Wednesday, August 31, 2011
some of the best years of my life were spent working with high school students and more importantly a small group of girls. it was in those years that i started to find who i would become and what would be important to me. these girls were a huge part of that and i am so grateful for them. that's probably why i LOVE getting to see them and squeeze them in person. katherine was down visiting from san francisco and it was so great to see her. i can barely believe "my girls" are old enough to have jobs and be on their own. i feel like it was just the other day that we were sitting around my apartment, eating brownies out of the pan and laughing about who knows what. life really does fly when you're having fun!
the staycation continued...
hello legoland! i must say my highlight was sitting behind the boys on the airplane ride. as it would whip around, isaac would scream,"to infinity and beyond!" i laughed so hard i almost wet my pants. no joke!
this character seriously loves to just be with the brothers.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
the boys had never been to a professional baseball game, so the first day of staycation i decided to take them to petco park. i am not sure you can call the padres a professional baseball team, but the boys had a great time anyway.
we even had the gear
papa couldn't be prouder than to see his grandsons in padres blue
the boys didn't spend all that much time watching the game, but they were pretty impressed by the size of the stadium. we snuck the booze in ryder's backpack.
homeboy has got a canon from right field, and spend most of the game throwing, then chasing the ball around the park at the park.
the boys each took their turn at the plate. ryder actually connected with a pitch, and hustled down the first base line. after reminding him to drop the bat, i encouraged him to "keep going, buddy, keep going!" and he did... straight past the bag and up the first base line. annie almost cried when she saw these pictures, beaming "babe, look how his arms are fully extended in the follow through and he has such good weight distribution!"
isaac also got to take a swing. as you can tell by the left hand shot, the padres staff member was a bit of a belly itcher, but that was not going to keep isaac from rounding the bases and coming all the way home.
the boys loved spending time with the family men, papa, papa alan, uncle derek, and uncle eric (not pictured). they thought it was the coolest thing that everybody was there to hang out with them, although my dad was pretty shocked when i bought the boys cotton candy. there is a first for everything, and i am pretty sure it had something to do with the fact that the boys stayed up the entire van ride home, well past their bed time.
i love ryder's face on the right hand picture: "come on ump! that guy was out by a mile!"
Sunday, August 21, 2011
this is the response i got when i told the boys it was time to ditch the airplanes and head to in n out for french fries. a special treat as we say good bye to summer.
my new treat is isaac's 35 minutes of quiet time a day! i was in need of some alone time in my day and we are out of rooms/closets(i am not joking) for kids to occupy during nap time. my mom came up with the rug under the stairs idea. great idea! thanks, mom!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
august 14th marked 7 years of us, married us! 10.5 years of dating us! this was a great way to spend the actual day. thanks for making it possible mom and auntie!
thanks to my blood donor husband we won tickets to the races! way to go, little! it was my first time to the races. i know, how can i have grown up in north county and never made it to the racetrack? i am pretty sure it has something to do with the fact that my parents are similar to stew and i and chose to leave us at home while they went together:) my mom always said you need something to look forward to in life. this was definitely something worth looking forward to! it was so great to have a whole afternoon to just play, kid-free! we even walked away a few bucks( literally, a few bucks) richer than we came. thanks, friends! we'll be doing this again!
you bet big($2), you win big($14)! clearly big is relative;)
Monday, August 15, 2011
isaac has been talking about his buzz lightyear party since christmas when we gave them the toy story 3 movie. it was then that he decided that he wanted a buzz birthday party and that he would be buzz for halloween (costume is ready to go). he loves the fact that buzz flies and even saves the train in the opening scene of the movie. Isaac often requests that we fly him around like buzz, not sure when he'll grow out of that, but all 42 pounds of love is getting hard to accommodate.
isaac has been given so many special friends. every mom wants their child to have good friends in life and isaac has just that. what a special treat to see you child interact with other children that they call friends.
this boy loves his gaga! and for good reason. isaac could go on and on about gaga, just ask him.
my aunt has faithfully come down to watch and play with our children every other weekend and sometimes during the week. i feel so fortunate that not only do i have a sweet relationship with my aunt, but so do my boys. thank you. auntie. i know the sacrifices you make and we appreciate it
isaac wanted everyone he knows to come to his party! heck, the child was inviting strangers! i love that about him! he calls everyone a friend and he means it. unfortunately his mom and dad have this little thing called a budget and space and so we limited his party guests. i am pretty sure the guy in target didn't want to come to this 4 year old birthday party, but i love that he asked. one of these days i'll stick to the motto of one friend per year of age, just not sure when.
isaac and i have been planning his party for months, thanks to pinterest. there were a couple of things he requested and a rocket hunt was one of them. come to find out there's not a lot of cheap rockets to buy so we made ours. thank goodness for those pool noodles! i cut those things right up and stew and i hot glue gunned tops on to them. we "hid" enough for each kid to find one that they could later decorate and then tons of army men, plastic planets, stars and such for all the kids to find. i am pretty sure ryder did the final clean up of the leftover items. hi bag was filled to the rim. no surprise there. love my little treasure hunter!
once the kids had filled their bags with goodies on the hunt they came to the arts and crafts tables to decorate their rockets. lots and lots of GLUE!
the other thing isaac continued to ask for was this rocket. we found it on pinterest and he was certain we had to have it. another little project for stew and me.
of course he wanted buzz cupcakes! thank goodness these little toppers weren't too difficult to make and he was happy. it didn't hurt that they were placed on this amazing rocket that barbara gave the boys while we were away on our anniversary trip. seriously great toy!
with the stickers i purchased here and at target i was able to make his buzz cupcake toppers.
isaac was almost a little shy as we all sang happy birthday. i love this part of the party, honestly my favorite part. i love that i get to hold him as we all celebrate him and his precious life. every year it's a sweet moment for me as i remember what a gift isaac is to our family. four years ago this child introduced me to a kind of love i had never felt before and now feel for three priceless little boys. i friend pointed out a sign on pinterest (can you tell what i spend my free time doing?) that i absolutely love. it couldn't be more true!
this little hunky loves his cupcakes!
isaac gave a little love to his friends, thanking them for coming to his party!
there's nothing like growing up near cousins! how cute are these kids!
when barbara walked through the door, isaac declared, "barabara's here!" thanks for coming!
auntie allison, thanks for celebrating another year of isaac's life. it's always fun when you're around.
mom and dad, thank you for yet again opening your home so that we could celebrate together. i know it's a lot of work and we are so grateful!
can you tell these boys are well loved?! i seriously love the fact that our kids get to have both sets of grandparents involved in their lives.
we are never going to have a family photo where we are all looking at the camera and smiling and it's better that i just accept that fact.
seriously, tell me that i am not one lucky mom! i can't imagine my life without these three! they can bring me to the point of wanting to lock them outside (which i do when i've just about had it) and they can melt my heart all in the same day. heck, the same hour. i love that i get to be their mom. best. job. ever.
asher slept through the entire party. can't blame him as he is recovering from his ear infection and has a lot of sleep to catch up on.
truth be told, we decided to have isaac wait to open his gifts until after the party. this was a huge distraction to him throughout the party. he kept asking when he could open his presents. we were laughing about the fact that as his friends would show up with a gift, he would take it and say thanks and add it to the stack.
isaac, you are such a treat to be around! we love your love for life. every day is the best day yet for you (well, almost every). you have a gift of enjoying the simple things and want to include us in that enjoyment. i appreciate how hard you work at things that i take for granted, like talking and listening. these minor challenges aren't holding you up and that makes me so proud. your heart is precious. you can tell when someone is sad and that's hard for you. you usually want to help them feel better or as you say, "you happy now." i look forward to watching you grow up and at the same time i want to freeze you as this sweet, innocent and kind little boy. you are quick to forgive and quick to make friends. i pray that you will always know you are loved and that God made you unique and with purpose. i love you dearly and that will never change. i am so proud to be your mom. happy 4th birthday! love, mommy
ps. tonight you went to bed without your binki for the first time in almost 4 years. you actually didn't put up much of a fuss. you told me you couldn't sleep and when i told you that i knew it was hard, but that you could do it, you believed me. within about 10 minutes you were out. way to go! not sure why i thought we couldn't do this earlier. sorry that i sometimes forget what a big boy you are.
last wednesday was my mom's last day of summer. we're all sad about this! my mom had the idea of heading back to the little carlsbad airport for one last little hoorah. the boys love airplanes and the airport is always a hit.
we even ate lunch at the landings (the restaurant there), which i would highly recommend. great happy hour too:)
the boys both got a couple of gifts since it was almost isaac's birthday. they loved their new planes and new toy story backpacks! thanks, mom!
my mom even brought candles!
poor baby asher wasn't himself. little did i know he had an ear infection. poor little guy was such a trooper!
can you tell isaac likes his backpack?