Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Countdown To Change

Brian told me earlier this week that we are very close to the end of the school year for Jack.
A preschool graduation is upon us come May.I know it is not such a big deal, but when I think that my kid will now be going to school for the next 12 years, that is a big deal.

This is tough stuff. We always had this kid that would have the easy life of watching TV, eating cheese and crackers as a snack, and then throwing in some train layouts. He will still have the easy life of a kindergartener, but then 1st grade rolls around, 2nd etc. Then we will have an 8th grader, getting ready for high school. Hopefully by then he will have at least eaten a carrot or some pea pods.

My little guy is growing up. He loves the bedtime stories still and he is becoming this great big brother where he will just look at Charlie and say " Come here you!" and give Charlie a massive big hug that brothers are always known to give.

I hope that as time rolls on, life as a working parent gets a bit easier. I wish I can be in a place where I don't have to wake up so early to travel an hour and a half to get to work, and travel another hour and a half to get home. I get home late sometimes, I see my guys only for an hour or two. Where has the time gone? At work, worrying about what the next great big gig is. The next great big gig is here, with Jack growing up.
I need to be present more and I can't always worry about cleaning up as soon as I get home or rushing him to brush his teeth at night. I guess I am giving myself a promise right here and now, to be in the moment and not wonder what is going to happen tomorrow, or even in 15 minutes from now. Because then Jack will be an 8th grader, going out with friends and the bedtime stories will be a memory.

The Photo In The Airport

Hard to believe but this was us around 6 am in the morning. Smiling, happy and ready to embark on our first airplane trip as a family to Disney World. 
This moment felt surreal to me. I kept saying to myself " this is too easy. I have two kids who are not upset, are wide awake and are happy. " We haven't even had breakfast yet and look at these two. We are so lucky to have such awesome boys. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Charlie Words

Yes, Charlie is talking. In order by how I have heard them, here are the first words that Charlie have said.

1. Mama - sometimes it morphed into Nana in the beginning or saying Mamamamamamamamaaa .Then he started to say Mama, but it was just when he wanted to nurse. Now he just says Mama, Mama ,MAMA! to get my attention. When I say "what is it?" he then tells me "beisbrhgiusdngSdkjngSDbfdks" in pure adorable toddler jibberish that I love.

2. Papa - I cannot remember exactly where we where, but I was sitting with Charlie somewhere and he saw Brian come into the room. All of a sudden, he just blurted out Papa. I asked Brian if he heard and we tried to make him say it again, and he didn't. Now he does the Papa,papa, PAPA!! to Brian when he wants to tell him something in Charlie talk.

3. Doggie - It helps that there is a dog in the house to bring the word Doggie ingrained in Charlie's head. It also helped a lot that when Charlie woke up cranky sometimes, I would say " Look at the doggie!!" and he immediately cheered up and said "doggie!".

4. Agua - Yes, as in water in Spanish. Agua comes about when he wants to wash his hands, brush his teeth and take a bath.

5. Eyoo - Brian said this is Elmo, and Charlie said it when he was on the potty reading an Elmo book as his book of choice.

Let's not forget the regular Charlie words

These words we are still trying to figure out on what they exactly mean.

The Fifth Birthday

January 22, 2008 - 5:33 pm

January 22, 2009 - 5:33 pm

January 22, 2010 - 5:33 pm -

January 22, 2011 - 5:34 pm.
 January 22, 2012 - 5:33 pm

January 22, 2013 - 5:33pm
Playing with the Disney balloons that emerged out of his gift box, signifying that we indeed are going to Disney World.