June 01, 2003
The word of the day is WHEE!

When I came downstairs this morning, Ryan was just finishing up his breakfast. Kev was in the living room watching TV. So I cleaned up Ryan and said "Go find Daddy."

Ryan ran off towards the living room while I worked on the dishes. The next thing I heard was "WHEE!!!!"

And there was Ryan. He'd gone straight to the slide and had already gone down it twice. Now Dani and Ryan are both playing on it, and Dani is showing Ryan that he can climb under it, while she's on the top part. It's all very cute and amusing and Ryan's just got the best giggly laugh.

Well worth the money for the slide.

Posted by Deb Atwood at 08:03 AM
December 10, 2002
Sharing and Being Selfish

Its hard raising kids sometimes.

I love to bake. I have always loved to bake, and have always found it relaxing. Way back when, when I was a kid, I used to bake on days home. If there were a snow day I'd have a good time and trash the kitchen and make something -- either candy or cookies or something. Its been a part of my life since I was a kid. I remember early Saturday mornings making muffins for my parents before they woke up for the morning. It was cool.

I hope to share my love of cooking and baking with both Dani and Ryan. I have fun baking with Danielle. She loves to roll Snickerdoodles into balls and then roll it in the cinnamon sugar. She cuts out cookies, and places them on the pan and decorates them with sugar.

But I realized today that I don't always want to share. When I bake with Dani it isn't the same sense of relaxation. Its fun, but its just really not the same thing at all. So tonight I waited until after Dani and Ryan were in bed and I baked a batch of cookies and prepped for another batch tomorrow night. It was great and I needed the break.

So I guess sometimes its good for me to be selfish. Dani gets upset, but sometimes I need to do things for Mommy too. So we need to find a way to share the baking so I can do some with her, and some on my own.

Posted by Deb Atwood at 10:09 PM
October 31, 2002
Happy Halloween!!

Whee! Its my favorite holiday!

Dani went out as Blossom, from the PowerPuff Girls tonight. And Ryan we were simple with -- black sweats, little ears on his hat, and we tried to pain whiskers but failed miserably because he kept wiggling.

Both Kevin and I made it to Dani's school for the Halloween parade today -- a rare occurance. It was made easier that Ryan's school doesn't celebrate. While I would rather have Ryan get the opportunity to enjoy holidays at school, it certainly is easier when I don't have to rush from place to place.

Dani was adorable during the parade. Even when the other children were afraid and not wanting to go into the rooms of the bigger kids, Dani just trooped right on in with a big smile. She had a great time, and so did we.

Ryan loved trick or treating. He came back grinning hugely. He didn't have any candy, but he loved it anyway.

Kind of a bummer that I have to take my decorations down later this week. But at least we managed to get the lights up this year.

Posted by Deb Atwood at 09:25 PM
August 26, 2002
Being a Parent Means...

...learning to go without sleep.
...driving at midnight without passing out.
...feeling awful when you can't make the hurt go away.
...kisses on booboos and hugs for bumps.
...crying tears of frustration.
...wondering what to do when your child is too sick for daycare *again*.
...pride at a first step, a cartwheel, a smile.
...unconditional love.

Posted by Deb Atwood at 11:58 PM
July 29, 2002
Cute Kiddisms

Today I had to pick Dani and Ryan up early. Well, actually, Kev picked up Ryan and I met him at Dani's place and then took both kids home while Dani went off to golf league.

So since we had so long, I asked Dani to help me out so I could also throw a load of laundry in. Which was when we discovered something.

Whenever Dani shouted "boo!", Ryan laughed. Whenever, wherever. She could be in the next room, randomly scream "boo!" and Ryan would start laughing uncontrollably. It certainly helped!

Then later, while Dani and Ryan ate, I was making pizzas for dinner. I use these shells (low Weight Watchers points) from Hannaford, and tonight I was making pesto pizzas instead of using tomatos or tomato sauce. I made one with sliced romas, yellow peppers, and scallions, then sprinkled with parmesan cheese. The other had fat free chicken tenders sliced on it, then the parmesan. Both actually looked really pretty, and Dani was watching as I made them. And then Dani smiled and told me, "Mommy, you are *so* Good Eats!"

Can we tell Dani watches a lot of FoodTV with us? *grins*

Posted by Deb Atwood at 08:49 PM