Monday, December 17, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
My phone rang a few minutes later and it was Brian, telling me, "Sorry we missed your call. I was vacuuming and Sam was dust-busting."
Just picturing the two of them cleaning the house made me laugh out loud and my heart smile. And again I was reminded of just how lucky I am.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Sam had so much fun at all the Thanksgiving festivities we attended. We had Thanksgiving day with my family, then went to Marshalltown to celebrate with Brian's family on Friday and Saturday. There are a ton of little kids and Sam had a blast. He wasn't even shy about it. He inched his way right into the middle of all the kids and made himself at home.
Now that we are parents we realize even more how lucky we are to have the families we do. We are so fortunate to be able to bring Sam up with such a wonderful extended family. We had a very fun Thanksgiving holiday and feel extremely blessed.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
It was a good time although both of us had forgotten how physically demanding the course is. Good thing there were so many participants this year; it gave us a chance to rest when we all became bottlenecked at creeks and tunnels.
Then we got to relax at Matt & Andrea's beautiful new home. And a hot shower never felt so good!!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
As an only child (and only grandchild for nearly 19 nears) I think of my three aunts and uncle as my sisters and brother. We are a close family and they have always been extremely supportive of me and have taught me many things throughout the years. I idolized them as I grew up, and it's really special when I hear that others feel the same way about them. They are my family and I am so proud.
Congratulations, Aunt Mary!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
To get some candy!
Last night, we took Sam out for "Beggar's Night", as we call it in Des Moines. We went to my parents' house so he could trick-or-treat with his cousins. And, yes, people are required to tell a joke in order to receive candy. It's a Des Moines thing. (Unless, of course, you can't talk! So Sam was off the hook for this year.)
We dressed Sam as a chicken. I had been telling people that his costume was a duck, but I guess I had my poultry mixed up. Either way, Brian wanted him to be something "manly", like The Incredible Hulk. So he was disheartened to hear many people making comments such as, "let's get her a piece of candy" and "she needs something for her bucket". (Let's not share that with Sam as he gets older.)
He had a great time running down the sidewalks and also touching every single pumpkin he saw. And he absolutely loved all the dogs he got to see and pet. He got the hang of picking out a piece of candy towards the end of the night. We were out for probably 45 minutes. And the weather was beautiful -- in the 60s. It was a great night for a first-time trick-or-treater!! And he was exhausted when we got home! What a tired little chicken!
Monday, October 29, 2007
It all began three years ago just before Halloween. He started his yard display with homemade bigger-than-life versions of Superman, Spiderman, Beetlejuice, etc. And we thought, "Boy, he's really festive. This will be fun."
Now it's evolved into a year-round display of his "artwork", including wooden chairs, trombones, neon orange shapes, etc. (Yes, trombones.) Didn't you know that trombones go along with stuffed animals in the front yard?
Of course, Halloween is the granddaddy of his creations. In addition to his artwork, there are music and random scary sounds blasting from a huge speaker. As I type this, the theme to "Ghostbusters" is playing. I can't knock the guy for being creative, albeit a tad scary.
Here are a few pictures. And I hope he doesn't find out about this post and kill me or something. (No, he's not that scary. But close.)