Friday, June 28, 2013

The Sitter

One of our sitters is moving away. She is Miss M's first official babysitter and a whiz at the job - all of us have really taken to her. We had her over for a final dinner and M suggested we make Mac and Cheese. I thought about the irony of that but I opted for a much better meal since every time Heather's at our house she makes Mac and Cheese. It was nice to have one last meal with her and hear about where she is headed. I know wherever she ends up, her positive attitude and upbeat spirit will serve her well. We will miss her madly.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Getting Out for a Taste of Trout

Pam was itching all visit for some good, fresh trout. On their last day, we headed downtown so they could actually "see" Denver before they left. We had lunch at McCormick's: some fresh trout and fish tacos and beers all around.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

On Father's Day

Frank and Pam came out for a visit. It was great to have them here. There's not much to do when you have a newborn but they were game for holding babies, changing diapers, and working on odd household tasks, which is such a treat for mom and dad. Miss M loved the extra hands on deck too.

On Father's Day, Frank offered to hang a swing for the girls, one as neat as what he was known to create for Andy and Jeff when they were young. He worked to throw two ropes over the lowest branch of our gigantic tree out back. 

It was fun to watch him work, weighing the rope and tying knots like a sailor. He was the one that pointed out the project was a great Father's Day activity. What he created has quickly become one of the coolest features at our house.

I'm so glad Miss M and Miss A have these men in their life.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Sit in my Lap, Child

We had a morning adventure; just us two. This was after a long walk and a breakdown. What's a girl to do when a new baby shakes her world? We both missed our time alone together; such is the heartbreak in life. Frank and Pam watched miss a so we could go. It felt like summer break just getting out of the house with one child. We stopped for a special treat. She picked a cranberry orange muffin and I fell victim to a cherry turnover (a nod to some of my favorite childhood Chris memories). We went to the Littleton Museum to see if we could find the kitty cat. We sat out front in the shade of a tree and enjoyed our treats. M was so excited; me too. We talked and I got to look at her, stroke her hair. She moved closer and closer, then into my lap where she finished most of her muffin. It warmed my heart and broke it at the same time: just us two with so much change having taken place, the time it took for her to find my lap, the quiet ease of the moment and the beauty in the day, the ability to escape together and how extremely joyful she makes me.

We didn't find the kitty cat. We found other things. A peacock climbing to the roof of a building after some boys chased him. Her imagination has taken flight and we watched the pond for alligators, since we "saw" one the previous day in the pond by our house. We said "hi" to the cow and the sheep. M swept in the barn a little and we melted in the sun before finally packing it in. More importantly, we found each other again. I think it will be an experience I have over and over as we grow and change.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Today is the Greatest

Smashing Pumpkins

This is what I'm working with here today...

I'll tear my heart out
Before I get out

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Patience is a Virtue

I was talking to a couple at Wee and Dan's wedding a few weeks ago and the guy said, "I just love how you keep her hair so short" in reference to the super cute flower girl I accompanied to the event. I replied with a laugh and said, "That? That flock of seagulls haircut is two years in the making. I actually think her locks look pretty long right now..."

In any case, this moment has been an exercise in patience: I am happy to announce to the official release of Miss M in "Pigtails: Mom's New Favorite Doo"

The world is our oyster!