probably about a month ago, i began a list of pictures and videos to add to the blog. life has been packed with too much work, and some play, and i simply haven't had time to add anything. in the meantime, life has been passing by, and there have been too many things i'd like to record here, so i need to just start randomly listing things.
z & s have been enjoying opening the little advent bags each morning. they have to wait until z has practiced his violin for the day, which now consists of him playing three twinkle variations - mississippi hot dog, ice cream - sh - cone, and run mommy run daddy. i hope to have him begin beautiful butterfly twinkle tomorrow. we've been doing a little note reading also. anyway, he calls the advent calendar an "elavent" calendar.
last week, j was in phoenix for two nights. before he left, i was talking about how i'll get lonely without him here. z heard me, and said, "don't worry, mommy. you won't be alone. you'll have s & me!" it was very sweet. i think he even gave me a hug. i've been leaving notes in the bags for z to read, instructions on where to find little dollar gifts, in addition to the daily piece of chocolate. today's note read "look in the oven." i had left a gingerbread house kit in the oven for them to find. i did my best to make both kids understand that they are to NEVER leave anything in the oven themselves.
we have started potty training with s. it takes a LOT of patience!!!
lots of babies being born. one of my high school mates became a GRANDMOTHER yesterday - her 17 yr old daughter had a baby on uncle b's birthday. our good good good friends p & n welcomed a baby boy early this morning after 36 hours of natural labor.
we had fun at c & r's annual xmas party last night, and they are expecting a baby boy in january. they actually hired someone to serve (a daughter of a friend) and a coworker to bartend for the party. c smoked a turkey, and there were lots of great nibbles, along with cake pops. they sent some home with us for the kids. truly a fantastic party! we ended up getting home later than we expected, after midnight. and of course s woke me up this morning at the crack of dawn.
i should be peeling, slicing veggies right now, prepping them to be roasted, but what the heck - here's a picture from the annual trip to see santa today. we went to the bridgeport village, which is an outdoor mall. in the past, i have had the luxury of taking the kids during the week, so there was never much of a line. today, however, at 10:15, there was a really really long line, in 37 degree weather. poor s - no mittens, wearing a dress with tights and uncomfortable black dress shoes. of course no hat, either, because her hair was in pigtails. z had left his hat and mittens in the car. both kids were very patient. i stood in line, freezing, while j ran around with them. z made me really nervous. right by the line for santa was a fountain, with a little area where you could jump on a small pathway of stones partially submerged in about 3-4" of water. i thought for sure z would fall of the rocks and get his feet sopping wet, but it never happened. thankfully he only tried once. eventually it was our turn to visit with santa. z told santa he wants a plastic boat for the bathtub, and a remote controlled airplane. s, of course, didn't say anything. it was 12pm when we made it back to the car.
|s wasn't smiling. z's smile looked too forced.|
|z had a great smile, but s wasn't smiling.|
|finally, they both smiled and both looked at the camera. we were out of there!|
zane said to me after we got back, this is the best day ever! cake pops to eat, a visit to santa, a gingerbread house to make, running around in the frigid air - what else could a young boy ask for in a day? he is such a sweet boy. his mama loves him dearly.
off to prep the vegetables...