Saturday, May 26, 2012

what life looks like at 2.


so much changes in a year, little man. in two days, you'll be turning TWO! one year ago, you had just "mastered" walking. and by mastered, i mean that it had become your primary mode of transportation, but you still took quite a few falls. you had a few words that you knew, but weren't very chatty.  now, 12 months later you aren't just walking - but running! and jumping. jumping a lot. daddy is crazy impressed by your jumping skills. you can jump over things, from your bed, from the couch, and just about anything that's elevated. and you land on your feet. (most of the time, anyway.) you are such a little boy with scrapes on your elbows and bruises and scratches on your sweet little legs. you love to wrestle daddy in the living room, or tackle him outside when playing football. you are also such a chatterbox. you formulate little sentences - mostly gibberish with a few "real" words slipped in, so i'm at least able to know what subject we're on. (it's usually "tars.") you love to be outdoors. this usually means finding a stick to play with, helping daddy water the trees, running up and down the fence line with your favorite neighbor, palmer (a yellow lab), pulling leaves from every dangling branch, or finding rocks to throw into the bushes. (we have to have talks about pulling leaves and throwing rocks from time to time.) 


some of life's greatest simple pleasures for you include: water, bubbles, and chalk. grandma and grandpa just got you a new water table for your birthday, and it's proven to be excellent entertainment. we're excited to see how you are at the pool this summer. they open this weekend!


excited for what this next year has in store. but first, looking forward to celebrating another birthday with you, my silly and sweet little boy. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

lemon curd.

it's no secret that i love lemon. some time ago i had found a recipe from pinterest to make my own lemon curd. the seed was planted. then, a couple of weeks ago, i made a lemon loaf (recipe also found from pinterest) that my sister-in-law had paired with some lemon curd she had at home. and then that was it for me. i thought about lemon curd for the next two weeks, and decided it was time.

i had the perfect opportunity: end of the year teacher appreciation gifts.

truly thankful to owen's PDO teachers, and also to my family, for taking such great care of owen this year. he's a lucky little dude.

the recipe for the lemon curd (found here):

Ingredients

  • 3 lemons
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 pound unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 5 extra-large egg yolks, egg whites removed
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (3 to 4 lemons)
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

Using a carrot peeler, remove the zest of 3 lemons, being careful to avoid the white pith. Put the zest in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the sugar and pulse until the zest is very finely minced into the sugar.

Cream the butter and beat in the sugar and lemon mixture. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and then add the lemon juice and salt. Mix until combined.

Pour the mixture into a 2 quart saucepan and cook over low heat until thickened (about 10 minutes), stirring constantly. The lemon curd will thicken at about 170 degrees F, or just below simmer. Remove from the heat and cool or refrigerate.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

celebrating 2 in indiana.

a couple of weeks ago, owen and i took a weekend visit to indiana, squeezing in one last free flight before he turns two. and since we were only a few weeks away from his birthday, we decided to have a little birthday party for him there. we were able to invite some friends and family that otherwise will not have the chance to attend his kansas city birthdays. :) it was delightful. and Cars themed. which means owen was a happy camper. i'm going to share a lot of pictures - some of my own, and then a few kindly shared by my friend shelly and my momma. 

he sat so patiently while we sang to him, waited until the song was finished, then blew out the candles. 
like such a big boy.





bubbles are one of owen's new obsessions. he wanted to blow bubbles all weekend long. so, naturally, we got the bubbles out for his special day.



saying that owen loved his new Cars gifts would be an understatement. there were a lot of little fingers, and owen trusted none of them to get too close to his new toys. below is his response to baby norah's hands getting too close for comfort. ;-)


we spent a good week toting this bag filled with his new Cars characters around, pulling them out one by one and lining them up, only to pack them back up, carry the bag to another place, and do this all over again.



there were a lot of kiddos that i love so much at the party. i like it that way.



and finally, to leave you with a video. he melts my heart.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

mother's day.

today we celebrated my second mother's day. a role that has become so comfortable to me - making the days before motherhood seem so distant.

this weekend, as i was doing some email clean-up, i came across a draft i had typed up for a letter i had written my mom for mothers day that very distant 2 years ago. and i was taken back to the rush of emotion in anticipation of owen's arrival, and what motherhood might look like for me.

i had an amazing example. i am blessed beyond measure to have the woman i admire most in this world as my own momma. and as a friend. she has been an example of humility, grace, strength, and beauty - her best accessory is her smile. and she is seldom seen without one. she has the kindest heart, and sweetest soul - and all that know her know this about her. she is the best listener. i'm so thankful for her today.

happy mother's day to my favorite mommy :) 

i love you so much.



so here i am, 2 years later, as a mom. i have busy little toddler living in my house who calls me mommy. and momma. and mom. and he loves me with his sweet kisses, and dark eyes that light up when he sees me at the end of a work day. (unless, of course, he's in the middle of something super fun and important with his cousin ella.. then he can't be bothered) and he tells me so. "ahhjoooo." (looove yooouu.) so i think i'm doing alright at this mom gig.

while i certainly won't turn down a morning to sleep in, my favorite breakfast prepared by my husband, a homemade card, and a cute little soon-to-be-2-year-old barging in my bedroom sloshing water around from the vase filled with flowers the boys picked from our yard... i can tell you that being owen's momma is a rewarding and incredible gift in itself.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

a 23 month old's vocabulary.


des: yes
tars: Cars (in reference to his favorite movie in the world)
moomie: movie
tirtwood: kirkwood
wala: water
sour: orange (the fruit)
mitty: mickey
wahtum: welcome (as in, "you're welcome")
ahjoo: love you
whoahs: pillows


as you can see, some of his words from 3 months ago have evolved, and i've added a few newbies. his vocabulary is expanding so rapidly. and into a language that mommy and daddy are not the only ones who can understand and translate.


what is so fun for me to watch and participate in, is having play conversations and interactions with his stuffed animals. we talk to Mickey, Lightning, Bear, Elephant, Superman, Puppy, and Elephant on a regular basis at our house. owen and i both. owen is completely delighted when his stuffed animals "respond" to him and take interest in his activities. 


just this past weekend, owen directed his question to elephant, "Music, Elephant?" to which elephant responded, "Yes, please!" owen performed a quick number with his drumstick (a plastic rod broken from a bubble wand) on his drums (his pillows) and the crowd (Elephant) went wild. delighted was he. he stopped, then looked from the corner of his eye to see how Elephant would respond. "Awwww. More music, more music!" exclaimed elephant. owen giggled, then went right back to his performance, then concluded with a self-applause. elephant joined in. it was a stellar performance. this scene was repeated another 25 times before my enthusiasm withered, and realized it was past his bedtime.