Monday, January 26, 2009

monday madness

Every now and then, when I'm in the mood for a good bubble bath, I simply poor in some bubbles and hop in the tub with Collin. There really isn't a time I can take a bath other than when he's already in. So tonight seemed like a perfect night for a bubble bath. The weather is yucky, my back has been achy, and above all, it's Monday. So Collin and I took a bubble bath together, and what a bubble bath it was! I decided to turn on the jets for a nice back massage, which totally freaked Collin out. The best part however was the amazing amount of bubbles the jests created. Had Dan been home I would have made him take pictures. Don't worry, there were so many bubbles in the tub that our heads were all that could be seen. Collin kept trying to sit back down, but then there would be bubbles in his face, and when he tried to wipe them off, he only put more on. We spent a good half hour in the tub laughing and throwing bubbles at one another. It was great.

In other news...

I tried my hand at cutting hair for the first time last night. I decided that it's really not worth 10-15$ to get Collin's hair cut professionally. I mean really, he hardly has any hair. So while he was in the tub last night I gave it a little snip snip. I think I did fairly well for my first time out...?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

forgive and forget

Isn't it wonderful how kids love you unconditionally? Collin is at that amazing stage in which he forgets in minutes how mad he just was at mommy. I hate losing my patience with him, but hey, it happens. Especially being pregnant and after a super long day of work with some seriously energetic preschoolers. So Collin loves throwing food and then asking ever so politely for more. My reaction: "Are you kidding me? You just covered me in pasta and you're asking for more?" So I take away his food and make him sit without for a while. Then we try again. However, after having food thrown at me 3 times we're done, and he's mad. Now I didn't let him starve or anything. He did eat 2 crackers, a few bites of pasta and half a banana. As he screams at me I say the "magic" words: "Are you ready for a bath?" And through his tears he replies "yeah". And we're done. No more crying. No more yelling. I get the bath water ready, bubbles included and we're laughing and playing again. Aren't kids amazing? I don't know what I would do without my sweet toddler. Temper tantrums and all.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

back to reality

Today was my first day back at work since our amazing 2 week break for the holidays. Let me just say, after being back, I realized I did not miss it one itsy bitsy teensy weensy bit. Is that sad? Don't get me wrong, I don't hate my kiddos or school or co-workers, I just didn't miss being there. I absolutely loved being home with Collin every day. Sure there are days when he's cranky and drives me bonkers, but I would much rather deal with my own cranky kid than other people's cranky kids.
I'm counting down the days. Only somewhere between 6 and 10 weeks until Ronan gets here which gives me 8 weeks off, and less than 5 months until the end of the school year when I'll be done for good.... Yay!!!

Monday, January 5, 2009

a bittersweet ending

Winter break has officially come to an end. *sigh* We had a wonderful 2 week break together as a family, but it came to a bittersweet end. Dan's grandma passed away on Friday, January 2, 2009. She was 84 years old.
Last night night the family, and many others, gathered to say a rosary for grandma. At the end some of the grandkids got up to talk about their grandma. What a wonderfully amazing woman. Not only did she raise 12 children, but she managed to instill in them her faith and wonderful sense of humar. Even in her very last days her wit and charm never left her. Listening to all the wondeful things everyone had to say about grandma brought tears to my eyes. I only wish that I had been able to know her longer.

Today was grandma's funeral. Surprisingly I cried more at the rosary than I did today. The service was beautiful with joyful music to celebrate her life, just as grandma would have wanted.

Nearly every grandchild was able to make it back today. It was great to see everyone. Many of the cousins live further away making our get together few and far between. I've always said that though sad, funerals make great reunions.

I am comforted knowing that grandma Rose is now in heaven looking down on us and am sure that she has already met up with my own grandma. I always imagined that if my grandma were still alive today she would have been much like grandma Rose. I only pray that when my time comes people have half as wonderful things to say about me.

We love you grandma!

Dan, Collin and Grandma (Rose Ann Berry) - Halloween 2008

Saturday, January 3, 2009

super saturday

Dan is away at wrestling today so Collin and I are having mommy and Collin day. Nothing special really. We made scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast then came downstairs to play an watch Handy Manny. While Collin napped, I napped... After his nap we had pizza for lunch and a little chocolate pretzel snack.

We did some shopping an spent too much money. Came home for another nap while I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned in the kitchen. And now nap time is over and it's time to play some more! Yay for the weekends!