Sunday, December 30, 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012


I have to share this story before I forget completely! Yesterday Orion got a kid's meal from an unnamed, horribly unhealthy, fast food joint.  The toy that was in his meal is always of interest to him, at least temporarily, however this particular time they contained Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys.  He has had a slight obsession with the TMNT movie recently so it seemed like a very fitting toy for him.  He opened his meal and pulled out the toy and saw the bright orange mask on his turtle.  In all manner of seriousness he looked at me and says "Mommy, why did they give me Mikey?  I wanted Ralph!"  I was so ridiculously proud that I almost cried.  My 3 year old is starting to know the heroes of my childhood and I couldn't be more thrilled.

Preschool Mood Swings

They say that teen-agers are full of mood swings and unpredictability.  I'm here to tell you that a preschooler that has underslept is just as full of angst and torment as most of them!  My normally pleasant and loving child will occasionally surprise me with an attitude that comes out of the blue, usually after a night where he was less than thrilled to go to bed.  A boy that is normally pretty appreciative for a good meal will throw himself a fit because he's been told that we need to eat supper.  The "No's" that echo from his little body are more than a little frustrating.  Little boys are definitely born cute as a method of self preservation.  I'm definitely glad that he is generally such a good kid.  I feel really bad for parents who have preschoolers that have that much attitude constantly.  I'm perfectly happy with my intelligent, slightly sarcastic preschooler with occasional mood swings.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Today is Christmas.  It's the first non-traditional Christmas that I've ever had and I have to say that it was definitely harder on me than it was on Orion.  Today we hit up a Chinese buffet for lunch, followed by some quality time at the movies.  It was just a very low key, quiet holiday.  Orion is happy, healthy, and home.  That's all that really matters.  He got a bunch of geektastic toys that he loves, ranging from rockets to super heroes.  He's spent more time than he should playing games on our tablets and watching random movies.  He is such a smart kid.

 So from our family to yours, Happy Holidays!  I hope each and every one of you has a fantastic day of celebration, family, and love.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Snow Day!

Today was a snow day for me and Orion.  It was a nice lazy day to stay safely tucked away in the nice warm house.  Orion and I made Snickerdoodle Blondies and watched movies together.  I got to introduce him to Nightmare Before Christmas.  I was concerned that it may be a little bit scary for him but he thought it was awesome.  We spent a lot of time playing with his cars and doing puzzles.  Overall it was a very relaxed and carefree day.  Tomorrow will probably be back to the last day of work before a short holiday break.  I am definitely looking forward to a long weekend of presents, food, celebrations, and family.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Ho ho holidays

Holidays are always a crazy time for everyone.  Our family has a few traditions and I'm trying to make sure that those happen even though we aren't able to spend the holidays with my family this year.  Despite the fact that I am an adult, I still love getting a stocking full of randomness each year.  This year that responsibility has fallen on me, and it's been quite exciting.  It seems like a small thing, but it is important to me.

We set up a tree and Orion helped to decorate it.  We even have 2 tree toppers because he thought both of them were necessary. I'm definitely ok with that.  I love watching him grow and learn.  I love seeing him get excited for things like this.  He is such an amazing little boy and it's a joy to get to share my traditions with him.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

How is it December?

It's been over a month since I've updated things yet again.  Consistency is not my strong suite with blogging lately.  Maybe someday I can figure out how to get this thing on a schedule.  *sigh*  Anyway, the last month has been busy in a lot of ways.  Thanksgiving was a lot of driving and a lot of visiting family.  Orion loves getting to see his grandparents and all of his aunts so I believe he had a great time.

Orion started a new school right after Thanksgiving as well.  It was a pretty major change for him, but he seems to be adjusting well.  He is making new friends and seems to enjoy going.  I'm hoping that everything continues to go smoothly.

Overall, things are going remarkably well.  Orion can now write his name completely by himself.  He spells it out loud as he writes "O is a circle, R is a line with a little hump, I is a line with a little dot, O is a circle, N is a line with a hump".   It's adorable to watch and makes me so ridiculously proud of him.

So now, Christmas is right around the corner and for the first time ever we won't be able to go back to spend it with my family.  Part of me is really disappointed, but I know that Orion will still have an amazing time.  Aunt Jaime is going to be spending it with us.  We'll just call it an adventure.  Hopefully it is a fantastic one.  

And I know you've all heard it before, but I am going to try to update things more regularly around here.  I'm aiming for 2 posts a week right now....and I think I'll bring back Silent Sundays with just a photo as well.  Hopefully setting some real goals will make this successful.  *fingers crossed*