Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Bean's new haircut

I thought I would post a couple of (sorry no smiles) pictures of Nina's new bob hair cut! Sorry there are no good smiling pictures-I'll work on that, but you get the idea. She is just the cutest thing ever!

Have I mentioned that I have no CONTROL?!

I have no idea if any of you have experienced this yet, but if you have kids you will soon enough. I have worked diligently to train my tongue NOT to curse around my children and to sensor what is not age little trip to the Lake of the Ozarks and Luca has begun a whole new chapter. The other day after having to get some allergy shots, he got a dumdum sucker to reward his vanlient bravery. After a few lick she turned it around and began puffing on it like a cigarette!!!!! He said he wanted to be like Uncle Tom...WHAT? He is three, UGH! Then, within days, he was coming out of the playroom to get his diaper changed and he tripped on a block. Without missing a beat he stood up and said, "Shit, I tripped on a block, mom, Shit!"

I SO have my work cut out for me, and I am glad that God is in charge here, because I am at a loss! When you have a late talker you get used to control...and it is between the giggles and laughs that I try to hide when he says some of the things he says that I am thankful that I have an observant and wonderful little boy that is keepin' it real for me! So, pray for me to keep a straight face as a tackle this round of, "That is not okay!"

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Luca is Three

So, my oldest baby just turned three this past Saturday. I absolutely cannot believe how big and amazing my little boy has become. It just does not seem possible. This has been a wonderful ride so far. Luca simply cracks me up with his daily Luca-isms! Everything that comes out of his mouth just cracks me up.
For his birthday we had a fire truck come to visit the birthday boy and had a huge castle bounce house for 17 kids to bounce around in. It was an absolute blast-Luca, however, chose to hang in the background for much of the his own Luca style, because he was way too into his new birthday trucks and toys. It was an overall wonderful day.

The cake on the other another story. Luca has been asking for a choo choo train cake for months (in addition to a puppy)-so I thought, the cake I can do! When my friend Courtney emailed me after the party she referred to me as a "domestic goddess"...I though to myself-more like a raving lunatic, just ask my husband. Nothing like being up until 1:30 in the morning arguing with Vince about just what a caboose looks like! WooHoo..hard to explain those parenting moments until you get there. I went from imagining a 10 car long choochoo train, from scratch yellow cake with homeade butter cream icing, bright colors, all accompanied by the most amazing cupcakes and ice cream cone cakes you can imagine. Well, after two failed attempts at birthday cake and a ton of eggs and time wasted, I settled for box cake...but darn it the buttercream frosting was mine all mine, and I have the stains from each and every color staining everything that I was wearing to prove it!!! I am learning that no matter how well you plan things as a mother, you can never plan for the inevitable kinks that will happen at the last minute. Anyway, it was an awesome day and in the midst of it all Vince and I got to know some freinds and neighbors a lot better and really like the people that God is strategically placing in our lives. It just makes us feel a little more settled and kind of like this place is just a little bit more of a home. All of this is thanks to Luca and his birthday.

Nina and Luca simply amaze me. In fact when I look at them playing (when they do not see me peeking around the corner of the playroom), they literally take my breath away! Some days that happens because I realize how huge the job of being a good parent really is, and on other days it is because God shows me the magic that these beautiful children bring to my life every single day.

Today is a really good day, please enjoy the pics. Talk to you soon.

Choo-Choo Train Galore

Here is the infamous train cake that Luca has been asking for...

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Luca at the park wearing his favorite accessory- a scooby doo band aid

The cutest little Nina Bean that you have ever seen!
Luca, Nina, and best friend Elena