Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day weekend...wooeee

It's over. I don't wanna go to work tomorrow! Wahhhhh! The weather was so perfect this weekend. We were moving and shaking all weekend long. We had a blast.

We visited with friends on  Friday night and Saturday we rode our bikes to the Farmer's Market, had lunch with Mor-Mor and Pop-Pop and went to the county fair. The fair was hot and didn't have much to see or do, so we didn't stay long. Casey got a crazy big blow up Scooby Doo and he absolutely loves the darn squeaky thing.

On Sunday everyone slept in. It was a miracle!! Well...not really, Casey had been up REALLY late on Thursday and Friday night, so by Saturday night the boy was soo tired. We missed church, but enjoyed just taking the day really slow. I went with my Mom to visit my Uncle Bob who is recovering from surgery. He is doing really well and hopes to be home soon. Mom and I enjoyed lunch and we treated ourselves to a pedicure!

Today we hung around the house and celebrated Memorial Day with our fabulous neighbors.

Casey graduates on Thursday from Village Montessori. I'm getting misty now just thinking about it. Off to bed now....all day legal website training tomorrow. Yeah!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Walking on sunshine!

Casey performed in his school dance recital on Thursday evening. He danced to the song "Walking on Sunshine!" He was adorable. His teachers put some gel and hairspray in his hair. His HUGE hair made him look even bigger than normal.

He looked so scared when he got to the stage and saw all the parents staring at him. His partner, Kate, really helped him remember his steps. Funny thing is he was sooo excited to get to school and put his costume on, I think that was his favorite part. The actual performance and dancing, not so much.

 

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hippo and Lamby = Security Blankets


It is good to have a security blanket. They make you feel safe and cozy. I had a blankie when I was a kid and I admit it, I sucked my thumb. But take a look at me now! I am a well-adjusted woman. Why are you laughing? Do you have something you want to talk about? Oh, you're not talking about me. Damn paranoia!! Anyways....

When Casey was younger, he had his two hippo blankets that he was VERY attached to, check out these adorable pictures of Casey. 


Casey started out having only one hippo blanket, but he saw the spare one in his closet when he was about two-years-old and he grabbed it and said, "Other one!" So, after that he always had to have hippo and "other one" with him, especially for nighttime. Casey also has a larger blue and yellow blankie that he still is very attached to, it is the first thing he wants in the morning while watching cartoons and the last thing he wants at night. He isn't as attached to the hippos anymore.

I only have two lamby blankets for Erik. One is constantly in the wash because he drags them everywhere and he wipes his snotty face on them and bites its ears. The precious lamby blanket gets funky real fast. I went back to Goore’s recently to buy another spare lamby and they didn’t carry it in blue anymore. I bought a white doggy that looks a lot like the lamb. Erik would have nothing to do with it. In fact, he laughed at it and threw it out of his crib. Drats! I am going to search online to try and find one or two more blue lamby’s. It is important for Erik’s mental health!!

It is pretty precious looking over and seeing Erik with his green binkie in his mouth, holding his lamby and stroking its ears. If he is parted with it for even a few minutes, when he is reunited, he cuddles it and coos. Precious. I love lamby too. I love how happy it makes Erik. I know the binky might be hard to get rid of, but that makes him so happy too. I vote for happy. I vote for staying attached to security items as long as you need them.

I admit it, I got rid of my blankie but I replaced it with a white stuffed bear named Snowball. I had the bear until I was married. I slept with that bear every night. Finally it got a big hole in its head and was really funky looking. I threw Snowball away. I have pictures to remember her by. She was a good friend. She got me through junior high, acne, friendship squabbles, jerky boyfriends, family drama, college and she took me into my happiest times, Pedar and marriage. Don’t knock it till you try it. Just find that thing that makes you feel happy and HOLD ON! Be it a person, a blanket, a stuffed animal, whatever. To quote Sheryl Crow,  “If it makes you happy, it can’t be that bad!”


Binky game makes Erik laugh!

 Erik and I played a fun game with his binky last night. He kept putting it in my mouth and I would spit it out. Boy OH Boy did that make him laugh for soooo long. We eventually decided to film him laughing because he thought it was funny.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Handbook for life

 I found this list on a friends yoga website. Enjoy!

Handbook for Life

HEALTH:
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is
manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
5. Make time to meditate.
6. (Breathe)
7. Read more books than you did in 2009.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

PERSONALITY:
11. Comparing our lives to others is fruitless. We have no idea what their journey is about.
12. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones especially about things out of our control. Invest energy in the positive present moment.
13. Try not to over do. Understand limits.
14. Why take ourselves so seriously. No one else does.
15. Gossip drains precious energy.
16. Dream more while we are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. We already have all we need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Let go of our partners mistakes of the past. Focus on our present/future happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
20. Make peace with our past so it won’t spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of our happiness except us.
22. Realize that life is a school and we are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons we learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. We don’t have to win arguments. It’s ok to agree to disagree.

SOCIETY:
25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is insignificant compared to what you think of yourself.
31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends & family will. Stay in touch.

LIFE:
32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. (Higher powers) heal everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how we feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When we awake alive in the morning, be thankful.
39. Our Inner most is always happy. Release your “Inner Happy” on the world every day!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Mother's Intuition

I just knew Erik was getting sick. He was so cuddly and sleepy on Saturday. He didn't have his normal pep to his step and he wanted to be held a lot. It was really nice having this adorable kid just sit in my lap, but I had a feeling something else was amiss.



On Friday my folks came over for a brief visit and then they took Casey with them for the afternoon to play with Liam. It was just Erik and I for a wonderful four hours. He took a nap and I cleaned. Then we ran over to the business office where I work and said goodbye to my manager. Friday was her last day. We picked up Casey at my parents and met Pedar at home. Made dinner, bathed the kids, reading routine and bed. I was too tired to even rent a movie on Friday.

On Saturday we rode our bikes to the Farmer's Market near our house. The kids loved the bike ride, they also loved the fresh strawberries. We got home and did some chores.  A dear friend of mine dropped by with some beers for a visit. We had a great time catching up.

Erik was so quiet. He took a great nap and then just wanted to be cuddled. Lindsey came over at 6 p.m. to begin her babysitting gig. Pedar and I wanted to go rock-climbing, but we both were spent. We finally left the house around 6:30 and just went out to eat. Back at home by 9 p.m. We know how to party, aye?!  It still was nice to go out. I texted Lindsey at dinner and she said Erik didn't drink any milk, but was asleep at 7 p.m. "Not drink any milk? Hmmm...something is wrong!" Sure enough around midnight he started really coughing and had spiked a fever of about 101. Then around 2 a.m. he coughed so hard he threw up all over his crib, so pleasant. He spent the rest of the night crying and clingy.

We were all up around 6:45 a.m. on Sunday. Erik was still a little koala baby, so we figured why not go to the 9 a.m. service? No point in sitting at home and just feeling tired. Might as well get up and get moving. We got to church with 5 minutes to spare. We met Mor-Mor and Pop-Pop and Erik quickly fell asleep in Mor-Mor's arms. The Hausman family (Jeff, Lisa, Lindsey and Megan) attended the earlier service too! Yeah! It was so much fun to see all of them. We went out to Starbuck's afterwards together. It was a great way to start our day.

The rest of the day was spent doing chores and taking Casey to a birthday party at Bounce Spot. Pedar stayed home while I was at the party with Erik. While Erik was sleeping he fixed our garden drippers. Yeah! My flowers and veggies have consistent water!!

We hung out with our neighbors later in the day and then I wrapped it up with a bit of work while watching the finale of "The Apprentice." We live large folks. Real large.

I just got back from taking Erik to the doctor.  I wanted to make sure he didn't have an ear infection. His ears are good. He's still kicking a bit of a fever and a nasty cough. I will just love on him until he is all better.

Hope everyone is doing well. Isn't this weather so weird?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cousins....

I found these two adorable videos from long ago. Cannon Beach, September 2006. Casey was almost two and Ava was almost three.



Fieldtrip: Hamburger Farm

Last week Casey and I and his Village Montessori School (VMS) class went on a field trip to the Hamburger Farm at Bishop's in Wheatland, CA. We had a great time. Casey loved petting the farm animals, panning for gold a.k.a. marbles,  riding the slides and the train and learning how the parts of the hamburger are grown.  He loved having his buddy Aidan in the car with us. I loved hearing their little conversations in the backseat. "What girls do you like?" and "Did you know McDonald's has Iron Man toys?"

The best part for me was hanging out with my favorite VMS Mama's. Man, I am going to miss these ladies. In the next few months our kids will be going their separate ways. We only know a few kids that will be attending Mission Avenue for Kindergarten. We are still on the waiting list for Mission and hope to hear good news soon.

Casey has been at VMS since he was two-years-old. For almost 3 1/2 years I have watched these little ones turn into big kids. I have seen the ones that clung to their mama's legs (Casey!), now push their folks out the door. Graduation from VMS is only two weeks away. Man, I better get my kleenex ready.

Erik will join VMS in about a year and a half. We are waiting for him to be ready to go straight into Rm. 2 with Miss Krissy and Miss Gina. We love Miss Sharon, we're not going to rush him out of his home daycare right now. Sharon is so wonderful. We are so lucky.

Here are the some pics from our field trip! I look forward to Mission Avenue field trips, I hear they ROCK!!!


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Jeanine and Kent



Recently, we had the pleasure of visiting with our dear friends Jeanine and Kent. They live in  Leavenworth, WA. Pedar and I would LOVE to visit them and see them perform, Jeanine and Kent are very active in the Leavenworth Theater community.

Pedar and I worked with Jeanine at Max's Opera Cafe, back in 1996. Jeanine has a gorgeous singing voice and is so talented. I was drawn to her immediately. Not only is she fun and entertaining, she is loving and so kind. She has always felt like a big sister to me and Margery. We adore her. The best part of seeing her recently, was feeling like we picked up where we left off.

Jeanine had a first row seat to the Nora and Pedar show back in 1996. She witnessed all of the disgusting heart-sick new romance stuff that happens when two people fall in love. She helped me when Pedar left for two months to Europe. I remember crying at work when I had missed Pedar's call on my Birthday. Jeanine said, "Go sing, Nora! Use that emotion, let it out!" I went up to the microphone and sang Someone to Watch Over Me. When I looked out at the crowd at the end, several people were looking at me so lovingly, that is when I realized tears had been rolling down my face during the entire song. I realized I was in love with Pedar, really in love, because of his trip to Europe. I knew it was the real thing. I never had any doubt after that. I just HAD to be with him. Jeanine celebrated with me, she was thrilled that I was in love.

Years ago, I think it was 1999, I visited Jeanine and Kent when they first moved to Washington. At the time they were living in Wenatchee. We enjoyed a wonderful mini vacation and our friendship was sealed. Even after so many years, Jeanine has been the one that has always reached out to me. She always sends me a little gift at Christmas, let's me know she is thinking of me and loving me. I am embarrassed to say I haven't been as good to her. I regret that. I have learned so much from her.

Jeanine and Kent have a beautiful relationship. They have seen each other through some tough times. I remember watching Kent with Jeanine and admiring how supportive and kind he was with her. I remember going on a hike in the Wenatchee National Forest and Jeanine was having a hard time with her hiking boots. He never got impatient or sarcastic, he just took care of her. He wanted her to have a great time. He fixed her boot, rubbed her little feet and kissed her. He LOVES Jeanine and that is all you want for your friends. You want to see them appreciated, supported, celebrated and adored. You want to see their partner do more than what is expected. Kent is that guy.

Jeanine and Kent have an amazing ability to make you feel special, all the time. They listen with their entire being. They hug long and hard. They look you in the eye and ask you how you are, and they wait for the answer, because they really want to know. We were so happy that they made the time to see us, because we all know how busy trips to see family can become. Jeanine was in California visiting her Mom, who lives in Nevada City. Her three siblings all live in Northern, CA as well. So, making the time to visit Pedar and I, was really generous.

Pedar and I hope to be that generous with Jeanine and Kent soon. We want to see where they live. We want them to know how much we love and appreciate them.

Jeanine made the beautiful necklace I am wearing in the photo. She makes gorgeous jewelry. Thank you, Niner. Thank you, Kent. We love you.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Counting my blessings.....



When I get home with the kids, I try to remember to be patient and loving and attentive. I try to ignore my chores and the work load that I left behind and just focus on being happy and loving to the boys, all three of them, well four if you count Curly. Just like anything, some days are more successful than others. Some days, I can whip up a snack and jump outside and blow some bubbles and have a good time. Other days it is much harder to turn off the noise inside my head. When Pedar gets home, typically I start dinner and he plays with the boys. We give each other a quick kiss and keep moving as fast as we can towards dinner, bath-time, story time and BED! Once the kids are finally in bed, that is when we get our time.

We are lucky to both work day jobs, so we can all be together at night. We are so lucky to be healthy and happy. We are lucky to live in our house in this great neighborhood, surrounded by rocking neighbors. We are lucky to live so close to so many family and friends. Counting my blessings put a smile back on my face and a spring in my step.

COUNT MY BLESSINGS (Instead of Sheep)

(Irving Berlin)
from the 1954 movie "White Christmas".

When I'm worried and I can't sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep counting my blessings
When my bankroll is getting small
I think of when I had none at all
And I fall asleep counting my blessings

I think about a nursery and I picture curly heads
And one by one I count them as they slumber in their beds
If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings

Monday, May 17, 2010

Boys and their toys

Pedar has been having fun lately flying his fancy plane at the El Camino High School football field. Lou, our awesome neighbor and friend has several planes, so they go out and play with their toys a couple of times a week. These planes are nice.

 

They always let Casey tag along for the ride, which is why I am so FOR flying the planes!!  Casey even has his own little crash proof plane that he is learning how to fly. He's doing pretty well.
 

Yesterday, Lou, Casey and Pedar grabbed their toys and headed to El Camino's football field. Erik was asleep, so I enjoyed a quiet house. I am reading this great book called, "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett. I highly recommend it, I can barely put it down right now. Anways, after Erik woke up and had a snack, we headed out to go watch these boys in action. Erik LOVED it. He just kept pointing to the sky and saying, "Ooh! Ooh!" Jacob and Jim, our other awesome neighbors had joined the boys as well.





The sun was a bit relentless, so after a brief visit, Erik and I peddled back to the hood for a sweet glass of wine with Mama Melanie. It was a great ending to a beautiful Sunday.