Monday, September 28, 2009
So this means that there is going to be an apartment available in Berlin, NH. If you like Walmart, Moose, and lots of snow, then call me and we can get an application started right away. We'll even throw in access to the garden that produced one red tomato and numerous slugs.
In case you were wondering, yes, the photos above were taken from the balcony of our high rise luxury condo in downton D.C. Okay, the truth is we don't actually have a place to live yet. The office building I'll be working in has an on-site gym, with lockers and showers, so we might stay there for awhile, at least until we can find a proper place to settle down. It also has a library which will keep Valerie and Brendan occupied while I work.
Although we've only been here in New Hampshire for nine months, we've managed to accumulate lots of junk and other items that we no longer need. We are scheduled to be in Virginia by Oct. 19th, which means that if anyone wants to rummage through our stuff before we leave, please stop by and take a look. Just as a preview we have a few broken Transformer Happy Meal toys, oversized white tube socks, and five or six half empty cereal boxes. It's going to be a total liquidation, everything must go event; you do not want to miss this.
Oh, and just in case anyone was wondering if this post is a joke, it's not. I realize I'm kind of like the boy who cried wolf, but this is actually true. I can provide references if more proof is required.
We are excited and would like to personally invite all our family and friends to move to the D.C. area to join in on our new adventure. If you can't relocate at this time, at the very least plan on flying out and visiting us for at least a few days. We can introduce you to President Obama, Hilary Clinton, the entire Washington Redskins teams, and many of our other new friends.
In conclusion, we are moving, anyone can apply to rent our Berlin apartment, we are having a rummage sale, we really are moving, and everyone should move out to the D.C. area as soon as possible.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
It’s late but I’m not in the mood for sleep yet- too much on the brain to settle down. So instead of going to bed with Chris, I am posting on the blog!
This is a fairly common occurrence at our house. Brendan loves my make-up and my brushes, and even though he’s not supposed to play with them, I couldn’t resist taking some pictures of him beautifying himself.
A little blush does wonders.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
It is officially fall now! The colors are really starting to pop up everywhere and that makes me so happy.
I feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful area. Every time I head down the road to go to the store, I am amazed at all the vibrate colors and it’s just going to keep getting better.
Hey look! I’m in a picture! Chris was kind enough to snap a couple of me with Brendan, who was in the mood for more karate kicking.
And I even got a kiss from the sweetest little boy.
Back in June, we picked up a giant bubble wand in Wal-Mart for only $1 and thought it would be perfect for Brendan. The first time we used it, the stupid thing wouldn’t make any bubbles and we figured that’s what we get for $1. So we threw it in a cubby in the kitchen and forgot about it. Well, Brendan found it yesterday and demanded that we try it again. And what do you know- it worked!
He had a blast trying to pop the bubbles with his mouth. He didn’t seem to mind the soapy taste surprisingly.
Then, Brendan went ninja on the bubbles and proceeded to karate kick them, complete with the “hi-ya!”, which was pretty hilarious.
Our $1 finally paid off.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Ignore the unhappy faces in these pictures, please, and focus on that lovely green sweater that Brendan is wearing. This sweater was knitted by Chris’s grandma many many years ago and Chris wore this same sweater when he was Brendan’s age. I love that Chris’s mom held onto it for all these years and now Brendan has a special keepsake of his dad’s. A friend in our branch is an awesome knitter and is going to mend some of the loose threads so hopefully this will last a long long time. This is my new favorite piece of clothing and he wears it just about every day.
As I’m typing this, Brendan is sitting next to me at the table “reading” one of his books. When he got to the last page, he flipped it closed and said “amen”. It made me laugh. Love this little boy.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Fall weather is upon us and it’s quite chilly in the mornings when we head off to Brendan’s pre-school, so he’s finally getting a chance to wear his awesome denim jacket that my parents got him. Doesn’t he look good?
We’ve done lots of coloring so far today and I’m foreseeing us doing lots more over the next 36 hours. Chris is going out of town so I’ll be all by myself trying to entertain him. Which is going to be hard because I know Brendan is going to miss his dad- especially at night. He’s such a daddy’s boy. But at least this is a short trip and Chris will come home late tomorrow night. I know both Brendan and I will be thrilled when he gets back!
Friday, September 11, 2009
This is the two of them after they'd met. I don't mean to spoil the ending for you, but in this picture they're married.
Fast forward and we got ourselves a cute little ice-cream-eating, finger-licking kid. And that, my friends, is where today's story begins. (Lengthy introduction, I know--I told you it would be a long ride.)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
We are spending as much time as possible outside while the days are still warm and inviting. So far September has had the best weather all year. The days are mild and sunny; the nights cool and calm. It’s been perfect. We’ve even begun to see the leaves slowly changing color in a few spots! When we were outside today, I tried to get Brendan to sit nicely for me so I could take a few photos of him, but he wasn’t in the mood for cooperating. So instead I just took a lot of photos of him doing what he does on a normal day out in our yard.
It turns out that it didn’t matter that we never cleared out that part of the garden since nothing but our beans and one small tomato plant grew. I had such high hopes for my garden- oh well. We may get to eat a few tomatoes, if they ever ripen. They are still green and I’m praying that they hurry up and get ripe already before it’s too late. I want to make salsa!
Playing with rocks and sticks are a big part of his life and it’s a good thing we’ve got so many of them. I don’t think the young man who cuts our grass appreciates Brendan’s rock and stick throwing skills. He has to do a sweep of the yard before he can cut the grass to remove all of Brendan’s little gifts.
The rest of the time is spent running up and down the hill over and over and over. Sometimes he even does a lap around the house.
Now he is peacefully taking a nap in his crib. I’ve been thinking about getting him a real bed and I like the idea of it but not the actual process of getting him to learn to sleep in it and stay in it. Brendan doesn’t like change and resists it as much as possible. Anyone have any good tips?
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I am quite content today and that’s a great feeling.
I had a wonderful dinner party with some extra-wonderful women. It was a very nice night out and I made a delicious Spinach Artichoke dip that was divine.
When I got home, this is the adorable face that I saw.
We’ve had issues with these markers before. They DO NOT wash off. So now my son is going to have to attend pre-school tomorrow with a faded out Hitler mustache.
Chris brought me home a bag of my favorite candy- Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses. I have already eaten half the bag. I think I am the last person alive who loves these candies, although I don’t know why more people don’t like them. Oh well- More for me! I can’t believe that the Halloween candy has hit stores already though. Last night as I ran to Wal-Mart to pick up some last minute items, I saw the workers shelving all the Halloween goodies. Geez. Yesterday it was still summer and now we’re prepping for Halloween! Good thing I’ve got an idea brewing for Brendan’s costume already.
This movie makes me so happy and I CANNOT WAIT for it to be October 16th. If you haven’t seen the trailer for it yet, go here.
Reading the First Presidency’s message in this month’s Ensign also made me very happy. It was also a good reminder that Brendan is going to learn from my example so I better set the right kind of example.
I finished this book last night and LOVED it. This is definitely one of my favorite things that I’ve read this year so far, along with the first in the series, The Hunger Games. Check them out if you haven’t already.
Now I am sitting peacefully on my couch next to my husband with a quiet two and a half year old sleeping soundly in his crib. That is a great feeling.
Monday, September 7, 2009
For several weeks now, we’ve had some nasty little friends living in our basement which have been wreaking havoc on me. One day, I went downstairs to do some laundry when I spotted a rather large spider but when I got closer I realized it was not a spider at all. I knew this because it jumped at me and nearly made me faint from fear. We figured they were some kind of cricket but not like any we’ve seen before, and I have no idea why they chose our basement to live in. So for the past few weeks, I have lived in fear and just about every time that I descended into the basement one of those nasty things would be waiting for me. And for some reason, they jump AT you instead of AWAY from you. Chris has become very skilled at killing them.
I finally broke down and did some internet searching, which turned out to be quite easy. I just googled “crickets in basement” and the first thing that appears is a bunch of information on Camel Crickets, also known as Spider Crickets. Oh great. Just what a person who is deathly afraid of spiders needs.
Apparently they also go by the name of Cave Crickets because they live in caves, which I guess our basement appears to be to them. Normally they don’t breed in basements, but the ones we have appear to be doing so. Chris has killed several tiny baby crickets. My parents tried telling me that we should catch them and release them outside. No way, Jose. You couldn’t pay me enough money to do that. Plus, they probably would just come right back. They thrive in dark, stony, damp places- which perfectly describes our basement.
Luckily they are harmless and I’m hoping the much cooler weather we’ve been having will get rid of them naturally because I’m really tired of being attacked every time I want to do a load of laundry.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
We finally made our way up to the top of Mount Washington, the tallest mountain in the northeast and known for it’s dangerously erratic weather. When we left our place, the sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in sight but once we got to the top, there were plenty of clouds to ruin the views. But it was still pretty amazing.
The drive up was a little nerve-racking. The road looks like it shouldn’t be able to fit two cars but somehow does and the drop-offs were seriously frightening- with no guardrails. It was a long 20 minute drive.
It was a balmy 45 degrees at the top and I wasn’t ready for temperatures that cold even though we had brought jackets. The worst part was the wind- it was crazy and I was a little afraid of being blown over a few times. Seriously.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Brendan was running around the house naked this evening so I had to snap some photos of him.
It’s always a little unnerving to have him jumping and playing on our bed without a diaper but he loves it and we can’t say no to him.
And since he was naked, I figured it was a good time to let him eat Oreos and make a mess.
And a short update on his speech therapy: it’s going well. His speech therapist, Todd, comes to our house once a week for an hour and plays with Brendan. So far, most of the time has been spent with Todd trying to see what skills Brendan has already and what his limits are, so he can plan what activities will help Brendan the most. It’s amazing to see how small, little things make a big difference. For example, one of Todd’s suggestions was to wait 5 to 7 seconds after asking Brendan a question to give him more time to process what we’re saying and what his answer is. Usually if Brendan didn’t answer right away, I would jump in and try to guess what he wanted or needed but now, just by giving him more time, Brendan is able to tell me on my own. I’m hoping that we’ll continue to see progress so quickly and I’m so glad that we’re able to give Brendan a little extra help where he needs it.