Thursday, October 29, 2009

I cannot tell a lie

I am already listening to Christmas Music.  And I don't care what you say about it!!  I just loooooove Christmas music - new, old, traditional, new arrangements and renditions.  And I have waaaaay too much awesome christmas music to limit it to just December. And yes, I've already started watching Christmas movies.   I just can't help it.  When the first cold and blustery day comes upon us, I get all giddy and in the spirit.  November and December are my favorite months and all my favorite things are coming up.  Starting early does not ruin it, does not lessen my enthusiams or dampen my spirit when Dec 25th comes around.  Actually, its just the opposite - it enhances it all.  Because I don't limit the Christmas season to just December, and in fact, I extend it, my December is much more relaxing, much less stressful, and much richer.  December then becomes about enjoying what I love - the movies, the parties, the wrapping, the quality of all the traditions - because I'm not running around shopping, and decorating and writing my cards.  I can linger over cards, pics and letters I receive because I'm not hurrying getting my cards done.  I can enjoy all 25 nights admiring my tree because its already up and decorated.  And I even have time to drive around and enjoy other people's lights and decorations.  And most importantly - I can quietly and realxing-ly rest in the true meaning and the real gift of the season - the birth of our Lord and Saviour.  I don't know where I heard it or read it, but I keep recalling someone pointing out that Joseph and Mary were not all in a tizzy preparing for teh birth of their son, THE SON OF MAN.  Nope - they were doing regular, every day things, mundane tasks such as going for the census.  I mean, really, who in the world is going for the census on Christmas Eve?  can you even fathom that in today's world?  But that's what they were doing when their precious son arrived and brought the most important gift of all - himself. 

Its the Most Wonderful Time of the Year folks!

Okay, okay, okay - I promise to hold off putting up the tree and decorating until Thanksgiving weekend at least.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

A new family tradition?

Last night Paulo got home early - which means 6:30pm.  We had a yummy dinner together.  Pause here for sidenote - we tried a new pizza place - FINALLY, good pizza, make that great pizza here on the South Shore!!   After dinner, Paulo  changed the boy into pjs while I quickly cleaned up the kitchen/house and got everything ready for movie night.  Since Thomas is so into trains as of late, we decided to watch Polar Express a little early in the season.  Thomas LOVED it.  No all...ever... that this boy has A.D.D.  At 2yrs 6days old he sat on the couch and watched the whole thing, start to finish.  And Paulo and I enjoyed a big family cuddle as we snuggled on either side of him.  This was a VERY cool evening.  I think its the beginning of a new tradition.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Where is my baby?

I've always thought of 2 yrs old as the passage from baby/toddler to little person.  And now I really know that is true, now that Thomas turned 2 this past weekend.  We had a whilrwind weekend - whilrwind as in 2 parties, 2 cakes, lots of presents resulting in a flutter of wrapping paper, a marathon session for daddy putting together our gift, and most of all, and most unexpectedly, a whirlwind of tears - and not from the tantrumming 2 year old.  No - the tears were from Mama and Daddy.

I was with a dear friend of mine when her youngest turned 2, and I remember she was a mush of emotions that day.  I didn't judge her, or chide her.  I just hugged her and listened...all the while, not having an ounce of understanding as to why she was so overcome.  This was before I was even pregnant, and at the time, of course, I thought I could understand, but in hindsight, I know that I had NO clue.  I thought of this wonderful friend a lot this weekend - as I cried my way through 3 days.  NOW I get it.  Now I understand all the emotion.  Two years is such a milestone.  And before you email me, yes I know, every birthday is a milestone.  But 2 years is one of those rites of passage - just like 13, 18, 21, 30, 40, etc etc.  I thought first birthday was huge, and it certainly is, but I guess 2nd birthday snuck up on me without giving me any hints or notes of preparation that it would be overwhemling for us, the parents of this beautiful, wonderful, joyful child. 

Emotions aside, it was a wonderful weekend.  We celebrated Saturday with Paulo's dad and brother.  They indulged Thomas with gifts of his passion - cars, trucks, and ramps.  And they further indulged him when he made them do the Hokey Pokey 3 times!!

Sunday, my family came to celebrate.  Nana, Big T, Uncle Buck (aka Drew) and Alyssa all spoiled the boy with fabulous gifts, too numerous to list.   And when we had the cake and candles, Thomas loved it so much he yelled out "More" so we had to relight the candles and sing "Happy Birthday" a second time!  PS - he's had leftover cake twice this week and each time I served it I had to sing Happy Birthday again.  Boy is he going to be all confused tomorrow when we sing Happy Birthday to Daddy.

All this news of festivities and presents, I almost forgot to mention the big present from Paulo and I.  We've been chomping at the bit to get him a train set ever since we visited friends this summer and he spent hours playing with their sons' trains.  So we finally got him a train table with wooden train cars and tracks.  It took Paulo FOUR hours to put it together - Phew.  Then it took me another hour to glue the whole thing.  But it was worth it - just look at his expression.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Today is Thomas' 2nd birthday. Enjoy these pics while I cuddle him all day long and wipe lots of tears of joy.