Monthly Archives: December 2008

Boy report

“We’re exhausted.”
“We shot cool video of me dropping 15 feet off of a rock.”
“It’s awesome.”
“We’re heading to Vail tonight.”
“Schwartz is an awesome skiier.”
“I’ll take some motrin tonight and I’m drinking a lot of water.”

The boys are clearly having a blast. It makes me happy to have such great kids and to be able to provide such fun for them. I am so grateful to Mr. Silly Pants for being so generous in spirit and material with all of my (our) children. He said to me as I planned this rather extravagent trip for the kids, “we’ll spend this money joyfully for them.” I’m the lucky one. I’m going to thank him tonight when he gets home by taking him out to a lovely wine bar and telling how much I adore him.

Good thought, eh?

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Cousins, Colorado, and Ski Bums

I am green with envy: the teen boys in our home are in Colorado enjoying the best snow Colorado has seen in years. When we agreed to take Schwartz as our “exchange son” for the year we essentially made an informal promise to show him the U.S. Well, what is more awesome than seeing Colorado in the winter on a pair of downhill skiis & a snowboard? (you’re out of touch with an 18 year old if you have something MORE awesome in your mind!).

So our Waffles and Schwartz left for Colorado and the energetic company of my Colorado cousin on Christmas day. He promised he’d lock up the booze but couldn’t make any guarantees about the company of beautiful women.

It’s confirmed – they’re livin’ the life, I tell you! Friday they had an “acclimation” day on snowshoes in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Today we have had a few phone pics of the boys at 12,000 feet, skiing Copper Mountain. They head to Vail and meet up with more cousins on Tuesday (dang, these cousins have a life!).

Yes, we’re green with envy – Mr. Silly Pants and I love the Rockies and remember with great delight our own trip to Lake Louise in Canada 3 winters ago. That said, we could NOT provide the entertainment (ahem!) our 35 year old mountaineering, engineering bachelor will bring to the mountain with our young men. I dare not ask about their after hours entertainment – food and a few new found friends?

So here we sit watching “Victor Victoria” after last night’s “An American In Paris.” Lots of talking, plenty of reading, shopping, and some girl’s snuggle time with our cups of tea. The thing is, I miss the boys – even if they’d be playing the PS3 player WAY too often and too loud, even if they leave the dishes out and about, even if they sleep until 1 (or in Schwartz’s case, 3), and even if they’re idling on the computer with silly games and youtube videos.

I’m happy they are off in the mountains having the time of their lives. I keep thinking how cool it will be when Blueberry heads off to Colorado with his big brother, Waffles….for the time of HIS life!

Sweetness

2 nights before Christmas and the chubby cheek throw down

  • Schwartz is at the UW basketball game
  • Twinkletoes and Clementine are hangin’ out (Clementine is her bo-named because of his hunger for the aforementioned fruit)
  • Songbird is doing her art
  • Blueberry is sleeping after a full day of play and cuteness
  • Waffles is ice skating in our backyard skating rink with his friend Jo-Jo
  • Mr. Silly Pants is on his way home from work- a glass of wine is waiting for him
  • Ms. Plum is sitting for the first time today, listening to holiday classics on Sirius radio and plotting holiday meals (although as I type the TV has been turned on to a bowl game
  • upon the arrival of Silly Pants – boo! hiss!)

  • We are all waiting for an additional 6 inches of snow that is supposed to arrive late tonight
    …and so it goes….

Mr. Silly Pants Delivers

4 babies this week – 4 babies in the past 5 days. You thought I was going to say pizza, didn’t you? Whew – there have been a lot of sleepless nights around here. First, my beloved has been up all night delivering babes and then working all of the following day. Blueberry simultaneously came down with an ear infection accompanied by a high fever and a couple of very restless nights (resulting in sleepless nights for me). I’m seriously tired – Mr. Silly Pants is seriously tired. When you mix this with holiday festivities and our own family home and holiday preparations, you’ve got 2 tired adults who just keep on keepin’ on.

Despite all of this, we are working on staying connected and enjoying our family and our precious baby. There is plenty of holiday music, enjoyment of the tree, some outdoor frolicing in the snow, and delight as Blueberry works on crawling. The state of our home leaves a little to be desired; the floors need a good mopping, the holiday grocery list has yet to be made, holiday cards remain packaged instead of mailed, and the dog could use longer walks (it’s been very very cold here!).

Of course, there is a double entendre here – because Mr. Silly Pants delivers. He really does. He’s so good to me, he’s so good to my (our) children, and he’s a great daddy to Blueberry. Mr. Silly Pants delivers.

Winter Wonderland


These kids are seriously great fun. Forget everything you’ve been told about teenagers – it’s a myth (“the myth of the sullen teen” ). Nothing sullen here – I love the spirit of my kids!

Oh Christmas Tree!


What a wonderful winter day! Our annual trek to the tree farm was full of fun, frolic, and a Finn in charge of felling the tree!