Saturday, May 23, 2009
In case you readers don't realize it, this is Mrs. LIAYF. I wanted to take a moment to let my husband know just how lucky I am to have met, and married, him.
Today is our 10 year anniversary. On this day, 10 years ago, I stood at the entrance to the chapel sanctuary without any fear, hesitation or doubts. I looked down the long, long aisle to my very best friend in the world, he flashed me a smile, and I knew I had chosen right.
Or, maybe he had chosen me.
It's not that easy to find your soulmate. You kiss a lot of frogs - not that I was the type to kiss lots of boys, ahem, but you know what I mean. You get dumped on and you dump on others. And you are not always the person you aspire to be in a relationship. But, one day you meet someone who just rings a bell in your soul, and you open up, and you fall completely, head over heels in love.
Cliche? Don't I know it. But, I must have chosen right. Because he chose me too. Despite all my faults and flaws, my princess personality, and my tendency to want things my way, the very, very hard times we have had, he loves me fully and completely. He is a wonderful husband and an even more amazing father (as all of you can probably tell). I am truly the luckiest girl in the world.
Honey, I hope we have many more 10 year milestones together. I am so grateful you are mine!
(Now all your guy friends can make fun of you!)
Happy Anniversary! I look forward to your sweet smile for next 40, and well beyond.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Ok, all kidding aside, the truth is we were not going on this trip anyway. Not after all the reports that came out of Mexico. Plus my parents, who were scheduled to travel with us, were going to have to cancel for non flu related reasons anyway. We were just waiting patiently to see if American would cancel so we could get a full refund on the flights. I had a great poker face, and thankfully they folded.
Sure, the whole news blitz about the possibility of a global flu pandemic has died down considerably, but in reality there was no way we were going to take our little guy to a place where they still don't have a good reason why the outbreak was so much worse, and more deadly, than it has been elsewhere. One of our worst fears would be to be stuck at a foreign hospital, where we don’t speak the language, with a sick or injured Lukas. No, we were happy for the refund thank you very much.
If you have deduced that this left the parents of an energetic two year old, who have not been on a real vacation (see: not visiting family) in 2 ½ years, and who also would have been celebrating a milestone anniversary during that trip, with nowhere to vacation. . . .you are right on the money. Yes, it was a disappointment. However, the cancellation happened a couple of weeks ago, at the height of the flu scare, giving us enough time to come up with alternate travel plans.
We still had credits towards a timeshare – a gracious gift from my parents – to use, but finding an opening which corresponded to a manageable flight within our vacation time frame was a challenge. In the end, what we came up with seems ideal. We will be spending next week on Hawaii’s Garden Isle, Kauai.
Better yet, we are staying close to a place called ‘Baby Beach’, apparently named so for it’s perfect conditions for toddlers. Just what the Doctor ordered.
Help me out readers. Since this will be our first extended trip with our son, what have you found to be the best things to pack to keep toddlers occupied and interested, but take up the least amount of space? And, if you happen to have visited The Garden Isle before and know of any good places to frequent, please pass them along.
In the mean time, I'll be packing.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
(Exhibit A -opening without reading instructions)
(Exhibit B - opening by shear force)
Actually, this is so secrect that I just discovered it myself. Now that I ponder it, I'm sure it's just a small part of a much larger husband centered conspiracy aimed at. . . . well, I haven't been let in on what the goal is yet.
But I'm sure it's going to be big!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
And, to celebrate it being 2009, I decided to shuffle my mental to do list so that I could actually catch up with those of you who have not (like me) been planted firmly in the year 2005. That would be the year before Twitter was created.
Yes, I have now joined the throngs of people living the Tweet Life. DingDingDing! You are correct. I did just make that up. How'd you know??
Anyway, the first thing I needed to do when setting up my Twitter account was to choose a user name. To my surprise James was taken. What's with that? I was stumped. LukeIamYourFather seemed too long. I'm pretty sure no one would send me messages if they had to type that each time.
So I thought hard. What would best describe me right now? It didn't take long to decide to go with something with the word Dad in it. But what?
Maybe I could go with a mood. Mellowdad? Or a personality trait. DeadpanDad? Perhaps an age related moniker. OldDad or even OldNewDad?
Then again, I thought it better to just stick with a 'place' related name. Something close to home. I thought about going regional with NWDad. But that didn't seem to nail it quite right.
I needed to get even closer to home. I asked myself, "What defines Seattle?" Well, we have Ferries. Ok, not that there is anything wrong with it, but I wasn't going with FerryDad. No, I needed something even more Seattle than the Ferries. Let's see. . . .what defines Seattle? Grunge. Microsoft. Starbucks. Losing Sports teams.
It was all to much to ponder, so I simply settled on SeattleDad. Let me know what you think? Look for me to start using this moniker elsewhere as well. And, if this post hasn't discouraged you from it completely, you can always follow me as SeattleDad on Twitter.
I'll look forward to seeing you there.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
In fact, grooming anyone but me to do the dirty task of cleaning the cat box may very well subconsciously be the real reason I wanted kids. So, when Mrs. LIAYF and I saw the new concept Omega Paw Self Cleaning Litter Box the other day on Amazon.com there was no hesitation. We immediately had the same impulse to purchase it.
Although calling it 'Self Cleaning' may be stretching the truth just a bit since you do still have to physically roll the thing and then remove the waste from the sliding container, it is still a HUGE improvement over standard cat boxes.
To briefly sum it up, somebody finally applied the laws of physics to a litter box. You just roll the box onto its side, where a grated container catches the clean stuff, then roll a bit further and the clumps fall neatly into the slide out bin. Very slick. What I can't figure out is that since Einstein was a cat owner, why wasn't this available 50 years ago? He must have had a cat-door.
I nearly tripped making a cat-quick move toward my wallet. But I landed on my feet, with my hands on the keyboard.
The shiny, new, unsoiled cat box arrived a couple days ago. . . .and was promptly made into a fun-filled toddler fort by an excited Lukas.
Mrs. LIAYF and I took a few pictures, and laughed at this for a minute or so. Only until we realized that Lukas absolutely loves to play in his sandbox. . . . . .
I guess we will have to be extra diligent about steering him clear of this play house from now on.
Those aren't SAND TOYS!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Let's see. I love you because I run my fastest to greet you every morning and you never fail to scoop me up with a smile a big as the sun, giving me my very first hug and kiss of the day. Life is good.
And I love you Mommy for making sure that I always have yummy things to eat, and healthy too! And after I finish my dinner you will always give me a cookie and dance around with me. That's really fun.
Did I mention how I love to spend time with you on the weekends. You always play with me as long as I want you to and also teach me exciting new things, like which cool rocks to pick up, how to make plants and flowers grow, and even how to cover up worms so they are back safe at home.
Most of all, I love you for being the best Mommy ever. How did I get so lucky?
I love my Mommy!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
What I am wondering from those of you who have been there before is, is it too much to expect that I can maintain this perspective with Lukas for the forseeable future? Or does the point inevitably come in all toddlers where they discover all the right ways to test your patience, ultimately resulting in your being mad more often than you are comfortable with?
Monday, May 4, 2009
This behemoth of a root system was hidden under an approximately 10 inch diameter Pine tree stump which also happened to sit directly on the spot where Mrs. LIAYF and I wanted to place a brand new tree. Luke's tree!
Lukas provided plenty of physical as well as moral support. In the end, it was all well worth it because along with a fairly sore back for yours truly. . . .
We ended up with a beautiful Japanese Maple where the stump used to be.
Tell me readers, how did you spend your Sunday??
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Of course, your age and diminished skills were glaringly apparent as you sat there all fat, slow, and ready to yield. Given that, I made yours a merciful and quick death blow.
Be Afraid?? HA HA HA HA!