Monday, November 29, 2010

A Mom and Her Boy

I can't express enough how important it is to take each kid out individually for some one on one time. Being one of four, all around the same age, it is easy to get lost in the mix. It is so nice being the mommy of one for a few hours and focusing all of my attention solely on them.

I returned home from black friday mayhem around 4 p.m.,(btw, this will be an annual thing, so much fun, I am hooked) we left my house at 2:30 a.m. that morning, so I was a bit tired. But, buddy and I had plans. I was taking him out for a special date. Just him and me. It really is amazing how as mommy's we have energy secretively stored and we can pull it out for special occasions. This was one of those special occasions! When I walked in the door he was waiting for me, dressed, shoes on and everything. It was super cute to see how excited he was. It didn't matter where we were going, we were just going to be alone together and that is all that mattered.

We decided on a place for dinner. Jon was in the mood for pizza and I knew just the place. In our small town there is not a whole lot of going out places, so it is very surprising that we had not been to Crossroads yet. One of the few restaurants in town. So this was a great chance to try it out.

Made with love, that's my kind of pizza place!

We took our time, actually we got a discount because they burned our first pizza, I love when that sort of thing happens. We were in no hurry, please burn our pizza and save us some money! We sat in the way back corner were it was nice and quiet. We colored, talked, set the camera timer to get some pics of the two of us, told stories and most importantly we were not interrupted except to be asked if we would like some more root beer. Yes please!

I love the color concentration face, so precious!

Jon has the biggest heart ever. All night long he kept saying to me, "mom you are so beautiful!" Even after a twelve hour shopping day, no make-up, no sleep and hat hair. Love him! He just loves giving compliments and making your day. He also is the biggest helper, loves to work hard and lend a hand. I am constantly saying,"thanks Jon." and he will reply, "u welcome," with a big smile on his face! Jon is the guy that needs a good hug every now and then and if it has been awhile he will come and ask, "can I have a hug mom?" I love this boy and his big, lovable heart!

The pizza was really yummy and Jon approved!

What is a date without ice cream and new pair of cool shades that match your shoes!

The glasses have checkers on them like his shoes, he thought that was so cool!

Jon has not stopped talking about our cool date yet and he keeps saying he really wants to go back to get pizza with me at that place again! I love that I got the chance to make him feel so special, because that is exactly what he is. One of a kind! I can't wait until we get to go out, just us, again!

I am tearing up as I re-read this, my goodness time goes by fast and they all of a sudden are big!

Love you buddy!

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving and A First Time For Everything

Why is Thanksgiving one of my favorite Holidays? Of course I love Christmas, but there is just something about Thanksgiving.

No agenda.
We did forget to get a turkey pan, so we had to make a trip to the grocery store, but that just meant we got to stop at Starbucks!

Jammies all day.
Abby learned how to make eggs in the microwave today and made them for everyone. I personally didn't care for any, but Jon ate them!

Cooking together.

Yeah, they are cute!

Look at those lashes!

He gets em from this guy!

Yummy food.

The parade.
Have to watch the NYC Rocketts.

Here comes Santa Clause.

It's just not Thanksgiving without Al, Meredith and Matt.

Mrs. Clause.

The National Dog Show. We are not usually big fans of this long drawn out competition, but one family member seemed to like it!

"What mom?"

Scouting out and cutting down our tree.

I asked all the kids to go get ready so we could go out back and find our tree. Matty and Ella had an interesting idea of what the proper attire was!

"Ready mom! Okay, I'll put a little more one. How's this?"

I think Ella was a little mixed up and had fashion show on the brain, but she sure looked cute for the great outdoors!

Scouting for the perfect tree.

One snow boot, one rain boot, it works!

We found the perfect tree top!

The deer helping daddy with the Christmas tree.

Unwrapping all our past years ornaments.

Putting up our Christmas tree.

Watching the classics.
When I turned on Miracle on 34th street Abby said, "um, I don't think I am going to like this because it doesn't have any color." They all loved it and that made me one happy mommy!

Eating to much and taking a turkey nap.
Matt laid down for us to change him and conked out.

What is it about a sleeping baby?

The boys passed out

I love everything about it!

Our huge tree!

This post comes to you bright dark and early this Friday morning. 2:30 a.m. to be exact. I am about to embark on an adventure that I never thought I would partake in. BLACK FRIDAY! My dear friend Heather is whisking me away before the birds are up. We are headed to Denver to wait in lines with the rest of the crazies. Erik thinks it's a complete gimmick and I would have to agree with him for the most part. I guess working retail will do that to you.

Trying to explain to a guy why getting up super early, standing in long lines and fighting crowds is fun, is like trying to persuade me that rebuilding a car engine is fun. But, honestly I don't even really understand why I am going. Oh, yes, I know, because I have a very cute, persuasive friend who totally believes in the whole idea. It doesn't matter what Heather and I are doing, we always have fun so I know it will be great no matter what! Also the first 50 customers at Plato's Closet gets a $20.00 gift card, that seems worth it! I think the plan is Starbucks (of course), Kohls, Old Navy, Platos. But she is the boss for the day and has it all mapped out, I am just along for the ride! I have a feeling this will become a tradition!

So here goes nothing, wish us luck! There is a first time for everything! If you will also be out with us on this insane day, I hope you have lots of fun too!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!
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