Friday, December 7, 2012

The Good Times

Sometimes are better than others. I always try to recognize when things are going well to help me appreciate and enjoy that time before it is gone.

This week Sean has really seemed to listen well. When he is in my office at work, he asks before runs off somewhere else in the suite to find a friend. When I ask him to do something like, "Hang your jacket up, please" he says "Yes, Mommy" and does what I ask him to do. I'm really trying to always say "please" when I ask him to do something. Manners! Good ones make being around other people so much more pleasant.

Shortly before Thanksgiving, we moved Paul's crib into Sean's room. That necessitated moving the dresser out of the room - so where to put the boys' clothes? Josh installed an adjustable rack system in the closet and we got plastic file bins for clothes that sit on the racks in the closet. In order for me to get to Paul's clothes, the closet and the room must be tidy and I have been very pleased about how well they have been keeping their room picked up.

I intentionally put some of the smaller and more difficult toys to pick up on higher shelves so that the boys do not get them out without parental approval first. The messes the boys make seem smaller and therefore easier to pick up before bedtime. 

Paul has become quite the little helper as far as picking up goes. For example, last night Sean brought a gallon tub of popcorn over to the couch. In his haste, he spilled almost half the bucket; Sean and Paul very carefully picked up all the spilled popcorn, and right away!

Paul struggled for a while with sleeping in the crib in the new room initially because we set it up as a toddler bed where he could get in and out on his own. He kept getting out of bed instead of going to sleep, even after time and time again of putting him back in bed. We tried it for over a week, hoping he would learn, but eventually, I decided that he was simply too young to handle a toddler bed and Josh put the fourth side of the crib back up. The first night it was all together Paul kept walking around the crib looking for the open side (chuckle). Since then, Paul has done very well sleeping in the crib. 

Paul babbles a lot, saying what could be words if you really try to use all the context clues and use a very liberal interpretation of word pronunciation. Paul makes the "B" sound for book and ball, which are two of his favorite things. He says "no" and "no-no-no" because, unfortunately, he hears that said to him quite often.

I want to share our Advent activities, but I haven't taken any pictures yet, so that will be another post. :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Post-Election Reflection

Today I read a quote posted on fb by a friend:

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years."

-Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835.

I was reminded of In Defense of Elitisma book I read in a political science class in college. 

And then I am reminded of the ever-annoying, but ever-quotable movie Idiocracy

"Welcome to Costco. I love you."

My take:
I vote for people with the principles and values that I think are correct. Principles and values are the underlying guidelines for making any decision. I want candidates who look at the big picture.

I am continually amazed at how narrowly and selfishly focused many people are when voting for candidates. I am frustrated by the folks who look at how their job will be affected, but ignore the ramifications of what that will mean for our country and its future. 

I guess I shouldn't be surprised anymore.

Monday, October 8, 2012

{pretty, happy, funny, real} 10/4/12

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

This week I'm joining in on {pretty, happy, funny, real} hosted over at Like Mother, Like Daughter.

So here goes!


I moved to a new office a couple weeks ago. I think I've gotten used to being in my new space, but then everyone moved around me and it still shakes things up again. I haven't decorated the new office yet; I have more option on the walls of this office and I haven't decided my theme yet. I'll get there eventually.

I knew that I needed to make at least some pretty area to help me learn to feel at home and at peace in my new digs, so I pulled out my fall decorations and pictures of my boys.


There are several things that add to happiness this week!

First, Paul eating bacon. He is just like his brother and father. It's their favorite thing to eat.
I had my hair cut yesterday. I had her trim it to keep in in good shape, but she left most of the length. I'm enjoying the up-do's I can wear with my hair this length. Here is a phone pic of my hair today, which was SUPER easy to take and upload thanks to my new iPhone and Dropbox! I'm really loving the phone, and I'd include a picture of it and the new cover if it could take a picture of itself. 


Sean has been attending preschool that is conveniently located down the hall and around the corner from my office. He has been having a great time playing and making new friends. We went out side today and enjoyed the beautiful weather at lunch. Here is Sean and his friend Charlie being silly. They were quite the pair to watch as I enjoyed my apple with peanut butter.


Remember when I said I moved to a new office? Remember how I said I made a pretty place in my office? Well, I made a pretty place cause I still have stuff that needs to find a home. Stashed under my desk are bags of snacks/tea/notes/other-random-stuff-I-didn't-know-what-to-do-with and my jacket (because I need to bring in a hanger so that I can reach the hook behind my door).

That's all, folks! Have a great week!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Silly Long Songs

I've been a fan of Betty Beguiles, a snazzy little style blog, for quite some time. She sweetly offered to host a little link up of love songs. So here are some of my favorite love songs.

Your Song - Moulin Rouge version
Josh and I memorized the words and danced to it at our wedding. It is rather a personal joke between us; I have blue eyes that sometimes look green when I wear green, and I gave Josh all kinds of grief the first year we were dating when he couldn't remember what color my eyes are. 

I first watched Moulin Rouge just before I met Josh and we started dating. That film and the musical score always reminds of Josh. So many of the songs from Moulin Rouge make my favorite love song list.

Danny's Song - Kenny Loggins
My dad was a big Kenny Loggins fan, so I grew up listening to him. This became my theme song when I was pregnant with Sean; Josh was still in school, he worked part-time, and my pregnant self was searching for a job. There was a lot of "we ain't got money, but I'm still in love with you honey" for a while

Your Man - Josh Turner
A favorite as newlyweds

Everything - Michael Buble
I remember listening to this song as we drove to our honeymoon destination.

Bubbly - Colbie Caillat
This song always reminds me of the warm fuzzy feeling of being in love. :)

I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz
A recent favorite. I love the message, that we are worth the work it takes to work out the kinks and tough times to make a marriage last.

Check out other favorite love songs at Betty Beguiles.

Friday, February 3, 2012

3 years; 6 months











Sean - 3 years

Paul - 6 months

Josh - photographer

Me - photoshop editor
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