Archive for February, 2010

End of Feb

Every year when Feb ends,  it feels like we’ve turned the corner.  Yes, there’s still a good month of winter but the brutal cold is pretty much gone and there are these wonderful, spring-like days.

Today was another good day.  Daddy and Nathanael spent a fair amount of Daddy and me time and they both seem to thrive on it.  I love it how happy it makes both of them (and I like a little down time also :)).  N went and went and went today with no real nap to speak of.  It seems like once a week he’s a no nap kind of guy.  He turns into a real pill around 4ish but he down & asleep by 8pm so it’s a pretty good trade off. Tonight he asked for gakky (milk) at 7:30 and was sound asleep by 7:50pm.

Daddy and NaNa went to the park at Edinborough and “practiced” a great deal.  I just love to watch NaNa play with the baseball, kick ball etc.  He’s just so into and naturally very talented.  He’s so happy when he is doing physical things.

March on.


Lazy Sat. Morning

We are having a nice lazy morning.  It’s 8am, we’ve been up for about 45 minutes.  In this time, both the dog and N crammed inbetween Mommy and Daddy in bed, N brushed his teeth, Daddy made coffee, mommy read the the real estate section of the NYTimes (I love that section), N told us he had to go potty (yes!), and N nagged us to watch Wonder Pets.  Daddy and N are watching it, all cuddled up together.  Cute.  N in his big boy pants, Daddy in his PJs.  They are singing the song “Teamwork.”

Soon we will actually be able to go outside!

Olympic Fever & A Phone Conversation

I have Olympic fever so everyone has to put up with it and indulge me.  I love the Olympics – Winter, Summer – all of them.  Nathanael is not such a fan and I certainly can’t get him to get all excited about figure skating.  But, two sports actually caught his attention.  The first is mogels – he would sit with me and watch it.  I could tell he was processing and not exactly sure what was going on.  He asked what it was but he didn’t seem quite satisfied with my answer.  He also watched a few minutes of the women’s down hill.  At one point, a women crashed and Lindsay Von covered her eyes.  Nathanael did to and said “don’t watch!”  He also continued to say “don’t fall” when other falls occured.  Cute.

Tonight Joe and Nathanael went to Target.  He called me and with some translation from Joe after fact, provided me wtih a very accurate description of his trip “Zach bones” “crackers” and “Target.”  I guess N walked around Target and showed all the ladies the doggy bones and told them they were for Zach.  He’s a player, for sure.

Perfect Day

I’ve always loved Perfect Day by Lou Reed and while I know it’s hard to believe, but I love Duran Duran’s cover of it.  I think today was close to a perfect day.  Joe got up and made coffe + plus a Byerly’s run for muffins.  Then we went to Adventure Peak at Edinborough Park where Nathanael played and played.  Joe and N then went swimming for a while.  It was great to see N go from cautious in the water to truly loving it.  Daddy and N took a shower which N didn’t like and thought it was too “hot.” 

We stopped by McDonalds for lunch which we NEVER do but we were starving and N wasn’t going to make it through anything else.  We then napped for a while and then played.  Tonight we had wild salmon with an awsome soy/brown sugar sauce, rice, and salad.  And, of course, chocolate for dessert. 

I got to watch figure skating while Daddy and N played.  It did take a LONG time to get N down, but finally he crashed. 

It was so fun to see Nathanael so happy at the park. We had a great tiem together.  One of the memory book for sure.

Happy Valentines Day

Soul Searching

One thing I have been thinking about lately is Nathanael’s blooming personality.  Will he be an extrovert or an introvert?   Is he funny or serious?  Is he pessimestic or optimistic? etc.

I think Nathanael has a gentle soul.  I’m not sure I would actually call him sensitive but I when his little heart hurts, it’s a deep wound.  I said something last week that I didn’t think Nathanael understood but he did and it hurt him.  And I really I had to spend a good amount of time building that little soul back up.  Of course, I felt awful.  And it was a good lesson for me.  It really broke my heart to feel his little heart hurting. 

I also think he is an introvert and I so pleased about that!!!!!  Nathanael likes to go out and about but is also very ready to come home and chill.  He def is one of those people who recharges by being quiet vs. those who recharge by being by others. 

N seems to have a good sense of humor.  His laugh is really one of God’s great gifts.  And he seems to get our little jokes and sometimes he developes his own. 

I think Nathanael’s veral skills are fine or within the normal range; but I have to believe his physical coordiation is way up there.  This kid is pretty amazing.  Since he was little he could climb up things he had no right to and he did it with such sure-footedness that you had to remind yourself that this wasn’t a smart thing for him to do.

We’ll see how things develop but I feel like we are in this little magic, toddler bubble that I’m going to be quite sorry for him to move on to the next milestones.

The world’s worst gingerbread house

Before Christmas, I purchased a gingerbread house kit from Target.  When the dog ate the first one, I should have taken it as a sign that this was not meant to be.  I am not crafty, have not crafty desires, and no discernable crafty skills.  But, I had this vision of the Great Franz Krueger Gingerbread House.  Well, we didn’t get to it before Christmas which was fine.  It was a great little Saturday project on a cold day in January. 

Now, no one who knows me expects anything beyond a pretty ugly looking thing; but, Joe is an engineer so he one would think that he would know how to make it structurally sound. 

Despite how it looked, Nathanel loved it.

We had a little Viking fever here

N’s cute little bums!

And finally, we went to school today to enjoy Nathanael’s last day of “star of the week.”  We brought cake.

There was a little voice in the back of my head that wondered if N would break down if we came and then left.  Well, the little voice was right.  N was tired to begin with so we tried to sneak out after we thought he’d gone down for the nap but those little eyes popped open & the tears flowed.  I had to go to a meeting and that was probably one of my top 5 guilt moments – he was really feeling vulnerable and sad.  Ugh. 

Anyway, I enjoyed seeing all the kiddos and how the eat lunch and it was SO QUIET!  They just sat there and ate their pizza in silence.  Of course, they all loved the cake.  And, it was really fascinating to see how they hussle 14 toddlers from lunch, to potty/diapers to nap time.  Quite impressive!

Little E

This is an outfit we sent him!


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