Friday, March 27, 2009

Snow!!!

We got about a foot of snow yesterday. I'm not sure exactly how much because at first it was melting as is landed and this morning it's melting super fast because the sun is nice and bright. James came home at lunch yesterday because the roads were getting bad and it took him an hour to drive what usually takes 10 minutes, the roads were glare ice in a lot of spots! This morning he dug himself out and headed to work a couple hours late. The kids and I bundled up and went for a walk with Maggie. I let her off the leash and she ran like a total crazy dog scooping the snow up with her head as she went, like a doggie snowplow, it was so funny!! I love how silly dogs get in the snow!

We ended up at our little neighborhood park and the kids spent awhile on the equipment. They had to crawl on hands and knees because it was so slippery and they were soaking wet from the snow melting on the metal. It was hilarious though. You know what plastic slides, nylon snow suits, snow and water do to slides? Holy cow, it was like watching ski jumpers, we were all laughing our butts off.

I didn't have the camera because I had the dog and gloves on but take my word for it, the snow is beautiful and the kids were having a blast.

We're suppose to get more snow on Monday, but not as much as this. I'm not the least big grumpy about it though, we need the moisture so bad, we've had barely any snow this winter. I'll take whatever we can get as we head towards summer!

Monday, March 23, 2009

How did we get here?

Time flies so fast.

You hear people say it. I heard parents say it when I didn't have kids and I thought yeah, whatever. Time surely wasn't flying for me!!

Enter James, enter marriage, enter Gracie, enter Ian. In two and a half years time I went from a single care-free single chick who gallivanted off to Europe with friends on a whim to a married mother of two babies with a mortgage. Whew!!!!

And now I know exactly what those parents, the people whose children I cared for, the sweet old ladies who said "enjoy it, the time goes by so fast" were talking about.

Gracie is about to be 5. FIVE!!!!!!! How on earth did that happen? Seriously. It just doesn't seem possible that 5 years have gone by since that crazy day she was born. I sent out invitations to her party the other day and it's just been hitting me so hard this time. Five. That's huge. That's half way to 10. 1/4th the way to 20. We are already 25% done with the time we will probably have with her living under our roof. THAT CAN'T BE POSSIBLE!!!!! She has officially outgrown all toddler clothing and has moved to the size small in the girls department at Target. Holy crap!! She writes her name. She's learning to read. She can add and she speaks spanish. She swims under water. She's passionate, intense, loving and kind. She is her own person. How did that happen?

This also means I'll be 35 this year. What in the heck?? When people ask me how old I am I always think 28 in my mind, then I have to do the math to figure it out. I was 28 when I got married. It's like time stopped in my mind when that happened, maybe because I had waited so freaking long for my Mr. Right. It seems like that was yesterday and yet we are going to celebrate 7 years this fall. Insane!!!

Then there's Ian. He is 3 now. That seems even less possible than the fact that Gracie is about to be 5. It seems like I was snuggling his tiny fuzzy head just last week. Now we are done with baby stuff. All of it. We are done with diapers, training pants, little potties and night-time accidents. We are done with baby talk. We are done with nursing. There are no baby toys, no strollers, no child-proofing gear. He's into cars and trucks and Buzz Light year. He uses the word actually properly and in context. He can tell stories. How on earth did my baby get old enough to tell stories??

Time really does fly so fast.

I wish I could capture it. I wish I could put it in a bottle and take it out and taste it every once in awhile. We have tons of pictures but that's not enough. I want to remember the sticky hands around my neck, when they squeeze me with a hug so hard that they shake. Running my fingers through their hair. Laying all on top of me to watch a movie. Whispering to me "I love you mama". Hearing them sing, laugh, giggle, play and even fight. Watching Ian get mad can actually be very entertaining!

I can't believe the baby stage is over. I longed for it for so long. In the moment it was exhausting, frustrating and sometimes just terrible. But it was also wonderful, sweet and oh so short. I'm glad we're on to a new stage, I love learning with them, exploring with them, seeing them understand things. It's just really hard to believe that so much time has already passed.

Hug those babies when you have them. Hold them when they cry, comfort them when they need you, put yourself aside for those few short years. They really are short even if in the moment it seems like it will never end. You won't regret being selfless. And then, one day not so long from now you'll be telling new mothers, "enjoy it while it lasts, time flies so fast."

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Serious Kitten Cuteness!

Thomas is a much loved new member of our family. Maybe a little too loved at times!!




Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Recents

I have my windows live writer back on the blog which makes it a million times easier to load pictures.  So here’s a few of the most recent shots, I’m gonna see if it works as well as it use to!

Huh, that’s new!  Well, take a look at the album and let me know what you think.   Comment if you dare!  I don’t get many comments these days, I guess I talk to anyone who might look over here on Facebook now!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wild imaginations

Having two young kids so close in age definitely has it's perks. And by perks I mean daily comedy.

One of the things they have been doing lately totally cracks me up. And also kind of makes my mind go crack!!

Gracie will start a story. She has a crazy imagination with a multitude of friends who all have issues in their lives. It's hilarious. Anyway......yesterday she started talking about one of these people. She was talking to them on the phone (an old cell phone). She hung up and proceeded to tell me about how this friend had 5 guinea pigs and some boy stole one of them. Ian, who til this point has just been walking along with me and listening to her, corrects her and says "no, he stole 2 guinea pigs." Gracie looks at him for a second and says "Oh yeah, you're right Ian, it was 2 guinea pigs." He's all "Yeah, I know."

They do this all the time. They check each others facts and create these situations in unison. It's so funny although sometimes it makes me wonder if there's a whole world out there I just can't see.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Time marches on!

I can't believe it's March already. I'm so happy. This winter was the most mild one I can remember since I've lived in Colorado. I use to love winter but since having kids I just don't enjoy it as much. At all. I suspect it won't be so bad after this year since the kids are older but the last couple years with babies and infants in the freezing cold, the bundling and unbundling, the sicknesses, being trapped inside because it's just not worth the effort of facing the cold, well, that has all pretty much ruined winter for me. I'm so glad we got the break we did this year!!! I think that taking a trip somewhere warm in the midst of it also really helps, I want to try to make it a yearly thing although I'm not sure if financially that will be possible! It would also make winter a lot more fun if we could ski all season but holy cow, sking with kids is freakishly expensive. At least for us!!

Today and tomorrow it's suppose to be 70 degrees outside. Unfortunately Ian is sick with a fever so we are hanging out at home although Gracie has been playing outside. I'm looking so forward to weeks of this warm weather and hanging out at the beach. We went a few times last year but this year I plan to make it at least a weekly trip. The kids love the water and the sand and it's so relaxing. Going out is easier than staying home. At home I end up being the neighborhood babysitter and after 3 years it's gotten really old. The kids don't really get along very well with any of the other neighborhood kids most of whom are about the same age but run around with little to no adult supervision. One of the other neighbor moms recently told me she decided to pull her kids out of school and home school them so we'd be seeing more of them. I wanted to be happy but inside I just cringed. Her kids just fight with mine and the mom just yells and threatens them while simultaneously ignoring them. It drives me nuts and usually drives us back into the house! I never thought I'd want one but let me tell you I would pay serious money for a 6 foot fenced in yard right about now!!!

I had an appointment with the doctor for my leg this morning. I have two more weeks in the cast/boot thing and then I can start wearing shoes again. I go back for a surgical evaluation on April 20th and we'll see if anything can be fixed so I don't continuously break something for the rest of my life. It's getting really old!

James and I are doing Weight Watchers again. I lost 20 pounds last time I did it and have pretty much plateaued since then. Breaking my leg 2 weeks ago has caused me to gain 5 pounds though (emotional eating + inability to move much = alice gets fat), so back on the WW wagon I go. The battle of the waist, will it ever end?

James leaves for Chris's wedding on Thursday morning before the sun is up. The guys are all road tripping in my van. They can laugh all they want at our 2 mini-van family but it's saving them all the cost of airplane tickets now since no one else has a vehicle big enough for 4 men to travel in!! They are taking mine since it's much newer and safer so I'll be stuck with the old blue bomb for 4 days. That's ok though, I'm not driving much anyway with my cast!

Here's pictures from April's wedding. We had a great time there and couldn't be happier for April. I hope you guys can come for a visit again soon!!

And that my friends is that! You are now up to speed on what's been going on in the Burson household.