Sunday, January 30, 2011

happy third


today you are you! that is truer than true!
there is no one alive who is you-er than you!
shout loud, "i am lucky to be what i am!
thank goodness i'm not just a clam or a ham
or a dusty old jar of sour gooseberry jam!
i am what i am! that's a great thing to be!
if i say to myself, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!"
-dr. seuss

Thursday, January 27, 2011

three until three

in just three more days, my sweet boy will turn three years old. it's crazy to think about how much has happened since he was born. our lives have completely changed (for the better), and i cannot imagine what life would be like without him. he has brought so much fun, laughter, and learning into our home. and maybe a bit more stress and exhaustion, but it has been totally worth it.

two weekends ago i was at work, and a mother and son were browsing at my store. the boy was probably around eight or nine years old, he was so sweet and polite and i could see that he truly loved and respected his mother. she was so patient with him, and they spoke to each other with so much love. it made me tear up a little, thinking about how malcolm will someday be that age, and how i hope that we have a similar relationship. as soon as my eyes started to water, an old friend of ours came in the door, so here's hoping that i didn't look like a weirdo. i tried to play it off as if something was bothering my contact, ha. i kind of just teared up again typing this out. oh boy.

it's hard not having a baby anymore. malcolm is a full blown "preschooler" these days. constantly asking questions, wanting to help me with whatever i am doing, and keeping me busy all day long. i miss him as an infant, but i am excited for him to grow up. i know that three is a challenging year (to say the least), since alanna was a horrible beast at this age, but i am really looking forward to the next twelve months and i hope it doesn't fly by too quickly. i might be kicking myself in a few months for saying that.



just when i think he is growing up too fast, he reminds me just how little he still is. this evening we put a few items up in the attic with the rest of our baby storage, and he insisted on getting his bumbo seat down. i caved, thinking that it was way too little, and that he wouldn't want to play with it. i was wrong. he still fits in it! he sat and watched part of a movie in it on the floor. oh how i love this silly lil' guy :)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

more of january

danny took the kids on a hike one sunday afternoon, while i was at work. i guess it was cold... like really, really cold, so i'm kind of glad i missed it, ha.








the past two saturdays we have spent in durham. these photos were from last week. we had lunch at the cosmic cantina -one of our favorite local spots to eat.







we visited the little local toy store


malcolm and alanna made these creatures



then we wandered around duke garden (which was dangerously frozen, but beautiful as always), and had some treats at whole foods before heading home. it was a fabulous day.














Friday, January 21, 2011

our january, so far...

remember when i said i wanted to blog more?! ummm, oops. january has kept me busier than i had expected. i actually have three posts that i started days ago, but just never found time to finish. here's some of what we've been up to so far this year.

on new years day we visited the walking path behind the nc museum of art again. this time danny joined us instead of my sister natalie. the weather was really nice, until it started to drizzle. we left earlier than we had planned, and were soaked when we got in the car, but it was a nice way to start the year... outside, as a family.









my sister sent malcolm his very first set of finger paints for christmas. he had a lot of fun making little works of art.





we've been browsing the party and craft stores, in preparation for malcolm's third birthday party (next week!)


soy white mocha cocoa with dandies marshmallows (in the cutest mug ever), and half a cupcake! yes, please! :)


danny is the master of breakfast at our house!


a couple weeks ago it was really cold, and other parts of the state had more snow fall, but raleigh got skipped. boo. i took malcolm to the park last week because the weather seemed a bit warmer than it had been. when we got to the playground, it was completely covered in a sheet of ice. it was crazy. we only stayed for a few minutes, since it was so slippery.




the ground was totally frozen



he didn't want to leave, and cried when i said it was time to go.


this boy loves to be outdoors.