Feb 28, 2015

GFD Promotion Ceremony

Thursday was a big day for our family! Georgetown FD held their promotion ceremony and we all attended! I am so proud of Ross for his promotion to driver and so happy we could have our family there (to celebrate him of course...but also to help with Cade...). Enjoy these pics!

First McDonald's trip before the ceremony 
Badge pinning!
Family pic (thanks photographer Nancy!)

Feb 25, 2015

No worries

The latest vocabulary expansion from the wee boy. When we're feeling stressed out or concerned, he provides some much needed perspective.


Feb 21, 2015

Ele-pants Ea'ing

Sheesh! It's been weeks! We've been busy busy bees. Most notably Cade and I spent two nights in Houston and had QT with my parents, my grandma and Brenda. I also got QT with Melissa while he was hanging out with Grandma and "Pa-pa."

Afternoon playtime with Pa-pa and Great Grandma
 On our Houston trip he really showed off his every expanding vocabulary. He started calling my dad "Pa-pa" and throughout the drive there would tell me "Pa-pa 'ouse" yes, little boy, we were going to Grandpa's house. Very good! Once we arrived he also said "TV" for the first time (that I heard anyways) so that was new.

It was a quick trip, Thursday night to Saturday afternoon. It worked out really well though. We got to see everyone we wanted to visit and had a solid amount of weekend time at home, especially since Monday was a holiday for me.

On our way out of Houston Saturday we went to the zoo with my mom. He was very excited about the elephants and kept pointing and saying "ele'pant." As the post title implies, he saw them eating. For days afterward he would tell anyone who would listen "ooo ele'pant ea'ing" as in "At the zoo, the elephants were eating."
Ele-pants Ea'ing
Telling narratives and answering questions with more complex responses than "yes" and "no" is new this month and so so so so much fun. We love it!

Just monkey-ing around at the Zoo on Valentine's Day
Our Houston weekend kicked off 2 months of very very very busy times for our family. Tomorrow I'm working at my company's customer conference, Thursday Ross has his promotional ceremony and in just a couple short weeks the Cade-man turns two. I also have some exceptionally big projects going on at work in March including a conference in 2 weeks and a business trip to Dallas at the end of the month. We're selling our old house (had an offer today but ultimately turned it down for a long list of complicated reasons) and starting a health kick in March too. Because you know, a strict exercise and workout routine during major work craziness and a home sell is totally a good idea.

Then April hits with Easter, Ross' birthday, the end of my work craziness and finally, blessedly, four nights in Mexico. Some time in all that we'll also file our taxes, add steps to the back porch addition, get my eyes examined, take Cade to his 2 year pediatrician's appointment, meeting sweet baby Carys (Jon & Erin's soon-to-arrive-bundle) and a host of mundane every day things like shower and eat. Needless to say, by the time we board that flight to Cancun and hop down the coast to Tulum, we are going to be highly in need of some R&R.

And some cocktails.

Feb 8, 2015

Latest Reads

One of my new year's resolutions was to read more, a book a month if possible. So far so good! Here are the two books I have read this year and short reviews.

Labor Day 
I saw the movie trailer and decided to read the book first. The basic premise is an escaped convict comes home with a single mom and her son and spends Labor Day weekend with them. The mom is a recluse and as you learn through the book has had serious battles with depression after multiple miscarriages and then divorce. She's pliable for the convict who shows her concern, kindness and sexual attention. The boy, from whom's perspective the story is told, has a mixed bag of emotions from knowing harboring an criminal is illegal to really liking the guy and loving seeing his mom happy.

The book started out really interesting, had a lull about 2/3 of the way through but then ended in a nice, unexpected way. Not on my top 10 list but not hours wasted either.

The Astronaut Wives Club
This title immediately caught my native Clear Lake/Seabrook eye. It's the space race told from the perspective of the wives (nonfiction). Geeky for history, women's studies and my hometown, I really enjoyed this. I learned tons, including things I was really surprised to not have already known given that I grew up right there. Like the land that NASA is on used to me a Girl Scout camp. How did I not know that? I was a Girl Scout, with a troop leader who was married to an astronaut and my grandpa and uncle both worked at NASA! Another interesting revelation for me was that Ed White died on the launchpad. I knew Ed White was an astronaut but literally that was all I knew, despite attending summer and after-school care at the Ed White Youth Center.

Unlike Labor Day, I liked this book for everything except the very end. There was so much interesting detail on so many of the missions that when I got to one of the best known missions of all time, Apollo 13, I was really let down to find it was only a page of the whole book. (Given the program's end shortly thereafter, that was the last bit of the whole book.) But the lackluster end aside, I really enjoyed this book. It was super interesting to read about neighborhoods and areas I know inside and out but to better understand how the area developed and the role launching the space program (pun intended) had on my hometown.

Feb 4, 2015

The Pink Eye

Happening last month but not previously blogged about, everyone's favorite toddler had pink eye. Wah-wah.

Fortunately for him, I don't think the actual pink eye was that awful.

The eye drops, however, were pure torture for everyone involved. At their best, it required me to hold Cade in a wrestling move and for Ross to sneak attack them into his eyes while enduring screams of "No! Eyes all done! No Mama! No Dada!" At their worst it was Cade and I wrestling in his room, him kicking and hitting me, both of us breaking a sweat and tearing up for a one-(wo)man pinning and eye-dropping. Awful I tell you. Awful.

And that's when I let him use the glass markers to color in the mirror. They don't "wash easily" like the packaging lies about. But they do make little, traumatized boys happy which in turn makes their traumatized mothers happy. So fine, I'll spend the next 10 years cleaning glass marker off the mirror.

And if Crayola is smart, they'll set up a display for these right next to the pharmacy counter to sucker in parents of sick kids nationwide.