Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Owen's Christmas Program.

Well, 'tis the season to enjoy another Christmas program from Owen! (Last year was our first opportunity to enjoy in the delight that is a preschool Christmas performance.)

He proved, once again, that he wasn't shy to be in front of a crowd for the performance. (He does not get that from his momma.) He sang, he was animated, he shimmied.. and he gave a shoutout to his baby brother.

Enjoy this video, sure to make you smile! :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Owen's daily thankful, age 4.

I kept with tradition in asking for Owen for something he was thankful for each day in November, though had a couple of nights that we had to play catchup by naming more than one.

We had only a couple of repeats along the way that I'd prompt him for something new.. except when he said Grandma. Some were relevant to the place we were in since we bounced around a lot in November, so I've included our locale. KC...
1 Brooksy. (who now shares a bedroom with him!)
2 My bedroom. (the theme continues this year of looking around him at the time we ask for ideas.)
3 My class. (he just loves school.)
4 Whole world. 
5 Grandma. 
6 My house. 
7 Little Mickey. (year after year.) Indiana...
8 My pillow. 
9 Food so we don't die and stay alive and live.
10 Grandma because she likes to play with me. (ultimate compliment to a person from a 4 year old boy.) KC...
11 Doors so we can go places. (good thinking.)
12 Our family because we are friends that live together. (oh, I love his reasoning.)
13 Brooksy's piggies. (hehe. me too.)
14 All the countries and the states. (this was new a surprising to me, as we don't talk a lot of geography.)
15 The superheroes on my wall. 
16 The pictures on my wall (of he and Brooks).
17 All the people in the world. Orlando...
18 Going to Disney World.
19 Seeing Pluto.
20 Sleeping with my family. (sharing a single room at our hotel is an adventure!)
21 Watching tv. (it was a special treat to be able to watch tv from bed as he fell asleep each night.) KC...
22 Macy & Kirkwood. (which we fetched on our way home from the airport that evening.)
23 Batman and Wonder Woman and Captain America and Wolverine... (and he goes on naming all he could spot on his poster.)
24 Royvan, Jacob, Anya, Lou, Hayden... (and he goes on to list his entire class. I let it count since he didn't just say "my class" again.) 
25 My toys. Indiana...
26 Grandma. (this was the evening she passed after we put Owen to bed. very sweet.)
27 Mommy. 
28 Mrs. Starrett & Mrs. Berry, but we say Mrs. Blueberry. (his teachers at school.)
29 This house we're in. (casa de Kissane.)
30 That I got Lorenzo Cain's autograph. (so random. so cute.)

We had a very busy month with a lot on our plate. We didn't spend as much time on it this year, but even so, I'm happy we spent some extra moments expressing thankfulness as part of our November. Looking forward to incorporating little brother Brooks next year!

Take a peak at Owen's age 2 and age 3 Daily Thankfuls.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

my angel.

The third bathroom interruption to my night's sleep fell around 4:30AM.

It was then followed by a bowl of Frosted Flakes - not something that usually accompanies my bathroom breaks. I sat on the love seat of my parent's living room in front of their lit Christmas tree, and I couldn't seem to leave. Moments later, my daddy joined me.

He told me a story of only a couple of weeks before he and my mom's wedding.
"Are you going to want a ring?" (There was no engagement ring.)
He laughed in recalling the memory. They agreed that they should probably order wedding bands, and my mom has worn a single plain gold band on her wedding finger since. On the Christmas following their 9th wedding anniversary, he gave her a diamond ring that I now have around my finger.

A lit tree in its otherwise dark, unlit surroundings is so mesmerizing.

As I'm sitting here in the early, quiet hours of the morning I'm hypnotized by the lights. Reflecting.

Just yesterday we were jamming to Christmas tunes and putting this tree up and decorating. It was chaos. Owen was insistent he string the garland, while Brooks grabbed bulb after bulb and chucked them across the room. "Ball," he'd say. Meanwhile, Owen is screaming for attention as he pulls out each ornament, "Who made this one? Look at this one! This one is broken. I can't reach high enough," while Colby scolded me as I climbed on a swivel chair to be sure the star tree-topper was secured. This was intermixed with a lot of orders being barked at both boys - "Be careful. No no. Wait for mommy or daddy's help for that. No throwing. No touching. Be patient." Little helpers are a lot of work.

I did get to hang my most favorite childhood ornament. I always positioned the angel in front of a light because I loved the way it glistened through the glass. In fact, I don't know that the angel has ever been so beautiful.

My momma is my angel.

I think that ornament may have to come home with me this year.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

my weekend in photos.

We woke our crew up super early to begin our travels back to KC after a family vacation to Disney World. I'll post a recap of our trip soon, but for the meantime, I'm sticking with our weekend. 

A family selfie on the plane!
We arrived home with enough time to make a home-cooked meal - chicken parmesan - something a fast-paced theme park vacation had me missing. And also really REALLY pooped. It was early to bed for all. 

There were a couple of dogs who we were happy to see. :)

Sunday was spent at home. In jammies. Putting up Christmas decorations, catching up on laundry, making Christmas lists, unpacking, and trying to organize ourselves for the upcoming week.

Photo Booth fun to break up our day.

We quickly learned that ornaments are far too tempting for our 1-year-old. The bottom half of our tree is now bare. 
Having a big brother is really special. I spent the day marveling at how grown Owen seems these days, and what an amazing big brother he is. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

my [last two] weekends in photos.

Last weekend, I went to Indiana.
This weekend, Indiana came to me.
Here are pictures of both:

We celebrated Thanksgiving a little early this year. Sweet little Lucy climbed on my lap, gave me a hug, and popped up quickly and said, "Whoah! What's wrong with your belly? Why is it so big??"

Brooks shared some sweet post-nap snuggles with Grandma.

We spent a lot of time in jammies this visit. And a LOT of time was spent coloring and writing with Owen.

I may have joined in.

This happened. Twice.

This one's personality is blossoming by the day. 

Then my sweet Hoosier friend of 22 years came to visit me! (and her hubby and little Adley)

We bundled up our babes, and took a stroll about the plaza.

It was just nice to be together with our families.

Homemade pizzas & football.

Some spillage on Adley's clothing, and I was able to save the day with some little GIRL jammies for her to finish out her evening. Because I have those. In my house. Isn't she so stinking cute?

Short work weeks, long busy weekends, with no end in sight. This holiday season is going to be a whirlwind!