Sunday, April 27, 2008

My Grandfather

I found these pictures this past week at my parents house going through all the old photo albums. I do not remember having seen these before. I teared up actually when I found them and showed them to my mother. Something about these two photos captures everything I remember and love about my grandfather, Gilbert Eugene Miers. I remember the way he smelled, like chewing tobacco and tabasco sauce. I remember plaing with the hair on his forarms while we watched baseball, the news or soap operas in the afternoon. I vividly remember Friday trips to the grocery store. Once I walked away with a different grandpa, only to realize my mistake and turn around. I remember that he took great pride in his flowers and the yard around their home. He was always outside as much as possible. There was always the inevitable stop at the fruit stand for among other important items, cantelope. He would eat this cantelope at what seemed every meal, covered in salt, often accompanied by a huge pile of eggs with salt and pepper and tabasco. Another favorite was cake with butter. He wasn't a perfect parent, as none of us are, but with age came wisdom and knowledge. The most important lesson: to show his love. I can not remember a single visit where he did not take me to a picture of myself and tell me "that is the prettiest girl in the world." That was the last thing he told me. That and that the girl in the picture could do anything with her life that she wanted. He has been gone about ten years now and how I wish he could see where that girl has gone...He would love these boys.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Colorado baby

My Ayden is in Colorado this week visiting his dad. I am in Houston and missing him! I am trying to enjoy the time with Balin though. I know I don't get all that much one on one time with him. I'll be here at my parents all week, so say hi! I'm gonna be lonely! (Everyone else will be working and Lucas went home today)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Ayden's birthday party: My Favorite Things

We celebrated Ayden's birthday in three part, the zoo visit, a big breakfast of his favorite breakfast foods and a cake. A doughnut of course. Other favorite things we incorporated: spider-man, chuck-E-Cheese plates, transformers and friends.

Ayden is turning 5!!

Turning five

This is a picture taken of Ayden a few years ago. He has grown so much. This weekend we celebrated his fifth birthday with my parents at the Houston Zoo. the next morning we had a little party for him with Destiny and a little girl, Ryann who lives across the street from my parents. We called the theme "Aydens favorite things. As soon as I figure out how to use my parents Mac I will post photos of his Do-nut cake and Transformers!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Ayden quotes

"I don't want to be a human anymore. I didnt know it would be like this"

Mom: Ayden- Hanna Montanna is on American Idol Ayden: "Thats because their giving back kids mom"

Monday, April 7, 2008

the playground


We went to theplayground yesterday afternoon. Balin loves the grass.
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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Balin is sick, AGAIN

So we just can not seem to get healthy around here. Balin was great yesterday, happy and friendly. Then he went to sleep. hard. Usually B wakes up by about 2 for a bottle. (I know shame on me). Last night he stayed asleep and at 9 this morning was still completely knocked out. When I woke him up I noticed he felt warm and sure enough 102. Yay for Lucas's job and YAY for no more medicaid. I called his doctor.. as in the same one he saw last time we went in and he ould see us, right then. Amazing. On medicaid it would have gone like this. Sick baby, go to doctor office, wait three hours, see either new doctor (most likely intern) or the nurse practitioner. Get immediate prescription for antibiotics and told to go home. IF not like last time I walked in and was told "we have no more doctors." So anyway, itwas really nice to have a sick baby and to be able to get medical treatment for him. He has a cold, and possibly an ear infection.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Bienvenue Avril!!

Today is the first day of April, one of my favorite months. This month my first child will turn 5! FIVE. Five years ago I was just me, alone and by myself and now five years later my precious little mystery will be five. This month my little baby will be nine months old, hardly an infant he is starting to try to take steps literally and figuratively into early childhood. This same month my husband will complate the first half of his training program and be one month closer to that all important "promotion" or guarantee of career stability that comes at the end of this. Today I met with some ladies from a local moms group I have joined for the first time. I have stepped out of my comfort zone and decided to meet them where they go.. the library, the playground. Today was at the indoor play structure at our church (the moms group is not associated with my church, but the church has a gigantic indoor play structure that is open to the public during certain times) and the local science museum. I had a ton of fun and really enjoyed getting to know some other mamas. I've never done this before. I've been a mom for five years, but this is the first time I'm really plugging in with other moms socially and not just because I take care of their children at school. I welcome the rain that is falling outside, and the thunderstorms of this month because at the end of April all these things will have come to pass.