Thursday, December 28, 2006

Nifty Gifties

Jack was sufficiently spoiled this Christmas. I already feel sorry for any other children we have. They'll get Jack's old toys for Christmas. We gave him an all terrain wagon. We'll all have fun cruising the neighborhood in this pimped out ride.

My dad made Jack & Connor amazing easels with a chalkboard on one side & a place to hang paper & draw on the other. At first Jack was more interested in climbing inside the easel, but got very excited once he figured out how the chalk worked.

And, the hit of Christmas is this tunnel from Jeff & Marcy. Welcome to our house of fun!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Blond boys

This is Jack & his cousin Connor looking pretty cute!

Our New House

We're all moved in & mostly unpacked. Just don't look in our basement. It looks like a box explosion. I didn't realized when John was throwing empty boxes down the basement stairs that he wasn't later breaking them down. Oops... Enjoy the photos!

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...

Our newly painted kitchen

Jack's room

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Home Sweet Home

We are officially moved in to our new house! We are living in boxes of course. I never knew how great it was to have a basement. It makes all of the clutter just disappear.

Jack has no idea what's going on, so it's been tantrum city over here. The Charter guy just got to view a full fledged 30 minute tantrum complete with arms & legs kicking. He'll adjust soon. The two of us are going a little stir crazy having to wait around the house all day for service men that may or may not show up. So, feel free to pop in- we'll be here!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Bye-bye 7131 Amherst

This is the current state of our apartment. Boxes & boxes, lots more to pack & movers arriving at 8:00 tomorrow morning. Every time we move (and that's been 5 times in as many years) I'm amazed at how much stuff we have. Stuff we don't need. At least now we'll have a basement in which to store all that stuff. I've vowed to weed things out as I unpack this time. So, come spring be prepared to venture over to our killer garage sale.

Jack left with his grandma this morning. I'd been looking forward to doing some hard core packing, but haven't gotten as much done as I had hoped. I think I'm more productive when Jack is around keeping me company. I always look forward to the quiet, but when I have it, I don't quite know what to do with myself & feel as if my favorite little friend is missing.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

My motherhood failures...

You know things are bad if Jack has the paci. Not just bad, terrible. This is a daytime sight that is never seen in our home. Jack with the paci. It's for sleeping only. Not today. I gave in. The incessant screaming over the past few days became too much for me to handle.

If you know me, you know my disdain for the pacifier. I hate it. Really, really hate it. I think I'm as fixated on hating it as Jack is on sucking on it. I see kids running around with pacis in their mouths & it turns my stomach. It really does. I think because I fear that Jack is still going to want it when he's 3 and 4 and 5. And, it makes me mad that a little piece of plastic somehow offers him more comfort than his mother who grew him & nursed him & hugs him & loves him. I wonder if it's akin to smoking for babies. I wonder if kids gain weight when the paci is taken away like people do when they stop smoking.

As you can see from my paci rant, it's been a horrible morning. I went to a women's group at church and had to leave early with Jack, stopping to sob in the bathroom for about 10 minutes on my way out. And then in the car. And then at home. He's been a crank for the past few days. I'm wondering if those 2 year molars are already making their way to the surface, because he just cries & whines & fusses all day long. Or he could be bored. Or just out of sorts. Our house is in boxes & we spent the weekend shuffling around between friends & family due to the power outage (during which all of our food spoiled!). Maybe he just senses our stress. I wish he could tell me.

I really love Jack & don't like to complain. I love spending time with him, but when we have a few days like this in a row I tend to lose my fragile grip on reality!

So, I've been self medicating with Diet Dr. Pepper & if we had chocolate, I would be eating that too. In fact, if I knew of a box in which I had packed some chocolate, I would find the box & dig it out.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

My boys

This is, by far, the best photo I've captured in a long time. We spent the night at my brother's house. Jack & John slept until 8 am!! It almost looks as though they're faking sleep for the camera.

Nomads, Saints & Indians

We spent the past few days being nomads due to the ice storm & consequent power outage. We spent the day with the Gordons, much to the delight of Elliot & Jack (and mama) and had a slumber party at my brother's house. We also spent some time in the snow. Enjoy the photos!

Jack loved being pulled around on the sled.

The boys sledding together.

I think this is a funny photo because it appears Jack has pushed Elliot over in the snow. In this case, that is not the truth, although Jack has been known to push & pull & bite Elliot at other times, just not this one.

Jack decided that Elliot needed a little snack.

And, after trying their hand at some cage fighting, our visit was complete!