December 24, 2010

Not a Creature Was Stirring

My favorite conversation of the night.
Nate: - "Mom, can you do me a favor please?"
Me: - "Sure what's that?"
Nate: - "Can you move the presents for our friends that are under our tree so that Santa doesn't get confused. He might thinks he's already been here."
Me: - "Sure, that makes sense".

Poor Santa...he's getting old. He's starting to forget the places he's been.

Merry Christmas to All....and to all a goodnight!

December 20, 2010

1/2 Way Baked

My "Think Pink" campaign worked.

I had my 20 week ultrasound today, and saw our new baby girl. I'm still in disbelief. I had to ask the technician to check twice. He was so sure of himself that I couldn't believe he could tell that easily. I guess we'll find out in May how good his skills really are, or end of April as I like to tell everyone. I'm due around May 10th, but the boys both came early, so if history repeats itself (and it usually does), I'm taking bets on April 29th.

Since Mari is gone for two weeks, Doug and I are busy juggling work and the boys. I didn't have much time to day dream today about life with a girl. When I did have a fleeting moment here were my initial thoughts. Don't judge me, I'm pregnant, and think I'm a little sleep deprived already.

1. I can't wait to buy her a dollhouse with all the furnishings, and change the mini holiday decorations as needed.
2. Oh no, what if she tells me she hates me when she's a teenager.
3. I hope she doesn't have a big head. I think boys can pull that off a little better and it still took Jack two years to pull his off.
4. Wow. We get to throw a wedding...and then the moment of panic, we better save for that.
5. I get to take her to a tea party, dress her in polka dot tights, and bring her to the American Doll store.
6. I fear my house my look like somebody threw up Pepto Bismol after my mom and sister unleash the pent up need to buy pink.
7. I can't wait to see Doug with a little girl. I just know she'll be a Daddy's girl.

As you can see my thoughts are little random at this point. I'm sure more will come over the next few days. I did however find time to get lost online in Gymboree. I've never ventured into the "Baby Girl" section before. My God, I was missing out. I was overwhelmed by so many options. I almost splurged on an asymmetrical swimsuit, that was called the "diva", but I went for the traditional corduroy jumper instead.  This was my first purchase. (Adorable pink cardigan not shown.)

December 3, 2010

The Start of Hanukkah

Wednesday night was the start of Hanukkah, and a very BIG deal in our house. Nate woke up wanting to start the present opening first thing in the morning. It's a little difficult to explain that the holiday starts at sundown, so it's easier to say, "When Mommy and Daddy get home from work!" At least that's when Hanukkah started in my house growing up. My sister and I would wait at the front window watching for my Dad's car to pull around the corner. Dad coming home = present time! It turns out that some things never change. The moment I opened the garage door on Wednesday night, there were two little faces waiting for me to pull my car in. My windows were up, so I couldn't hear their little shouts of excitement, but I could feel the anticipation while watching them jump for joy.

Jack has been asking for a cleaning cart for weeks. He found one in a magazine, and walked around showing every visitor who would listen to his wish list. For days leading up to Hanukkah he would question me, "Do I get my cleaning cart?" Nathan had a list too. Nothing too major this year, he wanted Zoobs, a science kit, some craft supplies, an electric keyboard, and my favorite, a handheld metal detector. (Which I'm sorry to say, he's not getting.)  The thought of him walking around the house with tiny beeps in search of gold, is just a little too much.

I'm happy to report that Jack got his cleaning cart on the first night, and I've never seen a happier 2 year old. He was absolutely beside himself with joy. He had a laugh that could be described as something in between evil, and giddy. I think he even kissed the box when he opened it.

Nathan was excited that he got his Zoobs, but the real showstopping gift came from G-ma and G-pa from the "Hills" (That's what Nate calls them.) Doug's mom and dad are from the the "Woods". Anyway, my parents got him a recording studio/keyboard. I have to admit it is probably one of the coolest toys I've ever seen. In fact I caught Doug using it shortly after Nate took a break. Nate can record songs, mix music, use a turntable to add sound effects, and literally pretend he's the next D.J. AM. Of course, Doug reminded me that DJ AM died of a heroine overdose, so I need to work on finding a new role model. Nate does however believe he might be a top selling hip hop artist. I have to say, he does have some impressive moves. He just needs to work on his lyrics. They usually start with something like "Mommy says this...., or Jack loves to clean".

There are six more nights left, and frankly I can't remember what I wrapped, so every night is a surprise for me too!
I love Hanukkah.

I especially love my new boots that I bought, (err I mean that Doug bought for me!) They conveniently arrived in a box on our doorstep on the second night. His timing was impeccable this year!