24 May 2018

last day of school 2018.

Yesterday was Theo's last day of school.  He doesn't really understand it to be sad, but if he did he would be!  He definitely had a rough start, but eventually grew to love school.  Especially those buses!

We are really pleased with the progress Theo made, and I'm endlessly grateful to each of his teachers and aides who helped him with his speech and development.  God bless them for their hard work and fingers crossed that enough Arizonans support teachers with their votes in November.  hashtag, Red4Ed.

(PS, too late for the Arizona Red4Ed moment I thought of a clever tweet:  the most magical part of The Magic School Bus is the 8:1 class size. #Red4Ed)

(PPS, publishing tweets on blogs is going to be the new thing.  If blogs ever stop being the old thing.)

Anyway, I'm proud of my little guy and excited for his continued growth.

And we'll miss you, Bus That Drives Past Our House Every Day.

13 May 2018

mother's day 2018.

I don't have much to say this Mother's Day, except that the way Theo says "love you!" is "mom-mom!"  It's kind of perfect.

But not quite as perfect as they are!

01 May 2018

the good season.

I've had these thoughts lately about the fleeting nature of things that are good.

For the last two weeks, and for the foreseeable future, we've essentially been living in a one bedroom, one bathroom home.  Long story short: our home's plumbing turned on us once again and there is now an incomplete wall between Theo's room and the master bathroom.

(Theo thinks this is actually the funniest thing ever.)

Each time we've needed a home repair, it's been a huge (though annoyingly costly) relief after everything is fixed and we have our house back in working order.  I live in peace and happily express gratitude every day thereafter for a newly working {insert "house body part" here}.  Home life is good again!

And then we find water pooling in the yard, or realize there isn't cold air blowing out of our vents anymore, or discover the wall alongside our son's bed is totally soaked through.  The good time ends.

Last week here in Phoenix was beautiful.  It was cool and breezy; the "Spring" that everyone here said has been here for weeks. (In actuality Spring doesn't exist here.  It's pre-Summer.)

Anyway, we all went on long walks every day last week and I was crazy about these pretty flowers that were blooming on the Argentine Giant Cactus beside our house.  I couldn't stop taking pictures of them.  Partly because they were so gorgeous, but also because I knew they wouldn't last long.  And sure enough, the flowers were alive and beautiful for no more than two days before they began to die.

I'm not sure what my resolving thought is here.  I understand the cyclical nature of, well... nature.  I'm not angrily shaking my fist right now or saying why me or life's not fair or anything like that.

I guess maybe I'm just trying to remind myself to appreciate the good when it's here and in season.  To let myself dorkily take a million pictures of a few flowers in as many good angles as I can find without stabbing myself with cactus needles.  And to remember that when the good season leaves it will always come back, however short it may be.

09 March 2018

three months of vivi.

Little Bunny has been with us for three months now!

Vivienne is a sweet baby who gives the best gummy smiles.  She is has been completely void of drama, aside from earlier this week when she decided to go on a hunger strike (but not before learning how to do what i call "the clamp 'n' pull"  😵😵😵).  We seem to be back on track now and into our regular groove.

Dressing Vivi is pretty fun, as is buying her clothes (so!much!cute!stuff!).  She already has a statement piece, but it's not a piece of clothing: it's her hair.  I'm currently in the throes of postpartum hair loss, and by the time I'm done I'm pretty sure she'll have more hair than me.  I hope she has great hair her whole life.

Happy three months, Bunny!  You're one of the best.

02 March 2018

my kids were really good to me this week.

The other day I made Vivienne laugh for the first time.  Her tiny giggle was so cute, and I can't wait to hear it again. She is a funny little bunny and I'm so glad she's in my life and with our family.

But Theo really took the cake this week.  I was busy doing some chore in the house and I could hear Theo jibber-jabbering like normal, but I wasn't exactly listening to him.  But then I heard it.


I don't know how long he had been saying it, it could have been for a long time.  But the reason I didn't hear it is because I've never heard it before.  This week marks the first where Theo has called me "mom" without any prompting from me first, and I can barely get enough.  Last night I purposefully kept walking out of the room he was in so that as soon I was out of his sight he'd yell "MOM!!"

To be honest, it never really bothered me that much that I never heard Theo call me "mom" for all that time.  His speech delay hasn't been as significant a source of worry as it might be for other parents who experience the same thing.  Theo is happy and healthy and I'm thankful every day for that.  Communication troubles aside, I think he's a stellar kid and is doing just fine.

I've been shocked this week in how amazing it feels to hear my kid call me by name and verbalize my relationship to him.  I'm glad that I didn't know what I was missing all that time because it would have been pretty depressing.  But damn!  I really didn't know what I was missing.

I sure love being these a mom to these kids.

19 February 2018

celebrating vivi.

This weekend our families visited us to celebrate our little bunny.  We're so happy she's with us and love everything she has brought to our family so far.

06 February 2018

some things.

1. Man, this "winter" has been freakishly warm.  Or at least, it seems that way?  At this point, 70s and 80s might be the norm for Phoenix winters.  After walking home from Theo's school last week we were all sweating and turned on the air conditioning for a bit.  And there hasn't been a single day this season where I've been like, "it's finally cold enough to drink hot chocolate!"  NOT A SINGLE ONE.  Damn you, climate change.

2. The other season I've been annoyed with is Flu/Cold.  Theo and Jon were sick most of January, and last week Vivi and I caught colds.  It was definitely the hardest it has been as a family of four, and we were in survival mode the entire time.  Thankfully it's over for now, and Jon and I are seriously contemplating keeping our children housebound until April.  No more colds, please!

3.  Other than the colds though, the kids are great.  Theo is so gentle and loving toward his little sister, and Vivi is very patient with her slightly overbearing big brother.  I hope as Vivi grows up that they form a good sibling-ship!

showing her the ropes

4. Theo is loving school.  He's adding words to his repertoire and almost always tries to what we say when we ask him to copy us.  Next week we have parent-teacher conferences and I honestly can't wait!  We're so proud of our funny little guy.


He's also really embracing his artistic side.  Every morning he does a quick painting with the paints he got for Christmas.  Lately he's been adding some crayon scribbles to his paintings for some mixed media creations.  We've been taping them to the walls of our dining room, but we are running out of space!

5.  Vivienne is a very sleepy baby.  I think she has a few more minutes of awake time every day, but up until last week she was still sleeping allllll day.  She sleeps well at night... but her night sleep doesn't start until past midnight.  We're hoping for a bedtime that's a bit more friendly to us soon.

She's also giving us daily smiles and every day uses her cute little voice a bit more.  I think one of the hardest things about that first month of having a baby is that there isn't a lot of love that comes from the little babe to cut through the hard stuff.  It's amazing how much smiles and coos brighten the mood, and I'm glad we've finally gotten to that stage.

immediately post-bath: the only time her hair is manageable and tame!

6. The Eagles are Super Bowl Champs, babyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!  I was definitely doubtful (slash, not wanting to get my hopes up) about our ability to step up and play, but we did it!  Before the game I was thinking about how the B-B era Patriots are probably the toughest (and most obnoxious) SB opponents to have, but victory over would be SO SO SWEET.  And it is!!  I made Vivi cry with my screaming, and I think Theo was confused/a little freaked out.  But it was such a good, fun game to watch and the best feeling to have them win.  Also, I hate to be that guy, but I liked Nick Foles before he went and won us a Super Bowl.  He stepped up to the plate and helped us to wins with Chip Kelly a few years ago, and somehow that was all forgotten in the obsession with Carson Wentz.  Count me a lifelong Foles Fan, even though he's a Wildcat.  Anyway.  E-A-G-L-E-S  EAGLES!!

31 December 2017

christmas 2017.

This is was our best Christmas yet!  We took it really easy, on account of having a newborn at the same time, and I have to say: a no-frills, no-travel Christmas is a GREAT Christmas.

There were no tears like last year, just a lot of toys.  Like, a ton.  When Jon and I bought Theo's presents this year, I didn't feel like we got him too many... but I completely forgot about presents from grandparents and we entered Christmas afternoon with about twice as many toys in the living room as I originally anticipated.  I may never see the floor again!

It was our first Christmas as a family of four, though obviously Vivi wasn't a huge participant.  Can't wait for next year when we've inevitably are up to our knees in toys!

30 December 2017

vivienne alexandra.

Introducing Vivienne Alexandra Burgoyne; born on Saturday, 09 December 2017 at 7:35 am at 7 lbs 7 oz and 20 inches.  These last three weeks with our new baby have been so special, and we all love little Vivi very much.

05 November 2017

three years!

Happy Birthday to my three-year-old!  Please stop growing up so fast, it's breaking my heart.  You're the absolute best and are forever my favorite little boy.