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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Toy Story...

I will admit that I sobbed at the end of Toy Story 3. Do you have a little boy? Have you seen this movie? You will sob, too.

Last night, Matt read Tommy the book, "Toy Story 3" and I came into Tommy's room to give him a "finale kiss and hug." He told me he was so happy to read Toy Story 3 and then this happened...

Me: "Tommy? I don't even want you to grow up like Andy."

Tommy: "WHY?"

Me: "Because I love you as my little boy and I just don't want you to ever grow up and move away."

Tommy (while hugging me): "But I have to, Mom! That's how I am made! I have to grow!"

Ugh. This parenting thing. It kicks you in the gut every once in a while. Hug tighter! Be more present! Appreciate! What else can you do....

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Loving You Means...

Missing you so badly each day at 3:30 p.m, and trying to keep myself distracted until 4:50 p.m. when I get to go pick you up at play practice.

For reasons stated above, grabbing you for a "special lunch" one day the past two weeks. Last week, we held hands and talked about nothing while mowing on a hot dog. Today, I just brought you back to our house and you said, "it feels really good to be home."

Curling your hair before school, and then you telling me your teacher complimented your 'do and said you looked "sassy" today, with a huge toothless grin.

Buying you a good bathing suit for swimming lessons and "sport socks," because you love them.

Doing that "extra song" and blanket tucking at night, because we both like it.

Noticing how utterly confident you are among your peers and how school really is a second home for you. Side note: I continue to be seriously impressed with this school.

Watching you and your brother together, so obviously happy to be "back together" at the end of the day. Last night, you had me play an old game in the basement (I sit on the floor and pretend to grab you guys as you run by - no sense). We were laughing our guts out and I could tell how happy you were, and how happy Tommy was that his sister was giving him 100% attention.

Feeling lucky to be your mom...

Friday, January 14, 2011

January, So Far....

What, you say? January in Michigan is horrible and boring? Well, this has NOT been the case for our family, due to the following reasons...

1. Lucy's 1st Play! Lucy knew, from the moment the teacher mentioned auditions, that she would love to be in the school play. I took her to last year's school play, because I just the feeling she would be into this whole play thing the following year. Sure enough, the girl auditioned (with 4th and 5th graders!) and even sang "Twinkle, Twinkle" in front of everyone! Thankfully and impressively, the play director decided to create a "theater workshop" for all the adorable, brave (yet easily tired-out) 1st and 2nd graders. He even made a "mini schedule" for them, along with their own little play, 101 Dalmations. Lucy is a poodle and has TWO speaking parts! She has been going to after-school practices and LOVING all of it. We play the CD in our car and she practices her lines with us at night. I can't wait to see this play. How far she has come from that little, scared 5 year old on the first day of Kindergarten.

2. Tommy's in soccer! That's right...Tommy is having his first taste of soccer, having never played the sport before. Somehow, he seems to know the basics and is having a blast every Tuesday afternoon for one hour. The only semi-interesting component is that it's a class for 3 and 4 year olds, with well over 50% of the class clearly being 3 years old. With Tommy two months away from his 5th birthday, he seems to be a little more (ahem) motivated than the other kids. Ah well..he's having a blast. By the end, he is sweaty and red faced and happy. I have a sneaky suspicion Tommy is going to love EVERY sport available, and is going to have to figure out his "Top Three" to focus on later in life...what a nut!

3. Key West, Florida! Matt and I were lucky enough to sneak out of the winter snow and headed out for a long weekend in Key West (he won the trip via work). It was a hilarious blast of sun and fun. We know, for sure, we will be going back. The vitamin D did wonders for our mental health. So did the poolside massage and pina coladas. The kids had tons of fun with Meema and Boppa and all seemed to run swimmingly back home.

4. Lucy lost another tooth! I am talking a biggie....a front one from the top! With that tooth missing, Lucy has a totally different look. It's the look of an "elementary school big girl." You know the look...nothing "babyish" left. Darn it...

And moving ahead, we've got ski lessons, a trip to Detroit, the play performance, dinner club and the Orchard Ave. Progressive dinner...all in the month of January! No boring for us, I say!

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I'm a 39 year old stay-at-home mom. I have a 9 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. I have lived in the big city and in the mountains, but am happy to be back in the Midwest, raising the fam. I enjoy laughing, wine, bad karaoke, US Weekly, running, cemetaries, cheese sticks and short hair-dos. In my previous life, I was class-clown and a wanna-be comedian. In my professional life, I'm a journalism major with 10 years of marketing and PR experience. I dream of being a cast member on Saturday Night Live and working at Disney World as Snow White.

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