Monday, January 21, 2013

One man show.

Will has been traveling a lot more than usual this month. We got particularly spoiled over the holiday break- all three of us spending all day, every day, just hanging out. But for the last couple of weeks it's mostly been just Henry and me.

I'm the first to admit that it's much more boring around here while the Brit is away. However, Will's little mini-me has been a good stand in. Hardly a dull moment. If I can't think of anything for us to do indoors, he certainly can.

He was particularly adorable today. We both had one of those 'wear pajamas most of the day' days (even while we exercised and cleaned house), and I always think he looks especially cute while padding around in his pajamas with a head full of bed head.

And as always, his patience wore thin with me after a while.

He has started doing this thing lately where he puts himself on the opposite side of the door as us, and pokes his fingers (or various toys) underneath the door- he thinks its hilarious.

We've been pretty lucky with Henry's morning routine recently. He's been sleeping until 7 or so, wakes up as happy as can be, and crawls into bed with us to watch a little Amazing Spiderman (circa 1990s).

The funny thing is, that when he wakes up he does not get up out of his toddler bed until one of us comes into his room and tells him to "come on". So strange- but we have really been happy about him doing this, so that we didn't have to wonder what he was getting into without us knowing. But this week {caught after today's nap}.

And he wasn't particularly happy after today's nap either. But, as it turns out, he was easily cheered by jumping on the couch while I was getting him something to drink.

We've spent some time with some of our favorite friends this week. Jack and Henry made a little music.

{photos by Sarah B Gilliam Photography}

And Jack and Henry's moms played in the basement darkroom. What fun!

So we begin another week, and Will is traveling again for a couple of days. We miss him and anticipate him coming home the entire time he's gone- but we're keeping each other good company in the mean time. Have an amazing week!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Winter lull.

There always seems to be a big lull between Christmas and the first of Spring. January and February are generally gray and wet. They drag on forever while you are waiting for the first signs of leaf buds on the trees or the first yellow buttercup. I always feel a bit of cabin fever in the winter. Strangely, that hasn't been the case this year. It's fascinating to watch a toddler grow.

Winter weather has given Henry a lot of time to explore some of his favorite Christmas presents. He even got a couple of days of outdoor exploration.

If you saw the photo directly above this paragraph then you also saw Henry's absolute favorite part of his tricycle- the fact that it has a little "trunk". He packs that thing full of an unpredictable array of items, but top of the list is definitely rocks. Talk about the typical two year old boy.

Henry also got another gift recently- but not because it was his birthday, or Christmas, or any other official holiday. But this little guy has been so good doing this-

-that we let him pick out a prize. Hexbugs it was (and highly recommended if you have a toddler you'd like to keep fascinated and entertained for a while).

I've been at home for the last three weeks in a row. No work- just focusing on my boys, our home, and my photography. Amazing. Being with Henry and Will all day, every day, makes me realize just how much of them I probably was missing before. There is never a day where I don't look forward to my days with Henry. Are there days I want to lock him in his room by lunch time? Clearly. But the rest of the time, I am like a scientist observing the best experiment ever, and finding my way with this little person.

A few things he's focusing on these days- Superheroes (his mom and dad may or may not have encouraged this.)

City ball. Will is a huge Manchester City fan. So does our son call a soccer ball a soccer ball? Or even a 'football' (UK style)? No- "city ball" it is.

Sometimes there's a little untraditional city ball usage.

Something broken around the house? Or do you need a sous chef? No worries.

Lately they've been few and far between, but we did manage to squeeze in one or two park days. His affection hasn't faded.

And since it's been cold, rainy and essentially miserable outside in middle Tennessee over the last week, we've been happy to entertain ourselves indoors. Even with toy baths at two in the afternoon.

Last weekend my entire (small) family got together to celebrate my mom's birthday. The big 6-0 for her! Tacos and caramel cake- sounds like a strange combination, but man was it good. And as always, there was free entertainment.

I've been doing a 365 photography project since January 1st. One photo a day, every day. Some days it's hard to remember, or come up with something new. But some days it really helps me to catch moments like this. And I'm certainly soaking these moments up.

We hope you're staying warm during your January! Thanks for taking the time to check up on what we've been up to!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Second family.

Seven years ago when I graduated from Nurse Practitioner school I already knew where I wanted to work. I had already done two semesters of clinicals there during graduate school. This office was what I pictured as the perfect learning environment for a new graduate. Knowledgeable doctors who were so willing to teach and a (fiesty) nursing and auxiliary staff who knew how to take care of their patients and keep things running smoothly.

I was thrilled to get an interview for a nurse practitioner position they had available. This was where I wanted to be.

I got the job. And for 3 years of my career I have been blessed to work in such an amazing place with equally amazing people. People who have become family.

Recently, however, our 'home away from home' underwent some major realignment- leaving some without jobs and the rest separated into two different locations. It has been difficult (to put it mildly) for everyone. I have decided to take a little time off to make a clear decision about what is that best pathway for me next. But I have truly felt like I have been separated from part of my family.

Just after Christmas our entire group got together for our "Last Hoorah". There was eating, laughing, talking and hugging. And there may have been more than a few tears. Never again will such an amazing group of people be under one roof. I am so thankful to have been a part of this group and for all that I've learned from these wonderful people.

{some favorite photos from the night}