Thursday, February 26, 2009

there's just something about

There's just something about...

getting in the car alone. instant second-wind. ready to party.
when just moments before you couldn't believe the clock read 6, because your body felt like it's got to be midnight.

getting to stay in bed after you wake up.

having a good tan.
poor gal's liposuction.

Kate Gosselin. she can make you feel better about your reactions to parenting and ridiculous about your reactions to parenting all in one episode.

Target and new moms.

facebook. feels a bit like trespassing.

friends that just "get" you. instant connections or life-long history.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Oh, be careful little lips what you say!

I made 2 mistakes in just a moment yesterday. And boy did I pay.
"Potty Training is the hardest part of parenting for me so far. I'd take sleepless nights back over this any day." I exclaimed.

oh...dear Tina, you'd think you would have learned by now

What did I get in return? Last night Carter woke up 3 times! And Lilah was up at 2, let her cry for about 20 minutes thinking surely, Carter getting up has just woken her & she'll fall back to sleep. Oh no. I was up, changing her, feeding her, soothing her back to sleep for half an hour after that. Because, of course, 20 minutes of crying & thrashing in her crib had to be undone now!

And this morning after going in the potty (and sitting there reading through the Toys R Us mailer for a good 10 minutes I might add) Carter still had an accident just minutes later.

OH, BE CAREFUL LITTLE LIPS WHAT YOU SAY!
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bye, bye Grammie

We went to our favorite local park on the way home from dropping Grammie off at the airport. The ride from the airport to the park was sad. He went from "why does Grammie have to leave?" and "Grammie has to play one more minute." To just blankly staring out his window.


I told him I'd push him on the swing if he gave me a good smile to send to Grammie!
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Vegas in photos

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we're back

We're back. We're refreshed. We're grateful. We've gracefully slipped back into reality.
For one, we've successfully prepared for the worst (see previous entry) yet, experienced the best. Grammie couldn't have done a better job or given us a greater gift than perfectly caring for our kids & allowing us a kid-free getaway.
I've got blisters all over my feet; situated in three different patterns from each pair worn, to navigate the Vegas strip. Well worth it. Sitting just a few rows back from the stage, we saw KA, the Cirque du Soleil show at MGM Grand. HIGHEST recommendations from us both. A unique & fascinating experience from start to finish. ASTONISHING!
Taking advantage again, of the tickets for tonight booth (known in NYC as TKTS) providing us with great prices on seats to hot shows, we saw The Phantom of the Opera in the theater built specifically for the show at the Venetian. Dan's first time & I saw it a few times before in Toronto. Powerful music, magnificent set & costumes.
It was uncharacteristically cold for the 4 days we were there. Still, I sat by the pool covered head to toe in thick white towels, reading a novel. When you see the photos of the pools at Bellagio, you'll know why I couldn't resist.
The restaurants were tasty, from fancy to easy fare. Loved the coffee just down the elevator from our room at Palio Bellagio cafe. Dan says: "this is what coffee would taste like, if you asked for the flavor: good!" So right! Got to share a slice of divine cheesecake from Carnegie Deli transported from NYC to The Mirage (nostalgic for us, since we shared a slice in NY right after Dan proposed.)
For each of us, Vegas was such a departure from normal life and couldn't have felt more needed. Neither of us think, we'll opt to go back. Just a bit too much of a "sin city" for us, even with all the "sinless" indulgences to take part in, its not really our taste.
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Friday, February 6, 2009

Almost every day I barely roll out of bed when Lilah's cries ring across the monitor & I say to myself,

"Today. Seriously. Today, I am going to take a nap when they take a nap."

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

So happy together



She laughed! For the first time, she laughed! At Carter.

I'll never forget that moment!

And I cried. I guess it just takes our kids...
(If you know me, you know I have always wished I could be the girl that cries over sweet moments.)
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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Love & marriage...and divorce

I'm going to try to get some thoughts out of my head so they cease to wake me up at night. I've been exposed to marriages suffering, dying, even ending around every turn this past year.
Sure, this is happening in the world somewhere, perhaps even in my zip code, daily. But this is different. These are couples I watched fall in love. I attended, even participated in some of their weddings. I'm serious when I say it seems to be coming at me from every angle & has provoked thoughts that are keeping me up at night.

At first, I thought of it as a warning to me. Enter:The Love Dare Book The warning, I'll go ahead and admit, came at a very unwelcome time. It was "keep your head above water" time around here. I was exhausted. My energy & attention required through the day & through the night. Dan was met at the door with need after need, after a full day of work.

Early in our marriage, Dan said the most unromantic thing to me "I choose to love you, Tina". WHAT?! You have to choose it? Doesn't it just come naturally spilling out because of how irresistible I am?

Turns out, he was right. It's a choice. One each has to make daily. Prioritizing. Listen, with young kids & no family within 1,500 miles, we're talking turning off the TV, ignoring the phone, and having face to face time. On those nights when we get to go out alone-bliss! Saturday was one of them. Ahhh... Usually these nights couldn't come soon enough. And the space between is far wider than we'd like.

On this news, a few reflections:
1. No one is exempt.
2. They don't necessarily have divorced parents.
3. Each individual has a responsibility to protect their minds & hearts from that which seeks to divide you from your spouse. PRAY, people.
"oh be careful little eyes what you see...ears what you hear...feet where you go"
4. Is someone or something else filling a need you should be getting filled by your spouse? Simple as flattery or grand as intimacy.
5. Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
Love doesn't strut,
Doesn't have a swelled head,
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always "me first,"
Doesn't fly off the handle,
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,

Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
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