Sunday, January 31, 2010

Disney – Part 1

Aunt Rachel has requested pictures.  And More Pictures.  And even more where those came from.  And seeing as I have yet to post about our family vacation, I figured I would spare you my written word and just show you the highlights instead. 

If you’re not a fan of pictures, you can thank Rachel for this.


Day 1 - My little Vikings – At Epcot

I think Mike is quite striking as a blonde haired woman.


After the Finding Nemo ride at Epcot, Miles was NOT excited about posing with Bruce the Shark.

Epcot isn’t very entertaining to two year olds, so after half a day we took the shuttle over to the Magic kingdom.


Waiting in line to see Woody and Jesse in front of Splash Mountain.  It rained most of that first day, but we didn’t mind.  We had umbrellas and rain jackets.  And the rain kept the crowds at bay.


Miles was not excited to see Pocahontas, but as long as I held him, he was Okay.  But he LOVED Mickey Mouse. 

Magic Kingdom


Up Next: Animal Kingdom and the Disney Christmas Party

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pulling out the big guns

I kindly interrupt my lack of blogging tonight because I simply can't help it.

I have a little boy that strongly dislikes going to bed
(We don't say "hate" in our house. But if we did, I dare say that is the word I would use to describe his feelings about something as boring as sleep)

This boy of mine is smart. Too smart for his own good.

He definitely out smarted me tonight.

You see, I put Miles to bed a little early because he didn't have a nap. Something he was COMPLETELY upset about. So he cried a little. Then a lot. And when I walked across the kitchen to tell him one more time it was time for bed, I was stopped in my tracks.

There was my Miles, standing in the dim glow of his fishy night light, BIG alligator tears rolling down his cheeks......



What am I supposed to do with that?

I laughed so hard I nearly lost bladder control.
Picked him up and brought him out to his dad,
so we could share a good laugh together.

And then he got some ice cream.

(Look at that smile! This kid knows what he's doin')
I am certain he planned the whole thing.
Mom-0 Miles-1

Friday, January 8, 2010

Christmas.....But First

I fully intend to author a heartfelt post about our family experiences during the month of December.

I have an exciting New Years resolution I have well underway......More on that too.

But for now, Nana is missing her little wild man and has personally phoned me to request updated pictures. So I couldn't help but share the fun we had today enjoying the fruits of the first (and probably last) snow storm of the year.

Playing "King of the Mountain". If I tried to even take a step in the direction of his mountain, Miles would simply yell "MOM....NOOOOOOOOOO!"

All Smiles.....for the first 10 minutes

11 minutes in the snow......and he's had enough. It made the remaining 1 hour and 19 minutes I spent shoveling the driveway SUPER enjoyable.

But eventually, he found something he quite enjoyed. He kept shouting to our neighbors, "I haf teat, Mum Mum!" Translation: "I have treats! Yum Yum!"

After some hot chocolate and a snack, (other than frozen snow, ofcourse) I let Miles turn on a cartoon. It just so happened the characters were attempting a Tango, complete with a cartoon flower. And wouldn't you know it....I just happened to have a vase of flowers on the table leftover from our 5th anniversary.

Do you see where I'm going with this?

In 2 shakes of a lambs tail, Miles found his flower and watched VERY carefully while doing a tango of his own.

If I took a step toward him, or tried cut in and Tango with the little guy, he simply said, "MOM......NOOOOOOOO!"

But he DID "pick" me a flower out of my anniversary bouquet and gave it to me with a big hug and kiss. That's better than a Tango any day.

Up next: Grandma B

Sunday, January 3, 2010


I'm back from hiatus.

You might be wondering where I hiated to.

You might not.

You might be wondering if I made up the word hiated.

(I did.)

We have had a wonderful vacation. Mike has been home all month. We went to Florida and enjoyed Disney World. We spent Christmas in Ohio with our dear friends. And missed our family back home.

And my sweet Grandma Barnard passed away.

It has been a month full of ups and downs.

And I'm excited to document it all.............Later.

For now, I'm just going to put it off for one more day.