giving thanks. Yellow and purple. Thank you. gift giving

What i am feeling right now:

Joy.

Happy.

Hopeful.

Blessed.

Sadness.

Anxiety.

Mixed emotions that are very hard to describe and cope with.  Life is full of so much uncertainty.

Yesterday we were so blessed to have Dad here.  It meant so much to us that he was able to be here and to see us in our home and we appreciate all that was done by our family to make this day possible. This was a huge blessing I have a hard time describing or even talking about, or even writing it really but I want our children to read this some day and know how special the day was for all of us. It was a great second Thanksgiving dinner that we will cherish always. There were tears, laughter, and happiness. Making memories to last a lifetime with our family is what life is all about. I gave so much thanks yesterday as I’m sure everyone else did as well. For the day. For dad. For time. For family. And for life itself.

Olive kept running up to dad and yelling “Hi!” every chance she got and rubbing his hands or putting her head in his lap. She’s so sweet.  He’s grampa to many grandchildren and to Olive he’s “gah-paw”, as she calls him. She’s certainly “grampa’s girl” as he calls her. Olive was named after dad’s mom. He loves it and so do we. The photo you see in the heading of our blog is of Olive and grampa’s feet. I took that photo at a family wedding and I adore it so much. We would love to have it on canvas someday.

Cherished memories. Cherished photographs. I love our family so much.

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Olive has some new words she has learned. Yellow, which she calls yellow just as plain as day and purple, which she calls paw-pawl. She also says “it’s cute” alot haha, I taught her that one! She just started saying thank you. When she wants a cracker or anything for that matter and we hand her one, she will immediately follow with thank you, we don’t even ask her to. She’s awesome. A fast learner like Brandon was.

(playing with her Brandon)

(Olive’s awesome tie dye tights –Spotted Pony Designs)

(standing on her head haha.. she does this in her bed when shes tired too)

(playing peek-a-boo)

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Brandon has a half day on Wednesday. The last day of school before Holiday break begins. They are having a class party and gift giving exchange. He got this really cool solar powered oven for a boy in his class. He loved it so much he has asked for one for Christmas. He is doing wonderfully in his new school, has made lots of friends and is enjoying each day.

We are so blessed for this.

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This morning we woke up late. I sat up and looked out the window and sunrise over the river had just begun and it was absolutely beautiful. What a gorgeous view from our bedroom.  My first instinct was to grab my camera.

It’s like magic.

Have a great day.

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Seven to eight. & Our thanksgiving. & sledding.

Tonight I gave Brandon and Olive baths, lotioned and jammied them and put Olive into bed early with her puppy. Milk is being warmed in a saucer so I can make Brandon some hot chocolate before bed. It’s so surreal these last few hours of him being 7 years old, jumping and playing with his Sonic action figures with a fierce energy and enthusiasm it seems only children have.

When I look back and see photos of him at Olive’s age it makes me sad that he grew up so quickly, that time I once took for granted, and that time is gone and only now a memory and I forget some things about him when he was a baby sometimes so I have to refer to the baby book to recall what his favorite food was at a year old or what his favorite toy was at 6 months or when he got his first little baby tooth. And then I feel like a failure because I can’t remember those things on my own and what about 2 years and 3 and 4 and so on? What about all of those things I can’t remember? I only had a book for the first year…

our little boy we love you so much.

I will savor these last few hours as he goes from seven to eight years old and I will remember how I took him and Olive sledding together today and how he held her tight as we zipped around the back yard full of smiles and laughter, how we had hot chocolate together and he asked to play a Sonic game on the computer before bedtime and anticipated his upcoming birthday but saying he wanted to stay seven…. and that he only wanted presents and brownies haha!

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We were so thankful to spend the day in New Hampshire with our family for Thanksgiving. It was absolutely wonderful and now a cherished memory. With lots of photos.

Olive and Brandon’s jumbo letter shirts courtesy of Gorno Couture.

Brandon and Olive enjoyed watching a Charlie Brown Special at Grampa’s.

And we caught a glimpse of a gorgeous sunrise outside dads door come morning.

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We got home this afternoon, took our boots off and then I had the most brilliant idea. Let’s put our boots back on and go sledding. It was so fun. The temperature was very mild at nearly 50 degrees, perfect to get outside and enjoy it.

Leaving you with a Friday sunset.

Enjoy your weekend.

thanksgiving. birthday memories. photos.

Eight years ago, but i still remember it like it was yesterday.

Brandon arrived eight days earlier than anticipated.

It was the day before Thanksgiving and you can bet we had a ton to be thankful for, our little family of three at the time.

We spent Thanksgiving in the hospital that year and it was so wonderful just to be there with my husband, looking down into the plastic carrier at our little baby sleeping and thinking how lucky we were to be new parents.  I was, and still am,  so thankful for life, thankful for this day and all of those to come and eight years ago just praying we would do right with this little guy. Eight years later and that little baby has turned out to be such a kind spirited, light hearted,  but confident child. An awesome, amazing boy and we are so proud to be his parents.

A look back at Brandon…

Brandon, we love you so much. Happy Birthday! xoxo Mama, Daddy & O

 

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Happy Holidays to you and you and you…