Monday, January 28, 2013

Enjoying Life

I've been waiting for something to write about. Something we've done, somewhere we've gone, some milestone passed. But none of those things are happening. So instead I give you life:

We've been enjoying our quiet weekends. Nothing on the agenda, and the only goal being to suck every second out of the day. We're running errands and feeling productive while at the same time finding time to take naps and create new traditions. Mainly we're staying warm and enjoying life, and that right there is worth writing about.

Friday night movie nights are our new thing. We finish up dinner, get the popcorn maker out and browse through the instant movie que looking for something that will keep the interest of a 2 year old for more than 10 minutes at a time. Last week was The Incredibles. Blankets are key on movie night. All of us under one with a bowl of popcorn resting in the middle. We're making good memories here. And even though Charlotte won't remember, we will.

A small milestone was passed this past weekend as well. Charlotte graduated to the forward facing car seat where apparently things go "really fast" compared to looking backward.

We're making blueberry muffins, adding extra bubbles to bath time, and playing dress up these days. We're living the good life.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Birthday Recap

Here are a  few shots of the birthday celebration a couple weeks ago.  Festivities took place in Iowa this year at the farm. We had pizza, we had hot chocolate, we had presents, and we had family. Oh, and a last minute cake because the cupcakes we made were a complete failure.  And all of this just in time because the following day started with 3 outfit changes before 11 and a sick toddler for the next 4 days. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Letter to Charlotte - 2 Years

Tonight I let you talk me into five extra books at bedtime. In return you fell asleep in my arms. You mumble when you fall asleep - while your eyes are closed but your mind is still working on today's thoughts. And I know when I say "I love you Charlotte" you'll mumble under your breath, with eyes still closed, "I love you Mama". And those words are all it takes to completely melt my heart into a perfect puddle under the rocking chair where we sit.

I see already the person you are becoming. Your ability to compel a room, to be involved and lead. You are smart, beautiful, and oh Lord so funny. One minute with you is all it takes to turn any day around. You're independent. "I do it" is your motto these days and the proud smile you wear after you've done something yourself is worth letting you.  Your vocabulary is amazing and everyday there are new words that catch me off guard. You're growing up. Too fast.

I know I've said this before, but I'm sorry our world is broken. I'm sorry that it's going to get worse. I'm sorry that your generation has to be the answer to problems that our generation and those before ours have created. Maybe every parent regardless of the generation feels this way. I don't know. What I do know is that I believe in you. I believe you can do great things, remarkable things. I believe that in order for you to know how big the world is and how endless your possibilities are you have to believe in yourself. I believe that when all is said and done, this is what being a parent is. Teaching your children to believe. In hope. In good. In possibilities. In the value of being kind and compassionate. In themselves.

It's hard to explain, even two years later, the impact you have on our lives. You're teaching us how to become the people we want to be. You're motivating us to move toward dreams that we've had in the back of our own minds for years. Encouraging us to take risks and live. One life, that's all we get.

So my birthday wish for you as you embark on your 3rd year in this beautiful world, is that you always believe. In your dreams, in people, in Santa Claus, in what one person can do. Most importantly, in what you can do.

We love you. Happy Birthday Love!


Monday, January 7, 2013

Snow Fun

The weather may have delayed out trip back to Iowa, but we didn't let it stop us from getting out and enjoying it.

Bundled up in our warmest winter gear we went exploring on the farm. First stop was the shed to get our sleds. Old sleds. Sleds that I remember using as a kid, and I'm guessing at least one that my mom or stepdad used. Our first attempt was probably the best. A little mound of snow right by the house. But we somehow got the bigger-is-better mentality stuck in our heads and went in search of more. The snow was too deep and the sleds kept getting stuck. Maybe not a successful first sled outing, but one thing is for sure: There's always snow in Iowa so we'll have other chances.

Next we tried to build a snowman. But the snow was like powder and fell apart on contact. Solution? Giant hunks of snow put together to form a snowman. Not pretty, but we didn't care. It was kind of like the Ikea of snowmen. Some assembly required, but with the right tools a pretty cheap alternative to the real thing.

I then bribed Charlotte with hot chocolate to stand in front of the barn for a picture and hug Brinker.