Friday, December 31, 2010

And so it goes...

The year 2010, that is.
It was a full year, with several life-changing events.

First and foremost, the arrival of this little guy.
I use the term "little" loosely, he was almost 9 pounds and a natural birth (although MUCH easier than his 7 1/2 pound sister who was sunny-side up).
Mr. Dominic James Langley arrived on March 21st of 2010, and we were all quite excited to meet him. His big sister didn't fully grasp what was going on since she was not quite 2, but she was very happy to have mommy back home and put up with the intrusive little blue bundle until he got more interactive.

3 months later, Miss AnnaSophia Grace Langley turned 2 years old in a quiet celebration with us and her grandparents, aunts & uncles. She got to try real cake for the first time, took one bite, declared that she didn't like it and ignored it in favor of her precious strawberries. The vanilla ice cream that Aunt Mona snuck her, on the other hand, she LOVED.

On a not so pleasant note, at the end of May I was laid off from my job of almost 5 years. I started working there the November after I graduated from college, and they laid me off 9 days after I returned from maternity leave with the D-man. I am currently still on unemployment and we're busy rethinking some life strategies and making some major decisions. More on that later.

It was a big year for firsts, baby's first 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas, he's currently sporting 5 teeth at 9 months of age, can sit up on his own and has a funky little army crawl going on. ZaZa doubled and possibly even tripled her vocabulary and loves to sing songs about what she's currently doing. Narration by song, if you will. She's 2 1/2 going on 16 and likes to tell me what to do.

(I'm in the process of telling her not to take his sock off. As you can tell, she's not sure she wants to listen)

It's also my first time being a stay-at-home mom, which I'm still getting used to. When I was working, I used to sit at my desk and make lists of all the stuff that I could have been doing if I had been home. Well, now I'm home and that stuff still ain't happening!
Not gonna lie, besides a few blazing highlights throughout the year, it was overall a pretty rough one.
Here's hoping 2011 is much better. I wish you all health, peace, and contentment.

Every year on this night I always recall our celebrations at my parent's cabin in NY, where I grew up. It was while I was still in high school, so we would toast with sparkling grape juice (still one of my favorite drinks!) and daddy would make a big platter of cheese, crackers, and sweet bologna (the kind that looks like a giant sausage and you have to peel the plastic casing off before you eat it) for everyone to snack on. He would also concoct a dish of spicy brown mustard and mix in enough honey to make it a tangy dip for the cheese & beef. We could easily go through several blocks of cheese before midnight! We would usually watch a movie or two, most likely something black and white because we're awesome like that. One of my favorites to watch on New Year's is "After the Thin Man", with William Powell and Myrna Loy. It's good stuff.
Since we've been married my favorite celebrations have been the ones where we get together with a bunch of friends and play a ton of games until it's time to watch the ball drop. This year the kids are sick, so even if we'd been invited to somebody's place we probably wouldn't have been able to go. So far my night has consisted of a nice warm bath for both of them, after which I doped them up with Vicks and Tylenol, and now I'm sitting here typing this and paying a few bills while Bogie plays Madden on his PS3. We'll turn the TV on in about half an hour and watch the ball drop and then probably go to bed, since ZaZa's woken up at 5 am the past 2 mornings in a row.
Enjoy my Winnie-the-Pooh-esque toast:
May your days be Merry and Bright, and may the New Year bring you Comfort and Joy Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.
Happy New Year.

Monday, December 27, 2010

all the guests have gone...

I was ready to have my house back, but not ready for them to leave.
It was so great having my family here, I miss them already and hate that they live so far away.

The tree is down (taken down during naptime to minimize the ornament-meddling) and boxed up, decorations tucked away, toybox put back in its corner and with the rocking horse still in the office the living room seems huge! y'know, especially now that it's no longer fitting 8 additional people. The folding table has been folded and put in the office as well, and the dining table migrated back from the kitchen into its spot. My kitchen now seems huge as well!
The house is pretty much back in order, including the clean load of dishes in the dishwasher that need to be put away and the load of clothes in the dryer that need to be folded. My fridge is full of leftovers (turkey stew, turkey bits for sandwiches, eggnog, sparkling grape juice, purple frosting) and I completely forgot how much I love brown sugar and cream in my coffee. I MIGHT have had a cup and a half of coffee today, no sense in letting the last bit in the pot go to waste! There is a large stack of games sitting on D's high chair tray, and a pile of paper snowflakes on my desk. New toys are stacked next to the toybox since there was no room for them in the toybox itself (I need to do some toy-culling!)
I took lots of pictures, they'll be uploaded eventually. For now, I just got the call that my family is safe and sound back in SC (got the call yesterday that bro & SIL were safe in CT) so everyone's good and I'm going to go eat some Wilbur Buds and go to bed. or maybe just go to bed, since D is having troubles staying asleep because he can't keep his pacifier in his mouth due to a stuffy nose. the hacking cough might also have something to do with it. Tylenol, work your magic!
Merry Christmas, everyone!

Friday, December 17, 2010

5 Favorite Things Friday, Christmas version

making and decorating cookies!
 the christmas tree, with all of its decorations!
 Christmas specials! We watched the Grinch for the first time (me for the first time this season, her for the first time ever! I had to get up from the beanbag where we were snuggling so that I could take a picture.)
 snuggly winter PJs and santa hats to play with (and the cutest little boy in the world!)
 okay, this one's not particularly Christmassy, but I love her. her and her gorgeously ginormous blue eyes.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A few more outtakes

from our recent Christmas Card photoshoot. I'm only getting 20 cards, so for those of you who don't get an actual card, I will eventually post a photo of our finished card too (but not until the others have been mailed so that it's still a surprise.)
In the meantime, enjoy these "not quite right" ones that didn't make it onto the final card.

hands in the way.
 more hands (he's chewing on a jingle bell, how festive is that?)
 hands in the face and a hat malfunction.
 okay, there's nothing wrong with this one except I wanted to see more of AnnaSophia's face. it almost made it onto the card, but it's still one of my favorite's.

 moving children = blurriness. I love the look on D-man's face though, how much do you want to kiss him right now?
 more moving targets
 stinkin' migrating Santa hats
 we were losing them at this point. he's trying to travel places, she's got the bell and doesn't care what the hat's doing.
 hats are gone, but we're still watching daddy make funny faces to get us to smile for the camera.
 imitating daddy, and chowing down on a hat. good times.
 blurry smooches. the battery died or I might have gotten another shot because she gave him another kiss at daddy's request.
I love these two, they're so precious. in their penguin PJs.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

You might be a mother if:

-you've ever had to say "don't brush his butt"
-you realize that you have indeed become your mother because you
      A) use your licked finger to clean smudges off of your child's face
      B) used the phrase "because I said so, that's why" and meant it
      C) had to reheat your coffee because you got too busy to drink it, and then forgot it in the microwave (which beeped at you for the next 20 minutes)
-you look forward to the mail arriving because it means a chance to inhale some fresh air and see other adults, even if they're complete strangers passing by on the sidewalk
-you say things like "potty", "doggie", and "ouchie" even though you're talking to another adult and your kid is nowhere near you
-your son's diaper contains bright blue poo and a tiny crayon chunk, and your only thought is "must not have vacuumed the carpet very well"
-you don't mind that you just got poked in the eye because your toddler volunteered to kiss it and make it better
-someone volunteers to take your kids for the day and the first thing you do after they're gone is sleep
-the first 5 items on your grocery list consist of any of the following items: milk, peanut butter, hot dogs, cheese, yogurt, applesauce, pretzels
-you've ever wished on more than one occasion that you bought stock in diapers, bubbles, crayons, baby wipes, board books, and coffee
-a hickey on the neck used to mean too much adoration from your loving spouse, now it means too much adoration from your teething 8-month old
-you keep a stockpile of non-toy items to distract the baby when he's cranky because it works much better than toys (large spatulas, paper towel tubes, a comb, sunglasses, spare keys)
-both children going down for a nap at the same time brings the same amount of excitement that a cancelled class used to in college
-you've ever considered recording yourself singing "you are my sunshine" or "twinkle twinkle little star" so that instead of singing it for the 15th time in a row you could just hit 'play'
-your husband starts to freak out until you explain to him that your toddler said "take the shoes off" and not "daddy's pissed off"
-you get a giftcard for your birthday and use it to buy something for your child
-you no longer mind when someone gifts your kid a noisy toy because you're thinking about how much time it might buy you