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I can not believe it’s already June!? Time just seems to move faster and faster, even the slow lazy days don’t go as slow as they used to. Things in the mooshoo house, like time, are just flying along.

Lennox finished preschool and is now officially a kindergartner! He is so so excited and I’m not so so so excited… well part of me is. Part of me is excited for this time to start for him, part of me knows he will do wonderful, be extremely charming and have a million friends. Part of me knows all the worries I have will seem small and silly. You know that part of you that worries that kids will make fun him, he will get hurt feelings and I won’t be there to make them go away. That part of me that is afraid after all our hard work and therapy his teacher and classmates will still have a hard time understanding him. And because of this he will finally get frustrated and start to withdraw. Those parts keep me up at night. Then the other part of me that knows it’s all worry for nothing, and he will be fine. He will grow and thrive and be the amazing person I already know.

Aidan is also starting his path to school, officially a preschooler! He will finally have his own friends, and make memories that have nothing to do with me. He will learn to trust people outside his family. He is going to explode in preschool. He loves people so much, any people, all people, just give him people! Like Lennox I think he will have no trouble in the friend department. Having the opposite of shy kids makes life so much easier…esp when making this transition to school. That first day he will kiss me goodbye and not look back. And that’s ok because that means I’m doing something right.

The ladies had their first hair cuts today. Cuba was awesome; she sat very still, so still the lady actually cut layers in her hair. She was amazing! Cora wasn’t a fan at first but quickly got into the groove and was super happy to receive a sucker at the end. They both look so cute. Cuba has a short bob with short bangs. Cora’s got short bangs to, but because her hair is wavy it doesn’t really look like a bob. They are just adorable. It’s amazing how much they are changing, every morning they look more grown up. Chatting up a storm and repeating just about any thing you ask them to. They let me fix their hair and love to play dress up. Grandma Cindy got them some princess shoes and it took them no time at all to figure them out (they have to fight Aidan for them). Girls are so different then boys. We have also started the potty training process, slow and easy. They just sit on the potty every night before getting into the bath tub. Its fun and they have actually gone a few times…I’m pretty sure more good timing then anything else. It’s insane to think being diaper free is in my not to distant future! We have come such a long way from dragging the hiking backpack every where to now just taking a few diapers, wipes and sippy cups. Soon I will be diaper bag free!!!

More soon…

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Good People

While walking to school this morning Lennox lost his sharing thing…he stopped to say hello to a friend and show the Spiderman ball he proudly chose. He had it all worked out, what he was going to tell every one about this ball. Share all the great memories of catch with his brother and Daddy. We hurried along to the classroom and just before walking in realized his sharing bag was empty. So we ran back through our steps tracing them all the way back to the meeting with his friend. It was no more then a minute later because our friends had only reached the end of the path we had just taken. Sadly the ball was no where to be found. The path we took is well traveled so I can only think that someone picked it up, not such a cool thing to do. Lennox being the very sensitive kid that he is, was heart broken. He spent the first half of class crying off and on, morning the loss of his sharing item. It was very sad, and then one of Lennox’s classmate’s mom felt so bad that she went out and got him a Spiderman bubble set and brought it back just in time for him to use it for sharing. How awesome is that! Such a wonderful and thoughtful thing to do, and it totally changed his mood, a small thing to us, restored his faith in humanity-ya know. So his day went from I lost my ball to look what Mrs. Sharon got for me. I am eternally grateful…because instead of taking a sad boy home for a sad afternoon, I took a happy boy home for an excited afternoon. Oh and she lives down the street…so yeah I have awesome neighbors!!!

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We’re moving

It’s been 3 weeks today that my mom passed. It’s an odd thing to say. I’ve run into that over and over in these past weeks, how do you tell people. How do you tell them without it being awkward? I’ve discovered it’s always going to be awkward. Its funny being worried about making people feel bad about your own loss.
My mom’s death was not sudden. Many who know me know my mom had Multiple Sclerosis. That is not what took her life. She lost a battle with alcohol and died from cirrhosis of the liver. I shouldn’t even really say she lost a battle, I don’t know that she left this world thinking she had a problem.
Some where a long the road she began to self medicate, MS and drinking do not go hand-n-hand. Most of the medications are already hard on the liver, oh and guess what alcohol only makes the symptoms of MS worse. Unknowing, or not accepting this reality she just increased her intake, until alcohol was in control. Nothing was more important and then she gave up.
She left behind many confused and hurt people. That’s the crappy part about death, the dead move on but we are left behind to deal with life with out them. We all say it’s good they’re not in pain any more, and they’re in a better place…but what about us. The people left behind that still need them.
My mom never met my daughters, one of which looks just like her-down to her sideways smile. Lennox will be the only one who has any memories of her and they will be few, but good. She was an excellent grandma, and my heart breaks for my children because they will only know stories of her.
Life doesn’t stop, it doesn’t even slow down when you lose someone. I was in VA for a week, came home and hit the ground running. I had to register Lennox for school right away, which went so badly that we are now moving.
Registering Lennox for kindergarten left me in tears, insanity the complications! I put it in God’s hands and guess what – he provided. I drove by a house for rent in the neighborhood that Lennox’s preschool’s in and pow bang boom we’re moving! I have two more weeks to pack, and it’s actually not going to bad.
The new house is so insanely nice that it boggles my mind! It’s huge and in such a nice a neighborhood. We don’t even have to cross a street to take Lennox to school. I’m so excited to move in, this month is not going to go by fast enough. I’m thankful for moving, it gives me something to think about besides my mom.
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Meet the Tooth Fairy

We’ve hit yet another milestone…Lennox official lost his first baby tooth! It’s been loose for a while but fell out this morning. He’s so proud, telling everyone he sees. I am both excited and heartbroken. Time is moving so fast. There was a brief moment when we anticipated milestones, waited for them to come. Now they sneak up on us, pop out of no where yelling boo!!
In other news we headed over to Half Moon Bay and spent an afternoon at Pastorino Farms. They have a pretty neat pumpkin patch with lots of bells and whistles. We walked away with two pumpkins and lots of good memories.


5th Birthday

Lennox will be 5 this Sunday! And since this weekend is Labor Day weekend we decided to throw his party a week early. This was our first “friend” party. You know, where the majority of the guests can actually be considered your kid’s friends. I was so nervous and like all parents just wanted to make it wonderful. So we planned to have it at our local playground. I decided instead of games we would just be free and the kids could play at the playground. To help this along we got a bunch of plastic buckets and filled them shovels, bubbles, a glider, and a parachute army guy. The only kind of structured thing we did was a piñata-oh and the cake.

The morning started off a little bumpy with a small drama over the picnic tables, but I stood my ground…you can’t show up at 5am put table clothes down and leave-SORRY!!! Oh and if by chance you do feel like cheating like that, you could at least leave a note. That was fun, I thought for a minute there was going to be a throw down over tables at a playground. It’s not like we were trying to use all of them either, just one. The disgruntled father changed his tune when I whiped out my butcher knife…to cut apples…and started threatening to call his wife. That was pretty funny, I mean his wife must be pretty bad if he’s threatening me with her-or the knife freaked him out. I still didn’t cave-angry wife or not we were going to have that table. I tried to be rational, meet half way, and find some way to make every one happy. But guess what he didn’t even know when his party was-uhhh yeah. That was when I stopped caring about working things out. Oh you’re sooo upset, oh you have so many people coming-BUT YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW WHEN YOUR PARTY STARTS. Awesome-you’re a winner. Our party started, ran late and ended before they even showed up again-I wonder if his party was even that day.

That was not the end of our bumpy start. Evan was picking up the rest of the things we needed for the party, so it was just me and the kids. Lennox stubbed the heck out of his toe and then needed to pee but didn’t want to put on his shoes. He was crying and I was getting a little nervous about being there a lone and the possibility of getting jumped at the playground-fun. Starbucks was supposed to have travel coffee ready for us at 9:30, but guess what they didn’t. Evan waited, and waited, then finally gave up. Abandoning the coffee to come to my rescue. At this point it was 10am-start time. We had no beverages, or cake, so in an effort to avoid confrontation I went back out to pick every thing else up. Got the coffee (coffee and doughnuts for the adults-key), got the juice, the root beer keg, the ice, the water-forgot the CAKE. It’s 11 now and Ev runs back home for the cake and veggie tray. Things finally slow down and we get to partying.
While Ev’s gone we do the piñata. bub Too funny, this was my first experience with a piñata. They’re fun, Lennox choose a pull string Spiderman that we filled with mini chocolate bars and MnMs. Some of the parents were not too thrilled at the prospect of their child being given a bucket full of chocolate, but oh well they had fun. The kids all pulled one string and started round two, when the smallest kid there got the string that opened it up. I packed it so full that I had to shake it to get the candy out. bub Talk about insanity. The kids went crazy and it was awesome. Then since buckets full of mini chocolate bars was by no means enough we moved on to the chocolate birthday cake.cake I thought that would be it, but the kids really wanted Lennox to open his presents, so he did. bub

Everyone had a good time and stayed after I thought the party would end. We gave all the boys a hot wheels truck with 08 on it and the girls a bag of plastic jewelry. Lennox is smooth like that, giving the ladies jewelry. I think Lennox will have good memories of his 5th birthday party, and boy did we learn a lot.