Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Weekend

This weekend was a blur of activity. Easter baskets filled with colored grass and chocolate bunnies - toys and treats for the little guy. This basket from Nina and Papi needed to be opened right away in the hallway.
The contents of which were examined very thoroughly and carefully.
The favorite item...a musical card that sang "Here comes Peter Cottontail."
Yep. There is nothing, nothing, more hilarious than a card that sings.
Am I right?
And of course there is nothing more delicious than M&M's.
His favorite treat.
The pure, honest delight of "M&M face".
Second only to the musical card...was the wind up bunny that "pooped" jellybeans.
(*Sigh*) I have a 100% boy all right.
He picked up the bunny "poop" and popped it in his mouth without a second thought.
"Jelly-bean face"...not quite as blissful as "M&M face".
But that bunny was still something to behold.
He was still chewing that jellybean (about 10 minutes later. lol.) when we went to the kitchen to add some color to some rather plain eggs.
We brought out our "one-of-kind mug/bowl collection" uniquely perfect for such occasions and %100 replaceable. ;)
And Jet was just the baby for the job.
That is until he threw the eggs across the kitchen.
And then Jet was fired from eye-dying.
But he still got to play with some of the tiny stickers that came with the kit.
Until he started to eat those. And then he was done with stickers.
But he still got to play with some pretty dye.
And the eggs turned out just perfect. Cracks and all.
And speaking of perfection...
Have you every seen anything so perfectly adorable then this little guy in a tie?
Nope. Me neither. And I couldn't have been more excited about it. It was like a mini-Christmas for me - waiting for him to wear that tiny pastel tie.
I could hardly sleep.
And it was worth the wait.
On such pictures are a given.
And you take as many as you can get because you never know when you're going to all be dressed up and ready to go again.
And when you can't quite get a smile. Attacking your little one always helps.
That and smiling as big as you yourself possibly can in the hopes that some of your enthusiasm will reflect off your more reserved little picture partner.
But sometimes...capturing a more natural moment is just as sweet.
And certainly as memorable.
The posing is often best left to the more experienced subjects.
And they are without a doubt easier to photograph.
Until you throw that little "wild-card" in there again. Then you just have to wing it. And who may just get one of your new favorite pictures. ;)
No matter the chaos, cracked eggs or crazy kiddo - we still finished the weekend thankful, happy, and blessed. In fact, as far as happiness goes - my basket runneth over.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Getting Ready

The flowers are blooming.

The bunnies are out.
The chicks are hatched.
The eggs are colorful and resting in baskets.
It's almost time for...EASTER!
We'll see ya Monday. :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Peek-a-Boo Spring

We are well into Spring here in the south - but Spring can be a tricky season here. One day it's reaching the 80's and your dreaming of when the pool will open - the next it's dropping to the low 40's at night and your layering up before bed. The "socks or no socks" for Jet when getting ready for bed is a nightly assessment that involves looking up the weather bug on our smart phones to see how chilly it might get. I usually vote for socks - I hate the idea of those precious toes getting cold. Although often Jet decides "no socks" even after we have put them on - as I sometimes see them lying on the floor by his crib in the morning. Silly monkey.
But we have been enjoying the nice weather.
Sunny days bring happy boys...

And bunny faces in an extreme way. It's almost frightening.

And more time outside means it's time to do some "spring sprucing" in the yard. I love flowers. They add color and life to a world just recovering from winter. And they always make me think of the flowers singing "Golden Afternoon" in Disney's Alice in Wonderland. Bizarre movie. As an adult I'm a little creeped out by it. But there was nothing more magical to my little-girl self than those singing flowers.
How awesome would that be?! I mean really.

Jet is always happy to help. He loves being outside - and he loves dirt.
Just as long as I can keep him from eating it again - he's a wonderful helper.
"Hey Momma - I found some great dirt in these pots!"

"Here Mommy - I'll get that for you..."

"Um...never mind that dirt. It's supposed to be there."

Spring weather means I get to sit outside and watch my boy explore everything - right down to mommy's lavender nail polish.

And Spring is not the only thing around here that likes to play "peek-a-boo."

Spring. Time for colorful pinwheels that remind me of a special day that's about a month away...

And I find myself perfectly content, thankful, soaking it all in, and looking forward to summer - just around the corner.

Hope this finds you enjoying your Spring. And if you're still waiting - don't worry. I'm sure it's just waiting for the perfect time to pop out and surprise you.


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