Freeze Frame!

I wish I could freeze time for the boys right this second.  Right this second when they are both healthy and strong. There isn't a virus in sight, no vomit or boogers or poo (oh my!). Both of them are breathing easy and can run and play and jump and tumble. I wish I could freeze this time in their relationship when they are so in love with each other. With a few exceptions here and there, … [Read more...]

Conversations with Nicholas: Sweetest Big Brother Ever Edition

Both the boys are getting over having been sick for a couple of weeks (not sequentially, but with some overlap). Basically, our home had the plague for a couple of weeks. N first got sick with an asthma flair up and that was the first part of the sweetest-big-brother-ever conversation. Nicholas came in to our room at 5:00 in the morning having a very hard time breathing so we ran to his room to … [Read more...]

A List of Smells

In no particular order, I don't like the smell of: Gardenias, jasmine, rubbing alcohol, sweat, patchouli, cigarettes, rose (but the tea-rose kind of rose, I like the sweet-smelling kind of rose), bacon (but only in the context of not wanting my home or clothes to smell like bacon, it's perfect-smelling while it's cooking and being eaten), musk, and hospitals/nursing … [Read more...]

Book Review ~ Hungry Monkey: A Food Loving Father’s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater

When I was pregnant with Tobin I heard about a book called Hungry Monkey: A Food Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater. The review said it was funny, it talked about food for the baby and us, and that it was short. So I bought it. Fast forward to a couple of weeks after T's first birthday and I finally got to read it! And it cracked me up. The author, Matthew Amster-Burton, is a … [Read more...]

Out for Blood: Mosquitoes vs. Mommy

It's mosquito season in south Texas, and the little buggers want my kids. They seem to want Tobin more than Nicholas this year, but Nicholas has had more than his fair share of attacks. In addition to the general itchiness and irritation of the bites, my kids seem to react pretty badly to them (huge bumps, a deep redness that sticks around for weeks, etc.) Here's some photographic evidence … [Read more...]