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Ben and I met in 1996, began dating in 1999 and married in 2001. Now 20 years and 2 children later, we have returned to where our life together began. Ben works for the Federal Reserve and I have the privilege of staying home with our two precious boys.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Our First Swim Lessons

I guess everyone is taking swim lessons this summer! We started our lessons the first Monday after I got out of school and took a Mommy and Me class at the YMCA. There were 6 Mommy's and their little ones in our group ranging from 7 months to 3 years. We played games, sang songs, and learned a few things about swimming.

We learned that it is OK to not always be in Mommy's arms in the water. We can trust others and swim to them.

And we learned a lot of songs to help us remember how to practice doing "ice cream scoops," blowing bubbles, and kicking our feet. We have a lot of new moves to show off!

Yummy in My Tummy

Even though you can't tell by his size, this little man has always been a great eater! We call him Mikey from the old Life cereal commercial. You know the one..."He likes it, he really likes it!" We have not been able to stump him yet. Lately, after I have fed him he has been taking his spoon and placing it inside the empty bowl, then putting the spoon in his mouth. So, the other day I decided to let him try to feed himself. He loves cottage cheese (which Ben and I hate) so we experimented with that. He started with the spoon, but quickly figured out it was much easier if you just use your fingers.
In deep concentration...
Yum-Yum! All done!

Final Fun with Ms. Kristin

Ms. Kristin is one of the most important people in Ethan's life. She has spent just about as much time with him as Ben and I have. Kristin first met Ethan when he was about 7 weeks old and has been watching him ever since. At first, she came to visit a few hours each week just to build a relationship with him and allow me to get to know her. As time went on and I returned to work, she became his primary caregiver, considering she spent more of his waking hours with him than we did. Then when I went part-time, she amazingly stayed with us even though that stretched her budget beyond comfortable. He absolutely adores her and Ben and I completely trust her with him. She loves him, entertains him, teaches him, and meets his needs as well as we do. She is number 1 in our book! We love you, Ms. Kristin!
They were very busy their last couple of weeks together and these were a few of the thousands(I am not exaggerating) of pictures that she took.
One of their visits to Harry Myers Park

Swinging in our neighborhood park

A favorite...the slide!

Swinging at Harry Myers after a visit to the Splash Park

First Rangers Game

I'm a little late posting about this, but back in mid-May Ethan went to his first Rangers game. Since we have quite the little adventurer with some awesome lungs, I was a little wary about this. The thought of keeping him still and happy in a confined space around a million people just didn't seem too appealing, but he was a total champ! We had the best time! Thanks for the invite Aunt Leigh Ann!

Friday, June 4, 2010

It's Mommytime!

This is it! This is what I have been waiting for! All Mommy, All the time! After spending the last 2 weeks getting my classroom packed up, performing end of year duties, and preparing for someone to take over my role, I can now officially say that I am a stay-at-home Mom! I never envisioned that I would have a desire to stay home, but this little man turned my world upside down the moment he was born. I can't wait to watch Ethan as he grows knowing that I will not have to miss those milestones that only happen once. And maybe even allow him the opportunity to know that the world does not always revolve around him and give him a little brother or sister, but not yet!

I must admit, though, that the end of the day got a little tough for me. Although the decision was made several months ago and my resignation turned in not long after that, I never once thought about what today actually meant. Through taping up boxes and loading the car, not once did I get emotional and think that the end was near. But then it hit...the moment that the car was loaded and the classroom no longer held any of my belongings. It was then that I realized that I have just given up my dream job and all I have to show for it is a decade(literally-which makes me feel very old) of memories and a bunch of boxes. The tears were coming as I took one last look around, turned off the lights, and told myself very quickly that I will be back in the fall, even if it is just to help the new Literacy Coach get started. After saying my goodbyes and telling everyone that I would see them in August, I felt much better and drove home in good spirits thinking that a new chapter is beginning.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

It's Official

Well, it happened on Sunday, May 30th, and it wasn't what I wanted to hear...DaDaDaDaDa. And may I add that while I was cooking dinner a couple of weeks ago, May 17th, to be exact, that he took his first official independent steps while he was playing with Daddy, too. How is it that Ethan is all about showing Daddy the latest and greatest things he can do, but not the least bit interested in showing off for Mommy.