their smiles, silliness, and laughter. Happy Mother's Day to me.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Watch out Tiger Woods!

Ava & Daddy's first golf outing included: a severe sunburn on Ava's arms and the back of her legs, Ava pooed twice at the clubhouse, and she pulled down her drawers and peed like a boy on the greens on the practice hole. The really good news is that we still have our membership at the club.

Ava's first soccer game

This morning was Ava's first soccer game (and coincidentally, practice). She was excited to get her uniform shirt and to run and kick the ball before the game. That was pretty much where the smiles ended. If you would have told me that my child would have been the one running off the field crying because she wanted the ball and the other kids would not share, I never would have believed it. But there we were. My beautiful, pig tail wearing soccer star was in tears within minutes of her play time. And I mean the huge tears that just break your heart. She wanted to go home and she wanted a prize. Juice at half time helped and Cheetos for a snack at the end of the game were a welcome distraction, but Ava was still a sad girl. We need to work with her on sharing and taking her turn on the field (i.e. getting to the ball first and sneaking in a body check against her opponents). Toughen up baby girl- you don't want to wear your mommy's thin skin your entire about tears.

Watch out fellow peewee soccer players..........we will be back. And next time, Ava won't be the one shedding tears. High-five!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Church Easter Party

Why do we, as parents, expect our babies to be okay with sitting on a giant rabbit's lap?

Warming up......

Monday, March 2, 2009

Monkey see, monkey do

This phrase has never been more fitting.........

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Valentines Day & Mardi Gras

Love is in the air- and so are beads! We attended a Mardi Gras parade downtown with the kids- Ava kept her Cupid wings on all day!

D is for Dragon (and Dinosaurs)

1. Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, red tissue paper, a marker, a googly eye , glue and scissors.
2. You can either draw a big letter D with your marker or print one out from the computer (like me), have your child paint the D the color green. Cut out the D.

3. While your child is painting the D, use you marker to draw small triangles on green construction paper and cut them out to use for dragon spikes.

4. Once the letter D has dried, cut out the D and glue it to a piece of construction paper.

5. Glue the spikes along the straight side of the D.

6. Cut out a small circle from black construction paper and glue it on the dragon for an eye. Glue the googly eye on top of the circle.
7. Cut out some tissue paper fire. Glue the fire to the dragon D.

I also print out a coloring sheet of little dinosaurs so that junior could be included.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Ava & Eli (aka Dora & Boots)

C is for Cookie

C is for cookie, it's good enough for me; oh cookie cookie cookie starts with C.
- Cookie Monster

We love cookies at our house. So the letter C was an easy choice.

1. Gather your materials. You will need some pre-made, packaged cookie dough, some wax paper for your child's work surface, an oven preset to your recipes specifications, and a cookie sheet.
2. IMPORTANT! I really shouldn't have to say this but- Wash your child's hands. Especially because you KNOW where her hands have been.

3. Working off of the wax paper, have your child make the letter C with the dough.

4. Arrange your C cookies on the baking sheet and pop them in the oven. Don't make the cookies too thick, as a thicker dough C becomes a blob at high temperatures. Set the timer and wait. Remove from oven.

5. Let cool and if desired decorate them,- sprinkles or icing.

6. Enjoy your letter C cookie!

"C" Is For Cookie as sung by Cookie Monster

C is for cookie, that's good enough for me C is for cookie, that's good enough for me
C is for cookie, that's good enough for me
Oh, cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C
C is for cookie, that's good enough for me
C is for cookie, that's good enough for me
C is for cookie, that's good enough for me
Oh, cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C
C is for cookie, that's good enough for me, yeah!
C is for cookie, that's good enough for me
C is for cookie, that's good enough for me
Oh, cookie, cookie,
Cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C, oh boy! Cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C!