Oh yes, and I hope that everyone had a nice weekend.
Have I mentioned that I hate to be hot?!
Back to the blaring sun.
Back to 90 degree weather.
Back to the land of No Cousins for Joseph to Follow Around.
An excellent time was had by all. We enjoyed some mild-ish, not too windy, not too rainy weather at the beach.
Joseph was not sure about the sand at first
but soon he loved it and was running around
Then, it was time to test out the ocean for the first time.
He loved it! (Did you notice that Brian was still wearing his [only pair of] shoes?)
Joseph called the waves “uh-ohs” as in “Uh-oh, this ice cold water is crashing on my legs over and over.”
He really didn’t seem to mind, and when it was time to get out, he was quite “disappointed.”
He also had a great time following around/watching his many cousins
(If you look really hard you can kind of see me hiding behind his head…)
He did NOT think it was very neat when Mommy held any of the babies though. Which gives me lots of warm fuzzy feelings as to his reaction when baby #2 comes in February.
He seemed to be fighting off a fever/virus thing on the way home, although he was still very good and virtually whine-free.
We tried NOT to focus on how LOOOONG the drive was, but to appreciate some of the various scenery instead.
To all of my family- it was great to see you guys! Hopefully I will quickly forget that long, long, drive and we will be headed your way again soon!
My lovely husband turned 24 this weekend.
Only one more year until you can rent a car, my dear! However, siring multiple children, buying a house, buying a car, etc. is a go.
(Those of you who are very observant may remember that I turned 24 in December, which, yes, makes me older than Brian. And wiser.)
Joseph and I let Dada sleep in on his big day and together we made him a birthday cake.
That kid loves to help cook.
However, it is a labor of love on my part to let him participate..
We sang Happy Birthday to Brian and had him blow out candles about a million times while Joseph laughed and clapped.
Notice anything wrong with the frosting? (Upper right corner)
Joseph is a boy after my own frosting-loving heart.
After breakfast, we went to the local outdoor-supply store and picked ourselves up a fire pit!
And yes, Joseph is holding a lighter in that picture.
But look what happens when we take it away-
We have had fires the past two nights now, complete with hot dog roasting and smores. It is so enjoyable- like camping, but without the outhouses, tents, hard ground….
Happy Birthday, Brian! Thanks for giving up your youth to provide for our little family!
I am sure that I am just hormonal, and that is the only reason that I am feeling choked up about this (I’m allowed to say that I’m hormonal. No one else is. Do you feel me, ladies?) but when I was uploading some pictures tonight, I came across these ones of my baby Joseph last year:
And here is him today, in that same chair.
WAAAAAAHHH!!! MY BABY!!!!! What happened, seriously?
Plus, do you know what is really sad? Next year at this time, I will look at pictures that I took of him today and think that he looks so little! He’s going to get EVEN BIGGER?!
I must go eat some ice cream immediately before I start to sob.
And, because who can get enough baby Joseph?, here are some more pictures of him exactly one year ago today.
In all of his chubby glory.
I miss him!
I know, it has been a while.
But, this naughty little fetus has been making me want to simultaneously vomit and eat lots of ice cream.
Very confusing. (and delicious)
So, I have been spending my evenings curled up on the couch, trying to get Brian to do lots of things for me (Just go to TCBY already!), while trying to summon the energy to go to bed.
Don’t I just sound like a peach?
Speaking of peaches- I was reading a really “earth-mama” type blog the other day, and the author said that “Fruits and Vegetables are my children’s candy.”
MY child’s candy is…well…candy. He thinks about it, asks for it, and wants it all of the time.
Don’t you think that he deserves a Tootsie Roll pop, just for being so cute? (And to make him so quiet?)
How do you think he would feel if I handed him an apple instead?
Smoothies have been my dinner of choice lately.
It is like ice cream, only healthier! (My particular fetus is still a pretty basic life form and easily fooled.) I stock it full of tofu, flaxmeal, and fruit. Take THAT earthy-mama blog!
Joseph joins in with gusto- polishing off several cups full of smoothie in one sitting.
And then dumping out the rest on the table, smearing it around, and shaking the straw so that smoothie splatters everywhere.
Aww.. but look at my little smoothie clown
In other news, Joseph locked himself into the bathroom for the first time last week.
My first crazed instinct was to BREAK DOWN THE DOOR TO RESCUE MY BABY!
but I resisted and resorted to my second instinct which was to
CALL BRIAN IMMEDIATELY AND DISRUPT HIS WORK DAY WITH MY TRIVIAL PROBLEMS AND LOTS OF DRAMA AND EMOTION!
It took about 8 minutes for me to jimmy the door open with a hanger (which I am keeping handy, by the way), which gave Joseph enough time to amuse himself by enthusiastically splashing in the toilet for the first 4 minutes, and then hysterically crying and pounding on the door for the last 4.
I held it together.
I saved the day.
You are now, officially, caught up!