Monday, May 18, 2009

Easter and mini vacation

Wow - one week from Memorial Day, crazy!

We had a fun Easter with one exception. That was the day Brady got sick enough to vomit for the first time. Poor kid was terrified - he didn't understand what was happening :( As a parent, nothing worse to see when you look in the eyes of your child and see that terror. I think he cried more because he was scared than because he was sick, but nonetheless, made the last 1/2 of our a day a little less fun. Up until that point, had fun - first holiday we hosted at our house and I think I even pulled off a good meal :)

After Easter, the 10 of us in my family (mom, dad, Brad, Sara, Grant, Dylan, 3 of us, and my Grandma) headed out to the little town of Wilton, ND to celebrate Gram's 90th birthday. We had to postpone our plans from the weekend of her birthday due to the flooding issues going on in the FM area. Everyone had a good time - including Gram who wasn't so keen on a party in her honor to begin with. The boys had a blast in the pool at the hotel!

Dylan, Brady & Grant

Other than the pool, jumping on the beds and running from room to room seemed to be the next most enjoyable by the boys. This pic - not sure how it came about, but the boys decided they were riding a choo-choo train . . . upon closer inspection, you'll see that Brad had the pleasure of being the choo-choo :)

I particularly love this pic - cuz it shows just how ridiculously alike Brad & Sara's 2 boys look! We all think you can definitely tell they're brothers - but there's something about the way their heads are turned and those smiles that enhances it a TON!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Something for Moms - Happy Mother's Day!

Before I was a Mom . . .

Before I was a Mom
I never tripped over toys
Or forgot words to a lullaby
I didn’t worry whether or not
My plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations

Before I was a Mom
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
And my thoughts
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom
I never held down a screaming child
So doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
Watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn’t want to put him down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
When I couldn’t stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
Could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom
I didn’t know the feeling of
Having my heart outside my body.
I didn’t know how special it could feel
To feed a hungry baby.
I didn’t know that bond
Between a mother and her child.
I didn’t know that something so small
Could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
Every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
The joy,
The love,
The heartache,
The wonderment
Or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn’t know I was capable of feeling so much,
Before I was a Mom