Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Brayden turns 4! (Mommy’s reflections)

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Today was Brayden’s fourth birthday.

Last night, since Sean is away for Navy training, I let Brayden sleep in the bed with me. I wanted us to wake up together on his birthday. This morning, even before the sun came up and while the rest of the world slept including my now four year old son, I laid awake watching him.

We were curled towards each other in bed. I just watched his precious face and enjoyed seeing him suck his thumb because although FOUR feels so big to me, with him sleeping and sucking his thumb he still has that baby part of him I can hold on to. It’s a sad day when the thumb no longer finds its way to the mouth as a signal for sleepy time.

Once the sun started to rise, Brayden started to stir and I could tell he was slowly waking up. He found his “green monkies” blanket curled around him and put it over his head like he always does. I don’t know if it’s to keep the light out, or just a comforting cocoon thing.

Too soon the sun rose and the room filled with light. My moment of solitude and reflection was over as Brayden stirred awake. I snuggled up next to him and wished him Happy Birthday.

His sleepy voice asked, “Am I four now?”

Yes my sweet b-bop you are four and suddenly so big. Three to four feels so much more then one year. Maybe because his fourth year is my last year of him home with me. I need to cherish four because five breaks my heart.

So, my blondie, before I see them fade away in this fourth year of growing up, I want to remember the little toddler things you do that made you my baby and my Sweet Bop B-Bop Brayden.

Show-in—Because you loved to watch DVDs and wanted me to put a show in the DVD player. Now any time you watch TV it’s called Show-in.

D.J.—Disney Junior

Chalk—Chocolate Milk

Straw—Strawberry Milk

It’s Cloudy Day day. It’s a Sunny Day day. It’s a Foggy Day day—when you observe the weather day is always added twice.

What are we doing today?—you ask every day when we wake up

The solid green side of your Monkies Blankie always has to be up and Cars Blankie always has to be underneath it. And usually one of them is always asked to come with us wherever we go.

When I tuck you in at night you ask if you can have chocolate milk in the morning. You like to look forward to things.

Sucking your thumb and wrapping the edge of your blankie around your pointer finger of the same hand and holding your other hand up by your face. I call this your chipmunk. It’s your signature relaxing or sleepy time move.

Baths—you would take two a day if you could and often you do. You love lounge and float and sing songs, sometimes line up your toy selection of the day and make imagine play.

What do you like?—you always ask me when you need to make a selection, whether it’s a movie on Netflix, a game to play, a DVD to watch, a toy to pick out. Usually you end up not liking my choice and go with your own anyway.

Comfy—how you describe your hair.

Your favorite song is The Foolish Man and the Wise Man.

We watch Sofia the First together.

“What’s that smell?” is usually asked daily. I call you my Super Sensor because you are sensitive to smells and noise.

You’d have donuts for breakfast every day if I’d let you.

You love to give me kisses. I hope you always will.

I know you want to be big like “brothers”, but I want you to be our “little” for as long as you can.  I cherish you in my life and being your mommy.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The warm weather wish list begins

I really should not get these emails sent to me. It is counterproductive to my New Year’s resolution to be budget conscious in my spending and only buy what is really needed.

ROCK THE BOAT, NOT YOUR WALLET

However, I’ve decided I need boat shoes. I do!

Am I a boater? No. I think I could be. Aside from my sever motion sickness and aversion to getting wet.

Well, it’s still fun to dress as if I could be.

Like her…

 

I also need white pants.

I will be going on a boat in December though. It’s actually a Disney Cruise!! It doesn’t hurt to be prepared 10 months early right?

 

What is on your warm weather wish list?

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Him versus the Blog

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Why blogging consistently can be trying at times. (As in always!)

Someone seems to find his way onto my lap and beg my attention.

Luckily kisses can heal almost anything.

:)

Have a good weekend!

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Friday, February 1, 2013

January’s Low Cost Family Dinners

14 dinners   After the first week of January was over and the kids were back in school, the normal life of 2013 began. I decided to kick if off with my number one goal this year: SAVE MONEY!!

I assessed my 2012 spending budget and realized that most my spending was in two places (Costco is exempt): 1. The grocery store and 2. Target.

Immediately I vowed to not step inside a Target for the whole month of January. It’s February 1st and I succeeded (granted there were Target withdrawals and I have a running list of all the things I need to buy in Target when I decide my Target hiatus is over. I also refrained from shopping in any stores that did not solely involve food.)

I also determined that I need to make my grocery trips minimal yet effective. This goal provides me with the opportunity to tackle another needs for improvement area which is meal planning. In the past, I’ve tried to sit down every weekend to plan the upcoming week’s dinner menu with the intent of taking my prepared list on my Monday grocery shopping day. It doesn’t happen. The weeks and weekends fly by and I’m left unprepared. So….

On the first Sunday of January, I googled “cheap family dinners” and found many helpful recipes. Typically I cook four dinners a week. (In case you are curious as to why: I work Tuesday evenings and the boys eat dinner at my mom’s house and the hubs fends for himself, Saturdays we eat out, and Sundays is usually at the In-laws.) In January I needed 16 dinners. To eat on the healthier side we are trying to do a salad night, a pasta night, a soup or non-meat night, and a breads night i.e. Pizza or Burgers or Sandwiches.

This is what I planned:

You can find all these recipes on my Pinterest board: Let’s Eat

14 dinners

1. Chicken Salad

2. Almost Lasagna

3. Cream of Broccoli Soup

4. Turkey Sliders

5. Chicken Club Salad

6. Tortellini with Smoked Sausage

7. Veggie and Cheese Soup

8. Easy Calzones Rolls

9. Chicken Ranch-Fajitas

10. Amazing Ziti 

11. Southwestern 3 Bean Soup

12. BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

13. Taco Salad

14. Skillet Creamy Mac & Cheese

15. Baked Potato Soup

16. Herb Crusted Pizza

Here’s to 2013 having more savings and better planning! One month down, 11 to go.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

A monumental first

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In all the history of this little family of five we have constructed our very first “Gingerbread” house!

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Actually, it was the four of us since Daddy was away on business in D.C.

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And if you count the one construction worker who felt it was necessary to taste test every type of candy we had to put on the house (I guess he was part of the Health and Safety Department), then it was the three of us.

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It really was a collaborative effort and our team worked really well together. There were no structural compromising, nor any hazards. And I’m just really pleased that we were able to complete this monumental beauty without any tears. I mean just look at that craftsmanship, symmetry, and attention to detail!

It’s a shame the next day Snowy the elf got his tiny little mitts on it and demolished half of it.

Snow-y!!!

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