Thursday, May 30, 2013

White Sands Stop

On the way home from Cloudcroft we made a little stop at White Sands. The last time we stopped there, Noah cried the whole time about getting sand on his feet. This time he was much more open to it and both boys walked barefoot in the sand (thought Wes did need some convincing).


Writing his name in the sand


Who knew Chris could still do a cartwheel?

Thanks Nana for the sweet new sunglasses!



Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Cloudcroft Weekend

Our memorial day weekend was spent in Cloudcroft, New Mexico with Cap'n and G (some of the grandparents). We had a fun time in their "camping bus". The first day we did a great little hike down to an old railroad trestle.




The next day we headed over to a trout pond where the boys fished for a while. What fun! And Noah caught 7 fish, which made him very proud.






The rest of the weekend was spent in cafes in the little town, sampling pies and iced mochas, and having a great time. Thanks cap'n and G!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Birthday mini-golf

What better to do on a fourth birthday than get a couple of friends, go to a buffet restaurant with ice cream and sprinkles, and play 18 holes of miniature golf? I can't think of anything. Noah is ready to go again already. And you can see from these photos that wes was a seriously competitive golfer.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Noah: Four Years Old

This morning, Noah woke me up and while we were all still in bed has asked, "Mom, and I really four now?"
Me: "Yes"
Noah: "I still feel like I'm three."

My four-year-old Noah can be a handful at times, but mostly he's a sweet, loving, caring little boy who loves trains (more than almost anything), his little brother (maybe even more than trains), and Cinderella and Tinkerbelle.

He speaks so clearly, I sometimes forget that he's so small.

He asks more questions than you can imagine, especially during movies and on the car-ride to school.

He can ride a two-wheel bike without training wheels, very well. In fact, he already insists on riding his bike most of the way to school some days (which is over two miles away).

When I get frustrated and start to yell, he ignores me until I say, "do you hear me?!" and he says, "Yes mother." Oh, this is payback for what I did to my mother...

He loves his little brother. I know I already said this, but it's so sweet and true. I love seeing them hold hands to walk somewhere, or give each other hugs

Instead of digressing to baby-talk when he hears us oogling over Wesley's new language abilities, he joins in: "mom, he said train!" He's so proud of his little brother, and eager to help him learn. Now, don't get me wrong, I still hear plenty of screams and yells... "WESLEEEEEEEEY!!!!" is a common sound in our household. It doesn't help that Wesley is completely unphased by it.

I know there are always more things that I should say, but these are the things I can think of right now. Happy Birthday (a day late) to my sweet four-year-old!!

Monday, May 20, 2013

DIY splash pad

A whole day with the boys on sunday while Chris went out on an epic bike ride. We had a tarp left out from the party so, instant splash pad. Noah invented a cool water feature with his bucket that has a hole at the base and a hose. This was awesome!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

4th Birthday Party

We had a sweet little birthday party for Noah yesterday. Just a few friends, a little pool (that leaked), a long kids table with balloons floating above, streamers, tons of cheese pizza, and a sea monster cake. The googles helped Noah enjoy the pool full of splashing children, but once all the kids were sitting at the big table under the balloons, things went pretty smoothly.

Small-scale pool parties get a bit splashy


The kids really enjoyed this long table made of two overturned paint buckets and a piece of wood

Ry enjoying the pizza

Wesley sitting near some pizza. He had a great time at the party too.

A failed Airplane cake, salvaged to be a cool sea monster!

How can he be four years old!?


Noah has been having some trouble understanding the concept of, your party was on Saturday, but your birthday is on Tuesday. Confusing. He's excited to have his birthday at school, though, although I'm not sure he's not expecting another party. We're planning on going out for dinner and mini golf, so I don't think he'll be dissapointed. I'll do a four year post and tell you some things about him soon. Until then, enjoy these birthday photos!

Friday, May 17, 2013

A _______ Day

This blog is usually positively focused. I've never been one to write down the negative things. Today though, I'm having one of those days where I just keep thinking, "thank goodness its Friday." A day when being a mom, professional, PhD student, and all the other hats I try to balance, start to seem a little heavy - or maybe not heavy, but like that whole stack of hats just might topple over.

Last night Wes had a little fever. One of those fevers that although medical science cannot explain it, all parents attribute to "teething." I'm sure it was teething, but still, I'm going to tell you the honest truth, that this morning I just wanted to go to work. Some things felt piled up, and *please don't judge me*, I gave him some ibuprofen and sent him off to school. I'm the last person I ever would have expected to be that kind of parent, and you know what? I bet lots of other parents have days like this too, and we all just try to write about the positive things on blogs because you know what else? Parenting can be hard, and writing about the positive things just helps to put it all in perspective, and dwell on the being lucky parts of it all.

Anyway, as I trudged through the day I also had some good news: my comprehensive exams postponed until next February instead of this December (hopefully) without impacting my trajectory (hopefully). This is a huge weight lifted. A summer looming coming when I don't have to read absolutely as many books as I can every single day.

I told you the bad part because I also wanted to say, I am a very lucky woman. And thanks for reading. And also, even though I try to keep up an appearance here of being a super mom, I'm really just a regular mom. And that's good too.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mother's Day Campout

Last weekend we took the kids out camping with some friends. It was a great weekend for it: not too crowded, not too hot, and the campground had plenty of big trees for shade. Around here, you can't ask for much more than that!

Dirty Faces, and BACKPACKS (they were a thing on this trip)

Proud Collector (hey, mom, you might want to actually get the thing into the photo next time...)

All day sitting around here -- doesn't sound too bad eh?

Ball (notice the presence of the backpack, still)

Camping is awesome!

Every time we go camping with this group, somehow, we are short on chairs. This time we brought four and our friends brought four -- no shortage! But... one of our chairs broke, of course. Maybe we're just destined to always be one chair short... Oh well, we're sure looking forward to our big summer camping roadtrip plans!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day Muffins

We went out on a wonderful camping trip this weekend (which I will post photos of) and then I spent the evening watching tinkerbell with the boys. This was actually my idea of a great Mother's day. Especially after the movie when Noah, Wes and I made banana muffins. Noah had the idea to put the raspberries on top, and they turned out awesome! Much better than chocolate chips (health-wise) for getting everyday banana muffins to seem exciting to these boys.
Happy mother's day!