All for One, One for All

Three Wees = Three Pieces of News:

Wee#1:  {as posted by Sam on FB}  Daughter singing into the fan in our bedroom to hear her voice changing…making up lyrics as she goes along:

Havin’ a hard time with my mom…I said ‘Dada’, come play with me…I love you so much…yeah… {in the style of Janis or Sheryl)

Wee#2:  Put a vaseline-like ointment in his hair thinking it was Sam’s stuff.  Another night of a hot bath and multiple washes in his future.  Red stamp pad all over hands-and face-and counter-and clothes-and one and on and on.  Arts and crafts and dinner prep are not making friends.

Wee#3:  Cutting teeth.  One has come thru, the other is on its way.  Little sleep.  Much drool. But really, really cute!

To Miracles

Tonight, the last night of November, I am ready to spill out all my thankful thoughts from the past month.  Overflow with gratitude.  Explode in appreciation.  Acknowlegde how many miracles exist all around.  Today was full of some that I took note of in particular.

Somehow, by some miracle {see!}, Ollie finally took a nap in his bed with the door closed, Emmy slept at the same time in her crib, and Lily was content to play a game on the tap-tap for EXACTLY the amount of time I needed to do one short Ashtanga yoga video.  28 minutes to be exact.  That’s a pretty long time for a miracle to continue…

I got to set up plans with not one but FOUR friends to meet up when I am back in Birdsboro next week.  It seems that with the group of three I will see we can hardly ever find a night that works for all of us.  We have years of lengthy email threads going back and forth, desperately trying to line all our schedules up.  This happened even before the children came along.  By some MIRACLE, our schedules ALL allowed us to get together after school on Thursday.  Who’s grateful?  I am, I am!

Another miracle is I came downstairs after we all got ready this morning and I had 3 different texts waiting from 3 different favorite people in my life.  I felt so popular!

Miracle here:  just when I was looking for a little bit of extra time to pack for the drive, Lissa’s schedule allowed for a quick day trip to play on Monday!

I made yummy peanut butter chocolate chip banana bread, a delicious dinner, decorated snowflakes, cleaned a bathroom all before 3 in the afternoon.

Everyone here is safe, snug, and silent {mostly} by 8:30…miraculous!

Merry Christmas!

I don’t know why Lily has always used the name Melinda or Melindy for play names.  But our Nutcracker soldiers are a little bit different.  She has named them Salindy and Salinder.  She has performed “on stage” {up on the fireplace} with them.  She even moves them around when its necessary to move the song or play along.  Tody she moved them close together as they are now friends.   And then she took a photo:

But today I am most thankful for the unexpected.  It is 8 now.  Ollie has been working on sleeping in his big boy bed and not getting much sleep.  No one really has been getting much sleep.  Tonight Sam laid with him and I did, too.  And I told Lily she could sleep in our bed which will keep her from going into his room to talk to him.  But I came downstairs to nurse Emmy and as I was walking from the kitchen to the playroom,  I noticed that our neighbors have a brightly lit little Christmas tree in the backyard.  It was so unexpected.  And it made me smile.  I’m so glad I noticed it.  This place feel like home to me. Unexpectedly.

Day 24 of Thankful Thoughts

Today {I mean, YESTERDAY, but I am catching up!} I am so thankful for WONDER and DISCOVERY.  Lily appeared at the top of the steps while it was turning light and she asked me why it was so white outside.  Then it dawned on her.  Snow!  She couldn’t wait to get out there!  A cold front came in yesterday afternoon {two days ago…WHATEVER!} and with it, a little coating of the white stuff.  She was so excited to check it out that she went immediately to the closet and put her winter coat and boots on-over her Tink PJ’s.  While she was outside, Ollie joined in the awake time and she brought in various things with a little bit of snow on them so he could see.  A rock.  A sprig of pine tree.  Another, bigger rock.  

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Later in the day we all got bundled, Emmy included, and went outside to play.  No dice.  Ollie couldn’t hack the cold.  This may take some getting used to!

A Day Late & A Dollar Short

One of my favorite lines from a sassy former nun teacher~McD.  And it turns out that my great intentions ran into a rather fun Sunday.  But that doesn’t matter.  Here’s yesterday’s gratitude!

I am grateful for babies who discover themselves in the mirror:


I am grateful for long walks in the sunshine.  I am grateful for neighborhood playdates; our second of the weekend.  But this one lasted for nearly 2 hours!  And for part of it (the part where Ollie wasn’t involved, I didn’t have to be on kid watch).  We were headed over to the playground and to check out the Holiday Dazzle crowd at the Community Center, but Olivia and all the Boys were outside playing.  We turned around and both Lily and Ollie ran over and played like champs til the sun went down.