Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

Since moving here we've always relied on our friends to have bbq's or parties at their houses... our old house just wasn't big enough to comfortably host that many people for a long period of time.  But now that we're in our new house I felt like it was time to finally have everyone over for a Memorial Day BBQ- and we had so much fun.  The food was great and the company was even better... especially at the end of the night when we brought out the ipod- dance party time!  The kids had so much fun dancing for 45 minutes straight... even after I turned on the "slow music" they kept on going (silly me, I thought that would have calmed them down and kicked 'em out, HA!).  Unfortunately my flash crapped out on me so the pictures aren't great- but it's something to document the night :)

 Lisa doing her signature dance moves... and the kids trying (unsuccessfully) to imitate it.  

Fun at the mall...

Just a cute picture...

Saturday, May 28, 2011

What we did today(a post for my own benefit)

As I've said multiple times... this blog is just as much a "baby book" as it is anything else- so bear with me while I give a rundown of Deacon's birthday!

Deacon woke up at 5:45am... this isn't too out of the ordinary- the kid is typically up by 6:30 at the latest.  He came into our room asking if he could go downstairs just to look at his gifts- I angrily grunted "no" and made him go back to bed with the threat of taking away one of his gifts if he bothered me again before 7:15am.  So at 7:15 on the dot he was back in our room... and we were downstairs less than 5 minutes later opening gifts- thankfully Zac was still asleep so we didn't have to deal with any fights.  His Elmo "Happy Birthday" sign was hung over the fireplace... the same sign he's had since he turned one.  Deacon got a couple Lego sets, Mighty Beans, Scooby-Doo videos and a Bakugan.

For breakfast he requested a chocolate chip muffie from Panera and a hash brown from McDonalds... so we went to Panera first and then ate at McDonalds.  We went back home and Deacon played Legos while Damien and I started preparation for dinner/cake.  At 11:30, Deacon and I got ready and headed off to Skyla's birthday party... Skyla is a good friend from Carden- and she had a POOL party today, even though the high for today was a chilly 68 degrees.  I thought Deacon might mind the cold weather, but he didn't give it a second thought... along with every other child there, Deacon played in the pool the entire time.  They all had such a great time... and I actually enjoyed myself too- I won't lie, I wasn't looking forward to sitting out in the cold for a couple hours watching Deacon swim... but thankfully the company was good and the sun popped out for a while.

For dinner we had Ed over and served the usual Deacon birthday meal... spaghetti and meatballs- and of course cake for dessert.  The spaghetti turned out great, but the cake- not so much.  The cake tasted ok- but it looked ridiculous and the consistency of the frosting was SO weird... I honestly have no clue what I did wrong.  The cake is a box mix and the frosting is homemade (my Grandma's recipe)- I wish I knew what I did wrong, because I have honestly never messed this up before.  Oh well, at least it tasted good.

Deacon had a great 6th birthday... he enjoyed the attention- a bit too much at times, even.  At one point he said to me, "mommy, you guys should thank me for having a birthday and for choosing all these good meals and good places to spend our day." -- ummm, no Deacon, that's not how it works buddy.  And Zac is at an age where birthdays are going to start getting difficult- because each time we sang "happy birthday" to Deacon he would stop us and say, "No! It Zachary turn!!!"

All-in-all, a very good day...

Deacon turns SIX!!!

You know, every year I look at Deacon and cannot believe how big he's gotten... I have always been amazed at how much he does and how much he knows.  I honestly can hardly even remember him as a baby- I remember the toddler and pre-school days... but even those days are blurry for me, and that's so sad.  Every year I think that he is so independent- and that he's such a big boy... and then the following year I look back at the previous year and think... "wow, he looked so YOUNG!!!"  But man, SIX?  It's just so old... after this summer he'll be starting first grade- he's actually in a real grade- not "pre-school" or "kindergarten"- he's in a numbered grade.  And to think, six short years ago today, I was laying in my hospital bed holding this sweet {but large} baby boy in my arms... six years old seemed light years away.  All I could think about was that moment... that he was finally here with me.  This child who was so wanted and so hard to get... he was finally mine.  And now I have a boy- not a baby... a boy who still loves his mama more than most anything in life.  A boy who has finally found something to really bond over with his daddy... Legos- and these simple little toys have brought the two of them together in ways I could have never imagined a toy could.  This boy who once didn't care at all about his little brother, now knows how to be a kind and sweet BIG brother- and, the majority of the time, seems to even enjoy his big brother duties {but shhhhh... don't say anything- can't ruin his image}.  

Deacon... I could not be more proud of you- plain and simple.  You have been the light of my world now for 6 years... you have taught me more about life than anything else in my 31 years.  I'm not always winning the awards for "mother of the year"- but I really do try, even though I know there are days when it doesn't seem like it.  Thank you for always being so patient with me- it's a trait that neither your dad nor I possess... and I have no clue where you learned such patience- but thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for being such a sweet sweet boy.  No matter what, I love you more than anything... 

Brothers are awesome

My favorite place... the Davis Farmers Market

 His first time riding the merry-go-round... and he road it by himself.  Such a big boy!

We have to get kettle corn... because it's the best kettle corn ever.  And unfortunately Zachary has discovered this fact as well- and doesn't share very well.


Pancakes for one...

Chicken nuggets for the other...

Trip to the park

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A lost computer...

My computer is floating around somewhere in the state of California... I'm pretty sure it's in LA right now, but I can't be certain.  So anyway, until I get my computer back, I can't upload pics off my camera :(  I was actually hoping I'd have my computer back by now, but it's looking like it won't be for a while now.  Ugh. I am way too dependent on this thing.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The night of a million pictures...

I've not been too fond of my camera lately... I go through stages where I am attached to my camera everywhere I go- and then the next minute I want nothing to do with the camera... and during those "down times" it gets so bad that even Damien notices, "aren't you going to take a picture of this???"- to which I normally sigh heavily and get annoyed that he won't pick up the camera... but ultimately I know he's right- I should photograph whatever is going on.  Well... I think I might be out of my funk- because tonight alone I took over 90 pictures- in a span of about 2 hours.  The boys (including Damien) were just being very sweet and funny... and honestly it was one of those moments where I wished I was more into videography than anything- especially when Zac decided to run around with a trash can on his head for about a half an hour.  We had a good night... and I love nights like this- where we don't watch the clocks, waiting for that magical bed time of 7:30 to appear on all the clocks... where we enjoy each other, thoroughly, with no little fighting or crying.

And I have to brag for just a moment... Deacon's teacher was talking about how well he's doing in math and reading- and I honestly knew he was excelling in these two areas... but I had no clue how well.  First let me just say that I love how Carden operates- they are able to cater to the needs of the kids and aren't forced to go at one pace.  Deacon and his little group are on page 53 of the FIRST GRADE math book... and they've recently begun the first grade reading book as well.  I knew his homework was getting a little bit harder- though that's hard to even measure since he's never spent more than 10 minutes any night doing it.  I'm so proud of Deacon- not only is he doing well in school- he loves it... and honestly that is so much more important to me than anything else in this world.  He lives for this school- loves the French program, loves P.E. (his absolute favorite) and has made some great friends...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Such a ham...

Every now and then I feel really guilty about how many pictures I take of Zac as compared to how many I currently take of Deacon... and I truly feel as though I need to discuss this on the blog to ease my conscious.  The thing is- we have a gazillion pictures of Deacon as an infant (though not as many as we do of Zac since we didn't have a digital camera back then... weird)... and let's face it, as cute as my 5 year old is- when it comes to taking pictures, he's mainly wanting to make really weird faces... or he's avoiding the camera (the more likely of the two).  And Zac is at a really goofy stage... a stage where almost everything he does is new (or newish, LOL)- and I want it all photographed...

So now that I've probably made it even more obvious that I take more pictures of Zac... and you're all probably now thinking that I'm even crazier than you originally thought- I'll post the super cute pictures of Zachary that I've taken the past few days.

His new favorite thing to do is make "funny faces"- or "silly faces."  So all we have to do is say, "Hey Zac! Make a silly face at mommy!"- and he'll do it.  It cracks us up... sure, it doesn't sound very funny all typed up, but it really is pretty amusing- even Deacon thinks so (and Deacon RARELY thinks Zac is as funny as we think he is).