Monday, November 30, 2009

The Love Turns 2

How many birthday celebrations can one two year old kid have you ask?

Well, three in our house, for our 2 year old Duke!

Back in October we celebrated a joint birthday with brother Jack (3) and all our school friends, over the holiday weekend we celebrated at Grandma's house and shared it with our cousin Kevin (16) and Daddy (hmmm...). But today, today was the real thing, and we celebrated in style.

Micky Mouse cupcakes with orange and blue icing that doesn't wipe off (until you are immersed in a bathtub for 20 minutes, ah well).

I truly cannot believe how quickly time has passed in our little world down here in Alabama. But then I look at what he was doing just one year ago today and I am amazed at how much has changed in him. From just happy to be here with his smile to shouting "Big Truck Mommy!" at the passing of every semi on the highway as we drive along. From the staggered, steady first steps to a dancing maniac (oh and just wait until I get the chance to post the latest Lion King "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" ode to Elton John moves the boy has!). From the instantaneous temper fits - although short lived they are - to the gentle lovin' he gives whenever we ask for it and each "snuggle?" he requests. My baby Duke is all his own. Nothing like his brother other than the big eyes and lashes. The rest he's made of himself and I'm so happy to have such a sweet, strong, independant darling little man in my life.

Happy Birthday Duke. Your name serves you well.

Not to be outdone, I just got to sorting through pics of our holiday weekend at Grandma's in Tennessee and found this one to share - Grandma makes the BEST cakes as evidenced by the smile!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

RUN Forest RUN!

Just testing a feature on my blog and emailing a post…we’ll see how it works.


Have to publically thank my husband for allowing me to do something for myself and join the newly opened Snap Fitness in Chelsea.  Well, I shouldn’t really use the word allow, PUSH would be more appropriate, since I tend to put just about everything in this world before myself.  (Isn’t that the definition of MOM in Websters?)


So, last night was our first attempt at the park and swap.  I call him after I’ve picked up the kids and he met me in the parking lot of the club, which is located exactly in our path on our way home every night, where we swap vehicles, he takes the kids home and gets them started on supper and I spend 30 minutes or so on the treadmill for a run.  It worked well last night.  I still made it home by 6:30 and was able to have supper with them and spend an hour with the kids before they went to bed.


Of course, last night worked because Cory is in town, but the bonus of this place is that you can use any of the clubs across the country…or city in my case, and there is one just around the corner from my office so on the days he’s out of town, I can still get in my run. 


Run Mommy Run…we’ll see in a month how it’s going.