Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pop Culture and me???

I can't believe I'm about to share this.  Not because I don't trust you all to share with, but because I can't believe I'm even having these sentiments. 

1 - I finally like a Taylor Swift Song.  Not only do I like the song - I love it and think she is a g.e.n.i.u.s. for recording it.  Her new song Mean is awesome! (I still don't like her, but at least now I have one song by her I can listen to)

2 - I actually like love Katy Perry's song Firework

3 - I'm not only watching American Idol this season, but am l.o.v.i.n.g. it!  Thank you Thank you for Simon for leaving the show (and you too Paulo even though its been a few years now).  The talent this year is amazing and has even brought me to tears a few times.  I can actually see myself following a few of the finalists's future careers.

Now - this may not seem like big news to most people, so you need to know something about me - I ONLY listen to Contemporary Christian, Country, and 80's music.  Oh - and Celine Dion.  That's it.  Really.  So ALL of the above is a huge stretch for me. 

See - you can teach an old dog new tricks.

PS - To my brother who is reading this and has many a comment - save 'em!  Let's for once and for all agree that we will never agree on music.  And since I don't pick on your taste, don't you pick on mine!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Project Life Tuesday....or whenever I get around to it


I'm still at it. Not perfect by any means, but just trying to "keep up" helps remind me to take lots of pictures, and try to document our life every day, not just the events and special moments.  This week I'm ordering Jan, Feb and March photos and am finally going to get started on our Project 365 album  - now THAT I'm looking forward to.  I haven't done any scrapbooking in ages and I'm really missing it - missing creativity, missing weaving our photos together into stories...the stories of our lives. So, without further or do...

SATURDAY
Thomas getting Emma to work for him read to him

SUNDAY
Because UNDER the futon is the perfect place for drawing

MONDAY
Thomas reading his current favorite book - Monster at the End of this Book.  I LOVED this book as a child - in fact, this is MY book. 

TUESDAY 
Nana and Big T signed up the 2nd session of his tumbling class (thank you!)  He's getting better and better!

WEDNESDAY
Our new cabinet - $25!!!!  Love it Love it!

THURSDAY
Another gorgeous sunset from our back window.  I swear I'm going to take pics of every sunset for the first year.  

FRIDAY
oops, I got nothing

SATURDAY
Uncle Gil came to visit and we had a nice family dinner.  First BBQ of the season - too bad it was chilly!  Although, chilly was a good excuse to use our fireplace for the first time
 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Aquarium adventure

Last weekend, we had a treat when our friend Thomas' girlfriend Emma came to visit.  On Friday we all went to the aquarium including Daddy.  It was a very fun day, as you can see from our pics.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was the first only nice day of the month so we grabbed lunch on the pier at a snack stand.  When Thomas saw the juice pouch, he went out of his mind.  We don't let him have much juice, and when we do we cut it with water, so straight juice from a pouch is like crack cocaine for this kid.  (I'm guessing)
 He sucked down the first and begged for another.  I gave in. I'm cool like that.  The 2nd one he took his time with - savoring it....as if he knew it was his last for a while.
 Time to burn off the liquid crack.
He did this about 47 times.
 Not that Daddy minded.
 
 
 
 

These pics are for you Nana....
no doubt about it, this boy's got the ice cream gene.
 

Just like his mama and daddy - singing on a stage in Boston.
 

And for once - I stepped out from behind the camera. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Streams of consciousness

I'm all alone tonight.

Strange feeling.

Babu (Paulo's dad) offered to take the boy overnight.

Last minute.....5:30pm.

Not because I have a meeting....or a function....or plans at all.

Just because.

And the boy was chomping at the bit to go.  In fact, today he must have asked at least 7 tims "Are we going to Babu's today?"  He's been missing going over to there these days.  He usually goes over once a week.  But we've all had a lot going on lately - Babu, us, Thomas even - so it just hasn't happened lately.  Tonight, when Babu asked if he wanted to go over, he immediately grabbed his bag and started packing his toys monster trucks.  It was a hoot.  He even turned down a trip to McDonald's to go.  Really - this boy LOVES his Babu.  And that warms my heart.

So I find myself home alone tonight (Paulo's working til midnight - his usual shift).

So much I could be doing....cleaning.  More unpacking.  Organizing the office.  Uploading the 458 pics from my camera.  Reading a book.  Catch up on all my DVR'd shows.

So many choices - and yet I cannot make up my mind.  I think I'll just read latest issue of Vermont Life Magazine (all new re-design - ooooooh aaaaaah).  I know - I'm a loser.

The funny thing is lately I've been feeling trapped - feeling like I need a night off or a day out.  In fact, yesterday I went out on my own for a few hours.  Went to the mall (which is torture with the boy as this mall in particular has 7 escalators so I can't even get my errands done).  I had to get my watch battery changed (yes, all the way to the mall fro just that).  I wandered around a little too, but with no spending money these days, it was dull.  While I was there I heard a toddler pitching a fit crying.  The first feeling that shot through me was "Phew, thank goodness its not my kid".  But then as soon as that thought came and went, I started missing him.

How is it that I'm dying to get out of the house, get 1 hour to myself, go to the bathroom all by my lonesome, but as soon as I'm away, I miss the little bugger?  I mean, c'mon God.  Can't I just have 1 hour of not feeling guilty.

Guilty because I dared to desire 1 hour to myself.

Guilty that I'm not such a nice mama.

Guilty that I'm not doing a good job.

Scratch all the above.  The boy has just called and says he misses me and wants to come home.

Can't help it....its feels good. 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Rediscovery

A long, long time ago (my youth), in a land far, far away (Western MA), I was a high school student by day, and worked at the town public library by night.  I loved the library....and the world of possibilities it opened my eyes and mind to through books.

But when I went to college and was compelled to spend hours and hours in the library, I began to grow resentful and started to detest the library and the way it had taken over my life.  

So when I graduated college and got a job, I thought I didn't need the library anymore.  Because now I was rich and cool and I could buy books now.  And because now Barnes and Nobles and Borders had come along.  It was hip and cool to spend lunch hours and Sunday afternoons in those mega-book stores - sipping coffee, flipping through the bright, shiny pages of all those brand new books.  Those books smelled - not like the musty, discolored books at the library - but smelled brand new, and luxurious, like they were more valuable without a crease or a crinkle. I even bought some of these new books then - cause I had money (so I thought) and it would make me look cool to have my own personal library.

Now I'm a mom. And like so many other things that come full circle from your own childhood, I spend a lot of the time at the library these days.  For story hour.  And craft time.  And to pick out lots of books each week.  Thomas LOVES going to the library.  And you know what?  So do I!  I look forward to it each week. 

I've missed the library. 

I didn't know really know how much I missed it until lately. 

I'm in love all over again.  Or maybe I'm falling in love in a whole new way.  Because of all the new endless possibilities for me in the books I gravitate towards these days....the books I need these days....gardening, cookbooks, historical fiction, biographies, brand-new best sellers. 

And I've definitely found love in a new way for all endless possibilities for Thomas. Lately we've been reading classic children's books - some of which I loved as a child, and others I don't even remember.



And we've found new books that have become his favorites: 


Going to library warms my heart. 
And my mind. 
And my soul. 

And I hope I'm helping Thomas develop a life-long love for the library too. 
And for books. 
And, most importantly, a love of reading. 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thomas looooves the new house

Great hiding place
 Watching friends leave
apparently a great place to just hang out
 cozying up on the couch
 favorite new place for monster trucks
 helping daddy build the new desk
  looking for a snack
 
 Phew - this place makes a boy tired!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Project Life Tuesday- Back on track




I fell in love with this idea, this project, this goal last year.  But - I didn't do because I was afraid of not being able to keep up with it.  This year I thought I'd give it a shot, only to fall off the wagon pretty darn quick. However, since I had a really good reason (the move - right?), rather than just giving up (my usual M.O. - right?) I'm just going to pick it back up right here and now and move forward.  I've been taking pics all along, just not posting.  And don't worry - I'm not going to post all those missing weeks (that would be crazy - right?).  So here I am, back on track.  ENJOY!

SATURDAY 2/19:
Okay - I lied already.  I am going back one day just so I can share these pics of Thomas and his future wife.  Yes, we believe in arranged marriages, but ONLY IF he marries this lovely little lady - hee hee.  Delaney is the daughter of Paulo's friend from childhood.  Wouldn't that make the best love story?  And, she's gorgeous! Can you just picture their children?!
And they already make beautiful music together - ha ha ha!!


SUNDAY 2/20:


MONDAY 2/21:
Thomas as happy as mama is
when strawberries and blueberries are on sale!!

TUESDAY 2/22:
"tough guy"


WEDNESDAY 2/23:
our "ceiling fairies" .....
when the sun hits this vase in the front window. 


THURSDAY 2/24:
my favorite morning spot  - coffee and a book


FRIDAY 2/25:
a snack while waiting for our friends to come visit and play.  
I honestly don't know which he's more excited about -
friends coming to play,
or baked goods in the house because we're having visitors!