Sunday, December 30, 2007

Our Christmas Day

Well here we are almost a week later and I'm just now writing about our Christmas day together. Life has been busy! We had such a wonderful time together this year. This was the first year ever that we've been at our own home on Christmas day. We absolutely loved every minute of it! Phil and I stayed up late on the Eve getting the gifts wrapped and ready. It was a late night, but thankfully the kids slept in for us the next day, 9:00! Obviously they aren't old enough to get up at 5 a.m. Christmas morning, and for that I am thankful for this year! They ran out and saw all of their gifts. We quickly started unwrapping and they had a blast. The standouts for Gibson were his "Meet the Robinsons" movie and his Spiderman bat and ball. Maya really liked her yellow tutu and her fake baby bottles. While they played with their new loot I made us a yummy french toast and turkey bacon breakfast. We played some more, watched Gib's new movie and then it was nap time. While the kids slept, Phil and I decided to make some Christmas cookies. This was unplanned, so we had to make due with the ingredients on hand and they turned out amazing! We had fun working together in the kitchen while we listened to the new CD he got me (Jimmy Eat World's newest, LOVE it!). Once the kids woke up we dug into the roast I'd had in the crock pot all day. It turned out wonderful and we ate til' we couldn't eat no mo'! Next we took a plate of our yummy cookies back to our neighbors. They were so thankful and we were glad we could spread a little Christmas cheer. When the kids got back I set up their easel in the bedroom so they could enjoy their new paints. Gibson made sure to use the paintbrushes and to not get "yucky", Maya on the other hand painted more of herself than the paper. So needless to say, the night was topped off by a bath! One of our favorite parts of the day was finishing our Jesse Tree with the star on top. We read to the kids about Jesus' birth and sang Happy Birthday, blew out the candle, and enjoyed some cake. I hope they remember that about the day too. After we put the kids to bed and settled in on the couch together, we talked about how fun our day had been. It was full of activity, yet relaxing at the same time. To be home was such a gift this year. At the end of this Christmas season, my heart feels full...and blessed.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Interview with a 2 1/2 year old

I decided it would probably be pretty funny to set up a little interview with Gibson. I wrote a few questions in ahead of time and then just typed the answers as they came out of his cute little mouth.

Hi, what is your name? Gibson.

How old are you? 2!

Do you love mommy? Mmm hmmm.

What is your favorite thing to do? Drive a train.

What is your favorite color? Green, um a green train. I told you a green train! And a red train, and red car that has windows, and then I play with cymbals and drums, and then eat cookies, and then I go out the door.

Hmm, OK. So what is your favorite thing to eat? A pear.

Are you enjoying the Christmas holiday thus far? Yes. I would like a pirate hat in the car. And I love to drive.

Are we going to celebrate Jesus' birthday tomorrow? Yes. Tomorrow!

Are you totally excited? Yes, I'm totally excited to go see him.

So you think we're going to see Jesus tomorrow for his birthday? Yes Mommy. Say OK to me please! (pause in questions as I try to ramble and explain why we won't be actually going to see Jesus for his birthday.)

What did you get me for Christmas? A car for you!

REALLY? And it's called Sally, and my favorite car is Chick.

Oh, you're talking about the movie Cars? Yes, and they crash on the movie. And then Ratatouille just came!

You really love movies, huh? Yes. And I like to bam the tool bench with a hammer, like this. (demonstrates the "bamming")

OK, I'll leave you alone and let you finish watching Sesame Street now. I don't like Sesame Street, just Thomas and Friends, making tracks to great destinations, OK? I don't like Elmo's World, OK?

What do you have against Elmo? I don't like Elmo.

Why not? Cause I just want to play with the barn.

OK, well I love you baby. Mommy, what did you just say to me?

I said I love you baby. Yes Mom.

Well do you love me too? Mmm hmm.

Gee thanks, you sound super excited about that. I like a car and a boat and a tool bench and a book. A library book. Oh no, a monster is coming for me! And he's going to eat me, and I say no no no no no!

And then he ran away waving his arms, so I guess this live interview is over. I hope you enjoyed his rambling, imaginative answers, I know I laugh at them every day. I have so much fun being his Mom!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Snow Fun

We had a pretty good snow here last week and the kids really enjoyed it. Here they are bundled "A Christmas Story" style:

Gibson got very snowy gloves making snow balls. He learned very quickly how to throw those at us!

Maya wasn't too sure what she thought of it. Look at those lashes though! I'm jealous.

And then she did this. So I took her inside! :o)

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Dancing Family

You can go here to see our family doing a little jig!

Friday, December 14, 2007

En Espanol?

Let me preface this by saying that Gibson is hilarious. Lately he has been asking, "What does that word mean?", even when he knows the answer. The other night I was in the bathroom trying to get ready while the kids were acting crazy. They started swinging the door back and forth between the two of them. They were having great fun. I, however, could only think of the time when I had my finger almost completely severed playing that very game as a child. So I said to them, "Hey guys, I want you to stop playing that game. It isn't safe and someone could hurt their finger." Gibson looked at me and said, "Mom, what does playing mean?" I said, "You know what that word means. You tell me." He said, "It means Spanish?" Oh that kid.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Zoo Babies

Last night we headed down to the Cincinnati Zoo for their annual Festival of Lights. We planned to go with our good friends and the details were nicely laid out. We were running a few minutes behind when leaving (not uncommon when you have a family of four to get out the door), and then got on the road only to realized we had forgotten my cell phone. Since I only had our friend's number on my phone, we had to head back. That cost us roughly 15 minutes. Then it was peak rush hour time so we decided to try a back way. Well let's just say we will never, EVER be taking that way again. We got behind a lot of slow people, and apparently it was taking us the long way around. Not to mention, our teething little girl screamed at least 3/4 of the time. It was excruciating and I was nearly in tears. We ended up calling our friends and telling them to eat without us because we didn't even know where we were. We stopped on our own and had a quick dinner and decided to just meet up at the zoo. Thankfully, there were no bumps in the road on that leg of the journey. We got to the zoo, paid our dues, and headed in. It was decorated very nicely for Christmas, lots of lights and music. There was a lovely drizzle falling which made for some awesome hair by the end of the night. Thanks to our layers we didn't get too cold. Unfortunately, I think a lot of the animals were in bed by the time we got there. We did get to see a few polar bears in action and that was really fun. Gibson enjoyed the reindeer, both real and fake, and watching the train go around the zoo. Maya was still cranky while we were there, but we had a few breaks where she enjoyed looking around. Our night was topped off nicely with hot chocolate and some deep fried goodness in the form of a funnel cake.

Here are a few pictures from our night:

Phil and I; Gibson with Rudolph; what Maya thought of our night

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Long December?

Well I wrote previously about how it had been a long November for our family. Well, I must say, December isn't shaping up much better so far. We took the kids to the doctor on Monday for Maya's 15 month check-up and for Gibson's flu shot. Our pediatrician said Maya is doing wonderful and was amazed at her development. Then our poor baby had to get 4 shots. She was not happy, and Gib got his one shot. They really took them like champs. It was dinner time so we took them to our family's favorite place. Soon after getting there Maya's fever started. She always gets a fever with her vaccinations, so I just thought it was starting. We checked it when we got home and it was up to 102.6 so we broke out the Motrin. We put her to bed a few hours later and she was doing fine. Phil and I decided to relax and watch a movie. When we turned off the movie at 11:45 we heard talking...little baby voice talking. Uh-oh. We went back to find Maya awake and burning up. We got her out of bed and still heard talking. What? Gibson was awake and we're pretty sure he'd never been asleep, well, because he told us so. He was wide awake. We checked Maya's temperature and it was at 103.2 and she was still an hour away from another dose. We settled Gib down and he finally went to sleep. We kept Maya up, gave her some more Motrin, and finally got in bed ourselves around 1:30. On Tuesday we had another doctor apppointment for Maya. Over the last few months Maya has developed a chalazion on her eyelid, which is basically as cyst, and we had to go see an eye specialist. We pressed on, even with her fever, in order to get some answers. They told us to do warm compresses as often as possible (which by the way is nearly impossible with a 15 month old), but that it could take up to a year to heal. If it gets any bigger and starts to obstruct her vision they would have to remove it surgically. Please pray with us that it never comes to that! Well, as that day wore on I started not to feel so hot. By the evening I was shaking, shivering, and taken with a fever. Oh, my skin just hurt. Maya still had her fever as well. I went to bed with three blankets on, fully clothed, and was still shaking uncontrollably because I was so cold. My sweet husband cared for me and even headed out for NyQuil at 12:30. I slept fitfully and woke up drenched in sweat once my fever broke. When I woke up yesterday I felt better, but also felt as though I'd been hit by a truck. Thankfully Phil worked from home to help out. So here we are today. Maya is still having fevers off and on, and I woke up twice in the night drenched in sweat from fevers breaking. I heard this whole thing is going around, but it is really getting our family down right now! Of course, while I'm rendered helpless all I can think about is how many things I need to get done. The house is a mess and I have several projects that need to be done sooner than I'd like to think about. We're really hoping and praying this leaves our household soon and skips over Phil and Gibson!!! I haven't posted anything real for a while, and sorry for the novel-long post, but it's what's going on over here in our neck of the woods! We have appreciated everyone's prayers and for all of you precious people who have offered to help. Thank you!

Monday, December 3, 2007

So Good

My husband posted something that says all I want to say right now. So go here and read it!