Monday, December 28, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
On Christmas Eve, we set out a plate of cookies and milk for Santa and a small bowl of carrots for the reindeers - Thomas was very excited that we would be giving them all a snack when they delivered presents that night. It really was so precious! Christmas morning began at 6am and just seemed to last all day. That was a good thing - we opened presents, we played with them, Abby napped, we opened more presents and prepared a wonderful Christmas dinner that was enjoyed by us and my in-laws.
Like I said, Christmas was so exciting with the kids. The disappointing part was not having Brian home. It was hard emotionally. I can only imagine how difficult it was for him to be away, even as we talked on Skype Christmas morning and he watched Thomas enjoy the moments with presents and family. Enjoying some of the quiet moments with Thomas made me miss Brian even more - knowing that he missed out on those times. Rocking Abby to sleep as we listened to Christmas music by the tree - knowing that he missed out on that as well. I know there will be next year... and God knows that Thomas and Abby will be just as excited about the Christmas spirit then ... it was just hard not having him with us during a time that you should absolutely be with your loved ones.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
At night with lights...
As we were walking along, we came across this acrobatic/trampoleen... Thomas' eyes were wide open as he just stopped and stared at the two young children who were already on it. There was a little girl who I am guessing was about 3 or 4 and a young boy about 6 who were jumping and enjoying it tremendously. Again, Thomas was in awe. After about a minute, I turned to him and asked, "Would you like to go on it?" Before I even heard an answer, Thomas was already taking off his jacket and walking around to the entrace. "OH MY GOSH! He really wants to do this? I don't know if he is even big enough or how much this thing costs??"
We get to the entrace and I read the sign: Minimum is 20lbs - $6 for 3 minutes. OMG again, who on earth would put a 20lb child up on this thing? And am I crazy for paying $6 for just 3 minutes of "I'm not sure if Thomas is really gonna like this?"
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Video Clip - OK, so I didn't get it on video but Abby hit a milestone today. She rolled over. Yeap... she was doing some tummy time and then just flipped. I'm not sure she knew what happened but started cooing and smiling right afterwards. What a hoot it was to see. Anyway, this is the best I can do for you right now. This clip is after about 10 min on her tummy so she is getting a tad tired and frustrated. But watch what happens when I call her name...
Those of you who were with us on the last deployment might remember one of my "tricks" to always keeping Thomas' eyes on Daddy (at least pictures of Daddy)... LOTS of pictures of the two of them together hung up at eye level all over his room. I felt like it really helped us always to be talking about Daddy while he was gone; for Thomas to remember all the things that him and Daddy do together; and so that when Daddy returns, the transition just might be easier because Daddy has always "been around". That is the idea anyway and it seemed to work out pretty well last time so I thought I would make sure we do it again for round #2 with Thomas & now Abby. I use scrapebooking paper and after attaching the pictures, I have them laminated for durability reasons :) Thomas LOVES his pictures of him & his Daddy.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
My only concern is convincing Thomas that he will want to ride in the stroller - it has been a LONG time since he rode in a stroller. Yesterday, as we were leaving the house, he noticed the stroller in the garage. He asked what it was (because I'm sure he has never seen a double one) - my response was quick and filled with enthusiasm (so I could win him over). "Thomas that is Mommy's brand new 'SUPER-FAST' stroller for both you and Abby. Look, do you see that there are 2 seats? Now both of you can go with me and we will go very fast. What do you think?" His response was simple..."yeah, Mommy goes fast!!" And Brian didn't think I could convince a 2 year old to ride in a stroller. Ha...