Friday, October 21, 2011

Party Over

You know it was a good birthday party when on the way home you had to briskly pull over into a car dealership parking lot because your newly and now overly excited four year old thought he might throw up so you scurried your pregnant ass out into the 123 degree heat and around to the back of the car to snatch a Spiderman gift bag out of the pile of gifts, remove the gift and shove it in his face when suddenly the moment passes and oh mama may I have one of these lovely balloons flying above the used cars?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Drama

Some of Jackson most dramatic moments include phrases such as:

Mama, this is not gonna heal for a 100 years!
(And when I put a tiny dab of alcohol on his skinned knee he then cries out: Oh no! It's poison! It's poison!)
During one of his first nights in the new house we heard numerous times from his bunk bed:
Hey guys? I'm scared for my whole life! If you don't come up here right now, I am going to come down those stairs and call the cops!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Even

Four arrived in early August and everything seems so much more grown up.
It was as if Jackson had been waiting for four his whole life.
This birthday was a big one.
So many milestones: a big boy party at BounceU with all of his friends, Pre-K starting days later, a big-boy bed, a big-boy bike, tennis shoes that light up, becoming a big brother, etc.
He was so excited to turn four it was as if he was being given the keys to the car in the morning.
The night before his actual birthday we mistakenly told him, "Jackson, when you wake up in the morning you will be 4!"
Well, sleep became impossible the instant this realization sunk in.
He was so electrified by the concept, he eventually crept out of bed and down the hall with a grave look of concern on his still-three-year-old face.
"Mama? I better change into some bigger pjs. These might not fit when I turn four in the night. They might get too tight."

Monday, October 17, 2011

Did You Know

One my personal favorite stages is the current Did You Know phase:
Mama, did you know that the smaller blueberries have more flavor than the bigger blueberries?

Mama, I need to tell you something right now. Did you know that you can't see China but I can with my special eyes and that it is right next to Thailand?
And one of my faves occurred while Jackson was having a conversation with our realtor and by conversation I mean he was correcting her:
Actually, Ms. Jennifer roaches don't have disease, they carry disease.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Hunger Pains

Mama can I please have that sucker?
No, Jack. Not right now.
Please?
No.
But I am so hungry.
You can have it after supper.
But Mama! I am sucker hungry!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Oh hi there!

We have surfaced from under a sea of cardboard to finally locate the computer and internet access. Truly a miracle considering I still haven't found all of Jackson's clothes, Elvis' leash, the fake lemons I had in a bowl in the old kitchen, etc.
Dishtowels though. I have found all of those. Who knew we had so many dish towels?
So many things have happened since forever ago which is when I think I last posted.
The biggest item on the list is that we have moved.
It has been a long process of major decision making and worrying and waiting and recalculating but in the end I think we have made the right decision.
We loved our little Midtown home.
Truly.
It was just right for us and in a great location to all of our friends and fun stuff happening in our area. Sure, it was going to be a bit tighter with the baby on the way, but we thought maybe we could make do.
But now Jackson is approaching school age and we began to consider our options, districts, transfers, etc. They didn't look so good.
And then there was the high-speed traffic cruising through the neighborhood. Again, Jackson is riding his bike and gaining more independence. Not a good mix.
It was agonizing to decide what to do. Do we wait until the baby arrives? Do we rush and get it done prior? Do we stay and muddle through? Do we move and enter a whole new world? Away from town and our friends?
But we realized: safety, school and size. We needed to relocate.
We thought we would just see what would happen if we put the house on the market. Buy us a little time to think things over.
"Let's just see," we said.
11 days later the house was sold.
"Oh, shit," we said.
So the search was on and once we found the house we eventually moved into, we knew we were on the right path. As anyone who has dealt with real estate knows, there are always bumps and set backs along the way, but eventually things fell into place and before I knew it my mother arrived with zip loc baggies, rubber bands, packing tape and a sharpie.
Our lives were boxed up and ready to go.
The new house has a large backyard, sits safely in a cul-de-sac and is in an excellent school district.
Although Jackson is most pleased about his new bunk bed. In fact after we set it up, he would go to check on it every few hours just to make sure it was still there being fabulous.
Now we begin unpacking and settling in.
Hopefully we will have the crib together soon as a whole other countdown begins...