Sunday, March 24, 2013

Kids Need Boredom

Yes.  Kids need to be bored sometimes.

Lying in the yard, looking up at clear blue sky until I was totally lost in it is one of my favorite memories.  Even as an adult, I've had tons of "empty" time, no tv, no radio, not even a book, and I think it's something we're missing these days. 

I'm so glad Noah is fine playing in his room by himself for a while every day.  We're trying hard to resist him playing with phones and tablets and apps for as long as we can.  If they're always doing something with whatever device is in their hands, they'll miss out on so much, including the simple art of making small talk while waiting. 

I can't state how often I'm tempted to move to "the country" for our sanity and Noah's future. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Simple

The other day, Noah and I were playing in the back yard.  Two of the kids who live next door came out into their yard and Noah went over to say "hi" while I stayed on the deck.  I heard the little brother (probably 3 or 4) ask his sister (probably five) if I was Noah's mom.  The girls said, "No, because she's not Chinese."  Ha!  We thought that was funny.

Kids have such funny ideas about how things are.  A long time ago, when I was substitute teaching, a kid asked me how old I was.  After I told her, she looked at me and said, "You can't be that old, you're not tall enough."  Ha! 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Pretty Darn Cool

April will bring the 14th anniversary of Nerdstar and I.  That means we lived together for over 11 years before Noah showed up.  Sometimes it's kinda weird to realize we've got this other person, this little boy, with all his wants and wishes and schedules and stuff, living in our space.  This handsome, sweet, tall, goofy boy, making us laugh, bossing Nerdstar around, demanding snacks or movies or dance tunes or to go outside.  It's pretty darn cool. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Summer Wardrobe Done

10 T-shirts
9 pairs of shorts
1 pair of swim trunks
4 pairs of pants
2 sets of pajamas

Less than $70!

We LOVE consignments stores!  Plus he got two new toys for under $11! 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Errand Buddy

I know this could sound crazy coming from the mom of a toddler, but Noah really is my errand buddy.  He has been pretty much from day one.  If it's been a few days since we've gone to the store (any store, but mostly grocery) he'll look at me and say "store".  He's always done well in the cart, although now he likes to start off helping me push the cart before he has to sit up in it. 

I know, this entry reads pretty boring.  But, after all the years I spent alone either before I met Nerdstar or the years she was off being my army girl, I'm so grateful to have Noah to run errands with.  So I'm really glad he's such a good, sweet kid when we have to run them.  He's even starting to talk to the cashier ladies we see all the time. 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

He Didn't Even Miss Us

We did it!!  We finally found a baby sitter and went out to dinner without Noah!  And, we didn't even talk about him the entire time. 

One of Nerdstar's old army buddies has a very nice daughter who is going to baby sit for us. 

They basically had a movie marathon, interspersed with a few snacks and some episodes of Foster's Home.  He didn't ever fuss or anything.  It's like he didn't even miss us.  And when we got home, he was only marginally happy to see us, as long as we didn't interrupt him finishing the movie! 

So this first time went incredibly well.  Test number two will be when she comes back over and he learns that means we're leaving.  But I'm optimistic.