8 Year Anniversary and a Kindergartner

Monday, Match and I celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary! Some days it feels like the wedding happened yesterday. Wasn’t I just planning the wedding on this blog? Wild! We celebrated 8 years in a pretty low key way. Saturday night we went out for drinks with friends, and enjoyed a rousing game of scrabble.

Sunday we went to the zoo and watched the animals play.

Monday, our actual anniversary, we decided to make ourselves a gift-a homemade cornhole game. I still need to paint the boards, but I love how they turned out.

We love playing games, so it’s fun to get back to our roots a little bit. It reminds me of when we were dating and poor, and we used to play penny can. It’s amazing how time flies, and how life changes, and how some things stay the same. Match is still my best friend, and we still love playing simple games and just being together. I love our little life.

Speaking of time flying, today was Piglet’s first day of Kindergarten! I still can’t believe he’s in elementary school. He was so excited to start school. I love that sweet little boy so much. He is growing up so fast, and I just want to press pause. Wasn’t I just blogging about my pregnancy with him? Wasn’t he just a tiny little baby in my arms? I blinked.

I love how his backpack is as big as he is, my petite little man.  I love that he told me he wished I could come to school with him every day. I know one day he won’t feel that way. I also love that the minute I left, he started talking to friends, and had this huge grin on his face. That grin was even bigger when I picked him up. I knew he would love school as much as I did. For his night night song tonight, we sang “We’re Going to be Friends” by the White Stripes. I have sung it to him before, but today the lyrics were perfect for the first day of school. He fell asleep giggling, and that smile of his lit up his room. In case you’re not familiar with the song, here are the lyrics:

Fall is here, hear the yell
Back to school, ring the bell
Brand new shoes, walking blues
Climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we are going to be friends
I can tell that we are going to be friends

Walk with me, Suzy Lee
Through the park and by the tree
We will rest upon the ground
And look at all the bugs we found
Safely walk to school without a sound
Safely walk to school without a sound

Well here we are, no one else
We walked to school all by ourselves
There’s dirt on our uniforms
From chasing all the ants and worms
We clean up and now its time to learn
We clean up and now its time to learn

Numbers, letters, learn to spell
Nouns, and books, and show and tell
At playtime we will throw the ball
Back to class, through the hall
Teacher marks our height against the wall
Teacher marks our height against the wall

And we don’t notice any time pass
We don’t notice anything
We sit side by side in every class
Teacher thinks that I sound funny
But she likes the way you sing

Tonight I’ll dream while I’m in bed
When silly thoughts go through my head
About the bugs and alphabet
And when I wake tomorrow, I’ll bet
That you and I will walk together again
I can tell that we are going to be friends
Yes, I can tell that we are going to be friends

Mother’s Day and Piglet’s Birthday

This year, I got to share Mother’s Day with my favorite little guy. We had a party at his Kempo dojo yesterday, and it was such a good time with his friends and family. Today, even though we’d had a birthday party, we wanted to keep the birthday weekend going, so we let him make most of the decisions on what we would do. We ended up going to two playgrounds, one park, building Legos, watching a little bit of a movie, getting books at the library, and playing in the kiddy pool, topped off with both our favorites, sushi. He was exhausted and fell asleep giggling. It was a pretty wonderful day, and it was one of those days where he had a great attitude, even though he was exhausted. My favorite part was playing walkie talkies with him at the park.

Match got me flowers and a super sweet card. I love the drawing he made for the envelope. So sweet!

I was super excited to get the gift Piglet made at Daycare. Match has one from Father’s Day a few years ago, and now I have my own to take with me wherever I go!

 

Thank you for making my day so special, and for all the joy and laughter you’ve brought to our lives. I cannot believe how fast the last 5 years have flown by. You are our amazing, silly, funny, loving, stubborn, happy little man. Every day I’m so grateful we get to raise you. I’m honored that you call me your best friend. You are my heart, buddy. We love you so. Way, way more than you know!

Piglet’s Big Boy Bunkbed

Piglet got his very own bunkbed! I was able to score an amazing deal from my zumba friend who was practically giving it away on Facebook. Actually she was giving it away, but I told her that I had to pay her something, since this bed was way too nice to get for free. All solid wood, no particle board or laminate! I ended up giving her $50 and I still can’t believe we scored it for so cheap.

He absolutely loves it. He calls it his fort. He insisted we keep his train table in the room too, which meant that the rocking chair had to go. Sniff. I was a bit broken hearted. He’s had his glider in his room since before he was born. It’s now in our living room, and he still curls up with me in it, but it’s different somehow. We snuggle on his bed to read books now, and once we get the full sized mattress, that’ll be a cozy spot for the three of us. I can already picture the sleepovers he’ll have one day. Little boys being all crazy, playing on the bunkbed. He’s growing up so fast! But I love each new chapter. Though I’m still having a hard time with the rocking chair.

 

Happy New Year, 2018!

Happy New Year, friends! Ringing in this year will mark my 10th year of blogging. I cannot believe it’s been almost an entire decade! I’m so grateful for the friendships I have made, and for this time capsule of sorts. It’s fun to look back on previous years and see all that has happened.

To celebrate New Year’s Eve, my dear friend L and I went out for drinks, and Match opted to stay in and have a quiet evening for himself. We started the night off with games with Match and Piglet. We played Hungry Hungry Hippos, Mouse Trap and a memory game with playing cards. Piglet was all hyped up and crazy excited to have his “Auntie Weirdo” over.

Match made us a nice dinner, and we relaxed a bit, and then headed out. It was a pretty mellow night, with some fun people watching.

 

I ran into a friend I made through work, whom I would love to spend more time with. Her husband was the one who got Match his job closer to home. I hope we get to see more of them in the New Year.

 

We celebrated New Year’s Day with a family hike at a park near our house. We are so lucky to live in an area with beautiful parks like this right in our home town.

We talked about our New Year’s Resolutions as a family, and what we plan to accomplish.

Piglet’s resolutions are:

  1. To visit someone on a trip
  2. To whine less
  3. To work on not interrupting

Match’s resolutions are:

  1. To swear less
  2. To work on his temper and to be happier

My resolutions are:

  1. To get back to my driver’s license weight
  2. To nag less
  3. To take a fun family trip

I’m also working on updating my 2018 to do list. Looking back at 2017’s list, we actually accomplished quite a lot this year. It was a good year fr us in many ways, but also some sad moments. We said goodbye to our sweet Monkey pup. We also dealt with the Sonoma county fires and the emotional upsets for so many dear to us. But we also welcomed our new baby niece into the world. Match and I are both doing well in our careers. Piglet is growing and becoming this wonderful little person that we love spending time with.

We were very busy, and I hope we can reduce some of that this year, though it feels like as Piglet gets older, the busier we become. We’ve been in our home over a year now, and we’ve accomplished so many DIY projects. The house feels almost finished, and we don’t have any huge projects looming over our heads. I hope that means this year will be the year of travel and exploration, with our relaxing and cozy home base to return to.

Happy New Year to you all. How did you ring in the New Year?

 

 

Surprise Holiday Express Trip

You guys, it’s the Christmas season. I really do love this time of year! On Saturday, my amazing co-worker K treated me and Piglet to a trip on the Holiday Express. It was such an awesome gift. Match had class, and was super bummed to miss out. I didn’t tell Piglet where we were going, just that we were having an adventure. When we arrived, he saw the train, and said, “Oh wow we get to look at the train!” Can I just say how happy it made my heart that just looking at the train would have been enough for him? But I was able to make that little boy’s day when I said, “Oh no buddy, we’re going to RIDE the train!” His little face lit up with pure joy.

When we boarded, as we were driving past the Portland waterfront, he turned to me and said, “Great surprise, mommy!” My.heart.

Icing on the cake of a perfect day was when we discovered that Santa and his elves were on the train! He got a candy cane and he even got to hold Rudolph for awhile.

I love making memories with this little bug. What an awesome experience, and now we are hooked on the Holiday Express. I can’t wait to go back next year!

I’m so grateful for my co-worker for bringing such joy to my little boy’s heart.