Saturday, October 25, 2008

Five Glorious Years

To Bryan, my husband of five years today:

You are truly the light of my life. The happiness I feel on a daily basis, I owe entirely to you. You are the best thing that ever happened to me. You've given me the greatest gift I could ever receive in the form of our precious son. You are an incredible man and I am so proud to call you my husband.

As I think back on the five years since we were married (almost five years to the minute, as I am typing this), I reflect on what a wondrous journey it has been. I am so fortunate to share my life with you, surrounded by love, a fantastic family and good friends. Even when things are not so perfect, I am always assured of your love for me and that knowledge allows me to look into the future filled with a sense of hope and promise.

I love you with all of my heart and intend to devote the remainder of my life to being a good wife to you and a good mother to our son. I am so happy that we made the decision to say "I do" five years ago. I love waking up next to you every morning and I can not wait to see what the future holds for us. You are the most incredible husband for which I could ever have hoped.


Friday, October 24, 2008

Halloween Happiness

Jonathan picked his own Halloween costume this year. Not as easy as a mother would hope--they do not make a child version of the costume he wanted so I had to assemble it. I was quite pleased, however, with the results:

I am still lovin' me some Mexico, but it sure will be nice to see that precious face in a few days!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ten on Tuesday--Mexico Edition

Bryan and I are in the Mayan Riveria for a week and it is AWESOME. As you may recall, we renovated our kitchen earlier this year. Since my Dad and my lovely hubby did the bulk of the work themselves, we saved a TON of money. We could have been more fiscally responsible with our financial windfall, but nothing says happiness like a Caribbean vacation, so here we are!

In honor of my locale, here are ten fantastic things about being in Mexico for a week, particularly when you are staying at the Iberostar Grand Paraiso:

1. All inclusive. Two of the most beautiful words when combined with vacation. There is nothing so happy as being able to eat what you want, drink what you want and not have to worry about paying for it. Yeah, I get that we DID actually pay for it, but that was months ago so now it feels free.

2. Spinning class EVERY day. We joined the Y about two months ago and I am loving some spinning. Later today will be my first experience with Mexican spinning and I am hoping for a hot instructor :)

3. 24 hour room service. If one were so inclined, you could totally live in your room. We do not intend to do that, but I am SO excited about my breakfast being delivered in a few hours!

4. A pillow menu. I need to select something firmer because the pillows on this lovely bed were just a bit too squishy for my taste last night.

5. Butler service. This is the most incredible thing I have ever experienced. The resort has butler service and a concierge. Within thirty minutes of stepping into our room, our butler came by to greet us, tell us a bit about the resort and our room and to ask us what we needed. Our room has a mini bar and when, in response to his question about liquor preferences, we said we liked gin and vodka. he told us he could bring big bottles of whatever we wanted. Bryan hugged him and told him we liked wine, too. He brought us our computer cord and internet access information, then we changed into swimwear and wandered around the resort. When we came back, we had this:

I am planning on trying to think of reasons to use the butler. It feels bratty but when will I ever get to do this again?

6. These chairs, the second of which I know Jonathan would just love. Sorry, kiddo, this place is adults only. The first chair just looks perfect for my intended completion of the Twilight books this week.

7. The beach. I love the ocean--I've had some non-oceanside vacation, but I just don't really feel like vacation is complete without sand and ocean.

8. His and her sinks. Bryan and I only have to share a bathroom at home. I am totally looking forward to having my own space. And it's such a pretty little space, too.

9. Bell hop service. Our resort is located on grounds with at least three other resorts. We have access to all of them as well as a shopping area, pool, etc. It is a large place and it seemed a bit daunting until they told us that the bell hops will take us wherever we wanted to go. We haven't tried this out yet, but apparently you just walk outside and they will take you wherever you want, shopping, golf, etc. Oh yes.

10. Last but most importantly, spending time with Bryan. We both work so hard at our jobs and with Jonathan. It's nice to have some time to ourselves just to reconnect. I am SO looking forward to hanging out and spending time together without the pressures of every day life. THAT is what vacation is all about!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Third Annual Trip to Huber's Orchard and Winery

For the third year running, we made a trip to Huber's Orchard and Winery on Sunday to pick out some pumpkins. This was hands down our best family trip EVER. The weather was perfect, Jonathan was in a fantastic mood and we just had fun--no whining, no crying, none of the general yucky behavior that kids seem to throw at you when you plan a family outing.

Here is the post from last year, for comparison's sake. It even has a picture of Jonathan from his first trip--he was so cute and so amenable to pumpkin patch themed clothing. He's totally outgrown that stage now. **Sigh**

Jonathan was in love with the painted pumpkins. We bought a small one and it came home to live with us. It was super cute until Jonathan decided to paint it himself. Now it's pretty atrocious, but don't tell him that.

Jonathan waited patiently for the tractor to take us out to the pumpkin patch. And yes he is wearing a fall color themed shirt. Hey, a mother of a son has to coordinate with the seasons where she can.

Jonathan got right to work finding the "right" pumpkin. Unlike last year, the pumpkins were in great shape and it was really easy to find some good ones. You can even see me in the second shot. Well, at least in shadow, but I'll still count it as a family picture.

They have this out every year during the pumpkin season and I always forget to take a picture of Jonathan by it. Not this year, though:

We saw a mother sitting on a pumpkin smoking a cigarette while her children frolicked around her. I think this one is more wholesome:

Bryan was able to find a nice "pair":

After we purchased our pumpkins, it was time for treats all around. For Jonathan, Superman ice cream. For Mommy and Daddy, wine and a lovely cheese tray. The third picture in this set totally confirms that I am, in fact, a complete dork:

While we were having our makeshift picnic, a random guy offered to take our picture. Not too shabby.

I got Jonathan's ice cream in a bowl primarily because it was around 85 degrees and I knew it would melt all over him in 2.3 seconds. But after he attacked the cone that the ice cream lady was nice enough to let us have on the side, yet another reason why a bowl was a good choice came to light.

Of course, before we could leave, Jonathan wanted to check out the tractors. This one makes me think maybe he'd like to go live with The Pioneer Woman:

After such a fun time, I was not too surprised to see this on the way home. I'd suspected sleep was on it's way when he stopped talking in the car, a definite rarity.

And then I looked over at Bryan and thought, oh crap, not him too.

And then I had this odd feeling come over me. I knew I shouldn't have had that wine:

OK, just kidding. But this really did happen and it was a nice quiet end to a super fun time!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Trusty Toy from the Past

One of my favorite toys when I was little was a Sit N Spin. I just remember thinking that it rocked. Maybe it was just the simplicity of it.

We recently received a hand me down Sit N Spin from Bryan's friend Steve and his family. It still works the same way, but it looks completely different and, for some reason, our good friends at Playskool felt the need to add music. Luckily it's optional and is operated by a switch on the bottom. It took Jonathan a little while to figure it out. Guess which option he prefers?

Ah, it looks like so much fun! The addition of the music apparently is apparently the trade-off for the fact that the product is not as sturdy as in the old days. Sadly I am well over the weight limit regardless of sturdiness.

Of course, Curious George had to ride too. Arthur, who is quivering in the background, was spared the fun.

Thanks, Bagby family, for the great toy!!