Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Our Easter Weekend: Suddenly: A Cookout; Baseball; Easter Eggs; and a Zoo Carousel Ride

I know it's been some time since I last posted, but I definitely wanted to jump on to write about our Easter weekend.  What a busy and fun one it was!

My oldest sister, Diana, and her family came up to join us for the holiday, which was so lovely.  Di is absolutely head over heels for Calvin, so I love any time she gets to spend with him.  They came over Friday evening; we hosted a rather impromptu cookout, whuch turned out great!  Di's longtime friend Stacey and her family joined us as well, and we all had so much fun.  Calvin especially loved being the center of attention; he's such a ham!

Saturday Brian, Calvin and I headed up to Cleveland for an Indians game (yay Brian for being a VIP and getting free tickets!).  Although it was chilly, and the Tribe ended up losing, the experience of being there is always awesome. I picked up a new Kipnis tee, and we got Calvin a 3-pack set of Indians onesies.  Calvin said "baseball" (well, more like "BAH-bah") about 7,500 times throughout the day; he just loves it.

We headed back home after the 7th inning and made our way over to my Mom's house for Easter dinner with the family.  Brian made delectable Mac & cheese as his contribution to the meal, and I made a cake, yum!  Calvin's contribution was lots of smiles, giggles, and his compliments to the chefs, as he ate so much food!

Before the meal, we had a little Easter egg hunt for him.  Di was kind enough to supply Cheerio-filled eggs, and even "hid" them on the lawn.  Calvin only had to be shown once what to do - then he picked up his first egg... and chucked it, just as I predicted he would.  After that, though, he placed each egg he picked up in his basket.  Oh, it was so adorable; we were so delighted watching him.  What a doll.

Sunday we attempted to do our own little egg hunt for him again, but he was much more interested in trying to run down the street, so we gave up on that pretty quickly.  We did give him his Easter basket, though, which was a sweet little few moments.  In it I got a box of sidewalk chalk, a mini plastic Slinky, a bath duckie that paddles his little feet, some Hot Wheels cars (there were more inside his eggs), bubbles, rainbow Goldfish crackers, and, I won't lie, some chocolate.  I let him have 1 piece a day, and I help myself to some too.  Obviously that's a crucial component to the basket.  :D

After the egg hunt fail, we piled into the car to go to the zoo.  They had some special events and such going on for Easter, and the weather was so nice that it was great to get out.  Cal absolutely loved the aquarium - they recently got fish at school, so he gets pretty excited about them these days.  Another highlight was when he spotted and chased after a goose by the lake - this kid is fearless, I'm telling you.  I hovered very close by, because I have a healthy fear of geese, as everyone should, and like I said to Cal (which made a passer-by who heard it laugh), "Calvin, I really don't need you getting attacked by a goose."

But by far the best part of our zoo visit was Calvin's first carousel ride.  As we passed by it, I suggested maybe we do it.  On our way back, I bought the ticket and we jumped into line.  I picked a glossy black horse for him to ride, and told him he had to hold on to the pole (which he did, the whole time!).  I sang his ride-the-horsey song to him while we waited for it to begin... And then we were off!  I wasn't sure how he'd react, but I had nothing to worry about - he loved it!  I held on tight to him as his horse went up and down, the music played, the background whizzed by, every time he saw daddy looking on and taking pictures, he'd smile and wave and say, "Dada!", and he LAUGHED! Oh, he LOVED it!

I can never be quite sure what parenting moments will make me emotional, especially considering that I'm not at all a "crier", but that, that definitely made me tear up.  Knowing it was another first for him, feeling thrilled it went so very well, and just in awe of all his innocence and wonder... It was just amazing.  It's a beautiful memory I'll have always.

Love, love LOVE my baby boy.

Sunday, March 16, 2014


So yesterday found us out and about, as we are wont to do on a Saturday. Our second stop was the mall - I wanted to look for shoes to wear with my dress for Theater night tomorrow (we're seeing Phantom of the Opera at the Ohio Theater!!), and Brian needed to procure a dress shirt.  We were both successful (yay!) and so we headed to the mall's indoor play area to let Calvin run around for a bit.  He loves it.  From a couple of weeks ago:

And for a while, today's play session was no different.  But, there are some very rambunctious, and considerably bigger kids running around, so I suppose what happened next was inevitable - a girl (accidentally) ran into him and knocked him down.  He took an elbow to the face, with enough force that it split his upper lip.  Poor baby!!  

There was blood, and initially I was pretty freaked out (though of course I was as calm and soothing as I could be for him), but he really only cried for a few minutes, and then he was fine.  

He's a tough little guy, and though as his mama, I wish I could protect him from everything, I know it's just part of being a kid, and I know there will be more to come.  I just really hope there's nothing from which he doesn't bounce right back!

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I'll leave you with Cal's newest photo in the "Let's-get-these-pictures-while-he's-still-young-enough-not-to-protest" series:

We love our little leprechaun!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A Winter West Virginia Weekend

This past weekend, we visited my sister, Diana, in West Virginia.  We didn't get to see them over Christmas, so this was sort of a belated holiday for us. The drive down was blessedly snow-free (we weren't so lucky on the way back) and Calvin slept most of the way.  When he got a little impatient toward the end of the trip, my mom, who caught a ride with us, did so well calming him from the back seat.  

It was wonderful seeing my oldest sister and her family, and spending some time away from home with a great hostess.  Calvin had grown a good bit since Diana had last seen him (for his birthday), and she was delighted to see him running around, hear him talking and experience all of the new things he can do now.

Friday night, we arrived around 10:00, and us girls stayed up absurdly late, chatting and watching TV, as is our custom.  Saturday morning was leisurely; after a late breakfast, Diana and I headed out for a workout at her gym.  It was awesome!  I hadn't worked out in a gym in years, and it was so fun having a buddy next to me.  I got a good total-body workout, plus some cardio, and although I was sore afterward  (I probably tried to show off a little), it felt really good.  So good, in fact, that Brian and I just joined our local branch of the same gym!

After our workout, we grabbed showers, then all the girls, plus Calvin, went out to do some mall shopping.  Really, it was more for getting in some time together, and giving Calvin some room to run around and burn off some excess energy (closely supervised, of course).  
He had a great time, and sure enough, he shopped til he dropped.

Just some of the many deer we saw

We then returned home and made dinner (well, Diana and my mom did, haha) and got in some more quality family time, before heading off to bed.

Sunday was another lazy morning, full of coffee, breakfast and relaxation. Calvin warmed up to Diana's dogs, especially Oakley, the enthusiastic young basset hound who's particularly fond of giving kisses.  We left in the afternoon, and made it home just fine, even through a snowstorm (I'm very used to driving in that stuff).

All in all, we had a lovely time, and I was so happy that Diana and her family got to experience Calvin at his current stage of development explosion, and of course it's always awesome to spend time with family.  Just wish it could happen more often.

I am loving... 

...Nonna with her baby grandson.

Leisurely breakfasts.

Photos of beautifully colored birds, squirrels that steal birdseed, and curious pups.

Finding beauty in everyday objects.

Dogs that beg for the baby's food.

Moments of sacred simplicity.

Baby naked time.  ;)

And most of all, this boy, who constantly steals my heart and makes me incredulous he's really mine.  Love.