Monday, February 25, 2008

Because He is still Sick and I want to Blog

Treefrog is on his second video since he woke up an hour ago. We had a snack in between, but other than that we've planted our butts in front of the tubes. Oh yeah, this is a good day;)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

February's Top Ten

Thanks to SouleMama I am sitting home from church today (Fish is sick with so much snot in his head the poor little dude can barely breathe) and contemplating what I am grateful for today. Here goes:

1) This time to myself today - it's been a long month and a half with Ben working so much these past few weeks. We are looking forward to our "normal" schedule returning this month!

2) Valentine's Day - this is the first year we have talked about it with Treefrog. He still doesn't get it (I'm not sure we get it since it isn't something hugely important to Ben and I), but we made a fun heart garland to hand in our dining room and he was incredibly happy to have made it.

3) Sunshine - we have noted on a daily basis this month how much longer our lovely sun is sticking around. Oh, the joys of living in the Northwest and actually seeing the sun at this time of year! What a gift!!

4) Our fancy dinner for the teen parents - our family works with teen parents every other Wednesday. Last Wednesday we were able to take them to a very nice house and serve them an amazing meal while their kiddos had a picnic dinner and played upstairs in the playroom. What a wonderful time to show the parents love for them and their children!

5) Amazing friends - E and J (two of my bestest buds) have been so awesome to hang with lately.

6) Training for a Half - J and I are are training for a half-marathon. It has been incredibly fun working alongside J. Both of our families have had to be super flexible, knowing that they will continue to need to be flexible as we are only on the 4 mile runs and will be soon running 10 miles on Saturdays.

7) Treefrog and Fish – my amazing boys, growing so rapidly, and learning so aptly how to be kind to one another and others.

8) Wine and Gilmore Girls – My evening last night with Ben, my amazing, loving partner in life.

9) Coffee or Naps (on the best day, both!) – the things that keep me going when I am sleep deprived and the sun is refusing to come out to play.

10) Time – time to enjoy my family, time to read, time to write, time to be. Time is an amazing gift.

I hope to hang on to these (and the many other) joys that I notice. May your days be filled with unexpected joys as well as expected ones.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Walking Home from Dinner

For the most part, we consume each lunch and dinner in the cafeteria on campus. This is partly due to the fact that the manager of the cafeteria believes in working with college students, being an example and present in their lives, to help guide them in making good choices (e.g. not throwing one's food, not playing "fork the apple" - a highly competitive game in which an apple is tossed onto a fork and then tossed again with the fork stuck in it, repeating as many times as there are forks at the table).

All that to say, we are out in the dark at this time of year quite a bit since we are walking home from dinner. Each night, Treefrog notices the moon. Or, to be more specific, Mr. Moon. I'm not quite sure why he is male, but it seems that almost every thing that is personified in this house becomes male . . . maybe I should have a daughter . . . Anywho, a conversation from last night:

Treefrog: Hey there's Mr. Moon!

Me: Yea! Isn't he pretty tonight?

"Oh, yea. I lub Mr. Moon!"

"Me too, buddy."

"Yea, yea, yea. Mr. Moon is my favorite."

"Why is Mr. Moon your favorite, Treefrog?"

"Because Mr. Moon is my favorite, Mr. Moon is my favorite" (I wish I could play a record of how is stated this line. The first part of the sentence was very matter of fact while the second half was said in a sing-song voice.)

I love my boys!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Smells like Peanut Butter

Mmmmmm. Doesn't that sound good? No? Well, then, you must be me.

Treefrog decided to do some acrobatics off the dining room chair at today's lunch. We were dining ever so elegantly on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (I believe Fish had pureed turkey and green beans - yum). The next thing I knew, Treefrog had somehow managed to flip himself and his pb&j off the chair. He cried heartily, I think mainly because he was scared, and so I held him for a while. Once the crisis was over and we returned to our lunches, I glanced down at my t-shirt to see it covered in peanut butter and strawberry jam.

I'm just glad that no one was seriously injured. Well, except for the gray t-shirt.