I sat on the front steps yesterday watching Charlie hopping from rock to rock thinking about my/our lives. Chris was mowing the lawn and I was thinking about how much I really love the smell of fresh cut grass. It's a bummer to be moving now that the weather is getting so gorgeous. This past winter was a beast. Was it really a year ago we were packing up our apartment in LA and preparing to move to MA? We knew our stay in this blue house would more than likely only be a year. This year has been no picnic but we made it through and there were definate good memories. We weren't sure what would be happening at this point but now Chris has accepted a job that involves us moving in a few short days. Not sure what the next few months will bring, but I'm trying not to flip out that Henry will be starting his 3rd elementary school as a 3rd grader in the Fall. Hoping I'm not scarring him for life but knowing I probably am...
I took the children to the Boston temple last Saturday to take pictures of Henry for some baptismal announcements/invitations. This turning 8 is serious business and soon he'll be getting baptized! We were laying in bed tonight looking back at pictures of his 1st birthday. I can't believe we now have an 8 year old!
Someone had been playing with my alarm clock and it accidentally went off at 6:00 (oy)! Henry sprung up "It's my birthday!!!" which woke Kate up and then both went running downstairs. I said "Hey! Close Charlies door gently so he doesn't wake up either" "Too late Mom, that woke him up!" He was soon off to school and when I picked him up he asked if he could roll down the window (current favorite thing to do) and stick his head out. I said sure. He stuck his head out and yelled "HEY! It's my birthday!!!"
He wanted a date night alone with me (since Pops is still away) so we dropped off Kate & Charlie and drove towards civilization. This 8 year old has just discovered Minecraft and picked up a few figurines for his birthday. He still loves Angry Birds, HexBugs, Little Big Planet and Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books. On the day I had Henry, we had gone to The Cheesecake Factory for lunch. I was 10 days overdue and waiting for a room to open up at the hospital, so we thought why not? Henry loves plain cheesecake and wanted to go there for dinner. I ordered the exact same meal I had 8 years ago. I remember it all so clearly. We stopped to pick up Kate and Charlie on the way home and our friends had a little surprise for Henry. So awesome- thank you so much Jenny, Abbey, Emily & Mason (and thank you for the cupcakes!)
Henry does not have a mean bone in his body. He's kind and caring and a loyal friend. He's by far the most sensitive of the bunch and loves his brother and sister deeply. I often hear him asking Kate "Hey! Do you want to play with me?" They are the best of friends. He is smart and has a hysterical laugh. He loves to draw and art is his favorite subject in school. I love him so much and am so happy I get to be his Mother.
we drove by a little waterfall and I thought it'd be the perfect place for the children to dip their feet on what I think has been the warmest day of the year (hallelujah!) So we went and picked Henry up at the bus stop and drove straight there.
Henry, my little germaphobe, had no interest in putting his feet in the muddy water so he sat on the sidelines while Kate and Charlie had a ball. He is not a fan of having to go anywhere but home once he steps foot off that school bus. I don't blame him- school is tiring. It's been a crazy week that's starting to wind down a little bit. Henry's birthday is in a few days and by the way, happy 15 years to my hubby- we celebrated (well as much as you can when one of you is on the other side of the world) on the 15th of May. I've got less than 2 weeks to get this entire house packed up. The thought of leaving MA really, no really, makes me sad. I was so bummed driving away from this little river this afternoon. I love living here so much but we just could not make it work. I have no idea where we'll be living in 3 months time. I try not to think or stress about it (don't even ask me about having a baby early this Fall!)
Last night she said, "Lets hurry and go to bed so my birthday will come quickly!" She woke up bright and early and asked if she could go down and look at her presents. I told her she could and I heard her say "Oh my gosh! Wow!!" She ran back to me and asked if she could open some. Everyone was still fast asleep (I have no idea how early it was). She curled back in bed with me and thankfully, fell back to sleep.
Henry was the next one to wake up some time later. His body sprang right up as he said, "Today's Kate's Birthday!!!" He was just as anxious as she had been to see the decorations and presents. He went and snuck a peek and them came back to bed and patiently sat waiting for her to wake up.
I love how excited they get for one another. The boys were in school today so it was 'just the girls'. Kates dream birthday included getting a new teddy bear, lunch at the mall & getting her fingernails painted. After we picked up the boys from school, we came home to open presents & eat cake! The cake recipe was from the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook. I made her the Traditional Vanilla Birthday Cake with pink buttercream frosting.
My sister Megan and her husband Eddie are responsible for this over-the-top get up. Kate put it on the second she opened up the package. She is very much looking forward to some dance classes this summer in Utah (any suggestions?)
She told me today that she was kind of sad that she wasn't 4 years old anymore. She also told Henry that after her busy day she need a nap before she could muster the strength to open presents or eat cake and he could entertain her until she fell asleep.
I love you, Kate! (if that's your real name, which it is not!)
Back in the day, whenever Chris & I would approach FDR Drive, we'd throw Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York!" into the CD player. I mean, it really is the only way to enter Manhattan (in my humble opinion). Talk about getting a trip off to the right start!
Chris was tying up some work things and as soon as he was done, we hit the Museum of Natural History and a playground just up the street so the kids could run around before the 3 hour drive home. We were in New York about 2 weeks ago, and while we hit the Museum of Natural History then, we also spent most of the time in Central Park.
I miss city parks. They just can't be beat. Henry and Kate took turns guiding the sailboat:
My girlfriend Trish brought us the most delicious donuts (because letting our family of 5 stay in her 1-bd apartment wasn't enough....) from Doughnut Plant that were supposed to be for our drive home, but they of course, never made it out of the park :)Everytime I'm in New York, I want to move there. Then I think 'I'm about to have my 4th child! I'm too old to live in a rinky dink apartment with 4 kids'. But honestly, it sounds kind of tempting. Chris is moving there this summer while I take the children out west. Not sure where we'll all end up. Entirely too much for me to wrap my brain around at this point.
Last Sunday we took a post-church drive to the beach. Chris was away so it was just me and the children. It was the first time we'd been on a beach in about 10 months since we left L.A. Chris and I used to come to Crane Beach before we ever had kids. I think the children were beginning to wonder if MA really did have beaches or not.
It's a leave your shoes at the boardwalk kind of placeand pants are optional. The beach is so rejuvenating. We just sat on the blanket and nestled our feet in the warm sand. The children built sandcastles and played on the dunes. I feel lucky that over the past 13 years I've always been close to the shore. May is one of my most favorite months of the year. It's the month I got married and the month I birthed 2 babies. It's a busy month for sure and will be even busier with the husband out of town missing it all and a potential move in just over 3 weeks AND we've got some Kickstarter episodes to film the last week of May (so thrilled!) It just means I need to try to plan (which I'm horrible at) and force myself to stay up later to get some things done (I'm out by 9 p.m.!) Kate said I'd better wake up early and have the house all decorated as a 'surprise' for her birthday. She's a girl who knows what she wants, surprises and all!