Everett started Toddler Time at Monona Grove Nursery School (same place that my siblings and I went.) We finally got the dang carpets cleaned. Two dogs and a cat that we've managed to keep healthy and happy. My brother and Julie got married! My grandma Hansen turned 92! The furnace and both our cars pooped out on us all in the same week ... but we kepts our heads above water. I managed to keep off my baby weight. Marc and I celebrated three years of wedded bliss (HA! But sort of). My family and friends are for the most part healthy and happy. 12 years here at Magic 98. I guess it's been a pretty good year with lots to be thankful for. :) Happy New Year!!
I think it was how late Thanksgiving was...and the fact that Everett's birthday is just before Christmas...but wow, the holidays have snuck up on me. I was doing the regular running around, getting the groceries and the gifts and feeling a little like I wasn't doing it for the right reasons. But this weekend, I sat with my son and watched 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas.' This is one of my favorite holiday movies and now it seems like it's one of Everett's. He runs around saying, 'Green Grinch' and laughs hard at the close-ups of Jim Carrey's crazy, distorted green Grinch face. Then came that poignant quote...the one that makes you think about the true meaning of Christmas. “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!” I felt so lucky for that second. I wasn't making lists in my head about things that still needed to be done...I found myself being thankful for the spirit and celebrating with those I love. Sometimes your 'A ha' moments come in the most unexpected places. Merry Christmas!
It's the day before Everett's second birthday. Last year I was a little reminiscent, but this year I'm just so excited about who he has become and the relationship that we have that I can't help but smile from ear to ear. At 5:30 this evening I will be thinking about the fact that I was at my house all alone ... my husband was at the Wisconsin River with the dogs and a month before my due date, my water broke. At 10:39 tomorrow morning, as we're just getting done with Toddler Time at Monona Grove Nursery School, I'll be thinking about seeing his squished little face and tons of dark brown hair on the top of his head for the first time. After not easily getting pregnant and a devastating loss ... believe me ... I don't take being a mom lightly, and I most certainly treasure every single day. We're having a Thomas the Train birthday party for him on Saturday and this already crazy kid is going to go ballistic when he realizes that he's surrounded by that cheeky, little, blue engine. My baby is TWO ... and I love everything about that.