Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Skeletons (in the closet)

These are my skeletons in the closet, both figuratively and literally. Although it took us years of agony to conceive them, I would not trade the pain, anguish, money, stress, disappointment, procedures, heart-break, self-loathing, time, tears, or sadness for these two scary skeletons. These boys bring us more joy and laughter than I ever could have imagined possible!

What are your skeletons in the closet? Is anyone brave enough to share?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Dr. Seuss 1st Birthday

We celebrated the boys' first birthday on their actual birthday, Saturday, October 16th. The family attended our "Seussical" birthday, and it was so much fun. I still cannot believe I have two one-year-olds. It is both sad and exciting!

Here are a few pics from Mason and Brody's birthday day.

Details of the party~

  • We served green eggs and ham- ham sandwiches and green deviled eggs plus two kinds of chips and dip. Somehow I forgot to get a picture of the food. Bummer.
  • Aunt Leah came into town to help. She and I were both sick with colds, so it was a challenge to get everything done while feeling ill and quickly running out of energy.
  • Great Aunt Cindy saved the day by finding a clear ladle and watching the boys while we decorated.
  • The boys didn't get nearly as messy with the cake as I had secretly hoped. It was the first cake they had ever tried, and I am thrilled they didn't love it.
  • They had more fun with the tissue paper from the gifts than the actual gifts themselves.
  • The party was everything I had hoped it would be.
  • Allen and were so exhausted from the party that it took us about three days to fully recuperate. We had no idea party planning and throwing would be so exhausting for a child's birthday party.
  • The "Thing 1" and "Thing 2" onesies looked adorable on the boys.
  • Mason and Brody loved the wagon and pop-up tent the best.
  • Mommy and Daddy loved the clothes, pajamas, and gift cards best.
  • The punch was fabulous, although I wish it would have been spiked.
  • I loved the monthly pictures of the boys that Aunt Leah helped put together. We may even add another year to them at their two-year party.
  • When we sang "Happy Birthday" to the boys (one time for each child), they stared at us like we were martians. The look on their face said it all- Why is everyone staring at us and singing?
  • The cakes (all three of them) turned out so cute!
  • Once Brody had enough of his cake, he tried to push it off his high chair. Cute but nearly disastrous.
  • I had a slide show with music playing of all Mason and Brody's best pictures. It was a hit, and I hope to add birthday pictures to it and complete one each year for them both.
  • I loved the theme. How can you go wrong with Dr. Seuss?
  • Allen and I survived the first year (with tons of help). Hallelujah! Maybe year two won't feel like ten years crammed into one. Time- slow down!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Tomorrow, Tomorrow- I love you, tomorrow

Any guesses what tomorrow is? Let me give you a hint:

Monday, September 27, 2010


Maybe my child got stuck in the doggy door.

Maybe my other child got stuck in the rocking chair.

Maybe Mason learned to kiss the dog before he learned to kiss us.

Maybe my husband told me the best thing I cook is green beans (from a can).

Maybe Mason and Brody are going to be a year old in less than a month, and I am having a hard time with it.

Maybe Mason makes the funniest noises ever.

Maybe Brody gets "mad" and makes us laugh hysterically.

Maybe I desire more free time but don't know what to do when I have it.

Maybe I (accidentally) made pigs on a blanket instead of pigs in a blanket for breakfast.

Maybe I am blessed by how much my family helps us.

Maybe I got a new camera for my birthday, so I'm back on track with taking hundreds of pictures a month.

Maybe I turned 32 and am completely at peace with it.

Maybe Danielle does the coolest blog designs ever!

Maybe this cooler weather is all I needed to put me in a better mood.

Maybe my husband keeps me laughing.

Maybe the boys have learned to wave and give "high five." They now want to "high five" all through dinner. How can you not laugh?

Maybe Brody tweaked Mason's nose.

Maybe Brody's curly hair is just precious.

Maybe Mason has the most beautiful blue eyes.

Maybe I am so excited about this new season of TV shows- specifically Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice.

Maybe this is my favorite season of all! I can't wait for colorful leaves, hot apple cider, and pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese icing!

Maybe I love change while my husband prefers things to stay the same.

Maybe I am doing the best I can.

Maybe Mason loves boxes.

Maybe I like the boys to have funky hair.

Maybe we took the boys to the park this month, and they had a blast!

Maybe we also went to the zoo for the first time.

Maybe Moxie doesn't want to play ball.

Maybe we are a happy family of four.

Maybe these boys light up my world.

Maybe Brody's mechanical mind intrigues me.

Maybe Mason's free spirit and adventurousness makes me panic.

Maybe my best friend Leah is the very bestest bestie ever!

Maybe my son propped his foot up on the table (and kept it there most of dinner) while we were eating out one night.

Maybe Mason unrolled an entire roll of toilet paper.

Maybe Brody's expressive eyes crack us up!

Maybe Moxie is the most patient dog ever.

Maybe the brotherly love is already showing!

Maybe my kids are the most amazing gift ever!