Posts made in April, 2008

Reece…

Posted by on Apr 25, 2008 in Uncategorized | 7 comments

Reece…

…have you been smelling markers again????

In his defense – they really are scented markers…
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Big Brother Reece

Posted by on Apr 23, 2008 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Big Brother Reece

In all the transitions of having a new baby, the is one thing that has surprised me the most is the way Reece has handled it all. You see, not only is Reece the one giving up his position of youngest (and mommy’s baby for that matter), but Reece is also the, well…. the “spunkiest” of our three older boys. Reece gets more excited, more noisy, more stubborn, more pushy, and more rough, than the other two put together. So of course, I had my concerns about how rough and tumble rambunctious Reece would adjust to a tiny little fragile needy little baby.

I was sort of expecting some rough behavior, lots of learning about how to be gentle, lots of “shhhushing” and a ton of juggling trying to keep Reecey from feeling displaced. But I have to say, my mom intuition was all off – instead, Reece has taken to Tennyson amazingly. Reece is usually all about Reece, but when Tennyson is around, Reece forgets what he’s doing and gets down to his level and talks to him in the sweetest soft voice. He is super gentle with him and actually is constantly lecturing ME on how babies should be treated. Of all the boys, Reece is the most taken with Tennyson, and will spend more time sitting and talking and watching him than I thought he was capable of.

I’m in awe I tell you, of how the baby of our family has so quickly transitioned into the new role of “big brother” just like that. He says to me “Mom I’m a big boy, I’m not the little brother anymore,” I think there may be some insight to it in just that, Tennyson gives Reece the “big boy” status he so desperately craved, and for that Reece adores his baby brother.

(In other news, knock on wood, Tennyson is feeling better and better over here thank goodness!)

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Grumpy Bubby

Posted by on Apr 21, 2008 in Personal Blog, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Grumpy Bubby

Well little T is not the happiest camper right now. After a few weeks of holding it off, the cold that the brothers have all suffered with finally won and little Tennyon got sick with his first big cold. I feel so bad for him, he is stuffy, and sneezy and clearly miserable… he just seems so sad… today is WAY better than a few days ago, but you can still see how sad he looks:

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Poor baby is SO unhappy and his mommy must admit she is getting a bit worn out. Last week G was out of town all week long from Monday through Friday at a Microsoft MVP Summit, and so I was on four boy duty all week long. Not to mention I finished two new collabs for Sweet shoppe (here and here). Friday, he came home and that day Tennyson’s cold kicked in full force (along with pretty much no sleeping to speak of). Then on Saturday morning we had four more little boys over for Owen’s fifth birthday party (yes doing the math, our home was filled with 8 little men). And after that tennyson just started getting fussier and fussier and came down with a fever – which prompted the pediatrician to send us to the ER. So no rest for the weary that night, or Sunday (although his fever came down, he was still not happy in the least and his usual cuddly self was extra clingy and extremely fussy – who can blame the poor little guy), and then again last night very little sleep, plus the getting up at 4:30 am to take Owen to the airport (see the next post down)… and this mommy is feeling a bit worn out to say the least…. hmmm perhaps I should have taken the picture of my disheveled, tired self and posted that instead! (yeah…not likely)

Cross your fingers for us that this passes soon and that tired mommy doesn’t come next in the sick parade, because I’m ready for a break!

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I’m going to Disneyland!

Posted by on Apr 21, 2008 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

I’m going to Disneyland!

Well not me exactly… but THIS GUY IS:

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This year for his birthday, and to celebrate his last year before school starts, my parents are taking Owen on a special trip, just for him to Disneyland!

This morning bright and early I drove Owen to the airport and we met up with grandma and grandpa to send them off on their big trip!  Owen was so sweet and excited, it is not often as the middle guy around here that he gets to go do things just for him with out the brothers, and a trip to disney is something EXTRA special to make up for it.

Instead of running and jumping and screaming in his excitement, Owen was more serious and intense about it all, and he held his lips really tight and his little eyes were just shining.  I snapped this picture at the airport and tried to get him to smile, but he just looked at me
with his most intense of expressions – so I tried asking him to say “I’M GOING TO DISNEYLAND,” but he just looked at me like I was crazy and instead gave me the expression you see above.  He said “MOM, this IS my excited face”.  Pretty adorable to see all that excitement just bubbling under the surface.
We already miss him around here, both the brothers have already told me “I miss Owen”.  Pretty sweet :)

Have a good time Owen!  We’ll see you soon!!!

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My Mom…

Posted by on Apr 15, 2008 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

My Mom…

darlag_spotlight_april08.jpgMy mom recently sent me a link to a Client Spotlight video that is posted about her at the the Project Walk website. Project walk is a physical therapy program specifically for people with spinal cord injury, and my mom has been going there for therapy for almost a year now. I’d explain it all, but really it is better explained by the video, you can watch it HERE.

I watched it this morning, and I teared up a bit. I really wanted to write a whole thing about how it made me feel to watch it, how I feel pretty much every time I see her working, persevering, thriving really…. but as I sit down to do so, for once words pretty much fail me.

Most of the time it is easy to forget I think how much the accident has affected her life, because, well she hasn’t let it affect us – she is still the amazing mom and grandmother, she is still encouraging and selfless, and she still does all the “normal” things she used to with us, she’ll meet me to go shopping or have us for dinner, she’ll hold/cuddle/change her grandbabaies, even drive to my house and takes my kids for the weekend with out a second thought. But then sometimes like now just hits me how hard she works just to live that “normal” that we all take for granted. How much she’s been through… how we almost lost her…

…it makes me feel sad – as i soak it all in…. I know that in reality paralysis has profoundly changed my moms life, I know that she struggles, I know she’s in pain… and I know she’s protected my sisters and I from feeling the burden for that.

More than anything though, I feel proud. My mom is the strongest person I have ever known, and it is amazing to think about how she has really prevailed, over all the negative, and how she is working so hard, not losing her drive to be better (she’s always had that by the way) and how she is getting stronger and stronger. How she hasn’t let it make her bitter or angry, how she is… her

Words just don’t seem to capture it all well enough – but I thought maybe all of you could use a little inspiration, a reminder of the strength of the human spirit, and the amazing grace of God, and I was thinking that my mom deserves a post, just to tell her that she amazes me every day….

My mom and Tennyson this past weekend

I love you mom.

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