Holidays and Special Occasions
It’s been such lovely weather here the past couple of days! We just made it through a really cold spell right around Valentine’s Day and actually got some snow… more snow than we’ve had in these parts in about 21 years! The last time we got a decent snow, Nathan was the same age as John is now. Only we only got about half as much then as we did this last time. So Paul and Nathan went sledding a few times, and when it was time to build a snowman, I bundled John up and plopped him down in the snow right next to the snowman. He spent the next 20 minutes excitedly slapping the snow around while making all those cute little baby noises he likes to make. It was precioius. Nathan helped Paul build the snowman and they even gave him eyes, nose, a mouth, arms, and a hat. The kids loved it! I don’t even think John knew what it was, but heck, he loved it anyway.
Pure crazyness! Look at all that SNOW!! This was taken at night, before the snow had a chance to fall off the rails. We measured it at 8 inches. EIGHT!!
Nathan being an awesome big brother and taking care of “his baby” (As he likes to call John.) Nathan is wearing my gloves- they’re a little big on him, but they got the job done!
So the weather has warmed up the past few days, and I’ve been taking the boys outside to play. Because we have a yard! A YARD! A big ole yard with lots and lots of room to run. Our last place didn’t have much of a yard at all, and it was dangerous because of how close we were to the busy road. So at any rate, John and I mostly sit on the deck while Nathan runs around and pokes sticks at random inanimate objects.
Nathan is a brave little boy, however. He’s had a bad habit lately of trying to sneak out of the house to go outside and play without telling me. And just the other day, I gave him the ok to go out and play but while I wasn’t looking, he snuck out of the backyard. After just a couple of minutes of not hearing him, I knew something was wrong, so I ran outside but couldn’t see him. On a hunch, I ran to the front yard and lo-and-behold if he wasn’t walking down the street, waving a stick in the air and talking to himself.
That scared the liver out of me, as my mom used to say. Holy cow. After I brought him inside, I tried talking to him and explaining why he is never, ever, EVER allowed to do that. Anything could happen. He could be hit by a car or someone could try to take him. Paul also talked to him about it as well, but Nathan just doesn’t understand the gravity of the situation. He told me later that night that if an adult tries to take him, he would punch and kick and put the adult in Mommy’s car. Oh my sweet boy. The best I can do is talk to him about it over and over and over again, until it’s ingrained in his head that he cannot ever go anywhere without Mommy and/or Daddy, and especially nowhere with a stranger. No matter what. Anyway, I’m just thankful I caught him in time. And thankful for my Mommy Intuition that told me it was too quiet out there.
Boys. So full of life, wanting to explore and be independent. I love my boys and wouldn’t have it any other way! Life is good.
The home-made batch of peas I made for John’s baby food are a hit! He totally loves them! He likes them WAY more than the store bought peas I had already fed him. They look much better than the store bought stuff too. Next on the list for baby food is green beans!
I can’t believe Christmas is already almost here. Nathan was quick to remind me when I picked him up from school that there are only 5 days until Christmas. Nathan said he wants trains and Enterprises (the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek. Yes, the kid’s a trekkie!) He’s been milling around the Christmas tree, looking at the ornaments and even getting under the tree and staring up at the lights. I love him and I love how excited he is for Christmas! I can’t wait to see his sweet little face on Christmas day.
We’re really looking forward to Thanksgiving tomorrow! We’re super excited about seeing our family tomorrow- Nathan’s really looking forward to seeing his grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, uncles, and some cousins who will all be getting together for a delicious feast. I plan on completely gorging myself! Yes, I have no shame!
It’s been pretty cold here, and we actually woke up to a light dusting of snow this morning! Nathan, of course, was giddy with excitement. Even though the snow didn’t cover the ground, he begged to go outside and play in it. He doesn’t have snow gloves yet, but I found a pair of mine that I wore a few years ago and let him wear them. They were still too big, but it was cute watching him play in them. Especially when he flapped the fingers, since the fingers were a bit too long for him.
In other news, as I was feeding John his rice cereal today, I noticed a TOOTH! Yep, he has a little tooth poking out from his bottom gum. He’s six months old, and I remember Nathan got his first tooth right before his six-month birthday as well! Actually, both of Nathan’s bottom front teeth came in at the same time. You know, it’s so cool for me to see how alike and yet so different both of my kids are. John reminds me of his big brother in so many ways. I love it!
Well, things definitely move slower when I don’t have a smart phone. It’s relatively easy to post pictures using it- I just use an app to add my watermark and can post it right then. But using a camera, as opposed to a phone, I have to go through the process of uploading the picture to the computer, editing it in Photoshop, saving it for web, and then uploading it to my blog. It makes me prone to procrastination, but hey, at least I got it done, right? So check out the abundance of cuteness we had going on!
Nathan was very proud of his Spiderman costume. He picked out what he wanted to dress up as for Halloween, and he and Paul picked out the costume together. They even had trick-or-treating at his school, so Nathan got to wear his costume more than once. He was one happy little man! And my goodness, look at those muscles!
Nathan was in mid-flex when he saw Captain America, so this is him pointing and exclaiming, “LOOK, MOM! THERE’S CAPTAIN AMERICA!” Too cute. John didn’t exactly get a say in his costume. One of my sweet friends gave us the monkey outfit that her son wore last Halloween. It was so darn cute that I couldn’t resist dressing John up in it. What can I say? He’s such a little monkey that it suited him perfectly! Oh, and see the wrap I’m wearing? That’s compliments of my grandpa, my dad’s dad. It’s called a Moby Wrap, and I LOVE it. They’re usually a little pricey, but I was able to find a used one in excellent condition (as in, almost brand-new, even complete with the instruction manual) for half the price. Not too bad, huh? John likes to be carried, and the wrap distributes his weight evenly so my back’s not killing me by the time I’m done carrying him. I haven’t used that many different wraps and carriers to really compare them, but so far, I’m totally loving the Moby.
And oh! See that lovely necklace I’m wearing? Paul’s mom got that for me. It’s called a Mommy Necklace, and it’s a really sturdy necklace made for moms of nursing babies. Or even babies that don’t nurse and just like to grab at things. John likes to pinch and pull at my clothing and even my poor skin while he’s nursing, and when he’s not doing that, his little arm waves around in the air like an antennae. So Paul’s mom came up with the idea of getting me a Mommy Necklace, and it’s perfect! Now when he’s nursing, his little arm will wave around in the air until it comes into contact with the necklace. And then he pulls, twirls, twists, and yanks on it the whole time he nurses. My skin and clothes are thanking her right now. It’s the only piece of jewelry strong enough that I can wear at the moment because of the baby and his grabbing hands, and I really love it!
Look at that sweet face! He looks so much like his big brother, doesn’t he? John managed to go the entire time without crying. He really loved looking around at all the people. Nathan did super as well- we were so proud of him! We had such an awesome Halloween this year. We never did get any trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood, but that’s ok. Let’s just say the candy didn’t go to waste. Ha ha. Holidays take on a whole new meaning when you have kids, and I’m really, REALLY enjoying celebrating them with my little family.