Sunday, April 10, 2011

Weekend re-cap

We started the weekend off just right with a visit from our good friends, B and K, and their 22-month old son (and Seth's first buddy), L. It was so fun to watch the boys play together, but kind of not play together. They're still at the age of playing alongside each other, but not together. At the end of the night when they were leaving and it was time to "give each other a hug", Seth got his first buddy hug. Cute, huh??

On Saturday, Seth and I took a long walk to Target to get a few things. Walks are so fun because Seth points and squeals at everything. I get to see birds, kids playing baseball, dogs for the first time again, but through the eyes of my child.:)

After Seth's nap, we dressed up for my grandma's 90th birthday party with all my family. It was at my uncle's VFW where there's a big party room in the basement for the party and a huge room upstairs for the kids to run around. Seth had a blast running around the basement, except when the kids when upstairs to play tag and then he had to follow them to see what was going on. He apparently thought he was 10 years old because he wanted to run around with the kids too. He'd run back and forth, stomp his feet a little. Seeing the kids run around brought me back to my own days of chasing my cousins around. I'm so happy that Seth will have cousins to do this with soon!

We carried the party back to Aunt Patty and Uncle Ray's house for dinner. The weather was nice out, so the ladies took Seth for a walk over to the park. Seth was acting like such a big boy, with one hand in mine and the other holding onto the gym set, he climbed all the way to the top and took his very first solo slide ride. He was THRILLED! The look on his face was exhilaration - huge, wide smile and big eyes. We did this again and again and again!

It was so nice to spend time with family. Boy do we feel blessed to have such great people to share life with.:)

Monday, April 4, 2011

April weekend recap: could this get any better?

I don’t want to brag. I really don’t. But we just had one of those perfect Saturdays that I want to remember.

Seth slept until 8:30am. This is unusual. As unusual as it is for ME to sleep until 8:30am. Seth and I are very similar in that we go to bed early, wake up early. He usually wakes up at 7am, which is fine because I’m usually up an hour or so before he is. But this Saturday was different. After laying around and surfing the web, Seth announced he was awake and called for us to hang out in his room.

This little boy loves his crib. Jason sat in the chair while I sat on the floor. We giggled. Seth jumped up and down in his crib. We tossed stuffed animals in Seth’s crib. He threw them out. Pretty soon Jason declared, “I think it’s a Perkins morning!”

I got Seth dressed in 10 seconds flat. I love me some Perkins. Seth loves being out, batting those long eyelashes and sparkly blue eyes….and getting fawned over. It’s a win-win. Pretty soon we were happily situated at Perkins with Joyce, who joined us last minute. It’s nice to have people who you can call up last minute at 9am on Saturday morning with a, “Hey, wanna go to Perkins? See you in 15.”

After a trip to Target and lunch at home, Seth had a long nap and this momma got to work. The cleaning bug gave me an itch, so pretty soon the kitchen, the living room and floors were cleaned.

After dinner, I went to babysit at our friend’s house and watch their sleeping babies while our friends went out before their 3rd kiddo arrives in a few weeks. We started a babysit-swap with these sweet college friends and it’s great because they live in our neighborhood too!

Sunday was equally relaxing with church in the morning. I got the organizing bug that afternoon while Seth was napping, so pretty soon I had re-organized some kitchen cupboards and made Seth his very own cupboard in the dining room. When Seth got up, I brought him out into the dining room and told him he could open the previously forbidden cupboard. I’ll never forget his expression when he opened the door to see some of his favorite toys and a few new little goodies: his eyes got huge, he looked at me to be sure it was true and his jaw dropped to the floor while he started digging into the cupboard. It was so cute!

It was fun when Seth’s grandmas came to watch him during the week. I’d say, “Seth, show your Grandma where your special cupboard is”. His eyes would get huge and he’d race over to his cupboard in the dining room, while looking back to see that they were following him. He was so proud!

The weekend was finished off with our friends from church coming over for our Small Group get-together on Sunday evening. It has been a while since we’ve had everyone over for small group, so we just took time catching up. We all marveled while sitting in our living room overflowing with little toddlers and babies how much can change over the course of a year! Who knew our group would grow from 8 adults to 8 adults + 6 kids!

Seth was so funny on Sunday night with the other little babies and toddlers. When two of our friends brought their babies in their carseats up to the living room, Seth immediately had to check out the tiny babies. He stood right next to the babies and watched their mommies take care of them. He wanted to press the car seat button to get them out of their seats. He was so gentle with them!

It was a great weekend…..