Monday, February 23, 2009

A Real Date

Last night Paulo and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. We went to dinner in Boston at Flemings Steakhouse. We'd been given a gift certificate there over 2 years ago and we finally got to use it. YUUUUUUMMMMMMMOOOOO!! It was sooo good. We tried a new wine and fell in love with it. Funny thing - on our 1st wedding annviersary we discovered Reisling wine and have been drinking it ever since. Last night we found a new Reisling and I'll be drinking that one now! Then we had a 5 course meal - so scrumptious. It was so nice to be out - I really had forgotten what it was like. Surprisingly, we didn't talk about the boy all night!! Actually - we had watched the movie Fireproof earlier in the day, so that gave us a lot to talk about. I HIGHLY recommend the movie. It was a perfect anniversary celebration.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Six years ago, I made the best decision of my life....

I MARRIED PAULO BRASIL. We had a fairy tale courtship. Travel, adventures, romance. That's Paulo - a die-hard romantic. Every special occasion he outdid himself - bigger and better than the previous anniversary, birthday or holiday. And our wedding was the BIGGEST and BEST time we ever had. 210 of our friends and family were there to celebrate with us on a cold, rainy, day in the dead of winter out in Western MA where not much happens (sorry friends who still live there). What better backdrop for a party - and what a party it was!!! Food, music, dancing, and the laughter - the non stop laughter... it was the best night of my life! Then we settled in to married life. Jobs, working on the house, saving money.....but Paulo doesn't "settle". He still lived every day to make me happy. He brought home flowers - for no reason. He'd stop and get me my favorite treat - just because. He'd work overtime to get me a nice birthday or anniversary gift. We went through tough times (job loss, infertility, all my health issues and surgeries) and he held my hand, whispered assurances in my ear, and smiled all the way through. He made MAKES me laugh, he makes me smile, he makes me feel safe....e-v-e-r-y d-a-y. And now he is the best daddy. He is so involved - not because I ask - I never have to ask. He WANTS to do it - even after a 14 hour day at work, or a 70 hour week, or 3 hours of sleep. He gets down on the floor and makes the truck noises; he gets up on weekends and makes breakfast; he changes diapers and gives baths; he says no and sticks to it; he holds Thomas' little hand and gives the biggest hugs. Yup - I made a good decision, and I thank God every day.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


This is the year for me. I'm getting this house organized once and for all. And so far, I'm on a role. That's why I haven't posted in a while - I've been busy getting things in order over here. You must understand - we live in a very small house - I mean VERY small house. We have only 2 closets - yes really. Unless you count the half closet in Thomas' room - the stairs run underneath it, so it only goes from ceiling to about my waste - there is no floor in the closet. Our basement is completely finished - we live in all the space in it - so we only have a little storage room down there. That room is about the size of most master bedroom walk in closets. So it takes a lot of good ideas and well executed planning to find a place for everything and put everything in its place. A few weeks ago we cleaned out our attic and organized everything into zones up there. Now its not a major undertaking to go up and fetch something, or better yet, to actually put something away in the place where it belongs. A huge weight was lifted off our shoulders when we completed this project. Most recently I've been working on the office. My goal was for it to be organized and flow well. I redid all 4 drawers in the filing cabinet - cause really, if the files aren't in order, who's going to file? My true motivation though was make a little corner in there for scrapbooking! I used to have the whole playroom in the basement, which I was happy to give up for our little man. Now I needed to carve out a corner in an already little space. I'm very pleased with what I accomplished. Not only is it a scrapping corner, but really a "Mama Bree" space - for my projects, calendar, lists, bible study time. I've succeeded in turning the office from the dumping zone to a nice little haven to spend time in while getting things accomplished.I love the set-up and the wall color, but we need to redo the artwork. This room used to be man town (BT - before Thomas), thus all the sports memorabilia. I have a few more areas to work out on our main floor - mostly the bookcases, but I think this really is going to be our year. And it has to be. A little person really does come with a lot of STUFF!! And if we aren't careful, his stuff will take over this house!!