Friday, July 31, 2009

Favorite Things...

Nathan and Brandon are constantly changing their minds about what their favorite things are. One day Nathan can't get enough chocolate milk, the next day he only wants white milk. For the past 2 years Brandon had to eat oatmeal every single morning, but now if he doesn't have yogurt the world just doesn't spin right.
I like consistency so having two little mind changers around puts a little spice in my life. It's fun, sometimes frustrating, and always interesting.
Brandon usually likes bubbles in his bath but a few days ago he decided that bubbles are evil and will eat him alive if he got into a tub full of them. Then last night he screamed bloody murder because there were no bubbles in his bath. Nathan use to like cherry yogurt, but this morning he decided that it's the nastiest flavor ever. I agree, cherry yogurt is pretty gross, but I just bought a bunch of it at the grocery store last night for him. It makes you want to say "What the hell?" But I don't. Brandon would surely repeat my little phrase in his not so little voice while it's really quiet at the doctor's office or something.
Lego's are cool, sidewalk chalk not so much unless it's 3D. GI Joe and Buzz Lightyear are awesome but Barney has been kicked to the curb (thank goodness!).
But that's just this week. Who knows what they'll like tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

7 years ago

7 years ago today Brian and I got hitched in Las Vegas. It was a blast. And it has been a blast ever since. We've bought a house, had two kids, changed careers, laughed, loved, cried and everything else in between. It's been great and I can't wait to see what the future holds for us.
Brian had to work today so we haven't been able to celebrate as we would have liked (and when I say we I mean me). So this weekend my parents are watching the kids (overnight) for us. It will be the first time that both of the kids have spent the night away from us. I'm kind of excited and nervous all at once. Silly, I know! But I'm excited to have Brian all to myself for an entire day and night. No little monkeys hanging on his leg while I try to talk to him, no pitter-patter of little feet running into our room at 3am to snuggle with us, no fights to break up at dinner. That's what I'm excited about. We could stay home and sleep all day for all I care. I just know a quiet evening with Brian is all I want.

Monday, July 20, 2009

According to Nathan...

How cute is that?

Need a paw?

This past weekend Brian had a little project. He was to install a kitchen faucet. Unfortunately Brian needed a lot of help with this project. So look who came to his rescue...

Samson helped a whole bunch. He stole the flashlight, nibbled on Brian's legs, climbed over his belly and gave him kisses of encouragement. Big help!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Good times

Fajitas on the grill, baseball in the backyard, snow cones made on a brand spankin' new snow cone making machine and a blackberry vanilla custard pie. Summer afternoons with my parents make for good times.

And getting the sillies worked out of you by papaw aren't too bad either.
Thanks for the fun.
...and the snow cone machine!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Views from our back door

We have seen so many things from our back door. The boys and I will pull up the kitchen chairs, grab a snack and watch what is going on in our back yard. These past few months have been really good too.
We've seen men swinging from limb to limb in our neighbors trees, pruning it back. Kittens have lived under our shed. We got to watch them play and grow. Now there are two baby bunnies that have taken up residence under there. We've seen fireworks and fire trucks, raccoons and opossums, and crazy squirrels chasing each other around the trees. The fireflies have been lighting up our backyard lately, playing peek-a-boo with the kids. Now you see me, now you don't.
I've let the kids play outside by themselves. It's funny watching them play "unsupervised." They think they are big stuff, running and jumping off of their jungle gym. Chasing each other like little madmen. All the while they both keep sneaking peeks at the back door to see if I'm watching. I am, of course, but I'm hiding. They think they're getting some much deserved independance from mommy but I'm still watching like a hawk. Those two can get into a lot of trouble in no time at all.

Quiet night

It's 12:53am.
All is calm and quiet.
The kids are snuggled in bed, dreaming of new ways to torment each other.
Brian is off enjoying "man night" with his buddies from work.
The dogs are snoring and chasing bunnies in their dreams.
And I'm being serenaded by B.B. King.
Oh, how I love Mr. King and his lovely Lucille.
Let the Good Times Roll, The Thrill is Gone, Rock Me Baby, If I Lost You.
I love these quiet nights.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July

The 4th of July is always so much fun. The fireworks, food, family, fun in the sun, there's nothing better. We actually have been celebrating for the past week. Last Sunday we watched the fireworks display at a near by church, we've watched the neighbors let off bottle rockets all week long and yesterday we spent the afternoon with my parents. We played, went swimming and stuffed our bellies with hot dogs. And to be extra patriotic we bought an American Bulldog, Samson. Today, for the actually big celebration day, it is raining. Raining, pouring, drizzling. Pretty yucky. So, tonight we are going to pop popcorn and enjoy the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on tv.
This weekend is also a great weekend for birthdays. Ryan is turning a year older today. My brusin'-in-law is turning the big 4-0 tomorrow and my good friend Maggie is turning 29 (again) tomorrow too. Happy birthday all, hope you have a great birthday weekend.

New bundle of joy

Meet Samson.
He is the newest addition to our family. At 7 weeks old he weighs in at a solid 15lbs. Nathan and him are going to be great buddies. He follows Nathan around every where and if Nathan sits down on the floor, Samson is jumping on his lap. Brandon still isn't too sure about him yet. Samson loves to kiss Brandon's toes though.
He's a good baby. And I can see that we are going to have tons of fun with him.