Thursday, December 10, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Brody too is growing and maturing so fast. He is doing great with potty training. Pooping on the potty is still very scary for him. Today he told me he had to go which was a big deal but once he got on there he got too scared to go. Small steps and soon we will be done with pull ups. Brody is in love with wolverine. He has about 3 or 4 wolverines and loves them all in different ways. he dressed up as wolverine for Halloween and loved his costume. I couldn't believe he kept his mask on for about 3 hours straight. Brody too loves his bike and because he rides it so much he practically ran it into the ground after only 5 months. The skuut company sent us a new one because it had a one year warranty. Brody has become quite the playmate for his friends and brother. It is always fun to see them go from alone toddler play to actually interacting and creating with other kids. Him and his brother have a lot in common but also the 3 year difference causes some big problems. Coolidge gets frustrated with him and Brody gets angry at his brother's ability to tease him. Brody has been apart of the babysitting coop for a little while now and really enjoying it. He looks forward to Eliza and Martin coming over and also going to their house. They love the letter of the day and what new project they will do. They have really become the 3 musketeers and sometimes fight like siblings.
Ben is doing well. I am sad to say he got sick on his birthday so we never got to go out and celebrate. I was looking forward to going to dinner and a movie with him. It is not very often that I get to do it and I miss it. He has been working so hard. For those of you who haven't seen it, Ben entered Obama's health care reform challenge. He made a great 30 second commercial staring my little Coolidge. If you haven't seen it you should check it out now. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFc3h45AzCE It was not easy making that commercial but so fun to see how it turned out. Ben's editing skills just keep getting better. He is working on another project that I will be so excited to post in the near future.
We had a great Halloween. We had a few friends over here for some food before going trick or Treating. I was worried that it might be a bit crazy in this apartment with all the kids bouncing off the walls and that it was so warm but I have to say they were so well behaved that I was able to handle the fact that I was sweating and my face wouldn't stop itching. Coolidge was a werewolf and Brody of course Wolverine. You have no idea how many stores I went to to get the claws. They didn't quite fit him but he didn't care he loved them anyway. They both put on their costume about a dozen time leading up to Halloween. At least we got our money worth. I imagine Brody will continue to wear it until he finds a new love.
I'm excited to tell you that we are heading home this Saturday for a whole week. Cindy was kind enough to fly me out so I could celebrate her success with Towelocs. I can't tell you how proud I am of her and how excited to see where her new invention goes from here. My mom has been sweet enough to help me fly the boys out with me. I couldn't imagine making a trip home without my boys. They have been longing to go back since we got home. It has been 13 years since I have been home in November. It will be nice to have a pretend Thanksgiving with my family and see my girl Cindy show off her stuff. She entered in contest also for new entrepreneurs and did very well. She was able to make some great connections and face her fear of getting up in front of people she doesn't know. It is hard to put yourself out there along with spending your money not knowing if you will make it back. If you haven't seen you website you really should check it out. I have her towelocs in my bathroom and now can't live without them. I found myself picking those towels up a dozen times and now they stay right where I placed them every time. www.towelocs.com Once you get to website check out the video Ben helped her create to show how her product works.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Before we left for Seattle Coolidge became a great bike rider. We took his training wheels off at the end of the summer last year. I thought he might need some help learning the balance again but he got on and just started to ride. After lots of practice he was ready to ride with his big cousins. Of course Brody wanted a bike after seeing his brother doing so well. We bought him his first bike (a balance bike, SKUUT). The first day he was a bit awkward on it but by the second day he was gliding like a champ. Now he is moving so fast I can barely keep up with him.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
We just celebrated Coolidge and Brody's birthday with a few of their friends. We planned an outside party similar to last year but the rain cut it a little short. We still had a great time and the pinata was the biggest hit according to all the kids. Brody enjoyed himself much more than last year. Last year Brody spent the whole time crying. This time he only cried from fear of the pinata. I thought he might cry because everyone was beating his penguin but he cried because he was scared to hit it. The kids whacked that thing over and over and still no candy. Ben had to get in there and beat it senseless. There was another birthday full of kids cheering Ben on. You could see Ben was enjoying all of it. I am just amazed that I have a 6 year old and a 3 year old. I put a pair of underpants on Brody for the first time and couldn't believe how big he looked. He still likes to me my little baby. Every morning he climbs into my bed and curls right up to me, sucking his thumb and holding his pink nye nye. Part of me is excited for them to get bigger and do more with me, the other part of me hates that one day he wont snuggle with me. I love that they enjoy celebrating their birthday together. As of right now they are each others best friend but you never know if it will stay that way.
A few weeks ago Sara came to New York with all the kids. I am sad to say that the kids and I only got to be with them for a couple of hours but I have to say it was so wonderful to have them around. It was like no time had passed. All the kids played with each other and by chance most of them were there as though they knew she would be there. It made me remember how much I love my friend and how much I miss her being around. I am so happy to say that they are all doing well. I didn't get to see Peter because the poor guy had a rash but I am trying to make a trip out to Arkansas this fall. Coolidge picks up with Sam immediately. They have quite a bond. Coolidge cried because Sam couldn't be here for his birthday. He keeps asking when will they move back and I tell him I wish they would. Little john was so big and still the little love bug I remember. She had a memorial for John here in NYC. I wasn't able to attend because I was out of town. I hate that I missed it but part of me is happy because it would have been so sad. It still feels like yesterday that I got the news. They are a family that inspires me everyday.
My husband has made a request that I add a new section to my blog titled "REALLY?" Let me know what you think.
About a week ago I sent out a mass email about a friends great new product. I am so excited for her and I believe she has created something that will sell like hotcakes. I sent that email out waiting to get these great replies so I could forward them on to my girl Cindy. I got maybe 2 nice responses and my third was a friend who gave me a small lecture on how my message was gender biased. After she gave a quick compliment she felt she needed to point out that by using the terms "mothers" and "grandmothers" that I excluded those who had not bore children, those who had not bore children who in turn bore children, and the entire male population. For this she felt it necessary to take time out of her busy day to make sure I was corrected. "REALLY?" Here I am celebrating the hell out of my girl's new invention and I need a lesson. This politically correct world we are living in these days can be quite stifling. All I wanted to know is-- do you like the damn thing and if you do here is where you can purchase one.
For those interested in checking them out here is the link. http://www.towelocs.com