Saturday, November 22, 2008

Boo-boos and Boo-hoos

Well, our very furtunate run of no injuries has come to an end. In one week Thomas had his first bloody lip, smashed his fingers in a drawer for the first time, and had his first eye injury (not in his eyeball, just the corner). It's like something in his physical development turned on this week and boo-boos are in full swing. He cries for about 10 seconds then he's off again. In other firsts, Thomas climbed a full flight of stairs this week. We were at Jill's house and he just started going. Once he hit the 6th step I got behind him to see how far he'd go. All the way! No fear in this boy! We've also reached the delightful stage where EVERYTHING warrants a tantrum. When he can't put the legos together, or get them apart. When the sippy cup is empty. When he can't turn the truck around. It's all sooooo tragic!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Steel Magnolias

"When I was little, I used to believe in the concept of one best friend. Then I started to become a woman, and I found out that if you allow your heart to open, God would show you the best in many friends. One friend's best when you're going through things with your children. Another friend's best when you're going through things with your mom. Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be. One friend will say let's pray together, another let's cry together, another let's fight together, another let's walk away together. One friend will meet your spiritual need, another your shoe fetish, another your love for movies, another will be with you in your season of confusion, another will be your clarifier, another the wind beneath your wings. But whatever their assignment in your life, on whatever the occasion, on whatever the day, or where ever you need them to meet you with their gym shoes on and hair pulled back or to hold you back from making a complete fool of your self...those are your friends. It may all be wrapped up in one person but for many it's wrapped up in from 7th grade, several from high school, several from the college years, a couple from old jobs, several from church, on some days your mother, on others your sisters, and on some days it's the one that you needed, just for that day or week that you needed someone with a fresh perspective, or the one who didn't know all your baggage, or the one who would just listen without judging...those are good best friends." I am so incredibly blessed that the Steel Magnolias are all these friends. I thank you ladies for honoring intimacy, holding trust, and for holding me up when life is just too heavy. The special bond we share is unique. Thank you for the words we've shared, the prayers we've sent up. The laughs, the tears, the phone calls, the emails, the shopping, the movies, the lunches, the dinners, the talking, talking talking, and the listening, listening, listening......

Monday, November 10, 2008


I have no title for this entry - all just random thoughts, happenings and pictures. Thomas is his usual delightful self, although I will be truthful and report he threw his first tantrum. And I mean full-on tantrum - face down, prostrate on the floor, kicking feet and screaming in a very tragic way. What brought it on? Well, I, the meanest mommy in the world, firmly told him he wasn't allowed to swing on the safety gate. I know - soooooo mean. I had to walk away cause I was laughing. In hindsight, I wish I'd gotten one of the cameras for the event, but I suppose that would have fed into it more. Once I walk away, it ended pretty quickly. At first I made excuses in my head - he's teething, he's tired - but then I realized, nope - this is a real, honest to goodness tantrum and he has reached the stage of trying to assert himself. , In other news, mama's going away this weekend!!! GIRL'S WEEKEND IN MAINE - YIPPEEEE. And that means boys weekend here at home. I'm excited to be away and get some good hearty girl time and talk in, but I'm also excited for my boys to have a nice long weekend together. Yes I said long - I'm leaving at 8:30 Friday morning and won't be back until dinner time Sunday. I am 3 gifts shy of completing my Christmas shopping. I know - I'm annoying. I've also started to address my cards (just the envelopes mind you) and order the Christmas pic of Thomas. Oh yes, and I have started to listen to Christmas music. I know - I'm nuts. You see, people, if you didn't already know this about me, I LOOOOOOVE Christmas - and all of it. And this year, I want to enjoy it. No more wrapping gifts on Christmas eve, no more wishing I had baked, no more "I can't put on carols until Thanksgiving", no more addressing envelopes and then never finishing the cards. I'm setting a new tradition in the Brasil house - we are going to enjoy the season!! Now, I have resigned myself to the fact that Christmas eve and day will be hectic. But I've accepted that and anticipate that, so at least I won't be disappointed and maybe I'll even be prepared. But the whole season long doesn't have to be that way. Remember the whole "reason for the season"? Mary was a teenage mother carrying God's child, but I bet she wasn't all a frenzy like we make ourselves to be. And God was sending His child here to earth - think he was a basket case looking for the perfect table setting and best gift ever? Scratch that - he already had the best gift ever. I'd erase what I just wrote, but that's my point - I, we, are going to focus on that gift, and the love that is abundant this season. So say all you want about me and my soapbox, but I hope maybe you'll think I might be on to something.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

It's official!

We have a walker! I base this news on the fact that he is on his feet more often than his hands and knees, so in my mind, that makes a walker - right? And he is just so proud of himself. His favorite game right now is "I'll walk until you start the video camera, and then I'm just gonna crawl". Yea - great game - NOT! But in the meantime, he's cruising around. I suppose this will help me in a way. Now that its cold out and we're not out walking as much, at least I'll get in my exercise chasing Thomas around - heehee. Once again, Paulo and I were practical, boring parents. We didn't dress Thomas up for halloween. Since we weren't taking him trick r' treating, and we didn't have any parties to attend, we opted for the really cute Halloween jammies that he can wear several times. Friday night we handed out candy while watching the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Thomas wasn't much interested - just a typical Friday night for him. And yes, we are just a little in love with our binky. Thomas is teething big time so binky is his best friend.