I have a five year old... and it feels weird. I feel like the days are numbered when he will cuddle with me anytime. He loves little babies and asks me every day for a baby sister. He even wrote on his Christmas list that he wanted Santa to bring him a sister. I have a feeling he might be disappointed, but it melts my heart. He is so sweet, and yes, VERY active at the same time. Here is a few things that I love about Daxon:
1. When I drop him and Shane off at school, Dax will walk Shane to his class just to make sure he gets there OK. Shane sometime says that he is shy and nervous for school, so I think that this is a very thoughtful thing for Dax to do.
2. He makes his bed by himself about half of the week.
3. He just learned to tie his shoes last week, which I really appreciate.
4. He is learning how to read and is trying to group random letters together. This is how a conversation will go, over and over and over again. DAX: "Mom, what does this say... QRSSEEEEP? (as he carefully pronounces every letter) ME: "Um, Dax that doesn't spell anything." DAX:" What does this say, PIPE" ME: "Hey! That spells pipe." DAX:" Yeah I know how to spell things now! Mom, what does this say, OTE?" ME:"Hmm..."
5. Sometimes when he gets hurt, feels sad, or just wants me, he will come up to me and say," Mom, I want you to cuddle with me. Sometimes little boys just need their mommies."
6. My other favorite thing that he says," Mom, I need to tell you something... you're beautiful."
Much like his father, Daxon does not possess a longest of attention spans. This slide show is a perfect example of just how long it can last. You'll notice the first 5 or 6 snapshots are pretty decent....theeeeen genetics kick in, he gets bored and feels the need to entertain himself! What a "goofus" as he would say.
Chanel finally got sick of me giving her grief over her late night dates with this here blog thing...my punishment? Well, you're lookin at it. I have the great privilege and honor of documenting our 6th anniversary so that I don't jeopardize my chances of making it to #7. I love blogging Chanel!
The official anniversary occurred on November 6th at approximately 11:30am. It was a rather uneventful day other than the suuuuper romantic dinner we enjoyed that evening. There was no exchanging of gifts, being that Chanel has little to no trust in me purchasing gifts for her. She took care of her own anniversary gifting about a month ago while we were on a trip in Las Vegas, a behaviour which I highly encourage as it takes the pressure off of me.
I did, however, score huge points with my ghetto presentation that you see below. By my own admission, I am not creative...but this was a thing of beauty! With the help of google images and power point I loaded these pictures on the digital picture frame in the kitchen so when Chanel brought the boys downstairs for breakfast she saw the images scrolling across the frame. Probably the first creative thing I've ever done. Chanel said it was "so thoughtful" which I interpreted as, "holy crap, he actually came up with this on his own?!"
So I was going through some pictures and I came across this beauty. This picture was taken about 8 years ago and I am glad that I did not know Brad at this point in his life. His hair... need I say more? Ok, maybe I will. This pictures depicts the dreadlocks that B.Rad tried to grow. This is his hair after 3 weeks of not washing it (Mmmmm) and rubbing the crap out of it and it still had no resemblence of dreads. However, I do think that he kind of resembles Johnny Knoxville whom I do find attractive, so this picture is not all that bad. So, maybe I do wish that I knew him then. I would just have to plug my nose.
So, today we are leaving to go to Landon and Molly's wedding in Arizona. I don't know if I am more excited to see them get married or to leave my two boys with my mom.... I am so glad that my mom is graciously taking my children so Brad and I can have a few days together without children. Ahhh. Thanks Mom. I love you.
So today Daxon noticed two women smoking and asked me what they were doing. I told him that what they were doing was not healthy for their lungs and heart, and that when he gets older he might get asked by his friends to smoke. I asked him what he thinks he should say to them. He responds:
" Mom, If you smoke you will explode."
Apparently in his mind he associates smoking with bombs. I will not correct him on his answer.
Spent this last weekend without children in San Diego... met with friends for lunch, you guys are great shopped with Amy, i miss you burned the crap out of myself and loved every minute of it ate great meals, hail bronx pizza and pipes went to the festival of sails and met real life wanna-be pirates i got hit on by two girls, yucky spent lots of time with brad fell in love... again.
PRESCHOOL!!!!! Yes, both of my boys are in school together and I am loving my 6 hours of freedom every week. I can get all of my grocery shopping done, go out to lunch, do yoga, maybe a singing class, all without kids. Shane has a perma-grin when I pick him up from school, and Dax is very protective of Shane and helps him to and from class. Yet another injury by Shane. He is the accident professional. While wearing his helmet, he did a face plant off of his scooter. Oh, and it also happened to be just two weeks after his skull fracture. This picture was taken fresh after the accident. Once the scab formed it looked much worse, it was huge and dark. It recently came off in one piece and was an inch in diameter. yuck. Another picture if the house. These are the curtains I made from fabric that I got in LA. For any of you who like to sew, the fabric district in Los Angeles is a must. The fabric is usually 75% off retail value. I was in heaven.
So they are gone... Two years of pictures, GONZO! Brads internal components from his computer literally blew up and we only had a hundred of our favorite pictures backed up. Yes, we were idiots and didn't back-up all of our files, so please learn from our mistakes. I found out about this a couple of weeks ago and I am still so angry and sad. If any of you have pictures of my children send them my way please!
For our update, Dax just started gymnastics and is the only boy in his class. He is stoked because he loves to show off to a crowd, especially a crowd of girls. During his first lesson his teacher wanted the class to practice jumping on the spring board and then land on a dot placed on the mat. In true Daxon fashion, when his turn came up he bolted down the runway, jumped on the spring board and did a front flip onto the mat. No, he didn't land it but it still looked pretty cool, but don't tell him I said that because it would contradict our little chat we had following his lesson. I had to give him an 'always listen to what your coach says' discussion, and somehow try not to laugh during it. Oh, and just in case you are wondering how in the heck I talked Brad into letting Dax take gymnastics... I told him that it will be great for Dax to learn how to correctly flip around so he can better prepare for the X-games freestyle skiing. Seriously.
Like I said, just as things were calming down... Monday evening happened, one of the scariest days of my life! Shane was standing on the back of a kids ride-on jeep and he fell off the back and hit his head on the pavement. Brad said it sounded like a watermelon hitting concrete. He doesn't really get freaked out but he sure did this time. He knows enough about what can medically go wrong that we could not get to the ER quick enough. Long story short, Shane is doing great for what could have gone really bad. He cracked his skull from his occipital protuberance all of the way down to his foramen magnum, or the opening in your skull where your spinal column comes through. So about four inches of a clean break, luckily nothing worse. Looking at him you would never know that this happened because he could not be more active or happier. Which makes it harder for me to keep him from making his head trauma worse because he plays so rough. My solution is that he now almost is always wearing a helmet and I keep trying to get him to watch a movie but he doesn't have the attention span to watch them. UGH! Usually Harry Potter does the trick, yeah, um not this time. Any other suggestions? I had nine people call me today to see if there was anything that they could do to help and also offer to take Dax. Thank you! It just goes to show that not only does everyone know how rough my boys play together and they wanted to protect Shane's head, but more importantly how much that little Shaners is loved. We really have appreciated the help and Shane has loved the gifts that people have brought over.
I love before and after shots so here is one that I think is fun because it is of my new kitchen. It is also nice to see how much of a difference all of our hard work has paid off. Here is the kitchen when we closed on the house...
...and here it is now. I love it! It needs a few more things but is is mostly finished. Here is the view from the family room into the kitchen and dining area. Also a new and exciting event happened in our family. Brad's sweet brother Landon got engaged to Molly while we were all in Newport. I love her so much and I am really excited for her to join our family. Happy Birthday to my mom! I am so greatful for her and that she took in our family for these last few months. She made us feel so welcome. The night that we left her house for our first night in our new one Daxon said that he didn't want to go to our new house, but wanted to stay at grandma's house because he "loves grandma and her sweet house." Amen to that one Daxon. It sure does stink now that we have a house payment... Daxon now does wheelies on his bike. He learned how to do them while we were in Newport, and Brad took about 50 pictures of him doing them. This may not be the best one, but it is the first one that I came to. Oh and by the way, sorry that I have been avoiding my blog the last little while. My life has been crazy, but in a good way. I am enjoying my new neighboorhood and getting to know some great neighboors.
Had a great visit with Amy and the girls. I really miss living by them... I don't have much time to write so I will have to post more updates next week. Caitlin made me this cake for #25 B-Day... She already thinks that I am old. The cake says" May her sole rest in peace". Gee, thanks Cate. I love her anyways.
We have the keys to the house, finally--- My awesome father-in-law and husband are very busy laying tile and other manly chores to get the house ready to finally move into. Yeah! Only a couple of weeks until the chaotic moving begins.
So here is the chandelier that I finally got hung this evening. I have been waiting to hang it since we first started building. I wish that I would have taken a picture of it before I re-vamped it but I didn't think about it. Let's just say I painted, de-rusted, bejeweled, and gave some much neede life to it. Not the best picture of me but it was the only one from my date with my cute younger brother that I got. We went to the Kalai concert and were the first ones in line and in the door, which also equals front row seats. If you have never heard Kalai's music the look it up... it is really great. Cortland told me that it was the best concert that he had ever been to. I am just glad that he had just as much fun as I did. We met Kalai after the concert in the hallway and as we were walking away we saw a young teenage girl walk up to him and ask, "Hey, Kalai do you remember me from My Space?" He looked at her with a blank stare and you could see his mind going, "Ugh....what? who are you ?" It was really funny to see this 14 year-old girl believe that he would remember her from the thousands of other girls that try to contact him via the internet. All in all, the date was a success and I love my brother lots and lots. - Out