Friday, March 26, 2010


Earlier this week, before the rain came POURING in, the sun was shining.
Alexander spent the afternoon playing in the yard. I was reminded of a similar day last spring and grabbed my camera.
Spring 2009

After a photo shoot in the sun to show the difference between this year and last...

Spring 2010

...someone decided it was more fun to transport rocks than have his picture taken.
Can't say I blame him.

Imagine how much fun our little digger is going to have when construction starts on the addition!

Happy Spring from our family to yours!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dear Alexander

Hey kid. It's Mom.

I've never written you a letter before.

I wanted to write when I was pregnant but your kicks were so strong that my broken rib distracted me from what I wanted to tell you.

I wanted to write when you were first born but the pain of nursing and lack of sleep distracted me from what I wanted to tell you.

I wanted to write a letter with each of your birthdays but the planning, cleaning and melancholy of another year passing distracted me from what I wanted to tell you.

So, here it is. March 2010 and you're 3 years old. Technically, 3 years and 3 months and 6 days old. I don't know if I will ever write another letter to you. I suspect you and I will never have difficulties communicating but who knows. I would hope so but life unfolds without prediction, right?

You, my son, are the happiest, most easy-going toddler. However, we are entering the tumultuous threes and you are pushing for independence with each passing day. Ever since you started walking at 9 months, you haven't slowed down. Once we convince you to go outdoors (you're like your father in that sense. You don't want to leave the house but when you do, you love it), you play for hours in the yard. You love doing yard work with your work gloves. We can't get you to leave a park and at Little Gym, you run nonstop for the entire session. On the other hand, you push boundaries and you are learning how far you can run from us before you have consequences. Push the boundaries, little one. But remember, timeouts are often waiting on the other side. Even when you are 18.

Despite not talking in full sentences until you were 2 and a half, now we can't get you to shut up. The endless questions. The endless conversations. The explosion in your vocabulary continues to astound your father and I. And right now, you have the cutest little lisp. I don't know if you will keep it or not but when you say your s's or z's, I grin every time. If your father and I don't understand what you are saying, you don't get mad at us. You just yell the words louder until we get it. Be patient with us. We won't always understand you but I promise we will always do our best to hear what you are saying to us.

You love your grandparents. All four of them hold a special, separate place in your heart. Your best friend is Addie. Your favorite person is Li-Li (Lorelli). But you jump up and down when you see Jo-Jo (Jodie) or Kay-Kay (Kayla) or An Kim (Auntie Kim). And you even love the meow-meows. I think eventually they will love you back. But you are learning you don't like everyone. You don't like one little girl at Little Gym. Please stop pushing her down. Eventually, you may push the wrong kid and end up on the wrong end of a fight. You can defend yourself when necessary but please don't make first contact.

You give sweet kisses whenever one of us leaves and you have never ever been upset to see us go. Ever. May you always have that confidence to know we will be there when you return. You are mostly potty trained and we are convinced preschool will be the final push for you to be 100% trained. Preschool starts in the fall and we are excited to see what this chapter will hold for you. Like every chapter in life, we look forward to the changes and experiences you will go through. I hope you'll always be able to tell us at least one good thing from each chapter.

You have your father's mischievous self and your mommy's outgoing self. It's a dangerous combination but one that makes you even more adorable to those who love you.

You are you.

I hope that above all else, you remain true to yourself. Many times during my work day, I wonder which student behaviors you will exhibit when you are a high school student. Which crowd will you run with and which decisions you will make for yourself. But no matter what choices you make, I never want you to be anything but Alexander. Be confident like your father. It is his strongest trait and what I most admire in him. Make your decisions based on you, not on the influence of friends. Surround yourself with positive, good people. Be responsible. Learn how to make others laugh with you and not at the expense of others. Push your boundaries and learn from your choices. And be happy with the choices you make. My heart will break when yours does but it will rejoice with you as well. We will always be your safety net but be prepared for timeouts as you make the choices that you must make. I hope you realize we are only doing what is best for you.

Writing a letter didn't turn out to be as difficult as I thought it would be. I'll tuck it away in this blog and someday, when I make the time, I'll print the blog as your baby book (that's another thing I meant to do). And maybe, just maybe, I'll write you another letter someday. Until then, let's just keep chatting away like we do. It's pretty fun.

I love you to the moon and back.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Last of the Disneyland Pictures

Since the big trip to DisneyWorld is less than two weeks away, I figured it was time to update the last of the Disneyland pictures. I am planning on taking the laptop to DWorld so our faithful followers won't have to five week to see these faces.

At first, Alexander thought the hotel was the best part of the trip.

Then, we entered Disneyland.

We drove cars.

California Adventure was pretty fun, too.

One of us fell asleep at dinner.

Finally, our last night arrived. We asked the conductor if we could ride in the red caboose of the Mickey Mouse Railroad Train. You know, the train we had ridden at least a dozen times each day?
Yea, that one.

Bye-Bye, Disneyland!

Disneyworld - HERE WE COME!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Must be a Man Thing.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

"I Wuv Addie"

Tonight, I took Addie and Alexander to Little Gym. Addie's parents are enjoying a vacation in Hawaii this week. I thought I'd help out the grandparents by taking Addie through the class so they could rest. So, the grandparents were in the foyer and I ventured in with the two super-beasts.

I so wish I had thought to take my camera. These two little angels, who squeal and hug each other upon arrival, turn into tornadoes within minutes of the gym doors opening. All I could do was duck for cover! And laugh and laugh and laugh as a sprite little girl in pig tails and an adorable little man with his dimples ran completely over me at every turn.

Thankfully, this was one of the better classes for our two super-beasts. It was like they knew I couldn't split myself in two so they stayed on task, held hands, chased each other (so I only had one path to cover), team tackled me at every chance, and absolutely loved every minute of the chaos they created. Together. For the mommy, it was one of the more exhausting classes. God was pretty smart when He decided that I shouldn't have twins!!

On the drive home I always ask Alexander what he loved best about Little Gym that night. Tonight's answer was simple.

"I wuv Addie".

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Cousins Hang Out at Disneyland

On our last day, Mary and David came out to play!
We had a really fun day!

Papa and Mary on Dumbo

Umma and David on Dumbo

Umma and Mary on the Teapots. I don't think they spun much!

Papa and David on the Teapots. I think they did spin much!


The kids sure are growing up.
Remember this one?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."

In honor of the great Dr. Seuss, many schools celebrate Read Across America during this week every year. Our local high school is no different. For an hour, high school students with funny hats upon their heads paint faces, read books, and share cookies and juice with younger elementary aged students.

This year, RAA took on a different meaning for our family. The librarian at our high school is Alexander's Umma. She has hosted RAA for the past eight years and this year is her last.
Umma is retiring in June!

Alexander and Ho-Ho Umma

Umma and I decided Alexander was old enough to attend (and who is going to turn away the librarian's grandbaby?!).

After finding the perfect Dr. Seuss shirt, we drove up to the school, put on our listening ears and lasted about a half hour with the big kids.

AC was the student to take first dibs to read to Alexander. "Miss Liberty" is also the ASB president and she and I have worked closely together in ASB the past three years. She is a wonderful young lady and Alexander LOVED her!

He politely said, "no tanks" each time someone asked if he wanted to get his face painted (Mommy also said no tanks), he ran the halls for a bit, and then we snuck in a quick visit to Ho-Ho Papa.

I was able to be there not as a teacher in the building but as Alexander's mom. It was awesome. Unfortunately, by the time I thought about us taking a picture together, he was DONE for the night.

One of our favorite Dr. Seuss story is Oh! The Places You Will Go!
What's yours?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The previous post

And yes... his mouth never closed during the show.

I don't know who had more fun, his mommy and I looking at him and then to each other and grinning at the excitement on his face or him just grinning.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Playhouse Disney Live on Stage!

Over at California Adventure, there isn't much a >36" munchkin can do. We found a few rides for our little man but really, not much.

HOWEVER, there is Playhouse Disney. Live On Stage.

Hot Dog, Hot Dog, Hot Diggity Dog!!