Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Dear Ridge....

Dear Ridge,
Today you are two years old. Wow! My big man. Our Bubbie. You did quite a lot of growing up this past year. You are nearly the size of your big brother. You absolutely love all things sports and spend the majority of your day kicking, throwing, or chasing a ball. You even managed to talk about sports while playing with other toys...mainly just saying baseball and football in your precious little voice. You even sleep with a basketball...oooohhh, I just love you!
This is a 2 year old clown!

Your personality is so easy going. You do most things with a giant smile on your face or with that thumb in your mouth. People still stop me and tell me what a happy little boy you are. I hope you can always find that smile. If I ask you how you slept or how your day at school was you always reply "it good".

Your laugh literally makes my heart flutter. It is the sweetest, most sincere sound. Almost as sweet as the sound your little feet make running through the house. You are becoming so confident and independent. Are you really just 2?

I was never worried about bringing a new baby into the house with you because you are such a lover. I have never once acted jealous you just pushed your way into my lap if you needed a snuggle. The more the merrier right? You love all animals and even pick up bugs and snakes to "pet"! You have such a kind spirit and I love when you just throw out a "Thanks Mom" at the dinner table or "I got it" if I have dropped something. What are you going to be little boy? I hope something that will make this world a better place!

Sweet boy!

You love Raleigh so much and to watch y'alls friendship has been such a joy to me and Daddy! I know he bosses/pushes you around a lot and I am silently cheering you on when you have had enough....and sometimes sock him. Don't let him run the show, you are plenty big and can do what you want. Remember that when your little brother gets bigger ok?

Happy birthday to my Bubbie. I hope you feel loved today and everyday!

I love you, Mama

Ridge is 2 and he loves....
Baseball, soccer, and basketball
Watching Justin Time
Playing outside with Raleigh
- waterhole
- sandbox
- digging in the dirt
- playing in our neighbors birdbath
Tractors and trucks
Being at the farm
Calling Poppie on the phone
Giving Rhodes kisses
Snuggling with Mommy
Wrestling with Daddy

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Merry Happy Everything!

Holiday roooowww- oh oh oh oooooh oaaad! Holiday roooowww- oh oh oh oooooh oaaad!

It's January and truly a holiday miracle that I am writing a post about the holidays. In true me fashion though we are going to go way way back to Halloween. That's when the true holiday season starts right? Well, that's when I start binge eating miniature candy bars so that's where we begin.

Halloween 2016
My sweet Rals. He has the best ideas. And although his follow through is lacking I enjoy is initial excitement. So this year the three year old get's it y'all. You dress up and ask for candy! And you get to dress up as anything you want. His first idea was a "mow mow guy". I was SO excited about this. I was going to have Ramirez Brother's Landscaping hats made. I was going to paint a logo on the wagon it was going to be amazing! And then he changed his mind....
He wanted to be Octonauts. A show at the time he had seen a whopping twice. He wanted to be Captain Barnacle. Awesome. I jumped on Pinterest and found so many patterns and costume ideas for the entire family. I made my list for the fabric store. Mom of the year checking in for duty. And then he changed his mind.....
Paw Patrol? I'm not even sure where he even watched this but he wanted to be Paw Patrol. Whatever. At this point I was not going to spend a second making a costume that he may or not wear. So during a sprint through Target I found two Paw Patrol costumes for $20 and called it. I did put together some accesorries for myself and Daddy R. All in all it was pretty painless. Really glad I didn't spend a dime or second making Octonaut costumes! And of course, there is always one in my household who just doesn't want to follow the crowd. Ol' Ridge would not even wear the hat. Monster t-shirt for the win. I didn't even force it. Whatever....maybe next year.
Sky, Chase, Rubble, and Ridge!
End of the night with our favs!

Thanksgiving 2016
The boys have a Thanksgiving feast at school and I signed up for dressing. I was so stressed out reading the recipes online and kicking myself for not choosing "plates" like I normally do. Who has time to dry bread? When I confessed this to one of the teachers she started cracking up laughing and told me to buy a box of Stove Top! Seriously the easiest thing I have ever made. I ran out to the yard and cut some fresh rosemary to imply some kind of effort!

Thanksgiving day we begin early with a little tradition started by my sister. After a miserable Dallas Turkey Trot 5 years ago she decided to host her own with neighborhood friends. And the best part is you stop along the way and eat and drink. It really is the highlight of day. This year, being preggo and all, I opted to not be in last place all morning and drove to each stop. This actually worked out perfect because I shuttled children, coats, food, whatever I could pack in and dropped it at the next stop.
Oak Cliff "TurkeT Trot" 2016
Oak Cliff!

Time to eat!
My brother hosted down in Glen Rose. We were Thankful! We had round 2 in Dallas and round 3 in Richardson with friends. Thanksgiving is not a holiday where I snap a lot of pictures. But here are a few from the weekend.

Country jungle gym
Christmas Season 2016
It was fast and furious. We all survived. I think everyone felt a Christmas tingle at some point....and we all survived...did I mention that already. Sometimes it can feel like a beating and I have to constantly remind myself to be present and stop thinking about the 19 other events to come, or presents to wrap, and on and on and on.

Christmas Highlights
Well not technically a holiday event but it was in December. My family went to see Dolly Parton. And it was one of the greatest concerts I have ever seen. I seriously cried I was so happy. I squeezed into a sequined dress. I felt like that's what Dolly would want me to do. She is my Spirit animal!
My tribe!
Sue-sue and Ol' Stan the Man
Saw Santa. Rals was just the cutest! Ridge was a little cautious....understandably, and little Ridge is getting all kinds of opinionated. That stinker would not wear anything closely related to a sweater or vest. I settled on a t-shirt that said OMG Santa....jerk:)

Special visit from Santa at school!
Can you handle the cuteness?
Boys Christmas pageant. Ridge was Pig #3. Rals was in Inn Keeper. Both are totally natural on stage......just kidding it was painful! I did find myself being a total Kay Myers Jr offering to sew the wise men robes, followed by the holy family's costumes, and then finally the sheppards. I seriously whined the entire time. I should have just hot glued the damn things but I wanted the school to be able to use them again....so I wouldn't be glueing next year! It turned out really cute.

Seeing our Colorado cousins.

Christmas Eve church with my sister. The boys were horrible! Like the worst! Scott and I live by the motto, We don't have to be the best, just don't be the worst....oh wow, we were the WORST!!

Christmas morning! Oh my sweet babies! Of course the chainsaw was a hit. I was kicking myself for not buying two. But Ridge loved his T-ball set and teaching sharing is important right? The real hit that kept them busy the longest. Punch balls, and the "growing animal" tablets. Target dollar aisle for the win! There is that OMG Santa t-shirt again because Ridge wouldn't wear the matching jammie shirt...jerk!

Cousin Time! We clean up quick and head over to have another Christmas with Scott's family.

Farm Christmas! We pack up again, this time with dogs in tow and head to the farm for Christmas #3! Phew, who is tired yet?

So my family makes gifts for each other. This is a tradition running well over 15 years. I can't remember when we didn't make gifts for each other. It is so fun and I LOVE now that the kids are getting into it. You never know what to expect. There is also an unofficial contest...being that my family is freakishly competitive at everything. This year we had....

Giant Porch Jenga - Poppie
Printed dish towels, over mits, and homemade jam - Lady
Screen printed pillows with original family logos - Drew
Personalized art - Tanya
First aid kit - Sue
Chex mix/ Cheese cake - Mike
Custom t-shirts - Scott
Crochet or guitar lessons- MG
Original short story - Jake
Ornament - Cal
Ornament - Ily
Ornament - Rals and Ridge
I kinda called it in this year....having to sew costumes for all of Bethlehem and all. I made dish towels with fabric details....don't really
know how to describe that... and painted some wooden spoons. Not my best year but still a strong showing.

My favorite gift was the story by Jake. It was seriously the cutest thing! Although Scott made me a t-shirt with Lionel Richie's face on it. Once this belly is gone I'm all over that!

Oh what fun! Is it over yet? NO!!

My parents took 7 grandchildren to see the Trains at North Park and they took public transportation to get there. It was a short street car ride, DART train, and city bus to get there. I offered to go for many reasons but mainly I wanted to see my boys ride the DART train...and not get left on one. They thought it was really cool. We all made it and not one child got a spanking although that word might have been thrown around a bit. What did happen was a beautiful rendition of "Wheels on the Bus" while we were on a DART bus full of passengers. Thank you Rals and Ily! It was a fun morning....I don't think I will volunteer to go next year! My boys had fun....I guess that's all that matters. So for $3 and an hour on public transportation we had a memorable morning. Can you see how much fun I am having?

Birthday Girl! We had two super fun birthday parties to celebrate a pretty big birthday for my sister. I wont disclose her age but she looks amazing for being the age she is!
Dallas Party
Farm party...it was freezing!

New Years Eve
We partied it up at 4:30pm! Our awesome neighbors invited us over for dinner. It was exactly what I needed after a week of holiday adventures. Stretchy pants, yummy food, my kids had a blast, and we were cozy on the coach by 10pm. Happy New Year!
7:30pm....Happy New Year!
2016 Highlights:
Spending time with family!
Growing friendships
Oak Cliff Mardi Gras Parade/Ridges 1st birthday
Watching our boys grow into friends
Celebrating lots of new babies, marriages, birthdays, and baptisms!
Finding out we were expecting baby #3
New backyard
Zoo and Aquarium trips
Colorado vacation
(Raleigh said his favorite part of 2016 was hiking to a waterfall! I can't believe he remembered but he did. What an awesome memory I hope he keeps!)

Things to be hopeful for in 2017:
New baby brother or sister....hurry up!
New job opportunities
Girls trip...can we make that happen....can I bring a newborn?
Family vacations
Family reunions
Continuing to watch my boys grow and enjoy every second they are little because it's already going way too fast!

Oh wait there's more! Because celebrating Christmas well into January is what you do in this family. Fite family Christmas at the Brazos House. It was really fun. Super low key. Our gift exchange is bring something you don't want anymore. I love this idea because I there is no pressure to be witty or funny or overnight from Amazon because you forgot. The very best part about hanging with my extended family is seeing their kids and my kids play and remembering all the fun we had 30 years ago on the same swing, patch of grass, living room floor. I will say WE were so much better behaved:) Our kids are loud!!

Ridge is so over the holidays!
Ooooooh, one more thing. I'm still pregnant. Like super duper, getting stares at the grocery store, pregnant. Come on baby!! Let do this! I am most excited about going to the hospital for a nap!!!

Ok, I'll stop. I'm finally done.

Happy Merry Everything!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A few Thank You notes..

Thank you, put together stay at home mom, for bringing organic dehydrated vegetables to the park for a snack. I appreciate your kindness in sharing with my children even after they spit them out. I like your Lulu Lemon work out pants and side braid. Your cheeks look naturally sun kissed. You seem nice. I applaud you endlessly for staying home with your littles! Tell me more about your Halloween Pinterest board? You go girl! Sorry I gave your kid stale goldfish that were at the bottom of the backpack. I'm sure he will be fine!

Thank you, working mom, for embracing the store bought cupcakes for the school bake sale. I like your style. I see you in your full face of make-up and well put together outfit. You let your kids buy their lunch? Smart girl! Thank you for having your kids in pants and a shirt....who really needs shoes anyways. Thank you for leaving your kid in daycare an extra 30 minutes so you can run to the grocery store to buy milk in peace. You actually went and got a pedicure?...even better! Kudos for giving your kids Wendy's frosty and fries for dinner. I see you and I like you!

Thank you, not-so-put-together-stay-at-home-mom, for keeping it real and dropping a solid  GD in front of your kids. Thanks for not getting mad when my child threw wood chips at your infant. I assure you it was an accident. How's the gas mileage on your mini? I see you sister and I applaud you. Can I buy you a pizza? Mommin' aint easy! Is that wine in your water bottle? Can I have some?

Thank you, Texas summer, for not ending until November. Maybe it's the triple digits or the 100% humidity but your really know when to turn it up....like when I'm trying to get two small children in their car seats. Can you pass a little note your your friend air conditioner unit? I'm still not over the fact the he broke over Labor Day weekend. That was a real ballsy move AC! Living out of the car and sleeping at my sister's was a memorable 3 days. Thank you for nothing actually...you are the worst!

Thank you, beloved children of mine, for not giving two whips that all I want to do is nap. You are so kind to wake up at 5:30am demanding things like milk and attention. I enjoy cleaning up endless piles of toys, dishes, poop, and pushing you up hill both ways to the park in the dead of summer. No seriously I love y'all so much, I would push you through the Sahara if you asked! Y'all are my everything! Thank you for being my best buddies!

Thank you George and Nelson, for reminding me everyday that God sent you both to us for a reason. I am pretty sure that reason is to teach us patience and kindness and forgiveness. George, your anxiety and overall social weirdness is something I have never seen in a dog. Nelson, your ability to wreck havoc in whatever your doing, not listening, and being so incredibly stubborn is one for the books. Thanks guys, I know one day you will be old and want to nap all day and I will miss pulling diapers out your mouths and spraying off all of the unique places you've peed. Thanks really for cleaning up the space foam and play-doh from the floor. I only know this from picking up your poop. I'm sure it is organic! Stay weird!

Thank you, varicose veins, for showing up about 20 weeks ago. You really know how to make a girl feel self conscious about her right leg. You are horribly disgusting and larger than your last appearance. We wont even mention your evil cousin who has made camp up North. Y'all are both the worst! Thank you for giving me a sneak peek of what my legs will look like in 50 years. I can't wait for it to hit 80 degrees so I can wear compression hose.

Thank you, high school students, for turning a blind eye to your teacher eating crackers behind her desk. Thank you too for acting like my outfit choices are normal and I'm not hiding a ginormous mid section under my apron. You're sweet for letting be take to trashcan outside to gag into. Super sorry for my short temper and my inability to form simple everyday words like....shoot, I can't remember.

Thank you, first time pregnant girl, for telling about all the naps you took this weekend. I remember those days. No I don't, what's a nap? Tell me more about your maternity clothes shopping and your minute by minute birth plan? Let me know how that works out. How's What to Expect .....What chapter is, How to get your 3 year old to stop changing his own poopy diaper, in? Oh wait.....it just stops at the pregnancy? A little advice just skip to whatever literature you can find on terrible toddlers. You will need way more research on that topic!

Thank you, husband, for letting me go to bed at 8:30 some nights. I know the spontaneous crying during dinner is getting old. I'm sorry about all the lists I have been writing out and making you complete said list. This is all your fault by the way.

Thank you morning sickness for lasting all day and well into the second trimester and almost third! You really know how to make a girl feel like crap for months. I don't know if I can take much more togetherness. You have already given me so much....like the ability to only eat Ramen noodles for a month OR peeing my pants every time I vomit. You are something!

Guess what?
I'm pregnant! And apparently if it's not on social media it's not really happening. So here you go world, baby #3 coming at ya! Well, in a few more months. I'm totally joking about being a pissy pregnant lady. I'm actually enjoying it (now....ish). Kudos to all the stay-at-home, working, put-to-gether, hot mess, 14th baby or first time moms out there. Y'all are all rock stars. I am a little bit of all of you!

Remember my first pregnancy announcement? What about my second?

First vs. Second vs. Third Pregnancy
(1) Puking almost everyday until 15 weeks ish (2) Dry heaving and horrible food aversions until 18 weeks ish (3) On meds...still

(1)Horrible heartburn (2) Little heartburn (3) I'm sure it's coming

(1) Big boobs (2) NONE!! I'm too skinny and Raleigh sucked me dry....I miss you boobs! (3) seriously looking into nipple reconstruction

(1) Emotional crazy woman (2) Emotional crazy woman (3) Too tired for any emotions

(1) M&Ms, fried eggs, cottage cheese (2) Spaghetti, gummy bears, mint chocolate chip ice cream, turkey sandwiches....and champagne...and donuts! (3) I mean is it edible? I'm in! Fritos...isn't that a weird craving!

(1) Nervous about every pregnancy milestone (2) Really nervous about every pregnancy milestone (3) Freaking terrified about reaching every pregnancy milestone

(1) Tummy really popped about 22 weeks (2) Tummy popped at 18 weeks (3) Tummy popped at 5 weeks TRUTH!

(1) Tired (2) Completely and utterly exhausted down to my toe nails (3) I'm sorry, what? I just fell asleep standing up.

(1) Nursery design planned (2) Nursery complete....we are moving Raleigh into a big boy room which I haven't started so new baby gets a hand me down room that is just a little bit worn. (3) Where the hell are we going to put this kid?

Pregnancy Dreams
(1) Had a dream about a sonogram and a scrotum:) (2) no baby dreams (3) I wish all my children and dogs would sleep through the night so I could get a good night sleep...no dreams!

(1) All about the closet clean out (2) Did it! (3) It's funny with this pregnancy my nesting is more like "I should probably do that but I'm going to go to bed instead." Maybe it will kick in later? Or maybe I have become a realist. That closet isn't going to stay cleaned out and organized...we live HERE! When I get an idea it's moments before I am on to something else, mostly cleaning up my kids toys, laundry, poop.

Birth Plan
(1) Have clean hair at the delivery (2) Make it through the Oak cliff Mardi Gras Parade, Have clean hair, stop at Chilck-Fil-A on the way to the hospital (3) Really want to make the Chick-Fil-A happen this time. Maybe catch a nap alone before the baby comes. Lots and lots of that margarita drug....what the hell is that stuff, it's amazing! and can I get an epidural for the road? Ooooh! Have the cleaning lady pop in while I'm gone. Best plan ever! Can you have pizza delivered to delivery room....double delivery;)

And if you are still reading...WOW, you must have gotten a good nights sleep. My two big boys (and they are so so big) are so much fun right now. Raleigh is still my Mr. Fix it! His imagination is so detailed. He loves playing fireman, police man, Octonauts, still loves a good lawn mowing. He loves tools and most recently has become this affectionate little love bug. He tells us all the time how much he loves us and misses us. He tells his Daddy "You're my best buddy!" He just hugs all over Ridge and calls him his baby bumble bee. He loves to snuggle and sleep with his mama. We have been falling asleep together a lot recently! Both boys can really sit and color. Rals loves to cut paper and glue!! Raleigh is still not potty trained and has ZERO interest in it. Everyone tells me not to push it but I would really like to NOT have 3 children in diapers. He definitely does things on his own time. Every night, and I mean every.single.night he says "This was the best day ever....but what are we going to do tomorrow?" I mean, what a great outlook on life! He is so much fun! Love him!

Oh the Ridglette. This boy is obsessed with sports. He can kick a soccer ball all day. Loves to throw, kick, chase anything! He really likes the sandbox and wants to hug/crawl on and under the dogs non stop. He is still the happiest kid but I can tell the "terrible twos" are coming....just in time for new baby! He is the best sleeper and just this week he asked to sleep in Raleigh's room. He is just getting so big so fast. And speaking of fast. Those legs might be chubby but this kid can move! He is talking and started the dreading "Why mama?" Usually right after I tell him no. The cutest thing he asks is "Where's Georgie, or Poppie, or Crash....I mean, if he knows your name he is asking where they are. Ridge loves Nemo and loves loves loves his brother. I ask him a lot of questions because I feel like his motor mouth brother won't let him get a word in. My favorite replies are "Yesssshhhhhh, Tank you, Guuuud, Peeaaasssse". Everyday I ask how his day was and he says Guuuuud! He just giggles and smiles and waves all the time. He is my person.

If everything goes as planned. And I fully embrace the lack of plan here. We obviously can plan for nothing in this life!! Rals will be 3.5, Ridge will be 2 weeks short of 2 years old, and I will have a newborn!! Holy crap! Start sending over the bottles of wine...no seriously, can you register for that?
We are really excited and welcome all the prayers, happy thoughts, and good vibes you can send our way these next few months....eeerrrr years!

25 weeks! And a 19 month old Ridge!
So I guess it's official now that is on social media. I'm pregnant!

Here is the one and only belly shot from #3. No filter either. That's ME! After working all day, in stretchy pants, holding a kid in a dirty shirt and probably dirty diaper.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Dear Raleigh...

Dear Raleigh Roo,
3 years old today! I love you so much my heart hurts sometimes little boy. How can a three year old be so creative and clever. You are my constant "worker". Your imagination makes me laugh and is also incredibly frustrating at moments when I can't figure out how to work the "crib" firetruck water valves....and you lecture me for not knowing. You have three speeds; asleep, fast forward doing something messy, and most recently, totally zoned into a TV show. I love that you love to paint and draw and make up songs. I love that you love all things construction. I love that you love your cousins and try to impress them constantly. I love your laugh and your silly sayings. My favorites recently are....
I'm just teasing....
Are you listening, I'm talking to you....
Just a teeeeeeny tiny little bit more....
I suuuuuure do...
I'm tired from all that workin' (Or bounce housin')
How was your goodnight sleep?
You mean that whimpy deer....(quote from The Sandlot)

You are an amazing negotiator and have the strongest will. Seriously kid, you can talk yourself out of anything. Oh, but at moments you are the sweetest. I swear I will drop everything if I hear "come sit by me mama". And I am a sucker for the night snuggles and you get me every.single.night.

You are such a great brother and I hope your friendship grows stronger and stronger every day. I wish I could bottle up you are y'alls laughter somedays. I wish I could video every couch jump, wrestle match, and those moments of just playing together. I hope you will project Ridge forever and be a good role model because he worships the ground you walk on! Worships!

I hope 3 treats you well little man. I hope you learn to pee pee on the potty. I hope you learn so many new things and have some great adventures. Know that Mommy and Daddy love you so so so so much. You are my best buddy!

Happy Birthday Rals! Love, Mama

This year was really fun because Rals could tell me everyone he wanted to invite and what he wanted to do at the party. This kid is so lucky, surrounded by sweet friends.

Raleigh's birthday wish list....
Donuts (chocolate)
Bounce House
........and done!

These are some unedited pics from my phone! One day I'll have it together and get out the real camera for a birthday party...until then...

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to....especially if I bust my lip open!

Not sure how he is breathing???

That's a 3 year old folks!
Happy 3rd Birthday Raleigh!