Friday, November 30, 2012

The First Few Days

 The kids and I flew out early on November 1st. James drove us to the airport, helped us check all our bags, and then we hugged our goodbyes at the (long) security line. The kids did very well on the plane, which is always nice on a three to four hour flight. This was the first time Miss V was old enough to require her own ticket. Having her in her own seat was fantastic, because it meant we had all three seats in a row - no sitting in the middle seat with the J-bird by the window, a toddler on my lap (or trying to crawl onto my head), and a hopefully-kind stranger sitting next to me.

We spent the first couple weeks staying with my parents on their farm outside of Lawrence, KS. There's a lot to see and do, and it's an exciting place for a kid to be - even when a kid is five and has a hard time adjusting to any change at all, let alone being in a different place with a different time zone, withOUT his dad. If I'm going to keep it real, my J-bird took four or five very long days to settle down, stop freaking out, and start acting like himself. He eventually adjusted, and, when it was time to come home at the end of the month, he wanted to stay in Kansas. Kids, man. My go-with-the-flow Miss V, predictably, did fine with the changes. She had some trouble sleeping for the first several days, needing extra reassurance and trips back into her room from Mama, but that evened out too, and we all got into the new rhythm of being there.

The kids particularly loved going for walks with my dad (their Papa) and swinging on the swingset that overlooks the valley. We did lots of fun things - bowling, shopping, walking around the KU campus, seeing friends - but walking with Papa and playing on the swings were their steady favorites by far.

As always, we were all excited to see each other. The kids love to spend time with their grandparents, aunts and uncle, and since we live far away, we try to squeeze a lot in when we're together. We kept up a busy pace for almost all of the time we were there.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It's So Hard To Say Goodbye

The kids and I got home last night from a month-long trip to visit family in Kansas. We go every year, but James asked that I be a little more circumspect this time around about the fact that we were not home, so I set up some auto-posts here on Blooming and took a little break.

We had a fun, long month, and I'm going to post lots of pictures of our adventures. For now though, I'm finishing up the unpacking and getting my house put back together. It's good to be home. It's GREAT to be in my own bed. It's bliss to be a four-person family unit with James again.

But it's still hard to say "goodbye".

Monday, November 26, 2012

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Happy Birthday to Emma!

To my sweet little sister - happy birthday to you! Love you tons.

Monday, November 19, 2012


So he may really, really like that song by ACDC. Can I help it if I love the classics?

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Fall is here, and it has brought the Oregon rain with it. The world is bright and colorful and full of raindrops.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pinterest Wins Again

 I saw a post on Pinterest a while back that, like many posts on Pinterest, struck me as fairly genius. A mom had put magnets on the back of some plastic cups, so her kids could get their own sips of water when they were thirsty. Say! I have impatient, often thirsty children too! I HAD to do it.

 I grabbed some cups the kids had picked out at the store and went to work.

 I tried several different magnets, along with various methods of sticking them on, and what finally worked the best was Krazy Glue and rare earth magnets. I got the magnets on Amazon for cheap, and I already had some Krazy Glue.

The cups work well, and the kids really like being able to get their own sips of water when they want them. If they start getting reckless with the dispenser on the 'fridge and making messes, I just put the cups higher up until they get the point. And hey, it's just water.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


 I love this book! I had a copy when I was a child and spent hours poring over all the amazing illustrations. When the J-bird was born, an artistic relative sent a copy for him, and we love, love, love it.
 The book takes you through the alphabet with pages covered in illustrations of objects that start with each letter. For example, "Great green gorillas growing grapes in a gorgeous glass greenhouse". There are green gorillas and grapes, of course, but there is so much more - a gnome, a goblet, a giraffe, a gendarme, a gladiator, a goes on and on. I've been looking at this book my whole life, and I know I haven't found everything yet. There's also a drawing of a little boy hidden on each page, which is fun to find. It's truly a wonderful book, good for every age (because you can take as much or as little time with each page as you like), and one I don't get tired of reading to my kids.

And no, I'm not selling this book or anything. I just love it. :)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Kid Humor

Me: "Why did the chicken cross the road?"
J-bird: "To get to his chicken car?"

OK. That's better than the original. Let's go with that.

J-bird: "Knock knock"
Me: "Who's there?"
J-bird: "Orange"
Me: "Orange who?"
(Repeat several times, then...)

J-bird: "Knock knock"
Me: "Who's there?"
J-bird: "Banana"
Me: "Banana who?"
J-bird: "Banana you glad I didn't say 'orange'?"

*Sigh*. I see what you did there - switching up a classic. Clever.

Miss V: "Why da cow 'fraid o' da horse?"
Me: "I don't know. Why?"
Miss V: "'Cause da cow deeeeeeead."

That. Is. Disturbing. Who are you, and why are you wearing a tutu over your jeans?

Monday, November 5, 2012

Happy Birthday

Hey, Mom? Hey, Mom? Hey, Mom?

Happy birthday.

Love you. :)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Pumpkin Carving

 A little (apparently gross) Halloween fun.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hope Your Halloween Was Happy!

 We got all dressed up (the J-bird was a pirate, and Miss V was a pixie) and headed downtown to our little town's yearly Halloween hoopty-do, went home for some supper, then trick-or-treated our neighborhood and the blocks around it. How'd you do?