Monday, May 19, 2014

Dinner Club Update

There is a group of us from high school who still get together regularly.  In fact, we all went on a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to celebrate our 30th birthdays this year.  With new additions coming all the time, it's harder and harder to get together regularly.  But, we do have a standing monthly adult only date.  Dinner Club.  Over the past 3 1/2 years or so, we've gotten together about once a month to try new restaurants around the Twin Cities.  In case you are looking for a place to try...here is our lineup.
 
Rainbow
Parma 8200
Tea House
Santorini
Black Sheep Pizza
Buca
Psycho Suzi's
Black Forest
Aster Cafe
Brasa Rotisserie
Wilde Roast Cafe
The Lowry
BLVD Kitchen
Dixie's on Grand
Moscow on the Hill
Origami

Friday, May 16, 2014

Sleeping Babies

 
 
 
There is something about sleeping babies...it's addicting.  It's easy to do when you have an infant because they sleep anywhere and somewhere along the way the novelty wears off.  Until....

...until they stop sleeping anyhow, anywhere.  It's hard to go look at a sleeping baby for fear that they will wake up when they're in that phase.  Or you've gone to great lengths to make the room dark and filled with fake rain and fake wind and opening the door or the creak the floor will let out on your way over to the bed, might possibly wake them.
But, then they start sleeping, soundly.  And through anything.  Lights on, no fan, no sound machine.  I'm addicted to watching my kids sleep.

When I moved Hattie to her own room around 10 weeks or so, I got into the habit of checking her before bed.  It was just habit because we had been putting her to bed in there at 7, and then waking her at 10 for a feeding and keeping her in our room for the rest of the night.  So when we decided it was time for her to sleep in her own room...I just had to go in and check her before bed.   
It was about that time that I got over the fact that I would wake Griffin if I went in there (which is crazy since he's such a good sleeper!) and I started checking him too.
I actually get excited to be done brushing my teeth so I can go check on the kids.  They are so peaceful.  I could pretty much do anything and Griff wouldn't wake up.  I usually just crawl in bed for a few seconds to a few minutes and give him a million kisses, telling him I love him over and over.  The sounds and smells of his little sleeping-ness are intoxicating.

Hattie is a little harder to get close to.  I usually just rub her back and whisper sweet nothings to her.  My friend Janna teeter totters herself over the cribrail to get to her son...my pregnant belly is in the way:).  Just for the sake of goodnight checks, I can't wait for her to be in a big girl bed...in all other respects she can wait as long as she wants and keep sleeping in a crib.


I leave their rooms feeling filled with joy.  Proud of who they are, remembering the good moments of the day, and looking forward to the next morning and seeing them again.  If I get into bed without checking them...I can't fall asleep.  I know I need to see them one last time before I dream.  Maybe it will increase the chances that I'll get to see them while I sleep.

I know my babies won't be babies forever.  I know I won't always be able to watch them sleep.  But for now, it is part of my day that brings me close to them.  They look so vulnerable and peaceful and I am reminded of how much they need my prayers and how much they need me no matter what the day brought.  Hattie and Griff-you fill me up with love so thick I can feel it well up in my throat while I watch you sleep.  I am so in love with you two....you make all of my days complete.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Christmas 2013

This last Christmas was as usual, packed full of fun.  We really tried not to do too much, push the kids' schedules too far or stretch ourselves too thin.  We did spread it out, except for the Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Post-Christmas three day spree.
 
We started a few weeks prior, at Bachman's which had a little Christmas program and a Santa to meet.
 

Griff who loves his uncles Charl and Tom, chose to wear some of their old Christmas clothes...and while Nate thought he looked like a clown, I thought he was adorable.
We met some friends there, and even managed a few group pics.  How cute is sweet Osa!?


 







Our next task was making Christmas cookies.  After my lesson learned last Valentine's Day, I did the majority of the work myself and then let Griff decorate a few.  His attention span is so short that just a few cookies is the perfect amount.
We packaged them up for all of his teachers and volunteers that help us out throughout the year at our various activities.


 

Our own family tradition has become Christmas Eve morning.  We just pretend it's really Christmas and we stayed in our PJ's opened presents and ate French toast.





Christmas Eve we go to church with the Woodbury's and then eat dinner at their house.  Since our parents live so close, we have the luxury of being able to run Hattie over to the crib at my parents' house and be back in time for dessert.


Santa even paid a visit to the Woodbury's before making his important rounds for the night.


We spend the night at my parents and then head back over to the Woodbury's for a quick present opening and breakfast.

Then back to my parents to do Christmas morning when my brothers are actually awake:).




Finally we head over to my dad and Sig's for Christmas dinner and then we spend the night there and have a relaxed breakfast the next morning.

Hattie turned 10 months on Christmas Day and it marked the end of a very tough phase for her (and us).  Not to say we won't have more tough phases to come, but all of the sudden our sweet girl was back!

Christmas was an amazingly busy but enjoyable few days and we tried very hard to make it about what it should be about.  We overdid it...and I'm not sure how we could have done things any differently to lighten the load...but we were definitely thankful to have our kids back to their normal states after a few days.








Monday, May 12, 2014

Dreaming of Cable...

Coming off a few really fun weekends with our cousins had Griffin asking, "when can we go back to Cable?"  The man's got a point.  This spring has been taking an incredibly long time to get here. 
 
Cable, last August already seems like a really long time ago.  Hattie was just 6 months old and Griffin was still napping.
Hattie didn't have hair, was incredibly attached to me (and still is), but loved snuggling up with Grandma and breathing in the fresh air.
We had a blast hanging with our cousins...
and getting in some good ole family time.
Griffin's highlight might have been boat rides and fishing with Grandpa.

And we all know what Cooper's favorite thing to do was....jump into the water a million and one times after his Frisbee.
Each night we enjoyed a beautiful but cool cruise...
and each day we spent many hours swinging on the porch swing.
The weather was a bit cooler than we had hoped, but the kids didn't care.  They just stayed in their jammies and played.
The two littles.
We took our yearly hike up Mount Telemark with the doggies along.
...and the older boys in backpacks.
The whole crew at the top of the mountain.







We sure did have a great time with our cousins and the grandparents.  Griffin has asked Grandpa and Grandma each time he talks to them, "Can we go back to Cable, soon!?"
We sure hope so!