Thursday, August 25, 2011
Home life has slowed down a bit, but it's still moving along. Last night, I had time to play with Cullen in the back yard and read my book. I can't remember the last time both of those happened in one night! If I keep it up, I might actually finish one of the FIVE books I'm reading.
Over the weekend, we celebrated my mom's birthday. She made a special request for a specific birthday cake, so I stayed up late Friday night getting it together. One of the best parts of this cake was the layer of fresh whipped cream between the layers. Cullen loves "helping" in the kitchen, and this was such an easy project to let him be a part of. He was even able to pour the sugar and whipping cream into the mixer. I don't trust him with the glass bottle of vanilla yet, but we're getting there. Heck. I hardly trust myself with the glass bottle.
Usually, Cullen is really good about not actually touching the food, but I let him try it out this time. For once, I was making something that didn't have raw egg or meat and wasn't piping hot. I let Cullen clean off the mixer attachment, and we learned that Cullen loves fresh whipped cream. The little things are so much fun to share!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Billie Holiday sings the song "What A Difference A Day Makes." I know there are a lot of other versions out there, but hers is my favorite. I love it. Not only is it a beautiful song, it is also an honest portrayal of how quickly life moves. A reminder of how quickly life changes.
The last week has been absolute chaos. I enjoy change, but sometimes it is all a bit too much. Last Wednesday, James went out of town for work. It was one night, so I didn't think it would affect our lives too much. Thursday morning, Cullen was sick. I didn't know how sick he was until I drove all the way into town with him. While telling the director of his school that he wasn't entirely himself that morning, he threw up on me and her. Nothing like puke in your hair at 8am.
Of course, I couldn't call in sick to work, so I got to work from home while caring for a sick and cranky toddler. By Thursday afternoon, Cullen seemed to be doing a lot better, so we went to pick James up from our local Enterprise. On the way home, Cullen threw up again. In case you're curious, that would have been the third time in the car that day. I really appreciate all of the steps Britax took to make their car seats safe for my son, but I would LOVE to write a formal letter letting them know how insanely difficult it is to clean vomit out of each little crevice. Gross.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I posted just a couple of weeks ago about James Camden Sikes. Such a precious little boy taken too soon. Earlier this week, I bought a really awesome giraffe necklace on Etsy with Cullen's name engraved on it. Just a little reminder to be thankful for every moment. If you're interested in getting a necklace or keychain for yourself, a portion of the purchase price goes to James' foundation for research on rhabdoid tumors. I'm so looking forward to getting mine!
Also, James' parents, family and friends are campaigning for a really neat way to remember their precious baby boy. Shortly after James passed away, a new baby giraffe was born at the Dallas Zoo. The zoo asked the public for name recommendations, and so I am asking that you help out with a good cause. Please click on the link below and send it in with the recommended name of "Jamie." It would mean so much to the Sikes family to have James's life honored in this way.
I am keeping the Sikes family in my prayers. I hope you'll do the same!
One more busy weekend behind us with a bittersweet one up ahead.
This past weekend, my college roommate, Katie, came to visit. It was such a breath of fresh air to spend time with her. I love that we can chat about everything and nothing; I love that we can sit in absolute silence and be comfortable; I love that Katie can completely tune me out while watching tv. Some things will never ever change. :)
Saturday morning was spent at Cullen's school painting his old classroom. We were there for almost four hours, and I can't ever thank Katie enough for being willing to help out. I don't know many of my friends that would have been such a willing participant.
While Katie and I painted, Cullen and James spent the morning at home. Cullen started out his morning with a farm animal puzzle and some milk with Scout. These two are the very best of friends.
It totally and completely breaks my heart that Chris and Jess are heading to Okinawa on Sunday, but I love that Cullen has gotten to spend so much quality time with his cousins this summer. Before we know it, their family will be home, and the kids will be together again. This weekend, we're going to try to squeeze in a little more family time before they go.
On Sunday afternoon, we made it over to Peg and Andy's for some pool time, play time, and dinner. Cullen insisted from inside the house that it was time for the pool. I love how verbal he is getting, and I love that we understand more and more everyday. After about three minutes in the pool, he was ready to swing. Although James isn't sold on the idea, I think we might be getting a swing set for the back yard. Cullen LOVES it. We kept asking if he wanted to get out of the swing and swim. He absolutely refused. When he finally did get back to the pool, he made certain to collect an audience before jumping into the pool over and over. I love my little water baby!
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Yep, you read that one right. Every year, the last weekend of July is reserved for the Great Texas Mosquito Festival. As a teenager, it was a lot of fun to get to stay out a little later, listen to live music, and two-step in the field. Even now, it sounds a little too country.
This past weekend, our little family made the trip down to Lake Jackson to spend time with my family, visit with my grandmother, and hang out at Mosquito Fest. Regrettably, I only took one picture. Cullen still has ZERO pictures with my grandmother. Epic fail on that one. Funny enough, that one picture I took is blurry and my nephew is crying. Alas, I couldn't go on without sharing the family photo with THE mosquito. I feel like a hick just writing this.
I'm not going to lie. We had fun. It was hot. It was disgusting, but it was nice to just spend some time outside with Cullen and visit with old friends.
Of course, this was after we spent our Friday night at the Petroleum Club for an engagement party. Two very different walks of life. We got to spend a lot of time with so many friends this weekend. Following the engagement party, I found out that we will be attending a black tie wedding for this couple. What am I supposed to even wear to that? Sounds like I get to go dress shopping!
On Friday night, we made plans with friends to get together for a little BBQ on Sunday. I kept thinking there would be 6 of us, and James just kept buying more meat. When it was all said and done, James made two pork butts, 2 racks of ribs, 2 chickens, a bunch of sausage, and we had fed 15 people.
It was an incredibly busy weekend, but it was really great to get to spend time with family and friends. On Sunday morning, my brother headed "home" to help the movers pack up their house; that afternoon, my grandmother headed back to Florida; and on Monday morning, James' mom headed back to California.
We planned some down time this weekend, so my college roommate is headed into town (Hi Katie!). Katie and I (well, it was mostly just me) volunteered to help paint Cullen's school on Saturday morning. Our options were to help paint or have tuition go up so that professionals could paint. It was a pretty easy decision for me. A true sign of a best friend is the one that will get up early on her day off to help paint your child's preschool. I can't wait for the debauchery to begin.
I'm sure we'll jam in a million other things and promise to rest another time. Until then, we'll be enjoying our time with the people we love!