Tuesday, September 29, 2009


It was close to this time with Abby that I had to go back to work. I remember not believing the time had gone so fast, thinking about other countries and how much paid time off they got to be with their kids, wondering what we were doing to our kids by leaving so early. I was lucky however, that i wasn't returning full time but three days a week and double lucky that Abby would be with my mom, not in daycare. Still i remember thinking how absurd it was that I was working helping other moms and their babies while I was away from mine. This time around I work for the hospital as a per diem employee so I don't have to return in the required 6-8 weeks as I did before. Everyday I feel like something is different with Wes, it is subtle but there is THAT much change. I feel so lucky to be able to stay home with him, that Joe has a good job and works so hard for us to make that possible. I feel lucky that i have the freedom to take Abs to school or pick her up if she wants me to, to go to Sunny Farms in the morning when no one is there instead of the jam packed afternoon. I feel lucky that, like today, I can just hold him because he wouldn't stay asleep in his bed- only on me. Some days feel pretty crazy and hard but I feel so lucky to be their mom.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


So I finished the Twilight series yesterday in a rush of reading forgoing responsibilities like taking out the recycling- now it will pile up for 2 MORE weeks, and letting poor Ruby out of the Kali's house, not intentional of course I just was that absorbed. We go out to La Push a lot, one of our favorite places to escape, so we have been watching the Twilight tour bus (WTH) come down and all these teenagers pile off and take pictures, Edward's name written in charcoal on driftwood, etc. We have been making fun of it to say the least and crap now that i've read them.. maybe i have to stop? Maybe not that drastic, just tone it down a little. :) I probably like the books for other reasons, not as much for the love story part but the Magic in it. Just like I loved Harry Potter. Its fun to think that another reality is happening at the same time and we aren't aware of it, that things can be just because its magic without any science. Anyway, just a plug for the books, that if you haven't read them you may want to check them out. I'm always a little bummed after I finish books that i'm excited to read...let me know if you've read any good ones lately.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Catch Up

Kali took this- trying to get the sun shining through those long lashes. Wes- 6weeks

First day of school after she got home-

"Mom, the bus is so fun I wish i could just ride it around all day"

Abby sitting at her new desk.

Wesley's first taste of a Harley with Jeff. I wonder if he'll imprint and love them always. Maybe all boys do?

Saturday, September 12, 2009


Well.... seems we are settling in to a new routine of school and our new sweet boy. Abby is doing great in school, she really likes her new school, riding the bus, her teacher, and her new friends. We're also doing soccer right now so it is busy to say the least. Spending a quiet night at home, much needed after the first full week. Baby Wes is so sweet and doing good, seems to be getting his belly/gas figured out a little or i'm getting better at knowing what is going on, not sure which. We're pretty tired but otherwise doing ok. He is smiling so much now and cooing. Abs loves to talk to him and gets so excited when she hears him talking. His hair is growing, a birth mark appeared on his forehead and he has his papa's widow's peak. I feel lucky to have such healthy kids. The weather has been the typical lovely september, walks at the river and down the road each night with Wes in the Mai Tai (front pack). The evening walking is maybe my favorite time, its so quiet, all the birds on the water, Mt. Baker was all pink tonight-- so beautiful.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

T'was the Night Before....

T'was the night before school starts,
and this mama is freaking out...
From private to public,
I sure hope she doesn't shout...
More rules and structure isn't such a bad thing,
but yellow buses with big kids makes my head ring...
A library, a cafeteria, such big kid stuff,
where did the time go and why does this feel so tough...
My girl says she ready and excited to go,
her teacher is nice and all rarin' to show....
the world to my girl who once was so small,
now sassy, funny, toothless and so tall.
She told her brother how she would be gone for awhile,
but not to worry because she would be back with a smile.
I'm proud of you Abs stay strong and don't lose...
where you come from, who you are, and how to walk in those shoes.

Love you Abs- hope you have a fantastic day tomorrow.
1st grade Mrs. McDougal-Danielson