Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I {heart} my conversations with Donnie

I wonder what's going on in that little mind of his... absorbing everything like a sponge.

Our conversation after he see's a butterfly on Toote & Puddle...

Donnie: Momma look, it's a monart
Me: What? What's a monart?
Donnie: A buf-fly
Me: Oh, it's a monarch butterfly....?
Donnie: Yeah, it's a taterpillar and it has a nest, and then it turns into a beautiful buf-fly!!
Me: It has a nest?? Do you mean it makes a cocoon and then turns into a beautiful butterfly...?
Donnie: Yeah, it's a taterpillar, then it makes a tottoon, and turns into a beautiful buf-fly!!
Me: Wow Donnie, you sure know a lot about butterflies!
Donnie: Thanks.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

My baby boy....chunk-o-love

For memories sake.....

Nolan Jeffrey - 9 month stats.

20 lbs. (25-50%)
28 in. long (25-50%)

We're laughing about this because your Dad and I think you're SO big, when really you're just pretty average ;) We're used to a child in the 2-3% sats. his whole life, average seems HUGE to us! LOL!

Milestones for you:

* Crawling
* Walking along furniture, I swear the other day you took a step....sounds good, I'll go with that, you're first step! Yay Noly!!
* Content and happy, most of the time
* Making silly faces, scrunching up your nose, smiling and laughing at your big brother, getting a little territorial over your toys...
* Babbling a few words...."Mama mama mama" "Da Da Da" "Ba Ba Ba" "Di-y Di-y Di-y" (Pretty sure that one means Donnie, because whenever you say it you're on the look out, maybe your afraid of getting kung-fued...hehe!)
* You and your brother are becoming fast friends, you've always taken a liking to him....but, just recently has he started liking you..... awe, I'm sorry baby boy!
* Mama's sweetheart (you have totally stolen my heart)..... you're SO sweet and happy, I just want to cuddle you all the time, you're a lover & I LOVE that about you!
* Food is your friend.... (you must get that from me), not picky yet, the key word is yet, I once said this about your brother and now I can't get him to eat anything!
* Blue's Clue's is something you actually will stop and watch for just a few minutes, you always laugh and smile at the doggy.

That's about it for now....
You make us smile everyday Nolan.... we love you!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Daddy & Donnie; Mommy & Nolan

Nolan and I stayed home this weekend while Don and Donnie went up to the cabin for a "boys weekend" with Don's Dad and his brothers. They spent the weekend snowmobiling, sledding down a hill that they made for the"Winter Festival" in town, and watching movies! I think all the things on their To Do List, were accomplished. I talked to Donnie on the phone last night and he said "he was playing nice"... hmmm? so, I guess that meant he was having a good time!?:) Don said whenever they stopped on the snowmobile Donnie would say "Come on Dad, let's ride!" Two peas in a pod, what can I say! I on the other hand I spent my weekend with Roly Noly. I said it once and I'll say it again.... Nolan is the BEST baby (my sweet little ball-o-love)!! My friend Sheri and I went to Ann Arbor to shop at Briarwood Mall for all the winter clearance sales and drool over things at Pottery Barn. We took Nolan with us and he was a perfect peach the entire time. He sat in his stroller, people watched, and babbled up a storm. I was a little worried he would feel too confined in his stroller, since he's been on the go, movin' & shakin' lately, but he was good to just sit and chill while we were doing our thing at the stores. We got home from Briarwood and just had a fun girls night slumber party, watched movies, got pizza, and talked about randomness... a fun night for me!

It was really nice to only have Nolan for a few nights all by myself. I realized yesterday that I haven't really had much one-on-one time with Nolan since he's been born. I mean the quantity of one-on-one time I had with him this weekend. It was so nice to put all of my energy into just him without having to entertain, or fix, or keep occupied, or put to sleep, or feed lunch to a 3 yr. old. I was able to concentrate on just Nolan and give him my undivided attention, which I hadn't really noticed that I wasn't doing until yesterday..... and I don't mean that in a bad way, like he's neglected....I mean it in a way that really the only way I could give him that attention is if he would have been numero uno in the pecking order. It was crazy how I felt I was able to get so much done with just him around, I guess I've really forgotten what it's like to have only 1 child around! Oh, how I remember the days when Donnie was a baby and I thought how difficult it was to get anything done..... haha! How things have changed! This is all reminding me of watching this one morning from this article.....

What do you think? What # child are you in your family? Hmmmmm... I wonder what Donnie and Nolan will be like as they get older? Geez, and what about our 3rd (maybe :)? Interesting, definitely some food for thought.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Nothing much...

Hmmmm.... thinking about what to type.

I'm at a little bit of a loss as to what I should write. So, of course, I'll go with the good ol' ......

Updates about the boys & life in general:

  • Nolan (9 months old), my sweet, sweet baby boy.... is here, there, everywhere!!..... he's moving around like a mad man. Crawling, pulling up on things, cruising along the side of the couch/coffee tables; eating us out of house & home, last night he actually asked for steak & potatoes for dinner...ha! But, honestly this kid likes to eat, we're still not quite sure what to do with a child that eats all his food AND wants more.....this is all new to us. Donnie on the other hand boycotts many breakfast and lunches, and just opts for milk (I'm not even gonna get into that whole issue.)

  • Donnie's newest addiction is Dinosaurs, he's really into looking at dinosaur books, playing with his mini dinosaur creatures, watching shows on discovery channel involving dinosaurs, & torturing Nolan with dinosaur roars. He'll even tell me... "that one is a T-Rex" or "Stegosaurus" or "Triceratops", it's pretty stinkin' cute if you ask me. I think we're going to try to head up to U of M and go to the Natural History Museum.....(BTW, not surprised that they beat out MSU in this department....amongst many other defeats they score against the Spartans... Go Blue!! That's okay, Steph I still like you guys..hehe! ;)

  • Still trying to get our bedroom painted... "Tea Leaf Green" to be exact. We just bought a fireplace (electric) for our bedroom & I love it, but we really need to finish up our bedroom, paint, accessorize, etc... to give it that "finished look" to make it feel right....KWIM?

  • Getting excited about going on Spring Break to Seabrook Island, S.C. with Don, the boys & the in-laws. We went to Kiawa Island (right next to Seabrook) a few years ago with them and it was a blast! Very "naturey" (ya like that word, I made up?;), it was not at all touristy and it was set up as a resort for families.... nature conservatories, equestrian center, pools w/ kiddie pools, tennis courts, bike trails/ hiking trails, even a day camp for toddlers .... this was on Kiawa, so let's hope Seabrook is like this! At any rate, I'm sure it will be nice and full of lot's of things for us to do, yet relaxing at the same time....that's what I'm really looking for, RELAXATION! Donnie is SO excited to fly on an airplane, go to the beach, and see the alligators, as we've already got a day trip planned for Charleston S.C., to some alligator farm... yeah, you heard me right.... and you know I'll be sporting my daisy dukes, a handkerchief on my head, & my cowboy boots..bahahaha! (for some reason, that's what I envision when I think about an alligator farm down south...that's okay, I'm a little bit of a hillbilly & country music are a few of my favorite past times:) LORD let's hope we all come back with all our limbs in tact!!

  • I've got my first Master's Class... Instruction and Curriculum; starting at the end of Feb., it's a 3 weekend course (3 credits), 5-9 Fridays & 8-5 Saturdays, at least it'll be done in 3 weekends, but they are loooong days....yuck! Not looking forward to more time & energy put into something else, when I feel like my time is spread thin as it is....but, what is one to do?? I've gotta keep my teaching certificate, and I will receive an increase in pay once I've completed the program, my goal is 3 yrs.... the whole program (36 credits & a thesis paper....wish me luck! I'll need it! :)

** I think that's it for now..... have a good night. Don's bringing me Chinese home for dinner, so I'm a happy girl!**

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

You may, you may not know...

I was tagged with the 25 things you may or may not know about me....

1) I'm a girly girl.... I love getting dressed up (not that I ever do), wearing make-up, getting my hair done, you know all that "girly" stuff. But, while I am "girly" I also enjoy sports, and being a total grub on the weekends.

2) I strive to be as positive and kind a person as my husband.... rarely does he complain, or say bad things about others; he's truly just a good person. I'm lucky!

3) I'm totally loving scrap booking, I find myself thinking how I can fit it into my weekends... (Must get a table set up downstairs to keep things out at my fingertips!)

4) I went to private school K-12th grade. Loved it & our boys will be doing the same.

5) If I wasn't a teacher, I'd be a nurse. I always have that thought in the back of my mind... right before I went to college, I thought about going into nursing. (3 things kept me in education though... June, July, & August! hehe!;)

6) I can at times have a big mouth, sometimes called "diarrhea of the mouth", it's seriously uncontrollable at times.... shit just flies out! See!

7) My boys are my everything.... I love being a mom to boys, more than I ever thought I would. I love the dirt, the boogers, the burps, the wildness, the sport-a-holicness, the swear words, the wrestling, the bruteness, and their tenderness... I just love it all.

8) I heart green olives! Not the bloating the next day from salt overload though!

9) I'm not a huge Christmas fan.... while it's great to give and receive gifts, have family gatherings, and teach my boys about Jesus's B-Day. It's just not all that grand to me.... maybe it's all the "Martha's" of this world who make me feel as though I'm not living up to my "motherly" duties during this holiday season..? (Oh! Well! Screw-em right!?)

10) #9, leads me to #10.... "Martha's" = UGH!

11) If I could get a time capsule and put some of those funny quotes Donnie says, I'd be in heaven.... I know I won't remember all those hilarious things he says in his too cute for words little 3 yr. old voice.

12) I'm really a homebody at heart... I don't need to go out much and if I do, I enjoy just 'hanging' out at other's homes, just chillin' out.

13) This year has been good to me.... lot's of laughs & happiness to fill my days, I'm blessed!

14) I don't enjoy about 7 of the 9 months of pregnancy... the nostalgia wears off quick. But, boy do I love that feeling after delivery.

15) I would love to have another home... on the lake. Just for the summers & weekends, to take the boys swimming, skiing, fishing, invite friends for bbq's. That's our pipe dream...

16) If my husband didn't work for his family business I would have NO problem just picking up and moving when our children are old enough to go to school. I've always thought it would be fun to just pick up and leave. As long as I can get my parents to go to where we move... (okay, so I know they would go anyways, whether I wanted them to or not! :)

17) If I had my choice between hot or cold weather ... I'd pick cold. I'm very ornery when I'm HOT, you can always add clothes when your cold, but you can only take off so many when your hot. I could never live in a HOT, HOT, climate... ewwwww!

18) I'm SO addicted to "Nancy Grace" & "Real Housewives of Orange County"... speaking of which is on tonight! Woo-Hoo!

19) I don't mind doing laundry, if I had to choose between dishes and laundry, it'd be laundry any day! Of course, I'd rather do neither, but that's not my reality.

20) When I was in first grade I told our neighbor's (who were both school teacher's) I was gifted... ha! Seriously, what was wrong with me??

21) When I was five I had stitches on my eyebrow because I was twirling around and ran into a door... haha! I was a klutz, big time!

22) I had eye surgery when I was 4 yrs. old. (Hmmmm... I see an eye trend going on here, weird..)

23) Both of my boys have their grandfather's name in theirs. Donald & Nolan Jeffrey.

24) I could shop day and night at Target... it's the BEST, who doesn't agree?!

25) I don't paint my toenails in the winter... only summer, thanks.

Man... am I done yet?! Sheeesh!