And since I don't know that I will ever be creative enough or take the time enough to home-make mine or my kids costumes, I must pay homage to those that do. Here's my friend LuAnn with her husband Jeff and their baby Simon as Marge, Homer and Maggie Simpson (they figured the only time they could get away with dressing Simon as a girl without permanently scarring him), and Harrison, Cash's little friend next door as Mr. Peanut, complete with the hanging monacle to go over his eye:
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Pictures - eating with my friend LuAnn in a cafe on Michigan Avenue.
"American Gothic" at the Art Museum
Eating lunch with my old roommate Angela (sorry old friends - I meant to get a picture with her boyfriend in it too (sounds serious!), but he left before I remembered).
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Thanks to my super nice husband for being the babysitter all weekend. Here's the boys being taken for a bike ride by Ryan.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Even more uncanny, I was going to blog last week about how we were so excited and already going through shock for my BFF, Brooke, who is due a week before me and just found out she is having identical twin boys!! What are the chances??!?!
Heaven help me with three boys!!!!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
There was also the fall Harvest Festival up in Sister Bay - another cute little town, but I have no idea where all the people came from for this celebration!
And they really decorate so well for fall (we have some neighbors who are the blood-and-guts kind of decorators for Halloween - gross). These weren't even the most festively decorated, just some I realized I had a picture of.
And of course, when passing through Green Bay, we had to stop at Lambeau Field - home of the Green Bay Packers.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Of course there are a million things we talk about and would love, but currently, I can't get past one issue. I know the free-standing bathroom sinks look so nice, but right now, after four years of having no more than a two-inch circumference around the sink for any sort of counter space - I HAVE HAD ENOUGH! IS IT SO MUCH TO ASK FOR SOME SURFACE AREA? At least this house we're in has the one cupboard over the toilet for storage - but that has further contributed to my problem, really. Between that, and having to use the back of the toilet to put stuff on for lack of other counter space - can I tell you how many things have ended up in the toilet over 4 years???? Gross. I'm tired of it. And forget looks, I just want to set the toothpaste down somewhere if I feel like it, and to not have to fish it out of the toilet 30 seconds later. Am I just clumsy, or does anyone else have this problem?
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
And it's been a while since I've put on any video for the far-away family members to see, so here's one of a typical day with Cash:
By the way, we just found out that Ryan gets Mondays and Fridays off during this rotation in October. The other three days he gets home at 1pm. Wow. No complaints here!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
But then, when it was done, Cash just wanted me to hold him. He put his head on my shoulder and just wanted me to hold him. Even after the trauma we'd put him through, that was all he wanted. It started a whole flood of thoughts about his feelings. How awesome it is that kids love their parents this much. And even more than just love, it's like they adore them. For Cash, everything is better when I'm around (or Ryan). He wants to be wherever I am. His eyes light up whenever I enter a room. For all the effort I put into going out and doing fun things with him, taking him to classes, museums, etc., a great day for him could be just sitting at home all day - with me. He's also sort of in a shy stage right now, where he is super clingy, and doesn't want to leave my side. It could be annoying, and at first we were worried that he was going to be too shy and he needed to interact with other kids better. But after this realization, I determined that actually, I'm going to drink up every minute of this behavior, because I'm sure it won't last. For now, he thinks I am the greatest thing in the world.
And then I realized: This is what people search their whole lives for.
Seriously, think about all those times you liked someone, only to find they didn't like you back as much as you like them. All the dating relationships that never held quite the intensity you craved. Or friendships that never seemed quite as reciprocated. Even with spouses, they have so many distractions, careers, etc., that they can't even have quite the same demonstration of adoration. (I guess it would also be weird for Ryan to cry every time I left the room, and could get annoying having him follow me around the house constantly, but you get what I mean.) And so I realized, how completely fulfilling it is to have a child - to finally have that feeling of pure love and adoration showered out on a daily basis. I think people talk so much about how much love you have for your own child, but this was sort of a new realization to me, how much, in his way of showing it, Cash loves me. It's a pretty balanced relationship, I think. This is the real deal. This, I realized, is what love is all about.