Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Cutest

Jude has been endlessly playing with his plastic Nativity Scene the last few days.
I love watching his little mind work as we play pretend with all the little figurines. This little set has allowed us to talk about Jesus in ways we never have before. I've been so thankful for this little set and  all the conversations we've had about Jesus, and the barn, and the hay, and the shepherds, and the donkey, and the star. It's been a very special and sweet gift to interject into our ordinary, and often monotonous, playtime with dump trucks and GI Joes.

Tonight we were playing before bedtime, and we were talking about how Jesus had to sleep in hay because there was no bed. We talked about how that made us sad. And then he jumped up and said, "Wait a minute!" Then he ran to his bedroom and returned with his pillow.
As you can see in the picture, the itty-bitty baby Jesus fell asleep on Jude's pillow.

And then kissing baby Jesus "night-night."

I was sitting on the couch tonight and this is what I was looking at:
My little guy snuggled next to the Christmas tree, under his Red Sox blanket, cozy, and adorable...

I really love this little boy, and I really want his little sister snuggled next to him next to the tree.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Getting Festive Starts...Now

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Eggnog, colored lights, singing, the Nativity Scene, stockings, giggling, poinsettias, the Wiggles Christmas DVD, and The Polar Express. Our hearts are full.

Friday, November 9, 2012

For Memory's Sake

Here's some random pictures and some random facts just for memory's sake. I was reminded by a Mommy with older kids that being a Mommy means my memory will turn to mush and that children tend to fry brain cells, and that I will forget all these little details and to WRITE THEM DOWN! So here goes.

We've started our own mini (very mini) version of "school." He's not going to school until it's free and because he's a January Birthday, in NYC that means not until fall of 2014. He'll be one of the oldies.
So one of the tasks we've started is learning to trace. And he's doing so well!

Just look at his tracing skills on that oval! :)

Randomly he started to love crawling under the couch. He loves it. So silly...

Today his ball rolled under the couch...all the way under. (Oh and he wasn't wearing pants, which makes it all that much cuter.)

I left the room after taking a pic of those cute legs, only to return and find him doing this...

Favorite foods:
Macaroni and Cheese
Green Peppers
Granny Smith Apples
Cheddar Bunnies
Black Beans

Favorite Toys:
Dump Trucks

Favorite Books:
Cookies: Bite-Sized Life Lessons
The Poky Little Puppy

Favorite Cartoon:
Special Agent Oso

The other day I was fixing his breakfast and he was behind me "playing" with the trash can. I was annoyed at the opening and closing of the trash can lid (and it's a trash can! gross), so I was half a second from rudely telling him to stop playing with the trash when I stopped to notice what he was actually doing. He was pushing the lid up with the foot lever and watching the mechanism on the inside of the can. My little 2 year old was figuring out the mechanics of the trash can lid! So I stopped myself and let him continue to let the brain cells fire until he mastered those mechanics. I love your little inquisitive brain Jude!

The other day I laid a bowl of cucumbers in the middle of his train track. Later, I saw there were just 2 slices left, so I took them and threw them in the trash. Immediately, with a quivering lip, he asked where his "cucummers" were. I said "I'm sorry I thought you were done!" So I took him to the trash and said "they're on top, and haven't touched anything you can still have them!" And then he proceeded to gag and nearly vomit at just the sight of them. And then I laughed hysterically until I cried.

Speaking of laughing, occasionally Jude and I will get the giggles at the same time. And let me tell you it is the most glorious thing in all the world. Sometimes we'll start laughing and can't stop, and I think that my heart just might explode and these giggles are just too good to be true.

He likes to do hand stands on the couch, where he props his feet up on the wall. Silly boy.

He throws a football like a professional. I'm not biased or anything! :) Most of the time he's not as interested in the catching and thinks it's quite funny to let the ball hit him in the face.

He loves, loves, loves, to watch commuter trains, subways, and freight trains on Youtube.

He's scared of monkeys and tigers. Most of the time when I ask him what he dreamed about he says a "tiger."

When we were Trick-or-Treating, after the neighbor shut their door, and he walked back down the steps, he looked at us and said, "she's nice."

The other day he sat down for dinner and looked at Brett and said, "How you doing Daddy?"

He started calling me "Mommy" out of nowhere and with no explanation. I'm no longer "Momma." Sometimes he calls me "Mom" and I cringe and think he's entirely too young to call me "Mom."

The other day he said, "Ratatouille cute."

He loves to chase and be chased.

He likes to go down slides head first.

He recently started to really engage and initiate pretend play. He likes to "cook" me dinner and make all kinds of yummy things for me. It's mesmerizing watching his little brain engage in self-initiated pretend play.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


JUDE: "Where you goin' Momma?"
ME: "We're going to vote."
JUDE: "Huh?"
ME: "We're going to vote!"
JUDE: "Oh! Grandpa's boat?!"
ME: "No, vvvvote. We're going to vvvvote."
JUDE: "Oh, bbbboat."

No we didn't go to Grandpa Brent's boat, but we did vote!

Monday, November 5, 2012


Our little boy loves puzzles. It's kind of difficult finding new, age-appropriate toys that keep a toddler busy. However, I have discovered the wonderful 12 piece puzzles made by mudpuppy.  If you're a Mommy of a toddler, do yourself a favor and stock up on some mudpuppy!
He has two mudpuppy puzzles, and you can bet he's getting more under the Christmas tree.

So here's how I spent my evening last night: putting together puzzles with Spiderman.

You think he'll sit down with me when he's a 15 year old and do a 1000 piece puzzle? Please say yes.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

October Phone Dump

I cannot believe October is long gone.
So here's some pictures of our October from Daddy's camera phone...

Waiting for Pop's and Grammy to pull up in their truck. We stood out there for a very long time...

Playing in Central Park with Pops...

Subway tile...

His first Carousel ride just so happened to be on the 1922 Jane's Carousel set next to the East River between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridge (so pretty!)....

At Starbucks I guess Daddy gets an Americano and Jude gets an apple juice. Nice Daddy...

Having fun at Target...

Friday, November 2, 2012


Here's some pictures of our walk to the playground this morning. We're really happy to have Daddy home all week and now to have electricity. There's still no gasoline in our area but we have a little less than a quarter of a tank, so we should be good until things get back to normal. We can walk to everything we need, so not having a car won't inhibit us.

This tree was on the next street over from our home...

"Faster Mommy, faster!"...

"Higher Daddy, higher!"...

And because I've neglected sharing videos, here's 2 videos for the Grandparents (If the video doesn't show up in the email, click on the actual blog to view.)...

(If you can't understand what he's saying, let me help: "pizza!" We were on our way home to make a pizza for lunch. I sometimes entice him to leave the playground by talking about lunch.)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Surviving a Hurricane

Thank you Thomas Edison and all the wonderful things that followed.
Our power went out mid-hurricane on Monday afternoon around 3:30 in the afternoon. We made the best of it (see pictures below). However, we simply became very, very, cold, and houses were burglarized all around us in the middle of the night, and helicopters were flying next to our roof (I thought perhaps WWIII had begun) and gas stations closed, and we were getting cold. Did I mention we were cold? Well, yes, I was COLD!

We spent each evening at generous friends from about 5:00pm to 10:00 pm to get warm, socialize with civilization, and re-charge the phones and computer (aka cartoon machine.)
The power came back on about 2:00 this afternoon, and I'm grateful to have the feeling back in my toes.
Here's some pics of our time indoors.


Pre-no electricity and watching storm coverage...

Making fruit-loop jewelry...

Watching the storm...

Eating out of cans (and thankful for a gas stove top!)...

He can think "outside the box" when he needs to folks. Brett would warm up the water on the stove and then slowly pour it into the coffee maker each morning. And voila: coffee with no electricity. This mommy was thankful for a hot cup of joe!

He was privileged enough to use up the last of our milk and enjoy left over "craft" cereal for his morning breakfast. I'm so nice...

Watching previously downloaded cartoons on the laptop...


Playing with Cliff the Power Ranger. (Oona the princess did not want the paparazzi taking her picture)...

Brett was able to communicate with his manager off and on via texting and email on his phone. They were given the final word on Wednesday to stay home the rest of the week. Only special operations staff were told to go into work to deal with airport closings and maneuvering of aircraft to different parts of the country. So we've had Daddy home all week and we are very, very, grateful our food and warmth were the only things taken from us.
Happy belated Halloween!