A boring blog update (but there’s cute pictures!)

I can’t believe it’s been a month since I’ve written a blog post. Life has just become so normal, maybe even a little boring. There’s just not a lot to report.

Eli recently came down with, and then shared with the rest of us, a nasty stomach bug. We’re just now getting over it. Fingers crossed it stays away and we remain healthy the rest of the winter (yeah right!). Confession: When Eli was sick I initially thought it was a more serious issue. I actually packed a hospital bag because I just knew we’d end up back in the hospital. Thankfully, we didn’t. I think I suffer from PTSD due to the other hospitalizations. In my defense, I was concerned that he possibly had a head injury because Cody accidentally landed on him while trying to “dunk” the basketball by leaping off the couch. If the fast acting meds they gave him at the pediatrician’s office wouldn’t have worked to stop his nausea and vomiting, we were going to have to go to Children’s for a CT scan. Ok, so maybe I exaggerated when I said boring – there never seems to be a dull moment around here!

We had a lovely Thanksgiving at my parents house. We were joined by some of our California family. They have 2 1/2 year old twins, Cody and Eli’s cousins. The kids had fun playing with each other. Makes me really long for more family around us. I loved watching Cody playing with “his cousins” (just his, not Eli’s, as he declared more than once!). I didn’t grow up near my cousins. I always wished I did. I would love to give that to my boys. One day maybe…

20131210-234108.jpg
20131210-234116.jpg
20131210-234125.jpg
20131210-234133.jpg

Eli really enjoyed his first traditional Thanksgiving meal. He dived right in and ate almost everything on his plate. A picky eater he is not (unlike his brother who ate Mac and Cheese for Thanksgiving!).

20131210-234749.jpg
Now we’re getting ready for Christmas. The house is decorated. The outside lights are up. Our Elf (on the shelf), Buddy, is up to his shenanigans. The only thing we’re missing is a tree. We were supposed to go this past weekend but, with everyone sick, we had to postpone. My favorite part of Christmas is decorating the tree. This year we’ll have two little helpers. I can’t wait! I love sharing the magic and joy of the season with them.

20131211-000502.jpg
20131211-000515.jpg
20131211-000525.jpg
20131211-000535.jpg
20131211-000543.jpg
20131211-000553.jpg
20131211-000601.jpg

Thankful, today and always

Looking back to last Thanksgiving I realize where I once thought I had it all, I was wrong. Something was missing but I didn’t know it. I was content with my life. I had a son who filled my heart with love. A husband who made me laugh every day. Friends who kept me company and family who kept me fulfilled. I woke up each day feeling satisfied. Life was good. Fast forward to January. We found out we were having a baby! We were excited and a bit apprehensive (although we planned the pregnancy it was still scary to think of having TWO kids to care for). Life moved along, continuing to keep me content. Then came the month of May. May knocked us off our feet. Changed everything I thought I knew about my world. Thinking back on that month, I realize that was the month that changed me. Before May, I thought it couldn’t get any better. After May, I thought it couldn’t get any worse. Today, I can’t imagine my life any other way. Do I sometimes get discouraged? Yes. But most days I am filled with gratitude. So much gratitude. I am grateful that God chose us to be the parents of Cody and Eli. We are the perfect foursome. I am a better person because I am their mom. This Thanksgiving, I realize that what I was missing was an open heart. A heart willing to accept life as He has planned for me. To never just be content. I should always strive for happiness. Everybody should. Life is what we make of it. What was once so overwhelmingly heartbreaking to me has now become part of the duo that keeps my heart beating. What I have learned is to never fear the unknown. We should embrace it. The unexpected in life is what keeps it exciting! So this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for this journey that was planned for me from the beginning. This journey that I am blessed to get to be a part of. Today, I am thankful for the road less traveled. I am a better person because of it. Never take for granted what you have. And never doubt what you are given. Happy Thanksgiving friends, new and old. Thank you for reading – thank you for caring. xoxo

20121122-114621.jpg

20121122-114632.jpg