Learning to Fly

Friday, July 25, 2014

A few ramblings written on Wednesday.

I used to always take a journal on the plane with me when I traveled.  Now that I tend to spend flights working on some upcoming presentation, client report, or last minute deadline I spend less time ideal time  looking out the window at the patchwork quilt endless farms create when you are 30,000 feet above the earth.  You can't disconnect anymore – the wifi connection is always available.  And it even seems like we reach 10,000 feet even more quickly than when I was a teenager waiting to turn on my disc man once we reached an appropriate altitude.

Today I watched the sunrise on a flight south to Houston on my way to Austin, and watched the sunset on the same side of the plane as a I headed home in the opposite direction back to my family.  Fortunately, on this flight I was able to push off those looming deadlines and catch up on some thinking time.  As I plugged in my head phones and listened to Jason Mraz strum along to the thoughts swimming around in my mind, his song Love is a Four Letter Word came on and it is as if he was singing right to me…"In life your gonna go far. If you do it right, you'll love where you are."

As I think of my little family that will be sleeping as I walk into the house tonight, I think I must be doing something right.  I can envision my sweet boy, from those softly closed eyes with long lashes to chubby toes sticking out from underneath a favorite blanket, and sticky sweat creating baby ringlets form along his forehead, covered in a thin veil of shadows cut by the contrasting hallway lights.  He and his daddy are my people.  They humble me, they make me stronger, they push me, they pull me back in.  They are who I dream for, they are who I work for, and they are who love me just as fiercely in return.

It feels our little family is at a crossroads in many different ways as we decide our next course and path and begin to navigating new journeys.  There are new dreams waiting to be discovered, new bucket lists to be created, and overall it feels that a new season is waiting to take flight.  From the girl that is so typically change adverse, I feel that there is something so exciting ahead.  I'm ready to fly.  

Watching Daddy Play Ball

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Daddy plays softball every Monday night.  We finally made it over to a game and little man was so excited.  He cheered, he clapped, he yelled, he heckled.  He loves his daddy and is his #1 fan.  We only stayed long enough to see Daddy bat before we needed to leave for bedtime.

When Temps Rise

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

We love going to the pool and splashing about.  We typically go to the pool during the hottest hours of the day, but with long hours, and hot sun, a trip to the pool after dinner typically proves to be most refreshing.  The little guy is getting more and more brave in the water and with stands bigger splashes and the occasional under water dunk.

Redneck Swimming Pool

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The temperature soared past 100 while we up celebrating Jason's Mom's Birthday, so what's a family to do other than pull out a drink bucket to serve as a toddler pool and splash pad?  The little guy was delighted, and screamed with glee, making us egg him on more with our laughter.  The shade from the large trees in the yard kept us all at least a little cool and his icy splashes that would speckle our legs helped to beat the heat.  We didn't take a swim diaper with us, and I just laughed at how incredibly water logged his normal diaper got from his fun.  He couldn't help but waddle as his tiny bum turned into a huge bubble butt.

Weekend Adventure: Maya Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last fall we bough a membership to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science expecting to go to several of the exhibits that were to coming, and to also have another option during colder winter months.  Unfortunately we haven't really put our membership to much use.  We finally made it to the Maya exhibit with my parents Saturday.  Although we had fun with a few of the interactive stations, overall I was not impressed with the displays, and certainly not impressed for the full adult ticket price of $22 (which my parents had to pay since they were not members, members were able to get in for $8).  We still had a nice day, and I can't wait to take little A back to the new Discovery Zone which he had a blast in during the quick stop we made.

The Never Ending Ball Game

Sunday, July 20, 2014

We have had new neighbors move in next door and they have two little boys.  One boy just turned two and one is four, so perfect playmates as we get to know them.  Right now, though, the boys seem to be a ball playing showdown.  When one boy sees the other playing ball, they start playing ball in their backyard too.  It is as though they are on opposing teams, without even showing up at the same field - one hits a line drive and gets cheers from there dad, the boy on the other side of the fence tries to hit harder and further.  Such friendly competition from baby boys.