Saturday, March 13, 2010

Just another weekend

This week has been busy. Between work, the weather and the little hoard of toddlers that now makes up at least one-third of our neighborhood - I'm downright bushed.
But in a good way.
Our neighbor, Lori, was staring down the barrel of a week without her spouse - not an uplifting image when you have a nearly-three-year-old, and an eight-month-old who is absolutely time-consuming.
So we had them over a few times. Ate some good food and watched the kids play until they were "twired" - too tired not to be wired.
Oh, and it finally snowed! A fact that makes everyone in the household smile.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

First fieldtrip

I've officially experienced my first field trip, and, quite possibly my last.
Don't get me wrong, it was an absolute blast. And, of course, the smiles on those little faces were priceless.
But what I went home with that day (besides having something sticky in my hair and feeling a whole new level of exhaustion) was a new-found respect for those who look after our children when we can't. To say it's not an easy job is an understatement. It's hard. It's tiring. And it's often thankless and nearly always downright dirty.
So here's a big ol' THANK YOU to all those who devote time to the youth of our future.
Oh ya, and a few photos of the good times spent at Dimond Park Fieldhouse for Tot Turf Time.


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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Photo show

I take many more photos than I post. A LOT more.
But, it's fine. I take the best of the best, and share them with all. Those of poor quality go to the back of my "Un-used items" icon on my desktop, or onto a surely-now-dusty CD in the back of the desk drawer.
Well, what about the mediocre shots? Those that got cut, but not tossed?
They're here. And I'm willing to share. They may not be in any particular order, but that's okay. Just pretend someone tossed a shoebox on the table and now you're pawing through the contents.
Have fun!

Mama moment

I have few pictures of Elias and I together. Here I'd just slapped a big, wet kiss on his cheek. "Ewww... come on Mom!"

Lazy day

Elias and Grandma Lowell lounge on the carpet before dinner Sunday night. At 20 months old, Elias is all about the mimic.

In your face

His teachers at school said Elias associates cameras with "Momma." I don't blame the kid. Here he is mugging me for a look through the viewfinder. I have a feeling he's going to want to be behind the camera, more than in front of it.

Time to hydrate

Papa stopped by while we were in Central Oregon. Despite a flat tire and exhausted kiddo, Dad and I managed to enjoy a great lunch together. Then, Papa taught Elias the finer points of drinking water "like a big boy."

nI's kitchen

My mom and I spent a lot of time in the kitchen when I was in Bend visiting with Elias. One day, while I was out for a run, Mom (nI) and Elias whipped up some muffins. They were topped with some delicious banana frosting.

David, Elias, Naomi

David, Elias and Naomi Lowell sit in Jim and Suzi Lowell's living room on Christmas Day 2009. Elias is just about 1 1/2 years old in this picture.

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Ah summer ... and 2009 was spectacular. Can't you tell?

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Harvey, my good friend Katie's daughter, is a precious little girl. Although we were miles away, Katie and I were pregnant at the same time. Harvey was born Aug. 8, just one month after Elias.

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Elias laughs as he spots the beam from his headlamp on the ceiling. nI and Pa were great at keeping the little guy busy.