Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Carving Pumpkins

This guy has been begging me to carve pumpkins since the day he was born... well, ok, not really but just about!  Last year we painted pumkins.  The year before we, well, actually I have no idea what we did two years ago but we have never actually cut into a pumpkin.
Until this year.  And look at the joy on his face!  It was so much fun!  He got a pumpkin at preschool and drew on it with markers and that day he asked if we could carve it.  We were (miraculously) running somewhat on-time with our day so I said sure and we did! 
 There was no big plan about what the face would look like, we briefly drew it out on a paper and then drew the face on the pumpkin.  I bought some special carving tools (probably 3 years ago) and he was super excited to do this.  And I will saw, those tools made all the difference.  He went to town and I felt relatively sure he wouldn't cut his hand off!
I look watching him focus and work.  He is so very easily distracted so for him to be excited about and focus on a task for 20 minutes was really awesome.  And the pumpkin is so darn cute!

Friday, October 10, 2014


We get busy.  I used to resent when people called me a 'stay at home mom' because we never stayed home.  We were and still are always on the go.  Most mornings the first thing Nolan says to me is 'what are we doing today?'  Last week I had a very busy and hellish week.  This week was full but not necessarily more full than normal but then Wednesday evening hit... and it was a full moon... and I KNEW we needed to regroup.  We needed a day off from all of our plans to hang home, to play in our house, with just us, and veg out.
Unfortunately Nolan lost video time so there was no tv watching which I was a little concerned about but actually the day went really well.  We pulled out a painting craft for Nolan that he was given for his birthday.  HE LOVED IT!  Then I gave him a new toy which he loved.   
 The toy was a two person toy which he could play by himself which was great too!  And when Emily slipped in the tub and smashed her cheek on the wall Nolan was occupied.  And then 20 minutes later when Emily shut her finger in the door, bled all over the place and then wanted some serious hugs and snuggles, he was occupied.  And the day was AWESOME!
Emily and her Batman bandaid
It was exactly what we needed.  Sometimes we all need to recognize what we need and then make it happen.  We all needed a day off.  And it was blissful.  And Emily's finger is fine, just a cut.  (I am well aware that this day off could have gone terribly bad.  I'm thankful it went beautifully good)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sibling Love or Head Butt?

I am starting to see TEENY glimpses of Nolan and Emily's sibling love.  Emily LOVES Nolan, she wants to hold his hand, play with him, etc.  But when Emily does that, Nolan wants nothing to do with her.  And if Emily is playing quietly by herself Nolan is grabbing at what she's playing with or taking over or just pestering her.  BUT occasionally Nolan is in that mood where he wants to be a good big brother and Emily is in the mood to be a good little sister and when that happens my heart melts.  Those 5 times or so have been beautiful.  I'm hoping to see more of those times soon!