Thursday, August 23, 2007

Corn alert!!!

I have known Tony for 18 years,
We have been together for 13 years,
We have been married for 7 years,
and I have never loved him more than I do right now. I did not think I could love him more, or know him more, but I do. Last night he was telling me about his work and I learned that we are more similiar than we are different. I knew we had the same values, the same dreams and the same senses of humor. Believe me, those things have been tried and tested. I know it is these commonalities that help us be the team we are, but it is our differences that help us get the job done. He is a put-things-together, re-vamp-it-whether-it-needs-it-or-not, I-can-build-that engineer person and I am the let-me-see-your-point-of-view-knee-slappin'-I-can-develop-a-system-for-that-teacher person. As he was telling me about his likes and dislikes at work he said something so akin to my own way of thinking. He too is that systems guy. I knew he developed excel spreadsheets but I did not know that this is how he works. This may be where we butt heads at times. I didn't think discovering something seemingly topical can deepen my love so much. Please excuse all of this corny talk but I just needed him to know.

Sunday, August 5, 2007


Grandma Martha used the term 'rubbering' to describe the act of eavesdropping. I always thought it was a peculiar term, but funny none the less :)

I was putting away the dishes and yes I was rubbering in on my children's' conversation. It went a little something like this...
Nadia: Aidan, do you like Santa?
Aidan: yeah
Nadia: But do you know that Santa wiped boogers on my little babies
Aidan: (in a stick it to you tone) nuh-uhhhh
Nadia: Yes he did Aidan! He wiped boogers on my little baby doll's dress AND her pajamas!
Aidan: that is impossible
Nadia: (long pause, then in a quiet voice) I know he did
Aidan: Na-DEE-AHHH!!! He can't reach his boogers because of all that hair!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Calm Before the Storm

I am savoring the calm waters expecting at any moment for the storm to hit. Aidan had his birthday party on Monday at the C E C (that is chuck e cheese to those parents who do not use codes to communicate while their children are listening).
4 Pizzas + 24 cupcakes + 290 tokens + 10 adults + 4 kids + 1 birthday boy= lFeUgNos!
I played skee ball and flaming finger. Enough said. I was having a great time. I was a little nervous that maybe we should have invited lego representatives more of Aidan's friends but he wanted a small legos party and had a great time.

Since the momentous 6th legos birthday bash we have spent hours playing legos. Neither Aidan or Nadia want to leave the legos house. At first I thought they were lego crazy (or worse, lazy). We are an on-the-go family. We always have a project or an event or park or picnic or family obligation or movie or groceries to buy, or negotiations of house to buy or sell; really the list goes on in that blurry I-don't-know-where-the-day-went fashion. The only temptation to get them out of the house this week was a trip to the toy store to spend their hard earned allowance and birthday money. Nadia chose the cutest baby to add to her collection and Aidan chose not one but two LEGOS to build! But just when I thought my world was going to be consumed by legos, I have realized can appreciate quiet days at home playing legos (yes I actually built a respectable 60's style diner, an yes I still refuse to follow any directions), babies, making muffins, listening to stories, dancing, and just plain hanging out.

Part of the realization is knowing that these comfortable days of just bumming around the house enjoying each others company are going to end soon. Life will creep in, obligations will knock at the door. I think just one more day of our vacation from the real world won't hurt. So off I go to appreciate a row of little babies, excuse me kids, that Nadia has set up in her room and another lego creation completed by Aidan!