Sunday, February 27, 2011

Deacon's piano homework

Damien always does piano homework with Deacon and it amazes me whenever I sit in on a "lesson" how well Deacon is doing. Part of his homework involves these flashcards... nothing horribly exciting, but I'm impressed :)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Extended bottle feeding

Ok, I know this might sound crazy to some... but it's sort of bothered me since Deacon was a baby.  We all hear about extended breastfeeding- in a lot of circles it is highly encouraged and considered a good thing for both mom and baby... mostly for the health benefits- but the emotional benefits are great too.  So why is it that when people see a toddler with a bottle they look at you, as the parent, like you're crazy?  I'm pretty much of the belief that unless it's harmful, who cares?- but clearly not many all people think this way... I've had many people voice their opinions on Zac & Deacon's extended bottle usage... and it has me curious- why is that?  My boys have always used the bottle for comfort... it makes them so happy.  I guess moms who breastfeed for an extended period of time get the same weird looks and the same questions... which is why it *really* surprised me when I got the judgmental attitude from an avid breastfeeding mom one time.

Anyway... just ramblings.  Zac is down to only "needing" a bottle at sleep times when he's home... he's completely off the bottle at daycare (yes, I'm well aware that this is purely a comfort thing to him at this point- the bottle is not a necessity).  But tonight he fell and hit his head REALLY hard... poor thing had an immediate goose egg- I thought for sure there was going to be blood.  So when my sobbing baby asked for a "ba-ba" I immediately obliged.  Poor baby :(

And honestly... I am so much more "concerned" with getting him to sleep through the night- He can stay on the bottle until he's 10 for all I care... just SLEEP!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Gorgeous sky...

Oh Zac...

It's recently start coming to my attention that no matter where we eat dinner (at home or out) I end up eating by Zac and having "the good time."  The other night was no different... inevitably I end up sitting there just as a means to block Zac from escaping from the table to greet other restaurant patrons... and occasionally I'll try carrying on a conversation with him, or try giving him some lovin-- but it tends to not work so well... because, well, he's just too busy saying "hi" to all his newfound friends...


Then, the other night we're in the bathtub and I'm taking photos of the boys (as usual)... and I'm telling Deacon to smile.  Nowadays his smiles look RIDICULOUS... seriously the word "ridiculous" doesn't even come close to describing his "normal" smile.  So I'm sitting there giving him a lesson in smiling- don't put your chin up or down- keep it leveled... don't push your bottom teeth forward when you smile... don't squint your eyes too much... (and all the while, yes, I am very aware how crazy I sound).  So anyway, the other night I'm going through the "chin lecture" (the one where I tell him to stop putting his chin so high in the air)... and I'm mimicking what he's doing so he sees "what not to do."- and I look over at Zac and he's doing the same thing that I tell Deacon not to do.


And just because I *love* his beautiful blue eyes and gorgeous red hair in this picture...


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Waking up...

I don't always appreciate having a bedroom that faces the morning sun this directly... but there are some mornings when it's so gorgeous I just really don't mind.

Thanks Nana & Bee-Ba

... Another thing for the kids to fight over enjoy!  


Even Damien is having fun!  (can't you tell???)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy President's Day!

We had a great playdate today (you were missed, Lisa!!!)... Dawn and kids came over around 9:15am and didn't leave until after dinner.  I love that a playdate for my kids still means a playdate for me... and it ended up being such a fun way to spend our Monday off work.  All 4 kids were VERY well behaved... though by the time the date was over, they were all quite overly tired... and at least mine were quite miserable to put to bed.  But oh well... it was worth it.  Oh, and you'll notice very few pictures of Deacon & Aiden... mainly because they essentially disappeared upstairs for the entire day... Lego's will always win their attention over mom's and siblings.





It was SUCH a gorgeous day... albeit a little bit chilly ;-)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday fun...

 Deacon is reading a Hot Wheels book to Damien & Zac


Sugar & Spice... (aka- why Zac will be needing psychotherapy by the time he's 10)

You know... we say that we wanted two boys, but in reality, we wanted a little girl- so instead of dressing Zac like the little boy he is, we occasionally put him in girl clothes... it makes us feel better.  Thank goodness for friends who have girls... we can just borrow their clothes instead of having to go out and buy our own.  
{I'm totally joking.. it's only Damien who really wanted the little girl... and the only reason we ever dress Zac like this is because we're horrible parents who forget to put a jacket on our kid when we leave the house... so he ends up wearing Allison's sweater's so he can go out and play with the other kids}

Friday, February 18, 2011

I never want to forget...

Blogging has become such a big part of my life... it's how I keep my family and friends in the know of what's going on- but it's also how we will remember these years together as a family of 3 and eventually 4. This blog is becoming more of a "baby book" than I ever kept for either boy (I know, bad mommy, LOL)... and I once read another blog where the author did these little segments every now and again- "I never want to forget"-- the point isn't necessarily for the everyday reader... but more for me- so I don't forget the little things.

So without further ado...

Deacon and I have a song... and whenever he hears it, wherever we are, whatever we are doing, he'll yell as loud as he can, "MOMMY! IT'S OUR SONG!!!!!!!!!!!" And I love it. It's a perfect song. When he was younger we had a different song that was "ours"- but it was one that I picked... one that I picked when he was a newborn- one that reminded me of Deacon ("These Words ~I love you~" by Natasha Bedingfield). But this new song is more "ours" because he picked it... which is so sweet.

Michael Franti & Spearhead-- "Say Hey (I love you)"

Lyrics:

This one goes out to you and yours worldwide
I say hey I'll be gone today
But I'll be back all around the way
It seems like everywhere I go
The more I see, 
the less I know
But I know one thing
That I love you
I love you, 
I love you, 
I love you

I’ve been a lot of places all around the way
I’ve seen a lot joy and I’ve seen a lot of pain
but I don’t want to write a love song for the world,
I just want to write a song about a boy and a girl
Junkies on the corner always calling my name
And the kids on the corner playing ghetto games
When I saw you getting down well I hoped it was you
And when I looked into your eyes I knew it was true

I say Hey I'll be gone today
But I'll be back all around the way
It seems like everywhere I go
The more I see, 
the less I know
But I know one thing
That I love you
I love you, 
I love you, 
I love you

Now I’m not a highly metaphysical man
But I know when the stars are aligned you can
bump into person in the middle of the road
look into their eyes and you suddenly know
Rocking in the dance hall moving with you
Dancing in the night in the middle of June
My momma told me don’t lose you
‘cause the best luck I had was you

I said Hey I'll be gone today
But I'll be back all around the way
It seems like everywhere I go
The more I see the less I know
But I know one thing
That I love you
I love you, 
I love you, 
I love you

And I said rocking in the dance hall moving with you
I said Hey momma hey momma close to you
Rocking in the dance hall moving with you
I said hey papa, hey papa close to you
Rocking in the dance hall moving with you
I said Hey Momma close to you
Rocking in the dance hall moving with you I said
hey momma, hey momma, hey momma, hey momma
hey momma, hey momma, hey momma, hey momma
what you gonna do?

My momma told me don’t lose you
Cause the best luck I had was you
And I know one thing that I love you
I said I'll be gone today
but I’ll be back all around the way
It seems like everywhere I go
The more I see the less I know
I said I'll be gone today
but I’ll be back all around the way
It seems like everywhere I go
The more I see the less I know
But I know one thing that I love you
I love you (3x)
I love you (3x)
I love you (3x)

Well at least it's being put to use...

... and not necessarily good use, either.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Crazy hair...

We are seriously loving this hair lately... it cracks us up- especially right after his bath or right after we use his "curl enhancing" product in the morning (it's the only way to keep his hair out of his face all day).  


Sweet boy...

I tend to only talk about how crazy Zac acts... but he has some really sweet moments- even during his most challenging of days.  He loves kisses and hugs- and I keep saying that I want to get those moments photographed, but around bedtime I tend to not remember to break out my camera... things are just hectic (as any parent would know).  But tonight I remembered... and I'm so happy I did- because right after his sweet moment, he decided it was time to slam the door and play peek-a-boo with mommy... delaying bedtime even longer :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Happiness is...

... being the chosen subject of his most recent masterpiece
{even though I'm not blonde... and am praying I don't have bug eyes like that}

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Bowling & Crafting

Damien's on a bowling league, so today we took the opportunity to go and practice with him... and left the baby at home with his favorite sitter.  It was definitely a good time- and Deacon LOVES bowling... he's not half bad- if you take away the gutters :)

We got home to find a very unhappy little mister... poor thing was just miserable- which is very uncharacteristic of him when Ms. Christina is here babysitting- he loves her to pieces!  Anyway... poor thing has an ear ache :(

After a quiet evening we went on a little ride to get ice cream... and came home for bathtime & bedtime (for Zachary) and bathtime, piano homework, valentines day craft, stories & bedtime (for Deacon).

Another beautiful day in Sacramento...




Saturday, February 12, 2011

Feels like Spring...

I love California... We spent the entire day outside- except Zac, who went inside {very} briefly to nap.  The best part was that all our neighbors were out too... and anyone who knows me well, knows I love that little community feel... so I was loving today.  We finally came inside for dinner- and I made my favorite kind of pizza... my dad's (though I can never make it as good as him- which is always really disappointing... but I think I'm getting better).

Now I'm laying in bed with all the windows open, blogging... I really couldn't have asked for a better day.








Meet Sunshine... one of our many neighborhood dogs.  Zachary is in LOVE with her!  Sunshine and her brother, Tiger, were enjoying playing in the hose today :) 

Walking

I have a really hard time letting go of Zac's "baby-ness"- calling him a toddler just doesn't seem right, and I still honestly picture him closer to a newborn than an almost 2 year old.  So it comes as a surprise, every now and then, when I open my eyes and see things like this... and I realize that a newborn wouldn't be holding hands with his brother and daddy walking through a busy parking lot.  Sounds silly, I know... but it's times like this that I get a mini-wake up call... he's really not a baby anymore, is he?

"Cin-City Chili"... is a winner?!?!

I know it's a shock to many who know me... but I *hate* Cincinnati Chili.  Nothing about it appeals to me... and I swear to you, I really really want to like it (mainly to get my in-laws and husband off my back about it! ha!)- but I just can't.  It grosses me out.  

Why, you may ask?  Look at it!!!... 
Ok, ok... I never saw the grossness of it until I cooked it.  But in reality, the part that grosses me out the most is the taste of cinnamon, cloves, all-spice and chocolate mixed in with ground beef and tomato sauce. The boiled ground beef part also weirds me out. Just not my cup of tea... call me crazy.  

So it came as a shock, even to me, that I agreed to cook a big pot of Cincinnati Chili for a chili cook-off for Carden this past fall... and it came as a bigger shock when I didn't *hate* what the recipe produced.  Granted, I didn't like it... just didn't hate it.  It also got really good reviews for the cook-off at Carden.  Because of this, I agreed to make the chili again for the chili cook-off at Damien's work... 

And guess what?  We won "best in category" (and no, the category was not "Cincinnati style chili") and Damien placed in the top 5 overall (and yes, there were more than 6 entries).  

Skyline Chili still sucks, though (sorry dad-in-law).