Saturday, August 16, 2014

Goosebumps and Pictures

I made a mistake tonight.  I let Xander watch "Goosebumps" again.  Yes, that "Goosebumps."  It's on Netflix.  He discovered it many months ago and asked if he could watch them.  Like any good mother, I said "Heck yes!" and we would watch them together because I absolutely love horror/scary movies and stories.  But he started having nightmares, and I realized that either he's too young for them still, or he's like his daddy in that scary shows, well, scare him.  But tonight his daddy wasn't home and Xander asked to watch one, and I thought it would be fun so I said yes.  And he has already asked if he can sleep with me tonight.  I should have known better.

So I'm waiting for him to fall asleep before I head to my room to read (Lucas isn't home).  And although I reassured Xander that I was sure he wouldn't have nightmares, I have a feeling I may be seeing him again before morning.  Poor kid. 

While I wait, I've organized a few pictures and thought I'd catch up on Project 365.

Day 67 - Me and my husband of 10 years, celebrating in Asheville

Day 68 - Cousin picture!

Day 69 - Fall is my favorite, but I'll definitely miss summer this year.

Day 70 - They begged to take a nap on Bubby's bed

Day 71 - Such a little dude
Day 72 - I know you've already seen this picture, but I still picked it.  I love it.

Xander is asleep.  I'm heading that way.  Goodnight, friends!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The One with Random Thoughts

You guys.  I'm tired.  Today is my 10th anniversary.  We also had a house showing today.  I cleaned up a lot yesterday/last night, but the showing wasn't until this afternoon, so I had to keep it clean all morning.  And trying to keep a house clean with 2 toddlers and a creative "big" kid is like. . . I don't know.  Sweeping during a tornado.  In the desert.  I don't know.  But I'm tired.

You like how I just breezed past the fact that today is my anniversary?  It was low-key (we celebrated Saturday).  Lucas had a meeting tonight that got canceled last-minute, so my parents offered to babysit so we could go out.  And I said no.  I'm just so tired.  Have I mentioned that?  We got take-out and played outside instead.  And it was great. 

I just had to stop and think about how to spell "great."  And I used to be an editor.  I can't even think.  In fact, my friend just sent me an email with my last name in it - Bruch.  That is pronounced "brew."  But when I read the email, in my head I read the word "brunch."  I mean - really?  I can't even recognize my own name?  There's something wrong with my brain tonight.

No, I'm not drunk.  Promise.

So instead of a lot of words, I'll just show you some pictures from the past few days.  These are from the weekend with family, and then just around here too.

I'll talk more about my anniversary and my wonderful husband in another post. 

Xander, his cousin, and some friends - refusing to smile.  Looks like an album cover.

Every year Lucas's sister and her boys come up for a weekend in the summer and we have a cook-out with a big slip-n-slide.  This year it rained, and that definitely didn't stop them.  However, I had to make a protective "hood" for my camera out of Xander's t-shirt, and it messed up my lighting big-time.  So I don't have a ton of shots.  But here's a cute one of my nephew Elijah.  (Best dimples ever?)

Nephew Caleb.  This kid is never cold - ever.  The other boys were having fun, but a bit chilly, so they didn't slide quite as much.  But Caleb?  Oh, he slid down about a hundred times.  He's fun.

Xander busted it right before this, and I think he may have been a little hurt.  But decided to laugh it off, since everyone was watching.

Speaking of watching - Paxton wasn't quite ready for the slip-n-slide.  Maybe next year.

Annual cousin picture.  Paxton is usually the one messing it up.  (Check out Piper's duck face.)

Behind-the-scenes - trying to get Paxton to smile by offering him Coke

It didn't really work. 

This is more Paxton's speed.  He loves books.  And his aunt Molly.
Aunt Jaime with Piper

The two boys on the left are twins that live next-door to Lucas's mom.  They are so different from each other, but both really sweet and very polite.  Xander loves playing with them when we go over.  And that's Elijah and Xander, too.  All patiently waiting.

They were not at all interested in looking at the camera when they could be diving into the watermelon.

Piper and her great-grandmother.  I love this sweet picture.

Paxton with Lucas's mom - Grandy.  They were tickling each other with the plant.  I'm pretty sure Paxton ate 4 slices of watermelon that night.

And now I'm going to bed.  Let's hope this decrease in mental capacity is temporary. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Weekend Review

I really cannot believe it's Sunday night.  I know weekends always go by quickly, but this one absolutely flew by.  I have laundry sitting in the dryer that has been there for about 34 hours because I just haven't had a chance to get it out.  (Okay, technically I could be getting it out now, so I guess that's a lie.)

But I'm not complaining.  At all.  Yesterday Lucas and I got to do something amazing - go out without the kids.  I know.  It was fantastic.  We went to Asheville, which is about a 75-minute drive for us, for a surprise birthday party for one of our best friends.  We had seats in the (covered) outdoor patio area and about 30 of us just hung out and talked and watched the rain and ate while (our friends') kids ran around and played and it was just fun.  After the meal, Lucas and I spent the rest of the evening just walking around downtown in the rain and popping in and out of any shop we felt like perusing.  We ran into some other good friends for a few minutes and walked some more and sat down for coffee and truffles here.  And Lucas even bought me a dress for our anniversary (next week) from Ten Thousand Villages, which is totally bizarro.  Not that he would do something like that, or that we would buy something from a Fair Trade retailer, but that I would actually want a dress.  But I did.  And he did.  And it was fun.  It was really quite a lovely day.

Today I went shopping with my sister for a few hours (again, sans kids - this is the most I've been without them in a weekend since the twins were born) to get Xander some pants for fall, since he's too tall for all of his from last year.  I also got about 17 items from various aisles in Target all while my sister looked over the (small) section of $5 DVDs, deciding which to buy.  Pretty sure she spoke with 3 different people on the phone to help her decide.  She's a very careful shopper, weighing all the pros and cons in big decisions like The Sandlot vs. Clueless.  (Honestly - I just threw those 2 out there, but that really would be a tough choice.)

Anyway - then I ran home, made a bean dip, and we loaded everyone up and went to Lucas's mom's house because his sister and her boys were in town.  It was raining pretty hard most of the time, so I didn't get a lot of good pictures, but we always have to take a cousin picture when we all get together and luckily we had about a 20-minute break in the rain so I grabbed this shot.

Paxton wasn't feeling it, and apparently I was on a wicked hill, according to the angle of this picture.  Not sure what's up with that.

So another busy, but good, weekend.  Even despite the rain.

And now I'll (mostly) catch you up on Project 365.

Day 60 - This wouldn't upload last time I posted.  I just love the shirt.
Day 62 - Xander lets Piper hold the "Player 2" remote so she feels like she's playing.  It's pretty darn cute.

Day 63 - Boys playing with trains

Day 64 - Soccer try-outs!

Day 65 - I thought when Piper tried to put on my shoes, her wearing them would make a really cute picture.  But it turns out that I love this one of Xander helping her get them on even more.

Day 66 - 2-year-olds playing apps on an iPad and iPhone.  Kind of ridiculous.

I hope everyone is enjoying these "last" few weeks of summer.  I know according to the seasons we actually have several more weeks left, but with the school year approaching, it just seems like summer is ending, you know?  That's probably just a mom (and teacher) thing, isn't it?

At any rate, enjoy the next few weeks.  And then the next few.  And heck - why not enjoy a few more?  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Soccer Sign-ups

For about a month now, Xander has been counting down until soccer started.  He's never played before, but he fell in love with the game when a friend kicked a ball around with him on July 4.  Sign-ups were supposed to be last week, but got rescheduled due to rain, so we waited an extra week.  Finally, last night, the time came.

We got there and he kicked around the ball a bit with our friend (who coaches) and a boy he met there.  Then they divided up the kids and did a few drills.  When he actually plays, it will be with/against kids his own age, but for last night, there were kids aged 5-10 in his group.  He is not quite 6, so he was definitely one of the youngest.  Many of them had also played soccer before, and Xander has never played any organized sport.  These factors combined meant that he was definitely not the most skilled player out there. 

It was hot and muggy out, and he was playing hard.  After about an hour, he ran over to where Lucas and I were sitting and watching him.  His hair was wet with sweat and his cheeks were red.  And his eyes were watering.

I asked if he was hurt and he shook his head no as some tears fell and he reached for his water bottle.  He took a few gulps and Lucas asked him what was wrong.  He shook his head again and said, "I just needed a drink."  Lucas told him to get back out there, but we would need to talk about it later.  He ran back out on the field and finished the drill.

For the last 30 minutes or so, the big group of 15-18ish kids just ran around, trying to kick the ball away from each other.  Xander didn't get to kick it much, but he kept going.  Hard.  He ran and tried and didn't quit for a second. 

As we drove home, he caught his breath and finished off his bottle of water.  I asked if he had fun and he said yes and when could he go back.

Later in the evening, Lucas asked if he was frustrated while he was playing.  He didn't answer.  Lucas said, "You know, when I was little, Uncle Phillip (Lucas's older brother) and his friends were always better than me.  It made me sort of frustrated because no matter how hard I tried, they were always better."  Xander started crying again and said, "I felt that way too."

And my heart exploded.  I felt bad for him, but also so very proud that he just took a few seconds to compose himself, then ran back out on that field and hustled.  He tried as hard as he could and he still had fun. 

I can't wait for the season to start.  I think it's going to be great for him.  He's used to being the oldest kid around here, and therefore he's the best at pretty much any activity we do.  It will be good for him to be humbled a bit, and to learn that trying hard is still worth it, even if the end result is not what you expected.  I can't wait to see him learn teamwork first-hand, without necessarily being the leader.  I want to see him push through the hard stuff and keep going even when he thinks he can't.

And you know, he's pretty cute with sweaty hair and red cheeks too.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Nap Time with Paxton and Piper

Let me first explain the poor quality of these pictures.  These are from the camera we have mounted in the twins' room.  It shows up as black/white when it's dark, but is a color camera when it's light enough.  Nap time (when they leave the shades down) is sort of in-between, so it's an odd look.

Monday, August 4, 2014

slow computer and other random thoughts

My laptop was free to me.  It was a hand-me-down that was slightly newer than the last hand-me-down I had been using.  So that's totally awesome.  And sometimes it works great.  And sometimes it takes me 3 solid minutes to open a blank page in order to write a blog post (this normally happens instantaneously after you click "New Post.").  Guess which today is?  I'm not complaining; just explaining why today's post will be short.  I've already been working on it for about 13 minutes and this is as far as we've gotten.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Picture Slump

I haven't been super diligent about taking pictures with my real camera this week.  The reason?  I'm lazy.  Well, and it's kind of weird to bring a big camera into the dentist office.  But I have still taken at least one picture a day!  Barely.