May 13, 2016

Spring and flower babies










When we came home from the hospital after almost five days, there were so many new spring flowers in the garden.  The trees had started to leaf, the grass suddenly needed it's first cut, and after a long winter hibernation, it smelled fresh spring-y.  That day was dark and moody, threatening to rain but also still warm in that quintessential spring way.  Since anything outside the hospital had pretty much ceased to exist since a week before, it was so in-your-face.  Since then, we've had gorgeous hot sunny days, rain, and a pretty hefty snow storm.  In other words: spring.

Every fall, my mom tells me how the changing of the seasons reminds her of my birth.  Now I get it; spring will always remind me of my baby girl's.

April 13, 2016

Aiden says


Aiden: Is bro a bad word?
Me: Er... no.
[Aiden proceeds to say it to start or end every sentence for days]

Aiden: Por favor. 
Me: That's awesome!  What does that mean?
Aiden: That means "can I have something"?

Aiden: What's your name, Harry?

[loading the car after the grocery store]
Aiden: I want to hold the popcorn bag. 
Me: Ok but no more eating any.  We had all our treats.
Aiden: Ok
Aiden: ...
Aiden: Hey mom? Don't look back when you drive. 

[Every kid that gets within 20 feet of him]
Aiden: Do you want to play with me?!?
[said with enthusiasm, 2 inches from their face]

My friend: What kind of tea is that?
[Aiden takes a sip of my tea and thinks]
Aiden: Mom tea.

[Feeling my belly when the baby kicks]
Aiden: Do it again!

[Watching me puke from morning sickness]
Aiden: Do it again!

Aiden: Can I do [some xyz thing].
Me: Let me think about it. 
Aiden: I'll think about it.  
Aiden: We can! I thinked about it!
  
Aiden: Cago means hand. Because that's the word for Spanish. 

[In the bath]
Aiden: Where is the bubble's home?

Aiden: Why it's raining? 
[x1000 during the 5 minute drive to school one morning when it rained.]

[When the snow is melting]
Aiden: Do we still live in Montana?
[because that was always my answer to "Why is it snowing?"]

Aiden: There are bad guys in Belgium.  Daddy said so.

Aiden: I said a stupid word.  In my dream.

[Almost anything I say]
Aiden: Why?

[running repeatedly at the automatic door at the grocery store]
Aiden: Look!  It's scared of me! 

February 15, 2016

House Bits

So we moved!  Can't remember if I've mentioned that :/  Anyway, there's a lot more to it but I'm not sure I'm done processing it.  Suffice to say it's turning out pretty stellar, one reason being we love our house.

There's a saying that the first 80% of a project takes 20% of the time and the remaining 20% takes 80% of the time.  I think that's right about where we are with house stuff.  We've made killer progress since moving in 3 or 4 months ago and, while it is essentially our dream home and in no way a fixer-upper, it did need a bit of adjustments to become "ours."  For example, the previous owner had an unnatural affinity towards green.  No joke, there were at least half a dozen different shades of green on the walls plus green-ish floors and the outside is 2 shades of green.  So there was that, plus we moved from a two bedroom apartment, essentially doubling our square footage.  Luckily we haven't needed to buy too much with regards to furniture but are still adjusting to the extra space.

Anyway, I'd love to do a room-by-room tour when we get things totally settled but here are some spaces I'm starting to really like.